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Next-Gen Graphics

With the recent reveals of the future generation of consoles, many a gamer can’t wait to taste the next-gen features. However, PC gamers don’t have to wait until the end of the year to experience next-gen gaming. Here’s a look at some of the best graphics cards to beef up your PC and get next-gen ready.

AMD Radeon RX 5700

Arguably the best graphics card currently on the market, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 ticks all the right boxes. From an affordable price to exceptional performance, the RX 5700 can deliver 1440p gaming to the majority of titles. Of course, it’s not perfect and at the mid-range price, one can’t expect all the bells and whistles with technology like ray tracing missing and true 4K gaming not quite within its reach. But if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, nothing comes close to AMD’s mid-range champion.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

For those gamers out there that want power regardless of price then look no further than Nvidia’s beast of a card, the RTX 2080 Ti. Expect high fps 4K gaming, new technology like ray tracing, and just absolute raw horsepower. Of course, this does not come cheap and the RTX 2080 Ti is extremely expensive and well beyond the reach of the majority of gamers. But if you consider yourself a power user and graphical quality is everything, then no other card comes close.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super

Not everyone is happy with just plain old on-screen gaming, some gamers prefer to truly live in their game worlds thanks to the impressive VR technology available on PC these days. And for the absolute best VR results the RTX 2080 Super is the clear winner. Filled to the brim with the latest Turing architecture, gone are the days of the sick feeling cheap VR might cause. As “normal” GFX card the RTX 2080 Super performs admirably with 1440p gaming and the fact that it is considerably cheaper than the standard RTX 2080, it’s an obvious choice.

AMD Radeon VII

A lot of gamers are also creatives or content creators that might require a more “creative-focused” card that can also handle games. The AMD Radeon VII holds its own in 4K gaming, but it particularly excels in content creation. Packed with 16GB of HBM2 memory, the AMD Radeon VII can keep up with much more expensive creative-focused competitors, making it one of the best graphics cards for games and content creators alike.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G

All the above-mentioned cards are top performers but do come at an either mid to high price range, but that doesn’t mean that gamers on a budget are left in the cold. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G offers great performance and an incredible price. Thoe still happy with 1080p gaming will find everything they need to handle even the most demanding games. It also comes equipped with numerous outputs and can handle numerous amounts of screens at a time. If money is tight but you want that smooth 1080p experience then look no further than the GTX 1660 OC 6G.

Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini

For those that have limited space in their house or just prefer a small micro PC like the microATX or a mini-ITX gaming PC, you don’t have to lose out on power just because you have a small PC. The GTX 1080 Ti Mini is the world’s smallest 1080Ti with dimensions of only 211 x 125 x 41mm and delivers a reasonable amount of graphical grunt. It also has SLI support and handles the majority of titles with ease. If size takes preference over power then the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini is perfect for you.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

If 1080p gaming is your ultimate jam, then the RX 5600 XT is the best in the business. It’s considerably cheaper than rival Nvidia’s RTX 2060 while delivering higher frame rates and plenty of software features all while requiring less power from your gaming PC. However, it does not include newer technologies like ray tracing and deep learning supersampling and might only have 6GB of VRAM, but the RX 5600 XT excels on raw power and great value for money.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super

Nvidia has decided to supercharge one of it’s most popular GFX cards by souping up it’s bestseller the RTX 2070. The new Super version offers power at a reasonable price and offers exceptional 1440p gaming with the added benefit of ray tracing without breaking the bank like the considerably more expensive RTX 2080. It’s cheaper than the original RTX 2070 and contains more CUDA cores than its predecessor. It’s a great mid-range card that offers the latest technology and great performance all round.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

The upgraded GTX 1660 Super has in one fell swoop made the original GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti irrelevant. Not only is it still an amazing Full HD GFX card, but it outperforms both its predecessors and a very affordable price. However don’t expect any ray tracing or newer technologies crammed into this budget card, but if rock-solid fps at Full HD is your main concern then there are very few cards out there that can compete with the GTX 1660 Super.