Test: AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti (2020)

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Winner
Gigabyte Radeon Rx 5700 Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Gv-R57GAMING OC-8GD Video Card
Good for Gaming
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6 DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0B with Windforce 2X Cooling System Graphic Cards- Gv-N166TWF2OC-6GD
Model
AMD Radeon RX 5700
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent May 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
AMD
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
1770 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448GB/s
12 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Outperforms the GTX 1660 by quite a lot
  • Fans turn off when there is low GPU load
  • Can handle 1080p and 1440p gaming
  • Great overall performance
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Cheaper than the competition
  • Better price-performance ratio
  • PCIe 4.0 support makes it future proof
Cons
  • No NVLink SLI support
  • No real-time ray tracing
Recommended by us?
Winner
Gigabyte Radeon Rx 5700 Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Gv-R57GAMING OC-8GD Video Card
Model
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent May 2020
Manufacturer
AMD
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Outperforms the GTX 1660 by quite a lot
  • Fans turn off when there is low GPU load
  • Can handle 1080p and 1440p gaming
  • Great overall performance
Cons
  • No NVLink SLI support
Recommended by us?
Good for Gaming
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6 DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0B with Windforce 2X Cooling System Graphic Cards- Gv-N166TWF2OC-6GD
Model
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
Memory bandwidth
12 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Cheaper than the competition
  • Better price-performance ratio
  • PCIe 4.0 support makes it future proof
Cons
  • No real-time ray tracing
Recommended by us?

AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti

The Radeon RX 5700 is one of the first two AMD graphics cards with navigation architecture and is manufactured using the 7-nm process.

It is a very popular mid to high-end graphics card amongst many gamers and video editors as it offers a better price-perfromance ratio than many comparable Nvidia GPUs.

But do you really need to spend a lot of money for a high-performing graphics card or is a mid-range graphics card more than enough for you?

We compare the AMD Radeon RX 5700 with the mid-range GPU Geforce GTX 1660 Ti from Nvidia. The GTX 1660 Ti was released at the beginning of 2019 and offers good performance for a comparable price of the RX 5700.

In the following you find our Test Results for both, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti. In the table on top you can see the winner in an Overview.

Test Results: AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti

Ranking Second: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti

Pros

  • Outperforms the GTX 1660 by quite a lot
  • Fans turn off when there is low GPU load
  • Can handle 1080p and 1440p gaming
  • Great overall performance

Cons

  • No NVLink SLI support

Great GPU for Gaming

After the GeForce RTX 2080, RTX 2070 and RTX 2060, Nvidia presents the next Turing-based notebook GPU – this time without raytracing cores, but with a more attractive price point.

We have subjected the GTX 1660 Ti to an initial performance check.

With the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, Nvidia rounds off its current high-end portfolio at the bottom end.

The DirectX 12 capable gaming model makes itself comfortable between the midrange segment and the upper class in terms of performance, which speaks for a good balance between price, speed and waste heat or power consumption.

In comparison to the more expensive Turing colleagues with RTX abbreviation, Nvidia saves the ray tracing capabilities, which are hardly used so far.

Only a handful of games currently support modern technology (e.g. Metro Exodus, Battlefield V & Shadow of the Tomb Raider) – and that with a massive performance loss, which is why the missing ray tracing doesn’t weigh too heavily in our eyes.

The specifications of the GTX 1660 Ti are partly reminiscent of the RTX 2060, so both GPUs offer a 6 GB GDDR6 memory, which is connected via 192 bit line.

Differences show up in the shader units and the clock. While the RTX 2060 contains whole 1,920 CUDA cores and runs with 960 to 1,200 MHz, the GTX 1660 Ti has to be content with 1,536 shaders, but in return reaches significantly higher 1,455 to 1,590 MHz.

Test system

The basis for our performance test is a barebone from Clevo. Since it is a presample, the results don’t have to correspond 1:1 to the finished product, but we don’t expect any major changes apart from the GPU driver (Beta ForceWare 419.25 was installed on the device).

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti

The equipment of the test configuration includes 32 GB DDR4-2.666 RAM (2x 16 GB in dual channel mode) and a NVMe SSD with 512 GB.

