Best Graphics Card Under $200 (2020)

We reviewed 5 best graphics cards that are under $200 which are capable of running the latest AAA games! If budget gaming is something you are looking for, then we have everything you need before buying a new budget GPU that can run the latest titles.

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Top Pick
Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G Pulse RX 580 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphic Cards
ASUS Cerberus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition GDDR5 Gaming Graphics Card (Cerberus-GTX1050Ti-O4G)
XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition 1286MHz, 8gb GDDR5, DX12 VR Ready, Dual BIOS, 3xDP HDMI DVI, AMD Graphics Card (RX-570P8DFD6)
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 128 Bit PCI-E Graphic Card (GV-N1050D5-2GD)
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB GDDR5 128-Bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T16500F-10L
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AMD RX 580
ASUS Cerberus GTX 1050Ti 4GB
AMD RX 570
Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB
Prime
GPU Clock Speed
1257 MHz
1257 MHz
1168 MHz
1493 MHz
1486 MHz
Boost Clock
1340 MHz
1340 MHz
1244 MHz
1455 MHz
1695 MHz
Memory Clock
8000 MHz
7008 MHz
7000 MHz
7008 MHz
7008 MHz
IO
HDMI 4K60, 1.4 HDR DisplayPort
Native DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4, HDP Support
HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
Dual DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
Size
10.6 x 4.9 x 1.5 in
8 ” x 4.5 ” x 1.5 “
232 mm²
132 mm²
200 mm²
Top Pick
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Sapphire Radeon 11265-05-20G Pulse RX 580 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI/ DVI-D/ Dual DP OC with Backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphic Cards
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AMD RX 580
Prime
GPU Clock Speed
1257 MHz
Boost Clock
1340 MHz
Memory Clock
8000 MHz
IO
HDMI 4K60, 1.4 HDR DisplayPort
Size
10.6 x 4.9 x 1.5 in
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ASUS Cerberus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition GDDR5 Gaming Graphics Card (Cerberus-GTX1050Ti-O4G)
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ASUS Cerberus GTX 1050Ti 4GB
Prime
GPU Clock Speed
1257 MHz
Boost Clock
1340 MHz
Memory Clock
7008 MHz
IO
Native DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4, HDP Support
Size
8 ” x 4.5 ” x 1.5 “
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XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition 1286MHz, 8gb GDDR5, DX12 VR Ready, Dual BIOS, 3xDP HDMI DVI, AMD Graphics Card (RX-570P8DFD6)
Title
AMD RX 570
Prime
GPU Clock Speed
1168 MHz
Boost Clock
1244 MHz
Memory Clock
7000 MHz
IO
HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
Size
232 mm²
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Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 128 Bit PCI-E Graphic Card (GV-N1050D5-2GD)
Title
Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB
Prime
GPU Clock Speed
1493 MHz
Boost Clock
1455 MHz
Memory Clock
7008 MHz
IO
HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
Size
132 mm²
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ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB GDDR5 128-Bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, ZT-T16500F-10L
Title
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB
Prime
GPU Clock Speed
1486 MHz
Boost Clock
1695 MHz
Memory Clock
7008 MHz
IO
Dual DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
Size
200 mm²

Best Video Card Under $200

The AMD RX 580 is widely known in the world of PC gaming. The RX 580 [1] is a proven mid-spec GPU that can play games at med to high with more than 60 fps.

Pros:
  • Outperforms GTX 1060
  • Great overclocking speeds
  • Available in every major PC seller
Cons:
  • Polaris feature is underwhelming
  • High power consumption
  • Heats up easily

According to experienced users, their AMD RX 580 still helps them cope up with current games without minding some splices in the game settings. Remarkably, the AMD RX 580 does its job well at performing like a professional GPU that brings more value than its price.

 

Aside from its common problems such as its power consumption and easy heat build-up, the RX 580 is a video card beloved by many. While we will never know how it will hold up against games 2 to 5 years from now, the AMD RX 580 is an excellent GPU that we cannot recommend enough of.

 

  • GPU Clock Speed: 1257 MHz

  • Boost Clock: 1340 MHz

  • Memory Clock: 8000 MHz

  • IO: HDMI 4K60, 1.4 HDR DisplayPort

  • Size: 10.6 x 4.9 x 1.5 in

Budget Nvidia 1050Ti

The ASUS Cerberus GTX 1050Ti 4GB [3] gets the job done on playing modern games at medium to high settings running at 60-120 fps, and being affordable. The ASUS Cerberus GPU makes the 1050Ti still a relevant graphics card in 2019.

Pros:
  • Amazing gaming performance
  • Very cheap to buy
  • Includes performance-tweaking features
Cons:
  • Games always set to low on first launch
  • Heats up fast
  • Not ideal for overclocking

I want to address the best feature of CERBERUS-GTX1050TI-A4G – it includes easily-accessible features that let you utilize its power and play games with seamless quality. It’s a feat that many budget GPUs should have. The ASUS Cerberus GTX 1050Ti 4GB also uses a GDDR5 graphics memory – good for running games at medium to high settings with good frame rates higher than at least 30 fps.

