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Which is the best graphics card in 2020? GPUs for every wallet…

We've benchmarked all the latest AMD and Nvidia graphics cards to help you figure out the right GPU for you

Best graphics card 2019

The best graphics card title has changed hands multiple times over the last year. With Nvidia bolstering the RTX 20-series with shiny new Super variants, and AMD launching its new RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, things have certainly been hotting up in the high-end. But it’s the launch of the GTX 16-series Supers and RX 5600 XT that have perked up the mainstream market, which makes up the bulk of GPU purchases today.

AMD dived into the mainstream market with Navi and the RX 5500 XT last year, but we’ve recently been privy to another competent mid-range contender, the RX 5600 XT. The card was well-received across the board thanks to an eleventh hour vBIOS update that tears the roof off of its pre-determined limit, and now sits as the GPU to beat under $300.

If you have no reservations about money, however, there are treats indeed for you. The RTX 2080 Ti still being the fastest consumer graphics card on the planet, and still rocking a four-figure price tag, and there’s also the Nvidia RTX 2080 Super ready to bring you its best for a little less. Oh and there’s that Titan RTX, too – the Great Dreamer.

What is the best graphics card in 2020?

For all the high-performance GPUs getting released this past year, the best graphics card for our money is the new AMD RX 5600 XT. It offers a sublime mix of rasterised performance and affordable chops, and that brand new RDNA architecture on 7nm is paying off in the power department, too.

Spending over $400 on a GPU might be alright for some, but for a great many of us that’s far too rich for our blood or our cash flow. And so the RX 5600 XT, along with Turing’s non-RTX little brothers, would be our recommendation for most PC gamers on a reasonable budget.

SAPPHIRE Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT

BEST GRAPHICS CARD UNDER $300

AMD RADEON RX 5600 XT

Approx. $289 | £255

What we like…
Tick 
Beats RTX 2060 at DX12
Tick Solid AIB designs
Tick Decent 1440p performance

AMD’s doing the RX 5600 XT a disservice with its launch campaign. The ultimate graphics card for 1080p gaming? Nah, this 7nm GPU will keep you comfy in a little 1440p gaming too – and crucially for less than Nvidia’s RTX 2060.

The mix-up in RX 5600 XT branding is likely in part due to its colossally confusing launch. An updated vBIOS moment’s prior sent the RX 5600 XT’s performance skyrocketing, and only a handful of AIBs appeared to get the memo. All you need to know is to make sure, whichever card you buy, that it’s capable of 1,750MHz boost clock and 14Gbps memory – from then on you’re sitting pretty at under $300.

Read our full AMD RX 5600 XT review.

 

Great for top mainstream performance

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

Approx. $230 | £210

What we like…
Tick 
Matches GTX 1660 TI
Tick Outperforms GTX 1660
Tick All that Turing good stuff

The latest GTX Turing GPU has driven a wedge right between the GTX 1660 Ti and the standard GTX 1660, outperforming the latter and getting mighty close to the gaming pace of the former. And considering it’s some $50 cheaper that’s making it awful tough to recommend either of the other 1660 series cards.

That does also mean that we’re getting a card that costs significantly less than $250 and yet still delivers GTX 1070-level gaming performance, alongside all that Turing architectural goodness too. It’s a great-value GPU and a mainstream marker for AMD’s RX 5500-series to aim for.

Read our full Nvidia GTX 1660 Super review.

 

Great for 1080p gaming

AMD RADEON RX 5500 XT 8GB

Approx. $220 | £180

What we like…
Tick RDNA architecture
Tick Power efficiency

AMD is offering RX 590 performance for less with the RX 5500 XT 8GB. Honing the RDNA architecture for performance per watt and GDDR6, the latest out of the Radeon Skunkworks is capable of superb 1080p. But the RX 5500 XT 8GB hasn’t been a fatal blow to Nvidia’s mainstream Turing lineup. In fact, it’s Nvidia’s reactive GTX 1660 Super that retains the primo spot.

