Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table

When you want to know how your existing GPU fares against the one on your wish list, consult our GPU hierarchy chart, which groups graphics cards with similar overall performance levels into tiers. The top tier contains the highest-performing cards available, and performance decreases as you go down from there.

You can use this hierarchy to compare the pricing between two cards, to see which one is a better deal, and also to determine if an upgrade is worthwhile. I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel, and you may not even notice a worthwhile difference.

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The list, as it stands now, emphasizes discrete desktop graphics. At one time, it included mobile rankings and a more complete collection of integrated solutions. Too much of that data was estimated and derived, though, so we thinned out the chart’s density.

Intel’s graphics engines remain (for the ones we’ve tested), and we’d like to re-incorporate more AMD APUs as we place their performance with greater accuracy. But it’s unlikely that we’ll try to graft mobile graphics back into this tapestry.

As always, leave your feedback on the placement of our hierarchy. We’re happy to correct oversights or make adjustments when they prove warranted.

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Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table

10/3/2017 Update: added the RX Vega 64, RX Vega 56, and RX 560.

7/10/2017 Update: added the Titan Xp & GT 1030.

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Nvidia GeForceAMD RadeonIntel
Titan Xp ($1,200 On Nvidia)
Titan X (Pascal) ($1,598.95 On Amazon)
GTX 1080 Ti ($699 On Amazon)
GTX 1080 ($809.95 On Amazon)



RX Vega 64

Titan X (Maxwell) ($1096.03 On Amazon)
GTX 1070 ($439.99 On Newegg)
980 Ti ($669.99 On Amazon)
R9 295X2 ($1299.00 On Amazon)
RX Vega 56
R9 Fury X ($649.99 On Amazon)

GTX Titan Black ($699.00 On Amazon)
GTX 980 ($539.99 On Amazon)
GTX 690 ($999.99 On Amazon)
Radeon R9 Fury ($564.99 On Amazon)
Radeon Fury Nano ($399.99 On Amazon)

GTX Titan ($999.00 On Amazon)
GTX 1060 ($249.99 On Newegg)
GTX 970 ($349.99 On Amazon)
GTX 780 Ti ($499.99 On Amazon)
GTX 780 ($280.00 On Amazon)
RX 580
RX 570
RX 480 ($194.97 On Amazon)
RX 470 ($204.00 On Amazon)
R9 390X ($429.99 On Amazon)
R9 390 ($319.99 On Newegg)
R9 290X ($519.99 On Amazon)
R9 290 ($309.99 On Amazon)
HD 7990 ($539.00 On Amazon)

GTX 770 ($175.00 On Amazon)
GTX 680 ($209.99 On Amazon)
GTX 590 ($319.99 On Amazon)
R9 380X ($249.99 On Amazon)
R9 380 ($229.99 On Amazon)
R9 280X ($209.99 On Amazon)
HD 7970 GHz Ed. ($219.99 On Amazon)
HD 6990 ($259.99 On Amazon)

GTX 1050 Ti
GTX 960 ($199.99 On Amazon)
GTX 670
GTX 580 ($169.99 On Amazon)
R9 285 ($259.99 On Amazon)
R9 280
HD 7950
HD 7870 LE (XT)
HD 5970

GTX 1050
GTX 950 ($159.99 On Amazon)
GTX 760 ($174.99 On Amazon)
GTX 660 Ti
RX 560
RX 460
R7 370
R9 270X
R9 270
HD 7870 ($154.99 On Amazon)

GTX 660
GTX 570
GTX 480
GTX 295
R7 265
HD 7850
HD 6970
HD 4870 X2

GTX 750 Ti
GTX 650 Ti Boost
GTX 560 Ti (448 Core)
GTX 560 Ti
GTX 470
R7 260X
HD 6950
HD 5870
HD 4850 X2

