Gamers love to upgrade to the latest graphic cards every few years as new technologies appear, and/or economy and priorities allow.
There are a wide range of graphic card price ranges and specs, but not all can handle all types of high-end video games. In addition, most video cards before 2008 support DirectX 9, while the newest ones support DirectX 11 right-off-the-box.
All Blizzard Entertaiment games are built from the ground up to handle a wide range of low, mid and high-end video cards. If all you plan to play are Blizzard games, going for a low or mid range video card is fine as your first graphic card (if you are building your system) or if it's an upgrade. However, if you plan to play games like Crysis 3 in the future, Farcry 3, your favorite flavor of Call of Duty, or other graphic-intensive video games -- you might fall short with a low-end graphic card.
EVGA has been a personal choice since 2008. Awesome forum community where know-more-than-you overclockers are happy to answer your questions, great tech support, and the lovely 3-year warranty which covers parts and labor.
EVGA recently announced the new mid-range graphic card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SuperClocked.
EVGA seems to be the only manufacturer out there with a 4096MB GDDR version of the GTX 670 Superclocked. Something cool about this graphic card is the adaptive VSYNC (new technology) and its dual-purpose air ventilation system.
The Adaptive VSync (Vertical Sync) dynamically adjusts VSync depending on frame rates for smoother gaming.
Other manufacturers add one or two axial fans to their video cards for extra cooling. However, those two-axial fans can be deceiving. All those fans do is push hot air off the video card and back into the computer case's interior itself, increasing the overall interior ambient of your computer and suffocate the CPU and motherboard. EVGA graphic cards on the other hand have a blower system that removes the hot air from your graphic card and your computer case altogether. It's a more efficient ventilation system.
Not only does the fan cools your video card -- it's designed to be an air blower too. Say what? Ok, basically the fan pulls-in air into the graphic card, and expels the hot air through the back-plating vent (where you connect the cords at). A rear-exhaust. It helps remove the hot air from within the computer case for a cooler ventilation lowering its whole interior-ambient around 3 celsius degrees.
Here's a video by EVGA explaining how this new graphic card air ventilation system works in real-time:
Get the image quality of 8X MSAA with the performance hit of only 2X MSAA. This means a smoother gaming experience without the loss in FPS normally associated with this level of eye candy.
NVIDIA SMX Engine
Brand new processing engine which delivers twice the performance/watt compared to previous generations.
At the bottom of the page, you can find links to manufacturers other than EVGA. Here are some of the specs on the EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked (4096MB GDDR5):
1344 CUDA Cores
Base Clock: 967 MHz
Boost Clock: 1046 MHz
Bus: PCI-E 3.01
2-way, 3-way, 4-way SLI Ready
Texture Fill Rate: TBA GT/s
Memory Detail: 4096 MB GDDR5
Memory Bit Width: 256 Bit
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
Memory Speed: 0.33 ns
Memory Bandwidth: 192.26 GB/s
NVIDIA SMX Engine
NVIDIA GPU Boost
NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
Support for four concurrent displays; two dual-link DVI connectors, HDMI and Displayport 1.2
Microsoft DirectX 11 with Direct Compute 5.0 Support
NVIDIA PhysX Technology
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
NVIDIA CUDA Technology
PCI Express 3.0 Support
OpenGL 4.2 Support
PCI-E 3.0 16x
DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, Display-Port
Resolution & Refresh
240Hz Max Refresh Rate
2048x1536 Max Analog
2560x1600 Max Digital
500 watt or greater power supply with a minimum of 30 amps on the +12 volt rail. ***
PCI Express, PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0 compliant motherboard with one graphics slot.
Two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors or four available hard disk power connectors.
Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista / XP
Height: 4.376 in - 111.15 mm
Length: 9.5 in - 241mm
Weight: 3 lbs
EVGA Driver/Software Disc with EVGA Precision Tuning Utility
DVI to VGA Adapter (For DVI-I) x 1
6-pin PCI-E Power Adapters x 2
EVGA Accessory Pack
NVIDIA GTX 670 - Other Companies
People might have experience with other graphic card companies. These are the 2048MB GDDR versions of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 by other manufacturers.