budget pick

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super

ZOTAC GTX 1650 Super
  • Performance for the money
  • Compact design
  • Affordable
best value

Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC

Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC
  • 1080p and 1440p performance
  • Good price
  • Great overall value
premium pick

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio
  • Superb performance
  • Can take on 4K
  • Real-time ray tracing

The graphics card is the most important component in a gaming PC, period. It does all the heavy lifting when it comes to rendering graphics, so it’s obvious as to why it’s so important to choose the right one.

But luckily, it’s not as difficult as some may think!

As long as you know what your performance goals and your budget are, and you’re already an inch away from finding the perfect graphics card for your needs. Below, you will find a selection of the very best GPUs for gaming in 2020!

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    Top 10 Graphics Cards For Gaming in 2020

    You should also check our GPU tier list, which we keep updated alongside this buying guide.

    Best Budget Graphics Cards

    In the first category, we have a couple of budget graphics cards that are bound to catch the attention of those who can’t afford to spend too much on a new GPU.

    So, if your budget can only fit a graphics card of up to $200, one of the models listed in this category is bound to give you good value for your money!

    XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition

    XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition

    About the Graphics Card

    The first entry on our list is the XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition, and behind the clunky name hides a rather affordable, simple, and straightforward graphics card that could very well be the best graphics card that you can get if you’re looking for the cheapest GPU that can still run the latest games competently in 1080p.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1168 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1328 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR5

    Memory Capacity

    8 GB

    Memory Clock

    8000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    256-bit

    Connectivity

    3x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0
    1x DL-DVI-D

    Recommended PSU

    500W

    Our Thoughts

    The RX 570 is based on AMD’s dated Polaris architecture, but it still holds up remarkably well even in 2020. This 14nm GPU is capable of outperforming the slightly more expensive GTX 1650 and it even has an impressive 8 GB of VRAM, which is more than enough for modern games, especially in 1080p.

    As for XFX’s take on this particular model, the dual-fan cooling solution is more than adequate, but it is the design that gives the card a decidedly budget feel – the modest shroud is made of cheap-feeling plastic, all the while the color scheme and lack of detail ultimately make it come off as rather unimpressive.

    But of course, if you’re shopping for a budget GPU, value and performance are going to matter way more than style, and the RX 570 delivers on both those fronts. Sure, it may be a bit more power-hungry than the newer GPU models, but when push comes to shove, this reliable old GPU sure can push a solid framerate in 1080p!

    The Pros:

    • Good performance
    • Great value for your money

    The Cons:

    • Dated architecture
    • Cheap-feeling exterior

    ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super

    ZOTAC GTX 1650 Super

    About the Graphics Card

    The next GPU we have lined up is the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super, another highly appealing budget-friendly graphics card that comes from one of Nvidia’s reliable partners. The 1650 Super is an updated version of the original GTX 1650, and it improves upon its predecessor in pretty much every way imaginable.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1530 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1725 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    4 GB

    Memory Clock

    8000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    128-bit

    Connectivity

    1x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0
    1x DL-DVI-D

    Recommended PSU

    350W

    Our Thoughts

    Based on Nvidia’s latest Turing architecture, the GTX 1650S represents Nvidia’s return to form when it comes to budget GPUs. For years, AMD dominated the budget and the mid-range when value was concerned, but the GTX 1650S beats AMD this time around.

    As you can see, this particular GTX 1650S model is quite compact but still features dual-fan cooling, which is a very good thing if you don’t like the higher noise generation and higher temperatures that inevitably come with single-fan cards. Moreover, Zotac did a fine job bringing their new aesthetic to this GPU – granted, it is still a budget model with a simple shroud and without a backplate, but the angular shroud design helps it feel a bit more high-quality than the previous RX 570 model from XFX.

    At the end of the day, the GTX 1650S constitutes a big upgrade over its predecessor and offers good performance at a very modest price point, plus the card is quite power-efficient to boot. On the downside, the fans can get a bit loud when the card is under heavy load and it has fewer ports than most other models these days, but that’s understandable considering the form factor.

