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Is looking at benchmark graphs good enough to evaluate a GPU?

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3 years ago#1
Or should you actually read what the reviews are saying about the card itself in addition to the stats?

In other words, do the graphs tell you most everything you'd want to know?
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3 years ago#2
Benchmarks would give you the jist of it, but reading detailed reviews about the specific models that your considering is something I highly recommend.

The more info you digest, the more informed your purchase will be.
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3 years ago#3
I'm more of a price/performance guy since I usually don't spend more than $150 for a GPU, I'm always looking at AMDs offerings which is the 7770 and the 7850 if I'm lucky.
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3 years ago#4
Hm...

'Cause the GPU I'm looking at is actually BETTER than the one I'm currently running when I thought it would be less impressive, at least going by this graph:

http://media.bestofmicro.com/E/V/355639/original/Batman.png

(Mine is a 6870 and the one I'm looking into is the 650 Ti)

I was planning to buy the 650 Ti for an older computer than my current machine but if this is any indication, I should be switching them.
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3 years ago#5
That's one game. They'll generally trade blows. I also have no idea what AMD drivers these were tested on.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=680
3 years ago#6
Benchmarks are usually just my starting point. Then you pick out 3-5 cards that you like the performance of and check out their prices. Once you find 1 or 2 good price/perfomance cards then start reading reviews on the different makes/models. Things to consider are OCing potential (even if you don't wanna do it now you might wanna consider OCing down the road so it can be important), temperatures, how loud the fans are, dimensions of the card (if you have a full tower case it won't matter but some smaller cases will have issues with some of the bigger cards out there).

Once you find something you want then start hunting around for good deals. Basically if you do all these things you will start to have a good grasp on the current GPU market and even if some other card suddenly goes on sale that you weren't originally considering you can then quickly do some reviews on it since you have the experience to quickly find the info that you are looking for.
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3 years ago#7
The 650ti is like the 550ti which when you buy one you get ridiculed.
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3 years ago#8
From: CuteBeans | #007
The 650ti is like the 550ti which when you buy one you get ridiculed.

B-b-but...muh daddeh bought dat for meh.
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3 years ago#9
Solid Sonic posted...
B-b-but...muh daddeh bought dat for meh.


Sorry, your old man doesn't love you. :(
3 years ago#10
It's in my Hackintosh now where it can't do any damage.

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And he believed he was improving my 5850...
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