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Best New Gaming Video Cards 2014 - Review the Latest

Updated on February 21, 2014

Best Graphics Cards for PC Gaming 2014

When Gaming you need top-of-the line performance from all of your computer's hardware, and most especially your graphics card. While integrated graphics for Intel's Haswell CPU along with AMD's APU show that dedicated GPU under $50 may be obsolete in the near-distant future, high-end dedicated graphics cards for gamers continue to not only be popular, but ultimately necessary in order to run the latest games without limiting their potential.

In this post I'll review the latest video cards by price and give you a chance to vote for your favorite of 2014 so far.

Why Take My Word for It?

I run a PC building website and YouTube channel where we're always discussing the latest in computer hardware. I'm constantly doing research for those sites as well as my posts here. Other than that, I recommend you cross reference any of the cards I'm mentioning below with what you find on other benchmarking sites. I think you'll come to a similar conclusion.

GeForce GTX 660Ti from EVGA
GeForce GTX 660Ti from EVGA

Best Video Card under $300 for 2014

GTX 760 Ti Vs. HD 7950 Vs. GTX 750 TI in SLI

The $200-300 price range is perhaps the most popular for gamers. In this price range you see a substantial increase in overall performance for your money while beyond it you get diminishing returns.

Below is a look at some of the best graphics cards for gaming in 2013. As of mid 2013 the GTX 660 Ti is very tempting in this price range especially after the substantial price drop we've seen. Another one of my favorites is the Radeon HD 7950, which is a great overall value in the $300 range.

I've used the HD 7870 as well, and it's a pretty good GPU for those of you who prefer to stay below $250. If you look hard enough, then you should be able to find a good one in the $200-$225 range (after rebate).

Overall:

Overall I'm recommending the GTX 660 Ti or the HD 7950 for Quarter 2 to 3 of 2013. Which one is better may depend upon the actual game you play. Keep that in mind when looking at benchmarks.

SLI Performance Tip: If you're willing to tweak settings or use SLI, then you should also consider 2 of the new GTX 750 TI graphics cards. For $300 it's performance can equal or exceed that of a single GTX 680 or HD 7970. This may be the best value play overall.

EVGA EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti Superclock

Interactive PC Gaming Graphics Card Poll - Under $300

Please take time to vote for the top video card for 2013. This helps to keep this lens up-to-date with the latest information.

What graphics card would you purchase for under $300?

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Current Budget Gaming Video Cards Under $200

If you are on a budget or simply don't play games that are super intense, then the graphics cards below should more than suffice. Many of the higher priced ones should still run even the latest gaming coming out for 2013 and early 2014.

EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost 1GB GDDR5 192-Bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card 01G-P4-3655-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost 1GB GDDR5 192-Bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card 01G-P4-3655-KR

This is a killer card in the $150 range. In SLI it competes with the HD 7970 and the GTX 780! It's a winner whether you buy one or two. Keep in mind that it's different than the original 650 Ti as it's longer and packs quite a bit more punch.

 
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 1GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2x mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 CrossFire ready Graphics Card GV-R785OC-1GD
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 1GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2x mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 CrossFire ready Graphics Card GV-R785OC-1GD

It's hard to recommend the HD 7850 right now when the TI boost is the same price and offers such better performance. You'll want to skip up to the 7870 or 660.

 
EVGA GeForce GTX660 2048MB GDDR5 192-Bit, Dual DVI-D, HDMI, DP and 2-Way SLI Ready GPU Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2660-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX660 2048MB GDDR5 192-Bit, Dual DVI-D, HDMI, DP and 2-Way SLI Ready GPU Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2660-KR

This is another solid option in the $200 price range. If you're considering it vs. the HD 7870 you'll want to look at in-game benchmarks for your games to see which one does better as it could go either way.

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of SLI and Crossfire

I personally don't always use SLI (scalable link interface for NVIDIA) or Crossfire (ATI Radeon Technology) for my GPU even when I know I can get a performance boost. In the past I've had issues with not only stability, but also the relative performance increase I get from actually doing this. That being said in 2013 there are a lot of cards that could give you much better value for your money if you're willing to do so.

What's the difference between SLI and Crossfire?

One distinct advantage that Crossfire has over SLI is that it can be implemented with various graphics card as long as they are the same generation whereas SLI only works if you use cards of the same series (different manufacturers are acceptable).

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using dual cards:

Advantages

It may give you increased performance for the price of your 2 cards. (Depends on the GPU).

