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9 best graphics cards 2015: what's the best graphics card you can buy in the UK?

The top 9 graphics cards you can buy in the UK in 2015

9 best graphics cards 2015: what's the best graphics card you can buy in the UK?

PC Advisor reviews and ranks the best 9 graphics cards you can buy in the UK in 2015.

9. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti

In many respects, the nVidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the best out there. It's got the best specifications and produces astounding frame rates in real-world gaming. It's also relatively quiet next to the 290X. Having said all that, we'd still recommend the 290X to most users. That's because there's a £160 price gap which, in our opinion, isn't quite bridged by the Ti's superiority. For the time being it remains just that bit too expensive to take the recommendation as best value high-end card. However, if money is no object, this is the best single-GPU gaming card out there. And when the price falls so that the difference between this and the 290X drops to two figures, the 780 Ti will almost undoubtedly become the top high-performance deal on the market.

8. MSI Radeon R9 295 X2

This card may be something of an irrelevance to many people. It's simply more expensive than most of us would pay for a graphics card. But its cooling system is a sign of the future, and makes this towering powerhouse a feasible option for home users, provided they don't mind paying for increased electricity too. More to the point, there is no other graphics card anywhere near to it - and it doesn't look as though it'll have similarly priced competition any time in the next few months. For those lucky few who can afford the best gaming rig, this marvel will be the jewel in a hot but utterly dazzling crown.

7. XFX Radeon R7-265 2GB Core Edition

It's hard to get excited about a card like the 265. Nonetheless, it serves an important purpose for those who have a very specific budget. We certainly wouldn't recommend the 750 Ti over this card, as the 265 is very much the superior product in terms of performance. It's a shame that it doesn't have the features of some of the the newer AMDs. As a value for money product, though, the 265 is another very capable addition from AMD.

6. MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming Edition

AMD's policy of retooling old hardware as new chips is paying dividends. The 280X is a hard card to beat at its price-point. The 270X, too, is a rather good card for the money, and not that far behind the 280X. Having said that, the latter does have a superior memory configuration, and pulls out a noticeable, if not enormous gap, all the way along. If you can afford it, the 280X is still the one to go for. The 270X, though, will do very well, and is an excellent card for the money.

5. MSI Radeon R7 260X OC

The 260X is the superior card for gamers - even if the difference isn't quite as big as you might think. We were mostly seeing average increases of 3-4fps. The most we saw was, in Crysis 3, a gap of almost 7fps. But if you need strong gaming performance for less than £100, this is the best product here, and can handle games even at the relatively high resolution of 1920x1200.

4. XFX Radeon R9 290X Boost Edition

For those who value noise and lower power consumption, the GTX 780 is the better product. In terms of performance, though, there's no question that the R9 290X cruises past its similarly-priced rival. The card is loud and furious, but it romps through the benchmarks, beating even the Titan in the majority of tests - despite that card costing considerably more. We'll be interested to see what AMD can do about producing a more efficient and quieter card in the future that can produce speed close to that of the 290X. In the meantime, though, this is generally an excellent product that moves to the head of the high-performance league. You might want to don some headphones though.

3. Zotac GeForce GTX 960 Amp! Edition

A lot of the 960's appeal will come down to what you want the card for. If low power consumption is a must, then the 960 is an obvious buy at this price point - it really is astoundingly efficient compared to the competition. However, if you're more interested in raw figures, it's a harder decision. This Zotac costs is currently around £20 cheaper than the 280X, but about 2-3fps down on speed. Likewise, it's a similar amount more expensive than the 285, this time being 2-3fps faster. At this pricing, there's very little to choose between them, although the 960's lower power output will make it rather better value than either once you take running costs into account. That, added to HEVC support, makes this marginally the best card at this price point, in our opinion. Another £20 needs to be taken off the price, though, in order to establish it as a clear winner.

2. HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Boost

While we were initially disappointed by the lack of innovation in the new range, as an overall deal, the 280X is an exceptional deal. The 770 is only a little faster, but it is considerably more expensive - and once manufacturers start really juicing the 280X, we should see its performance lift by another 2-3fps. If the gap to the 770 was £20, we'd be faced with a dilemma. When the price difference is around £80, though, the 280X has to be the better choice. The 760 is around £45 cheaper, but is a long way behind the 280X in terms of raw figures, and will struggle more in the future than the 3GB ATI. If you're in the market for a card at around the £250 mark, this is a clear first choice. A win for new technology, it might not be, but a victory for the consumer? Undoubtedly.

1. nVidia GeForce GTX 770

The nVidia GTX 770 might not quite have the showmanship of the 780, but it is better value for money. It offers strong gaming performance without being extortionately priced. The 2GB memory is a small concern as this may look a little dated two years hence. For use with games today and over the next year or so, though, it's likely to remain a compelling choice.

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