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Best Graphics Cards for Gaming

There are some truly impressive cards out there, such as AMD’s Radeon RX 6900 XT, Nvidia Geforce’s RTX 3090, or the RTX 3080, for those willing to splurge. And, with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti out, there are even more choices in the high-end range.

But, even if you’re on a budget, you have some excellent options at your disposal. For example, the Radeon RX 6800, RTX 3060 Ti, and RTX 3060 all offer great value as well as solid performance.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Best graphics card

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 4,864 – Core Clock: 1.41 GHz (1.67 GHz boost) – Memory: 8 GB GDDR6 – Memory Clock: 14Gbps – Outputs: HDMI 2.1, 3x Display – Port 1.4a – Power Connectors: 1x PCIe 8-pin (adapter to 1x 12-pin included)

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent 1080p performance
+ Ray tracing performance is solid

REASONS TO AVOID
– Only entry-level 4K performance

Is AMD no longer the king of great value GPUs? The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti certainly threatens that claim with its price to performance ratio. The newest arrival in the RTX 3000 line, this graphics card punches way above its weight class, delivering a performance that could rival that of the RTX 2080 Super while keeping its price tag incredibly affordable for most people. And, that’s with impressive ray tracing included. 1080p gaming has never been this good and this affordable

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
The best graphics card, hands-down

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 8,704 – Core Clock: 1.44 GHz (1,71 GHz boost) – Memory: 10 GB GDDR6X – Memory Clock: 19Gbps – Power Connectors: 2x PCIe 8-pin – Outputs: HDMI 2.1, 3x Display – Port 1.4a

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent 4K gaming performance
+ Low temperatures

REASONS TO AVOID
– Still kind of expensive

With the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 4K gaming just became a lot more accessible. Before, you had to shell out more than $1,000/£1,000 to get playable framerates with the RTX 2080 Ti. However, with the next generation of Nvidia graphics cards, the price of 4K gaming has been cut nearly in half, thanks to the RTX 3080. It boasts one of the largest generational leaps in GPU history, delivering a 50-80% performance boost over the RTX 2080 and a 20-30% boost over the RTX 2080 Ti, all while keeping the same price point as the RTX 2080. This is both an absolute powerhouse of a graphics card and a great value if you have a bit of extra cash lying around.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Nvidia’s new Ampere leader

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 10,240 – Core Clock: 1.37 GHz (1.67 GHz boost)Memory: 12 GB GDDR6X – Memory Clock: 14Gbps – Outputs: HDMI, 3x DisplayPort – Power Connectors: 2x PCIe 8-pin

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent performance
+ Beautiful graphics card
+ Same size as RTX 3080

REASONS TO AVOID
– Very expensive
– Power-hungry

There’s a new Nvidia champion in town, and it takes power and performance to an even more accessible price point. Delivering RTX 3090-level performance, an impressive feat in its own right, the long-awaited RTX 3080 Ti comes with an even better price tag, making all that sheer power more accessible than ever. It continues what the RTX 3080 has started – to take 4K gaming into the mainstream arena – with its breathtaking 4K at 60fps performance while slashing a few hundred dollars off the steep 3090 prices. This is the best graphics card on the market right now, especially if you care about ray tracing.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
Best graphics card for creatives

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 10,496 – Core Clock: 1.40 GHz (1,70 GHz boost) – Memory: 24 GB GDDR6X – Memory Clock: 19.5Gbps – Power Connectors: 2x PCIe 8-pin – Outputs: HDMI 2.1, 3x Display – Port 1.4a

REASONS TO BUY
+ GPU performance to beat
+ Up to 8k performance

REASONS TO AVOID
– Extremely expensive
– Very large

You can’t beat the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 when it comes to performance. With a whopping 24GB of RAM, no game or, more importantly, heavy graphics project will suffer performance issues. In fact, you can even get some 8K performance at 60 fps out of the 3090. It is an incredibly expensive unit, and quite large too, so it will probably be too much GPU for most users. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is, in essence, a replacement for the Titan so it’s meant more for the creative user tackling intensive 3D and video rendering than for the avid gamer. Even so, it comes with a massive reduction in price compared to the Titan, even if it’s still out of most people’s budget.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
Nvidia better watch out

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream processors: 3,584 – Core clock: 1,506 – Memory: 11GB GDDR5X – Memory clock: 10Gbps – Power connectors: 2 x 8-pin – Outputs: 1.4 with DSC DisplayPort, HDMI with 4K60 Support

