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! We’ll add the new NVIDIA RTX Titan too once we test it!

Tier LevelThe CardVRAMMemory Bus WidthCUDA cores/Stream processors* 
Tier 1 - EnthusiastNvidia GeForce Titan V12 GB HBM23072-bit5120
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti11 GB GDDR6352-bit4352
Nvidia GeForce Titan Xp12 GB GDDR5X384-bit3840
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti11 GB GDDR5X352-bit3584
Tier 2 – High-endNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GDDR6256-bit2944
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8 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 GTX 10708 GB GDDR5256-bit1920
Tier 3 – Mid-rangeNvidia GeForce GTX 10606 GB/3 GB GDDR5192-bit1280
AMD Radeon RX 5804 GB/8 GB GDDR5256 bit2304
AMD Radeon RX 5704 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
Tier 5 – Entry-levelAMD 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

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

Tier 1 GPUs are very expensive and aim to deliver a flawless 60 FPS 4K gaming experience or otherwise high framerates in lower resolutions. They are the ones pushing technological boundaries and paving the way for more advanced mainstream graphics, but they themselves are hardly mainstream components.

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

gpu hierarchy

Tier 2 – Superb Performance

The second tier GPUs are referred to as “high-end” products. Nvidia is the dominant force in this tier as well, and AMD’s high-end offerings consist of the less popular Vega GPUs. That lack of popularity comes mainly from the inflated prices due to the expensive HBM2 memory incorporated into their design.

All of the Tier 2 GPUs aim at delivering 30-60 FPS performance in 4K resolutions and a mostly consistent 60+ FPS experience in 1440p.

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

Tier 3 – Good Performance at Reasonable Prices

The third tier GPUs are arguably the most popular among PC gamers, mainly due to the fact that they offer solid framerates without being too expensive. Nvidia and AMD are quite competitive in this tier, and both of them offer viable solutions.

All in all, mid-range GPUs can achieve 30-60 FPS when running games in 1440p, and their 1080p performance is nothing short of excellent.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060AMD Radeon RX 580
AMD Radeon RX 570

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 but still want decent in-game performance, there are always budget options. Once again, both Nvidia and AMD offer viable solutions in this range.

Today, budget GPUs are capable of offering a solid 60 FPS 1080p performance in most games, with the exception of the more demanding AAA titles.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TiAMD Radeon RX 560
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
gpu comparison chart

Tier 5 – Affordable Solutions for the Less Demanding Gamer

And finally, the fifth tier consists of the very cheapest GPUs that are best suited for eSports games and other less demanding titles. They can hardly hold a candle to the more expensive GPUs, but considering how big of a step up from integrated graphics they are, it’s not difficult to see why they are still very viable for entry-level builds.

Ultimately, these entry-level cards will offer a more or less stable 60FPS 1080p gaming experience in the less demanding games but might struggle with managing 30 FPS with AAA releases.

Nvidia GeForce GT 1030AMD Radeon RX 550

gpu tier list

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