Which graphics card should you get right now?

Which graphics card should you get right now?

An Nvidia graphics card with its Geforce RTX branding in a computer case.  (Photo: REUTERS)

GPU prices are now normal. Office (Photo: REUTERS)

In August 2022, graphics card prices plummeted significantly from their absurd prices just a year ago due to the chip shortage (fueled in part by the cryptocurrency crash).

Most reliable graphics cards can also be found under MSRP now, and as a consumer, that’s a real relief if you’re looking to build a new computer right now.

But what are the parties you should watch out for given their current market prices?

Which graphics card should you get if you want the highest performance per dollar in the high-end, mid-range, and budget categories?

Here’s our list of which GPU is worth the most for the price right now (we won’t go into the graphics card makers themselves, just the chip).

The high-end: AMD Radeon RX 6900XT

Initially trading hits in gaming performance with Nvidia’s flagship RTX 3090, AMD’s 6900XT has received numerous driver updates over its life and now has the best price-performance ratio on the market.

Retailing just S $ 1,000 to S $ 1,200, the 6900XT is even cheaper than some RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080, while still having the gaming performance of an RTX 3090.

Being an absolute monster with high frame rates at 1080p and 1440p, the 6900XT also uses less power than the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 to achieve the same kind of performance that Nvidia cards are capable of.

An image of a Palit Nvidia RTX 3090 packaging on a wooden table.  (Photo: Yahoo Gaming SEA)

The RTX 3090 is still not a great buy despite falling prices, thanks to the 6900XT. (Photo: Yahoo Gaming SEA)

At 4K resolution, however, it loses slightly over the RTX 3090, but the fact that you would pay S $ 700 to S $ 800 more for the cheaper RTX 3090 means that the 6900XT is still the best value for money.

If you need a GPU for raytracing or for work, however, the 6900XT may not cut it. Instead, you may want to look for an RTX 3080 instead.

Most GPU-related work scenarios use Nvidia’s CUDA cores for accelerated processing, such as DaVinci Resolve. It saves you quite a bit of time as you try to process things as fast as possible.

That’s not to say that the 6900XT can’t process GPU-related work, but if your only focus is work, an Nvidia GPU will save you a lot of time.

Whether you absolutely need it for business or for its raytracing capabilities, there’s no doubt the RTX 3080 will tick all the boxes.

While lower in terms of pure gaming performance than the 6900XT, the S $ 1,100 RTX 3080 performs extremely well when it comes to GPU-based workloads and still maintains high framerates in raytracing scenarios.

The mid-range: Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti

Claimed to have the same performance as the RTX 2080 Super, the RTX 3060 Ti is priced at S $ 700 at the time of this writing.

While it’s not quite as cheap as we’d like it to be, keep in mind that its big brother, the RTX 3070 is also a bit more expensive at S $ 800.

The reason we raise it is because the RTX 3070 is only about 5 to 7% more powerful than the RTX 3060 Ti, and if you’re looking to save money, the RTX 3070’s performance boost is negligible for the additional cost. you’re paying for it.

Yes, the GPU market is a small hit in the mid-range section. Many cards are priced too close to each other due to all of the mid-range versions crowding the space.

An image of a gray Founders Edition Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti in its box on a wooden table.  (Photo; Yahoo Gaming SEA)

The RTX 3070 Ti has such a terrible preposition right now as it is priced too close to the RTX 3080. (Photo: Yahoo Gaming SEA)

While you are also able to get the 6700XT for S $ 700, the performance increase is negligible because it performs similarly to the RTX 3070.

It also lacks the features of the RTX 3060 Ti; raytracing and being able to process GPU-based workloads faster.

However, if you’re just looking for a better gaming experience, the 6700XT is a great alternative.

The budget: AMD Radeon RX 6500XT and Nvidia RTX 3050

Budget space is a little weird right now.

It’s pretty hard to recommend a single GPU simply due to the fact that there are so many factors at play here.

While there is the 6500XT, which would be the absolute budget king because you can find one for S $ 250, the current version is stuck with just 4GB of video memory (VRAM).

We say ‘current version’ because there is a 6500XT with 8GB of VRAM on the horizon, but we don’t know the price in Singapore right now, or if it will ever hit our shores.

However, if it costs and doesn’t cost more than S $ 350, it will absolutely be our first choice.

An AMD Radeon 6500XT PowerColour graphics card with its packaging on a wooden table.  (Photo: Yahoo Gaming SEA)

The RX 6500XT might have been the only budget king if it didn’t have just 4GB of VRAM. (Photo: Yahoo Gaming SEA)

VRAM is used to store data for graphics processing and uploading images to your games. If VRAM is missing, you may experience a stutter in the game and the textures also won’t load in games.

Esports titles such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike or VALUABLE played at 1080p barely uses 4GB of VRAM most of the time, but outside of these titles, even at the lowest settings, any other game will use quite a considerable amount of memory.

Case in point, a game like War zone it already takes up 4GB of VRAM at low settings to run smoothly.

This is where the RTX 3050 excels.

Bundled with 8GB of VRAM, you won’t have to worry about gaming with increased VRAM usage.

It’s also about 20% faster than the 4GB version of the 6500XT. However, the price is almost double too, being S $ 450 at the most right now.

But, paying the extra S $ 200, you have the peace of mind that you won’t be hindered from using VRAM anytime soon.

It also has raytracing capabilities, although I strongly advise against turning it on in this price range as it will reduce performance by a margin.

However, if you’re certain that the games you play won’t need more than 4GB of VRAM, the 4GB 6500XT is a great product for its price.

Dominic loves technology and games. When he’s not busy taking shape in games or watering everything he sees, he does some wrestling.

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