Top 5 Best Graphics Cards to Buy in Early 2017

Awe of Tech is dropping some knowledge on what he thinks are the best cards to get so far in the new year, based on price and frames per second.

  • 5. XFX RX-460 Radeon 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Starting from lowest price to highest, he chose XFX’s RX 460 as it’s a great entry level card, and you could potentially get it for less than $99 using mail-in rebates. This makes it a good price-to-performance card with a cost-per-frame that is “really killing it.”

    And thanks to AMD’s Crimson Relive driver updates, it got an 8% performance increase after the most recent update.

  • 4. XFX RX-470 RADEON DDR5 1226MHz Graphics Card

    Another card from the “red team”, the XFX version has detachable fans so you can swap them out to match your set-up. And you can, again, use mail-in rebates to knock the price down.

    The RX-470 is about an 80% performance upgrade from the aforementioned 460, and has been a “hidden gem” that’s unfairly overlooked because of it’s bigger brother, the RX-480, but it only trails behind it in performance by 10%.

    And combined with AMD’s Freesync Technology, if you purchased an enabled monitor you could enjoy a smoother gaming experience at a more affordable rate than nVidia’s G-Sync.

  • 3. MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 4GB ARMOR Graphics Card

    Continuing on with team AMD, the RX-480 was already a champ, but got even more powerful after a Relive driver update, improving on several benchmarks for triple A titles.

    Then there’s the question of GPU staying power, and how long you intend to stay with a card when you consider the average games VRAM usage will increase over time. Most games only need 2 to 3 GB of VRAM, but the RX-480’s 4GB makes it a GPU you can stick with a longer than normal. Plus it has SLI support, which is continuing you become more affordable.

    He takes a moment to mention the AMD Sapphire Radeon NITRO R9 Fury 4GB PCI-Express Graphics Card, which at $240 is a great deal.

  • 2. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB Windforce OC

    Finally picking a card from “team green” (nVidia), Awe jumped up almost $100 to a GTX 1070, which have continually “blown him away” with their performance, “killing it” in 1080p.

    Plus, you can “dip your toe” into some 4K gaming, as long as you don’t mind turning down some settings. 1070’s also don’t require an increase in voltage to maintain operating frequency as their guaranteed base and boost clock frequencies are sufficient enough.

  • 1. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 GAMING-8GD Graphics Card

    1080’s are basically the “king of the jungle” in GPU’s right now for super high-refresh gaming at 1080 and 1440p. The Gigabyte G1 is currently $600 on Amazon, allowing you to play in 4K, and enjoy “beautiful graphics” for years to come. The 1080 is the “enthusiasts card to get.”

Closing Thoughts

With respect to all price categories, nVidia’s Shadow Play (screen capturing) was what first nudged Awe toward’s “team green.”

But AMD’s constant updates with Crimson Relive has helped them become more comparable, especially in the video capturing category, and have given them “tangible” performance upgrades in just the last 6 months alone.

The big take away here is how competitive these cards are at each price point, which Awe likes to see and considers it “healthy” and good for you, the consumer.

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