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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11/19/2017 Update: reviewed the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (not listed), and modified the AMD Radeon RX 580 entry (no recommendation changes).

10/2/2017 Update: added the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 to the Best eSport & HD recommendation and replaced the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB with the AMD Radeon RX 580 as the Best FHD & Good QHD recommendation.

9/14/2017 Update: modified the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 entries (no recommendation changes).

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The past few weeks were characterized by slowly receding graphics card prices. Today, cryptocurrency mining doesn’t seem to have the chokehold on supply that it used to, and models previously coveted for their memory performance are accessible to gamers once again.

Before we discuss the resulting impact on our recommendations, though, there’s an entirely new product to consider: GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. What’s this card’s purpose? Well, Nvidia didn’t seem to like where its GTX 1070 landed against AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56. As a remedy, GTX 1070 Ti uses a near-whole GP104, GTX 1080’s vapor chamber cooler, and GTX 1070’s memory subsystem to match or beat the competition. Check out our opinion in Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Review: Vega In The Crosshairs. Unfortunately, the very slim difference between GeForce GTX 1070, 1070 Ti, and 1080 make it difficult for Nvidia’s latest to distinguish itself. A case can be made for spending less on 1070 (after all, you won’t give up much performance) or a little more on 1080 (for a few extra frames per second). GTX 1070 Ti kind of is what it is.

AMD, which launched Vega 56 at a price it wasn’t able to deliver until recently, and perhaps anticipating a wave of positive reviews favoring GTX 1070 Ti, set off on its own quest to keep gamers away from GeForce cards. In an email sent just before Nvidia’s embargo, it drew attention to Vega 56 boards available right at $400. If you were waiting for prices on Vega 56 to come down and took the opportunity to buy one, congratulations. Unfortunately, those were very temporary price breaks, and now Vega 56es are back up to $470. For $30 more, you’re better off with GeForce GTX 1080.

We’re still fans of GeForce GTX 1070 close to $400, though the cheapest models are priced ~$410 right now. Again, much above that and you might as well look at GTX 1070 Ti/Vega 56, too.

A couple of Radeon RX 580s in the $250 range have us once again leaning AMD’s direction over GeForce GTX 1060 6GB for max-quality 1080p performance.

If you’re willing to dial down the details a bit, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti remains a FHD favorite for ~$155.

From there, GeForce GTX 1050 and Radeon RX 560 continue sharing a spotlight for eSports gaming. We nearly nudged Nvidia’s card aside in favor of the two RX 560s selling for $100 on Newegg…but that was before noticing they come with 896 Stream processors instead of the 1024 we expected. Apparently, Radeon RX 560D cards are leaking out without distinctive naming, creating confusion amongst value-seekers. We’d really like to see AMD take steps to clarify the difference.

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  • ScrewySqrl
    I can't wait for the etherium craze to die down
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  • okcnaline
    AMD Radeon RX 470, 480, 570, and 580 would have been the best cards in their price range if not for the miners. Screw them, I say!
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  • andreluizbarbieri
    No more Chart ?
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  • eramirezmejia2
    I feel you i can't wait for prices to deflate
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  • MusicHavenSG
    I got my 3GB GTX 1060 @ 130 USD used. Was a steal really but it was lucky that I got it early before mining became a thing.
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  • Retrogame
    Maybe the solution to the mining problem would actually be to create a separate high computing power GPU derivative that's optimized just for mining and that wouldn't even have game drivers. You could call it a MPU - Mining Processor Unit or some such.

    If things keep going like this it could be its own product category and both AMD and NVidia could bring more fabrication capacity online to manufacture chips just for that market.
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  • Will2011
    I'd like to see the whole mining thing go away but I am afraid it is here to stay.
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  • cmsvmylo
    Got 2 gtx 1070 from ebay for 790 euros and I love them.
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  • soumya2108uk
    Given I got my GTX 1080 Duke 8G at $479 on a sale, I cannot believe the performance per dollar I am getting from it. Withcer 3 at 1440p and Overwatch @1440p and 144hz brings tear to me eye.
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  • bentremblay
    Woa, nothing between $155 and $320? That's a pretty popular niche isn't it?
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  • okcnaline
    Anonymous said:
    Woa, nothing between $155 and $320? That's a pretty popular niche isn't it?


    There's just nothing there. Personally I would recommend an old GTX 970.
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  • bentremblay
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    Woa, nothing between $155 and $320? That's a pretty popular niche isn't it?
    There's just nothing there. Personally I would recommend an old GTX 970.
    That might be good advice.

    But doesn't it strike you as odd? that's one heck of a big gap!

    As a crude comparison, here's some CPU prices. (Not terribly precise; from a chart posted last spring.)
    Ryzen 5 1400 $165; i5-7600K $200; Ryzen 5 1600 $215; i5-7600 $219; Ryzen 5 1600X $220
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  • okcnaline
    No. It's the miners.
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  • jumbodynamo
    For what it's worth, I have an RX and I've been unable to play Overwatch without it crashing ten minutes in since July. They're allegedly aware of the issue but haven't fixed anything yet. Caveat Empour...
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  • k.benlevi
    I still have a 980
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  • k.benlevi
    I’m happy with the 980
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  • playingwithplato
    At $290, the Rx 580 with 8GB of GDDR5 is the best sub $300 card. Without question. On the Vulcan software stack it will perform as well as the 1080 in real world gaming titles tests, at 1440p and below. Even at 4K it provides more than playable performance.
    The mining demand on the HMB Radeon's make the performance to price a little tough to swallow, though they will outpace the 1080Ti in the popular gaming titles and at a lower price.
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  • shadow of a soul
    RX580 8GB is sub-300$? Either you're smoking something or I want to live where you are. The 8GB version is a frackin' 350€ at it's cheapest where I live.
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  • USAFRet
    Anonymous said:
    RX580 8GB is sub-300$? Either you're smoking something or I want to live where you are. The 8GB version is a frackin' 350€ at it's cheapest where I live.


    BestBuy (US)
    XFX - AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card - Black/white
    $289
    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/xfx-amd-radeon-rx-580-8gb-gddr5-pci-express-3-0-graphics-card-black-white/5859901.p

    Newegg
    $299
    MSI Radeon RX 580 DirectX 12 RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137118
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