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6 best graphics cards 2014: what's the best graphics card?

The Top 6 graphics cards you can buy

PC Advisor reviews and ranks the Top 6 graphics cards you can buy in the UK right now. 

6. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti
  • Reviewed on: 17 February 14
  • RRP: £560 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

5. MSI Radeon R9 295 X2

MSI Radeon R9 295 X2
  • Reviewed on: 29 May 14
  • RRP: £1140 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

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.

4. 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.

3. 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.

2. 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.

1. 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.

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