Best Video Cards for Gaming 2015 – Black Friday Guide to GPU Sales

Updated on April 25, 2022

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This article specifically looks at single-GPU solutions to gaming at various price-points. We scale our GPU search from $100 to $600, covering PC builders across budget, mid-range, and high-end configurations. We’ve had extensive hands-on testing with the cards below, a fact accentuated by the burst of game launches in the past few weeks. Most of these cards have been tested in Battlefront, Fallout 4, AC Syndicate, Black Ops III, and the year’s earlier titles, like The Witcher 3 and GTA V.

Black Friday starting to hit full swing, we found some of the best graphics cards of the year on sale for – in some cases – significant discount. The GTX 970 at $290, R9 380 at $143, and GTX 980 at $400 are just a few of the finds below.

Other Recent Buyer’s Guides

Some of our other recent buyer’s guides include sale items through the holiday season, particularly Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Checkthese out for additional buying assistance:

Video Card

Notes Price
ASUS R7 370 2GB ($130 – $20 MIR) $110
MSI GTX 950 2GB ($160 – $30 MIR) $130
XFX R9 380 2GB ($173 – $30 MIR) $143
(Alternative) MSI GTX 960 2GB ($205 – $25 instant – $30 MIR) $150
EVGA GTX 970 4GB ($350 – $60 instant + Prime) $290
ASUS R9 390X 8GB ($440 – $50 instant – $20 MIR) $370
MSI GTX 980 4GB ($500 – $70 instant – $30 MIR) $400
EVGA GTX 980 Ti 6GB ($680 – $50 instant – $20 MIR) $600

Recent Gaming Benchmarks for Graphics Cards

Before talking about each card independently, let’s scrub through some GPU benchmarks for the most recent games:

Best Black Friday Sale on an Ultra-Budget Graphics Card – R7 370 ($110)

 

In several tests, AMD’s R7 370 comes up short of the tried-and-true R9 270X, performing at best at parity. In most games, the R7 370 is faster and more powerful than the GTX 750 Ti ($120). While you won’t be able to play the more demanding games of the season (AC Syndicate is out, Battlefront is a challenge, but doable at the lowest settings), the R7 370 is a solid choice for games like DOTA2, League, CSGO, and others with a more simplistic visual style.

Budgeting has never been so easy. If you’re planning on playing games other than those on this list, we strongly recommend spending the extra $30 to upgrade. Even yet, it’s not always possible to do so, and in those cases, the R7 370 is a good option.

 

GTX 950 2GB ($130) from MSI: When the GTX 950 was first released, it came in at a price that felt a little out of place, sitting below the then-$200 GTX 960. Because to the maturation of the industry and the stabilisation of AMD/price nVidia’s hierarchy, the GTX 950 is now a competitively priced GPU. If you buy it at today’s $130 post-MIR price, that’s mainly accurate. To put it another way: for $130, you get a card that can compete with the R9 380 and GTX 960 while also outperforming the 750 Ti (depending on the game). It’s possible that you like nVidia’s reduced power consumption and thermals over the R9 380 ($142), in which case the GTX 950 is a decent middle-of-the-road option.

 

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The XFX R9 380 2GB is available for $142.00. In GTA V, GRID: Autosport, and Metro: Last Light, the R9 380 surpasses the GTX 950 by 5.2 percent, 4.3 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Generally speaking, the 380 has a tiny advantage over the GTX 960, however some games with more nVidia optimization (such as AC Syndicate and Witcher 3’s 1-percent and 0.1% lows) will benefit the GTX 960. When it comes to sustained framerates, the R9 380 can outperform the R9 960 by a factor of one and a tenth of a percentage point.

For $142 you can get a 2GB version of the R9 380 and a 4GB version of the GTX 960. Games are generally going toward 4GB use, especially with the highest quality visuals, although most games still run well with 2GB of RAM. ‘ (to include Battlefront, BLOPS, and GTA).

For those who don’t mind AMD’s driver difficulties, we recommend the R9 380. However, for those who do, the $150 GTX 960 2GB is an excellent alternative. Many of our tested games will run at60FPS on ‘high’ settings with these two cards, but games that are more demanding on the framebuffer will require a reduction in texture quality (due to limited VRAM capacity).

We’d recommend upgrading to the R9 380X 4GB ($230) at this point if you’re interested in 4GB versions of these cards. A few weeks ago, our crew gave the 380X a positive evaluation.

