Best Graphics Cards Under $200 – 2020 (January)

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If you are building a mid-range gaming PC on a budget, the graphics card best suited for that build is in the $160 – $220 price range – and now is a great time to buy one. Nvidia’s mid-range cards based on the Turing architecture were recently refreshed with Super versions, which greatly improved the price/performance ratio for the green team’s cards. In the red corner, AMD’s brand new Navi/RDNA-based Radeon RX 5500 XT cards are also on store shelves at the start of 2020. 

Here, we have rounded up the best graphics card below $200, or close to that mark (GPU prices fluctuate a lot). To make sure you get the most value for your money, we’ve also added some more affordable cards as well as some slightly more expensive models, which might be a better option for you depending on your needs and budget.

Table of Contents:
AMD Vs Nvidia
Fastest GPU under $200: GTX 1660
Best AMD GPU below $200: RX 5500
~$20 Less: GTX 1650 Super
~$30 More: GeForce GTX 1660 Super
Best Value: Radeon RX 570
No PCIe power: GeForce GTX 1650
Summary and notes

AMD vs. Nvidia Below $200

Radeon or GeForce? Gamers have asked this since the 90s and there has hardly ever been a definitive answer. As of early 2020, Nvidia has a clear performance lead in the high-end market, but AMD is highly competitive in the entry-level and mid-range price areas thanks to its new Navi/RDNA architecture.

In the sub-$200 range, the Nvidia GPU to consider right now is the GeForce GTX 1660, (as long as it’s available since it is being replaced by the more expensive Super version). For AMD it’s the brand-new Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB (or possibly a previous-gen GPU, but more on that later). 

Product
AMD
XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GB GDDR6 3xDisplay Port HDMI PCI-Express 4.0 Graphics Card RX-55XT8DFD6
Nvidia
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, Zt-T16600K-10M
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XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GB GDDR6 3xDisplay Port HDMI PCI-Express 4.0 Graphics Card RX-55XT8DFD6
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, Zt-T16600K-10M
Stream Processors
1408
1408
Core/Boost Clock
1607 MHz / 1845 MHz
1530 MHz / 1785 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
5,196 GFLOPS
5,027 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
8 GB/GDDR6
6GB/GDDR5
Memory Bus
128-bit
192-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1750 MHz (14000 MHz)
2001 MHz (8004 MHz)
Memory Bandwidth
224 GB/s
192 GB/s
TDP
130 W
100 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W (1x 8-pin)
450 W (1x 8-pin)
Outputs
1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 3x DisplayPort
Average Rating
-
User Reviews
-
128 Reviews
Price
$199.99
$199.99
AMD
Product
XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GB GDDR6 3xDisplay Port HDMI PCI-Express 4.0 Graphics Card RX-55XT8DFD6
Image
XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GB GDDR6 3xDisplay Port HDMI PCI-Express 4.0 Graphics Card RX-55XT8DFD6
Stream Processors
1408
Core/Boost Clock
1607 MHz / 1845 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
5,196 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
8 GB/GDDR6
Memory Bus
128-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1750 MHz (14000 MHz)
Memory Bandwidth
224 GB/s
TDP
130 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W (1x 8-pin)
Outputs
1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
Average Rating
-
User Reviews
-
Price
$199.99
Nvidia
Product
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, Zt-T16600K-10M
Image
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, Zt-T16600K-10M
Stream Processors
1408
Core/Boost Clock
1530 MHz / 1785 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
5,027 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
6GB/GDDR5
Memory Bus
192-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
2001 MHz (8004 MHz)
Memory Bandwidth
192 GB/s
TDP
100 W
Recommended Power Supply
450 W (1x 8-pin)
Outputs
1x DVI, 3x DisplayPort
Average Rating
User Reviews
128 Reviews
Price
$199.99

Last update on 2020-01-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Both of these cards offer excellent value in terms of FPS/$ and in terms of actual gaming performance it’s a very tight race. However, although the RX 5500 XT’s memory specs and raw performance as measured in FP32 GFLOPS is better than the GTX 1660 on paper, the Nvidia card comes out slightly ahead in most games. Both are nonetheless great choices for 1080p (and often 1440p) gaming in 2020. 

Here’s a quick look at relative GPU performance using benchmark scores from Futuremark’s 3DMark Time Spy. (DirectX 12). We’ve included some additional GPUs for the sake of comparison and we will discuss some of them below.

This is not an exact measurement of relative gaming performance, but still a reasonably accurate indicator of what to expect.

