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Graphics card deals of the week - 31st July 2020

Graphics card deals

If you’re after a new graphics card for your PC and can’t wait until Nvidia and AMD reveal their next-gen GPUs at the end of the year, then have I got some great graphics card deals for you. There have been big price drops for Nvidia’s RTX 2070 in the US this week, and a tasty UK discount for AMD’s RX 5600 XT, which is currently my top graphics card pick for those after excellent gaming performance at both 1080p and 1440p alike.

To help you get the best price on your new graphics card purchase, I’ve put together this list of all the cheapest graphics card prices around right now so you can see exactly how each graphics card deal compares with the competition and whether it’s a good buy. In case you need a refresher, I’ll also tell you exactly what each card is capable of when it comes to gaming performance, and how much prices have changed week-on-week.

If you’re not sure which graphics card deal you should get, one of the best gauges of working out what kind of card you need is to think about your monitor’s resolution. If you’ve got a 1920×1080 monitor, for example, then there’s no need to buy one that’s intended to play games at 4K. On the other hand, if you’re thinking about upgrading your monitor as well at some point, then you’ll probably want to get a graphics card that can make the most of that future resolution as well.

The other thing to think about is what kind of gaming experience you actually want from it. Are you dead set on playing games at the very best graphics settings? Or do you just want something that will get the job done on Medium? If you’re not that bothered about playing on Ultra, you don’t need to spend nearly as much as on your new graphics card as you would if nothing but max settings will do – all of which I explain below. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the cheapest graphics card deals of the week.

Graphics card deals

Nvidia graphics card deals:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 deals: (DO NOT BUY)

A fall of £4 and $10 this week for the GTX 1660. It’s a good graphics card for 1080p gaming, capable of hitting 60fps on Medium to High settings in nearly all of today’s most demanding games (as well as a bit of 1440p potential as well as long as you’re happy with playing on Medium quality settings on today’s big blockbusters), but your money is still better spent elsewhere – either on the GTX 1660 Super, or AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 XT further down this article. For more information, have a read of my Nvidia GTX 1660 vs 1660 Super comparison article.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super deals:

No change in price this week, but the GTX 1660 Super is still the Nvidia graphics card to buy if you’re after a good 1080p GPU. The GTX 1660 Super is a bit faster than the regular GTX 1660 – at least 60fps on High graphics at 1080p in today’s biggest games, and at least 60fps on Medium at 1440p, and nigh on identical performance to the GTX 1660 Ti. It’s a good option if you’ve got a 1080p monitor with a high refresh rate as well.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti deals: (DO NOT BUY)

Prices are still much too high for the GTX 1660 Ti, so you might as well buy the RTX 2060 instead at the moment – or save yourself a bit of cash and get the GTX 1660 Super because, as my GTX 1660 Super vs 1660 Ti article shows, you’re not really gaining much by opting for the Ti. Sure, it’s capable of hitting 60fps on max settings at this resolution, and it’s also able to deliver a consistent 60fps on Medium to High settings at 1440p, but right now it’s just not a good deal.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 deals:

A drop of £5 but no change in the US for Nvidia’s entry-level ray tracing card this week, but this is still a decent price for the RTX 2060. It’s a great GPU for hitting 60fps Ultra settings at 1080p, and it’s currently our top Nvidia pick for the best 1440p graphics card on a budget. As a result, it’s a better buy than the GTX 1660 Ti right now, especially if you want that ray tracing experience.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super deals: (DO NOT BUY)

Price for the RTX 2060 Super have remained static this week, so it remains a poor buy compared to the RTX 2070. Sure, it’s a bit faster than the regular RTX 2060, capable of hitting 60fps on max settings at 1440p more regularly, but most of the time you’ll get a very similar gaming experience. Really, UK and US buyers should opt for the RTX 2070 instead. For a closer comparison of how the RTX 2060 Super stacks up against its non-Super sibling (and its closest AMD competition), have a read of our RTX 2060 vs RTX 2060 Super vs RX 5700 article.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 deals:

No change in the UK this week, but a very tempting price drop of $35 in the US this week, making the RTX 2070 a great buy compared to the rest of its RTX siblings. After all, the RTX 2070 is a great 1440p graphics card and can pretty much hit 60fps on max settings in every big game you can play today (and definitely 60fps+ if you knock it down to High). Personally, I’d recommend going with AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 XT card instead, but if you’re adamant about sticking with Nvidia, this is the card to buy – have a read of our RTX 2070 vs RTX 2070 Super vs RX 5700 XT comparison piece for more info.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super deals: (DO NOT BUY)

