Best Graphics Cards for the Money

Here are the best gaming GPUs for the money. These graphics cards offer the best performance at their price and resolution (from 720p to 4K).

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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 1070 Simple. Runs Well,, Can Hold A Very Large PUSH.
  4. Oh and Remember don't run it on a shit CPU.
  5. markbanang said:
    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.


    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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. somidiot said:
    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?


    The under $100 market has always sucked. If you're looking in that price range, look at buying a generation older cards used. A GTX 960 4GB performs in the neighborhood of a 1050/1050 Ti and can be had for around a 100 if you hunt around craigslist or ebay.
  9. 1) The GTX 1050 3GB didn't earn a spot on this list.
    The RX 580 4GB consistenly beats the GTX1050 by a landslide (~20-50% FPS), costs 10$ 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
  10. Sorry typo in my comment above
    "The RX 580 4GB consistenly beats the GTX1050" ... should be "The RX 570 4GB"
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. rx 570 is the best value by far.
  15. For U$320, Vega 56 will kick the ass off that 1070, Even the Vega 64 at U$380.00.. 'cmon...
  16. 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
  17. Shouldn't the graphic at the beginning of the Article list the RTX 2080 Ti (shown as GTX 2080 Ti) be corrected?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. somidiot said:
    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?


    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.
  21. 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.
  22. Shouldn't the 2070 replace the 1080 for best VR pick?
    It's cheaper and faster and adds ray tracing.
  23. Really, how are you gonna recommend the slow 1070 or the old 1080 but not the 1080 tI for 1440p gaming?!? High frame rates at 1440p definitely work MUCH better with the 1080 TI. Not intending to offend 1070 or 1080 owners but this is a fact.
  24. If you can find them in stock, the AIB Vega 64 @ $500-550 is a better value than the 1080 and offers similar performance. And I have BOTH cards so, not a fanboy.
  25. Why not 1070 TI? There are several 1070 TI's for sale for the same price as a 1070 or within 20 dollars. even if you keep stock clocks it will beat a 1070 across the board.
  26. This list needs to be updated as there's absolutely no reason to buy a GTX 1050 3gb over a RX 570 4gb as you can get one for cheaper and AMD is giving away 3 games with the cards currently.
  27. $1200 price tag is out of reach for most gamers ??????? (TH plz think about poor real gamers)
    i think all will agree that even 250$ tag is out of reach for most if not all
  28. Ah yes, the controversy at Tom's continues like a bullet train on steroids! A RX570 4/8gb is too close to the 1050 in price, yet runs circles around those cards at HD. Not even the 1050Ti does a better job and barely gets to 30fps at max HD levels. I'm looking at the guru3D charts. Those cards are rubbish.
    Then there's the recommendation of the 1070 over the Vega56 which now after the crypto craze, is cheaper, faster, and comes with 3 free games. Hell, even the freesync option is more affordable. The 1070 only uses less power. Big woopety doo saving a couple of dollars a month. As if Vega is gonna bankrup us all. Bias. Lies. Deceit. Glad I'm not a sheep.
  29. I was looking at the current GPU prices. The GTX 1080 TI is disappearing fast so that's not going to be a very viable option soon. I have seen the Vega 56 and 64 down in price, Vega 56 is a great option for 1440P gaming and Freesync monitors especially if you undervolt the Vega 56. Now on the NVidia side I just got a GTX 1070 TI which I find to be closer to the GTX 1080's performance especially if you overclock it at a much better price. I got a Zotac AMP Edition for $360 off Newegg and that's not much more than a regular GTX 1070. Those are 2 great options for 1440P gaming. Until NVidia fixes their overheating issues with with the RTX GPUs(and prices them more in line with their performance) and has better Ray Tracing support or AMD releases something better than the RX 590 I don't believe at the moment there are any good options for 4K gaming that are tangible for price to performance ratio.
  30. "CLAY54412 11 days ago
    Really, how are you gonna recommend the slow 1070 or the old 1080 but not the 1080 tI for 1440p gaming?!? High frame rates at 1440p definitely work MUCH better with the 1080 TI. Not intending to offend 1070 or 1080 owners but this is a fact."

