The best 10 graphics cards in comparison

Which are the best graphics cards of 2019?

Best graphics cards of 2019 (1 - 5)
graphics card comparison
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graphics card comparison
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Nvidia Quadro GV100
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AMD Radeon Pro V340 MxGPU
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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
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Gigabyte GeForce Aorus RTX 2080 Ti
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Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme
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Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme Core
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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Sea Hawk EK X
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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Sea Hawk X
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EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra
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MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
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Nvidia Quadro GV100
100points
AMD Radeon Pro V340 MxGPU
97points
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
96points
Gigabyte GeForce Aorus RTX 2080 Ti
95points
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme
95points
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme Core
94points
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Sea Hawk EK X
94points
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Sea Hawk X
94points
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra
94points
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
94points
Best price
Best price
Summary
Summary
  • General info (83)
  • Performance (81)
  • Memory (75)
  • Ports (33)
  • Features (41)
  • General info (92)
  • Performance (90)
  • Memory (100)
  • Ports (0)
  • Features (41)
  • General info (81)
  • Performance (84)
  • Memory (63)
  • Ports (51)
  • Features (89)
  • General info (93)
  • Performance (72)
  • Memory (63)
  • Ports (63)
  • Features (86)
  • General info (75)
  • Performance (75)
  • Memory (64)
  • Ports (51)
  • Features (86)
  • General info (75)
  • Performance (74)
  • Memory (64)
  • Ports (51)
  • Features (86)
  • General info (88)
  • Performance (74)
  • Memory (63)
  • Ports (51)
  • Features (86)
  • General info (81)
  • Performance (74)
  • Memory (63)
  • Ports (51)
  • Features (86)
  • General info (76)
  • Performance (74)
  • Memory (63)
  • Ports (51)
  • Features (86)
  • General info (74)
  • Performance (74)
  • Memory (63)
  • Ports (51)
  • Features (86)
Pros
Pros
  • Higher pixel rate
  • Higher floating-point performance
  • More memory bandwidth
  • Higher texture rate
  • Wider memory bus width
  • More RAM memory
  • Higher pixel rate
  • Higher floating-point performance
  • More memory bandwidth
  • Higher texture rate
  • Wider memory bus width
  • More RAM memory
  • Newer version of OpenGL
  • Newer version of DirectX
  • More HDMI ports
  • Dual-GPU
  • Higher pixel rate
  • Faster memory clock speed
  • Higher floating-point performance
  • More memory bandwidth
  • Higher texture rate
  • Higher effective memory clock speed
  • Faster memory clock speed
  • More memory bandwidth
  • Higher effective memory clock speed
          Cons
          Cons
          • HDMI output
          • Multi-display technology
          • Effective memory speed
          • GPU clock speed
          • GPU memory speed
          • 4K resolution support
          • Number of transistors
          • HDMI output
          • DisplayPort outputs
          • Thermal Design Power (TDP)
          • Semiconductor size
          • Effective memory speed
          • Texture rate
          • Pixel rate
          • Thermal Design Power (TDP)
          • Floating-point performance
          • Texture rate
          • Pixel rate
          • Floating-point performance
                  • Floating-point performance
                    General info
                    Thermal Design Power (TDP)The thermal design power (TDP) is the maximum amount of power the cooling system needs to dissipate. A lower TDP typically means that it consumes less power.
                    Thermal Design Power (TDP)The thermal design power (TDP) is the maximum amount of power the cooling system needs to dissipate. A lower TDP typically means that it consumes less power.250W300W260W250W250W250W250W250W250W250W
                    Dual-GPUThe graphics card contains two graphics processing units (GPUs). This generally results in better performance than a similar, single-GPU graphics card.
                    Dual-GPUThe graphics card contains two graphics processing units (GPUs). This generally results in better performance than a similar, single-GPU graphics card.
                    PCI Express (PCIe) versionPCI Express (PCIe) is a high speed expansion card standard, that connects the computer to it's peripherals. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.
                    PCI Express (PCIe) versionPCI Express (PCIe) is a high speed expansion card standard, that connects the computer to it's peripherals. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.3333333333
                    Semiconductor sizeSmall semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.
                    Semiconductor sizeSmall semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.12nm14nm12nm12nm12nm12nm12nm12nm12nm12nm
                    Number of transistorsA higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.
                    Number of transistorsA higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.21100 million12500 million18600 million18600 million18600 million18600 million18600 million18600 million18600 million18600 million
