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Best GPU’s for all budgets

Intro

Nowadays there are countless graphics processing units out there to get your hands on and it’s not easy to make a choice. That’s why we figured it would be incredibly handy to provide a quick guide that offers a choice focused on budgets. Whether you want a compact, well-performance unit for a small budget or are willing to splurge and treat yourself to the cream of the crop; we’ve got you covered.

We’ll be showing you two options for each section, divided into three groups: budget, mid-range, and high-end GPUs. Each will show a breakdown of what they offer and the pros and cons of each unit. At the end of the article, we’ll give a handy overview so you can see all the choices neatly lined up. Without further ado, here are our picks.

Budget GPUs

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS

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Specs

Price $248,11
Cuda Cores 1,536
Base Clock 1,770MHz
Boost Clock 1,830MHz
Video Memory 6GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 12Gbps
Memory Bus 192-bit
Power Connectors 1 x 8-pin
Outputs 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4
Size 8.03″ x 5.04″ x 1.7″

Pros

  • Best price vs. performance
  • Great cooling
  • Overclocking is great

Cons

  • 4K gaming not optimal

This GPU is a great unit at a sweet price, which is hard to beat. It packs a punch when it comes to price versus what you get. Its performance is close to the Geforce Rtx 2060 at only 2/3rds of the cost. When you’re on a budget, this is a great choice. As is the next entry, let’s take a look.

MSI RX 5500 XT Mech 8G OC

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Specs

Price $235,43
Cuda Cores 1408
Base Clock 1,647MHz
Boost Clock 1,845MHz
Video Memory 8GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 14Gbps
Memory Bus 128-bit
Power Connectors 1 x 8-pin
Outputs 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
Size 8.5″ x 5″ x 1.6″

Pros

  • Performs outstanding in 1080p
  • Very compact

Cons

  • 4K gaming not supported

At a fraction under the cost of the GTX 1660 Ti Ventus, this still brings a lot to the table. If you’re perfectly fine with 1080p, you should be able to hit those high framerates no problem. Even 1440p runs pretty smooth, but here you start to see the top-end of its performance. Still, at this price, there is nothing bad to say about this great bang for your buck.

Mid-Range GPUs

XFX AMD Radeon VII

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Specs

Price $597,99
Cuda Cores 3,840
Base Clock 1,400MHz
Boost Clock 1,800MHz
Video Memory 16GB HBM2
Memory Speed 4Gbps
Memory Bus 4,096-bit
Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin
Outputs 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
Size 11.02″ x 4.92″ x 1.57″

Pros

  • Two-slot case fitment
  • 16GB memory = built to last
  • 4K

Cons

  • Loud cooling
  • No VirtualLink port
  • Asks a lot of board power

The price is mid-range, but the performance is high-end. If you’re willing to up the ante budget-wise you’ll instantly see improvements and this unit gives you just that. It can handle 4K, and with the demand moving towards those capabilities ever more quickly this is a good thing. With its large video memory, this GPU is built to last, so if you’re able to make the investment you should do so.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super

 

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Specs

Price $583,36
Cuda Cores 2,560
Base Clock 1,605MHz
Boost Clock 1,770MHz
Video Memory 8GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 14Gbps
Memory Bus 256-bit
Power Connectors 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
Outputs 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
Size 9.4″ x 5″ x 1.65″

Pros

  • 4K max settings playable
  • Stable overclocking
  • Runs quiet

Cons

  • None

This is still an amazing GPU for your money, a solid investment. It offers great performance on high setting in 4K and just looks great. If you like things a little more fancy but still want solid all-round performance, then this is the card for you. If you’ve really got cash to burn, though, then the next two picks are for you.

High-End GPUs aka The Splurge

Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition

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Specs

Price $1,399,66
Cuda Cores 4,352
Base Clock 1,350MHz
Boost Clock 1,665MHz
Video Memory 11GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 14Gbps
Memory Bus 352-bit
Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin
Outputs 2 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB-C
Size 12″ x 5.1″ x 2.1″

Pros

  • Best over-all performance (60fps in 4K + Ultra)
  • Stays cool
  • Great overclocking
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • It’s big

This GPU has been holding the fort on the best high-end unit out there for quite some time. It’s a prime quality product and will not let you down in any department except maybe its size. But, let’s face it, for these performances its size can be forgiven. The price tag is nothing compared to our last contender, however, which takes the cake in this review.

Nvidia Titan RTX

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Specs

Price $2489,99
Cuda Cores 4,608
Base Clock 1,350MHz
Boost Clock 1,770MHz
Video Memory 24GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 14Gbps
Memory Bus 384-bit
Power Connectors 2 x 8-pin
Outputs 1 x USB-C, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
Size 9.4″ x 5″ x 1.65″

Pros

  • Extremely fast
  • Huge Video Memory
  • Can handle all highest settings
  • Most powerful card

Cons

  • The price

The high price comes with huge upsides when you want the most powerful card. It offers everything in absurd amounts and is easily capable of handling 4K and Ultra. If you’ve got the money and absolutely need all these things, then look no further, this is your card.

Overview & Conclusion

Model MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS MSI RX 5500 XT Mech 8G OC XFX AMD Radeon VII Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition Nvidia Titan RTX
Price $248,11 $235,43 $597,99 $583,36 $1,399,66 $2489,99
Cuda Cores 1,536 1408 3,840 2,560 4,352 4,608
Base Clock 1,770MHz 1,647MHz 1,400MHz 1,605MHz 1,350MHz 1,350MHz
Boost Clock 1,830MHz 1,845MHz 1,800MHz 1,770MHz 1,665MHz 1,770MHz
Video Memory 6GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 16GB HBM2 8GB GDDR6 11GB GDDR6 24GB GDDR6
Memory Speed 12Gbps 14Gbps 4Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps
Memory Bus 192-bit 128-bit 4,096-bit 256-bit 352-bit 384-bit
Power Connectors 1 x 8-pin 1 x 8-pin 2 x 8-pin 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin 2 x 8-pin 2 x 8-pin
Outputs 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b 2 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB-C 1 x USB-C, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b
Size 8.03″ x 5.04″ x 1.7″ 8.5″ x 5″ x 1.6″ 11.02″ x 4.92″ x 1.57″ 9.4″ x 5″ x 1.65″ 12″ x 5.1″ x 2.1″ 9.4″ x 5″ x 1.65″

There you have it, six choices for all budgets. They’re amazing GPU’s in their own right and can all hold their ground in their respective place on the market. All you really need to do is decide on what it is you expect out of your graphics card and make the choice from there. We hope this article has helped you on the way of making that decision.

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