The Best Video Card Buyer’s Guide – Spring 2022

By Ari Altman | Published March 21, 2022 | Updated May 9, 2022

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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 list profiles the best 10 video cards on the market, starting at under $150 and going up to the fastest gaming cards on the market!

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For Spring 2022, there’s nothing but good news for gamers and content creators who want to get their hands on a great GPU. Prices have dropped like a rock from their highs in mid-2021, and are now at their lowest prices in years. While some people may point to the original MSRPs of the Radeon RX 6000 series and GeForce RTX 3000 series and scream “but, but, boycott!!!”, it’s important to understand that buying these cards at launch at the original MSRPs was practically impossible. Almost every card launched between late-2020 to mid-2021 sold out instantly, making MSRP a fiction.

The important question to ask yourself is how much performance you’re getting per dollar, and whether it’s better than what you could get before. And if you look at GPUs selling today versus those selling in mid-2020, before the current generation arrived, the value is simply undeniable. Today’s $500 card is so much better than the RTX 2070 Super of that era, and likewise for $1200 you can absolutely decimate the RTX 2080 Ti that ruled that pricepoint two years ago. The same is true for everything in between, making it a great time to buy!

Parting Thoughts

Products shown in this guide will link to Amazon or Newegg in the US, and our Amazon links will auto-convert for our readers in Canada, the UK, and parts of the EU. 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.

  • Video Card

    eVGA GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5

    $137
    This efficient, low-profile card will be supported by nearly every PC, and provides an HDMI 2.0 output that supports anything up to a 4K monitor or TV. That means the sky’s the limit in terms of what you connect to it. And this GDDR5 version is far faster than the weaker DDR4 versions that Nvidia snuck in after the fact. Translation: not all GT 1030 cards are the same!
    The Guru’s Tip

    While not a gaming card, this still has plenty of uses! It's perfect for older systems without support for ultra-high resolution monitors (i.e., above 1080p), as well as any system without built-in graphics.

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    Asus TUF GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6

    $220
    The GTX 1650 is a capable gaming card, and with 4GB of GDDR6 memory onboard, it can easily handle mainstream games at resolutions up to 1080p.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This card is a great stepping-stone into gaming, and also the perfect home theater PC GPU!

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    XFX Radeon RX 6600 Speedster 8GB

    $251
    Jump into serious PC gaming today with the Radeon RX 6600 8GB. It has plenty of power to tackle any modern game, easily beating any Nvidia GeForce GPU anywhere near its pricepoint.
    The Guru’s Tip

    You can jump right into serious gaming with this card!

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    XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT Speedster 8GB

    $380
    Get into serious PC gaming today with the Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB. It has plenty of power to tackle any modern game, easily beating every Nvidia GeForce GPU anywhere near its pricepoint!
    The Guru’s Tip

    The 6600 XT is actually faster than Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060, while costing a lot less, which is why you don't see a 3060 in our list!

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    XFX Radeon RX 6700 XT SWFT309 12GB

    $460
    It’s time to get gaming again! This Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB from XFX has impressive gaming power, easily beating the GeForce RTX  3060 Ti and nearly catching the RTX 3070, while coming in at a far lower price! Grab a great GPU today and get into your games!
    The Guru’s Tip

    While there are plenty of GeForce cards in this price range, none come even close to offering the performance per dollar of the 6700 XT!

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    Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Trinity 8GB

    $750
    The RTX 3070 Ti offers amazing performance, and this model’s triple-slot, triple-fan cooler will keep temperatures in check and allow maximum boost. It of course has an overclock applied from the factory, and can go even higher with manual tuning. While it’s selling for slightly above its MSRP, it’s among the best deals on the market today!
    The Guru’s Tip

    The 3070 Ti is far faster than the original 3070, which often sells for the same price or more, so make sure not to fall for the trap!

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    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB XC3 Ultra

    $760
    Nvidia’s RTX 3080 10GB reset expectations when it was launched in September of 2020, but was nearly unobtainable for about a year and a half. Luckily, its legendary performance can now be yours! And with this model from EVGA, you’re getting a great cooler and the best customer service in the business.
    The Guru’s Tip

    The 3080 was the absolute star of the entire RTX 3000 series, and at one point regularly sold for around $2000!

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    MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ventus 3X 12GB LHR

    $800
    Nvidia truly one-upped AMD with the release of the RTX 3080 12GB, offering performance that beats the Radeon RX 6900 XT and nearly matches the much more expensive RTX 3080 Ti 12GB. Simply put, it’s simply the best card available in its price range. Keep in mind that this is far improved over the original RTX 3080 10GB, despite the similar name. It of course has more VRAM, but it also has a wider memory bus and more cores, so benchmarks are in another league versus the original 3080!
    The Guru’s Tip

    The 12GB version of the 3080 is far faster than the original 3080, so it's definitely worth the upgrade if you have the extra cash!

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    Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB Trinity

    $870
    For extreme performance, nothing less than the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB will do! This model offers up a sweet triple-slot, triple-fan cooler to keep it running at maximum boost!
    The Guru’s Tip

    The Ti version of the 3080 is the fastest ever released, and within a few percentage points of the 3090!

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    MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB Gaming X Trio

    $1130
    Hail to the king! The absolutely mind-blowing RTX 3090 Ti 24GB goes beyond extreme, beating the original 3090 by 10% thanks to an increase in CUDA cores and faster VRAM. And this model from MSI offers the best air cooler available, which is MSI’s specialty!
    The Guru’s Tip

    If only the best will do, the 3090 is what you want, as that 24GB of VRAM makes it future proof!

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