Best Graphics Cards Under $200 – 2019 Edition

With the release of AMD Radeon RX 590, the RX 580 and 570 have become more affordable, now at their original MSRP from before the mining craze. Some are even cheaper with deals, promos, or after rebates. The same goes for Nvidia’s launch of 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. To make sure you get the most value for your money, we’ve also added some considerably less costly (RX 570) as well as the slightly more expensive GTX 1660, both of which offer amazing value at the moment.

Table of Contents:
AMD Vs Nvidia
Fastest GPU under 200: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
Best value: AMD Radeon RX 570
Best Nvidia: GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
No PCIe power: GeForce GTX 1650
Step up AMD: Radeon RX 580 8GB
Step up Nvidia: GeForce GTX 1660
Summary and notes

AMD Vs. Nvidia in the $200 bracket

Radeon or GeForce? Gamers have asked this question since the 90s when Radeon was still an ATI brand. The answer has nearly always been “it depends”.  As of 2019, Nvidia has been in the performance and efficiency lead for years – 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 around $200. In early 2019, these are without a doubt the best GPUs below this price limit from AMD and Nvidia, respectively. However, adding around $20 may get you the much-improved GTX 1660

Product
AMD
ASUS Radeon RX 580 O4G Dual-Fan OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (DUAL-RX580-O4G)
Nvidia
PNY GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card VCGGTX10603PB-SF
Image
ASUS Radeon RX 580 O4G Dual-Fan OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (DUAL-RX580-O4G)
PNY GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card VCGGTX10603PB-SF
Stream Processors
2304
1152
Core/Boost Clock
1340 MHz / 1411 MHz
1607 MHz / 1835 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
6,502 GFLOPS
4,228 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, 3x DisplayPort
Average Rating
User Reviews
189 Reviews
205 Reviews
Warranty
2 Years
3 Years
Price
$175.85
$209.99
AMD
Product
ASUS Radeon RX 580 O4G Dual-Fan OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (DUAL-RX580-O4G)
Image
ASUS Radeon RX 580 O4G Dual-Fan OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (DUAL-RX580-O4G)
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
189 Reviews
Warranty
2 Years
Price
$175.85
Nvidia
Product
PNY GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card VCGGTX10603PB-SF
Image
PNY GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card VCGGTX10603PB-SF
Stream Processors
1152
Core/Boost Clock
1607 MHz / 1835 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
4,228 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, 3x DisplayPort
Average Rating
User Reviews
205 Reviews
Warranty
3 Years
Price
$209.99

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. It usually is in actual games as well, but the difference is small. In certain Nvidia-optimized games, like Fortnite and GTA V, the GTX 1060 is slightly faster. Here’s another quick look at relative performance, using data from Futuremark’s popular DirectX 12 benchmark 3DMark Time Spy:

These are averages from a cross-section of different systems running the above GPUs. It corresponds reasonably well to actual gaming performance. 

Bottom line: The ‘performance per dollar’ equation changes constantly, but on days when an RX 570 card drops to around $150 it’s a winner. The GTX 1660 is, however, a close second and it’s much more recent.

Fastest below $200: Radeon RX 580 4GB

So first, we give you the Radeon RX 580 4GB, which can frequently be found around $200 these days. And if the price is right, this is the fastest GPU below our price limit. This card rivals or surpasses the GeForce GTX 1060 on almost every AAA title out there. 60fps is easy at 1080p and it also provides acceptable frame rates at 1440p with high or even 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. Last but not least, like all RX 580s, it’s also VR Ready and will play well with your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

This is how one of our favorites, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580 4GB, matches up against the other Radeon RX 580 4GB cards.

 XFX GTS XXX OC+ Edition Radeon RX 580ASUS Dual-Fan OC Edition Radeon RX 580Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 580Gigabyte Gaming Radeon RX 580
Product LinkView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon
ImageXFX GTS XXX Edition RX 580 4GB OC+ 1386Mhz DDR5 W/Backplate 3xDP HDMI DVI Graphic Cards RX-580P4DFD6ASUS Radeon RX 580 O4G Dual-Fan OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (DUAL-RX580-O4G)Sapphire 11265-07-20G Radeon Nitro+ RX 580 4GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics CardGigabyte Radeon RX 580 Gaming 4GB Graphic Cards GV-RX580GAMING-4GD
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
Price from*Currently out of stock$175.87$211.09$185.99

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

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. So, for being the best performer without any user overclocking, we recommend it. With its dual-fan setup, it should also have sufficient thermal management to allow some further tweaking (though this goes for most of the competitors, too).

