Best Graphics Cards Under $200 in 2021 (March Update)

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Radeon Vs GeForceIf you are building a gaming PC on a budget, the graphics cards best suited for that build in terms of price/performance are normally in the $150 – $250 price range.

As of March 2021, we are unfortunately still in a severe GPU shortage that started in late 2020 and has only escalated since. Not only are supply chains strained due to the pandemic – another crypto mining mania is putting additional pressure on demand.

This means that it is hard to find just about any recent graphics card at normal prices (MSRP) – or at all. Stocks are fairly dry across the spectrum. You are therefore faced with the alternatives to either wait or pay more for whatever is in stock at the moment.

In any event, we will still keep this page up to date in the hope that the supply situation improves. So, we continue to list the best graphics cards below $200 based on MSRP for the reference models (which are unfortunately not reflected in the market at this time). Our general recommendations on what to look for in order to get the most value for your money should hopefully be helpful either way.

Contents:
AMD Vs Nvidia
Buy Now or Wait?
Best AMD GPU below $200 (MSRP): RX 5500
Best Nvidia GPU below $200 (MSRP): GTX 1650 Super
~$10-30 More: GeForce GTX 1660/1660S
Still Great Value: Radeon RX 570, 580 and 590
No PCIe power: GeForce GTX 1650
Summary and notes

AMD vs. Nvidia Below $200 (MSRP)

Last year, AMD once again caught up to Nvidia in all GPU price ranges thanks to its RDNA and RDNA 2 architectures. The recently launched high-end cards from AMD and Nvidia are practically impossible to find, but you may have some luck with the entry-level Radeon RX 5500 XT. Nvidia’s best graphics card under $200 (reference model MSRP) is the GeForce GTX 1650 Super, also known as the 1650S.

Product
Best AMD
PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB AXRX 5500XT 8GBD6-DH/OC
Best Nvidia
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super 128-Bit HDMI/DP/DVI 4GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Single Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Super Aero ITX OC) (GeForce GTX 1650 Super AERO ITX OC)
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PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB AXRX 5500XT 8GBD6-DH/OC
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super 128-Bit HDMI/DP/DVI 4GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Single Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Super Aero ITX OC) (GeForce GTX 1650 Super AERO ITX OC)
Stream Processors
1408
1280
Core/Boost Clock
1647 MHz / 1845 MHz
1530 MHz / 1740 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
5,196 GFLOPS
4,454 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
8 GB/GDDR6
4 GB/GDDR6
Memory Bus
128-bit
128-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1750 MHz (14000 MHz)
1500 MHz (12 GHz)
Memory Bandwidth
224 GB/s
192 GB/s
TDP
130 W
100 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W (1x 8-pin)
350 W (1x 6-pin)
Outputs
1x HDMI, 1x DVI, 1x DisplayPort
1x HDMI, 1x DP, 1x DVI
Best AMD
Product
PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB AXRX 5500XT 8GBD6-DH/OC
Image
PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB AXRX 5500XT 8GBD6-DH/OC
Stream Processors
1408
Core/Boost Clock
1647 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, 1x DVI, 1x DisplayPort
Best Nvidia
Product
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super 128-Bit HDMI/DP/DVI 4GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Single Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Super Aero ITX OC) (GeForce GTX 1650 Super AERO ITX OC)
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MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super 128-Bit HDMI/DP/DVI 4GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Single Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1650 Super Aero ITX OC) (GeForce GTX 1650 Super AERO ITX OC)
Stream Processors
1280
Core/Boost Clock
1530 MHz / 1740 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
4,454 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
4 GB/GDDR6
Memory Bus
128-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
1500 MHz (12 GHz)
Memory Bandwidth
192 GB/s
TDP
100 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W (1x 6-pin)
Outputs
1x HDMI, 1x DP, 1x DVI

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From just looking at raw FP32 performance, the Radeon RX 5500 XT looks like a far more powerful GPU. However, in terms of actual gaming performance, it’s a tight race. The RX 5500 XT comes out ahead in some games, while the GTX 1650S performs better in others.

