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Toms Hardware does not recommend a single Nvidia GPU card under $300 ??? Whats up with that ?

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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html

All Radeon in the value segments.
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Those are gaming card recommendations?
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AMD usually makes better budget cards. Even over $300, their cards are better for gaming IMO.
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Yeah, that's only with 3D gaming in mind.

 

For HTPC's, Nvidia might have a slight advantage due well adopted/mature support for CUDA by 3rd party HTPC software (encoding/decoding/transcoding).  Even the budget $110 GT640 Keplar HTPC cards have great support for CUDA.  Also, Nvidia's Control Panel seems to be a better designed device driver graphical user interface than ATI Catalyst or Intel.

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The market for High-end gaming is in a decline, all the major players are hard hit because of that, specially the GPU segment.

The Sunami has almost salvaged the HDD market since last few years, prices of memory has never seen so low as compared to what we used to have years back. The only high end segment remains GPU.. in order to help boost their profits, these tech sites are now promoting highend gpu's with premium cost.

I have a ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 AMD Radeon HD 7850 Video Card, nothing i have thrown at it has ever lagged or burped. A good 2GB card, with 1050Mhz overclocked, has rocked.. and It's well below 300 dollars.
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Originally Posted by holyindian View Post

The market for High-end gaming is in a decline, all the major players are hard hit because of that, specially the GPU segment.

The Sunami has almost salvaged the HDD market since last few years, prices of memory has never seen so low as compared to what we used to have years back. The only high end segment remains GPU.. in order to help boost their profits, these tech sites are now promoting highend gpu's with premium cost.

I have a ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 AMD Radeon HD 7850 Video Card, nothing i have thrown at it has ever lagged or burped. A good 2GB card, with 1050Mhz overclocked, has rocked.. and It's well below 300 dollars.

It's only in decline because games are still being made for PC specs equivalent to a 360 or PS3, with limited graphics capability beyond that. A mid-range card can play most games maxed at this point at acceptable framerates. With the PS4/XBOX 720 on the way, and using much more powerful GPUs, PC gaming will have a brief renaissance where high-end cards are needed to max out most games again. Unfortunately, that will only last for a couple of years. Few developers are interested in creating multiple rendering engines targeting different capabilities--the payoff for the time investment just isn't there. So we're stuck with the lowest common denominator there.
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New PS3 and Xboxes due soon might change things.
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Originally Posted by mcturkey View Post

With the PS4/XBOX 720 on the way, and using much more powerful GPUs, PC gaming will have a brief renaissance where high-end cards are needed to max out most games again.

Not when every display that is going to be connected to a PS4/XBox 720 is still going to be 1920 x 1080.
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Not when every display that is going to be connected to a PS4/XBox 720 is still going to be 1920 x 1080.

Games can still be made much more visually appealing and complex. It's not just about resolution, much as I would love to see significantly higher resolution displays take off.
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