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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super review

TechRadar Verdict

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super is a superstar in the entry-level graphics card market. Not only does it overcome the original GTX 1660, it all but matches the GTX 1660 Ti, making that more expensive card almost irrelevant in comparison.

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Cons
  • No RT cores

  • Limited ports

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super: two minute review

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super is a fantastic card for budget gamers. It builds on the GeForce GTX 1660 to take the power up a notch, yet, it offers that boost in performance while still staying in the budget range for graphics card that makes a card like this so attractive. Essentially, you don’t have to spend much more for that extra bit of performance.

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Finding that sweet spot of solid 1080p gaming for a reasonable price is not the easiest task for budget gamers. Most of the GPUs available these days are just too pricey. That’s where the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super comes in.

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super at Amazon for $209.99

With its improved speed and video memory compared to the original 1660, it’s the perfect card for anyone building or taking their budget gaming PC to the next level, since the GTX 1660 Super stands somewhere between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti in terms of performance and price.

As such, it’s a welcome part of the Nvidia Turing line up, and considering what it offers in terms of overall value, it is still one of the best graphics cards for anyone on a tight hardware budget.

If you’re on the market for the best graphics card for 1080p gaming, you’re going to want the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super. The original GTX 1660 was already one of the best cheap graphics cards out there for budget builders, and Nvidia basically made it better in every single way. The Nvidia Super series has been kind of hit and miss – with the RTX 2080 being a notable flop – but we can’t recommend the GTX 1660 Super enough.  

At the end of the day, 1080p is the most popular resolution for PC gaming, and graphics cards in this price range are where most people will end up spending their money. And even after the release of the AMD Radeon RX 5500, Nvidia still dominates this part of the landscape, and it’s not hard to see why. 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super: price and availability

The snazzy retail packaging for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Image credit: Future)

  • How much is it? MSRP listed at $229 (about £180, AU$330)
  • When is it out? It was released in October 2019
  • Where can you get it? You can buy it from retailers in the US, UK, and Australia

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super is available today, starting at $229 (about £180, AU$330). This puts the GTX 1660 Super above the original GTX 1660 by just $10 (about £8, AU$15). But, with the faster GDDR6 memory, you’re getting a significant boost in performance for that slight price increase.  

Plus, at this price point it kind of pushes the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti out of relevance. You can get similar performance with the GTX 1660 Super, but for $50 (about £40, AU$70) less. A few months ago, we would have recommended the GTX 1660 Ti without even giving it a second thought, but with the GTX 1660 Super, that card doesn’t really have a reason to exist anymore. 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super: features and chipset

How the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super compares to competing cards (Image credit: Infogram; Future)

  • Nvidia Turing architecture
  • Nearly double the memory speed of the GTX 1660
  • No Ray Tracing or Tensor cores

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super is based on the same TU116 GPU as both the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1660 Ti, but has the same 1,408 CUDA cores as the original 1660.  The big difference over the original graphics card is the bump up to GDDR6 video memory, resulting in a boost in memory speed from 8Gbps to 14Gbps – that’s just as fast as the VRAM in the massively powerful RTX 2080 Ti.  

This bump up to GDDR6 goes a long way to bridging the gap between the GTX 1660 and the GTX 1660 Ti, but it doesn’t quite go all the way. 

And, it’s also important to note that this GPU doesn’t have the RT and Tensor cores that the RTX 20-series of Turing graphics cards have. This means that while you can technically enable ray tracing, it’s going to turn whatever game you try to enable it on into a slideshow – more so than it does on any other graphics card. During our testing, we accidentally left ray tracing on in Metro Exodus, and even the menu was nigh-unusable (to find out why, check out our «What is Ray Tracing» primer on the subject). 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super key specs

GPU: Nvidia TU116
Streaming multiprocessors:
22 (Turing)
CUDA Cores: 1,408
Tensor cores:
N/A
Ray tracing cores:
N/A
Power Draw (TGP): 125W
Boost clock:
1,785MHz
VRAM:
6GB GDDR6
Memory Speed:
14Gbps
Interface: PCIe 3. 0 x16
Power connector:
1 x 8-pin

But, really, at the end of the day you can’t expect a graphics card in this weight class to compete with graphics cards that cost twice as much. The GTX 1660 doesn’t have RT cores, nor does the GTX 1660 Ti, so it only makes sense for the GTX 1660 Super to be limited here. That honestly makes it all the more impressive that it’s still among the best Nvidia GeForce graphics cards you can buy.

One thing you should be aware of is that the ports are a bit limited on the GeForce GTX 1660 Super. We tested the EVGA GTX 1660 Super SC Ultra, and it’s limited to DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. This isn’t exactly a graphics card that you’re going to run 10 displays off of, but we would have liked to see Nvidia drop the DVI port and add in either a second HDMI or maybe even a USB-C port. 

Finally, if you do pick this graphics card up, you will need external power to make it run, in this case an 8-pin PCIe power connector. This means that the GTX 1660 Super does draw 127. 4W alone in the most taxing situations, so you should make sure you have at least a 500W power supply.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super: performance

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  • Outstanding 1080p Performance
  • Can’t quite do 1440p gameplay
  • Makes GTX 1660 Ti completely irrelevant

Frankly, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super is one hell of a graphics card, especially compared to its counterparts. In Time Spy, the GTX 1660 Super was about 5% slower than the GTX 1660 Ti that costs significantly more, and was a whopping 14% faster than the GTX 1660 that it essentially replaces. In Fire Strike, the difference was even more narrow – its just 2% slower than the GTX 1660 Ti. 

These performance wins continued over into gaming, too. In Metro Exodus at 1080p, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super averaged 41 frames per second (fps), compared to the 38 scored by the vanilla GTX 1660 and the 44 scored by the 1660 Ti. That might look like a marginal performance difference, but it still matters. 

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In the less strenuous Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the GTX 1660 Super absolutely dominated, getting an average of 79 fps at 1080p with Ultra quality settings. We feel like this title is more representative of your average AAA game, so you can expect some killer performance in most of the games you throw at it. Games like Metro are few and far between, after all.

Even at 1440p, the GTX 1660 Super can handle some heat, but some cracks do start to show. The graphics card does manage to get a respectable 54fps in Middle Earth: Shadow of War, but it absolutely fell apart in Metro: Exodus, only managing to scrape by with 32 fps. That is technically playable, but it’s a bit low for playing games on PC, where 60fps is the name of the game. Though, you can lower some settings to get a more comfortable experience.

The GTX 1660 Super is basically everything we could have asked it to be in terms of performance. It bridges the gap between the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Super beautifully. In fact, just looking at the raw performance numbers it kind of makes the GTX 1660 Ti obsolete. We’re not sure that’s what Nvidia was going for here, but that’s 100% what happened.

Should I buy an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super?

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super is the budget option to beat. (Image credit: Future)

Buy it if…

You want 1080p gaming at 60 fps
This is the best 1080p graphics card going for the price.

You don’t want to upgrade too much hardware
The power draw on the GTX 1660 Super isn’t light, but it’s lighter than most other options out there, so you can get by with a less-than-500W PSU and PCIe 3.0 motherboard.

You’re on a budget
If you don’t have a lot to spend, the GTX 1660 Super is a great way to spend a little money

Don’t buy it if…

You want ray tracing or DLSS
Without ray tracing or tensor cores, this card is going to have to skip some of the latest gaming technology.

You have room in your budget for a better card
The GTX 1660 Super is a great option for gamers on a tight budget, but if you’re not counting every nickel to buy a graphics card, try to step up to the RTX or AMD RX 6000-series cards, if possible.

You want to run lots of displays
The GTX 1660 Super only has DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort input (one each), and no USB Type-C, so if you want to run lots of displays, this card won’t be able to do it.

Also consider

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
If you have some wiggle room in your wallet, the RTX 2060 Super is the next generation up from the GTX 1660 Super, but has a lot more to offer for not a whole lot more money.

Read the full Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super review

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
We weren’t all that fond of the RTX 3050 when it launched, and compared to the other lower-end Nvidia Ampere cards, it’s not one that we’d recommend. But it’s the cheapest Ampere card out there and it does offer better performance than the GTX 1660 Super (along with ray tracing and DLSS), so if you have the option to pick it up, it can’t hurt.

Read the full Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 review

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
While the Radeon RX 5500 XT isn’t as capable as the GTX 1660 Super, it’s a good match against the GTX 1660, it’s definitely a good option if you want to go with an affordable alternative from Team Red. Finding one at MSRP might be a challenge though, as this card got hit with some serious price inflation during the chip shortage.

Read the full AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT review

  • First reviewed October 2019

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Jackie Thomas is Deputy Editor at Decisionary. Previously, she was TechRadar’s US computing editor. She is fat, queer and extremely online. Computers are the devil, but she just happens to be a satanist. If you need to know anything about computing components, PC gaming or the best laptop on the market, don’t be afraid to drop her a line on Twitter or through email.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 | TechRadar

TechRadar Verdict

At its price point, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 is an absolute powerhouse, bringing 1440p gaming at Ultra settings to the the mainstream. It’s easily one of the best graphics cards today.

Cons
  • Blower-style cooler

  • No ray tracing

The best graphics card, in our minds, will offer excellent performance at a price point that makes sense. You can pack in all the features in the world, but without that critical price to performance ratio, everything else falls apart. Luckily, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 adheres to this, delivering respectable performance at a great price point.

With this graphics card, you’ll be able to play all the best PC games at 1440p, even with all the settings turned on. And, the fact that the AMD Radeon RX 5700 brings about 2GB more VRAM than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 at the same price point makes the value proposition even juicier.

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Price and release date

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 is available starting today, July 7, for $349 (about £275, AU$500), and it’s targeting the $349 (about $275, AU$500) Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060. And, in that matchup, it looks like the AMD Radeon RX 5700 will likely win every time. It has more VRAM, and more raw gaming power. 

However, we could see users be tempted to jump up to either the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super or the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, both running for $399 (£315, AU$580). Either of these cards will provide between 10-15% more performance, but you’re paying around 13% more, so it evens out. 

This is pretty much thanks to the renewed competition in the war between AMD and Nvidia, and we hope that new AMD Navi products help keep prices competitive like they have here.

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Features and chipset

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 is based on the new 7nm RDNA graphics architecture, and thanks to the die shrink, its capable of a lot of things that the previous architecture, GCN, just wasn’t. 

Right off the bat, this built-for-gaming graphics architecture increases performance-per-clock by 1.25x, automatically squeezing more performance out of the graphics card at stock settings. And, when the higher core counts of these GPUs are taken into consideration, it’s no wonder that the AMD Radeon RX 5700 outshines something like the Radeon RX 580.

Another big improvement to these graphics cards is the inclusion of PCIe 4.0. Now, this will only work on AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation systems equipped with an X570 motherboard, but you should see graphics performance improve thanks to the boosted bandwidth. 

But, AMD Navi isn’t just about new hardware features. AMD has plenty of new software up its sleeve, including new image quality-boosting FidelityFX features. This library of effects is open-sourced, which means that developers can include them without having to pay royalties – which should lead to much wider adoption than something like Nvidia GameWorks. 

The most important of these features, by far, is Contrast Adaptive Sharpening, or CAS. This technology can be implemented into games by developers, and it will make upscaling an image a lot more clear and detailed. If, for instance, you’re looking to play a game on that 4K monitor you just bought, but don’t have the horsepower to run it, you can simply render the game in 1440p, and CAS will intelligently sharpen the upscaled image, making it look closer to native 4K. 

Even if your favorite game doesn’t implement this new technology, you’re still in luck, as Radeon Image Sharpening, or RIS, is available in pretty much every game. This is a setting you turn on in the Radeon Adrenaline software, and it will sharpen the image, without making it look weird. 

Plus, for any esports gamers out there, AMD is including its Radeon Anti-Lag software, which will make your CPU and GPU work more in sync, cutting down on input lag.

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Test system specs

CPU: 3.8Ghz AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (12-core, 70MB cache, up to 4. 6GHz)
RAM: 16GB G.Skill Royale DDR4 (3,400MHz)
Motherboard: ASRock Taichi X570
Power Supply: Corsair RM850x
Storage: 2TB Gigabyte Aorus M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4)  Case: Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB
Operating system: Windows 10

Performance

The fact that at $349 (about £275, AU$500), the AMD Radeon RX 5700 is able to boast performance as good as it does is simply mind-blowing. No matter what game we tried to run, 1440p at Ultra settings was a walk in the park. 

Even Shadow of the Tomb Raider, a notoriously difficult game to run, is able to get well over 60fps in our testing. In fact, in certain indoor areas, like when we’re grappling with a challenge tomb, we get close to 90 fps. 

This is reflected in our benchmarks, too. For instance, in 3DMark TimeSpy extreme, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 blew the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 out of the water, with a score of 3,753 versus Team Green’s 3,413. And, it didn’t stop there: in Firestrike Ultra, the 5700 scored 5,355 to the RTX 2060’s 4,352 points. In this narrow price bracket, the Radeon RX 5700 takes home the prize when it comes to performance in synthetics. 

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Don’t worry, though, that translates to actual games, too. In Metro Exodus, at 1080p Ultra, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 got a rock-solid 60fps, compared to the RTX 2060, which fell behind at 53 fps. With in-game performance like that, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 is a no-brainer in this price range.

