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Best Graphics Cards for Gaming in 2020

The Best Graphics Cards: GeForce RTX 3080 FE
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The best graphics cards sit at the heart of any gaming PC, but quantifying what is 'best' can be tricky. There's no single solution that's right for everyone: Some want the fastest graphics card, others the best value, and many are looking for the best card at a given price. Balancing performance, price, features, and efficiency is important because no other component impacts your gaming experience as much as the graphics card.

We test and review all the major GPUs, and we've ranked every graphics card in our GPU benchmarks hierarchy based on performance. We've also done extensive testing of graphics card power consumption, using proper hardware, and we've looked at the broader AMD vs Nvidia GPUs breakdown. For those not running a top-end Intel CPU, we've also tested the top ten current GPUs on AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X and compared performance with the same GPUs running on Core i9-9900K. Here we cut things down to a succinct list of the best graphics cards you can currently buy.

Black Friday Graphics Card Deals

With Black Friday deals season upon us, you can find savings on some GPUs, mostly in the low and mid-range tiers. We're tracking the best sales on our best Black Friday graphics cards deals page and discounts on other components and devices on our best Black Friday tech deals page.

Choosing the Best Graphics Card for You

We've provided 10 options for the best graphics cards, recognizing that there's plenty of potential overlap. Nvidia just dropped the GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3090, and GeForce RTX 3070, which basically blow up our old picks and reset our expectations. The RTX 3070 is less than half the price of the outgoing RTX 2080 Ti and only a few percent slower (and sometimes faster in more recent releases that use ray tracing and/or DLSS). Meanwhile, the 3080 is up to 35% faster than the 2080 Ti, and the 3090 is 10-20% faster than the 3080 — at more than twice the price. You can also see how the RTX 3080 scales with CPU performance. Hint: You'll want something made in the past few years, preferably with at least 6-cores and 12-threads.

If you're looking for great deals on a new graphics card, unfortunately, we have some bad news. It's still a terrible time to buy a graphics card. Not because the GPUs are bad, but supply isn't even coming close to keeping up with demand, leading to price gouging and out of stock notifications. That means there aren't likely to be any Black Friday graphics card deals, except perhaps on previous gen hardware.

It's been more than a month since the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards launched, and everywhere we look it's still sold out—and Nvidia's CEO suggested that could remain the cause until 2021. Even after delaying the launch by two weeks to help build up supply, the RTX 3070 still sold out within minutes.

AMD might have an answer to your Ampere architecture woes, though. AMD's Big Navi was revealed on October 28, with the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6800 slated for a retail launch on November 18 for the latter two, and December 8 for the 6900 XT. Hopefully AMD does better at meeting demand, as performance looks promising, but we suspect demand will be far higher than the supply of Big Navi as well.

If you're looking to buy a new high performance GPU, no one should pay more today for hardware that's soon to be outdated. We might see a few price drops on existing product lines, but most of the supply has dried up and previous gen RTX 20-series and RX 5700-series GPUs are all selling at inflated prices, likely related to COVID-19 shortages. With the arrival of Ampere and soon Big Navi, basically everyone looking at the $400 price point or above should either try to buy the RTX 3070 or RTX 3080, or wait for the RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT to arrive and then make a decision. Maybe we'll even get RTX 3060 or RTX 3060 Ti before the end of 2020 rolls around.

Our current recommendations reflect the changing GPU market, factoring all of the above. The GPUs are ordered mostly by performance, but price, features, and efficiency are still factors so in a few cases a slightly slower card may be ranked higher. There's been a massive shakeup at the top of the performance rankings already, and AMD's RX 6000 cards will swap things around again in the next few weeks, but here's how our recommendations currently stand (assuming you can find the various cards in stock).

Quick Shopping Tips

When buying a graphics card, consider the following:

• Resolution: The more pixels you're pushing, the more performance you need. You don't need a top-of-the-line GPU to game at 1080p.
• PSU: Make sure that your power supply has enough juice and the right 6- and/or 8-pin connector(s). For example, Nvidia recommends a 650-watt PSU for the RTX 2070 Super, and you'll need two 8-pin and/or 6-pin PEG connectors.
• Video Memory: A 4GB card is the minimum right now, 6GB models are better, and 8GB or more is strongly recommended.
• FreeSync or G-Sync? Either variable refresh rate technology will synchronize your GPU's frame rate with your screen's refresh rate. If your monitor supports G-Sync tech (for recommendations, see our Best Gaming Monitors list), you'll need a GeForce GPU. AMD's FreeSync tech works with Radeon cards, and Nvidia has certified some FreeSync displays as being G-Sync Compatible.

