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.
In order to help you find the right graphics card more easily, we have put together a table that ranks GPUs according to their performance, but we also kept value in mind, as it is also an important factor, especially in the lower price ranges.
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|Tier Level||The Card||VRAM||Memory Bus Width|
|Tier 1||Nvidia Titan RTX||24 GB GDDR6||384-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti||11 GB GDDR6||352-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce Titan V||12 GB HBM2||3072-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce Titan Xp||12 GB GDDR5X||384-bit|
|Tier 2||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||11 GB GDDR5X||352-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|AMD Radeon VII||16 GB HBM2||4096-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|Tier 3||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080||8 GB GDDR5X||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti||8 GB GDDR5||256-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX Vega 64||8 GB HBM2||2048-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 5700||8 GB GDDR6||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060||6 GB GDDR6||192-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070||8 GB GDDR5||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||6 GB GDDR6||192-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT||6 GB GDDR6||192-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX Vega 56||8 GB HBM2||2048-bit|
|Tier 4||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super||6 GB GDDR6||192-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 590||8 GB GDDR5||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660||6 GB GDDR5||192-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super||4 GB GDDR6||128-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 580||4 GB/8 GB GDDR5||256 bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT||4/8 GB GDDR6||128-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060||6 GB/3 GB GDDR5||192-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 5500||4 GB GDDR6||128-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 480||4 GB/8 GB GDDR5||256-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 570||4 GB/8 GB GDDR5||256 bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 470||4 GB/8 GB GDDR5||256-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650||4 GB GDDR5||128-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti||4 GB GDDR5||128-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050||2 GB GDDR5||128-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 560||2 GB/4 GB GDDR5||128-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 460||2 GB/4 GB GDDR5||128-bit|
|AMD Radeon RX 550||2 GB/4 GB GDDR5||128-bit|
|Nvidia GeForce GT 1030||2 GB GDDR5||64-bit|
If you’d like to take a look at our selection of the best GPU’s for gaming in 2020, check our this article.
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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 GPUs and professional GPUs.
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|
Tier 2 – Superb Performance
The second tier is comprised of powerful GPUs, some of which are high-end while others are better-described as “upper mid-range” solutions. And much like the first tier, Nvidia is still the dominant force here, too, though AMD might start to offer some resistance in the near future.
Performance-wise, these GPUs are ideal solutions for 1440p gaming, though the more powerful ones can take on 4K as well. Of course, the performance in such a high resolution will vary from GPU to GPU and from game to game.
|Nvidia GPUs||AMD GPUs|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080S||AMD Radeon VII|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070S|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070|
Tier 3 – Good Performance at Reasonable Prices
The third tier consists of mid-range GPUs that tend to offer the best balance between performance and pricing that you can find. They offer solid 1440p performance while also being able to push higher framerates in 1080p.
For a long time, AMD was capable of offering GPUs that were both more powerful and cheaper than competing Nvidia models, though “Team Green” is making a bit of a comeback in this range now.
|Nvidia GPUs||AMD GPUs|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super||AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080||AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti||AMD Radeon RX Vega 64|
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060||AMD Radeon RX 5700|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070||AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||AMD Radeon RX Vega 56|
Tier 4 – Great Value for Those on a Budget
For those who don’t have a lot of money to spend on a beastly gaming PC, there are a number of affordable yet reliable budget-friendly solutions to choose from. As before, AMD used to offer better solutions in this price range, but there are some very good Nvidia GPUs to choose from now, too.
Budget GPUs are intended mainly for 1080p gaming, though the performance will, naturally, vary from game to game and model to model, with some of them quite capable of running games in 1440p, albeit not at stellar framerates.
|Nvidia GPUs||AMD GPUs|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super||AMD Radeon RX 590|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660||AMD Radeon RX 580|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650S||AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060||AMD Radeon RX 5500|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650||AMD Radeon RX 480|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti||AMD Radeon RX 570|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050||AMD Radeon RX 470|
|Nvidia GeForce GT 1030||AMD Radeon RX 560|
|AMD Radeon RX 460|
|AMD Radeon RX 550|