The first thing to consider when deciding on what graphics card (GPU) is right for you is whether or not you want to play the most recent and upcoming PC games at their highest graphical setting, or whether you would rather make some sacrifices in graphical fidelity for performance.
1) RTX 3080
The RTX3080 is the top of the line GPU from Nvidia right now, and as such it will allow you to play any game at its highest graphical setting. This card runs on the new Turing architecture, which promises significant improvements over previous-generation graphics cards (such as a 50% increase in performance and twice as much efficiency). Despite only having 10 GB of GDDR6X memory, the RTX3080 achieves this performance by using so-called Tensor cores and RT cores. These are specific types of processors used to improve real-time ray tracing and artificial intelligence, which we will explain in more detail later on. Nvidia also promises a boost in VR performance with their Turing architecture, although the RTX3080 does not support VirtualLink, which is a new open standard for connecting VR headsets to PCs.
The RTX3070 is a step down from the RTX3080, but it’s still surprisingly powerful considering its specs. It can achieve performance similar to that of the GTX1080 (which is still an excellent card in its own right), but only has 8 GB of GDDR6 memory. However, like the RTX3080, this graphics card is also powered by the Turing architecture and has increased Tensor and RT cores for improved ray tracing and AI processing.
The RTX3060 is an ideal card for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot on a gaming GPU but still wants to play modern games at the highest settings. This graphics card has 6 GB of GDDR6 memory and can achieve similar performance to the GTX1070Ti, which was one of Nvidia’s more powerful cards in recent years. The RTX3060 has the same Tensor and RT cores as its pricier counterparts but lacks Nvidia’s newer Turing architecture.
4) GTX1660 / GTX1660ti
Nvidia also offers two lower end Turing-based cards, which are available for roughly half the price of their higher-end counterparts. This makes them ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy modern games at a cheaper price. Both of these cards have 6 GB of GDDR5 memory, and the GTX1660ti has a slightly better power to performance ratio than the GTX1660.
The last GPU we recommend is Nvidia’s cheapest Turing-based graphics card: the GTX1650. This card has 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and only provides
performance similar to the GTX1060’s, so it has significantly less power than any of the other GPUs on this list. However, it is still significantly more powerful than its predecessor, the GTX1050Ti.
Nvidia offers a wide range of products for consumers who want to play games at different levels. As you can see from the list above, they offer budget-friendly options with older Pascal architecture as well as high-end solutions that will let you enjoy any game on your computer’s highest graphical settings.
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