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Final verdict

If you’re looking to play the best PC games at 1440p, and you’re looking to save some money, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 is a great option. It obviously isn’t going to power your games at 4K 60 fps, but that’s not what it’s built for. 

There may be some who say that the 5700 XT makes more sense for just 50 bucks or quid more, but at the end of the day, $50 is $50. It’s easy to see that the AMD Radeon RX 5700 is one of the best AMD graphics cards you can buy today.

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▷ The Best Graphics Card On A Budget

Cheap Graphics Cards for Gaming

In terms of the continuous GPU rivalry, there are fantastic graphics cards available that can handle even the most demanding PC games and editing tasks, that is, if you don’t expect 4K resolutions.

Whether you’re looking at Nvidia, AMD, or just the best cheap graphics cards for gaming, there are plenty of reasonable options among the best graphics cards for gaming that could fit into your budget if you dig a bit further.

The following list would carefully answer the question: what are the best budget graphics cards you could get for your PC at the moment.

GeForce RTX 3080

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 features an improved and upgraded Ampere architecture. It’s over 30% faster than the previous generation 2080 TI while also being $500 cheaper. 

The new RTX 3080 TI was unable to displace the incumbent due to its substantially higher price. This is the card to acquire if you’re serious about maxing out all graphics settings and playing at 4K or 1440p. 

Although it’s overkill for 1080p gaming, enabling all ray-tracing effects in games that offer the feature makes 1080p playable.

The RTX 30-series could be your ticket to ray tracing if you missed out on the first round of RTX GPUs.

The RTX 3080 is your best bet for enjoying ray traced games without breaking your budget, with potentially twice the ray-tracing speed of turning and titles like Cyberpunk 2077 utilizing even more ray-tracing effects.

Ampere also adds better tensor cores for DLSS, a technology we’ll see more of in future games now that it doesn’t require per-game supercomputer training.

We’re seeing a lot more games use DLSS 2.0 these days, thanks to the fact that it’s just a toggle and UI change in Unreal Engine to get it functioning.

NVidia’s RT and DLSS performance is also far better than AMD’s new RX 6000 cards, which is good because NVidia can lag in traditional rasterization performance (which is what our raw numbers are based on).

The main issue with the RTX 3080 will almost certainly be getting one in stock at a reasonable price. The 3080 TI remains our top selection for a fast GPU right now and is one of the best graphics cards for gaming laptops that currently costs $699.

PNY GeForce GTX 1650 Super

The GTX 1650 Super is more like a lower-spec GTX 1660 than a slightly upgraded GTX 1650, primarily because it uses TU116 GPU. Compared to the normal GTX 1650, this graphics processor has significantly more CUDA cores, faster clock rates, and more memory.

These enhancements result in a fantastic 1080p gaming experience, which is one of the best graphics cards for 1440p gaming.

If you’re in the market for a GTX 1650, the Supermodel is well worth the extra money. The PNY GTX 1650 Super graphics card’s modest size makes it ideal for small PC builds, allowing you to create a home theater PC that won’t take up too much space next to your TV but is ready to go for gaming or movies.

It’s a very fantastic piece, to be honest, which costs $550.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super, which replaces the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660, is unquestionably one of the best budget gaming graphics cards on the market right now.

On Middle Earth: Shadow of War with ultra graphics settings at 1080p, it can achieve around 80 frames per second and even 54 frames per second at 1440p. This is astounding given that it costs less than $700. 

It is also said to be one of the best graphics cards for 1440p gaming, following the PNY GeForce GTX 1650 Super.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super does, however, have certain flaws. It still has a DVI port instead of a second HDMI port (or even a USB-C), and while it has a DisplayPort, you won’t be able to connect multiple displays to it.

It also lacks ray-tracing cores, which is understandable given the graphics card’s price. Even still, you’ll be hard pushed to find any graphics card for the money that compares to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super.

And it properly answers the question: what are the best budget graphics cards in the market currently, because it undoubtedly stands out as one of the best.

AMD Radeon RX 5700

The Radeon RX 5700 is about as good as it gets for the best budget gaming graphics cards. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better mid-range graphics card at this price point that can deliver 1440p gaming on Ultra or Max settings.

However, certain compromises had to be made in the name of price — and it’s only just affordable because the Radeon RX 5700 lacks ray tracing.

Budget-conscious gamers will have to wait a little longer until that functionality gets into even the greatest low-cost graphics cards. Perhaps next year as the case may be. It currently costs $399

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

With so many low-cost 1080p graphics cards on the market, gamers will have difficulty finding the ideal card for their systems and budget.

In a market inundated with Nvidia products, the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT stands out as one of the best budget gaming graphics cards on the market and can even outperform some of the more costly mid-range cards in terms of raw performance.

But still, because it’s an AMD card, it lacks ray tracing, and for a card that costs nearly $700, it’s worth debating if it’s worth paying a little more for the Nvidia GeForce 2060, which doesn’t lack in the aspect of ray tracing.

The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is said to be arguably the best budget gaming pc graphics card you’ll find if you don’t mind not having ray-tracing. It costs $699 on Amazon.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G

While Nvidia GeForce graphics cards excel at the top end, they don’t always offer the same performance-to-price ratio as an excellent AMD product.

Fortunately, not every GeForce card is prohibitively expensive, and the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G provides the latest Nvidia Turing architecture to budget-conscious users.

The GeForce GTX 1660 OC is one of the best budget gaming pc graphics card alternatives for gamers looking for a little more from their graphics card without spending a lot of money.

It’s probably one of the best budget graphics cards for gaming, with fantastic 1080p gaming performance and some respectable 1440p gaming with the appropriate settings.

It costs $219 at the moment and may cost higher due to price fluctuations and high demand. A few sometimes refer to it as the best graphics card for under $300.

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT

If you want to play 1080p games without spending a fortune, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is the way to go. It doesn’t go too far from its comfort zone, and it sticks to delivering excellent 1080p performance, edging out the GeForce GTX 1660 when the price is taken into account.

The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT, while capable of 60 frames per second in most AAA games, will struggle to play Metro Exodus on high settings, let alone ultra. However, it is still overly considered the best budget gaming PC graphics card in respect to its affordable price. It currently costs $166.

Radeon RX 6800 XT

AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT is Team Red’s best GPU. Despite being 5-7 percent faster, the RX Radeon 6900 XT costs 54 percent more. That’s not a great deal, especially since you don’t receive any extra VRAM or other benefits.

The RX 6800 XT significantly outperforms the RX 5700 XT in terms of performance and functionality. It improves your test suite by 70-90 percent by adding ray tracing functionality (DirectX Ray tracing or VULKAN RT).

The enthusiast community dubbed the GPU ‘Big NAVI’ before it was released, and we got precisely what we wanted. NAVI 21 is twice as large as NAVI 10, with twice as many shadier cores and RAM.

The massive 128MB Infinity Cache is responsible for a large portion of AMD’s speed. The effective bandwidth has increased by 119 percent (according to AMD). We believe that few, if any, games will require more than 16GB in the coming years, putting the 6800 XT in a strong position.

What’s not to appreciate about that? The ray-tracing performance, on the other hand, is a little disappointing.

Perhaps because contemporary games are more likely to be built for Nvidia’s RTX GPUs, the 6800 XT is only slightly faster than the RTX 3070 in terms of ray tracing performance, and there are numerous games where it lags by up to 25%.

That’s without turning on DLSS, which can boost RTX card performance by 20-40% even in “Quality” mode (sometimes more). To compete with DLSS, AMD is working on Fidelity FX Super Resolution, but it isn’t ready yet, and it’s desperately needed.

The Radeon RX 6800 XT currently costs $649.

GeForce RTX 3060 TI

Nvidia’s Ampere march continues with what may be the best of the bunch. The GeForce RTX 3060 TI, which starts at $399, shares the same features as the other GPUs in the 30-series.

Of course, this is only true in theory, as it sold out precisely like the rest of the new graphics cards. It would’ve just been the best graphics card for under $300 if it didn’t increase in price by 30% recently.

In every test we ran, the 3060 TI outperformed the 2080 Super from the previous generation. It’s also only 9% slower and costs 20% less than the 3070.

The 3060 TI is up to twice as quick as a GTX 1070 or RX Vega 56, and in some games, even faster.

The shortage of VRAM is the only major worry. For the time being, 8GB is sufficient. However, several games are beginning to exceed this limit.

Of course, you can lower the texture quality a notch and not notice the change, but you’ll regret it deep down inside.

There’s nothing else that can compete with the 3060 TI at the $399 price range. For the same asking price, it’s 35-45% faster than the 2060 Super and 25-30% quicker than the RX 5700 XT.

Right now, the most pressing worry is just locating one of these cards for sale. Mining performance is nearly identical to the 3070 (at least for non-LHR variants) and AMD’s newest generation cards, resulting in prices frequently three times the official launch price.

Also, considering 1070 had that much RAM over four years ago, 8GB feels a little sparse. But that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best graphics cards for gaming laptops currently.

GeForce RTX 3070

The Ampere onslaught and next-generation architectural march continue with the GeForce RTX 3070. With half the VRAM of AMD’s RX 6800 series cards, it’s a significant decrease from the 3080.

The 3070, on the other hand, is less expensive than AMD’s new GPUs while still providing superior ray tracing performance and DLSS. It’s a pity that all 3070 cards are projected to sell out quickly.

 

For $100 extra, the new RTX 3070 TI offers slightly higher performance, but it also consumes 30% more power, so we recommend sticking with the non-TI cards for now.

The $400 price tag on the 3060 TI makes the 3070 less appealing. It’s around 10%-12% faster, but it’s 25% more expensive. Of course, when you consider the rest of your gaming PC, that extra $100 isn’t such a big deal.

Nothing should be purchased for new gaming PC builds. If you’re looking for a new gaming PC, you shouldn’t spend more than $300 unless it has an Ampere or Big NAVI GPU. Especially at the current scarcity-driven prices.

While 1440p and 4K gaming are both viable, 4K at its highest quality frequently falls below 60 frames per second. If a game supports it, DLSS can help, but even with DLSS, ray tracing at 4K frequently achieves 40-50 frames per second.

The 8GB of GDDR6 is also a source of concern. It not only has less memory and works at a slower clock speed than the 3080, but it also has less memory on a narrower bus.

We’ve already seen a few games where 8GB becomes a bit of a stumbling block at high resolution, and this is just going to worsen in the future.

The addition of 16GB to AMD’s NAVI 21 GPUs makes Nvidia’s 8GB look even worse, and Nvidia’s RTX 3060 will feature 12GB.

If you’re looking for a fast Nvidia GPU at a low price, the 3060 TI is the way to go. The 3070 is a fair improvement if you have an extra $100 to spare, which leads to another $100 for the 3070 TI, and then why not simply get the 3080?

After all, it’s the ‘greatest’ overall card. That’s where the law of diminishing returns comes into play when looking at higher-cost cards. For the time being, if you’ve always desired an RTX 2080 T, you’ll have to wait.

Our Review Process Here at Strafe.com

Here at Strafe.com, the easiest way we determine pure graphics card performance is to remove all other obstacles – as much as feasible.

A Core i9-9900K CPU, MSI MEG Z390 Ace motherboard, 32GB Corsair DDR4-3600 CL16 memory, and an XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB SSD make up our current graphics card testbed.

We tested at medium and ultra settings in the three most prevalent gaming resolutions: 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. There are faster CPUs now, but we tested them and found that overall performance only improves by 1–3% at best, so we’re sticking with the Core i9-9900K for now.

We use ‘reference’ cards for all of our tests, such as Nvidia’s Founders Edition versions and AMD’s reference designs, whenever possible.

However, most mid-range and lower-end GPUs lack reference versions, and in such circumstances, we can only evaluate factory overclocked cards. In such circumstances, we try to use cards as near the reference specs as possible.

What Do We Look for in an Affordable Graphics Card?

Check the following sections to know what makes the best budget gaming graphics cards stand out.

Processing power / Stream Processors

Stream processors are incorporated into the graphics processing unit of most contemporary video cards. The GPU could alternatively be integrated into the motherboard or the CPU.

Stream processing is a programming approach that makes simultaneous hardware and software processing simpler. The GPU’s stream processors handle most typical graphics rendering duties, which may also be designed for more general-purpose number crunching.

It is essential to consider the stream processors while selecting your best budget gaming PC graphics card.

Cooling Systems 

Cooling systems are essential parts of any gaming graphics card. Their presence prevents overheating, which allows you to play your games for longer durations without heating up. This makes up 90% of all modern best cheap graphics cards for gaming.

Video RAM Power Consumption 

Any random access memory (RAM) used to store picture data on a computer display is referred to as VRAM (video RAM). Be vigilant when selecting graphic cards to ensure that you select the one with low power consuming VRAMs to get more playtime with any of your desired games. Even the best graphics card for under $300 gives you a Gram with low power consumption.

Great Build Quality

The quality of any graphics card matters a lot, and it’s of great importance to get a graphics card that suits your visual graphic level.

Value for Money

The adage goes, «buy cheap, buy twice,» and graphic cards are no exception. On a serious note, your budget should always be considered while selecting your desired graphics card, even if it’s the best graphics card for under $300.

What Makes a Good Cheap Graphics Card?

