Graphics cards may be not a bid deal for an average PC user who occasionally play a game or so on his machine.
But it definitely is, for those who love to play Graphics-Intensive games continuously.
So I am not exaggerating when I say that a Having a good Graphics Card is more even critical than having a good CPU – if you want to create your ultimate Gaming Rig.
Because, as we see, Graphics cards directly influence frame rate and that’s why they (Graphics cards) matters a lot — most actually. They matter more than your 4K Monitors, more than your Broadwell CPUs and yes, even more than your Gaming Mice and Keyboards.
I see many people out there using Graphics card and GPU as each other’s synonyms. Well, that is not correct. On a technical side, a graphics card consists of a Video Memory (dedicated, it is) and a Graphical Processing Unit (GPU). Unlike your CPU, this processing unit is designed to do only gaming related tasks like 3D-rendering, texture-mapping and other calculations. In short, having a graphics card eases up your CPU and that’s why your PC works better.
So now what you may actually want to have a Graphics card. But there is one more teeny tiny problem though. The market is literally crowded different types of Graphics Cards like 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and even a 12GB EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN X. Having a confusion by so many choices is obvious.
But you know what, many sub-$300 graphics cards and more expensive than that, aren’t needed — unless you’re the one who is a rich stupid who have thousands for bucks to spend. I know what you’re thinking. I’ve written about $300 Graphics cards myself and have plans to write about more expensive cards in future. But, the point is, these expensive cards are for future. If you make a good investment in a card then you’ve actually future-proofed your gaming rig for at-least 3-4 years or possibly even more.
For most of now-a-days’ games, a sub-200 Graphics card is powerful enough to held its own. Major manufacturers of graphics cards are Nvidia and AMD. Both of their products line, features and limitations. But in both cases, you must also take a look that to which generation a graphics card belong instead of numbers only.
Let’s take a look on Nvidia’s line. A GTX 950 Graphics card is roughly 2x more powerful than GTX 750 one, even if they have same amount of memory, say 2GB. GPUBoss actually ran an en-detail comparison between these two.
One more thing, this list isn’t sorted and their is no such thing here that Graphics Card ‘A’ is better than ‘B’ one. Your choice depends on how much powerful gaming you want, how fast are your PC’ other components and how much money do you have. Having talk that much already, let’s formally begin this topic about best Graphics Cards under $200.
Best Graphics Cards Under 200
10. ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB: Buy Now
9. Asus GeForce STRIX 2GB: Buy Now
- A 2GB Nvidia GTX 950 Graphics card with 2GB DDR5 RAM.
- Its processor has a stock frequency of 1329 MHz while you can have it increased up to 1355 MHz in Over-Clock mode.
- Strix graphics cards perform 20% cooler and 3X quieter than any other graphics cards — thanks to their 0dB Fan Design.
- It has a 128-bit memory bus interface.
8. Sapphire Radeon R7 250: Buy Now
- 128-bit memory interface with 2GB DDR3 memory.
- One port of each of HDMI, VGA and DVI-D.
- Its processor is clocked at 1000 MHz while its memory speed is 900 MHz.
- It has support a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600.
Although this graphics card has no extraordinary feature, but it can play HD games at ease. One more thing to remember that it’s pretty cheap, almost less than $100. That price makes it a pretty fair deal, doesn’t it?
7. XFX Double D R9 280 : Buy Now
- 3 GB DDR5 SDRAM with 5000 MHz memory speed.
- It is clocked @ 827 MHz frequency.
- You can connect multi-HD displays or even a single 4K monitor with it .
- API support such as DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, and AMD’s own Mantle.
- It also provides some support for latest DirectX 12.
- You can have a lifetime warranty, only if you register on XFX’s website within 30 days of purchasing it.
6. EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB DDR5: Buy Now
- Nvidia GT 740 graphics card with 4GB DDR5 video memory — An old-gen graphics card but bigger memory.
- 128-bit memory bus interface and 5000 MHz speed.Base clocked at 1085 MHz.
- Other technologies such as Microsoft DirectX 12, NVIDIA PhysX technology, OpenGL 4.4, NVIDIA FXAA Technology and NVIDIA TXAA Technology etc.
5. MSI R7 370 GAMING 4G: Buy Now
- 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.
4. Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 4GB: Buy Now
- 4GB DDR5 memory and 1280 stream processors.
- 256-bit memory bus with 5600 MHz Effective Memory Clock.
- AMD features such as AMD HD3D Technology, AMD TrueAudio technology and AMD CrossFire etc.
- Other powerful feature-support like DirectX® 12, AMD Eyefinity technology (which is used for multi display) and LiquidVR.
- Its processor is clocked at 1020 MHz frequency while its memory speed is 1400 MHz.
3. XFX Double Dissipation R7 370: Buy Now
- An AMD Graphics Co-processor with 4GB of DDR5 memory.
- Base clock frequency is 995 MHz — you can bump it up to 1040 MHz — whereas as memory clock is 550Mz.
- 256-bit memory interface and 1024 Stream processors.
- One of the main advantages it has over Nvidia’s GTX 950 line is its size, because it has smaller size than the latter.
- Double dissipation fans for enhanced cooling.
While it is smaller in size and not as powerful as Nvidia GTX 950, one important thing to note is that it’s cheaper than GTX 950 graphics cards.
2. MSI GTX 960 2GB: Buy Now
- Stock porcessor pseed of 1178MHz and can be OverClocked up to 1241 MHz.
- 2 GB DDR5 RAM @ 7010MHz memory speed.
- 1 port for each of Dual-link DVI-I and HDMI whereas 3 Display Ports.
- 4096 X 2160 at 60 Hz is the maximum supported resolution for display. 2560 x 1600 @60 Hz and 4096×2160 @24 Hz are max. resolutions for Dual-link DVI-I and HDMI respectively.
1. Sapphire Radeon NITRO R9 380 : Buy Now
- It has 4 GB DDR5 video memory @ 1450MHz frequency with 256 bit Memory Bus interface.
- It has a default frequecny if
- One port each for HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D and DisplayPort.
- Handful of APIs are supported as OpenGL® 4.5, Shader Model 5.0 and DirectX® 12 etc.
- AMD Freesync technology helps it to monitor and tackle frame rate changes.
- Intelligent Fan control cause its fans to stop — if/when light-graphics games.
What Others Say about it:
Alex Stevens: We were very impressed with the Sapphire R9 380 Nitro’s performance and it should compete very well with Nvidia’s GTX 960, if not beat it, while remaining in price parity!