Black Friday 2017: Best graphics card deals

You can’t seem to go three days in November without some big, new AAA game being released, so if your PC’s been struggling to play the likes of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Nioh, Wolfenstein II or Middle-earth: Shadow of War recently, you’re in luck. For Black Friday is precisely the time of year when graphics card prices plummet and you can nab yourself a bit of a bargain.

 

We’ll be regularly updating this article with all the best deals, so why not pop it in your bookmarks and give a check every now and again?

If cheap graphics cards isn’t what you’re looking for, we’ll be updating our main Black Friday hub page multiple times over the course of this week as well, so do check that out, too. You might also want to take a look at our dedicated Black Friday monitor hub as well while you’re at it, as there’s nothing like buying a brand-new display to show off a fresh graphics card. We’ve also got dedicated hubs for best SSD deals and best mouse, keyboard and gaming headset deals if you need a few new peripherals to enhance your overall gaming experience.

Admittedly, there aren’t that many deals to be found in the US this year, but we’ve done our best to try and find the best prices for a range of cards to suit all budgets, starting right from entry-level GTX 1050s right up to 4K monsters like the GTX 1080Ti and AMD Vega 64. There are more deals to be found in the UK, but after months of price inflation, many of the discounts on offer are simply cards returning to their original RRP. Still, a saving’s a saving, right? And even if most cards are only just returning to so-called ‘usual’ prices, at least it’s better than if you bought one earlier in the year.

Best Black Friday graphics cards deals in the US:

  • PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – $110 from Best Buy

We didn’t think we’d see a cheaper GTX 1050 this week, but Best Buy has proven us wrong, as this PNY card comes in at $10 less than the Gigabyte one listed below. It still only comes with 2GB of memory, but hey, who’s to complain when you’re saving $30 off the RRP?

  • Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB – $119 from Amazon 

The GTX 1050 is a great card for 1080p gaming, and this Gigabyte model has finally dethroned EVGA’s $135 SC Gaming edition over on Newegg. It’s only a 2GB card, mind, so doesn’t offer a lot of futureproofing for more demanding games, but if you’re mainly an esports type person who doesn’t need a highfaluting card, this should be right up your street.

Zotac GTX 1050Ti Mini

  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini 4GB (above) – $130 from Amazon

It’s a great deal in the UK, and it’s a great deal in the US, too, arguably making it a better buy than Gigabyte’s version above. For starters, it has 4GB of memory, and is a fraction cheaper than the full-sized Asus listed below.

  • Asus GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB – $160 from Newegg 

Despite being more expensive than the Zotac Mini described above, we’ve left in this Asus as this one’s a full-sized card rather than a smaller ‘mini’ version. To be honest, members of the wider RPS family have used the Zotac above in daily use and haven’t had any problems at all, so unless you want an extra fan, stick with the Zotac.

  • Asus GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3GB – $203 from Newegg / Amazon

This double-fan 3GB GTX 1060 is currently $27 off at the moment, and you can get a further $20 off with a rebate card from Newegg as well, taking the total amount to just $183 – a worthwhile option if stretching to $250 for the RX 580 below isn’t really an option for you right now.

  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 6GB – $240 from Amazon

If you want a truly uncompromised GTX 1060 experience, then a 6GB card is very much the way to go. This ‘mini’ version from Zotac is the cheapest you’ll find one right now, but if you’d prefer a full-sized card, then you’d be better off with the $260 EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING. Bear in mind, this only has a single fan, and while you can pay an extra $20 for a second fan with the SSC edition, you’re then pushing into RX 580 territory, which for our money is the slightly better card.

Powercolor RX 580

  • Powercolor Red Dragon RX 580 8GB (above) – $250 from Newegg

Right now, this is the best graphics card around for 1440p gaming. In our eyes, the 8GB RX 580 is much better value for money than the GTX 1060, and this Powercolor version is currently being discounted until Saturday 25th.

  • Nvidia Founders Edition GeForce GTX 1070 – $400 from Best Buy

We’d really recommend getting a custom partner-made GTX 1070 with proper cooling, but if you’re looking for a GTX 1070 for the least amount of money, you won’t find much better than this Founders Edition.