Best Value: Asus ROG Strix RX 570 4GB

rx570 strixIf you’re really on a budget – or simply want the maximum amount of frames per second as a return on your investment – then the graphics cards based on the Radeon RX 570 GPU is your best option. These cards are only about 10% slower RX 580-based cards, but often more than 10% cheaper. 

And you can still play most AAA titles at 1080p/60fps, as well as 1440p with reduced quality settings. In other words, the cards are way faster than similarly-priced or even pricier GeForce GTX 1050 Ti boards, and even some lesser RX 560 alternatives. It’s simply the best value for your money in this price range.

Our favorite here is the Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 Gaming OC 4GB. Strix is Asus’ premium gaming product brand, where usually nothing has been spared in terms of quality and, in the case of GPUs, cooling capability. 

This is how the Strix RX 570 4GB matches up against the others based on the same chip:

 ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 OCSapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming
ImageASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 O4G Gaming OC Edition GDDR5 DP HDMI DVI VR Ready AMD Graphics Card (ROG-STRIX-RX570-O4G-GAMING)Sapphire 11266-09-20G Radeon Nitro+ RX 570 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics CardPowerColor AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DH/OC Video CardGigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 4GB Graphic Cards GV-RX570GAMING-4GD
Memory Size4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,325 GFLOPS5,489 GFLOPS5,407 GFLOPS5,095 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
Core Clock / Boost Clock1168 MHz /
1300 MHz
1168 MHz /
1340 MHz
1270 MHz /
1320 MHz
1168 MHz /
1244 MHz
Stream Processors2048204820482048
Price from*from $175.87$219.00$139.99from $155.94
Product LinkView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon

*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 Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 4GB leads in terms of theoretical performance with 5,489 GFLOPS, closely followed by the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570 4GB with 5,407 GFLOPS. It’s a close race between these cards, but we’d still pick the thermally capable Strix card if the prices don’t differ too much. 

Best Nvidia: EVGA GTX 1060 SC ACX 2.0 (3GB)

EVGA 1060 3GB

GPU prices fluctuate a lot, but among the Nvidia cards frequently found below $200 mark right now, the best ones are based on the 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. Compared to the 6GB variant, the 3GB cards not only have half the VRAM but also fewer shaders activated (1152 vs. 1280). Regardless, these cards are a great option for an affordable Nvidia build for 1080p gaming. However, if you don’t mind moving slightly higher in price, the GTX 1660 likely offers better value.

On average, a 3GB GeForce 1060 is slower than AMD cards in the corresponding price bracket but has the advantage of a lower power draw. The 1060’s TDP is 120W, so normally only one 6-pin PCIe power connector is needed. 

Right now the small and compact, single-fan GTX 1060’s tend to be the most affordable. If you have room for a video card with two (or even three) fans, this is usually a better option. But the GTX 1060 is more power-efficient than its AMD competitors, so it’s not as critical. 

Our choice here is currently the compact EVGA GTX 1060 SC ACX 2.0. In spite of its small size, it is factory overclocked and has been generally well received by users and professional reviewers alike. Here’s how it compares to other cards of the same type:

 EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 MiniMSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming 3GBASUS GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dual OC
ImageEVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 3GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC), 03G-P4-6162-KRZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5 VR Ready Super Compact Gaming Graphics Card (ZT-P10610A-10L)MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GDRR5 192-bit HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1060 3GT OC)ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dual-Fan OC Edition Graphics Card (DUAL-GTX1060-O3G)
Memory Size3 GB3 GB4 GB4 GB
FP32 Theoretical Performance4,228 GFLOPS3,935 GFLOPS4,053 GFLOPS4,113 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock8008 MHz8008 MHz8008 MHz8008 MHz
Memory Bandwidth192.2 GB/s192.2 GB/s192.2 GB/s192.2 GB/s
Recommended
Power Supply
400 Watt400 Watt400 Watt400 Watt
Core Clock / Boost Clock1607 MHz /
1835 MHz
1506 MHz /
1708 MHz
1544 MHz /
1759 MHz
1570 MHz /
1785 MHz
Stream Processors1152115211521152
Price from*$199.99from $243.78from $269.99from $223.12
Product LinkView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon

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

It’s interesting that the single-fan EVGA 1060 comes with some of the most aggressive factory tunings for any GTX 1060-based card. That said – and all other things being equal – dual-fan solutions are better equipped for overclocking. 

No PCIe Power: GTX 1650

msi gaming-x 1650If for some reason you can’t get the RX 580 or RX 570 – and you want an Nvidia-based card that’s more affordable than the GTX 1060 or 1660 – the GeForce GTX 1650 is now your best option. 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 that we expect will be part of many an entry-level gaming build in the near future.

