As applications get more and more intensive we may need to upgrade our components to catch up with our demands. In my PC, I have a GT 640 and my laptop comes with a HD 4000. Both are enough for my needs although the HD 4000 does sometimes chug along when doing intensive things. Since end of the year is coming it may make sense to upgrade your graphics card with a decent one to offer better performance. Today I will be going through the top 5 graphics cards under $200 that I believe will be most beneficial.
AMD Radeon R7 260X
This graphics card is the GTX 750ti of AMD. It is a great budget graphics card which comes with lots of features to keep everyone happy. It has the same performance as an overclocked Radeon HD 7790. For the gamers, this card is more than adequate to play the latest games at 1080p but may require you to turn the effects down. For $150 dollars you really can’t go wrong with this graphics card.
Nvidia GTX 750ti
No list is complete without the legendary GTX 750ti. This card has been an icon for the past few years and still is a high performer today. What makes this so special is that it can be found for around $130 and you can even find more powerful overclocked 750ti’s, It comes with a super-low TDP at just 60W and a low power supply rating of just 300W. In my opinion, this is the number one graphics card for people who have a tight budget and or have power supply limitation.
Nvidia GTX 950
One of the new cards from Nvidia’s 900 series lineup is the mighty GTX 950. It is a great budget graphics card as it inherits the same GPU found in the GTX 960. It is populated with 768 CUDA cores and 48 texture units. It can come with 2 or 4GB of GDDR5 memory but various sites claim that is necessary to have 4GB. Also some GPU vendors such as MSI, feature their GTX 950’s with SLI capability which can be a big deal for some enthusiasts. This graphics card starts around at $170 and is a steal for what it is capable of.
AMD Radeon R9 380
This monstrosity of a GPU can be the best graphics card for about $200. It is the successor to the R9 285 and does share some similarities. It comes with a 1792 shader cores, a whopping 112 texture units (64 more than the GTX 950) and a clock speed of 970MHz. Toms Hardware also states that, “That increase is enough to put the 380 ahead of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960 in just about every one of our benchmarks at 1920×1080 and 2560×1440.” The only downside would be how power hungry this graphics card is which comes at 195W TDP. Overall its a solid card for the price and surpasses more expensive cards such as the GTX 960 (depending on model)
AMD Radeon R7 370
This bang-for-buck graphics card is a refresh of the older card, HD 7850 which delivered exceptional performance at the time which was not that long ago. It comes at an incredible price tab with only starting from $140. This boasts a beefier core clock from 860MHz to 975MHz and a higher memory frequency. Its predecessor the 7850 was priced at $250 at launch in 2012 and this R7 370 holds up to be a solid mid range graphics card.
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