Best Graphics Cards for 1080p Gaming in 2020: A GPU Buying Guide

1080p is still the most widely used resolution among gamers. It’s not just the price, but the flexibility that comes with it. At 1440p and 4K, reaching 100 FPS is costly and at times quite impossible. For eSports and fast-paced shooters, high frame rates are more important than the visual quality, therefore 1080p. In this post, we’ll recommend the best graphics cards for 1080p gaming, along with the preferred partner models:

Best Budget Graphics Card for 1080p Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super

Price: $159.99|Rs. 13,600

Core Count1280
Boost Clock1725MHz
Memory4GB GDDR6
Memory Speed12 Gbps
Bus Width128-bit
Power Connector6-pin

The GeForce GTX 1650 Super is easily the best budget graphics card for 1080p gaming. It delivers consistent near-60 FPS in every modern title at the ultra quality preset. To top it off, it costs a mere $160, even less if you can get a discount coupon or mail-in rebate.

Upon overclocking, it manages to catch up to the more expensive GTX 1660, and it unlike Navi it doesn’t heat up, even on a single fan design.

Best Graphics Card for 1080p 120 Hz Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super

Price: $229|Rs. 18,999

Core Count1408
Boost Clock1860MHz
Memory6GB GDDR6
Memory Speed14 Gbps
Bus Width192-bit
Power Connector8-pin

The GeForce GTX 1660 Super is essentially a 1660 with faster GDDR6 memory. It beats the GTX 1660 Ti while costing less, offering 100+ FPS in most shooters and eSports titles. Even in taxing games like The Division 2 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, you can expect nearly 80 FPS at the ultra quality preset.

Best Graphics Card for 1080p 144Hz Gaming: AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

Price: $289|Rs. 26,499

Core Count2304
Boost Clock1,750MHz
Memory8GB GDDR6
Memory Speed14 Gbps
Bus Width192-bit
Power Connector8-pin

The Radeon RX 5600 XT launch was a bit of a mess. There were a dozen partner cards, each offering varying levels of performance. While some of them are well faster than the RTX 2060 and nearly on par with the RX 5700, many weren’t. We’ll save you the trouble and recommend the best RX 5600 XT board partner model, the Sapphire Pulse RX 5600 XT. It runs cool, boosts the highest and the BIOS update process is real simple. You get performance in the ballpark of a Radeon RX 5700, nearly on par with the much more expensive RTX 2060 Super.

Read more here:

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Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.

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