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! We profile every card worth buying, starting at around $40 for a simple drop-in upgrade for older systems, and going up to the fastest GPUs on the market!

For Fall of 2018, Nvidia is dominating the high-end with its new RTX 2000 series. Our guide now includes the RTX 2070 8GB, shown here, along with the ultra-high-end RTX 2080 8GB and RTX 2080 Ti 11GB, both of which beat the former king, the GTX 1080 Ti, while also adding dedicated ray tracing cores for next-gen games. In fact, the RTX 2080 Ti offers up 30% higher performance than the GTX 1080 Ti for a cool $1,200, the most for any GeForce card in history. Nvidia says you have to pay to play!

The great news is that for gamers who aren't drowning in money, current-gen cards are better values than ever. AMD's Radeon RX 580 8GB has made a triumphant return to our list, after being sold out for a year due to its use in cryptocurrency mining. Now at its lowest price ever, it's a clear pick over its Nvidia rivals. We also really like the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti at the $400 mark. It's an incredible value considering that it offers about 60% of the performance of the RTX 2080 8GB for half the price!

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 - Fall 2018

    Video Card:

    MSI GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3 Low Profile

    Whether your system doesn't have built-in video, your video card has stopped working, or you just need to take advantage of modern digital display or HDTV via DVI or HDMI ports, this card is a great pick. Based on the efficient Nvidia Kepler design, it uses just 19W at maximum load, meaning it won't strain even the most basic of power supplies. And with its low-profile, single-slot, fanless design, it will fit in any PC. Just keep in mind that the built-in video on Intel's latest CPUs is actually faster, so this won't be an upgrade for systems using them. But it's a great option for people building up a AMD Ryzen system, which don't have built-in video. This card supports up to 2560 x 1600 via a dual-link DVI cable at a smooth 60Hz.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Because this card does not have a fan, it's completely silent. That being said, it still needs airflow, so make sure your case has at least one case fan to keep air moving around the card.

    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. Until now, you've had to spend nearly twice this much to get a video card with that feature, which allows 4K/60Hz output for an excellent home theater experience. 

    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! Compared to its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti , the 1050 2GB is about twice as fast (and is likewise 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.

    Video Card:

    MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB Armor

    After dropping off our buy list for over a year due to its popularity in the now-dead cryptocurrency mining craze, the RX 580 8GB is back on our list. Priced on par with its rival the GTX 1060 6GB, it's the better pick overall, thanks to a more robust memory subsystem, including a full 8GB of VRAM.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This dual-fan model will run cool and quiet.

    Video Card:

    Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini 8GB

    The 1070 Ti reclaims the title for best value in the high-end segment, now that cryptocurrency mining is dead (it was the absolute best Nvidia GPU for mining, and in fact was probably released by Nvidia specifically to target that market, meaning it sold out worldwide for nearly six months). It's the perfect video card for 1080p or 1440p monitors, particularly those with high refresh rates and G-Sync.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that some GTX 1070 non-Ti models are still selling for inflated prices, due to retailers being slow to adjust to the end of cryptocurrency mining. This 1070 Ti model is 15% faster and usually cheaper!

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 WindForce 8G

    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:

    Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Amp 8GB

    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 bigger, better cooler, despite a lower price.

    Video Card:

    Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB

    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.