Comparative: Best graphic cards under 100 dollars 2014(Radeon-GeForce)

Are you looking for graphic cards for less than 100 dollars? In here we’ve compared four Radeon and GeForce models that are between 80 and 100 dollars, and that offer a good quality/price ratio: two Radeon (R7250x and RT250)and two GeForce (GTX 650 and GT 640).

Of these four graphic cards, we recently published the separate analysis for each of them (Radeon R7250x); with this comparative, we will be able to see how they behave in comparison to other alternatives of similar price available in the market.

The analyzed graphic cards, all of them with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, are the following (along with their average price in stores):

ASUS R7250X: 109 dollars
MSI R7 250: 89 dollars
Palit GTX 650: 99 dollars
Gainward GT 640: 85 dollars

Specifically, the Radeon R7 250X would be the direct rival of the GeForce GTX 650, while the R7 250 would compete with the GT 640. With all this said, let’s go have a quick glance at their main features:

  R7 250X R7 250 GTX 650 GT 640
Technology 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm
GPU Name Cape Verde XT Oland GK106 GK208
Flow Processor (shaders) 640-1 GHz 384 – 1.1GHZ 384 – 1 GHZ 384 – 1 GHZ
ROPs/TMUs 16/40 8/24 16/32 8/32
Bus PCle 3.0 128 bits PCle 3.0 128 bits PCle 2.0 128 bits PCle 2.0 64 bits
Ram memory (DDR5) 1 GHz 1 GHz 1 GHz 1 GHz
Feeding 6 PIN PCI 6 PIN PCI
Direct x 11.2 11.2 11.2 11.2
OpenGL 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3
HDMI 1 1 1 1
DisplayPort 1 0 0 0
DVI 1 1 1 1
VGA 0 (DVI adapter included) 1 1 1
Size 191 x 135 mm 193 x 120 mm 145 x 112 mm 145 x 69mm
PCI slots 2 2 2 1

Trial team

Our trial team consists of an ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M motherboard with an Intel Core i3 3220 (Ivy Bridge) processor and 8Gb of RAM memory at 1.333 MHz, with Windows 8.1 and the most recent drivers in each case, whereas the trial banks to which we recurred were the 3DMark 11, Unigine Valley and Cinebench R15.

We also tested their performance with the games Battlefield 4, Thief and Sleeping Dogs (in the first case, measuring the FPS with high-quality in Full HD – both in window size and full screen – and in the other two, executing the included performance test).

TechPowerUp GPU-Z

Before we get to the point and start comparing the results of these graphic cards for less than 100 dollars, we’ll leave you with the respective screen caps of their benefits in TechPowerUp GPU-Z:

Graphic cards


In 3DMark11 we reflect the registered values in FireStrike (the most demanding test of all, advised for gaming) and CloudGate (for normal use in computers). The FireStrike winner was the R7250X, followed by the R7 250.

  CloudGate FireStrike
R7 250X 6671 2526
R7 250 5700 1990
GTX 650 6244 1927
GT 640 5785 1565

Unigine Valley and Cinebench R15

In Unigine Valley the average FPS value achieved and the global score were the following:

  Score FPS
R7 250X 1199 28.7
R7 250 854 20.4
GTX 650 1056 25.2
GT 640 749 17.9

Cinebench, on the other hand, had the same ranking with the R7250X at the top of the average FPS (63,25), followed by the GTX 650 (62,8), the R7 250 (61,36) and in the last place, the GT 640 (60,8 fps).

Battlefield 4, Thief and Sleeping Dogs

We finish our graphic card for under 100 dollars comparative with specific tests with real videogames. In those tests, the R7 250X surpassed the rest of them in every value, except in Battlefield 4, playing full screen in Full HD, with high quality mode, in which the GTX 650 got the best results.

Nonetheless, all of them fell a little short at the Battlefield 4 in full screen mode without having to lower the quality, with FPS values that hardly exceeded the 20-22 fps.

  Battlefield 4 (Windowed Full HD FPS) Battlefield 4
(Fullscreen Full HD FPS)
Sleeping Dogs
(Media FPS)
(Media FPS)
R7 250X 50 21 54.8 26.5
R7 250 40 21 52.5 21.5
GTX 650 55 28 53.3 21.3
GT 640 36 20 48.9 16.8


Based on the results, the Radeon R7 250X is the best available option of the four, and if we notice in the comparison of the two AMD graphic cards against their NVIDIA counterparts, the first company ends up winning in both cases. The R7 250X surpassed the GTX 650 in almost everything (except in Battlefield 4) while the R7 250 also got ahead of the GT 640.

Nevertheless, because of the price difference existent among all of them, anyone who chooses an R7 250x or a GTX 650 will make the right call if what they’re looking for is a graphic card with a good quality/price ratio with which they can play the latest videogames.

In both cases, the pickiest gamers will have to invest a Little more on their graphic card, whereas whoever has an integrated good-quality GPU will barely notice the difference with the leap.

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