Best Graphics Cards for Gaming in 2018

Right now, the best balance between performance, pricing, and power comes from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070. Of course, if price is no object and you own a 4K monitor, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is our top pick. At the other end of the spectrum, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 3GB takes the place of AMD’s Radeon RX 560 for solid budget-oriented performance at 1080p in your favorite games. Although it costs $10 more, the GeForce is significantly faster. See below for our full list of graphics card recommendations.

Best GPUs For Gaming


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Tom's Hardware has been reviewing PC components for more than two decades. We put each graphics card through a bevy of benchmarks that quantify everything from performance in real-world games to power consumption, noise, and operating temperatures. We've tested every major model, along with third-party configurations based on the same GPUs.

Quick Shopping Tips

When choosing a graphics card, consider the following:

  • First, identify your monitor’s native resolution. That’s a good target to aim for when you go graphics card shopping. We call out optimal resolutions with each of our recommendations.
  • Ensure the rest of your platform is up to snuff. If you upgrade to a Radeon RX Vega 64, for instance, AMD suggests owning at least a 750W power supply. Double-check to be sure your PSU has the six- or eight-pin connectors to support your card of choice.
  • On-board memory matters, kind of. In general, we recommend at least a 4GB card for 1920x1080 2560x1440 at the highest quality settings, and 8GB of memory for gaming at 4K.
  • If your monitor supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh technology, you need a Radeon card to enable it. Similarly, G-Sync-capable displays must be paired with a GeForce card for the feature to work.

MORE: AMD Radeon RX 480 Roundup

MORE: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Roundup

MORE: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Roundup

MORE: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Roundup

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  • mwryder55
    Your link is for the 1070 is for an out-of-stock VR bundle which is why the price displayed is so much higher than the price for a 1080 Ti.
  • NinjaNerd56
    I got a couple of EVGA SSC 1060 6GB cards before prices went nuts. Solid cards, great performance.

    Used a lot of Radeon cards years ago, but they quit competing for a while and I switched to nVidia.

    Unless they manage to create some cool silicon, at a good price point, I’m unlikely to switch back.
  • mwryder55
    I wonder how well the 580 would do in a mini configuration, or it that is even possible. I have had a 1060 6GB mini since they were released and never had any overheating problems. I don't know if the 580's increased power consumption could match it.
  • abryant
    Anonymous said:
    Your link is for the 1070 is for an out-of-stock VR bundle which is why the price displayed is so much higher than the price for a 1080 Ti.


    Fixed!
  • Martell1977
    From the 1050 Cons section:
    "Current on PCIe slot’s 12V rail can exceed PCI-SIG specification"

    I remember there was a HUGE controversy about this when AMD did it. I'm not picking on Tom's, all the tech sites were doing it, but I find it interesting that when nVidia does the same thing...it's barely a footnote.
  • Nintendork
    Why always forget the best bang for buck gpu all around, RX570 4GB for $219.
  • Nintendork
    Half the performance of an 1080 OC to hell or 1080Ti/Titan Xp for nvidia/amd games.
  • logainofhades
    You can often find GTX 1070ti selling for a similar price to GTX 1070, here recently.
  • kitekrazy1963
    AMD needs to improve power consumption. I'd never buy one. I'm not buying any more new poorly optimized games so I will use my 750ti until prices really drop more than this. The world doesn't end playing good games on low settings.
  • hamada.hosny93
    Where is the GTX 1060 6GB ?? its almost same performance like RX580 but in addition GTX 1060 is less than 580 in power consumption and more cheaper ... so let's take these considerations:

    - less power consumption.
    - more cheaper.
    - same performance.

    GTX 1060 of course wins :)
  • logainofhades
    Anonymous said:
    Where is the GTX 1060 6GB ?? its almost same performance like RX580 but in addition GTX 1060 is less than 580 in power consumption and more cheaper ... so let's take these considerations:

    - less power consumption.
    - more cheaper.
    - same performance.

    GTX 1060 of course wins :)



    Quote:
    Still, Radeon RX 580 generally outperforms the similarly-priced GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, particularly in DirectX 12 games, earning it a spot on our list.
  • bentremblay
    Sometimes US$ <=> CDA$ really is painful.
    8 G RX 580 you cite here at US$279 ... at NewEgg CA it's CDA$379. Fully $100 diff.
    ouch
  • Martell1977
    Anonymous said:
    Sometimes US$ <=> CDA$ really is painful.
    8 G RX 580 you cite here at US$279 ... at NewEgg CA it's CDA$379. Fully $100 diff.
    ouch


    After the currency exchange, the difference is about $10 U.S.