Best Graphics Cards for Gaming at 4K (2019)


    4K gaming has become much more accessible now compared to, let’s say back in 2013 or 14. That’s when Witcher 3 came out by the way. It was neigh-impossible to yield playable frame-rates using a single card. Hell, even a multi-GPU config was not enough 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 Ti graphics cards in SLI. Two of the fastest GPUs on the planet back then. It much easier now, with the 25K 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 Required for 4K: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

    Price: Rs. 34,200 (Link)

    AMD’s upper mid-range Navi card, the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the utter minimum requirement if you want to grace the 8 billion pixels of a 4K screen. Granted the reference model runs hot and cause a headache with its noise, but the aftermarket cards are priced at quite the premium (at least in the Indian market). The PowerColor Red Devil costs an insane 41K, the Gigabyte costs 45K (are these guys crazy or what) and the Asus ROG Strix, well I didn’t even bother to check that as it tends to be the most expensive of thge lot.

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

    Price: Rs. 59,799 (Link)

    The GeForce RTX 2080 Super is the ideal graphics card for gaming at 4K. This spot would have gone to the GeForce 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. If the 2060 Super is too much for you, then you should consider looking at the 2070 Super. It’s around 15% slower and a whole 20K cheaper. Law of diminishing returns, my a**.

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

    Price: Rs. 84,999 (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 about it 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 liquid cooler, ideal for overclocking and all kinds of thermal torture. For the record, the GeForce 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 reference:

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