10 Best Graphics Cards 2021: The Best GPUs for Gaming
While buying a graphics card, consider the cost and its specifications (resolution, video memory, power supply). The market provided you many options available at different prices and features. You can do a little research to make a final decision, but make sure to look up a trustworthy review of the best graphics cards for gaming laptops under $1000 or above.
Most of the gaming devices with high quality can cost you very high amounts. Luckily, we have listed the devices, which gives you fantastic performance with reasonable price ranges.
Top 10 best graphics cards:
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the very first card we tested and reviewed. It’s the most powerful and formidable graphics card and delivers detail settings which previous-generation could not manage. Nvidia has maintained its brand name for smooth performance and excellent quality.
Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has GTX 2080 Ti’s halo features. It comes with core clock: 1,350 MHz, GPU: Turing (TU102), TDP: 260 watts and Video RAM: 11GB GDDR5X. It contains Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin with Memory Clock: 14Gbps. Nvidia’s also release unlocks ray-tracing support on non-RTX cards that provides shadow effects and snazzy lighting.
- High settings with smooth performance
- Comes with future-looking technology
- Provide a thermal solution to boost clocks
- The vast majority cannot afford it
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super has high speed (90 Hz) to compete with the latest head-mounted displays (HMDs). It comes up with a VirtualLink port that connects the next-generation headsets through a single cable. Moreover, you will find it handy among VR headsets.
An Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super includes core clock: 1,605 MHz, GPU: Turing (TU104), TDP: 215watts and Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6. It contains Stream processors: 2,560, with Power connectors: 6 pin + 8 pin and memory clock 14GBPS. The 2070 Super provides you 13%-faster frame rates according to our benchmark suite.
- Performance-wise better than 2070
- Excellent quality with imperceptible coil whine
- A GeForce RTX 2080’s size cooler and TU104 processor converts the slower-spinning fans, higher operating clock rate, and lower operating temperature.
- Not fast enough to perform smoothly
- Heavy founder edition card
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8GB)
AMD is a prestigious manufacturer for making graphics cards. AMD launched AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 and it catches the attention of buyers from all over the world. The RX 5700 (8GB) comparatively 11%-higher rates than Nvidia’s. Moreover, the design is quieter than its previous versions. Although AMD does not provide ray tracing acceleration but its own popular innovative features.
Its specifications include core clock: 1,465 MHz, GPU: RDNA (Navi 10), TDP: 185 watts and Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6. AMD has Radeon VII, which is slightly faster.
- Acoustics is much better as compared to AMD past reference cards
- Almost 11% faster than GeForce RTX 2060, through benchmark suite
- Card design is uniquely built with high-quality material
- Missing ray tracing acceleration
- Power consumption is higher than GeForce RTX 2060
- Deliberately optimized high temperatures
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT performance tests are quite impressive. Its performance is better than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Super, and Nvidia’s RTX 2060, using very little power. The RX 5600 XT is a fantastic card and capable card for 1440p gaming.
Its specifications include core clock: 1,615 MHz, GPU: RDNA (Navi 10), TDP: 150 watts and Video RAM: 6GB GDDR6. AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is best for 1080p gaming performance.
- Entry-level is 1440p with 1080p ultra performance
- As compare to RTX 2060, it consumed less power
- In most titles, beats out RTX 2060
- Still competing with RTX 2060 in the market from last year
AMD Radeon RX 570 (4GB)
AMD Radeon RX 570 (4GB) launched at higher prices but now it significantly cheaper. The RX 570 4GB tackles the current era of gaming (1080p). Overall, AMD Radeon RX 570 (4GB) falls behind the GTX 1650 Super and close matches Nvidia’s GTX 1650.
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB comes with boost Clock: 1,244MHz, base Clock: 1,168MHz, GPU Cores: 2,048 and GFLOPS: 5,095. A Memory of RX 570 is 4GB GDDR5 with the memory bandwidth of 224GB/s and memory clock: 7 GT/s. The additional memory of 4GB will likely become more important in the future.
