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What's the best graphics card that you can currently get for around £200?

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I'm looking to replace my ageing AMD 6950, I'd like to be able to play newer games on very high settings at 1080p or ideally higher to future-proof it. Read More
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10m, 3w agoPosted 10 months, 3 weeks ago
I'm looking to replace my ageing AMD 6950, I'd like to be able to play newer games on very high settings at 1080p or ideally higher to future-proof it.
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10m, 3w agoPosted 10 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Probably for around that target a 4GB RX 480 could be had...the Gigabyte card is around £220. If you wait a bit then the RX 470 and 460 will be released which will be a touch cheaper.
#2
RX 480. It has just been released though, so stock is in high demand and you'd probably get a better deal if you waited a month or two.

Although don't expect huge performance jumps, it'll be around twice as fast.
#3
look out for heap gtx 970 for around £150 I paid £160 for one on prime day that was an opened box but a brand new card.
#4
The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.
#5
dxx
The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.

All graphics cards can be overclocked. While it is faster on paper the margin is so tiny (5-10%) that you're never going to notice any difference, it's certainly not worth paying a higher price for.
#6
dxx
The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.

Budget wise, pound for performance, the 480 beats the 1060 (esp the 8GB variant) and the slight performance gains the 1060 demonstrates is in the 2-3fps range.
#7
EndlessWaves
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The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.
All graphics cards can be overclocked. While it is faster on paper the margin is so tiny (5-10%) that you're never going to notice any difference, it's certainly not worth paying a higher price for.

AMD cards barely overclock any, if at all. Nvidia cards have enough headroom for a good 10%+ generally, which is enough to make enough of a difference to prevent stutters, or to prevent flickers if you're running a Vive. Check the reviews.
#8
ostinato
dxx
The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.
Budget wise, pound for performance, the 480 beats the 1060 (esp the 8GB variant) and the slight performance gains the 1060 demonstrates is in the 2-3fps range.

The £/perf ratio might be *fractionally* in the 480's favour, but upgrades should be about getting what's best within budget, not penny-pinching. Overall, the reviews I've read place the 1060 a good 5-10% ahead of AMD's latest dud, which is before overclocking. That's worth paying slightly more for, even if it does push the balance of value slightly out of favour.
#9
If the 480rx and 1060gtx are so close I guess the drivers and support would be a major issue. Nvidia are good with updates but AMD not so (in the past)
#10
dxx
ostinato
dxx
The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.
Budget wise, pound for performance, the 480 beats the 1060 (esp the 8GB variant) and the slight performance gains the 1060 demonstrates is in the 2-3fps range.
The £/perf ratio might be *fractionally* in the 480's favour, but upgrades should be about getting what's best within budget, not penny-pinching. Overall, the reviews I've read place the 1060 a good 5-10% ahead of AMD's latest dud, which is before overclocking. That's worth paying slightly more for, even if it does push the balance of value slightly out of favour.

You'd be hard pressed to distinguish the cards if you were using them side by side, on their own you stand no chance. So why shell out £20-30 more than you need to?

Going by arbitrary budgets or paying extra for 'best' options that are no better in practice just seems silly to me.

Overclocking is a niche feature and if it's worth it to you than that's fine but I doubt many people ever touch those settings on their card.

If you want to talk about unique features then The RX 480 boats support for DisplayPort adaptive sync (which they promote as Freesync). If you're likely to buy a new monitor within the life of the card and spend ~£200 or less on it then there will be a difference between the cards - The RX 480 will be noticably smoother. Even if you're spending £300 or more and can afford the GTX 1060's G-sync equivalent you'll likely get a better monitor or spend with the RX 480 because Adaptive Sync/Freesync versions of monitors are cheaper than their generally identical G-sync equivalents.

Graham1979
If the 480rx and 1060gtx are so close I guess the drivers and support would be a major issue. Nvidia are good with updates but AMD not so (in the past)

That's a statement that people have been repeating since the first AMD card I bought in 2003. I've had both over the years and never noticed either having big issues. The driver bugs that get publicised seem to be split fairly evenly between the two as well.

AMD did used to have the most abysmal installer for their drivers and I had a couple of oddities after updating drivers that cleared up after a reinstall but that seemed to have gotten much better by the time I got rid of my most recent AMD card.

