X-bit Labs had some quality time with high-end, mid-stream and mainstream graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA. They tested the cards in seven games: Battlefield 2142, Call of Juarez, Company of Heroes, Gothic 3, Neverwinter Nights 2, Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Supreme Commander.
As always, the consumer 3D graphics market offers a large variety of graphics cards that deliver different performance at different prices, from $50 to $600 and even to over $1000 if you take multi-GPU SLI or CrossFire subsystems into account. The latter make up but a small share of the market, though. It is difficult to purchase, install and configure such a subsystem and its compatibility with games may prove to be deficient. This is why we will not talk about such solutions in this review. It is all about single graphics cards of different classes.
We’ll test a total of 11 graphics card models in 7 popular games. Hopefully, this test session will provide you enough information to make up your mind as to what graphics card suits you best.