Looking to buy a new graphics card in the $200 range? Then head over to The Tech Report as these guys have finished a review of sixteen mid-range graphics cards like the GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 3800 series.
If you've read our extensive coverage of the GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 3800 series, you probably have an idea of which one best suits your needs and budget. That puts you one step closer to settling on the right card, but there's another important decision to consider: among the 8800 GTs and HD 3800-series cards available from various add-in board partners, which are the best? There's more variety here than one might think, since manufacturers tweak clock speeds, board layouts, cooling solutions, and even bundled games and extras in order to separate themselves from an increasingly crowded pack of contenders drawing from the same bin of chips.
Set on finding the finest mid-range graphics cards on the market, we've rounded up an appropriately sweet 16 cards from the likes of Asus, Gigabyte, HIS, MSI, Palit, PowerColor, Sapphire, VisionTek, XFX, and Zotac. Read on to see which set themselves apart from the masses.
The Asus EN8800 GT TOP and VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 received the recommended award and the XFX GeForce 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition 512MB and Zotac GeForce 8800 GT Amp! Edition got the Editor's Choice award.