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’s the part of your rig responsible for pumping out pixels and if you’re not getting the smooth frame rates you deserve in Dark Souls III or Hitman, then it’s time to look for a new GPU. 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: Both AMD and Nvidia have launched their new cards now. The new hardware has pushed prices on existing hardware down, making for some potentially good deals, and performance on older cards isn't suddenly worse just because something newer and faster exists. Let's go through the list and see if we can find any of the new cards in stock, as well as find out how low prices are getting on previous generation hardware.
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
Lots of pre-order options right now while Nvidia faces its standard launch stock issues, and a lot of them are far too expensive. The more reasonable prices for those in stock are around £700 and below.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | £327 You want a GTX 1070? Sure you do, and so does everyone else. It's the best graphics card overall, in our view, delivering awesome performance at a price that doesn't quite break the bank.
GeForce GTX 1060 | 6GB GDDR5 | £219Here's a cheaper option from Nvidia's latest range of cards, and it'll be battling it out against AMD's RX 480. You can find one for £219 over at Overclockers which is the cheapest it's been for a few weeks. Alternatively, you can pay £175 for a 3GB version.
The GeForce GTX 1050 is very affordable, and it plays 1080p just fine. Plus, it's quiet, efficient, and that 4GB of VRAM is very nice for the price. Check out this deal at eBuyer for £137.
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. For now though, you can find these for as cheap as £109 at eBuyer.
AMD graphics card deals
For about the same price as a 3GB GTX 1060 you can get AMD's 4GB Radeon RX 470 right now. Alternatively you can opt for an 8GB version, which is up around £240.
AMD's new budget card is a mere £129 at the moment. The specs won't blow your mind, but you won't find another new card this cheap if you just need something passable for a budget rig. If you want even cheaper, there's a 2GB version for £99.
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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