The graphics card is an essential component and when a new, demanding game comes out it can almost become an essential upgrade. But with so many options around why not let us help find you the best graphics card deals right now?
It’s the part of your rig responsible for pumping out pixels and if you’re not getting the smooth frame rates you deserve in Dark Souls III or Hitman, then it’s time to look for a new GPU. New GPUs from AMD and Nvidia are now available, which that means older stock is getting cleared out.
Our guide to the best graphics card will tell you all you need to know about which video card is best for your needs but if you’re after the absolute best graphics card deals around right now we’ve got you covered with our regularly updated deals page.
Some highlights this week: Both AMD and Nvidia are busy launching new cards: the , , and are now all technically available, though pricing and supply are still problematic. The new hardware has pushed prices on existing hardware down, making for some potentially good deals, and performance on older cards isn’t suddenly worse just because something newer and faster exists. Let’s go through the list and see if we can find any of the new cards in stock, as well as find out how low prices are getting on previous generation hardware.
We’re going to break things into Nvidia and AMD cards, sorted in order of decreasing performance within each. Here’s the full rundown on currently available cards.
Nvidia graphics card deals
GeForce GTX 1080 | 8GB GDDR5X | $670
If you think finding the GTX 1070 below is difficult, the GTX 1080 is even more so.Newegg has some new inventory this week, but don’t expect it to last long. NCIXUS’ Founders Edition was $700, but is now out of stock. Amazon has a handful, but at those prices it doesn’t seem worth it. Just keep checking.
GeForce GTX 1070 | 8GB GDDR5 | $440
You want a GTX 1070? Sure you do, and so does everyone else. It’s the best graphics card overall, in our view, delivering awesome performance at a price that doesn’t quite break the bank…or at least, it wouldn’t if supply were better. While the baseline official MSRP is $380, the best price we can find right now is $440 at Newegg. Amazon is getting new stock on some cheaper options next week.
Here’s the cheapest option from Nvidia’s latest range of cards, and it’ll be battling it out against AMD’s RX 480. As is the trend right now, it’s tough to find them in stock.
GeForce GTX 980 Ti | 6GB GDDR5 | $420AR
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Just last month the GTX 980 Ti was going for close to $600, and now it’s down to $420 at Newegg. Considering it’s only slightly slower than a GTX 1070, plus some good overclocking potential, it’s still worth a look. Don’t forget that it uses 250W compared to the 150W on the 1070, though!
GeForce GTX 980 | 4GB GDDR5 | $380
Inventory for the old GTX 980 is likely going to dry up in the near future, so if you’re thinking about picking up a second card for SLI, now might be a good time to act. Or just sell your current card and try to pick up a 1070. Newegg had a couple for under $300 last week, but they’re all gone now. Not bad for what used to be a $550 GPU.
GeForce GTX 970 | 4GB(ish) GDDR5 | $270AR
The GTX 970 was recently our favorite overall graphics card, and it remains a good card that’s readily available. There was one for $200 last week, but sadly it looks like they’re back up above $270 now. We’d like to see prices closer to $200 (RX 480 territory) before we looked to buy a card that’s being phased out.
GeForce GTX 960 | 2GB GDDR5 | $160AR
Like many other last-gen cards, the GTX 960 is now at the lowest price we’ve ever seen, going for $160 after rebate at Newegg. The 4GB version is up at $200 at the moment, and at this point you should probably just shoot for an RX 480.
GeForce GTX 950 | 2GB GDDR5 | $118AR
Rounding out our list of Nvidia cards, the GTX 950 has several models going for$110 to $130 after rebate. Considering some models use less than 75W and don’t need a 6-pin adapter, they’re a great upgrade for budget PCs. If you want to overclock, though, get a card with a 6-pin connector.
AMD graphics card deals
Radeon R9 Fury X | 4GB HBM | $400
Honestly, with the cost of HBM and the liquid cooling, we’re surprised to see a Fury X going for less than $500, let alone $400. Most cards are still priced well above $500, so if you want a Fury X, this is currently as good as it gets. Not as good as a 1070, but at least it’s in stock.
Radeon R9 Fury | 4GB HBM | $480AR
The Asus R9 Fury is sitting at $480 at the moment after rebate, so it’s not going to compete with the Fury X above. Most other cards are still hanging out above $550, so if the Fury X sells out this is still a good alternative, though we’d stick to the 1070 at these prices.
Radeon R9 Nano | 4GB HBM | $490
We’ve talked about the cost of HBM and it’s silicon interposer, and how it could easily push the manufacturing cost of AMD’s Fiji into the $400+ range. Right now, they’re even higher than that. Anything less and they’re probably losing money (or at least not making any). If you want a compact card that’s still fast, though, the Nano may be worth a look. Keep an eye on Newegg, because they had one for $460 that’s now out of stock.
Radeon RX 480 | 8GB GDDR5 | Out of Stock / $200?
Looking for AMD’s new hotness, the RX 480? Yeah, so are we. The cards were in stock, briefly, at launch, and a few places might have price gouging models listed, but everyone is basically out of stock. Check Newegg or below to see if more have arrived. Amazon has some, but they’re over $300 so it’s probably best to wait.
Radeon R9 390X| 8GB GDDR5 | $290
The R9 390X trades blows with the GTX 980, albeit at much higher power requirements. It’s also faster than the RX 480 in virtually all games, so if you’ve got a soft spot for Hawaii, $290 is the lowest price we can find right now.
Drop about 10% from the performance of the 390X while saving $55? We’ll take it! Power draw is a lot higher than the new RX 480, but performance is also better in our testing. But you should probably just wait for the RX 480 to become widely available, or for prices to get closer to $200.
Radeon R9 380X | 4GB GDDR5 | $190
R9 380X has always been in the difficult position of sitting between the higher performance R9 390 and the lower priced R9 380, and now the former has been displaced by the RX 480. There’s not much point to getting a 380X now, though the price has now fallen below $200.
Radeon R9 380 | 2GB GDDR5 | $155
Normally we’d suggest going for the 4GB model of the R9 380, but with the 2GB card shaving $20 off the price, it’s arguably the better value for a budget card. Or maybe you disagree, in which case the 380 4GB is $180AR. Either way, it’s still a better deal than the 380X, though the upcoming RX 470 will likely supplant it in the next month or so.
Radeon R7 370 | 2GB GDDR5 | $110AR
The least expensive AMD card we’re even willing to consider is the R7 370, and you’re much better off moving up to the R9 380 if you can swing the additional $25. 1792 stream processors vs. 1024, and 256-bit memory vs. 128-bit? Yeah, it’s no contest.
In our guide to the best graphics card we’ve detailed the four best GPUs in terms of the overall champion, the best high-end GPU, and the best value, and best budget gaming video card. We’ve listed those above already, and with the exception of the budget offering they’re all new cards that regularly go out of stock. Here’s the real-time pricing for each (assuming our pricing engine can find any in stock):