It has been a while since we updated our graphics card buying guide, but to be honest that’s mostly because it’s been real quiet in the market ever since the GeForce RTX cards were launched. AMD’s Radeon VII was a big flop, so we won’t consider that. However, team red is back with a bang. The company’s Navi GPUs rocking the new RDNA architecture have suddenly raised the stakes, prompting NVIDIA to come up with a mid-generation refresh or the Super lineup as they are calling it. In this guide, we’ll recommend the best graphics cards for gaming at all three resolutions: 1080p, 1440p as well as 4K for a silky smooth 60 FPS experience. Ain’t nothing like it.
Best Graphics Cards for 1080p Gaming
Say what you will about the RTX cards, but the GTX 16 series lineup has some of the best budget cards in the market. These parts made the Polaris based Radeon RX 580 obsolete and sort of made up for the overpriced higher-end Turing cards. The GTX 1660 constantly delivers solid 60+FPS in every game at 1080p with all settings maxed out and is priced at a very reasonable 17.8K INR.
The 6GB VRAM makes sure that you don’t run into any problems while running the most intensive games at the ultra preset and it only needs one six-pin PCIe connector for power. It has a TDP of 120W and comes with a warranty of 3 years.
Best Graphics Cards for 1440p Gaming
Price: ₹31,899 Price
AMD’s newly launched Navi cards are best suited for 1440p gaming, especially the Radeon RX 5700 which comes with an unbeatable price-tag of 32K INR and beats the more expensive GeForce RTX 2060 Super in most games. The best part is that it runs cooler than older Vega cards and consumes as much power as the RTX 2060, all the while being considerably faster.
With 2000+ stream processors, it is one of the first products to leverage AMD’s new RDNA architecture and the faster GDDR6 VRAM. Like the Radeon VII, it is based on TSMC’s 7nm process.
The 1660’s elder sibling packs much more oomph, but it’s nowhere as fast as the RX 5700. However, if you are on a tight budget, then it’s not a bad choice for QHD. The 6GB of GDDR6 memory should be sufficient in the majority of titles and if you are a streamer, then you can take advantage of the NVENC encoder for a smoother broadcast. Furthermore, most of these cards come with some PUBG/Fortnite goodies, so if you are an eSports fan, then this is a sweet deal.
Best Graphics Cards for 4K Gaming
The RTX 2070 Super although, not quite as price-effective as the Radeon RX 5700 XT performs notably better at 4K and you also get the option to use ray-tracing and DLSS in some of the games that support it. Granted, there aren’t many out there that do but it shouldn’t be long before it becomes relatively mainstream.
The 2070 Super performs very similar to the RTX 2080, and packs the same number of RTCores too. Even if does seem to be slightly slower than the latter, don’t worry, we’ve tested the new Super cards, they overclock quite well, and the memory can be pushed by quite a bit, so you should be able to level with the more expensive Turing.
The Radeon RX 5700 XT once again highlights AMD’s core advantage: slightly slower but much cheaper. It is on average >10% slower than the RTX 2070 Super, but costs almost 10K INR less. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out which of the two is the better deal.
As you can see, in many titles it even goes on to defeat the higher-priced 2070 Super. Furthermore, in case you are wondering, no it does not run hot, nor does it draw too much power. Thanks to the new RDNA architecture and the 7nm node, it is as efficient as NVIDIA’s Turing cards.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
Okay, as far as this last one is concerned, I’m sort of going out on a limb and making an educated guess. The RTX 2080 Super will be approximately 10-15% than the vanilla 2080, and as per press documentation, it’ll be faster than the
Updated: Added the RTX 2080 Super
Benchmark credits: TechSpot.com