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If you are planning to upgrade your computer, it is essential to choose the right graphics card. The GPU decides the gaming and rendering performance of your PC. Therefore, you should be well informed before making the decision. You will find many different graphics cards being sold online. From $100 to $2000, you will see GPU prices varying heavily. Thus, it is easy to be confused.
Nonetheless, today, we are here to discuss the best graphics cards you can buy. These will range from budget GPUs to the flagship level ones. So, you can choose whichever one suits your use case.
Before we start, if you are in a hurry and just want to get the best GPU out there, the Nvidia RTX 3080 is the way to go. It is part of the latest 3000 series of GPUs from Nvidia. It will handle whatever you throw at it at the maximum settings. Moreover, it will future proof your PC for the next two to three years. If you are looking for the best 4K gaming experience, this is the one for you.
Now, let’s take a look at the top four graphics cards.
Galax GeForce RTX 2080 Super
The RTX 2080 Super didn’t seem to cause much excitement on its initial release as everyone thought this card would follow in the footsteps of its younger generations counterpart, the GTX 1080 Titan. Which at the time, was a very slightly enhanced version of the GTX 1080 for more than it was worth. Now don’t get us wrong, the GTX 1080 Titan is an amazing card, however, this newer generation just blows it out of the park. With the new line up of RTX 20 series cards supporting both higher cores and higher clocking speeds as well as the new ray tracing feature slowly being added into triple A titles, this generation shows consumers some of the best graphics cards available to date. Unlike the previous generation, this card is capable of a stable 60 fps in most high end games, running at 4K!
For display adaptors, the Galax RTX 2080 Super has three DisplayPort 1.4 and a HDMI 2.0b port. It doesn’t have a VirtualLink connector or the USB Type-C port, dissimilar to with the Founders Edition or other RTX 2080 Super cards. I don’t know why Galax chose not to incorporate one, yet be careful that this model doesn’t have one. On the off chance that you are not into VR gaming or you don’t want that port then it won’t be an issue.
By venturing down NVIDIA’s lineup a little, we arrive at the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER. Ostensibly this card is another direct in-line substitution for its vanilla variation, yet there’s a considerable amount going on when you look all the more carefully (some of which NVIDIA are unusually hesitant to talk about). The RTX 2070 SUPER is elevated to use the TU104 instead of TU106 GPU at the core of its vanilla arrangement partner; very justifiable given the RTX 2070 completely used that lesser GPU.
The RTX 2080 Super doesn’t have an immediate rivalry, along with the RTX 2080 Ti, it stays unchallenged to date. Right now, the more current and quicker card AMD has to bring to the table is the RX 5700 XT; the Radeon VII is in fact the quickest, however it’s essentially dead now. In our tests, we can see that the RTX 2080 Super is a decent graphics card for 1440p gaming. You can likewise utilize it for 4K gaming, yet the RTX 2080 Ti would excel at 4K UHD.
As far as its cooling execution, I’m essentially dazzled with it. The designs card stayed well under 70° Celsius even on full burden. Also, the fans run moderately quiet too. Despite the fact that, I notice that on the off chance that you are utilizing a shut case arrangement, you will require a decent measure of wind stream (in and out). With the goal that the warmth coming from the designs card would be depleted appropriately out of the framework.
At the price point that this card currently sits at, there is a lot to be desired, and luckily, it totally delivers. With incredible capabilities in gaming up to 4K, video editing and rendering, and just every day graphic handling. This cards competes with some of the best out currently and can easily hold its own. For building a high end PC with a GeForce graphics card, this is a must buy.
XFX AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
The Radeon 6000 series from AMD has been revealed and we can’t wait to investigate the RDNA2 design that has been added to the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and the RX 6800. For those hoping to get 4K gaming at an incredible value, the RX 6800 XT is an extraordinary decision.
The distinction between the RX 6800 XT and its more powerful sibling, the RX 6900 XT remains in the highest of stream processors and beam following centers. The RX 6800 XT has 4,608 Stream processors compared to the RX 6900 XT which has 5,120 Stream processors. As for ray tracing cores, since each compute unite has one ray accelerator, the RX 6800 XT comes with 72 Ray Accelerators which is a little less than what the RX 6900 XT has (80 Ray Accelerators).
At 4K and the hightest settings, the 6800 XT can push over 60 FPS easily, and remember that this is without the card overclocking, SAM or even Rage Mode enabled. You truly can simply connect the card and receive this incredible expected performance.