Price

The price of a graphics card plays a significant role in whether or not it would be suitable for your gaming desire. Lucky for you, the list of graphics cards above are a few of the most affordable ones you could find anywhere. Keep an eye for the best graphic cards for under $300 on the list.

GPU Quality

A graphics card GPU quality is of high importance for your gaming experience. Luckily for you, even the best graphics card for under $300 on this list has an excellent GPU quality, but it’s a fact that your intended purpose and budget will determine the series and model of GPU you choose.

Bandwidth over Memory

More RAM is desirable, but more bandwidth is preferable. The memory bit rate on the graphics card represents the amount of data that the GPU can access on the memory bus. 64 bit and 128 bit are the standard bit rates. However, higher-end cards offer far higher bit rates.

The amount of memory on graphics cards matters, but so does the type (GDDR3 or GDDR5), the actual memory clock speed, and the memory bit rate (bandwidth — the higher, the better).

Cooler TDP Values

The GPU, like the CPU, generates heat as a result of all the processing it performs, as shown by its TDP number. These numbers indicate how much power is required to keep the GPU at a safe temperature. Hence the higher the number, the more heat the GPU generates.

Be on the lookout for graphic cards with low TDP numbers to reduce the need for cooling systems and fans; cooling is not only more expensive, but it also makes your computer noisier, which is why most graphic cards in this list possess low TDP numbers.

Conclusion

If you’re looking forward to only playing non-demanding games like Rocket League, League of Legends, or Dota 2, you can save even more money by choosing highly lower classed graphics cards such as the RX 550 or GT 1030.

Even though they are not the absolute best cheap graphics cards for gaming, at least you are not sacrificing anything in terms of gaming performance.

So, whether you’re searching for a good upgrade for your older desktop or want to create an economical gaming PC, there are very affordable graphics card options that will provide you with an excellent in-game experience.

Best Budget Gaming Graphics Cards FAQ

Why are AMD graphics cards so inexpensive?

AMD GPUs are typically less powerful than Nvidia GPUs, although they have always been less expensive. We recommend sticking with Nvidia video cards for the best gaming PC, even when looking at inexpensive GPUs.

Nvidia or AMD: which is better?

Nvidia is superior. The features provided by Nvidia, such as G-sync, Reflex, NVENC, and DLSS, are significantly superior to those available on AMD cards. Nvidia cards will often provide more excellent frame rates but at a higher cost.

Is it possible to run GTA 5 without a graphics card?

No. You’ll need an integrated graphics card or another graphics processor at the very least. To run GTA 5, we recommend obtaining a budget GPU model at the very least. For excellent graphics settings on GTA, a powerful gaming GPU like 1660 should suffice.

Is it worth it to use Ray Tracing?

For solitary play, ray tracing isn’t worth it. However, if you want to use your GPU for streaming or filming, we recommend getting an Nvidia card over an AMD card because Nvidia offers a better video encoder.

Why are GPU prices in 2021 so high?

As a result of the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese imports, GPU prices have risen by as much as 25% for the most recent high-end models. The graphics card market is expected to grow in value during 2021, and fresh releases are becoming more challenging to come by.

10 Best Budget Graphics Card For Gamers [2022 Best Sellers]

Select the best Budget Graphics Card by reviewing the top low Budget Graphics Card with features, technical specifications, and comparison:

Worried about playing games and not enjoying them because of your graphics?

Getting a good graphics card for your PC is an absolute must that you must consider. The best budget graphics card will help you get the best out of your game and make it a thrilling experience.

It works to improve the gaming performance and support the best resolution for videos. It is important to have a decent gaming experience and also complete your video editing works. There are hundreds of graphic cards available. Finding out the best budget graphics card from them is always a difficult task. You can have a look at the list mentioned in this tutorial and pick your best choice.

What You Will Learn:

  • Budget Graphics Cards
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • List Of Best Selling Budget Graphics Card
    • Comparison Table Of Budget Graphics Card
    • #1) XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition
    • #2) Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G
    • #3) Gigabyte GeForce GT 710
    • #4) VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics
    • #5) ASRock Phantom Gaming D
    • #6) Maxsun Nvidia ITX Graphics Card
    • #7) MSI Computer Video Graphic
    • #8) ASUS Phoenix Fan Edition Graphics Card
    • #9) ZOTAC ZT-71115-20L Graphics Card
    • #10) Gigabyte GV-N1030OC-2GI Graphics Card
  • Conclusion
    • Recommended Reading

Budget Graphics Cards

Fact Check: As per T4, a Graphics card is one of the most important hardware components available for a PC. The reason is that games are being launched every year, and almost everyone is looking for improved performance for gaming. The market is expected to grow at a huge rate, and it can also deliver you the biggest result.

Going back to 2020, the graphics market was projected at around $20 Billion worldwide. For the next few years, this rate is expected to increase at a minimum of 13% per annum widely. However, there are estimates that the pandemic will leave a minimum impact on the market, and manufacturers like Nvidia, AMD, and Intel will capitalize on this.

Pro-Tip: Picking out the Budget Graphics Card that matches your requirements will take some time. However, you need to keep in mind the memory clock speed. A higher speed will allow better frames per second while playing the games.

You must also keep in mind the available processor. A good processor is also essential to keep it working. Ensure that it has a cooling fan so that there is no heatsink problem in your device.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q #1) What is a good budget graphics card?

Answer: The simple answer to this is a graphics card that matches your requirements. Choosing a good budget graphics card that does not match your minimal requirements will do no good for your work. Instead, you must choose a product that has a decent clock speed and a great core processor.

However, you can pick anyone from the list mentioned below:

  • XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition
  • Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G
  • Gigabyte GeForce GT 710
  • VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics
  • ASRock Phantom Gaming D

Q #2) Which is the cheapest 2GB graphics card?

Answer: A 2GB graphics card is a great choice if you have personal requirements while working. A 2GB graphics card may not support the highest level of gaming. The best thing to do would be to get a graphics card with an impressive heatsink with such an option. We found the Gigabyte GeForce GT 710 to be the best low-budget graphics card available here.

Q #3) Is GTX better than RTX?

Answer: The GTX and the RTX are two different series of graphics cards available in the market. However, it is not the money that makes the difference between these two chipsets. It is the performance that does. The GTX 1080Ti is generally a better model than any RTX model. However, they are highly-priced as well.

Q #4) What graphics card do I need for 1440P 144Hz?

Answer: When you are trying to play 1440P 144Hz, you will have the best specifications and hardware interface. It is not possible if you do not have a high click speed. For such options, you must go for the 2080 Ti. Remember that going for such options will always make you charge highly.

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Q #5) Is a 2GB graphic card enough for GTA 5?

Answer: This completely depends on what resolution you would be using to play this auspicious game. If you are using a high frame per second rate, using a 2 GB graphics card should do well. However, if you want more, you can consider upgrading to a better model.

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List Of Best Selling Budget Graphics Card

Here is the list of the popular low budget graphics cards:

  1. XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition
  2. Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G
  3. Gigabyte GeForce GT 710
  4. VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics
  5. ASRock Phantom Gaming D
  6. MAXSUN NVIDIA ITX Graphics Card
  7. MSI Computer Video Graphic
  8. ASUS Phoenix Fan Edition Graphics Card
  9. ZOTAC ZT-71115-20L Graphics Card
  10. Gigabyte GV-N1030OC-2GI Graphics Card

Comparison Table Of Budget Graphics Card

Tool Name Best For Clock Speed Price Ratings
XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition Gaming 7000 MHz $849. 99 5/5.0 (4,081 ratings)
Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G Video Editing 1750 MHz $759.99 4.9/5 (2,367 ratings)
Gigabyte GeForce GT 710 Streaming Movies 954 MHz $109.99 4.8/5 (1,060 ratings)
VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics Surround Sound 700 MHz $131.92 4.7/5 (683 ratings)
ASRock Phantom Gaming D Heavy Gaming 1293 MHz $469.90 4.6/5 (233 ratings)
MAXSUN NVIDIA ITX Graphics Card Higher Efficiency 1468 MHz $179.99 4.5/5 (28 ratings)

Review of Budget Graphics Cards:

#1) XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition

Best for gaming.

Most gamers find the XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition an amazing device to install in any PC setup. This card comes along with XFV OC+ Cable, which has compatibility with most PC setups. The product comes with AMD Wattman utility, which is specifically used to enhance performance. A fair margin reduces the lag time of the improved performance that the XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition offers.

Features:

  • XFX True Clock technology
  • Enhanced VRM and Memory Cooling
  • XFX OC+ capable

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 8 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 7000 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x8
Coprocessor AMD Radeon RX 470

Verdict: As per reviews, the XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition comes with a decent clock performance that provides you an amazing speed to work with. The involvement of the BIOS-controlled overclocking allows this device to get an optimized performance. This graphics card has a memory clock speed of more than 7000 MHz, making this device choice.

Price: It is available for $849.99 on Amazon.

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#2) Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G

Best for video editing.

The Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G comes with an impressive boost clock of 1366 MH. When you are watching high graphic content or willing to do professional work, it reduces lag time and improves your PC performance. Metal chip is protected with high polymer, and it also comes with outstanding reliability. The aluminum capacitors are long-lasting and provide a reliable performance as well.

Features:

  • AMD Radeon based products
  • 256-bit memory bus
  • Includes aluminum capacitors

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 8 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 1750 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x16
Coprocessor AMD Radeon RX 580

Verdict: According to customer reviews, the Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G comes with the most promising Sapphire Technology, which is great to use for any user. Most users find this device stays extremely cool even when using your PC for a long time. Because of the dual fan feature, the GPU can reduce the heatsink and make your PC much cooler. It becomes much better to use this device.

Price: It is available for $759.99 on Amazon.

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#3) Gigabyte GeForce GT 710

Best for streaming movies

The Gigabyte GeForce GT 710 comes with a 64-bit memory interface which boosts an amazing clock speed. The core clock is around 954 MHz, and it also has an interface. Coming over to the speed, the memory interface is around 50010 MHz that creates the ability to perform multiple tasks for your PC without getting any delay. As a result, you can always expect the best budget Nvidia graphics card to have a decent purpose.

Features:

  • Dual-link DVI-I / HDMI
  • Integrated with 2GB GDDR5
  • 64bit memory interface

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 2 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 954 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x8
Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GT 710

Verdict: The Gigabyte GeForce GT 710 comes with an amazing integrating DDR5 GPU chip those exiles in performance as per customer reviews. This product has a low-profile design that fits in any CPU system without much delay. As a result, it can fit into any particular CPU configuration, even if you have a small cabinet. It includes a large fan that provides you a decent CPU temperature even if you play games for a long time.

Price: It is available for $109.99 on Amazon.

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#4) VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics

Best for surround sound.

The VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics is a professional GPU that is dedicated to video graphics. It comes with a dual 4K display setup, allowing you to watch the video in 10-bit color. The product comes with a DTS Master Audio format which will give you a great experience. The involvement of 7.1 Surround Sound with Dolby TyreHD support will give you a great result.

Features:

  • AMD Eyefinity capabilities
  • Bus-powered 65W max power
  • 1125 MHz memory clock

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 2 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 700 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x8
Coprocessor Radeon HD 7750

Verdict: The VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics comes with a native display port that can connect to any monitor of your choice as per customer reviews. It is compatible with most OS and CPU systems available. Most of the users found the VisionTex Radeon 7750 SFF Graphics to be very useful for fittings and stability. The product features a short form factor and is sets up quickly at any place.

Price: It is available for $132.14 on Amazon.

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#5) ASRock Phantom Gaming D

Best for heavy gaming.

The ASRock Phantom Gaming D comes with DVI and HDMI video output interface, which is great for playing games with a dual-monitor setup. It includes a 4 GB memory with a 256-bit chipset which is another amazing feature. The reason most people like this device is that of the AMD Radeon RX 570 processor. It is one of the best hardware components for playing games without any lag on stream.

Features:

  • PCI Express 3.0 x16 Chipset
  • 1 x Dual-link DVI-D
  • 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 4 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 1293 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x16
Coprocessor AMD Radeon RX 570

Verdict: As per customer reviews, the ASRock Phantom Gaming D comes with the best specifications that can go great for your gaming needs. This product has a boost clock speed of 1293 MHz which is amazing while you are playing games. Even if you play a dynamic game with multiple consoles, you would not have to worry about the GPU temperature. It has dual fan support, which is great for cooling.

Price: It is available for $469.90 on Amazon.

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#6) Maxsun Nvidia ITX Graphics Card

Best for higher efficiency.

When it comes to performance, the Maxsun Nvidia ITX Graphics Card stands tall, and it is probably one of the best things to look out for. This product has a 9cm unique fan which is large enough to provide a heatsink. While testing the product, it could effectively remove any type of heat development in the CPY. The ITX size is perfect to fit into any case of your choice.

Features:

  • 9CM unique fan provides low noise
  • Dual Monitor Support via HDMI
  • Support PhysX physics acceleration technology

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 2 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 1468 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x4
Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030

Verdict: From customer reviews, the Maxsun Nvidia ITX Graphics Card is a great product to choose from when gaming. This GPU is much advanced because of the PhysX physics acceleration technology. As a result, the clock -speed is around 1468 MHz in natural time. Most users feel that this device can be a great choice for people willing to play heavy games without any failure.

