Choosing a graphics card can be a little tricky. With so many of them out in the market, which one do you choose for your needs? Are you content with playing indie games on a 1080p monitor, or do you want the full-blown 4K AAA experience? Well, whatever your budget or ambitions may be, we’ve got you covered with the best NVIDIA graphics cards that you can buy on any budget.
With the imminent arrival of NVIDIA’s Ampere graphics cards, you might be thinking of holding off on building that new gaming PC. Well, under normal circumstances, we’d recommend the same. But with the state of the world right now, chances are the RTX 3000 GPUs will be even more expensive than the current ones on the market. So, if you’ve decided to finally bite the bullet and get one of those shiny new graphics cards for your build, consider the following.
Best Graphics Card for 4K 60 FPS Gaming
NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080 Ti
Of course, when it comes to 4K, there’s only one Titan (no, not that one) – The RTX 2080 Ti. This graphics card was the first to debut with raytracing capabilities (for gaming consumers). Of course, we got the RTX 2080 and the middle child – the RTX 2080 Super, but if you’re one to crank all the settings to highest, then the 2080 Ti is your best bet.
The 2080 Ti packs 11 GB of VRAM for the higher-end 4K textures that you’ll be toggling on during gaming. When it comes to NVIDIA graphics cards, this one sits on top. Of course, it also costs a lot to buy one, but with Ampere coming out later this year, it should drop in price. Why should you get this over the newer GPUs? Value. The GTX 1080 Ti is still a great NVIDIA graphics card, but the lack of raytracing features on it does make it age worse. The 2080 Ti on the other hand should do just fine for the next few years.
Best Graphics Card for 1440p 60 FPS Gaming
NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070 Super
The RTX 2070 Super was one of the 3 “Super” cards that NVIDIA released earlier this year to bump up the original card’s specs. The launch RTX cards didn’t necessarily pack enough power to push high framerates with RTX turned ON, so a refresh was necessary. With that said, the 2070 Super is a slight improvement over 2070, which on average only performed just above the 60 FPS target.
This is why we’ve chosen the Super version of the card, which should guarantee performance above 60 FPS at 1440p. That’s with RTX On, which is quite heavy on performance. And if you want a little extra, you could always try gaming in medium detail at 4K with it.
Best Graphics Card for 1080p 60 FPS Gaming (With RTX On)
NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060
Ah, the NVIDIA RTX 2060 was a very confusing offering from NVIDIA back when Turing launched in 2018. It wasn’t really powerful enough for raytracing, despite having dedicated RT cores. If I was writing this last year, I would’ve told you to wait. But earlier this year NVIDIA released the DLSS 2.0 update, and it’s the ace in the hold needed to push high framerates with RTX On. We reviewed DLSS 2.0 in Control earlier this year, and the results speak for themselves. It has made recommending the RTX 2060 easier, despite it being the weakest NVIDIA graphics card with RTX capability.
With more games like Death Stranding adopting this technology, we feel confident that RTX 2060 will last longer. Of course, let’s not forget that this card was really meant to be a 1440p starter GPU, but when you’re dealing with performance heavy raytracing, we decided it’s better suited for 1080p. It’s also considerably cheaper since NVIDIA stopped manufacturing them, and with DLSS 2.0, you’re sure to get a good value out of it now.
Best Graphics Card for 1080p 60 FPS Gaming (Without RTX)
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1660 Super
With so many raytracing capable NVIDIA GPUs here, you might be forgiven to think every other game uses it. The sad reality is that very few games are using the tech (at least until next-gen PS5 & Xbox launches). So, if you don’t care about the latest technology and only want a no-nonsense 1080p graphics card, then the GTX 1660 Super will do you just fine. We’ve reviewed two variants of the card (Zotac and Inno3D), and both of them are solid performers.
Well, those are the best graphics cards you can buy from NVIDIA for gaming today. Here’s a quick look at which card is good for what resolution/setting:
|NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti||RTX 2070 Super||RTX 2060||GTX 1660 Super|
|VRAM||11 GB||8 GB||6 GB||6 GB|
|RTX/ DLSS Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|4K Gaming Capable?||Yes||Limited||Limited||No|