So how does all this stack up in real-world usage then? Both Smart Access Memory and Rage Mode were turned on to see the difference in performance. In gaming, performance uplift is negligible, at the cost of higher temperatures. There are no games right now which can really take much advantage of both features, so we might have to wait for developers to implement any changes on their end. Smart Access Memory, however, shows apparent performance lifts in lower end resolutions, all the way up to 4K. If you want to play at 1440p with ultra settings on most games and manage to also get a Ryzen 5000 series CPU in your gaming build, then this should boost the performance to its maximum capabilities.
For 4K gaming, the Radeon RX 6800 XT is an extremely powerful card which is in direct competition with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. However, this card is shown to have almost the exact same performance, while costing cheaper. Normal gaming performance can be higher than the RTX 3080 under the right circumstances, but its lack of extra features which are included in NVIDIA cards or even gaming-specific features like DLSS hurt its ranking against the newer NVIDIA 30 series.
Right now, AMD has priced the Radeon RX 6800 XT well accordingly with its performance, as it sits right below the RTX 3080 when ray tracing is turned on.
While being one of the newer cards in the Radeon line-up, this card definitely beats its siblings and has potential to beat some of the more expensive options when paired with the right CPU and Motherboard. For an extremely powerful gaming PC using an AMD graphics card, this is the one to go for. It’s worth chipping out the extra bucks because this card is totally worth every penny and will show that through performance and comparison with other high end cards.
Asus Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
The Nvidia RTX 3080 is the successor to last year’s RTX 2080. However, unlike in previous years, there is no change in pricing, and there is a significant performance boost. The RTX 3080 is powered by the Nvidia Ampere based architecture. This provides superior gaming performance and power efficiency as compared to last year’s Turing based cards. The performance of the 3080 is even better than the $1200 RTX 2080Ti. At just half the price, it performs up to 30% better than the 2080Ti.
The RTX 3080 is the perfect fit if you are looking for a 4K capable GPU. It can run all the latest games at more than 60FPS at ultra-settings. This level of performance was not possible before in this price range. Moreover, with the redesigned cooling system, the temperatures stay relatively low even while gaming.
However, the RTX 3080 is not the cheapest graphics card out there. Though, if you do manage to get it, you will have a fantastic experience.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT
When you are in the market for 1080p capable graphic cards, it can be quite confusing. There are several offerings from Nvidia as well as last year’s GPUs are available for purchase. However, it is the Radeon RX 5600 XT that provides the best price-to-performance ratio. Even though it is part of a saturated market, it is able to stand out from the rest. It was marketed as a budget-oriented GPU that can smoothly run games at Full HD.
That is precisely what it does. You can play all the latest games on the 5600 XT at high or even ultra-details. It outperforms Nvidia’s more expensive RTX 2060 in the majority of the games. Thus, it is the best graphics card for an average gamer in 2020.
However, it is not perfect. It does not support ray tracing or DLSS. Both of which are available on Nvidia’s counterparts. Nonetheless, the RX 5600 XT is an amazing GPU, especially at this price point.
Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1660 Super
The Nvidia GTX 1660 Super is another brilliant 1080p capable graphics card. This is Nvidia’s option for the budget-oriented gamer. This replaces the GTX 1660 GPU and has a small performance boost over it. Its performance is equivalent to GTX 1660Ti while being significantly cheaper. Moreover, it is priced even lower than the RX 5600 XT, with only a minor decrease in performance.
The 1660 Super is an affordable solution for gamers looking to play games at 60FPS on 1080p. However, you might have to lower the details to medium or high to get the best performance. However, this is only necessary for the latest AAA titles. For older titles, the 1660 Super can handle them at high to ultra-graphics.
Nvidia RTX 3090
If you are someone who wants nothing but the absolute best graphics card, then the Nvidia RTX 3090 is for you. It is the ultimate no-compromise, ultra-high performing, and super-expensive GPU. There is no other consumer GPU that can outperform the RTX 3090. If you want to future-proof your PC, then the 3090 will set you up for a good number of years. It is the most powerful consumer-level GPU that we have ever seen. Leave alone 4K; the RTX 3090 is capable of running games at even 8K! That too at 60FPS. This is the first time a GPU has been able to handle 8K games smoothly.
Moreover, if you are a creative producer and have to perform intensive video or 3D rendering, then the RTX 3090 is meant for you. With its vast 24GB of video RAM, you will never have to worry about running out of memory. The 3090 reaches RTX Titan levels of performance or even exceeds it. However, still at a relatively lower price. The RTX 3090 is the GPU for the most enthusiastic gamers and designers who need to render massive projects.
Even though its price means that it is out of budget for the majority of the people, the RTX 3090 is the ultimate GPU of 2020.