If you are a gamer, then you know that graphics cards are one of the most essential components of your gaming PC. Without a quality graphics card, your computer won’t be able to run games smoothly and will struggle with graphically-intensive features like anti-aliasing. But what if you’re on a tight budget and can only spend around $200 on a new graphics card? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll show you the best graphics cards under $200 in 2022.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 Series
AMD released its first 7th-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) graphics cards at the start of this year. The Radeon RX 5700 series features RX 5700, RX 5700 XT, and RX 5700 GX. All three cards are based on the same graphics core but come with different clock speeds and amounts of memory. Everything else, including the memory interface, GPU clock speeds, and outstanding prices, is the same across all three versions. Each card features 2304 stream processors, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. This gives the RX 5700 series a potential memory bandwidth of 484 GB/s. The RX 5700 series is expected to be launched in the second half of this year and will compete directly with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 TI
Nvidia introduced its first 8th-generation graphics cards, the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, at the start of the year. The RTX 2080 is available at 6 GB VRAM capacity, while the RTX 2080 Ti has a whopping 12 GB of memory. Both cards feature a Turing GPU that is said to be 50% more efficient than previous architectures. This means that the RTX 2080 Ti is capable of running real-time ray tracing, one of the most demanding (and expensive) features of gaming. Further, both the cards feature a GDDR6 memory interface and are able to run at an insane clock speed of 2,948 MHz. However, unlike the GTX cards, these two feature no memory overclocking option. You also have to wait a bit more because both cards are available now. The RTX 2080 is priced at $699, while the GTX 2080 Ti starts at $999.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070
We can only wait for the launch of the RTX 2070 Max-Q as of now. The RTX 2070, on the other hand, is beside us and is one of the best graphics cards under $200. The GeForce RTX 2070 has a base clock of 1,607 MHz and a boost clock of 1,915 MHz. This gives it a potential memory bandwidth of 282.6 GB/s. While the RTX 2070 doesn’t feature the Turing architecture that is present in the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, it is still one of the best options available on the market. You can purchase this card for as low as $379.
AMD Radeon RX 5600 Series
The AMD Radeon RX 5600 series was introduced in the first quarter of this year and was supposed to be a successor to the RX 5600 XT. Unfortunately, it had to be rescheduled to October because of production issues. This series has an interesting twist – it has no core number. Instead, it’s named after the number of graphics cores that it has. It also has the same clock speed as the RX 5700 series and has the same memory interface and bandwidth as well. The RX 5600 series is available in three variants with the RX 5680 being the lowest and RX 5690 being the highest. The base clock of the RX 5680 is 926 MHz and the boost clock is 975 MHz. The RX 5690, on the other hand, has a base clock of 1,035 MHz and a boost clock of 1,180 MHz. This series is available at a price that is below $200. You can get an RX 5680 for as low as $179, while the RX 5690 can be purchased for $239.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660
The cast of the GeForce GTX 1660 series is also quite interesting. The entire lineup is powered by the same architecture as the GeForce GTX 10 series cards. However, the cast of the GTX 1660 series is a bit different than the GTX 10 series. Instead of featuring the fastest 6 GB GDDR5 memory on the market, this lineup has a more affordable 6 GB GDDR5 memory. The GTX 1660 series is available in three variants with the lowest variant featuring a core clock speed of 1342 MHz and a boost clock of 1493 MHz. The next variant has a base clock speed of 1518 MHz and a boost clock of 1623 MHz. The final one has a base clock of 1554 MHz and a boost clock of 1708 MHz. You can purchase all of these cards for under $200.