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GPU Benchmarks and Hierarchy 2021: Graphics Cards Ranked

Our GPU benchmarks hierarchy ranks all the current and previous generation graphics cards by performance, including all of the best graphics cards. Whether it's playing games or doing high-end creative work like 4K video editing, your graphics card typically plays the biggest role in determining performance, and even the best CPUs for Gaming take a secondary role.

The following table sorts everything solely by our performance-based GPU gaming benchmarks. We have a separate article that lists the best graphics cards, which looks at all factors, including price, graphics card power consumption, and overall efficiency. For this GPU benchmarks hierarchy, the most recent addition is AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT that launched on August 11, along with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti that launched in June. The next card slated for launch looks to be the Radeon RX 6600, currently rumored to launch on October 13.

Deals on new graphics cards are still non-existent. Everything is selling out, at higher than "suggested" pricing, so there's no incentive for any company to cut prices. In fact, most of the AIB (add-in board) graphics card manufacturers have jacked up prices by 30% or more relative to the AMD and Nvidia 'official' starting prices. With continuing chip shortages across the globe affecting all industries, we don't expect pricing to improve on graphics cards until 2022. The profitability of Ethereum mining continues to be a major influence on GPU prices, despite the volatility of Ethereum and Bitcoin prices.

If you're looking to buy a graphics card right now, unfortunately the options are limited. You can always give the Newegg Shuffle a try, but fair warning: I've done that on most days and have only been selected for the opportunity to buy an overpriced bundle three times, and if you limit your selections to the better deals, your chances will be substantially worse. Otherwise, eBay has cards, at even more extreme prices — our GPU price index has the details on what you should expect to pay there, which usually means 50% to 100% over MSRP. With the chip and substrate shortages expected to last well into 2022, by the time retail outlets have inventory just sitting on the shelves, we might be looking at Nvidia's 5nm Lovelace GPUs and AMD's RDNA3 architecture.

Which graphics card do you need? To help you decide, we've created this GPU benchmarks hierarchy consisting of dozens of GPUs from the past four generations of hardware. Everything is ranked from fastest to slowest, using the results from our test suite consisting of nine games for our GPU benchmarks, running at 'medium' and 'ultra' settings with resolutions of 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. For comparison purposes, the fastest card, based on the combination of all nine GPU benchmarks, three resolutions, and two settings, gets normalized to 100 percent, and all others are graded relative to it.

Not surprisingly, the fastest cards use either Nvidia's Ampere architecture or AMD's Big Navi. We're not testing with ray tracing or DLSS here, as most of the previous generation cards don't support those features, but even in traditional rasterization rendering the new GPUs come out on top. You can check out full launch reviews of Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, and GeForce RTX 3060 12GB; and there's also AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, Radeon RX 6800, Radeon RX 6700 XT, and now Radeon RX 6600 XT. At present, only one of the ten highest performance GPUs doesn't use either Ampere or RDNA2 — and that's the Titan RTX, which hardly counts.

Of course it's not just about playing games. Many applications use the GPU for other work, and we've covered some professional GPU benchmarks in our RTX 3090 review. But a good graphics card for gaming will typically do equally well in complex GPU computational workloads. Buy one of the top cards and you'll can run games at high resolutions and frame rates with the effects turned all the way up, and you'll be able to do content creation work equally well. Drop down to the middle and lower portions of the list and you'll need to start dialing down the settings to get acceptable performance in regular game play and GPU benchmarks.

It's not just about high-end GPUs, of course. We also recently tested Intel's Xe Graphics DG1, which basically competes with integrated graphics solutions. The results aren't pretty, and we didn't even try running any of those at settings beyond 1080p medium. Still, you can see where those GPUs land at the very bottom of the GPU benchmarks list.

Again, all of the games and settings we're using for testing have to conform to the lowest common denominator. That means ray tracing and proprietary tech like Nvidia's DLSS aren't enabled, even where they're supported. You can see how the GPUs stack up in DXR performance in our AMD vs. Nvidia ray tracing article, and we've also included RT and DLSS results in recent reviews like the RX 6600 XT, RTX 3070 Ti, and RTX 3080 Ti launch reviews. None of those scores are factored into the GPU benchmarks rankings, but the short summary is that Nvidia is usually quite a bit faster at RT, and DLSS provides a significant boost to performance for a minimal loss in image quality.

If your main goal is gaming, you can't forget about the CPU. Getting the best possible gaming GPU won't help you much if your CPU is underpowered and/or out of date. So be sure to check out the Best CPUs for gaming page, as well as our CPU Benchmarks Hierarchy to make sure you have the right CPU for the level of gaming you're looking to achieve.

GPU Ranking

GPU Benchmarks: Which Cards Ranked Highest?

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 takes top honors for raw performance, with a composite score of 152.7 fps across all 54 tests. That's the 100% mark, though it's worth noting that it also scored 98.7 fps at 4K ultra. It's nominally a $1,500 graphics card, which is out of reach of most gamers, but current shortages have rocketed pricing up to the $2,500 range. So much for "less than Titan" affordability.

Not too far behind the 3090 are the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT, and GeForce RTX 3080, theoretically priced at $1,200, $1,000, $650 and $700, respectively (good luck finding any of those in stock for anything close to official launch prices). The RTX 3080 Ti lands in an odd spot, with only slightly lower pricing and performance than the 3090. It's basically at the old Titan price of $1,200, but at that point why not just spend the extra $300 for the 3090? Similarly, the 6900 XT is a minor bump in performance for a relatively large bump in price compared to the 6800 XT, and we'd generally recommend sticking with the latter.

The 6800 XT is also technically faster (barely, by a basically meaningless amount) than the RTX 3080 by our ranking formula, though as mentioned above, ray tracing and DLSS very much change the picture. Add those in and the 3080 easily beats even the 6900 XT. This is why we continue to rank the RTX 3080 as the best overall graphics card, though that's contingent on actually finding one for a price at least somewhat close to the $700 MSRP (anything under $1,000 would be worth a shot these days).

The new GPUs make all of AMD's and Nvidia's previous generation GPUs look a bit weak. The Radeon RX 6800, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and GeForce RTX 3070 match or beat the outgoing RTX 2080 Ti with a theoretical starting price of just $580, $600, or $500, respectively. The RTX 3060 Ti meanwhile leads the old 2080 Super in performance and potentially costs 42% less. Only the RTX 3060 12GB seems a bit lackluster, with performance basically at the level of the old RTX 2070 (non-Super) that launched 2.5 years ago. If the $329 official launch price were anywhere to be found, it would be a great deal, but it's not.

AMD's Navi 21 GPUs, aka Big Navi, finally break into the top three overall, even including Titan cards. That's something AMD hasn't managed since the Vega 64 launch (where it came in third). AMD is also mostly at feature parity with Nvidia now, with both companies supporting ray tracing. Except, Nvidia has Tensor cores that help with other tasks like DLSS, Nvidia Broadcast, RTX Voice, and potentially future applications, plus Nvidia's ray tracing performance is definitely still faster in the majority of DXR (DirectX Raytracing) games. The first Navi 22 card, the RX 6700 XT, lands in the ten spot if we discount the Titan RTX, while the first Navi 23 card, the RX 6600 XT, sits down in position 20, just ahead of its RX 5700 XT predecessor.

