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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January 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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Good @ 1080p


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  • cryoburner

    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.
  • sentore1
    i have a 390x 6gig man they seem to disapear off the sales charts