Gaming Graphics Cards 2022: The Best GPUs From Nvidia And AMD | Tech Reviews
The most important and at the same time most expensive component in a gaming PC is almost always the graphics card. Therefore, the decision for the heart of every computer should always be carefully considered. Fadvices presents the best models in different price ranges and explains what you should definitely consider before buying.
Gaming graphics cards 2022: All recommendations at a glance
Similar to gaming processors, two major companies are currently competing with each other when it comes to graphics cards: Nvidia and AMD. Both manufacturers advertise with special features that their respective models have. The choice of your next graphics card should therefore not only depend on the respective price, but also on the additional functions that you may want to use. Above all, that would be G-Sync or FreeSync – two similarly functioning technologies to avoid so-called screen tearing. We will explain this and more to you in the following lines so that you are guaranteed to make the right decision.
|AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080|
|+ve Enough performance for most mainstream titles
-ve AMD drivers often error-prone
|+ve Perfect for current AAA games
-ve high price
|+ve Ideal for budget PCs
-ve Little future proof
|+ve Almost every AAA game is effortlessly playable in 4K at 60 FPS
-ve Requires powerful PC for optimal performance
Why you should take our suggestions seriously?
We conduct intensive research for every article of this type so that we can then pass on the knowledge we have gained to our readers in a compact and, above all, understandable way. Likewise, all listed products are always selected with care and different purposes and price segments are also taken into account.
I myself have been enthusiastic about video games and the necessary hardware since my childhood. I assembled my first own gaming computer in 2012 and since then numerous others have followed. So over the years I have acquired all the knowledge I have about games and (PC) hardware myself – often to the delight of my family or friends. There I am usually the first point of contact when it comes to repairing something or advising you on the purchase of new equipment.
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
We start our list with the XFX Speedster SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 XT Core Gaming , which currently offers the most bang for the buck given the current state of affairs. The model listed here forms the middle class of the current graphics card generation from “Team Red”. With 8 GB of video RAM and a game clock of up to 2,359 MHz, you are well prepared for the coming years. In current AAA games, the RX 6600 XT easily cracks the magical limit of 60 FPS (Full HD at maximum settings). Accordingly, less demanding titles – i.e. almost every competitive shooter – can be played beyond 144 FPS.
Unfortunately, you have to do without Nvidia’s Raytracing (RTX) and DLSS with AMD cards. For the latter, however, AMD has now developed its own solution with “FidelityFX Super Resolution” (FSR), which, like DLSS, teases out more FPS from supported games. With the introduction of DirectX 12 Ultimate, “DirectX Raytracing” (DXR) is also possible. Overall, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is a successful all-rounder that is definitely worth a look.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070Ti
With the Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Ti we are making two huge leaps: in terms of performance and (unfortunately) also in terms of price. Nvidia originally marketed the model as an affordable mid-range, but the reality is completely different at the moment. With 8 GB VRAM and a boost clock of 1,800 MHz, the GPU delivers plenty of performance, but in terms of price it is more in the range of high-end graphics cards of the time. Even the fact that this is a model with a “Lite Hash Rate” (LHR) hasn’t changed anything. Despite such measures to make cards less attractive for crypto mining, demand appears to be undiminished.
If you need further arguments for the purchase: Since it is a graphics card from the RTX series, it supports ray tracing and DLSS accordingly. In addition, the latest generation of the in-house Nvidia encoder (NVENC) makes the card ideal for streaming or anyone who wants to get started with it.
Our tip: If you don’t need quite as much power and can do without some of Nvidia’s features, use the cheaper Asus DUAL Radeon RX 6700 XT OC instead.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
Budget-oriented gamers can breathe easy. The Gainward GeForce RTX 3050 Ghost is Nvidia’s latest entry-level GPU, which finally comes with the latest features such as DLSS or ray tracing. If you want the maximum FPS for the money, you should probably do without the latter. In contrast to its predecessor in the form of the GTX 1650, this model also has a whopping 8 GB of video memory, which makes the card significantly more future-proof.
If you’re looking for a cheap entry point to be able to play perennial favorites like Fortnite or Apex Legends smoothly, you’ve come to the right place. But graphically more demanding games are also possible and with DLSS switched on, the card should deliver all the more amazing results. If you have a very limited budget and only play in Full HD anyway, you can hardly avoid the RTX 3050 at the moment.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Welcome to the high-end area. The Asus ROG Strix 3080 V2 OC is one of the top models among graphics cards. It is only topped by the RTX 3090 (Ti). But since it is disproportionately expensive and the difference in performance in games is limited, we decided on the RTX 3080 after all. So if you want (approximately) maximum performance these days, you should be prepared to invest accordingly: At over 1,000 euros, this variant of the RTX 3080 costs as much as many a gaming PC. Incidentally, this is again a model with LHR, i.e. a reduced hash rate when mining cryptocurrencies.
On the other hand, this GPU offers enough power to play all current games with maximum settings in 4K resolution without having to worry about frame rates that are too low. But if you also activate ray tracing, you should still expect frame rate drops in places, especially in newer games. If a game does get tight, DLSS can be activated if necessary, which should definitely spit out enough FPS from the graphics card.
Finding the right graphics card: What are my requirements?
Before you buy a graphics card, you should be clear about what exactly your graphics card should do:
- Is it enough for you to play in high settings on Full HD with 60 frames per second ? Do you primarily play less graphically intensive titles like CS:GO, Rocket League, Overwatch, LoL or Fortnite? Then your graphics card budget can be significantly smaller and an entry-level model should be sufficient for you – such as an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650/1660 or RTX 2060/3060. For AMD, that would be the AMD Radeon RX 580 or 5600/6600.
- On the other hand, if you want to fully utilize a gaming monitor with 144 Hz and a higher resolution, you should at least buy a mid-range graphics card. An Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070/3070 or AMD Radeon RX 5700/6700 make sense here.
- If you want a future-proof model that will still be able to play at a modern technical level in a few years, you should get a graphics card of the latest generation. Of course, you have to be willing to spend a little more money for that. Here you should at least use a GeForce RTX 3080 or, accordingly, a Radeon RX 6800.
As always, the more power you need, the more you have to invest in it. While the price difference between a suitable Full HD and WQHD card is still reasonable, you have to spend significantly more money to jump to 4K. If your monitor also supports G-Sync or FreeSync , it is advisable to choose the graphics card accordingly if you want to make use of the technology. (We would strongly advise you to do this!)
Graphics card vs. GPU – what’s the difference?
Both terms are often used synonymously, but strictly speaking they do not mean the same thing.
The GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is the pure graphics chip. It can clock on a graphics card, but that’s not necessarily the case. The GPU is often housed on the same chip as a main processor. In the PC sector, this is referred to as an APU (Advanced Processing Unit). Mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets also combine CPU and GPU on one chip. Because controllers such as image processors for the camera (DSP), a GPS system and modem chips for WLAN, Bluetooth and mobile data are often also integrated there, this is referred to as a SoC (system on a chip).
The graphics card is a plug-in card that, in addition to the GPU, also contains capacitors, graphics memory (VRAM), usually an external power connection, a cooling system and other components on a board. Separate graphics cards are usually much more powerful than the GPUs in APUs and SoCs – and are therefore also suitable for gaming.