On the whole, either will let you run any AAA title at 1080p and offer great value in terms of FPS/$. The Radeon RX 5500 XT comes in 4 GB and 8 GB varieties, and the 8 GB models are arguably the most future-proof alternative owing to the extra memory (VRAM). Under normal circumstances, it is occasionally possible to pick one of these up for less than $200.

Here’s a quick look at relative GPU performance using benchmark scores from Futuremark’s 3DMark Time Spy. We’ve included some additional GPUs for reference and will be discussing some of them below.

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

Bottom line: The “FPS/$” equation changes daily along with GPU prices, which have not been dependable at all lately for either the GeForce GTX 1650S or the Radeon RX 5500XT. Before the shortage, the best GPU below $200 would have been the RX 5500XT with 8GB of VRAM.

Buy Now or Wait? March 2021 Edition

It’s hard to recall any point in time since the mid-1990s when graphics cards have been in such short supply relative to the demand as in 2021.  If you want to know more about the reasons for the current supply predicaments (there are several), head over to igor’sLAB and read industry expert Igor Wallossek’s analysis.

Nvidia and AMD released their new high-end GPUs in the RTX 30-series and RX 6000-series, respectively, in late 2020. All of these cards are virtually impossible to find at the manufacturers’ suggested prices right now. By now, entry-level and mid-range cards are also affected in a big way. Although a new generation of mid-range cards based on the Ampere and RDNA2 architectures will arrive later in 2021, we can probably expect these to be in short supply initially as well.

For now, you need a bit of luck to find any new graphics card from the current generation at a reasonable price. Other options include being prepared to pay more than usual or checking out the second-hand market. Some previous-gen GPUs such as the Radeon RX 570, 580, or 590 (all of which are still more than decent but much less power-efficient) are also occasionally available for less than $200.

Best AMD GPU Below $200 (MSRP): Radeon RX 5500 XT

msi rx5500 xt GPULast year, AMD finally updated its entry-level and mid-range offerings with more 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 (or even the RX 590) while using less power. One 8-pin PCIe connector is enough for the RX 5500 XT, and the recommended minimum power supply is just 350 W (graphics card TDP is 130 W). The actual gaming performance tends to be marginally better than the GTX 1650 Super but below the GTX 1660.

 PowerColor RX 5500 XT 8GBPowerColor RX 5500 XT 4GBASUS Dual RX 5500 XT EVO OC 4GBMSI RX 5500 XT Mech 4GB OC
ImagePowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB AXRX 5500XT 8GBD6-DH/OCPowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB AXRX 5500XT 4GBD6-DH/OCASUS AMD Dual Radeon RX 5500 XT EVO OC Edition Gaming Graphics Card (PCIe 4.0, 4GB GDDR6 Memory, HDMI, DisplayPort, Full HD Gaming, Axial-tech Fan Design, Auto-Extreme, Metal Backplate)MSI 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) (Radeon RX 5500 XT MECH 4G OC)
Stream Processors1408140814081408
Base Clock /
Boost Clock
1607 MHz /
1845 MHz
1647 MHz /
1845 MHz
1607 MHz /
1845 MHz
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,196 GFLOPS5,196 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*N/AN/AN/AN/A
Product LinkN/AN/AN/AN/A

*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 the above table includes both 8 GB and 4 GB of video memory (VRAM). An 8 GB card will, on average, improve frame rates by single-digit percentages. Additional VRAM may also allow for more details and higher resolutions (e.g. 1440p) with less significant performance drops. If the price difference is small, we definitely recommend the 8 GB variety as it performs better and comes prepared for more demanding games.

Best Nvidia GPU Below $200 (MSRP): GTX 1650 Super

GeForce GTX 1650 SuperAbout a year ago, Nvidia was barely competitive at all below $200, but this changed for the better in 2020. The GeForce GTX 1650 Super offers excellent value at its current price point. Compared to the GTX 1650 (non-Super), the 1650S is much faster and its performance is closer to the GTX 1660. In other words, it’s really a “Super” version of the card.