Similarly, the launch of AMD Navi in the mainstream has been somewhat muted by the channel’s retention of Polaris 500-series GPUs. Perhaps a hangup from cryptocurrency crazes past, RX 590 and RX 580 stock has never been cheaper. Facing an overabundance of cheap GPUs, RX 590 equivalent Navi performance (even if doing so for less power, CUs, and cost), and Nvidia’s pre-emptive Super, the RX 5500 XT 8GB launch could be considered a bit of a damp squib.

Read our full AMD RX 5500 XT 8GB review.

Nvidia RTX 2070 Super

best graphics card under $500

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super

Approx. $499 | £499

What we like…
Tick GTX 1080 Ti performance
Tick No Founders Ed. tax
Tick Ray tracing skillz

The new RTX 2070 Super was born to beat AMD’s new Navi GPUs. With AMD targeting the old RTX 2070 Nvidia has created a new version, with the non-Founders Edition price, but with the RTX 2080’s own silicon. It’s a slightly cut-down version of the TU104 GPU, with 2,560 CUDA cores and higher clock speeds too.

And it’s quick, mighty quick. You’ll get impressive 4K gaming performance out of this card, which you would expect given the fact that it’s delivering frame rates that are generally ahead of Pascal’s best, the GTX 1080 Ti. Considering it’s shipping for $200 less than that classic old card, you can see just how strong an offering the new RTX 2070 Super is.

Read our full Nvidia RTX 2070 Super review.

 

Great for tech-savvy players

AMD Radeon RX 5700

Approx. $330 | £320

What we like…
Tick Same Navi GPU as the XT
Tick Often matches RTX 2060 Super
Tick …and the RX 5700 XT

Closely behind the XT, because of the aforementioned price cut, is this straight RX 5700. It’s running the same Navi GPU as the XT card, but has been hobbled in terms of clock speed to ensure it remains behind its stronger sibling.

However, we’ve chosen this card above its sibling for one reason and one reason alone: none of the above matters if you’re happy with a little behind-the-scenes tweaking to overclock and undervolt your GPU. With your GPU unlocked and some carefully fiddling with the frequencies, the RX 5700 can reach the performance of the RX 5700 XT. Crackin’.

Read our full AMD RX 5700 review.

 

Great for high-end performance

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Approx. $400 | £377

What we like…
Tick  Not far off RTX 2070 Super performance
Tick Cheaper than RTX 2070 Super
Tick Doubles as a radiator

It’s a close run thing because, thanks to a rapid pre-launch price cut, AMD has created a monster of a GPU in the RX 5700 XT. It’s a great card, that’s only just shy of the RTX 2070 Super’s gaming performance, but with a fair bit of a saving on the reference card MSRP. The GeForce GPU has a little more to offer, but it’s tight.

The impressive thing is that we’re getting dangerously close to high-end GPU territory here, and AMD is actually seriously competitive with the GeForce gang. If only the reference card didn’t get so hot and so loud.

Read our full AMD RX 5700 XT review.

Best graphics card - Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti

BEST 4K Graphics card

Nvidia geforce RTX 2080 Ti

Approx. $1,049 | £980

What we like…
TickSerious 60fps 4K gaming
Tick Faster than a $3K Titan V
Tick Future ray tracing and AI goodness

The RTX 2080 Ti is the true next-gen graphics card of the Turing GPU generation and, if pure performance was king, it would be an easy pick for the best graphics card. The RTX 2080 and 2070 Super cards only deliver current gaming performance around the same level as the GTX 1080 Ti, but the RTX 2080 Ti goes well beyond it, offering genuine 4K gaming at 60fps in all but the most demanding of PC games.

There’s also the promise of real-time ray tracing in the future. No matter how you might feel about the next-gen visual effects they’re here to stay, and that was made abundantly clear at E3 this year. Not only have many more RTX/DXR titles been announced, but Sony and Microsoft have both announced that hardware-based ray tracing will be there in both next-gen consoles. So devs are going to be all over ray tracing in 2020 as they fight for the best looking games on the new platforms.

Read our full Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti review.

 

Great for sensible(ish) people

Nvidia geforce RTX 2080 Super

Approx. $720 | £695

What we like…
Tick The best affordable ray tracing GPU
Tick Serious 4K gaming performance
Tick RTX Turing architecture

The RTX 2080’s days were numbered the instant Nvidia committed to releasing the Super version. This new card packs in the full TU104 GPU, giving it a little more raw silicon than the original card, but for the same price. The latest version delivers a more gaming performance than the GTX 1080 Ti, with have more cores and faster memory, for even moar framez. Per second.

The issue is that the RTX 2070 Super is such a good card from both a price and performance standpoint that it’s really hard to make the case for the RTX 2080 Super instead. What you can say, however, is that this GPU offers the highest ray tracing performance this side of $1,000…

Read our full Nvidia RTX 2080 Super review.

Best graphics card - AMD RX 570 4GB

best cheap graphics card

AMD radeon RX 570

Approx. $135 | £122

What we like…
Tick Superb price
Tick Serious 1080p performance
Tick Wider memory bus than 1050 Ti

Originally the second-tier Polaris GPU, the RX 570 has got a lot of silicon for something that’s only the cost of a cheap night out over $100. And that means it delivers a hell of a lot of gaming performance for the amount you’re going to spend on it. It also makes Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti look utterly ridiculous, and actually now rather irrelevant.

There are affordable 8GB versions of the RX 570 available too, but spending any more than the price of the 4GB card means you’re getting into RX 580 territory, which itself is a great price now. And for 1080p gaming a 4GB RX 570 will deliver great performance at the highest quality settings. It’s a budget hero.

Read our full AMD RX 570 4GB review.

 

Great for everyone

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB

Approx. $180 | £170

What we like…
Tick A great 1080p card
Tick Speedy GDDR6 VRAM
Tick Great value

Following in the footsteps of the RX 570 as a superb budget gaming card, the 4GB version of the RX 5500 XT touts a full-fat Navi GPU. Powered by RDNA, AMD’s gamer-focused architecture, the raw throughput of this card is enough to deliver high frame rates for competitive gaming and excellent numbers in the latest triple-As at 1080p.

While the old guard Polaris generation is lingering around, there’s still something to be said for their comparative mainstream performance. But if you want a card that’s prepared to take on any game you throw at it at 1080p, the cheaper RX 5500 XT is ready to go.

Read our full AMD RX 5500 XT 4GB review.

 

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Not everyone is lucky enough to be totally weapons free on budget when it comes to the most important component in a gaming PC: the graphics card. That’s why picking the best graphics card for your needs is so important – if you can’t afford an RTX 2080 Ti you still need to make sure your money is well-placed in hardware that is going to deliver the best performance for your given budget.

While the RTX 2080 Ti is the boss of 4K gaming, the GTX 1660 Ti and RX 590 are fighting it out for the all-important price/performance crown. The RX 590 is a the cheaper option, but the latest Turing GPU does have the performance edge, and the GTX 1660 Ti can kind of now do ray tracing. Kind of. Both offer fantastic frame rates even when the settings are cranked up to the max, and you won’t be left high and dry with either Nvidia or AMD in your system.

Looking a little further up the price range and the RTX 2070 Super is the performance king, but the Navi-powered RX 5700 XT runs it mighty close, even if it doesn’t have the same sort of AI or ray tracing chops.

The entry-level is almost entirely dominated by the red team, however. The RX 570 is now at such a great price that the GTX 1050 Ti looks incredibly tired by comparison. What it does have going for it is the ability to operate without PSU power connections, but the RX 570 hoses it in gaming terms. The RX 5500 XT 4GB has also stormed onto the scene if you can afford to stretch your budget a little further.

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