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    Best Graphics Cards for Gaming 2019: A GPU Buying Guide

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    The consumer graphics card market is competitive after a fairly long hiatus. AMD has finally let go of the GCN architecture, giving way to the RDNA powered Navi design built from the ground up for gaming. NVIDIA, on the other hand, is trying its best to get ray-tracing featured in almost all the upcoming AAA titles and to be fair, they have been largely successful. Before Intel launches its Xe lineup of dedicated graphics cards, this would be the best time to buy a GPU for your gaming rig. And so on that front, we’ll be recommending the best graphics cards for gaming at 1080p, 1440p as well as 4K (the three most popular resolutions).

    Best Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 1080p (FHD)

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB

    • Price: Rs 16,800 (Link)
    • Recommended power supply: 450W
    • Specs:
    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)

    At the moment, the GeForce GTX 1660 is the best graphics card for 1080p gaming which allows you to play without any compromises in visual quality. Powered by the Turing architecture, this GPU makes AMD’s RX 580 obsolete by offering much better performance while costing notably less. It also draws much lower power and runs relatively cooler. It renders most eSports titles at 100+ FPS at 1080p and with some sacrifices in image quality, it should suffice at 1440p as well.

    Best Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 1440p (QHD)

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

    • Price: Rs. 25,799 (Link)
    • Recommended Power Supply: 500W
    CUDA Cores1920
    Boost Clock1755 MHz
    Max Board Power160W
    Power Connectors8+8 pin
    Memory6GB GDDR6
    Memory Width192-bit
    Memory Speed14 Gbps
    InterfacePCI-E 3.0
    Dimensions315*147*52 (mm)
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    The graphics card market is on the brink of another major upheaval. AMD’s Navi 14 cards will soon hit retail and so will NVIDIA’s GTX 1660 Super, making the budget range more competitive than ever. However, the 1440p gaming space probably won’t change by much. If you want RTX, then this is the cheapest GPU you’ll find in that market to suit your needs.

    AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB

    • Price: Rs. 31,399 (Link)
    • Recommended Power Supply: 550W
    GPUNavi 10
    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)

    The Sapphire variant of the Radeon RX 5700 is selling @ 30,799 INR. If you’re alright with skipping the first wave of ray-traced games, and instead want higher frame rates at 1440p or even 4K capability, then the Radeon RX 5700 is the way to go. Priced at 31.8K INR, it consistently beats the GeForce RTX 2060 Super while costing less and also maintains decent thermals. Furthermore, it can be overclocked to perform more or less on par with the RTX 2070 and the RX 5700 XT.

    Related: Best CPUs for Gaming in 2019: You’ll Need these Processors to Game at 1080p, 1440p and 4K

    Best Graphics Cards for Gaming @ 2160p (4K)

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super

    • Price: Rs 42,139 (Link)
    • Recommended Power Supply: 650W
    CUDA Cores2560
    Boost Clock1785 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. So, we opt for the second-best option: the GeForce RTX 2070 Super. Well, yeah technically it’s the third-best option but I wouldn’t recommend the RTX 2080 Super as it’s only marginally faster and costs an additional 20K. You can overclock the 2070 Super to make it perform almost on par with the 2080 S.

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

    • Price: Rs 85,999 (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 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 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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