The Cyber Monday graphics card deals are here, and there are many great values. They're also almost universally on the AMD side of the party, as Nvidia's RTX 30-series remains overpriced, relative to AMD's RX 6000-series. It feels like Nvidia's prices are still stuck in early 2022 and haven't adjusted to the new reality, and in fact Nvidia retail prices have increased compared to September.
In terms of bang for the buck, the only place AMD doesn't currently get the win is at the very top of the bang column. We'll have to wait for AMD RDNA 3 GPUs and the Radeon RX 7900-series to launch before we see a direct competitor to the RTX 4080, and maybe even the RTX 4090. But let's take the matchups on a relative performance basis and run through the categories, from highest to lowest performance and price.
We'll include overall performance results from our GPU benchmarks hierarchy for both the rasterization and ray tracing performance. Nvidia — and sometimes Intel — can stake a claim on the DXR (DirectX Raytracing) side of things, and if you feel ray tracing has lived up to the hype that's fine. In general, we still find RT effects drop performance far too much for their image fidelity gains, and upscaling algorithms like DLSS, FSR 2, and XeSS are often required.
TLDR: AMD's Best Radeon Values
We'll go into greater detail below, covering every segment of the GPU market and showing you exactly how many fps you get for each dollar spent compared to the competition. However, if you want to know the overall best AMD Radeon values, which are also the best graphics card values overall, these are the top three:
- GeForce RTX 2060: now $179 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $279): One of the few actual deals on an Nvidia GPU, the nearly four years old RTX 2060 has finally dropped below $200. You still get better (relative) DXR performance as well as DLSS support, though the 6GB VRAM can at times prove limiting. It averaged 55.2 fps and 0.31 frames per dollar at 1080p ultra.
- Radeon RX 6600: now $209 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $279): This card with 8GB of memory and a boost clock of 2,491 MHz delivers the best frame rate per dollar. It averaged 66.7 fps at 1080p ultra settings, which is about 0.32 frames per dollar.
- Radeon RX 6650 XT: now $249 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $299): A step up from the RX 6600, the 6650 XT has 8GB of GDDR6 RAM and more GPU shaders running at a 2,635 MHz boost clock. On our 1080p ultra settings suite, it averaged 79.8 fps or about .32 frames per dollar.
- Radeon RX 6750 XT: now $369 at Newegg (opens in new tab) (was $549): A strong choice for 1440p gaming, the 6750 XT features 12GB of GDDR6 RAM and a 2,618 MHz boost clock. It averaged 78.2 fps on our 1440p Ultra settings test for a rate of 0.21 1440p frames per dollar — or if you want to stick with the 1080p comparisons, it got 105.3 fps and 0.29 frames per dollar.
Extreme GPUs: RTX 4090 and RTX 4080
AMD hasn't released its latest generation competing RX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT yet, so Nvidia gets to win this one by default. Official MSRPs might actually favor the RTX 4090, but street pricing sits at 35% above the $1,599 launch price for the halo card, while the RTX 4080 can now be found starting at $1,269 (opens in new tab) — just 6% above the $1,199 MSRP. (Note: That card is now sold out.)
That's undoubtedly because RTX 4080 costs too much for the penultimate offering, and while the initial wave may have sold out, that's seemingly not happening as quickly with the subsequent waves. The result is that, at current prices, the RTX 4080 now represents the better value. Mind you, it's not a good value, but it's not hard to beat the value proposition offered by graphics cards that cost over two grand.
Note: The "Retail Price" column links to the best current prices that we're tracking, while the GPU names link to a more generic Amazon search.
Enthusiast GPUs: RX 6950 XT, RX 6900 XT, RTX 3090 Ti, and RTX 3080 Ti
Stepping down one level from the very top of the pecking order, we get both older and more recent options. There's the RX 6950 XT that launched earlier this year alongside the RTX 3090 Ti, while Nvidia's RTX 3080 Ti from 2021 goes up against the RX 6900 XT from two years back. We can also include the OG RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 12GB, though given prices on most of these are higher than the replacement RTX 4080, obviously they won't win any prizes.
We'll stick with the 4K and 1440p comparisons, since all of these cards at least average over 60 fps in our rasterization benchmarks. For DXR, even though Nvidia does offer higher ray tracing performance, the much higher prices still end up giving AMD the overall advantage — the sole exception to that being the RTX 3080 12GB.
|Enthusiast GPUs||Retail Price||4K Rast Ult FPS/$||1440p Rast Ult FPS/$||4K DXR Ult FPS/$||1440p DXR Ult FPS/$|
|Radeon RX 6900 XT||$699||0.0927||0.1539||0.0238||0.0483|
|Radeon RX 6950 XT||$784||0.0897||0.1472||0.0244||0.0493|
|GeForce RTX 3080 12GB||$799||0.0830||0.1301||0.0297||0.0600|
|GeForce RTX 3080 Ti||$1,149||0.0578||0.0900||0.0215||0.0429|
|GeForce RTX 3090||$1,240||0.0555||0.0859||0.0205||0.0410|
|GeForce RTX 3090 Ti||$1,499||0.0524||0.0772||0.0205||0.0397|
High-End GPUs: RX 6800 XT, RX 6800, RX 6750 XT, RX 6700 XT, RTX 3080, RTX 3070 Ti, and RTX 3070
The high-end category spans a pretty wide range of prices yet again. We've got cards that are two years old like the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070, plus the more recent RTX 3070 Ti from last year. On AMD's side, there's the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, the RX 6700 XT, and the recent RX 6750 XT refresh.