Price: It is available for $179.99 on Amazon.

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#7) MSI Computer Video Graphic

Best for increased performance in games.

The MSI Computer Video Graphic comes with the latest DDR5 memory chipset and includes 4GB memory. This product has a 128-bit core processor that works fast, providing amazing performance. The boost clock is around 1392 MHz which is another great thing to get. The option of having an eye-catching twin Frozr cooler controls the temperature of this processor unit. It looks attractive in an open cabinet and is also great to use.

Features:

  • DirectX 12 Ready
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA Shield
  • 6-pin power connector

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 4 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 1392 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x16
Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI

Verdict: As per customers, the MSI Computer Video Graphic card comes with a 4-phase PCB design which is unique and also decent to use for any reason. This product comes with a decent maximum resolution, making it a great result of watching 4K movies or doing other video works. Users find it beneficial because this device has 3x display monitors, which is another great experience.

Price: $509.99

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#8) ASUS Phoenix Fan Edition Graphics Card

Best for high speed.

The ASUS Phoenix Fan Edition Graphics Card is a product that comes with great frames per second support for playing games. Even if you keep a resolution of 1080p, it supports 60fps, which makes games go smooth. The product does not require PCIe power connectors for easy graphics. As a result, the video transition is smooth and does not affect the performance at all.

Features:

  • 2x longer lifespan
  • Fast, smooth, power-efficient gaming experience
  • Plug and play design

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 4 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 1392 MHz
Hardware Interface No
Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050

Verdict: Consumers say that the ASUS Phoenix Fan Edition Graphics Card is a device that you would love to have for regular works. If you wish to feel smooth gaming graphics without any major lag, this is the device to choose. It comes with aerospace-grade super alloy power ii components which have better stability.

The product runs longer than any regular GPU card, and it has around 2x longer lifespan.

Price: $349.99

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#9) ZOTAC ZT-71115-20L Graphics Card

Best for Zero Noise Computing experience.

The ZOTAC ZT-71115-20L Graphics Card comes with a low-profile design. As a result, the graphics card can easily fit into any PC setup as required. It also includes the FXAA Anti Aliasing Mode feature responsible for a dynamic gaming experience on your PC. The product also comes with a 902 MHz engine clock speed, which is another decent gaming choice.

Features:

  • 300-watt power supply
  • 64-bit memory bus
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 4 GB
RAM Type DDR3
Clock Speed 1600 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x8
Coprocessor Nvidia GeForce GT 730

Verdict: As per customer reviews, the ZOTAC ZT-71115-20L Graphics Card is a great choice if you want a tool for your regular works. The ZOTAC Graphics card comes with advanced Nvidia features that allow you to get the best result for incredible photo editing and video editing requirements. Most people like this device because it has a 4 GB DDR3 memory and is a decent choice for home use.

Price: $119.99

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#10) Gigabyte GV-N1030OC-2GI Graphics Card

Best for smooth 4K video playback.

The Gigabyte GV-N1030OC-2GI Graphics Card is an exceptional device when it comes to gaming and other video requirements. This product features an amazing playback option that is reliable and also includes one-click overclocking. The AORUS Graphics Engine allows your processor to gain an amazing graphic display and reduces the lag.

Features:

  • Gigabyte Custom-designed Cooler
  • Ultra Durable components
  • Smooth and Crisp visual

Technical Specifications:

RAM Size 2 GB
RAM Type DDR5
Clock Speed 6008 MHz
Hardware Interface PCI Express x8
Coprocessor Nvidia GeForce GT 1030

Verdict: As per customer reviews, the Gigabyte GV-N1030OC-2GI Graphics Card comes from the band and manufacturer itself. Since this product comes with the same set of core processors, the budget is also low. Overall, this graphic processing unit has a 4K video playback support and makes it look smooth. Many users did like the option of having a decent form factor that keeps this product active.

Price: $179.99.

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Conclusion

A Graphics card is the most important component for any PC or gaming console setup. It allows you to play your favorite games without any streaming delay and also watch 4K movies. When you play anything with a higher resolution, it takes more output from your graphics card. With the help of the best budget graphics card, it will go smoothly.

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We found the XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition to be the best budget gaming graphics card available. The processor is developed with AMD Radeon RX 470 while it has a 7000 MHz memory clock speed. On the other hand, the Gigabyte GeForce GT 710 is the best low-budget graphics card available. It comes with a decent NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 processor.

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Cheap graphics card deals this week

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I can’t believe it. GPUs are back. This means the return of cheap graphics card deals. It’s been a while, but the supply chain situation has finally gotten, the stock is flowing, and cryptocurrency miners are buying up every GPU in sight, thanks to events like the Merge . 

Not only are most of the most popular graphics cards back in stock, but some are even affordable again. The inflated pandemic pricing has slowly been easing up as some cards are actually selling at or below MSRP thanks to some generous discounts. Notice I said, «some.» You’ll still find a handful of RTX 30-series cards selling over their usual retail price. Thankfully, this is a trend we see fading pretty soon. 

If you have your eyes on upgrading to a premium GPU, expect to see some hefty discounts as we get closer to the holiday season. However, keep in mind that new GPUs should launch before the end of the year, so if you’re looking for the most powerful graphics to stick into your PC, you may want to hold off buying one for a couple of months. 

I picked out some of the best GPU deals the internet has to offer, from the very top cards to the very cheapest, to help you find the right graphics card for you and your wallet.

Graphics card deals

XFX Speedster RX 6900 XT MERC319 | 16GB GDDR6 | 5,120 shaders | 2,365MHz Boost | $899.99 $729.99 at Amazon (save $170)
Sitting somewhere between the RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3080 in terms of performance, the RX 6900 XT’s pricing is making a bit more sense. I mean, it’s still a silly price for a graphics card, but if you buy a high-end GPU today, it’s a great saving. Though high-end graphics cards are likely to be superseded faster than mid-range GPUs, probably by the end of the year or early next. 

Gigabyte RTX 3080 Gaming OC | 10GB GDDR6X | 8,704 Shaders | 1,800MHz Boost | $839.99 $739 at Newegg (save $80)
This is the original take on the RTX 3080, which means you get 10GB of GDDR6X and 8,704 CUDA Cores—256 less than you get with the slightly newer 12GB version of the GPU. Importantly, you can max everything out with this card, even at 4K, and enjoy some serious high-end gaming. It’s not necessarily as cheap as we’d like, but it’s not too bad if you must have a new graphics card right now.

ASRock RX 6800 XT Phantom | 16GB GDDR6 | 4,608 shaders | 2,310MHz Boost | $639.99 $579. 00 (after rebate) at Newegg (save $110.99)
When they first launched, the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT went head-to-head and could barely be separated. So long as ray tracing isn’t right at the top of your must-have list, opting for the cheaper AMD card is possibly the smarter choice.

XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 | 16GB GDDR6 | 4,608 shaders | 2,250MHz Boost | $719.99 $619.99 at Amazon (save $100)
This is a better deal than the ASRock RX 6800 XT from Newegg, but stock is limited of this one. It’s also a lot cheaper than the cheapest RTX 3080 we’ve seen and can also deliver the same gaming performance.

PNY GeForce RTX 3070 Ti XLR8 Gaming Revel Epic-X RGB Triple Fan Edition | 8GB GDDR6X | 1,770MHz Boost | $749.99 $619.99 at B&H (save $130)
Phew, that’s one heck of a name. But look past its absurd title and you’ll find a hefty triple-fan GPU with plenty of performance to offer at 4K and below. At just $20 over the MSRP of this card, it’s not a bad get right now, though the next generation is just around the corner.

Gigabyte RTX 3070 Vision OC LHR | 8GB GDDR6 | 5,888 shaders | 1,815MHz Boost | $759.99 $569.99 at B&H Photo (save $190)
Of all of Nvidia’s GPUs, it’s the RTX 3070 that is often closest to the MSRP. To the point that you can get an RTX 3070 for less than some RTX 3060 Ti cards. This snazzy-looking Gigabyte card is a case in point. You’re looking at a triple-fan beast that can handle 1440p with ease and 4K is possible too. 

Gigabyte RTX 3070 Gaming OC | 8GB GDDR6 | 5,888 shaders | 1,815MHz Boost | $599.99 $529.99 at Newegg (save $27.90 )
This is an Nvidia card getting dangerously close to its MSRP in factory overclocked guise. That makes it a rather rare beast indeed and a great little GPU to boot. It’s comfortably faster than the last-gen $1,200 card, and it’s only a little more than the cheapest RTX 3060 Ti deals today.

Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti Eagle | 8GB GDDR6 | 4,864 shaders | 1,695MHz Boost | $479.99 $434.99 at Newegg (save $30)
This is as cheap as we’ve found the RTX 3060 Ti anywhere, but with the highest boost clock of any. TThis is a great graphics card right now, and probably isn’t due a 40-series replacement any time soon, so we’d definitely rate it highly as a cheap deal to buy. The fact an RTX 3060 Ti is actually the same price as an RX 6700 XT isn’t bad either. Make sure use promo code DSABWA367, limited offer at check out.

XFX RX 6700 XT Speedster | 12GB GDDR6 | 2,560 shaders | 2,622MHz Boost | $494.99 $424. 99 at B&H Photo (save $70)
The Radeon RX 6700 XT is a great mid-range offering that can take the fight to the RTX 3060 Ti, excluding ray tracing. A $70 discount isn’t too shabby, either. 

XFX RX 6700 XT Speedster SWFT309 | 12GB GDDR6 | 2,560 shaders | 2,581MHz Boost | $519.99 $429.99 at Amazon (save $90)
I am so over XFX’s naming scheme for its graphics cards, but suffice to say that this is almost identical to the one above, but with a slightly lower Boost clock. Though how much difference that will make in gaming will be negligible. This one’s cheaper, though, which is always important.

MSI Mech RX 6600 XT | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,048 shaders | 2,602MHz | $349.99 $329.99 at Newegg (save $20 after rebate)
Once again the smart money is buying AMD graphics cards at the low end of the GPU market. The RX 6600 XT is both cheaper and faster than the RTX 3060, despite losing out on the memory front. Don’t be fooled by that 12GB vs. 8GB thing. The deal drops this from $349.99 to $329.99 with a $20 rebate card—don’t forget to print that out.

Gigabyte Eagle OC RTX 3060 | 12GB GDDR6 | 3,584 shaders | 1807MHz| $429.99 $379.99 at Newegg (save $50)
This is an okay price on an RTX 3060 with a decent boost clock and 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM, though still too expensive versus the card’s expected MSRP. Though since the RTX 3060 is likely to stick around for a while longer, it may be that retailers aren’t so desperate to ditch what stock they still have, and thus prices appear to be sticking higher for now.

PNY RTX 3060 XLR8 Revel Epix-X | 12GB GDDR6 | 3,584 shaders | 1,777MHz Boost | $459.99 $369.99 at B&H Photo (save $90)
This compact RTX 3060 would be a great option for that mini-ITX build you’ve been planning, but couldn’t find a graphics card to fit. Or even one you could afford. While over the card’s expected MSRP, it’s not a bad price for the lowest-spec Nvidia card we’d recommend today in a compact frame.

XFX Radeon RX 6600 Speedster SWFT210 | 1,792 cores | 8GB GDDR6 | 128-bit bus | 2,491MHz boost | $299.99 $259.99 at Best Buy (save $40)
The RX 6600 is built using AMD’s excellent RDNA 2 architecture. It’s a nifty GPU comparable to the RTX 3060 in some games, maybe a bit slower at times, but often found for a lot cheaper. In this case, it’s miles cheaper than most RTX 3060 models on the market today, making it worth picking up.

What to look out for

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 10GB

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Specs

CUDA cores: 8,704
Base clock: 1,440MHz
Boost clock: 1,710MHz
TFLOPs: 29.76
Memory: 10GB GDDR6X
Memory clock: 19GT/s
Memory bandwidth: 760GB/s

The RTX 3080 is the best graphics card out there today. Well, the 10GB one is, at its original MSRP. You might find it going for a little more than that today, and don’t forget the 12GB model that Nvidia later released, which is even more expensive still. 

The thing which really stands out from our testing is the difference it makes to ray-tracing performance. The first generation of ray tracing-capable cards required such a huge frame rate sacrifice that most people shied away from turning it on, but that’s no longer the case with this generation.

The RTX 3080 may need a fair chunk more power—you’ll want at least an 850W PSU—but this is the most desirable graphics card around today.

The performance uplift you get over the previous generation is huge and pretty much unprecedented. Maybe we’ve become used to more iterative generational deltas, especially considering the slight difference between the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080, for example. But we’re going to continue beating the Ti drum because it bears repeating—the fact the $699 RTX 3080 absolutely smashes the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti is still staggering.

The RTX 3080 represents a huge generational performance boost over the previous RTX 20-series.

Nvidia has gone big with the RTX 3080, and the result is an outstanding gaming card that sets a new benchmark for both high-end 4K gaming performance and for ray tracing. As I said at the top, it’s the 10GB model we love more for its blend of performance and price, but the 12GB model is still a viable option. Just that much less affordable.

Read our full Nvidia RTX 3080 review (10GB Founders Edition).

