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.
Nvidia graphics card deals
GeForce GTX 1080 | 8GB GDDR5X | $595
The most powerful graphics card is now widely available. Amazon has some under $600, Newegg has some new inventory on a $590 model, and there are plenty of reasonably prices cards now. Keep checking Amazon / Newegg for new inventory around the same price, too.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | $350
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 now that prices are back around average. The baseline official MSRP is $380, and we're now occasionally seeing prices below that.
Here's a cheaper option from Nvidia's latest range of cards, and it'll be battling it out against AMD's RX 480. The 6GB version is $250 on Amazon, and you can also find the excellent value 3GB version for $190.
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 an open box model at Newegg for $135.
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 $110 at Newegg.
GeForce GTX 980 Ti | 6GB GDDR5 | $454
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Considering it's only slightly slower than a GTX 1070, plus some good overclocking potential, it's still worth a look once the price goes down to something reasonable, but it's tough to find them right now. Don't forget that it uses 250W compared to the 150W on the 1070, though!
GeForce GTX 980 | 4GB GDDR5 | $490
Inventory for the old GTX 980 is likely going to dry up in the near future, and prices are going back up. You used to be able to find them for under $300, but that's getting more rare.
GeForce GTX 970 | 4GB(ish) GDDR5 | $369
The GTX 970 was once our favorite overall graphics card but it's seen better days now. It'll still give you good power, but wait for it to go back below RX 480 prices before considering this one though.
AMD graphics card deals
Radeon R9 Fury X | 4GB HBM | $528
With the cost of HBM and the liquid cooling, and the fact it's an older and rarer generation of hardware, the Fury X is simply going to be expensive. It was way cheaper than this last month, so if you really want one, wait for prices to go back down.
Radeon R9 Fury | 4GB HBM | $260
The R9 Fury is sitting at $260 at the moment, back up from what was a nice price cut last week. Most other cards in this range are still pretty expensive, so if the Fury X sells out this is still a good alternative.
Radeon R9 Nano | 4GB HBM | $450
We've talked about the cost of HBM and it's silicon interposer, and how it could easily push the manufacturing cost of AMD's Fiji into the $400+ range. Anything less and they're probably losing money (or at least not making any). If you want a compact card that's still fast, though, the Nano may be worth a look.
Radeon RX 480 | 8GB GDDR5 | $200
There are still a lot of price gouging models out there for AMD's new hotness, the RX 480. But we are starting to see some improvements in the number of stock that are below RRP. The best right now is around $200 for the 8GB version, and $155 for the 4GB version.
For the same price as a 3GB GTX 1060 you can get AMD's 4GB Radeon RX 470 right now at Newegg. Alternatively you can opt for an 8GB version, which is up around $185.
Radeon's new budget card is a mere $107AR for the 4GB version and $80 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, and 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 480 brings formerly $300 levels of performance to the $200 price point, or if you prefer, $200 now gets you 40 percent more performance than it did two months ago."
"The R9 380 manages 1080p High quality at more than 60 fps in most games, and dropping to 1080p Medium will usually clear that hurdle for more demanding titles. It's also 30 percent faster than the GTX 950. Not bad for just $135."
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