The process of buying a perfect graphics card for your gaming PC is a really tough job. There are many who easily over-complicate the process in search of the best, which is not a good way, still with so many rightful competitors emerging in the market, picking the ideal one is very hard for a lot of gamers. If we try to simplify the process to pick the best graphics card, there are only two things that require maximum attention, i.e., your budget or the amount of money you wish to spend on the new GPU and the types of games that you play or intend to play on your PC.
Many gamers who lack knowledge of GPUs mostly go with the one which is able to run all the games. But that is not the question we are asking here. Obviously, the latest cards will support all the latest games, but how the game is going to perform depends on the graphics settings as well as the output resolution of the running game. If you are a hardcore gamer and wish to run all the upcoming and latest AAA games in their full HD settings, you need a good high-end Graphics card unit for which you might have to spend around £250 or more. But there is no need to go all the way until and unless the budget is not an issue for you. However, if you do not wish to spend that much amount on GPU, there are many mid-rangers Graphics card available as well that will tune up the game settings to make sure that they run smoothly on your machine. The only problem with them is that you won’t be able to run all the games in their HD settings.
We have come up with this list so that you can decide the perfect graphics card you need for your PC. This list includes top-ranked graphic cards as well as mid-ranged graphic cards which we recommend and which we think will be able to fulfill all the requirements you have from a new graphics card.
Best 5 Graphics Cards To Buy In 2018
1. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GX 1080 Ti is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated graphics cards of this year which actually overpowers even the Titan X GPU in most of the scenarios. The GTX 1080 Ti offers you impeccable performance with the latest Pascal architecture just for $699.
This high-end GPU comes packed with 224 texture units, 3584 CUDA cores as well as 88 ROPs. There is 11 GB of GDDR5 RAM in the GPU which has been tuned to 11 GBPS for even better performance delivery.
The card is even perfect for overclocking. It runs at 1480 MHz base frequency and at 1528 MHz while boosted, but one can even boost it to more than 1733 MHz making it perfect option for AAA high-end games.
There is no difference in terms of design and it features the same Pascal graphic card’s design with the only addition of adapter that can be connected to a Display Port. There is no DVI port as well, creating a lot of space for integrating the better cooling system. According to the manufacturer, the new thermal cooling system with new coolant offers almost twice the airflow is when compared to its predecessor, i.e., GTX 1080 GPU.
You get excellent performance from the card with smooth gaming experience even in full HD settings. The FPS for most of the games failed to match the performance by Titan X, still many heavy games like Battlefield and Tomb Raider ran with much better frame rates than Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU.
However, it was pretty amazing to see that all these performance boosts were visible even without overclocking. Nvidia says that you can even push the card to touch the 2GHz mark, however, we found it running stably at a below 1.8 GHz as well.
This is the perfect Graphic card you should go for if you want an outstanding performance from your GPU but at the same time do not wish to spend $1200 in Nvidia GTX 1080, Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti will take care of all those new and old games for you at just half price.
2. Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X
According to the company, it is one of the best GPU that one can have for best and HD gaming experience on your PC. The GTX Titan X is the fourth installment in the Titan series after initial Titan, Titan Black, and then Titan Z. However, one big difference between the new Titan X and the old Titan GPU s is that they were based o the old Kepler architecture while the new Titan X is based on Maxwell architecture.
The GTX Titan X has the same design as the previous ones except it is completely black. However, the black color plate that was present is gone. You get two power connections in it, one of which is 8 port while the other one is 6 port. We are shocked to see the same cooling system installed in the new GPU, but the company thing that is the best and perfect for Titan series and does not require any improvement.
In our tests too, we found that the temperature of the card does not increase much when compared to its predecessors, so a new cooling mechanism is obviously not required at all.
We tried a playing a lot of games on this graphics card and noticed an improvement of over 20 percent in FPS while playing Bioshock Infinite. The improvement was better than GTX 980, which is very impressive.
We do not need to mention this but this Nvidia GTX Titan X graphics card is for hard core gamers and enthusiasts. However, you will have to pay a huge sum for it, but if you look it from another point of view, you won’t need anything else for high gaming experience after this.
3. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
We have Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 on our list because it is one of the cheapest as well as efficient current-gen GPU that specifically focuses on eSports gaming. So, if you spend most of the time of your day playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch or Dota and also want an HD experience while playing the game, GTX 1050 is the one you should go for.
But that is not the limit, you can use it for their games as well and plays games better than its competitor AMD Radeon RX 460. The best part about this processor is that it consumes very less power. Also, you should install it if you have an ultra budget PC, or if you possess a very old PC which does not have a power connector in it since it does not require one.
The GTX 1050 graphics card is based on the Pascal architecture that is the same one which is used in 1070, 1060, 1050 Ti, and 1080. The chip comes with 2GB DDR5 memory as well as 640 CUDA cores with the highest boost going up to 1455 MHz. Measuring just 145 mm in length, it fits in minimum places getting cooled by a heat sink consisting of a single fan and gray plastic chassis.
The main point is the power consumption. There is very tiny TDP or what you will call Thermal design power installed in it with the rating of 75 W only. So, the GPU extracts all its power from the motherboard only. It might not have very impressive benchmark scores, but it will serve as a perfect replacement of any older GPU present in old machines.
4. AMD Radeon RX 570
AMD had to work hard in order to come up with something impressive after the RX 470 model. And this is the reason why they came up with the Radeon RX 570 graphics card which has been designed to allow the player to play games at full high definition settings and without spending much from their pocket.
If you would want us to rank it, it is a midway alternative for Nvidia GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 Ti. The company has tried to maintain the price in order to keep it as a mid ranged GPU option. However, there is one major drawback, it consumes a lot of power.
AMD Radeon RX 650 works on the Polaris technology and architecture and AMD has been working hard to improve it over the last few years. RX 570 comes with default specification of 1244 MHz frequency which could be overclocked to 1340 MHz. You also get whooping 8 GB GDDR5 ram clocked at 7GHz. If you do not have that much requirement, you can also go for a 4GB model of RX 570 which is also available in the market.
The Radeon RX 570 also possesses two ports, one with 6 pins and the other with 8 pins. In addition to that, you also get a DVI connector, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two DisplayPorts.
However, RX 570 also has a huge cooling system with 2 big fans, a metal plate at the back and a fan shroud. When you are getting all these features in a mid-ranges GPU unit, this component gives you no reason to opt for highly prices graphic card units.
5. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
This is one of the most common and popular GPU cards among those who want a decent budget graphics card for their gaming needs. It is not a top notch graphics card that could play anything but gives a tough competition to the AMD Radeon RX 480.
There are two models, one 3 GB and the other one is 6 GB. The 3 GB version is about 2 percent slower when compared to the other model.
Nvidia announced a new media chip few times back, i.e. GP104, and GTX 1060 is based on that only. It possesses the same Pascal architectural design. Since the chip is designed with the 160nanometer manufacturing process, you get a huge performance output but with very less power consumption.
The company says that the GPU consumes 120 W power which is way less than its competitor RX 480, which has the specification of 150W. So, it is better to have a GPU that consumes less power as it will produce less heat and ultimately less rise in temperature. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 measures just 9.8 inches with one-third of its length made up of a strong plastic chassis containing the fan as well as the cooling kit.
You will get three DisplayPort connectors along with a DVI port and 2 HDMI ports.