GTX 750
GTX 650 Ti
GTX 560
HD 7790
HD 6870
HD 5850

GT 1030 ( On -)
GTX 465
GTX 460 (256-bit)
GTX 285
9800 GX2
RX 550
R7 360
R7 260
HD 7770
HD 6850
Iris Pro Graphics 6200 (integrated)
GT 740 GDDR5
GT 650
GTX 560 SE
GTX 550 Ti
GTX 460 SE
GTX 460 (192-bit)
GTX 280
GTX 275
GTX 260
R7 250E
R7 250 (GDDR5)
HD 7750 (GDDR5)
HD 6790
HD 6770
HD 5830
HD 5770
HD 4890
HD 4870

GTS 450
GTS 250
9800 GTX+
9800 GTX
8800 Ultra
R7 250 (DDR3)
HD 7750 (DDR3)
HD 6750
HD 5750
HD 4850
HD 3870 X2
HD Graphics 530 (integrated)
GT 730 (64-bit, GDDR5)
GT 545 (GDDR5)
8800 GTS (512MB)
8800 GTX
HD 4770

GT 740 DDR3
GT 640 (DDR3)
GT 545 (DDR3)
9800 GT
8800 GT (512MB)
HD 7730 (GDDR5)
HD 6670 (GDDR5)
HD 5670
HD 4830

GT 240 (GDDR5)
9600 GT
8800 GTS (640MB)
HD 6570 (GDDR5)
HD 5570 (GDDR5)
HD 3870
HD 2900 XT

GT 240 (DDR3)
9600 GSO
8800 GS
R7 240
HD 7730 (DDR3)
HD 6670 (DDR3)
HD 6570 (DDR3)
HD 5570 (DDR3)
HD 4670
HD 3850 (512MB)

GT 730 (128-bit, GDDR5)
GT 630 (GDDR5)
GT 440 (GDDR5)
8800 GTS (320MB)
8800 GT (256MB)
HD 5550 (GDDR5)
HD 3850 (256MB)
HD 2900 Pro

GT 730 (128-bit, DDR3)
GT 630 (DDR3)
GT 440 (DDR3)
7950 GX2
HD 7660D (integrated)
HD 5550 (DDR3)
HD 4650 (DDR3)
X1950 XTX

GT 530
GT 430
7900 GTX
7900 GTO
7800 GTX 512
X1900 XTX
X1950 XT
X1900 XT

GT 220 (DDR3)
7950 G
7900 GT
7800 GTX
HD 7560D (integrated)
HD 5550 (DDR2)
HD 2900 GT
X1950 Pro
X1900 GT
X1900 AIW
X1800 XT

GT 220 (DDR2)
9500 GT (GDDR3)
8600 GTS
7900 GS
7800 GT
HD 7540D (integrated)
HD 6550D (integrated)
HD 6620G (integrated)
R5 230
HD 6450
HD 4650 (DDR2)
X1950 GT
X1800 XL

9500 GT (DDR2)
8600 GT (GDDR3)
8600 GS
7800 GS
7600 GT
6800 Ultra
7480D (integrated)
6530D (integrated)
6520G (integrated)
HD 3670
HD 3650 (DDR3)
HD 2600 XT
X1800 GTO
X1650 XT
X850 XT PE
X800 XT PE
X850 XT
X800 XT
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (integrated)
GT 520
8600 GT (DDR2)
6800 GS (PCIe)
6800 GT
6480G (integrated)
6410D (integrated)
HD 3650 (DDR2)
HD 2600 Pro
X800 GTO2/GTO16
X800 XL

6800 GS (AGP)
6380G (integrated)
6370D (integrated)
X1650 GT
X850 Pro
X800 Pro
X800 GTO (256MB)

8600M GS
7600 GS
7300 GT (GDDR3)
6800
X1650 Pro
X1600 XT
X800 GTO (128MB)
X800

9400 GT
8500 GT
7300 GT (DDR2)
6800 XT
6800LE
6600 GT
HD 6320 (integrated)
HD 6310 (integrated)
HD 5450
HD 4550
HD 4350
HD 2400 XT
X1600 Pro
X1300 XT
X800 SE
X800 GT
X700 Pro
9800 XT
Intel HD Graphics 3000 (integrated)
9400 (integrated)
9300 (integrated)
6600 (128-bit)
FX 5950 Ultra
FX 5900 Ultra
FX 5900
HD 6290 (integrated)
HD 6250 (integrated)
HD 4290 (integrated)
HD 4250 (integrated)
HD 4200 (integrated)
HD 3300 (integrated)
HD 3200 (integrated)
HD 2400 Pro
X1550
X1300 Pro
X700
9800 Pro
9800
9700 Pro
9700