The Best Graphics Cards Shortlist
GPUPerformance RankValue Rank (fps/$)
RTX 30802 (142 fps)8 ($699)
RTX 30901 (153 fps)10 ($1,499)
RTX 30703 (117 fps)6 ($499)
RX 5700 XT4 (87 fps)7 ($380)
RTX 2060 Super5 (77 fps)9 ($390)
RX 5600 XT6 (71 fps)3 ($260)
RTX 20607 (68 fps)5 ($290)
GTX 1660 Super8 (58 fps)4 ($230)
RX 5500 XT 8GB9 (49 fps)1 ($180)
GTX 1650 Super10 (43 fps)2 ($160)

Note: Prices on most of the graphics cards are seriously messed up right now. We've listed what we would expect to pay, and you shouldn't pay significantly more than the above prices.

Best Graphics Cards for Gaming 2020 

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1. GeForce RTX 3080

Best Graphics Card Overall, for 4K and More

GPU: Ampere (GA102) | GPU Cores: 8704 | Boost Clock: 1,710 MHz | Video RAM: 10GB GDDR6X 19 Gbps | TDP: 320 watts

The second fastest current graphics card
Reasonably priced compared to 3090 and 2080 Ti
Can legitimately do 4K ultra at 60 fps or more
Substantially faster than previous gen GPUs
Availability is limited at launch
Requires 320W of power
Overkill for 1080p displays
RTX 3090 for bragging rights

The king is dead, long live the king! Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 has arrived, sporting the new and improved Ampere architecture. It's over 30% faster than the previous gen 2080 Ti, for $500 less. If you're serious about maxing out all the graphics settings and you want to play at 4K or 1440p, this is the card to get — it's mostly overkill for 1080p gaming, though enabling all ray tracing effects in games that support the feature makes 1080p still reasonable.

If you skipped the first round of RTX GPUs, the RTX 30-series might finally get you you on board the ray tracing train. With potentially double the ray tracing performance of Turing, and games like Cyberpunk 2077 on they way with even more ray tracing effects, the RTX 3080 is your best chance south of $1,500 to play games in all their ray traced glory.

Ampere also brings improved tensor cores for DLSS, a technology we're bound to see more of in future games now that it doesn't require per-game training by a supercomputer. The biggest problem with RTX 3080 right now is going to be finding one in stock, at less than scalper prices. By the time the supply increases, we may also have RTX 3070 and RX 6900 XT cards as an alternative.

Read: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Review

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2. GeForce RTX 3090

Fastest Graphics Card, Great for Creators

GPU: Ampere (GA102) | GPU Cores: 10496 | Boost Clock: 1,695 MHz | Video RAM: 24GB GDDR6X 19.5 Gbps | TDP: 350 watts

The fastest GPU, period
4K and maybe even 8K gaming
24GB is great for content creation workloads
Over twice the cost of 3080 for 10-15% more performance
Extremely limited availability for now
High power requirements
Titan price without Titan enhancements

For some, the best card is the fastest card — pricing be damned! Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 caters to this category of user. At more than double the price of the RTX 3080, performance is only moderately better (10-15%) in most workloads. It's basically a replacement for the Titan RTX, at a still extreme price.

The RTX 3090 is likely to reign as Nvidia's top GPU for a while as well. It sports nearly a complete GA102 chip, based off the Ampere architecture, so there's not really room for a new Titan card. Nvidia has said as much as well, that the 3090 brings Titan-class performance and features (specifically the 24GB VRAM) into the GeForce brand. If you simply must have the fastest graphics card available, that's the RTX 3090.

It's not just about gaming, of course. The RTX 3090 is the only GeForce Ampere with NVLink support, which is arguably more useful for professional apps and GPU compute than SLI. The 24GB of GDDR6X memory is also helpful in a variety of content creation applications. Blender for example frequently showed 30% higher performance compared to the 3080, and over twice the performance of the Titan RTX. Just watch out for lower than expected performance in some of the SPECviewperf 13 apps, where Titan RTX has additional features turned on in its drivers that aren't enabled for GeForce cards.

