The 5 Best Graphics Cards of 2019
After several hours of research among thirty models, we selected the 5 best graphics cards of the moment.
In our opinion, the best value for money is offered by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Ventus OC. Featuring a Turing architecture and Ray Tracing technology, it gives you speed and realism, while controlling the heat of your machine.
How did we choose?
A graphics card is an essential tool for gamers or graphic designers looking for reliable reproduction of reality or an honest image display. But the number of existing models can cause some confusion.
So, here are some things to consider in finding the ideal graphics card:
Resolution: Performance depends on the resolution of your screen. Thus, when playing at a 4K resolution, the frequency of the graphics card is slower than with a lower resolution. A 4K screen will therefore require a 4K graphics card. All those in this comparison are effective in Full HD but some less in 4K. Memory is important too. The more you play demanding games in terms of resolution, the more important it must be.
Frequency : The number of MHz determines the computation speed of the chip (or GPU). The chips are often upgraded to produce a higher frequency and thus get better performance. The architecture will also play a role on this element.
Connectivity: There are several types of ports on the market (HDMI, DP, DVI and VGA). A graphics card should always have one of these ports but the rest of the outputs should also be kept in mind if you want a multiple monitor setup. The ideal is to use a DisplayPort. Also check compatibility with your monitor (size and interface). For this point, know that there are variants (that’s why we will describe the connectors that correspond to the product link).
The cooling system: this will be used to cool the unit to prevent it from being overheated. There are two types. The blower acts as a blower that expels warm air out of the board but has the disadvantage of making more noise, and is often less effective. The other system based on one or more axial fan (s) is generally more efficient and quieter.
Energy consumption: this will determine which power supply you will need. Expressed in Watts, a more powerful graphics card will tend to be more energy consuming and vice versa. Also note that during gaming sessions, it consumes more than for conventional use.
The best cheap graphics cards
Under 300 €, there are basic models not very effective in 4K but offering satisfactory performance in Full HD.
In this section, we found two graphics cards that stand out for their quiet operation.
Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
This is the entry-level model par excellence. This graphics card includes satisfactory performance and improved thanks to the “Boost” function and its Turing architecture. You will enjoy a quiet and inexpensive energy experience.
AMD Radeon RX580 : the cheap alternative
The best mid-range graphics cards
In this section, we can expect more efficient models, which support slightly higher resolutions with good architectures.
Nvidia has been the most successful in this price range with its “Super” range, but we must also highlight the quality of AMD products.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Larger than the normal 2070, it also has higher performance. This card also has an overclocked chipset: its base frequency is 1605 MHz, but can be up to 1770 MHz with the “Boost” function. This is slightly lower than the 2080 Super, but it’s predictable given the price difference.
Its Turing architecture and Ray Tracing technology enhance the visual experience by processing more Giga Rays per second, resulting in more realistic graphics. For a use of the 4k, it offers a correct rendering.
The temperature of this card is perfectly controlled by the efficient cooling system with two fans. These limit the noise of overheating caused by too much heat.
MSI AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT : the mid-range alternative
The best high-end graphics cards
Beyond 800 €, there is a model that outclasses all others in the market thanks to its notable performance with great resolutions. It is the best tool in terms of graphic realism.
At this level, neither AMD nor any other brand has proposed an equivalent.
ASUS Nvidia GeForce 2080 Ti
The Nvidia GeForce 2080 Ti is unmatched to date in terms of performance. It undoubtedly offers the best visual graphic experience on the market. It includes a TU102 chip and 11GB of 352-bit GDDR6 memory.
With a base frequency of 1480 MHz and a Boost 4.0 up to 1582 MHz, we can only be satisfied, especially that we can consider overclocking. But it is especially under the resolution 4K that its performances mark the most their superiority by offering 60 images per second, it is the only one to show such an aptitude. Turing and Ray Tracing display impressive realism.
The dual fan cooling system quietly regulates the temperature to maintain optimal heat. To get an idea, the gaming machine reaches about 80 ° C. Despite everything in charge, overheating is to be seen.