While some of these cards can arguably still handle 4K gaming okay, we're going to drop our comparisons down to 1440p and 1080p ultra. That's the sweet spot for getting reasonably high fps out of these GPUs. Again, comparatively high prices mean AMD's GPUs take the top four spots for this category in terms of value.
|High-End GPUs||Retail Price||1440p Rast Ult FPS/$||1080p Rast Ult FPS/$||1440p DXR Ult FPS/$||1080p DXR Ult FPS/$|
|Radeon RX 6700 XT||$339||0.2166||0.2944||0.0610||0.0988|
|Radeon RX 6750 XT||$369||0.2119||0.2854||0.0605||0.0975|
|Radeon RX 6800 XT||$554||0.1842||0.2299||0.0568||0.0892|
|Radeon RX 6800||$499||0.1821||0.2338||0.0539||0.0846|
|GeForce RTX 3070||$499||0.1553||0.1999||0.0629||0.0993|
|GeForce RTX 3070 Ti||$609||0.1356||0.1709||0.0556||0.0873|
|GeForce RTX 3080||$739||0.1293||0.1573||0.0591||0.0897|
Mainstream GPUs: RX 6700 10GB, RX 6650 XT, RX 6600 XT, RX 6600, RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3060, RTX 3050, Arc A770, Arc A750
We could potentially include previous generation cards in the mainstream category, but we'll confine our comparisons to the current generation offerings. Even then, we still have a lot of potential options: The relatively new RX 6700 10GB and RX 6650 XT join AMD's 2021 releases, RX 6600 XT and RX 6600. From Nvidia, we have the RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3060, and RTX 3050. Finally, Intel joins the party with its Arc A770 and Arc A750. (Note that we don't have performance data from the A770 8GB yet, so we'll skip that one — and we think it's worth the extra $20 to get 16GB regardless.)
With these ostensibly mainstream offerings, we'll stick with 1440p and 1080p ultra for rasterization tests, and drop down to 1080p ultra for rasterization and 1080p medium for DXR — this is really the last category where it even makes any sense at all to mention ray tracing.
|Mainstream GPUs||Retail Price||1440p Rast Ult FPS/$||1080p Rast Ult FPS/$||1080p DXR Ult FPS/$||1080p DXR Med FPS/$|
|Radeon RX 6650 XT||$249||0.2279||0.3206||0.1049||0.1564|
|Radeon RX 6600||$209||0.2207||0.3191||0.0992||0.1518|
|GeForce RTX 2060||$179||0.2163||0.3084||0.1256||0.2098|
|Radeon RX 6700 10GB||$319||0.1991||0.2749||0.0945||0.1399|
|Radeon RX 6600 XT||$289||0.1900||0.2699||0.0866||0.1308|
|Intel Arc A750||$274||0.2016||0.2607||0.1098||0.1773|
|GeForce RTX 3060 Ti||$389||0.1791||0.2352||0.1112||0.1678|
|Intel Arc A770 16GB||$349||0.1786||0.2301||0.1061||0.1721|
|GeForce RTX 3060||$315||0.1669||0.2228||0.1025||0.1548|
|GeForce RTX 3050||$264||0.1425||0.1948||0.0864||0.1317|
Budget GPUs: RX 6500 XT, RX 6400, GTX 1660 Super, GTX 1660, GTX 1650, Arc A380
Last and least, as far as prices go, we have the budget category. AMD and Intel GPUs in this price bracket still offer ray tracing hardware... but performance tends to be in the sub-20 fps range so it truly doesn't matter. We've included AMD's RX 6500 XT and RX 6400 Navi 24 GPUs, Nvidia's previous generation GTX 1660 Super, GTX 1660, and GTX 1650, and Intel's Arc A380.
We'll show fps/$ for 1080p ultra and medium this round — only 1080p medium for DXR — and as noted the Nvidia cards won't have DXR results. Some games can reasonably run at higher settings and 60 fps, at least on some of these GPUs, but we need to use the same metric for the comparisons.
|Budget GPUs||Retail Price||1080p Rast Ult FPS/$||1080p Rast Med FPS/$||1080p DXR Med FPS/$|
|Radeon RX 6500 XT||$149||0.2067||0.4415||0.0749|
|GeForce GTX 1660||$179||0.2248||0.4193|
|GeForce GTX 1660 Super||$199||0.2277||0.4163|
|Radeon RX 6400||$129||0.1834||0.4028||0.0697|
|Intel Arc A380||$139||0.2037||0.3938||0.1142|
|GeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6||$159||0.1811||0.3564||Row 5 - Cell 4|