Best Graphics Card 2019 – Top 6 GPUs for Your Gaming Rig

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There are a number of different scenario's in which a person might need to upgrade their GPU...maybe your card isn't producing the performance levels you desire in the latest games, or you just bought a new monitor and your old GPU doesn't support 4k output... Whatever the reason, purchasing the right GPU for your needs can be quite stressful. Here at WEPC we like to take that stress away by performing hours of tireless research to ensure our selections are both informed and up-to-date meaning you don't have to!

Below, we've given you a sneak peak of our star GPU's so far this 2019. We've taken a lot of criteria into consideration when choosing these cards, giving each one their own niche, meaning there is something for everyone. If you want to learn more about them and how/why we chose them, keep going!

Top Performance Pick
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming

Most Powerful Graphics Card

If you’re looking for the most powerful, potent gaming GPU on the market then look no further. The RTX 2080 Ti is the new king of graphics cards thanks to enhanced specs, newly developed turing architecture and real-time ray tracing.

The 2080Ti is undoubtedly the most powerful graphics card available in today's market smashing the competition out of the park with newly enhanced AI enhanced graphics and Real time ray tracing.

4k and VR killer
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 8GB OC Edition

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 8GB OC Edition

2nd Most Powerful Graphics Card

The RTX 2080 might not be the 2080ti but has been developed to compete directly with the 1080ti which has been the peoples favourite since it’s release. All the exciting technology that comes with the RTX range but at a more affordable price tag.

Nvidia dominates the highest of the high end with the RTX 20series, ensuring that those who want nothing but the best possible FPS have nowhere else to go but Team Green. If what you want is raw performance numbers and money isn’t a concern, one of these GPUs are for you.

Top AMD Pick
MSI Gaming Radeon VII 16GB

MSI Gaming Radeon VII 16GB

Best AMD gaming GPU

AMD’s latest offering comes in the shape of the VII and is aimed at hardcore gamer's who want the power and performance of the 2080 ti but aren’t sold on the ray-tracing technology they’re based around.

AMD's most powerful consumer level gaming GPU is their potent Radeon VII which was released earlier this year. Coming to the table with 16GB of their enhanced HBM2 memory makes 4k and VR gaming more than achievable at high settings.

Fantastic 4k performance
Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme 8G

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme 8G

RTX at an affordable price

The 2070 takes over where the GTX 1080 left off offering similar performance benchmarks at a much more affordable price tag. Not to mention including RTX's new ray tracing technology and DLSS.

Another 20 series GPU from Nvidia has squeezed it's way into our list of best GPU's for 2019 and it's hard to argue against it. Nvidia really have knocked it out of the park with there RTX range and the 2070 does not disappoint on performance and price. 

1440p Pick
Radeon RX VEGA 64

Radeon RX VEGA 64

Best 1440p Graphics Card

The vega 64 is one of AMD’s flagship GPU's which comes to the table somewhere between the 2060 and the 2070 for both price and performance. The vega architecture is built on 14 nm silicon which contains next gen compute units making the 64 more efficient and powerful than ever before.

AMD puts up a fairly admirable fight in the high-end, overcoming the 1080 and 1070 Ti at very competitive prices. This card is ideal for 1440p and VR gaming, but can also handle some 4K gaming.

Top Budget Pick
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming

Best 1080p Graphics Card

If you’re looking for great performance at a reasonable price tag then look no further, the 1660Ti sits 5th in our best graphics card’s list this 2019. It’s mostly takes over from the 1060 but with 15% better performance benchmarks, all this for a very affordable price makes it our top value for money card.

While more expensive than the 1080p pick, definitely the most value-oriented pick overall. Straddling the line between perfect 1080p gaming and strong VR/1440p gaming, the 1660Ti is easily the most value-tailored GPU out there right now.

Value Pick
MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

Best Graphics Card For The Money

The latest edition to the RTX family comes in the shape of the 2060 which is the perfect all round card for 1080p, 1440p and 144hz game play.

The 2060 is the second value oriented GPU in our list and for good reason, solid performance across 1080p and 1440p and has the ability to support future RTX compatible games. If you want to future proof your rig but don't have the big bucks to splash out on a 2080 then this is definitely the pick for you.

What should I be looking for in a GPU?

Truly? It depends on your needs.

If you’re on a budget and can’t buy tech often, you’ll likely be looking for either the best value pick or the cheapest card you can find. In this situation, we recommend going for value, even if it’s a bit more expensive than entry-level, that way you can make the most of your purchase and enjoy it for the longest time.

If budget isn’t a concern, you should still probably be smart and do your research. You wouldn’t want to drop $1K on a last-gen or overpriced GPU, for instance. You also wouldn’t want to buy super high-end when there’s a new generation of GPU around the corner… unless there’s a significant discount or trade-up program, of course.

