There are ample reasons to shell out on a new graphics card. Maybe you took one glance at the system requirements for Star Wars Battlefront II and shed a single tear ailing GPU. Maybe you’re trying to cash in on the cryptocurrency mining craze.
Whatever the case may be, no one in their right mind wants to pay full price for a graphics card. The MSRP, or manufacturer’s suggested retail price, is often either exceeded or undercut by third parties to the point that there’s no longer a standard value. Instead, you have a market that’s so wildly variable in pricing that a lot of graphics cards have to go on sale to compete.
That’s where we come in. Here at TechRadar we’ve searched far and wide for the best graphics card deals of the week, closely followed up by the best long-term graphics card deals that we don’t see going out of style anytime soon. For when you’re looking to introduce unwieldy amounts of graphical prowess to your gaming PC, keep reading.
The best graphics card deal this week in the US
MSI Radeon RX 580 (4GB GDDR5) now $249 with free game
If you’re looking to mine for cryptocurrency with some light gaming on the side, then do we have a deal for you. For a limited time only, Newegg is offering a “Champions Pack” for Quake Champions – a $39.99 value – when you buy any AMD Radeon RX 580. We recommend this one in particular because it’s cheap enough to justify an impulse buy.View Deal
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X) now $569.99 (was $599)
Capable of lighter 4K gaming tasks, this is the optimal GPU if your aim is to run anything from your Steam library at 1440p and with all of the highest visual settings rightfully ticked. Better yet you can get it for $30 off right now.View Deal
The best graphics card deal this week in the UK
Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5) now £139.99 (was £219.99)
For those not into the idea of buying an AMD GPU, we’ll have you know that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is an economical stand-in for the Radeon RX 560 or even the RX 570. We aren’t certain on how long this deal is going to last, but you can save £80.00 (36%) right now on this choice hardware for eSports and light 1080p gaming. View Deal
MSI GTX 1070 Sea Hawk EK (8GB GDDR5) now £380.99 (was £554.99)
This GPU took us by surprise when it launched in spring 2016 for its sheer might when running triple-A games featuring 3D visuals at 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. That’s why it’s more crucial than ever to adopt the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 while it’s still on sale for £174 off; the offer only lasts until Tuesday after all.View Deal
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini (6GB GDDR5) now £249.97 (was £329.99)
This graphics card has become the de-facto default GPU of Nvidia’s Pascal generation. It can handle pretty much any game at full HD resolutions and handles video production with ease. Even if you don’t factor in the £81 in savings, this miniature GPU offers plenty of oomph for the menial price you’ll pay on Amazon.View Deal
Best 4K graphics card deal
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is lauded for its muscular 11GB of GDDR5X video memory and its ability to tackle Ultra HD 4K gaming at frame rates that will make you grin. It would normally set you back at a substantial sum, but you can regularly pick up MSI’s version of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at a great discount and it comes with an included copy of Destiny 2 as well.
Best 1440p graphics card deal
We don’t talk about it enough, but the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is truly something special. Its pricing and performance is situated somewhere between the GTX 1070 and 1080, so it’s much better at handling the 1440p games of 2017 than the 1070. Frankly, this price is so close to that of the GTX 1070 Ti’s weaker sibling that we thought it necessary to point it out.
Best 1080p graphics card deal
Likely to remain at this price for quite some time, PNY’s GeForce GTX 1060 is cheaper than some of the discounted versions of this card you might find from alternative manufacturers. Granted, it only has 3GB of GDDR5 memory, but it’s more than enough to play a wide library of 1080p games and it’s still, it’s a GTX 1060 for less.
Best mining graphics card deal
For when your finances are either in the hole or you’re just frugal, Gigabyte’s GeForce GT 1030 is a reasonable option as well. It’s certainly a cheaper way to get 4K video playback than upgrading to a new Intel Kaby Lake or Coffee Lake motherboard and processor. Better yet, it can play older games at 1080p without hiccups and we’re sure you could do some Bitcoin mining with it.
Best eSports graphics card deal
eSports have overtaken the competitive gaming scene you used to know, and it’s effectively served as part of the fuel that keeps PC gaming relevant. The best part about it is that you don’t need the most powerful graphics card in the world to play most online eSports. Titles like League of Legends and even Rocket League will do just fine playing on the Radeon RX 560 and its commonly discounted to boot.