The Best PC Gaming Graphics Cards You Can Buy Today

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jan 19, 2020 9:49 AM

When it comes to PC gaming, which graphics card you buy is just about the most important decision you can make in terms of performance. It's important you pick the best graphics cards to buy in 2020 as this would be the powerhouse for your PC gaming.

Fortunately, it's also the most modular of components so you're free to change your mind and upgrade whenever you want without worrying too much about motherboard compatibility, what sockets it uses, or any of the other potentially fiddly sides of gaming.

Ultimately, the graphics card you choose is going to come down to price. The more you spend, the better your PC gaming frame rates. For those who want to game at 1080p or lower, a budget graphics card will do. Anything shooting for AAA games at 4K will have to fork out for a top-tier graphics card.

Here we've outlined five of the best graphics card to buy in 2020, ranging from the best budget GPU all the way up to the best that money can buy. We will continually update this article as better options at these price points become available, including the imminent launch of the GeForce RTX Super and AMD Radeon 5000 series.

Best Budget

AMD Radeon RX 580 8GBCheck Prices

Suitable for: 1080p

For gamers on a tighter budget, you can now buy a Radeon RX 580 8GB for a price approaching dirt cheap. Variants of the 8GB model are available for as low as $169 and offer fantastic 1080p gaming performance. For those gunning for 1080p/60fps, the Radeon RX 580 8GB is a graphics which will absolutely do the job for the foreseeable future.

Solid gaming performance at 1080p in AAA titles can be had, pipping the GeForce GTX 1060 and delivering performance within a hair of the $210-230 GeForce GTX 1660. Pair it with a Ryzen 2200G and you’ve got yourself a potentially fantastic 1080p gaming build for less than $500 all-in.

Best Price to Performance

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GBCheck Prices

Suitable for: 1080p

Those seeking price to performance were arguably served well at the end of 2019. AMD finally ushered in some new competition and Nvidia was forced to return in kind. The GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB offers performance very close to our previous best price to performance card, the GTX 1660 Ti, albeit with a ~$50 cheaper price tag.  You can currently pick an Nvidia GTX 1660 Super up for as cheap as $229 and it offers fantastic 1080p performance for the price. In fact, it basically makes the 1660 Ti irrelevant in today's market.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Super is based on the same TU116 GPU as the GTX 1660 Ti, albeit with much faster GDDR6 video memory. Performance-wise, the two graphics cards are neck and neck and the price to performance here is well in excess of what AMD can currently offer with either the Radeon RX 5500 or RX 5600 series.

Best for 1440p

AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GBCheck Prices

Suitable for: 1080p, 1440p

Behold, a new contender for the middleweight crown. What the Radeon RX 5700 lacks in raytracing features it more than makes up for with fantastic price to performance at 1440p screen resolution. You can pick a Radeon RX 5700 up for as little as $329 right now, a full $100 cheaper than an RTX 2060 Super which offers almost identical performance.

Whether you're after 1440p/60fps or 1080p with high refresh rates, the Radeon RX 5700 is a fantastic all-rounder and a great comeback from AMD which knocks some of the more expensive members of the GeForce RTX 20 Series off their perch.

Best for Ray-Tracing

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GBCheck Prices

Suitable for: 1440p, Ray-Tracing

Obviously, the more powerful your graphics card, the better it'll be for titles with real-time ray-tracing support. However, when balancing up price to performance, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super hits the sweet spot at 1440p. It's a phenomenal QHD graphics card in its own right and it can top-notch performance in current RT-compatible titles.

Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super hovers very closer to the more expensive GeForce RTX 2080, yet it can be found for a relative bargain with prices starting at $499 for AIB models. 

Best for VR

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GBCheck Prices

Suitable for: 1440p, High Refresh Rate & VR

If you're thinking about buying a graphics card specifically for VR, we'd imagine you're also thinking about buying Half-Life Alyx too. Valve's VR shooter looks as if it could be a demanding beast for VR enthusiasts and we'd recommend AMD's top-of-the-line Radeon RX 5700 XT to surely do the job.

