View Full Version : A good graphics card for Windows 8 around 200-250 dollars?
I am planning to purchase a good graphics card to be able to run at least two monitors, and play games like battlefield on a good setting. any suggestions? And I will install Windows 8 when Microsoft released Windows 8 Release Preview next month.
05-18-2012, 12:56 AM
Win 8 RP is a BETA OS, it is NOT a released OS. The OS is not expected until October. There are very few Win 8 drivers yet. I would hold off on any major purchases until we get a little closer until we get closer to that time.
05-18-2012, 12:32 PM
So far, the only company that I've personally found to be putting out Windows 8 drivers is "NVidea GeForce".
If you find an NVidea vid card you like, go to "www.geforce.com" and see if there are Win-8 drivers for it.
They had the Win-8 drivers for my new NVidea 210 vid card.
I will 2nd what TM has said. Nvidia is mine, also, & they did have a Win8 driver for my card, as well. Their stuff is good, too. Fewer issues than ATI. Also, as Ted said, maybe wait til October for Win8 GA... what is coming in June is still a beta. Ergo, you'll have to redo things, again, in October, anyway, in terms of your OS installation. But, Nvidia will work for you, even, whilst testing the beta. You can run a beta AS WELL as your current OS but, don't actually switch to Win8 until the GA release in October.
05-18-2012, 07:15 PM
I'm also with TM, NVIDIA was the very first to offer Windows 8 drivers, & being that my notebook has the Fermi card (GT 425M, 1GB DDR3), I can vouch that NVIDIA is a solid performer.
Although that are many AMD fans out there, one gets more for their money with NVIDIA. Some of AMD's cards are extremely overpriced for what they are (those in the $700-$900 range in particular).
$200-$250 will buy you a lot of GPU in today's competitive market. But like Ted & Drew stated, hold off until Windows 8 is available for Retail before purchasing. There's no way that a retailer can 100% guarantee at this point that any particular card is fully designed for Windows 8. For that much cash, you should want a GPU "designed for Windows 8", rather than "Windows 8 Compatible". There's a world of difference between the two terms.
05-20-2012, 05:40 AM
The Win-8, Developer's Preview was put out for hardware and software developers to write drivers and software for it.
For any hardware supplier, to just sit on their hands and do nothing speaks volumes about just how good that company really is.
Microsoft tried real hard to provide drivers that would work with mainstream hardware brands.
But try as they may, there is just a lot of hardware, like video chip-sets, that just don't like Win-8.
That was not the case with my own NVidea GeForce video card(s). The MS drivers worked just fine. The new drivers from GeForce worked even better.
Some folks are really upset because their HP, Canon or Brother printers won't work with Win-8. (no big surprise there!)
But when I installed Win-8, I had both of my Epson printers turned on and the installer picked them both up and they work just fine. You'll get more compatibility during the initial install, than you will later. So when you're installing Win-8, make sure ALL your hardware is connected and turned on.
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05-20-2012, 05:44 AM
Look into the Nvidia GTX 560TI or the Nvidia GTX 570. These both are in your price range [the 570 a bit higher] and made by several companies like EVGA, Zotac, ASUS, ETC. NewEgg is a good place to look around.
I have an older Nvidia GTX 260 that's plays any game. Nvidia has a driver [296.17] that is beta for win 8 and it's working great on my computer. I have win 8 consumer preview installed on a separate partition alongside win 7. This driver works for all their higher end cards.
I'm thinking of a GTX 570 to replace my 260 here pretty quick.
Again, as you can see, we are recommending Nvidia cards; they DO have Win8 drivers. That said... Win8 is beta, ie, "under development", ergo, things are, still, evolving as October nears. This may/can include the compatibility base; however the compatibility base in Windows8 is, already, vast. Personally, so far, I have hit no compatibility issues, not even w/ my Canon printer. MS has been working closely & vigorously since, @ least, 2009 w/ Partners & manufactures that the 3rd Party folks have their products Windows8 Ready by or before October... if, the 3rd Parties are not on track in a timely fashion one cannot blame the OS or MS. This is one thing, @ the onset that gave Vista a bad rap. People bashing the OS because things wouldn't work on it but, it was because 3rd Parties were not up to speed, on time... HP is especially famous for this.
The fact is the compatibility base, out of the box, w/ Windows8 is far greater in its scope than any previous Windows. But, realise & remember, the 3rd Party hardware & software manufactures, still, have to 'be onboard', as well. And, hopefully they will be by October.
Hi all, thanks for suggestions. I'd like to try Windows 8 Release Prelease and will back to Windows 7 Uti if failed.
No worries, mate, you're welcome. And, no offence, but, just so you'll know, w/ Windows8 RP, the RP stands for Release Preview :)
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11-05-2012, 05:23 PM
200-250 dollars is too high, I think. You can use some cheaper one in my opinion.
11-06-2012, 02:18 AM
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