The best video cards for gaming?

By that, I mean the graphic cards that offer the best performance in video games at a given price. Why would you want that, you ask?

Because you want the best bang for the buck, because you want the best video card for your money and obviously, because you want the best gaming experience possible!

That said, I also do realize that not everyone has the time to read detailed video card reviews and to make sense of video card specifications.

This is why I write this guide for you: To help you save your time and money by doing the research for you and letting you know what are the best video cards for your money.

August 2016 update: What’s new?

  • Added Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060, 1070, 1080, 1070 SLI, Titan X, 1080 SLI and Titan X SLI recommendations
  • Added Radeon RX 480 recommendations

The AMD Radeon RX 470 was launched today, August 4th and as of today, it’s only listed on Newegg, but at $210 and out of stock. At the price, I don’t recommend it, seeing as you can get a more powerful RX 480 instead.

The RX 470 4GB should be eventually available for $179.99, which is a better price. At that price, you get 85-90% of the RX 480 performance, but save $20. It’s a good choice for gaming at 1080p. That said, spending $20 more for the RX 480, which offers better performance and is available now at that price, could make more sense for you.

The AMD Radeon RX 460 is set to be launched on August 8th, at a price of $99 for the 2GB version and $129 for the 4GB version. Considering the lack of competition in that price range (the Geforce GTX 750 Ti has been around for a long time), I expect the RX 460 to be the new best choice at that price range.

The Geforce GTX 1060 and 1080 prices are starting to lower towards what they should be. The GTX 1070 is still $20 over what it should sell for ($379), but considering the high demand and lack of competition, this isn’t surprising.

Please note that:

1- This list is based on the best U.S. and the best Worldwide prices for new video cards from NewEgg, Amazon and B&H that I’ve seen when I published this article.
2- We can’t keep up with daily prices fluctuations, but our recommendations are based on the average prices that we’ve seen lately.
3- Each video card performance will vary based on the games that you play; some games run better on Nvidia cards and some run better on AMD cards.
4- Using multiple video cards require video cards that support this (for example, you cannot run two Geforce GTX 1060 in SLI!), a motherboard that supports CrossFire/SLI. Additionally, you need a case with enough space and airflow to install and run multiple graphics cards. You’ll also want a more powerful power supply.
5- These recommendations are based on video game performance. These video cards are overkill if you don’t play videos games and may not suit your needs for a Workstation.

Best entry level (HD – 720p – 1366 x 768) video cards:

Best Video Card for $50:

Geforce GT 730

– Get the Geforce GT 730 GDDR5 from Amazon
$51.99 – MSI GeForce GT 730 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
$50.99 – MSI GeForce GT 730 (Newegg)

Radeon R7 240 vs Geforce GT 730:

The Geforce GT 730, equipped with GDDR5 memory on a 64-bit wide memory bus, offers a significant step-up in performance compared to the Radeon R7 240. At its current price point, it’s pretty much unmatched.

I specifically recommend the MSI Geforce GT 730, equipped with 1GB of GDDR5 memory on a 64-bit wide memory bus. It is one of the, if not the least expensive and offers what you want for the best performance on the Geforce GT 730: A 64-bit bus (models with a 128-bit bus have a significantly lower performance GPU) and GDDR5 (DDR3 significantly lowers performance).

Note that the GT 730 doesn’t need any additional power connector, it gets all the power that it needs from the PCI-Express 16x slot, so it’s a good choice if your PC’s power supply output is limited.

Is it for you? Only if:

  • You’re on a very tight budget and cannot afford to spend more than $70.
  • You only play older and not very demanding video games.
  • You play at a low resolution, such as a 1366 x 768 (monitor) or 720p (HD TV).

For those cases, the Geforce GT 730 is an entry level video card perfectly capable of matching your needs.

Otherwise, get a more powerful video card. Most people will need a more powerful video card to get a good gaming experience.

What video games can the Geforce GT 730 1GB GDDR5 run smoothly?

This video card will do the job if you run your video games at a resolution of 1366 x 768 or 720p (HD, not Full HD), although you might have to lower details in the most demanding games.

Avoid:
1- Models that come with DDR3 and 128-bit wide memory bus. The GPU in those models offers lower performance, so stick to models equipped with GDDR5 and a 64-bit wide memory bus.
2- Wasting your money on 2GB of memory, it won’t make any difference in performance at this level. The PNY model , while the EVGA is available from B&H who ships pretty much anywhere in the world.

