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GPU Benchmarks and Hierarchy: Graphics Cards Ranked

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Our GPU benchmarks performance hierarchy ranks all the current and previous generation graphics cards, including all of the best graphics cards, in terms of performance. Whether it's playing games or doing high-end creative work like 4K video editing, your graphics card typically plays the biggest role in determining performance, and even the best gaming CPUs take a second role.

Note that the table below is based solely on the scores from performance-based GPU benchmarks. We have a separate article that lists the best graphics cards, based on all factors, including price, graphics card power consumption, and overall efficiency. If you're shopping around and want to know whether an AMD RX 5600 XT is faster than an Nvidia GTX 1660 Super, and by how much, you've come to the right place.

To help you decide which graphics card you need, we've created this GPU hierarchy consisting of dozens of GPU benchmarks in the table below. Everything is ranked from fastest to slowest, using the results from our test suite consisting of nine games for our GPU benchmarks, running at 'medium' and 'ultra' settings with resolutions of 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. For comparison purposes, the fastest card, based on the combination of all nine GPU benchmarks, three resolutions, and two settings, gets normalized to 100 percent, and all others are graded relative to it.

The arrival of Nvidia's Ampere architecture, along with the GeForce RTX 3090 and GeForce RTX 3080, has pushed everything down a couple of rungs. However, we're not done with the new GPUs yet. Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3070 arrives in late October, and AMD's Big Navi will be revealed on October 28, with cards likely following soon after. (AMD also teased RX 6000 series performance, though didn't explicitly name the GPU in question.) Those will further change the GPU benchmarks landscape.

Of course it's not just about playing games. Many applications use the GPU for other work, and we've covered some of the GPU benchmarks in our RTX 3090 review. But a good graphics card for gaming will typically do equally well in complex GPU computational workloads. Buy one of the top cards and you'd be able to play games at high resolutions and frame rates with the effects turned all the way up, and you'll be able to do content creation work equally well. Drop down to the middle and lower portions of the list and you'll need to start dialing down the settings to get acceptable performance in regular game play and GPU benchmarks. And integrated graphics ... well, we tested that as well, and the results aren't pretty. (See the very bottom of the list for those entries.)

ScoreGPUBase/BoostMemoryPowerBuy
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090100.0%GA1021440/1695 MHz24GB GDDR6X350W
Nvidia GeForce RTX 308093.0%GA1021500/1710 MHz10GB GDDR6X320W
Nvidia Titan RTX79.3%TU1021350/1770 MHz24GB GDDR6280WTitan RTX
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti77.5%TU1021350/1635 MHz11GB GDDR6260WNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia Titan V68.7%GV1001200/1455 MHz12GB HBM2250W
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 Titan Xp61.2%GP1021405/1480 MHz12GB GDDR5X250WGeForce GTX Titan X
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 GTX Titan X (Maxwell)35.3%GM2001000/1075 MHz12GB GDDR5250
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti33.0%GM2001000/1075 MHz6GB GDDR5250WGeForce GTX 980 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GTX 166032.9%TU1161530/1785 MHz6GB GDDR5120WGeforce GTX 1660
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X32.8%Fiji1050 MHz4GB HBM275WAMD Radeon R9 Fury X
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
AMD Radeon R9 39027.2%Hawaii1000 MHz8GB GDDR5275WAMD Radeon R9 390
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB26.5%GP1061506/1708 MHz6GB GDDR5120WNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 98026.5%GM2041126/1216 MHz4GB GDDR5165WNvidia GeForce GTX 980
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 97022.2%GM2041050/1178 MHz4GB GDDR5145WNvidia GeForce GTX 970
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
AMD Radeon RX 5508.0%Polaris 221100/1183 MHz4GB GDDR550WPowerColor Radeon RX 550
Nvidia GeForce GT 10305.8%GP1081228/1468 MHz2GB GDDR530WNvidia GeForce GT 1030
AMD Vega 11 (R5 3400G)5.5%Vega 111400 MHz2x8GB DDR4-3200N/A
AMD Vega 8 (R3 3200G)4.9%Vega 81250 MHz2x8GB DDR4-3200N/A
Intel Iris Plus (i7-1065G7)3.3%Gen11 ICL-U1100 MHz2x8GB LPDDR4X-3733N/A
Intel UHD Graphics 630 (i7-9700K)2.0%Gen9.5 CFL1200 MHz2x8GB DDR4-3200N/A

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GPU Benchmarks: Which Cards Ranked Highest?

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 takes top honors for raw performance, with a score of 152.5 fps across all 54 tests. That's the 100% mark, though it's worth noting that it also scored 98.8 fps at 4K ultra. It's also a $1,500 graphics card, which is out of reach of most gamers.