Intel’s brand new six-core Core i7-9750H chip is used as the processor, which in the end is a higher clocked version of the popular Core i7-8750H (2.6 – 4.5 GHz vs. 2.2 – 4.1 GHz).

A matt Full-HD display with 144 Hz, which does without G-Sync in favor of a graphic switching, takes care of the image rendering. We connected an external UHD display for our QHD and 4K measurements.

We would describe the test device’s clocking behavior as decent.

Whilst the Core i7-9750H doesn’t quite play out its turbo under the load of all cores (in Cinebench R15’s multi-core test, the clock rate breaks down to about 3.1 GHz after a short time), the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti exhausts its turbo potential quite well.

According to the tool GPU-Z, it averaged 1.665 MHz in the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark. As a maximum value we could elicit up to 1.905 MHz from the Turing chip.

Synthetic Benchmarks

DirectX 11

The Fire-Strike test of the current 3DMark can’t be missing in a performance comparison, of course.

With a GPU score of 14.193 points, the GTX 1660 Ti easily sprints past the old GTX 1060 and only has to admit defeat by 8% from the RTX 2060. The GTX 1070 can indeed set itself apart by 24% in this benchmark, but the gap is considerably smaller in our other measurements.

DirectX 12

The more demanding a benchmark is, the greater the lead over the GTX 1060: The GTX 1660 Ti is “only” about 25% faster in the Fire-Strike test, but almost 50% faster in the Time Spy test.

5.408 points also orientate themselves quite strongly on the GPU scores of the GTX 1070 (5.730 points) and RTX 2060 (5.735 points).

Gaming benchmarks

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 Ti

Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)

For most readers, the real gaming performance should be of primary interest. The GTX 1660 Ti doesn’t show any mercy here either.

Let’s take the multiplayer hit Battlefield V, for example. The GTX 1660 Ti achieves butter-soft 93 FPS in our benchmark sequence when using maximum details and 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (DirectX 11 mode without DLSS). GTX 1070 and RTX 2060 do break the 100 FPS mark, but the difference is so small that you shouldn’t notice any difference in practice.

QHD (2.560 x 1.440)

Even 2,560 x 1,440 pixels don’t bring the GTX 1660 Ti to its limits as quickly.

With around 69 FPS the ultra preset can still be played perfectly. The old GTX 1060 very often falls below the magic 60 FPS. GTX 1070 and RTX 2060 in turn can only distance themselves by barely 10%.

UHD (3.840 x 2.160)

The GTX 1660 Ti only gets tight in the 4K range. A mixture of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and full settings leads to a not quite fluid 38 FPS.

The GTX 1070 and the RTX 2060 also have a hard time in these settings with around 41 FPS. On the GTX 1060 the UHD resolution provides for a complete orgy of jerkiness.

Owners of a 4K display should at least go for a GeForce GTX 1080 or RTX 2070 or even an RTX 2080. Only the latter reaches over 60 FPS in Battlefield V.

Conclusion

When it comes to the previous measurements, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti fulfills our expectations across the board.

In comparison to the last generation, more precisely the GeForce GTX 1060, there is a decent performance leap, which averages around 35% (you’ll soon find more gaming benchmarks on the GPU page and the games list).

If you take all results together, the GTX 1660 Ti ranks roughly on the level of the GTX 1070, whereby it is sometimes enough for the level of the full-fledged GTX 1070 (with a lower TGP).

The RTX 2060 is usually also within striking distance, so that gamers who don’t attach importance to raytracing can confidently save the additional Dollar.

Generally, the GTX 1660 Ti is a perfect companion for Full-HD notebooks. The Turing chip also fires displays with QHD resolution well in many cases.

Ranking First: AMD Radeon RX 5700

AMD Radeon RX 5700

Pros

  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Cheaper than the competition
  • Better price-performance ratio
  • PCIe 4.0 support makes it future proof

Cons

  • No real-time ray tracing

Our winner: Best performance at a better price

As with the Radeon 5700 XT, AMD is the only chip manufacturer in the desktop area to date to use a 7 nanometer manufacturing process for the 5700.

In addition to the new RDNA architecture and 8 Gigabyte GDDR6 memory, the “Navi” generation has made a lot of progress in the field of graphics cards.