If you’re somewhere in between… just make sure your needs are being met.  If you only game at 1080p, for instance, you’re best with going for a mid-range card that will satisfy your needs. If you need to push a high refresh rate or high resolutions, you may want to consider a higher-end option… you get the idea.

Here’s our top picks. There are only 6 GPUs listed below, but each operates in a valuable niche and any would make a fine purchase for your gaming PC in 2019.

You can check out our GPU Hierarchy right here.

Best 6 Graphics Card's 2019

ProductDetails
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming

  • clock speed: 1755 MHz
  • vram: 11GB GDDR6
  • memory bus width: 352 bits
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ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 8GB OC Edition

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 8GB OC Edition

  • vram: 8GB GDDR6
  • memory bus width: 256-bit
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MSI Gaming Radeon VII 16GB

MSI Gaming Radeon VII 16GB

  • clock speed: 1750 MHz
  • vram: 16GB HBM2
  • memory bus width: 4096-bit HBM2
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Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme 8G

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme 8G

  • clock speed: 1815 MHz
  • vram: 8GB GDDR6
  • memory bus width: 256-Bit
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Radeon RX VEGA 64

Radeon RX VEGA 64

  • clock speed: 1274 - 1546 MHz
  • vram: 8GB HBM2
  • memory bus width: 2048-bit
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MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

  • clock speed: 1710 MHz
  • vram: 6GB GDDR6
  • memory bus width: 192-bit
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Table Key

  • Clock Speed - Measured in MHz, clock speed represents the “speed” of the GPU core within the graphics card. These alone don’t determine relative performance, but boosting your core clock speed via overclocking can give you some free performance bonuses.
  • VRAM - Stands for Video - Random access memory and acts as a buffer between your CPU and GPU. The more VRAM your GPU has the more efficiently it can process graphics.
  • GDDR6 - The latest VRAM available, it has more capacity and increased bandwidth making it the most powerful VRAM on the market.
  • GDDR5 - The most common modern VRAM standard. Decently fast, shouldn’t bottleneck in most situations.
  • GDDR5X - An amped-up version of GDDR5 used by Nvidia for their high-end cards.
  • HBM2 - AMD's go to VRAM standard, as quick as anything on the market however much more expensive thanks to production methods.
  • Memory Bus - In massively-simplified terms, the wider the memory bus, the faster the core and VRAM are able to communicate with one another. The HBM2 cards use this to their advantage to greatly increase speed across the board.

How We Choose Our Products

How We Choose

This is actually a lot simpler than you might think. With other products, like monitors, there’s a lot more to take into account when making lists like these. When it comes to graphics cards, though, selection will pretty much always boil down to the following two questions:

  • How well does it perform?
  • How good is the value for that level of performance?

We also took into mind popular searches around the Internet, including:

  • What is the best AMD/Nvidia graphics card?
  • What is the best 1080p/1440p graphics card?

Our goal is to answer these questions to the best of our ability while still providing you with a selection of high-quality GPUs that you won’t regret purchasing. We like to think we succeeded in this goal.

Now, how should you pick from this list, since we’ve done most of the work already?

How You Should

Also pretty simple! Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my target resolution: 1080p, 1440p, or 4K?
  • Do I need to push frame rates higher than 60?
  • How much can I afford to spend on a graphics card?

As long as you know the answer to those three questions and read our detailed descriptions of each of the graphics cards listed, you shouldn’t have any problems picking the right card for your needs. You can also choose to leave a comment below if you need our direct assistance.

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Best Graphics Card: Our Picks

#1

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming

Many of you will not be shocked to see the 2080ti at the top of our list for best gaming GPU of 2019. It’s the most powerful gaming GPU available in today’s market and has a tonne of new tech and features which make the 2080 future proof for years to come.

 

It’s based upon Nvidia’s enhanced Turing architecture and real-time ray tracing which is considered the future of gaming visuals. The Turing TU102 is 60% larger than the pascal GP102 of the 1080ti with 55% more transistors. The extra transistors have been put towards more CUDA cores and Tensor cores which help accelerate DLSS, a deep learning algorithm. Lets not forget the RT cores which help accelerate their ray tracing either.

 

So in short, a very powerful GPU with 11GB GDDR6 memory which will smash 4k and VR out the window when game developers have caught up. However, as you probably expect, this all comes at a price and that price isn’t cheap. Many people will only be able to sit and look at this card online in envy as it currently retails at over $1000.

