15 Best GeForce Graphics Cards
Let’s talk about the best GeForce series cards from NVidia. In the arsenal of the «green» has always been advanced technology and better performance relative to its competitors — AMD. Let’s take a look at why GeForce cards are so good.
All GeForce models that were produced and are being produced «green» for the mass user are divided into several series:
- GT — ordinary office cards that are useful only for a working computer or «cold» systems. Their playing potential is extremely low and they are bought in case there is not enough money for a normal card, but you need to sit out on something.
- GTX is a gaming series starting with the GTX 1050 and ending with the 1080 Ti (1660 being the exception).
- RTX is the latest generation on the Turing architecture with RT cores and ray tracing support.
The best GeForce graphics cards — top segment
5 PNY GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
PNY GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Video card for compact builds with huge power at a relatively low price. When it is installed in the case, it will be noisy due to the turbine and the evaporation chamber. The model is “packed” in an extremely ascetic case, on which only the emblem is displayed from the decorative elements. In idle it keeps 30-35 degrees, when loaded in a «deaf» case, the temperature rises to 82 degrees.
8 GB of video memory with a frequency of 8000 MHz and a 256-bit bus make the model a good gaming card, which will have to be carefully monitored. The board is reinforced for overclocking, and the package includes several adapter cables.
4 Palit JetStream GeForce GTX 1080
Palit JetStream GeForce GTX 1080
One of the most affordable GPUs with factory overclocking and original cooling. The video card has a rather brutal appearance: the case combines unpainted steel and black plastic. It is worth considering that the video processor is impressive in size and immediately occupies 2.5 slots. Equipped with a powerful cooling system that allows you to load the video card for a long time without the risk of overheating. During operation, the video card demonstrates the absence of noise, low operating temperatures and enviable stability.
Many users do not like the dimensions of the video processor and the size of the casing of the cooling system, due to the size it may not fit into the case of the system unit. Also, among the user reviews, there are often complaints about the whistle of throttles. Otherwise, the GeForce GTX 1080 will be the best choice for games with high technical requirements, despite the considerable cost.
3 KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
In our review, we did not forget to mention the top of the previous generation, namely the 1080 Ti. In terms of performance, it is inferior to the 2000 series and is an analogue of the 2070. 11 GB of video memory is by far the largest in terms of volume among all cards. The memory bus is similar to the 2000th top model and is 352 bits. The speed difference comes from the slower GDDR5X memory and 11000 MHz.
It should be noted that this card still remains one of the best for games, in addition, it supports RT technologies, but there is a caveat — if you connect and configure everything, then in games you will achieve no more than 30 frames at minimum settings. Therefore, it is better to play the old fashioned way and not «force» the video card. Passive cooling mode, the ability to install a water block and much more make this model desirable for any gamer, even with the release of a new series.
2 Palit GeForce RTX 2080
Palit GeForce RTX 2080
For those who do not have money for a 2080 Ti, the usual 2080, all from the same Palit, will be the salvation. The map has an identical color scheme, but slightly different coloration, such as red instead of cream. The bus and the amount of memory became smaller — 256 bits and 8 GB, respectively. Along with this, power requirements have decreased, for example, you will need to connect via 8 + 6-pin connectors. The heat pack has also decreased, now it is 225 watts.
Metal blackplate and smaller dimensions compared to analogues from ASUS, MSI, etc. make the card an extremely attractive choice for those who want a gaming system without frills, but with good gaming potential. It has excellent overclocking and can take up to 16000 MHz from memory. Be careful, and if your goal is to overclock the card to the maximum, then we advise you to buy a liquid cooling system.
Video cards from NVidia have always been characterized by better performance in relation to AMD. In addition, they have lower power consumption and, in general, all cards are «cold». Despite the excellent technical characteristics, the “greens” stumbled in one thing — in price. Analogues from AMD are much cheaper, which is why they are in much greater demand.
1 Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Palit GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
So, the best GeForce series card for gaming at the moment. In our review, we consider the model from Palit as one of the most profitable. For example, a reference from NVidia costs more than 100,000 rubles on average, which makes the purchase unprofitable. The card has a nice and minimalistic design, which is why it will find its place in any assembly.