Best Video Card for $100:

Geforce GTX 750 Ti:

– Get the Geforce GTX 750 Ti 2GB from Amazon
– Get the PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB GDDR5 from Amazon
– Get the ASUS GeForce GTX 750Ti GDDR5 2GB from Amazon
$94.99 – ZOTAC GTX 700 GeForce GTX 750 (Newegg)
$111.99 – MSI N750TI-2GD5/OC G-SYNC (Newegg)
$114.50 – EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)

The Geforce GTX 750 Ti 2GB offers a significant step up in performance compared to the Geforce GT 730 and it’s more affordable than ever.

Performance wise, the Geforce GTX 750 Ti overall outperforms the Radeon R7 260X 2GB, according to TechSpot.

The Geforce GTX 750 Ti draws all the power that it needs (~60W) from the PCI-Express 16x slot and doesn’t require an additional power connector, so if your power supply output is limited, it’s a great choice.

Avoid Geforce GTX 750 Ti models with only 1GB of memory
The Geforce GTX 750 Ti is powerful enough to take advantage of 2GB of memory. Considering the small price difference between 1GB and 2GB models, you’re making a better choice by going with the 2GB model.

What video games can the Geforce GTX 750 Ti 2GB run smoothly?

This video card is capable of handling the vast majority of games if you run them at a resolution of 1600 x 900 or lower.

Best Entry-level Full HD (1080p) video card:

Best Video Card for $130:

Radeon R7 370 2GB

– Get the Gigabyte AMD R7 370 from Amazon
$129.99 – SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon R7 370 (Newegg)

The R7 370 has no problem outperforming the GTX 750 Ti, according to the TechReport.

Originally priced around $150, the R7 370 was overpriced at launch, in my humble opinion.

Now that it can be found for $130, it’s a much more interesting option.

That said, keep an eye on the price of the Geforce GTX 950. If you can find one for the same price as the Radeon R7 370, get the GTX 950 instead, as it offers more performance.

What video games can the Radeon R7 370 2GB run smoothly?

This video card is capable of handling the vast majority of games if you run them at a resolution of 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080, although at 1080p you might have to lower details for more demanding games.

Best mid range video cards:

Best Video Card for $150:

Geforce GTX 950 2GB

EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB
$144.95 – ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)
$149.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 950 (Newegg)

Alternatives

  1. $149.95 – ASUS GeForce GTX 950 (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)
  2. $149.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GD5 OCV1 (B&H – Worldwide Shipping
  3. $153.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 950 Overclocked (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)

Launched in August 2015, the GTX 950 is a cut-down version of the Geforce GTX 960, offering most of its performance with a significantly lower price.

AMD offers the R7 370 at the $130 price point, but it’s no match for the more powerful GTX 950, which also consumes less power than the R7 370.

It’s capable of running older games with high details at 1920 x 1080 and newer games will run smoothly at resolutions up to 1600 x 900 smoothly. Newer games will be playable at 1920 x 1080 too, you might just need to turn down the graphic settings to get acceptable frame rates.

What video games can the Geforce GTX 950 2GB run smoothly?

This video card is capable of handling your video games if you run them at a resolution of 1600 x 900 with details at high, as well as most games at 1920 x 1080, although you may have to lower details in the most demanding games.

Best Mid range Video Cards:

Ideal for 1080p, acceptable for 1440p

Best Video Card for $200:

Radeon RX 480 4GB

$199.99 – SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 480 (Newegg)
$199.99 – XFX Radeon RX 480 (Newegg)

Launched on June 29th 2016, the RX 480 is available with 4GB or 8GB of memory. I recommend the 4GB version, seeing as the 8GB version is currently priced too close to the higher performance Geforce GTX 1060 for me to be able to recommend it.

That said, the 4GB RX 480 offers unmatched performance at the $200 price point, it’s only 10% or so slower than the $250 GTX 1060 and for $200, it’s easy for me to recommend it.

Alternative:

  1. $229.99 – SAPPHIRE RX 480 NITRO+ – This RX 480 is equipped with an after-market dual-fan cooler and runs at higher frequencies. It’s a good choice if you don’t mind spending a bit more for a more quiet card than the reference versions. If you don’t mind additional noise and prefer to save $30, get the reference models above.