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

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Specs

RDNA cores: 4,608
Base clock: 1,825MHz
Boost clock: 2,250MHz
TFLOPs: 20.74
Memory: 16GB GDDR6
Memory clock: 16GT/s
Memory bandwidth: 512GB/s

As a red team alternative to Nvidia’s high-end graphics cards, there have been few finer than the RX 6800 XT. A highly competitive card that comes so close to its rival, with a nominal performance differential to the RTX 3080, is truly an enthusiast card worth consideration for any PC gamer with 4K in their sights.

A key battleground for Nvidia and AMD this generation has been on the memory front—covering both bandwidth and capacity. The RX 6800 XT comes with 16GB of GDDR6 across a 256-bit bus for a total bandwidth of 512GB/s. That means AMD has Nvidia’s 10GB RTX 3080 on the ropes in terms of capacity but falls slightly behind in raw bandwidth to the RTX 3080’s 760GB/s.

AMD has an ace up its sleeve in throughput terms in the form of its Infinity Cache, which bolsters the card’s ‘effective bandwidth’ considerably. Some 1,664GB/s, by AMD’s making—a 3.25x improvement over the RX 6800 XT’s raw bandwidth. In gaming terms, it means you’re looking at similar performance, despite the very different underlying technologies.

We’re big fans of what AMD has managed to accomplish with the RX 6800 XT.

It’s a tough call between the RX 6800 XT and the RTX 3080, but the latter pips AMD to the post with the final touches à la RTX. The RX 6800 XT is $50 cheaper, delivers high 4K performance, and a hefty VRAM increase over the RTX 3080. However, it’s easy to argue that an extra $50 dropped on the RTX 3080 is money well spent: a small price to pay for greater 4K performance, much-improved ray tracing, and DLSS. All are available today and with years of developer support in the bank.

Though AMD has evolved on what was already a promising architecture in RDNA and delivered it in a fantastic graphics card in the RX 6800 XT. And not the least bit impressive in just how swiftly it has achieved near performance parity with Nvidia. There’s still some way to go to claw back market share from the green team, but step one on RTG’s to-do list (build a high-end GPU) can be confidently checked off with the release of the RX 6800 XT.

Read our full AMD RX 6800 XT review .

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

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Specs

CUDA cores: 4,864
Base clock: 1,410MHz
Boost clock: 1,665MHz
TFLOPs: 16. 20
Memory: 8GB GDDR6
Memory clock: 14GT/s
Memory bandwidth: 448GB/s

The best value Ampere to date, the RTX 3060 Ti is very closely related to the RTX 3070. Both utilize the same GA104 GPU (the RTX 3060 Ti has fewer SMs enabled), with the same 8GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit bus.

While 17% less capable in core count than its pricier sibling, the RTX 3060 Ti makes up for it with some judicious GPU Boost frequencies. That partially explains why the RTX 3060 Ti can be within 17% to just single digits off the pace of the RTX 3070, despite operating at a silicon disadvantage. Not bad for a $399 card (if you can find it for that price).

If you haven’t already done the maths: At $399, the RTX 3060 Ti is 20% cheaper than the RTX 3070, so performance per dollar is on the up with the diminutive graphics card. That’s why we love it so; it’s a great GPU for the full stack of resolutions and has decent ray tracing capability to boot, courtesy of second-generation RT Cores.

The RTX 3060 Ti delivers gaming performance that’s rather stupendous.

The RTX 3060 Ti delivers gaming performance that’s rather stupendous when you look at generational gains over even the RTX 20-series—next to the GTX 10-series, it’s quite frightening, actually. There’s exceptional 1080p and 1440p performance in a tiny package here, the likes of which would’ve set you back something close to twice as much cash a couple of years ago. And that’s pretty great.

The Nvidia extras can help here too—DLSS, Reflex, and even Nvidia Broadcast all add to the overall experience. There’s a solid base of genuinely great features behind RTX and the Nvidia package that’s only been improved upon with Ampere, none more so than the ray-tracing performance for that matter.

Read our full Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti review (Founders Edition).

Performance comparison

Every new GPU generation offers new features and possibilities. But rasterized rendering is still the most important metric for general gaming performance across the PC gaming world. Sure, Nvidia GPUs might well be better at the ray tracing benchmarks they more or less instigated, but when it comes to standard gaming performance AMD’s latest line up can certainly keep pace.

It’s also worth noting that the previous generation of graphics cards do still have something to offer, with something like the GTX 1650 Super able to outpace a more modern RTX 3050 in most benchmarks.

We’re not saying you should buy an older card in 2022, but it’s worth knowing where your current GPU stacks up, or just knowing the lie of the land. But there is also the fact there will be gaming rigs on sale with older graphics cards over the next few days, and if they’re cheap enough they may still be worth a punt as a cheap entry into PC gaming.

We’ve benchmarked all the latest GPUs of this generation, and have tracked their performance against the previous generation in terms of 3DMark Time Spy Extreme scores. Where we don’t have the referential numbers for an older card we have used the average index score from the UL database. These figures track alongside an aggregated 1440p frame rate score from across our suite of benchmarks.

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MSRP list

Here’s a list of the manufacturer set retail prices (MSRP), or recommended retail price (RRP), for most the latest graphics cards. For the most part, these are the set prices for the stock or reference versions of these cards, if applicable, and not representative of overclocked or third-party graphics cards, which may well be priced higher.

Nvidia

  • RTX 3090 Ti — $1,999
  • RTX 3090 FE — $1,499
  • RTX 3080 Ti FE — $1,199
  • RTX 3080 FE — $699
  • RTX 3070 Ti — $599
  • RTX 3070 — $499
  • RTX 3060 Ti — $399
  • RTX 3060 — $329
  • RTX 3050  — $249

AMD

  • RX 6950 XT — $1,099
  • RX 6900 XT — $999
  • RX 6800 XT — $649
  • RX 6800 — $579
  • RX 6750 XT — $549
  • RX 6700 XT — $479
  • RX 6650 XT — $399
  • RX 6600 XT — $379
  • RX 6600 — $329
  • RX 6500 XT — $199

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Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he’s back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.

Best Budget Graphics Card 2022- The top GPUs for budget-conscious PCs

The top GPUs for budget-conscious PC builds

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Today, we’re going to cover five of our top picks for best budget GPU. With the release of the RTX Super cards and the falling prices of the RX 500-Series, the sub-$300 market for GPUs has never been better.

As long as you’re willing to spend a little more than $100, you’re bound to get a graphics card that offers a strong 1080p gaming experience, and if you’re able to push your budget more, you can even start playing 1440p, VR, and 4K games!

Note: if you are looking for graphics cards on a strict budget, perhaps you should check out our $100 or $200 graphics card buyer guides.

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If you want the best graphics card for the money, you’re in the right place. We’re going to walk you through your options in this price range, and help you pick the best one for you. If you aren’t too familiar with graphics cards and PC gaming, don’t worry– we’ve also included a buying guide at the bottom of the article to help you understand key terms and the modern GPU hierarchy.

When looking for the best budget graphics card, there are a number of different factors to take into account. Of course, there will be compromises but we believe that if you want the most of a budget graphics card, focusing on VRAM, cooling and clock speed will provide the top performance. That’s how we selected the cards in this list. Additionally, we’ve given out some awards for some of our picks, which should help you narrow down your selection if you have a specific trait in mind.

With all that out of the way, though…let’s look at our contenders for best budget GPU!

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

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The GTX 1050 Ti may not have the best value on the market, but it’s definitely better than any sub-$100 GPU. Compare the RX 550, RX 560, or GT 1030 and you’ll see why this is essentially the least amount of money you should be spending on a graphics card. A further comparison to the RX 570, however, reveals this card’s key weakness: value.

While this is still the GPU we’d recommend– and it should suffice perfectly fine for 1080p gaming, especially for older titles– its performance-per-dollar simply does not stack up to the RX 570. By shopping around, you’ll get a fairly dramatic boost in performance.

If you aren’t a particularly serious gamer and just need a graphics card for media purposes– or you intend on replacing your GPU very very soon– then the GTX 1050 Ti is great. If you only care about paying a low price, then this is the best budget GPU that we can recommend.

Best value

XFX RX 570 4GB GDDR5 RS XXX Edition

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The RX 570 XXX Edition is our pick for best value GPU. In terms of performance-per-dollar, this card really can’t be beaten. You’re looking at a sub-$130 GPU that really packs a punch,

If you want to improve that VRAM, for little bit more money, you can also opt for the 8GB version of the RX 570 that’s available on Amazon. This gives you double the memory capacity alongside a clock speed boost for not that much money at all.

Now, let’s talk about the RX 570 XXX Edition in general. Typically, you’ll see superb performance in 1080p titles at maximum settings. All but the most intensive VR games should be playable as well, with SteamVR resolution scaling being an option for when this card isn’t enough. 1440p is where this card will start looking weaker, especially when compared to the RX 580 XXX Edition, in modern games at high settings.

In essence, this is pretty much just a 1080p and entry-level VR gaming card. With extensive tweaking, 1440p is possible as well but is mostly recommended against at this level of performance. Even with the 8GB version of this card, it simply isn’t built to push games at such a high resolution – at least, not with correspondingly high framerates and settings.

Best bang for buck

XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro

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AMD’s series of GPUs have been criminally overlooked by a large portion of the gaming userbase, and the XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro is a great example of a card that should be a lot more popular than it is.

Right now you can buy this RX 5500 XT card for under $200, and that is vastly impressive when you consider what you are investing in. 8gb of DDR6 RAM, combined with a boost clocked at 1845MHz means that this card is well equipped to deal with a plethora of games both old and new, and put out power that is compatible to the 2070 series from Nvidia. 

In fact, to find a GPU capable of outperforming this card from a competitor you are going to have to look to the likes of the 2070 Super – but why would you? For a marginal increase in performance, you will be paying upwards of $300 more, and the 5500 XT Thicc II is more than capable of providing you with satisfactory gaming at its price point.

You will be able to expect stable 60 FPS gameplay at a 1080p resolution, with that kind of performance readily available on titles like Monster Hunter World, The Witcher 3, and Gears 5. However, this does come with a trade-off.

The cards software can be a little tricky to install, and the drivers for the card can give you more problems than they are worth, with internet forums full of different bugs reported from unstable driver updates. If you can look past that though, and understand how to update your drivers safely and regularly then you shouldn’t have any problems, making this the best bang for your buck GPU on the market today.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super

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The best overall budget GPU to buy today is the GTX 1660 Super.

Like the GTX 1660 before it, the GTX 1660 Super is Nvidia’s true budget GPU king. In benchmarks, this card beats the GTX 1660 and RX 580 8GB by quite a fair margin but doesn’t quite catch up to the GTX 1660 Ti. This means the card is perfectly-equipped for modern AAA games at 1080p and maximum settings, as well as higher-end VR games and a number of games at 1440p and high settings. This card generally retails at about $240, too, which means it’s more expensive than the RX 580 but you’re getting much more overall performance.

The GTX 1660 soundly defeats the RX 580 in this price range. Without any reasonable doubt, it’s the best value offering that Nvidia has to offer, and it offers most of the 1660 Ti’s performance at a much better price point.

Unlike other Turing GPUs, though, this card does not offer Nvidia RTX features. At least, not with any semblance of good performance. Even at low settings, enabling ray-tracing in games like Metro Exodus or Battlefield V will drop your frame rates, which may be an intentional ploy by Nvidia to push sales of RTX 1660 Ti GPUs.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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While we’ve praised the GTX 1660 Super as the best value Nvidia GPU, the GTX 1660 Ti is a different story. This card is priced closer to $300 and doesn’t offer a proportionate boost in performance to either the RX 580 or the GTX 1660 Super. If you’re willing to spend just $50 or so more, you could get the RTX 2060 instead, which would serve as a much more powerful and future-proof GPU.

At that point, though, you’ll have spent over $300 on your GPU– not exactly “budget” by most standards– and if that jump isn’t enough for you, the GTX 1660 Ti may just be the right compromise for you.

The GTX 1660 Ti has great performance in 1440p and VR games. 1080p gaming isn’t even a question with this card, especially with the GDDR6 memory in tow. No question: you’ll be able to blast through modern games at 1440p with this GPU, and may even be able to push some as high as 1800p.

If your GPU budget has a hard limit at no higher than $300, then this is the best card for you. The Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti may not offer the best performance-per-dollar, but it is still the best graphics card under $300.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

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While we’ve selected a bunch of budget GPUs for this buying guide which are all stellar in their own right, we think that the best overall budget GPU has to be the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Super. This is due to the fact that this card will more than cope with today’s AAA titles at 1080p while also doing a reasonable job of supporting VR and 1440p. Usually coming in well under the $300 mark, it’s also pretty decent value too, especially considering it beats out the 570. Overall, with the 1660 Super, while it’s not the absolute cheapest GPU, it certainly backs up its slightly higher price point with the performance it churns out and well worth the money.

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ASUS Radeon RX 6900 XT video card for professional gamers

The very size of the game memory of the video card that they are fighting for is 16 GB. And the power of 850 W is a characteristic feature of all analogues that are not inferior to it in terms of performance. This is good and bad for three reasons:

  1. system unit box may not be equipped with a suitable connector,
  2. graphics card cools loudly,
  3. when installing this «beast» you have to change the processor.