If you're in the market for a new sub-$500 graphics card right now, the best options are the RTX 3060 Ti and the RX 6700 XT. Neither one actually sells for under $500, sadly, but if you keep searching you can probably find a card for close to $500. The RTX 3060 Ti is only a bit slower than the RTX 3070, while the RX 6700 XT falls between the two Nvidia cards.

If you're willing to pay eBay prices, right now the RX 6700 XT costs around $700, as does the RTX 3060, while the RTX 3060 Ti costs closer to $1,000. Again, whatever GPU you're hoping to buy, it's still a terrible time to buy a graphics card, as all of the most desirable GPUs are either out of stock or seriously overpriced. In the Newegg Shuffle, for example, we routinely see graphics cards priced at 25% to 50% above the nominal MSRP, and your chances of getting selected are quite slim in our experience.

If you can find a reasonable deal on a latest generation GPU right now, great! But don't pay more for a previous gen GPU just because there aren't enough RX 6000-series or RTX 30-series GPUs to meet the current demand. Eventually, supply will catch up, and that will be the right time to buy. If you can't wait, our advice is to just try and find any old GPU that still works to hold you over. Based on current eBay prices, the best FPS per dollar card you can find — used — is the relatively ancient GTX 970. <Sigh>

That brings us to the bottom third of the list, the home of budget GPUs like the GTX 1650 Super, RX 5500 XT, and more. These cards give up a lot of performance in order to keep pricing down, and there are older generation GPUs that can perform just as well (or better) if you shop around. But component shortages have affected even these, with $300 and higher prices even on relatively weak cards like the GTX 1650 and RX 5500 XT 4GB — and we can't blame miners, as mining performance on 4GB cards is very poor these days.

Theoretically, the GTX 1660 Super, GTX 1650 Super, and RX 5600 XT are the best budget options, or at least they used to be before prices launched into the stratosphere. The higher you go on price, the worse things get, so take a careful look at historical pricing before you buy anything. GTX 1660 Super should cost $250, and GTX 1650 Super should cost around $175. The best prices we can see right now are around $450 and $375, respectively. Hard pass.

Unless you already have the hardware, or can get it for cheap, we don't recommend going below the GTX 1650 Super. Wait out the current shortages, and spend some time with indie games that can often run just fine on ... well, practically anything, even Intel's integrated graphics solutions! And you don't even need to buy a graphics card if you go that route. AMD's APUs are an even better option if you're on an extreme budget.

If you're looking at something like an RX 550 or GT 1030, you should consider AMD's integrated graphics on its Ryzen APUs as a viable alternative. If you have an older PC and are looking at adding a GPU, a motherboard and CPU upgrade might end up being a better option. Or not, as even a basic motherboard, CPU, and RAM can set you back $200 or more. Plus, the APUs are also sitting at inflated prices now. <Sigh again>

AMD did launch its latest Ryzen 5000G series processors, with the fastest integrated graphics we've seen so far. Prices aren't too bad, all things considered, but you get performance roughly on the level of the GT 1030 — a card that can actually be found in stock for around $125. Meaning, you could skip the full motherboard, RAM, and CPU upgrade and just get a low-end dedicated card to try and pass the time until things return to 'normal.'

Also worth noting is that the scoring assigned to each GPU uses all six test resolutions and settings, except on integrated graphics where we scale the result — because, come on, no one is going to try and run Borderlands 3 at 4K on an iGPU. (It will probably just crash.) If you want to check performance at just 1080p medium, or one of the other options, you can see the ranking order for the main GPUs in the charts below.

Test System for GPU Benchmarks

Our overall GPU benchmarks scores are based on the average frames per second (fps) of our testing of Borderlands 3, The Division 2, Far Cry 5, Final Fantasy XIV, Forza Horizon 4, Metro Exodus, Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Strange Brigade. If you want to do your own GPU benchmarking, see our complete list of the best GPU tests, which includes a lot more games and synthetic tests as well.

That's nine games, six settings and over 40 cards from the current and previous generations. We have a solid mix of game genres and APIs, plus AMD and Nvidia promoted titles, making this the definitive GPU benchmarks and performance hierarchy for gaming purposes. Due to the mix of various generations of GPUs, note that we don't include ray tracing or DLSS testing in any of the figures. That does penalize Nvidia's RTX cards quite a bit, and the RX 6000 series as well, since previous generation GPUs can't even try to run ray tracing in most games.

GPU Benchmarks and Performance Hierarchy Charts

Here you can see the average performance charts for our testing at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K (medium and ultra on all three). If you want to see the full suite of individual game tests, check out the charts in our Best Graphics Cards article. We've focused on the 'executive summary' and have omitted individual game charts as well as a few GPUs that don't fully qualify. We've left off the integrated graphics solutions as well as many older GPUs. That gives us 28 GPUs in the charts, color coded for your viewing pleasure. You can find additional charts with the 'retired' GPUs below the main charts.

Again, our GPU benchmarks scoring uses the average of all 54 scores (nine games, three resolutions, two settings). Including all 54 scores means the fastest cards are somewhat penalized because they run into CPU limitations at 1080p and even 1440p — especially at medium settings — and the slower GPUs can also end up penalized because they were never intended to run games at 1440p or 4K — especially at ultra settings.

If you intend to play at 1440p or 4K, the charts below can help you focus in on just those results. For example, the RTX 3080 overall scored 20.8% higher than the RTX 2080 Ti, but if you only look at 4K ultra performance, it's 33.5% faster.

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Here's the same information as above, this time with all the older GPUs (which we generally aren't retesting on a regular basis these days). This chart also includes all the Titan GPUs, which we don't generally count as full participants in our GPU rankings due to cost. Not that price seems to matter much these days...

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Sours: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

Benchmark Test Description

Video Card Benchmark results (“Baselines”) were gathered from users’ submissions to the PassMark web site as well as from internal testing. PerformanceTest conducts three different tests and then averages the results together to determine the PassMark 3D Mark rating for a system... [ Read the entire article]

Notes Related to the Graphs

Rarely is a graph completely accurate in what it is representing. There are many factors that can skew the results and make a graph misleading. As such it is necessary to have some background understanding of the data being presented.

In the case of these Video Card Benchmarks there are several factors to consider, such as different system setups the Video Cards are running under and the possibility that users have overclocked their systems.... [ Learn more about the graphs]

VideocardAverage G3D Mark
#1 Radeon RX 6900 XT27,099
#2 GeForce RTX 3080 Ti26,469
#3 GeForce RTX 309025,934
#4 GeForce RTX 308024,458
#5 RTX A500023,770
#6 RTX A600023,711
#7 Radeon RX 6800 XT23,074
#8 GeForce RTX 3070 Ti22,525
#9 GeForce RTX 307021,908
#10 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti21,702
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How to Add Your Graphics Card to our Graphs

Download and install the latest version of PerformanceTest.
Start PerformanceTest then from the menu bar select "Tests -> Run All Tests".
Once the tests have run select "Baseline -> Upload Baseline to Web".

Your results will not appear in the graphs immediately as the graphs are only updated once per day. Additionally, only Video Cards of which there are at least three samples are included in the graphs.

Sours: https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/
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A GPU benchmark is a test that helps you to compare the speed, performance, and efficiency of the GPU chipset. The benchmarking software enables you to know the performance of various hardware components in the GPU, like RAM, GPU cycle, processing throughput, etc. Many such applications enable you to check the speed of the disk using various caching options, file and block sizes.