In terms of VR performance, the Radeon RX 5700 XT can cost as little as $389 and yet absolutely thumps the similarly priced GeForce RTX 2060 Super in terms of VR performance.

There's basically a complete absence of ray-traced VR titles at the moment as well, meaning there's little reason to choose Nvidia over AMD for a VR GPU unless you're willing to pay top dollar for the fastest graphics cards in the world. For those who like to keep their budget a little more in check, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the ideal solution.

 

 

The Fastest Graphics Card

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 TiCheck Prices

Suitable for: 4K and High Refresh Rate

It’s now well over a year old and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is still the absolute performance champ. For those who want the best of the best, no expense spared, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the big daddy. In terms of gaming performance, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is untouchable right now. It’s here where you’ll find top-of-line single-GPU 4K gaming performance, as well as the most reliable ray-tracing frame rates.

In terms of value for money, you’re paying a price premium for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in order to guarantee the best of the best. With the GeForce GTX Super series on the horizon, it may not remain the best for long though.

 

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08:37 May-28-2021

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21:47 Jul-08-2020

Is Ryzen 7 3700x + RX 5700 XT good for 1080p 144hz gaming? I'm considering it

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04:43 Jun-03-2020

I'm using Sapphire 5600 XT Pulse (Updated vBios) and I can say this card is a beast for 1080p gaming.

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15:34 Jul-03-2020

I just ordered a custom pc with the Sapphire 5600 XT Pulse and a ryzen 5 3600, hope it performs as well as expected!

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18:34 Jan-20-2020

Need only 60 FPS why more? got the RX 590 Fatboy is do perfect work.

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12:40 Jan-21-2020

For competitive FPS, the more fps you can get the better. Try playing a game like PUBG / Apex Legends, CSGO, CoD: MW at 120 fps, then at 60 fps and tell me you don't see a difference

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11:20 Apr-21-2020

I clocked my monitor to 72 hz (as far as it would go) and the improvement from 60 was worth it.

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17:03 Jan-19-2020

The gtx 1650 super is a perfect gpu within 160-180 range, better than the rx 580 minorly and a better power consumption for those with a psu on the weak side or with few watts, and for nvidia lovers who want a good budget gpu and avoid the buggy drivers of amd, im sad since i bought my 1660 new for 240$ and in a matter of 40 days the 1650 super came which almost matches its performance at 80$ cheaper

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14:09 Jan-19-2020

I literally had a weird dream today. I went on , on a computer store with my father and we bought a bit costly RX 5700 , we quickly came back and ran the PC and i was sad it came out to be HD 7850. (LMAO, really weird doesnt even make sense)

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16:58 Jan-19-2020

Why sad its miles better than that gt 710 XD

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17:09 Jan-19-2020

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10:50 Jan-19-2020

Didn't take an hours for over 30 comments to appear on this article.


There you have it ppl, gpu-s move articles.


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11:47 Jan-19-2020

Its actually a old article can find my old posts here.

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17:02 Jan-19-2020

Don't see the link?

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10:22 Jan-19-2020

1080p - rx 570 used and new are great deals. for 1440p a used 1080ti for about 400$ is a steal.

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12:24 Jan-19-2020

I think the 1080p killer would be a used 1080. They're pretty cheap and really powerful. You could probably play another 3 years on max/ultra

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09:27 Jan-20-2020

depends on the game and with NEXT GEN consoles rumors GTX1080 might become a medium or high but not Ultra not even at 1080p 30FPS

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13:48 Jan-20-2020

Gtx 1080 won't drop that far. Consoles won't become so powerful that almost the entire generation of AMD and Nvidia gpus gets left behind. Consoles are just more efficient with their hardware and optimization is a lot easier.