    The Pros:

    • Great performance for the money
    • Compact design
    • Highly power-efficient

    The Cons:

    • Fans can get a bit noisy under load
    • Fewer ports than most cards

    XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy Core Edition

    XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy Core Edition

    About the Graphics Card

    As we make our way towards the pricier and more powerful solutions, nearing the line that separates budget and mid-range cards, we have XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy Core Edition, another graphics card from XFX that offers considerable performance at a remarkably low price point.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1469 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1580 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR5

    Memory Capacity

    8 GB

    Memory Clock

    8000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    128-bit

    Connectivity

    3x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0
    1x DL-DVI-D

    Recommended PSU

    500W

    Our Thoughts

    The RX 590 is actually more recent than the rest of the RX 500 series cards. While the rest of the series came out in 2017, the RX 590 followed in 2018, and was based on an updated 12nm version of the Polaris architecture. It was originally released as a mid-range solution with an MSRP of $279, but in 2020, it remains a competent budget model.

    As before, XFX doesn’t really shine when it comes to the aesthetics and the build quality is solid yet unimpressive. However, in the performance department, the RX 590 not only outperforms AMD’s own new RX 5500 and RX 5500 XT models, but it also goes toe-to-toe with Nvidia’s pricier GTX 1660 Super. So, you can see why it has a spot on this list, despite its age.

    Ultimately, if you want to get the most performance that you can out of your investment but don’t have more than about $200 to spend on a GPU, the RX 590 would be a great pick for you. However, the GTX 1650S would probably still be a better choice, as it offers similar performance at a markedly lower price.

    The Pros:

    • Surprisingly good even in 2020
    • Good overall value

    The Cons:

    • Underwhelming design
    • High power draw

    Best Mid-range Graphics Cards

    Moving on, we get to the mid-range models, graphics cards that are more expensive but also more powerful and more future-proof, as they master 1080p gaming and can even take on 1440p.

    If you’re looking for a graphics card that is roughly in the $200-$400 range, then you’ll probably find a good fit in one of the following models.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti SC Ultra Gaming

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti SC Ultra Gaming

    About the Graphics Card

    For the first entry in this category, we have EVGA’s excellent GeForce GTX 1660 Ti SC Ultra Gaming, a GPU which is currently Nvidia’s best offering below the $300 price point, and it is also among the best mid-range GPUs available right now.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1500 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1845 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    6 GB

    Memory Clock

    12000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    192-bit

    Connectivity

    1x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0
    1x DL-DVI-D

    Recommended PSU

    500W

    Our Thoughts

    Currently the most powerful GTX 16-series GPU, the GTX 1660 Ti masters 1080p gaming and it is capable of running the latest games in 1440p, albeit not always at a stable 60 FPS. Regardless, at its current price point, the GTX 1660 Ti offers great value for your money.

    This particular EVGA model has very efficient cooling, though we preferred their old design philosophy that could be seen with the older 10-series Pascal models. Still, the card boasts good fans, a sleek backplate, and our chief qualm is with the lack of ports that we’ve also seen in the cheaper Zotac GTX 1650S model.

    In any case, this GTX 1660 Ti offers good performance, good overclocking potential, and boasts high build quality, though the matter of aesthetics will ultimately remain subjective, as always.

    The Pros:

    • Good 1080p and 1440p performance
    • Efficient cooling
    • Solid overclocking potential

    The Cons:

    • Only one DisplayPort
    • Not everyone will like the design
    • No ray tracing

    XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc II PRO

    XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc II PRO

    About the Graphics Card

    Moving on, we get to a more serious mid-range solution from AMD, and it’s their new RX 5600 XT, specifically the RX 5600 XT Thicc II PRO made by XFX. The GPU offers remarkably good value for your money, and the build quality is better than what we’re used to seeing from XFX’s more affordable cards.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1130 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1620 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    6 GB

    Memory Clock

    12000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    192-bit

    Connectivity

    3x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0

    Recommended PSU

    450W

    Our Thoughts

    We’ve already mentioned how underwhelming the RX 5500 and the RX 5500 XT turned out to be, and with the RX 5600 XT, it’s the complete opposite. It is a remarkably powerful mid-range card that’s priced similarly to the GTX 1660 Ti all the while outperforming the original RTX 2060, and despite the rocky launch, the RX 5600 XT more than holds its own against the competition.

