10 Standout Video Cards for Computer Gaming

From VR and 4K Screamers to Solid Bargain Buys

The most important part of a gamer's computer is the graphics card. Each year, the manufacturers of graphics cards manage to make improvements in their products driven by what is happening in the gaming world. While the very latest technology can be pricey, there are also impressive solutions for gamers who don't have hundreds of dollars to spend. Here are 10 standout graphics cards that are ready for your next PC, whether it is a budget buy, a speed demon or something in between.

Nvidia Titan X Pascal

If you're in that small group of people who don't worry about money, Nvidia has a graphics card for your gaming PC—the Titan X Pascal. At easily twice the cost of its competitors, it had some great expectations to live up to, and it did. This high-end card is screamingly fast at gaming, although Nvidia expects to sell most of these cards in the deep learning market. If you can afford it, this card performs beautifully.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition

Built on Pascal architecture, this graphics card delivers a massive speed increase over its predecessors. Widely considered to be the best graphics card for VR, it delivers blazing performance on the traditional monitor as well. Easily handling, but not requiring, 4K resolution, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is an excellent high-performance purchase. 

Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury X

This single GPU card delivers super-quiet performance courtesy of its water-cooled design. Honed for 1440p and 4K gaming, the Fury X runs games smoothly thanks to its improved architecture. It's a big step forward for AMD, who threw innovation into every aspect of the Fury X, including the new Fiji GPU.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

Gamers who are looking for a good balance between price and performance can look to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. Fully capable of handling VR requirements and 1440p gameplay, this card is just the ticket for gamers who are looking to upgrade from a GTX 970 or below. 

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP!

This is Zotac's version of the powerful GTX 980 Ti by Nvidia. Zotac claims this is the fastest 980 Ti variant on the market. It promises low-power consumption, reduced fan noise and high performance. 

AMD Radeon R9 Nano

The R9 Nano delivers huge performance in a compact form factor. Engineered for 4K and VR gaming, this is AMD's most innovative gaming GPU to date. This card demands a minimum power supply of 550W​.

AMD Radeon RX 480

AMD aims for the value market with its Radeon RX 480 graphics card. The RX 480 is a Polaris unit, which won't overtake the Pascal chips, but this card is aimed at the value-conscious gamer. With an impressive price reduction from predecessors, the RS 480 is a good option for anyone who is upgrading from an R7 370 or lower. It can effectively double the performance of that generation chip.

AMD Radeon R7 360

The affordable AMD Radeon R7 360 delivers respectable 1080p gaming to players who don't want to shell out big bucks for an upgrade. It is a reliable low-end card that delivers more than you'd expect for products in its price range. This chip provides an excellent entry point for HD gaming.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 950

Another good choice for the budget-minded, the GeForce GTX 950 provides affordable 1080p gaming. It is faster and uses less power than its similarly priced competitors. Designed specifically for MOBA gaming categories, this is one of Nvidia's most intriguing products for 1080p gamers.

Asus STRIX Radeon R9 390X

The Radeon R9 390x delivers the performance of a high-end card with a mid-range price tag. This is a well-built graphics card that can handle 1080p and 1440p games without hesitation while keeping its cool with three configurable fans.​


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