Nearly as potent as the 3090 is the GeForce RTX 3080, nominally priced at $700 (if you can find one in stock). It's about 10% slower than the 3090 at less than half the price. It also makes all of Nvidia's previous generation GPUs suddenly look a bit weak.

If we include the Titan RTX, Nvidia now owns the top nine positions on the hierarchy, with AMD's best result being the Radeon VII in 10th place. The thing is, AMD's RX 5700 XT is nearly as fast for less money, and the real competition from AMD will come in the form of Big Navi, which is slated to launch in late October or early November. The scuttlebutt right now is that the future RX 6900 XT might be able to match the RTX 3080, but we'll have to wait for the cards to launch before we can confirm that.

The Nvidia Ampere architecture and AMD Big Navi should also bring about feature parity, in that AMD will finally support ray tracing. It's not entirely clear how AMD's ray tracing performance will compare to Nvidia's RT cores, though. Based on some of what we've seen from the Xbox Series X console, AMD may just be using shader calculations with a bit of extra hardware to do the BVH traversal that Nvidia's RTX cards do in RT cores. It's definitely something to keep an eye on in the coming days.

Nvidia's upcoming GeForce RTX 3070 (Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

If you're in the market for a new sub-$500 graphics card right now, honestly, just wait. Wait a month or two and find out how the RTX 3070 and RX 6000 cards compare to the other GPUs. More importantly, find out how much they'll cost. Right now, the performance gap between RTX 3080 and the next closest GPU is quite large, and we expect the new GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia to propagate down the list and shake things up.

Consider the current $400-$500 leaders, the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 from AMD, and the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super from Nvidia. They're fine cards, and were even great options to purchase last year. But in one month, we expect a $500 card that will offer roughly RTX 2080 Ti levels of performance. Sure, that's about $100 more than the 2060 Super and 5700 XT ... but it's also 30-50% higher performance. And we'll probably see RTX 3060 and maybe RTX 3060 Ti before the end of the year, along with RX 6800 and RX 6700 cards — all very likely priced in the $300-$500 range.

Again, then: WAIT! Don't buy an expensive new GPU today only to see it eclipsed by the next generation hardware in a few weeks. If you can't wait, our advice is to just try and find any old GPU that still works to hold you over. Even a budget card will suffice, and at least those aren't likely to be completely obliterated before 2021 rolls in.

MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Image credit: Future)

That brings us to the bottom third of the list, the home of true budget GPUs like the GTX 1650 Super, RX 5500 XT, and more. These cards give up a lot of performance in order to keep pricing down, and there are older generation GPUs that can perform just as well (or better) if you shop around. Brand new RX 570 cards are still hanging around in the $120-$130 range, and if you're willing to take a chance on a used card from eBay, you can find a GTX 1070 or RX 590 for around $200.

Sticking with recent new GPUs, though, the GTX 1660 Super, 1650 Super, and RX 5600 XT are the best options for $250 or less. And again, the higher you go on price, the more likely you are to see new GPUs arrive before the end of the year that make current cards look anemic.

We don't recommend going below the GTX 1650 Super, though if you already have such a card you don't have to upgrade. There are tons of light and indie games that will run just fine on ... well, practically anything! Even Intel's integrated graphics solutions are often sufficient, particularly more recent variants like UHD 630 and Iris Plus. But there's still a better option if you're on an extreme budget.

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G in socket AM4 motherboard (Image credit: Future)

If you're looking at something like an RX 550 or GT 1030, you should consider AMD's integrated graphics on its Ryzen APUs as a viable alternative. If you have an older PC and are looking at adding a GPU, a motherboard and CPU upgrade might end up being a better option. Or not, as even a basic motherboard, CPU, and RAM can set you back $200 or more.

We're interested in seeing what happens with the next generation of integrated graphics as well. Tiger Lake just launched for laptops, potentially doubling the performance of Ice Lake graphics and maybe even taking the lead for iGPU performance from AMD. AMD also has Zen 3 and potentially updated Zen 2 APUs with faster graphics coming as well.

Okay, maybe buying a basic GPU isn't a bad idea rather than dealing with a full motherboard and CPU upgrade (depending on what sort of CPU you're rocking). Provided you can provide at least a 6-pin PEG power connector, though, we recommend going for at least something at the RX 570 level or above rather than picking up a lesser graphics card.

Also worth noting is that the scoring assigned to each GPU uses all six test resolutions and settings, except on integrated graphics where we scale the result — because, come on, no one is going to try and run Borderlands 3 at 4K on an iGPU. (It will probably just crash.) If you want to check performance at just 1080p medium, or one of the other options, you can see the ranking order for the main GPUs in the charts below.

