Updated on August 1, 2022
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To get the most out of your PC gaming, you need a graphics card capable of delivering smooth frame rates, as well as being affordable and accessible to obtain. In the current market, that final one can be difficult, but prices are starting to stabilise and stock levels are increasing, so things aren’t looking as dismal as they once did. It’s been a rough few years for PC gamers, but things are looking up.
We’ve tested all of the latest graphics cards and put them through our comprehensive benchmarking tests. To come up with a definitive list of the best graphics cards on the market (at around MSRP). If you’re looking for the best prebuilt gaming PC(opens in new tab), which may still be the easiest method to get the greatest graphics cards in 2022, this information is extremely helpful.
As long as GPUs are finally competitive again, we can have a good time. When AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT was released, the competition between Nvidia and AMD took a dramatic turn. Even though it’s a close race, the GeForce RTX 3080(opens in a new tab) takes the prize. Although the GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX3070 are two of the greatest graphics cards to date, they’re not the only ones. Intel’s Arc Alchemist(opens in new tab) graphics card, due out soon, will further confuse the GPU situation.
If you’re not sure where to begin your search for a graphics card, we have lots of advice on how to do so right now(opens in new tab). If you haven’t decided on a GPU yet, keep reading for our picks from the current GPU lineups from Nvidia and AMD.
Best graphics card
Even though the RTX 3080 is now as scarce as a pair of pigeon eyelashes, it is undeniably the greatest graphics card on the market right now. The RTX 20-series has been superseded in terms of performance by this model. Compared to the RTX 2080 or 2080 Super, this is impressive, but when compared to the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti, it really hits home.
We found that ray-tracing performance improved significantly as a result of our testing. Most consumers were put off by the massive frame rate drop required by the first generation of ray tracing-capable cards, but that’s no longer the case with this generation.
There’s no mistaking this as a new beast when ray-traced performance now exceeds what you’d get from an unmodified RTX 20-series top card. It’s worth noting that the RTX 3080 can play Crysis (opens in new tab).
Adding a lot more CUDA cores and upgraded Tensor Cores (for more DLSS goodness) and second-generation RT Cores to this 8nm GPU allowed Nvidia to achieve this.
Although the RTX 3080 requires an 850W PSU and is difficult to obtain, this is the most sought-after graphics card on the market today. That’s why it’s so hard to get your hands on.
When shopping for a GeForce RTX 3080, the Founders Edition is the one to go for if you can get your hands on it. Because the RTX 3080 Founders Edition is ****ing fantastic, pick your profanity. Due to its new cooler and improved PCB, the Ampere 3080 RTX is more than simply the ‘flagship’ Ampere graphics card; it’s the ultimate embodiment of the 3080. I’m afraid that if you end up with a different version of this fine-ass GPU, you’ll feel a little shortchanged.
Most likely, you’ll be forced to improvise. In comparison to the third-party cards from Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Palit, and Colorful to mention a few, the Founders Edition cards are not made in the same quantity. You’ll have to settle for any RTX 3080 you can get your hands on given the stock constraints. It’s even better if you can buy one close to the original price. Moreover, some of these third-party cards have remarkable cooling features of their own, so it’s not all awful.
Regardless of whichever card you get your hands on, the performance uplift you get over the previous generation is huge and pretty much unprecedented. Perhaps we’ve become accustomed to more incremental generational deltas, such as the tiny gap between the GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 2080. However, we’ll keep banging the Ti drum because the $699 RTX 3080 completely destroys the $1,200 RTX 2080 Ti is still astounding.
The RTX 3080 from Nvidia establishes a new standard for both high-end 4K gaming performance and ray tracing with its exceptional performance. It is now up to Nvidia and Samsung to produce more of them so that everyone can enjoy the finest GPU of this generation at the same time.
Read our full Nvidia RTX 3080 review(opens in new tab) (10GB Founders Edition).