The buyer is given the opportunity to immediately dispose of 11 GB of video memory with a wide bus of 352 bits and an increased frequency of video memory of 14000 MHz. Supports 4 monitors at once with a resolution of 7680 × 4320. The number of universal processors, of which there are 4352, is also amazing. To start, you will need 8 + 8-pin connectors and a power supply unit of 650 W or more. To date, there is no better card in terms of power for games.
Best GeForce Graphics Cards — Mid-Segment
5 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980
A card of the previous generation, which remained in stores in extremely small quantities, but does not lose its relevance at the present time. 4 GB of video memory is a large amount of memory for the times of the model with a 256-bit bus. The memory format and frequency are old — GDDR5 and 7100 MHz. Pleased with the presence of 2048 universal processors and 128 texture units at once.
The video card itself is more like a brick and the reason for this is 3 fans at once to dissipate 165 W of generated heat. The card will run almost all modern games at high settings and upon purchase it will become a profitable investment for those who do not chase new products, but want to comfortably play online games or games released 3-4 years ago.
4 Palit GeForce GTX 1070
Palit GeForce GTX 1070
It would seem that you can already forget about the 1070 Ti, but no — the old woman still cheerfully “drags” many games, although she can no longer master games with ray tracing. The version from Palit is characterized by extreme restraint in its appearance, which has a positive effect on the price. In heavy projects like The Witcher 3, it heats up to 70-72 degrees, and in other games it keeps 60-63 degrees easier.
Of the pluses, 8 power phases can be distinguished instead of 6 for the reference. There is a blackplate on the back that protects the back of the card from external damage. The buyer immediately has access to 8 GB of GDDR5 video memory with a 256-bit bus. If desired, it can be used in SLI mode, but it will not work correctly. The «Palit» emblem glows when connected, creating a pleasant color scheme without frills. If you find fault, then among the shortcomings can be noted a lot of weight and dimensions.
3 Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Take a closer look at the 1660 Ti. It already has GDDR6 memory, and the video memory frequency is higher and 12000 MHz, but this pleasure will cost an average of 4000 more than the usual 1660. This card has become a kind of layer between the GTX and RTX series, since this is where the new memory format is used, but without RT cores.
Compactness also pleases buyers — Palit has released a mini version with 1 fan and three heat pipes, which at first may not seem enough. However, 65 degrees at maximum loads indicate that there will be no overheating and “cooking” of the card. Thermal pads additionally cool especially hot zones, including the VRM.
2 Palit GeForce RTX 2060
Palit GeForce RTX 2060
The next level is RTX 2060. Here, in addition to GDDR6, there are RT cores. In 2019, we can safely recommend this card as a reference card for Full HD for playing modern projects at high settings. In the idle state, it stably holds 34 degrees. Metro Exodus runs at 60 fps on ultra settings and 30-45 fps on extreme in action scenes with a lot of action.
Despite the TDP of 190 W, its TDP is generally lower than that of its counterparts from the previous generation. Heat dissipation has been positively affected by the new 12 nm process technology. 4 copper tubes with 2 turntables do their job perfectly. Stable operation with 3 monitors is guaranteed. In terms of characteristics, it will be more powerful than 1070, but still weaker than 2070. 3-year warranty, stability, in general — complete beauty.
Green cards are much better than red cards in games, but they lose in calculations. They are worse for the price. If you are building a gaming system and your wallet does not constrain you, take NVidia. If you want to save money or get a personal computer for research, buy AMD.
1 MSI GeForce RTX 2070
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
This card will be enough to last a year at ultra settings in 2K resolution. MSI, whose models are among the cheapest at the moment, released 2 versions of the card — a simpler and cheaper one with 2 fans and a «tuned» one with a turbine and at a slightly higher price. In our review, we will consider both. Here the choice is simple — if there is free space and a full-fledged gaming assembly is planned, then take it with fans. The turbo version is more suitable for compact builds or those who simply do not have enough space for a large card. In both cases, the cooling is quite quiet, but the turbine will still make itself felt from time to time.
Both here and there a high-quality blackplate is installed to protect the board from damage. The amount of memory in 8 gigs will make the game smooth, unless of course, you have a normal processor. The memory frequency already at 14000 MHz becomes something incredible. To start, you will need an 8-pin connector with a 550 W power supply.
The best GeForce graphics cards are the budget segment.