Bottom line: The ‘performance per dollar’ equation changes constantly along with GPU prices. When either the GTX 1660 or the RX 5500 XT 8 GB sells for less than $200, the GTX 1660 has a slight edge. The simple reason is that it’s usually a bit faster in actual games.

Fastest GPU Under $200: GeForce GTX 1660

GTX 1660 graphics cardThe GTX 1660 is based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture and was launched in 2019. It can be seen as a direct successor to the GTX 1060, but it’s considerably faster (15-20%) and more efficient. At this writing, the GTX 1660 is in the process of being replaced by the GTX 1660 Super, which has caused prices to sometimes drop below $200. 

At that price point, the original GTX 1660 cards offer one of the best FPS per dollar ratios of all current GPUs, but the more affordable GTX 1650 Super and 4 GB RX 5500 XT are not far behind. 

 ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus XSASUS GeForce GTX 1660 PhoenixGigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC
ImageZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T16600F-10LMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 192-Bit HDMI/DP 6GB GDRR5 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1660 VENTUS XS 6G OC)ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Overclocked 6GB Phoenix Fan Edition HDMI DP DVI Graphics Card (PH-GTX1660-O6G)Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 6GB 192-bit GDDR5, Gv-N1660OC-6GD Video Card
Memory Size6 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR5
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,027 GFLOPS5,153 GFLOPS5,027 GFLOPS5,153 GFLOPS
Memory Clock2000 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth192.1 GB/s192.1 GB/s192.1 GB/s192.1 GB/s
Recommended
Power Supply
500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt
Core Clock / Boost Clock1530 MHz /
1785 MHz
1530 MHz /
1830 MHz
1530 MHz /
1785 MHz
1530 MHz /
1785 MHz
Stream Processors1408140814081408
Price from*$219.99$209.99$189.99$229.99
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*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

Compared to the AMD alternatives, the GTX 1660 is also faster than the previous-gen RX 580 or even the RX 590 in actual games, although both of the AMD GPUs offer better FP32 performance. In other words, it offers great performance 1080p and 1440p gaming and would be our favorite if it was only slightly cheaper.

Best AMD GPU Below $200: Radeon RX 5500 XT

msi rx5500 xt GPUAMD has finally updated its entry-level and mid-range offerings with much more power-efficient GPUs than the old Polaris-based RX 570, 580 and 590. The RX 5500 XT offers about the same performance as the RX 580 and RX 590 while using less power and generating less heat. One 8-pin PCIe connector provides enough power for the RX 5500 XT, and the recommended minimum power supply is now just 350 W (TDP is 130 W). These cards’ actual gaming performance sits between the GTX 1650 Super and GTX 1660 (although it should be faster than both on paper). 

 XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GBASUS RX 5500 XT Dual 8GBGIGABYTE RX 5500 XT OC 4GBMSI RX 5500 XT Mech 4GB OC
ImageXFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GB GDDR6 3xDisplay Port HDMI PCI-Express 4.0 Graphics Card RX-55XT8DFD6ASUS AMD Radeon RX 5500XT Overclocked O8G GDDR6 Dual Fan EVO Edition HDMI DisplayPort Gaming Graphics Card (DUAL-RX5500XT-O8G-EVO)GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5500 XT OC 4G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR6, GV-R55XTOC-4GD Video CardMSI Gaming Radeon RX 5500 XT Boost Clock: 1845 MHz 128-bit 4GB GDDR6 DP/HDMI Dual Torx 3.0 Fans Freesync VR Ready Graphics Card (RX 5500 XT MECH 4G OC)
Stream Processors1408140814081408
Base Clock /
Boost Clock
1607 MHz /
1845 MHz
1647 MHz /
1865 MHz
1607 MHz /
1845 MHz
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,196 GFLOPS5,248 GFLOPS5,196 GFLOPS5,196 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock14 GHz14 GHz14 GHz14 GHz
Memory Size8 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth224 GB/s224 GB/s224 GB/s224 GB/s
Recommended Power Supply350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt
Price from*$199.99$209.99$179.99$184.99
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*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

Note that we are listing cards with both 8 GB and 4 GB of video memory (VRAM). An 8 GB card will, on average, improve frame rates by a few percentage points. But in many cases, additional VRAM will also allow for more detail and higher resolutions (e.g. 1440p) with less significant performance drops. If the price difference is small, we definitely recommend an 8 GB model.

~$20 Less: GTX 1650 Super

GeForce GTX 1650 SuperOnly a few months ago, Nvidia was barely competitive at all below the $200 mark, but as of early 2020, this has changed completely.  The GeForce GTX 1650 Super is another Nvidia GPU that offers excellent value at a lower price point than the GTX 1660. Compared to the non-Super GTX 1650, the 1650 Super is much faster and performance is closer to the GTX 1660. In other words, it has clearly earned the Super moniker and it’s very easy to recommend. 