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. You will have to aim for lower settings to reach 60 fps in more demanding titles such as Metro Exodus, while e.g. Fortnite will easily run at 60FPS/1080p.

A major advantage of any 1650 card is that they are bus-powered and don’t require a separate PCIe power connector. That means you don’t have to upgrade your power supply if you were to buy this card as an upgrade for your previous, entry-level build.

Let’s compare this card to other 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*$179.99$179.99$149.99$169.99
Product LinkView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon

*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 one of the highest factory overclocks on the market but is 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 usually better.

Add ~$20 – AMD

GPU prices constantly fluctuate, but often for just a bit more than the above, you can get an RX 580-based graphics card with 8 GB of video memory (VRAM) instead of the 4 GB model. The difference between 4GB and 8GB models of the RX 580 (or other video cards) depends a great deal on the individual game. In some games, there is no difference whatsoever, but in others, the extra memory can change a game from unplayable to playable – particularly at higher settings and resolutions (e.g. 2560×1440). This video sums up the performance in actual games:

What’s more, newer AAA titles tend to make better use of additional VRAM, so a card with more memory should be somewhat more ‘future-proof’. In most games and benchmarks, an 8 GB RX 580 will surpass a 6 GB GTX 1060.  So again, AMD provides more performance for the money in this segment, and an RX 580 8 GB should easily get you through both 2019 and 2020 with decent framerates. Here’s a roundup and comparison of said cards.

 XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition (8GB)Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 580 8GBPowerColor Red Devil RX 580 OCGigabyte Gaming Radeon RX 580
ImageXFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition 1386MHz OC+, 8GB GDDR5, VR Ready, Dual BIOS, 3xDP HDMI DVI, AMD Graphics Card (RX-580P8DFD6)Sapphire 11265-05-20G Radeon Pulse RX 580 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphic CardsPowerColor VGA - AXRX 580 8GBD5-3DH/OCMSI VGA Graphic Cards RX 580 Armor 8G OC
Stream Processors2304230423042304
Boost Clock /
Max OC Clock
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
1355 MHz /
1380 MHz
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance6,295 GFLOPS6,295 GFLOPS6,359 GFLOPS6,295 GFLOPS
Max Memory Clock8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz
Memory Size8 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
Recommended Power Supply500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt
Price from*from $109.99$199.99$204.99$190.00
Product LinkView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon

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

As you can see, there is not much difference between these cards individually. The only one that stands out is the overclocked model from PowerColor. At the time of writing, we found the best price/performance ratio by far with the XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition. 

Add ~$20 – Nvidia

Another, brand new alternative as of March 2019 is the Turing-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660, which can be seen as a direct successor to the GTX 1060. GTX 1660 prices have yet to drop below the $200 mark, but they’re only marginally above. At this writing, the more affordable 1660 cards probably have the best FPS/$ ratio in the Nvidia camp – in close competition with the 1660 Ti. The GPU is about 25% faster than the GTX 1060 and more power-efficient as well. 

 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 128-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$227.99$224.99$219.99
Product LinkView on AmazonView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon

*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 often faster than the RX 580 or even the RX 590, although both of these AMD GPUs offer better theoretical performance. In other words, it offers great performance for the money. 

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. If you want the best possible value as of Q2 2019, we suggest you pick one based on the Radeon RX 570 (depending on today’s price difference). However, if you can spend a bit more, a video card based on the RX 580 is a great choice. Nvidia-based cards are more power-efficient, but not as competitive in terms of cost/performance. Nevertheless, if you want an Nvidia GPU below $200, a 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 might be your best bet, but be aware that you are likely to get more value buying a GTX 1660 – is much more powerful and only slightly more expensive. If you have no choice but to use a PCIe slot-powered card, the GTX 1650 now offers much better value than the old GTX 1050 Ti, but it’s not as powerful as AMD cards in the same price range. 

A potential downside of the mid-range Nvidia cards is that they don’t support dual-card setups, i.e. SLI. The RX 570 and RX 580, on the other hand, support AMD’s counterpart CrossFire. 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 not only has less memory but also fewer shaders. 

AMD cards are not without flaws either. They are a lot less efficient, meaning that you will need a bigger power supply unit (PSU) and often 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 1060 uses more than a single 6-pin connector.  

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. 

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

About System and PSU Requirements

PCIe power connectorYou 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 GPU. 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 considerably more.

It will consequently need at least one 8pin PCIe power connector, or in some cases one 8pin and one 6pin 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.

Last update on 2019-05-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

      Leave a Reply

      This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

      Show Buttons
      Hide Buttons