Read: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Review

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3. GeForce RTX 3070

Best Graphics Card for $500

GPU: Ampere (GA104) | GPU Cores: 5888 | Boost Clock: 1,730 MHz | Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps | TDP: 220 watts

2080 Ti performance at half the cost
All the Ampere enhancements
Most efficient Ampere so far
Totally sold out
Can't do 4K ultra in some games at 60 fps
Radeon RX 6800 maybe?

The third new Nvidia Ampere GPUs makes it a trifecta, at least until RX 6000 arrives. We're not quite sure where AMD will rank relative to the RTX 3070, particularly in ray tracing performance, but we do know AMD doesn't plan to undercut the RTX 3070's price. It's too bad all of the 3070 cards sold out within minutes, but more are on the way (and will likely continue to sell out for quite some time).

The GeForce RTX 3070 still makes all the pre-existing cards above the $400 price point effectively obsolete — not obsolete in the sense of needing to upgrade, but obsolete in that you shouldn't buy anything right now that costs $400 or more unless it's sporting an Ampere or Big Navi GPU. Compared to the next step down on our hierarchy, the 3070 is 35% faster than the RX 5700 XT, for about $100 more (25%) in cost. Performance is just a hair slower than the old RTX 2080 Ti, except it costs less than half as much.

There are a few noteworthy points, however. While 1440p and 4K gaming are totally possible, 4K at maximum quality often drops below 60 fps. DLSS can fix that, if a game supports it, but ray tracing even with DLSS often means 40-50 fps at 4K. We're also a bit concerned with the 8GB of GDDR6. Not only is that less memory on a narrower bus than the 3080, but it's clocked quite a bit lower. We've already encountered a few games where 8GB starts to be a bit limiting at maximum quality, and that's only going to get worse in the future. AMD's choice to put 16GB on all the Navi 21 GPUs it announced makes Nvidia's GPUs look even worse. The good news is that the difference between ultra and high quality in many games is difficult to see, while the jump in performance can be significant.

If you want a fast Nvidia GPU for the lowest price possible, the RTX 3070 is currently that card. RTX 3060 Ti and maybe even RTX 3060 will probably show up in the next month or two, reducing performance in lockstep with price. AMD may have lower tier Navi 2x parts in the near future as well. But for now, this is easily the best $400-$550 GPU that's available.

Read: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Review

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4. RX 5700 XT

Best AMD GPU Right Now (But Not for Long)

GPU: Navi 10 | GPU Cores: 2560 | Boost Clock: 1,755 MHz | Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps | TDP: 225 watts

New RDNA architecture provides for better performance and efficiency
The 5700 XT is nearly as fast as the Radeon VII for half the price
Great for 1440p gaming and can do 4K high in a pinch
RDNA 2 coming in November
AMD's fastest GPU still can't touch Nvidia's top models
No support for ray tracing, via hardware or software
AMD at 7nm only matches Nvidia efficiency at 12nm

Like all of the other GPUs other than the RTX 30-series, right now is a tough time to recommend any high-end card. AMD's RX 5700 XT is more reasonably priced for previous gen GPUs, but in the next month or two we could very likely see a big jump performance for the same $400 asking price. The RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 for example might end up being 50-75% faster, for about $150 more. Plus, RX 5700 XT prices have been on the rise.

What's more, AMD's Navi 10 architecture doesn't support hardware or software ray tracing, though in traditional rasterization techniques AMD's RDNA architecture is very competitive. AMD's GPUs also tend to do better in games that use either DirectX 12 or the Vulkan API, while DX11 games favor Nvidia. Overall, across our test suite, the 5700 XT beats the RTX 2060 Super by about 7% in performance (as well as the earlier RTX 2070 by 4%), and typically costs less. There have been some concerns with AMD's drivers since Navi launched, but the latest updates appear to have addressed the biggest problems.

Compared to AMD's own previous generation products, the RX 5700 XT does put up an impressive performance. It basically matches the Radeon VII at 1080p and 1440p, all while using 75W less power. That's partly the benefit of the 7nm FinFET manufacturing process, something Nvidia will utilize in Ampere, but the foundational RDNA architecture definitely improved resource utilization over the previous GCN architecture cards. The biggest concern is that AMD's RDNA 2 addresses all of these shortcomings. That's definitely worth waiting for at this point.

