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
|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
RX 480 8GB
RX 480 4GB
R9 Fury Nano
|GTX 1060 3GB||R9 390X|
GTX 780 Ti
|1440p 60fps and VR gaming this row and up|
|PS4 Pro GPU equivalent|
|GTX 1050 Ti|
|RX 560 4GB
GTX 660 Ti
|RX 560 2GB
|1080p 60fps gaming this row and up|
|900p 60fps gaming this row and up
Playstation 4 GPU equivalent
GTX 750 Ti
GTX 560 Ti
GTX 650 Ti
|Xbox One GPU equivalent|
|Integrated: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200|
|GTX 460||R7 250X
GTX 550 Ti
|Good enough for many indie games
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 530
|GT 640||HD 6570
|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.
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.
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