    Now, despite the questionable naming of this particular model, courtesy of XFX’s marketing department most likely, the graphics card features excellent cooling and a surprisingly good-looking exterior. Sure, the shroud is not as detailed as many other cards in this price range, but the plastic is definitely of higher quality than what you’d encounter with the cheaper XFX models. Plus, there’s the backplate which provides the card with an extra dash of elegance.

    All in all, at $300, the RX 5600 XT offers some of the best performance that you can get without investing in pricier upper mid-range models that hover around the $400 price point. It offers stable 1440p performance and is also great if you’re trying to push high framerates in 1080p.

    The Pros:

    • Excellent performance for the money
    • Simple and sleek design
    • Good cooling

    The Cons:

    • Some software issues

    Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC

    Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC

    About the Graphics Card

    And now, AMD’s best gaming GPU so far – the RX 5700 XT! The specific model in question we’ll be looking at is the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC, which pretty much covers all the bases you’d expect as far as the cooling and the design are concerned.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1605 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1905 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    8 GB

    Memory Clock

    14000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    256-bit

    Connectivity

    3x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0

    Recommended PSU

    600W

    Our Thoughts

    As you can tell from the table above, the RX 5700 XT can reach higher clock speeds and has more higher-bandwidth memory than the more affordable RX 5600 XT. Naturally, this reflects on the performance, giving this GPU the lead over its more modestly-priced counterpart.

    Gigabyte did an exceptionally good job with this model, as it not only features a sleek black shroud, but also has an RGB backplate. More importantly, the triple Windforce fans do an excellent job of keeping the card cool and allow it to reach higher clock speeds.

    All in all, if you’re looking for 1440p performance, you won’t find a better GPU at the moment. The RX 5700 XT can even take on 4K, albeit not at a stable 60 FPS, obviously. The main drawbacks to this card are its high power consumption and heat generation (who ever heard of AMD GPUs running hot?).

    However, it’s also worth noting that the GPU also doesn’t offer real-time ray tracing, unlike the competition, though this is not too big of a shortcoming in a mid-range card anyway.

    The Pros:

    • Great 1440p performance
    • Excellent build quality and cooling
    • Neutral shroud design
    • Superb value for your money

    The Cons:

    • High power consumption
    • Runs hot under heavy load
    • No ray tracing

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 Super SC Ultra Gaming

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 Super SC Ultra Gaming

    About the Graphics Card

    Up next, we have Nvidia’s currently-cheapest RTX GPU, and it’s the EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 Super SC Ultra Gaming. The successor to the original RTX 2060, this is the cheapest mid-range GPU with ray tracing capabilities at the moment, so it’s bound to attract some attention.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1470 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1680 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    6 GB

    Memory Clock

    14000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    256-bit

    Connectivity

    2x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0
    1x DL-DVI-D

    Recommended PSU

    550W

    Our Thoughts

    The RTX 2060 Super is easily one of the best mid-range GPUs available right now. Not only does it offer noticeably better performance than its predecessor, the original RTX 2060, but as mentioned above, it also comes with real-time ray tracing.

    When it comes to this specific model from EVGA, it pretty much ticks all the important boxes: cooling, build quality, and aesthetics. Sure, it might not be as great-looking as some other RTX 2060S models, but a more minimal approach helps bring the price of the card down, thus keeping it more competitive with the slightly beefier and slightly cheaper RX 5700 XT.