5 GIGABYTE GeForce GT 730
GIGABYTE GeForce GT 730
We start our review with a minimal office card — the GT 730 is a small printed circuit board with a blank and a fan for cooling. It’s good that this is so, because many manufacturers install a passive cooling system, and if you start the game on this, the card will warm up and begin to suffocate.
The GPU frequency is extremely low at 902 MHz. Despite the 2 GB of video memory, all its advantages are killed by a 64-bit bus and a video memory frequency of 5000 MHz. Supports maximum 3 monitors and 4096×2160 resolution. From the ports there are 1 HDMI and 1 DVI. For the price, there are no obvious flaws. Used on a «set it and forget it» basis. We do not recommend buying it even for entry-level gaming computers.
4 ASUS GeForce GT 1030
ASUS GeForce GT 1030
A solid budget card for the office, it costs an average of 700 rubles more than 730 rubles, but it has slightly better performance. In our review, we will not classify it as a gaming one for a number of reasons, although sellers in every possible way deny this fact. Yes, there is 2 GB of video memory, and the frequencies of the processor with video memory are not bad — 1228 and 6008 MHz. The stumbling block is again the 64-bit bus.
To run this «beauty» you will need a power supply of at least 300 watts. If you wish, you can play GTA 4/5 on it at high settings or even tanks at maximum speed. She is unlikely to pull novelties, but will faithfully serve in the office for a long time. It does not require additional power, the heat pack is minimal.
3 ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Once a savior for 1050 Ti players. The ASUS version has two fans, while the chip itself is quite cold and no additional power is required for the card. Immediately 4 GB of video memory makes the card «tasty» enough to buy, which also makes buyers forget about the once relevant GTX 1050. It is equipped with Samsung chips with increased resource intensity and quality. Semi-passive cooling — at low temperatures, the fans do not spin, saving electricity.
The 128-bit bus and 7008 MHz video memory frequency allow you to play almost all online games without friezes at high settings. From the factory, the card has a slight overclocking of the video processor from 1290 to 1430 MHz. The average temperature is kept around 55 degrees, with acceleration to 61 degrees.
2 Palit GTX 1060 3 Gb
Palit GTX 1060 3 Gb
GTX 1060 3 GB is already mainstream. Another thing is that the production of these cards has already been completed and the stores are selling the last thing they have left in their warehouses. The version from Palit is considered the simplest in terms of the cooling system. It already supports 4 monitors with resolutions up to 7680×4320 pixels.
Technical characteristics have also grown strongly — the middle segment, after all. It is equipped with a non-standard amount of video memory — 3 GB. The bit depth of the memory frequency is average and is 192 bits. The high frequency of the video memory of 8000 MHz also adds to the performance. Here you will need additional power through a 6-pin connector. It is this model that has an overclock of 203 additional MHz on the core, does not heat up more than 35 degrees in idle time and has dimensions sufficient to fit into any case. Among the shortcomings, one can single out a year of warranty and the desire of sellers to sell the remnants of the former legend at a higher price.
1 GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660
This new generation video card is a new «folk» option. The Turing architecture provided a number of advantages over the previous generation. Despite the “old” GDDR5 memory format, it is 6 GB here with a bus width of 192 bits. More general-purpose processors made it easier for the card to handle its rendering tasks.
Due to more powerful hardware, the TDP has slightly increased, but the cooling system does an excellent job with it. To connect, you will need an 8-pin connector and a power supply of at least 450 W, but 500 or 600 is better for a spare. Be sure — this is a card with a margin and it will last for the next couple of years to play actual toys.
How to choose an NVidia GeForce graphics card?
Choosing a GeForce graphics card depends on your needs and the tasks in which you will use it.
The GT series, namely the 710, 730 and 1030 models, is the best choice for the office, work computer or those who are not interested in new games.
GTX from 700 to 1000 series will already be suitable for games. GTX 950 is a budget option, while GTX 1660 Ti is better for a good gaming system.
RTX is a new generation that starts with the RTX 2060. You can’t call this series budget, but you have to pay for new technologies.
It is better not to take video cards of the GTX 1070/1080 level in stores, but to look at the secondary market — 1000 series cards are simply not worth the money.Метки: best, cards, expert, geforce, graphics