Best Graphics

At the time of purchase, PC gamers need to know what the best GPU for the money is. And if you don’t have the time to research the benchmarks, fear not, we've compiled a simple up-to-date list of the best GPUs for gaming at the most popular resolutions, virtual reality, and eSports.

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February 2017 Updates

After a tumultuous 2016, the graphics card market is off to a more stable 2017. Recommendations we were making through the end of last year are still good, and will likely remain so until new products are announced or we’re offered lower prices on existing ones.

AMD’s Radeon RX 470 is not our pick for 1920x1080 gaming at high detail settings, but we do want to point out that the 4GB version is selling for as little as $170. That’s $15 less than the last time we looked. The only thing keeping us from slotting it in as a cheaper choice for FHD is the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which starts at $190—an astounding $40 drop compared to last November.

Further up the hierarchy, prices haven’t changed much. There’s just nothing new from AMD to make Nvidia flinch. We’re hoping this changes when Vega launches sometime in the next few months.

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  • cryoburner
    Quote:

    AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
    ...

    It does all of those things for $220, if you snag the 4 GB version.


    I get the impression you might not have updated this part of the article from November, since I currently see several RX 480 4GB cards on Newegg for $185 to $190 shipped, each with $15 to $20 rebates bringing the final price into the $165-$175 range. I see you mentioned the price drop in the intro, but you should probably fix that line in the article as well.
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  • sentore1
    i have a 390x 6gig man they seem to disapear off the sales charts
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  • uglyduckling81
    No honourable mention of the worlds fastest GPU? Radeon Pro Duo was price reduced to $850 ($820 on Newegg) from $1500. In games with crossfire compatibility there is simply no other single card better. I wouldn't buy one because I won't touch dual cards again but I think it's worth a mention.
    Also your price on the 1080's is $100 too high. They are on Amazon for US$580 which isn't a shitty reference card either. It's a good brand with a decent factory overclock.
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  • Sakkura
    I disagree with your recommendation of a 1070 as the minimum for VR. Particularly with ASW, a 1060 or RX 480 is more than plenty.
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  • TheGrandCoyote
    the NVIDIA GTX 660 is an amazing card for the money, I actually used one for 2 years and I was getting great 60+ fps on most games on highest setting in 1080p. Great Card.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00966IREK?tag=price1180107-20&ascsubtag=wtbs_5888d0cb9634d44b76edfe0c
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  • legonate416
    My question is why the RX 470 is not the pick for FHD. It offers a huge performance upgrade to the 1050 TI for a little over $30.
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  • cryoburner
    Anonymous said:
    My question is why the RX 470 is not the pick for FHD. It offers a huge performance upgrade to the 1050 TI for a little over $30.

    That is a pretty good question, especially if we factor in rebates. Going by the current post-rebate prices on Newegg, the lowest-cost RX 470 is just $5 more than the lowest-cost 1050 ti there, despite offering around 50% more performance. Even without the rebates, it's just a $25 difference. Perhaps these sale prices changed a bit more since they wrote the article, but it greatly reduces the usefulness of these "Best Graphics Cards for the Money" lists when they only update them once every few months.
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  • Sakkura
    Right now, ignoring rebates, there's an RX 480 4GB listed for $180, while the cheapest 470 is at $165. Then I can understand going with the 480 rather than the 470.

    They do explain this being the reason for skipping the RX 470 in the introduction to the January update, but I think it should also have been mentioned in the entries for either the 1050 Ti or the 480.
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  • shrapnel_indie
    Anonymous said:
    Quote:

    AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
    ...

    It does all of those things for $220, if you snag the 4 GB version.


    I get the impression you might not have updated this part of the article from November, since I currently see several RX 480 4GB cards on Newegg for $185 to $190 shipped, each with $15 to $20 rebates bringing the final price into the $165-$175 range. I see you mentioned the price drop in the intro, but you should probably fix that line in the article as well.


    Most of the best-of articles seem to have the entries untouched, and the intros sometimes partially updated instead of fully updated. Sadly it can get confusing because of this, in particular to those with less experience watching the market prices... and of course many never get updated testing with newer drivers which could affect performance... or if they do, in some other article, the entries never reflect the updates.
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  • cangelini
    Anonymous said:

    I get the impression you might not have updated this part of the article from November, since I currently see several RX 480 4GB cards on Newegg for $185 to $190 shipped, each with $15 to $20 rebates bringing the final price into the $165-$175 range. I see you mentioned the price drop in the intro, but you should probably fix that line in the article as well.


