Top-five graphics cards to buy going into 2017 and for early 2017 so the emphasis is mostly on price to performance for this lineup we got some also cards from Team Red AMD and some awesome cards from the Green Team NVidia let’s get right into this top five with number 5.
5 – XFX RX 460 2GB
I’m going in order of lowest price to highest prize hitting those different price points so we’re starting off with an entry-level GPU at the hundred-dollar price category I’m going with my boy AMD with RX 460 this one from XFX going for just ninety nine dollars right now there’s also some offerings with melon rebates ten twenty dollars in some cases you could effectively get this sub ninety dollars and at that point the price to performance the cost per frame is really killing it edges out that got 1052 gigabyte buried by a smidge and i really like to see that and this is after the fact of those Kristen relive driver updates is showing up to eight percent FPS performance increases for the red team something i really like to see so since Polaris was launched there’s been a real commitment to improving the utilization of the hardware with in November alone 29 driver updates and hopefully this performance appreciation we’ve seen out of the hardware is a only a precursor of what’s to come in the new API Direct X 12 and Vulcan so moving along now to number four.
4 – XFX RX 470 OC 4GB
we have another one from Team Red AMD the RX 470 this one from x.x another full review on this card has a hard squabble detachable fan so you can put different fan colors in there to match your setup so this retails base price 180 although there is a melon rebate for twenty dollars effectively knocking down to 160 so for all of you that are ready to like don’t include mail-in rebates man either way 160-180 it’s still the king in this price category the RX 470 has sort of been the hidden him was all the emphasis on the 480 but the bottom line is relative to the 460 you’re getting about 80% performance upgrade going for that 470 some serious performance gains and only trails the RX for a tease performance by around ten percent and also one more thing to consider and this is relevant to all of Amy’s lineup is precinct and availability of this precinct monitors being a component of display port 1.2 a and generally offers greater affordability with racing monitor pricing compared to g-sync displays which required and video proprietary modules and moving along out to number three.
3 – MSI RX 480 4GB Armor
I really wanted to go with Team Green on this one of the gtx 1060 it’s just so close at two hundred dollar price category I’m going to go ahead and side with an RX 484 this one given the recent developments and the recent benchmarks that are coming out after the Crimson we live update showing nice little gain within a category that was already so razor-thin closed between the 480 and the 1060 that’s a 4 gigabyte 23 gigabyte variant and typically it’s not worth the extra buck and those large FPS game averages to go for something with a higher video buffer that would be the a gigabyte relative to the 480 and the six gigabyte relative to the 1060 it really is an important question of how long you plan on keeping the card as well as the forecast for the average game v ram usage going forward right now a large portion of popular games reside between two and three gigabytes but exceeding three gigabytes of 1080p in games like GTA 5 loading all those textures and for 1440p obviously a larger video buffer is really important little frame dips split-second stuttering for swapping data system memory or an overall reduction in FPS while drivers account for fear and inadequacy is more impactful here and for texture packs multi sampling anti-aliasing or if you plan on playing sky rim with lots of mods we definitely want to get that extra video buffer and lastly that lack of slid support with the 1060 could also be something that tips the skills in favor of team red as those crossfire set up those multi-gpu setups are becoming more mainstream and obviously the cost per frame of optimization scaling continues to improve it could definitely prove to be a worthwhile investment and i have to mention if you’re not all peas diet this is like the Polaris Pascal lineup but for some old genetic look at the r9 fury right now for two hundred forty dollars you’re probably familiar with a performance of this card does have four gigabytes of hpm memory but the performance of amazing for 240 if you don’t mind a little bit extra noise extra power consumption it’s still a pretty sweet deal with the latest crimson relive drivers you can use all the software the UI that has to offer you so moving along now to number 2.
2 – Gigabyte GTX 1070 Windforce OC
I’m skipping past 300 $350 the lineup there is just not the really not the sweet spot for price to performance I’m going to move up to the 400 our category and for 399 checkout 1072 card I’ve covered quite extensively on my channel for the different added board part of cars that are covered on a channel have really blown me away really get exceptional performance you’re killing 1080p taking advantage of that 144 hurts display or 1440p monitor just awesome and you can also dip your toe in the water down a little bit in 4k gaming especially you don’t mind turning the settings down and there definitely is a lot of open-air design added board partner cars to choose from I’m currently rocking the msi gaming X does have about a thirty-dollar premium 430 dollars and this might not be a bad choice either so the cost per frame might not be there and a lot of times it doesn’t really matter what kind of tie in custom PCB 10+2 or greater power face design and efficient cooling the card has it still doesn’t give as much performance increase as that silicon lottery that is the aspic quality of the particular chip in your car does that at least amount of voltage required to maintain operating frequency and the absence of pushing the power limit beyond what set AC quality is king but thankfully with these aftermarket air cars they do guarantee a certain base and boost clock frequency so be sure to check out my top five gtx 1070 video why list those guaranteed base and boost frequencies and for number one.
1 – Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1
we’re here already you test it the NVidia gtx 1080 well which one gigabyte gtx 1088 gigabyte graphics card for six hundred dollars on amazon right now this is just king of the jungle for super high refresh gaming at 1080p 1440p and you can pretty much play 4k getting you that micron g 5x memory you’ll be enjoying beautiful graphics for years to come or six hundred dollars to 1080i think is the enthusiast card to get so some other considerations with respect to all price categories AMD vs. NVidia in the past videos shadow play was one of the features that nudge me towards team green but it’s really nice to see with the Crimson relive driver AMD pass now its own video capture that’s more than comfortable to videos shadow play video capturing software that’s exceeding the Raptor capture and it can easily video capture desktop and games with negligible impact on gaming performance and you can even custom watermark with realist video capturing software among other features and it is worth considering given that we have seen tangible performance gains out of AMD and just six months through optimizing hardware so how the cookie crumbles say two years from now could be really important with respect to newer ape’s like Vulcan and Direct X 12 well that’s it for this video I hope you enjoyed my roundup of the top five graphics cards to buy going into 2017 and early 2017 for the take away from this article for me is how competitive it actually is its competitive at those price points $100 $200 you could go either way and a lot of those and that’s really what i like to say the fact that we can sit here and we could debate team red team reading or you go with that is so good for the consumer to see the competition so healthy so alive and fierce right now you guys know what to do thumbs up if you like this article comment have a comment down below let me know what graphics card you’re currently rocking in your system or you think a GPU should’ve made on this list without on here let me know down below.