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 around $40 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 Winter of 2019, Nvidia is dominating the high-end with its new RTX 2000 series. Our guide now includes every GPU in the RTX range, including the brand-new RTX 2060 6GB and the popular RTX 2070 8GB, 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. All of these cards feature Nvidia's new Ray Tracing Cores (hence the name RTX), enabling new visual effects in the latest games, including Battlefield V.

All of Nvidia's new GPUs are at $350 or above, but for gamers looking to save some cash, AMD has the answer. Its 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.

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 - Winter 2019

    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.

    CPU:

    XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX OC+ 8GB

    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 storms back on our list with a vengeance. Priced well below its rival the GTX 1060 6GB, it's the clearly-superior pick, thanks to a more robust memory subsystem, including a full 8GB of VRAM.

    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:

    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:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black 8GB

    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:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC Gaming 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 better cooler, despite a lower price.

    Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3

    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:

    Nvidia RTX Titan 24GB

    OK, so if you actually need the fastest GPU in the world, this is it. It offers performance that's about 10% better than the RTX 2080 Ti, and it also has over double the VRAM. 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This card is really aimed at the semi-professional content creation crowd, rather than gamers. So we can't recomment it if gaming is all you care about, as running two 2080 Ti cards in SLI would be far faster at the same price.