Also new is the connection to PCI-Express 4, and together with the Ryzen processors and corresponding motherboards, AMD has created the first consumer ecosystem around the new bus standard.

But for the graphics card this is of little use for the time being, because obviously even the strongest graphics cards have not yet been able to exhaust the PCIe-3 bus.

In direct competition with the RTX 2070 really

The Radeon RX 5700 provides sufficient gaming performance. The card clears all important hurdles in Full HD resolution: In most games it clearly surpasses the 60 frames per second (fps).

Even in the lavish Far Cry 5, the graphics card achieves on average almost the 60 fps in full details, and in the opulent Metro: Exodus in the “Extreme” setting still playable 30 fps.

Thus, the card’s performance comes close to Nvidia’s RTX 2070 and isn’t really competing with the GTX 1660Ti, but has to draw at least a short cut in many benchmarks.

Depending on the title and model, the differences turn out small (Far Cry 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider) or can be over a dozen fps (GTA V, Rise of the Tomb Raider).

Accordingly, the RX 5700 narrowly prevails over the RTX 2060. From a price-performance point of view this means: For the price of an RTX 2060 for about 370 Dollar you get the generally stronger card, but you have to do without ray tracing features in games like Metro: Exodus for the time being.

But here AMD should at least have an implementation in development. But for now you have to decide what is more important to you. The RX 5700 also has another disadvantage.

An absolute price-performance wonder

AMD Radeon RX 5700

AMD Nvidia can counter well with the Radeon RX 5700 in the performance area. At the same time, AMD also wants to lure with better prices.

The graphics card newcomer is available at an introductory price of around 420 Dollar. Thus, AMD positions its RX 5700 significantly cheaper than all RTX-2070 models. Some variants of the Nvidia cards are now available from 450 Dollar, but the average price is still significantly higher.

Instead, Nvidia provides new competitive pressure with its RTX 2070 Super model. Basically, the Radeon RX 5700 is a good choice and offers great performance at an enticing price. AMD doesn’t achieve a decisive “victory” in the graphic card war with it, but proves itself once again as a price-performance expert.

Radeon VIIRX 5700RTX 2070
ArchitectureGCN 5.1RDNATuring
Shader3,8492,3042,304
GPU clock1,400 MHz1,465 MHz1,410 MHz
GPU clock (boost)1,750 MHz1,725 ​​MHz1,620 MHz
Storage interface4,096 bits256 bits256 bits
Storage16 GB HBM28 GB GDDR68 GB GDDR6
Render units (ROPs)646464
Texture Units (TMUs)249144144
TDP295 watts180 watts175 watts
Manufacturing process7 nm7 nm12 nm

A little bit of noise for the performance

AMD installs a blower fan in the reference model. The closed radial fan has the advantage that the card can be cooled almost unaffected by the rest of the case ventilation, because it blows the waste heat outside.

However, the individual blowers have to turn very fast and therefore usually have a volume disadvantage. The Radeon RX 5700 is no exception: The card turns up to 6.4 sone in the test and hardly gets quieter in normal gaming mode.

This is a solid value in our best list so far – we therefore recommend gaming without headphones and with a good sound system.

Cards from the board partners are available, then also with open and generally even more efficient and quieter fans.

Conclusion: Best performance at a better price

In the test, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 turns out to be a favorable entry into high-end gaming.

The graphic card can keep up with Nvidia’s RTX-2070 cards in parts and often surpasses the RTX-2060s, the GTX 1660Ti without any problems. But which model is in front changes strongly from benchmark to benchmark.

However, it is well suited for Full HD and 1440p gaming, even for UHD resolutions to a limited extent. The basic model is already available at a reasonable price for blower fans. All in all the RX 5700 offers amazing performance for a very good price.