Best All-Around Video Card at the Mid-Range: GTX 970 for $290

 

One of the greatest all-around performances, it struggles only with higher resolutions or multimonitor setups. EVGA GTX 970 4GB ($290): The GTX 970 can run 1440p on more than a couple of the games we tried (links above). Normally, the 970 costs anywhere between $330 and $350, but at $290, it was an easy choice for our list. In Fallout 4, the GTX 970 is roughly 22% faster than the R9 380X (about 40.6 percent faster than the GTX 960 4GB) and about 4% slower than the GTX 980 at 1080p/ultra. Aside from Assassins Creed Syndicate, the GTX 970 is about 13 percent behind the GTX 980 in terms of performance, while the GTX 960 4GB and R9 380X are 29 percent ahead.

Almost all of our benchmark games can be played at “extreme” or otherwise “near-max” settings on the GTX 970 while running at 1080p. In our Battlefront benchmark, the GTX 970 achieved 68FPS at 1440/ultra resolution.

Moving to the High-End: R9 390X for $370, GTX 980 for $400, GTX 980 Ti for $600

As of this writing, the ASUS R9 390X 8GB ($370) is a strangely positioned card. Because of improvements made to nVidia’s hardware, current games like AC Syndicate run better on the less expensive GTX 970. It’s also true in Fallout 4, where the GTX 970’s tessellation performance gives it a slight advantage over the R9 390X (5.1 percent).

However, in other games, the R9 390X is the clear winner. In GTA V, for example, the R9 390X falls slightly short of the GTX 980 (-58.8%) at 1080p, but it catches up as the resolution is increased. The R9 390X significantly (3.6 percent) outperforms the GTX 980 in Metro: Last Light. In Shadow of Mordor, the 390X has a 1.2 percent advantage over the GTX 980 (at 1080p). As a result, we can’t just tell you to “purchase this” because it all depends on the games you’ve already played. The GTX 980 and GTX 970 are excellent graphics cards for games like The Witcher 3, AC Syndicate, and Fallout 4. When it comes to other titles, the R9 390X is on par with, if not better than, the GTX 970. Find out more here.

 

A $400 MSI GTX 980 4GB is the next apparent choice for the list of sales. The MSI 980 retails for $450, but with rebates and other reductions, it can be had for $300 less than the SRP. With the release of higher-tier cards like the 980 Ti and AMD’s Fury series, the price of this card has dropped significantly. It’s possible to play any game at full settings with 1080p with the GTX 980. Only at 4K with higher settings does the GPU fall short in terms of 1440p performance. In the past, we have discovered that 4K is still not playable without a multi-GPU setup. Either that, or make significant alterations to the settings such that the 4K resolution isn’t as noticeable.

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GTX 980 Ti 6GB from EVGA costs $600. It’s not as big a deal as the others, but EVGA’s GTX 980 Ti ACX card is presently $50 cheaper than the SRP, which is still approximately $70 cheaper than the card’s typical pricing. We’ve been keeping track of the 980 Ti since its release, with EVGA’s liquid-cooled “Hybrid” model taking the lead. A number of titles, including Overwatch, Battlefront, GTA V (with the ‘high’ level dropped), Shadow of Mordor, and GRID, can run at 4K with the 980 Ti set to medium or highgraphics settings. Currently, this is the only solution we have for a high-end, single-card solution.

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10 Best Selling Video Cards of 2015 (so far)

Video cards are to computers what turbochargers and superchargers are to automobile engines. They can offer you a sense of a computer’s overall graphics capability by displaying their results. While a strong processor is still required for most tasks, a dedicated GPU is the way to go when it comes to pushing polygons or crunching numbers. For the previous six months, how have computers in the workplace been sped up? As of this writing, these are the best-selling video cards of 2015.

Here, we’veincluded both desktop andworkstation visual cards (GeForce and Radeon) (Quadro and FirePro). While FirePro came in at number five overall, Radeon could not quite get there. With both desktop and workstation video cards in mind, we ranked them side-by-side to see how they compare. Check out our guide to workstation graphics cardsto learn more about the differences between them and desktop cards.

We sifted through the data and discovered a few intriguing insights about performance and the GPU situation.

Only NVIDIA was discovered, no AMD.
There are three PNY cards, four EVGA cards, and three reference NVIDIA cards from each of the three major manufacturers. PNY, on the other hand, is an NVIDIA card manufacturer. As a result, there are six PNY cards and four EVGA cards in total.
Only three of the ten GPUs are Kepler-based; the other seven are Maxwell-based. It appears that Kepler’s time has come and gone.
Only one card has two GB of onboard memory, while one has 12 GB of onboard memory (you know which one).
The following is a breakdown of current pricing patterns.

