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Best Graphics Cards Under $200 – 2019 Edition

With the release of AMD Radeon RX 590, the RX 580 and 570 have gotten cheaper, now at their original MSRP before the mining craze. Some are even cheaper with deals, promos, or after the rebates. The same goes for Nvidia launching the new Turing architecture, which has led to price drops on the still-competent GeForce GTX 1000 series.

So if you are building a mid-range gaming PC on a tight budget, the graphics card best suited for that build is in $160 – $200 price range, and now is the perfect time to buy one. And with that, we collected the best graphics card under $200, and sure you’ll get the value for your money with our list.

AMD Vs. Nvidia in the $200 Bracket

Gamers have been asking this very same question since the 90s, when Radeon was an ATI brand. The answer has nearly always been “it depends”.  As of 2019, Nvidia has been in the performance and efficiency lead for a long time – long enough that the prices on GeForce cards are now inflated, at least in the high-end market. However, AMD is still a very strong challenger in the mid-range segment, which is what we’re looking at here. 

With a bit of luck, you can find a card with either the Radeon RX 580 or the GeForce GTX 1060 (3 GB) GPU for less $200. In early 2019, these are without a doubt the best GPUs in this price bracket from AMD and Nvidia, respectively. 

Product
AMD
Sapphire 11265-07-20G Radeon Nitro+ RX 580 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
Nvidia
MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDRR5 192-bit HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1060 3GT OC)
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Sapphire 11265-07-20G Radeon Nitro+ RX 580 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDRR5 192-bit HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1060 3GT OC)
Stream Processors
2304
1152
Core/Boost Clock
1340 MHz / 1411 MHz
1544 MHz / 1759 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
6,502 GFLOPS
4,053 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
4GB/GDDR5
3GB/GDDR5
Memory Bus
256-bit
192-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1750 MHz (7000 MHz)
2002 MHz (8008 MHz)
Memory Bandwidth
224.0 GB/s
192.2 GB/s
TDP
185 W
120 W
Recommended Power Supply
500 W (1x6-pin+1x8-pin)
400 W (1x6-pin)
Outputs
1x DVI, 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Average Rating
User Reviews
34 Reviews
832 Reviews
Warranty
2 Years
3 Years
Price
$189.99
$199.99
AMD
Product
Sapphire 11265-07-20G Radeon Nitro+ RX 580 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
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Sapphire 11265-07-20G Radeon Nitro+ RX 580 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card
Stream Processors
2304
Core/Boost Clock
1340 MHz / 1411 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
6,502 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
4GB/GDDR5
Memory Bus
256-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1750 MHz (7000 MHz)
Memory Bandwidth
224.0 GB/s
TDP
185 W
Recommended Power Supply
500 W (1x6-pin+1x8-pin)
Outputs
1x DVI, 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort
Average Rating
User Reviews
34 Reviews
Warranty
2 Years
Price
$189.99
Purchase
Nvidia
Product
MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDRR5 192-bit HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1060 3GT OC)
Image
MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDRR5 192-bit HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1060 3GT OC)
Stream Processors
1152
Core/Boost Clock
1544 MHz / 1759 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
4,053 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
3GB/GDDR5
Memory Bus
192-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
2002 MHz (8008 MHz)
Memory Bandwidth
192.2 GB/s
TDP
120 W
Recommended Power Supply
400 W (1x6-pin)
Outputs
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Average Rating
User Reviews
832 Reviews
Warranty
3 Years
Price
$199.99
Purchase

From just looking at the numbers, it’s clear that the RX 580 is a much more powerful GPU than the 3 GB GTX 1060. In actual games, it will deliver around 10% more frames per second on average. In some Nvidia-optimized games, however, like Fortnite and GTA V, the GTX 1060 should be slightly faster. It’s also worth mentioning that the 4 GB RX 580 is not the same kind of trade-off versus the 8 GB RX 580, as the 3 GB 1060 is versus the 6 GB 1060. The 3GB version of the GTX 1060 does not only have less memory, but also fewer shaders. 

The most obvious downside to the RX 580 is that it uses more power, meaning that you will need a bigger power supply unit (PSU) to power it. In the case of the Nitro+, you need one 8-pin and one 6-pin auxiliary (PCIe) power connector, whereas the GTX 1060 only needs a single 6-pin connector. 

Bottom line: unless you have specific needs, such as keeping power draw to a minimum – or if you only play specific games that run better on Nvidia GPUs  – our choice at this point would still be the Sapphire RX 580.

