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Nvidia Graphics Cards List In Order Of Performance

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Nvidia Graphics Cards List In Order Of Performance

A list of Nvidia Graphics Cards in order of performance is something I keep looking for myself. That is why I have put together this page for you with the most recent and some older but still widely used Nvidia Graphics Cards in a list that you can sort to your liking.

Nvidia Graphics Cards List In Order Of Performance

Graphics CardRender ScoreGaming ScorePerformance TotalPerformance / DollarPrice
Nvidia Titan V3961715670.193000
Nvidia RTX Titan3261915170.192700
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti3041724760.391199
Nvidia Titan Pascal2501243740.231650
Nvidia RTX 2080 SUPER2341313650.48750
Nvidia GTX 1080Ti2211293500.50700
Nvidia RTX 20802261213470.43799
Nvidia RTX 2070 SUPER2201123320.63520
Nvidia RTX 20702101073170.71450
Nvidia RTX 2060 SUPER203993020.71420
Nvidia RTX 2060170852550.72350
Nvidia GTX 10801481042520.50500
Nvidia GTX 1070Ti153942470.61400
Nvidia GTX 1070132782100.60350
Nvidia GTX 1660Ti132742060.68300
Nvidia GTX 1660 SUPER136702060.82250
Nvidia GTX 1660117641810.86210
Nvidia GTX 106095571520.61250
Nvidia GTX 1650 SUPER82581400.82170
Nvidia GTX 165078411190.74160
Nvidia GTX 1050Ti5432860.57150
Nvidia GTX 10504628740.67110
Graphics CardRender ScoreGaming ScorePerformance TotalPerformance / DollarPrice

Best Nvidia Graphics Card for the money

The currently best Nvidia GPU for the money is the Nvidia GTX 1660. It comes in at under 250$ and leads the list at the top value spot. Built on TSMC’s 12nm process, the GTX 1660 sports 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM that clock at 2000MHz with a bandwidth of 192GB/s.

At a Power Draw of 120W TDP, the chip clocks at 1530MHz and can boost up to roughly 1860MHz, depending on the variant of card you are looking at.

Some Brands such as Gigabyte, with its 1660 Gaming OC variant, overclock the GPU slightly to gain some extra performance.

Best Nvidia Graphics Card under 500$

The recently released Nvidia RTX 2060 SUPER is supposedly positioned in-between the RTX 2060 and RTX 2070. The performance of the 2060 SUPER though tells a different story, as it is much closer, and in many benchmarks on par, with a RTX 2070 at a significantly lower price.

At under 500$ the 2060 SUPER features 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM that clock at 1750MHz with a bandwidth of 448GB/s.

The 2060 SUPER is manufactured at TSMC on a 12nm process node and its chip clocks in at 1470MHz base and 1665MHz Boost Clock. There are a multitude of partner-cards available that have different overclocks for you to choose from.

The 2060 SUPER comes with 2176 CUDA Cores and is rated at 175W of TDP.

Best Nvidia Graphics Card under 400$

Although the Nvidia RTX 2060 SUPER has surpassed its predecessor, the Nvidia RTX 2060, in terms of performance, the RTX 2060 is still a great buy for those wanting to spend less than 400$.

The Nvidia RTX 2060 sits among the top 3 Value-Based GPUs with serious Gaming and Rendering Performance.

It too is built on the 12nnm Process Node from TSMC but has 6GB of VRAM compared to the 8GB on the 2060 SUPER.

The Nvidia RTX 2060 has 1920 CUDA Cores and a Chip that clocks in at 1365MHz Base and up to 1830MHz Boost. Most variants of the RTX 2060 have a rated TDP of 160W which helps in keeping the GPU quiet at low fan-spedds without producing too much noise.

Best Nvidia Graphics Card under 200$

There is an excellent Nvidia Graphics Card at every Price Point and the Sub-200$ Mark is no different. In this price-tier the Nvidia GTX 1650 is the clear winner, giving you excellent performance in both gaming and rendering at a budget.

The GTX 1650 sports 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM that clock at 2GHz on a 128bit Bus and bandwidth of 128GB/s. This cards is rated at only 75W, making sure it runs extremely quiet and staying nice and cool.

896 CUDA Cores accelerate your gaming and rendering performance decently, and the chip that clocks in at 1485MHz Base and 1860Mhz Boost, will make sure you have smooth experience on a budget.

