The last couple of months have either been a cause for celebration or a time of great frustration depending on your perspective. If you're a gamer, you most likely fall into the latter as GPU prices have rose to unimaginable heights and searching for a new card anywhere near MSRP has become an exercise in futility. While we generally don't recommend buying a new GPU right now, sometimes you have no choice, which is why this week's deals are a best of the worst situation.
It 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. These are tricky times to decide on what GPU to buy, however, as new graphics cards are hitting shelves right now, but that means older stock is going to need to be shifted by those retailers...
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 your 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 roughly in order of decreasing performance within each. Here's the full rundown on currently available cards.
Nvidia graphics card deals
Well above MSRP but still below other offerings, this week's 1080 Ti deal belongs to INNO3D. It's certainly not a deal in the traditional sense but it's the best we can hope for in the current situation.
At the moment, the best deal on a GTX 1080 is only a £180 shy of its bigger brother. If you have the cash to spare, you are better off skipping this one and moving on up to the Ti.
When the 1070 Ti launched, it was in a tough spot between the cheaper non-Ti version and the more expensive high performance 1080. With the current pricing, the 1070 Ti is a non-starter. If you absolutely need to buy a new GPU right now, pay the difference and move up to the 1080.
The release of the TI doesn't threaten the 1070's position in the market much, but mining sure does. The GTX 1070 is now in the same tough spot as the Ti version. With less than a hundred pound difference, the GTX 1080 is still the better option.
The GTX 1060 isn't immune to the recent price increases in the GPU world; as such it's not going to be easy to find a good deal at the lower end of the performance spectrum.
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. 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.
With the 5 series cards back in outrageous territory, there is little reason not to go for one of the cheaper GTX 1060s. If you absolutely must have an RX 580, £445 is the best it gets.
In our guide to the 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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