Choosing a new graphics card for your custom build is harder than ever, thanks to stiff competition.
The battle between Nvidia and AMD has raged since the late '90s when AMD's GPU was known as ATI. That battle rages on even in 2020, as both Nvidia and AMD offer attractive cards. Nvidia continues to be the power-house GPU maker, with better raw performance and newer technologies, like ray-tracing.
That's not to say AMD's GPU performance lags, either. The AMD RX 5700XT competes well in all testing metrics with Nvidia's RTX 2080 series. So which should you choose for your build? That depends on your budget and the features you want out of your GPU.
Let's take a look t the top 10 graphics cards to consider in 2020.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 Graphics Card | amd.com/
The AMD Radeon RX 5700 is a fast and efficient GPU that competes alongside the RTX 2060 series from Nvidia. It lacks ray-tracing support, but it is a $349 GPU that competes directly with Nvidia's budget GeForce card.
The RX 5700 uses the same Navi 10 GPU as its other 5700 models. However, AMD has disabled 256 cores and reduced the boost clock by 180MHz. It's an underclocked version of the AMD RX 5700XT to hit that lower price point.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Graphics Card | nvidia.com/
If money is not a concern and you want the best 4K-capable card with ray-tracing, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is your GPU. This GPU can handle and exceed 60fps in 4K on all current PC games. It supports ray-tracing in a select few games and starts at around $1,199 MSRP.
AMD has nothing to compete with Nvidia in this category of raw power, making Nvidia the preferred GPU for power-gamers. This GPU features 11GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 4,352 CUDA cores – a significant upgrade over the GTX 1080 Ti.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Graphics Card | amd.com/
The AMD RX 5600 XT is a great budget option for 1080p gaming, beating every Nvidia card in the space. It starts at around $279 MSRP. The card doesn't support ray-tracing, but very few games take advantage of the technology right now.
The RX 5600 XT features 2,304 compute units (CUs), the same as the RX 5700. Where costs are cut is the RX 5600 XT only features 6GB of VRAM compared to 8GB in the 5700 XT.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Graphics Card | nvidia.com/
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super is a super-charged version of Nvidia's 2070 GPU series. It comes with a lower base price point and offers budget 1440p gaming with ray-tracing support. The RTX 2070 Super offers better performance than its non-supercharged version.
AMD's RX 5700 XT is most similar in performance to this Nvidia card. This RTX 2070 card starts around $499, about $100 more expensive than the AMD RX 5700 XT. The RTX 2070 Super features 2,560 CUDA cores and a higher 1,770MHz boost clock with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics Card | nvidia.com/
The GeForce GTX 1660 Super is a great entry-level gaming card that outperforms its predecessor. It's relatively small compared to other GPUs in this list, making it ideal for compact builds. The GeForce GTX 1660 Super starts at around $229 and can tackle high settings 1080p gaming with ease.
It offers an excellent price-to-performance ratio if you don't plan on upgrading to 4K gaming any time soon. It uses the same TU116 GPU as the more expensive 1660 Ti but has the same 1,408 CUDA cores as the original 1660. The most significant bump here is the jump from GDDR5 to GDDR6 memory.
AMD Radeon VII Graphics Card | amd.com/
The AMD Radeon VII keeps pace with Nvidia's 2080 series GPUs – but without ray-tracing support. Radeon VII GPUs start at $679, making it one of AMD's more expensive cards. It features a massive 16GB of VRAM and a high boost clock of 1,800MHz. However, some early reviewers report problems with DirectX 12 support.
The Radeon VII also lacks CrossFire support, so you can't chain two of these bad boys together.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Graphics Card | nvidia.com/
Nvidia's RTX 2080 Super out-performs the non-supercharged version of this GPU. It's a mid-cycle product update that uses the same TU104GPU that powers the RTX 2080 and the RTX 2070 Super. It can handle 60fps, max settings 1440p gaming, and 4K gaming with no issues.
The card starts at $719 for the RTX 2080 Super, but it's only moderately faster than its non-supercharged version.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini Graphics Card | zotac.com/
Want a compact PC build with a power-house graphics card? Zotac miniaturized the GeForce 1060 and 1070 series, so it's not too surprising to see the GTX 1080 Ti Mini. The Zotac 1080 Ti Mini also features a higher boost clock speed than the original 1080 Ti Founder's Edition.
The Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Mini starts at $749 and measures less than nine inches long. It features 3,584 CUDA cores and 11GB of GDDR5X VRAM. It also sips power, only requiring 250 watts of power.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super Graphics Card | nvidia.com/
Nvidia says the GeForce RTX 2060 Super offers the same performance as its RTX 2070, for much less. It should provide excellent 1440p gaming performance, but don't expect this one to carry you into 4K gaming. The card starts around $399 and competes with AMD's RX 5700 XT. As always, thanks to its RT cores, Nvidia's CPU supports ray-tracing.
The GeForce RTX 2060 Super features 2,176 CUDA cores and a boost clock speed of 1,650 MHz. It also sports 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and consumes only 175 watts of power.
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XLR8 Gaming OC Graphics Card | pny.com/
This PNY GTX 1660 Ti GPU is a great budget option for anyone who wants an Nvidia card without ray-tracing. It can handle 1440p gaming with ease and is a significant upgrade over the GTX 1060.
This card starts at $279 and features 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, clocked slightly lower than an RTX 2060. It's a great budget Nvidia card with powerful performance, and it only sips 120 watts of power.
Picking the right graphics card can be overwhelming. AMD or Nvidia, high-end to budget, you are sure to find the right pick for you in our list of the top GPUs for gaming in 2020.