  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8GB – $425 from Newegg

Arguably the card that everyone’s been waiting for when it comes to major price drops, the GTX 1070 seems resolutely fixed at just over $400 in the US, with this MSI currently the cheapest one we’ve found. It’s a great card for 1080p and 1440p gaming that can also push into realms of 4K, but this is still quite the premium over the highly capable RX 580. Discounted by $25 until Saturday, this should serve you extremely well for many years to come, but with prices still being quite high, we’d advise considering jumping to a GTX 1070 Ti, such as the Gigabyte one below.

  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070Ti GAMING 8GB – $470 from Newegg

For a bit more oomph over the GTX 1070, this Gigabyte GTX 1070Ti is being discounted until Monday. You also get a free copy of 3DMark’s Advanced Edition benchmarking tool with this card. I know I’ve just said to consider this over the GTX 1070, but when the Gigabyte GTX 1080 below costs just $30 more (with a free copy of Destiny 2 to boot), maybe consider spending a bit more again?

  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 – $500 from Newegg

This is one of the cheapest GTX 1080 cards we’ve seen so far this week in the US, and you too can grab one at this price until Saturday over on Newegg. Don’t forget to claim your free copy of Destiny 2, either.

  • XFX AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 – $550 from Best Buy

AMD’s new Vega 64 cards are still quite expensive compared to their GTX 1080 rivals, but if you’re dead set on getting an AMD card over an Nvidia one, then this is the cheapest Vega 64 card we’ve seen so far for 4K gaming. That’s a saving of $50.

Best Black Friday graphics cards deals in the UK:

  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 – £100 from Scan

While we’d probably advise spending the £25 extra to get the GTX 1050 Ti listed below, this is still a great deal for those after an entry-level card for not a lot of cash. A good pick for those after a capable card for non-demanding esports games.

  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1050Ti Mini – £125 from Amazon 

Zotac’s GTX 1050 Ti Mini is back on our list of deals, as MSI’s full-sized £120 mega deal from Ebuyer is now completely sold out. If you’re looking for a full-sized card, your best bet now is Asus’ Geforce Dual GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Dual-Fan Edition, which is currently £148 on Amazon. This particular version requires importing it from the US, though, so import fees may apply. Alternatively, MSI’s GTX 1050 Ti is also currently sitting at the £148 mark. Read our GTX 1050 Ti review to see how it fares.

Gigabyte GTX 1060

This was £194 earlier in the week, but at £170, this 3GB version of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 is a real bargain. A great pick for 1080p gaming, and even a bit of 1440p if you’re prepared to compromise a bit on settings. Really, we’d recommend you find a 6GB version if you’re thinking about a GTX 1060, if only to better future proof yourself going forward. Still, if stretching to the RX 580 (below) isn’t quite within your budget, this 3GB GTX 1060 is still a great choice at this kind of price. Read our GTX 1060 review for more info.

  •  Asus ROG-STRIX-RX 570 4GB – £201 from Amazon

A good card for all-round 1080p gaming, this is the cheapest RX 570 we can currently find. But when the more powerful RX 580 costs just a tiny bit more, you’d probably be better off spending the extra and getting a better overall graphics card – or spending a bit less and save yourself a bit of cash with the GTX 1060 (like the Gigabyte model above). Read our RX 570 review to find out why.

  • PowerColor Radeon RX 580 Red Dragon – £239 from Ebuyer

Our favourite card for 1440p gaming, this RX 580 is much cheaper option than shelling out for the GTX 1070. Just make sure you buy one with 8GB of memory, not 4GB of memory. Read our full RX 580 review right here.

  • Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 GAMING – £249 from Overclockers

This gigabyte RX 580 is a fraction faster than the PowerColor one listed above, potentially making it a better purchase depending on what you want to get out of it.

  • Asus GeForce GTX 1070 Dual OC 8GB – £349 from Ebuyer (SOLD OUT) £359 from Overclockers

By far and away the best GTX 1070 deal we’ve seen all week, this GTX 1070 is a real steal at £350. It’s sold out at Ebuyer right now, but Overclockers is selling the same card for just £10 more. Yes, this price may not be particularly low compared to its original RRP, but after months of inflation, this comes as quite the relief. Grab it now while stocks last. It’s a great pick for 1080p and 1440p, and is also capable of 4K. Read our GTX 1070 review to see how it fares compared to the GTX 1070Ti and GTX 1080.

  • MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070Ti 8GB GAMING – £420 from Scan

This is quite the premium over the GTX 1070, but if you’re looking for near GTX 1080 levels of performance without spending another £60-odd, then this is probably about as good as it gets.

  • Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1080 GDDR5 8GB OC WF3 PCI-E – £480 from Amazon

Alas, this GTX 1080 was just £439 earlier in the week, making it an absolute steal. At £480, it’s less of a deal, but this is still the cheapest GTX 1080 card we can find right now. Normally, you’re still looking at paying at least £500 for one of these, so all things considered, this is still an all right saving – particularly when most GTX 1070 Tis are roughly the same price. Read our GTX 1080 review for more info.

Gigabyte Vega 64

  • Gigabyte AMD GV-RX Vega 64 (above) – £470 from Amazon

Move over, Sapphire’s £528 Radeon Vega 64, we’ve got a new best Vega 64 deal, this time courtesy of Gigabyte. AMD’s new top of the line card finally gives Nvidia’s GTX 1080 some much needed competition in the 4K arena, and at this kind of price, it’s hotter than ever. When we reviewed the Vega 64, prices were still much higher than Nvidia’s GTX 1080, but when you can pick one up for £10 less than the cheapest GTX 1080, then it really comes down to a matter of personal preference. Read our Vega 64 review to help you decide.

  • EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition iCX Cooling – £650 from Scan 

Our new favourite GTX 1080 TI deal, this is much better than the £624 Zotac card we listed earlier in the week, if only because this one doesn’t have a slightly pants blower-type cooler. With this particular deal, you can also claim a free EVGA Powerlink or FX Series Fan. What’s not to like?

  • MSI Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X – £729 from Ebuyer /Amazon

GTX 1080 Tis still demand quite a premium compared to the regular old GTX 1080s, but at least this particular bundle nets you a free copy of Destiny 2 to soften the blow somewhat.

Graphics card buying guide advice

We all want to play games on the best graphics settings, but the best way to pick one graphics card from the next is to think about what kind of resolution you want. Do you want to play games at 60fps at 1920×1080? Or do you want something a bit more powerful to bump it up to 2560×1440? Heck, you might want to go the whole hog and run all your games at 4K on Ultra – in which case, you’ll need the graphics card to match.

Head over to our best graphics cards and buying guide for a more detailed explanation about our top picks for each resolution, but right now, you can boil it down the following cards:

  • Best for 1080p gaming: For a smooth gaming experience at 1920×1080, our top recommendation is currently the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti. That may change once we’ve finished testing AMD’s new top-end RX 500 series, but until then, the GTX 1050Ti is currently best in class for those looking to spend less than £200.
  • Best for 1440p gaming: As we move up the resolution chain, things start to get a bit messy. Prices for more powerful graphics cards are currently quite inflated due to demand from cryptocurrency miners, but it’s a pretty close-run race between Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 and AMD’s RX 580 in the Medium to High tier of graphics settings, and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 and AMD RX Vega 56 for those who favour the Ultra end of the spectrum. To complicate matters further, you’ve also got the GeForce GTX 1070Ti, which is really gunning to be used as a 4K-capable card, but one that also delivers an absolutely superb 1440p experience as well.
  • Best for 4K gaming: As for the big guns, this is really a choice between Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 and AMD’s RX Vega 64, although the scarcity of AMD’s new card at the moment makes the GTX 1080 a much more viable choice for those looking to upgrade right away. If you want to be absolutely sure it will run games at 4K, though, then you better start saving for Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080Ti.

3 Comments

  1. tigerfort says:

    A quick check shows that some of these “special offers” are actually really terrible value; for example Novatech (no connection except as a satisfied customer) have several 3GB GTX1060s cheaper than that one, including a Zotac model with five-year guarantee.

    I’ve not looked through the full graphics card range, but I suspect several other items on the list are also cheaper from them even though they’re not nominally on offer.

  2. zat0ichi says:

    Going to be interesting to see if anyone actually offers a deal on the 1070.
    The price blipped to £360 on a few sites (proper cards not the zotac mini) then bounced back to to 400+

    I’ve been watching very carefully…

  3. Enko says:

    These deals are such garbage. Especially the GPU’s.