Top best graphics cards

The progress of video accelerators is traditionally ahead of the development of the rest of the computer hardware. For example, where do you find now PC RAM capable of overstepping a threshold of 6 gigahertz? And for video cards this is already “the day before yesterday”. And their improvement is prompted, naturally, by the increasing requirements of modern video games: video accelerators have to drive through an increasing amount of data through themselves, so even an old card that is quite satisfactory in speed of the video core can now “take off” simply because it lacks video memory, and she has to store data in a much slower PC RAM. The best video cards of the end of 2019 – the beginning of 2020 are presented in our rating.

Fortunately, mining fever is a thing of the past, and memory prices are now incredibly low, so buying a modern video card has again become a justifiable step. Of course, not because of the trendy ray tracing technology promoted by NVidia or because of the desire to get an accelerator with an eye on the promising PCI Express 4.0 bus, but for more pragmatic reasons. If you want to enjoy all the beauties of the game world such as Red Dead Redemption 2 at least on 2K monitors – focus on accelerators with very high performance. By today’s standards, this is precisely what the GeForce RTX and Radeon RX family models demonstrate.

Best graphics cards for less than $ 200 (lower mid-end)

Sapphire Pulse RX 570 8G G5

The best graphics card in the low-cost category, we consider Sapphire Pulse RX 570 8G G5. Modern budget gaming systems should provide a comfortable FPS for any project, at least with medium graphics quality settings, if the picture is displayed in Full HD resolution. At the same time, planning to build such an economy version of a game station, it makes sense to focus on video cards with 8 GB of memory “on board”. According to many specialized experts and experienced gamers, accelerators based on Radeon RX 570 chips are a reasonable choice. The range of relevant offers is quite large, and our sympathies are on the side of Sapphire brand products. At a very competitive price, the recommended graphics cards are already overclocked in the factory and equipped with an effective cooling system. In addition, there are two versions of the Pulse RX 570 8G with a different combination of output ports (the 11266-36 has a DVI). Of course, related models from the Nitro + line will be a little cooler, but such an accelerator will cost a couple of thousand more.

The main advantages:

  • the amount of video memory with a margin of a couple of years;
  • performance sufficient for Full HD;
  • low noise.

Minuses:

  • modest potential for further overclocking;
  • at maximum load, the noise of the fans becomes noticeable;
  • possible slight squeak of chokes.

ASUS Radeon RX 560 OC

From our point of view, of the video cards based on the Radeon RX560 GPU, the most interesting are models overclocked in the factory and equipped with four gigabytes of memory. ASUS turned out to be the most operational of the manufacturers – we give preference to its offer. This is a joke. The real reason is more prosaic: the named accelerator has the highest operating frequencies and a fairly efficient heat pipe cooling system. In addition, ASUS engineers have traditionally equipped their designs with a special connector that allows you to control an additional case fan. In terms of performance, the card is somewhere in between the devices on the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti. It will be uncomfortable to use it at resolutions of 2K and higher, but for Full HD – it is just right.

The main advantages:

  • efficient and relatively quiet cooling system;
  • high-quality elemental base;
  • the ability to control one of the case fans.

Minuses:

  • modest set of interfaces.

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 550

The video card is an ultra-budget – as it is. Unlike all other AMD GPUs of the five hundredth series, the RX550 has no predecessor and is a stripped-down version of the Radeon RX560. Video cards based on it are positioned as a worthy solution for e-sports, and due to its compactness and reduced power consumption – as an excellent option for building home media centers (HTPC). They are not suitable for “heavy” games, although they can be used with minimal quality settings for the displayed image. In this case, we strongly recommend that you find the opportunity and purchase a version with 4 GB of memory. To watch the video and other needs – two “gig” are enough. Despite the factory overclocking and a rather simple cooling system, the Sapphire graphics card is notable for the low noise level generated under heavy load.

The main advantages:

  • compact sizes;
  • relatively quiet.

Minuses:

  • Under load it warms up more than competitors.

Best graphics cards from $ 200 to $ 300 (upper mid-end)

Sapphire Nitro + RX 590 8G

Already not an open budget, but consider the Radeon RX 590 GPUs as representatives with middle class is also impossible. Video cards based on them will be of interest to you if the game picture is planned to be displayed in 2K resolution maximum. And then with a moderate-average frame rate. If we take into account the traditional “gluttony” of AMD products, the presence of such a model of a high-quality cooling system will not be out of place. There are several options, but the SB design seemed to be the best, which the Nitro + accelerators from Sapphire can boast of. Four heat pipes. An efficient heatsink that removes heat not only from the processor and memory chips, but also from VRM (which on the back side of the board also cools individually). Reliable double row ball bearings, finally. It is not surprising that the Nitro + RX 590 8G video cards demonstrate a relatively low level of heating and low operating noise at the same time. The spectacular appearance of the device is already just a bonus.

