The Best Mid-Range Graphics Cards Below $300 in November 2020

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graphics cardAMD released its latest mid-range Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU in early 2020 – and at its $279 price point (MSRP), it became an instant price/performance leader. However, Nvidia countered only days later by lowering the price on its ray tracing-enabled GeForce RTX 2060 Founder’s Edition to $299.

In yet another turn, AMD announced a new official video BIOS configuration to enhance the RX 5600 XT’s performance to compete with the RTX 2060. Unfortunately, all third-party manufacturers were not able (or willing) to implement the upgrade, meaning that the performance difference between individual models is larger than usual.

To clear things up, we have sifted through every relevant spec sheet and professional review out there. We have also added some adjacent cards to help you get your bearings on the current mid-range GPU market, and find the best possible card below $300 as of late 2020.

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NVIDIA Vs. AMD
Buy Now or Wait?
Best GPU below $300: Radeon RX 5600 XT
Best Nvidia alternative: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
~$30 More: RTX 2060
~$30 Less: GTX 1660 Super
Summary and notes
CPU Pairing and PSU Requirements

NVIDIA Vs. AMD Below $300

Some gamers prefer AMD and others prefer Nvidia for a variety of reasons. In the past few years, AMD has often offered better value, while Nvidia has excelled in churning out excellent drivers. Both of the manufacturers just released or announced brand new high-end cards, but for now – and likely well into 2021 – the RX 5600 XT will continue to compete with the GTX 1660 Ti/Super and RTX 2060 in the mid-range segment.

Product
Best AMD
PowerColor Red Dragon AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHR/OC
Best NVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphic Card
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PowerColor Red Dragon AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHR/OC
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphic Card
Stream Processors
2304
1536
Core/Boost Clock
1400 MHz / 1620 MHz
1500 MHz / 1770 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
7,465 GFLOPS
5,437 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
6 GB GDDR6
6 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus
192-bit
192-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
14000 MHz
12000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth
336 GB/s
288 GB/s
TDP
160 W
120 W
Recommended Power Supply
450 W
350 W
Power Connector(s)
1x 8-pin
1x 8-pin
Outputs
1x HDMI, 3x DP
1x HDMI, 3x DP
Average Rating
User Reviews
141 Reviews
9 Reviews
Price
$299.99
Price not available
Best AMD
Product
PowerColor Red Dragon AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHR/OC
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PowerColor Red Dragon AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHR/OC
Stream Processors
2304
Core/Boost Clock
1400 MHz / 1620 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
7,465 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
6 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus
192-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
14000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth
336 GB/s
TDP
160 W
Recommended Power Supply
450 W
Power Connector(s)
1x 8-pin
Outputs
1x HDMI, 3x DP
Average Rating
User Reviews
141 Reviews
Price
$299.99
Store Link
Best NVIDIA
Product
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphic Card
Image
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphic Card
Stream Processors
1536
Core/Boost Clock
1500 MHz / 1770 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance
5,437 GFLOPS
Memory Size/Type
6 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus
192-bit
Memory Clock (Effective)
12000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth
288 GB/s
TDP
120 W
Recommended Power Supply
350 W
Power Connector(s)
1x 8-pin
Outputs
1x HDMI, 3x DP
Average Rating
User Reviews
9 Reviews
Price
Price not available
Store Link

Last update on 2020-11-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KONvidia’s advertised $299 RTX 2060 Founder’s Edition has been almost impossible to buy throughout 2020, which is why we are also listing (but not really recommending) the GTX 1660 Ti. Some aftermarket varieties of the RTX 2060 have temporarily been priced below $300. EVGA’s RTX 2060 KO was offered at an introductory $299 and Zotac recently reduced the price tag on its compact 2060 Twin Fan model, which is suitable for Mini-ITX builds.

Check today’s price on the EVGA 2060 KO: Amazon, Newegg

Many aftermarket varieties of the AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT are available under $300. And thanks to the BIOS updates requested by AMD, some versions of this card (but not all) offer about the same performance as an RTX 2060. Interestingly, these BIOS updates also resulted in some Radeon RX 5600 XT cards being almost as fast as the RX 5700, which is instead being phased out.

In any event, any RX 5600 XT is faster than the previous mid-range favorite GTX 1660 Ti in most games.

To put the RX 5600 XT, RTX 2060, and GTX 1660 Ti into some perspective, here’s an indication of how they perform (without ray tracing) compared to some adjacent cards.

