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. New GPUs from AMD and Nvidia are now available, which that means older stock is getting cleared out.
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 you 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 out how low prices are getting on previous generation hardware.
We're going to break things into Nvidia and AMD cards, sorted in order of decreasing performance within each. Here's the full rundown on currently available cards.
Warning: Cryptocurrency mining is driving up graphics card prices right now. Lots of cards are far too expensive, and some aren't even in stock, but we've done our best to find the best prices. You may want to wait a while before purchasing though.
However, miners are starting to dump their cards on eBay, just be aware that they'll be highly used. We won't be sharing those prices here.
Nvidia graphics card deals
Still a lot of price gouging models out there for Nvidia's new powerhouse GTX 1080 Ti, but if you can find them the best prices are below $700. Just be patient if you can't find a good one.
GeForce GTX 1080 | 8GB GDDR5X | $550
GPU prices are facing a tough time at the moment thanks to a new cryptocurrency. The GTX 1080 is feeling the effects pretty hard.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | $480
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 usually break the bank. It's great for farming cryptocurrency though, and that's pushing prices up at the moment. Wait it out.
GeForce GTX 1060 | 6GB GDDR5 | $360 Here's a usually cheaper option from Nvidia's latest range of cards, and it's battling it out against AMD's RX 480. The 6GB version is too expensive right now, and you can also find the 3GB version for $230.
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 for a model at Amazon for $155.
Rounding out Nvidia's 10 series graphics cards is the GTX 1050, and it's very high up the relative price / performance scale, especially in the US. 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 $115 at Newegg.
AMD graphics card deals
If you're having trouble finding the higher end AMD RX cards for good prices right now, you're not the only one! We'll make sure to let you know when they're back in stock. Vega is coming soon though, and you might be better off waiting.
AMD's new budget card is $130AR for the 4GB version and $110 for the 2GB version 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.
In our guide to the best graphics card 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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