"What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?" That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: The most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank the detail settings on Far Cry and get right to playing. Answering the question can be a bit trickier than it seems. Raw performance is a big part of it, but factors like noise, the driver experience, and supplemental software all play a role in determining which graphics card to buy, too.
Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. "What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?" That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Far Cry and get right to playing.
Let's get ready to rumble! Mainstream options like these have historically been priced competitively to garner the attention of as many gamers as possible. With recent MSRP and street pricing raging out of control, are they still attractive choices? Which is the best graphics card for you: The RTX 3060 or the Radeon RX 6600 XT? Let's look at their pricing, performance, and more to answer those questions. Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 is an okay graphics card for no-compromises 1080p gaming in a time where being good enough is all it takes to sell out.
The Radeon RX 6900 XT is finally here, and it's Team Red's first enthusiast-class graphics card to hit the streets in a long, long time. AMD's $1,000 GPU manages to meet or beat Nvidia's monstrous GeForce RTX 3090 in many games for a whopping $500 less and stay quiet while doing it, but that doesn't make this beast an automatic must-buy. Our RDNA 2 architecture explainer and comprehensive Radeon RX 6900 XT review wade deep into the details and benchmarks, but if you don't have time to read thousands of words and parse dozens of performance graphs, here are five key things you need to know about AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT. This is AMD's first card to challenge Nvidia's flagship GeForce offering in many, many moons, and it's easy to see why the company released it: The Radeon RX 6900 XT smokes. Even with all the eye candy cranked to maximum in games, AMD's card is fast enough to spit out enough frames to keep 4K displays and high refresh rate 1440p monitors fed very well.
After a high-end shootout between Nvidia and AMD resulted in not one, not two, but six different graphics cards released with sky-high $500 price tags, the next generation is finally trickling down to more affordable price points with the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti on December 2. This excellent GPU may actually be the most exciting entry in Nvidia's RTX 30-series yet. At $400, the RTX 3060 Ti costs significantly more than the 60- and 70-class GeForce options of yesteryear (anybody remember the $330 GTX 970 and $380 GTX 1070?), continuing a trend we've seen in recent graphics card families. But if you can look past the name, you'll find the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti delivers a lot of value, pumping out frames faster than last generation's $800 GeForce RTX 2080 Super--the second-fastest graphics card in the world up until a few months ago--for half the price. Yes, that includes ray tracing performance. Nvidia's latest graphics card soundly rings the death knell for older, similarly priced graphics cards like the Radeon RX 5700-series and the GeForce RTX 2060 Super.