Best Graphics Card for 1080p 144hz

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Last Updated on November 14, 2022 by admin

Best Graphics Card for 1080p 144hz – With 1080p 144hz becoming accessible at much lower budgets, the new silver standard in gaming is a perfect objective for any new build. With a CPU like a Ryzen 2600/3600 or Intel 9600K, there are a variety of GPUs at almost any price point that should allow you to play in Full HD with buttery smooth 144hz per second. If you have the money to spare, aim for a mid-tier or high-end card to help ensure you can use high graphics settings and play at 144 FPS for years to come, but there are plenty of great options at the value-end for someone looking for efficiency or just has a constrained budget. And be sure to check that your monitor can run at 144hz, otherwise the beautiful GPU and CPU combo you are putting together will not be able to demonstrate its full potential.

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1.Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti

This Gigabyte card is launching at a  MSRP, which is  more than Nvidia’s  MSRP for “stock” or basic versions of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. That puts this specific Gigabyte card into the same rough pricing tier as AMD’s Radeon RX 470 cards, of which we’ve tested one (the PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 470) and have more in the hopper. Nvidia was generally pushing the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in its launch announcement, since it’s the slightly higher-spec of the new GTX 1050-series cards, versus the vanilla GeForce GTX 1050.

So it’s not a surprise that the first card we’re getting our grubby mitts on is one of the higher-end GTX 1050 Ti models, since card makers tend to want to put their best silicon foot forward. (That said, we have a couple of GeForce GTX 1050 non-Ti cards on the bench right behind it, and we’ll include one of those in the discussion here, as well.)

2.MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

The heart of the gaming-card mainstream. This is close to the same price that the GTX 1060 first launched at, back in 2016 , and it competes directly with the current cost of several AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB models making the rounds today.

The model we tested for this review was MSI’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6GB, which retails for MSRP,  more than the most basic versions of the GTX 1660 Ti. The extra cost is due to MSI’s custom cooling hardware and from-the-factory boosted clock speeds.

MSI pushes this card from Nvidia’s suggested base clocks of 1,500MHz/1,700MHz (base/boost) in the standard edition to 1,500MHz/1,875MHz in the Gaming X. Aside from the clock-speed uptick, RGB bling, and increased cooling capacity, however, all other aspects of the Gaming X remain the same as what you would see in other third-party GTX 1660 Ti cards.

3.Sapphire Technology 11293-09-20G

HEXUS had previously reviewed both the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ and the Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Pulse, but now there is a new, cheaper, kid on the block. Angling to appeal to those tempted by the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT but perhaps wary of spending too much on a GPU, Sapphire’s Pulse RX 5700 XT BE 8G GDDR6 is designed to be the most affordable RX 5700 XT yet.

Of course, it is Sapphire, not Santa, so there will be some necessary cuts to aspects of the design to reach down to the cheaper price, so let us have a look more closely at the value orientated ‘BE’ to see what Sapphire has done.

4.ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660

We’ve taken a look at a few of Nvidia’s Super cards recently, in particular, the GeForce GTX 1650 Super and GTX 1660 Super. With both of these cards, we were left with an overall positive impression about the GPUs’ performance and value. Sitting between these cards is the GTX 1660 — a video card that is marketed for 1080p gaming, but with budget considerations in mind.

Now up for review: the Zotac GTX 1660 Amp. Zotac takes the reference values of the GTX 1660 and puts its own twist on things including a factory overclock, improved power delivery and the IceStorm 2.0 cooling solution, all of which improve upon the base specifications.

5.MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2060

The market for GeForce RTX 2060-based graphics cards is saturated, and that’s putting it mildly. (See our First Look: All the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Cards You Can Buy.) This review puts the spotlight on board partner MSI and its GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus OC Edition, an overclocked version of its entry-level GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus. At low price, the  premium it commands over the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition nets you a higher boost clock and a custom cooler.

However, it lacks a VirtualLink USB Type-C port, which can be a deal-breaker if you’re waiting for one of the next-generation virtual-reality (VR) headsets that will use the standard. The GeForce RTX 2060 Founders Edition remains the value leader in our eyes, but the GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus OC Edition is an otherwise good choice if gaming performance is your focus. For better overclocking gusto, consider spending a little extra for the Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 Amp.


Best Graphics Card for 1080p 144hz – If the new gold standard for gaming is 1440p 144hz, the new silver standard is 1080p 144hz. The buttery smoothness of 144hz with the still very high definition 1080p is not only terrific for modern gaming, it also very accessible.

Unlike 1440p which requires some pretty powerful components that come at a price premium, 1080p 144hz can be achieved on a more modest budget. As with most gaming PCs, the CPU and GPU will dictate for the most part your ability to reach 144hz and at which resolution. For this guide to 1080p 144hz gaming, we are focusing on the GPU portion and assuming that the CPU will be something like a Ryzen 2600 or Intel 9600K or better, as those are going to provide plenty of power on the CPU side for this level of gaming