Best Video Card for $250:

Geforce GTX 1060 6GB

– Get the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 from Amazon
– Get the  $299.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)
-Get the $259.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 (Newegg)

Alternative:

From Amazon

  1. PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  2. EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC
  3. ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG
  4. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini
  5. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition
  6. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1
  7. MSI GeForce GTX 1060 VR

From B&H (Worldwide Shipping):

  1. $279.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OC
  2. $299.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G
  3. $299.99 – EVGA GTX 1060 GAMING
  4. $299.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060

From Newegg:

  1. $249.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GT OC
  2. $249.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini
  3. $249.99 – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE
  4. $249.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1060
  5. $249.99 – PNY GeForce GTX 1060
  6. $249.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060
  7. $259.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060
  8. $269.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GTX 1060 ARMOR 6G OC
  9. $279.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1060 
  10. $279.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP
  11. $289.99 – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060
  12. $289.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1060
  13. $309.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB ROG
  14. $329.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

Performance: Geforce GTX 1060 vs AMD RX 480, GTX 960/980
Compared to the last generation GTX 960, the GTX 1060 is significantly faster, trading blows with the GTX 980!

Compared to the RX 480, the GTX 1060 more often than not has the performance edge. At 1080p, it’s on average about 10-15% faster than the RX 480. At 2560 x 1440, this performance advantage shrinks, but I’d still recommend the GTX 1060 over the RX 480. Also, you could argue that for gaming at 2560 x 1440, you’d be better served by a more powerful video card.

Geforce GTX 1060: Not SLI compatible!

Do note that the Geforce GTX 1060 is NOT SLI compatible.

Power consumption:
The Geforce GTX 1060 consumes very little power considering how powerful it is. Under gaming load, it uses 120-135W. This is less than AMD’s Radeon RX 480: The GTX 1060 consumes 5-7W less at idle and roughly 30-45W less at load.

What video games can the Geforce GTX 1060 6GB run smoothly?
This the ideal card if you want a card capable of handling games at 1920 x 1080 (1080p or Full HD), with details at or close to maximum settings in most games. 2560 x 1440 can be handled too, although you might have to reduce quality settings to get frame rates as high as you’d like.

Best High End video cards:

Best Video Card for $400:

Geforce GTX 1070 8GB

– Get the Geforce GTX 1070 8GB from Amazon
$399.99 – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX (Newegg)
$458.95 – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)

Alternatives:

From Amazon:

  1. ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ROG STRIX OC
  2. EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders
  3. MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  4. MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  5. MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  6. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP
  7. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  8. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 256 bit
  9. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070
  10. EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING
  11. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP
  12. ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition Graphics Cards
  13. MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  14. EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING
  15. EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING
  16. MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  17. MSI Video Card GTX 1070 SEA HAWK EK X 8GB GDDR5 256Bit PCI

From B&H:

  1. $419.95 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Aero 8G OC
  2. $429.95 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070
  3. $429.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1070
  4. $429.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX1070 8GB
  5. $429.99 – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1
  6. $439.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC
  7. $445.00 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW
  8. $448.89 – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070
  9. $449.00 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP
  10. $449.00 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  11. $449.00 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Founders
  12. $449.95 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G
  13. $449.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1070
  14. $449.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  15. $449.99 – EVGA GEFRC GTX 1070
  16. $459.99 – ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix OC
  17. $489.95 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Sea Hawk X

From Newegg:

  1. $409.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 X
  2. $429.99 – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070
  3. $429.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1070
  4. $429.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX
  5. $439.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP
  6. $439.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX
  7. $439.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX
  8. $439.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX
  9. $449.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FE DirectX
  10. $449.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX
  11. $469.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX
  12. $484.98 – GTX 1070 Bundle: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070
  13. $498.99 – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX
  14. $519.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX
  15. $539.99 – MSI GeForce GTX

Offering 80% of the performance of the Geforce GTX 1080 for 60% of the price!

Compared to the $650 Geforce GTX 1080, the $379 Geforce GTX 1070 offers roughly 80% of its performance for significantly less money.

Compared to last generation GTX 970, you get 55-60% more performance at 1440p.

For gaming at 1080p or 1440p with very high framerates, the Geforce GTX 1070 is ideal.

The GTX 1080 is ideal if you want even higher performance at 1440p or run games at 4K with decent framerates.

The GTX Titan X is what you want for solid 4K performance.

Geforce GTX 1070 vs AMD:

Unfortunately, AMD currently has no product that can compete with the GTX 1070. Simply put, they are one generation behind Nvidia in the high-end market.

AMD was expected to launch their new high-end video cards, based on the Vega 10 and Vega 11 GPUs, early in 2017, but there are now rumors that the launch has been set earlier, in October 2016. Those are rumors and in the meantime, the GTX 1070 is here.