Read: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Review 

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5. RTX 2060 Super

A Good 1440p Graphics Card

GPU: Turing (TU106) | GPU Cores: 2176 | Boost Clock: 1650 MHz | Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps | TDP: 175 watts

Basically a less expensive RTX 2070
All the ray tracing and deep learning features of the Turing architecture
You might find one in stock
Ampere and RTX 3070 have made this 'obsolete'
AMD's Big Navi will also likely crush this
Supplies are drying up and prices are rising

You know the drill by now: Either get the newer Ampere GPUs (above) or wait for Navi 2x or a lower spec Ampere GPU to arrive. But if you can't wait, or if you can find a good deal on an RTX 2060 Super, it's still a good card.

The law of diminishing returns is in full effect as you move up to the top of the GPU hierarchy, which means you'll pay more for proportionately less performance every additional step. The best way to avoid that is to drop back a few notches, which is where you'll find the RTX 2060 Super. 4K gaming is a stretch, but 1440p ultra is still viable, and you get the same 8GB of GDDR6 14 Gbps memory as even the latest RTX 3070 (not that it will help close the performance gap).

Nvidia launched the RTX 20-series Super models right around the same time as AMD unveiled the RX 5700 XT. The 2060 Super ends up trading blows with the RX 5700, but it (normally) costs more, and the RX 5700 XT ends up about 12% faster. However, Nvidia's GPU can do ray tracing and DLSS, which AMD doesn't support on the RX 5000 series.

Unfortunately, discounts on the old RTX 20-series cards aren't happening, which means the prices are disproportionately high. The GeForce RTX 3070 only costs a bit more at current prices, but it's about 50% faster overall. Plus, lower tier RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3060 cards will likely beat the 2060 Super on both price and performance. The 2060 Super isn't bad, especially if you already own one, but it's yesterday's high-end card staring in the shop windows at the shiny new Ampere GPUs.

Read: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super Review 

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6. RX 5600 XT

Best Affordable 1080p Graphics Card

GPU: Navi 10 | GPU Cores: 2304 | Boost Clock: 1,375 MHz | Video RAM: 6GB GDDR6 12/14 Gbps | TDP: 150 watts

Easily beats Nvidia's GTX 1660 Super and 1660 Ti in performance
AMD's Navi / RDNA architecture is a welcome improvement over GCN
No support for ray tracing technology
Avoid the 12 Gbps GDDR6 models
Navi 2x coming soon

The Radeon RX 5600 XT launch is the perfect showcase for how competitive the mid-range graphics card market can be. Initially intended to compete with the GTX 1660 Ti at the $280 price point, it would have easily won that matchup — it's about 15% faster. Then Nvidia preemptively dropped the price on the RTX 2060 Founders Edition to $299, and worked with EVGA to launch a special RTX 2060 KO for $300. That's when things got interesting.

AMD responded with a last-minute BIOS update that increased clock speeds on the RX 5600 XT, and allowed partners the option to run the memory at 14 Gbps instead of the 'reference' 12 Gbps. Needless to say, a 17% increase in memory bandwidth and GPU clocks helps quite a bit.

Now that the dust has settled, all current RX 5600 XT models should support 14 Gbps, either out of the box or via a BIOS update. Prices have also dropped, and the RX 5600 XT is currently the best overall value. If you have to find something to tide you over for a few months, a $250 RX 5600 XT is a sound choice, if you can find it for that price.

Of course it lacks features like ray tracing and DLSS, and while we don't know what Navi 2x will do to compete with DLSS, we do know it has ray tracing support. Hopefully soon we'll hear about an RX 6600 or RX 6700 card that offers better performance, more features at a similar price.

Read: AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Review 

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7. RTX 2060

Best Entry Level Ray Tracing and Potent 1080p

GPU: Turing (TU106) | GPU Cores: 1920 | Boost Clock: 1,680 MHz | Video RAM: 6GB GDDR6 14 Gbps | TDP: 160 watts

Plenty fast with a price cut on some models
You can actually buy it right now
Faster than previous generation GTX 1070 Ti
Enabling ray tracing usually requires DLSS
6GB VRAM could prove limiting in future games
RTX 3060 set to supplant this

Nvidia's RTX 2060 was a good card when it launched in January 2019, and dropping the price on the Founders Edition one year later keeps it in the running. In a direct head-to-head between 'reference' RTX 2060 and RX 5600 XT models, Nvidia eked out a win, but lower prices have now pushed our recommendation back to AMD. A lot of it will depend on current pricing, the features you get, as well as potential factory overclocks. Non-reference RX 5600 XT cards beat the stock 2060 FE, but non-reference RTX 2060 cards like the EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra swap things back.

