Up For Debate - Which is this Generation's Best Low End Graphics Card?

Written by Ed SW on Sun, Nov 6, 2016 3:00 PM

If you’ve managed to check our couple of articles on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 breakdown and GTX 1050 Ti breakdown and are aware that we are planning to do the same for the AMD Radeon RX 460 amongst other lower end graphics cards, then you’ve probably guessed that we’re on a bit of a budget hype at the moment. It’s hard not to be with everything budget this GPU generation has to offer now on the table. But the big question is, now that we can actually see all of our options, which is the card that you guys think is the best one to go for when looking for a bargain?

This is not the easiest of questions as we’re sure you know, there’s a lot to take into account. First of all performance is such a spray and pray science that there’s not often a conclusion that can be readily jumped to over which card is better, with the two AMD and Nvidia going about the same goal in radically different ways, it’s tricky to make the call as which is the best one overall. While also with this generation all the cards are so close to each other there’s rarely much in it.

 On top of that when it comes to budget cards, the best performance isn’t often what you’re looking for, rather best performance to money spent, an interesting balancing act that we’re sure you all know. Is the extra $30 really worth the added clock speeds? And will it be worth getting this card if it’s only going to be made obsolete in the next generation.

This is one where we’re sure you guys have a lot of insight on excited to hear what you guys have found and concluded. We’ve gone for the big 5 at the moment pitting the AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB, RX 460 4GB and RX 470 4GB up against Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 & GTX 1050 Ti. Let the battle Commence!

Which is the best budget GPU?

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04:47 Nov-17-2016

I Recommend AMd Cause If Your Not Made Of Money Like Majority Of USA AMD Is Well Worth It Holds It Own An They Care Compared To Nvidia

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04:05 Nov-08-2016

Is this your definition of a low-end GPU? I thought you'd go as low as GT 6xx series. What do you call GT 6xx series GPUs?

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06:49 Nov-08-2016

"Which is THIS GENERATION'S Best Low End Graphics Card?"

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23:19 Nov-07-2016

rx 470 all the way as it gives the best price to performance ratio

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21:12 Nov-07-2016

I'll have to stick to Nvidia's 1050Ti

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20:56 Nov-07-2016

I would go for the Rx 470 as well, especially now that you can find it for 160-170 euro/dollars.
AMD has no answer to the gtx 1050ti, but the price of the gtx 1050ti is too close to the rx 470 and the rx 470 is quite faster, so the rx 470 wins.
When it comes to the gtx 1050 and rx 460, I would buy whichever is cheaper. My brother got a rx 460 for his birthday a few days ago and it's awesome, it does NOT require any aditional power, except the PCI-E slot and it consumes only 50-52 Watts on full load and never goes above 60C, I assume the gtx 1050 is the same, but as always in my country Nvidia cards cost too much, the gtx 1050 costed 35 euro more than the rx 460.

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21:31 Nov-07-2016

On the 1050 vs 460, yeah regional pricing can definitely throw a wrench into the mix, but the MSRP for the 1050 is only $10 higher than the 460 and that comes with around an 18% on average performance improvement and uses less power.... so if I were to choose between those, I think it'd be 1050 as long as price = good.

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21:39 Nov-07-2016

Though I'm glad to see both give you a ton of power when compared to their price, hard to believe $100 cards are now outperforming $400 cards from a few years ago, lol... still I can't say I find either very exciting, I think spending just a bit more gets you a ton more value for your money.

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18:08 Nov-07-2016

I have to go nVidia's 1050ti, but not so much because of its gaming performance, but mainly of CUDA. I gives you the touch of versatility that AMD just doesn't have. Even a 1050ti can help with GPU editing, for example, you do not need a Titan XP.

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14:49 Nov-07-2016

RX 470 since it got a nice little price cut and destroys everything else on the list in terms of performance of course comes out on top, followed by the 1050 TI and the 1050, with the 460 bringing up the end..... Personally I find the 460 a bit disappointing in this roundup, but it does ok compared to a 950.

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14:16 Nov-07-2016

KInda off topic but. I recently bought a rx 480 4gb sapphire nitro+ card. Which works fine in games with oc and without it but I experience random crashes. My computer restarts without any error message at all. Could this be a driver issue with the rx 480 or should I return it .
I also bought a evga 600b powersuply which I used for a week with my older card it didn t crashed at that time.

