Best graphics cards of 2021
1. Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is currently the most recent and coveted graphics card. It belongs to the flagship segment of the amateur gamer market. Of course, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 surpasses it in many ways, but it costs much more, so it seems impractical to consider it as a solution for gaming and editing – an ordinary user will not notice a significant difference.
Prices for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 start from the mark. Already, you can find video cards from third-party manufacturers, for example, Asus and MSI, on sale; later, reference Founders Edition models from Nvidia itself will become available.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 has 8704 CUDA cores clocked at 1.71 GHz. The amount of RAM is 10 GB of GDDR6X standard.
The expert notes that due to the improved RTX ray tracing technology, the video card shows excellent results at maximum graphics settings in 4K resolution. In his opinion, at the moment this is the best video card for this price. The disadvantages of the video card include only its high cost.
2.Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
The second place in the rating is given to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super, which is not far from the RTX 3080. However, of course, this video card cannot compete in performance with the flagship model.
According to the expert, it is worth waiting for the cost of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super to fall against the backdrop of the appearance of the 3000 series models on sale. After that, this video card will truly become the best purchase for your money.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super has 3072 CUDA cores clocked at 1.815 GHz. The amount of RAM is 8 GB of GDRR6 standard.
These characteristics also allow this model to enjoy comfortable gaming at 4K resolution. But if you look at the future, then its relevance in time will be shorter than that of the RTX 3080.
The main disadvantage of the video card is its price, which may be a little overpriced for now when compared to the RTX 3070.
3.Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Closing the top three is another novelty – Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. The model has 5888 CUDA cores operating at a frequency of 1.73 GHz. It has 8 GB of GDDR6 memory.
This graphics card, like the flagship model of the line, is built on the Ampere architecture, which boasts improved second generation RTX ray tracing technology. According to Nvidia itself, the updated technology provides twice the performance gain. Like the older model, there is support for DLSS technology, which is responsible for smoothing graphics with deep learning algorithms due to tensor kernels. The power of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 will also be sufficient in many games at 4K resolution and maximum graphics settings.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 can be found in official retail stores. and that’s a great price to pay for that kind of performance in the “above average” segment. Since this video card is a novelty, it is too early to talk about any drawbacks.
4.Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super is another graphics card from the last generation of the company. It boasts 2,560 CUDA cores clocked at 1.77 GHz and 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
Despite the fact that the video card belongs to the previous generation, it cannot be called outdated, especially considering that it came out as a powerful sub-flagship solution. The model provides a comfortable gameplay in all games at medium / high settings with ray tracing enabled.
It makes sense to wait a bit for the moment when the 3000th line of Nvidia will finally take root in the market, after which you can expect that the price of this video card will fall.
5.Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is very similar to the previous model, but there is still a difference in performance. At the same time, this model looks like a more pleasant purchase due to its price.
With 2176 CUDA cores with a frequency of 1.65 GHz and 8 GB of GDDR6 RAM, this video card is able to provide a comfortable gaming process depending on the game at medium and high graphics settings. And for those who play online games, for example, in the “League of Legends”, its performance will be with interest.
The main advantage of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is its excellent price / performance ratio.
6.AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
The first video card from the “red” camp in our rating was the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT. It could have taken a much higher place, but the problem with the drivers did not allow this, which became the main disadvantage of the video card. But it is worth noting that AMD is gradually correcting the problem with driver updates, which is good news, so soon AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT can be called one of the best solutions in the sub-flagship segment.
The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT has 2560 stream processors @ 1.83 GHz and 8GB of GDDR6 memory. She is able to pull all modern games at maximum settings at FullHD resolution.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT can be found in stores.
7.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI is perhaps one of the most balanced graphics cards on the market right now. At a fairly reasonable cost, the solution provides good performance, both in games and when working with video. This video card can be called the optimal choice for those who want to get a comfortable gaming experience.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI boasts 1536 CUDA cores clocked at 1.77 GHz. The amount of RAM was 6 GB of GDDR6 standard.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI can be found in stores starting at 22,000.
The disadvantage of the video card was not the most pleasant price tag.
8.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super is very similar to the previous graphics card. Unlike the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI, there are fewer CUDA cores installed here – 1408 with a clock speed of 1.785 GHz. The memory capacity is the same – 6 GB of the standard, but the memory bandwidth of the GTX 1660 Super.
The GTX 1660 Super is more suitable for gaming, while the TI version is for video rendering.
9.AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
Another video card from AMD, this time from the mid-budget segment – AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT. Built on the RDNA architecture, the graphics card boasts 1408 stream processors up to 1.845 GHz and 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is ideal for those who play online games, delivering high fps at maximum graphics settings. In addition, all current games at FullHD resolution and medium graphics settings will also be tough for this video card.
The disadvantage of the video card is the same as that of the RX 5700 XT – problems with the drivers, but AMD is gradually fixing them.
10.Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 closes our rating, but this does not diminish its quality in the least, since this video card performs well in tests, and due to its low price it can truly be called “popular”.
However, when buying an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, you should be careful, since there are models on sale with both GDDR5 and GDDR6 memory. We advise you to take the latter option, since the GDRR6 standard is newer and has a higher memory bandwidth.
The GDRR6 version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 has 896 CUDA cores at 1.59GHz and 4GB of memory. This set of characteristics will allow you to play all modern games at FullHD resolution and medium graphics settings.
For this cost, the video card simply has no downsides.