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 4GB

So first, we give you the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 4GB, which can frequently be found below $200 these days. You have $200, this is the one you should buy. This card rivals the GeForce GTX 1060 on every AAA titles out there. 60fps is easy at 1080p and provides acceptable framerate at 1440p with maximum quality. And if you are playing Vulkan-based or DX12 games like DOOM, Battlefield V, or Hitman, this card still gives you 60fps at 1440p. Pair it with FreeSync monitor, you’ll get the best gaming experience and value of your money. Plus, it has a backplate which improves the card’s cooling.

This is how the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 4GB matches up against the other Radeon RX 580 4GB.

 XFX GTS XXX OC+ Edition Radeon RX 580 ASUS Dual-Fan OC Edition Radeon RX 580 Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580Gigabyte Gaming Radeon RX 580
Stream Processors2304230423042304
Boost Clock /
Max OC Clock
1366 MHz /
1386 MHz
1360 MHz /
1380 MHz
1340 MHz /
1411 MHz
1340 MHz /
1355 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance6,295 GFLOPS6,267 GFLOPS6,502 GFLOPS6,175 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock7 GHz / 7.1 GHz7 GHz7 GHz7 GHz
Memory Size4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Memory Bandwidth227.2 GB/s224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s
Recommended Power Supply500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt

 
The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 4GB leads the rest in theoretical performance with 6,502 GFLOPS. Though the XFX GTS XXX Edition leads in memory bandwidth, the FP32 performance is the closest metric on how the card will perform, meaning the higher the GFLOPS, the better the performance. Being the best performer with the lowest price, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 4GB is the card to buy.

 

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB

If you are really on budget and cannot spend $200, then the best graphics card you can get is the Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 570 4GB graphics card. For only $155, you can still play AAA titles at 1080p with 60fps and 1440p with reduced quality. Yes, you read it right, only $155, this card is way faster than similarly priced or even pricier GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and some RX 560. This card gives you the best value for you money in this price range.

This is how the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB matches up against the other Radeon RX 570 4GB.

 Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570Gigabyte AORUS Radeon RX 570Biostar Radeon RX 570
Stream Processors2048204820482048
Core Clock / Boost Clock1168 MHz /
1340 MHz
1270 MHz /
1320 MHz
1168 MHz /
1280 MHz
1168 MHz /
1244 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,489 GFLOPS5,407 GFLOPS5,243 GFLOPS5,095 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock7 GHz7 GHz7 GHz7 GHz
Memory Size4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Memory Bandwidth224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s
Recommended
Power Supply
500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt

 

The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB leads the rest in terms of theoretical performance with 5,489 GFLOPS, followed by the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570 4GB with 5,407 GFLOPS. With its solid price of $155, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB is definitely the top pick here.

 

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC

If for some reason you can get the RX 580 and RX 570 we mentioned above, or you already have a G-Sync monitor, or you more into eSports games rather than AAA titles, then the MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC is the card to buy for only $168. This card can still give you 40 – 50 fps on latest AAA titles and over 60 fps on eSports titles at 1920×1080 resolution. Also this card doesn’t require a PCIe external power connector, meaning you don’t have to upgrade your power supply too if you were to buy this card as an upgrade for your previous build.

Let’s compare this card to other GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.

 MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Dual Fan OCPNY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TiEVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GamingZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini
CUDA Cores768768768768
Core Clock / Boost Clock1341 MHz /
1455 MHz
1291 MHz /
1392 MHz
1354 MHz /
1468 MHz
1304 MHz /
1417 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance2,235 GFLOPS2,138 GFLOPS 2,255 GFLOPS2,177 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock7 GHz7 GHz7 GHz7 GHz
Memory Size4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Memory Bandwidth112.1 GB/s112.1 GB/s112.1 GB/s112.1 GB/s
Required PSU300 Watt300 Watt300 Watt300 Watt

 

Despite not topping the GFLOPS race, what we liked about the MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Dual Fan OC, other than being the cheapest, is its larger heatsink and dual fan to cool the card and take away the heat more efficiently as compared to single fan. But if this card doesn’t fit in your micro-ATX or mini-ITX case, we suggest you get the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming.

 

Add $10

MSI Armor 8G OC Radeon RX 580 8GB

For extra $10, you can get the MSI Armor 8G OC Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card for $209. This card destroys the competition against the cards listed above. With its 8GB of video memory, games are smoother and you will have no problem playing AAA titles at 2560×1440 resolution. This card should get you through 2020 with decent framerates on upcoming AAA titles.

 

Summary

These are the best graphics cards under $200. Whatever your budget is and your preferred games, these cards offers great price-to-performance value. If you were really on a budget, we suggest you pick the Sapphire Radeon RX 570 4GB Nitro+. For only $155, this is a steal!

 

On the side note, we were glad that the mining craze is over and prices have normalized. This should have been the pricing all year long.

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