    Ultimately, while the RTX 2060S is a very competent upper mid-range card, it can’t quite keep up with the RX 5700 XT when it comes to sheer performance. Granted, it does feature ray tracing, something that AMD’s GPU lacks, but we feel that most people would appreciate getting extra performance rather than having access to ray tracing. After all, it is only available in a limited selection of games, and it delivers a serious hit to performance when used with a mid-range GPU such as this one.

    So, ultimately, we’d say go with the RTX 2060S if you really want access to ray tracing, but otherwise, the RX 5700 XT offers better value for your money.

    The Pros:

    • Great 1080p and 1440p performance
    • Ray tracing
    • Approachable price

    The Cons:

    • Overshadowed by RX 5700 XT

    Best High-End Graphics Cards

    And now, for the final category, we get to some high-end solutions that offer unmatched performance at all resolutions, GPUs that can offer exceptional 1440p performance and even take on 4K – albeit at notably higher prices.

    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC

    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC

    About the Graphics Card

    The first entry in this category is the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming OC. As you might have guessed, this is an updated version of the original RTX 2070, offering better performance and coming with a familiar Gigabyte design.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1605 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1815 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    8 GB

    Memory Clock

    14000 MHz

    Memory Bus

    256-bit

    Connectivity

    2x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0
    1x USB-C

    Recommended PSU

    650W

    Our Thoughts

    The RTX 2070 Super sits on the fence between the mid-range and the high-end, which means it is a bit more expensive and faster than the GPUs in the former category, but not quite as expensive and as fast as those in the latter.

    Because of this, the RTX 2070s is in a bit of a precarious position, as it can’t compete with the cheaper cards in terms of value and it can’t really keep up with the more expensive models when it comes to QHD and 4K performance.

    Nonetheless, this GPU is no joke, especially if you’re aiming for high performance in 1440p. Gigabyte’s design is spot-on, as the card is equipped with pretty much the same cooling and shroud design that we’ve already gone over with the RX 5700 XT model described above. That said, the triple fans do a great job of helping the GPU reach higher clock speeds, and the neutral shroud design is bound to help it blend in with most builds.

    But speaking of the RX 5700 XT, we can’t help but feel that it offers way better value than even the RTX 2070S right now, especially as AMD’s mid-range offering can do a great job of not only keeping up with but even outperforming the RTX 2070S in some games. Don’t believe us? Check out the video below!

    That said, we feel that both the RX 5700 XT and the RTX 2060S would present better value for your money, hence the abovementioned “precarious position” that the RTX 2070S is in. At the end of the day, this is not a bad card, but cheaper mid-range models offer better value while the more expensive high-end models offer better performance.

    The Pros:

    • Excellent 1440p performance
    • Good build quality and cooling
    • Neutral shroud design

    The Cons:

    • Poor value compared to some cheaper models

    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio

    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio

    About the Graphics Card

    Ultimately, if you’re looking for a proper 4K gaming graphics card in 2020, a GPU that’s bound to get your attention is the RTX 2080 Super – the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio, to be specific. Rest assured, if you’re looking for performance and are willing to pay for it, you can’t go wrong with this one!

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1650 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1845 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    8 GB

    Memory Clock

    15500 MHz

    Memory Bus

    256-bit

    Connectivity

    3x DisplayPort 1.4
    1x HDMI 2.0
    1x USB-C

    Recommended PSU

    650W

    Our Thoughts

    There is not much to say about the RTX 2080S apart from the fact that it’s the best high-end GPU that you can get at the moment that also comes at a relatively reasonable price. As mentioned above, it is a card well-suited for 4K gaming and, obviously, it can also deliver amazing performance in 1440p as well.

    As far as the design is concerned, MSI really delivered on that front, both in regards to the cooling and the aesthetics of the card. The triple Torx 3.0 fans look good and they do an even better job of keeping the card cool without being too loud.

    Meanwhile, the sleek metallic gray shroud and backplate, combined with the beautiful RGB lighting, make the card feel like a true high-end product. It is definitely a step up from MSI’s older Gaming cards that went a bit overboard with the red highlights, something that could make them feel somewhat cheap-ish.