#2

ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 8GB OC Edition

Nvidia’s second most powerful card comes in the shape of the RTX 2080 and literally replaces the 1080ti in our list of top GPU’s. It comes to shelves with all the same tech as the 2080ti but with slightly less power, as you’d imagine. Real time ray tracing and AI enhanced graphics are just a couple of the features that this card has been developed with. However, to fully make use of the new tech we’ll have to wait for game developers to catch up as currently, there isn’t a great deal of product compatibility right now.

The 2080 can be found with a much cheaper price tag than that of the 2080ti, but is still considered fairly expensive on a consumer level. Most AAA game titles don’t require a card of this power, but with games becoming more technologically advanced, the next wave of games are going to be much more taxing on your GPU. If you’re planning for the future, the RTX 20 series is definitely the way to go.

#3

MSI Gaming Radeon VII 16GB

AMD’s Radeon VII has been widely anticipated for a good while now thanks to the hype AMD created during the release process. The VII is a next generation Vega 20 GPU based upon 7nm lithography, compared to the 14nm which can be found within AMD’s first generation flagship, the RX Vega 64.

 

AMD released this card specifically trying to combat the 20series which Nvidia released late last year. The VII is AMD’s most powerful consumer level graphics card and is aimed at diehard AMD fans and real time ray tracing skeptics. The VII is equipped with 16GB of super fast HMB2 memory making it one of the quickest available, smashing 1440p and 4k at ultra settings.

 

The VII is undoubtedly a great card but the real question is whether or not it’ll be able to land a punch on Nvidia’s 2080. We’re not so sure here but for a $100 less there is certainly a market for this card out there.

#4

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce RTX 2070 Xtreme 8G

The RTX 2070 was released at the back end of 2018 and was brought to shelves as a mid-range GPU that had all the exciting new features RTX has to offer but at a more affordable price tag. It comes equipped with 2304 CUDA cores, a base clock speed of 1410Mhz and 8GB of GDRR6 memory meaning 4k and VR are certainly viable options.

 

Comparably, the 2070 is roughly 5-20% better in the benchmark tests than last generations 1080 whilst being a tad cheaper in outlets across the board. It beats the 1080 in FPS on every game we tested it against and that’s mainly thanks to the new tech and improved GDRR6 memory Nvidia have installed.

 

Overall a really nice, well rounded card that would look good in any mid-high range computer build.

#5

Radeon RX VEGA 64

AMD's Vega 64 is one of their flagship GPU's and is a pretty strong card. In particular, it excels at 1440p gaming, VR gaming, and 4K gaming. This card was built as a rival to the GTX 1080, and remains a viable counterpick to this day, depending on which card happens to be priced better at the time.

If you want to make the most of your RX Vega 64, we recommend looking into a better cooling solution. The stock cooler lets this card run hot, hotter than most people are comfortable with, so we chose a non-stock design for our pick above to help mitigate some of the card’s weaknesses.

Just make sure that if you’re buying this card, you’re doing high refresh rate gaming or at least 1440p/VR gaming. This is overkill for a 1080p card-- if you want one of those, keep reading.

View the benchmarks (Eurogamer)

#6

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Gaming

For us the 1660 Ti has been one of the most exciting cards we’ve got our hands on in a good while. You’re probably wondering why an entry level card is so exciting to us when we have access to the best cards on the market. Well, we like to give consumer advice and a product which houses excellent value for money is always very exciting to us!

 

The 1660Ti slots nicely into the space vacated by that of the GTX 1060, providing roughly 15% better performance at a lower price. Nvidia made sure the 1660 took full advantage of their Turing architecture which has been implemented in the RTX range whilst only housing GDRR5 memory.

 

However this is not a bad thing as it comes to shelves much cheaper than anything on this list whilst still boasting excellent 1080p and 1440p performance. Ultimately this card is considered our top budget pick for 2019 so far and would be a great purchase for a mid range build.

#6

MSI GAMING GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

The 2060 by Nvidia is the latest card to be released in the RTX family and comes to shelves with the lowest price tag. It was developed to replace the ever popular 1070Ti and boasts better performance results across the board.

As you would expect the 2060 has all the technology that comes with the RTX name but is much less powerful than the rest of the family. The 2060 is a fantastic card for producing 1080p and 1440p gaming at almost ultra settings making it fantastic value for money.

In short, if you want to future proof your rig by fitting it with the latest RTX tech but don’t have the money to splash out on the more expensive versions, the 2060 is right up your street. However, be aware than when ray tracing does become the norm, 6Gb is more than likely going to become a little undesirable.

Parting Words

And that’s it!

We hope our guide helped you pick out the best GPU for your needs.

Feel free to comment below and let us know if you need any assistance: we’re always ready and willing to help!

Otherwise, do you agree with our selections? Is there anything you would add or change? We’re welcoming any and all feedback, so feel free to sound off!

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