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9 Best Cheap GPUs for Affordable PC Gaming in 2020

This New Year 2020 has not only brought high level/enthusiast graphics card like GeForce RTX 2080 Ti for the gaming family, but also it has brought newer and affordable range of graphics card with it. So, while there are very affordable options that can get you gaming at over 60FPS, you can always go with the second-hand graphics card options which especially are in warranty, can be of great use.

Want to buy a new graphics card? We have sum up the best cheap GPUs that you can go for, and enjoy your gaming experience.

1. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER

GPU: Turing TU106
GPU cores: 2176
Boost GPU clock: 1650MHz
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6 @ 14Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 448GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 160W
Price: $400

NVIDIA has swept the gaming market by introducing this GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER as it is not only cheap, but is also compatible for you if you are gaming at 1080p, 1440p and even 3440×1440 Ultra-wide. Another important reason to recommend this model is that NVIDIA has installed all of its trademark technologies in it, just like an 8GB of GDDR6 as in RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER. RTX 2080 Ti, however, excels with 11GB and this RTX 2060 can’t match it in that regard.

This RTX 2060 SUPER does not only support 1080p and 1440p, but even if you want to get into the ray tracing, you cannot get any cheaper option than this version among graphics cards out there. You shouldn’t forget that the NON-SUPER version of RTX 2060 has only 6GB RAM, so you should be rushing to the market to get this SUPER version if you are planning to be gaming at 3440×1440.

2. AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

GPU: Navi 10
GPU cores: 2304
Boost GPU clock: 1375MHz
VRAM: 6GB GDDR6 @ 12Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 288GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 150W
Price: $290

AMD threw a last-minute ‘up’ to the BIOS of this Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card and due to this last-minute change, it is considered as a very controversial graphics card launch. This card also supports all the 1080, 1440 and 3440×1440 resolutions and can be a suitable upgrade for the gamers.

You would definitely like to go for this naval-based Radeon RX 5600 XT when you observe on how it has upgraded from its original form with 6GB of GDDR6 of 12Gps to the refreshed 14Gps after the BIOS update. So, all of this makes it an amazing choice in this price-range.

3. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

GPU: Turing TU106
GPU cores: 1920
Boost GPU clock: 1680MHz
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6 @ 14Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 336GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 160W
Price: $350

As shown earlier, NVIDIA has upgraded its GeForce RTX 2060 with its newer SUPER version and has taken over the buyers’ eye but it does not mean that this older version cannot be used in the modern gaming.

This version is still among the top in ray tracing, as it supports 1080p resolution very easily and can also be used for 1440p resolutions. It is perfectly compatible for the games like League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch and Fortnite without any problem and you would be able to maintain high FPS in these esports games with GeForce RTX 2060 easily.

4. AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT

GPU: Navi 14
GPU cores: 1408
Boost GPU clock: 1717MHz
VRAM: 4GB GDDR6 @ 14Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 224GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 130W
Price: $169

This AMD’s Navi-based Radeon 5500 XT can be your go-to graphics card if you do not want a second-hand graphics cards in the form of Radeon RX 570. But if you go out to buy this graphics card, you need to be careful as there are two variants of this card.

One variant is 4GB and the other is 8GB, but you should be buying the 8GB version as it would be within 10$ to 20$ range of the 4GB version. But 8GB version is not recommended if you do not play games that require over than 1080 resolution. The variant with 4G of framebuffer would do in that case. Only grab the 8GB version if you think that you would need it in the future.

5. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER

GPU: Navi 14
GPU cores: 1408
Boost GPU clock: 1717MHz
VRAM: 4GB GDDR6 @ 14Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 224GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 130W
Price: $169

It is another Turing-based graphics card by NVIDIA and is also cheaply available in the market. This GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, however, does not have ‘ray tracing’ supporting hardware in it and cannot be of any use to the gamers who like it above 1080p. Also, we would not recommend it if it is available at a price range of 230$-240$ because you can easily buy way better graphics in Radeon RX 5600 XT for 290$ and also in GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for 260$ only.

6. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

GPU: Turing TU116
GPU cores: 1536
Boost GPU clock: 1770MHz
VRAM: 6GB GDDR6 @ 12Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 228GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 120W
Price: $280

This Turing-based GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is among the extraordinary mid-range graphics cards NVIDIA has introduced and this mid-range graphics card series has definitely got much attention in the market.

This GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has also faster GDDR6 at 12Gps which also easily enables the 1080p FPS+ performances in high FPS esports games and also in AAA games. You should not forget on how cheaply you are getting all these features.

7. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

GPU: Turing TU117
GPU cores: 896
Boost GPU clock: 1665MHz
VRAM: 4GB GDDR5 @ 8Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 128GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 75W
Price: $150

If you have a low budget and only aspiring to find a card for 1080p only, this GeForce GTX 1650 is another choice for you. It will be compatible for AAA titles at 60FPS and would also be able to handle games at 1080p without an issue. Although this is a great option in this price range but it would still not be able to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER and AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 XT.

8. AMD Radeon RX 570

GPU: Polaris 20
GPU cores: 2048
Boost GPU clock: 1244MHz
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6 @ 7Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 224GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 6-pin
TDP: 120W
Price: $170

You would think of this Polaris 10-based Radeon RX 570 as an ‘old guy’, but you definitely wouldn’t have considered the money factor while underestimating it. Also, don’t forget that you can buy these AMD Radeon RX 570 graphics cards at even cheaper rate in the second-hand market and these won’t disappoint you playing most of the modern games.

9. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

GPU: Pascal GP104
GPU cores: 2560
Boost GPU clock: 1733MHz
VRAM: 8GB GDDR5X @ 10Gbps
Memory bandwidth: 320GB/sec
PCIe power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
TDP: 180W
Price: $600

The whole game was changed by NVIDIA when they launched their Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards. The flagship GeForce GTX 1080 used to lead the market before the series launch. These are a generation old now and years have passed since their launch, but still provide a decent 1080/1440p punch for the money.

Jazzy Ramonal

Working at TheTechInside as a Senior Editor, since 2018. Jazza Ramonal has been writing about PC Hardware and Technology News for a little under 13 years. She loves photography, pet, speaking about the latest happenings in the technology world, and strongly believes that tablet is the future of computing.

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