As opposed to the standard GTX 1650, the Super version requires one 6-pin PCIe power connector but draws much less power than the previous generation. Because it’s an affordable card, GTX 1650 Super designs tend to be small and compact. If you have room for a video card with two fans in your case, this is usually a better option, all else being equal.

 ZOTAC GTX 1650 Super Twin FanMSI GTX 1650 Super Ventus XS OCMSI GTX 1650 Super Gaming X
ImageZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super Twin Fan 4GB GDDR6 128-Bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, Zt-T16510F-10LMSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Ventus XS OC  Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super 128-Bit HDMI/DP/DVI 4GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Super Ventus XS OC)MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super 128-Bit HDMI/DP 4GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Super Gaming X)
Memory Size4 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR64 GB GDDR6
Stream Processors128012801280
FP32 Theoretical Performance4,416 GFLOPS4,454 GFLOPS4,493 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock12000 MHz12000 MHz12000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth192 GB/s192 GB/s192 GB/s
Recommended
Power Supply
350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt
Core Clock / Boost Clock1530 MHz /
1725 MHz
1530 MHz /
1740 MHz
1530 MHz /
1755 MHz
Display Outputs1x DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x HDMI
3x DP
Price from*$159.99$161.32$179.99
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The Zotac and MSI Ventus are both compact dual-fan models, while the MSI Gaming X is a full-size card with a larger factory overclock and likely better cooling performance. 
*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

~$30 More: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

If you are willing to spend around $30 more for a 10–15% performance improvement (essentially getting what you pay for), then the GeForce GTX 1660 Super is the one to get. The difference compared to the non-Super is that the 1660 Super uses faster GDDR6 VRAM. It has the same amount of shaders and transistors.

 EVGA GTX 1660 Super Sc UltraAsus TUF GTX 1660 Super OCZOTAC GTX 1660 Super TF
ImageEVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super Sc Ultra Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, Dual Fan, Metal Backplate, 06G-P4-1068-KRAsus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super Overclocked 6GB Edition HDMI DP DVI Gaming Graphics Card (TUF-GTX1660S-O6G-GAMING)ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB GDDR6 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, Zt-T16620F-10L
Stream Processors140814081408
Base Clock /
Boost Clock
1530 MHz /
1830 MHz
1530 MHz /
1845 MHz
1530 MHz /
1785 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,153 GFLOPS5,196 GFLOPS5,027 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock14 GHz14 GHz14 GHz
Memory Size6 GB GDDR66 GB GDDR66 GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth336 GB/s336 GB/s336 GB/s
Recommended Power Supply350 Watt350 Watt350 Watt
Price from*$229.99$229.99$396.99
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*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

Best Value: AMD Radeon RX 570

rx570 strixIf you’re really on a budget – or simply want the maximum amount of frames per second for every dollar invested – then the Radeon RX 570 GPU is still a price/performance king. These cards are about 10-15% slower than RX 580-based cards, so if a 570 is more than 15% cheaper – which it often is – it’s an excellent deal.

And you can still play most AAA titles at 1080p/60fps, as well as 1440p with reduced quality settings. The cards are way faster than similarly-priced GeForce boards, and of course all RX 560 alternatives. It’s simply still a great budget GPU.

The Radeon RX 570 is more varied in terms of appearance and features. Some come in 8 GB versions, making them a bit more attractive than the 4 GB models. 

 Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 570PowerColor Red Dragon RX 570XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX EditionPowerColor Red Devil RX 570
ImageSapphire Technology Technology Radeon 11266-04-20G Pulse RX 570 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics CardPowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DHD/OCXFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition 1286MHz, 8gb GDDR5, DX12 VR Ready, Dual BIOS, 3xDP HDMI DVI, AMD Graphics Card (RX-570P8DFD6)PowerColor AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DH/OC Video Card
Core Clock / Boost Clock1168 MHz /
1284 MHz
1168 MHz /
1250 MHz
1168 MHz /
1320 MHz
1270 MHz /
1320 MHz
Stream Processors2048204820482048
Memory Size4 GB4 GB8 GB4 GB
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,259 GFLOPS5,120 GFLOPS5,267 GFLOPS5,407 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock7 GHz7 GHz7 GHz7 GHz
Memory Bandwidth224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s224.0 GB/s
Recommended
Power Supply
500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt
Display outputs1x DVI, 2x HDMI
2x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
3x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
3x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
3x DP
Price from*$140.55$129.99$142.49$167.78
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*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

Thanks to its slightly higher clocks, the triple-fan PowerColor Red Dragon RX 570 4GB leads in terms of theoretical performance with 5,407 GFLOPS, closely followed by the also overclocked 8 GB XFX. It’s a close race between these cards, but depending on price we’d pick either the thermally capable PowerColor card or the XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition. 

