In August 2022, graphics card prices dropped significantly compared to their preposterous prices just a year ago due to chip shortages (fueled in part by the cryptocurrency crash).
The most reputable graphics cards can even be found on the MSRP now, and as a consumer it’s a relief if you’re looking to build a new computer right now.
But which parts should you pay attention to, considering their current market prices?
Which graphics card should you get if you want maximum performance per dollar in the high-end, mid-range, and budget category?
Here’s our list of which GPU is best for the price right now (we won’t go into the graphics card manufacturers themselves, just the chip).
The top of the line: AMD Radeon RX 6900XT
Initially trading blows on gaming performance with Nvidia’s flagship RTX 3090, AMD’s 6900XT has had numerous driver updates throughout its life and now has the best price-to-performance ratio on the market.
Sold for just S$1,000 to S$1,200, the 6900XT is even cheaper than some RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080, while still having the gaming performance of an RTX 3090.
Being an absolute high-frame-rate monster at 1080p and 1440p, the 6900XT also uses less power than the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 to achieve the same kind of performance that Nvidia cards are capable of.
At 4K resolution, however, it loses out a bit to the RTX 3090, but the fact that you pay around S$700 to S$800 more for the cheapest RTX 3090 means the 6900XT is still the best value for the money.
If you need a GPU for raytracing or for work, however, the 6900XT might not be enough. Instead, you can look for an RTX 3080.
Most GPU-related work scenarios use Nvidia’s CUDA cores for accelerated processing, such as DaVinci Resolve. This saves you a little time trying to process things as quickly as possible.
That’s not to say the 6900XT can’t process GPU-related work, but if your only focus is work, an Nvidia GPU will save you a lot of time.
Whether you absolutely need one for the job or its ray tracing capabilities, there’s no doubt the RTX 3080 will tick all the boxes.
While inferior in pure gaming performance compared to the 6900XT, the RTX 3080 RTX 3080 performs extremely well when it comes to GPU-based workloads and still maintains high framerates in raytracing scenarios.
The mid-range: Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti
Touted to have the same performance as the RTX 2080 Super, the RTX 3060 Ti is priced at S$700 at the time of writing.
While it’s not as cheap as we’d like, keep in mind that its bigger brother, the RTX 3070 is also slightly more expensive, costing S$800.
The reason we bring this is because the RTX 3070 is only about 5-7% more powerful than the RTX 3060 Ti, and if you’re looking to save some money, the RTX 3070’s performance boost is negligible for the extra cost you’re paying. therefore.
Yes, the GPU market is a little bad in the mid-section. Many of the cards are priced very close to each other because of all the in-between versions that are filling the space.
While you can also get the 6700XT for S$700, the performance boost is negligible because it works similarly to the RTX 3070.
It also lacks the features that the RTX 3060 Ti has; raytracing and being able to process GPU-based workloads faster.
However, if you’re just looking for a better gaming experience, the 6700XT is a great alternative.
The budget: AMD Radeon RX 6500XT and Nvidia RTX 3050
Budget space is a little weird at this point.
It is very difficult to recommend a single GPU simply because there are so many factors at play here.
While there’s the 6500XT, which would be the absolute budget king because you can find one for S$250, the current version is stuck with a mere 4GB of video memory (VRAM).
We say ‘current version’ because there’s a 6500XT with 8GB of VRAM on the horizon, but we don’t know the price in Singapore at this point or if it will come to our shores.
However, if it does and doesn’t cost more than S$350, it will absolutely be our best choice.
VRAM is used to store data for graphics processing and image loading for your games. If there is a lack of VRAM, you may experience in-game stuttering and also have textures not loading in games.
esports titles like dota 2, Counterattack or VALORANT played at 1080p barely uses 4GB of VRAM most of the time, but outside of these titles, even at the lowest settings, any other game will use a considerable amount of memory.
Case in point, a game like War zone it already takes up 4GB of VRAM on low settings to run smoothly.
This is where the RTX 3050 excels.
With 8GB of VRAM, you won’t have to worry about playing games with higher VRAM usage.
It’s also around 20% faster than the 4GB version of the 6500XT. However, the price is also nearly double, with S$450 being the cheapest at this point.
But when you pay an extra $200, you can rest assured that you won’t be hurt by VRAM usage anytime soon.
It also has raytracing capabilities, although I wouldn’t recommend enabling it in this price range because it will reduce performance by a margin.
However, if you’re sure the games you play won’t need more than 4GB of VRAM, the 4GB 6500XT is a great performer for the price.
Dominic loves technology and games. When he’s not busy getting fat in games or refreshing anything he sees, he practices professional wrestling.
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