As opposed to the standard GTX 1650, the Super version requires one 6-pin PCIe power connector but draws much less power than equivalent cards from the previous generation. Because it’s a budget 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 as these cards will run cooler and produce less noise.

 ZOTAC GTX 1650 Super Twin FanASUS GTX 1650 Super Phoenix OCEVGA GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra
ImageZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 Super Twin Fan 4GB GDDR6 128-Bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, Zt-T16510F-10LASUS GeForce GTX 1650 Super Overclocked 4GB Phoenix Fan Edition HDMI DP DVI Graphics Card (PH-GTX1650S-O4G)EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra Gaming, 4GB GDDR6, Dual Fan, Metal Backplate, 04G-P4-1357-KR
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 DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
Price from*N/AN/AN/A
Product LinkN/AN/AN/A

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

The MSI Gaming X is a full-size card with excellent cooling performance and OC potential, but Gigabyte’s more reasonably priced dual-fan WindForce model is a strong competitor. For small form factor builds, Gigabyte also offers a 1650 Super with a single 90 mm fan.

~$10–30 More: GeForce GTX 1660/1660S

GTX 1660 graphics cardThe original GTX 1660 is based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture and is now a couple of years old. It is intended as a direct successor to the GTX 1060 but is considerably faster (15-20%) and more efficient.

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. In other words, you get great performance for 1080p and 1440p gaming and this one would be our favorite if it was slightly cheaper.

At this writing, the GTX 1660 is in the process of being replaced by the GeForce GTX 1660 Super, which is almost as fast as the GTX 1660 Ti and usually not much more expensive than the GTX 1660. Compared to the non-Super, the 1660 Super is based on the same chip with an identical amount of shaders and transistors but it’s equipped with faster GDDR6 VRAM.

 EVGA GTX 1660 Super Sc UltraPNY GTX 1660 Super 6GB XLR8MSI GTX 1660 Super Ventus XS OC
ImageMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Super 192-bit HDMI/DP 6GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1660 Super VENTUS XS OC)PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Super 4GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition Single FanZOTAC 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 /
1815 MHz
1530 MHz /
1830 MHz
1530 MHz /
1785 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,153 GFLOPS5,153 GFLOPS5,111 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

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

Still Going Strong: AMD Radeon RX 570, 580 & 590

rx570 strixIf you’re simply looking for the maximum amount of frames per second for every dollar invested – then AMD’s previous generation of mid-range GPUs is still worth a look. The Radeon RX 570 GPU was the price/performance leader for years, but today you can also find an RX 580 or RX 590 at attractive price points.

These cards are much less efficient than the Navi generation but do well in terms of raw performance. The RX 590 in particular will let you play most AAA titles at 1080p/60fps, as well as 1440p with reduced quality settings.

 PowerColor Red Dragon RX 570XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX EditionSapphire Radeon Pulse RX 580 PowerColor
Red Dragon RX 590
ImagePowerColor VGA - AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DHD/OCXFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition 1386MHz OC+, 8GB GDDR5, VR Ready, Dual BIOS, 3xDP HDMI DVI, AMD Graphics Card (RX-580P8DFD6)SAPPHIRE Radeon 11265-05-20G Pulse RX 580 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphic CardsPowerColor Red Dragon RX 590 8GB
Stream Processors2048230423042304
Boost Clock /
Max OC Clock
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
1257 MHz /
1366 MHz
1360 MHz /
1366 MHz
1469 MHz /
1545 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,120 GFLOPS6,295 GFLOPS6,295 GFLOPS7,119 GFLOPS
Effective Memory Clock7 GHz8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz
Memory Size4 GB8 GB8 GB8 GB
Memory Bandwidth224 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s256 GB/s
Outputs1x DVI, 2x HDMI
2x DP
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
3x DP
2x HDMI, 2x DP
1x DVI
1x DVI, 1x HDMI
1x DP
Recommended Power Supply500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt500 Watt
Price from*N/AN/AN/AN/A
Product LinkN/AN/AN/AN/A

*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 cards (as well as 580/570) use dual-fan cooling solutions, which is practically a must on this power-hungry GPU. 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.

