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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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).

8/21/2017 Update: reviewed the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (not listed).

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Last week, Newegg sent a fairly unprecedented email letting us know that Radeon RX 580 and Radeon RX 570 cards are back in stock. Sure enough, both models remain available several days later.

Plenty of RX 570s are listed between $270 and $280, but the cheapest cards you can buy today sell for $290. Although we’re still not biting at that price, it’s at least good to see boards on the shelf.

Surprisingly, you can snag a Radeon RX 580 for the same $290, making it a somewhat more attractive option. While that’s still a long way from the $230 AMD was singing back in April when it launched the refreshed Ellesmere-based card, RX 580 4GB now lands just $20-$30 higher than Nvidia’s least-expensive GeForce GTX 1060 6GBs.

Radeon RX Vega 56 cards are in stock, too. But in one of the most poorly-constructed bundles we’ve ever seen, most cards are only available with Prey and Wolfenstein II. That’s $100 worth of games you’re charged $130 for, bringing your total to $650. There’s no way to recommend paying this for a Radeon RX Vega 56. The cheapest listings for the card-only start at $550—significantly higher than the $400 AMD tried claiming at launch. And even those models are sold out. Current pricing keeps Radeon RX Vega 56 well outside of our graphics card recommendations, particularly with GeForce GTX 1070 in stock at $420 and $430 price points.

The higher-end Radeon RX Vega 64 fares no better. Your least-expensive option sells for $680, while comparable GeForce GTX 1080s sell for $530 (some models are marked down as low as $500).

Unfortunately, Nvidia’s flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is creeping up in price. Whereas the Founders Edition version launched at $700, the cheapest third-party configurations start at $750 today. We can’t help but continue recommending the 1080 Ti for top-end performance, but we’re not altogether pleased about the price inflation.

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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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