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    I've done a little work on getting the real value a GPU gives you, ie Rands per FPS delivered, as well as average FPS.

    In a nutshell I've taken the FPS from each game they review with and averaged it. I've tried to stick with 1920x1080/1200 resolution results since thats what most people will be running. I can add more data from other sites if people want them. For the price of each GPU I have tried to find the cheapest option in SA.

    Links for those that cant view embedded images
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...x=dycynip1w2nc
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...x=60os3f4wxvnp
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...x=fgb47vereout
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...x=271hzfy1533r

    So basically, if you want the best you pick from the average FPS list. If you want the most value, pick from the Cost/FPS list. Most likely you'll end up looking at both and finding the right compromise for your budget.
    For high end cards its a bit easier to look at the Rand/FPS chart, for medium to low end cards, the FPS/Rand chart is easier. Thanks to pada for the suggestion

    My best value pick as of May:
    GTX670 - killer performance at a very good price

    Post any suggestions/corrections (especially price corrections) in this thread or PM me. I'll try update the OP regularly as new GPUs come out or as pricing changes.

    Well after all that work I seriously hope it helps someone!

    Sources: Guru3d, Anandtech, Hexus, Techpowerup
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    You shouldn't do it on a linear scale since their prices aren't really linear. do a log on the cost/fps and tell us the result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    Current lowest prices in Rands:
    HD5970 - 5941 // GTX480 - 4800 // HD5870 - 3750 // GTX470 - 3285 // HD5850 - 2750 // GTX460 1gb - 2112 // GTX460 768mb - 1977 // HD5770 - 1552
    Wootware has got the 5850 for cheaper, though they are out of stock.

    So on to the results in order of best to worst:
    Average FPS
    HD5970 - 96.0 // GTX480 - 80.7 // HD5870 - 70.8 // GTX470 - 65.3 // HD5850 - 60.3 // GTX460 1gb - 55.4 // GTX460 768mb - 50.9 // HD5770 - 1552
    Missing frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharkBait View Post
    Wootware has got the 5850 for cheaper, though they are out of stock.

    Missing frames.
    So then tell me the price! And fixed the uber powerful 5770 giving 1552 FPS back to what it should be - 41.2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    So then tell me the price! And fixed the uber powerful 5770 giving 1552 FPS back to what it should be - 41.2
    LoL, you changed the wrong one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnUnOctium View Post
    You shouldn't do it on a linear scale since their prices aren't really linear. do a log on the cost/fps and tell us the result.
    What do you propose I use for the base of the log function? Guess I can try some numbers until I find one that represent the data nicely, but it feels a bit like data manipulation in which case I could easily warp the end result. But I will try it, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SharkBait View Post
    LoL, you changed the wrong one.

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    See what I mean by needing a better way to show the results? Sheeez
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    What about OCed cards? Especially the GTX 460 1Gig cards.

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    See what I mean by needing a better way to show the results? Sheeez
    ROFL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharkBait View Post
    What about OCed cards? Especially the GTX 460 1Gig cards.
    Was hoping nobody would bring that up thing is its quite difficult to find multiple sources giving reviews of the same OC card, whereas just about everyone will review the stock cards.
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    The Palit one was quite popular in reviews...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    What do you propose I use for the base of the log function? Guess I can try some numbers until I find one that represent the data nicely, but it feels a bit like data manipulation in which case I could easily warp the end result. But I will try it, thanks.
    base doesn't matter, it's the derivative that does (and that's just scaled by the inverse of the natural logarithm of the base). So for simplicity's sake, make it a ln.
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    It's pointless imo to do OC'd cards as there are just to many flavours of them and well comparing OC to reference is also stupid as I'll just OC my reference then and we back to square 1...

    Reference design is better as even though manufactures charge different prices, the cards still perform the same.. So ya lowest price comparison is best here..

    460 1GB @ R2067.85 http://www.prophecy.co.za/inno3d-nvi...e-p-82915.html

    and I want a graph
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    Quote Originally Posted by nakedpeanut View Post
    It's pointless imo to do OC'd cards as there are just to many flavours of them and well comparing OC to reference is also stupid as I'll just OC my reference then and we back to square 1...

    Reference design is better as even though manufactures charge different prices, the cards still perform the same.. So ya lowest price comparison is best here..

    460 1GB @ R2067.85 http://www.prophecy.co.za/inno3d-nvi...e-p-82915.html

    and I want a graph
    A graph of what? And that price edges the 460 1gb back into 1st place for value.
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    I don't know but graphs are good

    maybe a dot graph of fps on the left and price on the bottom
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