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KITGURU SHORTLISTS: THE BEST GRAPHICS CARD OF 2022

Last updated on May 23rd, 2022 at 02:13 pm

Nothing affects frame rate quite as much as your graphics card. But which GPU? Which manufacturer? Which clock/memory configuration? All of these factors come into play – making the difference between choppy frames and silky smooth action.

Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti

The RTX 3060 Ti is another highly impressive GPU from Nvidia. For 1080p or 1440p gamers, perhaps those hanging onto a GTX 970 or GTX 1070, this is a natural upgrade, and it is simply excellent value, offering the best cost per frame of any GPU to-date when using the £369 UK MSRP.

 

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Sapphire RX 6800 XT Nitro+

While the Nitro+ utilises a PCB which looks very similar - if not identical - to the reference design, Sapphire has increased the power limit significantly, with the default Performance BIOS drawing an extra 40W compared to AMD's reference card. This allows the GPU to tap into its seemingly vast frequency headroom, resulting in the fastest RX 6800 XT we have tested to-date.

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ASUS TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC

In a nutshell, the TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC is a stellar offering from ASUS and it has been a joy to test. It is a significant improvement on the Founders Edition for only £40 more, with very low noise levels while the GPU remained at under 70C at all times during our testing.

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AMD RX 6800

The RX 6800 draws almost 20W more power than the RTX 3070, but when factoring in the increased performance on offer from the RX 6800, it is actually a match for the Nvidia GPU when looking at performance per Watt. That means AMD now has a GPU which is tied for the top-spot in terms of performance efficiency. It is a truly remarkable turnaround for AMD.

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Palit RTX 3060 StormX OC

There's really no other place to start than with the size of this graphics card. Measuring in at just 170mm long, it's barely longer than a x16 PCIe slot and is easily the smallest Ampere-based graphics card I have reviewed since the launch of the RTX 30-series last September. That alone means the StormX OC will be given attention by the mini-ITX community and anyone planning a small form-factor build. But despite its tiny footprint, the StormX OC is still more than a match for the 170W GA106 GPU.

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