Best budget graphics card for gaming at 1080p [2017]

Gone are the days when people used to buy graphics cards at higher prices. Now the time has come when you can run your game at 1080p even when you are just willing to spend $100 to $200. Isn’t it interesting?

I will enlist some top selling and best budget graphics card which will help you run your games at 1080p ultra or some medium settings. Yes, you heard it right! There are tons of graphics cards out there which can help you play games at 1080p.

You can have a decent gaming experience if you have $100 to $200 in hands. In this post I will let you know all the specifications and features of the best graphics cards which in turn will help you get a high-performance graphics card at a very tight budget. The new graphics cards are designed in such a fashion that they are able to support directX 12 and have good compatibility with Windows 10 and Intel or AMD processors.

So here’s the list of best budget graphics card. These cards will help you to run games at 1080p and with few cards listed below you can run at 1080p ultra. These  graphics cards can easily give you 40-50 fps without any constraints. Prices have dropped significantly and gaming at 1080p has now become much more affordable than it used to be earlier.

So before I enlist your best budget graphics card I would like to tell you that all the graphics cards listed below have been used by me and my friends.

You can’t imagine how much we love gaming 🙂

In order to provide all updated tricks, reviews and prices, I update this article from time to time to let you become aware of all the buzzes running around graphics cards’ performances and pricings. Let’s check them one by one.

Gigabyte Raden Rx 460 Wiondforce OC 4GB

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Do you know this graphics card can even beat gtx 960 in many aspects. It is just the extended version of RX460 with a 4GB built-in RAM. However, there are more features in gtx960 graphics cards. When we talk about directx11, gtx960 is the boss. But when you talk about directX11, it beats gtx960 very badly! Price of 2gb version of Gigabyte Radeon Rx 460 Windforce will cost around $109 and can match performance of gtx 750ti or it can be said that it is much better than gtx 750ti in terms of performance.

This card is an awesome choice for gaming at 1080p. With more new games which would require directX, this card can be proved as a boon to many gamers. Rx460 is the first card to come on Polaris 11 which is very advantageous because earlier chips were coming on Polaris 10. Researches say that it can even beat some Nvidia cards due to some its features. Do you know I usually play Battle4 on ultra 1080p and at 90fps. It works very well! The product which you will get will be worth each and every penny.  

Talking about the power consumption, power consumption of this card is very low which in turn doesn’t let it to use an additional PCI- E power connector. It consumes only 75 watts to operate. Also, it has a 6-pin power connector. This card has an advantage of 4GB vRam which helps a lot to play games without worries.

The brilliant part about this graphic card is that it supports CrossFire which will help you to combine additional cards of same GPU with the compatible motherboards. Also it has FreeSync technology, which helps to reduce Screen tearing and give a great boost picture quality. This card has also got a 3D active fan which helps to remove heat at a very less consumption rate.

Specifications:

Memory4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128- Bit
Core Clock1015 MHz
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDisplay Port
1xDVI-D
DirectX12
CrossFireXNo
ArchitecturePolaris
Stream Processors896

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Gigabyte Radeon Rx 460 Windforce OC 2GB

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It is one of the best entry level graphics card with not a very high price. You can grab it in some $100 and few bucks. It outranks some Nvidia and previous AMD graphics card in the given price bar. It can perform almost equivalent to R7 370 and beats badly gtx 760 ti from Nvidia and R7 360 in terms of quality, performance and efficiency. And in terms of compatibility, it is purely DirectX 12 an Vulkan compatible. This card is also compatible with HDR. It means when you give it an additional pair with HDR cable, it can enhance the visual experience.

Again this card also support FreeSync Technology like the above card. In this card also, power consumption level is very low. It doesn’t require a separate power connector and it works amazingly in low temperature.

Many games will work on 40fps high settings. And few games will even work in 60 fps on ultra high settings and that’s the brilliant part.

This card is equipped with WindForce 2X and also has good cooling system. On top of WindForce 2X, it has also got 3D active fan functionality like the above one. I believe it;s is a good entry level graphics card due to its features like DDR5 memory and memory interface (128 bit) which helps gamer to play games at 1080p without any discomfort.

Specifications:

Memory2GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128- Bit
Core Clock1212 MHz
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDVI
1xDP
DirectX12
CrossFireXNo
ArchitecturePolaris
Stream Processors896

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Evga Geforce GTX 1050 SC 2GG GDDR

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This graphics card is the successor of Maxwell Architecture. It is based on Pascal architecture of Nvidia and is one of the cheapest  cards in Nvidia category. This graphic card is similar to the Rx version 460. One plus point of this card is that it has CUDA features. This feature not just provide smooth graphics but also it can help to boost up application’s performing speed.

This card has not been provided with extra power slot and I also agree with the manufacturer’s point of consideration as because this an entry level graphics card made to give fps between 40to50fps. So no overclocking here.

This card also comes with the feature of GSync which is helpful for gaming in stereoscopic 3D and it also improves the command response time as well.

Price of this card is same as GTX 750ti which belongs to the Maxwell architecture. This card has got a 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM which gives a boost to its performance drastically. So performance wise, GTX 1050 outranks GTX 750ti  badly. And in some points it also beats GTX 950, the expensive one. An additional feature which makes this one appealing is the Nvidia Boost 3.0, which helps to increase the performance by increasing the card’s clock speed.

