Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table

Here is a resource to help you judge if a graphics card is a reasonable value: The gaming GPU hierarchy chart groups GPUs by performance.

Best Graphics Cards for the Money is a hand-picked list of the top values, based on benchmark data, for your gaming machine. Most recently, we tweaked our approach to making recommendations, aiming them at resolutions and detail presets, rather than just pricing. The result was a significant shuffling. Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of the change — or our choices — in the comments section.

But when you want to know how your existing GPU fares against the one on your wish list, then consult our GPU hierarchy chart, which groups graphics cards with similar overall performance levels into tiers. The top tier contains the highest-performing cards available, and performance decreases as you go down from there.

You can use this hierarchy to compare the pricing between two cards, to see which one is a better deal, and also to determine if an upgrade is worthwhile. I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel, and you may not even notice a worthwhile difference.

Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table

Nvidia GeForceAMD RadeonIntel
Titan X (Pascal)


GTX 1080
-

GTX 1070
R9 295X2

Titan X (Maxwell), 980 Ti
HD 7990, R9 Fury X

GTX 1060, 980, 690, Titan BlackR9 Fury, Fury Nano

GTX 780, 780 Ti, 970, TitanRX 480, 470, R9 290, 290X, 390X, 390

GTX 590, 680, 770
HD 6990, 7970 GHz Ed., R9 280X, 380, 380X

GTX 580, GTX 670, GTX 960
HD 5970, 7870 LE (XT), 7950, 280, 285
GTX 660 Ti, GTX 760, GTX 950
RX 460, HD 7870, R9 270, R9 270X, R7 370

GTX 295, 480, 570, 660
HD 4870 X2, 6970, 7850, R7 265

GTX 470, 560 Ti, 560 Ti 448 Core, 650 Ti Boost, 750 TiHD 4850 X2, 5870, 6950, R7 260X

GTX 560, 650 Ti, 750
HD 5850, 6870, 7790

9800 GX2, 285, 460 256-bit, 465
HD 6850, 7770, R7 260, R7 360
Integrated: Iris Pro Graphics 6200
GTX 260, 275, 280, 460 192-bit, 460 SE, 550 Ti, 560 SE, GT 650, GT 740 GDDR5
HD 4870, 5770, 4890, 5830, 6770, 6790, 7750 (GDDR5), R7 250 (GDDR5), R7 250E

8800 Ultra, 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, GTS 250, GTS 450 
HD 3870 X2, 4850, 5750, 6750, 7750 (DDR3), R7 250 (DDR3)
Integrated: HD Graphics 530
8800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512 MB, GT 545 (GDDR5), GT 730 64-bit GDDR5
HD 4770

8800 GT 512 MB, 9800 GT, GT 545 (DDR3), GT 640 (DDR3), GT 740 DDR3
HD 4830, HD 5670, HD 6670 (GDDR5), HD 7730 (GDDR5)

8800 GTS 640 MB, 9600 GT, GT 240 (GDDR5)
HD 2900 XT, HD 3870, HD 5570 (GDDR5), HD 6570 (GDDR5)

8800 GS, 9600 GSO, GT 240 (DDR3)
HD 3850 512 MB, HD 4670, HD 5570 (DDR3), HD 6570 (DDR3), HD 6670 (DDR3), HD 7730 (DDR3), R7 240

8800 GT 256 MB, 8800 GTS 320 MB, GT 440 GDDR5, GT 630 GDDR5, GT 730 128-bit GDDR5
HD 2900 Pro, HD 3850 256 MB, 5550 (GDDR5)

7950 GX2, GT 440 DDR3, GT 630 DDR3, GT 730 128-bit DDR3
X1950 XTX, HD 4650 (DDR3), 5550 (DDR3)
Integrated: HD 7660D

7800 GTX 512, 7900 GTO, 7900 GTX, GT 430, GT 530
X1900 XT, X1950 XT, X1900 XTX 

7800 GTX, 7900 GT, 7950 G, GT 220 (DDR3)
X1800 XT, X1900 AIW, X1900 GT, X1950 Pro, HD 2900 GT, HD 5550 (DDR2)
Integrated: HD 7560D

7800 GT, 7900 GS, 8600 GTS, 9500 GT (GDDR3), GT 220 (DDR2)
X1800 XL, X1950 GT, HD 4650 (DDR2), HD 6450, R5 230
Integrated: HD 6620G, 6550D, 7540D

6800 Ultra, 7600 GT, 7800 GS, 8600 GS, 8600 GT (GDDR3), 9500 GT (DDR2)
X800 XT (& PE), X850 XT (& PE), X1650 XT, X1800 GTO, HD 2600 XT, HD 3650 (DDR3), HD 3670
Integrated: 6520G, 6530D, 7480D
Integrated:Intel HD Graphics 4000
6800 GT, 6800 GS (PCIe), 8600 GT (DDR2), GT 520
X800 XL, X800 GTO2/GTO16, HD 2600 Pro, HD 3650 (DDR2), 
Integrated: 6410D, 6480G

6800 GS (AGP)
X800 GTO 256 MB, X800 Pro, X850 Pro, X1650 GT
Integrated: 6370D, 6380G

6800, 7300 GT GDDR3, 7600 GS, 8600M GS 
X800, X800 GTO 128 MB, X1600 XT, X1650 Pro

6600 GT, 6800LE, 6800 XT, 7300 GT (DDR2), 8500 GT, 9400 GT
9800 XT, X700 Pro, X800 GT, X800 SE, X1300 XT, X1600 Pro, HD 2400 XT, HD 4350, HD 4550, HD 5450
Integrated: HD 6310, HD 6320
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 3000
FX 5900, FX 5900 Ultra, FX 5950 Ultra, 6600 (128-bit)
Integrated: 9300, 9400
9700, 9700 Pro, 9800, 9800 Pro, X700, X1300 Pro, X1550, HD 2400 Pro
Integrated: HD 3200, HD 3300, HD 4200, HD 4250, HD 4290, HD 6250, HD 6290 

