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Best PCIe Card: ~$100 To $200

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May 2010
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Best PCIe Card For ~$130:

Radeon HD 5750 512MB (Check Prices)

Great 1920x1200 performance in most games

Radeon HD 5750
Codename: RV840 "Juniper"
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 720
Texture Units: 36
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 700
Memory Speed MHz: 1,150 (4,600 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0

The price of the 512MB Radeon HD 5750 is quite low, and this month, it's enough to take the recommendation from the 1GB versions of the Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce GTS 250.

Although it costs a few dollars more, the 5750 is more appealing due to its DirectX 11 hardware capabilities. There are other benefits too, such as Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreaming and Eyefinity triple-display output support, making this card an easy choice on all fronts.

Read our full review of ATI's Radeon HD 5750 for more information on the card and its underlying architecture.

Best PCIe Card For ~$155:

Radeon HD 5770 1GB (Check Prices)

Great 1920x1200 performance in most games

Radeon HD 5770
Codename: RV840 "Juniper"
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 800
Texture Units: 40
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 850
Memory Speed MHz: 1,200 (4,800 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5.0

While AMD's new Radeon HD 5770 isn't any faster than the older Radeon HD 4870 (we've found that it's even slightly slower in many instances), it does have something the Radeon HD 4870 doesn't have: full DirectX 11 and Eyefinity support. Indeed, while the Radeon HD 5770 doesn't run away with any performance crowns in this category, it does look good from a longevity/value standpoint.

Perhaps more importantly, at the $155 price point, there is nothing to compete against this card now that the Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260 are at the end of their effective lives.

Read our full review of ATI's Radeon HD 5770 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.

Radeon HD 4890 (Check Prices)

Excellent 1920x1200 performance in most games

Radeon HD 4890
Codename: RV790
Process: 55 nm
Universal Shaders: 800
Texture Units: 40
ROPs: 16
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core Speed MHz: 850
Memory Speed MHz: 975 (3,900 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 10.1/SM 4.1

The Radeon HD 4890 has reappeared on our radar in limited quantities, and remains a fantastic buy at the $200 price point. If the Radeon HD 4890 looks good to you, you may want to act quickly, as stock can't possibly last for much longer.

Read our full review of ATI's Radeon HD 4890 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.

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