It works smoothly with 40 to 50 fps at 1080p ultra settings. If you are willing to play game with these settings and speed, then it’s an ideal card for you. However, in order to go to 60fps, you have to tweak one setting. You just have to change the setting to high and you are good to go!

Specifications:

Memory2GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128- Bit
Core ClockBase:1417 MHz
Boost Clock: 1531 MHz
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDisplay Port
1xDVI-I
DirectX12
SLINo
ArchitecturePascal
Cuda Cores640

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EVGA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti SC 4GB

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This card is also based on the Pascal structure giving it an edge over the previous Maxwell structure in terms of power efficiency and performance. This is almost similar to the previous graphics card. But if you wanna play games like GTA V which consumes more vRam, this graphics card would best fit in the budget if you don’t wanna compromise with the quality of graphics and you can easily play games at 1080p ultra settings. Although for old games, you don’t need much RAM but for playing new games, I would recommend not to compromise with the quality of graphics. So, this card with 4 GB of vRAM would be an ideal choice for

Maximum functionality or features are same as that of the previous graphics card but there is some changes in the memory size and clock time which gives it an additional boost. On top of it, it has also got GSync, Nvidia 2.0 feature like the previous card. GTX 1050 is the predecessor of GTX 1050 ti. GTX 1050 ti is highly efficient in terms of performance as compared to its previous edition.

This card can be regarded as an intermediate card between rx 470 and gtx 1050. But Rx470 is very far away from GTX1050 in terms of performance. This is the best card  for a perfect gaming build. Both the EVGA’s version i.e., EVGA GTX 1050 SC and EVGA GTX 1050 Ti are good choices and can help a lot in improving graphics quality and make you feel better while playing your favorite games. This card can outrank ( a little bit) other cards like zotac on the grounds of performance.

Specifications:

Memory4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128- Bit
Core ClockBase:1354 MHz
Boost Clock: 1468 MHz
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDisplay Port
1xDL-DVI
DirectX12
SLINo
ArchitecturePascal
Cuda Cores768

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ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 470 4GB

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This is one of the best graphics card in this list. It’s between RX560 & RX580 graphics card but it is close to RX580 in terms of performance and quality. It comes in two models: 4GB VRAM and 8GB VRAM. Price of RX580 4GB is close to the price of RX570 8GB. With more experiments, I have noticed that it can perform close to GTX 1060 and of course it easily beats GTX 1060 ti. It’s a best choice if you wanna get graphics card under $200 because of its extremely brilliant performance.

I am quite sure you can play games at 1080p ultra settings with 60 fps or plus. However, few will give you close to 60fps after tweaking some settings down.

In this price segment, it’s the best choice because not many graphics card of Nvidia can give you such performance in such price range. Power consumption of this card is low and it has been provided with extra fans which helps in cooling since it has high level of clocking. I would recommend this card to you because it has got tons of features which are very appealing.

It is 100% DirectX 12 compatible and is very much power efficient. Newly patented wing blade design helps in maximum air flow and helps cool the system efficiently. It is also quieter than reference cards. All in all, this card is not just an entry level card, rather it’s a beast which can play games at 1080p very smoothly.

Specifications:

Memory4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface256- Bit
Core ClockBase:1300 MHz(Gaming Mode)
OC Mode: 1310 MHz
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDisplay Port
2xDVI-D
DirectX12
CrossfireXYes
ArchitecturePolaris
Stream Processors2048

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Zotac GTX 1060 Mini 3GB GDDR5

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This card is similar to the 1060 6 GB edition and is powerful among all the cards in this list. This card can match GTX 980 in performance and is faster than Rx470  4GB card or a GTX 970 card. However, it will perform a little lesser than GTX 980. Yes little less…not much! All in all, it’s speed is more faster than RX 470. The core clock of this graphics card is highly efficient and can give an awesome boost in performance. It can max out to 1800 MHz 60 fps (maxed out) without any issues. I personally love this card. As I always say about this card- you just name the games and this card is ready to play it for you in hd quality!

This card is very power efficient, silent and doesn’t produce much heat. I came to know that many users get confused with the two versions of Zotac: Mini and AMP . Let me tell you only temperature in AMP  would be good as compared to Mini, but in performance wise, both are same. So, there’s no point in not getting this card.

Choosing RX 470 would not be really a good choice here unless you can get it below $177-178. Cost of Zotac GTX 1060 is just $200 and there is no point in getting RX 470 at this point range.
This card is equipped with a 6 Pin power port and a heatsink just like the other cards.

This card is truly an awesome card launched by Nvidia which can run maximum games at 1080p with 60+ fps(frames per second). It can also run at 1440p with 60 plus frame per sec on the same games which you can run at 1080p after tweaking some settings medium /high.

Specifications:

Memory4GB GDDR5
Memory Clock8 GHz
Engine ClockBase: 1506 MHz
Boost:1708 MHz
Outputs3 x DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.0b
DL-DVI
DirectX2 API feature level 12_1
SLINo
ArchitecturePascal
Cuda Cores1152

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Rahul

Rahul is a Computer Science Engineer who loves to write code and play games. Dealing with the hardware parts especially graphics cards & processors are his core work areas.

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