$529 is the average cost
Over $700 cards: 3
In the range of $400 to $699, 4
The cards in the $200 to $399 range Two cards that cost less than $199: 1

The Great List

  1. NVIDIA Quadro K4200 4 GB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Kepler GK104GL
Clock Speed 780 MHz
Cores 1344
Ports 2 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI-I
Rating 4/5 Eggs
Price $789.00

A Quadro leads the list. The K4200 is a Kepler-based GPU that offers plenty of graphics and processing power. It comes with two DisplayPort 1.2 connectors, a DVI-D connector, and VGA adapter. No annoyingly loud fan, which make it great for offices.

  1. EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN X Superclocked 12 GB PCIe 3.0 Video Card
GPU Maxwell GM200
Clock Speed 1127 MHz (1216 MHz Boost Clock)
Cores 3072
Ports 1 × HDMI3 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI-I
Rating 5/5 Eggs
Price $1,029.99

NVIDIA’s newest flagship, the Titan X rears its fat head at second place. Surprisingly, this $1000+ graphics card outsells four of the five Quadro cards on this list. Either professionals are gaming at work or the Titan X has many features that make it fit for production work. Just be sure to have a power supply that can meet its needs.

  1. EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0 4 GB PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Maxwell GM200
Clock Speed 1266 MHz (1367 MHz Boost Clock)
Cores 2048
Ports 1 × HDMI3 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI-I
Rating 5/5 Eggs
Price $507.99
  1. PNY Quadro K2200 4 GB PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Maxwell GM107GL
Clock Speed 1266 MHz
Cores 640
Ports 2 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI
Rating 5/5 Eggs
Price $429.00

The second Quadro card to appear so far, the K2200 occupies a lower market segment than the K4200. But while it has fewer CUDA cores, it sports a Maxwell GPU and features a faster core clock.

  1. EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked ACX 2.0 4 GB PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Maxwell GM204
Clock Speed 1165 MHz (1317 MHz Boost Clock)
Cores 1664
Ports 1 × HDMI1 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI-I1 × DVI-D
Rating 4/5 Eggs
Price $337.99

This is the third EVGA Superclocked graphics card to appear on this list. As much as professionals are saying overclocking has no place in the office, their video card purchases are saying otherwise.

  1. EVGA GeForce GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 4 GB PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Maxwell GM204
Clock Speed 1216 MHz (1367 MHz Boost Clock)
Cores 1664
Ports 1 × HDMI1 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI-I1 × DVI-D
Rating 4/5 Eggs
Price $359.99

Yet another factory overclocked video card, and even more so! EVGA’s FTW models have more aggressive clock speeds than the Superclocked cards and often feature extra power phases to allow for additional overclocking by users.

  1. PNY GeForce GTX 980 G-SYNC Support 4 GB PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Maxwell GM200
Clock Speed 1126 MHz (1216 MHz Boost Clock)
Cores 2048
Ports 1 × HDMI3 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI
Rating 5/5 Eggs
Price $549.99

This GTX 980 from PNY is close NVIDIA’s reference design, with the standard cooler and baseline core and boost clock speeds. If NVIDIA’s default clock speeds aren’t fast enough for you, a few short minutes with EVGA’s PrecisionX 16 overclocking software.

  1. NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3 GB PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Kepler GK106GL
Clock Speed 800 MHz
Cores 768
Ports 2 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI
Rating 4/5 Eggs
Price $724.99

The K4000 is fairly middle-of-the-road for a Quadro card and features “only” 3 GB of video memory. It features more CUDA cores than the K2200 but with a slower clock speed.

  1. NVIDIA Quadro K2000 2 GB PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Kepler GK107GL
Clock Speed 950 MHz
Cores 384
Ports 2 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI
Rating 4/5 Eggs
Price $399.99

The previous generation version of the K2200, the K2000 features a Kepler GPU instead of a Maxwell and only 2 GB of video RAM.

  1. PNY Quadro K620 2 GB PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
GPU Maxwell GM107GL
Clock Speed 1000 MHz
Cores 384
Ports 1 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI
Rating 5/5 Eggs
Price $159.99

The Quadro K620 is about as baseline as you get with the Quadro line, with only 2 GB of DDR2 memory, two video outputs, and 284 CUDA cores.

This GTX 980 is not a reference card. It comes factory overclocked by EVGA and sports the ACX 2.0 active cooler, which makes it quieter, cooler, and more energy efficient. At five out of five eggs, users love the 980.