Following is a handpicked list of Top GPU Benchmark programs & Software with their popular features and website links. The list contains both open source (free) and commercial (paid) software.

BEST GPU Benchmark Software

1) AIDA64 Extreme

AIDA64 Extreme is a GPU benchmark software that provides detailed information on computer components. The information given by this software can be saved in CSV (Comma Separated Values), HTML, or XML formats.

Features:

  • This GPU benchmark software offers more than 50 pages of information on installed programs, software licenses, etc.
  • It provides details of computer internals without the need to open it.
  • Supports multi-threaded memory and cache to analyze system RAM bandwidth.
  • It has a panel that can be used with different graphs, custom images linked with sensor data.
  • AIDA64 Extreme can display data on devices like LCD or VFD (Variable Frequency Drive).


2) PassMark

PassMark is one of the best GPU benchmark Software that enables you to compare the performance of your PC to similar computers. It offers easy to search baseline databases that are submitted by other people.

Features:

  • This video card benchmark software allows you to run GPU performance tests directly from a USB drive.
  • Enables you to check the speed of disk using various caching options, file and block sizes.
  • This free GPU benchmark tool allows you to test the speed of the 3D video card.
  • You can measure the network speed between two computers using TCP/IP.
  • This GPU Benchmark Software enables you to check the read and write speed of RAM.

Link:https://www.passmark.com/products/performancetest/


3) Geekbench

Geekbench is a tool that enables you to measure computer performance with one mouse click. This free benchmark testing tool can measure the multi-core and single-core power processor.

Features:

  • Geekbench enables you to test your computer for image processing and gaming.
  • This is one of the best GPU benchmarks that allow you to share test results with other people.
  • Supported platforms are Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Link:https://www.geekbench.com/


4) FurMark

FurMark is a GPU stress testing tool that enables you to monitor the graphics processing unit temperature. It uses a rendering algorithm for video card benchmarks and test the performance of the GPU.

Features:

  • This GPU benchmark test program offers two modes full screen and windowed.
  • Allows you to perform stability and stress for a graphics card.
  • It plays an alarm when the GPU temperature exceeds to certain centigrade.
  • This is one of the best GPU benchmark software that enables you to customize testing performance.

Link:https://geeks3d.com/furmark/


5) Basemark GPU

Basemark GPU is a tool that helps you to evaluate and compare the performance of your graphics. It works with all desktops, tablets, computers, and laptops.

Features:

  • This GPU test tool allows you to compare device performance with other systems.
  • Provides custom options that allow you to detailed benchmarking.
  • Allows you to select the test with ease.
  • You can customize the configuration.

Link:https://www.basemark.com/benchmarks/basemark-gpu/


6) Novabench

Novabench is a tool that enables you to test your PC performance. It enables you to test your result online to find potential issues. This GPU stress testing software offers easy to view an instant comparison chart.

Features:

  • This videocard benchmark tool allows you to check memory transfer and disk read and write speed.
  • This pc benchmark program enables you to compare with numerous system you already have.
  • You can save the result with ease.
  • This GPU benchmark software helps you to optimize and repair your system.

Link:https://novabench.com/


7) OverClock Checking Tool

OverClock Checking Tool is software that enables you to perform tests for memory, VRAM, and power supply. This free pc benchmark app can monitor your computer in real time.

Features:

  • Provides graphical reports that can be easily saved to your system.
  • This free graphics benchmark software offers built-in protection for your computer system.
  • This GPU stress test software supports a command-line interface.
  • This tool allows you to analyze the behavior of the computer during the test.
  • It can generate a CSV file containing a report.

Link:https://www.ocbase.com/


8) 3dMark

3dMark is a tool that allows you to compare mobile device and PC performance with other models. This graphics card testing software can automatically scan your hardware and recommends a good test for your system.

Features:

  • Allows you to choose the test you need with no hassle.
  • This tool enables you to monitor GPU and CPU temperatures, clock speeds, and frame rate.
  • Offers custom settings to benchmark according to your need.
  • This GPU benchmark software offers two ways to test your device: a quick benchmark and a longer stress test.
  • This benchmark software enables you to search, filter, and sort lists of available devices with ease.

Link:https://benchmarks.ul.com/3dmark


9) UserBenchmark

UserBenchmark is a tool that enables you to quickly speed test your computer. This CPU and GPU benchmarking software allows you to compare the result of other people with the same components.

Features:

  • This CPU benchmark software includes six 3D game simulations.
  • You can identify the strongest components in your computer.
  • This online GPU benchmark software offers drive test that includes read, write, and more.
  • It allows you to generate and view the report online.
  • You can compare the components to current market leaders.
  • View speed test result from other people

Link:https://www.userbenchmark.com/Software


10) AIDA64 Engineer

AIDA64 Engineer is software that enables you to get detailed information about the installed software and offers diagnostic functions. This free benchmark software allows you to perform stress testing on Hard disk, SSD, and GPGPU.

Features:

  • It can monitor computer sensors in real time.
  • This pc benchmark software provides 50 pages of information on the hardware configuration.
  • Allows you to perform software audits for programs, security applications, and licenses.
  • Display information on system data on LCD/VFD devices connected to your PC.
  • This is one of the best benchmark software that supports more than 250 sensor devices.


11) Heaven UNIGINE

Heaven UNIGINE is a benchmarking software that helps you to test the performance of GPU and diagnostics stability. This graphics card benchmark testing tool helps you to judge the effectiveness of your graphics card cooler.

Features:

  • It is one of the best benchmark for GPU that allows you to perform extreme hardware stability testing.
  • This is one of the best pc benchmark tools that provide support for DirectX and OpenGL.
  • Enables you to monitor GPU temperature.
  • Offers stereo 3D and multi-monitor configurations

Link:https://benchmark.unigine.com/heaven


12) GFXBench

GFXBench is a tool that provides complete graphics performance analysis with more than one test. It provides detailed information on your device. This free GPU benchmark tool helps you to compare your graphic card with other similar ones.

Features:

  • Allows you to customize your graphics test.
  • You can perform a cross API benchmark using OpenGL and Vulkan 2D and 3D graphics applications.
  • Test the performance of mobile and desktop PC.
  • This is one of the best benchmark software that enables you to check the performance of the device battery.

Link:https://gfxbench.com/result.jsp

Buying Guide

❓ What is GPU Benchmark Software?

A GPU benchmark is a test that helps you to compare the speed, performance, and efficiency of the GPU chipset. The benchmarking software enables you to know the performance of various hardware components in the GPU, like RAM, GPU cycle, processing throughput, etc. Many such applications enable you to check the speed of the disk using various caching options, file and block sizes.

⚡ What Is the need of a Graphic Card Benchmark Software?

Here are the important reasons of using Graphic Card Benchmark Software:

  • Allows you to customize your test.
  • You can perform a cross API benchmark using OpenGL and Vulkan 2D and 3D graphics applications.
  • Test the performance of mobile and desktop PC.
  • Enables you to monitor GPU temperature.
  • Helps you to do software audits on installed software, program, security applications, and licenses.
  • It enables you to perform extreme hardware stability testing.

❗ How do I know if my GPU is dying?

Following are the signs of dying GPU:

  • Your computer frequently crashes and will not reboot.
  • Graphic glitches while you play game.
  • Abnormal fan performance or noise.
  • Display strange artifacts like small colored dots on the screen.