Benchmark List Performance Metrics

The performance metrics that you see in the list cover different areas:

Nvidia Graphics Cards have lots of technical features like shaders, cuda cores, memory size and speed, core speed, overclockeability and many more.

The list could go on, but what I want to give you here is a quick and easy overview of Nvidia Graphics Cards in order of Performance throughout two of the most popular use cases on this site.

Rendering and Gaming.

I have taken the performance average of currently Popular gaming benchmarks such as Futuremark and assigned points depending on the benchmark score.

To find the best performing Nvidia Graphics Cards in Rendering I took the average of the three most popular GPU Render Engines: Redshift, Octane and Vray-RT and gave points depending on the score.

What you ultimately get from this list is a Nvidia Graphics Cards comparison:

 

What Nvidia Graphics Card do you want to buy?

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ZENCGIANDAUDIO

Hi I have 1 idea, suggestion!

I think this perf/$ calculation method is not perfect yet. I know this is the “standard”. But it will be more accurate with electricity consumption (with coolong hw and electricity consumption cost).
e.g. 8x 1660 or 1x 2080 TI is total different perf/$ in real world compared with this.

+ amortisation. an older card without warranty destroys with a much higher probability.

Roger Holman

Hi Alex,
I would like to draw on your expertise if I may.
I am looking to upgrade my graphics card, not from a gaming perspective but for use of Photoshop.
 
I recently upgraded Photoshop from version CS6 (2012) to Photoshop CC 2020 and have seen a huge degradation of it’s ability to function responsively and consequently am unable to perform some of its newer features. For this reason I am looking to upgrade my graphic card to one recommended.
Adobe lists the GeForce 300 series as being unsupported and states their recommendations below.
• A graphic card that was released in 2014 or later
• 1024 x 768 display (1280 x 800 recommended) with 16-bit colour and 512 MB of VRAM (2 GB or greater of VRAM is recommended)
• To use OpenGL acceleration, your system must support OpenGL v2.0 and Shader Model 3.0 or later
• To use OpenCL acceleration, your system must support OpenCL v1.1 or later

They recommend the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 
I would like to know if I would be able to install the GeForce GTX1660 with my current configuration or to be advised what other adaptations would be necessary for the card to function.
Accepting that the GeForce GTX1660 may not be compatible could you please recommend a graphics card that would meet Adobe’s recommendations. I appreciate also that having a 300 watt PSU (HP-D3006A0 570856-001 ATX) I would probably need to upgrade also.

My system spec is as follows

HP Pavilion P6675UK
Operating system: Windows 10  version 1903
BIOS Version/Date:  American Megatrends Inc. 6.12, 12/07/2010
Processor: Intel Core i5-650 3.20GHz
Installed Physical Memory (RAM):  12.0 GB (3 x 4GB DDR3 PC3 10600-1333MHz 240 PIN DIMM Samsung)
Motherboard: HP MS-7613 (Iona-GL8E) 
Graphic Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 320 (PCIe 2.0 x16)  Driver Version: 342.01
PSU Model: HP-D3006A0 ATX 300Watts  Part Number:570856-001
Monitor: HP S2331 LCD monitor (1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz)

Your advice would be much appreciated.

srimanth

Hey Alex
My budget is low. can i used thisGPU Nvidia GTX 1050Ti or Radeon RX 580 … used for video editing and 3d softwares …. like Adobe Premiere Pro ,Final Cut .After Effects,Blender & maya.

Hi Srimanth,

Thanks for dropping a line!

GPUs don’t have much of an impact on performance when editing videos so you can use entry-level graphics card for that matter. However, I would recommend that you use NVIDIA graphics cards since these GPUs support CUDA core acceleration. This will come in handy in case you need to use the GPU render engines. By the way, the Radeon RX 580 is priced at around $169.99 at the moment so you want to get an NVIDIA GPU like the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER which is a little more expensive (but not by much) at around $174.99.

Cheers,
Alex

Sebastian de Montalk

Hey Alex, just wondering what kind of pc parts I need to be investing in most for a build for slight gaming but mostly architecture. Such as, Fusion 360 and auto cad apps. My budget is around $2000 nz dollars, so around $1150 usd and I have a pretty good idea of my parts so far. I just want to know what I should but a bit more money into, either being the cpu, gpu or ram.

Cheers
Seb

Hey Sebastian,

Thanks for asking!