    Now, you can already tell that the main drawback to this card is going to be its pricing. The RTX 2080S was released with an MSRP of $699, and with the price of MSI’s cooling solution added on top of that, and it’s obvious that you’ll need to dish out a fair share of cash if you’re after the premium performance at higher resolutions and/or better ray tracing performance than what the more affordable RTX models have to offer.

    The Pros:

    • Good 4K and ray tracing performance
    • Efficient and quiet cooling
    • Beautiful exterior design

    The Cons:

    • Expensive

    Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme

    Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme

    About the Graphics Card

    And for the final entry, we have Nvidia’s heaviest hitter yet, the RTX 2080 Ti, and the model we’ll be looking at here is the excellent Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme. This is the most powerful consumer-grade GPU intended for gaming at the moment, so we’re looking at some serious hardware.

    Specifications:

    Base Clock Speed

    1350 MHz

    Boost Clock

    1770 MHz

    Memory Type

    GDDR6

    Memory Capacity

    11 GB

    Memory Clock

    14140 MHz

    Memory Bus

    352-bit

    Connectivity

    3x DisplayPort 1.4
    3x HDMI 2.0
    1x USB-C

    Recommended PSU

    750W

    Our Thoughts

    The RTX 2080 Ti wasn’t given a “super” refresh like the original RTX 20 series, but there wasn’t really any need for that yet. If you look at the benchmarks, this card is a clear notch above the RTX 2080 Super, offering gaming performance almost as good as that of the monstrous Titan RTX, although that is not exactly a fair comparison, seeing as the Titan is more of a workstation GPU than a gaming one.

    Now, as impressive as the RTX 2080 Ti is, it is ultimately a niche product. Sure, it beats the cheaper RTX 2080 Super in tests by a noticeable margin, but while the performance gap between those two is more significant than the performance gap between the RTX 2080S and the RTX 2070S, the price gap is even bigger.

    The MSRP of the RTX 2080S is $699, while the RTX 2080 Ti starts at $999, with most aftermarket models costing even more. So, while the Ti might offer better 4K and ray tracing performance, we’re sure that not many gamers would be itching to dish out another 300-600 dollars extra just for that.

    The Pros:

    • Most powerful consumer-grade GPU yet
    • Stunning 4K and ray tracing performance
    • Premium shroud design and cooling

    The Cons:

    • Extremely expensive
    • Very dubious value

    How To Pick The Best Graphics Card For Your Needs

    Now that we have gone over some of the best graphics cards currently available, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a new GPU if you want to find the best fit for your needs and your budget.

    Hardware Compatibility

    graphics card

    One of the main reasons why so many people shy away from building their own PCs is the matter of hardware compatibility. And sure enough, all the numbers and designations can be quite confusing to navigate if you’re new to the whole thing, but you’d be surprised as to how simple it actually is!

    Here are the main things to keep in mind when it comes to GPU compatibility.

    The Motherboard

    The motherboard is probably the easiest component to pick when building a PC, as its job is to transfer data between all the different components, allowing them to function as a whole.

    The things to keep in mind when picking the motherboard are the format, the CPU socket, the number of RAM and PCIe slots, along with the number of other connectors such as USB, SATA, M.2, and others. On top of that, there are also some other features such as overclocking support, but if you want to know more about motherboards, best check out this article.

    As far as GPU and motherboard compatibility is concerned, the main thing to keep in mind is whether the motherboard has an appropriate PCIe slot, as that’s how the GPU will be interfacing with the motherboard. But since pretty much every mainstream motherboard has at least one, if not multiple, it’s a fairly simple matter.

    However, two things you should keep in mind are the version of the PCI Express slot and the size of the graphics card.

    For a long time, PCIe 3.0 has been the standard, and PCIe 4.0 has only just started rolling out to mainstream motherboards and GPUs. However, while it has more immediate benefits when it comes to SSDs, it’ll be some time yet before it actually matters for GPUs. Moreover, PCIe 4.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe 3.0, so even if you buy a PCIe 4.0-compatible graphics card such as the RX 5700 XT, it can still work with a PCIe 3.0 motherboard without any issues.

