The best graphics cards for under $100 in 2017

For playing games at medium or high settings, you don’t need a >$200 graphics card. There are some decent graphics cards both from Nvidia and AMD that will make you able to play the latest games at 768p or even at 1080p on at least medium settings.

If you own a computer where you have a low end or a mid end cpu like pentium G3258 or amd x4 860k, these graphics cards will give you the best performance for your money and these cards are best suited for a budget gaming pc that costs from around $300 to $400. I have listed these cards in ascending order according to the power each card has. So the slowest one is on the top and the fastest one is at the bottom of this article and can be identified by their numbers.

Note: If you want the best graphics card for $100 then the last one in the list is fit for you. All the other graphics cards have frequent changes in price and the best value for price can only be achieved with the last one in the list. 

Sapphire Radeon R7 240 1GB GDDR5

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Sapphire Radeon R7 240 1GB GDDR5

Amd’s R7 240 is the cheapest and best choice if you really don’t want to spend upto $100 on graphics card. This graphics card is best for 720p and 768p. There are two versions of this graphics cards: one is the 2gb ddr3 version and one is 1gb gddr5 version. The better is gddr5 version as it is much faster and is based upon newer technology GCN.

Even if you have 2gb of ddr3 graphics card, it can still not beat the 1gb gddr5 card. You don’t need 2gb memory at this price because this graphics card is not meant for 1080p and more memory is required for higher resolutions and higher textures. With 1gb of gddr5 memory you will be able to play the games at medium to high settings for sure.

 

Specs:-

Memory 1gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 730Mhz/780Mhz boost clock
Steam Processors 320
Architecture GCN
CrossfireX Yes
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI
1xVGA

ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250 2 GB

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ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250 2 GB gddr5

For a little more money, you will get r7 250 with 2gb gddr5 graphics card which is around 20-30% faster than the R7 240. I recommend this graphics card over the previous one as it is only a few dollars expensive but is much better when you compare the value to price. 2gb of Vram is enough for gaming at 768p or even at 1080p on medium settings. The 1gb version of this card is right now only $2 less expensive at the time of writing this article. So 2gb makes sense.

This graphics card is best for 768p and can easily play battlefield 4, bioshock infinite and other similar games on medium to high settings. If you plan to play at 1080p, you have to lower down the settings but still you will get above 30 fps. Latest games like Gta V and tomb raider can also be played on this card but it’s best for casual games like CSGO. But if you want to play a more intensive game like the Witcher 3 then consider the following graphics cards.

 

Specs:-

Memory 1gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 725Mhz/925Mhz boost clock
Steam Processors 384
Architecture GCN
CrossfireX Yes
DirectX 11.2
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI-I
1xDP

EVGA Nvidia GT 740 SC 2gb gddr5 

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EVGA GeForce GT 740 2GB

From the Nvidia side one of the best graphics card that comes under 100 dollars is the gt 740 with 2gb of gddr5 memory. There are other ddr3 versions which goes up to 4gb of memory but they aren’t worth the money as they are only using slow memory.

This graphics card is faster than the Amd’s R7 250 and can give you good performance at 768p with medium-high settings. It’s price is just less than $100 but it also has 2gb of Vram as compared to another version which has only 1gb of memory which is available for only $10 less. It can play all the latest games on medium settings but you still can’t play intensive games like the witcher 3 or crysis 3 with smoother framerates.

But if you want to play games like battlefield 4 or Gta V with 30+fps at 1080p you will be able to play on low to medium settings. Consider going with this graphics card if you are a Nvidia Fan. But the next one is the best bang for buck.

 

Specs:-

Memory 2gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 1085Mhz
Memory Clock 5000Mhz
Architecture Kepler
SLI No
DirectX 11
Outputs 1xHDMI
2xDVI

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PowerColor AMD R7 360 2GB

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PowerColor R7 360 2GB

The best graphics card for $100 is the Newer Amd’s R7 300 series graphics card R7 360 which has 2gb of gddr5 memroy and supports the directX 12 fully. This graphics card is meant for gaming at 768p as well as 1080p with medium to high settings. It’s the best card for under $100 and can play all latest games with 40+fps.

Comparing this to nvidia’s gtx 750 ti and amd’s older R7 260x, it gives a tough competition and even beat them in some games. Gtx 750 ti is a good graphics card but it’s also a little expensive but for a little less money this graphics card is equivalent to gtx 750 ti which only performs hardly 5-10% slower than the 750 ti in some games but in games like Far cry 4 and latest titles, it beats 750 ti by 5-10%.

With 2gb of gddr5 memory you will be able to play the games at 1080p and at higher textures as more graphical settings and higher resolutions require more memory which are helpful in games like GTA V and The witcher 3.

 

Specs:-

Memory 2gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 1050Mhz
Stream Processors 768
Architecture GCN
CrossfireX yes
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI-I
1xDP

XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB

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XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB

Rx 460 is the latest graphics card from AMD and is 100% directX 12 and vulkan compatible. This card is an entry level card  and costs just above $100 and replaces all the previous cards from AMD as well as Nvidia in this price range. But the XFX edition is $99 right now and sometimes other brands go on rebate. Therefore it’s the best deal under $100. Previously I used the gtx 750 ti in this list. But as the price of gtx 750 ti is more than Rx 460 , it’s better to replace it with this powerful and more power efficient card. It’s faster than 750 ti and almost equivalent to R7 370.

In games like Hitman and Doom, this Rx series cards including this one gives a great boost in performance. The best thing about this card that the TDP is only 75 watts which means it will draw power from the PCIeX16 slot itself and you don’t have to buy a powerful wattage power supply to power this card.

The card has a single fan and a decent heatsink for cooling. It has 2gb of memory and a 128 bit memory interface which makes it a good entry level budget graphics card for playing games at 1080p high settings. Almost all games will perform over 40 fps on high settings but games like CSGO and Overwatch will have no problem running on ultra settings with 60+ fps.
Specs:-

Memory 2gb Gddr5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Core Clock 1220Mhz
Stream Processors 896
Architecture Polaris
CrossfireX No
DirectX 12
Outputs 1xHDMI
1xDVI
1xDP

Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play CSGO. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)

  • Mahmoud Harby

    I got amd phenom ll x4 and and 8 gb ram 1600 mhz vegenance i am asking wich card of those can make me working a game like american truck simulator or euro truck simulator on ultra setting pls advice

    • Hi Mahmoud. For running Games like american truck simulator, you should have at least a graphics card like gtx 750 ti or better to play on ultra settings.

      • Mahmoud Harby

        What about gt 610 ?

        • No Bro. Gt 610 is not at all meant for gaming.

    • rainbow dash

      i recomend a gtx 950 or something. i had 2 hd 5830 in CF but it ran ultra at 40-50 fps. a gtx 950 will get a minimum of 50 fps on ultra