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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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).

8/30/2017 Update: reviewed the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 (not listed).

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Agitated by cryptocurrency mining, the gaming graphics card market looks a little different almost every time we map it out. Usually the news is bad: insatiable demand keeps pressure on most mid-range-and-higher models, pushing their prices well beyond expected MSRPs.

But this week, gamers get a glimmer of hope in the form of Radeon RX 580 availability at $270. Though that’s still marked up from where AMD’s top Polaris-based board debuted earlier this year, it’s just under the asking price of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. Looking back to our Radeon RX 580 8GB Review, AMD’s card comes close to catching the GeForce in DirectX 11 games and it outright wins under DirectX 12/Vulkan. Looks like it’s time for an adjustment to our recommendations.

There’s one other alteration to note. The last couple of updates included AMD’s Radeon RX 560—even though we hadn’t reviewed the card. Now that we have, we can reaffirm its place on our list. However, the benchmarks we ran also show how well Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 matches up to the RX 560. A mere 2GB of GDDR5 seems like it’d be a liability. But we didn’t have any issues at up to 1920x1080 using medium-quality settings. Further, the GTX 1050 sells for about $10 less than Radeon RX 560 right now. While we try to avoid shared recommendations in any given market segment, the GTX 1050 deserves your attention as well.

AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 still starts in the $520 range, right around where you’ll find superior GeForce GTX 1080 cards. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 consequently maintains its recommendation for great 1440p and VR performance at a $100 discount. Meanwhile, Radeon RX Vega 64 is down about $30 from a couple of weeks ago. At a starting price around $650, though, it just can’t touch GeForce GTX 1080.

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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
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    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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