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
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 usually just below $700. Just be patient if you can't find a good one.
GeForce GTX 1080 | 8GB GDDR5X | $490
Prices for these cards are dropping thanks to the GTX 1080 Ti, and that's an excellent thing. Plenty of models below $500 now.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | $365
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. The baseline official MSRP is $380, and we're now seeing prices below that.
GeForce GTX 1060 | 6GB GDDR5 | $210 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 $210 on Newegg, and you can also find the excellent value 3GB version for $160.
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 Newegg for $130.
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 $80 at Newegg.
AMD graphics card deals
A slight step down from the RX 580 is the RX 570, but stock is weirdly low at the moment, and the prices are stupidly high for the 8GB version. Find an 8GB version on Amazon for $360, and a 4GB version for $230.
Radeon RX 480 | 8GB GDDR5 | $240
The RX 480 offers great performance for the price, but it's tough to find them now its bigger brothers are out in the wild. The best right now is around $250 for the 8GB version.
For cheaper than a 3GB GTX 1060 you can get AMD's 4GB Radeon RX 470 right now at Amazon. Alternatively you can opt for an 8GB version, which is up around $220.
AMD's new budget card is $90AR for the 4GB version and $70 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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