🏅 How do you troubleshoot a GPU problem?

Here are the ways to troubleshoot a GPU problem:

  • Computer hanging problem: If your computer screen is locked or hanged, then ensure that you have the latest driver game/program installed. This will prevent conflict between drivers. You can also discharge your electricity by pressing the power button down for a few seconds.
  • Display visual artifacts when your program loads: Your monitor displays visual artifacts because of your GPU running for a long period of time and overheating. It can be overcome if you turn off the game and try to open other software after a few hours.

🔒 What are the types of Graphics Card Benchmarks?

Here are the types of Graphics Card Benchmarks:

  • Synthetic Graphics Card Benchmarks: This type of graphic card benchmark is designed for Windows. It is run using software having built-in graphics card test tools to calculate the performance scores. This GPU benchmark testing software provides an easy way to know how well your graphics card works.
  • Real-Time Graphics Card Benchmarks: Real-time graphics card benchmarksmeasure the FPS (Frames Per Second) during gameplay. Here, more FPS means your graphics card has the capacity to play games smoothly.

👉 What games can be used for GPU benchmarking?

GPU benchmarking can be done for all kinds of games. Below are games for GPU benchmarks.

  • Control
  • Battlefield V
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dishonored 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Minecraft RTX

✅ How to see and interpret the benchmark results?

Here are ways to interpret the benchmark result:

  • If your benchmark does not run smoothly, then this depicts that the graphics card has no efficiency to manage certain visuals.
  • Any FPS rating below 30 describes that the gaming experience will not be as smooth as your expectation. Your ideal frames per second should be 60.
  • High temperature of the GPU means it is overheating and struggling to run high-resolution games.

❗ How to improve the benchmarking scores?

Here are the ways to improve benchmarking scores

  • Download compatible graphics card drivers. Update them on regular basis.
  • If you have installed beta version drivers, then roll back them to an earlier version.
  • Close all unwanted Windows programs and perform the GPU benchmark tests again.

💻 Which are the Best GPU Benchmark Software?

Here is a list of the best GPU benchmark software:

  • PassMark
  • AIDA64 Extreme
  • FurMark
  • Novabench
  • Heaven UNIGINE
  • GFXBench
Sours: https://www.guru99.com/best-benchmark-software.html

2021 GPU Benchmark and Graphics Card Comparison Chart

GPU Benchmark and Graphics Card Comparison Chart Ranking List

Take the guesswork out of your decision to buy a new graphics card. In this GPU comparison list, we rank all graphics cards from best to worst in a visual graphics card comparison chart. This list is a compilation of almost all graphics cards released in the last ten years. We used to get an excellent graphics card hierarchy list back in the day in Tom's Hardware GPU Hierarchy Table. However, they no longer provide the same hierarchy structure. The graphics cards comparison list is sorted by the best graphics cards first, including both well-known manufacturers, NVIDIA and AMD. We also provide the GPU benchmarks average score in the 3 main gaming resolutions (1080p, 144p, and 4K) in addition to the overall ranking index along with the current price if available.

How do we compare and rank these graphics cards?

Real-world game benchmarks are used to determine the rankings of these graphics cards. We always look for performance in Frames Per Second, not TFLOPS or GB/s or other specification theoretical numbers that are meaningless for the gamer. Our GPU benchmark results are measured against the user preferred gaming resolution and game quality settings. We have sophisticated algorithms that have been carefully designed to produce 90% accurate estimates of gaming performance based on analyzing over 70,000 benchmark tests. Although graphics card performance varies greatly among different games, this comparison chart provides a general ranking index for graphics cards. In addition to our own graphics cards benchmarks, we use various trusted sources for validating gaming benchmarks including TechPowerUp, TomsHardware, AnandTech, TechSpot, and many more.

YearGraphics CardPriceIndexAverage 1080p FPSAverage 1440p FPSAverage 4K FPS
2020RTX 3090$1,499.0
2020RX 6900 XT$999.0
2021RTX 3080 Ti$799.0
2020RX 6800 XT$649.0
2020RTX 3080$699.0
2020RX 6800$579.0
2021RTX 3070 Ti$599.0
2018TITAN RTX$2,499.0
2020RTX 3070$499.0
2018RTX 2080 Ti$1,187.0
2021RX 6700 XT$479.0
2020RTX 3060 Ti$399.0
2019RTX 2080 SUPER$699.0
2017TITAN V$2,999.0
2018RTX 2080$693.0
2021RX 6600 XT$379.0
2019RTX 2070 SUPER$499.0
2017GTX 1080 Ti$807.0
2017TITAN Xp$1,199.0
2019Radeon VII$664.0
2021RTX 3060$329.0
2019RX 5700 XT$399.0
2018RTX 2070$469.0
2019RX 5700$349.0
2019RTX 2060 SUPER$400.0
2016GTX 1080$522.0
2020RX 5600 XT$279.0
2019RTX 2060$349.0
2017RX Vega 64$419.0
2017GTX 1070 Ti$503.0
2017RX Vega 56$269.0
2015GTX TITAN X$1,099.0
2021RTX 3050 Ti$249.0
2019RTX 2080 Mobile$1,942.0
2019GTX 1660 Ti$279.0
2014R9 295X2$1,499.0
2021RTX 3050$200.0
2016GTX 1070$329.0
2019GTX 1660 SUPER$229.0
2016GTX 1080 Mobile$1,857.0
2019GTX 1660$220.0
2019RTX 2080 Max-Q$1,772.0
2019RTX 2070 Mobile$1,724.0
2019GTX 1660 Ti Mobile$1,758.0
2017GTX 1080 Max-Q$1,955.0
2016GTX 1070 Mobile$1,559.0
2015GTX 980 Ti$619.0
2015R9 FURY X$649.0
2018RX 590$214.0
2019RTX 2060 Mobile$1,104.0
2019RTX 2070 Max-Q$1,516.0
2015R9 Nano$1,529.0
2017GTX 1070 Max-Q$1,106.0
2014GTX 980$249.0
2019RX 5500 XT 8GB$199.0
2018RX Vega 56 Mobile$1,579.0
2019GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q$1,185.0
2015R9 FURY$549.0
2019RX 5500 XT 4GB$169.0
2017RX 580$151.0
2019GTX 1650 SUPER$160.0
2016GTX 1060 6GB$159.0
2014GTX TITAN BLACK$999.0
2016RX 480$399.0
2016GTX 1060 3GB$170.0
2013HD 7990$999.0
2015R9 390X$495.0
2013GTX 780 Ti$410.0
2017RX 570$123.0
2013GTX TITAN$650.0
2014GTX 970$449.0
2013R9 290X$399.0
2015R9 390$465.0
2019GTX 1650$149.0
2016GTX 1060 Mobile$987.0
2013R9 290$310.0
2016RX 470$342.0
2014GTX 980M$1,345.0
2015GTX 980 Mobile$1,345.0
2016GTX 980MX$1,345.0
2013GTX 780$355.0
2017GTX 1060 Max-Q$1,185.0
2017RX 580 Mobile$1,307.0
2018RX 580X Mobile$1,307.0
2017Pro WX 7100 Mobile$1,959.0
2015R9 380X$229.0
2016RX 480 Mobile$1,275.0
2013R9 280X$350.0
2017RX 570 Mobile$1,260.0
2013GTX 770$179.0
2014GTX 970M 6GB$1,249.0
2014GTX 970M$1,249.0
2019GTX 1650 Max-Q$1,239.0
2019GTX 1650 Mobile$1,151.0
2016GTX 1050 Ti$129.0
2014R9 285$380.0
2015R9 380$299.0
2014R9 M290X$1,209.0
2014R9 280$350.0
2016RX 470 Mobile$1,203.0
2015GTX 960$89.0
2017GTX 1050 Ti Mobile$876.0
2013GTX 780M$1,162.0
2013GTX 780M$1,162.0
2013GTX 760$320.0
2018GTX 1050$129.0
2013R9 270$275.0
2015GTX 950$89.0
2017RX 560$99.0
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Best Graphics Cards for Gaming in 2021

