Ranking of the best video cards • Prices go down! (September 2022)

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    • AMD Radeon RX 6600XT

    • 8GB GDDR6
    • The minimum to play with dignity
    • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

    • 12 GB GDDR6
    • The best quality / price ratio!
    • AMD Radeon RX 6700XT

    • 12GB GDDR6
    • For gaming at 1400p resolution
    • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

    • 8GB GDDR6
    • The equivalent to AMD, but more expensive
    • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

    • 10GB GDDR6X
    • Nvidia's top for 4K

    You're looking for the best video card what's right for you?



    Then you're in the right place! Today we will make a ranking on the best video cards proposed on the market for performance price.

    The only two the companies manufacturers of gaming video cards at the moment they are AMD e Nvidia, although rumors of the last few years suggest that Intel want to enter this section of the market.

    Within this guide to buying the best video cards you will find therefore Nvidia and AMD video cards but rebranded by third-party companies. Just to give an idea, let's make a few names: Msi, Asus, Sapphire, XFX, Gigabyte ...

    Shortage, price increase and video cards nowhere to be found!

    We know: the GPU discourse for all the last two years has been conditioned by theirs unavailability! But how come? And why have prices also risen so much?

    The answer is simple: in 2020, during the various lockdowns around the world, the request for gaming video cards has skyrocketed, accomplices smart working e distance teaching.



    This led to a real one semiconductor crisis, an event that influenced not only our beloved area hardware, but even that of cars!

    As they teach us in economics class, the more a product is sought after, the more the price of it rises. So we also answer the second question: prices have increased exponentially due tohigh demand and the scarce amount of video cards.

    It appears that the prices of the GPU are starting to return to normal, but what happened will surely have an impact on next generations that will be launched.

    Video Card Ranking • Which are the best to buy?

    Take everything written on the rapporto qualità / prezzo very carefully, because as we wrote before we are still in a strong phase instability where the prices of video cards can to swing a lot of.

    The chimera that you will have to chase is in fact the list price, from which many cards have strayed even doubling the initial price!

    However, we must make a small clarification: the list price refers to the basic model, said founders edition, while the various Asus, Sapphire, Gigabyte, Xfx etc. they usually charge a little more for making cards custom, in which dissipation and sometimes also i change clock of the card thanks to a little factory overclock.

    After this brief introduction we can accompany you some cards more affordable, from the most basic to those high end for high-end gaming configurations, to be clearly accompanied by good quality gaming monitors.



    Nvidia GTX 1650

    Let's start the ranking on video cards with the Nvidia GTX 1650.

    Although it is not a recent production card, we can finally find one low-end video card at a definitely affordable price.

    Although we would have expected much more from recent years, unfortunately we will have to fall back on previous generations, which allow us to play at acceptable details and at resolutions that go no further than 1080p.

    We recommend the purchase if you want to assemble a pc as cheap as possible and you cannot go as far as the figures reached by the new ones Nvidia RTX o AMD RX.

    A purchase "to buffer" that fills the void of the low-end. To be evaluated only if the price is around 250 euros and absolutely no more than 300 euros.

    Nvidia RTX 3050

    La Nvidia RTX 3050 is the lowest-end video card of the new Team Verde series.

    Although it is nothing exceptional in terms of performance, with a boost clock that reaches 1,78 gigahertz e 8gb di RAM GDDR6, can at least rely on Ray Tracing e DLSS, making it great for games that support these features.

    Furthermore, the card does not consume much: the peaks declared by Nvidia are given to 130W, therefore coupled to a CPU that is not too energy intensive it can also be supported by a power pack da 500w.


    Like all entry levels, it is highly recommended for playing games competitive in 1080p, such as those listed in our guide to the best FPS games.


    Already at 1440p you will start to notice a few hiccups here and there, but if you just intend to have a little fun without paying too much attention to details could be the right card for you.

