Graphics Card Rankings & Hierarchy [2019]

Are you looking for the list of best Graphics Card at different price segments?

You’ve arrived at the right place. We have created a detailed list of Graphics Cards and we have ranked them based on their performance.

Just like we use Centurion Mark to rank Smartphone SOCs & Desktop CPUs, we are using a similar method for Desktop GPUs. We have also assigned the cards to a tier list to make it easy for you to understand the performance difference.

So, how do we rank different Cards?

Our rankings are based on the real-world gaming performance of Graphics Cards.

Our list includes integrated and dedicated Mainstream GPUs from the last two generations by AMD, Nvidia, and Intel. Let’s get straight to the rankings, and we will explain the scoring system and testing methodology later in this article.

    Graphics Card Rankings

Here is the ranking of Desktop GPUs based on Centurion Mark.

Graphics Card Ranking List 2019

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is currently the best Gaming GPU. When it comes to AMD, the Radeon VII is their best card as of now. AMD is yet to release its flagship GPU based on the latest Navi Architecture.

Here’s a table which is same as the above chart but with performance tier assigned to each Graphics Card.

RankGPU NameCenturion MarkTier
#1RTX 2080 Ti291Flagship
#2RTX 2080 Super254
#3RTX 2080240
#4GTX 1080 Ti224
#5RTX 2070 Super220
#6Radeon VII217
#7RX 5700 XT208High-End
#8RTX 2070200
#9RTX 2060 Super194
#10RX 5700186
#11GTX 1080177Upper Mid-range
#12RX Vega 64176
#13RTX 2060172
#14GTX 1070 Ti168
#15RX Vega 56161
#16GTX 1070150
#17GTX 1660 Ti148
#18GTX 1660127Lower Mid-range
#19RX 590122
#20RX 580113
#21GTX 1060 6GB111
#22GTX 1060 3GB97
#23RX 57094Low-End
#24GTX 165085
#25GTX 1050 Ti65
#26GTX 105053
#27RX 560 4GB52
#28RX 560 2GB47
#29RX 55043Entry Level
#30Vega 11 (R5 3400G)40
#31GT 1030 GDDR539
#32Vega 8 (R3 3200G)37
#33Vega 11 (R5 2400G)37
#34Vega 8 (R3 2200G)34
#35GT 1030 DDR425Subpar
#36Vega 3 (Athlon 200GE)22
#37Intel UHD 63019
#38Intel HD 63018

 

    How Centurion Mark is Calculated?

At Tech Centurion, we calculate Centurion Mark for different products which makes it easier to compare and understand the performance difference between them. Centurion Mark isn’t a synthetic benchmark; we calculate it manually after testing the products.

Centurion Mark for Mobile GPUs cannot be compared with Desktop GPUs. We use a different scoring system for both.

For Desktop Graphics Cards, the score is based on the gaming Performance in 20 different Games + Compute Performance. We have tested the games at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K Resolution. We take both the Average FPS and 1% Lows into consideration while calculating the score. For lower-end Cards, we also perform tests at 720p and then normalize the scores.

The current score is based on 20 different games and here’s the list of those games:

Battlefield V, Crysis 3, Control, World War Z, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Grand Theft Auto V, Far Cry 5, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Strange Brigade, The Witcher 3, Wolfenstein II, Forza Horizon 4, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Apex Legends, Metro Exodus, Borderlands 3, Just Cause 4, and Rainbow Six Siege.

We have tested some of the games at multiple APIs, including DirectX 11, DirectX 12, and Vulkan. To remove the CPU bottleneck, an Intel Core-i9 9900K is used for these tests.

The current ranking is based on Nvidia’s Game Ready 436.30 & AMD’s Adrenalin 19.9.2 Drivers.

Apart from Gaming Performance, the Compute Performance also has a small role to play in the scoring system. While Gaming performance has a weight of 90%, compute performance only has 10% significance in the score. We perform Compute tests using our Algorithms.

Our tests include the average results from both the reference cards and the AIB partner cards. The scores of factory overclocked cards are normalized against the reference specification by Nvidia & AMD. A factory OC card generally scores 1 to 3 points higher than the reference one.

We will continue to improve our rankings by adding new games and staying up to date with the latest drivers from Nvidia and AMD.

Please note that since 90% of the score is calculated using the Gaming Performance, the rankings won’t be the same for other GPU accelerated task such as Compute, AI, Image Processing, Deep Learning etc. If your work requires a CUDA enabled GPU, then you need to look at Nvidia cards.

    Which Graphics Card Should You Get?

When building a Gaming PC, selecting a GPU that fits the budget should be one of the first things you should do. In a Gaming PC, about 35 to 60% of your total budget should go the Graphics Card as that’s where you’ll hit the sweet spot for price/performance ratio.

Even though most of you will have a fixed budget, choosing the GPU should mainly depend on what Resolution and FPS you want to play at. There’s no point in getting an RTX 2080 Ti when all you need is 60 FPS at 1080p. Any decent card like the RTX 2060 or RX 5700 will be able to run upcoming games at 1080p 60FPS for the next 2 to 3 years or even more.

If you already own a decent Monitor, choosing the GPU that will deliver an excellent gaming experience should get easier with the help of the table below.