GTX 1650 Super vs. RX 590

No PCIe Power: GeForce GTX 1650

msi gaming-x 1650If you are limited by your power supply and cannot (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 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-10L
CUDA Cores896896896
Core Clock / Boost Clock1485 MHz /
1860 MHz
1485 MHz /
1830 MHz
1485 MHz /
1695 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance3,333 GFLOPS3,279 GFLOPS 3,037 GFLOPS
Memory Clock (Effective)8 GHz8 GHz8 GHz
Memory Size4 GB4 GB4 GB
Memory Bandwidth128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s128.0 GB/s
Required PSU300 Watt300 Watt300 Watt
Product LinkN/AN/AN/A

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

Since 2020, some GTX 1650 boards are equipped with GDDR6 memory instead of GDDR5. This improves memory bandwidth and overall performance, but the clock rates have unfortunately been lowered to even out the difference. However, some testing indicates that GDDR6 boards are 5–10% faster, so this is a feature worth looking for.

Summary

GTX 1660 ventusThese are the best graphics cards close to or below $200 under normal circumstances.  The GTX 1650 Super or the Radeon RX 5500 XT are the best cards from Nvidia and AMD, respectively, and the RX 5500 XT 8GB is arguably the most future-proof option. Unfortunately, March 2021 is not normal circumstances and it’s very difficult to buy either of them.

AMD’s Radeon RX 570/580/590 may still offer great value depending on current prices.  Especially the RX 590 is an attractive option if you don’t mind its higher power consumption. As a consolation, it’s the latest and most efficient version of the Polaris GPU.  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 have listed – even with the addition of GDDR6 VRAM.

Another topic worth mentioning is factory overclocking. Most manufacturers bump the specs on their premium cards by raising the maximum GPU boost clock (and sometimes the VRAM speed), which also tends to be reflected in the price tag. These slightly higher clock rates do not have an impact on how much the card can be overclocked by the user. On the other hand, the larger coolers on more expensive cards are beneficial when overclocking.

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 (hence it is 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. 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.

Newer cards like the RX 5500 XT and GeForce GTX 1660S are less demanding and the minimum recommended PSU is 350 Watt in both cases. While the older cards needed an 8-pin PCIe (and sometimes an additional 6-pin) power connector, the more recent cards make do with a single 6-pin connector.

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.

If you already own a good mid-range CPU and want better gaming performance, upgrading to a faster GPU will yield more noticeable results compared to upgrading the CPU. Check our guide to the fastest GPUs below $300.

46 Comments
  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. Hello,

    I have a
    Intel i5 7th gen skylake
    Asus h81m-d motherboard
    Aerocool 500w true rated psu
    8gb hyperx RAM
    And currently dont have gpu.
    Already bought 27″ 75hz monitor

    What gpu can you recommend for me? I played cs go and dota 2 only.

    • Correction in my processor. i think it is only i5 4th generation

    • Hi Mark,
      CS:GO and DOTA 2 are two of the least demanding games today. So if you are only playing these two games, any of the cards mentioned above will easily run at 1080p at an average FPS of 75+.

      If I were you, I would look at AMD RX 570-based cards, which are from the previous generation but still among the best in terms of price/performance when sold at around $150 (and they sometimes go for less). Your PSU and the rest of your system would be a good match.

  4. Hi Jesper,

    Thanks for the prompt response.
    Yes i will look for RX570 gpu. But how about RX580, is it a better buy? In my country, I see a lot of RX580 compare to RX570. Thanks.

    • The RX 580 is typically 10-15% faster than the RX 570 (some games a little more, some slightly less). So if the price difference is small where you live, the 580 might be an even better option, especially if it’s an 8GB card (most 570s are 4GB).

  5. Hi Jesper,

    Thanks for the prompt response.
    Yes i will look for RX570 gpu. But how about RX580, is it a better buy? In my country, I see a lot of RX580 compare to RX570. Thanks.

    • Try to go with at least Rx 5500 xt in my opinion. The Rx 570/580/590 is the older on the way out cards. I’m actually building a computer for my daughter and $200 is all I’m gonna spend and the 5500xt is what I’m looking at unless I upgrade my Rx 5700.

