If you don’t want to spend a fortune, but still want a GPU upgrade that’s going to make mincemeat out of any game you may throw at it for a few years, PNY’s £250 GeForce GTX 570 Performance Edition is a relatively affordable upgrade that doesn’t compromise on performance. The GTX 570 is slightly faster than the Radeon HD 6970, and doesn’t require you to shell out for a dual-GPU card such as the Radeon HD 6990 or GTX 580. It’s an absolute bargain and a worthy winner.

Best Graphics Card 2012: The runners-up

PNY GeForce GTX 570 Performance Edition

About the PC Advisor Awards 2012

Our annual roll call of honour considers every piece of hardware and software that has passed through our Test Centre over the past year. We look for innovation and excellence, outstanding performance and value for money.

Only excellent products make the PC Advisor Awards shortlist, and we congratulate all the manufacturers represented on the list. If a product still looks great from the view point of up to a year after its first review, the chances are that it is great.

That does, however, mean that our PC Advisor Awards coverage is not necessarily a buyer’s guide – for that you should visit our Test Centre and Reviews. Some of the products may no longer be available, and in some categories they may have been superseded.

Whittling down the shortlist to pick out individual winners isn’t easy. In all cases arguments could be (and were) made for products other than the eventual winners. But winners there must be.

See techadvisor.co.uk/awards for details on our other award winners