Splits workload for 3D Rendering

Disadvantages:

Questionable Stability

Increased Power Usage

Additional Cooling Options May be necessary

Doesn't always beat out the performance of a higher priced single GPU setup.

What do you think about SLI or Crossfire? Am I missing the boat? Let me know by taking our poll below.

Is SLI/Crossfire worth the increased performance?

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Best Graphics Cards for PC Gaming Under $1000 2014 - Extreme Performance Video Cards

Made for high-performance gaming aficionados, engineers, designers, and graphic artists the GPU listed below should run any game you come across for at least the next couple of years. If you are just planning on gaming it might be a better idea to keep upgrading a card in the "sweet spot" $250-$300 range; however, if you need better performance and FPS for higher resolutions and have some extra money too, then consider one of the graphics cards below.

EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACX Cooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready Graphics Cards (02G-P4-2774-KR)
EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACX Cooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready Graphics Cards (02G-P4-2774-KR)

The new GTX 770 is a beast in the $400 price range. When used in SLI these easily beat the GTX 780 and Titan!

 
EVGA GeForce GTX780 3GB GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (03G-P4-2781-KR)
EVGA GeForce GTX780 3GB GDDR5 384bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card (03G-P4-2781-KR)

While it can't beat the GTX 770 in SLI, it's less expensive and more reliable. This may be the way to go for most consumers in the $600 to $700 space.

 
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-E 3.0 Graphics Card GV-R797OC-3GD
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-E 3.0 Graphics Card GV-R797OC-3GD

It's hard to recommend the HD 7970 or 7950 with GeForce's new releases as of late. We'll all be looking to see benchmarks for Radeon's new series shortly.

 
EVGA GeForce GTX690 4096MB 512bit GDDR5, Dual GPU, 2xDVI-I, DVI-D,Mini Display-Port, Quad SLI Ready Graphics Card (04G-P4-2690-KR)
EVGA GeForce GTX690 4096MB 512bit GDDR5, Dual GPU, 2xDVI-I, DVI-D,Mini Display-Port, Quad SLI Ready Graphics Card (04G-P4-2690-KR)

The best single gaming graphics card out there. The GTX 690 gives you a solid 20 to 30% increase over the Titan.

 

Radeon vs. GeForce - Which is Better?

This is always a heated topic between gamers and rightfully so. Having a PC that has a higher FPS (frames per second) can give you a big advantage in whatever game you play. While you'd think that it would strictly be about performance, debates are always raging about whether GeForce is more durable while Radeon gives you more performance etc... Many have said it comes down to personal preference.

While I don't want to turn this lens into a Radeon Vs. GeForce debate, I do want to know your opinion.

*Tip - Whether you are purchasing a Radeon or a GeForce video card take a look at customer reviews across multiple sites. Sometimes it can be more about the manufacturer, then the "type" of card. Look for long or lifetime warranties for durability. It's still nice to be able to use a quality card in a HTPC (home theater PC) many years after it's obsolete in the gaming realm.

Which is Better Radeon or GeForce?

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Final Impression

Overall it's a good time to be a gamer. Integrated graphics are becoming better and better and there's solid competition between Nvidia and AMD at almost every price point. With Radeon's release of the 8000 series looming, I'm expecting even better things to come.

I hope you've enjoyed this lens of the best gaming video cards for 2014. If you'd like to make a contribution, then please leave a comment below and don't forget to vote above!

Like this post? Also see my posts on the best gaming monitor and the best gaming motherboard.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Twin Radeon 6850's ;) Lovely and affordable :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      550ti in sli is a wicked combo and they run super cool. cheaper and better than one 560ti when on sale

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      anyway i liked gf gtx 570.now i am running a gf gtx 680.for 500 dollars gtx 680 is the best i think.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      7850 or 7870

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about the MSI GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme 3gb card? The card chess up and spits out all the other single gpu cards on the market! I am running mine at 950/1900/2400 without a voltage tweak and it runs only 35C at idle and 65C max under load. I can play any current game at max settings with absolutely no lag in frame rates! Of course I am running it on a quality motherboard an ASUS P67 Sabertooth with a I5 2600K at 4.5 ghz and 16gb Mushkin XMP 1600 unlocked RAM. Just saying, can't wait to have 2 in SLI!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      VIDEO PERFORMANCE IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT FOR A STUNNING DISPLAY AND EXCELLENT GRAPHICS ON TODAY'S GRAPHIC HEAVY GAMES

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      chevellegal 6 years ago

      I just got the Ge Force GTX 590 I still haven't decided which is better, how responsive Photoshop is or how fast Modern warfare 3 plays!