    Meanwhile, when it comes to the size of the graphics card, width and length are the two most important dimensions to keep in mind. Wider cards will occupy more vertical space inside the case, thus potentially obstructing some of the other PCIe slots and preventing you from putting some extra PCIe cards in those slots.

    As for length, it doesn’t really affect the motherboard as much as it affects the case, as a longer GPU might not fit inside more compact cases. This is mainly an issue with Mini Tower and small form factor cases, as Mid Tower cases and larger shouldn’t have any trouble fitting even the bulkiest of cards. Still, it’s always a good idea to check the graphics card and case measurements just to be sure.

    The CPU

    Understanding Computer Processors

    The Power Supply

    best nvidia graphics card

    The more powerful GPUs have a higher power draw than the weaker ones. As such, you need to ensure that your PSU meets the minimum requirements that the manufacturer has provided for the particular GPU model you have your eye on.

    As you can tell from this article, modern GPUs require PSUs that range anywhere from 350W to 750W, though most stick to the 500-600W range. Fortunately, finding a PSU that’s powerful enough isn’t an issue. Frankly, finding a power supply that’s weaker than 500W would be the real challenge in 2020.

    Just keep in mind that you’ll need to keep all the components and not just the GPU in mind when you’re shopping for an adequate power supply. Moreover, if you plan on doing some heavy overclocking, it goes without saying that getting a more powerful, higher-quality PSU should be high on your priority list.

    Again, you can check out the complete article on this subject here, as there’s more to picking a PSU than just the wattage. And on top of that, you might want to take a look at our PSU hierarchy, too.

    The Display

    what graphics card should i get

    up a $500 GPU with a $100 monitor that can only do 60 Hz at 1080p! Just the same, no point in investing extra in a high-resolution display with a high refresh rate if you’re getting a budget GPU.

    So, when it comes to finding the best monitor to go with your graphics card, here are the two most important things to keep in mind:

    The Resolution

    Resolutions

    When gaming is concerned, there are three most popular resolutions at the moment: 1080p (FHD), 1440p (QHD), and 2160p (UHD/4K). To put it simply, the higher the resolution, the crisper the visuals. However, higher resolutions also require more graphics processing power, which means lower framerates with weaker GPUs.

    Generally-speaking, budget GPUs are good fits for 1080p, mid-range ones for 1440p, and high-end ones for 2160p. Of course, this is just a broad generalization, as the performance will vary depending on the game, how well-optimized the game is, as well as on the GPU itself.

    The Refresh Rate

    best 4k gaming monitor

    Resolution isn’t everything, and many players are perfectly content with settling for a lower resolution if it means having a higher framerate in games. Again, to put it simply, each monitor has a maximum refresh rate, and this refresh rate (expressed in Hertz) directly correlates to the number of frames the monitor can display each second.

    So, if you have a standard 60 Hz monitor, it can display a maximum of 60 FPS, while a 144 Hz monitor can display 144 FPS. Today, 60 Hz, 144 Hz, and 240 Hz are the most common refresh rates for gaming monitors, though you’ll likely also encounter those with 75 Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, and 200 Hz refresh rates, too.

    The standard 60 Hz refresh rate is good enough for those who are on a budget or prefer a higher resolution over a higher framerate, while 144 Hz is better for those who want smoother performance and, potentially, an edge in multiplayer, even if it comes at the cost of that extra sharpness that higher resolution would bring. Meanwhile, 240 Hz monitors are really a niche thing that mainly appeals to competitive gamers who want every advantage that they can get.

    Of course, there’s much more to choosing a monitor than just these two factors, including response times, the panel technology, the aspect ratio, and more. If you’re interested, you can check out our complete monitor buying guide.

    NVIDIA vs AMD

    nvidia vs amd

    After AMD acquired ATI in 2006, the question of “ATI vs Nvidia” quickly became “AMD vs Nvidia”. And or a long time, Nvidia had the lead while AMD took a backseat, as they could never really manage to compete with Nvidia in the higher end of the price spectrum.