Some of them are also factory overclocked, but not enough to impact performance in any noticeable way. We recommend that you base your choice on today’s price and which display outputs you need.

Also Great Value: Radeon RX 590

Although it’s far less efficient than the latest-gen RX 5500 XT and GTX 1650 Super, the Radeon RX 590 is slightly faster on average and often costs less. And that makes it the fastest GPU in that price range, but due to its age and relative inefficiency, we hesitate to recommend it outright. 

But it can’t be denied that it still offers great value and formidable mid-range performance when it’s available for less than $200. The 8 GB card delivers a consistent 60 fps at 1440p in lots of games. Pair it with FreeSync monitor and you’ll get a great gaming experience and lots of value for your money.

This is how some of the most popular models match up. 

 Sapphire Radeon
Pulse RX 590
Gigabyte
RX 590 Gaming
PowerColor
Red Dragon RX 590
ASUS ROG
Strix RX 590
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ImageSapphire 11289-06-20G Radeon Pulse RX 590 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP w/ Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphic CardsGigabyte Radeon Rx 590 Gaming 8G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5, Gv-RX590GAMING-8GD Video CardPowerColor Red Dragon RX 590 8GBASUS ROG Strix Radeon Rx 590 8G Gaming GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card Graphic Cards ROG-STRIX-RX590-8G-GAMING
Stream Processors2304230423042304
Boost Clock /
Max OC Clock
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance7,119 GFLOPS7,119 GFLOPS7,119 GFLOPS7,119 GFLOPS
Effective Memory Clock8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz
Memory Size8 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
Outputs1x DVI, 2x HDMI
2x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
3x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
1x DVI. 2x HDMI
2x DP
Recommended Power Supply500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt
Price from*$259.99$199.95$194.99Price not available

*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

Most RX 590’s use dual-fan cooling solutions, which is practically a must on this power-hungry GPU. The only outlier is the Asus Strix, but the extra cost is very difficult to motivate. For more info on additional models, see our more comprehensive RX 590 roundup.

Here’s a video from the web that compares the relative performance of the RX 590 to the GTX 1650 Super.

No PCIe Power: GeForce GTX 1650

msi gaming-x 1650If you are limited by your power supply and can’t (or don’t want to) replace it – or simply want an Nvidia card that’s more affordable than the GTX 1650 Super or 1660 – the GeForce GTX 1650 is the one GPU under $200 that you should be looking at. It replaces the 1050 Ti and offers better performance at roughly the same price. This card will go nicely with your G-Sync monitor and produce good frame rates in eSports titles at 1080p. It can’t compete with AMD cards in the same price range, but it is a competent and highly efficient chip for a power-deficient, entry-level gaming build.

Among the 1650 cards, we consider the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G a good buy, mainly because it comes with a considerable factory overclock and uses a tried-and-tested, dual-fan design. It will let you play all the latest AAA titles at acceptable frame rates, but you will have to use lower settings in more demanding titles such as Metro Exodus. Casual games like Fortnite, on the other hand, will easily run at 60FPS/1080p.

Let’s compare some of the GeForce GTX 1650-based alternatives.

 MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Gaming XASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1650 OCZotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OCGigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Windforce OC
ImageMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 128-Bit HDMI/DP 4GB GDRR5 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Gaming X 4G)Asus Rog Strix GeForce GTX 1650 Overclocked 4GB Edition VR Ready HDMI 2.0 DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (Rog-STRIX-GTX1650-O4G-Gaming)ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB GDDR5 128-Bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T16500F-10LGIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1650 Windforce OC 4G Graphics Card, 2X Windforce Fans, 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5, Gv-N1650WF2OC-4GD Video Card
CUDA Cores896896896896
Core Clock / Boost Clock1485 MHz /
1860 MHz
1485 MHz /
1830 MHz
1485 MHz /
1695 MHz
1485 MHz /
1785 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance3,333 GFLOPS3,279 GFLOPS3,037 GFLOPS3,199 GFLOPS
Memory Clock (Effective)8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz
Memory Size4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Memory Bandwidth128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s
Required PSU300 Watt300 Watt300 Watt300 Watt
Price from*$159.99$179.57$149.99$169.99
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*Prices are updated automatically every few hours but are subject to change between updates. See ‘Last update’ information at bottom of the page.

