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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

Key features:

  • PCI-E bus powered
  • Great Full HD performance in basic games
  • 2GB memory
  • Price: from £74

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We weren’t expecting the GTX 1050 to be particularly good value, but at the time of review – and up against AMD’s excellent RX 460 – it just about did enough to stay ahead. With prices starting at £110, it’s £20 more expensive than the cheapest AMD Radeon RX 460s and £10 more than RX 560 cards. However, the benefits are that you get a much smaller board, lower power consumption and better performance. If your budget will stretch to the GTX 1050, it’s worth it for that.

The limitation is memory: in this day and age 2GB is probably too little, so be sure to check out the minimum requirements of new games carefully before you buy.

It’s interesting to note that you’ll find GTX 1050 in various mid-range gaming laptops such as the £900 Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming, where it gets 4GB of memory instead of 2GB. This should improve performance if you dare turn up the graphics settings in the latest AAA games.

AMD Radeon RX 570

Key Features

  • Capable Full HD performance
  • 4GB or 8GB GDDR5 memory
  • Same GPU as RX 470

Best AAA gaming card for £200

The RX 570 is a minor improvement to the RX 470  reviewed in 2016. It has slightly higher clock speeds and lower power consumption when not in use. It’s largely identical to its predecessor, however, so anyone running a 470 needn’t worry.

In terms of performance, expect to run the latest games in Full HD at High and Very High settings.  90+fps in the likes of Battlefield 1 at High settings in Full HD.

It’s now on a level with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in some benchmarks, and with 4GB and 8GB models available as well as loads of different cooler designs, it’s a great buy if you can grab one for under £190, you’ll be getting a decent deal. But if you can spend a little more, consider an RX 580 instead as the two are priced very closely.

Things have now got a little more complicated, because the rise in crypto-currency mining has resulted in huge demand for these mid-range GPUs. This has sent the price of 8GB models sky-rocketing to over £300 in some cases. It’s not clear when or if this trend will end, but for now it’s making life very hard for the average gamer on a budget.

AMD Radeon RX 580

Key features:

  • 8GB or 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Same GPU as RX 480
  • Full HD and 1440p gaming

A minor update to the RX 480, the 580 is the new graphics card of choice for those with a budget of between £190 and £220. It’ll play the latest games at maximum settings in Full HD, and you can drop to High if you fancy some 1440p action. It’s very similar to the RX 480, and is based on the same GPU. So don’t eliminate AMD’s 400-series GPUs from your shortlist.

There’s a variety of third-party GPU options available, with various levels of overclocking and lots of different cooler designs. It’s a bit of a power hog, however, and you’ll seldom find a compact version of the RX 580.  It’s here, where the more efficient GTX 1060 rules the roost, with near-identical performance at a competitive price, Nvidia’s mid-range offering is better for that Mini-ITX build you’ve always wanted to do.

 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Key features

  • Smooth Full HD and 1440p performance
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory, 3GB available
  • “VR-ready”
  • Review price: £275 (6GB)
  • Starting price: £290 (6GB)

Also consider: Full HD and 1440p for under £250

Nvidia’s third-tier GPU is very competitive, going toe-to-toe with the AMD Radeon RX 580. It has slightly less memory, with 6GB of GDDR5 on board instead of AMD’s 8GB, but the GPU itself is slightly more powerful. Prices have stabilised in recent months and the GTX 1060’s pricing is almost on a par with the 8GB RX 580. Considering it’s it’s a little faster in some games, the raw bang-for-buck figure is quite appealing, especially when picking the 6GB model.

Picking the cheaper 3GB model is a bit of a risk; our tests show performance is slightly lower than the 6GB version, and with AAA games becoming so demanding, it seems short-sighted to short-change yourself on memory, especially if you’re planning on playing at resolutions higher than Full HD.

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