Best Graphics Cards for Gaming

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Please don't give up on the GPU Performance Hierarchy Table. I see it's now been renamed "Legacy GPU Hierarchy", so I hope that doesn't mean you intend to stop updating it.

For many years this table has been the single best resource for quickly comparing graphics cards. Detailed reviews are great for comparing cards within a category, but for quickly dismissing a card or prompting further research, there is nothing else on the web which compares to it. It would be a real shame for it to fall into neglect.
 

somidiot

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Dang, what happened to the around $100 and under market? Does it all suck right now? Or have GPU's tied into the CPU advanced that much?
 

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I think they're going to keep it...although I do wish they'd kept a 3rd column for Intel's integrated graphics (as well as the Vega-equipped Ryzen/Athlon chips).
 

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If you want to do 4K gaming I'd hold off on the GTX 2080TI until AMD releases their RX 680 to see what it can do or save yourself some money and get the GTX 1080TI for $450 to $550 cheaper. $1200 is a total ouch for most people I personally know, but if you want the best at the moment and newest Ray Tracing tech(which there's no 100% guaranty it will catch on) and have the money to burn be my guest.

Just my opinion and please feel free to disagree.

Happy gaming all.
 
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ZOTAC 1070ti AMP Xtreme should make this list. It is going for around USD $420. Can be overclocked above 2000 MHZ easily. it is one of the most silent cards I have seen with lowest temps at full stress. IMO
 

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The under $100 market has always sucked. If you're looking in that price range, look at buying a generation older cards used. A GTX 960 4GB performs in the neighborhood of a 1050/1050 Ti and can be had for around a 100 if you hunt around craigslist or ebay.
 

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1) The GTX 1050 3GB didn't earn a spot on this list.
The RX 580 4GB consistenly beats the GTX1050 by a landslide (~20-50% FPS), costs 10$ less AND it comes with the newest Assassins Creed: Odyssey for free (50-60$ value and two other games).
(PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 570 is 159.99$ Newegg link below)

2) The RX 580 8GB is available for 50$ less than displayed here on the same retailer AND it comes with the newest Assassins Creed: Odyssey for free (and two other games).
(PowerColor RED DEVIL Radeon RX 580 is 229.99$ Newegg link below)

P.S. No I don't work for PowerColor, I picked the cheapest card with the free game bundles.

3) Recommending any Nvidia card for the midrange is just plain wrong simply because of G-sync. The best improvement for any gaming machine is adding FreeSync or G-sync to eliminate tearing or avoiding V-sync, which most probably will drop your framerate to 30fps or even 15fps in newer games on those weaker cards.
24in-1080p-144Hz-FreeSync monitors are available for less than 200$.
24in-1080p-144Hz-G-sync monitors start around 350$.
That's a 150$ difference that has to be considered.

4) Even the not so midrange GTX 1070 isn't a clear winner, as the Vega 56 is in the same price range and has about the same performance, offers a free game bundle (60$+ value) and still has the FreeSync (150$) advantage. No one in their right mind will drop ~400$ on a graphics card and then play without FreeSync/G-sync.
My take on this tier:
Buy AMD Vega 56 if:
- you want to get "Assassins Creed: Odyssey" anyways.
- you already own a FreeSync monitor or will upgrade your monitor in the foreseeable future.
- you don't have a monitor yet.
- you do have a FreeSync TV or plan to buy one and enjoy playing controller/couch-games like Assassins Creed, retro emulators, Street Fighter, GTA, Batman, Dirt etc.
Buy Nvidia GTX 1070 if:
- you are upgrading your PC and your Power supply has less than 650W
- you already own a G-sync monitor

@chris_angelini
Not sure if this was just lazy research or biased advice.

Links:

PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 570
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131717&cm_re=rx_570-_-14-131-717-_-Product

PowerColor RED DEVIL Radeon RX 580
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131713&cm_re=RX_580-_-14-131-713-_-Product

GTX 1050 3GB vs RX570 4GB:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7snPy5O48m0
 

suau

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Sorry typo in my comment above
"The RX 580 4GB consistenly beats the GTX1050" ... should be "The RX 570 4GB"
 

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Here's my version
$100 - $120 budget card- the RX 560 https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007709%20601296397
These cards are almost neck and neck with the 1050 in most games and is currently $70 less than the 1050.

$150 - $175 FHD- the RX 570 https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20601296379%20601296377&IsNodeId=1
The RX 570 has come back down to Earth in the past month or so and has plenty of power to game at the 1080 resolutions plus you get AMD freesync, it's also $100 cheaper than the rx 580, look around for an open box or sale and you just might pick up a 580 for $10 - $20 more.

$400 QHD- the 1070ti https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20601305993&IsNodeId=1
Why not spend another $10 to $20 and get the ti version instead, for most games it's neck and neck with the 1080 and consumes less power. Use a rebate and it's under $400. This is also a very good card for pushing past that 120 fps limit if high frames is your thing.

$750 Best for VR- the 2080 https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20601321570&IsNodeId=1
Spend a few more dollars and get a new generation card, wait for Xmas and save $?

Obviously the fastest card out there is a 2080ti, so go out and get one now after you sell your car and start taking the bus.
 

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I think we all loved the gpu hierarchy table. Mostly as an easy way to compare our older gpu's. I am a fan of the "best for" rankings they use in these articles. Just to help put it in perspective for amateur builders.
 
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I think there should be some AMD options at the top just because of the fact that Freesync costs about $200 less than G-Sync for those who want a nice system but are on a tighter budget.
 

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I got a titan xp before there was even a hint of new cards coming out.. the card has worked perfectly since plugging in replacing four year old used 980.. that started have a few issues with the newest games. Love seeing blowing hair and steam and fire radiating from a battle bruised in titan2
 

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Shouldn't the graphic at the beginning of the Article list the RTX 2080 Ti (shown as GTX 2080 Ti) be corrected?
 

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my 1080Ti is rocking 4k quite nicely is most games. Granted I'm playing on a 49" Sony TV and not a 1000MHZ monitor, nor wasting time with AA at 4K.
 
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Competely agree! Please keep the GPU Performance Hierarchy Table going!

MARKBANANG 1 month ago
Please don't give up on the GPU Performance Hierarchy Table. I see it's now been renamed "Legacy GPU Hierarchy", so I hope that doesn't mean you intend to stop updating it.

For many years this table has been the single best resource for quickly comparing graphics cards. Detailed reviews are great for comparing cards within a category, but for quickly dismissing a card or prompting further research, there is nothing else on the web which compares to it. It would be a real shame for it to fall into neglect.
 


It did as the 1030 was well into the $90's but now I see some getting down to $69. Not a great price for the bottom of the barrel 1030's. Give it about a month or two for the prices to return back to pre-cryptocurrency levels. The 1030 DDR4 should be in the $50's so they are also a bit high priced still. Most of the AMD 550 and 560's are also returning to normal pricing but they need a bit longer as well and possible a discount or game bundle.
 

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Just yesterday toms posted an article about a $160 4gb 580. Anyone who is buying a $140 1050 is an idiot vs spending $20 more for a 580. +70-80% performance for +15% price is an absolute no brainer. (unless you absolutely need a card without a power connector, as the 1050 is the fastest card that does not need a power connector).

Its like the right hand doesnt know what the left hand is doing at toms.
 

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