Upgrading your graphics card can be quite costly, and often an unnecessary burden on your pocket. But if you are a gamer or use graphics-intensive computer applications, your enthusiasm about graphics cards is natural. Still, you do not need to buy a graphics card that well exceeds your current demand. Remember that buying future proof graphics cards often cost more as the price of high-end models continues to drop. Following are the reviews of three graphics cards under $500.
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Founders Edition)
This impressive graphics card under $500 offers solid 1440p and 1080p gaming resolution. In certain tests, its performance has been close to the pricier GTX 1080 and even better than costlier AMD Radeon RX Vega 64. So, if your current games and applications can run smoothly, which probably will, do not go for other pricier options.
- MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z 8G
Z series by MSI is considered the best of the brand. MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming Z 8G is a high-end card in direct competition of Nvidia’s powerful GTX 1070. The price of this model is slightly lower. MSI offers higher boost clock speed as compared to its rival, Nvidia. In addition to some other features, it is worth buying if you consider only the fact that it offers three RGB LEDs as opposed to GeForce’s two LEDs.
- ASUS Radeon RX 550 4G
If you are bound to a small-form-factor, this is one of the best options for you. It is a budget graphics card under $500, priced around $100, with good performance, but if you are not limited by form-factor, you can buy better options by spending a few dollars more. ASUS Radeon RX 550 4G can draw all the power from the PCIe slot, and there is no need for additional power supply. You can connect display using all modern ports like DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI.