RTX

If you're a PC gamer or HTPC enthusiast looking for the best graphics cards on the market at every price point, you've come to the right place! Our top 10 list profiles every card worth buying, starting at under $100 for a simple drop-in upgrade for older systems, through low-profile cards favored by Home Theater enthusiasts, and going up to the fastest GPUs on the market!

For Spring 2019, Nvidia continues to dominate the high-end with its RTX 2000 series, and has launched a new mid-range salvo with its GTX 1600 series. The naming scheme may not add up, but the performance surely does!  Our guide now includes every GPU in the RTX range, including the new RTX 2060 6GB and the popular RTX 2070 8GB, along with the ultra-high-end RTX 2080 8GB and RTX 2080 Ti 11GB. But we also show some love to the brand-new GTX 1660 Ti, which actually offers more value than any of these cards, with performance rivaling last-gen's fan-favorite GTX 1070 for well under $300. Interestingly, while the RTX cards have Nvidia's new Ray Tracing Cores (hence the name RTX), Nvidia has now enabled ray tracing effects, such as those used in Battlefield V, Metro Exodus, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, on all current cards. The RTX models, however, offer a serious boost to these awesome next-gen effects.

For gamers looking to save some cash, AMD has the answer. Its Radeon RX 580 8GB, which is at its lowest price ever, is a clear pick under $200, offering tremendous value to gamers that even Nvidia's GTX series can't rival.

Prices shown in this guide use real-time pricing engines, so they are always up-to-date. Note that we also include country-specific links for our readers in Canada, the UK, and Germany. If you decide to purchase one of the cards we profile, please use the links we provide, which helps support continued development of this guide. And keep in mind that once you start throwing the kind of GPU power that the higher-end video cards in this guide provide, you'll quickly reach the limits of older CPUs, which are taxed more heavily at higher settings. Feel free to check out our Builder's Guides to get a sense of what we consider to be balanced systems in terms of CPU and GPU power. 

Video Cards - Spring 2019

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5

    Nvidia offers up some serious performance with the single-slot, low-profile GeForce GT 1030. While it isn't a big deal when it comes to gaming, it is a very big deal when it comes to HTPC use. And there's one simple reason: HDMI 2.0, which allows 4K/60Hz output for an excellent home theater experience. Note that anything less expensive than the GT 1030 at this point isn't worth buying, as it would be slower than the built-in video processing on most modern CPUs.

    The Guru's Tip:

    If your PC has space for a double-slot cooler, also consider the fanless Gigabyte GT 1030 card for a truly silent experience!

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB

    Looking for the best entry-level gaming card? Here it is! It's about twice as fast as the GT 1030 listed above, while also offering full HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 support for 4K HDTVs.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This card requires no external power connector, and will draw only around 65W, compared to twice that for previous-gen full-size cards at similar performance levels.

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti OC LP 4GB

    If you need a low-profile card that you can truly game on, the GTX 1050 Ti is the one. It's by far the fastest low-profile card ever released. Plus, it doesn't need additional power connectors, meaning it uses less than 75W at maximum load. That makes it a safe bet for just about any power supply.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The 1050 Ti offers 20-25% better performance than the GTX 1050, plus double the VRAM, propelling it into an entirely-different performance class.

    CPU:

    XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX OC+ 8GB

    Thanks to some very big price cuts, the RX 580 8GB is now our pick for the best bang-for-the-buck GPU on the market. Priced at under $200 (at least when it's in stock!), it's the clear pick for anyone who wants to do serious gaming while sticking to a strict budget. And thanks to having 8GB of VRAM, it will be able to handle all the latest games without hitting a VRAM bottleneck.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This card is far faster than the GTX 1050 Ti Low Profile listed above, but of course it's neither low-profile nor an energy miser!

    Video Card:

    MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus

    After having left the mid-range market to AMD for quite some time, Nvidia has stormed back with a vengeance with its latest GTX line of mid-range cards. Offering far more value than the higher-end RTX models listed below, the new GTX 1660 Ti is a true bargain, offering up performance on part with the last-gen GTX 1070, it's capable of driving nearly any game at resolutions up to 2560 x 1440.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Believe it or not, this card is nearly 40% faster than the previous-gen GTX 1060 6GB, which was priced the same!

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Windforce OC 6G

    Nvidia has established a new mainstream benchmark with its RTX 2060. Offering performance that matches the GTX 1080, which launched in May 2016 at $700, the RTX 2060 is a performance powerhouse at a very reasonable price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model was launched at CES in January 2019, and will likely become Nvidia's best-selling GPU of the entire RTX lineup.

    Video Card:

    MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Armor 8G OC

    The RTX 2070 8GB takes over for the previous high-end card, the GTX 1080, offering around 7% better performance plus enhanced features for the same price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    As new games take advantage of the ray tracing capabilities of the "RT" cores in the RTX 2070, graphics quality will really take off!

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC 8G

    The RTX 2080 8GB turns a new page for Nvidia, with added processing power for advanced features like ray tracing (hence the "RTX" moniker), as well as AI-enhanced antialiasing. It just beats out the previous-gen king, the 1080 Ti, in current games, and will pull further ahead in future game releases.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This version of the RTX 2080 matches the Nvidia Founders Edition in terms of performance, but uses a better cooler, despite a lower price.

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Xtreme 11G

    If you want the ultimate gaming card, the RTX 2080 Ti is your only option! Beating the previous king-of-the-hill GTX 1080 Ti by more than 30%, it's perfectly capable of running any game today at 4K with max settings. It's an absolute powerhouse, and the only challenge will be getting your hands on one!

    The Guru's Tip:

    We now strongly recommend one ultra-high-end GPU over running dual cards in SLI, both because of reduced support from game developers and, ironically, reduced support from Nvidia for SLI.

    Video Card:

    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 TI SEA Hawk X

    OK, so if you actually need the fastest gaming setup in the world, what you want is dual liquid-cooled RTX 2080 Ti cards in SLI. Nothing can come close to the performance on tap here, even Nvidia's high-priced RTX Titan.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note to get SLI working on RTX cards, you need an NV-Link adapter. SLI adapters included with motherboards won't work. Most motherboards require a 3-slot adapter, but some will require a 4-slot model.