In this article we have a baker's dozen of graphics cards on test, covering
both AGP and PCI-E, from the elderly Radeon 9800 PRO to the brand spanking new
Radeon X850 XT PE.
If you like your computer games, the graphics card is quite possibly the most
important component in your system and naturally one of the hardest decisions
to make when upgrading or building a new machine. Inferior processor, motherboard
and memory sub-systems may throw a 30% performance swing into the equation.
This means that saving money by buying cheaper equipment, and investing the money into a
better graphics card can often give much better overall performance for your
By covering the complete range of cards from the oldest and cheapest mid range
models that can still keep pace with the latest games, up to the very latest
high end cards, we hope to give a useful perspective on the issues of relative
performance and value for money.
The cards below are split into AGP/PCI-E to save you time. They are also ordered
by their 3D Mark score. Testing is explained on page
2. Although benchmarks and specifications are given on each page, there
is a summary of these on page 16 and 17. An asterisk below denotes an award