The 10 Best Graphics Cards For Gaming

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in December of 2018. The video card is generally the most important and most expensive component in any low-budget or cutting-edge gaming rig. And now that the cryptocurrency craze has slowed somewhat, actual gamers are once again able to purchase high-end graphics cards without taking out a second mortgage. We've tracked down the most powerful and reliable variations on some of today's top GPUs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best graphics card for gaming on Amazon.

10. MSI RX 560 Aero


8. Asus Vega 64 OC

7. EVGA 1060 SC

6. Sapphire 590 Nitro+

5. MSI RTX 2080 X Trio

4. Asus ROG Vega 56

3. EVGA GTX 1080 TI

2. Zotac GTX 1070 Ti Amp

1. MSI RTX 2070 Z

Editor's Notes

December 15, 2018:

One of the most ironic parts of Nvidia's supposedly groundbreaking RTX series is that its top flagship model, the 2080 Ti, is apparently rife with manufacturing defects, and nobody wants to buy a $1000+ paperweight. So that one's pretty much out the window until the component stock (particularly the overheating-prone memory) has been refreshed by later this year. Until then, the 2080 is the fastest, but oh boy, it costs a lot. The top ray-tracing-per-dollar spot goes to the 2070, which is a bit easier to afford. If you're not concerned with the newest buzz-word technologies, the GTX 1080 Ti is still a powerhouse, and the 1070 Ti may well be the king of the price-to-performance ratio right now. The Vega 56 we included is a well-refined unit, and it, like all AMD GPUs, will help you take advantage of the relatively common FreeSync technology that ensures a smooth experience. The cheapest ones worth picking up are the GTX 1060 and the RX 560, but the former is a significantly faster card. For what it's worth, the specific 3rd-party variants on display here are some of the fastest and most refined releases, and they've all been vetted and praised by a number of experts.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 20, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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