The main advantages:

  • noise level 40 dB (A) even with Boost;
  • maximum 75 ° C under continuous load;
  • normal cooling of VRMs;
  • great option for budget modding.

Minuses:

  • increased power consumption;
  • weak overclocking potential.

MSI GeForce GTX 1660 TI VENTUS XS 6G OC

To get a smooth game picture in monitors on 2.5K monitors (or with satisfactory FPS at 4K), one should look towards the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti video cards. Such accelerators do not support hardware ray tracing, but this is an insignificant minus, since it is impractical to use the indicated technology even in mid-budget gaming systems. If in your preferences you are more inclined to a low noise level, rather than to the possibility of additional overclocking, we recommend paying attention to the MSI VENTUS line. Its representatives are uniquely quieter than their direct competitors, but squeezing the increased frequencies out of them is very problematic. First of all, Micron chips are used as memory microcircuits, and they are hardly “chased”. Secondly, the voltage regulation modules for VENTUS series video cards are cooled not by a common, but by a separate small-sized radiator. It is possible that the complaints on the MSI “burnout” encountered on the network just appear after unsuccessful attempts to get an extra couple of percent of performance.

The main advantages:

  • factory overclocking;
  • low noise cooling system;
  • Doesn’t need a powerful PSU.

Minuses:

  • poor cooling VRM;
  • the amount of memory without “stock”.

Best graphics cards from $ 300 to $ 600 (lower high-end)

Palit GeForce RTX 2060 Super JetStream

As you know, the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER graphics processor surpassed the “regular” RTX 2070, which is why NVidia curtailed its production. And we recall this fact due to the fact that Palit did not send “printed circuit boards” of its accelerators on the RTX 2070, but began to use them in the manufacture of video cards on the RTX 2060 SUPER. Unlike many competitors, banally updated the corresponding product line, without bothering to improve simplified PCBs. Moreover, the company clearly decided to create an ultimatum version of the middle-class accelerator and equipped the model in question with a premium cooling system from the RTX 2080 JetStream. The solution is promising, allowing you to overclock the card, but overall (3 slots). Of the other cool features, the advanced power system deserves mention – 8 phases for the GPU, 2 for the memory. As a result, the recommended video card even bypasses the “red” models on the Radeon RX 5700 XT, although the reference version of the accelerator on the GeForce RTX 2060 Super is somewhat inferior to them.

The main advantages:

  • flagship cooling and power systems;
  • excellent performance;
  • further acceleration is possible;
  • relatively quiet operation under load.

Minuses:

  • specific noise from fans in the stop mode;
  • large dimensions.

Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 XT 8G

In the summer of 2019, the Reds introduced two very worthy graphics processors and allowed their partners to produce video cards based on them with an alternative PCB design and a proprietary cooling system. Now fans of accelerators based on AMD chips no longer need to endure the increased noise, which inevitably accompanied the operation of the turbine. Sapphire took the most attractive chance faster than anyone and tried to squeeze the maximum out of the situation. Quiet SO (to medium loads), additional cooling of memory and VRM, metal backplate, reliable components, an improved power subsystem, factory overclocking – the Pulse RX 5700 XT 8G video card was a sight for sore eyes. And also the price is so nice! The appearance of SUPER in the “green” caused a natural decrease in the cost of the previous generation NVidia processors, which did not allow AMD to ask too much. The recommended video card will suit absolutely any picky gamer looking into the game world through a 4K monitor.

The main advantages:

  • excellent performance;
  • Dual BIOS
  • additional factory overclocking.

Minuses:

  • noticeable noise at maximum load;
  • power consumption is higher than that of direct competitors.

MSI GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS XS OC

As we noted above, Using ray tracing technology is impractical even within this price segment (due to a too strong drop in performance). If you need a new-fangled chip, and the budget is slightly limited, you have to consider options starting with video cards based on GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs, and the best choice among them is the regularly dispersed MSI accelerators from the VENTUS line. Yes, they make noise at the maximum speed of the cooling system fans, but the latter has such a large margin of “strength” that the 50% speed of the impellers provides the card with a quite comfortable temperature regime and does not put pressure on the owner’s ears. Actually, the “weak link” of the recommended model is only a simplified power scheme (4 + 2), as well as a modest individual heatsink for VRM modules. If RTX functions are not used, the accelerator provides playable FPS in 4K and is absolutely comfortable when using monitors with lower resolution.

