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Top 6 Graphics Cards For Gaming January 2017

10 January 2017

Top 6 Graphics Cards for Gaming January 2017

Looking for new graphics cards 2017 to update? Here are the top 6 GPUs that are currently the best choices among many gamers, ranging from high-end to low-end models. 

1. ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Video Card 

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB Video Card

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  • Memory Size: 8GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: GDDR5X
  • Core Clock:
    • OC Mode: 1936 MHz/1784 MHz
    • Gaming Mode: 1898 MHz/1759 MHz 
  • Number of Fans: 3

For the high-end performance and features, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 series is obviously something you couldn't miss, especially when ASUS combines Republic of Gamers (ROG) branding and Strix branding to create a unique feature for this finest aftermarket graphics card.

In term of performance, the card can display beyond 45 frames per seconds (FPS) in any 1440p monitor, which is 5.7% compared to any Founders Edition GPU. However, what makes this card special is its ability to get boost-up over 60 FPS in any 4K monitor, something that is far superior to other graphics cards and really important for the high-end gaming experience. This ROG Strix video card also has VR-friendly HDMI ports that you can enjoy immersive virtual reality experience anytime without having to swap cables. 

Its RGB LED lighting on the shroud makes the card look interesting for people who wish to build amazing-looking PC system. On top of that, the card using DirectCU III technology with 3 fans to make the system 30% cooler and 3-time quieter performance. 

2. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 8GB Video Card 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 8GB Video Card

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  • Memory Size: 8GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: GDDR5
  • Core Clock: 
    • OC Mode: 1822 MHz/1620 MHz
    • Gaming Mode: 1784 MHz/1594 MHz 
  • Number of Fans: 3

The GeForce GTX 1070 can be considered as the mid-to-high performance cards, as even though GTX 1070 generally can not handle 4K resolution, people can hold up on 1440p games pretty well. This GTX 1070 card is more likely to be the second option for gamers who want to save money but still want excellent high-performance experience. 

Keep in mind that GTX 1070 is slightly faster than GTX 980 Ti (around 10% better in general), so for those who want to upgrade from the 980 Ti, this is probably not the best choice to invest.

3. Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 480 NITRO+ 8GB Video Card 

Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 480 NITRO+ 8GB Video Card

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  • Memory Size: 8GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: GDDDR5
  • Core Clock:
    • OC Mode: N/A
    • Gaming Mode: 1342 MHz/1208MHz
  • Number of Fans: 2

Unlike NVIDIA GeForce, AMD generally does not have high-end graphic cards to match with Geforce GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 series. However, the AMD Radeon RX 480 is one of the best mid-range graphics cards that AMD has in the market.

Since the launch time, AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU has been improved its performance boost a lot thanks to AMD's significant driver support and thus gradually winning in the mid-range GPU category. This card is the best value for your money with the great performance of 60 FPS and above 1,200 MHz when boosting in gaming mode. Particularly, Saphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 also supports VR-ready, DX 12 and CrossFire as well. Although the card comes with 4GB and 8GB variants, gamers usually stick with the 8GB one to have more performance and a better future proofing.


Check out our article Research Before Upgrading Your Graphics Cards to know some important factors when choosing a new GPU for your current PC.


4. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming G1 6GB Video Card 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming G1 6GB Video Card

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  • Memory Size: 6GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: GDDR5
  • Core Clock:
    • OC Mode: 1847 MHz/1620 MHz 
    • Gaming Mode: 1809 MHz/1594 MHz 
  • Number of Fans: 2

The GeFrce GTX 1060 is definitely another great value to invest in the mid-range line. The card works solidly in 1080p monitors, VR-ready and DX 12 support. With the RGB lighting and cool design, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming G1 6GB, and again from Gigabyte, gives you the amazing look with what you have seen in higher end cards. 

5. Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 460 WindForce OC 4GB Video Card 

Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 460 WindForce OC 4GB Video Card

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  • Memory Size: 4GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: GDDR5
  • Core Clock:
    • OC Mode: N/A
    • Gaming Mode: 1212 MHz/1125 MHz  
  • Number of Fans: 2

For those who are under budget or just want to play games that do not require high performance like Counter Strike or DoTa, the RX 460 is the best budget card for you. 

The Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 460 comes in a 4GB model which is enough memory for 1080p gaming resolution and can fit well in small form factor. In addition, the power requirement of this card is generally low, meaning it is good if you are using a power supply that does not support high watts, you can still survive with the GPU itself. 

6. MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4GB Video Card 

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4GB Video Card

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  • Memory Size: 4GB
  • Memory Bandwidth: GDDR5
  • Core Clock:
    • OC Mode: 1493MHz/1379MHz 
    • Gaming Mode: 1468MHz/1354 MHz 
    • Silent Mode: 1392MHz/1290MHz
  • Number of Fans: 2

Equivalent with RX 460, the Geforce GTX 1050 Ti is another budget card with relatively low requirements of power watts. Even though just being released a few months ago, GTX 1050 Ti draws gamers' attention due to its affordable price, the great combination of performance and power usage. It is way enough for people playing games like Dota, Counter Strike and some other games that share similar features. 

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