The best graphics cards are the lifeblood of any gaming PC — they're they're the beating heart pumping out stunningly rendered pixels to your screen. While there's no single solution that's right for everyone, we're here to sort out the must haves from the wanna bes. Some want the fastest graphics card, others the best value, and many are looking for the best card at a given price. Balancing performance, price, features, and efficiency is important because no other component impacts your gaming experience as much as the graphics card.

Where our GPU benchmarks hierarchy ranks all of the cards based purely on performance, our list of the best graphics cards tries to look at the whole package. Price, availability, performance, features, and efficiency are all important, though the weighting becomes more subjective. Unfortunately, despite China's crackdown on cryptocurrency mining, Bitcoin and Ethereum prices have rebounded (again, after a slump at the end of September), which potentially means miners may want to try to expand. GPU mining profitability has dropped from where it was earlier this year, but it's not low enough to stop miners completely.

AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT has now joined our benchmarks, and unlike Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, we've given it a spot on our list of the best graphics cards — contingent upon people actually finding them in stock, naturally. We'll have to see how availability and street pricing shape up over time (hint: not great, but better than any other AMD RX 6000-series card so far). AMD is also rumored to have the vanilla Radeon RX 6600 coming in the middle of this month. Nvidia's cards also implement Nvidia's hashrate limiter, and LHR (Lite Hash Rate) models have replaced all of the other RTX 30-series GPUs, except the RTX 3090, potentially making those cards less enticing to miners.

Team Red also recently launched AMD FSR, FidelityFX Super Resolution. A GPU-agnostic upscaling algorithm that competes against DLSS sounds great, and performance and image quality at the higher settings are good. Now we just need for it to get used in more games, preferably stuff that lots of people are playing. At present, none of the games in our core suite of benchmarks support FSR.

We're going to list the best graphics cards that are theoretically available right now, along with their nominal prices. As an example of the problem we face, the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB sells for over $700 on eBay, and the Radeon RX 6700 XT goes for over $800 — more than double the suggested etail pricing (SEP). If you're desperate for a new GPU, you could maybe justify paying 25% more than the launch price, but double or triple the MSRP is simply too much. If you need to upgrade, we recommend taking a look at pre-built gaming PCs instead. Or just wait, but prices might not get back to anything close to 'normal' until some time in 2022.

We test and review all the major GPUs, and we've done extensive testing of graphics card power consumption, using proper hardware. We've also looked at the broader AMD vs Nvidia GPUs breakdown. More recently, ourRadeon RX 6800 XT andGeForce RTX 3060 Ti launch articles have included test results for the latest GPUs running on Core i9-9900K, Core i9-10900K, and Ryzen 9 5900X. Mostly, the three CPUs are pretty close, though things vary depending on the game and settings (and motherboard firmware and RAM). Here we cut things down to a succinct list of the best graphics cards that are currently in production, that might even be available to buy if you search around or get lucky.

Choosing the Best Graphics Card for You

We've provided a dozen options for the best graphics cards, recognizing that there's plenty of potential overlap. The latest generation GPUs consist of Nvidia's Ampere architecture cards and AMD's RDNA2 architecture offerings. You can check our launch reviews of the GeForce RTX 3090, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, GeForce RTX 3080, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, and GeForce RTX 3060 12GB for Nvidia, along with AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, Radeon RX 6700 XT, and Radeon RX 6600 XT. RDNA2 brought ray tracing support to Team Red for the first time and greatly improved performance compared to the previous generation GPUs. That's a dozen new GPUs in about as many months, and we'll likely see additional options using scaled down GA106 and Navi 22/23 GPUs in the future.

Theoretically, cards like the RTX 3070 and RX 6800 cost less than half as much as the previous generation RTX 2080 Ti, and generally match or beat it on performance. Meanwhile, the RX 6800 XT and RTX 3080 are 30% to 35% faster than the 2080 Ti for less money, and the RTX 3090 is 10-20% faster than the 3080 — at more than twice the price. You can also see how the RTX 3080 scales with a wider range of CPUs. Hint: You'll want something made in the past few years, generally with at least 6-cores and 12-threads, and 8-core and above add a few extra percent in performance.

Unfortunately, that's only in theory, as cryptocurrency mining combined with an already limited supply have caused a massive jump in GPU prices — see our GPU price index. Our advice: Don't pay more today for yesterday's hardware. If you want an RTX 30-series or RX 6000-series graphics card, be patient and you'll eventually be able to buy one at close to the official MSRP. If you already own a decent GPU, stick with it — or sell it for a premium and save the money until prices come down (assuming you have a spare you can live with in the interim). Or, hell, just give Ampere and RDNA2 a pass and wait for Lovelace and RDNA3, which will probably arrive in late 2022 and will hopefully have better availability (don't count on that yet!)

If your main goal is gaming, you can't forget about the CPU. Getting the best possible gaming GPU won't help you much if your CPU is underpowered and/or out of date. So be sure to check out the Best CPUs for Gaming page, as well as our CPU Benchmark hierarchy to make sure you have the right CPU for the level of gaming you're looking to achieve.

Our current recommendations reflect the changing GPU market, factoring in all of the above details. The GPUs are ordered mostly by performance, but price, features, and efficiency are still factors so in a few cases a slightly slower card may be ranked higher. There's been a massive shakeup at the top of the performance rankings already, and provided you can find the various cards in stock, these are the best graphics cards.

Quick Shopping Tips

When buying a graphics card, consider the following:

• Resolution: The more pixels you're pushing, the more performance you need. You don't need a top-of-the-line GPU to game at 1080p.
• PSU: Make sure that your power supply has enough juice and the right 6- and/or 8-pin connector(s). For example, Nvidia recommends a 550-watt PSU for the RTX 3060, and you'll need at least an 8-pin connector and possibly a 6-pin PEG connector as well.
• Video Memory: A 4GB card is the minimum right now, 6GB models are better, and 8GB or more is strongly recommended.
FreeSync or G-Sync? Either variable refresh rate technology will synchronize your GPU's frame rate with your screen's refresh rate. Nvidia supports G-Sync and G-Sync Compatible displays (for recommendations, see our Best Gaming Monitors list), while AMD's FreeSync tech works with Radeon cards.
• Ray Tracing, DLSS, and FSR: The latest graphics cards support ray tracing, which can be used to enhance the visuals. DLSS provides intelligent upscaling and anti-aliasing to boost performance with similar image quality, but it's only on Nvidia RTX cards. AMD's FSR works on virtually any GPU and also provides upscaling and enhancement, but on a different subset of games.

