You might be planning to buy a new graphics card, but deciding which one it should be is quite difficult as you have a lot of options. Even if you are one of those who only love to know how they compare against each other, the decision is still challenging. It was for me as well when I tried to rank them, but eventually, I did it.
Below is my ultimate graphics card ranking to help you decide which one is the best one in 2022. I have categorised them into different tiers based on various factors. You will also know how I’ve categorised them and why I rank them higher or lower.
I’ve also listed their FPS ratings for various games by the end of every tier. It will give you a better insight, in case you want a quick glance rather than reading the whole paragraph. But if you want to understand their ranking completely, read along till the end. So, without further ado, let’s begin!
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How I Have Categorised Them
The greatest graphics card for playing games on a personal computer can achieve incredibly smooth frame rates, provide excellent bang for the buck, and shouldn’t be too difficult to obtain.
Although this final one can be challenging in the existing economy, prices are beginning to resume normality, and stock levels are now on the rise. It means that things aren't looking quite as gloomy as they did earlier. Also, the past few years have been challenging, but it finally appears to be a good moment to be a player on a personal computer (PC). You can read more about when the GPU prices will finally drop for a more detailed insight.
Developing GPU rankings may prove to be a challenging endeavour, but it is not an unattainable one. Because there is such a wide range of options available for graphics cards for ranking, the most useful thing I can do is divide them into a few distinct categories.
I have decided to organise the cards according to their position within their respective tiers; hence, the rankings presented here are not set in stone. I successfully examined all of the most recent graphics card rankings and put them through a comprehensive set of benchmarking procedures.
Tricky, but I tried my best to present a comprehensive overview of the best GPUs currently available for purchase (at around MSRP). This knowledge will be especially helpful if you intend to shop for the best-prebuilt gaming PC, which, to tell you the truth, may still be the simplest approach to acquiring the best graphics cards in 2022.
AMD & Nvidia
I’ve considered graphics cards ranking from different AMD and Nvidia versions. However, I’ve dropped some rather similar or not so effective ones to avoid the cluster of products. You will find all of the GPUs listed below organised into different categories according to the type of functionality they provide.
Remember that these are just estimates based on the more difficult AAA games, so keep that in mind. It is challenging to present an accurate overall overview of the kind of efficiency each GPU can offer due to the wide range of differences between games in terms of both the hardware specifications and the software optimizations.
Consequently, the various tiers have no purpose other than to provide you with a broad idea of the kind of productivity that you may anticipate from these GPUs. As these results from my personal experiences and how they actually perform against each other. So, let's get started with the ranking system, shall we?
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The very best and most powerful GPUs available today make up the first tier of the graphics cards hierarchy. Even the most taxing games can be played at a smooth 60 frames per second with these GPUs, and are more than capable of handling 4K resolution.
However, professional graphics cards, such as the NVIDIA Titan RTX and the NVIDIA Titan V, are typically not used for gaming as much as conducting intricate AI research or developing software.
The introduction of AMD's RDNA 2 graphics cards caused a small realignment of the power dynamic in this tier of competition. NVIDIA's has dominated the better part of the last decade, but it appears that AMD is making a comeback to compete for the title of king.
However, despite AMD's significant efforts, the GPU throne is still occupied by NVIDIA's RTX 3090 Ti. This is even though AMD made significant efforts to take it. Nevertheless, the RX 6900 XT has demonstrated that it is an excellent card, and it comes in at number two, just ahead of the RTX 3080 Ti by a narrow margin. The RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT follow closely behind it.
For better understanding, I’ve compiled their FPS rating in three AAA games notorious for their power-hungry nature. Below is God of War, Elden Ring (Yeah! I’ve tested this too), and Microsoft Flight Simulator FPS comparison.
These games are ravenous for GPU performance and reveal their maximum output. So, it is better to test these AMD and Nvidia frontliners under these stress makers to understand their true potential. Here are their rating at high and low game settings:
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The second tier of GPUs is made up of those ones that can work with 4K resolution and can provide high performance at that setting. However, they may not be as consistent as the models that came before them. Consider them lite versions of the above flagships.
Keeping this in mind, these graphics processing units (GPUs) are the best option for individuals who want to experience a smooth performance in 1440p because they can provide consistent frame rates in this resolution.
Cards in this tier offer relatively respectable performance at a considerably more modest price than those in the tier above them. At the same time, it is reasonable to expect that they will not be as powerful as those cards.
Even if these GPUs can maintain 60 frames per second while gaming at 4K resolution, it is doubtful that this will be the case when using Ultra settings. The RX 6800 and the RTX 3070 Ti are currently in first and second place, respectively, followed by the RTX 3070 in third place.
The RX 6800 is still a superior graphics card, even though the GPU that came later down the line had a slightly more reasonable price. Both significantly outperform the top card from the previous generations: the RTX 2080 Ti.
The once-coveted RTX 2080 Ti is still superior in performance to NVIDIA's most recent budget card, the RTX 3060 Ti; however, this was to be expected considering the different places that each card holds in the market.
The RTX 3070 is on par with the flagship of the previous generation: the RTX 2080 Ti; although it is not as powerful as the RX 6800.