    There is not one of this model founders edition, so you will necessarily have to orient yourself towards some manufacturer. Unless you have a very small case, however, we always recommend the double fan, to be evaluated if you find it for less than 400 euros.

    AMD Radeon RX6600XT

    La AMD Radeon RX6600XT is the halfway between mid and entry level of AMD, which with this latest generation of GPU tried to bring battle to the so-called Green Team.

    The fundamental difference that we will show you (also in the analysis of the next cards) is that the benchmarks of the Red Team show a very advanced muscle strength of these cards, even if we cannot count on the Cuda Colors di Nvidia and then on DLSS.

    AMD has the Ray Tracing and FSR, which, however, unlike Nvidia, are not based on an artificial intelligence but on a pure one upscaling software. Unfortunately, the quality between the two methods of upscaling to gain some FPS in game is still very distant.

    However, AMD should not be underestimated for performance at stake! There AMD Radeon 6600 XT it's a great card, especially for anyone who wants to play in 1080p both in competitive games and games a little more demanding from the graphical point of view, with a core clock with boost up to 2,5 gigahertz e 8gb in ram GDDR6.

    According to AMD, the card peaks at 160W as for consumption, therefore, as for the Nvidia RTX 3050, it can also be supported by a PC power supply 500W

    The advantage over the competition is undoubtedly the price: this card, often compared with the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti as for performance, it is easily found at just over 500 euros!

    Nvidia RTX 3060

    Two months after the release of the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, which we will see very soon, the "do not“, Which still deserves to be in this ranking.

    We are talking about a gaming video card with a boost clock to 1.78 ghz and well 12GB di RAM GDDR6, while compared to the older sister we can count on 3584 Cuda Colors.

    In short, it is one version perhaps more for the productivity thanks to its 12GB of RAM, but that will guarantee you anyway other framerates about games competitive and will allow you to play in 1080p with a good one quality.

    The card consumes up to 170W under stress, so it can also be quietly powered with a 550W.

    Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti

    Let's finish this first part of the ranking on video cards remaining for a moment in the world of gpu suggested for the 1080p, With the Nvidia RTX 3060.

    There really isn't much to report: compared to the Nvidia RTX 3050 it is a card with a boost clock to 1,6 gigahertz is always 8gb di RAM GDDR6But with 4864 color cuda, almost double that of the Nvidia RTX 3050.

    You will feel this fundamental difference thoughtfully in any game: already at this level the Ray Tracing and DLSS are implemented perfectly, guaranteeing a framerate fluid and without graphic artifacts.

    The card consumes up to 200W under workload, so I suggest you a power supply from at least 600W if you think you have a system without overclocking.

    With the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, however, it is also possible approach some title in 1440p.

    AMD Radeon RX 6700XT

    This is one GPU definitely undervalued but that deserves to be at the top of our ranking on video cards.

    La AMD RX6700XT it is certainly the reference point for those who want to play competitive in 1440p at highs FPS but also for those who want to start enjoying some graphically heavy games.

    This card has a boost clock at 2,4 gigahertz, 12gb di RAM GDDR6: a decidedly inviting combo, which allows you to reach very high framerates in esports and a good framerate in the most difficult titles such as cyberpunk 2077 o God of War.

    As for the AMD RX6600XT you can count on FSR in supported games, in case you want to scrape up a few more FPS.

    In general we are at the level of one Nvidia-RTX 3070 as graphics power, if not something more, but without the comforts DLSS.

    La AMD RX6700XT consumes up to 230W under stress, so I recommend at least one power supply from 650W if you are going to pair it with a performing cpu without overclocking.

    Another strong point (like all AMDs) is the price: it is easy to find it at just over 700 euros if we look at the custom of XFX e Sapphire.

    Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti

    Initially taken with a grain of salt by many reviewers, the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti has over time begun to supplant its "basic" version, simply for the price reasonable to which it is possible to buy it from time to time.