Best Video Cards For $650:

Geforce GTX 1080 8GB

– Get the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 from Amazon
$649.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX 12 08G-P4-6183-KR (Newegg)
$649.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 Graphics Card (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)

70% of Titan X performance for 55% of the price

The Geforce GTX 1080 offers on average 70% of the performance that the $1200 Geforce Titan X offers, while costing 45% less, making it a more valuable proposition than the fastest video card.

Compared to the GTX 980? You get roughly 65% more performance at 1440p and 70% more performance at 4K.
Compared to the GTX 1070? You get a 20% performance boost.

That said, the GTX 1080 offers borderline performance if you want to play at a 4K resolution. It’s doable, but you’ll most likely have to lower graphic settings to get decent FPS.

That said, for gaming at 1080p or 1440p, the GTX 1080 has absolutely no problem. Same goes for VR.

Unfortunately, AMD currently has no product that can compete with the GTX 1080. Simply put, they are one generation behind Nvidia in the high-end market.

AMD was expected to launch their new high-end video cards, based on the Vega 10 and Vega 11 GPUs, early in 2017, but there are now rumors that the launch has been set earlier, in October 2016. Those are rumors and in the meantime, the GTX 1070 is here.

Why do I recommend the EVGA GTX 1080?

1- EVGA customer support is the best in the industry. If you have any problem with your card, you can rely on them to get useful answers in a timely manner.
2- This particular card runs at higher frequencies than the reference Geforce GTX 1080, resulting in higher performance.
3- Double bearing fans, meaning it has a longer lifespan and is less likely to fail early like cheaper sleeve fans.
4- EVGA makes some of the most reliable video cards in the industry.

Alternative models
– From Amazon:

  1. ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
  2. MSI Computer GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR
  3. MSI Computer GeForce GTX 1080 AERO OC
  4. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP
  5. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080
  6. PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  7. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW DT GAMING ACX
  8. MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1080 VR Ready
  9. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX 12 GTX 1080 GAMING
  10. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  11. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0
  12. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  13. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  14. ZOTAC ZT-P10800B-10P GeForce 8GB GDDR5X GTX 1080 AMP
  15. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC GAMING ACX 3.0
  16. MSI Computer GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK EK X Graphics Cards
  17. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING ACX 3.0
  18. MSI Computer GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK X Graphics Cards

– From Newegg:

  1. $649.99 – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080
  2. $669.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP
  3. $679.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX
  4. $699.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX
  5. $699.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 FE DirectX
  6. $699.99 – PNY GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  7. $699.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  8. $719.99 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX OC
  9. $729.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP
  10. $749.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX
  11. $769.99 – GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX
  12. $809.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX

– From B&H (Worldwide Shipping):

  1. $659.95 – MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Aero 8G OC
  2. $666.55 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080
  3. $669.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP
  4. $679.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC
  5. $699.00 – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080
  6. $699.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW
  7. $699.99 – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1
  8. $699.99 – MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  9. $699.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  10. 699.99 – ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix GeForce GTX 1080
  11. $729.95 – ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  12. $729.99 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  13. $739.99 – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme
  14. $749.99 – ASUS Republic of Gamers Strix OC GeForce GTX 1080
  15. $762.50 – MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G
  16. $779.95 – MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X

Best Video Card for $800:

Two Geforce GTX 1070 in SLI

– Two – ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Turbo Edition (Amazon) in SLI
– $859.98 – Two ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Turbo (B&H – Worldwide Shipping) in SLI
– $819.98 – Two ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 TURBO (Newegg) in SLI

Looking for more performance than what the GTX 1080 can offer?

The first step up is two Geforce GTX 1070 in SLI. When SLI is supported, they offer a lot of performance for the money.

Multiple video cards drawbacks:
But that’s the problem: Other than the obvious increase in noise, power consumption and heat from having multiple video cards, SLI won’t give you a 100% performance boost. Expect a 30 to 70% performance boost on average, depending on the game, resolution and SLI support. Worse case scenario? You only get the performance of a single card.

Also, on the release date of a new game, SLI profiles may or may not be ready. Usually available in a matter of days, you might have to wait weeks or months for SLI support.

Also, VR games don’t quite support SLI yet. After all, we’re still in VR’s early days.

Simply put, if you want more performance than the GTX 1080 without messing with multiple video card setup, move up to the Nvidia GTX Titan X recommended below.