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10:05 Jan-19-2020

the rtx 2070 super isn't very good at ray tracing and neither is the rx 5700 at 1440p gaming if our standard is to be maxed out at 60fps+, otherwise they're both good if you don't care about having 60fps+ or any of the settings lowered.

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23:38 Jan-19-2020

Yeah i always tend to go for ultra settings instead of high fps as im using a 60 hz monitor.

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15:28 Oct-17-2019

I have the exact processor that fits with the 1660ti, but have the 2060. Bought it when they offered BF5 or Anthem for it and chose Anthem because I already was sharing a BF5 PC copy. Without a free game and, I would've gone with the TI as my budget allowed for it in February

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15:49 Oct-17-2019

Your processor is fine even for the 2060

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23:39 Jan-19-2020

Probably even for a 2080 ti

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15:04 Oct-17-2019

I think I'll stick with my Rx580 for at least another year. Hopefully AMD will make another card that's worth the upgrade by then.

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10:54 Jan-19-2020

I think at that point you're about ready to upgrade your whole system system.


After you buy your next GPU the i7-4790 would drag it down a bit.

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12:26 Jan-19-2020

I think our cpus could handle a 2070

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17:04 Jan-19-2020

Handle yes, adequately use is another matter.

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Yeah, I plan on switching to Ryzen at some point in the future too.

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22:32 Jan-24-2020

Got a small tip for you in that case.
Depending on the time you decide to upgrade, you could try a used CPU if you're not worried about warranty.
The CPU is usually the last thing that would die in a rig, and usually can last for decades if cared for.

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14:13 Oct-17-2019

Glad to see that the RX 5700 is getting the recognition it deserves, its cheaper and performs very similarly when compared to a RTX 2060 Super, the only thing

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14:13 Oct-17-2019

it can't do is RT which is really not a major deal breaker for the majority of the gaming community.

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14:17 Oct-17-2019

And if AMD repeats history, it might get more powerful with subsequent driver updates, not to mention that a RX 5700 at 2GHZ is 1% slower than RX 5700XT.

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14:33 Oct-17-2019

if amd repeats history --- check the fury x, it used to compete with the 980Ti now it barely matches a 1060 so much for "fine wine"

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11:09 Jan-19-2020

Checked a few benchmarks and the Fury X does ok for a relatively "old" GPU.
Also from what I recall, Nvidia has a practice to dropping driver support much sooner than AMD. So for long term use you'll get more millage from the Fury X compared to the 1060.


But if you're in a market for a new gpu or even a used GPU, I'd check out how the new cards from both vendors impact the price point of current GPU-s (new & used) before making a purchase.


Here's the benchmark I mentioned.

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18:36 Jan-19-2020

When the first x isn't limited by it's ram size, it will definitely do better than a 1060.

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13:54 Jan-20-2020

https://youtu.be/APMJ5WFo_PI


908ti is about in the same spot.

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22:37 Jan-24-2020

From what I saw the 980ti had about a 10 FPS increase compared to the 1060.


Also sorry for the late answer, been busy.

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14:08 Oct-17-2019

here the 1660 costs about the same as the rx580 but its much faster

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13:08 Oct-17-2019

I can't even buy gt 1030

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13:22 Oct-17-2019

maybe get a job? You are underage? Then help your dad with some work or your aunt for a tip? Do something creative

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12:28 Jan-19-2020

Also (what you probably already do) is source used parts for cheap. I think you can build/upgrade to a decent pc with a 400 euro budget on used parts.

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23:44 Jan-19-2020

There are a lot of used pc parts that can be bought for 50-120 bucks on the CPU, 100-150 the GPU, ram for 70, 480 gb ssd for 60, you could save if you are underage 1 or 2 bucks per day to finally get your PC, and trust me it is really rewarding.

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12:27 Oct-17-2019

Best price to performance? Have you not heard of the RX 570?


And the rx 5700XT is the same price but better than the rtx 2060 Super, though it depends on the pool of games tested.