The dimensions depend primarily on the cooling system. The two side fans rotate clockwise, while the central one rotates counterclockwise. This model has increased due to the blades, which provides a good air flow to the circuits themselves, saving the system from overheating.

ASUS Radeon RX 6900 XT switches to cooling if its temperature exceeds 60°C. This allows you not to create unnecessary noise with a small load on the system.

Inside the box, in addition to 5120 CUDA cores, there are 16 GB of the above-mentioned RAM, which significantly distinguishes the card from other models and brings it to the top of our rating.

  • Advantages: lightning-fast response time and high picture quality, no matter what game or program is loaded.
  • Among the disadvantages: sometimes you have to spend money on a brand new processor that does not keep up with the power of the device.

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Multi-colored ASUS Radeon RX 6800 16GB

Waterblock is what catches your eye when the video card visually differs from competitors. It’s just to keep her cool. When heated, the system unit barely heats up. The ASUS Radeon RX 6800 has multi-colored backlighting, which adds to the player’s positive. These LEDs are located inside the housing on the motor board. What is remarkable: the video card is located separately, the main radiator is also located. They are connected by tubes 60 cm long.

It’s not this or that: if there is room for a radiator, it’s good. If not, it is better to look at other video cards.

The video card occupies, as usual, two slots. Inside — 4608 cores with a memory capacity of 16 gigabytes. This is slightly smaller than the previous video card, but sufficient for complex operations on the computer. Fans work without noise and rattling, because they are fastened with four screws to the case without additional rubber bands.

  • Among the minuses, let’s single out the size of this bright video card: it is huge. Not all computer cases have enough space for such a beast of technology from Asus.
  • As a plus, we will write down not only a beautiful visual, but also the convenience of fixing the device among the parts for a computer.

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ASUS Radeon RX 6800 16GB silent video card

This video card is good for use in games and mining. Only soldered memory in the device can strain. Since over time it will not be possible to add gigabytes for better system performance. Even if you only need a foundation for video streaming or surfing the Internet, this graphics card can make your system faster by speeding up video decoding or screen speed. Especially if you previously used a budget graphics processor.

The video card comes with an envelope with detailed instructions, product description and a ruler for measurements. A trifle, but nice. By the way, the length of the device is 32 cm.

The advantages of this video card are:

  • 16 GB video card;
  • more blades on the fan, which means better cooling;
  • The noise is minimal when the processor is heated to less than 55°C;
  • heat is removed from the matrix to the radiator grille more efficiently thanks to improved cooling technologies;
  • metal back armor will protect the graphics card from accidental impacts.
  • Asus graphics cards are checked for 144 hours before they hit the shelves, which guarantees flawless system operation. The ASUS Radeon RX 6800 16GB is not exorbitantly priced, which corresponds to the quality offered. There are really more blades here: 13 on the central fan and 11 each on the side ones. New video card assembly technologies were used to cool the radiator and fans. This guarantees stable operation when performing any tasks.

    • The advantage of this graphics card is not only better cooling, but also improved cooling technology.
    • Among the disadvantages: if it overheats, the metal armored backdrop will cool down for a relatively long time, even with new technologies.

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    Inexpensive graphics card ASUS GeForce GTX1650 4GB

    One of the most affordable yet good graphics cards you can afford. This model is distinguished by the flawless sliding of the bearings used in the system. They are lubricated with high-quality aerospace oil. Dust-proof fans ensure quiet, long-term operation of the graphics card. The device is compact, which will be a plus when assembling a computer.

    Even with a heavy gaming load, the system does not exceed 66°C. The model provides for the cooling of all the main elements that heat up in the first place.

    • Let’s write down a good price for such a video card as an advantage. The cost is fully justified.
    • The disadvantage is that the device heats up quickly when running complex programs.

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    One of the budget video cards: ASUS GeForce GTX1650 4GB

    It is worth picking up one of the best on a budget to handle demanding toys. You can manage any: freely and without delay, as well as edit videos in high resolution.
    ASUS GeForce GTX1650 with a single fan with a double bearing. This engineering solution extends the life of the cooling system. There is a reduced size of the circle in the center, and enlarged blades — for greater permeability of the volume of air that cools the circuit. It has high strength and good corrosion resistance. Inside:

    1. 896 cores with 4 GB of memory will ensure the efficiency when working with a computer. Not a little, as for a relatively inexpensive model.
    2. The clock frequency is 1665 BOOST — indicates the speed of response to tasks.
    3. Bus width — 128 bits.
    4. 12nm process technology for faster commands in a small device. The higher the number of nanometers of the processor, the more powerful the device.
    • The compactness of the video card is a definite plus.
    • Among the shortcomings: not quite suitable for games and mining.

    The sacral five video cards of 2021 release, described in this material, in the table for comparison below:

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    Top 5 Best Video Editing Graphics Cards 2022

    Best Video Editing Graphics Cards will speed up the export of footage so you can spend more time shooting content.

    Looking for the best graphics card for video editing? This rating will help you choose the right card for your needs and help you find it at the right price. At the end of the ranking, we will explain the professional jargon used by the selection.

    Right now, due to the lack of production and the sharp increase in demand from gamers and cryptocurrency miners, almost all brands and models of video cards are very scarce. 30-series Nvidia RTX cards are rare, and those that are available may well sell for grossly inflated prices. Be sure to check the latest prices regularly to make sure you get the best deal.

    Video editing software used to rely solely on your computer’s central processing unit (CPU) to process and export videos. But even with 4, 6, 8, or even more cores, the CPU simply cannot match the incredible power of a graphics card that can contain thousands of processing cores. This is actually a more technical solution, but as a result, the video card can export video much faster than even a top-end processor.

    What’s more, spending big money on the best graphics card will give you extra encoding performance, but it’s not really necessary. Even a sub-midrange card will give your editing hardware a massive speed boost, while more expensive graphics cards will only provide a marginal performance boost. Almost all popular editing programs support video hardware acceleration, and applications like DaVinci Resolve are heavily dependent on the video card hardware, updating it can give you a decent boost in video editing performance.

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    Choosing the right graphics card obviously depends on your budget as well as the type of computer you’re looking to upgrade. First, you can only upgrade your graphics card on a desktop computer, not a laptop. You can increase the graphics performance of your laptop by adding an external graphics card (eGPU) connected via Thunderbolt. An eGPU is, in fact, a regular internal graphics card placed in a special case that allows it to be powered directly from a wall outlet and connected to a computer via Thunderbolt. However, in this ranking, we are only looking at upgrading the internal desktop graphics card.

    1

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

    The best video card for editing video

    Memory (video memory): 8 GB
    Memory Balms: 448 GB/s
    Raised frequency: 1670 MHz
    9000 Processors: 4864
    Power Consumption: 200W

    Pros

    • Superior Performance
    • Energy Saving

    Cons

    • Very expensive for a mid-range card

    Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti follows the previous GeForce 1060 and 2060 models as the best price/performance ratio in the GeForce lineup.

    However, thanks to Nvidia’s continued price increases with the launch of each new generation of GeForce cards (as well as continued chip shortages limiting production), the RTX 3060 Ti is now worth a lot of money for what is still a mid-range card. But since competing AMD graphics cards can’t keep up with video editing performance, if you need fast export times, you have no choice but to bite the bullet and pay that inflated price.

    There are a lot of card manufacturers making the RTX 3060 Ti, many of which overclock the performance a bit to make them a bit faster than stock. However, they all share the same basic specifications, but since the launch, few manufacturers have been able to meet the demand, and hence the stock of the 3060 Ti is very limited.

    2

    GeForce GTX 1660 Super

    Best budget graphics card for video editing

    Memory (video memory): 6 GB
    Memorial Passwood: 336 GB/s
    Increased frequency: 1785 MHz
    Shader processors: 1408
    COMPLEMENT: 9000 125 W

    PLASS

      Very affordable
    • Good performance
    • Available for small PC cases

    Cons

    • Not suitable for 4K or 8K video or with Davinci Resolve

    The GeForce GTX 1660 Super is still Nvidia’s best buy if you want a decent graphics card for video editing that doesn’t break the bank. That said, it’s far from the cheapest model in the current GeForce range, but going for a really inexpensive card is a false economy. If you spend a little more on a card like the GTX 1660 Super, you’ll get significantly better performance and a graphics card that stays useful longer, meaning you won’t need to upgrade as often.

    Video export speed will be 10-20% slower than more exotic cards in the GeForce RTX series, but then the 1660 Super should be at least half the price, so that’s good value. However, with «only» 6GB of VRAM on board, higher performance cards will have a greater advantage when editing 8K and 4K video at high frame rates.

    Like almost all graphics cards, different board manufacturers produce their own variations of the GTX 1660 Super, and unless you’re chasing every last frame per second of gaming performance, it’s not worth spending extra money on a factory overclocked version. Since this is an entry-level graphics card, it is also possible to find the GTX 1660 Super with a physically shorter board design, making it suitable for smaller PC cases, although the cooling heatsink and fan tray still usually require space — two expansion bays on the motherboard.

    3

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

    The ideal map for editing video and games

    Memory (video memory): 10 GB
    Memory Balms: 760 GB/s
    Tibility: 1710 MHz
    9000 9000 Shader processors:
    8704
    Power consumption: 320 W

    Pros

    • 0014
    • A good prospect for the future

    minuses

    • is extremely expensive
    • not much faster for editing the video than cheaper maps
    • 1 Power consumption 320 W

    Run the latest AAA games at 4K resolution with smooth frame rates without any problems. When it comes to video editing, the extras won’t make as much of a difference to export time compared to using a more modest graphics card, as the RTX 3080 can only be about 10% faster than the cheaper RTX 3070 in Premiere Pro.

    However, the difference will be more noticeable if you apply multiple GPU-accelerated effects. The extra power of the RTX 3080 is also used much more efficiently by Davinci Resolve, which is more dependent on your graphics card than most other editing packages. Consequently, you can see up to 50% performance improvement in Davinci Resolve over the RTX 3070. The massive 10GB of VRAM on the RTX 3080 can also be useful for editing 8K and 4K footage at high frame rates.

    The RTX 3080 isn’t really the fastest graphics card on the market right now — that award goes to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090. But the RTX 3090 costs twice as much as the already very expensive RTX 3080, offering only a marginal increase in encoding performance. In almost all scenarios, we simply cannot recommend the RTX 3090 for video editing.

    4

    AMD Radeon RX 6800XT

    Best Graphics Card for Mac Pro 2019

    0006 16 GB
    Memorial capacity: 512 GB/s
    High frequency: 2250 MHz
    Sheder processors: 4608
    Power consumption: 300 W

    Plus

    • Excessive choice for MAC PRO 2019
    • Great for gaming

    Cons

    • Very expensive
    • Relatively power hungry

    . Arch-rivaling AMD cards are consistently slower than their Nvidia counterparts for video editing, and even the latest RX 6800 and 6800 XT models lag behind similarly priced Nvidia cards in most editing workloads. Therefore, we cannot recommend an AMD graphics card for PC video editing.

    However, if you’re using a 2019 Mac Pro Tower and want to upgrade your graphics card, AMD is your only option for macOS. Starting with macOS 11.4, the current AMD RX 6800, 6800XT, and 6900XT graphics cards are supported on the 2019 Mac Pro.

    While the top-notch 6900XT will give you slightly better encoding performance on a Mac Pro, it comes at a significantly higher price than the already expensive 6800XT. Consequently, it’s hard to justify the price difference, at least until GPU availability improves and prices become more reasonable again.

    NOTE: Please make sure the RX 6800 XT variant you choose is physically shorter than 310mm before purchasing or it won’t fit in a 2019 Mac Pro!

    5

    NVIDIA Quadro RTX A4000

    The best video card for editing a video on reliability

    Memory (video memory): 16 GB
    Memory Balms: 448 GB/s
    Raised frequency: 1560 MHz
    9000 Shader processors:
    6144

    Nvidia offers not only a wide range of GeForce graphics cards, but also a Quadro line. While GeForce cards are designed and marketed primarily for gaming, Quadro cards are built for professional applications such as scientific computing, 3D rendering and, to a lesser extent, video editing.

    Quadro A4000 graphics card hardware is nearly identical to that of the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and its suggested retail price is about 40% cheaper than the A4000. However, since GeForce cards are currently overpriced, the cost difference between the two cards is actually much smaller. However, why pay more for a Quadro?

    Well, for video editing, the vast majority of users will be fine with a GeForce card. The Quadro line gives you several processing advantages that are primarily used for scientific work and 3D rendering work, but the main advantage for video editing is the Quadro video card drivers carefully optimized for popular video editing programs to ensure top-notch reliability.

    If you’re going to be editing mission-critical footage and therefore system stability is paramount, the Quadro RTX A4000 is a great graphics card, and it’s actually a great value for a Quadro card (flagship Quadro cards can cost you over $10,000!). However, if you don’t need full driver reliability, the equally fast GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is better and cheaper.

