Our Recommendations for Best GPU For i9 9900K

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SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 XT

SAPPHIRE is as good of a vendor as ASUS, MSI, etc., but it manufactures only AMD graphics cards. In fact, some of the designs of the company are even superior to the likes of ASUS ROG STRIX models, and an example of such a graphics card is the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 XT. First of all, the looks of this graphics card are so overwhelming. There is an aura of novelty in this graphics card that we have never seen in any GPU before. The fan shroud uses a grey and silver theme, while the large fans look similar to the TORX fans by MSI. In fact, these fans are one of the major reasons for the attraction of the graphics card. There is written SAPPHIRE, being RGB-lit, while the company’s new logo at the backplate also has RGB lighting.

The backplate uses a mixture of black and silver color and has a large cutout towards the end. The graphics card’s height is more than a standard graphics card and measures 5.3 inches, while the length of the graphics card is 12.2 inches. This makes it one of the longest graphics cards globally, too; a job done well by the company, although it might not fit in small cases. The technical specifications of the graphics card are quite interesting. It comes with 4608 shading units, 288 Texture Mapping Units, and 128 Render Output Units. There is a total of 72 Compute Units, where each CU consists of 64 shading units. Moreover, there is a single RT core per CU, making a total of 72 RT cores for the whole graphics card. The GPU has a base clock of 1925 MHz, while the boost clock is 2360 MHz.

One of the best things about this graphics card is that it comes with a whopping 16 GB of VRAM size, which is the first time we see in a mainstream gaming graphics card. The graphics card’s memory is clocked at 2000 MHz, and since it is based on GDDR6 memory, the effective memory clock becomes 16 Gbps. With a memory bus width of 256 bits, the overall memory bandwidth becomes 512 GB/s, which is more than that of the GeForce RTX 3070 and lower than that of the RTX 3080. The cooling solution of this graphics card is just massive. It is a tri-fan triple-slot graphics card, after all, and since it has a high TDP of 300 watts, the company took extra efforts to maximize the cooling. As a result, the graphics card’s temperature stays at around 65 to 70 degrees under full load and goes even lower with an aggressive fan curve. The graphics card uses two PCI-E 8-pin power connectors, as expected of such a high-end GPU. It provides three DP ports and one HDMI port, the standard configuration for most modern graphics cards.

Conclusion

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 XT is one of the most powerful graphics cards, and since it is not a flagship model from the RX 6000-series graphics cards, it does not have an outrageous price. That is why it holds a great attraction for enthusiast users looking to pair a mighty graphics card with their high-end processor.

The Good

  • Amazing looks
  • Superb cooling solution
  • High clock rates

The Bad

  • Might not fit in micro ATX systems

ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti

ASUS is at the top when we talk about graphics cards, and it holds the biggest share in the market. Its graphics cards are known for high performance, aesthetics, and reliability, which is why it is our favorite vendor as well. ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti belongs to the RTX 2000-series graphics cards that are succeeded by the RTX 3000-series graphics cards. It is the flagship model from this series, and this particular variant is the flagship variant by the vendor. The designs of ROG STRIX models have always been something, but ASUS did an extraordinary splendid job with this one. It is a behemoth of a graphics card and measures 11.8 inches, having a dual-slot tri-fan form factor. The fan shroud of the graphics card is completely black in color and has many cutouts, while there is RGB lighting at the front, top, and backside of the graphics card.

This graphics card uses axial fans, and these are much better than the previous generation. There is an LED button at the backplate, and the RGB-lit logo at the back is pretty large compared to other variants. The graphics card uses two 8-pin PCI-E power connectors and has a rough power consumption of 250 watts. As for the output ports, there are 2 x HDMI ports, 2 x DP ports, and 1 x USB Type-C port. The graphics card provides 4352 Turing cores, combined with 272 Texture Mapping Units and 88 Render Output Units. There are 544 Tensor cores and 68 RT cores, as there are 68 Streaming Multiprocessors in the graphics card. The GPU has a base clock of 1350 MHz and a boost clock of 1545 MHz. Most likely, the real-time clock rates hover around the 1750 MHz mark.

The memory of this graphics card is quite impressive. There is an 11 GB GDDR6 VRAM here, having an effective memory clock of 14 Gbps, which, combined with a 352-bit memory bus, results in a memory bandwidth of around 616 GB/s. The gaming performance of this graphics card is on par with the latest graphics card, GeForce RTX 3070, which means that you can expect over 60 FPS on 4K resolution with high settings on most modern AAA titles. With 1440P resolution, you are most likely to see FPS north of 90 in games like Red Dead Redemption 2, etc. ASUS ROG STRIX variant is one of the best variants of RTX 2080 Ti when it comes to thermal performance. The cooling solution of this graphics card is quite capable, and you can expect temperatures around 65 degrees on full load on performance mode. In comparison, the silent mode will greatly improve acoustic performance, but the temperatures will increase by around 10 degrees.

