Roughly a year ago, if you were in the market for a graphics card, be it a beefy 4K or a midrange 1080p offering, it was almost impossible to get one for a sane price. The cryptocurrency boom shot up the prices of mainstream GPUs by quite a bit, making it hard for people to both upgrade or buy new rigs. The tables have now turned however, and if you want a video card for your gaming PC, now is the time to splurge. In this post, we recommend the best graphics cards for gaming @ 60FPS at every resolution using the higher quality graphics presets.
PC Gaming @ 4K Ultra-60 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Starting price: US$ 999.00/ INR 105,000.00.
This one’s a no-brainer. If you want silky smooth 60 FPS in every game with all the graphics settings cranked up to ultra, then NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce offering, the RTX 2080 Ti is the way to go. With 11GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 14 Gbps (and easily OC’able to at least 16) paired with a 352-bit bus, the RTX 2080 Ti manages a monstrous bandwidth of 616 GB/s. It’s the
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4K High @ 60 FPS or 1440p Ultra @ 75 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Starting price: US$ 699/ INR 70,000.
Whether you want the clarity and detail of 4K at 50+ FPS or you’re an FPS fan who prefers QHD at higher frame rates, then NVIDIA’s second-in-command, the GeForce RTX 2080 is the best option. For those of you wondering why we’re not recommending the AMD Radeon Vega VII, the reasons are two fold. Firstly, separate units are impossible to find at the MRP of $699. Secondly, the 7nm GPU is actually a tad bit slower than the GeForce RTX 2080 and it also doesn’t offer specialized support for raytracing or DLSS like the latter.
The RTX 2080 can pretty much be called an expensive GTX 1080 Ti with all the do-dads of Turing like raytracing, DLSS, adaptive and mesh shading, apart from a bunch of other architectural improvements. The 2080 has lesser VRAM than the Tis however, which is pegged at 8GB, although it has the much faster GDDR6 memory. We won’t bore you with the details, you can check them in the above table. In case you are curious, the RTX 2080 is ideal for raytracing with DLSS at 1440p.
1440p Ultra @ 75 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
Starting price: US$ 499/ INR 49,000.
For 1440p gaming, with everything turned to the max, the GeForce RTX 2070 is the most suited choice. The card maintains constant 70+ FPS in every game at the resolution (at the ultra graphics quality preset) and can also run most games at 4K with some compromise in visuals. It’s basically a discount RTX 2080 with some of the SMs disabled and features the same memory configuration and bandwidth as its elder sibling. In case you’re looking to try out raytracing, then the RTX 2070 does just fine at the medium RTX preset and with DLSS can even manage decent FPS at ultra.
1440p Ultra @ 60 FPS or 1080p Ultra with RTX ON
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Starting Price: US$ 349/ INR 31,000.
If you have a 1440p monitor, but don’t have the dough for the more expensive RTX 2070, then the GeForce RTX 2060 is a solid option. The card handles most titles well at 1440p ultra, but in some intensive ones, you’ll have to drop a few settings. As far as raytracing goes, the RTX 2060 can take the burden of RTX only at 1080p, however enabling DLSS does allow it to attain playable frame rates at 1440p with RTX set to medium or low.
1440p High @ 60 FPS or 1080p Ultra at 75+FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Starting price: US$ 279/ INR 25,500.
The release of the GTX 16 series cards based on the same Turing architecture as the RTX lineup was a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is one of the best value for money cards you can get at the moment. The GPU rips through most games at 1440p, while at 1080p it’s ideal for eSports and Battle Royale titles where you need 75+ frame rates for a more immersive experience. The GTX 1660 Ti loses the RT and Tensor cores in favor of sheer rasterizing performance, and in real-world scenarios, an OC’d 1660 Ti should almost match the RTX 2060. The card still features the mesh shaders and also supports adaptive shading like its RTX Turing brethren.
1080p Ultra @ 60 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660/ AMD Radeon RX 590
Starting price: $220/ INR 21,500.
Just a few days back, AMD’s Radeon RX 590 was priced at around $250, but then came NVIDIA’s newest GTX Turing card, the GeForce GTX 1660. With an MSRP of $220, and performance marginally faster than the RX 590, it took AMD by surprise as it pretty much made the 590 redundant. Like always though, team red fired back with a fat price cut, bringing the price of the RX 590 down to $220 (same as the GTX 1660). Both the cards offer roughly the same performance, but there are two key differences. With the Radeon RX 590 you get three games worth $180 free (DmC5, The Division 2 and Resident Evil 2). The GeForce GTX 1660 on the other hand has a much lower TDP and also runs significantly cooler than the 590. Furthermore, it also boasts some of the perks of Turing such as adaptive and mesh shading.
So in the end, it just boils down to the goodies. Do you want the three games bundled with the 590? If yes, then go for it. However, if you already own them or just don’t want them for whatsoever reason, then we recommend the GTX 1660.