Note: Prices on most of the graphics cards remain seriously messed up right now. We've listed the official MSRPs, which is what we would expect to pay under normal circumstances. You shouldn't pay significantly more than the above prices, and nearly all of the top GPUs remain out of stock.

While we sorted the above list in order of performance, we've sorted the cards below based on performance as well as our own subjective rankings. We look at performance, price, power, and features and then adjust things accordingly, though opinions naturally differ. Plus, it's very hard to know how to rank anything given the current prices.

Best Graphics Cards for Gaming 2021

1. GeForce RTX 3080

Best Graphics Card Overall, for 4K and More

Specifications

GPU: Ampere (GA102)

GPU Cores: 8704

Boost Clock: 1,710 MHz

Video RAM: 10GB GDDR6X 19 Gbps

TDP: 320 watts

Reasons to buy

+Excellent performance+Reasonably priced compared to 3090 and 6900 XT+Can legitimately do 4K ultra at 60 fps or more+Substantially faster than previous gen GPUs

Reasons to avoid

-Availability is severely limited-Requires 320W of power-Overkill for 1080p displays-Only 10GB VRAM

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 sports the new and improved Ampere architecture. It's over 30% faster than the previous gen 2080 Ti, for $500 less. The new RTX 3080 Ti didn't manage to supplant the incumbent, thanks to its significantly higher pricing. If you're serious about maxing out all the graphics settings and you want to play at 4K or 1440p, this is the card to get — it's mostly overkill for 1080p gaming, though enabling all ray tracing effects in games that support the feature makes 1080p still reasonable.

If you skipped the first round of RTX GPUs, the RTX 30-series might finally get you you on board the ray tracing train. With potentially double the ray tracing performance of Turing, and games like Cyberpunk 2077 using even more ray tracing effects, the RTX 3080 is your best bet at playing games in all their ray traced glory without nuking the piggy bank.

Ampere also brings improved tensor cores for DLSS, a technology we're bound to see more of in future games now that it doesn't require per-game training by a supercomputer. We're seeing a lot more games with DLSS 2.0 these days, helped by the fact that it's basically a toggle and UI update to get it working in Unreal Engine and Unity. Nvidia's RT and DLSS performance are also quite a bit faster than what you get from AMD's new RX 6000 cards, which is a good thing as Nvidia sometimes falls behind in traditional rasterization performance (which is what our raw numbers are based on).

The biggest problem with RTX 3080 by far is going to be finding one in stock, at prices that aren't straight up terrible. Given the high price of the 3080 Ti, though, this remains our best pick for a fast GPU right now.

Read:Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Review

2. Radeon RX 6800 XT

Best AMD GPU, Forget About DLSS

Specifications

GPU: Navi 21 XT

GPU Cores: 4608

Boost Clock: 2,250 MHz

Video RAM: 16GB GDDR6 16 Gbps

TDP: 300 watts

Reasons to buy

+New RDNA2 architecture provides excellent performance+Beats 3080 in rasterization games+Easily handles 4K and 1440p+Lots of VRAM for the future

Reasons to avoid

-Weaker ray tracing performance-FSR needs wider adoption-Supply might be even worse than Nvidia

AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT is the best card for Team Red. The RX Radeon 6900 XT is technically about 5-7 percent faster, but it costs 54 percent more. That's not a great deal, at all, especially since you don't get more VRAM or any other extras. The RX 6800 XT provides a massive boost in performance and features relative to the previous generation RX 5700 XT. It adds ray tracing support (via DirectX Raytracing or VulkanRT), and is 70-90% faster across our test suite.

The GPU was affectionately dubbed 'Big Navi' prior to launch by the enthusiast community, and we got exactly what we wanted. Navi 21 is over twice the size of Navi 10, with twice the shader cores and twice the RAM. Clock speeds are also boosted into the 2.1-2.3 GHz range (depending on the card model), the highest clocks we've ever seen from a reference GPU by about 300 MHz. And AMD did all this without substantially increasing power requirements: The RX 6800 XT has a 300W TDP, slightly lower than the RTX 3080's 320W TDP.

A big part of AMD's performance comes thanks to the massive 128MB Infinity Cache. It improves the effective bandwidth by 119% (according to AMD). We're confident that few if any games in the coming years are going to need more than 16GB, so the 6800 XT is in a great position in that area.

What's not to like? Well, the ray tracing performance is a bit mediocre. Maybe it's because current games are more likely to be optimized for Nvidia's RTX GPUs, but overall the 6800 XT is just barely ahead of the RTX 3070 in ray tracing performance, and there are several games where it falls behind by up to 25%. And that's without turning on DLSS, which even in Quality mode can improve performance of RTX cards by 20-40% (sometimes more). AMD is working on FidelityFX Super Resolution to compete with DLSS, but it's not here yet and it's very much needed.

Read:AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review

3. GeForce RTX 3090

Fastest Graphics Card, Great for Creators

Specifications

GPU: Ampere (GA102)

GPU Cores: 10496

Boost Clock: 1,695 MHz

Video RAM: 24GB GDDR6X 19.5 Gbps

TDP: 350 watts

Reasons to buy

+The fastest GPU, period+4K and maybe even 8K gaming+24GB is great for content creation workloads+Up to 30% faster than 3080 in professional apps

Reasons to avoid

-Over twice the cost of 3080 for 10-15% more performance-Extremely limited availability for now-High power requirements-Titan price without Titan enhancements

For some, the best card is the fastest card — pricing be damned! Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 caters to this category of user. At more than double the price of the RTX 3080, performance is only moderately better (10-15%) in most workloads. It's basically a replacement for the Titan RTX, at a still extreme price. Which is fine if that's what you're after — the 12GB RTX 3080 Ti doesn't reduce the price enough to shake things up.

The RTX 3090 is likely to reign as Nvidia's top GPU for a while as well. It sports nearly a complete GA102 chip, based off the Ampere architecture, so there's not really room for a new Titan card. Nvidia has said as much as well, that the 3090 brings Titan-class performance and features (specifically the 24GB VRAM) into the GeForce brand. If you simply must have the fastest graphics card available, that's the RTX 3090.

It's not just about gaming, of course. The RTX 3090 is the only GeForce Ampere with NVLink support, which is arguably more useful for professional apps and GPU compute than SLI. The 24GB of GDDR6X memory is also helpful in a variety of content creation applications. Blender for example frequently showed 30% higher performance compared to the 3080, and over twice the performance of the Titan RTX. Just watch out for lower than expected performance in some of the SPECviewperf 13 apps, where Titan RTX has additional features turned on in its drivers that aren't enabled for GeForce cards.

AMD's RX 6900 XT challenges the RTX 3090, and in traditional rasterization it's competitive. It also gets some wins in a few SPECviewperf tests. But if you want the absolute fastest graphics card right now, Nvidia wins, especially if you run games with ray tracing and DLSS enabled.

Read:Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Review

4. GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Best Bang for the Buck Graphics Card

Specifications

GPU: Ampere (GA104)

GPU Cores: 4864

Boost Clock: 1,665 MHz

Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps

TDP: 200 watts

Reasons to buy

+Beats the 2080 Super for $300 less+Best overall value (fps/$)+Great for RT at 1440p with DLSS

Reasons to avoid

-Sold out and currently overpriced-4K is a a stretch even with DLSS-8GB might not be 'enough' VRAM long term

Nvidia's Ampere march continues with what might just be the best of the bunch. The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has all the same features as the other 30-series GPUs, with a starting price of just $399. In theory, of course, as it naturally sold out just as quickly as all the other new graphics cards. 