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15:12 Nov-07-2016

Install the latest beta driver for AMD, i believe it's the 16.11.2. When crashes? While playing?

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16:22 Nov-07-2016

I always have the latest drivers. I think it only crashes in a game called world of tanks. Currently I am testing/playing a diffrent game rise of the tomb raider. After 2 hours of playing it didn t crash so far.

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16:25 Nov-07-2016

So that can be a bug in latest driver for that game... Next one might fix that :P

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10:02 Nov-07-2016

I quickly checked a couple of videos yesterday about this, but it feels like a few more direct and detailed comparisons between 1050ti and rx470 are required, since they beat each other in different games. After that, the winner would be clear.

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14:34 Nov-07-2016

Ummm Is there even a single game where the 1050 TI comes out ahead of the 470? None that I've seen, from what I've seen the 470 wins hands down in every single game, on average by atleast the 20% GD gives it, honestly I think it's lead is a bit more than that from what I've seen in reviews though.

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18:00 Nov-07-2016

The 1050 Ti doesn't compete with the RX 470, it's slightly weaker which is also why its cheaper. Performance per dollar wise they're about the same.

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23:45 Nov-06-2016

Since when is RX 470 an low-end card?
A low end card is one of those DDR3 memory and up to 50-60$ GPUs. That is low-END.

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09:56 Nov-07-2016

considering the price gtx 1050 ti and rx 470 are mid class cards but gtx 1050 rx 460 are low end indeed

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10:00 Nov-07-2016

Maybe low end is 1050 series and high end is 1080. I dont follow amd cards so i cant tell you.

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09:59 Nov-07-2016

I think the article means gaming cards. Those 50-60$ GPUs arent good for much. :/

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10:23 Nov-08-2016

Then the article should've had the name ''The best low-end gaming GPUs'' or ''Entry level GPUs for gaming.''
50-60$ cards are obviously useless for gaming

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13:27 Nov-07-2016

According to Wikipedia, none of these cards are low-end: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce\#Nomenclature Gaming standards are of course higher.

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15:17 Nov-07-2016

Tecnically, there aren't really low end cards in the actual generation, low end would be a RX 450 and a GT 1040 and bellow...
Maybe you can say that the RX 460 and the GTX 1050 are the top of the low-end

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10:24 Nov-08-2016

I would call RX 460 and 1050 a ''mid-tier''. Or entry level for gaming

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22:36 Nov-06-2016

Ii consider the rx 470 as the best budget GPU, the 1050ti could have won that title only if it were 15-20 bucks cheaper.

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22:35 Nov-06-2016

low end -rx460 gtx 1050
low-mid-rx470 gtx 1050 ti
mid-rx480 gtx 1060
high-rx490 gtx1070
pc masterrace- furyx2 gtx1080
ultimate masterrace- radeon pro gtx titan xp

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17:34 Nov-06-2016

wow an RX 470 is an a low-end gpu ? even an GTX 1050 isn't a low-end gpu , maybe a low gpu not low-end. what about GTX 750 and others?

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21:58 Nov-06-2016

dead-end gpus! lol

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16:51 Nov-06-2016

In India gtx 1050 ti is 15k
Rx 470 is 18k
Obvious choice rx 470

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17:04 Nov-06-2016

It's 12 to 13k depending on the model buddy you shouldn't only rely on online stores

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16:27 Nov-07-2016

and 470 is 15-16k.
On amazon, Asus Stix 470 (one of best available) is 16k but does not gives warranty :(

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15:48 Nov-06-2016

i would not consider the Rx 470 as low-end.

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16:16 Nov-06-2016

Completely agree, in my country (and in most countries except USA and a few others) rx 470 is about 50% more expensive than gtx 1050 ti and brings a big jump in performance, it's more like the mid range entry card.

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17:17 Nov-06-2016

I know that It is more expensive in many other countries, but for this comparison I think that the author is using the MSRP because, if we don't use that as a baseline, then this vote is completely useless because the prices for everybody will vary.

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22:09 Nov-06-2016

you are right but what i meant is when it comes to categorizing GPUs it should be by the performance not the price, and the 470 is a killer in this situation.

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