    Choosing the Right Video Card for Video Editing

    If you’re editing on a Mac , it must be a 2019 Mac Pro and you’ll need an AMD graphics card, not an Nvidia one. This is because macOS only supports AMD cards, and the current AMD RX 6×00 series graphics card lineup is only supported by macOS Big Sur 11.4 and later. If you’re ready to use Windows via Boot Camp on a 2019 Mac Pro, you can install an Nvidia graphics card, but not in a PCIe 2 expansion slot.0003

    If you’re editing on the PC, you have a lot more options for choosing your graphics card. Pretty much any graphics card using an Nvidia or AMD chipset should work just fine, but check the following criteria first:

    Make sure you have enough space inside your PC case. High-end graphics cards tend to be quite long, which may mean they won’t fit in smaller tower cases. They also tend to come with a bulky heatsink and fan assembly, which would require a lot of space directly below the PCIe slot where the card is inserted.

    Make sure your PC’s power supply is good. Installing a powerful, power-hungry graphics card can overwhelm a weak power supply, resulting in system crashes at best, and smoke from the back of your computer along with a blank monitor and frustration at worst. The current generation of graphics cards use much less power than a few years ago, when you needed a powerful 1000W PSU to provide enough power to a top-end graphics card. Currently, a card like the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is rated at 200W of power, so a good quality 500W PSU should be enough to power an entire PC. AMD cards, however, are less power efficient, require more power and therefore slightly more PSU power.

    Most graphics cards are powered by a connector on the side or back of the card, and this can be a 6-pin, 8-pin, or dual 6-pin connector. Luckily, almost all modern power supplies come with the necessary plugs for all of these connector options, and if not, your graphics card will most likely come with an adapter in the box.

    Make sure your PC motherboard is compatible. This will almost certainly be the case. Graphics cards have been using the same PCI Express 16x physical data connector for over a decade now, so if your motherboard isn’t from the stone age, you should be able to plug a modern graphics card into your PC without any problems, providing points 1 and 2 above. follow.

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    TOP-7. The best budget video cards. June 2022. Rating!

    I am glad to welcome you, dear ones! I, Rostislav, advise you to choose the technique thoughtfully and according to my recommendations, so as not to get into a mess. Those users who want to save money when buying a computer often choose their own hardware for it. Among all the components, the most important are the processor and the video card. At the same time, the first one is a key node and the choice always starts with it, but sometimes you have to save money on a video card. At the same time, in some assemblies, you can do without a graphics chip in principle, but if you plan to play, then you can’t do without it. At the same time, it is quite difficult to understand which graphics to buy, because the choice is huge. TOP budget video cards for games in 2020 will help you decide on a purchase. 14GHz Memory bandwidth: 616 GB/s

    World’s fastest graphics card. Ray tracing and DLSS deep learning technology.

    More developers are moving to ray tracing

    Launched back in 2022, the RTX 2080 Ti is still the fastest gaming graphics card you can put in your gaming PC. If you want even more, you can purchase Titan RTX , but that’s a marginal boost for an extra $1,300.

    With 11GB of GDDR6 RAM, 68 RT cores and 4,352 CUDA cores sealed into the GPU, the RTX Turing architecture is ready for just about everything the PC gaming industry has to offer today. But at 4K resolution, even the RTX 2080 Ti may not provide the necessary performance with the maximum graphics settings and ray tracing enabled.

    But the power of the new DLSS from Nvidia , an updated AI-based scaling feature, will significantly increase performance in 4K. In this case, the rendering of frames itself will occur at a lower resolution and scaled to a larger one due to artificial intelligence. At the moment, this function is not ideal, you can often see the difference in frames (the picture may be more blurry or render colors worse). But machine learning is doing its job, and with each new driver update from Nvidia, we get less and less loss in quality.

    If you need the most powerful GPU, especially for the booming ray tracing, this is what you need — the best graphics card in the world right now. But we can’t recommend it to most people, because for the money you can buy a pretty decent whole gaming PC. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is by far the leader of this ranking, but only due to superiority over other GPUs in terms of performance.

    ASUS Radeon R7 240 2GB video card (R7240-2GD5-L)

    ASUS Radeon R7 240 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM and low profile design is a great choice for HTPC PCs.

    The ASUS R7 240 series video cards are affordable devices that provide a fairly high speed in 3D games. They feature many ASUS-exclusive technologies and features, including a dust-proof fan, high-quality Super Alloy Power II components, and support for Tweak, a convenient GPU monitoring and overclocking utility.

    Unique anti-dust fan ensures high heat dissipation efficiency and extends graphics card life by 25%*.

    Gaming Booster — One click optimization:

    • Visual effects. Improve performance by turning off the visual effects of the Windows interface.
    • System services. Automatic or manual shutdown of Windows services and processes.
    • Memory defragmentation. Free up system memory without closing running processes.

      This means that the GTX 1660 Super not only knocked the RX 5500 XT off the rails, but also called into question the profitability of its fellow GTX 1660 Ti.

      PowerColor Radeon R7 250 2GB graphics card (AXR7 250 2GBD3-DH)

      The POWERCOLOR AMD Radeon R7 250 graphics card has PCI-E 3.0 interface at 800 MHz GPU. The power supply of the system unit must have a power of at least 400 W, the cooling system, consisting of a radiator and one active fan, is working. After purchase, a 12-month warranty is issued.

      In addition to 512 shaders (although this may be a typo), the PowerColor AXR7 250X video accelerator has a 128-bit memory bus and 1 GB of GDDR5 RAM. The card operates at 1000/4500 MHz for core and memory, respectively.

      The POWERCOLOR AMD Radeon R7 250 video card is made using 28 nm process technology and has a DDR3 video memory type at 1400 MHz and a memory capacity of 2 GB. It supports DirectX 11.2/OpenGL 4.5 and has DVI, HDMI and D-SUB connectors. Card length 17.1 cm.

      #4 AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

      1500 to 1750 MHz . Which allowed her to slightly bypass the RTX 2060 in performance. But while AMD has kept that card up its sleeve, Nvidia has used the time to lower the price of the RTX 2060, and now buyers have a tough task ahead of them.

      In any case, it’s worth making sure the card has an up-to-date BIOS before spending your money. If you find an RX 5600 XT variant priced at or less than an RTX 2060, then that variant will be preferred. The lack of ray tracing doesn’t really matter, because the performance level in any case will not allow using this function at good fps, which is also true for the RTX 2060.

      AMD Navi GPUs have made a good impression on the market and it will be interesting to see what new graphics cards Radeon will introduce. Higher performance will allow us to successfully compete with Nvidia, which will result in better deals for us in the future.

      Leading video card manufacturers

      When deciding which video card to buy, the user is faced with an impressive list of models. It becomes very difficult to make the right choice. There are several dozen manufacturers of graphics adapters, each of which offers many options for budget or top-end graphics cards. Of course, the brand does not always play a decisive role, but it is necessary to navigate among the leading graphics manufacturers.

      To be precise, all computer gaming graphics cards are equipped with graphics chips from two major companies — Nvidia and AMD. And all other manufacturers on the market are partners of these giants, releasing adapters under their own brand:

      • Palit. Taiwanese manufacturer, which is considered the flagship in the production of low-cost video cards. The product line includes many adapters that do not differ in performance, but have high potential for overclocking;
      • MSI. A company that is well known in the component market. It has its own line of gaming video cards for PC, called Gaming. A distinctive feature is a lower cost than similar products of competitors;
      • Gigabyte. A brand whose products include high-quality gaming video cards, but there is one big problem — an ill-conceived cooling system, which will require the purchase of additional fans;
      • Asus. A manufacturer whose products are distinguished by a bright and recognizable design and good performance;
      • Sapphire. A company located in China. It produces graphics accelerators exclusively based on AMD chips. The range of good video cards for games with excellent performance;
      • ASRock. A Taiwanese developer that specializes in the production of cheap video cards that are inferior to their counterparts in terms of their technical characteristics;
      • Power Color. A US company that is known for producing the most powerful video cards equipped with the most complete cooling system in the form of heat pipes and fans;
      • Inno 3D. The company specializes in the production of massive and powerful video cards equipped with 3-4 fans. Their products are not intended for installation in small cases.

      To determine which video card is the best, the choice of manufacturer is far from the most important criterion. It is much more correct to pay attention to the technical characteristics, which include:

      • chip frequency;
      • overall dimensions;
      • amount and type of memory;
      • cooling system;
      • adapter assignment;
      • connector type for installation.

      GIGABYTE GeForce GT 730 LP 2GB Video Card (GV-N730D5-2GL)

      GigaByte GeForce GT 730 LP Video Card [GV-N730D5-2GL] is an entry-level model from a well-known manufacturer. The device has characteristics that will satisfy the requirements of a considerable number of users. The video adapter will allow you to use games that are not oversaturated with high-detailed 3D graphics.

      The advantage of the video adapter is low power consumption: the peak value of this indicator is 25 watts.

      Mounting the device requires only one free expansion slot. The length and thickness of the video adapter are 149.9 and 14.6 mm, respectively.

      The GT 730 graphics card delivers up to 3x the gaming performance of integrated graphics while delivering reliable and stable performance with GeForce Experience.

      GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030 OC 2G Video Card (GV-N1030OC-2GI)

      The GigaByte GeForce GT 1030 [GV-N1030OC-2GI] graphics card is the ideal choice for home, school or office PCs that require a powerful and energy efficient video processor. With 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory, the video card handles complex graphic content and allows you to run many video games on your computer. It is distinguished by support for video standards DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5.

      The small overall dimensions of the GigaByte GeForce GT 1030 [GV-N1030OC-2GI] allow it to be mounted in small-sized system units with a 300+ W power supply. Occupying one expansion slot, this model has a length of 167. 7 mm and a thickness of 26.8 mm. The video card is equipped with HDMI and DVI-D video outputs, allowing simultaneous connection of two monitors or projectors. An active cooling system with a single axial fan guarantees stable heat dissipation for the video processor.

      How to choose the best graphics card? — Development of land and water resources

      A good graphics card is the backbone of any high performance PC. The best graphics cards promise to speed up your computer, make it more efficient, and keep your images, movies, and games sharp.

      The choice of graphics card is particularly important for gaming, as integrated graphics cards are rarely advanced enough to handle the billions of calculations per second required by today’s games. To help, we’ll take a look at the best graphics cards available and give you some helpful tips on choosing the right one for you.

      What is a video card?

      When your computer wants to display something on your screen, it does so by sending instructions (in the form of computer code) to the graphics card. The graphics card takes these instructions and converts them into signals that your monitor can understand and display.

      Screens are made up of pixels, which are tiny lights in the thousands of rows and columns on the screen. Full resolution (HD) monitor has 1920 columns and 1080 rows is over 2 million pixels!

      Determining which color to display in each pixel requires a lot of calculations. Most PC gamers want to play their games at at least 60 frames per second (FPS). This requires that the color for each individual pixel be calculated 60 times per second.

      Meeting the graphics needs of new games, increasing the frame rate or screen resolution, or editing large video files requires more graphics calculations.

      You can quickly find that your video card is not up to the task if you have not updated it for a long time or did not update it at all.

      Types of video cards

      Modern PCs can use one of two types of video cards: integrated or discrete. Almost all new CPUs (Central Processing Units) now come with integrated graphics cards.

      This is sufficient for most tasks except HD video editing or graphics-intensive gaming. For these purposes, a discrete graphics card is simply necessary. Discrete graphics cards are physically separate from the CPU and not only have their own GPUs, but usually their own fans, allowing them to run at higher speeds without overheating. They are more powerful and are considered the best graphics cards.

      What video card do I have?

      If you have a desktop computer, you can find out what graphics card you have by simply opening the side panel — when the computer is safely shut down — and looking inside. If you have a discrete graphics card, it will typically protrude from the middle of your motherboard, which is the main circuit board at the center of your PC.

      You can also see what graphics card you have through your operating system, which is especially useful for laptop users.

      • Type «Control Panel» into the Windows Start menu (which can be accessed using the Windows logo on your keyboard or in the lower left corner of your screen) and press Enter.
      • Click System and Security.
      • Click System.
      • In the left pane, click Device Manager and click OK at the prompt that appears.

      The Display Adapters section will list all of your computer’s video cards. If there is only one option, it’s usually because you have integrated graphics. If there are multiple entries, it means that your PC also has a discrete graphics card.

      Another useful tool is Speccy, a system information tool for finding out exactly what you have on your computer. Not only will it tell you what graphics card you have, but it will also give you information about your processor, drives, memory, and more. This is especially helpful when deciding which aspects of your system should be upgraded.

      Choosing a graphics card

      Buying a new graphics card can be a daunting prospect, as there are so many to choose from. In the more expensive segment, they cost many hundreds of dollars, so it’s important to find the right one for you.

      What to look for in a graphics card

      The first thing to figure out is what you are going to use your graphics card for. Watching movies even in super high definition 4k, as well as playing old games and light video editing — all this is possible without any problems on budget graphics cards.

      Many popular online games such as Dota, League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG and Fortnite are also low on graphics, so sticking to these games will probably suffice for a lower or mid-range graphics card.

      However, if you have a monitor with a high refresh rate, such as 144Hz, you need to make sure your graphics card is powerful enough to run your favorite games at the appropriate frame rate.

      This is also true if you want to run games at a higher resolution, such as 2560×1440 or 3840×2160 (4k), since many more pixels will be required to render.

      You’ll need mid to high-end graphics cards to play the new single-player and Triple A games and do intensive video editing.