FX 5900 XT
FX 5800 Ultra
X1050 (128-bit)
X600 XT
9800 Pro (128-bit)
9600 XT
9500 Pro
Intel HD Graphics 2000 (integrated)
G 310
G 210
8400 G
8300
6200
FX 5700 Ultra
4 Ti 4800
4 Ti 4600
Xpress 1250 (integrated)
HD 2300
X600 Pro
9800 LE
9600 Pro
Intel HD Graphics (integrated)
9300M GS
9300M G
8400M GS
7300 GS
FX 5700, 6600 (64-bit)
FX 5600 Ultra
4 Ti4800 SE
4 Ti4400
4 Ti4200
X1050 (64-bit)
X300
9600
9550
9500
Intel HD Graphics (integrated)
8300 (integrated)
8200 (integrated)
7300 LE
7200 GS
6600 LE
6200 TC
FX 5700 LE
FX 5600
FX 5200 Ultra
3 Ti500
X1150
X300 SE
9600 LE
9100
8500
GMA X4500 (integrated)
FX 5500
FX 5200 (128-bit)
3 Ti200
3
9250
9200
9000

FX 7050 (integrated)
FX 7025 (integrated)
FX 6150 (integrated)
FX 6100 (integrated)
FX 5200 (64-bit)
Xpress 1150 (integrated)
Xpress 1000 (integrated)
Xpress 200M (integrated)
9200 SE
GMA X3500 (integrated)
GMA X3100 (integrated)
GMA X3000 (integrated)
2 Ti 200
2 Ti
2 Ultra
4 MX 440
2 GTS
7500GMA 3100 (integrated)
GMA 3000 (integrated)
2 MX 400
4 MX 420
2 MX 200
256
7200
7000
DDR
LE
SDR
GMA 950 (integrated)
GMA 900 (integrated)
GMA 500 (integrated)
Nvidia TNTRage 128Intel 740

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  • JMM72
    I don't know what planet Chris lives on but here on Earth, I've watched the GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060s jump in price by from $110 (1080) to $90(1060) since May. Micro Center's May printed "online catalog" had a full page (#15 - two pages if viewed online) of video cards - June has no such page and only a few teaser lines in their "hot deals" section. WFT? An ASUS GTX 1070 card,SKU 094250 was $399 (list $439), now it is $489 (list $519), a 22% jump.
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  • King_V
    This and the Best Graphics pages note July instead of June - while I love news from the future, I assume that wasn't what was meant! ;)

    Kidding aside, I note that while the update says "added Nvidia GeForce Titan Xp & Nvidia GeForce GT 1030" - I don't actually see the GT 1030 anywhere on the chart.

    I'm curious, though - the Best Graphics article says that no samples have been offered of the 1030, so, if Tom's Hardware hasn't been able to perform tests, how would you estimate where the 1030 would fall on the chart? Assuming, of course, the comment about adding the 1030 wasn't accidental.
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  • King_V
    Anonymous said:
    I don't know what planet Chris lives on but here on Earth, I've watched the GTX 1080, 1070, and 1060s jump in price by from $110 (1080) to $90(1060) since May. Micro Center's May printed "online catalog" had a full page (#15 - two pages if viewed online) of video cards - June has no such page and only a few teaser lines in their "hot deals" section. WFT? An ASUS GTX 1070 card,SKU 094250 was $399 (list $439), now it is $489 (list $519), a 22% jump.


