Best Cheap Graphics Card Deals of 2020

The best deals for new GPUs

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Cheap Graphics Cards

With prime day right around the corner, there's been no better time to snag some fantastic cheap graphics card deals. While none of these GPUs have the same clout of the mythological 30-series from Nvidia or the upcoming RDNA 2 cards from AMD, these low-cost, low-profile cards are ideal for anyone looking to build a new system on the cheap.

While the most bang for your buck right now is likely the RTX 3080, power like that doesn't come cheap at $700 even if you can find one. Right now you're better off setting your sights on something like the Nvidia GTX 1660 Super at Best Buy, which besides being available for less than the original MSRP, still provides plenty of power for 1080p gaming. However, if you're looking for something with a few more horses under the hood, we'd recommend checking out the AMD RX 5600XT at Amazon, which comes with 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and more than enough juice for gaming at 1440p. While most of these cards won't see deep discounts, we can still recommend the cards we think offer the best value based on the current market.

If you're looking for more ways to get the most out of your new graphics card, make sure to take a look at our desktop video card buyers guide as well as our roundup of the best graphics cards to make sure you're making the right choice when it comes to your new investment.

Nvidia GTX 1660 Super ($240)

Nvidia GTX 1660 Super
 Best Buy

If you're currently gaming on a 1080p monitor, it's tough to go wrong with just about any version of the Nvidia 1660 Super. The MSRP for this compact GPU rests just above $200 and offers an impressive amount of power into its relatively small frame. The 1660 Super has what it takes to provide well over 60 FPS in most modern titles at max settings, making it an incredibly versatile and powerful addition to any entry-level gaming setup.

AMD RX 580 ($190)

AMD RX 580

If you're content dialing down some of your settings while playing at 1080p and you're looking for a GPU that's slightly more budget-friendly, the AMD RX 580 has the right stuff. This graphics card uses older GDDR5 VRAM but still brings 8GB to the table which is more than sufficient for gaming at 1080p with the majority of modern titles at 60 FPS. This older generation card refuses to quit and at just under $200, you'll be hard-pressed to find a graphics card that performs better at this price point.

AMD 5600 XT ($300)

AMD 5600 XT

The AMD 5600XT is easily the most cost-effective option for gaming at 60 FPS in 1440p. While this GPU may struggle to push beyond that, with its 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a boosted clock speed of 162 MHz, this card remains a strong contender for mid-range gaming PCs. The 5600 XT punches well above its weight at $300 and remains an excellent value. This is the card that showed us that AMD has what it takes to compete with team greens GTX series GPUs, with plenty of potential a year after release.

Nvidia RTX 2070 Super ($500)

Nvidia RTX 2070 Super

If you're getting into UHD gaming, there's really only one option unless you somehow manage to gets your mits on an elusive RTX 3080, and that's the Nvidia RTX 2070 Super. This GPU was easily the star of the 20-series with a whopping TKTKT of VRAM and a blazing fast 1770 MHz boost clock speed. All this equates to a card that is more than capable of handling games at max settings while playing at 1440p and maintaining well over the 60 FPS ideal. This is by far the most expensive option on our list, but for anyone looking to make 1440 gaming a reality on their gaming setup, the 2070 Super is easily your best option.

Nvidia 1660 Ti ($240 w/ rebate)

MSI 1660 Ti

It may offer only marginal performance improvements over the 1660 Super, but this model of the 1660 Ti only runs about $30 more than the Super. If you're willing to shell out a few extra bucks, the substantial price decrease this GPU has seen since it's release has made it much easier to recommend. The 1660 Ti offers the same 6GB of DDR6 VRAM as its super counterpart but manages to just barely edge it out in terms of performance. The gains you get over the super aren't massive, but if you're already shopping in this price bracket, an extra $30 isn't going to break the bank, especially if you take advantage of the included $30 mail-in rebate.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT ($390 w/ rebate)

MSI Radeon 5700 XT

The 5700XT from AMD offers similar performance to the 2070 Super, but at around $70 less. If you're shopping around for a GPU that can handle 1440p gaming at a reasonable price, then the 5700XT is an excellent option. This graphics card from team red has the same 8GB of GGDR6 VRAM but has a much higher boost clock speed. Unfortunately, these high clock speeds do cause certain models of the 5700XT to run a bit hot, but if you have a case with decent airflow, this shouldn't pose too much of a problem. If you're working on a 1440p build on a budget, the 5700XT is an excellent option if you take advantage of the $20 mail-in rebate.