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The Top 5 graphics cards you can buy

PC Advisor reviews and ranks the Top 5 graphics cards you can buy in the UK right now. 

5. Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB

Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB
  • Reviewed on: 17 September 13
  • RRP: £540 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The 780 is an impressive piece of kit. The Titan is too expensive just for gaming, and if you don't want to stretch to the expense of a 690, the 780 is the best gaming choice on performance. Having said that, the 770 is much cheaper, and you're not sacrificing that many frames. On overall value, then, the 770 wins out. But the 780 is still a great product that will grab the attention of serious gamers.

4. XFX Radeon R9 290X Boost Edition

XFX Radeon R9 290X Boost Edition
  • Reviewed on: 15 January 14
  • RRP: £455 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

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. MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming Edition

MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming Edition
  • Reviewed on: 16 December 13
  • RRP: £151+ Graphics Card
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

2. nVidia GeForce GTX 770

nVidia GeForce GTX 770
  • Reviewed on: 8 August 13
  • RRP: £340 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

1. HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Boost

HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X2 Boost
  • Reviewed on: 8 November 13
  • RRP: £246 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

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.

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