  6. Hello,

    I have a AMD Radeon R7 360 that is a 6 pin power connector that came in an ibuypower pc I bought for iracing. I run three monitors now and it can’t keep up. What should I buy for around $150-190?

    My processor is an AMD FX 6300 6 core.

    I don’t know much about gaming pcs I just want to play iracing I have been trying to do research but it seems endless.

    Thank you

  7. I’m currently using an EVGA 950 and am torn between waiting for 1660 Super to go under 200 (hopefully, with the release of the 3k series) or getting the 1650 Super already.
    Is it worth the wait and price difference?

    • Hi Andrés,
      Last year, with the original versions of the GTX 1660 and 1650, I would have steered clear of these cards as they were overpriced (the original 1650 in particular) compared to the previous-gen AMD cards.

      Right now, the 1650S and 1660S are much more competitive in terms of price/performance and currently priced about right compared to their AMD counterparts IMO.

      As usual with a new generation, Nvidia will be releasing the high-end RTX 3000 series cards first. We will likely have to wait several more months for the mid-range and budget Ampere cards to shake things up in those areas. But it’s notoriously difficult to guess where GPU prices are heading. Since we are still right between two generations (not counting the high-end cards), my personal guess is that prices will hover around here for a while (though the 1660S could drop below 200 temporarily).

      • This is incredibly helpful!
        Guess I’ll just go for the 1650 and be happy for around 4-5 years before heading elsewhere should some games require it.
        For me the 200 Dollars barrier is key, because customs will kill me with an extra 60% for things over that mark. So, a 201 dollars card would end up costing me 321 Dollars. So yeah, kinda hard no!

  8. Guess ill just get the GeForce GTX 1650.

  9. I am upgrading an HPZ800 workstation (for iRacing sim racing 1080p single screen use) and currently have the dual X5687 xeons, 32gb ram, 500GB SSD. It still has the standard 850W power supply. I was looking for an RX580 8gb card but after reading this article, perhaps I should spend a bit more and get the GTX 1650S to make sure I am keeping within my 850W supply? How do i tell how much the system is already using?

    • Hi Julian,
      The system’s total power consumption can be measured from the socket using e.g. a kill-a-watt power monitor (or a multimeter with the same functionality). It’s highly unlikely that you will have an issue with an 850W PSU though, even with the dual Xeons (130W each). What I did notice when looking up the HP’s specs is that the PSU seems to come with 6-pin PCIe connectors only. The 1650S uses a 6-pin connector but the RX 580 normally uses a single 8-pin connector, which will require a 6-pin to 8-pin adapter.

  10. Hi Jesper!
    My system is getting old. I have an i7-4770, 16gb ddr3 1600 ram, 2 ssds and 1 hdd, gtx 750ti, GigaByte GA-Z87MX-D3H (rev. 1.x) motherboard, PSU CoolerMaster Masterwatt lite 600 watts.
    I was really thinking in getting the rx 590, should I? Why yes or why not? By the way I live in South America so everything is more expensive here.
    Thanks in advance!
    My Discord: patotato2003#8152

    • Hi Patrick!
      Yes it’s getting old, but the i7-4770 is still a more than decent CPU (I still have a 4770S myself paired with an RX 580 on an entry-level Asus board that’s frequently in use). But as you are probably aware, the GTX 750 Ti is the one component that hasn’t aged very well. The RX 590 is about five times faster than the 750 ti in terms of compute performance and often 2-3 times faster in games (depending on game/settings).

      So if you are just looking for a major GPU upgrade without changing anything else whatsoever, then I would say the RX 590 is definitely worthwhile 🙂 (if it’s reasonably priced where you live). Your PSU will handle an RX 590 easily as long as you still have the PCIe power cables (I believe the 750 Ti is bus-powered but most RX 590s need a single 8-pin power connector).

    • I want to play Rainbow Six Siege, stream, record videos, and edit them in Davinci Resolve Studio that has hardware acceleration for gpu.