    Clay I would of agreed with your point at the time when you posted it, but the GTX 1080 TIs are drying up like an Egyptian desert. Actually the GTX 1070 TI is a better value option for 1440P gaming because it's very close to the price of the regular GTX 1070 and performs very close to the GTX 1080 especially when overclocked. On the AMD side I've seen the Vega 56 at reasonable prices, it performs close to if not better than a GTX 1070 TI, it's a little more expensive, produces more heat, consumes more power, but it does support the cheaper Freesync monitors.
  31. I wouldn't part with my 1080ti for VR, unless I move to a 2080ti.
    A regular 1080 will get you by, but the video quality will be inferior to a card than can handle a larger render resolution.
  32. You mention that the 590 has a larger cooler than the 580, however the example you display - the Sapphire Nitro+ - is the same size from the 570 to the 590. The Nitro+ isn't even the most extreme cooler design.
  33. (18/december/2018) The published data, on the article's table, says that the best buys are:



    AMD RX 560. It is cheaper and has better performance than the 1050 recommended in the article.
    AMD RX 570. Really, should be the bottom card anyone should buy.It has rougly double the performance of the RX 560, for almost the same price.
    AMD RX 590. Is roughly the same price than the RX 580 and a bit more performance. (Maybe the price of the PSU should be considered).
    AMD Vega 56. Is cheaper and has higher performance than the 1070 recommended in the article.
    Nvidia 1070 Ti. Is roughly same price than the 1070 recommended in the article, but offers significantly more performance.
    AMD Vega 64. Should be the recommended buy. It has 85% of the maximum possible performance for 1/3 of the price. It is the point of diminishing returns, because is the knee of the curve.
    Nvidia 2070. $100 more than the Vega 64 for only 5% of performance.
    Nvidia 2080. Almost the maximum possible performance for half the price.

    Nobody would be able to tell the difference in performance between the 2080 Ti and the 2080. It is like a 5% difference, which may be the rounding error in benchmarks.
  34. In the used market (aka EBay, largely ex-miners), Vega 56's go for ~300-350; 1070's go for ~210-250, 1070 TI's for 280-350, 1080 for $350-400. rx 580 8GB are ~130-150. Price/perf would probably go to rx580, knee in the curve probably the 1070 or 1080. 1070ti/vega56 are a big jump in price for modest perf improvement (70.x -> 76 (vega) or 79.x (1070TI)); 1080 (perf 85) isn't a lot more $. Vega 64 is a bad used buy - about the same perf as 1080, but $400-450. I'm guessing the vegas are more interesting to miners relative to their nominal gfx perf.

    (Note: all using "Buy it now" prices with shipping).
  35. GTX 1050 2GB for $129 over a 4GB RX 570 at $149?
  36. hh
  37. How on earth is the 1050 3gb on here?
  38. What about evga geforce gtx 1060 ssc 6g
  39. nufelevas said:
    (18/december/2018) The published data, on the article's table, says that the best buys are:



    AMD RX 560. It is cheaper and has better performance than the 1050 recommended in the article.
    AMD RX 570. Really, should be the bottom card anyone should buy.It has rougly double the performance of the RX 560, for almost the same price.
    AMD RX 590. Is roughly the same price than the RX 580 and a bit more performance. (Maybe the price of the PSU should be considered).
    AMD Vega 56. Is cheaper and has higher performance than the 1070 recommended in the article.
    Nvidia 1070 Ti. Is roughly same price than the 1070 recommended in the article, but offers significantly more performance.
    AMD Vega 64. Should be the recommended buy. It has 85% of the maximum possible performance for 1/3 of the price. It is the point of diminishing returns, because is the knee of the curve.
    Nvidia 2070. $100 more than the Vega 64 for only 5% of performance.
    Nvidia 2080. Almost the maximum possible performance for half the price.

    Nobody would be able to tell the difference in performance between the 2080 Ti and the 2080. It is like a 5% difference, which may be the rounding error in benchmarks.


