[SOLVED] Good time to upgrade video card?

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Is now a good time to upgrade a video card? Is there something new that might be worth waiting for?

I have a $300 USD budget for a new video card. I only game at 1080p.
Current card is R9 280 3gb, which still works "fine" but doesn't let me play games on higher graphic settings.
CPU is i5 4590.

Do you guys have some recommendations for a new card? I was looking at the 1660 Ti but I don't know if the performance increase is worth the $$ or not. *i've been out of the loop for a bit now
 
Where are you comparing prices for the cards? You might try using PCPartPicker if you are in the US, or another country that the site supports (see the drop-down list to the upper right of the page). For example, in order of relative performance...

GTX 1660:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=439

GTX 1660 SUPER:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=450

GTX 1660 Ti:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=438

RTX 2060:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=436

RX 5700:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=445

The 2060 and 5700 might be slightly over your budget, particularly after things like tax are figured in, but you can sometimes find certain models on sale for around $300 online.

As for relative performance, a 1660 SUPER performs just slightly behind a 1660 Ti, while typically being priced closer to the original 1660. The original 1660 should perform about 10-15% slower than those cards, a 2060 will be about 15-20% faster than them, and a Radeon RX 5700 will typically perform another 10% faster than a 2060. The 2060 also has hardware to support raytraced lighting effects in the handful of games that support them so far, though even with dedicated hardware they cause a big hit to performance when enabled, so it remains to be seen how beneficial that feature might be in the long term. I suspect that graphics cards released a year from now will likely support raytracing a lot better, seeing as it's apparently going to be a standard feature on the next generation of consoles.

AMD is also expected to be launching an RX 5600 XT in the coming weeks, with performance likely somewhere above a 1660 Ti, but below a 2060 on average. I'm not yet sure about the exact dates those will go on sale, but they will likely be announced at CES within the next couple weeks.
 
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1ntelligence

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Just ignore the prices in the link I put up there. That link is just to compare the 2 cards I have access to. The non-Ti version is $65 cheaper but looks like it would perform roughly the same
 
Where are you comparing prices for the cards? You might try using PCPartPicker if you are in the US, or another country that the site supports (see the drop-down list to the upper right of the page). For example, in order of relative performance...

GTX 1660:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=439

GTX 1660 SUPER:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=450

GTX 1660 Ti:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=438

RTX 2060:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=436

RX 5700:
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/video-card/#sort=price&c=445

The 2060 and 5700 might be slightly over your budget, particularly after things like tax are figured in, but you can sometimes find certain models on sale for around $300 online.

As for relative performance, a 1660 SUPER performs just slightly behind a 1660 Ti, while typically being priced closer to the original 1660. The original 1660 should perform about 10-15% slower than those cards, a 2060 will be about 15-20% faster than them, and a Radeon RX 5700 will typically perform another 10% faster than a 2060. The 2060 also has hardware to support raytraced lighting effects in the handful of games that support them so far, though even with dedicated hardware they cause a big hit to performance when enabled, so it remains to be seen how beneficial that feature might be in the long term. I suspect that graphics cards released a year from now will likely support raytracing a lot better, seeing as it's apparently going to be a standard feature on the next generation of consoles.

AMD is also expected to be launching an RX 5600 XT in the coming weeks, with performance likely somewhere above a 1660 Ti, but below a 2060 on average. I'm not yet sure about the exact dates those will go on sale, but they will likely be announced at CES within the next couple weeks.
 
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