Quick Shopping Tips
When buying a graphics card, consider the following
1. Resolution: The more pixels you're pushing, the more performance you need. You don't need a top-of-the-line GPU to game at 1080p.
2. PSU: Make sure that your power supply has enough juice and the right 6- and/or 8-pin connector(s). For example, Nvidia recommends a 650-watt PSU for the RTX 2070 Super, and you'll need two 8-pin and/or 6-pin PEG connectors.
3. Video Memory: A 4GB card is the minimum right now, 6GB models are better, and 8GB or more is strongly recommended.
4. FreeSync or G-Sync? Either variable refresh rate technology will synchronize your GPU's frame rate with your screen's refresh rate. Nvidia supports G-Sync and G-Sync Compatible displays (for recommendations, see our Best Gaming Monitors list), while AMD's FreeSync tech works with Radeon cards.
5. Ray Tracing and DLSS: The latest graphics cards support ray tracing, which can be used to enhance the visuals. DLSS provides intelligent upscaling and anti-aliasing to boost performance with similar image quality, but it's only on Nvidia RTX cards.
The Best Graphics Cards Shortlist in order of performance as at May 2021
GPU Performance Rank
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 (152.7 fps)
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (148.1fps)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (142.8 fps)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (142.1 fps)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 (127.3 fps)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 (116.6 fps)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (112.0 fps)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (106.3 fps)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB (83.6 fps)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super (57.9 fps)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super (43.5 fps)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB (43.3)