    But are things about to change in 2020?

    Well, considering what a beast the RX 5700 XT is, we just might see AMD dethroning Nvidia in the near future by offering competitive or even superior performance at lower prices in the high-end.

    Meanwhile, however, Nvidia actually already temporarily dethroned AMD as the go-to budget solution, as their GTX 1650 Super easily beats AMD’s older 500-series and the new budget-oriented 5000-series GPUs.

    In any case, the market will probably be wobbling back and forth for a while, but we can confidently say that Nvidia is dominant in the budget and in the high-end right now, while AMD is dominating the mid-range.

    For a more in-depth comparison, including some software features and more, you can read the full article we have written on this subject.

    Conclusion – Best Graphics Card for 2020

    So, in the end, what are our picks and why?

    Best Budget Graphics Card – GTX 1650 Super

    GTX 1650 Super

    The GTX 1650 Super was a very pleasant surprise, not only because of its competent 1080p performance but also because of its excellent frames-per-dollar performance, as Nvidia wasn’t exactly known for offering good value in the lower price ranges in the past.

    In essence, the GTX 1650 Super offers remarkably good 1080p performance at an even more remarkable price point, and due to a lack of good competition, we can confidently say that it is the ultimate budget gaming GPU for 2020.

    AMD’s older 500-series model are a bit of a hit-and-miss when it comes to optimization, the new 5000-series didn’t exactly shine in this price range with the underwhelming RX 5500 and RX 5500 XT, and Nvidia’s own beefier GTX 1660 Super doesn’t offer enough of a performance increase to warrant the extra cost, at least not if you’re on a budget and looking for value.

    Best Mid-Range Graphics Card – RX 5700 XT

    RX 5700 XT

    While the cheaper RX 5000-series cards were disappointing, the RX 5700 XT is anything but. It is slightly ahead of the similarly-priced RTX 2060 Super, sometimes outperforming it and even going toe-to-toe with the significantly more expensive RTX 2070 Super, as seen in the video below.

    Granted, the current Navi GPUs don’t have ray tracing, but the feature is expected to arrive to the next generation of AMD GPUs later this year. After all, it has been confirmed that both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X will feature Navi GPUs with ray tracing. In any case, ray tracing isn’t that big of a deal right now as relatively few games make proper use of it, but it is still a marketable feature that might win Nvidia some points.

    In any case, if you’re aiming at high performance in 1080p or want to run a smooth 60 FPS in 1440p, no mid-range GPU can quite compare to the RX 5700 XT at the moment, especially when the value is concerned.

    Best High-End Graphics Card – RTX 2080 Super

    RTX 2080 Super

    And finally, for those gamers with deeper pockets who want to push triple-digit framerates in higher resolutions and maybe even take on 4K, we have the RTX 2080 Super.

    Now, you’re probably wondering why it’s the Super and not the Ti that’s our premium pick, and the answer is once again – value. As mentioned in the article, the 2080 Ti is significantly more expensive, usually going for about $1200, which is way higher than the Super, which sticks to the $700-$800 range, depending on the manufacturer and the cooling.

    Now, despite its better performance in benchmarks, the RTX 2080 Ti only offers some 10-15 extra FPS on average when it comes to actual in-game performance (see video below), and we doubt that we’d be going out on a limb if we said that most people wouldn’t be willing to dish out an extra $400+ for such a relatively minor performance increase.

    So, at the end of the day, if you’re putting together a high-end build, we’d say that the RTX 2080 Super is the best 4K gaming GPU that’s also reasonably priced.

    The Final Word

    And those would be our picks for the best gaming GPUs of 2020! Keep in mind that prices and, by extension, value of each GPU might fluctuate with time and depending on where you live.

    If you feel that there are other good GPUs that should be included or if you spot any mistakes, feel free to let us know in the comments and we’ll see about updating and/or correcting the guide in the future.

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