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                    Total score for "General info"
                    Performance
                    GPU clock speedThe graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.
                    GPU clock speedThe graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.1132MHz1000MHz1350MHz1350MHz1350MHz1350MHz1350MHz1350MHz1350MHz1350MHz
                    GPU memory speedThe memory clock speed is one aspect that determines the memory bandwidth.
                    GPU memory speedThe memory clock speed is one aspect that determines the memory bandwidth.848MHz1000MHz1750MHz1750MHz1800MHz1800MHz1750MHz1750MHz1750MHz1750MHz
                    Floating-point performanceFloating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.
                    Floating-point performanceFloating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.16.67 TFLOPS21.5 TFLOPS14.23 TFLOPS14.75 TFLOPS15.8 TFLOPS15.28 TFLOPS15.28 TFLOPS15.28 TFLOPS15.28 TFLOPS15.28 TFLOPS
                    Pixel rateThe number of pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.
                    Pixel rateThe number of pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.208.4 GPixel/s192 GPixel/s143.9 GPixel/s149.2 GPixel/s159.7 GPixel/s154.4 GPixel/s154.4 GPixel/s154.4 GPixel/s154.4 GPixel/s154.4 GPixel/s
                    Texture rateThe number of textured pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.
                    Texture rateThe number of textured pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.521 GTexels/s672 GTexels/s444.7 GTexels/s461 GTexels/s493.7 GTexels/s477.4 GTexels/s477.4 GTexels/s477.4 GTexels/s477.4 GTexels/s477.4 GTexels/s
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                    Total score for "Performance"
                    Memory
                    RAM
                    RAM32.77GB32GB11GB11GB11GB11GB11GB11GB11GB11GB
                    Maximum memory bandwidthThis is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.
                    Maximum memory bandwidthThis is the maximum rate that data can be read from or stored into memory.868.4GB/s1024GB/s616GB/s616GB/s633.6GB/s633.6GB/s616GB/s616GB/s616GB/s616GB/s
                    Effective memory speedThe effective memory clock speed is calculated from the size and data rate of the memory. Higher clock speeds can give increased performance in games and other apps.
                    Effective memory speedThe effective memory clock speed is calculated from the size and data rate of the memory. Higher clock speeds can give increased performance in games and other apps.1696MHz2000MHz14000MHz14000MHz14400MHz14400MHz14000MHz14000MHz14000MHz14000MHz
                    Memory bus widthA wider bus width means that it can carry more data per cycle. It is an important factor of memory performance, and therefore the general performance of the graphics card.
                    Memory bus widthA wider bus width means that it can carry more data per cycle. It is an important factor of memory performance, and therefore the general performance of the graphics card.4096bit4096bit352bit352bit352bit352bit352bit352bit352bit352bit
                    Version of GDDR memoryNewer versions of GDDR memory offer improvements such as higher transfer rates that give increased performance.
                    Version of GDDR memoryNewer versions of GDDR memory offer improvements such as higher transfer rates that give increased performance.N.A.N.A.66666666
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                    Ports
                    DisplayPort outputsAllows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
                    DisplayPort outputsAllows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.4033333333
                    HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
                    HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
                    HDMI portsMore HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.
                    HDMI portsMore HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.N.A.N.A.13111111
                    HDMI versionA newer HDMI version offers a higher bandwidth and is capable of carrying a better signal, e.g. more audio channels, more frames per second etc.
                    HDMI versionA newer HDMI version offers a higher bandwidth and is capable of carrying a better signal, e.g. more audio channels, more frames per second etc.N.A.N.A.22222222
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                    Features
                    4K resolution supportAllows you to view in ultra-high definition.
                    4K resolution supportAllows you to view in ultra-high definition.
                    DirectX versionDirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.
                    DirectX versionDirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.121212.112121212121212
                    Multi-display technologyThe graphics card supports multi-display technology. This allows you to configure multiple monitors in order to create a more immersive gaming experience, such as having a wider field of view.
                    Multi-display technologyThe graphics card supports multi-display technology. This allows you to configure multiple monitors in order to create a more immersive gaming experience, such as having a wider field of view.
                    OpenCL versionSome apps use OpenCL to apply the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.
                    OpenCL versionSome apps use OpenCL to apply the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.2222222222
                    OpenGL versionOpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.
                    OpenGL versionOpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.4.64.64.64.54.54.54.54.54.54.5
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                    Total score for "Features"