MSI’s card has some of the highest factory overclocks on the market but it’s closely followed by Asus’ popular Strix model (OC version). Unless you’re building in a micro-ATX or mini-ITX case with limited space, dual-fan options are the way to go.

Summary

These are the best graphics cards close to or below $200. Whatever your budget is and your preferred games, these cards offer great price-to-performance value. However, as of January 2020, the GTX 1660 or the GTX 1650 Super are the best cards at their respective price points. In the AMD camp, the Radeon RX 5500 XT is also a great buy, and the Radeon RX 570 still offers excellent value (depending on current prices, of course).

If you want the best possible performance for less than $200, the RX 590 is also a good choice, as it’s the last and most efficient version of the Polaris GPU. Unfortunately, none of the RX 570, 580 or 590 are power-efficient at all when compared to the Nvidia alternatives or the new AMD RX 5500 XT.

What that means is that you may need a bigger power supply unit (PSU) and sometimes an additional PCIe cable to power them. In the case of the RX 580 Nitro+, for example, you need one 8-pin and one 6-pin auxiliary (PCIe) power connector, whereas no GTX 1650 Super uses more than a single 6-pin connector.  

If you have no choice but to use a PCIe slot-powered card, the GTX 1650 (non-Super) offers much better value than the old GTX 1050 Ti, but it’s less powerful than all the other cards we’ve listed.

One putative advantage for AMD is that the RX cards support dual-GPU setups, i.e. CrossFireX. Nvidia’s corresponding SLI feature is not available with entry-level and mid-range cards. On the other hand, using two GPUs is hardly ever a better option than buying a single, more capable card. 

A side note, but a topic worth mentioning, is factory overclocking. Several of the above graphics cards come with slightly higher clock rates compared to the reference models, which is often – but not always – also reflected in the price tag. It doesn’t necessarily have an impact on how much the card can be overclocked by the user.

Each and every GPU chip is unique quality-wise and therefore the chips’ overclocking capability varies. Unfortunately, you never know exactly how capable it is before you buy (this is why it’s called the “silicon lottery”). The main difference is that a factory-overclocked card is guaranteed to work at the specified clock rates, which is not the case otherwise. In some cases, pricier and factory-overclocked cards also have better cooling solutions than budget GPUs. 

About System and PSU Requirements

PCIe power connector

You need at least one of these to power any of the above cards except the GTX 1650.

You certainly don’t need a monster gaming rig to power mid-range graphics cards around the $200 price range. The most important thing is to ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) is up to the task.

The most demanding of the cards we’ve been looking at here are the ones based on the Radeon RX 580 and RX 590 GPUs. AMD recommends a 500 Watt PSU for the entire system. However, this will, of course, depend on how power-efficient the rest of your system is. Typical board power is 185 Watts for the reference design RX 580, but overclocked cards will use a lot more.

So, most such cards need at least one 8-pin PCIe power connector and sometimes one 8-pin and one 6-pin connector coming from the PSU. If your power supply does not have any auxiliary PCIe power connectors – and for some reason, you can’t upgrade it (such as in a custom, small form-factor PC) – then your best option from the above are the GeForce GTX 1650s. These cards only draw power straight from the motherboard.

Other than the PSU, your other PC components should preferably at least be fairly recent. The processor (CPU) does affect what frame rates you’ll be getting to some extent, but the difference will be quite small if you’re using any AMD Ryzen or Core i5 from the past few years. Older AMD CPUs in general and some older Intel Core i3 CPUs, in particular, may have a more severe negative effect on game frame rates. 

VR compatibility: If you are looking to power a VR headset such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, then the minimum GPU recommendation is either an AMD Radeon RX 580 or an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

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  1. I have been using nvidia GT 730 for the past 3 years now and i am looking for a change, what i am looking for is a mid budget card around $200 although i cannot decide on my own, about which GPU I should buy.

  2. Thanks for your comment! All of the GPUs we mention above are several times faster than your current card. Even the 1050 ti is around 5x the performance of the GT730. Something to keep in mind if you are upgrading your current system is that all cards above the GTX 1650 require a separate PCIe power connector from your power supply. There’s a good chance that your computer doesn’t have one, as the old GT730 doesn’t need one either. Also check check the measurements to make sure that it will fit in your case (I know that there are many pre-built small form factor systems with the GT 730)

  3. I am looking for best graphic card for my personal computer because I want to play GTA 5 game in my system. This is possible with the help of graphic card. Thanks for sharing a helpful blog with me.