Which cooling system works best for multiple video cards?
You’re better off with models that have a closed cooler, because they exhaust the heat outside of your case, keeping your other components cooler. This avoid situations where the hot air from the bottom card warms up the top card too much and might make it overheat, thus possibly reducing performance.

Make sure to use the new Geforce GTX SLI HB bridge to link them in SLI.

Best Video Card for $1200-$1300:

Nvidia GTX Titan X (Pascal)

$1200 – Nvidia Titan X

Do you want more performance and don’t care about the price? The Nvidia Titan X is the most powerful video card, offering about 30% more performance than the Geforce GTX 1080 at 4K.

If you’re looking for a video card that can keep up with 4K and high graphic details, the Nvidia Titan X is the answer to your needs.

At $1200, it’s anything but cheap, but if you’re willing to spend the get the best video card, this is it.

If you prefer to save money, the Geforce GTX 1080 offers 70% of the performance for 55% of the price.

Note that the Nvidia Titan X is currently only available directly from Nvidia.

Unfortunately, AMD currently has no product that can compete with the GTX Titan X. Simply put, they are one generation behind Nvidia in the high-end market.

AMD was expected to launch their new high-end video cards, based on the Vega 10 and Vega 11 GPUs, early in 2017, but there are now rumors that the launch has been set earlier, in October 2016. Those are rumors and in the meantime, the GTX 1070 is here.

Alternative: Two Geforce GTX 1080 in SLI

– Two ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Turbo (Amazon)
– $1299.98 – Two ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO (Newegg)
– $1333.10 – Two ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 (B&H – Worldwide Shipping)

Do you want more performance than what the fastest GPU can offer and don’t mind messing with SLI profiles, not getting a performance boost in VR and sometimes having to wait a bit for SLI support with newer games?

In that case, get two Geforce GTX 1080 and team them up in SLI for even more performance than a single GTX Titan X in games that support SLI.

Multiple video cards drawbacks:
Other than the obvious increase in noise, power consumption and heat from having multiple video cards, SLI won’t give you a 100% performance boost. Expect a 30 to 70% performance boost on average, depending on the game, resolution and SLI support. Worse case scenario? You only get the performance of a single card.

Also, on the release date of a new game, SLI profiles may or may not be ready. Usually available in a matter of days, you might have to wait weeks or months for SLI support.

Also, VR games don’t quite support SLI yet. After all, we’re still in VR’s early days.

Which cooling system works best for multiple video cards?
You’re better off with models that have a closed cooler, because they exhaust the heat outside of your case, keeping your other components cooler. This avoid situations where the hot air from the bottom card warms up the top card too much and might make it overheat, thus possibly reducing performance.

Make sure to use the new Geforce GTX SLI HB bridge to link them in SLI.

Best Video Card for $2400:

Two GTX Titan X (Pascal) in SLI

  – $2400 – Two Nvidia Titan X in SLI

Do you want even more performance? Take the Titan X, the current most powerful video card and buy a second one!

That’s right, get two Titan X and put them in SLI.

This is a very expensive but also very powerful setup, for those of you who want to game with very high framerates at 2560 x 1440 or 4K.

Just keep in mind the multiple video cards drawbacks too.

Make sure to use the new Geforce GTX SLI HB bridge to link them in SLI.

Note that the Nvidia Titan X is currently only available directly from Nvidia.

Note that I don’t recommend 3 or 4 video cards in SLI for the GTX 1070/1080/Titan X. Games won’t benefit from more than 2 cards, because Nvidia no longer support 3 or 4 way SLI outside of benchmarks such as 3D Mark Fire Strike.

Closing notes:

I hope that you enjoyed the latest edition of The Best Video Cards For Gaming article.

If you have a question or feedback, I invite you to leave a comment below this article.

A few important recommendations and notes regarding video cards:

1- Get the latest version of the video card drivers directly from AMD or Nvidia. This will ensure that you get the latest bug fixes and the best performance possible from your video card(s).

2- To confirm whether Crossfire or SLI is working or not, use GPU-Z which will show that information to you in the last field at the bottom of the program.

3- SLI Guide: How to enable SLI, check if SLI is enabled, actually working in your game and what to do if it’s not is a great guide from the Notebook Review forums.

4- When using two or more video cards in Crossfire or SLI, you want to connect your monitors into the top video card, i.e. the video card that is the closest to the CPU.

5- Most video cards require one or two PCI-Express 6 or 8 pin power connector(s) to be plugged into them to function properly. Make sure that your power supply comes equipped with enough 6 and/or 8 pin connectors for your video cards.