Best Graphics Cards In 2018 – Comprehensive GPU Buyer’s Guide and Reviews
Our main focus on this website is 144Hz monitors, although we cover all monitors out there that are interesting to us as well. However, in order to take full advantage of a 144Hz refresh rate, you will need a GPU capable of delivering 144 FPS (Frames Per Second) or above. If you are playing a very demanding game, it may be difficult to reach the desired 144FPS and you may want to upgrade your graphics card or lower the settings to take advantage of your monitor.
If you’re buying a graphics card for gaming in 2018, you’ve probably faced the ugly truth that the prices are skyrocketing and will continue to do so into Q3 2018 due to the cryptocurrency mining craze. So, even if now is not the perfect time for buying a new GPU, it will get worse before it gets better and if you happen to come across an okay deal, you may regret missing it for a long time. That’s why we’ve put this buyer’s guide together.
Here, you will find all the new and most popular graphics card from both NVIDIA and AMD as well as everything you need to know about them including which is the best GPUs for 1080p, 1440p, and 4K gaming and what frame rate and picture settings you can expect. We’ve laid down everything you need to know before making an informed decision on getting the right PC graphics card for your gaming needs.
The 14 Best Graphics Cards For 2018
|Type||Graphics Card||VRAM||Base Core Clock||Memory Clock||Min. Power Supply|
|Entry-level Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030||2 GB GDDR5||1227 MHz||6008 MHz||300W|
|AMD Radeon RX 550||2 GB GDDR5||1100 MHz||7000 MHz||400W|
|Best Budget Graphics Cards For 1080p Gaming||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050||2GB GDDR5||1379 MHz||7008 MHz||300W|
|AMD Radeon RX 560||4 GB GDDR5||1270 MHz||7000 MHz||450W|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti||4 GB GDDR5||1290 MHz||7008 MHz||300W|
|Best Mid-Range Video Cards For Gaming||AMD Radeon RX 570||4 GB GDDR5||1168 MHz||7000 MHz||450W|
|AMD Radeon RX 580||8 GB GDDR5||1366 MHz||8000 MHz||450W|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060-6GB||6 GB GDDR5||1564 MHz||8008 MHz||400W|
|Best Graphics Cards For The Money||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070||8 GB GDDR5||1594 MHz||8008 MHz||500W|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti||8 GB GDDR5||1607 MHz||8008 MHz||550W|
|AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56||8 GB GDDR5||1156 MHz||1.6 Gbps||750W|
|Best PC Graphics Card For Gaming||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080||8 GB GDDR5||1695 MHz||10010 MHz||500W|
|AMD Radeon RX VEGA 64||8 GB GDDR5||1247 MHz||1.89 Gbps||750W|
|Best 4K Gaming Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti||11 GB GDDR5X||1544 MHz||11004 MHz||600W|
A detailed sheet of graphics card specifications and tons of reviews are great without a doubt, but it will surely cost you a lot of time and stress to look through a bunch of computer graphics cards. We have done the paperwork and collected a list of the best Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, split into several different categories. You simply look at the categories and choose the one that fits your situation best, and then select a GPU accordingly.
In categories where GPUs support AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G-SYNC, we try to include one GPU from each manufacturer that are very much alike and support the respective technology. So if you already have a FreeSync monitor, you choose the AMD card and the NVIDIA card if you have a G-SYNC monitor. Choosing one technology over the other pretty much locks you to that GPU vendor until you purchase a new monitor and it’s not like you are going to replace your monitor every year. On average, a monitor is replaced every 4-5 years.