The RTX 2070 Super is the best Nvidia graphics card for 1440p gaming right now, capable of hitting 60fps on max settings in every big blockbuster going, but it hasn’t been particularly good value for months now. A new deal from Newegg has seen a $20 drop this week (although due to high demand it’s only available to back order at the moment), but last week’s incredible £400 deal on Amazon UK has since disappeared, putting the RTX 2070 Super back up to its usual price of £470. Personally, you’ll probably be better off with the vanilla RTX 2070 instead of the Super right now.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 deals: (DO NOT BUY)

Recently, stock levels have been so low for the RTX 2080 that prices have shot up massively, and the cheapest prices we can find massively outstrip the faster 2080 Super card below. Sure, this is one of the most powerful graphics cards you can buy today, capable of delivering a flawless 60fps+ 1440p experience on max settings, as well as a decent Medium experience at 4K, but the RTX 2080 Super is still 100% the better buy.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super deals:

Prices have crept up once again for the RTX 2080 Super this week, increasing by $10 in the US. Thankfully, UK prices have remained static, but it’s still a sizeable chunk of change over the RTX 2070 and RTX 2070 Super. Like all Super cards, the RTX 2080 Super is a teensy bit faster than the regular RTX 2080, and it delivers a very similar gaming experience – exceptional 1440p performance, or 60fps on Medium to High at 4K. It’s quite expensive right now, though, so you’re probably better off waiting for Nvidia’s new RTX 3000 cards instead if you can help it.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti deals:

Prices have inched back up for the RTX 2080 Ti this week, but it’s still hands down the best and most powerful graphics card you can buy right now. It’s currently the GPU to buy if you want the very best 4K experience at the moment – although even this will sometimes struggle to hit 60fps on max settings in some of today’s most demanding games. Still, until AMD reveal their 4K Big Navi cards later in the year, this is the GPU to buy for 4K perfectionists right now.

AMD graphics card deals:

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT deals:

No change in price this week, but the RX 5500 XT is still a fantastic graphics card for the money, offering brilliant 1080p performance on Medium to High settings in all of today’s biggest games. Despite its static prices, it’s still considerably better than what’s going on over with Nvidia’s GTX 16-series cards at the moment, both in terms of performance, and you get a free copy of Godfall with it, too.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT deals:

A fall of £25 and $5 for AMD’s ultimate graphics card for 1080p gaming this week, which is excellent news indeed. The RX 5600 XT is an outstanding GPU that blows every Nvidia GTX 16-series card out of the water, both in terms of performance and overall value for money. In fact, it’s just as fast as Nvidia’s more expensive RTX 2060, making it a much better buy for those on a budget. Plus, you get two free games with it, too – Godfall and WOW’s Shadowlands expansion – making it extra good value.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 deals: (DO NOT BUY)

In truth, AMD have rather shot themselves in their own foot with the RX 5700 now the almost-as-fast RX 5600 XT has arrived. The RX 5700 is still a great card for top notch 1080p gaming and Medium to High 1440p performance, but when its faster, more powerful sibling, the RX 5700 XT isn’t that much more (usually, at least), you may as well spend the extra and get a faster card in the process. Bizarrely, there appear to be massive stock shortages of the RX 5700 right now, which has sent remaining prices soaring. Just another sign that there’s no need to buy this card right now.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT deals:

Another drop of £5 in the UK this week, but no change in the US. AMD’s best graphics card for 1440p gaming, the RX 5700 XT is more than capable of delivering 60fps on High to max settings at this resolution, as well as well over 60fps when gaming at 1080p. It’s not quite as fast as Nvidia’s RTX 2070 Super, but it comes mighty close for a lot less money – just take a look at our RTX 2070 vs RTX 2070 Super vs RX 5700 XT comparison piece for more info.

How to get a great graphics card deal:

When you’re buying a new graphics card, there are two important things you need to consider: the resolution of your monitor, and what kind of quality setting you’d like to aim for when playing games. The AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT is by far the best 1080p graphics card for max settings at the moment, for example, but Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 or AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 XT are also excellent budget options as well that will get you smooth frame rates on Medium to High settings.

As for 1440p, my top picks would be AMD’s RX 5700 XT or Nvidia’s RTX 2070 for flawless 60fps gaming on max settings at this resolution, but AMD’s RX 5600 XT and Nvidia’s RTX 2060 will also do you just fine as well if you’re happy with Medium to High quality at this resolution. This makes the RX 5600 XT quite a good card to go for at the moment, especially if you currently have a 1080p monitor but are thinking about upgrading to a 1440p in the near future.

If you’ve got a 4K monitor, on the other hand, then you should probably consider an RTX 2080 Super as an absolute minimum. The RTX 2070 Super can make a decent fist of 4K gaming, but only on Low-Medium settings, so if you’ve got the budget, I’d currently recommend either an RTX 2080 Super or, if you’ve got the budget, an RTX 2080 Ti right now. Really, though, you should probably wait until the end of the year to buy a 4K graphics card, as both Nvidia and AMD are due to announce their next-gen GPUs before the end of 2020.

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