  11. Hi Jesper, need some advice, I recently upgraded to a ryzen 3100 with a b550 board, looking at getting a graphics card, currently have a 750ti, i play games like battlefield 5, war of rights on steam. Would the 5500xt work better with the pci 4.0 over the 1650 super or even 1660? Thanks pete

    • Hi Pete! For now, the doubled bandwidth provided by PCIe 4.0 over PCIe 3.0 is usually just a benefit for SSDs, as these were previously bottlenecked by the 3.0 version of the interface. Since GPUs always use the full-size x16 PCIe slot, bandwidth has (so far) not been much of an issue.

      Gen4 may have a slight advantage in some cases, but not enough that it would affect my choice of GPU.

      But regardless of the PCIe version, the RX 5500XT should perform better than the 1650 Super in Battlefield V. In this game, the 5500 XT (8GB version) seems to be on par with the 1660. https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-radeon-rx-5500-xt-gamingx-8gb-review,12.html

  12. I know nothing about graphic cards. I’m an audio / video editor and just recently updates my software to FilmoraPro. They recommend Intel HD Graphics 5000 or later
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 or later
    AMD Radeon R5 240 or later
    2 GB vRAM (4GB required for HD and 4K videos)

    Im currently using Intel HD Graphics 4000. What would best work with my Dell Optiplex 7010 Running a VGA monitor and 2 HDMI monitors

    • Hi Tim,
      Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000 (and other Intel GPUs at this time) are integrated GPUs, i.e. part of the same package as the CPU. Any recent discrete GPU, i.e. standalone graphics card, is much faster at any job compared to integrated graphics.

      Personally, I have no experience with Filmora but was curious as to how it might scale performance-wise and found this short video comparing rendering/exports with CPU Vs. Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti and 1650 Super:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekd8qvqCGtA

  13. I’m attempting to price out a build, how much should I spend on a monitor to pair with one of these cards to get a good use of performance?

    • Hi Ian,
      Cards like the 1650S and RX 5500 XT can manage 1440p resolution but are really at their best at 1080p, which is still where you will find some of the most affordable monitors in any size category. Personally, I don’t play fast-paced games and would just ensure that it has an IPS or VA panel (both of which look a lot better than any TN panel) and a refresh rate of 5ms or less. If I was into FPS/eSports gaming, on the other hand, I would pair one of the above GPUs with a 144Hz adaptive sync monitor like the Asus VP249QGR (or similar).

  14. Hi Jesper!
    I’m currently trying to figure out which graphics card is the best fit for my build for about 200€ (it’s not a problem if it is a bit over). I was thinking about the gtx 1660 super but not sure if it’s too much or too little, I’m not really an expert 🙂
    My current build has:
    gtx1050 2 or 3 gb
    ryzen7 1800x
    asus b350-plus
    16gb crucial ram
    not sure about the power suply
    I mostly play cs:go and want a card that can give me close to 300fps in every map at relatively low resolution but I’m buying mafia and also play gtaV sometimes so was wondering what was the best fit for me.
    I also have 2 monitors (the one I play is 144hz) not sure if that makes any difference in the matter.
    Thought you had great advice for the other people so maybe you can help me out.

    • Wondering what would be the best fit for my current setup. At the moment I have an I7 8700k, 32gb ram, and a 4gb evga 1050ti SC…not sure if I should wait and get a 3080/3080ti later next year or get something in the mean time

  15. Hi jesper i still dont know exactly whoch card i should buy.But i just want one card that can run about 150fps at Fortnite.

    • Hi there and sorry about the late reply! Is that your comment reply above with the 8700K? In any event, Fortnite is not overly demanding but 150 fps (144Hz/1080p?) is also a lot for any entry-level GPU, especially when paired with a comparatively older CPU.