FX 5800 Ultra, FX 5900 XT
9500 Pro, 9600 XT, 9800 Pro (128-bit), X600 XT, X1050 (128-bit)
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 2000
4 Ti 4600, 4 Ti 4800, FX 5700 Ultra, 6200, 8300, 8400 G, G 210, G 310
9600 Pro, 9800 LE, X600 Pro, HD 2300
Integrated: Xpress 1250
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics
4 Ti4200, 4 Ti4400, 4 Ti4800 SE, FX 5600 Ultra, FX 5700, 6600 (64-bit), 7300 GS, 8400M GS, 9300M G, 9300M GS9500, 9550, 9600, X300, X1050 (64-bit) 
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics
3 Ti500, FX 5200 Ultra, FX 5600, FX 5700 LE, 6200 TC, 6600 LE, 7200 GS, 7300 LE
Integrated: 8200, 8300
8500, 9100, 9000 PRO, 9600 LE, X300 SE, X1150
Integrated: GMA X4500
3, 3 Ti200, FX 5200 (128-bit), FX 5500
9000, 9200, 9250

FX 5200 (64 bit)
Integrated: 6100, 6150, 7025, 7050
9200 SE
Integrated: Xpress 200M, Xpress 1000, Xpress 1150
Integrated: GMA X3000, X3100, X3500
2 GTS, 4 MX 440, 2 Ultra, 2 Ti, 2 Ti 2007500Integrated: GMA 3000, 3100
256, 2 MX 200, 4 MX 420, 2 MX 400SDR, LE, DDR, 7000, 7200Integrated: GMA 500, 900, 950
Nvidia TNTRage 128Discrete: Intel 740

The list, as it stands now, emphasizes discrete desktop graphics. At one time, it included mobile rankings and a more complete collection of integrated solutions. Too much of that data was estimated and derived, though, so we thinned out the chart’s density.

Intel’s graphics engines remain (for the ones we’ve tested), and we’d like to re-incorporate more AMD APUs as we place their performance with greater accuracy. But it’s unlikely that we’ll try to graft mobile graphics back into this tapestry.

As always, leave your feedback on the placement of our hierarchy. We’re happy to correct oversights or make adjustments when they prove warranted.

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  • aje21
    Perhaps it is time to cull some of the very old entries at the bottom of the chart (have a separate historical hierarchy table for those) and fill in some of the missing Intel chipset results?
    Also, some kind of indication of the "best GPU for the money" winners would be good...
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  • nyannyan
    The top of that table doesn't look good for AMD. They've had how many, now three generations after HD 7990? Sure the TDP has gone down, but in the meantime nVidia has gone down in TDP *and* improved performance. :P
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  • Jonathan Cave
    i find in most cases the 980 ti > 1070.
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  • nate1492
    Anonymous said:
    i find in most cases the 980 ti > 1070.


    I mean, got a link to reviews that support that? I've not seen a review that shows the 980 ti > 1070.

    https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_1070/24.html
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  • dooa
    I bought a Pro Duo for 4K gaming with a freesync monitor. Works very well. Expensive, but available, at least here in the US. And the only card I could find that gives playable rates in WoW and TERA at 4K. The Titan Pascal does not keep up. That being said I am sure a pair of nVidia cards would be up to the task even though SLI does not scale well.
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  • Harold Jacques
    @NATE1492

    Actually yes, it's found in most cases the 980ti has better or equivalent performance to the 1070.

    Here are the three first results when inputting "gtx 1070 vs 980 ti" on youtube (at least for me, considering the result algorithm differs with every user):

    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM-SZfBkxNc
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYoisqGW6n8
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3INh5i5waSw

    As a matter of fact I have found through watching many different videos on the subject that the only scenario in which the 1070 is consistently superior to the 980ti is when undergoing synthetic benchmarks such as Firemark Strike 3D or Unigine Valley. It's been however achieving lower performance on a wide range of actual gaming benchmarks.

    Now, albeit everything I have said so far, it is true that the "superior" performance of the 980ti, while consistent, is down to 4-9 fps most of the time. Also, at a much lower price-tag and sporting a brand new architecture, it is clear that the 1070 is a much better choice for anyone buying a new GPU, both in value for money, and in common sense. Additionally, it is quite possible that by this time next year, after having received new drivers etc, the 1070 could perform slightly better than the 980ti.

    However: as it stands today, in raw REAL GAME performance, the 980 ti does slightly outperform the 1070 in a consistent manner.

    PS: No matter your opinion on the performance difference though, I do not think their raw power is significant enough to be placed in two different categories! If this table considered value for money, fair enough. But as it stands as a hierarchy of "power" for gpus, they should definitely be bundled in joint 3rd.
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  • giocattoli961
    Just my opinion, but in pretty much all the reviews I've read have said the 1070 is within 5% or so of the 980ti and TitanX, so maybe they should be in the same tier
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  • Bem-xxx
    The R9 295X2 performs slightly better than the 1080FE.
    http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/nvidia-gtx-1080-graphics-card-review/
    The Pro Duo is missing.
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