There are a lot of people who could probably use a video card upgrade. You have to drop all the way to 5th place in the Steam Hardware Survey GPU results before you find a current-gen card, and only three of the top ten models are Ampere models. If that includes you, well, do we have deals for you!
NVIDIA’s Ampere-based GeForce cards are as cheap as they’ve ever been. Between a large glut of stock that was aimed at the now skeletal cryptocurrency market and the drop in demand due to the impending launch of next-gen GPUs, these cards aren’t scaling the way vendors would like them to, meaning the prices continue to fall.
Thing is, it’s not like these cards are slow! This is because the release of new hardware does not suddenly slow down current hardware. Frankly, the latest GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD are overkill for the 1080p and even 1440p monitors that most gamers still use. Pick up one of these parts at a discount and it will meet your powerful gaming needs for years to come.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra, $979.99 at Amazon
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming OC 10G, $739.99 at Amazon
If that’s a little too rich for your blood, how about this Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming OC 10G (REV2.0) card. This model fixes the memory cooling problem that the original version had and should run quietly thanks to its huge extra long cooler and triple fan WINDFORCE 3X design. You can snag this one and its factory overclock to 90 MHz for $739.998% off MSRP.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC, $534 at Amazon
It won’t quite have the 4K60 gaming grunt of the two cards above, but flick through DLSS and this ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC card will crank through 4K gaming, even with ray tracing enabled. . We found the RTX 3070 to be neck-and-neck with the bigger, thirstier RTX 2080 Ti from a previous generation, and you can snag this card for $534 at the time of this writing.
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC 8G, $449.99 at Amazon
Rounding out our green team offerings is this Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gaming OC 8G (REV2.0) card. Aside from the more modest GPU, it’s quite similar to the RTX 3080 model above, just with an equally modest cooler size reduction. The RTX 3060 Ti is a powerful GPU for high refresh 1080p or 1440p gaming. Just check out our review of the Dell XPS 8950, which comes with one. You can get this one for only $449.99— $130 off the regular price.
Sonnet Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB, $599.99 at Amazon
If you’re bleeding Radeon Red, there are actually even more incredible deals to be had. This Radeon RX 6800 XT card will be the equivalent or better of the RTX 3080 card above outside of games using ray-tracing, and its 16GB of GDDR6 memory makes it well suited for future titles using gigantic textures. It’s available for only $599.99$150 off list price and $50 off AMD’s original MSRP.
PowerColor Fighter AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB, $419.99 at Amazon
The cheapest card among our picks today is no slouch. The PowerColor Fighter AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT comes with 12GB of GDDR6 memory and supports all the latest graphics features. This is actually very similar to the PlayStation 5’s GPU and will handle any title today at 1080p or 1440p resolution with aplomb. You can nab it for $50 off list price at $419.99.
It’s easy to look at these prices and think you might find a better deal on the used market, but given how heavily discounted these GPUs are, we’d probably advise against that. Many of the cheap GPUs flooding the used market have been treated badly on overheated mining farms and won’t come with a new product warranty.
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