This GTX 980 is not a reference card. It comes factory overclocked by EVGA and sports the ACX 2.0 active cooler, which makes it quieter, cooler, and more energy efficient. At five out of five eggs, users love the 980.of DDR2 memory, two video outputs, and 284 CUDA cores.

Those are your best selling video cards of 2015 so far, both desktop and workstation. Did any of them surprise you? Let us know what you think are the top video cardsof 2015 in the comments below.

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We run through the top 10 best-selling video cards of 2015 (so far). See the top five graphics cardsand the top five workstation graphics cards.

Quick Overview:

For the money, the GTX 1650 Super edition delivers 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution on ultra settings and roughly 40 frames per second at 1440p.

AMD’s RX570 and RX580 both have 4GB of GDDR6 (128-bit) video memory, while this card has GDDR6 (128-bit). The GTX 1060 has been replaced by this card.

The GTX 1650 may be purchased for between $150 and $200.

Detailed Review:

Most popular 2022 games may be played on the GeForce GTX 1650 Super graphics card at a reasonable price. The card has 4GB of visual memory, which is more than plenty for the games available right now.

Even at 4K, the card is capable of delivering acceptable FPS at 1080p and 1440p. In many games, you can expect 60+ frames per second at 1080p, 40-45 frames per second at 1440p, and 30 to 35 frames per second at 4K with this GPU.

The GTX1650’s finest feature is its low power consumption.. A 6-pin power connector is all that is needed to power it up to 350W.

The following are a few quick facts about this card:
4 GB of video memory
128-bit memory bus
GDDR6 is the type of memory.
a 1530 MHz core is used (boost up to 1725 MHz)
Support for DirectX 12.1
8K is the maximum supported resolution.
Using a 6-pin connector, 350 watts of power is needed.

Let’s now discuss the card’s cost. The GTX 1650 costs between $150 and $200. Since manufacturers are competing, you can expect to pay anywhere in the range of my estimate.

The GTX 1650 isn’t the only card in this price range that can compete. RX590 is the model in question. The GTX 1650 Ti is no match for this card. Not recommended, despite the fact that it comes with 8GB of video memory and 8 GB of RAM. Despite its massive VRAM, the RX590 is no match for the GTX 1650 in terms of memory type, core performance, DirectX 11, and other factors that matter more than just VRAM.

In terms of power consumption, the GTX 1650 is more efficient than the RX590, while the RX590 is not. Everything else helps GTX 1650 to beat RX590 in this match-up.

In conclusion, the GTX 1650 is the best value for money graphics card available for under $200. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get great FPS, this is the best option for you.

Check out the discounted prices here:

 

2. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB

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Quick Overview:

With 6GB of GDDR6, the GTX 1660 Super is capable of 60+ frames per second in 1080p, 1440p, and 45+ frames per second in 4K. The new card is built on a new revolutionary GPU architecture that is 50% more powerful than the Pascal architecture used in the previous generation.

The RX580 and RX590 are no match for the GTX 1660 Super, which also replaces the GTX 1060 6GB. The card requires a minimum of 450W of power, which can be supplied by an 8-pin power cable.

The cost of the card ranges from $180 to $250.

Detailed Review:

New architecture-based Nvidia’s finest budget graphics card, the GTX 1660 Super, is expected to cost approximately $200.

The card has 6GB of GDDR6 video memory, which is more than enough for today’s games and should continue to do so for the next two years.

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At 1080p and 1440p, the GTX 1660 Super is capable of delivering 60+ fps, which is what every gamer desires. When it comes to 4K, the GPU can deliver 45 frames per second at this resolution.

The following are the quick specs for this video card:
6 GB of video memory
One hundred and twenty-eight-bit
GDDR6 is the type of memory.
a 1530 MHz core is used (boost up to 1785 MHz)
Support for DirectX 12.1
8K is the maximum supported resolution.
450 Watts of power are needed with an 8-pin connector.

It’s possible to find a GTX 1660 Super for under $200. Although the GTX 1660 Ti version is also available, you’ll have to fork over an additional $50 for it. However, only the GTX 1660 Super Ti is preferred due to its marginally superior performance over the non-Ti variant. So, spending $50 more for a 5% increase in performance doesn’t sound like a good deal.

Well! Other GPUs in the $200 price bracket are also available if you’re on the hunt for one. While the RX590 and GTX 1060 are worthy rivals, the GTX 1660 Super easily outperforms both.

GTX 1060 and GTX 1650 have been defeated by the GTX 1660 Super, so what are you waiting for? The GTX 1660 Super is the most affordable budget GPU that can handle your games at 60 frames per second.

