Best Graphics Cards for Gaming in 2016- Video cards with Budget Ranges
Graphics card or Video card is the most essential Hardware component for Gaming Computers.CPU takes secondary role in Gaming.Without a Good graphics card,one cannot expect his PC to run all the High Graphics games without any Lag or Error.Many Gamers have a low end PC with which they struggle enough to run High Graphics games. Anyway, Buying a new Graphics card is the best solution for it. Here, you can find the list of best Graphics cards for gaming for the latest released games.
DDR3 or DDR5 ? What to Choose ?
Well,DDR 5 is considered to be the fastest among these two.It also uses less power supply.But,price of DDR3 is pretty much less than that of DDR5 Graphics cards.Anyway,if prices are considered,both DDR3 and DDR5 may not have much difference.
This is an update to the older post titled as “Best Graphics cards for 2015“.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
As of right now, perhaps no video card offers better price-to-performance than the GTX 950. In fact, for about ~$150 or less, the 950 will allow you to max out any game on a 1080p monitor all while maintaining an excellent framerate.
To show off it’s power, the 950 achieves around ~50 FPS in GTA V, around ~45 FPS in Metro: Last Light, and around ~35 FPS in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, all on a 1080p monitor at very high/ultra settings.
And, perhaps the most enticing feature of the GTX 950 is the fact that it is extremely power-efficient—which means that if you are upgrading an older system, you probably won’t need to go out and get a bigger PSU to handle it.
AMD Radeon R7 370
In the same price range as the GTX 950, AMD offers the Radeon R7 370. Unfortunately, though, where the 950 shines, the R7 370 lags quite a bit behind.
If we don’t consider price and the performance of the GTX 950, the R7 370 is a very capable video card at ~$150. However, given that the 950 beats it in every benchmark, costs the same, and consumes a lot less power, it’s safe to say that the GTX 950 is the better of the two cards.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
The GTX 960 offers a step-up from the GTX 950 in terms of performance. The card comes in both 2GB and 4GB versions, but EVGA has a 4GB version that costs as low as $190—which is the better deal, considering the 2GB version costs, on average, about ~$170-$180.
As far as in-game performance goes, the GTX 960 is capable of maxing out anything on a 1080p monitor and can even handle games at 1440p resolution fairly well.
However, with the release of the VR-friendly RX 480 coming soon, if you want to have the ability to use the Oculus Rift—or any other VR headset—you may want to forego the GTX 960 and wait until the RX 480 is available for purchase.
AMD Radeon R9 380X
AMD has two competitors to the GTX 960: the R9 380 and the R9 380X. The R9 380 and GTX 960 are fairly comparable in benchmarks, while the R9 380X is a step above both cards.
However, you will have to pay a bit more for the 380X, as most third-party graphics card distributors have it priced around ~$220.
In terms of performance, the 380X is incredibly strong at 1080p and will even serve as a solid 1440p graphics card.
The 380x achieves around ~60 FPS in GTA V, around ~60 FPS in Metro: Last Light, and around ~60 FPS in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, all on a 1080p monitor at very high/ultra settings.
And, at 1440p the 380X achieves around ~40 FPS in Metro: Last Light and around ~45 FPS in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, all on a 1440p monitor at very high/ultra settings.
That’s pretty amazing for a ~$230 video card. However, as mentioned above, with the release of the RX 480 just a couple of weeks away, it would make sense to hold out a little bit longer—especially if you want to be able to jump into virtual reality gaming without paying a premium.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
NVIDIA made waves with the release of their new GTX 1070 and 1080. In terms of performance, the GTX 1070 is actually on par with NVIDIA’s previous generation flagship GPU, the GTX 980 Ti.
All for a fraction of what the 980 Ti costs.
Or, in other words, the GTX 1070 is the most affordable 4K-ready graphics card every made.
Early benchmarks show that the Founder’s Edition of the GTX 1070 can achieve ~45 FPS on GTA V and around ~50 FPS on Metro: Last Light at 4K resolution.
And, as the card has just been released, it’s likely those benchmarks will go up even higher with better coolers and higher clock rates from the third-party distributors, as well as better driver performance.
R9 Fury X
While the R9 Fury X was able to hold it’s own against the GTX 980 Ti in most benchmarks, now with the release of the GTX 1070 and the 1080, the Fury X has become somewhat obsolete, especially considering the 1070 can perform on par with it (and, in most cases, better than it) for a fraction of the price.
Of course, there is also the R9 Fury and Fury Nano, but again, for the same price or less, the GTX 1070 will offer a big performance increase.
So, for now, rather than spending over $600 on the Fury X, you’d be better off going with a GTX 1070, a GTX 1080, or waiting until later this year when the RX 490 and 490X release.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
The new top-dog on the scene, the GTX 1080 is perhaps the most impressive video card ever made.
With an MSRP of about ~$700, the GTX 1080 is one of the few single-GPU options that can handle 4K gaming and VR-gaming without breaking a sweat.
Early benchmarks show that the Founder’s Edition of the GTX 1080 can achieve ~56 FPS on GTA V and around ~65 FPS on Metro: Last Light at 4K resolution.
Ultimately, if you are looking for the absolutely on the market for the best Graphics Card for Gaming, the 1080 is the one for you.
RX 480 – Coming Soon
Not to be outdone by NVIDIA’s release of the GTX 1080 and 1070, AMD will be launching their RX 480 (as well as the RX 470 and 460) at the end of this month.
Perhaps even more impressive than the performance of the GTX 1080 and 1070 is the fact that early benchmarks for the RX 480, which should be available for around ~$200, show it performing on par with a GTX 980 or R9 Fury Nano.
Essentially, what this means is that the RX 480 will be the most affordable graphics card ever released for VR gaming (it will easily meet the requirements of running the Oculus Rift) and it will also serve as a premium option for 1440p gaming, and as a very affordable option for entry-level 4K gaming.
Update: This post was updated by Brent Hale, who runs EliteGamingComputers.com, where he reviews the best graphics cards and computer hardware and teaches gamers how to save a ton of money by building their own gaming PCs.