In an effort to further express the performance you get for every dollar spent on our recommendations, we're charting out the hierarchy of cards from today's story. The red, black, and blue bars represent how each card fares at entry, performance, and extreme detail settings and resolutions (respectively), while the orange line represents cost. If you mouse over the bar chart, you get a pop-up that shows performance relative to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 (our current 100% ceiling). Mousing over the dots on the orange line pops up a low price easily attainable on Newegg. Clicking a bar or dot gives you the option to shop for that card, taking you to a link of our pick in that category. Often, our picks give you a lower price than the average displayed.
|Price||Low Detail v GTX 690||Medium Detail v GTX 690||High Detail v GTX 690|
|GeForce GT 640||80||Newegg||22||15||10|
|Radeon HD 7770, Radeon R7 250X||100||Newegg||38||29||21|
|Radeon R7 260X||120||Newegg||51||40||33|
|GeForce GTX 750 Ti||160||Newegg||53||45||36|
|Radeon R9 270||185||Newegg||58||51||42|
|GeForce GTX 760||250||Newegg||68||61||53|
|GeForce GTX 770||330||Newegg||76||74||66|
|Radeon R9 290||480||Newegg||89||81||83|
|GeForce GTX 780||510||Newegg||88||79||79|
|Radeon R9 290X||590||Newegg||93||85||87|
|GeForce GTX 780 Ti||700||Newegg||98||92||93|
|GeForce GTX 690||1,000||Newegg||100||100||100|
At the beginning of the chart, you see significant performance gains for every dollar spent. Clearly, the Radeon R7 260X is the price/performance card to beat under $200. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 750 Ti offers slightly more performance for considerably more money, so it's not really a good value play, except for gamers who are stuck with a low-end power supply they don't want to upgrade.
Between the GeForce GTX 660 and GeForce GTX 770, price increases steadily with performance. At $470 (for the Radeon R9 290) and beyond, the value proposition is severely diminished. AMD's R9 290 does offer a slightly superior price/performance ratio compared to the GeForce GTX 780, but the Nvidia card uses less power, and its reference cooler is easier to live with.
As you approach the upper echelon of frame rates, your dollar doesn't stretch as far. But if you're a hardcore gamer who wants to experience the highest resolutions and most taxing detail settings, the Radeon R9 290X or GeForce GTX 780 Ti may mean the difference between playable and unplayable frame rates at 2560x1440, 5760x1080, and 3840x2160.
There you have it folks, the best cards for the money this month!
And remember that the stores don’t follow this list. Things will change over the course of the month and you’ll probably have to adapt your buying strategy to deal with fluctuating prices. Good luck!
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- Best Graphics Cards For The Money, April Updates
- Best Entry-Level Graphics Cards: $120 And Under
- Best Mid-Range Graphics Cards: $120 To $200
- Best Enthusiast Graphics Cards: $210 To $450
- Best High-End Graphics Cards: $500 To $800
- Best Extreme Graphics Cards: Over $800, And Multi-Card Configurations
- Graphics Card Performance Hierarchy Chart
- Conclusion: Performance Per Dollar