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Best Budget Graphics Card for 1080P Gaming

I have recently been on a mission to set up an affordable
gaming PC that can be located in my living room and act as an all in one gaming
and media PC. While I would like a high-end rig using one of the RTX based
cards, I can’t quite justify its expense, nor would I make the most of it. I
will, however, use it a lot for Kodi, and Plex, including Plex server with
hardware transcoding of streams, plus my partner will play less graphically
intensive games on it.

While the latest GTX 1600 cards arrived to positive reviews,
AMD has been aggressive with the pricing of their older RX570 and RX580 cards.
This, therefore, has led most people to recommend these cards based purely on
the cost vs performance. 

I was interested to see how accurate this is so decided to
compare the fives options using some super scientific methodology.

As there are dozens of options per card, I used Scan.co.uk to find the cheapest two fan option (I prefer to avoid single fan cards where possible). For cards with different memory configurations (AMD) I opted for the 8GB model as they generally offer better value.

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£209.99

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£259.99

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20 new
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1 used from £254.79

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£147.99

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from £147.99

2 used from £145.03

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6 used from £149.30

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Last updated on 18th June 2019 8:30 am

For the Time Spy, because some of the results are suspiciously high, I selected the CPU as the AMD R7 2700 then selected the 50th result or the last result if there were not 50. Hopefully, this rules out erroneous results.

For benchmarks, I used Game Debate as it had the easiest way
for me to pull the data. The I had to cross-reference some results, as the RX
580 had a ridiculously high FPS result.

For no particular reason, I divided the price by the various
performance benchmarks to provide an idea of the value of the card.

The results are probably not surprising. The AMD RX 580 8GB is the best value card out of the
options and is probably the best card for 1080P gaming at Ultra settings.

However, that doesn’t mean you should
rule out the new Nvidia GTX cards, both the GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti offer more
consistent performance for all games in 1080P. In particular Metro: Exodus is
taxing for all the cards, and it is only the GTX 1660 and
Ti models that stay comfortably over 40FPS.

Similarly, if there is a chance you will move up to 1440p gaming, then the GTX 1660 Ti is going to offer superior performance than all the other cards on the list.

  GTX 1650 GTX 1660 GTX 1660 Ti RX 570 RX 580  
Price 155 210 260 150 170
Cores / Streams 896 1408 1536 2048 2304
Memory 4GB 6GB 6GB 8GB 8GB
TDP 75W 120W 120W 120W 150W
TimeSpy 3654 5620 6894 4349 5005
GTA5 1080P 57 56 88 52 102
Far Cry 5 1080P 57 77 94 70 77
Ghost Recon : Wildlands 1080P 31 45 51 33.1 48
The Witcher III 45 70 80 67 67
Metro: Exodus 27 46 50 33 37
Just Cause 4 48 68 77 55 56
Assassins Creed: Origins 1440P 32 40 55 27 32
The Division 2 1440P 45 41 49 37 42
Price/Performance Time Spy 4.24 3.73 3.77 3.44 3.39
Price/GTA 5 271.92 375 295.45 288.46 166.66
Price/Far Cry 5 271.92 272.72 276.59 214.28 220.77
Price/Ghost Recon 500 466.66 509.80 453.17 354.16
Price/Witcher 344.44 300 325 223.88 253.73
Price/Metro 574.07 456.52 520 454.54 459.45
Price/Assassins Creed 484.375 525 472.72 555.55 531.25
Price/Division 2 344.44 512.19 530.61 405.40 404.76
Price/Performance AVG 1080P 392.47 374.18 385.37 326.86 290.96

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