The best graphics cards you can buy in 2019

Whether you’re gaming or editing videos, having a powerful GPU is important.

Depending on your needs and budget, there are a wide variety of GPUs to choose from – but it can be difficult to work out which GPU best suits your needs, and your pocket.

Nvidia vs AMD

The two major players in the GPU market, Nvidia and AMD, both offer high-quality, powerful cards that are worthy of consideration.

AMD’s most powerful gaming card at the moment is the Radeon VII, and is priced at R15,999 for the MSI version in South Africa.

However, local suppliers such as Wootware and Rebel Tech have complained of massive stock supply shortages, meaning that this GPU is very difficult to source in South Africa.

Nvidia’s equivalent flagship GPU is the RTX 2080, which starts at R15,000 in South Africa and outperforms the Radeon VII by some margin.


Ranking GPUs

To see how GPUs compare in terms of performance and price, we looked at Tom’s Hardware and its latest ranking system for cards available in 2019.

The ranking system is based upon “the geometric mean frames per second” from tests on Far Cry 5, Forza Horizon 4, and Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation.

Unsurprisingly, according to these rankings, the most powerful GPU available is the Nvidia Titan RTX – which makes sense given its 24GB of memory and $2,500 price tag.

Interestingly, according to these rankings, Nvidia’s previous-generation 1080 Ti scores higher than AMD’s best GPU, the Radeon VII.

These ranking have been combined with South African pricing for the cards – where available – in the table below.

GPUs in 2019
GPU Rating Price
Nvidia Titan RTX 100 NA
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 98.4 R22,429
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 96.1 R15,379
Nvidia Titan Xp 96.0 NA
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 96.0 R15,899
AMD Radeon VII 92.4 R15,069
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 87.2 R9,639
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 84.4 R6,149
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 84.3 R8,166
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 78.5 R7,259
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 77.5 R6,519
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 76.7 R5,289
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 71.4 R4,699
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 69.9 R6,149
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB 60.7 R5,039
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB 57.9 R4,309
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 53.2 R4,749
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 49.4 R3,599
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB 48.3 R2,709
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 33.1 R3,149
AMD Radeon RX 560 28.6 R1,779
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 28.1 R2,149
AMD Radeon RX 550 17.9 R1,809
Nvidia GT 1030 13.0 R1,509

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