(Pocket-lint) – If you’re looking to build your own gaming PC, or already have a machine that could use an upgrade, you’re probably aware of how important finding a good GPU (or graphics card) can be to your rig’s performance.
It’s the beast that powers most of the graphical output you’ll be hoping for, so if you want those dreamy combinations of resolution and frame rate, you’ll want to make sure you pick up a good one. We’ve brought together some of the very best right here, at a range of price points.
Our pick of the best graphics cards to buy today
Nvidia RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition
The Nvidia RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition is one of the best looking graphics cards available. It’s hard to get hold of, but worthy of attention for a number of reasons, not least of which is its gaming prowess. That blower-style cooling setup is also fairly unique and intriguing.
It boasts an impressive 10GB of memory and naturally works with Ray Tracing and Nvidia’s DLSS to deliver some serious performance.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3090 VISION OC 24GB
Nvidia’s 3000 series of graphics cards are insanely hard to get hold of at the moment, but if you want the very best and can stalk online stock then the RTX 3090 is the creme of the crop.
The Gigabyte RTX 3090 VISION OC 24GB is not only a beast of a GPU, it’s also a thing of beauty it’s also around with a fancy white and silver finish and a fantastic venting system similar to Nvidia’s own founders edition cards.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founder’s Edition
If you baulk at the price of the RTX 3090 or want something a little smaller but no less eager to please, then look no further than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founder’s Edition. This is a much more compact card, with Nvidia’s own clever cooling system and a really nice style.
Most importantly though, without breaking the bank, the RTX 3060 Ti manages some impressive specs and excellent performance that won’t disappoint.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founder’s Edition is not just a great looking graphics card, it’s also a real powerhouse. Offering superb bang for your buck.
MSI RTX 3080 Suprim X 10G
This MSI GPU is a magnificent card both inside and out. It’s a large beast of a GPU, but one with some nice features that include TRI FORZR cooling. Both gaming and silent modes that can be easily accessed and changed on the fly. A solid backplate and heatsink design that keeps it sturdy and much more.
With MSI Dragon Center and Afterburner, you can easily overclock this graphics card for even more power, but as standard, it’s more than capable.
We used this card to run Cyberpunk 2077 on maximum settings with ray tracing set to psycho mode and it was astounding.
XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Triple Dissipation 8GB GDDR6
This is the GPU that’s gracing our mid-range build, and we’ve been having a brilliant time with it. An AMD card, XFX has brought its design knowledge to the table with a three-fan system that makes for really impressive cooling.
It’s more than enough to see you to the highest settings on newly-released games, meanwhile, although you might not find it the best for 4K, which needs a little more investment. For a powerful mid-range PC, though, this is just about perfect.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X
This chunky card from MSI is another great option that leverages Nvidia’s still very powerful last-generation cards. We’re hoping its price might also slide down over time since it’s no longer on the cutting edge.
You get an absolute beast regardless, though, with more than enough power to crush new games and old alike, and some tasteful RGB lights also mean that it can really easily fit into your case’s aesthetic.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
Returning to more mid-range budgets, this is another really solid option for those looking to build a capable but not ultra-new gaming rig.
By going back a couple of generations in terms of Nvidia’s GPU tech, you save a bunch of money but still get good performance, and 6GB of onboard memory is good for the price in our view. This is more than enough power to get you ray-tracing in your games, for example.
XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro 8GB GDDR6
XFX gets its second placement on this list with a lower-priced card that impresses us with its marriage of value and power.
You save a decent chunk compared to the 5700 XT above, but still you get 8GB of onboard memory and enough power to get your modern games looking stunning. Plus, it looks really nice in a case, too.
EVGA 06G-P4-1163-KR GTX 1660
This somewhat stubby GPU from EVGA might not be the biggest but packs a solid punch for a distinctly budget price.
Although it might have a slightly unique profile, the fact is that you’ll get really impressive performance out of this 1660, and it’ll also fit into smaller rigs nicely, so if you’re working on a budget gaming PC it could be perfect for you.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Adrian Willings. Originally published on .