For many people, $300 is about as much as they're willing to spend on a graphics card, making this an important part. Sure, the RTX 3070 is 60-90% faster, depending on the game and settings you play at, but it's also priced nearly 70% higher ... and you can't currently buy it. Meanwhile, the RTX 2060 can still be found for under $300 if you shop around.

The 2060 is easily handles 1080p gaming, averaging 90 fps in our test suite at ultra settings, though Metro Exodus and Red Dead Redemption 2 both fall short of 60 fps. It's also good to put things in perspective. The RTX 2060 at $300 is nearly 70% faster than the GTX 1060 6GB, and basically twice as fast as the GTX 970. If you're in the market for a new graphics card today and you don't want to wait around for additional Ampere or Navi 2x parts at similar prices, this is a great 1080p gaming solution — and it will even handle ray tracing okay, if you enable DLSS.

The big question: When will we get RTX 3060? Rumors suggest that could happen before the end of the year, though launching a card and launching it with sufficient quantity clearly aren't the same thing.

Read: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Review 

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8. GTX 1660 Super

Best Mainstream Esports/1080p High Graphics Card

GPU: Turing (TU116) | GPU Cores: 1408 | Boost Clock: 1,785 MHz | Video RAM: 6GB GDDR6 14 Gbps | TDP: 125 watts

Nearly as fast as the GTX 1660 Ti, for less money
GDDR6 gives it a healthy performance boost over the vanilla 1660
Turing is very power efficient, even at 12nm
Lots of more expensive models
No hardware ray tracing support
Readily available to buy

Dipping down closer to $200, we're given the choice between the GeForce GTX 1660 Super for $230, the vanilla GeForce GTX 1660 for around $200, or the RX 5500 XT 8GB starting at around $200. They're all viable candidates, but we've done the testing (see below) and the GTX 1660 Super is 15% faster than the regular 1660, and nearly 20% faster than the RX 5500 XT 8GB.

We've looked at the  GTX 1660 vs. RX 5500 XT and declared the Nvidia card the winner, but we also think the GTX 1660 Super is better than the GTX 1660 for just $20-$30 more. We also think the RTX 2060 or RX 5600 XT are still better options, as they don't cost that much more, but if $230 is your limit, this is the card to get right now. That's why the RX 5600 XT ranks higher than the 1660 Super.

Despite Nvidia's Turing GPUs still using TSMC 12nm FinFET, actual power use is basically identical to AMD's Navi 14 chips made using TSMC 7nm FinFET. The fact that Nvidia is faster and draws the same power while using the older manufacturing node says a lot. For $230, the GTX 1660 Super basically gets you the same level of performance as the older GTX 1070 in a more efficient design, and it's 1% slower than the GTX 1660 Ti (which is basically no longer worth considering). It also comes with the enhanced Turing NVENC that makes it a great choice for streaming video.

The main drawback to the GTX 1660 Super is that we may see Ampere and Navi 2x cards push down into the $250 range in the not-so-distant future, or at least offer substantially more performance and features for not too much more money. It's a decent card, but just a bit more cash or a bit of waiting will give you quite a bit more bang for the buck.

Read: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Review

The RX 5500 XT 8GB is arguably the best current budget card deal

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9. RX 5500 XT 8GB

Best Budget Graphics Card

GPU: Navi 14 | GPU Cores: 1408 | Boost Clock: 1717 MHz | Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps | TDP: 130 watts

Faster than GTX 1650 Super
Plenty of VRAM (more than it needs)
Costs less than $200
Not fast enough for ultra quality in many games
No advanced features like ray tracing

Moving down into 'true' budget territory, which basically means less than $200 these days, AMD's Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB gets the nod over Nvidia's alternative (see below), mostly because we think the extra VRAM will prove increasingly useful. Neither card really needs 8GB, though, as these budget GPUs are better suited to running 1080p and medium to high settings rather than maxing out everything. They're also great for eSports games and lighter fare.

