GPU Hierarchy 2021 – Graphics Card 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 you need to consider all of those options in order to find a product that best fits your needs and your budget.

To help you find the right graphics card, we have put together a table that ranks GPUs according to their performance, so you should be able to narrow down your selection more easily.

We’ve analyzed thousands of benchmarks from manufacturers, third party testers and reputable outlets in order to create the ultimate GPU tier list.

We keep this hierarchy up to date as new GPUs come out, so be sure to check back for fresh info or bookmark the page!

Tier LevelThe CardVRAMMemory Bus Width
S TierAMD Radeon RX 6900 XT16 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 309024 GB GDDR6X384-bit
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT16 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 308010 GB GDDR6X320-bit
Nvidia Titan RTX24 GB GDDR6384-bit
A TierNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti11 GB GDDR6352-bit
AMD Radeon RX 680016 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 30708 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti8 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super8 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 20808 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super8 GB GDDR6256-bit
AMD Radeon VII16 GB HBM24096-bit
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary8 GB GDDR6256-bit
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT8 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 20708 GB GDDR6256-bit
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super8 GB GDDR6256-bit
B TierNvidia GeForce RTX 20606 GB GDDR6192-bit
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT6 GB GDDR6192-bit
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti6 GB GDDR6192-bit
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super6 GB GDDR6192-bit
C TierNvidia GeForce GTX 16606 GB GDDR5192-bit
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT4/8 GB GDDR6128-bit
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super4 GB GDDR6128-bit
AMD Radeon RX 5908 GB GDDR5256-bit
D TierAMD Radeon RX 5804 GB/8 GB GDDR5256 bit
AMD Radeon RX 5704 GB/8 GB GDDR5256 bit
Nvidia GeForce GTX 16504 GB GDDR5128-bit

Below, you’ll find all of the GPUs listed above grouped into several tiers according to the kind of performance that they offer.

Keep in mind that these are only approximations based on the more demanding AAA games. Since hardware requirements and optimization differ wildly from game to game, it’s difficult to provide an accurate general overview of the kind of performance each GPU offers.

As such, the different tiers are only there to give you a general impression as to what kind of performance you can expect from these GPUs. If you’d like to know precisely how the GPU you’ve got your sights set on would perform in a specific game, then it’s probably a good idea to look up some benchmarks.

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S-Tier

GPU Hierarchy S Tier

The first tier is comprised of the very best, most powerful GPUs currently on the market.

They can maintain a stable 60 FPS when running the latest AAA game in 4K, and they can hit higher framerates in 1440p more easily than weaker GPUs can.

Nvidia GPUsAMD GPUs
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Nvidia Titan RTX

A-Tier

GPU Hierarchy A Tier

The second tier is comprised of 4K-ready GPUs i.e. GPUs that are capable of providing solid performance in 4K.

However, they tend to be a better overall fit for gaming in 1440p instead, as they are capable of offering more consistent performance and higher framerates in that resolution.

Nvidia GPUsAMD GPUs
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 TiAMD Radeon RX 6800
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070AMD Radeon VII
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 TiAMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SuperAMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super

B-Tier

GPU Hierarchy B Tier

The third tier GPUs are capable of taking on 4K, albeit they can only barely manage to maintain playable framerates in such a high resolution when it comes to the more demanding games.

As such, they are better picks for 1440p, and when it comes to 1080p, they can hit triple-digit framerates relatively easily in certain games.

Nvidia GPUsAMD GPUs
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

C-Tier

GPU Hierarchy C Tier

The fourth tier includes weaker GPUs that are only just powerful enough to manage playable framerates in 1440p, and they are thus better picks for 1080p gaming, as they can more easily maintain stable framerates in that resolution.

Nvidia GPUsAMD GPUs
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 SuperAMD Radeon RX 590

D-Tier

GPU Hierarchy D Tier

Finally, the fifth tier is comprised of the very weakest GPUs currently available.

These GPUs can only hope to maintain a stable 60 FPS in 1080p and are, in general, not powerful enough if you plan on hooking them up to a 1440p display and play games on it at that resolution.

Nvidia GPUsAMD GPUs
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650AMD Radeon RX 580
AMD Radeon RX 570

Conclusion

The separate tiers are only supposed to give you an overall impression as to what kind of performance you can expect from the GPUs listed under it, so if you’re after more accurate performance metrics, be sure to look up some benchmarks.

You should also keep in mind what types of games you will be playing. Even the weakest GPUs mentioned in our GPU tier list are more than reasonable if you will be playing Fortnite or CS:GO for example.

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