Get your hands on a GTX 1660 Super right away!

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3. AMD Radeon RX570 4GB

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Quick Overview:

For 1080p gaming, the Radeon RX570 delivers impressive results. This card is a direct competitor to the GTX 1650, and it’s also less expensive. As a result, why not go for it?

In addition to 4GB of DDR5 video memory, the RX570 has a core clock of around 1168 MHz (boost up to 1244 MHz). However, it falls short of GTX 1650’s specs in some areas. If we compare the cards’ costs, RX570 comes out on top.

The RX570 may be purchased for between $140 and $180.

Detailed Review:

This is one of AMD’s greatest affordable graphics cards, the Radeon RX570 4GB. Mid-range gaming systems benefit the most from this GPU. With a modest budget, AMD fanboys would typically choose this card. In the event that you’re one of them, then what’s the matter? Simply browse the links we’ve provided and select the most appropriate one.

This card falls somewhere between Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1060 or GTX 1650. For 1080p, this card is the best option at its price point for 2K and 4K resolutions. The RX570 may be purchased for between $140 and $180. You may be able to obtain it at a lower price than this.

Prior to discussing the vehicle’s performance, let’s have a look at the following:
4 GB of video memory
Memory bus: 256-bit
GDDR5 is the memory type.
A core clock speed of 1168 MHz is reported (boost up to 1244 MHz)
DirectX: 12.0 was included in the package.
Supported resolution of 4K UHD
Needed: 450 Watts of electricity with a 6-pin connector

Many games run at 50-60 fps on the RX570 at 1080p. But in some of the games, it does not fare so well. In my testing, I used an AMD RX 570 to play Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. 30fps on low and 15fps practically all the time on ultra. I couldn’t play at all. It’s possible that the game’s optimization is at blame, but we’re not sure.

This means that the RX570 is ideal for gamers interested in first-person shooter titles like CS:GO and Call of Duty. Because it’s possible to play the games you’ve always wanted to for such a low price. If you want to play open-world games, like Assassin’s Creed, this isn’t the best choice.

Well! The RX570 is a strong competitor in the entry-level segment. 1080p gaming is no problem for the card at all. Because of its inexpensive cost, it is both effective and recommended. Wait no longer and get your hands on the RX570 NOW!

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4. AMD Radeon RX580 8GB

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Quick Overview:

After the RX570, the RX580 is a fantastic budget card. Despite its age, it is still capable of running nearly all games at 1080p 60 frames per second.

If you’re looking to play open-world games at a high resolution, this card has 8GB of GDDR5 video memory.

The RX580 isn’t up to the task of competing with the GTX 1650. The RX580, on the other hand, comes out on top when comparing their costs.

 

Black Friday graphics card deals

Black Friday Graphics Card deals: the best prices on today’s pixel pushers

Spoiler alert: Graphics card deals are not available.

COMMENTS: Graphics card sales on Black Friday
Black Friday graphics card deals can be difficult to come by, especially this year due to GPU stock outages. As a result, there were no graphics card deals to be found on Black Friday. When Cyber Monday arrives, perhaps things will change. We hope so, because graphics cards are the most important part of your PC gaming experience, and finding the right one on sale can have a significant impact on how well you can play the most recent games. In order to find more affordable options, we’ve been looking all over. However, so far, we’ve only found a few.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the best PC Black Friday deals.
This year, however, things are a little different. New Nvidia and AMD graphics cards are on the market, but all of them currently suffer from stock issues. There is no way to get any of the Nvidia RTX 3080, RTX 3070 XT, AMD RX 6800, or RX 6800 at a reduced price right now, so if you’re hoping for a price drop, you’re out of luck. Even if we believe in you, we can’t expect any of those cards to drop in price because they’re so hard to come by. We’ve got you covered on where and how to buy an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT or RX 6800, as well as where and how to buy an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 3070, or 3090.

Black Friday graphics card deals (there are none)

Some bad news: We’ve been keeping this list up to date with the greatest deals we can discover, but as of now, there is no good deal. High-end graphics cards were already hard to come by because of the early Black Friday bargains, but now top-tier cards are entirely out of stock. Out of stock” is all that appears in the graphics card area of Newegg.com. There aren’t any high-end graphics cards available at even smaller stores like B&H Photo, and the pricing for the remaining graphics cards are exaggerated.

Buying a pre-built PC with the graphics card of your choice may sound stupid, but it’s the best option for getting a new graphics card right now. However, if you need to replace more than just your GPU, this is a viable choice. To get some ideas, peruse the following list.