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    Best Graphics Cards for 4K Gaming [October 2019]

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    4K gaming has become much more accessible now compared to, let’s say back in 2013 or 14 when The Witcher 3 had just come out. It was impossible to yield playable frame-rates using a single card. Hell, even a multi-GPU config failed in the most taxing games. In Witcher 3 with all the settings cranked up to ultra I was barely able to touch the 50 FPS mark. And this was using a pair of GeForce GTX 980 Tis. Two of the then fastest GPUs on the planet. Things are more manageable now, with the RTX 2060 Super delivering better performance than the Maxwell flagship. In most cases, a 40-50K GPU is sufficient to run most games at 4K (mind you not at ultra though). In this post, we break down the minimum requirements for 4K gaming, as well as the recommended and best possible options available in the market.

    Minimum Graphics Card for 4K: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

    Price: Rs. 34,957 (Link)

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    AMD’s upper mid-range Navi card, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the utter minimum if you want to grace the 8 billion pixels of a 4K screen. Although in the Indian market, the aftermarket models are overpriced to the point of being redundant, the reference 5700 XT from Sapphire is now priced less than 35K, a good seven thousand less than the cheapest RTX 2070 Super (while being less than 10% slower). This makes it the ideal card for 1440p gaming and even mild 4K if you are willing to drop some of the more intensive effects.

    Recommended Graphics Card for 4K Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super

    Price: Rs. 59,699 (Link)

    The GeForce RTX 2080 Super is the ideal graphics card for 4K gaming. This spot would have gone to the RTX 2080 Ti if it didn’t cost so damn much. Regardless, the 2080 Super handles anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat, 4K or not. In most titles, it can easily max out all the settings while maintaining buttery smooth 60 FPS. However, if you are looking to play around with RTX at this resolution, you’ll have to make some compromises in visual fidelity to stay above the 50 FPS mark.

    Best Graphics Card for 4K Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

    Price: Rs. 85,999 (Link), Rs. 110,900 (Link)

    If for whatever reason you have a 100 grand lying around in your basement, then the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the card to buy for 4K gaming. Sure, it costs an absurd amount of money, but hey at least you can brag to your friends. The RTX 2080 Ti starts at 85K for the Zotac dual fan version, but if you’re spending this much, might as well go all out and opt for the Inno3D iChill variant which comes with an AIO cooler, making it ideal for overclocking and all kinds of thermal torture. For the record, the RTX 2080 Ti is 20% faster than the RTX 2080 Super and 30% compared to the RTX 2070 Super. Here are a few benchmarks for better clarity:

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    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 wondering about the vast undiscovered expanses of our universe.

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