When it comes to gaming PCs, nothing matters more than your graphics card. To push as many pixels as possible youre going to want the fastest graphics card you can affordbut ever-shifting prices and product lineups make it difficult to keep track of whats available.
In honor of keeping frame rates high, we decided to rank all the major available discrete GPUs from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon, starting with the fastest graphics card available and working on down. This list focuses on each companys most current GPU lineup, and doesnt include older graphics cards.
Weve verified this information through hours of blood, sweat, and benchmarking. Feel free to hit up the individual reviews to see our work in greater detail. Or, if you want more concrete buying advice for your specific budget or display resolution, be sure to read our guide to the best graphics cards for gaming. It provides much more information than this simple list, complete with discussion about considerations like form factors and what to look for in a customized model. (Concrete example: The Radeon VII is technically more powerful than the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, and hence higher on this list, but its awfully close and the GeForce option is $200 cheaper, making it a better buy.)
But if you just want to know if GPU A is faster than GPU B, starting with the current consumer gaming champion, read on. The higher up a graphics card is on this list, the faster and more powerful it is.
Editors note: This article was last updated on July 24, 2019 to add Nvidias GeForce RTX 2080 Super.
Youll also find (literally) lower-powered consumer graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1650, GeForce GTX 1030, and Radeon RX 550 available, which can all be powered by your motherboard alone in their stock configuration. Unless youre extremely budget-constricted, however, or cant accommodate additional power connections, avoid everything below the Radeon RX 570. It provides an incredible amount of value at the $130 sale price you can consistently find it foroften while bundled with free gamesand damned fine 1080p gaming if you dont mind dialing visual settings back from Ultra. Its GeForce rival, the GTX 1650, isnt as fast as the Radeon RX 570 and costs more with a $150 starting price.
&But thats beyond the scope of this list. Again, be sure to check out our guide to the best graphics cards for gaming if you want our GPU recommendations for any budget and other helpful information designed to help you choose the best graphics card for you.