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i3DSpeed, July 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and AMD Radeon HD 7730.

August 5, 2013



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Performance ratings

Calculations are based on gaming, 3DMark and Unigine test results. The calculation method is described here.

You may have noticed our ratings have changed a bit. Now we only have two: capability and usability. The capability rating compares each graphics card with GeForce GT 430 which is considered a baseline, or 100%. The rating is based on both synthetic and gaming results and shows, as the name implies, what a product is capable of.

The usability rating is obtained by dividing each card's capability rating by its price. It basically shows whether a given product is over or underpriced, considering what it can do, and thus how reasonable it is to buy it.

Below are two tables sorted by different ratings.

Sorted by capability (high to low)


# Card Capability rating Usability rating Approx. price, USD
01 2xASUS Ares II 2x3072MB, 1100/1100/6600 1700 54 3170
02 ASUS Ares II 2x3072MB, 1100/1100/6600 1330 84 1585
03 GTX 680 SLI 2x2048MB, 1000-1100/6000 1300 126 1034
04 GTX 690 2x2048MB, 914-1014/6000 1240 122 1018
05 HD 7990 2x3072MB, 1000/1000/6000 1170 108 1085
06 GTX Titan 6144MB, 837-876/6000 1040 97 1069
07 GTX 780 3072MB, 863-900/6000 970 136 712
08 HD 7970 GHz 3072MB, o/c 1100/1100/6600 870 185 470
09 GTX 770 2048MB, 1046-1075/7000 850 192 442
10 GTX 680 4096MB, 1071-1200/6000 850 151 563
11 HD 7970 GHz 3072MB, 1050/1050/6000 820 186 441
12 GTX 680 2048MB, 1000-1100/6000 790 153 517
13 HD 7970 3072MB, 925/925/5500 730 168 434
14 GTX 670 2048MB, 915-1030/6000 720 174 413
15 GTX 760 2048MB, 980-1033/6000 680 229 297
16 HD 7950 3072MB, 800/800/5000 630 186 338
17 GTX 660 Ti 2048MB, 915-1030/6000 630 208 303
18 HD 7870 2048MB, 975/975/6000 570 238 240
19 HD 7870 2048MB, 1000/1000/4800 560 235 238
20 HD 7850 2048MB, o/c 1020/1020/5600 540 255 212
21 GTX 660 2048MB, 993-1053/6000 530 247 215
22 HD 7850 2048MB, 860/860/4800 480 245 196
23 GTX 650 Ti Boost 2048MB, 980-1033/6000 460 264 174
24 HD 7850 1024MB, 900/900/4800 440 244 180
25 HD 7790 1024MB, o/c 1075/1075/6600 380 241 158
26 HD 7790 1024MB, 1000/1000/6000 360 240 150
27 GTX 650 Ti 2048MB, 925/925/5400 350 229 153
28 HD 7770 1024MB, 1000/1000/4500 290 250 116
29 GTX 550 Ti 1024MB, 900/1800/4000 270 257 105
30 HD 7750 1024MB, 880/880/4500 250 263 95
31 GTX 650 1024MB, 1058/1058/5000 230 193 119
32 HD 7730 1024MB, 800/800/4500 180 250 72
33 GT 640 2048MB, 900/900/1782 170 198 86
34 HD 6670 1024MB, 800/800/4000 150 181 83
35 HD 6570 1024MB 650/650/2000 110 180 61
36 GT 630 2048MB, 800/1600/1334 100 159 63

Sorted by usability (high to low)


# Card Usability rating Capability rating Approx. price, USD
01 GTX 650 Ti Boost 2048MB, 980-1033/6000 264 460 174
02 HD 7750 1024MB, 880/880/4500 263 250 95
03 GTX 550 Ti 1024MB, 900/1800/4000 257 270 105
04 HD 7850 2048MB, o/c 1020/1020/5600 255 540 212
05 HD 7770 1024MB, 1000/1000/4500 250 290 116
06 HD 7730 1024MB, 800/800/4500 250 180 72
07 GTX 660 2048MB, 993-1053/6000 247 530 215
08 HD 7850 2048MB, 860/860/4800 245 480 196
09 HD 7850 1024MB, 900/900/4800 244 440 180
10 HD 7790 1024MB, o/c 1075/1075/6600 241 380 158
11 HD 7790 1024MB, 1000/1000/6000 240 360 150
12 HD 7870 2048MB, 975/975/6000 238 570 240
13 HD 7870 2048MB, 1000/1000/4800 235 560 238
14 GTX 760 2048MB, 980-1033/6000 229 680 297
15 GTX 650 Ti 2048MB, 925/925/5400 229 350 153
16 GTX 660 Ti 2048MB, 915-1030/6000 208 630 303
17 GT 640 2048MB, 900/900/1782 198 170 86
18 GTX 650 1024MB, 1058/1058/5000 193 230 119
19 GTX 770 2048MB, 1046-1075/7000 192 850 442
20 HD 7950 3072MB, 800/800/5000 186 630 338
21 HD 7970 GHz 3072MB, 1050/1050/6000 186 820 441
22 HD 7970 GHz 3072MB, o/c 1100/1100/6600 185 870 470
23 HD 6670 1024MB, 800/800/4000 181 150 83
24 HD 6570 1024MB 650/650/2000 180 110 61
25 GTX 670 2048MB, 915-1030/6000 174 720 413
26 HD 7970 3072MB, 925/925/5500 168 730 434
27 GT 630 2048MB, 800/1600/1334 159 100 63
28 GTX 680 2048MB, 1000-1100/6000 153 790 517
29 GTX 680 4096MB, 1071-1200/6000 151 850 563
30 GTX 780 3072MB, 863-900/6000 136 970 712
31 GTX 680 SLI 2x2048MB, 1000-1100/6000 126 1300 1034
32 GTX 690 2x2048MB, 914-1014/6000 122 1240 1018
33 HD 7990 2x3072MB, 1000/1000/6000 108 1170 1085
34 GTX Titan 6144MB, 837-876/6000 97 1040 1069
35 ASUS Ares II 2x3072MB, 1100/1100/6600 84 1330 1585
36 2xASUS Ares II 2x3072MB, 1100/1100/6600 54 1700 3170

Top solutions like Ares II, Radeon HD 79xx, GeForce GTX Titan, GTX 780/770/690/680/670 should only be considered in terms of their capability ratings, because they are made for enthusiasts willing to spend no matter how much to get the best performance.

For other graphics cards, price plays a more important role, and the lower the product category the more critical the price is. You can see that overclocked variants occupy leading spots in the Usability Rating. Note: Remember that for our calculations we assume that prices for regular and overclocked variants are the same. The reason is that 90% of graphics cards can be overclocked rather easily.

This time GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost, Radeon HD 7750, and GeForce GTX 550 Ti have the best price/performance ratio and are the best buy.

We express gratitude to AMD, ASUS, Chaintech, Corsair, Gainward, HIS, KFA2, MSI, NVIDIA, OCZ Technology, Palit, Sapphire Technology, Seagate, TUL (PowerColor), XFX, Zotac.


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