    Thank you very much for posting this chart.
    With the price different between the GTX 1050 and RX 560 they perform very close with the GTX 1050 usually having an edge, but later with newer DX12 and Vulcan game the RX 560 tends to do better so I'd say go for the RX 560. Since they're so close I'm going to say buy what's cheapest because sometimes you can find a sale making the GTX 1050 cheaper.
    The RX 570 for the prices I've seen hands down at the moment is the best valued 1080p GPU and it goes for around $140. It will kill the GTX 1050 TI which goes for $165 and go head to head with the GTX 1060 3gb version which ironically is selling for the same of the 6gb version at $200 which makes that a horrible value. The only drawback is it plays modern games at medium to high settings mostly with good playable frame rates, If you want 1080p max settings I'd say go up a tier.
    At the moment when I was looking around the RX 580 8gb version can be had at deals cheaper than this chart shows, I saw them as low as $185. You could buy the 4gb version, but for some reason they were usually more expensive and it's not a good idea with newer game wanting more GPU VRAM. The GTX 1060 6gb version I noticed is going down in price,I saw one as low as $200. The GTX 1060 6gb version hasn't dropped enough in price and the RX 580 still performs better in most titles and tends to be cheaper so unless you're a fan boy(or fan girl) of NVidia the RX 580 is the best GPU in my opinion for 1080p high to maxed settings. You could argue the RX 590 is better, but in my opinion I haven't seen the price go below $260 which is still $60 more which is a 30% price increase over the RX 580 and it only performs maybe 10% better at best. If you're going to spend possible $260 to $280 on a GPU go up to the next tier.
    Vega 56 on Newgg is running for $370 at the cheapest at the moment and the GTX 1070 is going for $305 at the cheapest. Back to the last tier, if you were going to spend possibly up to $280 why not spend another $25 and get a GPU that can max out almost any triple A title at 1080p and run games at medium to high settings at 1440p like the GTX 1070 can? At one time I'd say go for the GTX 1070 TI, but again I believe the supplies of that GPU are drying up as well and the cheapest one I saw was going for $455 on Newegg. I got a Zotac Amp Edition GTX 1070 TI from Newegg for $360 with two free game codes which at the time was a better deal at the time, but I don't see anything like that brand new so the GTX 1070 TI is out of the running. My recommendations would be the GTX 1070 or for total 1440p the Vega 56.
    I looked at the pricing of the Vega 64 and at the moment it's the best entry level 4k GPU for modern triple A titles. You can get a Vega 64 as low as $400 and an AIB model for $470 with 3 games include. The $400 models have blower style cooler so overclocking is going to be as easy so if you don't mind running it at stock setting that's a great deal. If you want to possibly tweak the setting and overclock and would enjoy the games included the $470 ASUS model I saw looks to be a great offering. Either way with the GTX 1080 currently going for $642 and the cheapest RTX 2070 going for $500 I believe the Veag 64 offers a much better value especially if you own or plan on buy a Freesync monitor which are much cheaper than G-Sync monitors.
    If you're looking to do solid 4k gaming at medium to max setting with good FPS unfortunately it won't be cheap. The older GTX 1080 TI is now jacked up to $1200 minimum so you're better off buying the RTX 2080 for the current price of $700 that will give you similar performance and if you did have $1200 to spend you may as well buy an RTX 2080 TI for $100 more and get the ability to play modern triple A titles at high to mex setting at 4k doing 60FPS+. I'm not sure if I'd recommend a Titan at all since brand new they cost close to the same if not more than the RTX 2080 Ti and are older GPUs.

    There's always the used market which has some great deals, but I know some people aren't gambling types and want a warranty with anything they and most used GPUs aren't likely to give you a warranty. If you want to do 4K gaming on modern triple A titles you may want to wait till the new AMD line comes out, if it can go head to head with NVidia it should force NVidia to drop their prices and will give you more options.