- Budget pricing
- Best for 1080p gaming
- Faster speed in DX12
- Consumes more power as compared to GTX 1660/1060
- 4GB VRAM only
GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB
The release of this graphics card makes the perfect ground between 1660 and 1660 Ti. Although, it’s not as expensive as Ti. The GTX 1660 Super is a remarkable addition to the market under $300.
GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB comes with boost Clock: 1,785MHz, base Clock: 1,530MHz, GPU Cores: 1,280 and GFLOPS: 5,027. It occupies 6GB GDDR6 memory with memory bandwidth: 336GB/s and memory clock: 14 GT/s.
Unfortunately, the latest Nvidia RTX features of ray tracing are missing but it’s not a big deal when you only focus on playing games.
- Better than 1660 Ti in the price range
- Best 1080p performance
- Turing architecture is proven
- Missing RTX features
- The price point is crowded
AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 590 has gained the spotlight due to its performance and difference in value. The RX 590 is an efficient card as compared to GTX 1660 at the same price range. Hence, we rate this graphics card higher than GTX 1660 for its impressive performance.
AMD Radeon RX 590 comes with boost Clock: 1,545MHz, base Clock: 1,469MHz, GPU Cores: 2,304 and GFLOPS: 7,120. It has 8GB GDDR5 memory with memory Bandwidth: 256GB/s and memory Clock: 8 GT/s. Moreover, the RX 590 is about 20 % faster than the older version RX 580 8GB.
- Occupies 8GB VRAM
- Excellent performance for 1080p
- Consumes more power as compared to GTX 1660
- Polaris architecture is old
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is the best option amongst other GPUs when we talk about performance with prices. Moreover, its performance is equal to a vanilla RTX 2070 but cheaper in price. The RTX 2060 Super is 10 % faster than the GTX 1080 and matches with the AMD’s new version of RX 5700 XT.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super has boost Clock: 1,650MHz, base Clock: 1,470MHz, GPU Cores: 2,176 and GFLOPS: 7,181. It occupies 8GB GDDR6 memory with memory bandwidth: 448GB/s and Memory Clock: 14 GT/s.
- Excellent features with affordable price
- Best for 1440p and 1080p gaming
- Replaces the RTX 2070 for $100 less
- Extremely iterative
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
If you want to play the best VR games, the honor goes to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. It’s Super filled with the advanced Turing architecture, provides you excellent VR experience. The RTX 2080 Super handle all PC games at 4K and 1440p without making any trouble.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super comes with Stream Processors: 3,072, Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin and core clock: 1,650MHz (1,815MHz boost). It has 8GB GDDR6 memory with the memory Clock: 15.5Gbps and Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DVI-DL.
- Best 4K and 1440p gaming performance
- Comparatively cheaper than RTX 2080
- FrameView software is very useful
- A bit expensive
- The performance gain is minimal over RTX 2080
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini has gained popularity among the best graphics cards. Although, it’s not the greatest and latest version, still 1080 Ti has a lot of features. Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini absolutely worth in performance with its beautiful mini look PC.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini comes with core clock: 1,506, Stream processors: 3,584, and Power connectors: 2 x 8-pin. It occupies the memory: 11GB GDDR5X with Memory clock: 10Gbps and Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DL-DVI-D.
- Smallest 1080 Ti of the world
- Provides SLI support
- Runs loud and hot
- Inferior performance
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The most important point you should keep in mind before settling on any graphics card is that why you need it. Of course, each user has different needs. For Hardcore gamers, flagship GPUs might be the best option while other users might need a great budget option. On the other hand, content creators might need a GPU with remarkable multi-threaded performance and serious VRAM. Hence, consider the main features and choose the product according to your budget and priorities.
Jeff Finder is a Digital Nomad who travels around the world and blog about technology, gadgets and specifically laptops at Laptopcut.com. He’s also an international speaker and love to persuade youth to find their voice online and make it count.