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GPU Hierarchy 2019 – Graphics Cards Tier List For Gaming

Variety is both a blessing and a curse in the world of PC gaming. The number of options to choose from when it comes to hardware can be mind-boggling, especially when all of those options need to be explored so that you might find the ideal one for your needs.

Here at GamingScan, we have done all the research for you. Below, you will find all current-gen GPUs presented in tables, along with their important specifications and target performance. On top of that, we will also be updating the list with new GPUs as they are released, so be sure to check back soon!

Tier LevelThe CardVRAMMemory Bus WidthCUDA cores/Stream processors
Tier 1 - EnthusiastNvidia Titan RTX24 GB GDDR6384-bit4608
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti11 GB GDDR6352-bit4352
Nvidia GeForce Titan V12 GB HBM23072-bit5120
Nvidia GeForce Titan Xp12 GB GDDR5X384-bit3840
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti11 GB GDDR5X352-bit3584
Tier 2 – High-endNvidia GeForce RTX 20808 GB GDDR6256-bit2944
AMD Radeon VII16 GB HBM24096-bit3840
Nvidia GeForce RTX 20708 GB GDDR6256-bit2304
Nvidia GeForce GTX 10808 GB GDDR5X256-bit2560
AMD Radeon RX Vega 648 GB HBM22048-bit4096
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti8 GB GDDR5256-bit2432
AMD Radeon RX Vega 568 GB HBM22048-bit3584
Nvidia GeForce RTX 20606 GB GDDR6192-bit1920
Nvidia GeForce GTX 10708 GB GDDR5256-bit1920
Tier 3 – Mid-rangeNvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti6 GB GDDR6192-bit1536
AMD Radeon RX 5908 GB GDDR5256-bit2304
Nvidia GeForce GTX 16606 GB GDDR5192-bit1408
AMD Radeon RX 5804 GB/8 GB GDDR5256 bit2304
Nvidia GeForce GTX 10606 GB/3 GB GDDR5192-bit1280
AMD Radeon RX 4804 GB/8 GB GDDR5256-bit2304
AMD Radeon RX 5704 GB/8 GB GDDR5256 bit2048
AMD Radeon RX 4704 GB/8 GB GDDR5256-bit2048
Tier 4 - BudgetNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti4 GB GDDR5128-bit768
Nvidia GeForce GTX 10502 GB GDDR5128-bit640
AMD Radeon RX 5602 GB/4 GB GDDR5128-bit1024
AMD Radeon RX 4602 GB/4 GB GDDR5128-bit896
AMD Radeon RX 5502 GB/4 GB GDDR5128-bit512
Nvidia GeForce GT 10302 GB GDDR564-bit384

Note that CUDA cores are NVIDIA technology and Stream processors are AMD technology, so the numbers cannot be compared directly as an indicator of potential performance. Also, make sure to check out our buying guide for graphics cards if you’re interested in buying a new one in the near future.

Tier 1 – The Absolute Best GPUs

The first tier is what is often referred to as the “enthusiast” tier, and it is comprised of the most powerful GPUs in the world. Nvidia has had indisputable dominance in this tier for a very long time, as they are the only ones currently offering GPUs of this caliber.

Tier 1 GPUs are very expensive, capable of offering a flawless 60 FPS 4K gaming experience, though they tend to be so powerful and expensive that they really blur the lines between gaming cards and professional cards.

In any case, these GPUs push the envelope when it comes to both performance and pricing, pushing the technological boundaries and paving the way for more advanced technologies to be implemented in mainstream GPUs, though they themselves are hardly mainstream products.

Nvidia Titan RTX
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce Titan V
Nvidia GeForce Titan Xp
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
gpu hierarchy

Tier 2 – Superb Performance

The second tier is comprised of what we commonly refer to as “high-end” graphics cards. And much like the first tier, Nvidia is the dominant force here, too, despite AMD’s attempts at offering any real competition.

Granted, AMD does have several GPUs that are on par with what Nvidia has to offer performance-wise, but the prices of these GPUs tend to be unstable, mainly due to a relatively low supply and high manufacturing costs. Of course, this could change when the new 7nm GPUs roll out later this year.

Speaking of performance, high-end GPUs are now ideal solutions for gaming in 1440p, though the newer ones can actually take on 4K as well.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080AMD Radeon VII
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

Tier 3 – Good Performance at Reasonable Prices

The third tier consists of GPUs that are arguably the most popular among PC gamers in general, mainly because of the fact that they offer good performance without being too expensive.

For years, AMD had been offering GPUs that are more powerful yet cheaper than competing Nvidia models, so their Radeon cards were the definite go-to solution for gamers who wanted to get the most out of their investment. However, both AMD and Nvidia have highly attrractive products in this price range now.

When it comes to general performance, you can expect a mid-range GPU to achieve high framerates in 1080p, but they can be solid 1440p gaming solutions, too. As a matter of fact, many of the GPUs in this tier can actually be used even for 4K gaming, just don’t expect any stellar framerates at high settings.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TiAMD Radeon RX 590
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660AMD Radeon RX 580
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD Radeon RX 470
graphics card hierarchy

Tier 4 – Great Value for Those on a Budget

For those who don’t have a lot of money to blow on a beastly gaming PC, there are a number of affordable yet reliable low-end budget solutions to choose from. Again, both Nvidia and AMD have some good models to offer in this price range.

Budget GPUs are intended mainly for 1080p gaming, though the performance will, naturally, vary from game to game and model to model.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TiAMD Radeon RX 560
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050AMD Radeon RX 460
Nvidia GeForce GT 1030AMD Radeon RX 550
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