    Hmmm, that may well be, although, I have to say, given the astronomical price increases I've seen on the Radeons, the Nvidia price spikes are, relatively speaking, a bargain. I'm sure the Nvidia spikes are driven by the near-zero availability of Radeon cards.

    I'm too cheap and too stubborn to do any GPU upgrades in this absolutely insane, mining-driven pricing market!
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  • Dromoxen
    Its not so difficult to place cards simply by their name and their price, plus where they are expected to be in the product stack. The only real bargains are when old cards are reduced below , or when a new "outlier" comes up. but say gtx1030 will be lower than a gtx1040 etc etc
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  • Dromoxen
    Plus the miners are banjaxing everything with their shenanigans, rather than the usual minors.
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  • King_V
    Anonymous said:
    Its not so difficult to place cards simply by their name and their price, plus where they are expected to be in the product stack. The only real bargains are when old cards are reduced below , or when a new "outlier" comes up. but say gtx1030 will be lower than a gtx1040 etc etc


    Generally within the same manufacturer and generation, I agree. Given one or two of the PCs I have that are both low-profile, low powered proprietary PSUs, AND have incredibly tight space constraints, though, I'm curious as to where the GT 1030 falls relative to, say the 750/750Ti, relative to AMD's R7 250/250E, etc, particularly given that one of my PCs is using a 250E currently.... thus, whether it's worthwhile moving from one to the other.
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  • dotaloc
    @King_V I'm thinking this is a clear case of post-dating -- on July 10th, they will add the 1030 to the chart! :)

    Seriously, though, it seems to be missing. Maybe someone should tweet Chris...I think everyone answers to those these days. Wait, I have a twitter account. *done*

    Harassment.
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  • tencha
    WTF the prices of the list are really bad
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  • Lee_99
    I think the 1030 would fall under gtx 650 ti's level.
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  • Michael_709
    Prices are not even close. Anyone have another site they use?
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  • Kingun
    did you test intel HD 610 630 ?
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  • King_V
    Anonymous said:
    Prices are not even close. Anyone have another site they use?


    I assume that they pull from Amazon, NewEgg, etc., so can only be as reliable as those sites are. Prices are effectively meaningless now due to the Ethereum mining craze playing havoc with supply of the video cards.
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  • apk24
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    Prices are not even close. Anyone have another site they use?


    I assume that they pull from Amazon, NewEgg, etc., so can only be as reliable as those sites are. Prices are effectively meaningless now due to the Ethereum mining craze playing havoc with supply of the video cards.


    The GTX 970 @ 179 links to a motherboard. The 295x2 links to a GPU/PSU combo. That's not a price fluctuation issue. Whether they've got a person doing it or a script, some of those prices are wrong because they're scrapping retailers incorrectly.
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  • King_V
    I hadn't seen those. I admit that I saw, at one point, a ridiculously low price for a video card, and, wondering if it was an error, I clicked on it.

    There actually was a listing on Amazon for the card in question at the absurdly low price, but I assumed it was a listing put up by a scammer.

    I do agree that maybe the script/scraper may need a look. I wonder also if text in reviews might be picked up erroneously.
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  • DraconianPhantom
    You guys need to double-check some of these prices and hyperlinks. The GTX 970 that's supposedly $170 on Amazon? Click on that and you'll find yourself on a page for a $167 motherboard. I assume that was not the page that was supposed to be there, but a GTX 970 will certainly set you back far more than $170.
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  • Ceyo14
    It would be great to see consoles in this list as well... Just for comparison for new console converts... It would easier to point them to this for comparison...
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  • Pawel88
    1050ti is better in most games about 1-5fps vs 770 and 680. 1050ti list be on the same tier but event higher.
    1050ti vs 770 https://youtu.be/ZCWBiPigfYY
    1050ti vs 680 https://youtu.be/BUOrnp2PjK4
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  • Andreas_43
    Can you add the GT 1030 ?
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  • Andreas_43
    Can you please add the Nvidia GT 1030
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