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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March 2017 Updates

The big news in March was Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which beats the Titan X (Pascal) in most of our game benchmarks but costs $500 less. As a result, the Titan X loses its place in our list of recommendations.

Where does the 1080 Ti get its magic? To start, it uses the same GP102 processor as Titan X. A few more of the GPU’s resources are disabled, but a higher core clock rate and faster memory more than compensate. For the full story, check out our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Review.

At the same event where he announced the 1080 Ti, Nvidia’s CEO also revealed new pricing on GeForce GTX 1080. The Founders Edition design, which itself launched at $700, fell to $550. Meanwhile partner boards that originally started at $600 were dropped as low as $500. This doesn’t affect our recommendations, per se - the vanilla 1080 is still a great card for 4K at dialed-back detail settings and powering VR HMDs. It’s just more affordable now.

GeForce GTX 1070 cards weren’t affected by Nvidia’s high-end reshuffling. Partner cards were introduced last July starting at $380, and they mostly sell for $390+ today.

There’s a big drop - financially and performance-wise - from the GTX 1070 to AMD’s Radeon RX 480 in our list. But with 4GB Polaris-based cards selling for less than $190 and Nvidia’s 6GB GeForce GTX 1060 starting ~$50 higher, AMD gets our nod.

If you’re willing to compromise a bit on graphics quality, a 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti gets you down into $140 territory. This recommendation for good performance at 1920x1080 also carries over from last month.

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  • compulsivebuilder
    The 1080Ti Founders Edition arrived yesterday. It's exactly what we expected - awesome :-)
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  • Th3pwn3r
    "you’ll find the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition in stock and selling for $700."

    Well this certainly isn't the case. Not finding it in stock and it's also not at that price.
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  • BaRoMeTrIc
    We all knew the 1080 ti was coming you should have reserved it @ 700 if you wanted one. Or else pay the premium if you can't wait for partner cards
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  • sshortguy1
    too much hype , like a lot thought that as to the gtx 1080s being as fast as 2 980s in sli but wasn't correct , especially after you had 2 970s in sli couldn't reach the frame rates like I could with thre 970s 1 of the reasons I went with 2 gtx 1070s
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  • dannik931
    Author - Your recommendation of the GTX 1050 Ti links to the general 1050 review, which *doesn't* recommend the Ti over the cheaper, plain 1050: "The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at $140 doesn’t do enough beyond the vanilla 1050, at least in the case of our power-limited GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC, to warrant spending extra on it." What accounts for your warming to it, and where is that documented on the site? I haven't seen any clues in other 1050-related coverage in the intervening months; did I miss something?
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