    Everything written here is solely only my opinion so disagreeing is fine with me. BTW, I'm not a fan boy of either company because I believe in buying the best product for the performance to dollar ratio. Sometimes that's NVidia and sometimes that's AMD.
  40. My 1 -year old RX480 just gave up and took the PCI-slot with it :( Considering a few of theese cards reported doing this and that the 590-cards is from same platform the risk it will happening again makes me more willing to choose Nvidia instead.
  41. I'm glad you made the title "Best Graphics Cards for Gaming in 2019" because these are not the best values. The one issue with this title is 2019 just started so maybe you should of called this "Best Graphics Cards for Gaming for January 2019" instead. I like how you included a chart that shows the highest performing GPU as a 100% baseline and scored everything else below. That baseline give me a great idea of something your website discussed with CPUs many times, the point of diminishing returns. I'm seeing a tread with GPUs displaying this trait as well. When looking at the chart and looking around at the actual prices once you hit the Vega 64 and the GTX 1070 TI you're around the $400 plus or minus mark and anything above $400 according to what I see on this chart would be diminishing returns on performance. I know some people are dead set on 2160p gaming with all the eye candy cranked up and having very high FPS on 1080p and 1440p, but I don't know too many consumers that can afford these solutions nor are willing to pay this kind of ransom when they can get a Vega 64, play 2160p games with dialed down settings and/or are willing to hold off for more economical solutions to be released(like possibly when AMD releases their new Navi line if it can compete). This chart just mostly shows me the consumers need competition badly.
  42. I'm not sure how you could have the GTX 1050 above the RX 570 in the budget category? Everything I've seen points to much better gaming performance and it's only $10 more at the moment.
  43. And ... Thinking that 1080ti left a dent in my account, even tho i got it with 607£ 2 years back.... Looking at the market now seems i need to win lottery lol... You have to understand they cannot recommend previous generation cards boys and girls... But i can only assume who has 1070 1070ti 1080 and 1080ti knows how they stand comared to this list above..and unless money are no object no one will upgrade to 2080 over 1080ti...
  44. Been happy with my rx 580 and 1440p 32 inch freesync monitor.
    Next upgrade will likely be a 2080 to use with this same monitor (now that freesync on Nvidia is possible).
    I don't see AMD producing a true gaming card for the high end for many years.

    My wish list = 32 to 40 inch 4K HDR monitor (or TV) with VRR up to 120 Hz over DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.1
    Like many, I will wait until I can enjoy both great gaming and 4K HDR blue-ray playback before purchasing my next monitor (or TV).
  45. tmehrl said:
    Been happy with my rx 580 and 1440p 32 inch freesync monitor.
    Next upgrade will likely be a 2080 to use with this same monitor (now that freesync on Nvidia is possible).
    I don't see AMD producing a true gaming card for the high end for many years.

    My wish list = 32 to 40 inch 4K HDR monitor (or TV) with VRR up to 120 Hz over DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.1
    Like many, I will wait until I can enjoy both great gaming and 4K HDR blue-ray playback before purchasing my next monitor (or TV).


    I feel you on the 4K HDR Blu-Ray playback(especially a playback at 60 FPS). At the moment the only true way to do that is to use an Intel I5 Coffee Lake and up CPU with the UHD630 graphics and Intel's SGX instruction set, a Z270 and up motherboard, have a display that support HDR and HDMI 2.0 or DP 1,2 and this is the biggy to have a motherboard that actually has an HDMI 2.0 output(most motherboard don't go beyond HDMI 1.4). BTW, you can't use a separate GPU by Nvidia or AMD because Microsoft won't let them use the aacs instruction set. Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Cyberlink and the very few manufacturers of PC 4K Blu-Ray players made it extremely hard to hit these requirements especially when HDR was being implemented. I don't know of any Z270 motherboards that have HDMI 2.0. I've only heard of 3 Z370 motherboards with HDMI 2.0 and two of them are mini ITX boards and the other one is extremely overpriced. Now on the Z390 you have a few more options, but they're mostly mini ITX motherboards as well. If you have a modern 4K monitor that support HDR you're set because they usually have DPs, but not many TVs have DPs on them.

    Such a simple thing made so extremely hard by simple GREED.
  46. Why is the 1050 3GB suggested as the best budget pick when the RX 570, a vastly superior card, is only ~$10 more expensive? Or was this update done when the GTX 1050 was cheaper?
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