                    How to choose the best graphics card

                    For gaming and heavy graphic work, the graphics card is one of the most important components to have in a computer. For such workloads, the integrated graphics of most new CPUs won't be enough and you'll have to add a graphics card to your system. With the wide range of GPUs to choose from, it's important to know which specifications and features are the most important. To help you find the best graphics card for your needs, we compiled a list of tips.

                    Know your goal and budget

                    Before buying a graphics card, you first have to determine what kind of workloads you will be dealing with and how much you are willing to spend. Ask yourself what applications you'll be running on your computer? Will these be simple non-graphics intensive tasks or games with amazing graphics, like Fallout or Battlefied? Maybe you’ll be editing videos and photos or play or you'll just want to enjoy movies in 4K high-definition resolution. There are two main types of graphic cards: gaming-oriented and workstation-oriented. The gaming-oriented GPUs usually support very high resolutions and frame rates, while the workstation-oriented GPUs (meant for using advanced photo and video editing software or 3D modelling software, for example) have high texture and pixel rates.

                    While graphics cards have a wide price range, each tier has a certain price range for its group. The low end graphics cards usually cost less than $300, while the mid-tier cards tend to stick around $400-$500 and the high end cards go well beyond $600.

                    Memory Type (VRAM)

                    The memory type that a manufacturer uses for a certain graphics card often tells you the performance of a card. Though clock speeds matter, the memory or VRAM matters a bit more. Take for example Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 which uses the latest GDDR5x memory and performs better than the previous GeForce GTX 980 that uses a GDDR5 memory. This is because the GDDR5x has 64 bits/access data rate compared to 32 bits/access on the GDDR5. There are also some cards that use a different memory type called High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) which is smaller than that of the GDDR5x but delivers quite the boost in performance at 1024 bits/access.

                    Memory type Speed Bandwidth
                    GDDR5 32-bit/access 8 Gbit/s per pin
                    GDDR5x 64-bit/access 14 Gbit/s per pin
                    HBM 1024-bit/access 128 Gbit/s per pin

                    The implementation of these types of memory depends widely on the target market of the manufacturers. Nvidia has implemented the use of the new GDDR5x on their cards from the previous GDDR5, while AMD still uses GDDR5 on their mainstream cards. One of the reasons why manufacturers have opted out of HBM for now is that this technology uses an entirely different way of processing and manufacturing. GDDR5 and GDDR5x have the same physical sizes, thus manufacturing time and cost almost remain the same, while HBM is smaller and this means manufacturers have to change their process in order to cater to this technology.

                    Clock Speed

                    The clock speed determines the performance of a graphics card. There are two types: the base clock and the boost clock. The base clock is the actual speed at which a card can operate, while the boost clock is the highest guaranteed performance. Some users tend to overclock their cards beyond the rated clock speeds to achieve a faster and better performance for graphics intensive applications.

                    Shading Units (steam processors or CUDA)

                    Shading units, shader units, steam processors or CUDA cores - depending on the manufacturer, are small processors on the cards that process data and a card can contain thousands of these. These shading units help render images especially when three dimensional scenes are at play. Games and video editing software take create advantage from these mainly as they help process the thousands of frames the software has to render.

                    Resolution

                    Knowing what resolution you’ll be content with will help you pick which graphics card you’ll be going for. Most cards to date can provide high definition display at 1080 while some cards that are more expensive can allow it’s users to enjoy 4K displays on a single card. But this does not limit those in the lower end as with recent technology, some budget cards can now display in 4K.

                    Cooling

                    Graphics cards tend to use quite a lot of power and this translate to heat. As with any electronic device, heat is the enemy of graphics cards and it may just take a few seconds to a minute for a card to fry without proper cooling. Though stock coolers that cards come with already provide adequate cooling, some cards are equipped with better coolers such as those that come with two or three large fans to help remove heat from cards. Other manufacturers even place specialized cooling solutions that use water to help cool the card. Each cooling solution delivers various results and demands in terms of maintenance. The added features will cost more than the stock blower type cooling solution that is placed in all reference cards.

                    AMD or Nvidia

                    This is a tough question to answer and there’s always a mixed remark on both sides of the coin. It’s like Windows versus Mac, Android versus iOS and many other apples to oranges comparisons. While they may almost have similar functions, their features, performance and prices differ.

                    What is interesting with these two companies is on their development and process to support virtual reality (VR). AMD’s recent releases aim to bring the VR experience at a low cost compared to its competition. Nvidia however brings quite a different appeal to the VR market through high performance throughout all of their cards to cater to not just VR but also to cater other applications as well at the cost of a higher price.

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