Test System for GPU Benchmarks

Our overall GPU benchmarks scores are based on the geometric mean frames per second (fps) of our testing of Borderlands 3, The Division 2, Far Cry 5, Final Fantasy XIV, Forza Horizon 4, Metro Exodus, Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Strange Brigade. If you want to do your own GPU benchmarking, see our complete list of the best GPU tests, which includes a lot more games and synthetic tests as well.

That's nine games, six settings and over 40 cards from the current and previous generations. We have a solid mix of game genres and APIs, plus AMD and Nvidia promoted titles, making this the definitive GPU benchmarks and performance hierarchy for gaming purposes. The new mix of games and settings make for much larger differences between some of the GPUs, where previously the CPU and lower settings made things look much closer.

Note that while some of the games in our GPU benchmark suite support DirectX Raytracing (DXR) and Nvidia's RTX 30-series and 20-series GPUs, we have not tested with DXR enabled here. That's because none of AMD's current cards can run DXR, and while Nvidia does support DXR on certain GTX models, ray tracing performance on Pascal cards isn't great. For now, only Nvidia RTX GPUs are worth using for ray tracing games; we may begin with universal ray tracing performance comparisons once AMD's Big Navi arrives later this year.

GPU Benchmarks and Performance Hierarchy Charts

Here you can see the average performance charts for our testing at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K (medium and ultra on all three). If you want to see the full suite of individual game tests, check out the charts in our Best Graphics Cards article. We've focused on the 'executive summary' and have omitted individual game charts as well as a few GPUs that don't fully qualify. We've left off the integrated graphics solutions as well as the Titan V/Xp/X (Maxwell), giving us 42 GPUs in the charts, color coded for your viewing pleasure.

Yes, we know the labels on the charts are tiny. We've also included links to the fullsize (1920x1080) images below each chart for those on smaller devices that want to be able to read them.

Again, our GPU benchmarks scoring uses the geometric mean of all 54 scores (nine games, three resolutions, two settings). The geomean is a slightly 'better' weighting than a pure average, though it doesn't massively change the results. Either way, including all 54 scores means the fastest cards are somewhat penalized because they run into CPU limitations at 1080p and even 1440p, and the slower GPUs can also end up penalized because they were never intended to run games at 1440p or 4K.

If you intend to play at 1440p or 4K, the charts below can help you focus in on just those results. For example, the RTX 3080 overall scored 20.8% higher than the RTX 2080 Ti, but if you only look at 4K ultra performance, it's 33.5% faster.

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GPU Benchmarks and Performance Hierarchy Charts

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GPU Benchmarks 1080p Medium

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GPU Benchmarks 1080p Ultra

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GPU Benchmarks 1440p Medium

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GPU Benchmarks 1440p Ultra

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GPU Benchmarks 4K Medium

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GPU Benchmarks 4K Ultra

Legacy GPU Hierarchy

Below is our legacy desktop GPU hierarchy with historical comparisons dating back to the 1990s. We have not tested most of these cards in many years, driver support has ended on many of the models, and the relative rankings are relatively coarse. We group cards into performance tiers, pairing disparate generations where overlap occurs.

Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX Titan X (Maxwell)R9 295X2
GTX 1070 Ti
GTX 1070RX Vega 56
GTX 980 TiR9 Fury X
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX Titan Black
GTX 980R9 Fury
GTX 690R9 Fury Nano
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX 1060 6GBRX 580 8GB
RX 480 8GB
GTX TitanRX 570 4G
GTX 1060 3GBRX 470 4GB
R9 390X
GTX 970R9 390
GTX 780 TiR9 290X
GTX 780R9 290
HD 7990
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
R9 380X
GTX 770R9 380
GTX 680R9 280X
GTX 590HD 7970 GHz Edition
HD 6990
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX 1050 TiR9 285
GTX 960R9 280
GTX 670HD 7950
GTX 580HD 7870 LE (XT)
HD 5970
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX 1050RX 560 4G
GTX 950RX 460
GTX 760R7 370
GTX 660 TiR9 270X
R9 270
HD 7870
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX 660R7 265
GTX 570HD 7850
GTX 480HD 6970
GTX 295HD 4870 X2
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX 750 Ti
GTX 650 Ti BoostR7 260X
GTX 560 Ti (448 Core)HD 6950
GTX 560 TiHD 5870
GTX 470HD 4850 X2
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTX 750HD 7790
GTX 650 TiHD 6870
GTX 560HD 5850
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 1030 ( On -)RX 550
GTX 465R7 360
GTX 460 (256-bit)R7 260
GTX 285HD 7770
9800 GX2HD 6850
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 740 GDDR5R7 250E
GT 650R7 250 (GDDR5)
GTX 560 SEHD 7750 (GDDR5)
GTX 550 TiHD 6790
GTX 460 SEHD 6770
GTX 460 (192-bit)HD 5830
GTX 280HD 5770
GTX 275HD 4890
GTX 260HD 4870
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GTS 450R7 250 (DDR3)
GTS 250HD 7750 (DDR3)
9800 GTX+HD 6750
9800 GTXHD 5750
8800 UltraHD 4850
HD 3870 X2
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 730 (64-bit, GDDR5)
GT 545 (GDDR5)HD 4770
8800 GTS (512MB)
8800 GTX
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 740 DDR3HD 7730 (GDDR5)
GT 640 (DDR3)HD 6670 (GDDR5)
GT 545 (DDR3)HD 5670
9800 GTHD 4830
8800 GT (512MB)
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 240 (GDDR5)HD 6570 (GDDR5)
9600 GTHD 5570 (GDDR5)
8800 GTS (640MB)HD 3870
HD 2900 XT
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
R7 240
GT 240 (DDR3)HD 7730 (DDR3)
9600 GSOHD 6670 (DDR3)
8800 GSHD 6570 (DDR3)
HD 5570 (DDR3)
HD 4670
HD 3850 (512MB)
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 730 (128-bit, GDDR5)
GT 630 (GDDR5)HD 5550 (GDDR5)
GT 440 (GDDR5)HD 3850 (256MB)
8800 GTS (320MB)HD 2900 Pro
8800 GT (256MB)
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 730 (128-bit, DDR3)HD 7660D (integrated)
GT 630 (DDR3)HD 5550 (DDR3)
GT 440 (DDR3)HD 4650 (DDR3)
7950 GX2X1950 XTX
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 530
GT 430
7900 GTXX1900 XTX
7900 GTOX1950 XT
7800 GTX 512X1900 XT
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
HD 7560D (integrated)
GT 220 (DDR3)HD 5550 (DDR2)
7950 GHD 2900 GT
7900 GTX1950 Pro
7800 GTXX1900 GT
X1900 AIW
X1800 XT
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
HD 7540D (integrated)
GT 220 (DDR2)HD 6550D (integrated)
9500 GT (GDDR3)HD 6620G (integrated)
8600 GTSR5 230
7900 GSHD 6450
7800 GTHD 4650 (DDR2)
X1950 GT
X1800 XL
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
7480D (integrated)
6530D (integrated)
9500 GT (DDR2)6520G (integrated)
8600 GT (GDDR3)HD 3670
8600 GSHD 3650 (DDR3)
7800 GSHD 2600 XT
7600 GTX1800 GTO
6800 UltraX1650 XT
X850 XT PE
X800 XT PE
X850 XT
X800 XT
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
GT 5206480G (integrated)
8600 GT (DDR2)6410D (integrated)
6800 GS (PCIe)HD 3650 (DDR2)
6800 GTHD 2600 Pro
X800 GTO2/GTO16
X800 XL
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
6380G (integrated)
6370D (integrated)
6800 GS (AGP)X1650 GT
X850 Pro
X800 Pro
X800 GTO (256MB)
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
8600M GSX1650 Pro
7600 GSX1600 XT
7300 GT (GDDR3)X800 GTO (128MB)
6800X800
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
HD 6320 (integrated)
HD 6310 (integrated)
HD 5450
9400 GTHD 4550
8500 GTHD 4350
7300 GT (DDR2)HD 2400 XT
6800 XTX1600 Pro
6800LEX1300 XT
6600 GTX800 SE
X800 GT
X700 Pro
9800 XT
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
HD 6290 (integrated)
HD 6250 (integrated)
9400 (integrated)HD 4290 (integrated)
9300 (integrated)HD 4250 (integrated)
6600 (128-bit)HD 4200 (integrated)
FX 5950 UltraHD 3300 (integrated)
FX 5900 UltraHD 3200 (integrated)
FX 5900HD 2400 Pro
X1550
X1300 Pro
X700
9800 Pro
9800
9700 Pro
9700
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
X1050 (128-bit)
FX 5900 XTX600 XT
FX 5800 Ultra9800 Pro (128-bit)
9600 XT
9500 Pro
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
G 310
G 210
8400 GXpress 1250 (integrated)
8300HD 2300
6200X600 Pro
FX 5700 Ultra9800 LE
4 Ti 48009600 Pro
4 Ti 4600
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
9300M GS
9300M G
8400M GSX1050 (64-bit)
7300 GSX300
FX 5700, 6600 (64-bit)9600
FX 5600 Ultra9550
4 Ti4800 SE9500
4 Ti4400
4 Ti4200
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
8300 (integrated)
8200 (integrated)
7300 LEX1150
7200 GSX300 SE
6600 LE9600 LE
6200 TC9100
FX 5700 LE8500
FX 5600
FX 5200 Ultra
3 Ti500
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
FX 55009250
FX 5200 (128-bit)9200
3 Ti2009000
3
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
FX 7050 (integrated)Xpress 1150 (integrated)
FX 7025 (integrated)Xpress 1000 (integrated)
FX 6150 (integrated)Xpress 200M (integrated)
FX 6100 (integrated)9200 SE
FX 5200 (64-bit)
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
2 Ti 200
2 Ti7500
2 Ultra
4 MX 440
2 GTS
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
2 MX 4007200
4 MX 4207000
2 MX 200DDR
256LE
SDR
Nvidia GeForceAMD Radeon
Nvidia TNTRage 128

