The graphics card is an essential component and when a new, demanding game comes out it can almost become an essential upgrade. But with so many options around why not let us help find you the best graphics card deals right now?
It is the main factor in pushing high quality visuals. If you're struggling to maintain smooth framerates with your preferred amount of eye candy, then it's time for an upgrade. These are tricky times to decide on what GPU to buy, however, as new graphics cards are hitting shelves right now, but that means older stock is going to need to be shifted by those retailers...
Our guide to the best graphics card will tell you all you need to know about which video card is best for your needs but if you're after the absolute best graphics card deals around right now we’ve got your covered with our regularly updated deals page.
Some highlights this week: The 1070 Ti has arrived and it's performance doesn't disappoint. While it may struggle to carve it's own space in an already crowded Pascal line-up, it does manage to keep AMD on their toes by exceeded the performance of the Vega 56. Check out our review here.
We're going to break things into Nvidia and AMD cards, sorted roughly in order of decreasing performance within each. Here's the full rundown on currently available cards.
Nvidia graphics card deals
Since September, prices have remained flat for Nvidia's flagship GPU, the GTX 1080 Ti. If you can find one for under £700, you're in business.
GeForce GTX 1080 | 8GB GDDR5X | £480 Pricing has remained steady but a bit high for our favorite graphics card. If you can find one for around the £500 mark, snag it before it's gone.
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti | 8GB GDDR5 | £430 The 1070 Ti is in a tough spot between the cheaper non-Ti version and the more expensive high performance 1080; however, it does outperform AMD's Vega 56 while using less power and currently at a much lower cost. If you're considering the 1070, the Ti might be worth the extra performance if you can find a deal.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | £420 This week the best 1070 deal is one you don't want to miss out on if you plan on water cooling. The MSI Hawk includes an EK full cover waterblock pre-installed and has shed £115 for the holidays.
The GTX 1060 isn't immune to this week's price increases across Nvidia's lineup; as such, it's not going to be easy to find a good deal at the lower end of the spectrum.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is very affordable, and it plays 1080p just fine. Check out this weeks deal Overclockers UK.
Rounding out Nvidia's 10 series graphics cards is the GTX 1050, and it's very high up the relative price / performance scale. The 2GB of VRAM may cause some problems down the line, as games are quickly progressing beyond that.
AMD graphics card deals
Both the Vega 56 and 64 are once again hard to come by. Those that are available are being sold at prices that are difficult to recommend. When availability returns to normal we will bring you the best deals on these cards.
Thankfully we're starting to see better prices for the RX 500 cards now. You can get the most powerful one in the series for much closer to what they used to be before the cryptocurrency craziness.
In our guide to the we’ve detailed the four best GPUs in terms of the overall champion, the best high-end GPU, the best value, and best budget gaming video card. We've listed those above already, and with the exception of the budget offering they're all new cards that regularly go out of stock. Here's the real-time pricing for each (assuming our pricing engine can find any in stock):
"The 1070 manages to match or exceed the GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti in every game at every setting we tested…and it does so at a much lower price point."
"If you want the fastest graphics card on the planet, it's a no-brainer: the GeForce GTX 1080 wins, hands down."
"The RX 470 doesn't blow our socks off with performance, but what it does bring to the table is lower power from the AMD camp, with slightly lower performance than the RX 480 and R9 390 at a price now well south of $200 / £200. On sale, you can even find it for less than $150 / £150, about half the price you would have paid for this level of performance one year ago. It took a few extra months for it to get where we wanted, but the RX 470 has carved out a niche for itself."
"The GTX 1050 Ti stakes a claim to the fastest budget GPU on the market, easily beating the RX 460 4GB—though that card does cost a bit less. It's not even a close matchup, really—the RX 460's best games in our suite are Hitman and Deus Ex, and the 1050 Ti is still around 10 percent faster in those cases. Elsewhere, Nvidia's advantage can be huge."
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