Verdict: AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti

Winner
Gigabyte Radeon Rx 5700 Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Gv-R57GAMING OC-8GD Video Card
Good for Gaming
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6 DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0B with Windforce 2X Cooling System Graphic Cards- Gv-N166TWF2OC-6GD
Model
AMD Radeon RX 5700
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent May 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
AMD
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
1770 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448GB/s
12 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Outperforms the GTX 1660 by quite a lot
  • Fans turn off when there is low GPU load
  • Can handle 1080p and 1440p gaming
  • Great overall performance
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Cheaper than the competition
  • Better price-performance ratio
  • PCIe 4.0 support makes it future proof
Cons
  • No NVLink SLI support
  • No real-time ray tracing
Recommended by us?
Winner
Gigabyte Radeon Rx 5700 Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Gv-R57GAMING OC-8GD Video Card
Model
AMD Radeon RX 5700
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent May 2020
Manufacturer
AMD
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Outperforms the GTX 1660 by quite a lot
  • Fans turn off when there is low GPU load
  • Can handle 1080p and 1440p gaming
  • Great overall performance
Cons
  • No NVLink SLI support
Recommended by us?
Good for Gaming
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6 DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0B with Windforce 2X Cooling System Graphic Cards- Gv-N166TWF2OC-6GD
Model
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Performance
Video Memory
6GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
Memory bandwidth
12 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Cheaper than the competition
  • Better price-performance ratio
  • PCIe 4.0 support makes it future proof
Cons
  • No real-time ray tracing
Recommended by us?

Now which card is best for you? That is the answer everyone is looking for.

Cnsidering that the AMD RX 5700 and the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660Ti almost have a price difference of 100$ it really comes up to how future-proof do you want your system to be? If you can shave out the 100$ more, we can definitely recommend getting the RX 5700.

However, for most people the GTX 1660 Ti will be more than enough. With 6GB of VRAM the GTX 1660 Ti offers great performance in 1080p (Full HD) and even in 1440p (WQHD).

If you eye on 4K Gaming or need high FPS numbers, like for shooter games, you should go with the RX 5700 in our opinion.

Guide: Finding a suitable graphics card

Most people who want to buy a new graphics card ask themselves the following question: Which graphics card is best suited for my purposes?

Since the product selection can be quite overwhelming, many potential customers feel insecure when buying. They do not really know which model to choose.

With all the technical specifications, ratings and prices, the choice is not necessarily easy. A suitable graphics card buying guide can help here, because you can learn what is important when buying a suitable graphics card.

Graphics cards will continue to be in great demand in the future, as the games industry is developing with every passing year. New titles with even more sophisticated graphics are coming onto the market and without a powerful graphics card, smooth or jerk-free gaming will not be possible.

Ultimately, every customer wants a graphics card that meets their expectations and demands, whether it be for gaming, image/video editing or working with office programs.

We have made it our business to help you with the purchase decision of your new graphics card. We do this by providing you with a comprehensive buying guide, various technical articles and useful product recommendations.

In addition, there are some product reports in which we introduce certain graphics card models in more detail and go into detail about the features, performance and price.

We use different graphics card tests from different test portals as a source of information to compare certain graphics cards. In this way we can later provide a summarized overall assessment so that you can quickly see what strengths and weaknesses the presented models have.

The biggest advantages of a graphics card test

A current graphics card test, selected by you, gives you the opportunity to find graphics cards with the best test scores, which in turn simplifies your selection.

You also save a lot of time because you don’t have to order the graphics card at home to see how well it performs in operation. It should also be mentioned that you will be advised by experts who are well versed in PC hardware to help you with your purchase decision.

They will tell you…

  • which technical specifications the graphics cards have
  • with which characteristics the graphics cards score the most points
  • which advantages and disadvantages the graphics cards have
  • for which price the respective graphics cards are available
  • which graphics card is suitable for you and your purposes
  • where and from which providers you can purchase the graphics cards

As you can see, a graphics card test can be quite worthwhile for you. A test of this kind can help you to choose your new graphics card in a short time, so a bad purchase can be avoided in advance.


Finally, it is always worthwhile to read the conclusion, because there all important information is summarized again. In addition, you can see whether the respective graphics card is recommended or not.

What is a graphics card and how does it work?

The graphics card serves in a computer as an interface between a software and the monitor. It is a mostly exchangeable component that is plugged into a slot on the computer’s motherboard, i.e. its main board.

Some motherboards have a so-called onboard graphics card. This means that the board does not have a slot for the installation of a graphics card, but that the graphics card is integrated directly into the motherboard via the corresponding chip sets.

Info: The graphics card as such has the main function to manage the display of graphics of any kind. The card is a kind of “translator”. To understand this, one has to understand how the path of an image or object runs from its creation to the point where a user can see it.