I'll almost certainly be buying an RX 480 8GB myself in a couple of months time when stocks and prices have settled down.
#11
EndlessWaves
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ostinato
dxx
The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.
Budget wise, pound for performance, the 480 beats the 1060 (esp the 8GB variant) and the slight performance gains the 1060 demonstrates is in the 2-3fps range.
The £/perf ratio might be *fractionally* in the 480's favour, but upgrades should be about getting what's best within budget, not penny-pinching. Overall, the reviews I've read place the 1060 a good 5-10% ahead of AMD's latest dud, which is before overclocking. That's worth paying slightly more for, even if it does push the balance of value slightly out of favour.
You'd be hard pressed to distinguish the cards if you were using them side by side, on their own you stand no chance. So why shell out £20-30 more than you need to?
Going by arbitrary budgets or paying extra for 'best' options that are no better in practice just seems silly to me.
Overclocking is a niche feature and if it's worth it to you than that's fine but I doubt many people ever touch those settings on their card.
If you want to talk about unique features then The RX 480 boats support for DisplayPort adaptive sync (which they promote as Freesync). If you're likely to buy a new monitor within the life of the card and spend ~£200 or less on it then there will be a difference between the cards - The RX 480 will be noticably smoother. Even if you're spending £300 or more and can afford the GTX 1060's G-sync equivalent you'll likely get a better monitor or spend with the RX 480 because Adaptive Sync/Freesync versions of monitors are cheaper than their generally identical G-sync equivalents.
Graham1979
If the 480rx and 1060gtx are so close I guess the drivers and support would be a major issue. Nvidia are good with updates but AMD not so (in the past)
That's a statement that people have been repeating since the first AMD card I bought in 2003. I've had both over the years and never noticed either having big issues. The driver bugs that get publicised seem to be split fairly evenly between the two as well.
AMD did used to have the most abysmal installer for their drivers and I had a couple of oddities after updating drivers that cleared up after a reinstall but that seemed to have gotten much better by the time I got rid of my most recent AMD card.
I'll almost certainly be buying an RX 480 8GB myself in a couple of months time when stocks and prices have settled down.


Endless, what was your most recent AMD card? If there has been a big improvement I will go for the 8gb version I think. Just makes it more "future proof" than a 4gb card. I remember having a 64mb graphics card and playing medal of honour on full.
#12
Graham1979
EndlessWaves
dxx
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dxx
The 1060. It's faster than the 480 8GB across the board, and it can also be overclocked for an extra performance boost.
Budget wise, pound for performance, the 480 beats the 1060 (esp the 8GB variant) and the slight performance gains the 1060 demonstrates is in the 2-3fps range.
The £/perf ratio might be *fractionally* in the 480's favour, but upgrades should be about getting what's best within budget, not penny-pinching. Overall, the reviews I've read place the 1060 a good 5-10% ahead of AMD's latest dud, which is before overclocking. That's worth paying slightly more for, even if it does push the balance of value slightly out of favour.
You'd be hard pressed to distinguish the cards if you were using them side by side, on their own you stand no chance. So why shell out £20-30 more than you need to?
Going by arbitrary budgets or paying extra for 'best' options that are no better in practice just seems silly to me.
Overclocking is a niche feature and if it's worth it to you than that's fine but I doubt many people ever touch those settings on their card.
If you want to talk about unique features then The RX 480 boats support for DisplayPort adaptive sync (which they promote as Freesync). If you're likely to buy a new monitor within the life of the card and spend ~£200 or less on it then there will be a difference between the cards - The RX 480 will be noticably smoother. Even if you're spending £300 or more and can afford the GTX 1060's G-sync equivalent you'll likely get a better monitor or spend with the RX 480 because Adaptive Sync/Freesync versions of monitors are cheaper than their generally identical G-sync equivalents.
Graham1979
If the 480rx and 1060gtx are so close I guess the drivers and support would be a major issue. Nvidia are good with updates but AMD not so (in the past)
That's a statement that people have been repeating since the first AMD card I bought in 2003. I've had both over the years and never noticed either having big issues. The driver bugs that get publicised seem to be split fairly evenly between the two as well.
AMD did used to have the most abysmal installer for their drivers and I had a couple of oddities after updating drivers that cleared up after a reinstall but that seemed to have gotten much better by the time I got rid of my most recent AMD card.
I'll almost certainly be buying an RX 480 8GB myself in a couple of months time when stocks and prices have settled down.


Endless, what was your most recent AMD card? If there has been a big improvement I will go for the 8gb version I think. Just makes it more "future proof" than a 4gb card. I remember having a 64mb graphics card and playing medal of honour on full.


I personally use an R9 285 (pretty much last gen AMD as they came out around the same time as the 300 series) and I've personally had little to no issues with the card on both windows 8.1 and 10. Had a lot of unsigned drivers originally and needing to be on Beta drivers BUT that seems to have changed lately, beta drivers only being slightly ahead of the "stable" ones. I think these days driver support for both sides is great, especially on mainstream cards.

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