EDIT - note that the prices this analysis is based on are now out of date. If you want the chart to be accurate again, download the spreadsheet and input some prices you find to see how cards compare. I was going to keep doing this myself on a monthly or quarterly basis, but I don't think anybody visits this anymore. Update: For absolute FPS-to-Price graphs and work with average FPS values, see Zinfandel's awesome work on that here and here. Here's the bang-for-buck analysis: This is based on minimum FPS, averaged across Bad Company 2, ARMA II, Black Ops and Dirt 2 (data taken from bit-tech's reviews). Prices are UK prices only and are taken from scan, aria, dabs, overclockers, ebuyer, amazon UK and ebay (buy-it-now only, failing all other stores). (The other resolutions aren't important - the revelation here was that, for all resolutions, these cards stay in the above ratios with regard to bang-for-buck. Whatever resolution you're on between 1680 and 2560, this chart applies. If you want to check for yourself, the other graphs are on sheet 2 in the Excel file below.) So I can finally answer the dreaded HD 6870 vs. GTX 460 1GB and GTX 560Ti vs. GTX 570 questions. Here's the lowdown: Top Bang-For-Buck Cards £85 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 550Ti 1GB £100 - AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB £135 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 1GB £164 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB £147 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.3GB £250 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 1.3GB £348 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB How you use this: identify your maximum price and find the card in the above that's closest to it. That's the best bang-for-buck card in your price range. If you're tempted to go higher or lower, try to go to the next higher or lower card in this selection, as the ones in between are generally worse value-for-money purchases. So for the 560Ti/570 choice, for example, as they're both in this list it just comes down to which meets your needs, and/or which you can afford. If you can afford both but only need the performance of the 560Ti, get that; if you can afford both but know you need the performance of the 570, get that. If you can afford both but care more about cutting costs than about raw performance, get the 560Ti (cheaper AND higher absolute bang-for-buck.) If you can only afford the 560Ti but need the performance of the 570 - tough Note: If you find a card on a special offer that takes more than £10 off its price in the table below, you can safely assume that it trumps a slightly more expensive card. Example: the AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB at £162 is bad value for money compared to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB at £164, but if you found an offer that brought the 5850 down to £150 it would become the better bang-for-buck choice. These were the lowest prices on 28-9-11, but of course they change constantly. If you want to stick your own prices into the tables and see how they compare, you can download the Excel file here. edit - It's worth mentioning that this is wholly unbiased and that I'm not an Nvidia fanboy. I'm not even an Nvidia fan - my last three cards have been the Radeon 9550, the X1900XT and the HD 4870. Traditionally, ATI always held the bang-for-buck crown; I was as surprised as anyone to find that Nvidia are actually beating them for value in most price brackets at the moment. Make of it what you will - it'll probably change again in a month. Original post: I thought some people might find this interesting or useful. A few days ago in the FS forum there was this: It got me thinking. After some thinking I got industrious and decided to chart the bang-for-buck value of the current graphics cards, modifying a chart from bit-tech's review of the 6950 1GB. I treat minimum FPS as the metric of gaming 'bang'. I take Bad Company 2 to be most representative of current gaming demands (RTS are all CPU-limited anyway). I pooled prices from Scan, Aria, Ebuyer and Overclockers. Some newer additions are missing because the article dates from Feb. 2011, but nothing magnificent has happened since then anyway. So the 560 Ti is still the higher-end monster. And for lower prices, surprisingly enough (to me), the 460 is still the mini-monster. The 6870 is quite close behind, though, and enjoys better performance than the 460 in some scenarios. Of course, it all changes when you throw in one of Overclocker's frequent special offers. Knocking £20 off a 460 or a 6870 changes its value coefficient significantly. Open to suggestions of improvements to the method, or of subsequent cards that might weigh in well that I should've included. Quite enjoyed putting this together.