To max out every game detail at 1080p, you don’t need a gtx 980 ti or R9 Fury X. If you have a budget of 180 to 230 dollars, you can get the best mid end graphics card for maxing out any game at 1080p easily and will still get more than 40 fps. These graphics cards are the ideal choice for gaming in 2016 as there is no game out there which requires more power than these gpu have.
Along with good performance at 1080p these cards also have the advantage of getting combined with one or more similar cards to increase the performance upto 40%. If you are going to build a gaming pc that will cost you from $600-$800, then definitely you shouldn’t be getting any card rather than what I have mentioned.
I have included the latest graphics cards from Nvidia and Amd. The last one is the best for price and is considered as the best budget high end graphics card that can give you 60 fps at 1080p.
EVGA Geforce Gtx 1050 ti SC 4Gb
When you want to play the games at 1080p ultra settings, you can not compromise with the Vram. It’s a fact that all the latest games like Gta V, the witcher 3, Rise of the tomb raider etc. use more Vram than simple games like CSGO or Overwatch. It makes more sense to go with a 4gb card if you don’t want to compromise with the graphics quality. This card can play all the latest games on high settings at 1080p and some games on ultra if you don’t mind to go below 60 fps a little.
The gtx 1050 ti is the successor of gtx 1050 and is 20% faster. Most of the specs are same but cuda core, memory size and clocks are different. But they are based on the same Pascal architecture and belong to the same entry level family. It’s a very good card for the price you pay as it’s an intermediate between gtx 1050 and Rx 470. Although Rx 470 is much more faster but I feel that Nvidia has fill in the gap between the $110 and $170 price range by introducing a $130 card.
The EVGA SC edition is very compact and can be fit into any case. So for compact gaming pc’s this budget mid end card is very good choice and will be best for budget gaming builds with a small mini Itx case too. As this is factory overclocked, you will get a small boost in performance as compared to the other brands like Zotac.
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ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 470 4GB
The RX 470 4gb is one of the Rx series cards which falls in between the RX 460 and RX 480. This card features 4gb of vram as well as 8gb of vram but the cost of that with 8gb vram right now goes up as high as the 4gb version of RX 480. So, this one makes a perfect graphics card for the money under $200 and makes a strong position in this list.
This card is not just an entry level card but actually a solid 1080p card which can play all the games on ultra settings. Some games will not get you 60+fps maxed out settings but if you lower some settings down, I am sure you will be close to 60 without any problem. This card unlike the RX 460 is not weak as it seems in between the RX 460 and RX 480. It’s pretty close to the RX 480. It easily beats the Gtx 960, R9 380 and R9 380X even the prices are almost the same.
R9 380 and gtx 960 are costly right now and you won’t find the 4gb version of them below 200 dollars. So, better stick with this card and you will get the latest technology, 100% directX 12 compatibility and a much lower power consuming device. It’s memory interface is 256 bits which is double than that of RX 460 and features 2048 stream processors that are more than double the amount present in RX 460.
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Zotac Gtx 1060 mini 3gb gddr5
This card is a beast and is the latest release from Nvidia is the gtx 1060. This is the fastest graphics card on this list. It’s the mini edition and has 3gb of gddr5 memory and is similar to the 1060 6gb edition. While the Rx 480 matches the performance of gtx 970, this one is near to the gtx 980 but as the cuda cores and memory are cut out, it will perform slightly better than the gtx 970 and a little slower than the 980. So definitely it’s faster than the RX 470 4gb.
3gb of memory is enough for maxing out most of the settings at 1080p like details and shadows but textures in some games like middle earth shadow of mordor requires 6gb. So you can’t max out that setting. The core clocks are also massive. It easily reaches over 1800Mhz in games and provides extra boost. This card is for 1080p 60 fps maxed out without any compromise and there shouldn’t be any reason for not getting it.
This one is shorter and can fit into any case, be it a mini itx case or a mid tower case. The heatsink is very basic just like the older generation and has one 90mm fan just above it. The card has 6 pin power port and requires less power as compared to the previous generation cards. As the price of this card is just $200, I don’t think it will be a good choice to go either for the rx 470 or the R9 380X.