The main advantages:

  • sufficient performance for 4K;
  • there is hardware support for ray tracing.

Minuses:

  • simplified power scheme (4 + 2 in phases and only one 8-pin connector);
  • no version with DVI port;
  • noticeable heat and noise under maximum load.

Best graphics cards from $ 600 to $ 900 (high-end)

GIGABYTE RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING OC

Fans of playing with almost no FPS limitation, but in relative silence and without a “stove” under their feet have to look closely at video cards with 3-fan cooling systems. The best in this segment, we consider the Gigabyte accelerators from the Gaming OC line and that’s why. In addition to the obvious benefits of an additional fan, a new type of composite heat pipes helps to efficiently dissipate the released heat energy to their radiators. The dynamic control system for its power also contributes to the fight against accelerator overheating, which independently determines how much VRM should be used at the current load (full 8 + 2 circuit). As a result, we have one of the “coldest” and quietest video cards on the GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GPU, capable of delivering the pleasure of playing at maximum speeds in 4K resolution.

The main advantages:

  • excellent performance;
  • quiet and cool;
  • dynamic power management system;
  • 4 year warranty;
  • SLI mode support.

Minuses:

  • large dimensions.

Best graphics cards priced at $ 900 (upper high-end)

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO

To date, the most solid margin of performance are graphics cards based on GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. The potential of such accelerators is so high that it makes it possible to sacrifice several percent of their computing power almost painlessly in order to reduce operating noise to a comfortable level. If you do not rush from one extreme to the other (extreme acceleration or silence), then the best offer can be considered a model range of video cards GAMING X TRIO performed by MSI. Rumors about the PCB burnout of this brand are based on real facts that have occurred with representatives of other company lines. The same VENTUS XS with simplified power and an ill-conceived VRM cooling system. Here, the radiator is in contact with all the warming elements, and the supply phases are exactly as many as provided by the reference card circuit.

The main advantages:

  • top performance;
  • good overclocking potential;
  • thoughtful cooling system;
  • spectacular three-zone backlight.

Minuses:

  • weight and dimensions;
  • there are reviews about the whistle of chokes at maximum load;
  • high price.

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING X TRIO

If the video cards based on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti are chosen by uncompromising gamers who have no problems financing their Wishlist, the accelerators on the SUPER versions of the older NVidia GPU are aimed at those customers who need almost flagship performance, but for a more sane amount. From this point of view, we consider the best video cards from the corresponding lines with factory overclocking RTX 2080 SUPER, and the most promising of the suitable ones – with Samsung memory chips, high-quality power and a highly efficient cooling system. This is exactly what the recommended card from MSI refers to. In fact, the only noticeable drawback of this accelerator is predetermined by the feature of the 3-fan CO, due to which almost all the hot air remains inside the PC case.

The main advantages:

  • highest performance;
  • excellent overclocking potential;
  • quiet cooling system;
  • controlled backlight.

Minuses:

  • big and heavy;
  • the design of CO assumes good ventilation in the enclosure itself.

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 MHz

Pay attention to the design of the fans on this card: their blades are “looped”, which is remembered only by the NoiseBlocker fans of the eBLoop series. Indeed, the breakdown of the air from the edges of the blades is sensitive even for standard frame fans, for “hanging in the air” without a flow-directing frame for video card fans – all the more so. The ring, limiting the space around the blades, well cuts off the “reverse exhaust”, which can be felt by any fan of a classic design if it does not blow into empty space. So we already have a good application for quiet and efficient cooling of not the coldest video card at all: two eight-pin power connectors completely characterize its “appetite”. At low loads, the fans stop completely – outside the games, the card is completely silent.

8 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory operating at a frequency of 14 gigahertz in combination with auto-acceleration of the GPU to 1.77 GHz in OC Mode provide the video card with excellent characteristics when using high-quality textures in games on 4K monitors. However, pay attention to the dimensions of the cooling system: the video card has an unconventional “2.7 slots” format, that is, it actually takes all 3, which can already be a problem for owners of micro-ATX motherboards – for example, a free slot for a PCIe sound card may no longer be to find.

The main advantages:

  • Cooling system quality
  • A competent power subsystem (we’re not just releasing a pin to MSI, but still …)

Minuses:

  • Large overall height.