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12:36 Oct-17-2019

Right now there's barely any price difference between the 570 and the 580 (the 570 was previously the budget choice, I've updated the article and changed it to 580 due to the price drops).

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13:05 Oct-17-2019

Cheapest ones on pcpartpicker and amazon btw.


And a 10% performance difference only btw.

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13:21 Oct-17-2019

It may cost different amounts in different countries. Here in the UK on Amazon there's about £10 separating them which is the price of a pizza. It may be different in other countries.

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13:27 Oct-17-2019

Then call it "The Best PC Gaming Graphics Cards You Can Buy Today IN THE UK".
And I went to Amazon.co.uk and the price difference was 18 pounds or 14%. That's 14% higher cost for 10-11% performance difference.


And your links are to Amazon.com on top of that... which is why I checked there... -_-

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13:35 Oct-17-2019

They go to Amazon UK for me

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The links are clearly localized forwards, but not everyone seems to be aware of that "totally underused" hat trick, it seems...

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13:08 Oct-17-2019

140€ vs 190€ in estonia for people on a budget it would matter. Also how about a used reccomendation with a local market disclaimer of course. Could get a used rx 570 for -70€

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@Xquatrox I wasn't aware of that and I also wasn't aware I live in the USA XD
Frikin amazon.com forwarded bruh :D

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11:02 Oct-18-2019

There is always an unspecified disclaimer that articles like this is based on a specific region's prices. Strictly speaking, a table that shows how fast each GPU is relative to each other would be more useful for an intl audience (though a much less interesting read). You can still write about the miscellaneous stuff like raytracing afterwards.

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11:20 Jul-09-2019

I can confirm the Gigabyte 1660 kicks butt!

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09:40 Jul-09-2019

Buyed rx 470 4gb for 82$ i am fine for 2 years

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11:11 Oct-20-2019

yeah me too mate rx 570 here its doing the job well

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20:57 Jul-07-2019

For 2070 I would go for Super, since MSRP is same, unless regular 2070s are cheaper, because 2060 makes them pretty much pointless due to there being very small difference, to extent where you need FPS meter to see it. But hey, if people start upgrading a lot to Super, used market of 2070s could be super interesting. :-D Though I would wait for Navi results too, it might not be that bad.

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19:40 Jul-07-2019

2060 super or 2070 base?

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20:53 Jul-07-2019

I would say whichever is cheaper, 2060 is close enough to where it doesn't really matter. Unless you care about 4% performance difference. Spoiler alert, you won't be able to tell it without FPS meter. :-D Of course that is if you can get 2070 well below MSRP, otherwise there is little sense into not just getting 2070 Super, so I would assume you are getting it cheaper or used.

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P.S. 4% is according to Hardware Unboxed, just to fully disclose my source:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGpzf0uHuCc

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21:07 Jul-07-2019

2070 and 2060 regular are being phased out, so if you can't find them selling soon you'll probably be able to get them used only. 2060S is pretty much 2070, so there will barely be any discernible difference in performance. Get whichever you find cheaper.

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Youtube for benchmarks. The best way to check.

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I think i'll be getting 2060s around September.

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For cyberpunk 2077?

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I can confirm that the last ones kick butt :)

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Low, 720p
Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 970 Asus Strix OC 4GB Edition 32GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-2500 3.3GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gigabyte OC 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 5500 Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Radeon R9 280 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 3GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 4k
Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3070 Gigabyte Vision OC 8GB 64GB
Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Radeon HD 7500G 8GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Sapphire Pulse 6GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz Intel HD Graphics 4400 Mobile 2GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [5 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti MSI Gaming 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| Low, 1080p
Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Radeon HD 7970 OC Sapphire Edition 16GB
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 64 Gigabyte 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Zotac Gaming Twin Edge 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB 16GB
Xeon Processor X5690 GeForce GTX 1070 Zotac AMP! Xtreme 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]