Usually, getting through a graphics card review on Tom’s Hardware leads to skipping through the nauseating number of benchmarks it does and going straight to the conclusion to see if the card is worth the cash. Well for the short-attention-spanned gamers out there, Tom’s went all budgety with the current crop of cards from ATI and Nvidia, with its top choices by price point and by technology, PCI Express and AGP. Even if you’re not shopping for a new card, it’s a good read to quickly see which company is tops at different prices.
But if you can’t even take reading the site’s breakdowns, here are some of the winners.
Best for $100~ ATI Radeon X800 GTO, NVidia Geforce 7300 GT GDDR3
Best for $200~ ATI Radeon X1900 GT
Best for $300~ NVidia Geforce 7900 GTX, ATI Radeon X1900 XTX
Best for Under $100~ ATI Radeon X700, Nvidia Geforce 6600
Best for $125~ ATI Radeon X1600, Nvidia Geforce 6600 GT
Best for $175~ Nvidia Geforce 7600 GT
The Best Gaming Video Cards for the Money: October 2006 [Tom’s Hardware Guide]