For even more information, check out our Graphics Card Buyer's Guide.

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  • abryant
    Archived comments are found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3788872/desktop-gpu-performance-hierarchy-table.html
    Reply
  • jared.s.heath
    This needs to be updated to have new tiers for the 20xx cards.
    Reply
  • notea
    2080Ti and Titan RTX should be above the 2080, and the 2080 should be in the Titan Xp, 1080Ti section
    Reply
  • tyler.rorvig
    Can we get the RX 2060 put on the list?
    Reply
  • chalabam
    tyler.rorvig said:
    Can we get the RX 2060 put on the list?
    THAT!

    And also the radeon VII
    Reply
  • chalabam
    cangelini said:
    Here is a resource to help you judge if a graphics card is a reasonable value: The gaming GPU hierarchy chart groups GPUs by performance.

    Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table : Read more
    Comments had been disabled on the articles. At least on PC. I didn't checked in mobile. I used many different browsers.
    Reply
  • cryoburner
    Was someone drinking while updating the chart again? : P

    Considering a 2080 is only slightly faster than a 1080 Ti, it seems a bit weird placing them in different tiers in the legacy chart. And why is the 2080 grouped in with the 2080 Ti, which can be upward of 30% faster at high resolutions? Likewise, it the 1080 shouldn't be with the 1080 Ti, as there's a similar performance difference between those two as well. And seeing as the RTX 2070, 2060, RX 590 and Radeon VII are not included in that chart, I take it these weird groupings may have been this way for a while. I think there needs to be a couple more tiers tucked in there.

    Also, since when does Vega 64 have a 180 watt TDP? That would be lower than Vega 56, or even the RX 580.
    Reply
  • COLGeek
    Please see here: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/gpu-hierarchy-chart-power-column-is-broken.3455978/#post-20903004
    There appears to be a few discrepancies regarding the wattage requirements of some GPUs. Thank you.
    Reply
  • willz06jw
    On the legacy GPU Hierarchy list the 1080 has a price next to it that is too high (999) -- it is different than the price up top.

    Thanks for these lists
    Will
    Reply
  • cryoburner
    willz06jw said:
    On the legacy GPU Hierarchy list the 1080 has a price next to it that is too high (999) -- it is different than the price up top.
    I believe those prices are automated through their referral link system, based on the current price of a particular model of card on Amazon. Being a previous-gen card that is no longer manufactured and now in short supply, the price of buying one new will have a lot of variance. Even the link up top currently showing $855 is grossly overpriced. There is little point in buying a GTX 1080 that has its price marked up higher than an RX 2080, especially since even an RX 2070 would be a bit faster. At this point, they should just remove the referral links for anything but the current generation of cards.

    In any case, the legacy list itself has been a bit of a mess lately. As I mentioned back in February, the 2080 and 2080 Ti are still listed together in the same performance tier, while the 1080 and 1080 Ti are in another, despite those cards having a notable difference in performance between them. The 2080 should be dropped into the 1080 Ti's tier, the 1080 (and Vega 64) should be dropped into the 1070 Ti's tier, and the 1070 and 980 Ti should be dropped into another tier. And of course, none of the new cards have been added to the legacy list since the 2080 launched half a year ago.

    This list was nice to have as a rough comparison of how graphics cards compared across generations, but at this point, especially seeing as it's been neglected lately, there are better options. One can go to UserBenchmark, enter their GPU section, and sort the list by "average bench %" to get a more complete overview of how graphics cards roughly compare to one another. And that list also includes entries for mobile and integrated graphics hardware.
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