PC gamers need to know what the best GPU for the money is. Here's a simple list for the best GP use for gaming. After a flood of summertime graphics launches, AMD and Nvidia remain relatively quiet over the past month. But that doesn't mean your two favorite purveyors of discrete GPU sat idle. No doubt, both companies strove to satisfy demand for their creations built using 14 and 16 nm manufacturing technology. The last time we took stock of the market, back in August, prices on Pascal and Polaris based cards were through the roof. We don't have an official explanation from AMD as to why it's Radeon RX cards are out of whack, but a Nvidia rep did suggest that GEForce add in board partners are playing a game of chicken. Everyone is selling a premium. Everyone is making more money. Nobody wants to be the first to go lower because cards continue moving at higher prices. The only way to stop that train is easing demand.
The cards are for hard-core PC gamers. If you don't game these cards are more than you will need. The list is based on typical U.S. prices. These are all new card prices. Recommendations for multiple video cards require a motherboard, which supports CrossFire/SLI, a case with plenty of space and a higher output power supply than a single card.
Fortunately, Nvidia’s Pascal-based cards are coming down slowly. The 3GB GEForce GTX 1060’s start at $200 right now in the 6 GB version shows up on our radar at $250. The GEForce GTX 1070 was supposed to start at $380 but more the cards now sell for $400. The same is true for GEForce GTX 1080. You can find them for around $630.
Moving up the hierarchy, there's one Radeon RX 470 selling for $185. It is slower than the RX 480 4 GB at $200. Our recommendations are the Radeon R7 360 at $90. Also the Nvidia GEForce GTX 950 is good at hundred and $130. With the GEForce GTX 1060 6 GB at $250 is still a good deal. If you play a lot of older DirectX 11 games, the 1060 is faster than AMD’s 8 GB RX 480. Newer games go to Radeon’s way. You have to make a judgment call for great frame rates and playable performance.
Best at 720p and eSports - AMD Radeon RX 460
Good at 1080p - Nvidia GEForce GTX 1050 Ti
Best at 1080p 1 Good at 1440p - AMD Radeon RX 480 4 GB and Nvidia GEForce GTX 1060 6 GB
Best at 1440p and SLI I Good at VR - Nvidia GEForce GTX 1070
Good at $K I Best at VR - Nvidia GEForce GTX 1080
Best at 4K - Nvidia Titan X