Suppose a user wants to play a game on the PC. In order for the user to see the game on the monitor as intended, communication between the game, the computer and the monitor is necessary.

The game first sends out information and commands that the computer must first understand. This includes, for example, the resolution in which the game is played. The resolution indicates how many pixels (also called “pixels”) are to be displayed on the monitor at the same time.

Low resolutions with a few pixels are easier for the computer to process, but the graphics are also of poorer quality. Higher resolutions contain more pixels and therefore more information that the computer has to combine to a complete picture to make it look good later.

But the software also provides information about how, for example, game pieces or game environments should be displayed.

This information and commands are first sent to the computer’s main processor. The processor recognizes that the commands have something to do with the area “graphics” and sends the information to the graphics card.

The graphics card uses its own processor to convert the data into an image signal and sends this signal back to the monitor.

The graphics card “tells”, as it were, how individual pixels should be arranged, what colour they are and how they should change when there is movement or similar actions.

The user sees this as a complete image on his monitor when playing games. This is why graphically complex games are often used as a comparative sample of graphics card tests.

But not only computer games rely on graphics cards. In fact, there is almost no software that can do without the work of the graphics card. Even a simple music player uses graphics at some point to create a user interface on which a user can select and play his desired music, for example.

Thus, a graphics card is indispensable for a computer, which makes PC graphics card testing all the more important.

Graphics card types at a glance

In graphics card tests, there are several different models of cards that differ in both price and performance.

Therefore, in this section two questions will be answered: which graphics card is used for what and how expensive are the different graphics cards?

Which graphics card is suitable for me?

Before a user with a graphics card advisor starts looking for a suitable graphics card, he must first ask himself the question what he needs the graphics card for.

There are three main areas of application, namely office applications, image and video editing and gaming.

Office applications

Office applications have very low demands on a graphics card. The representation of texts and tables requires comparatively few calculations and no complex objects have to be generated by the graphics card.

Therefore, even very simple graphics cards are sufficient if you want to use them for office solutions alone.

Image and video editing

Image and video editing can already place greater demands on a graphics card than a pure office application.

Especially when cutting and filtering or changing the image quality, many arithmetic operations can become necessary. A simple graphics card can manage this task, but it usually takes a long time and the individual steps are interrupted by frequent intermediate buffer times.

Therefore, it is recommended to choose a better graphics card for processing images or videos. It should be at least from the middle class segment.

But so-called performance graphics cards are also a good choice here, as they offer a lot of performance and can thus significantly shorten the necessary processing steps such as rendering a video.

In graphics card tests you can see exactly whether a graphics card is still suitable for image or video editing.

Gaming and 4K

If the main focus of a computer is playing games, then users usually cannot avoid a performance graphics card or a high-end graphics card.

Of the three areas presented, gaming has the highest demands on a graphics card, which is simply due to the fact that many video games are very elaborate.

There are many different objects that have to be computed simultaneously and the further development of graphics engines for higher resolutions and even more detail make ever greater demands on the graphics cards.

A low or mid-range graphics card often cannot deliver the performance required by the latest games and must then inevitably draw on the computer’s other resources such as the CPU or RAM to meet the demands.

This makes the computer slower overall, which will also affect the graphics quality in the games.

That’s why gamers should look for powerful graphics cards right from the start to get the most fluid performance in a high resolution.

The graphics card buying guide

Now it’s time to get to the heart of the graphic card guide, namely the things you should definitely pay attention to when buying a graphic card.

There are basically five points that you should pay attention to.

1.) The graphics processor

The GPU indicates how fast the graphics card clock rate is. The higher the clock rate of the graphics card, the faster it can theoretically work. This is important, for example, for a smoother image without “tearing”, i.e. image distortion.

2.) The graphics memory

The graphics memory should definitely be compared in a graphics card test, so that you don’t fall for a sales trick of the manufacturers.

With older and cheaper graphics card models, a higher memory is often specified than the card actually has. A card has 1GB DDR2 RAM according to the tender.

In fact, the memory is less than that and in the worst case can be up to half as much as stated. To reach the advertised memory size of 1GB, the computer’s RAM is also used to full capacity, which makes the system much slower.

With higher class graphics cards this trick happens rather rarely and they actually have the memory that was written out.

