10 Best Graphics Cards For Gaming 2016

By Muhammad Asfand Yar | Gaming

10 Best Graphics Cards For Gaming 2016

Best Graphics Cards For Gaming 2016

Graphics cards are really an important piece of Hardware not just for gamers but also for the ones who work in any graphics related industry like video editing, 3D-animation etc. and run graphics-intensive programs like Photoshop, illustrator etc. But the question is, which Graphics cards is best for which user?

To save your energy and precious time, I’ve compiled a list of all the different types of graphics cards you’ll probably need in 2016. And here it begins:

10 Best Graphics Cards For Gaming 2016 - For Every Budget

Best Graphics Cards 2016

10. EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti FTW – Check Best Deals

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EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti is a good entry-level Graphics Card you can use to play games like Skyrim at 1080p. Apart from this, being a GeForce GTX Graphic card ensure that it’ll have technologies like NVIDIA GameStream, G-Sync (eliminates screen tearing and input lagging) and GeForce Experience etc.

First we’ll discuss its specs. It has 25% more performance but merely does half of power consumption, when compared with previous generation Graphic Cards, thanks to new-gen NVIDIA Maxwell architecture. It is Base Clocked at 1176 MHz, but you canboost it to 1255 MHz for smooth gaming performance. It has a 2 GB 128-bit DDR5 Memory.

Next, we have tons of some goodies like NVIDIA TXAA – it combines Multi-Sampling Anti-Aliasing (MSAA) and NVIDIA developed filters to produce stunning frame images, NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA FXAA, NVIDIA Adaptive Verticle Sync, NVIDIA Surround, NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready,NVIDIA CUDA Technology, PCI express 3.0. NVIDIA TXAA removes shimmering too.

For improved dissipation of heat, its fan size is 12% larger.

9. Asus STRIX GTX 950: Check Best Deals

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Asus STRIX GTX 950 is an entry-level graphics card, promising to give you perfect 1080p gaming experience around $150. Performance wise, this card is more like a bottlenecked version of GTX 960 series graphics cards. Although an entry-level gaming card, it still boasts the 10th-gen GPU architecture — so called Maxwell architecture. Here are some of its other other specifications.

  • 2GB DDR5 memory with 128-bit Memory Bus interface.
  • Even with 128-bit, it does good memory color compression — thanks to Maxwell again.
  • Its Base clock speed is 1024MHz. On the other hand, you can boost it up to 1188 MHz.
  • Its memory speed is 6.6 Gbps.
  • Its memory bandwidth is 105 GB/s whereas it has 768 CUDA cores also.

What Do Experts Say About It

The STRIX-GTX950-DC2OC-2GD5-GAMING (yes that is the full product code name) is a nice entry level product with proper cooling and totally silent noise levels. Combined with the rendering performance I’d call this product a capable 1080P graphics card. All boxes are ticked and that makes this a competitive product. Purchasing this product to game at WQHD / 2560×1440 is ill-advised though, 1080P is the maximum space and domain of the GeForce GTX 950. But that would be at pretty decent image quality settings. – Guru 3D

 

8. MSI R7 370 GAMING 4G – Check Best Deals

 

MSI-R7-370-GAMING-4GHighlights:

  • An AMD Radeon R7 370 chipset with 4GB GDDR5 memory and it’s base clocked at 1020 MHz.
  • Its memory speed is 5600 MHz but you can actually overclock it up to 5700 MHz. By the way, it has 256-bit memory interface.
  • Twin Frozr V cooling solution helps it to be pretty much cooler.
  • It can support maximum resolution up to 4096 x 2160 pixels whereas it can also support up to 3 displays/monitors at a time.

What Do Experts Say About It

“Speaking specifically about the MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 4G, this model is quite appealing for its Twin Frozr V cooling solution. While idling and under light workloads, this graphics card powered down both of its fans. However, even while under full load, both fans were very quiet even for an open-air setup and there were no thermal-related issues to speak of.” — Phoronix.com

7. Zotac ZT-90101-10P GeForce GTX 970 – Check Best Deals

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Specs:

  • Nvidia GTX 970 GPU with 4 GB DDR5 RAM.
  • Its Base clock speed is 1076 MHz whereas you can  boost it up to 1216 MHz.
  • Its memory bus interface is of 256-bit and its memory clock frequency is 7010 MHz.
  • It has 2 ports for DVI and one each for HDMI and DisplayPort.
  • It has 1664 cores.

6. Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury X – Check Best Deals

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  • 4GB HBM memory of 500MHz.
  • This HBM memory has 4,096 memory-bus interface. Most of other graphics cards, on the other hand, now-a-days have 512-bit memory-interface.
  • Approximately 8.9 billion transistors and 4096 stream processors.
  • Water cooler and Dual-BIOS.
  • This card is a direct competitor to Geforce GTX980 Ti — but in a cheaper price.
  • One downside is that you require not one but two 8-pin power connectors.

What Others say about it:

Performance is rapid across the board, with enough power to run games smoothly at 1440p and 4K. Part of the credit must go to AMD’s HBM memory, which serves up more bandwidth despite having a relatively modest amount installed. – TrustedReviews

 

5. Sapphire Radeon R9 295 X2 – Check Best Deals

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  • An AMD Radeon R9 295 X2 chipset with 8 GB DDR5 memory.
  • If you go by sheer computational power, then this Graphics cards can give you 11.5 TFLOPS of computing power.
  • It supports many AMD technologies such as AMD Freesync technology, AMD Eyefinity and DirectX 12 etc.
  • AMD TrueAudio technology enables you to recreate high-quality rich sound gaming environment.
  • AMD Eyefinity technology is used to multiply your working area by combining multiple monitor displays.
  • DirectX 12 support results in lower latency, better image quality and lower power consumption.
  • It also supports United Video Decoder 3 (UDV3) which helps you in playing BluRay movies at 1080p and beyond.

4. MSI R9 390 8G – Check Best Deals

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  • An AMD R9 390 Chipset with 8GB DDR5 RAM. Its core clock is 1000 MHz in silent mode whereas 1040 and 1060 MHz in Gaming and OverClocked (OC) mode respectively.
  • On the other hand, it memory is clocked at 6000 MHz in Base mode whereas 6100 MHz in OC Mode. Its Memory-bus interface is 512-bit.
  • It can support a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and also able to support 3 Display at any given time, simultaneously.
  • Next-Gen Twin Frozr V fans, which is smaller, quiteir and more effecient than previous ones. This twins have ZeroFrozr technology which causes them to make no noise in less-intensive situations. They also got Airflow Control technology , which also them to get more air flow into their heat pipes and, as a result of this,  enhance the dissipation efficiency.
  • Apart from those Twin fans, you’ll also get a TORX fan. It has a Traditional Fan Blade – for more air dispersion – and one Dispersion Blade to maximize heat dissipation.
  • There is another handy tool – called MSI Afterburner. For those who don’t know, MSI Afterburner is a globally-recognized GPU-overclocking Tool. Good thing about this tool is its very easy interface where you get all detailed information about your graphics card. SO that you can make changes with ease.

 

3. PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB: Check Best Deals

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  • A Nvidia GTX 980 Ti GPU with 6GB of DDR5 RAM — 980 Ti is a notch better than regular Geforce GTX 980 GPU.
  • A huge amount of Nvidia CUDA cores — 2816 to be precise — to deliver to a 4K performance you don’t find very often.
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC technology ensures that you’ll have butter-like smooth gaming experience.
  • Other goodies include NVIDIA GameStream technology, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync and OpenGL 4.4 & OpenCL support.
  • Its base clock is 1000 MHz, which you can boost, up to 1076 MHz. Apart from this, it has a memory interface and Memory bandwidth of 384 bits and 336.48 GB-per second respectively.
  • It also supports four concurrent displays such as: Dual-link DVI, HDMI, Three DisplayPort 1.2.

What Others Say About It:

“The GTX 980 Ti is a hugely impressive card. Its performance is close to Nvidia’s Titan X, with the cut-down memory configuration appearing to have little impact – and it also trounces the GTX 980 in every important benchmark” – TechRadar.