Compared to previous generation GPUs, the RX 5500 XT 8GB is roughly equal to the RX 580 8GB, and about 15-20% faster than the R9 390. It also uses substantially less power than either of those GPUs. If you have a PC that can't handle the power or heat requirements for faster GPUs, and you at least have a single 6-pin PEG power connector, the RX 5500 XT might be just what you're after. It's also one of the 'best' GPUs right now in terms of fps per dollar spent.

The good news is that the budget market isn't likely to see radical changes in the near future. RX 5500 XT is less than a year old, and the new architectures aren't likely to breach the $200 price point for a while. The bad news: Nvidia's GTX 1660 (non-Super) is faster for nearly the same price.

Read: AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB Review

Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Image credit: Future)

10. GTX 1650 Super

Best Budget Gaming Card That's Not Ancient Tech

GPU: TU116 | GPU Cores: 1280 | Boost Clock: 1,725 MHz | Video RAM: 4GB GDDR6 12 Gbps | TDP: 100 watts

Runs every game at decent fps
High efficiency architecture
Latest NVENC is great for video
More expensive than RX 570 4GB
4GB VRAM is limiting

Finally, we get to a card where we're not super worried about Ampere or Navi 2x changing the market in the near future. The budget realm of GPUs often ends up going to older hardware, like AMD's RX 570 4GB that's been kicking around at $120-$140 for nearly two years. Nvidia's GTX 1650 Super finally displaces it, with about 30% higher performance while using substantially less power. Plus, it includes Nvidia's latest Turing NVENC hardware to help with video encoding and decoding. You don't actually need a ton of CPU power to livestream your gameplay, as the 1650 Super is more than capable of doing the dirty work all on its own.

Even if price is your driving concern, saving $40 to end up with an older and less efficient architecture doesn't really make sense. Polaris first launched in 2016, and while the 1650 Super won't necessarily pay for itself in power savings (it would take a couple of years to break even on power cost at eight hours per day of gaming), more performance, better efficiency, and better video support make this an easy recommendation.

If you want to stick with AMD hardware, the RX 5500 XT 4GB offers nearly identical performance, though it still uses up to 25% more power, and we'd suggest the 8GB model that costs $20-$40 more … which then leads back to the 1660 Super above. You can also look at the vanilla GTX 1650 (or the GTX 1650 GDDR6) to save $10-$20, but the TU117 GPU in those cards uses the less capable Volta/Pascal NVENC hardware.

If you just need any old GPU, there are less costly options like the GT 1030 and RX 550, but those have even less performance. They're not really good for anything beyond very light gaming, though the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are the fastest GPUs right now where you don't need a 6-pin PCIe power connector.

Read: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super

How We Test Graphics Cards 

Determining pure graphics card performance is best done by eliminating all other bottlenecks — as much as possible, at least. Our current graphics card testbed consists of a Core i9-9900K CPU, MSI MEG Z390 Ace motherboard, 32GB Corsair DDR4-3200 CL16 memory, and an XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB SSD. We test across the three most common gaming resolutions, 1080p, 1440p, and 4K, at medium and ultra settings.

Where possible, we use 'reference' cards for all of these tests, like Nvidia's Founders Edition models. Most mid-range and lower GPUs do not have reference models, however, and in some cases we only have factory overclocked cards for testing. One specific card deserves a call-out: the RX 580 8GB card we tested is a heavily overclocked Sapphire Nitro+ Limited Edition, which is why it sometimes even manages to beat the RX 590. It's the only 580 currently in our GPU labs, however, so we rolled with it. (A 'normal' RX 580 would be about 10% slower.)

Our current test suite of games consists of nine titles. The data in the following charts is from testing conducted in June 2020. Note that a few games (Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Division 2) may not run on all GPUs, and we have interpolated data for the overall score to keep the charts consistent. You need at least a 4GB card for 1080p ultra in RDR2, and 6GB or more for 4K ultra. (Omitting the results for RDR2 skews the average performance chart slightly, which is why we interpolated results.)

The following charts contain 36 of the most common GPUs of the past three or four years. We have included everything from the RTX 3090 down to the GTX 1050, and Radeon VII down through RX 560, and nearly everything in between. You'll note that it's finally time to drop the GTX 900-series and R9 GPUs, and we've also left the Titan cards off to make things a bit more legible. The charts are color coded with AMD in red/grey and Nvidia in blue/black to make it easier to see what's going on.

