We can happily finally report that there are some really good cheap graphics card deals, and it feels good to be able to type that. Of course, the latest GPUs of Nvidia's RTX 40-series and AMD's RX 7000-series are still prohibitively expensive, but genuinely powerful 1080p graphics cards are available at the sub-$250 mark. And by the way, Intel is definitely in the fray at the budget end of the market now that it's sorted out its drivers.
However, the most exciting thing about the latest GPUs is that they're available and pretty much all available for MSRP. The RX 7900 XT is even under MSRP right now. Though the fact the RTX 4070 Ti's overclocked options are being discounted to the reference price makes that almost a moot point.
There are savings on the last-gen graphics cards, but it's a tougher sell for the RTX 3060 and above. Those cards are still priced high enough to get close to the latest generation of GPUs. We know both AMD and Nvidia will launch more affordable versions of their RDNA 3 and Ada Lovelace architectures over the next few weeks. That makes those expensive old cards even harder to recommend unless the deal is a steal. We are watching to see what happens with RTX 3080 cards after the RTX 4060 Ti launches since we might see some decent deals from retailers looking to clear some shelf space. But again, unless it's a considerable discount, you should hold off for newer, affordable GPUs coming soon.
But there are some excellent options at the mainstream and budget ends of the market, and it will be a lot longer before we get some new-gen cards in the sub-$400 price bracket.
Where are the best graphics card deals?
In the US:
- Amazon - save on current and last-gen Nvidia & AMD graphics cards
- Best Buy - the only place to buy Founders Edition cards in the US
- Walmart - discounts of up to $150
- B&H Photo - save over $100 on select GPUs
- Newegg - discounts across a wide range of Nvidia and AMD graphics cards
In the UK:
- Amazon UK - great deals on last-gen GPUs
- Scan - the home of Nvidia's FE cards in the UK
- Box - save on high-end GPUs
- Ebuyer - AMD cards with serious discounts
- Overclockers - over £100 off last-gen AMD and Nvidia GPUs
- Currys - some genuinely heavy discounts on GeForce GPUs
- Laptops Direct - some great GPU deals, but you have to search...
Graphics card deals
ASRock RX 6600 | 8GB | 1,792 shaders | 2,491MHz | $209.99 at Newegg)
The RX 6600 is a quality 1080p GPU now that its price creeps ever lower. At the sub-$200 point, we're getting a budget graphics card that delivers high frame rates in the latest games at top 1080p graphics presets. At least AMD and Intel are bringing GPU pricing down, eh?
MSI Mech RX 6650 XT | 8GB GDDR6 | 2,048 shaders | 2,669MHz boost |
$274.99 $234.99 at Newegg (save $40 with rebate)
With stock of the RX 6600 XT starting to dwindle it seems like the faster RX 6650 XT is taking its place as one of the best budget GPUs around. It's an 8GB GPU, with effectively the same core specs as the RX 6600 XT, but with a little higher clock speed boost.
Intel Arc A750 | 8GB | 28 Xe Cores | 2,050MHz |
$239.99 $199.99 at Newegg (save $40)
The Intel discrete graphics cards have only gotten more relevant since their inauspicious launch. With successive driver releases increasing performance and now a significant price drop, the A750 is now one of the most tempting budget GPUs around. It's a bit more power hungry than AMD's RX 6600 but is a super capable 1080p card knocking both RTX 3050 and RTX 3060 out of the value GPU stakes. This ASRock version also performs slightly better than the stock Intel-made version, too, and now costs the same.
ASRock Challenger RX 6700 XT | 12GB GDDR6 | 2560 shaders | 2,581MHz boost |
$339.99 $329.99 at Newegg (save $10)
The RX 6700 XT is still our favorite mid-range gaming GPU, competing with Nvidia's regularly more expensive RTX 3060 Ti. This is the cheapest version we've yet found and comes with a solid, dual-fan cooler and a decent price tag.
Galax RTX 4070 | 12GB GDDR6X | 5,888 shaders | 2,550MHz boost |
$678.99 $589.99 at Amazon (save $89)
Ignore the inflated pre-discount selling price, the fact that this is an RTX 4070 retailing for below the standard Nvidia MSRP for the card is the thing to really pay attention too. This is an RTX 3080 with benefits. It's mostly quicker than the previous-gen card, and comes with the excellent Frame Generation tech, too.
Radeon RX 7900 XT | 20GB GDDR6 | 5,376 shaders | 2,500MHz boost |
$899 $779.99 at Amazon (save $120)
Seeing a bunch of RX 7900 XTs selling for well less than MSRP is a welcome sight. What we like about PowerColor is that it should run quieter than your average RX 7900 XT. We all could do with a little less noise from our PC.
RX 7900 XT price check: $809.99 Best Buy
Galax RTX 4070 Ti | 12GB GDDR6X | 7,680 shaders | 2,685MHz boost | $789.99 at Amazon
This is a straightforward reference-spec card from PNY and comes with the same cooler we've checked out on the company's RTX 4080. And it worked well on the beefier chip, so I'm not concerned about how effective it'll be with an RTX 4070 Ti. It's only a modest discount and still only at the base $799 reference price, but is still a great alternative if you couldn't pick up a Founders Edition card.