Bottom line: Since the RTX 2060 is difficult to find at this price point, the AMD RX 5600 XT is the fastest GPU below $300 in November 2020 (see also: our complete guide to the best RX 5600 XT cards). The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a less viable alternative today. It lacks the RTX features (ray-tracing and DLSS) of its higher-end siblings and also performs worse on average than the RX 5600 XT. Also, the GTX 1660 Super is currently a much better deal than the Ti, since it’s only slightly slower and usually a lot more affordable.

Buy Now or Wait?

GA102 DieSince you are reading this, you are part of the informed minority that’s aware of the benefits of upgrading your GPU more often than the rest of your PC. But even early adopters rarely upgrade more often than once every 1–2 full generations (as opposed to the annual ‘refresh’, which is usually just a minor update of the current architecture), i.e. about once every 2–4 years. But the most common reason to upgrade is probably when the stuttering in the latest AAA title is too much to bear.

Whatever your reason, timing the major generational releases right is always a concern. Unfortunately, this usually means waiting around for months for an unknown benefit while your games continue to stutter. The exception is when the new generation is just around the corner and you are reasonably certain that it’s worth the wait.

NVIDIA: As of November 2020, Nvidia just released its high-end RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 cards based on the Ampere architecture. Actually purchasing one is unfortunately difficult though, since Nvidia was caught unaware that lots of people around the world would be eager to buy them. The RTX 3070 is also just out, while the RTX 3060 announcement is expected to happen later this month or in December. This card is rumored to be priced slightly higher than the RTX 2060 (possibly around $350). Other mid-range cards based on the Ampere architecture, including any GPUs priced below $300, will not arrive until next year.

AMD: AMD announced its new ‘Big Navi’ (RDNA 2) Radeon RX 6000 series cards on October 28. The RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT are also high-end GPUs. As with Nvidia, it is unlikely that AMD’s mid-range varieties (Navi 21 and 23) will be available until sometime in 2021.

Best GPU Under $300: Radeon RX 5600 XT

radeon 5600 xtAMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT GPU was launched in early 2020 and is based on the Navi (RDNA) architecture, which replaces the much less efficient Vega and Polaris architectures. The first new cards to roll out were the higher-end RX 5700 and 5700 XT, later followed by the entry-level RX 5500 XT and the mid-range RX 5600 XT, i.e. this card.

This GPU was initially intended to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. But then Nvidia suddenly lowered the price on its faster, ray tracing-enabled GeForce RTX 2060 to compete directly with the RX 5600 XT. This in turn prompted AMD to improve the specs of the 5600 XT to help it stay competitive. As a result, the RX 5600 XT is almost as fast as the RX 5700 – and considerably faster on average than the GTX 1660 Ti that it was originally meant to compete with.

Now, with similar performance as the GeForce RTX 2060, the RX 5600 XT stands out as one of the two most attractive graphics cards around $300 from a price/performance perspective (the other one being the RTX 2060). What you likely want to check before buying is that you get a card with the updated specs, mainly faster memory (VRAM) that runs at an effective 14 Gbps instead of 12 Gbps such as these:

 Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5600 XTXFX RX 5600 XT
THICC II PRO
PowerColor Radeon
RX 5600 XT
ImageSapphire 11296-01-20G Radeon Pulse RX 5600 XT 14GBPS 6GB GDDR6 HDMI / Triple DP OC w/ Backplate (UEFI) PCIe 4.0 Graphics CardXFX RX 5600 XT THICC II PRO -14GBPS 6GB GDDR6 BOOST UP TO 1620MHz 3xDP HDMI Graphics Card RX-56XT6DF46PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHV2/OC
Clock: Core /
Gaming / Boost
1400 MHz /
1615 MHz /
1750 MHz
1465 MHz /
1560 MHz /
1620 MHz
1355 MHz /
1560 MHz /
1620 MHz
Memory Speed14 Gbps14 Gbps14 Gbps
FP32 Theoretical Performance8,064 GFLOPS7,465 GFLOPS7,465 GFLOPS
Memory Bandwidth336 GB/s336 GB/s288 GB/s
Recommended
PSU
350 W350 W350 W
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 8-pin1x 8-pin
Display Outputs1x HDMI
3x DP
1x HDMI
3x DP
1x HDMI
3x DP
Price from*$624.00$299.99$279.99
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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.

