We’ve all been there. You’ve purchased a new game and you’re super excited about it, but when it finally arrives, you install it and to your horror, it doesn’t work, or it works, but stutters or jumps to the point where it’s unplayable.
Maybe your PC is struggling to cope with the programs you’re trying to run, or your browser takes forever to load a page, and you’d like to use GPU acceleration to give it a helping hand. But graphics cards are really expensive, aren’t they? Not necessarily! In recent years, companies like AMD and NVIDIA have been creating inexpensive graphics cards that focus on low to mid-range PCs, and we’ve rounded up some of the best budget graphics cards to ease the strain on your wallet and get you back to where you belong: at the top of your game.
Best Budget Graphics Card – Comparison Table
We’ve separated our top picks by category, so you can easily see which is best for you based on your needs by taking a look at the graphics card comparison chart below. We’ve listed the amount of RAM, inputs and performance in FLOPS (floating point operations per second). FLOPS are a good way to measure the number of calculations per second a card can handle, and thereby, a card’s performance.
You can comfortably pick the best budget graphics card 2018 in the table below.
|Product Name||RAM||Input Connectors||Floating Point Operations per Second|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (New Product)||4GB GDDR5||1x DisplayPort, DVI-I, HDMI 2.0||1733 GFLOPS|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950||2GB GDDR5||3x DisplayPort, DVI-I, HDMI||1572.9 GFLOPS|
|Sapphire Radeon RX 460 NITRO||4GB GDDR5||1x DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI||2200 GFLOPS|
|AMD Radeon R9 380 4GB||4GB GDDR5||3x DisplayPort, 1xDVI-I, 1xDVI-D, HDMI||3476 GFLOPS|
|AMD Radeon R9 Fury||4GB HBM||3x DisplayPort, HDMI||7526 GFLOPS|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970||4GB GDDR5||3x DisplayPort, DVI-I, HDMI||3494 GFLOPS|
All too often, it’s difficult to tell which is the best budget graphics card by looking at the numbers though, so without further ado, let’s take an in depth look at each of our top picks.