Meet The 2012 Graphics Charts: How We're Testing This Year

More Data, More Transparency, And Better Recommendations

Practical Relevance and Objective Comparisons

The goal of our new benchmarks and 2012 Graphics Charts is to give you all the information you need to choose a graphics card for a wide variety of usage scenarios. Thirteen graphics benchmarks consisting of 39 measurements, as well as scores for three performance levels, illustrate in detail how cards perform under different conditions. Additionally, there are five GPGPU benchmarks and measurements for sound level, temperature, and power draw, which are useful for choosing a suitable case and power supply.

You can visit the 2012 Graphics Charts by clicking this link

We hope that we've helped readers, especially those who requested more transparency in our benchmarking, understand the details of how we benchmark graphics cards. Once we've covered all reference cards in all three performance categories, these charts will also serve as the basis of our regular feature Best Graphics Cards for the Money, which highlights top picks in different performance categories.

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  • mi1ez
    Who the hell did that first image on P1? 2002 again is it?
  • tracker45
    what image ?
  • janiashvili
    would be happy to see GPU rending benchmarks(using well known renderers for well known softwares). you always can download trial softwares, so that should not be problem. compare e.g. mental ray vs iray; vray with its GPU version; and stuff like that)
  • mactronix
    So help me out here just to check. You need a 7770 before you have a card capable of playing games at entry level ?
    And a 6950 or a 560 Ti are not enough to play at Performance 1080 p ?

    If I am reading this correctly then I think the charts are setting expectations a little high.