Our Verdict:

While it easily beats down all of other Nvidia’ Production line – and many of AMD’s too – it is only half as capable as Titan X. But you would have to keep its price in your mind, it is less expensive than Titan.

 

2. Asus GeForce GTX Titan X: Check Best Deals

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Although GTX TITAN X uses same Nvidia Maxwell architecture used by other cards in GTX 900 series, this card is waaaayyyy faster than the former. Let’s conider the sheer size of their chips, for example. GTX 980 has an almost 400mm² whereas Titan X’ chip-size is more than 550mm². Let’s find out its other specs.

  • More than 8 billion transistors, it got — an insane amount!. If you compare it with other cards including AMD, next on the list is AMD Radeon R9 290X with almost 6 billion transistors.
  • Titan X’ maxwell chip is also faster than the last generation Titan X’ chip that was released in 2013 — despite being physically smaller.
  • Its stream processors are also larger than GTX 980 — 3072 against 2072. These stream processors are divided into six Graphics Processing Clusters — the GTX 980 has 4 of these.
  • Its core is clocked at 1000MHz with boost speed up to 1075MHz — a little less than common within latest graphics cards. But that thing can be a little blessing in disguise. I am saying it because it can perform 6.2 TFLOPS (Trillion Floating-point Opertions Per Second). TFLOPS is a measure of how much and how fast a machine can do operations. GTX 980 performs about 4.6 TFLOPS.
  • TITAN X is the first graphics card to boast the mammoth 12GB DDR5 RAM that is clocked at 1753MHz. It has a 384-bit memory bus interface and has 336GB/s bandwidth.
  • Support for DirectX 12, Nvidia G-Sync, Nvidia’s DSR and MFAA etc.
  • ASUS GU Tweak Utility can help you in tweaking and changing Graphics setting.

Bottom Line:

While this is one of the two best Graphics cards out there, it is very expensive. But its graphics ability is huge, even 1440p gaming is bit of a dry-run for this beast. So buy it only for have a gaming rig that can consume its power. In short, buy it only if you want to future-plan your gaming rig and want 4K gaming or beyond that.

1. EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN Z: Check Best Deals

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Well, here is The Beast(No, it’s not about Brock Lesnar). It is most powerful, most advanced — and most expensive too — graphics card ever made. It is so powerful that 4K or even beyond that, would be a breeze. let’s take a look at its specifications.

  • First of all, it has the same 12GB DDR5 RAM that featured in TITAN X. One big difference between the RAMs of both cards, is Memory  clock speed. TITAN Z’ RAM has 4x more memory clock speed (7Gbps) than that of TITAN X.
  • Memory-bus interface of their Video meories is also different. TITAN Z has a 768-bit memory-interface, in comparison TITAN X has a 384-bit bus interface.
  • It has a single high-speed PCI-Express slot, making it perfect for even gaming PCs with small form factor. It has 5760 CUDA cores.
  • Apart from Gaming Enthusiasts, it is very helpful for scientists (to do very precise calculations), videographers (to do extyensive video tasks) as well as Computer Programmers and Developers.
  • It’s base clocked at 705 MHZ while you can boost it up to 876 MHz.
  • Nvidia’s other technologies are supported such as NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready and NVIDIA SLI etc.

According to Nvidia: Putting this power in perspective, a single GeForce GTX TITAN Z system powered by three GTX TITAN Z graphics cards can run the same workloads as Google Brain, Google’s massive $5M neural network….For videographers, GeForce GTX TITAN Z can accelerate real-time color correction in Davinci Resolve by 12x compared to systems running on the CPU alone, and at twice the speed as the highest-end Mac Pro.

Bottom Line:

While it is very expensive TITAN Z has many benefits. It is best for each among gamers, scientists and those who do image processing and programming. As of now, its List price is almost $3K on Amazon. But it is a type of card you need not to replace even after 7 years or so.

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Muhammad Asfand Yar, or Asfand as his friends call, is Author cum Owner of List Enthusiast. Blogging is his old new-found love. He writes to boost his Knowledge - and yours too. He usually remains in front of computer screen - even when he isn't writing any Blog post - doing computer programming. C++ is his passion. Catch him on twitter @asfandyar12.