Conclusion

ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 TI is an amazing graphics card capable of even the most demanding games at 4K resolution, providing high FPS, while gaming on a 1440P panel feels liquid-smooth. The aesthetics of the graphics card are one of the best of its kind, and although it has a higher price than other variants, it is surely worth it.

The Good

  • Premium looks
  • Great acoustic performance due to axial fans
  • High raw power

The Bad

  • One of the priciest variants of RTX 2080 Ti

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800

The next graphics card that we have on the list is the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800, which is slightly less powerful than the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 XT. The major difference lies in the number of compute units, while the design and shape of both graphics cards are quite similar. SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 XT is undoubtedly a splendid card, but it stays out of stock or is priced very high due to the hype. For this reason, SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 seems like a great alternative, as it is available at a lower price, and the performance difference is not very big as well.

The graphics card comes with 3840 shading units compared to the 4608 in the XT model. Moreover, there are 240 Texture Mapping Units, and 96 Render Output Units in this graphics card. The RT cores are less as well since they are tied to the compute units, and there are 60 of them here. The memory of this graphics card is identical to the RX 6800 XT and has a memory bandwidth of 512 GB/s with a 16 GB VRAM size.

The gaming performance of SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 is around 20% lower than that of the XT model. You can still enjoy 1440P resolution at high settings in games, although we will not suggest running 4K resolution on the latest games. The thermal performance of this graphics card is roughly 5 degrees better than the XT model, which is why you would see temperatures around 60 to 65 degrees under full load on performance mode.

Conclusion

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 6800 is a great alternative to the RX 6800 XT since it is available at a lower price and performs roughly 20% slower. The memory of the graphics card is equally powerful, and the same goes for the looks of this particular variant.

The Good

  • Reduced price after the release of XT model
  • Similar memory to the XT model despite being cheaper
  • Cooler than the XT model

The Bad

  • Not future proof for 4K high-end gaming

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO

MSI is a brand that manufactures tons of hardware components, whether you talk about graphics cards, laptops, PCs, monitors, or whatever. It is particularly famous for its graphics cards and motherboards due to its powerful performance and great reliability. MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO is a very well-balanced graphics card currently one of the best-valued graphics cards in the gaming industry. The design of this graphics card is as good-looking as the ROG STRIX model, if not better. The fan shroud uses a black, silver, and gray color theme, and there is RGB lighting at the front and the top of the graphics card. There is no RGB lighting at the backplate, but it looks pretty good already with a brushed silver texture.

It is a tri-fan 2.5-slot graphics card and uses TORX 3.0 fans. These are one of the finest fans in the market for low operating noise. The leftmost fan is smaller in size than the other two, which is why it looks a bit odd. The graphics card requires two 8-pin power connectors and provides 1 x HDMI, 3 x DP, and 1 x USB Type-C port. The technical specifications of this graphics card make it somewhat comparable to the RTX 3060. It comes with 2944 shader processing units, while there are 184 Texture Mapping Units and 64 Render Output Units. Additionally, there are 368 Tensor cores and 46 RT cores in this graphics card.

The memory of this graphics card is similar to the RTX 3070, and it comes with an 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM, and with an effective memory clock of 14 Gbps, the memory bandwidth of this graphics card is 448 GB/s. The TDP of this graphics card is 215 watts, and the cooling solution of this graphics card is more than enough to handle this much heat. You will notice temperatures around 65 to 70 degrees at room temperature at the stock fan curve, while an aggressive fan curve will further improve the temperatures. mThe gaming performance of this graphics card is just perfect for 1440P gaming. With competitive titles, you will get over 100 FPS at ultra settings, and even with the most demanding AAA games, you should easily achieve 60 FPS with ultra settings on this resolution.

Conclusion

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO is one of the best graphics cards for mid to high-end users who are not willing to spend an enormous amount of money on a graphics card but still want to enjoy high-end 1440P gaming. Apart from performance, the looks and the thermal performance of this graphics card are some of the best among all the variants of the RTX 2080.

The Good

  • Unique-looking fan shroud
  • Shiny RGB lighting
  • Great value for the price

The Bad

  • Ray Tracing performance is subpar

XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Triple Dissipation

XFX is, although not as renowned of a company as SAPPHIRE; it still holds a big share in the market due to its “shiny-looking” graphics cards. XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Triple Dissipation is such an attempt by the vendor, and it went pretty well in the market. The overall performance of the graphics card is pretty good from an enthusiast’s perspective. The design of this graphics card is not as jaw-dropping as the RX 5700 XT THICC III ULTRA that used a lot of chrome color in the fan shroud. It is still a tri-fan graphics card that uses glossy black fans and a curved fan shroud and backplate. Thanks to the extra pieces of the fan shroud, it is a pretty large graphics card, but it would have been better if the company had focused on a thicker heat sink instead.

The graphics card provides 2560 shading units combined with 160 Texture Mapping Units and 64 Rendering Output Units. The RX 5000-series graphics card does not come with any RT cores, so the Ray Tracing performance of this graphics card is abysmal. On the other hand, the memory is as good as the RTX 2080 / RTX 3070, as it uses a VRAM size of 8 GB and has a memory bandwidth of 448 GB/s. The gaming performance of this graphics card is not as strong as the previous graphics cards, and even though it still plays most modern games at 1440P resolution at high settings, upcoming games will give it a hard time for sure.

