Best Graphics Cards Under $100

Who told, you can’t get a decent graphics card for $100? I am here to help you get the graphics card under $100 which can help you play to games at 768p and even at 1080p on medium to high settings very easily.

There are more expensive graphics card in the market but I assure you, these cards will surely boost gaming performance with your current processor in which you are playing games. What I have learnt in these years is, there are some graphics card out there which costs a lot but when it comes to performance, they are beaten by few low priced graphics card very easily.

I have listed down some graphics card which can play games without any constraints for the optimum settings. You can find the best and powerful graphics card of this list at the bottom of the list. I will be writing each and everything about these graphics card which will help you to get the best graphics card under $100. Graphics cards are arranged according to their performance.

Let’s see.

Sapphire Radeon R7 240 1GB GDDR5

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This graphics card comes under two categories. First one is this one and other one is Gigabyte AMD Radeon R7 240 GDDR3 2GB. Many users get confused which one to take actually. Let me tell you the difference between the two. First note that, GDDR3 2GB graphics card attracts gamers with its 2 GB vRAM, but in real scenario it is slower than Sapphire Radeon  as because Sapphire Radeon comes with GDDR5. So, it’s better to choose Sapphire Radeon than Gigabyte AMD Radeon card. This GDDR5 version is equipped with Graphics Core Next (GCN) technology which can give you smooth gameplay experience.

With 1 GB GDDR5 you can play most games at medium to high settings. Undoubtedly, we don’t need 2GB RAM here (at this price range). This card (1GB GDDR5) can beat the 2GB GDDR3 card for sure.

Specifications:

Core Clock730 MHz Engine Clock
780 MHz Boost Engine Clock
Memory1GB GDDR5
DirectX12
Outputs1xHDMI
1xVGA
1xDVI
Steam Processors320
ArchitectureGraphics Core Next (GCN)
CrossfireYes
More FeaturesUniversal Video Decoder (UVD)
AMD HD3D Technology

 

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ASUS AMD Radeon R7 250 2 GB

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In terms of performance, this card can easily outrank the above card. This card is very easy to install and works flawlessly. The best part about this card is, this card comes with the latest technology- GPU Tweak, which can help you to get a rock solid performance out of this card. After tweaking some settings,  this card can help you play games like Crysis 3, battlefield4 and other similar games.

This card is faster than a GT 730 card and comes with dust proof fan. This works as a resistance to the dust particles and hence can increase the lifespan of this card by 25%. Another noticeable feature in this card is that its components use some power alloy material, giving durability to this card by reducing the power losses.

This card is ideal for 768p, however, if you wanna play some new games at 1080p then it would require you to change the settings from medium to high. You can easily play games like GTA V , CS go and many other games at 1080p . This graphics card would be a best bang for the buck  for the output it gives.

 

Specifications:

Core Clock725 MHz Engine Clock
925 MHz Boost Engine Clock
Memory1GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128 bit
DirectX11.2
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDP
1xDVI-I
Steam Processors384
ArchitectureGraphics Core Next (GCN)
CrossfireYes

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EVGA Nvidia GT 740 SC 2GB GDDR5

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This card comes under two categories : a 2GB and a 4GB. However, the 4GB is bit costlier and is more than $100. This is one of the best graphics cards of Nvidia under 100 dollars. This graphics cards also comes with 1GB of memory, but I think this would not be of any real use. You will be able to play most of the games at medium settings with the 2GB card. You can easily play games like GTA V, CS Go on medium settings at 1080p with 30+ fps

This card is faster than R7 250 and the more interesting part about this card is that, it is super-clocked. Superclocked or factory overclocked are the same terms used by the company to make it look more attractive. The two features which is really commendable is: NVIDIA PhysX technology which gives more realistic experience with GeForce & NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync which will give more delightful experience while gaming by enabling Vertical Sync with the current frame rates.

Specifications:

Core Clock1085 MHz Engine Clock
Memory2GB GDDR5
Memory Interface128 bit
Memory Clock5000 MHz
DirectX11
Outputs1xHDMI
2xDVI
ArchitectureKepler
SLINo
Additional 384 CUDA Cores
PCI Express 3.0

 

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PowerColor AMD R7 360 2GB

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What all I can say about this card is, this is really one of the best graphics card for $100 which you can get under $100! In terms of performance, it can beat many other top rated graphics cards! It can easily run games at 768p and 1080p on medium to high settings. This card uses GCN 1.1 which is 100% DX 12 compatible.

With this card, you can easily play GTA V at an average 40-50 fps. Apart from this, you can play most of the other games at 60fps and that’s pretty amazing! I was too  surprised by this card when I used it. What more one could ask for? You get awesome experience while gaming and on top of it, it is available at such low price!

Tests revealed that it can even outrank GTX 750 ti in few games on performance basis. However, in general, this graphics card is little slower than 750 ti by 4-8%. But in games like GTA V, tomb raider, far cry 4,  this card gives more fps than gtx 750ti.

Specifications:

Memory2GB GDDR5
Stream Processors768
Memory Interface128 bit
Core Clock1060 MHz
DirectX12
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDP
1xDVI-I
CrossfireYes

 

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XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB

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This is the best card in this list. Outranking many other graphics cards like GTX 750ti, this card has emerged as the top selling graphics card for the company. This card is best bang for the buck as it is an entry level graphics card which comes just under $100 and is fully directX12 and Vulkan compatible. Price of GTX750 ti is higher. Moreover, Radeon RX 460 is faster than gtx 750ti.

This card can even beat gtx 1050ti some games in fps like Hitman. Moreover, it can play a ton of games with very smooth display like: CS Go, Overwatch, Shadow of Mordor to name a few with over 60fps. 4th Generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) will help you enjoy smooth gameplay with directX 12 and Vulcan.

This card is good for playing games at 1080p at high settings and almost all games will perform more than 40fps, however few games can give a lot more fps than expected. This is currently running at around $99 and would be the best bang for the buck you’re willing to spend. In this price range, no other card can fit much better than this card. This graphics card is 3x quieter and hence, it will help you enjoy cool and quiet gaming! All in all, it’s a powerful and a power efficient card.

Specifications:

Memory2GB GDDR5
Stream Processors896
Memory Interface128 bit
Core Clock1020 MHz
DirectX12
Outputs1xHDMI
1xDVI
1xDP
CrossfireNo
ArchitecturePolaris

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Read also: Best graphics cards under $200

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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