 

But if there is one thing I am weirded out about the Cerberus GTX 1050Ti 4GB, is that you will need to take some time to configure it on its first launch. If you do not work it out, the graphics card will run but most games will put the default settings to low.

 

Look, the CERBERUS-GTX1050TI-A4G is lower than $200 now – you will not find a better 1050Ti within this price range.

 

  • GPU Clock Speed: 1257 MHz [4]

  • Boost Clock: 1340 MHz

  • Memory Clock: 7008 MHz

  • IO: Native DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4, HDP Support

  • Size: 8 ” x 4.5 ” x 1.5 “

AMD FreeSync Under $200

The AMD RX 570 [5] is a thing of beauty. Capable of playing up to 4K with fluid frames ranging from 30 to 120 fps, AMD RX 570 is easily digestible and customizable. 

Pros:
  • Includes AMD FreeSync
  • Good overclocking speeds
  • Very cheap to buy
Cons:
  • Heats up quickly
  • Very loud
  • Slowdowns on most modern games at 1080p

You may be asking, “Why do I even need FreeSync in a game?” Well, if you hate screen tearing constantly shown on your monitor, the FreeSync helps eliminate that and more. Luckily, the AMD RX 570 includes that despite the low price. Its overclocking speed is up to 1244 Hz which makes it great for budget gaming.

 

However, just like any AMD graphics card, the RX 570 has its share of overheating especially during long hours of overclocking.

 

Yet, if you have a mighty need for fluid gameplay and no signs of distortion on the screen, the AMD Radeon RX 570 is a must-buy.

 

  • GPU Clock Speed: 1168 MHz [6]

  • Boost Clock: 1244 MHz

  • Memory Clock: 7000 MHz

  • IO: HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4

  • Size: 232 mm²

Cheap Nvidia 1050

The Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB [7] graphics card still stands against the test of time. GV-N1050D5-2GB is one of the strongest products for Gigabyte thanks to the WINDFORCE cooler, and overall solid gaming performance.

Pros:
  • Maintains coolness 
  • Good overclocking
  • Can still run games at high settings
Cons:
  • Loud
  • Still slower than 1050Ti
  • 2GB is not future-proof

The Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB is one of the cheapest modern GPUs available. It certainly runs modern games at an average of medium-high settings without overheating thanks to its good cooling capabilities.

 

If you still plan on getting the GV-N1050D5-2GB, you better make sure you are constantly on overclock mode; not every game can show-off its full potential when your GTX 1050 2GB is only running at normal clock speeds.

 

Overall, the Gigabyte GTX 1050 2GB is very cheap so there is no reason not to get it to backtrack on games you have missed from 2019 back to 2014. However, do not rely on the GV-N1050D5-2GB 2 years from now.

 

  • GPU Clock Speed: 1493 MHz [8]

  • Boost Clock: 1455 MHz

  • Memory Clock: 7008 MHz

  • IO: HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4

  • Size: 132 mm²

Best Budget GTX 1650

To think the GTX 1650 doesn’t get cheaper, in comes the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB [9]. This GTX 1650 is modern, strong and reliable.

Pros:
  • Good overclocking
  • Cheap for a 2019 GPU
  • Great cooling
Cons:
  • 4GB and 128-bit feels old
  • Slower than RX 570
  • High power consumption

There are mixed receptions when it comes to the GTX 1650; on one hand, ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4G [9] is one of the cheapest GeForce to date right alongside the 1050Ti for modern gaming. However, on the other side, the ZT-T16500F-10L does less.er than an RX 570 especially with overall gaming performance.

 

You might think the ZOTAC Gaming GTX 1650 feels like trash but if you do not compare it to the RX 570, this is still a solid pick. Plus, the ZT-T16500F-10L is more silent, has better overclocking speeds and has safer temperatures than the AMD RX 570. Although, do mind its power consumption.

 

Overall, ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4G is the best version when you insist on buying a 1650 graphics card.

 

  • GPU Clock Speed: 1486 MHz [8]

  • Boost Clock: 1695 MHz

  • Memory Clock: 7008 MHz

  • IO: Dual DVI-D, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4

  • Size: 200 mm²

What We Would Buy 

Future-proof gaming and decently high performance whilst on a budget are what we are aiming for. For this list, we pick two highly-valuable graphics cards: the AMD RX 580 and the ASUS Cerberus GTX 1050Ti 4GB.

 

You will not find a better long-lasting cheap graphics card that can run modern hardware-heavy games like David defeating Goliath. On the other hand, the GTX 1050Ti 4GB serves well under consistent frames and minimal performance issues. In the end, it all depends on which brand you prefer. RX or GTX, it is a good choice especially if you do not plan on buying a Radeon VII or an RTX series anytime soon.

 

 Sources 

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.