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5 Best Budget Graphics Cards for 2021

by MH RISHAD - 07 Oct 2021
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1. Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT

 

  • 1647MHz Clock
  • 9GB VRAM
  • 9.2-Inches Long
  • 500-Watt PSU

The best budget graphics card If you’re looking for the best budget graphics card under $200, then an RX 5500 XT is currently your best bet. At times, you could find an RX 590 or GTX 1660 fr under $200, but as of right now the RX 590 is tough to find anywhere, and all of the GTX 1660s are over $200.

So, if you’ve got right at $200 to spend, the Gigabyte RX 5500 XT is your best bet. This Gigabyte card features Gigabyte’s dual fan WINDFORCE 2X configuration, a 1647MHz base block, and 8GB of VRAM. With its dual fan configuration, this RX 5500XT only measures in at 8.9-inches long, making it a good option for a small form-factor PC. Ultimately, the RX 5500XT will be able to handle any game on a 1080P with no problems. You should expect to play most games at that resolution on at least medium settings.

 

2. Gigabyte Radeon RX 580

 

Our runner-up budget GPU pick

 

  • 1340MHz Clock
  • 8GB VRAM
  • 9.1-Inches Long
  • 500-Watt PSU

 

 

If you don’t quite have $200 to spend, your next best bet is probably the another Gigabyte card, their Radeon RX 580 Gaming edition. The 580 has been around for a couple of years and it has always been a great option for gamers on a budget.

 

This card requires a 500-watt power supply, measures in at 9.1-inches long, and comes with 8GB of VRAM. It also has the same WINDFORCE 2X cooling configuration at the RX 5500 XT listed above.

 

3. XFX Radeon RX 570

The best sub-$150 graphics card

 

  • 1264MHz Clock
  • 4GB VRAM
  • 9.6-Inches Long
  • 500-Watt PSU

 

If you have a tighter budget and you can’t spend more than $150, this XFX Radeon RX 570 graphics card is a good option. The RX 570 lags a bit behind both the RX 5500 XT and the RX 580, but it will still run most games on a 1080P monitor on at least medium settings.

 

 

4. XFX Radeon RX 550

 

The best entry-level GPU

 

  • 1203MHz Clock
  • 4GB VRAM
  • 6.7-Inches Long
  • 350-Watt PSU

 

If you don’t have more than $100 to spend on a graphics card, you have a few options. As of right now, the best sub-$100 GPU is an RX 550. And, as of the time of updating this guide, the top RX 550 currently available is XFX’s Core edition.

 

5. EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super

 

Honorable mention #1

  • 1755MHz Clock
  • 4GB VRAM
  • 8.0-Inches Long
  • 350-Watt PSU

 

 

While it might seem that I have something against NVIDIA cards based on this article, the reality is that, at the current price points, AMD cards seem to make more sense in the sub-$200 price range.The RX 5500 XT outperforms the GTX 1650 Super and the RX 580’s extra 4GB of VRAM and lower price than the 1650 Super make it a better buy as well.

 

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