Graphics Card TierRecommended ResolutionRecommended Monitor Refresh RateOptimal Gaming Experience
Flagship4K/1440p for Single-Player. 1080p for Competitive E-sports Gaming.240Hz/144Hz at 1080p, 144Hz at 1440p, 60Hz at 4KYes
High-End4K/1440p for Single-Player. 1080p for Competitive E-sports Gaming.165 Hz/144 Hz at 1080p, 144Hz/120Hz at 1440p, 60Hz at 4KYes
Upper Mid-range1440p/1080p for Single-Player. 1080p for Competitive E-sports Gaming.144Hz/120Hz/75Hz at 1080p, 75Hz/60Hz for 1440pYes
Lower Mid-range1080p75Hz/60Hz at 1080pYes
Low-End1080p/720p75Hz/60Hz at 1080p/720pYes
Entry Level720p60Hz at 720pNo
Sub-par720p or Lower60Hz at 720pNo

If you have never played games on a PC before or if you’ve never owned a High-Refresh Rate (or High Resolution) Monitor, it is highly recommended to experience it in real. Visiting a Gaming Cafe or Computers/Electronics Store and checking out different Monitors in front of your eyes will always be the best way to decide what resolution/refresh rate you should get.

It also depends on what games you play. If you play E-sports titles like CS: GO, Overwatch, Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends, then I’ll give preference to High-Refresh Rate over Resolution & Display Quality. But for Single-Player and Story-Driven Games, I’ll pick a High-Resolution Display with excellent picture quality.

In the Optimal Gaming Experience section of the above table, I’ve listed Entry Level and Sub-par cards as Poor Gaming Experience. This is just my own opinion based on my experience. Another reason why I’ve labelled them that way is that in the near future, they’ll struggle to push even 30 FPS at 720p and anything lower than 30 FPS will have occasional frame drops & lag, and the gaming experience would not be optimal.

I would rather wait and save some money than buy a card now that won’t be able to give a playable FPS in the games launching in the near future. AMD’s APUs like the Ryzen 5 3400G can be a great alternative to discrete GPUs at low-end, and I’ll highly recommend them over a card like the GT 1030 or the RX 550.

    Best Graphics Card at Each Price Segment

Here’s a list of GPUs that offer the best performance at various price segments. As the prices may vary from region to region, this may not be applicable to everyone.

In some regions, an RX Vega 56 may be priced similar to a GTX 1660 Ti and hence making it the better choice. But in other places, it is still as expensive as an RX 5700 which makes no sense at all.

Best Graphics Card at Each Price Segment

Here’s another table and this one will help you pick the right GPU based on your Total PC Budget. Please note than the Total Budget doesn’t include Monitor and peripheral devices such as a Mouse & Keyboard.

GPU BudgetTotal PC Cost (Excluding Monitor)WinnerRecommended Resolution
Under $100Under $400Vega 11 (Ryzen 5 3400G)720p Medium
Under $150Under $500Radeon RX 570 (Paired with Intel Core i3-9100F)1080p Medium / 720p High
At $220Under $600GTX 1660 (Paired with Intel Core i5-9400F)1080p High
Under $300Under $750GTX 1660 Ti / Vega 56 (Paired with Ryzen 5 3600)1080p Ultra / 1440p Medium
At $350Under $850RX 5700 (Paired with Ryzen 5 3600)1440p High
At $400Under $1000 (or under $1150 if going with R7 3700X)RX 5700 XT (Paired with Ryzen 5 3600 or Ryzen 7 3700X)1440p High / 4K Medium
At $500Under $1300RTX 2070 Super (Paired with Ryzen 7 3700X)1440p Ultra / 4K High
At $700Under $1800RTX 2080 Super (Paired with Core-i9 9900K or Ryzen 9 3900X)4K High
At $1200Under $2500RTX 2080 Ti (Paired with Core-i9 9900K or Ryzen 9 3900X)4K Ultra with Ray Tracing

If you’re not into E-Sports Gaming, I would recommend going for a Ryzen 9 3900X instead of Core-i9 9900K. The i9 9900K is a better choice only when playing at High Refresh Rates and Low Resolutions, i.e Playing at 1080p 240 Hz with a 2080 Ti.

At high resolutions such as 4K, both the Intel & AMD CPUs will give similar performance as games are GPU bound. We also have an article to improve the performance of 3rd Gen Ryzen here.

    The Next Step to Choose the Right Card

Once you’re done choosing the right GPU, the next step is to decide the Card Vendor and the particular card model.

Though AMD and Nvidia do manufacture their reference cards, I’ll highly recommend choosing an AIB (Add-in Board) partner card instead due to better cooling and lower noise levels. Many reference cards have a Blower Fan which generally runs hotter and is much louder.

So, which brands should you go with?

Every GPU is different and almost every GPU Vendor has manufactured some bad cards in the past, which are either thermally inefficient or had some issue or the other. Hence, there’s no perfect brand that I can recommend.  It is highly recommended to watch/read third-party reviews of the card you’re interested in.

But if you still need to know some trusted brands to get started with, here are they:

For AMD Cards: Sapphire, PowerColor, MSI (except the RX 5700 XT Evoke), Gigabyte (except the RX Vega Cards)

For Nvidia Cards: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, Asus, Zotac

In a custom card, you should look at Number of Fans, Factory Overclock, Noise, Thermals, and after-sales Service in your region. Factory overclocked cards are slightly better but don’t expect a major performance boost.

It makes no sense to pay $330 for the ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1660 Ti when you get an RX 5700 for nearly $350 which performs 23% faster than the 1660 Ti.

Some of the Tech Websites and Youtube Channels where you can find the best GPU reviews are Hardware Unboxed, AnandTech, Gamers Nexus, PC Gamer, VideoCardz, and Guru 3D. There are many other websites and Youtube channels that you can watch as well, but these are some of the sites that I trust and regularly like to read and watch.




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