REASONS TO BUY
+ Generation-defining performance
+ Affordable

REASONS TO AVOID
– No ray tracing
– Only 6GB of VRAM

If you’re looking for the best graphics card out there for 1080p gaming, you might want to look into what the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT has to offer. This AMD card beats the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with its more affordable price tag, delivering high frame rates and plenty of software features while requiring less power. Sure, it doesn’t have the competition’s ray tracing and deep learning supersampling (DLSS), but for raw performance and value, AMD’s contender comes out the winner.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
One of the best graphics cards of all time

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 5,888 – Core Clock: 1.50 GHz (1.73 GHz boost) – Memory: 8 GB GDDR6 – Memory Clock: 14Gbps – Power Connectors: 1x PCIe 8-pin (adapter to 1x 12-pin included) – Outputs: HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a

REASONS TO BUY
+ Amazing performance
+ Best value graphics card today
+ Awesome ray tracing performance

REASONS TO AVOID
– Same inflated prices as Turing
– Required 12-pin power connector

The best graphics card on the market for most people, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 delivers excellent performance – on par with the RTX 2080 Ti even – without costing an arm and a leg. Before this card, 4K gaming was out of a lot of people’s budget. The RTX 3070, therefore, brings it to the mainstream for the first time, and that’s without you having to compromise on settings for most games. And did we mention the fact that this GPU is incredibly cheap? A cheap price tag plus 4K gaming on quality settings equals great value, and that’s why the RTX 3070 tops our list.

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
Another high-end swing from AMD

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 2,560 – Core Clock: 2.32 GHz (2.58 GHz boost) – Memory: 12GB GDDR6 – Memory Clock: 16 Gbps – Power Connectors: 8 pin + 6 pin – Outputs: HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent 1440p performance
+ Ray tracing
+ Lightweight card with no sag

REASONS TO AVOID
– Ray-tracing performance is weak
– No FidelityFX Super Resolution

Those comfortable messing with your BIOS and looking for a 1440p graphics card that’s slightly more accessible, price-wise, will appreciate AMD’s latest high-end offering. This Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti rival delivers a solid 1440p performance with ray tracing to boot. It comes at the right time as well, with 1440p gaming monitors’ growing popularity. Its price is a bit closer to the more powerful RTX 3070, but if you’re an AMD fan, it’s still an excellent contender.

AMD Radeon RX 6800
AMD’s return to the high-end graphics card market

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 3,840 – Core Clock: 1.82 GHz (2.10 GHz boost) – Memory: 16GB GDDR6 – Memory Clock: 16Gbps – Power Connectors: 2 x 8 pin – Outputs: DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, HDMI 2.1 VRR and FRL

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent performance
+ AMD ray tracing

REASONS TO AVOID
– Divisive design

If you think AMD is still stuck in the budget and mid-range markets, think again. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 marks AMD’s return to the high-end graphics card market, and it’s a premium ace without the incredibly premium price. This GPU delivers a solid 4K gaming performance and impressive ray tracing at 1440p while being a better value than its direct rival, the RTX 3070, thanks to its VRAM. Plus, AMD’s Smart Access Memory technology will make it even faster.

MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio
For when you need the very best

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream processors: 2,176 – Core clock: 1,650 – Memory: 24GB GDDR6X – Memory clock: 19.5Gbps – Power connectors: 3 x 8-pin – Outputs: DisplayPort 1.4a x3, HDMI 2.1

REASONS TO BUY
+ Incredibly powerful
+ Stylish RGB

REASONS TO AVOID

– So expensive

If you’re after the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, you’re going to want one with a cooler that’s more than powerful enough to handle the full brunt of the power on offer. The MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio has the cooling power not only to handle this GPU at its stock settings but has enough oomph to overclock it to make it even more powerful. For a GPU that already laughs in the face of all PC games at 4K, this extra power is just icing on the cake

PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC
The best eSports graphics card

SPECIFICATIONS
Stream Processors: 1,536 – Core Clock: 1,500MHz – Memory: 6GB GDDR6 – Memory Speed: 12Gbps – Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin – Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DVI

REASONS TO BUY
+ Affordable
+ Excellent 1080p performance

REASONS TO AVOID
– Limited memory bandwidth

When Nvidia first revealed its Turing lineup, it was hard to find a model that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Nonetheless, with the launch of the Nvidia GeForce GTX, 1660 Ti – especially the PNY XLR8 Gaming OC model – next-generation performance became accessible to everyone. You won’t have access to 4K 60 fps gaming with this card, but it’s one of the best graphics cards for anyone still using a 1080p display, and it can handle most esports games well above 60fps. At that resolution, you’ll have trouble running into any title that it can’t handle.

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