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 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 in order of decreasing performance within each. Here's the full rundown on currently available cards.
Nvidia graphics card deals
Deals are limited on Nvidia's flagship GPU, but you can still get a free copy of Destiny 2 with the purchase of most 1080 Ti models.
GeForce GTX 1080 | 8GB GDDR5X | $530
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.
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.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | $430
The release of the TI doesn't threaten the 1070's position in the market much. You still get the same great performance and prices may even come down as the TI begins to settle in.
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 performance spectrum. This week it's a "best of the worst" situation.
The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is the best pick for gamers on a budget. With 4GB of VRAM, it handles 1080p just fine. You might have to be picky when it comes to brand as certain models are being priced in 1060 territory at the moment.
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
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.
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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