ZOTAC RTX 4080 16GB Trinity OC | 16GB GDDR6X | 9728 shaders | 2520MHz boost |
$1,299.99 $1,099.99 at Amazon (save $200)
Look at that! An RTX 4080 is discounted down below its MSRP price. Honestly, we'll take whatever wins we can get when it comes to high-end GPUs, even if that does still make it far more than the card should be sold at. But Nvidia has seen fit to start the prices high, so any discount below MSRP is worth a look. The RTX 4080 is a serious gaming card, too, and I love the look of the curvy Zotac cooler.
Graphics card deals in the UK
PowerColor RX 6600 Figher | 8GB | 1,792 shaders | 2,491MHz | £188.99 at Overclockers
The RX 6600 is a quality 1080p GPU now that its price is creeping ever lower. At the £250 point, we're getting a budget graphics card that delivers high frame rates in the latest games at top 1080p graphics presets. At least AMD and Intel are bringing GPU pricing down.
Intel Arc A750 | 8GB | 28 Xe Cores | 2,050MHz | £224.99 at Ebuyer
The Intel discrete graphics cards have only gotten more relevant since their inauspicious launch. With successive driver releases increasing performance and now a significant price drop, the A750 is now one of the most tempting budget GPUs around. It's a bit more power hungry than AMD's RX 6600 but is a super capable 1080p card knocking both RTX 3050 and RTX 3060 out of the value GPU stakes.
Asus RTX 3060 | 12GB | 3,584 shaders | 1,807MHz |
£339.99 £249.99 at Ebuyer (save £90)
This is the cheapest real RTX 3060 we've found today. There are cheaper 8GB versions, so make sure to keep your eyes out for that. They have the same core spec, memory aside, but that means far lower memory bandwidth.
RTX 3060 price check: £267.99 Amazon
PowerColor RX 6700 XT Fighter | 12GB | 2,560 shaders | 2,581MHz |
£449.99 £329.99 at Ebuyer (save £120)
AMD rules the graphics card market's mainstream and budget ends, and the RX 6700 XT is the best GPU at this price point. The RTX 3060 Ti is still nearly £50 more expensive than the RX 6700 XT and is a little bit slower in many games.
Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XT | 20GB GDDR6 | 5,376 shaders | 2,400MHz Boost |
£899 £699.95 at Overclockers (save £199.05)
No overclocking here from this Overclockers offering—the irony—but still a much more palatable price-to-performance ratio with that tasty £199 discount.
Zotac RTX 4090 Trinity | 24GB | 16,384 shaders | 2,520MHz |
£1,799.99 £1,569.99 at Overclockers (save £230)
I know, I know, cheap graphics card deals, lol. But if you want to grab a third-party RTX 4090 for near the base MSRP of the card here, you go. And the Zotac cards are gorgeous versions of the most powerful graphics card available today. If you can afford it, this is the card to buy right now.
Every new GPU generation offers new features and possibilities. But rasterized rendering is still the most important metric for general gaming performance across the PC gaming world. Sure, Nvidia GPUs might well be better at the ray tracing benchmarks they more or less instigated, but when it comes to standard gaming performance AMD's latest line up can certainly keep pace.
It's also worth noting that the previous generation of graphics cards do still have something to offer, with something like the GTX 1650 Super able to outpace a more modern RTX 3050 in most benchmarks.
We're not saying you should buy an older card in 2023—AMD's budget RX 7000-series is a much better deal today—but it's worth knowing where your current GPU stacks up, or just knowing the lie of the land. But there is also the fact there will be gaming rigs on sale with older graphics cards over the next few days, and if they're cheap enough they may still be worth a punt as a cheap entry into PC gaming.
We've benchmarked all the latest GPUs of this generation, and have tracked their performance against the previous generation in terms of 3DMark Time Spy Extreme scores. Where we don't have the referential numbers for an older card we have used the average index score from the UL database. These figures track alongside an aggregated 1440p frame rate score from across our suite of benchmarks.
Here's a list of the manufacturer set retail prices (MSRP), or recommended retail price (RRP), for most the latest graphics cards. For the most part, these are the set prices for the stock or reference versions of these cards, if applicable, and not representative of overclocked or third-party graphics cards, which may well be priced higher.
- RTX 4090 - $1,599 | £1,699
- RTX 4080 16GB - $1,199 | £1,269
- RTX 4070 Ti - $799 | ~£799
- RTX 4070 - $599 | £569
- RTX 4060 - $299 | £289
- RTX 3090 Ti - $1,999 | ~£1,999
- RTX 3090 - $1,499 | £1,399
- RTX 3080 Ti - $1,199 | £1,049
- RTX 3080 - $699 | £649
- RTX 3070 Ti - $599 | £529
- RTX 3070 - $499 | £469
- RTX 3060 Ti - $399 | £349 (discontinued)
- RTX 3060 - $329 | £299
- RTX 3050 - $249 | £239
- RX 7900 XTX - $999 | ~$1050
- RX 7900 XT - $899 | £899
- RX 6950 XT - $1,099 | ~£1,060
- RX 6900 XT - $999 | ~£770
- RX 6800 XT - $649 | ~£600
- RX 6800 - $579 | ~£530
- RX 6750 XT - $549 | ~£530
- RX 6700 XT - $479 | ~£420
- RX 6650 XT - $399 | ~£389
- RX 6600 XT - $379 | ~£320
- RX 6600 - $329 | ~£299
- RX 6500 XT - $199 | ~£180