Best Graphics Card for Gaming at Every Budget: GPU Buying Guide (2019)

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As the holiday season moves into full swing, it’s the best time to buy electronics, be it computer components or a smartphone. As per demand, we’ve compiled a list of the best graphics cards for gaming at every resolution. Let’s dive in:

Best Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 1080p 60 FPS

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

  • Price: Rs 16,900 (Link)
  • Recommended power supply: 450W
GPUTU116-300
Process12nm
CUDA Cores1408
Boost Clock1800 MHz
Max Board Power120W
Power Connectors6-pin
Memory6GB GDDR5
Memory Width192-bit
Memory Speed8 Gbps
InterfacePCI-E 3.0
Dimensions228*131.5*41.5 (mm)

The GeForce GTX 1660 is one of the most well-rounded graphics cards for 1080p gaming, allowing solid 60FPS in every modern title without any compromise. Build atop the Turing architecture, this GPU was introduced to make compete with AMD’s aging but potent Polaris cards. It goes a step ahead by offering much better performance at a lower power draw.

Best Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 1080p 120 FPS

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB

  • Price: Rs 19,375 (Link)
  • Recommended power supply: 450W
  • Specs:
GPUTU116-300
Process12nm
CUDA Cores1408
Boost Clock1800 MHz
Max Board Power120W
Power Connectors6-pin
Memory6GB GDDR6
Memory Width192-bit
Memory Speed14 Gbps
InterfacePCI-E 3.0
Dimensions228*131.5*41.5 (mm)
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The GeForce GTX 1660 Super offers 1660 Ti levels of performance at near-1660 prices. It’s a solid GPU for 1080p 120 FPS or 1440p 60 FPS gaming. You’re essentially getting a GTX 1070 (which cost 40K) level card for less than Rs. 20K. We’ve certainly come a long way.

Bonus:

Best Budget 1080p Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB (DEAL)

Price: Rs. 10,999 (Link) Get a Keyboard Free!

GPUPolaris 10
Process14nm
Shaders2048
Boost Clock1310MHz
Max Board Power150W
Power Connectors8-pin
Memory4GB GDDR5
Memory Width256-bit
Memory Speed7 Gbps
InterfacePCI-E 3.0
Dimensions24 x 12.9 x 3.9 (cm)

Best Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 1440p 60 FPS

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

  • Price: Rs. 26,299 (Link)
  • Recommended Power Supply: 500W
GPUTU106
Process12nm
CUDA Cores1920
Boost Clock1680MHz
Max Board Power160W
Power Connectors8 pin
Memory6GB GDDR6
Memory Width192-bit
Memory Speed14 Gbps
InterfacePCI-E 3.0
Dimensions315*147*52 (mm)
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The GeForce RTX 2060 is the only 20 series card that wasn’t discontinued after the coming of the RTX Supers. Instead, it got a hefty price cut to 26K while AMD’s Navi cards and the Supers started selling at its original price point. This makes it a solid 1440p budget GPU option. Given you have a capable CPU, you can easily cross the 100FPS mark in pretty much every shooter.

Best Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 1440p 120 FPS

AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB

  • Price: Rs. 29,499 (Link)
  • Recommended Power Supply: 550W
GPUNavi 10
Process7nm
Stream Processors2304
Boost Clock1725 MHz
Max Board Power187W
Power Connectors8+6 pin
Memory8GB GDDR6
Memory Width256-bit
Memory Speed14 Gbps
InterfacePCI-E 4.0
Dimensions254 x 135 x 46.5 (mm)

If you’re alright with skipping the first wave of ray-traced games, and instead want a 1440p graphics card that can shell out 75+FPS with ease, then the Radeon RX 5700 is the card for you. Priced at Rs. 29,499, it consistently beats the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and being cheaper at the same time. Furthermore, it can be overclocked to perform more or less on par with the RTX 2070 and the RX 5700 XT, although that’ll need a water block or custom cooling solution.

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Best Budget Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 4K

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super

  • Price: Rs. 41,490 (Link)
  • Recommended Power Supply: 650W
GPUTU104
Process12nm
CUDA Cores2560
Boost Clock1770 MHz
Max Board Power215W
Power Connectors8+6 pin
Memory8GB GDDR6
Memory Width256-bit
Memory Speed14 Gbps
InterfacePCI-E 3.0
Dimensions268*113 (mm)

There aren’t a lot of options in the ultra-enthusiast section of the graphics card market. The RTX 2080 Ti costs an insane $999 (1 lac) and while it is most suited for 4K, the price makes it hard to recommend. The RTX 2080 Super, on the other hand, is just an RTX 2080 on steroids. So, we opt for the 2070 Super. The Inno3D model is on a special discount selling for less than 40K for the first time ever, so grab it by the p***y.

Best Graphics Card for Gaming @ 4K 60+ FPS

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

  • Price: Rs 84,999 (Link)
  • Recommended Power supply: 650W

In case you just got a promotion at work or won a gold medal for doing nothing, and of course, are willing to shell out almost 1 lac on just the GPU, then the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti qualifies as a gaming graphics card. And with a lot of money comes… slightly more performance. The Turing RTX flagship is the only GPU in the market able to push 4K 60+FPS in almost title without breaking a sweat. If not for that price tag, we’d have put it on the top of this list. There are whispers of a Radeon Navi 12 GPU on the internet said to perform on the same level as the Ti, but as of now, that’s what they are. Unless AMD announces it or we don’t see a benchmark or a significant leak, it’d be fair to say it’s merely a pipe-dream.

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Areej
I love computer hardware and RPGs, and those two things are what drove me to start TechQuila. Other than that most of my time goes into reading psychology, writing (and reading) dark poetry and playing games.

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