Your computer's graphics card (GPU) is the most important component when it comes to determining gaming performance. To help you choose the right graphics card for your rig, we thoroughly test and review all the major cards, ranking each platform in our GPU hierarchy and publish our list of specific make and model recommendations on this page.
Even after the launch of Nvidia’s RTX 2070 in October, 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 RTX 2080 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.
With holiday shopping season upon us, we're also seeing some great deals on GPUs. Some of our favorites include an RX 570 for $139 and a GTX 1050 Ti for $129. or a compact, GTX 1050 for $99 There's also a great deal on the ZOTAC RTX 2080, which is $100 off and comes with Battlefield V.
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News and Product Updates
This week, Nvidia announced the Titan RTX, a new top-end Turing-based card that straddles the line between consumer and professional audiences. With a beefed-up CUDA core count over the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, extra Tensor and RT cores, and 24GB of GDDR6, it’s certainly a powerhouse, both for gaming and professional compute tasks. But with a price tag of $2,499, the Titan RTX will be a hard sell for most gamers. The RTX 2080 Ti sells for $1,000 less and mostly sticks close in terms of hardware specs.
We are of course interested in testing this latest Nvidia Titan card to see how it performs against its lesser RTX siblings, as well as the Titan V. The latter card actually has more CUDA cores than the Titan RTX and more Tensor cores, but it’s based on the Volta architecture and a different type of memory (12GB of HBM2).
Why Trust Us
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 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440 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.
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For even more information, check out our Graphics Card Buyer's Guide.
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