Graphics Card Comparison

Graphics Card Comparison

Ranking graphics cards from most powerful to least.

Last updated: September 2017

Finding the best graphics card for your money involves serious research. This page ranks graphics cards from best to worst.

This list consists of graphics cards released in roughly the last five years. To see even older cards or any graphics card you don't see here, please consult the Tom's Hardware GPU Hierarchy Table.

The list starts with the best graphics cards first, from both NVIDIA and AMD. Wherever the two brands are essentially equivalent in power, they appear on the same row.

Please note: These graphics card rankings are approximate. Performance will vary from game to game. When possible, we suggest doing your own performance research on the games you want to play. In some games, some graphics cards will perform slightly better than cards above them, or slightly worse than cards below.

The "Notes" column give a rough idea of how well each graphics card performs with mainstream, demanding games at the given specification.

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Graphics Card Comparison

NVIDIA AMD Notes
Titan Xp
Titan X (Pascal, 2016)
GTX 1080 Ti
GTX 1080 RX Vega 64 1080p 144fps gaming this row and up
RX Vega 56
GTX 1070 1080p 120fps gaming this row and up
GTX Titan X (Maxwell, 2015)
GTX 980 Ti R9 Fury X 4K 60fps gaming this row and up
GTX 1060 6GB

GTX 980
RX 580
RX 480 8GB
RX 480 4GB

R9 Fury
R9 Fury Nano
GTX 1060 3GB R9 390X
GTX 970
GTX 780 Ti
GTX 780
RX 570

R9 390
R9 290X
1440p 60fps and VR gaming this row and up
GTX 770
GTX 590
RX 470

R9 380X
R9 290
HD 7970
PS4 Pro GPU equivalent
GTX 1050 Ti
GTX 1050

GTX 960
GTX 670
GTX 580
RX 560 4GB

R9 380
R9 280X
R9 280
HD 7950
HD 5970
GTX 950
GTX 760
GTX 660 Ti
RX 560 2GB

R7 370
R9 270X
HD 7870
RX 460

R9 270
1080p 60fps gaming this row and up
GTX 660
GTX 570
GTX 480
HD 7850
HD 6970
900p 60fps gaming this row and up

Playstation 4 GPU equivalent
GT 1030

GTX 750 Ti
GTX 560 Ti
GTX 470
R7 260X
HD 6950
HD 5870
GTX 750
GTX 650 Ti
GTX 560
HD 7790
HD 6870
HD 5850
Xbox One GPU equivalent
R7 360
R7 260
HD 7770
HD 6850
Integrated: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
GTX 460 R7 250X

HD 7750
HD 6770
GT 740

GT 650
GTX 550 Ti
R7 250

HD 5770
Good enough for many indie games

Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 530
GT 640 HD 6570
HD 5670
R7 240 Good enough for most classic games
GT 730 HD 5550
Older GPUs and iGPUs below this threshold

How are these graphics cards ranked?

These graphics card rankings are determined by performance in real-world PC gaming benchmarks. A benchmark is measured by the number of frames-per-second (FPS) a computer can achieve playing a certain game at a specified resolution and graphical settings.

Since most people purchase graphics cards for their gaming capability, we view real gameplay benchmarks (as opposed to synthetic benchmarking programs) as the best way to measure the performance of a graphics card. Graphics card performance can vary from game to game, but this comparison table reflects the general rankings of each card.

Our favorite sources for gaming benchmarks include TechPowerUp, TomsHardware, AnandTech, TechSpot, and many more.

Where do integrated GPUs rank?

Integrated GPUs (also known as iGPUs or APUs) are GPUs included inside your CPU. For the most part, iGPUs/APUs are very weak compared to dedicated graphics cards.

Intel's newest iGPU, the Intel HD 530 featured in Skylake CPUs, is roughly on par with the AMD R7 250 graphics card, as noted in the chart. In general, we do not recommend integrated GPUs for gaming.

Questions?

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