    It is in our opinion one of the best cards like value for money that you can buy at the moment: we are talking about a beast with a boost clock up to 1,77 gigahertz, 8gb di GDDR6X (faster than regular RPG6) and at least 6144 color cuda, 256 more than its basic version.

    The card consumes 290W under stress, I therefore advise you to put yourself in the order of ideas to buy a power pack for at least 750W if I could get my hands on it.

    La Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti is a card that performs great in any environment, even at the highest resolutions such as in 2160p (the so-called 4k), not to mention the framerate that you will dominate without any problem in 1440p, thus deserving this third place in the ranking on video cards.

    We do not recommend it if you have a PC monitor with resolution 1080p: we are already at such a computing power that you would risk a bottleneck di GPU due to low resolution (yes, sometimes you need to put the card in difficulty!).

    Maybe take a look at our guide on the best G-Sync monitors to figure out which model you might like.

    The ideal price to take it home is between 700 and 850 euros: if you are careful enough about the offers it is possible!

    AMD Radeon RX 6800XT

    We now come to the high-end cards and start with Team Red. There AMD RX6800XT is the direct competitor of the Nvidia RTX 3080 which we will see shortly.

    The reasons for choosing it? This card really performs beautifully at resolution 1440p, thanks to a turbo boost up to 2,2 gigahertz and his 16gb di GDRR6!

    With all that memory you won't have too much trouble playing in either 2160p: speed and power coexist harmoniously in this product.

    The consumption indicated by AMD and of 300W under load, we therefore recommend that you consider at least one power supply from 750W to feel comfortable.

    Unfortunately, however, as for the Nvidia RTX 3080, the prices of these high-end cards still do not want to know how to go down: the advice is to buy only under a thousand euros.

    Nvidia RTX 3080

    To close the ranking on video cards could only be her.

    We all wanted it from the moment it was announced: the Nvidia RTX 3080 is Nvidia's high-end card that delivers great gaming performance.

    The minimum resolution that we feel you can recommend is the 1440p, in which the card behaves in a really excellent way thanks to his 8704 color cuda and its boost clock of 1,71 gigahertz, with 10gb di RAM GDDR6X.

    Obviously choosing this card means having DLSS e Ray Tracing at maximum quality, guaranteeing you a smooth framerate without hesitation even in graphically demanding titles that support these features.

    As for the Red counterpart we are talking about a consumption of at least 320W under stress, so even in this case we recommend that you get a power supply from at least 750W.

    Here too, unfortunately, we are talking about a card that does not want to know how to go down in price, despite the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti has slightly lower performance, so we advise you to buy only under a thousand euros.

    The ideal would be to combine this Video Card un monitor 4K da gaming.

    Conclusion

    We have reached the end of ours ranking on video cards for quality / price ratio.

    Despite the strong instability and the uncertainty of the moment it seems that the prices of GPU are finally coming down.

    The advice we can give you is to guide you on building a pc of middle band.

    As you have seen, the best and most affordable cards now remain there AMD RX6700XT and NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti which offer excellent performance at high framerates 1440p.

    Paired with a Ryzen processor or an Intel processor you get pretty much everything you need to play worthily in both competitive games and triple A titles.

    As a low-end card you can decide between the Nvidia RTX 3050, AMD RX6600XT or the Nvidia RTX 3060.

    If, on the other hand, you have low needs, go for it Nvidia GTX 1650, which appears to have stabilized in price.

    For the band enthusiast unfortunately there is little to do: AMD RX6800XT e Nvidia RTX 3080 they still cost too much, and those with money to spend will probably choose one AMD RX6900XT (which costs pretty much like one Nvidia RTX 3080) or even on one Nvidia RTX 3090.

    Whatever your choice, remember to ponder the budget (the gpu in theory should be 40% of the total expenditure for the pc) and that yours framerate it does not depend only on the power of the video card, but also from the processor, ram memory, motherboard andairflow of your pc!


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