For you to have a better idea of what the best components are for a CAD-centric build, I suggest that you take a look at this article: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-pc-for-cad-autocad-solidworks/

And here’s a recommended build for your budget of $1,150:

CGDirector.com Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Aq1yh0n0hfa

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($289.99)
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism Cooler (Included with CPU) (-)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-P ATX AM4 ($150.95)
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1660TI 6GB – EVGA XC Gaming ($342.27)
Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($74.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: WD Black 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($79.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series Platinum RM850x 850W Power Supply ($127.21)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99)

The total cost of the build comes up to around $1140.39 but you can expect a more than decent performance from this build when you’re doing your CAD tasks. Additionally, this build can also handle your gaming needs so you can have highly enjoyable gaming sessions when you’re not working.

Cheers,
Alex

Sam Walton

I know this is a Nvidia thread but I’m curious about your take on using a rx 5700t for 3D modeling, rendering and unreal engine? I noticed that’s it’s on par with the rtx 2060 and 2070 in gaming benchmarks but cheaper. Are there any benefits to using this card or at least on par with the 2060 or 2070? Also do you know if amd cards support 10-bit color displays?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Sam,
AMD’s GPUs can be a great buy if you know for sure that the Render Engines or Software you will use all support it.

Nvidia is usually a risk-free buy because all GPU Render Engines, Game Engines, and Software support them, which is unfortunately not the case with AMD (redshift, octane and consorts)

For plain old modeling (viewport stuff) and Unreal though, this shouldn’t be a problem. They all support 10bit output to monitors that support this!

Cheers,
Alex

Niranjan

Hi Alex. I really loved the way you present your analysis. Keep it up. Thing is, I’m planning to buy a laptop which could support Solidworks and Autodesk Inventor. I looked up at Dell Workstations, which are way more beyond my budget. I’m planning to get a new mobile workstation for design and assembly with not so hefty simulations. Could you recommend me a laptop? I’m currently stuck up between Quadro P series and RTX series. I don’t play games on my laptop. So, could you recommend me a good mobile workstation for light simulations and intense modelling purpose.

Hi Niranjan,

Thanks for dropping a line and thank you for the kind words!

If I may ask, how much are you willing to spend?

If you have a budget of around $1,700, you might want to take a look at the Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-9RT5. Below are its specs:

CPU Intel Core i9-8950HK 2.90GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
HDD –
Weight 2.1 kg (~4.62pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

Priced at around $1,662.50, the Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-9RT5 comes with an i9-9980HK CPU working with 16GB of RAM to ensure that your workflow is always fast and smooth. In addition to that, it comes with an RTX 2070 GPU with CUDA core acceleration which will come in handy in case you plan on using the GPU render engines. All in all, the Gigabyte AERO 15-X9-9RT5 is more than capable of handling your light simulations and intense modelling tasks!

Cheers,
Alex

Scott

I’ve spent the past hour or so just reading through so many of your articles and they’re just amazing! Please don’t ever change the format and way of writing. The Ryzen memory article was downright impressive! I understood things and terms I haven’t ever fully understood even after reading all sorts of articles and definitions. Neatly arranged benchmark scores, smart analysis, excellent hardware reviews and recommendations. Your website is a great resource that I’ll be recommending to all my colleagues.
I’ve been an Apple user all my life and have recently started exploring PC building.
This website gives me a vibe of a friend that knows how to keep me interested and is also very very knowledgeable. I just thought I should drop a line to let y’all know (especially Alex and Jerry and Christopher) how much I enjoyed reading all your articles.
Keep at it please! Do you have a patreon or something that I can use to make small donations and help you fund this fine website and your reviews in whatever small way I can?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Scott,
Thank you very much, we love hearing such good feedback! 🙂 If you want to support us, you can consider buying through our affiliate links here: https://www.cgdirector.com/support-us/

Thanks!
Alex

Salvador Robles

Hi, thanks for your awesome review. I am an amateur enthusiast of design world, both, 3D and 2D, and also video edition. I have recently updated my old system (ancient indeed) to a ryzen 2600x, b450 motherboard, RTM750 power supply, 16gb RAM cl17 3000Mhz, taking advantage of my quadro k620. I am thinking about replacing the graphic card… For this configuration (obviously very basic) wich card do you think would match better in terms of performance/$… I am working with Unity, C4D, photoshop, illustrator-affinitydesigner, adobe premiere, after effects, sketchup… Wich renderer would you use (for C4D e.g.) with the graphics you would gently recommend me?. Thanks a lot. Also, what do you think about quadro cards vs RTX or GTX?

