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?
Your GPU 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. 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: The 1070 Ti isn't the only new card in the works, Nvidia has released a new video hinting at another updated Titan, the Titan X Collector's Edition. Big week for Nvidia, read more about it here.
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
Nvidia's flagship GPU, the GTX 1080 Ti, faced yet another price increase through September. If you can find one for under $750, you're in business.
GeForce GTX 1080 | 8GB GDDR5X | $500
Prices have remained steady but high for our favorite graphics card. If you can find one for around the $500 mark, snatch it up before it's gone.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | $430
Prices and availability are starting to get back to normal after the Summer's crypto mining craze. It seems the wait is finally over, now is the time to check out Nvidia's mid-range offering.
If you're looking for a good deal on Nvidia's lower end offering, the GTX 1060, you might want to hold off a little while longer as prices haven't quite bounced back on the 6GB variants.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the best pick for gamers on a budget. With 4GB of VRAM, it handles 1080p just fine. Check out this deal for a model at Amazon for $160.
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.
AMD graphics card deals
The top-tier card from AMD's latest series has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a high end card and now that they are readily available, Vega is fast becoming a viable alternative to Nvidia's offerings. XFX's reference design is currently on Amazon for $550
The 56 might not pack all the fire and furry of its older brother but it does hold it's own against the GTX 1070 and provide good value for the dollar now that prices have settled.
It's been a while since we've felt comfortable recommending AMD's top RX series card due to the Summer's mining craze inflating prices and deflating stock. With prices returning to normal, the RX 580 is once again competitive.
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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