    Thanks for pointing this out. Updated the corresponding text block! We don't typically factor in rebates, but this affects both sides similarly.
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  • Aniket Patel
    Hello, I am thinking to buy new LG 3440 x 1440P resolution Ultra Wide monitor, I am not sure which graphic card should I buy and I am intended for general business usage. Not much gaming but (ok occasionally) Tell me pls,

    1: With gaming recommendation for card
    2: Without Gaming, and just business normal usage for card to buy

    I am having currently GT 630 Nvideo Zotac installed and 8 GB Ram with Core i5
    P.S: I know its bit of shit kind of tech spec, but that's what I have :|
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  • Jearld
    for general business and casual gaming on 3440X1440 a 1050 works just fine, my system is doing that right here at work. At home I use a 1080 and it is much better for intense games but you pay a price.
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  • tonybstc
    Please seriously check the price before releasing the article. I bought a custom MSI RX 480 8gb last week for $199 after rebate. The price is not uncommon to see on newegg. Whereas Geforce 1060 6gb I can only find $235 after rebate at the lowest on newegg.

    The article is only meaningful if it reflects the truth. With such a big deviance there is just no creditability in the recommendations.
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  • Olle P
    Anonymous said:
    the NVIDIA GTX 660 is an amazing card for the money, I actually used one for 2 years...
    The card was an amazing card for the money. Now it is not.

    Anonymous said:
    Most of the best-of articles seem to have the entries untouched, and the intros sometimes partially updated instead of fully updated. Sadly it can get confusing because of this, ...
    I agree!
    Anonymous said:
    ... and of course many never get updated testing with newer drivers which could affect performance... or if they do, in some other article, the entries never reflect the updates.
    Couldn't agree more. With the most recent drivers the difference in DX11 performance between RX 480 8GB and GTX 1060 6GB can be seen as gone. The Radeon is even the faster card in some applications.
    In the first reviews of RX 480 Polaris was just released to the market while the Pascal drivers had been polished on for a couple of months. Now both architectures have mature drivers.

    Anonymous said:
    ... a custom MSI RX 480 8gb last week for $199 after rebate. ... Geforce 1060 6gb I can only find $235 after rebate at the lowest on newegg.

    The article is only meaningful if it reflects the truth. ...
    If you read the principles for these recommendations they always look at the full price. Rebates are NEVER accounted for.
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  • tonybstc
    The price difference is still big even if you compare the full price between RX 480 8GB and 1060 6GB. RX 480 8GB lowest is selling for $215 without rebate, while 1060 6GB is $240 without rebate.
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  • SABBAR
    Hello im gonna to upgrade my graphic card to gtx 750 ti .
    My specs hp elite 8000 cmt 16Go ram ddr3 the cpu is core 2quad 3ghz
    And my psu is 320 wattes .
    In the site geforce make the recomended of psu is 300 wattes for gtx 750 ti but in msi site make 400 wattes
    The question is which the correct and it's work on my pc
    Thank you for your support
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  • SABBAR
    Hello im gonna to upgrade my graphic card to gtx 750 ti .
    My specs hp elite 8000 cmt 16Go ram ddr3 the cpu is core 2quad 3ghz
    And my psu is 320 wattes .
    In the site geforce make the recomended of psu is 300 wattes for gtx 750 ti but in msi site make 400 wattes
    The question is which the correct and it's work on my pc
    Thank you for your support
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  • SABBAR
    Hello guys can u tell me if the msi gtx 1050 ti is good or not and and it's on 320 wattes without any problems .
    Thank u??
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  • SABBAR
    Anonymous said:
    Hello im gonna to upgrade my graphic card to gtx 750 ti .
    My specs hp elite 8000 cmt 16Go ram ddr3 the cpu is core 2quad 3ghz
    And my psu is 320 wattes .
    In the site geforce make the recomended of psu is 300 wattes for gtx 750 ti but in msi site make 400 wattes
    The question is which the correct and it's work on my pc
    Thank you for your support


    Anonymous said:
    Hello guys can u tell me if the msi gtx 1050 ti is good or not and and it's on 320 wattes without any problems .
    Thank u??
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