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Salvador,
I recommend going the RTX route. There are no benefits of using a quadro in ps, c4d, unity or ai, and GTX might be too low-level for your needs.

A 2060 Super for example is right in the sweet spot of performance/price. It depends on your budget of course, but that is a good starting point.

Cheers,
Alex

Salvador Robles

Thank you very much for your recomanation Alex. Just one question more… I am a little lost about different versions of 2060 super on web. which one would you recommend?. I have noticed 80-100 € of difference between 2060 and 2060 super. Do you find that this difference is justified in terms of improvement?. Thanks.

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Salvador,
The 2060 Super has 8gb of VRAM which can be very beneficial in some cases, especially in 3d rendering. You get more CUDA cores and clock speeds too. The 2060 Super is quite a good card.

In terms of brands, get whichever is a good deal among Asus, MSI, Gigabyte you won’t see any big differences.

Cheers,
Alex

Salvador Robles

Hi Alex, thanks for your patience and wisdom. I have one more question. Indeed, a bottleneck calculator (I don’t know how reliable) tells me that the quadro k620 creates bottleneck with ryzen 5 2600x. On the other hand I sometimes work with a wacom cintiq pro 13 ‘, which the quadro k620 recognizes perfectly by its DP port. Will I have a problem with the 2060 super ?. I say this because I tried to work with a GTX660 (which also has DP) and It didn’t recognize the wacom….Also, do you see the configuration I said before could handle properly software for musical edition as Fl Studio?. Any recomanation about that?Thank you very much, I’m sorry to ask you so many questions …

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

The 2060 should have no trouble recognizing the wacom. It also is a bit stronger than the cpu comparatively and might be paired with a stronger cpu in some scenarios for an absolutely balanced system.

Music Editing too should be no problem, as those kinds of softwares are not very gpu dependent.

Cheers,
Alex 🙂

Andrew Gesi

Hey Alex,

Love your effort and time spent in making these articles.
I was wondering if youf could update this list to include the 1660 Super. I’m curious where it lines up on the performance/$ and render score.

Thanks a lot

Alex Glawion
Alex GlawionCGDIRECTOR

Hey Andrew, just added it to the list, thanks for the heads-up! 🙂

Cheers,
Alex

Mani

Hi Alex,
I am an Architect, I will be using P.C for Sketchup,3d max,Lumion 10,Vray like softwares for modelling and rendering.
My Budget is approx 2300$
I have been suggested following Specs.

I9 9900KF ,
Asus Strix Z390-E gaming,
Graphic Card Quadaro RTX P4000 (instead of RTX 2080ti ) (being professional)-Is it o.k?
Ram 16 gb 2400mhz Crucial, (should I go for 2x 16gb?)
SSD: intel 1tb 660p nvme m.2 pcie 3.0 x4
corsair cooling hydro H45 or H60
SMPS: cooler master 750W bronze.

Kindly suggest For Graphic card, motherboard,and processor

Thanks
Mani

Hi Mani,

Thanks for asking!

Your choice of parts for your planned build looks good but we can still make it better. With your budget of around $2,300, you can get a build with the below specs:

Parts List:

CPU: Intel i9 9900k (or KF, doesn’t really matter) 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($471.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 1151 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 ($177.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X Trio ($759.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($384.74)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($198.48)
Power Supply: Corsair RM Series RM750 750W Power Supply ($124.97)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.40)

The total of the build comes up to around $2290.46 but you get a build with an i9-9900K CPU working with 64GB of RAM. Having this CPU-RAM combination will ensure that you get task responsiveness when you’re actively working inside the software. In terms of GPU, I don’t usually recommend using a Quadro GPU because its counterpart in the consumer-grade RTX series tend to perform better. In this case, the build comes with an RTX 2080 Super GPU with support for CUDA core acceleration for better rendering speeds in case you plan on using the GPU render engines. All in all, this build is more than capable of handling whatever modeling and/or rendering task you throw at it.

Quadro GPUs are especially interesting for corporate environments where stability and official software support is important. Apart from some minor software features, the more mainstream RTX counterparts perform much better at the same price point. As long as you are not using Solidworks or AutoCad or other specialized engineering Software, going with an RTX is the better choice.

Cheers,
Alex