It is time for the first recap of 2020s top 5 best GPU series and with the recent release of AMD’s Radeon rx 5600 XT along with some updated pricing and even some drivers it’s time for an update. So the idea of this article is to summarize all information to help steer you towards the best buy at each price point. There are five categories and they cover numerous price ranges so there should be something for everyone, so let’s get to the picks.
Best Entry-Level GPU
At the time of making this article it is possible to buy an 8GB RX 580 for as little as $160 USD which is a pretty incredible price for such a product. Though to be fair a more typical asking price is around $170 to $180 USD. Meanwhile a Gigabyte RX 570 come in at $150 with 4GB versions selling for just $120 USD. And that’s another great buy for those of you with a more limited budget. Then we have the RX 590 that’s at $200 USD. So there are quite a few options out there for $200 or less. The new kids on the block include the GeForce GTX 1650SUPER at $160 USD, or the Radeon RX 5500 XT for $200 if you want the version with an 8GB VRAM or $180 for 4GB.
Therefore if you’re after power efficiency we recommend the GTX 1650SUPER at $106 USD. But if you want the most bang for your buck right now and an 8GB VRAM we recommend the RX 580 or possibly the RX 590. The 8GB version of the RX 570 isn’t that great in terms of value but if you want a cheap and still very capable graphics card the 4GB RX 570 are a steal at just a $120 USD.
So to recap the best low budget option is the 4GB RX 570, best power saving model is the GTX 1650SUPER and then the best bang for your buck is the 8GB RX 580
Best Mid-Range GPU
Now for those of you able to spend between $200 – $300 USD there are a few options, at the lower end of this price range. We have the GTX 1660SUPER which is competing with the RX 590 in terms of cost per frame that about the same. So the GeForce GPU is a little faster while the Radeon GPU is a little cheaper. Outside of that the GTX 1660SUPER uses less power but the RX 590 has a little more vram. It’s a tough choice but of the two I’d go with the 1660SUPER for the power savings in that extra OC Headroom.
Then for those of you wanting to spend around $300 USD, there is the Radeon RX 5600 XT and GeForce RTX 2060 (well some RTX 2060 models). This is a bit of a tough one and really it shouldn’t be the 5600 XT is a little cheaper, it’s also a little faster and a little more efficient. Add all that up and you have what should clearly be a winner. However after recently pitting the two head-to-head I ended up recommending the RT X 2060 simply because of the driver issues AMD were facing at the time. Since then though AMD has released an updated driver which addressed a number of the issues users were having, a lot of the problems have been solved. Moreover NVIDIA’s $300 RTX 2060 founders edition graphics cards seem to be no longer available. They’ve been removed from the shop and the product page says out of stock and that’s been the case for weeks now. Ror the most part the RT X 2060 looks to be a $320 USD product so about $30 more than factory overclocked AMD 5600 XTs.
So given the increased price of the RTX 2060 graphics cards and the recently improved drivers from AMD, we recommend the RX 5600 XT.
Best Performance Mid-Range GPU
Okay so the rather large $300 – $600 USD price range is still locked down by AMD with their radar RX 5700 and 5700 XT especially now that AMD appears to have ironed out those pesky driver bugs. In short the 5700 XT is still at least $100 cheaper than 2070SUPER, and when compared across a massive range of games at 1440p it was just 6% slower on average and that meant it was 14% cheaper per frame in cost per frame analysis.
The only reason you might consider the RTX 2070SUPER would be for 4K gaming, but even there the 5700 XT still offers more value despite being 9% slower as it cost 20% less. The 5700 XT also eliminated the RTX 2060SUPER offering more performance at the same price. So this one is pretty cut-and-dry get yourself a 5700 series graphics card.
Best High-End GPU
If you have around $700 to spend on a new graphics card the GeForce RTX 2080SUPER is what you’re after. The 2080SUPER is just 15% faster on average when compared to the 5700 XT yet it’s priced 75% higher so you’re paying 52% more per frame and that is quite the hefty premium there’s really not much more to say here the 2080SUPER was the worst of the SUPER refresh at least in our opinion and with no competition from AMD, NVIDIA can clearly get away with charging such premiums.
Best Extreme 4K Gaming GPU
Speaking of premiums can we interest you in an RTX 20180 Ti. Unfortunately for those with really deep pockets all options right now are NVIDIA and the only choice for gamers seeking maximum performance is the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and yet it is certainly a beast of a graphics card. Offering around 20% more performance than the RTX 2080SUPER, though it does also cost around 40% more as well so be aware of that, and as we just noted the 2080SUPER is pretty horrible value. Here you’re paying about a 175% more than the 5700 XT for 47% more performance at 4K that said it does enable a much higher quality 4K gaming experience. but if you are after a no compromise type solution for the ultimate 4K gaming experience then get ready to part with at least $1,100 USD, probably more like $1,200 USD if you want one of the more fancy versions such as the Gigabyte, Aorus Extreme, MSI Gaming X, and the ASUS ROG Strix for example.
And that brings us to the end of our picks and we have to say a year on things have changed quite a bit, though I think it is fair to say that progress overall has been quite slow. The sub $200 category is really won by both AMD and NVIDIA depending on your priorities. For just over $200 I feel NVIDIA offers the best all-round option with the GeForce GTX 1660SUPER and then at $300 the RTX 2060 is an attractive option if you can find one at that price, which seems less and less likely as time goes on. Making the real attraction here AMD’s rx 5600 XT then from $300 – $500 USD it’s all AMD in our opinion. But beyond that it’s clearly all NVIDIA as AMD doesn’t even exist at those price points so the competition between AMD and NVIDIA is slowly very slowly building up but if AMD manages to keep on track and deliver some of the promises they’ve made for this year then yet we could have a very interesting GPU towards the end of the year.