You might have to reduce the resolution to 1080P if you want to keep the high settings or suffer from FPS dropping below 60. The thermal performance of this graphics card is satisfactory, and it stays under 75 degrees during stress tests. It has a power consumption of around 225 watts, making it quite an inefficient card when we compare it to the likes of RTX 3070. The graphics card uses 1 x 8-pin and 1 x 6-pin power connectors and provides 1 x HDMI port and 3 x DP ports.

Conclusion

XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Triple Dissipation is a great mid-range graphics card in 2021, and it has dropped its price due to the newer generation graphics cards such as RX 6800 or RX 3070. Although not the best variant of RX 5700 XT, this variant surely keeps a balance between price and aesthetics.

The Good

  • High-end 1440P gaming at a low price
  • Satisfactory thermals

The Bad

  • Plasticky feel
  • Could have provided lighting at the top

ZOTAC Gaming GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan

ZOTAC has upped its game a lot in the past few years and is now considered a great competitor of ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, and EVGA. Its graphics cards are particularly known for high build quality and are always built like a tank. ZOTAC Gaming GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan is a budget gaming graphics card available at a low price than the previous graphics cards. The design of this graphics card is pretty simple. It uses a gray fan shroud with a large and a small fan. It is one of the smallest variants of the GTX 1660 Super and has a length of 6.8 inches, making it great for mini-ITX cases. Since it is a pretty small graphics card, it does not come with a backplate. Due to these features, it is among the cheapest variants of GTX 1660 Super.

The technical specifications of this graphics card make it great for 1080P gaming because it is a direct successor of GTX 1060 6G and provides 1408 shader processing units. As for the Texture Mapping Units and Render Output Units, there are 88 and 48 of them, respectively, which is not a suitable configuration for high-resolution gaming. You can easily enjoy 1080P high-end gaming on this graphics card for another two years, but you might have to reduce the graphics settings in the upcoming games. The memory performance of this graphics card is quite lower than the previous graphics cards, despite using the GDDR6 technology. This is due to the smaller memory bus, as it uses a 192-bit memory bus. With an effective clock rate of 14 Gbps, the memory bandwidth of this graphics card lies at 336 GB/s, which is more than enough for 1080P gaming, and the 6 GB VRAM feels enough for high-resolution textures as well.

The graphics card has a low TDP of 125 watts, so it does not require a large cooling solution. That is why the company could design such a small graphics card, and the temperatures of this graphics card roughly hover around the 75-degree mark at the stock fan curve. It uses a single 8-pin power connector, and that is why it can be fairly overclocked as well, although you will have to increase the fan speeds to compensate for the thermals drastically. It provides 1 x HDMI port and 3 x DP ports for display.

The Good

  • Among the cheapest graphics cards for 1080P gaming
  • Small form factor

The Bad

  • 6 GB VRAM is not future proof
  • No lighting whatsoever

SAPPHIRE Radeon Pulse RX 5600 XT

SAPPHIRE Radeon Pulse RX 5600 XT is a mid-range graphics card from the previous generation, and its performance is roughly equivalent to the GeForce GTX 1080 or RTX 2060. The price of this graphics card is slightly lower than that of the RTX 2060, and that is why it is a great alternative to the last graphics card we have mentioned. The design of this graphics card feels just on the spot. It has gaming-oriented looks due to the black and red color theme. The glossy black fans combined with a sharp and aggressive fan shroud feel quite attractive. The backplate of the graphics card has the logo of SAPPHIRE PULSE and uses the black and red color theme as well. There is an RGB-lit SAPPHIRE logo at the top, similar to the NITRO+ variants of RX 570 / RX 580.

This graphics card is a successor of RX 580 / RX 590, as it comes with 2304 shading units and 144 Texture Mapping Units, and 64 Render Output Units. The GPU has a base clock of 1400 MHz, while the boost clock is 1750 MHz. The memory of this graphics card is identical to that of the GTX 1660 SUPER listed above, offering 6 GB VRAM with a memory bandwidth of 336 GB/s. It is a better graphics card than the GTX 1660 SUPER when it comes to gaming, and it can easily do high-end 1080P gaming in the upcoming years. You might have to reduce the texture settings in the latest games since 6 GB VRAM is not going to cut it anymore, but other than that, it is a splendid graphics card for 1080P gaming.

The power consumption of this graphics card is 150 watts, which is slightly more than that of the GTX 1660 SUPER. Still, the cooling solution can handle this much heat, and you will notice temperatures around 65 degrees during gaming. It uses a single 8-pin power connector, just like the GTX 1660 SUPER, and offers the same output configuration, i.e., 1 x DP port and 3 x HDMI ports.

The Good

  • King of 1080P gaming
  • Priced very decently
  • Gaming-oriented looks

The Bad

  • 8 GB VRAM would have been a lot better

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