Best Graphics Cards

At the time of purchase, PC gamers need to know what the best graphics card 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 common resolutions, virtual reality, and eSports.

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April 10th Update: Updated body text to indicate market changes. Essentially, prices are beginning to consistently fall from their highs, and inventories appear better. But most cards are still considerably pricier than their initial MSRPs.

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There’s a buzz in the air. Gaming enthusiasts are starting to see graphics card prices recede after previously rising to unprecedented levels. Ethereum mining isn’t as profitable as it once was. And a recently-announced ASIC-based Ethash miner from Bitmain will imminently put pressure on less efficient GPU-based rigs. Is the time right, then, to start shopping for graphics cards again? Cautiously, perhaps. But we think they still have a long way to fall.

Let’s start with a look at Nvidia’s Pascal-based line-up. At the very lowest-end, GeForce GT 1030s that once sold for $75 now start around $110—a 45%+ increase. Up top, GeForce GTX 1080 Tis previously available for $700 are $930 or more—a 33% mark-up. In the middle, GeForce GTX 1060 6GBs from Nvidia’s board partners that launched at $250 now sell for no less than $330—32% more.

On the AMD side, an entry-level Radeon RX 550 puts you close to $120, a 50% increase from its $80 starting point one year ago. Radeon RX Vega 64s still haven’t dropped below $800. Compared to their $500 launch price, you’re paying a 60% premium. Radeon RX 580 4GB, the darling of Ethereum miners, sells for no less than $350—up 50%+ versus the $230 AMD claimed in April of 2017.

It is true that inventories are up. In weeks past, third-party listings dominated our search results, yielding madness like $1000+ GeForce GTX 1080s. So yes, those vendors aren’t causing gamers quite as much pain they were in January or February. But sites like Amazon and Newegg continue selling cards at similar prices or higher than what we saw three months ago. So long as this persists, we’re willing to nurse older cards along.

At least there appears to be a faint, flickering light at the end of the tunnel though. Perhaps that light will get brighter once new cards arrive, perhaps as soon as this summer. Until then, if your existing card is old, and you can’t afford an expensive upgrade, maybe try Fortnite. It’s insanely popular, and we hear it runs well on low-end (or old) hardware.

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  • Spock_rhp
    24 March. the posted link to the gtx 1080 is incorrect and leads to an RX 580 gpu. I've recently seen RX 580 [8 Gb] for less at newegg.
  • Goku Kakkarot
    Rx580 beats the competition if you are on a budget and also offers 8GB vram
  • razamatraz
    RX580 and "on a budget" in the same sentence.....I love AMD fanboi/spambots
  • Reynod
    Chris the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 link below the item goes to an RX580 product on Amazon - the link is incorrect.

    Darren
  • mischon123
    Why they waste chips on low end cards is beyond me. With the advent of 1080/ti consumer cards the other cards are just legacy. I see only very modest production cost increase between a 1050 and 1080 type card. The product manager team, engineers, manufacturing ties up precious resources that we all have to pay. Make one card, then top it with the next one and convert the old line to new. Cheaper for all of us.
  • tazmo8448
    I don't see those prices as falling. The 1070 was introduced to be $269 an thanks to the bit-coin jerks it hasn't been near that number since day one...when it ever hits it's MSRP I may bite.
  • Rexer
    I by chance purchased a Vega 64 for $500 back in Nov. '17. Then prices went ballistic. Never seen the prices drop back to retail. 1070 and 1080 got on a horse and galloped beyond the horizon. With games consuming more processing power, cryptomania's making gaming a rich man's and techie's pleasure. Unless you like potato graphics.
  • tazmo8448
    Anonymous said:
    I by chance purchased a Vega 64 for $500 back in Nov. '17. Then prices went ballistic. Never seen the prices drop back to retail. 1070 and 1080 got on a horse and galloped beyond the horizon. With games consuming more processing power, cryptomania's making gaming a rich man's and techie's pleasure. Unless you like potato graphics.


    yep for sure...I'll just stick with the R9 x390 for now...same thing with the latest iteration of mobo's , cpu's & ram...the new band wagon is too rich for me and my 1080p ... not obsessed with always having the latest greatest....functionality will do
  • madskills38
    gtx 1080 for best performance
  • Alexandru Tudor Sarbu
    The prices are way off than what you say they are ....
  • tazmo8448
    Anonymous said:
    gtx 1080 for best performance



    on the same token a Rolls Royce gives a slightly better ride..but the ole Chevy'll get 'cha there too...when I first saw the introduction to the 1080 & 1070 at the prices they suggested...said to myself...looks like that 1070 is right down my alley but then...I agree the 1080 is a heck of a card but just can't see putting that kind of money in it..same thing with the Titan a few yrs back...great cards both but not for me...if I was really into heavy duty things that required a darn good GPU I can see where that is a good option...almost all of the higher end cards have their pluses and minuses..but for me if it pushes a 1080p with good frame rates an all...I'll just dance with the one that brung me...
  • madskills38
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    gtx 1080 for best performance



    on the same token a Rolls Royce gives a slightly better ride..but the ole Chevy'll get 'cha there too...when I first saw the introduction to the 1080 & 1070 at the prices they suggested...said to myself...looks like that 1070 is right down my alley but then...I agree the 1080 is a heck of a card but just can't see putting that kind of money in it..same thing with the Titan a few yrs back...great cards both but not for me...if I was really into heavy duty things that required a darn good GPU I can see where that is a good option...almost all of the higher end cards have their pluses and minuses..but for me if it pushes a 1080p with good frame rates an all...I'll just dance with the one that brung me...



    I am not an crazy gamer and a 1050 ti would be fine.
  • younness.madrid
    I do not know why my vram has decreased to 256mb
    when i bought my pc my dedicated memory was 512mb but after i found it 256mb
    i would like to have an answer please
    my system information
    "8GB RAM DDR3"
    Graphics Chipset
    "AMD Radeon HD 8200 / R3 Series"
    CPU Type
    "AMD E1-6015 APU with Radeon(TM) HD Graphics"
    Windows Version
    "Windows 8.1 (64 bit)"
  • gheddah
    I have just upgraded my Nvidia GT430 to the Nvidia 1050TI and what a difference it made.
  • bentremblay
    Something I think should be added to review data: display outputs. #NonTrivial

    Here's how I decided on Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 2GB PCI-E
    >> w/ Triple HDMI <<

    Triple HDMI!

    >> "Display port: up to 4K UHD Monitors: 3,840 x 2,160 @ 60Hz" <<
  • jr9
    Pretty much spot on. I think the Ryzen Vega APU deserves an honorable mention in "Good eSports & HD" as it performs about the same as the GT 1030.

    Hopefully in a year we will see the return of the $400 decent midish-higher end card like the GTX 770 was.
  • Rexer
    May of last year, while waiting for the Vega's to be released, my RX390 kacked so I went on the hunt for a lesser card to pacify. I found a Sapphire RX 580 N+ 8gb 'limited edition' and I waited a week to buy. When I was ready, they had sold out.. ? WTF. It was released 3 weeks ago. In a hurry I purchased a lesser Sapphire RX 580 N+ 8gb for the same price and 3 days later, it was sold out. The next week, all brands selling RX 580 8gb were sold out. Only RX 580 4gb cards were available. The miners bought out all 8gb cards. I'd never saw that coming.
  • jr9
    I had an EVGA GTX 1070 on price alert on their site. Got the price alert email at work on my phone and was happy. Got home 5 hours later and they had been cleaned out.