All of the RX 5600 XT cards use the same GPU of course, meaning that it has 2,304 shaders and 10.3 billion transistors. It’s paired with 6 GB of GDDR6 video memory (VRAM), with a 192-bit memory bus. The main differences between the aftermarket cards are the cooling solutions and the core/boost clocks. Unlike Nvidia, AMD also specifies a “game clock”, which indicates what clock speeds to expect in normal gaming loads.

The cards mentioned above are either already at the faster 14 Gbps, or will get there via an update. You can find these updates on the manufacturers’ support pages. A new BIOS for Sapphire’s Radeon Pulse XT is available here, for PowerColor’s Red Devil/Dragon here, and Gigabyte’s card here, for example.Β 

Best NVIDIA Alternative: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

GeForce GTX 1650 SuperAs mentioned previously, AMD’s RX 5600 XT was originally intended as a competitor to Nvidia’s former mid-range king, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. For the reasons mentioned above, that didn’t happen, so the 1660 Ti now finds itself at a slightly lower market position.

While the GTX 1660 Ti is still a good mid-range GPU that will handle any AAA game in 2020 with ease at 1080p, it lacks the ray-tracing features from the RTX lineup. And in terms of relative performance, the RTX 2060 and RX 5600 XT are about 15% faster.

When it comes to the price/performance calculation, the GTX 1660 Ti is also challenged by Nvidia’s own GTX 1660 Super, which is only slightly slower but usually much more affordable.

 GIGABYTE GTX 1660 Ti OCEVGA GTX 1660 Ti XCMSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming
ImageGIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6 DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0B with Windforce 2X Cooling System Graphic Cards- Gv-N166TOC-6GDEVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC, Overclocked, 2.75 Slot Extreme Cool, 65C Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, 06G-P4-1263-KRMSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 192-bit HDMI/DP 6GB GDRR6 HDCP Support DirectX 12 Dual Fan VR Ready OC Graphics Card (GTX 1660 Ti Gaming 6G)
Clock: Core /
Boost
1500 MHz /
1800 MHz
1500 MHz /
1845 MHz
1500 MHz /
1800 MHz
Memory Clock
(Effective)
12 GHz12 GHz12 GHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance5,530 GFLOPS5,668 GFLOPS5,530 GFLOPS
Memory Bandwidth288 GB/s288 GB/s288 GB/s
Recommended Power Supply450 Watt450 Watt450 Watt
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 8-pin1x 8-pin
Display Outputs1x HDMI
3x DisplayPort
1x DVI
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
3x DisplayPort
Price from*$299.00$351.99$279.00
Product LinkView 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.
The 1660 Ti is available in every conceivable size and many are factory overclocked, but rarely by amounts that motivate a significantly higher cost. If you can fit a full-size card in your build, a card with a dual-fan (or triple-fan) cooler is normally the best choice even if it’s priced slightly higher.

~$30 More: GeForce RTX 2060

RTX 2060 Founder's Edition

Nvidia has been a comfortable performance and efficiency leader for several years and launched the RTX 20 lineup in 2019, which was recently followed by the high-end RTX 30-series cards.

The expected RTX 3060, a generational successor to the RTX 2060, has not yet been announced. Current rumors point to a December 2020 release, but availability has so far been very poor for the RTX 30-series as a whole. The RTX 3060 is expected to be a bit more expensive than the RTX 2060, but may potentially offer RTX 2080-level performance.

If you prefer not to wait for the next-gen alternative, the RTX 2060 is an excellent graphics card for 1080p gaming, and it performs very well at 1440p as well.

As it’s an RTX card, you also get the RTX-exclusive ray-tracing and DLSS features. In addition to its 1920 shading units, the RTX 2060 comes with 30 ray-tracing (RT) cores and 240 Tensor Cores. You should however be aware that the RTX 2060 is not quite powerful enough to provide a consistent 60 FPS with “RTX on” in most games, but if you’re OK with lower frame rates, real-time ray tracing is undoubtedly a nice visual bonus.

Other parts of the RTX 2060’s specs are quite similar to the Radeon RX 5600 XT, with 6 GB of GDDR6 video RAM and a 192-bit memory bus that offers the same bandwidth. At this time, the $299 RTX 2060 Founder’s Edition is almost impossible to find, but a limited number of aftermarket models are available at a slightly higher price point.

 ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 6GBEVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KOMSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus XS OC
ImageZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T20600H-10MEVGA 06G-P4-2066-KR GeForce RTX 2060 KO Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, Dual Fans, Metal BackplateMSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDRR6 192-bit HDMI/DP Ray Tracing Turing Architecture VR Ready Graphics Card (RTX 2060 VENTUS XS 6G OC)
Clock: Core /
Boost
1365 MHz /
1680 MHz
1365 MHz /
1680 MHz
1365 MHz /
1710 MHz
Memory Clock
(Effective)
14000 MHz14000 MHz14000 MHz
FP32 Theoretical Performance6,451 GFLOPS6,451 GFLOPS6,566 GFLOPS
Memory Bandwidth336 GB/s336 GB/s336 GB/s
Recommended
PSU
450 W450 W450 W
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 8-pin1x 8-pin
Display Outputs1x HDMI
3x DP
1x HDMI
1x DP
1x DVI
1x HDMI
3x DP
Price from*$549.99$555.00$439.95
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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.

At this time you will not be able to find any factory-overclocked, premium models of the RTX 2060 at prices close to $300, but the effect of these overclocks are normally small at any rate. For the time being, the entry-level Zotac and EVGA models are usually the most reasonably priced.

~$30 Less: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

MSI 1660S Gaming XSince the launch of the more affordable GTX 1660 Super (or 1660S), the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is in an awkward position. The 1660S actually uses the same GPU as the regular GTX 1660 but has been paired with faster GDDR6 video memory. This has resulted in a level of performance that trails the 1660 Ti by just single-digit percentages.

Considering that the GTX 1660 Super is a great deal more affordable, this card offers much better value than both the Ti model and the original 1660. While it can’t compete with the RX 5600 XT or RTX 2060, opting for the 1660S should save you $30 at the very least.

 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 6GB 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
Price from*$382.78$372.03$312.70
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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.

RX 5600 XT Vs. RTX 2060 Vs. RX 5700

Here’s a video from the web comparing actual performance in a number of games including Battlefield V, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Metro: Exodus and others. What makes this particularly interesting is that the resolution is 1440p, instead of the 1080p resolution that these graphics cards are intended to target.

RX 5600 XT vs. RTX 2060 vs. RX 5700

Summary and Recommendations

PULSE 5600 XTRight now you get better value at the mid-range $300 price point than just a few months ago. AMD has finally replaced its – by today’s standards highly inefficient – GCN (Graphics Card Next) architecture with RDNA (Radeon DNA). The newer cards offer some very tough competition for Nvidia in the mid-range segment, and that’s especially true for the Radeon RX 5600 XT (when outfitted with the right BIOS).

Unless the GeForce RTX 2060 is temporarily priced lower, the RX 5600 XT currently offers the best performance below $300.

Nvidia’s driver stability and RTX features, including real-time ray tracing and DLSS, still make the RTX 2060 a compelling option if priced right. The upcoming RTX 3060 is expected to offer significantly higher performance than the RTX 2060, but will also be a bit more expensive. If you are in no rush and your budget allows it, this card might be worth waiting for.

None of the Nvidia cards at this price range supports SLI, i.e. multi-GPU setups, which might otherwise be an upgrade route down the line. The corresponding AMD Crossfire/CrossFireX technology is enabled for the RX 5700 and RX 5600 XT, on the other hand. Unfortunately, AMD’s driver support for multiple GPUs has historically been somewhat lacking compared to Nvidia, meaning that this sort of upgrade is not overly attractive.

As for graphics cards from previous generations, the closest one from Nvidia would be the GeForce GTX 1070, which offers about the same performance as a GTX 1660 Ti. But it’s also less efficient and usually too expensive. And the AMD alternatives are even worse – there are very few reasons if any, to invest in a Radeon RX Vega 56 or Vega 64 today. These cards are considerably less efficient than the RX 5600 XT or RX 5700, on top of which the prices are still unreasonably high.

Some of the video cards listed above come with a slight factory overclock compared to the reference clocks. In most cases, factory overclocks are in the single-digit percentages and only marginally improve performance. This is generally not worth a hefty premium over a non-overclocked card. How much a GPU can be overclocked by the user mainly depends on individual chip quality – otherwise known as the “silicon lottery”.

On the other hand, larger cooling solutions with additional fans can be a worthwhile investment. All other things being equal, more fans keep temperatures as well as noise to a minimum. It will also be of help when overclocking. If you are building in a roomy ATX case, as opposed to an mITX or mATX, consider a dual- och triple-fan card.

