Playing games at 1080p doesn’t require you a high-end graphics card. In fact, there are a lot of budget graphics cards that you can game with easily at 1080p from high to ultra settings. These graphics cards are the sweet spot for budget gamers and give the best performance per dollar spent.
If you really like to play GTA V, the Witcher 3 or Fallout 4 at high settings 1080p, then with any one of these graphics cards you can achieve 40+ fps easily. These are the best choice for gaming builds of $400-$600.
MSI Gaming RX 560 AERO ITX OC 2GB
Rx 560 is one of the latest technology graphics cards from AMD and is 100% DirectX 12 and Vulkan compatible. This card is an entry-level card which comes just below $150 and replaces all the previous cards from AMD as well as Nvidia in this price range. It’s faster than the previous gen RX series card that was RX 460 and is almost equivalent to GTX 1050 from Nvidia.
In games like Hitman and Doom, this Rx series cards including this one give a great boost in performance. The best thing about this card that the TDP is only 60 watts which mean it will draw all the power from the PCI-E X 16 slot itself and you don’t have to buy a high wattage power supply to power this card. It’s similar to the last generation RX 460 which didn’t need this extra power supply but even after the upgrade it still works without an external power connector and performs better than the RX 460.
The card has a basic yet powerful aluminium heat sink from MSI and is the AERO OC edition which not only looks great with grey and white accents but also comes factory overclocked. 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.
MSI Gaming Radeon RX 560 AERO 4GB
Rx 560 2gb is definitely a good card for the price but when it comes to memory, it sometimes sucks as the standard memory size for 1080p is 4gb. Many games use 4gb memory for maxing out textures and shadows, 2gb version is definitely not able to do that. Although this card is not able to max out at 1080p, 4gb of VRAM is good for games like GTA V and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
The clocks and other specs are same, only the VRAM is increased in this Gigabyte Windforce edition. As a result, with paying a little more price, you can end up getting a very good entry level graphics card which can not only play some of the latest titles on high settings but is also better in some future proofing as newer games use more memory.
EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 2Gb Gddr5
Gtx 1050 2gb is the newest release from Nvidia and is based on the Pascal architecture GP107. This is the most power efficient graphics card from Nvidia’s side and similar to the RX 560 it has a TDP of 75 watts and has no 6 pin power port. It means that there isn’t headroom for overclocking with this card. But currently EVGA is the only brand which is the cheapest of all, it’s fairly a good deal.
With GPU Boost you will still get a little performance boost which may not be very big but definitely, I agree with not providing these with extra power ports for overclocking as these are entry level cards and they won’t give you a boost from 40fps to 50 fps.
This card has 2gb of gddr5 memory, 640 Cuda cores which are equal to the specs of GTX 750 Ti Maxwell family graphics card if you remember it. But when you compare the performance of GTX 1050 with that of GTX 750 ti, it not only beats it by up to 40% but also beats the previous generation 900 series card which was the GTX 950 which used to cost around $200.
If you want a card that can play all the games on high settings at 1080p with 40-50 fps, then this is for you. And if you like 60 fps then you can put the settings to medium instead of high and still enjoy good graphics with buttery smooth 60+ fps.
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|Core Clock||1354Mhz/1455Mhz boost clock|
GPU LIST (Prices as of 11th Sept 2018)
|MSI Gaming RX 560 AERO ITX OC 2GB||$144.99|
|MSI Gaming RX 560 AERO ITX OC 4GB||$129.99|
|EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 2Gb Gddr5||$129.99|