      If your monitor has a high resolution (greater than 1920×1080) or a high refresh rate (greater than 60fps), you might be better off investing more in your graphics card or even building your own computer from scratch, which is a lot easier by the way than you might think!

      Compatibility with the rest of your system

      Although a new graphics card will improve your graphics performance, your video playback software, games, or video editing software may still slow down due to other parts of your system, such as RAM and CPU.

      If you’re building a new PC or looking to upgrade your current desktop, it’s important to make sure your graphics card is compatible with the rest of your system. (It is generally not possible to upgrade a laptop’s graphics card.)

      A processor fast enough to keep up with your graphics card, and a power supply (power supply) with enough power to power both of them, are needed. You will also need a slot on your motherboard that can support the graphics card of your choice.

      Finding out what motherboard you have is easy with Speccy. Your motherboard model name will be listed under «Motherboard» and you can just google it to see what kind of video card slots you have.

      The slots to look for are called PCI-E (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) slots. The slots will have a number connected to them, such as x8 or x16, which indicates the size of the slot. Full size graphics cards require an x16 slot, but smaller x8 graphics cards are also available.

      You can find out which PSU you have by opening the side panel of your desktop PC (while it is turned off and unplugged). The power supply looks like a rectangular block and is either at the very bottom or at the very top of your desktop PC.

      It will have information so you know the make and model and, most importantly, power. You can then use the Power Supply Calculator to find out if your PC has enough power for your chosen graphics card.

      GPU

      Important calculations on video cards are performed in the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). There are two major GPU manufacturers, AMD and Nvidia. You may hear or see people refer to graphics cards by the GPU they use, such as Nvidia GTX 2070 or AMD Radeon RX 590. 2070 and Gigabyte GeForce 2070. This can cause some confusion for those who are not familiar with the already complex video card naming system. However, as long as you stick with big brands, you can generally ignore the graphics card manufacturer and focus on finding a card with the right GPU.

      Memory Size

      Just like CPUs use RAM (Random Access Memory) to speed up their work, GPUs need dedicated memory to perform calculations efficiently. The memory will be built into the graphics card and usually each GPU comes with a set amount of memory.

      Lower tier cards will have up to 4 GB of memory, while higher tier cards can have up to 16 GB. The amount of memory on your card will only matter if you need to store a lot of video data in memory for quick access.

      This usually occurs when playing video games with a large HD environment or when editing very long video or 4k files. If you run out of video memory, the game or video editor will start to slow down as the objects inside the image will need to be loaded every time they appear on your screen.

      Memory type

      There are several types of video memory, such as DDR4, GDDR5, and GDDR5X. All of them have a slight speed improvement over the previous type. The newest version is GDDR6, which is only found in the highest-end graphics cards currently available, such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080.

      Generally, you don’t have to worry about the type of video memory your card has, as it will suit your GPU design.

      Which graphics card is best for my PC?

      Many options and sizes of graphics cards are available, but if you plan to play games or use video editing programs, you will need a separate card from the AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce line. These cards are designed for PC gaming and also have enough power for video editing.

      AMD vs NVIDIA

      AMD and NVIDIA cards offer rough equivalents to each other — for example, the AMD Radeon RX 580 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 cost around $250 and offer the same performance, while the RX Vega 56 and GeForce GTX 1070 cost about $450 and offer increased performance.

      Most gamers and video editors want the most power they can get from their graphics card, so the best way to choose is to first determine your budget and then compare the cards you can get from AMD and NVIDIA at that price.

      A graphics card for 4K gaming and video editing like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080ti will set you back $1,200, but for 1080p gaming at 60fps, a $250 budget will suffice and you’ll get this ​​a card like the GTX 1060.

      How to Buy a New Graphics Card: Other Things to Consider

      AMD and NVIDIA release a new line of graphics cards every year or two, so it’s a good idea to follow the news on the topic for a while before make a purchase, because after some time you can easily sell a video card and buy a new one.

      This will help you avoid spending money on an expensive card right before the release of an updated version. You can also track general graphics card price trends.

      Current graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD require a PCI-E slot on your motherboard, and are almost always x16 long. You will need to check which slot is required for your desired card and ensure that one of those slots is available on your motherboard by following the instructions in the previous section.

      Older types of video cards used regular PCI or AGP slots, but cards using these slots are now rare and have limited power.

      If you don’t want to play PC games or edit videos, the integrated graphics cards built into Intel and AMD processors will suffice.

      If you’re thinking about buying a new laptop, you may even want to avoid those that advertise discrete graphics cards, as the cards will add weight and drain your battery without giving you much value in day-to-day computer use.

      How to choose a gaming laptop in 2022 — instructions from Delta Game

      How to choose a gaming laptop in 2022 — instructions from Delta Game

      In the first half of 2021, laptops with the latest 30-series graphics cards were released: GeForce RTX 3050, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080. difference in performance between mobile and desktop (for PC) video cards. For those who have not followed the latest generations of mobile video cards, let’s go back to the recent past and briefly explain what this means. In 2018, GeForce GTX graphics cards in Max-Q design entered the gaming laptop market. NVIDIA Max-Q technology can significantly reduce the weight and size of a gaming laptop while maintaining high performance, but inferior to desktop versions. The next generation of laptops in 2019The year was already partially without the Max-Q suffix: NVIDIA equalized the performance of mobile and desktop video cards. These were laptops with GeForce RTX 20 series and GeForce GTX 16 series graphics cards.

      The new NVIDIA 30-series mobile video cards released in 2021 differ from desktop ones in lower power consumption and performance, respectively. With this generation of graphics cards, NVIDIA has removed the «Max-Q» label. Instead, various laptop configurations with graphics cards ranging from 60W (previously Max-Q) to 115W (Max-P) are now given the same name “GeForce RTX 30XX for Notebooks”. Therefore, for all new laptops with a 30-series graphics accelerator, in the specifications after the name of the video card model, you will see the suffix “for laptops”. For example “GeForce RTX 3060 for Notebooks”.

      In addition to video cards, processors are constantly updated, current models from Intel 12th generation and AMD 5000 series. Do not lag behind in development and other components. In this article, we will analyze the details of a gaming laptop in detail, taking into account the latest trends from manufacturers.

      Video card

      All gaming laptops have a discrete graphics card, mostly from NVIDIA. The latest laptop models have got a 30-series graphics card: GeForce RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti, RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080.

      GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB graphics card outperforms RTX 3050 Ti 4 GB by 50%. It handles all games in Full HD resolution at ultra settings, but it’s not enough for 2K.

      Next comes the GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB graphics card. It’s about 30% faster than the RTX 3060. With it, you can get over 60 FPS at 2560×1440 (2K) on medium-high settings. The later GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8 GB delivers about 10% more performance, building on the success at 1440p. In 4K resolution, a playable FPS can only be obtained in undemanding games.

      GeForce RTX 3080 8 GB or 16 GB is almost the most powerful mobile graphics card. It allows you to play either in 2K resolution on ultra settings, or in 3840×2160 (4K) on medium-high settings. The title of the most powerful mobile graphics card is taken by the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16 GB with a performance increase of 5-10% compared to the RTX 3080.

      Processor

      Successful series from AMD began to come out, such as Ryzen 4000, ahead of Intel’s 10th generation line, then Ryzen 5000, ahead of Intel’s 11th generation. With the release of the current Intel line of the 12th generation, the palm returned to Intel: the new series gives much better performance than the Ryzen 5000, but the situation may change with the release of Ryzen 6000 mobile processors. 0003

      The following processors are currently relevant: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H and Intel Core i5-12500H — these models are mainly used with entry-level graphics cards from GTX 1650 to RTX 3060. AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and Intel Core i7-12700H — they are like usually used in laptops with graphics cards up to RTX 3070 Ti. In both cases, the performance advantage belongs to Intel.

      For flagship laptops, there are flagship processors: AMD Ryzen 9 5900H and Intel Core i9-12900H, where the processor from Intel gives great performance. These models come bundled with the flagship RTX 3070 Ti — RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards.

      RAM

      New games require more and more RAM. 8 GB of memory will not be enough for all games, so you should choose a laptop with 16 GB of RAM, this amount is enough for gaming. Taking a laptop with 32 or more GB of RAM is only necessary if you are engaged in graphics / video processing. If your budget is currently limited and you feel that you will have to buy a laptop with 8 GB of RAM, then do not worry, you can increase the amount of RAM yourself by purchasing the desired memory module and installing it next to the existing one. This procedure does not take much time and comes down to selecting the right memory module and removing the back cover of the laptop to connect the RAM, which is covered in many articles on the Internet,

      Hard Drive (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD)

      A gaming laptop, and indeed any computer in the current year, must have an SSD drive. It works at speeds much higher than a conventional hard drive, so at least the operating system and programs need to be installed on it. The massive drop in the price of SSDs in recent years is making it easy for everyone to get one. Pay attention to laptops with a 256 GB SSD and above, a 512 GB SSD will be optimal. The larger the volume, the more games and programs you can install on it, so it all depends on your budget. Usually, in addition to the SSD, a hard drive is also installed in the laptop. It will store files that will not fit on a solid state drive, take a laptop with an HDD of 1 TB or more. Both types of drives can be changed independently, as well as RAM. Therefore, you can always increase the amount of drives over time.

      Display

      The display is also important when choosing a laptop, because it is on it that your eyes will be looking all the time. Gaming laptops range in size from 15 inches and up, going up to 21 inches. Screen resolution varies from 1920×1080 (FHD) to 2560×1440 (QHD) and 3840×2160 (4K). To get a beautiful picture, a 15.6-inch screen in FHD resolution is enough. There are two types of display matrices: TN and IPS, the latter type has better viewing angles and a more pleasant image, but the price is correspondingly higher. It is worth paying attention to the display coating: matte or glossy. The glossy finish has better color reproduction and more saturated colors, but reflections and glare are clearly visible when working on it. The matte screen has an anti-reflective coating, you will not see the reflection in it and the sun shining on the laptop screen will not bother you. One of the latest trends is support for laptop screen frequencies of 120, 144 Hz and 240 Hz, so that the image in games will change smoothly. Recently, models with 300 Hz for professional players have also appeared.

      Ports and cooling

      Before purchasing a laptop, we recommend that you look at reviews on the device and make sure that the laptop’s cooling will not interfere with you. It is important that the cooling system is balanced and does not exceed acceptable noise limits. Also look at where the blower is wrong: it should not be located on the right side of the laptop, otherwise the hot air will go straight to the mouse and your hand. Pay attention to the ports available on the laptop: make sure that there are any that you may need to connect additional devices, such as an HDMI connector for an additional monitor.

      Conclusion

      We hope this guide will help you choose your gaming laptop. Before buying such a serious thing that will serve you in the coming years, we recommend that you carefully study all the characteristics of the laptop that you like. Look at the reviews on it, read the reviews of people who have already purchased such a laptop. Pay attention to the manufacturer — we recommend choosing one of the trusted brands: Acer Predator, ASUS Republic of Gamers, MSI, Lenovo Legion, AORUS, HP.

    • Video Card

      NVIDIA GeForce® RTX 3050 Ti 4 GB for laptops

    • RAM

      16 GB, DDR4

      SSD 9000.1,000 9000 9000

    • 9AT

    • operating system

      No operating system

  • Acer Nitro 5 AN515-57-57-50FB

    • processor

      Intel Core i5-11400H 2700 MHz

    • Video Carta

      NVIDIA GeForce® RTX 3050 TI 4 GB for laptops

    • RAM

      8 GB, DDR4

    • SSD SSD SSD Power Super

    • Display

      15.6 «1920×1080 144 Hz

    • Operating system

      Windows 10

  • MSI PUL66 11UDK-420XRU

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    • Processor

      Intel Core i5-11400H 2700 MHz

    • Video Card

      NVIDIA GEFORCE® RTX 3050 Ti 4 GB

    • 8 GB, DDR4

    • 9000 SSD SSD Light SSD

    • Display

      15. 6 «1920×1080 144 Hz

    • Operating system

      without the operating system

      9000 HP Victus 16-E0080ur

      • Processor

        AMD Ryzen 5 5600h 3300 MHz

      • Video Card

        NVIDIA GEFORCE® RTX 3060 6 GB

      • 8 GB, DDR4

        9000 SCD, DDR4000 9000 9000 STRU GB SSD

      • Display

        16.1″ 1920×1080 144Hz

      • OS

        No OS

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        HP Victus 16-E0077ur

        • processor

          AMD RYZEN 5 5600H 3300 MHz

        • Video Card

          NVIDIA GEFORCE® RTX 3060 6 GB

        • GB, DDIS

          SSD drive

          512 GB SSD

        • Display

          16.1 «1920×1080 144 Hz

        • Windows 10

      • Acer Predator Triton 300 PT314-51S-51NZ

        • processor

          Intel Core i5-11300H 3100 MHz

        • NVIDIA GEFORCE® RTX 3060 6 GB 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 GB, DDR4

        • SSD drive

          512 GB SSD

        • Display

          14 «1920×1080 144 Hz

        • Operating system

          without operating system

      • HP Victus 16-E0078ur

        • processor

          AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 3300 MHz

        • Video

          NVIDIA GEFORCE® RTX 3060 6 GB for laptop DDR4

        • SSD Drum

          512 GB SSD

        • Display

          16.