The Best Video Card Buyer’s Guide – Winter 2023

By Ari Altman | Published December 24, 2022 | Updated December 24, 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 10 best video cards on the market, starting at $100 and going up well into the thousands!

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For Winter 2023, 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, which means that performance per dollar has never been higher. But you still have to be an informed buyer, because scalpers, along with Nvidia itself, are still cashing in on the long-dead crypto boom, with outrageous prices on low-end and mid-range gear. In this category, we recommend AMD’s Radeon RX 6500, 6600, and 6700 lineup exclusively. It isn’t even a close call.

But for elite gamers, things are more competitive. In the “merely high-end,” say $600-$800, we still like AMD’s Radeon lineup, where the top-of-the-line previous-gen RX 6800 and 6900 series rule the roost. Pushing beyond that pricing threshold, we get to the new gear from AMD and Nvidia. While AMD promised a lot with its RX 7900 XTX, released in December 2022, poor street pricing and low availability has made it a hard sell, leaving the RTX 4080 16GB, an impressive piece of hardware in its own right, a default winner. And at the extreme end of performance, there is just nothing like the RTX 4090 24GB. It’s so much faster than every previous-gen card, as well as the RX 7900 XTX and RTX 4080, that it could qualify as next-next-gen, and its pricing and availability reflects that!

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

    Zotac GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5

    $100
    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.

  • Video Card

    Gigabyte Radeon RX 6500 XT Eagle 4G

    $170
    This powerful and efficient GPU offers 4GB of fast GDDR6 VRAM and an effective cooler to keep noise and temps down, making it perfect regardless of how much you push it!
    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

    $250
    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

    The 6600 is almost as fast as Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060, while costing far less than the low-end RTX 3050!

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    XFX Radeon RX 6700 SWFT309 10GB

    $320
    The RX 6700 was a late-breaking gift to gamers from AMD in the award-winning 6000 series. This model from XFX has impressive gaming power, absolutely crushing Nvidia’s RTX 3060 8GB for far less money! Grab a great GPU today and get into your games!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This card also beat's AMD's own 6650 XT by a healthy margin, making it the best value card in AMD's lineup!

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    PowerColor Radeon RX 6750XT 12GB Red Devil

    $450
    It’s time to get gaming again! This Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB from XFX has impressive gaming power, beating Nvidia’s RTX 3070, while being available for hundreds of dollars less! Plus, it has the added advantage of 12GB of VRAM, which is 50% more than competing Nvidia cards!
    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 6750 XT!

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    PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB Red Devil

    $650
    It’s time to get gaming again! This Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB has impressive gaming power, beating the GeForce RTX 3080 10GB, while also packing in an extra 6GB of VRAM, making it far more future-proof. PowerColor gives its Red Devil model a powerful 3-fan cooler to keep heat under wraps.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Nvidia's offering in this price range is the 3070 Ti - a far inferior GPU!

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    Zotac GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB Trinity

    $800
    The RTX 4070 Ti does the impossible, matching the previous king-of-the-hill RTX 3090 Ti while using far less power and at a far lower price. And this model from Zotac is fitted with a powerful, stylish cooler, with sweet RGB lighting for a custom look!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This pick is so easy - there's nothing that comes close for the price!

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    Zotac GeForce RTX 4080 16GB Trinity OC

    $1260
    The RTX 4080 does the impossible, blowing by the previous king-of-the-hill RTX 3090 Ti while using far less power. It doesn’t hurt that it comes in at the original MSRP of the lower-end RTX 3080 Ti! And this model from Zotac is fitted with a powerful, stylish cooler, with sweet RGB lighting for a custom look!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This is where next-gen gaming begins. Yes, it's expensive, but it's what you want for serious 4K gaming!

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    Zotac GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity OC

    $2199
    Hail to the king! The absolutely mind-blowing RTX 4090 24GB goes beyond extreme, beating the RTX 3090 Ti by 60%, an insane gen-on-gen leap in performance. And this model from Zotac offers amazing cooling thanks to the massive yet attractive triple-slot, triple-fan cooler!
    The Guru’s Tip

    You'll likely pay far over MSRP for this card, but that's because it offers such a huge leap over everything else on the market!

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    MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X 24G

    $2095
    As if the RTX 4090 weren’t impressive enough, this model from MSI takes the 4090 to the max, thanks to the all-in-one liquid cooler, including a 240mm radiator. It will keep the 450W monster of a GPU under control and at maximum boost!
    The Guru’s Tip

    If you have room in your system for the massive 240mm liquid radiator that this card uses for cooling, it's what you want. The 4090 is an ultra-hot beast, and a liquid cooler allows you to exhaust that heat directly out of your case, rather than have it warm up the rest of your components!

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