After this stage, the differences in performance are more gradual, but they are still discernible. I now have the RTX 2080 Super in my list, which is a step or two above both the RTX 2070 Super and the standard version of its predecessor. Titan Xp, Titan X, and GTX 1080 Ti are all examples of NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, with the Titan XP serving as the most powerful example of the family.
The RX 5700 XT and the Radeon VII, AMD's graphics cards from the previous generation, can also fight in this arena. Although the Radeon VII undoubtedly makes a compelling argument with its 16 GB of HBM2 memory, I decided to place the RX 5700 XT higher in the rankings because of its RDNA architecture.
Anyways, for this tier’s GPU ranking, I chose Valorant, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Metro Exodus. The above ones would be too harsh for them, as they put GPUs under extreme stress. However, these three are still the most played ones and might be your favourites. So let’s get into the FPS:
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The GPUs in the third tier will often be capable of handling 4K resolution; nevertheless, they provide more balanced solutions that perform exceptionally well at 1440p. They are weaker than the ones found in the tier above them, but not only are they cheaper, they are also more accessible.
Suppose you are the type of person who prioritises performance above visuals and have your sights set on a high-performance 1080p monitor. In that case, these graphics processing units (GPUs) are also excellent choices for you to consider.
'B' does not stand for 'terrible' or 'budget.' In fact, these are completely serviceable cards that will provide you with satisfactory performance for builds that are kind to your wallet. The fact that this is the lowest tier in the GPU ranking at which I will see cards that offer real-time raytracing is something else that should be carefully studied.
Nvidia’s RTX 2060 is the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) currently available in this tier, and the reason for this is that it has a competitive price point and is one of the most cost-effective GPUs on the market. The RX Vega 64 and the RX 6600 are located right next to it.
This is the final grade in which you will be able to easily enjoy 144 FPS gaming without sacrificing the quality of the graphics, provided that you have a display capable of supporting it.
For this list, the games available are PUBG, RDR2, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I picked them as they serve brilliantly at 1440p. Although it is tempting to game at 4K, I would advise against it, as it might lower the lifespan of your GPU. They are still pretty amazing at 1440p and high quality settings.
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The fourth tier comprises of GPUs that are kind to the wallet, but they are likely to suffer when it comes to running the newest games at 1440p resolutions. However, this will not be an issue if you are not fixated on reaching the coveted 60 frames per second target.
Individuals searching for consistent performance at 1080p will find that the GPUs in this tier are perfect for that. Even while the price of these cards is only half that of the RTX 2080 Ti, that does not necessarily imply that they are incapable of being used for gaming.
They may not be able to achieve 1440p gaming, but if you play at 1080p with high settings, you can definitely get 60 frames per second. Depending on your preferences, this may be sufficient. I'm afraid that on some of the more taxing games, this won't be doable at all. Further reducing the settings may be required to maintain a frame rate of 60 FPS.
NVIDIA once again holds the throne in this category because of its excellent graphics processing units (GPUs), such as the GTX 1660 Ti and the GTX 1660 Super, which are closely followed by the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1660. Although AMD's performance in this tier is below par with their representative RX 5500 XT, both the 4GB and 8GB versions, falling short of NVIDIA's standards, the company did not fail to appear.
The GTX 1650 Super from NVIDIA is placed in the sweet spot below the RX 5500 XT in this graphics card ranking. The GTX 1060 6GB is the final option in the C tier of graphics cards.
Anyways, let’s dive directly into our games' fps ratings. They handle GTA V, Hitman, and Need for Speed greatly with decent graphics. However, I’ve reduced the resolution to 1080-High because anything more will not guarantee smooth performance. Here are the FPS ratings:
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The fifth tier comprises of GPUs that are the least powerful but the most affordable ones currently on the market.
As a general rule, these graphics processing units can only provide playable performance at 1080p, so those who should consider purchasing them are users on a strict budget who have no plans to upgrade their display resolution soon.
There's a reason why cards that fall under this tier's budget category are located at the very bottom of the list. You are still able to attain respectable performances by utilising these GPUs. Even if you have a limited amount of money, there is still the possibility of creating a hierarchy that will assist you in making an educated and individualised choice.
In contrast to the previous tiers, the top pick in this one does not have a strong argument for being in the tier above it. The GTX 1650 sits at the pinnacle of the D tier, with the RX 580 following close behind. Because of the limitations that were placed in the past, the RX 560 and the GTX 1050 are the only other graphics cards that belong to this tier.
Our classic games for these low-profile players are Minecraft, CS:GO, and Batman Arkham City. I kept the settings from the previous tier, so you know what these are capable of:
As was just noted, the purpose of these tiers is to provide you with a general idea of the kind of performance you may anticipate receiving from the available GPUs. The constraints placed on your hardware can vary widely from one game to the next.
Although some other cards are capable of performing at the same level as the cards in the GPU hierarchy, these cards have been omitted for a specific reason. To avoid the cluster of different graphics cards, I only consider the relevant GPUs by AMD and Nvidia. Additionally, the list is also arranged on the newest GPU architectures from both companies (RDNA 2 in AMD and Ampere in Nvidia).
Anyways, I hope now you have a better idea of the latest graphics cards. I also have made the same FPS comparison for the CPUs, in case it piqued your interest. It has different games and an amazing list of processors—otherwise, good luck with your GPU selection from this graphics card ranking guide.
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