The holidays are a time to celebrate your loved ones. It’s a time to give thanks and share the love, and nothing says you love a gamer like gifting them a graphics card. Seriously though, if you have a loved one who games on a custom PC, getting them a new graphics processing unit (GPU, or graphics card) would be an unforgettable gift that will leave your special gamer truly feeling the holiday spirit.
We’re going to be discussing some of the best GPUs to give as a gift this holiday season. We’ll be choosing GPUs based on their value and performance, so hopefully, there will be a GPU for every budget.
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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti
If you want pedal-to-the-metal performance, then you really can’t go wrong with the GeForce RTX 2080 or its bigger brother the 2080 Ti. These are considered the two best GPUs on the market right now. As such, they are pretty expensive, usually retailing around $1,000. If you want either of these graphics cards, you better be on Santa’s nice list. If you’re gifting this to a loved one, you should have started saving last Christmas.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB
When your special gamer declared that he or she didn’t support Nvidia, then AMD’s Vega 56 graphics card is going to be your go-to, top-tier choice. AMD is historically known for being more affordable than Nvidia, and the Vega line of graphics cards is no exception. While the Vega underperforms compared to Nvidia’s year-old models like the GTX 1070, it is more than half the price of the RTX 2080. If you’re on a tighter budget, this will be a strong contender for a top-tier graphics card from AMD.
Best Value, High-End GPUs
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
Like we said in the assessment of AMD’s Vega 56, the GTX 1070 Ti is still an incredible graphics card. The last generation of the GTX 1070s got the Ti upgrade, which essentially means the card has been upgraded to consume less power while also performing slightly better. The 1070 Ti is great for gaming up to 4K, but it will not be able to handle gaming at 4K. The 1070 Ti has also dropped in price for the holiday season, so be sure to shop around at websites like Newegg and Amazon.
AMD Radeon RX 570
As an alternative to the Nvidia choice, we have an even more affordable AMD graphics card for the category — surprise, surprise, AMD makes a more affordable option. If you are on a budget, this 4GB GPU is perfect for any PC gamer. The card’s low cost and versatility make it a popular choice for many gamers who are just starting to build their first PC. However, if you are getting this card for someone who plans on doing some 4K gaming, this card is not for them. As long as you stay in the 1080p range, your games should be running smoothly with the phenomenal AMD graphics card.
The Best Budget GPU
AMD Radeon RX 580
We didn’t want to slip into garbage-tier for deciding our budget GPUs, so we decided to go with a combination of both value and performance. The RX 580 is only marginally more expensive than the previously mentioned 570, but the benefits are much greater. The RX 580 does use a little bit more power than both its predecessor and its Nvidia counterpart, the GTX 1060. For mainstream gaming, this is really the sweet spot. As long as the difference between high-quality and ultra-quality settings stays negligible on 1080p displays, this card is perfect for most gamers. As soon as you start pushing into the high displays though, this card will not be able to perform at the level most gamers would want.
As we wrap up our holiday guide for purchasing GPUs, remember that many retailers will be offering deals throughout the holiday season. If you find a GPU at a price that fits within your budget, be sure to take advantage of the discount. If you don’t, then the opportunity may pass you by.
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