      An RX 5500 XT or 1650S (preferably the latter) should be able to surpass that frame rate (average) at lower settings, possibly medium preset. I’ve never been into Fortnite or tested it much myself but found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAe9Xqi2Wbk

  16. please bro someone find me a 1650 super under $200

  17. hi there i have a gtx 1050 with i5-6600k i am looking for an upgrade gpu my budget is 150-200 so what gpu should i go for

    • Hi Shaahidh,
      Normally, you would be able to find either an RX 5500 XT or GTX 1650S for $150-200, both of which would as much as double your frame rates compared to a GTX 1050 (non-Ti) on average.
      Right now, it’s unfortunately hard to find any specific GPU at normal prices due to the component shortage. If it was me, I would either wait a while to see if the supply situation clears up or look at the used market.

  18. hey jesper, is there any places currently that sell 1650s/1660s for msrp price?

    • I’ve noticed that both Amazon and Newegg (and probably other major retailers) seem to stick to MSRP for cards in stock (i.e. ‘shipped and sold by’, third-party sellers are free to set their own prices). Problem is these don’t arrive often enough and sell out predictably fast.

      Preordering or setting up notifications of incoming stock can work, but that still involves waiting of course. I preordered a card late last year and had to wait over a month… Insane market right now.

  19. Hey, these are all ether sold out or have been raised in price significantly. I was wondering if there are any other graphics cards under 200 or slightly over

    • Yes, unfortunately just about every GPU is unavailable at normal prices right now. Even used GPUs from previous generations are overpriced due to the extreme shortage.

      There are basically no good options for buyers right now, but some vendors may give you the option to preorder at a fair price. Occasionally, there are limited amounts of cards in stock, but these will fly off the shelves, so it might be a good idea to set up ‘in-stock notifications’ when possible.

  20. well I am screwed both of these cards have their cost not doubled, BUT TRIPLED that applies both to every retailer included even the aftermarket old used ones I am stuck with the cheap unworthy GT 1030

  21. Hello someone find me a 1650 super under $200

  22. Hello,

    I have a
    Intel i5 4670
    Asus b85-plus
    600 watt
    16gb RAM
    Asus gtx 970 4gb
    Already bought 24,5” 144hz monitor
    What i should upgrade first? I play csgo, valorant, apex legends and sometimes warzone.

    P.S. and im beginner of editing

    • Hi Karolis,
      The most cost-effective upgrade would usually be a new GPU. Unfortunately, it’s practically impossible to find a decent mid-range GPU with a normal price tag right now. Personally, I would wait a while with that upgrade.

      You could also see some decent improvements to your 1080p frame rates by upgrading your Haswell Core i5 system is to e.g. a Core i5 10600K, which would be particularly helpful in FPS gaming with a 144Hz monitor. In that case you would also need a new motherboard and DDR4 RAM, however.

  23. Hey so my budget is around 200 and I have the Ibuypower Trace 4 MR Gaming Desktop

    Here is the link: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ibuypower-trace-4-mr-gaming-desktop-amd-ryzen-5-3600-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gt-730-2gb-240gb-ssd/6455488.p?skuId=6455488

    Everything is good on my pc except the card, can u recommend something for me please? The card is NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB, and ik literally any other card is better, but I might get a card that doesnt work with my thing so pls help.

    • Hi MO,
      Yes, the problem there is clearly the low-end GPU. It’s an otherwise modern platform, so as long as you can find any recent graphics card in today’s market you should be fine. As you mention, just about any card would be an improvement.

      My only concern would be the power supply (PSU is missing from the specs on Bestbuy) and making sure that you have the connector(s) needed for a more powerful card, as the GT 730 is bus-powered. To know what to look for, check the last picture in the above article.

      If you have no PCIe power connector at all, there are adapters (e.g. Molex->PCIe 6-pin) that should work fine if it’s not an overly demanding card. Otherwise, the GTX 1650 (non-Ti) is currently the fastest bus-powered card if you don’t want to upgrade the PSU.

  24. Hello,
    I have a Dell Optiplex 9010 SFF and am currently looking for a GPU.
    My specs:
    Intel i7-3770 CPU
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 GPU (yes, I know it’s trash)
    Stock motherboard (idk how to check the model)
    300 watts
    And I’m intending to play games like Hitman 2 and 3 at around 60-70 fps on high settings 1080p.

    Can you recommend one for me, please?

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