NVIDIA Graphics Card Buyers Guide

What is NVIDIA GPU / Graphics Card?

Though many modern CPUs are equipped with integrated graphics, these are only really suitable for basic tasks such as web browsing and office applications. Therefore you should serious consider buying a separate graphics card if you want to play games or EDIT VIDEOS.

A frontrunner in graphics cards is NVIDIA, and its range of GeForce GPUs offer something at every imaginable price point. The key specs to look out for when choosing a graphics card are the number of cores and amount of memory, with more powerful cards having more of both. A faster and more powerful graphics card will enable to run games at higher quality settings at a smooth frame rate and even allow you to take advantage of super sharp high resolution monitors, making everything look better. In this buyers guide we’ll give a recommendation of the optimum monitor resolution for each graphics card.

NVIDIA is constantly updating its product range which could make it confusing to know if you’re buying the latest and greatest version.

The easiest way to tell is to look at what series the graphics card is, this essentially refers to the generation of that product which you’ll always find in the product description. Right now, the latest series of NVIDIA GPUs are from the GeForce 20-series.

The NVIDIA GeForce hierarchy

With prices ranging from as little as £65 right to over £2,000, there’s an NVIDIA GeForce GPU for everyone. To make the selection process a little easier to discern, we’ve split the various choices into entry-level, mid-range, high-end, ultra-high-end and extreme segments.

1030, 1050 and 1050 Ti
Entry Level
1060 3GB, 1060 6GB and 1660
Mid Range
1660 Ti, 1070, 1070 Ti, 2060 & 2070
High End
2080 & 2080 Ti
Ultra High End
TITAN RTX
Extreme

GeForce GT 1030

GeForce GT 1030 Graphics Card

NVIDIA’s most affordable GeForce 10-series card is the GT 1030, which has 384 cores and 2GB of memory. While not suited for playing demanding games, the GT 1030 is suitable for online games such as Minecraft.

Gaming 2
Virtual Reality 0
Value 6
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution1080p

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GeForce GTX 1050

GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics Card

Like the idea of dedicated graphics but want enough horsepower to dabble with a touch of light gaming? Then consider the GeForce GTX 1050. Upping the core count to 640, and armed with 2GB of memory this entry-level GPU is ideally suited for online games at 1080p.

Gaming 3
Virtual Reality 0
Value 7
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1080p

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GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Graphics Card

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is an evolution of the GTX 1050. With double the memory plus more cores, 768 versus 640, the GTX 1050 Ti is considerably more powerful, enabling you to turn up the eye candy and enjoy higher quality graphics.

Gaming 4
Virtual Reality 0
Value 7
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1080p

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card

A starting point for any serious PC gamer, GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is armed with 1,152 cores and so is the first NVIDIA graphics card that can play all games at 1080p. It can even PLAY GAMES IN VR, though we’d strongly recommend a more powerful card is VR is your goal.

The GTX 1060 3GB is also the first GeForce 10-series card to need an extra PCI-E power cable, so you should check that your PSU is compatible.

Gaming 5
Virtual Reality 5
Value 7
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1080p

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GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card

Taking all that is good from the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB card, the 6GB variant does two things: it doubles the amount of onboard memory, which is really useful when you dial the image quality up, and also increases performance by upping the core count from 1,152 cores to 1,280 cores.

This means the GTX 1060 6GB is one the current sweet spot card in NVIDIA’s line-up. It offers silky-smooth gaming at 1080p.

Gaming 6
Virtual Reality 6
Value 8
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1080p

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GeForce GTX 1660

GeForce GTX 1660 Graphics Card

The GeForce GTX 1660 is an unusual card in that it’s based on the latest Turing architecture as the GeForce RTX 20-series cards, but it doesn’t support Real Time Ray Tracing or DLSS. However, as its armed with 1408 cores and 6GB of memory you end up getting excellent 1080p performance at an affordable price.