CPU Pairing and PSU Requirements

PCIe power connector

Both the Radeon RX 5600 XT and GeForce RTX 2060 require a single 8-pin connector.

To get the most out of your new mid-range GPU, the rest of your PC build should correspond reasonably well to your choice of video card. However, in terms of gaming performance, you won’t gain much by opting for an expensive high-end CPU.

In our view, a good baseline CPU pairing is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, or an Intel Core i5-9600K. You may need a better CPU for other reasons than gaming, but in terms of frame rates, you will get diminishing returns beyond what you get with one of those processors. To have your games run faster, your money is better spent on a faster GPU.

As for the power supply (PSU), some third-party manufacturers recommend a 350W minimum for the RX 5600 XT (AMD’s PSU recommendation is 550W) and 450W for the RTX 2060. The TDP (Thermal Design Power) for the graphics cards is 160W in both cases. A 350W PSU is definitely on the low side, leaving you with very little headroom for overclocking and other components, but 500W should be more than sufficient for most builds.

Any such power supply on the market will provide you with the single 8-pin PCIe power connector (or more likely two) that you need to hook up to your GPU.

Building with a tighter budget? Then check out our guide to the top GPUs below $200.

As a PC gaming enthusiast since the 3dfx Voodoo era, Jesper has had time to experiment with a fair few FPS-improving PC parts over the years. His job at GPCB is to test and evaluate hardware, mainly focusing on GPUs and storage devices.

9 Comments
  1. Hi Jesper,
    I consider myself to be the typical 60fps 1080p gamer when time allows, so these mid range cards are obviously the sweet spot. I don’t follow hardware or gfx card price movements as I generally just upgrade and forget about it.

    I’m looking to upgrade and only recently became aware that Nvidia is soon to release the RTX 3000 series and AMD are doing something similar with their Big Navi cards. Historically do such releases have any downward pressure on mid range cards like those discussed in the above article, or is it more like a two speed economy with the impact largely resigned to those who want to game at 1440 or 4K?

    tldr; should everyone be holding off from buying a new graphics card right now?

    • Hi Grant,
      That is a very good question. High-end releases typically don’t affect current mid-range card prices by much or at all in the short term. But the RTX 3060 is also likely to arrive soon (sooner than RTX 2060 did by comparison). It could also be aggressively priced if needed to undercut what AMD releases in the same performance bracket (Navi 22).

      In that case, this should definitely put some downward pressure on the current mid-range cards in the relatively near future. But those are many ifs and buts, of course.

    • Grant,

      From, what I have seen, yes, 4k and 1440 it is like a Corvette vs a Ferrari. Both are greater, just that one is greaterer.

  2. Hi Jesper!
    I’m currently trying to figure out which graphics card is the best fit for my build for 200-300$. 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 πŸ™‚
    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 at least 200fps 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.

    • Hey Seb!
      The 1660S is my personal favorite from the current crop of mid-range cards. It’s almost as fast as the 1660 Ti, but usually much cheaper. By itself, this GPU will be able to give you a 200+ fps average in CS:GO, but CS:GO is also one of the older and less demanding games where your CPUs single-core performance (1st-gen Ryzen’s main weakness) might become a bottleneck, particularly at low resolutions.

      I still have no doubts whatsoever that you can go above a 144fps average at 1080p to match your monitor. Mafia Definitive and GTA V will also run well. Not at such high frame rates but at least 60+ fps (more at lower settings, of course).

      • Thanks for the feedback and I will probably buy the 1660s when I can find one in sale. I also asked the same thing in the under 200$ guide so you can just ignore it :).
        Also would you recommend any particular 1660s or are they all pretty much the same? Don’t really get why they have such difference in prices if they are the same model.

        • Sounds like a great plan, best of luck!

          My personal preference when choosing a card (any GPU) is to go with a larger cooler if it fits and the price difference is minimal. They usually run cool and with less noise (though the 1660S TDP is only 125W, so no cooler will be taxed too hard). All 1660S cards use the manufacturers’ standard coolers, so there should be few surprises.

          And I agree with you in questioning the large price differences. A small premium might be fine in my view if you get better cooling. But just a slight factory overclock, as is often the case, has never been much of a selling point.

  3. this is exactly the article I was looking for! Well put-together and extremely helpful, I’ll definitely be looking at a 5600xt for my current build. Your other article on choosing a 5600xt is also great

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