The 3060 Ti ends up beating the previous gen 2080 Super in performance, winning every test we ran. It's also only about 9 percent slower than the 3070 but costs 20 percent less. If you're still sitting on a GTX series or similar GPU, like a GTX 1070 or RX Vega 56, the 3060 Ti is up to twice as fast — sometimes even more, in the latest games.

The only real concern is the lack of VRAM. 8GB is enough, for now, but some games are starting to push beyond that threshold. Of course you can drop the texture quality a notch, and you might not even notice the difference, but deep down inside you'll feel regret. (Not really — high settings often look indistinguishable from ultra settings.)

Until AMD releases its next round of RDNA2 cards, which we expect in the first quarter of 2021, there's nothing else that can challenge the 3060 Ti at anything close to the $399 price point. It's 35-45 percent faster than the 2060 Super, and 25-30 percent faster than the RX 5700 XT, all for the same nominal asking price.

The biggest concern right now is just finding one of these cards for sale. Mining performance pretty much matches the 3070 (at least for the non-LHR models) and AMD's latest gen cards, which means prices are often triple the official launch price. Also, 8GB still feels a bit stingy, considering the 1070 had that much memory over four years ago.

Read:Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Review

5. GeForce RTX 3070

Excellent 1440p Performance

Specifications

GPU: Ampere (GA104)

GPU Cores: 5888

Boost Clock: 1,730 MHz

Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6 14 Gbps

TDP: 220 watts

Reasons to buy

+2080 Ti performance at half the cost+All the Ampere enhancements+Not as power hungry as 3080

Reasons to avoid

-Totally sold out and/or expensive-Can't do 4K ultra in some games at 60 fps-8GB VRAM feels stingy

The GeForce RTX 3070 continues the Ampere onslaught and the march of next-gen architectures. It's a sizeable step down from the 3080, and has less than half the VRAM of AMD's RX 6800 series cards. However, the 3070 also costs less than AMD's new cards and still has generally superior ray tracing performance, plus DLSS. It's too bad all of the 3070 cards will likely continue to sell out for quite some time. The new RTX 3070 Ti delivers slightly better performance for $100 more, but also bumps the power use up by 30%, so we recommend sticking with the non-Ti card for now.

The 3060 Ti's $400 price point makes the 3070 less endearing. It's about 10-12 percent faster but costs 25 percent more. Of course, if you factor in the rest of your gaming PC, that extra $100 probably isn't too big of a problem. For new gaming PC builds, you shouldn't buy anything right now that costs $300 or more unless it's sporting an Ampere or Big Navi GPU. Especially at current shortage-induced prices. We do have some reservations, however.

While 1440p and 4K gaming are totally possible, 4K at maximum quality often drops below 60 fps. DLSS can fix that, if a game supports it, but ray tracing even with DLSS often means 40-50 fps at 4K. We're also concerned with the 8GB of GDDR6. Not only is that less memory on a narrower bus than the 3080, but it's clocked quite a bit lower. We've already encountered a few games where 8GB starts to be a bit limiting at maximum quality, and that's only going to get worse in the future. AMD's decision to put 16GB on its Navi 21 GPUs makes Nvidia's 8GB look even worse, and Nvidia put 12GB on the RTX 3060, which makes the 8GB on the 3070 and 3060 Ti look even worse.

If you want a fast Nvidia GPU for the lowest price possible, the 3060 Ti gets the nod. If you can fork over an extra $100, the 3070 is a reasonable upgrade, which then leads to another $100 for the 3070 Ti, and at that point why not just get the 3080? It's the 'best' overall card, after all. That's the problem with looking at higher cost cards, and the law of diminishing returns. For now, if you've always wanted an RTX 2080 Ti but couldn't justify the cost, the price of entry has been (sort of) slashed in half.

Read:Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Review

6. Radeon RX 6700 XT

Good 1440p Graphics Card, Lower Price

Specifications

GPU: Navi 22

GPU Cores: 2560

Boost Clock: 2581 MHz

Video RAM: 12GB GDDR6 16 Gbps

TDP: 230 watts

Reasons to buy

+Good 1440p performance+Plenty of VRAM+Comes close to the 3070 in non-RT

Reasons to avoid

-Out of stock like everything else-Mediocre RT performance-FSR can't defeat DLSS

Start with the Navi 21 GPU and then cut down the various functional units to create a smaller die that can sell at lower prices and you have AMD's Navi 22 and the RX 6700 XT. It has the same number of GPU cores as the previous generation RX 5700 XT, but significantly higher clock speeds and more cache give it about a 25% boost to performance (at higher settings and resolutions, at least).

AMD's RX 6700 XT hits the highest clock speeds we've ever seen on a GPU, boosting at 2.5GHz and more during gaming sessions — and that's at stock, on the reference card. With some tuning and overclocking, we were able to hit speeds of 2.7-2.8GHz, still without cooking the GPU. That's very impressive, though we're a bit sad that it 'only' has 2560 GPU cores.

In our performance testing, the RX 6700 XT trades blows with the RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti. It's a bit faster than the latter, and a bit slower than the former, so the launch price of $479 seems okay. Except, if we include pretty much any games with DLSS or ray tracing, the 6700 XT starts looking more like a 3060 Ti competitor.

The real issue is the same as with everything else. RX 6700 XT just launched, and it immediately sold out, even at radically inflated prices. Currently, the card shows up at over $1,100 on eBay. It's definitely not worth that, even if you want to mine Ethereum. Unfortunately, the prospects of finding a 6700 XT card at a more reasonable price are slim.

Read: AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT review

7. Radeon RX 6800

Great 1440p Graphics Card, Okay Ray Tracing

Specifications

GPU: Navi 21 XL

GPU Cores: 3840

Boost Clock: 2105 MHz

Video RAM: 16GB GDDR6 16 Gbps

TDP: 250 watts

Reasons to buy

+Excellent overall performance+Lots of VRAM and Infinity Cache+Easily beats the 3070 in non-RT

Reasons to avoid

-Good luck finding one-Middling RT performance-FSR will take a while to catch up to DLSS-Not much cheaper than 6800 XT

Take everything great about the new Navi 21 GPU that powers the 6800 XT (above), then trim it by about 10% and you get the vanilla RX 6800. You still get the full 16GB GDDR6 and 128MB Infinity Cache, but only 96 ROPs and slightly lower clock speeds. It's a reasonable compromise, but we think the 6800 XT is the better option all things considered (unless pricing eventually drops a bit more on the vanilla cards).

The RX 6800 also puts in a good showing against Nvidia's RTX 3070. In our current 9-game test suite, it's 9% faster overall. Of course it also costs 16% more, but we think having twice as much VRAM is a fair trade.

The real concerns are the same as with the 6800 XT: Ray tracing performance looks a bit weak, basically matching Nvidia's previous generation RTX 2080 Super. AMD's FSR as a DLSS alternative could help long-term, but right now it's only supported in a handful of games and can't quite match DLSS image quality. Take the RTX 3070 in DXR performance. Without DLSS, the 3070 is already 12% faster. Turn on DLSS Quality mode and the gap increases to more than 50%! Also, DLSS can be used without ray tracing, and typically looks better than temporal AA (or at least as good).

With AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution now available, it now needs game developers to implement the feature. It's open source, plus AMD RDNA2 GPUs are in all of the next generation consoles, which means FSR will probably see plenty of uptake… eventually. For now, we'd grab a 6800 more for the rasterization prowess and not worry so much about ray tracing. Not that you can find one in stock.

Read: AMD Radeon RX 6800 review

8. GeForce RTX 3060 12GB

An Excellent Mainstream Graphics Card

Specifications

GPU: Ampere (GA106)

GPU Cores: 3840

Boost Clock: 1,777 MHz

Video RAM: 12GB GDDR6 15 Gbps

TDP: 170 watts

Reasons to buy

+Lowest cost latest gen GPU+Great overall value for 1080p/1440p+Plenty of VRAM for mainstream+Limited mining appeal

Reasons to avoid

-Sold out and overpriced-Some people want to mine-Tied with old RTX 2070 performance-12GB of limited benefit

The lowest price and performance addition to Nvidia's desktop Ampere lineup is where the cuts to processing power might have gone too far. This is the first GA106 card, with a 192-bit memory interface and 12GB VRAM (though we suspect a 6GB model will show up eventually). But with 26% fewer GPU cores compared to the 3060 Ti, and less memory bandwidth, overall performance is only on the level of the RTX 2070. So, two and a half years later, you can now match a $500 graphics card with a $330 alternative.

Or that's the theory. Unfortunately, demand has once again eclipsed supply in a big way, and we're seeing RTX 3060 12GB cards selling on eBay for over $800. That's despite the measures Nvidia took to cut Ethereum mining performance in half, which ended up being meaningless when Nvidia hacked its own drivers (on accident). Word is miners had already found other workaround, and the pricing certainly suggests that's the case.

VRAM capacity at least isn't a problem, and there are a few instances where the 3060 12GB starts to close the gap with the 3060 Ti. It never quite gets there, however, and the 3060 Ti remains the better choice if you can find one at a reasonable price.

AMD's Radeon RX 6700 XT has the same amount of VRAM, but with the large 96MB Infinity Cache it ends up performance quite a bit better — and costing quite a bit more. Maybe an RX 6700 will show up next month to provide some needed competition in the sub-$400 range, though of course those will also sell out.

If you discount ray tracing and DLSS, the RTX 3060 ends up being roughly the same performance as AMD's RX 5700 XT, 18 months later. Not exactly something to set the world on fire, but then that's typical of mainstream parts. We can only hope supply and pricing return to nominal levels sooner rather than later.

Read:Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Review

8. Radeon RX 6600 XT

Good Mainstream Performance, Weak RT

Specifications

GPU: Navi 23

GPU Cores: 2048

Boost Clock: 2,589MHz

Video RAM: 8GB GDDR6 16 Gbps

TDP: 160 watts

Reasons to buy

+Faster than 3060 and RX 5700 XT+Power efficient design+Good 1080p performance+32MB Infinity Cache still works

Reasons to avoid

-Only 8GB VRAM on a 128-bit bus-Poor ray tracing performance-Expensive for 1080p-Still limited supply

AMD's answer to the RTX 3060 (sort of) comes via the Navi 23 architecture. Normally, we'd expect a 32 CU variant of Navi 22, dubbed the RX 6700 non-XT, but AMD trimmed CU counts, memory interface width, and Infinity Cache sizes to get a smaller and less expensive chip that still performs well. Right now, this is AMD's lowest cost current gen GPU.

Performance ends up slightly above the previous gen RX 5700 XT, which is impressive considering the memory bus has been cut in half to just 128 bits. There's a reasonable concern with the 8GB of VRAM, however, and there are certainly cases where the RTX 3060 ends up as the better choice. Still, it's surprising how much even a 32MB Infinity Cache seems to boost performance, when you look at the memory bandwidth. This is basically a chip that's smaller than Navi 10, built on the same TSMC N7 node, and it delivers 10–15% better framerates at 1080p.

There are instances where it struggles, however, ray tracing being a big one. Several games that we tested with DXR (DirectX Raytracing) support couldn't even do 20 fps at 1080p. Nvidia's RTX 3060 was about twice as fast, without using DLSS (where available). FSR doesn't really fix that, either, since it provides a similar boost in performance to both AMD and Nvidia — and even Intel — GPUs. Perhaps drivers and other tweaks will smooth out some of those idiosyncrasies, but after delivering impressive amounts of VRAM on the other Big Navi chips, the RX 6600 XT feels like a letdown.

Also, $379 as the starting point for a GPU that's ostensibly a replacement to the previous generation RX 5600 XT ($279 launch price) doesn't garner any goodwill. And while the initial launch supply at retail stores was pretty good, the RX 6600 XT is now sold out and commands prices at least 50% higher on places like eBay.

Read:AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Review

10. Radeon RX 6900 XT

AMD's Fastest GPU, Severely Expensive

Specifications

GPU: Navi 21 XTX

GPU Cores: 5120

Boost Clock: 2250 MHz

Video RAM: 16GB GDDR6 16 Gbps

TDP: 300 watts

Reasons to buy

+Excellent overall performance+Lots of VRAM and Infinity Cache+Second place in non-RT workloads+Good SPECviewperf results

Reasons to avoid

-Almost impossible to find-Not much faster than 6800 XT-Poor value overall

This is the other end of the Navi 21 spectrum. Where the 6800 cuts performance and price a bit, the RX 6900 XT boosts performance a bit and increases the (theoretical) price by over 50%. It's a big jump for small gains, and you don't even get something like more VRAM (the one saving grace of the RTX 3090). Also, good luck finding one for less than $1,500 right now.

AMD pulled out all the stops on the RX 6900 XT. It has a fully enabled Navi 21 GPU, which helps account for its scarcity. It's still a big chip as well, which means AMD is better off making more Zen 3 CPUs or console processors than trying to crank out Big Navi. Even as a mining solution, it's pretty mediocre, as the RX 6800 matches it on Ethereum hashing performance.

The same red flags are still present as well, like the mediocre ray tracing performance and lack of a direct alternative to DLSS. Basically, FSR works on everything, but DLSS only runs on Nvidia and has a three year head start on getting game developers to use it. In short, if you want the best RT experience right now, Nvidia still wins (not that you need RT to enjoy games).

Those who just want the fastest AMD GPU will still be happy with the 6900 XT. Unless by 'fastest' you're referring to mining performance, in which case the old Radeon VII still comes out over 30% faster. (Yeah, it's also selling at extreme prices these days.)

Read: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT review

11. GTX 1660 Super

Best Mainstream Esports / 1080p High Graphics Card

Specifications

GPU: Turing (TU116)

GPU Cores: 1408

Boost Clock: 1,785 MHz

Video RAM: 6GB GDDR6 14 Gbps

TDP: 125 watts

Reasons to buy

+Available at decent prices+GDDR6 gives it a healthy performance boost over the vanilla 1660+Turing is very power efficient, even at 12nm

Reasons to avoid

-Pricing is trending up right now-No hardware ray tracing support-Last gen tech and no DLSS

Dipping down closer to $200 (sort of), the main choice comes down to the GeForce GTX 1660 Super, the vanilla GeForce GTX 1660, or the RX 5500 XT 8GB

Sours: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gpus,4380.html
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