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9 Best Video Cards for Gaming (October, 2022)

Updated on August 14, 2022

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.

Video Cards for Gaming

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’ve included both desktop and workstation 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 cards to 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.

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$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

Best Video Cards for Gaming

1. NVIDIA Quadro K4200

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.

2. EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN 

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.

3. EVGA GeForce GTX 980 

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

4. PNY Quadro K2200

 

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.

5. EVGA GeForce GTX 970 

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.

6. PNY GeForce GTX 980

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.

7. NVIDIA Quadro K4000

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.

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8. NVIDIA Quadro K2000

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.

9. PNY Quadro K620

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 cards of 2015 in the comments below.