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Why £200 / $250 Is The 1080p Graphics Card Sweet Spot

RPS:"What’s the best graphics card mere mortals can buy for around £200 / $250? This is a question for the ages. Or at least for a slow Thursday evening. In all seriousness, the £200 / $250 price point ticks a lot of important boxes. It’s been in and around the sweet spot for balancing price and performance for properly gameable graphics for a while. I reckon it’s also pretty near critical mass in terms of how much you lot are willing to spend on a video board. At a push, most of us can stretch to £200 / $250 if the payoff is great gaming. Luckily, it is."

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DonkeyDoner1326d ago

buy 970 and i7 4790k you'll be fine within 4+ years to save more money for buying newer graphic card

TheRealCrazedBuffoon1325d ago

I highly doubt it will last even 4 years bro :/ unfortunate but true

oIITSBIIo1325d ago

If you want something twice as good as the current console gen it will be more than enough.

freshslicepizza1324d ago

why wouldn't it last 4 years? yes there will be games that need better cards to perform maximum results but you can still be able to play those new games in 4 years at 1080p and reduce some settings.

reynod1324d ago

It will easily last 4+ years. Understand games are designed with consoles in mind. Console hardware doesnt magically increase in power year on year.

Infact over the years its a trend console resolutions go down. Check what happened last gen. Thats the way consoles keep up.

So yea your GTX 970 maybe doing 1440p easily for now, later on in the gen it might be doing 1080p, will still be ahead of any console thats for sure.

ninjahunter1324d ago

It really depends on standards, if you want 1080p/60, MAX settings, then it wont last 4 years since what qualifies as max settings goes up every year.

But, if you want a set level of graphics at a certain performance point, like a console for example, it will last you until it starts spitting out blue screens of death.

Dasteru1324d ago

This whole useless after 4 years thing is getting old. I'm still using a 470 and Phenom II 965 and i can play 95% of games at 1080p on high settings and ~45 fps. This isn't like the late 90s and early 2000s anymore where PC hardware becomes obsolete nearly as fast as you can build it.

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LightofDarkness1324d ago

Nah, 4GB VRAM will limit you as PC titles move beyond current gen levels of detail. Current gen games already use most of that in some cases, soon they'll use it all, and if you want to go beyond console detail, you'll need 6GB+. Star Citizen will want 8GB for the higher levels of detail, for instance.

T9001324d ago

GTA 5 On a Titan X, at 3440 X 1440 with everything turned up 4x AA i see about 5.5GB usage.

GTA 5 is a last gen game, i think going forward specially at higher resolutions beyond 1080p people will need GPUs with minimum 6gb - 8gb Vram.

LightofDarkness1324d ago

Sorry, I meant to agree with you. Bloody phone.

Khajiit861324d ago

Yeah but the 970 will still look and play better than a PS4.

badz1491324d ago

$250 for 1080p sweetspot? WHAT? that's $50 too much!

Spinal1324d ago (Edited 1324d ago )

Got me a gtx 970 on my i7 2700k, 16gb ram. I should be good for a while yet :)

Mind you I only play on Single 24 inch screen at 1920x1080.

MoeStedley1324d ago

Love people trying to warrant their 970 cards. 4+ years? No way.

Khajiit861324d ago (Edited 1324d ago )

I got 1 and within a year or so Ill be looking to upgrade mainly because I want to play at very high-ultra but if I wanted the 970 can last me about 3-5 years.

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FlameWater1325d ago (Edited 1325d ago )

Evga Gtx 560 2GB was my first serious video card and for $250 it was pretty eye opening

ninsigma1324d ago

Best performance for price would be the 970. Great card for the cost of it. Can double it later when it starts to show a bit of age. Still waiting on my second! Got it to run witcher 3 on the new 1440p monitor arriving on wednesday. No more buying for me this year xD

sugawalls1324d ago

The 980 will get a price drop once the 980ti comes about next month.

The 980 will be the sweetspot. Just stay away from AMDuh.

LightofDarkness1324d ago

I might sell my GTX 970s and buy a 980ti instead. Dual cards are great, and most titles know how to use them, but they can be a hassle when there's compatibility issues. A single 980ti should be on par with the Titan X in gaming performance under 4k, which is enough for me.

ninsigma1324d ago

The 980 ti will be between current 980 price and current titan x price. That's a lot of money when your 970s will handle everything for a couple years, especially when youre not planning on going 4K. But if the money isn't an issue then who am I to dissuade you....new stuff is awesome :D

JCDenton1324d ago (Edited 1324d ago )

I myself have been buying used hardware and saving A LOT in the last few years. For example, my last 3 graphics cards were all used, but I always buy from enthusiasts who often change hardware (like on the yearly basis). So about 9 months ago I managed to score an R9 280x for roughly 150$ and this thing can run pretty much anything at 1080p at the highest possible detail @60FPS (Crysis 3 being the only game to give me frame rate drops bellow 30, @1080p ULTRA settings). Thing is, you have to be patient and look for a good deal (e.g. this 280x that I have has had 2 more years of warranty at the moment I got it).

So, for me, personally, the "sweetspot" is 150-180$ :) Goes well with a fairly good (nothing extreme) hardware that I have - FX-8350, 16GB RAM, 120GB SSD + 3TB WD Black

Utalkin2me1324d ago

I have a 980 gtx, and I can't run ACU full tilt with constant 60fps, nor far cry 4 or GTA5. But you manage it with weaker hardware, that's odd.

JCDenton1324d ago (Edited 1324d ago )

Well, I'm not interested in GTA V so I don't know how well would it work on my PC. ACU is very poorly optimized game and Far Cry 4 is running 50fps on average with the latest patch and drivers (40-70fps with Vsync off) @ULTRA/1080p.

Given that I have a single monitor and not going crazy with AA, everything I play runs very smooth.

But that wasn't the point of my comment. My point is that you can get a good deal if you do your research and have patience. You don't have to spend 1000$ for the hardware in order to have really good performance. My entire PC cost about 800$ (including 24" Dell monitor).

Utalkin2me1323d ago (Edited 1323d ago )

You just stated you can run pretty much anything @1080p @ 60fps on Ultra settings. Which is totally false. And i bet your Far Cry 4 dips in the 30's also, cause mine does too with everything turned on. And i will bet, yours drops even farther then that. Then when you reply and say everything i play runs smooth. Thats how you should have worded it in the first place. Cause we both know its BS you running everything on Ultra @1080p @60fps. Ultra means everything turned all the way up.

If your point being would had been about "Good deal" on hardware we wouldn't be having this discussion about Ultra settings @1080p and 60 fps.

Not everyone has friends that upgrade every 6 months to a year. Good for you for having that option from friends. PC is always about you get what you pay for, always has and always will be. But if you can be in your position to buy from friends that upgrade all the time, you can get more for your buck.

My specs
Asus z87 expert
i7- 4770k
16 gig corsair vengance
1200 corsair PSU
evgaOC 980 gtx

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