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
GTX Titan Z
R9 295X2

Titan X, 980 Ti
HD 7990, R9 Fury X

GTX 980, 690, Titan BlackR9 Fury. Fury Nano

GTX 780, 780 Ti, 970, TitanR9 290, 290X, 390X, 390

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

GTX 580, GTX 670, GTX 960
HD 5970, 7870 LE (XT), 7950, 280, 285
GTX 660 Ti, GTX 760
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 Graphics4000
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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  • braincruser
    The GTX 950 seems to be missing from the list.
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  • HEXiT
    probably because its a rebadged gtx 750ti
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  • snowctrl
    Is there any way you could make the list searchable?
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  • Poprin
    @HEXiT you are totally wrong on that point. The GTX 950 is a much more powerful card, by a large margin. This is why the 750Ti is still for sale but cheaper. They both use the Maxwell architecture but the 950 is more like a cut down 960.

    On a separate note, why are the various types of AMD desktop APU graphics not listed? Some are, but mainly the older generation. What about the newer Kaveri chips?
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  • daglesj
    Would be nice to see a benchmark comparison of all the flagship cards for each generation to see how far they have come. Say since 2006.
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  • Durende
    Quote:
    Is there any way you could make the list searchable?


    ctrl+f
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  • Boodysaspie
    I'm looking at the GT730, as it's fanless and hopefully butch enough for some Sketch~Up work. Comparing the two listed GDDR5 models, the 64 bit version is four levels higher than the 128 bit version, which makes it a worthwhile upgrade.

    Typo?
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  • Poprin
    2159400 said:
    I'm looking at the GT730, as it's fanless and hopefully butch enough for some Sketch~Up work. Comparing the two listed GDDR5 models, the 64 bit version is four levels higher than the 128 bit version, which makes it a worthwhile upgrade. Typo?


    No I believe the 128bit GT 730 is a DDR3 based board and the 64bit is a GDDR5 based board which has much faster memory bandwidth giving it a considerable performance boost..
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  • Jason_X
    I own the GTX 680 FTW edition. A 4GB version of the 680 and I can tell you without a doubt that it should NOT be that high on this list. I barely get 30 FPS on GTA V on high graphic settings.
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  • Poprin
    2186080 said:
    I own the GTX 680 FTW edition. A 4GB version of the 680 and I can tell you without a doubt that it should NOT be that high on this list. I barely get 30 FPS on GTA V on high graphic settings.


    There is a whole host of reasons why GTA V might not run well and none of them are because a GTX 680 FTW can not natively handle the performance requirements (with the correct graphics settings). I think you need to diagnose your issue, I'm not saying your card isn't at fault but if it is I would argue the card is faulty.
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  • Wracted
    Titan Z is not a good card, it is old and hard to combine vram in sli
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