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1440p Ultra

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4K Medium

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Besides performance, we also test graphics card power consumption. We recently retested all current GPUs using Powenetics equipment and software, and found that Nvidia generally maintains an efficiency lead. Here are the main power charts from our testing:

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Best Graphics Cards - Power charts

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All GPUs Ranked

Our full GPU benchmarks hierarchy ranks all current in previous generation GPUs by performance, using aggregate data from the gaming test suite. Below is the abbreviated hierarchy with all the cards you can still buy (plus a few extras) ranked in order of performance, from best to worst. The score represents aggregate performance, scaled relative to the RTX 3090.

ScoreGPUBase/BoostMemoryPowerBuy
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090100.0%GA1021400/1695 MHz24GB GDDR6X350W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 308093.0%GA1021440/1710 MHz10GB GDDR6X320W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti77.5%TU1021350/1635 MHz11GB GDDR6260WNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce RTX 307076.4%GA1041500/1730 MHz8GB GDDR6220W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super66.9%TU1041650/1815 MHz8GB GDDR6250WGeForce RTX 2080 Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX 208062.6%TU1041515/1800 MHz8GB GDDR6225WGeForce RTX 2080
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super59.7%TU1041605/1770 MHz8GB GDDR6215WGeForce RTX 2070 Super
AMD Radeon VII58.9%Vega 201400/1750 MHz16GB HBM2300WRadeon VII
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti57.8%GP1021480/1582 MHz11GB GDDR5X250WNvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT56.7%Navi 101605/1905 MHz8GB GDDR6225WAMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Nvidia GeForce RTX 207053.1%TU1061410/1710 MHz8GB GDDR6185WRTX 2070
AMD Radeon RX 570051.4%Navi 101465/1725 MHz8GB GDDR6185WAMD Radeon RX 5700
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super50.6%TU1061470/1650 MHz8GB GDDR6175WGeForce RTX 2060 Super
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6448.5%Vega 101274/1546 MHz8GB HBM2295WGigabyte Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT46.6%Navi 10?/1615 MHz6GB GDDR6150WRadeon RX 5600 XT
Nvidia GeForce GTX 108045.3%GP1041607/1733 MHz8GB GDDR5X180WNvidia GeForce GTX 1080
Nvidia GeForce RTX 206044.9%TU1061365/1680 MHz6GB GDDR6160WNvidia GeForce RTX 2060 FE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5642.8%Vega 101156/1471 MHz8GB HBM2210WRadeon RX Vega 56
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti41.9%GP1041607/1683 MHz8GB GDDR5180WGeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti38.0%TU1161365/1680 MHz6GB GDDR6120WGeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super37.9%TU1161530/1785 MHz6GB GDDR6125WGeForce GTX 1660 Super
Nvidia GeForce GTX 107036.8%GP1041506/1683 MHz8GB GDDR5150WMSI GTX 1070
Nvidia GeForce GTX 166032.9%TU1161530/1785 MHz6GB GDDR5120WGeforce GTX 1660
AMD Radeon RX 59032.4%Polaris 301469/1545 MHz8GB GDDR5225WRadeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB31.9%Navi 14?/1717 MHz8GB GDDR6130WAMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB30.9%Polaris 201257/1340 MHz8GB GDDR5185WAMD Radeon RX 580
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super28.5%TU1161530/1725 MHz4GB GDDR6100WNvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB28.4%Navi 14?/1717 MHz4GB GDDR6130WAMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB26.5%GP1061506/1708 MHz6GB GDDR5120WNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB25.3%Polaris 201168/1244 MHz4GB GDDR5150WRadeon RX 570
Nvidia GTX 1650 GDDR623.9%TU1171410/1590 MHz4GB GDDR675WGeForce GTX 1650 GDDR6
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB22.3%GP1061506/1708 MHz3GB GDDR5120WNvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 165020.9%TU1171485/1665 MHz4GB GDDR575WGeForce GTX 1650 Gaming OC 4G
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti16.1%GP1071290/1392 MHz4GB GDDR575WNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB12.6%Polaris 211175/1275 MHz4GB GDDR580WPowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 560
Nvidia GeForce GTX 105012.2%GP1071354/1455 MHz2GB GDDR575WGigabyte GeForce GTX 1050

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