Nevertheless, you should compare the data in graphics card tests in advance to be on the safe side.

3.) Performance of the computer

Your own computer is also an important factor to consider.

For example, if a PC is too weak from RAM or processor power, a demanding game cannot be played in the highest resolutions even with a powerful graphics card. It comes to the so-called “bottle-neck”.

The computer virtually slows down the performance of the graphics card because it cannot provide more power itself.

Therefore, it often makes no sense to buy the latest graphics card when the rest of the computer is much older.

4.) Graphics card compatibility with PC

It is also important to clarify in advance whether a graphics card would fit into a computer at all.

First of all, it must be clarified whether the necessary interface is available on the motherboard.

For example, a PCIe graphics card would not fit into an AGP port and vice versa. As already mentioned, newer graphics cards also require a separate power supply port, which is not automatically available on all motherboards.

It must also be clarified whether the computer’s power supply is suitable for the graphics card. If the power supply is too weak, the card cannot be operated.

If it is too strong, there is a risk that the power supply will overload the card and burn it out. A suitable power supply is therefore just as important as the correct connections on the motherboard.

5.) Price range and application

What you want to use the graphics card for and how much money you want to spend on it are the last factors that should be considered in the graphics card test before you buy a graphics card.

If you want to use the computer exclusively for office applications, you don’t have to buy a graphics card for several hundred Dollar.

On the other hand, you probably won’t find a cheap graphics card that can meet the system requirements of a current high-end game.

That’s why it’s important to think about how much money you want to invest in the graphics card and what you want to use it for, so that you can make a preselection of possible graphics cards based on a PC graphics card test.

New graphics card or a used one?

If you want to buy a graphics card, you might ask yourself if it has to be a brand new one or if you can also use a used graphics card. There are some advantages and disadvantages for both sides.

1.) First of all the price has to be mentioned here.

A new graphics card can put a heavy strain on your budget.

A used card, on the other hand, is usually offered for a fraction of the original price, as the card has already been used.

2.) Another factor is the performance.

Here, new and used graphics cards can sometimes be on the same level. If a user buys a new card but finds that he doesn’t really need it, he may want to sell it again quickly, so that even an almost new model can be bought “used”.

3.) The third important factor is the durability of the card.

A new card is unused. So it will at least reach its guaranteed lifetime.

With a used graphics card, you never know how much the previous owner has already used it. Theoretically, it can burn out after installation in the new computer.

Therefore you should be rather careful with used cards. You can be lucky with them, but you are on the safe side when you buy a new card.

Buying a graphics card – Where and from which vendor?

Meanwhile, there are several places to buy a graphics card.

You can either go to a retail store and buy the card there or you can use the offer of an online dealer. In this section both options will be briefly introduced.

The electronics store

The electronics store in your own city can be the first place to go to get information about graphics cards.

The advantage is that you can ask a salesperson directly in the store to give advice.

Depending on how well informed the salesperson is, he or she can use the right information to find exactly the graphics card that the user wants.

The disadvantage, however, is that the range of products in specialist stores is often limited.

Some models are no longer available in the shops, for example because they are no longer up-to-date.

This means that customers can only access a small spectrum of possible graphics cards.

Therefore, you can take the card directly with you and install it at home. You don’t have this advantage with online retailers.

The Online Offer

There are many sites on the Internet where you can buy graphics cards.

These do not necessarily have to be the sites of electronics dealers. Also on platforms like ebay, Amazon or pages for PC graphics card tests customers can find a wide range of different cards.

You can compare the different models directly with each other and also look at the opinions of other users who have already bought a certain model.

Even a price comparison is possible to find the same card at a cheaper price.

This huge variety can also be a disadvantage, however, that especially inexperienced users can quickly be overwhelmed by the sheer mass of graphics cards.

Moreover, there are different opinions about each model. You never know exactly what to believe and what not to believe.

Nevertheless, there is one very decisive advantage and that is that you can usually find graphics cards at a lower price on the internet.

In the specialized trade you often have to dig deeper into your pocket.

Also a return is possible with providers, like Amazon without any problems, in case of damages the price can be refunded.

Overall, shopping at an online retailer is very convenient and a good alternative to buying at a consumer electronics store around the corner.


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