Gaming 6
Virtual Reality 6
Value 7
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1440p

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Card

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is an unusual card in that it’s based on the latest Turing architecture as the GeForce RTX 20-series cards, but it doesn’t support Real Time Ray Tracing or DLSS. However, as its armed with 1536 cores and 6GB of memory you end up getting excellent 1440p performance at a fraction of the price of the older GTX 1070, making the GTX 1660 Ti something of a bargain.

Gaming 7
Virtual Reality 7
Value 8
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1440p

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GeForce GTX 1070

GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Card

Moving firmly into high-end territory, the GeForce GTX 1070 is the card to go. The standard GeForce GTX 1070 has 1,920 cores and is equipped with a spacious and forward-looking 8GB memory. With this amount of power on tap, the GTX 1070 is best suited to gaming on a 1440 MONITOR or a VR HEADSET.

Gaming 7
Virtual Reality 7
Value 7
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1440p

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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Graphics Card

Much like the GeForce GTX 1050 and Ti, there is a second card in the GTX 1070 stable. The GTX 1070 Ti variant pushes the core count up to 2,432, giving it around 12% more performance than the standard GTX 1070.

The GTX 1070 Ti doesn’t cost much more but is definitely the one to go for really high-quality gaming, either on a 1440p monitor or VR headset.

Gaming 8
Virtual Reality 8
Value 7
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1440p

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GeForce RTX 2060

GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Card

The RTX 2060 is a next-gen graphics card based on a new architecture called Turing. This high-end graphics card packs in 1920 CUDA cores 6GB of memory and supports Real Time Ray Tracing that makes games look truly stunning.

Gaming 9
Virtual Reality 9
Value 7
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1440p

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GeForce RTX 2070

GeForce RTX 2070 Grahpics Card

The RTX 2070 is a next-gen graphics card based on a new architecture called Turing. This high-end graphics card packs in 2304 CUDA cores 8GB of memory and supports Real Time Ray Tracing that makes games look truly stunning.

Gaming 10
Virtual Reality 10
Value 6
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 1440p

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GeForce RTX 2080

GeForce RTX 2080 Grahpics Card

The RTX 2080 is a next-gen graphics card based on a new architecture called Turing. This ultra-powerful high-end graphics card packs in 2944 CUDA cores 8GB of memory and supports Real Time Ray Tracing that makes games look truly stunning.

Gaming 10
Virtual Reality 10
Value 4
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 4K or UWHD

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GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Grahpics Card

The RTX 2080 Ti is a next-gen graphics card based on a new architecture called Turing. This ultra-powerful high-end graphics card packs in 4352 CUDA cores 11GB of memory and supports Real Time Ray Tracing that makes games look truly stunning.

Gaming 10
Virtual Reality 10
Value 2
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 4K or UWHD

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TITAN RTX

Titan RTX Grahpics Card

The TITAN RTX is a special edition graphics card based on a same Turing architecture as the RTX 2080 Ti, but enhanced with even more cores and memory. This ultra-fast graphics card packs in 2608 CUDA cores 24GB of memory and supports Real Time Ray Tracing that makes games look truly stunning.

Gaming 9
Virtual Reality 9
Value 2
0 5 10

Optimum Resolution 4K or UWHD

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NVIDIA GPU Summary

Still not sure which NVIDIA graphics card is right for you? This table shows the key characteristics, rated out of 10, of the main models.

GT 1030 GTX 1050 GTX 1050 Ti GTX 1060 3GB GTX 1060 6GB GTX 1660 GTX 1660 Ti GTX 1070 GTX 1070 Ti RTX 2060 RTX 2070 RTX 2080 RTX 2080 Ti TITAN RTX
Gaming 2 3 4 5 6 6 7 7 8 9 10 10 10 9
Virtual Reality 0 0 0 5 6 6 7 7 8 9 10 10 10 9
Value 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 4 2 2

We hope you’ve found this buyers guide helpful. Don’t hesitate to speak to one of our friendly advisors for more advice if you still have questions on how to select the perfect graphics card for your needs.

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