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.

When you want to know how your existing GPU fares against the one on your wish list, 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.

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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.

Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table

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Nvidia GeForceAMD RadeonIntel
Titan X (Pascal) ($1,649.99 On Amazon)
GTX 1080 Ti ($699 On Amazon)
GTX 1080 ($559.89 On Amazon)

Titan X (Maxwell) ($1096.03 On Amazon)
GTX 1070 ($459.89 On Amazon)
980 Ti ($537.83 On Amazon)
R9 295X2 ($1299.00 On Amazon)
R9 Fury X ($649.99 On Amazon)

GTX 980 ($539.99 On Amazon)
GTX 690 ($999.99 On Amazon)
GTX Titan Black ($699.00 On Amazon)
Radeon R9 Fury ($564.99 On Amazon)
Radeon Fury Nano ($399.99 On Amazon)

GTX 1060 ($249.99 On Newegg)
GTX 780 ($280.00 On Amazon)
GTX 780 Ti ($499.99 On Amazon)
GTX 970 ($349.99 On Amazon)
GTX Titan ($999.00 On Amazon)
HD 7990 ($539.00 On Amazon)
RX 480 ($194.97 On Amazon)
RX 470 ($204.00 On Amazon)
R9 290 ($309.99 On Amazon)
R9 290X ($519.99 On Amazon)
R9 390 ($319.99 On Newegg)
R9 390X ($429.99 On Amazon)

GTX 590 ($319.99 On Amazon)
GTX 680 ($209.99 On Amazon)
GTX 770 ($175.00 On Amazon)
HD 6990 ($259.99 On Amazon)
HD 7970 GHz Ed. ($219.99 On Amazon)
R9 280X ($209.99 On Amazon)
R9 380 ($229.99 On Amazon)
R9 380X ($249.99 On Amazon)

GTX 580 ($169.99 On Amazon)
GTX 670
GTX 960 ($199.99 On Amazon)
GTX 1050 Ti
HD 5970
HD 7870 LE (XT)
HD 7950
R9 280
R9 285 ($259.99 On Amazon)

GTX 660 Ti
GTX 760 ($174.99 On Amazon)
GTX 950 ($159.99 On Amazon)
GTX 1050
HD 7870 ($154.99 On Amazon)
R9 270
R9 270X
R7 370
RX 460

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

GTX 470
GTX 560 Ti
GTX 560 Ti (448 Core)
GTX 650 Ti Boost
GTX 750 Ti
HD 4850 X2
HD 5870
HD 6950
R7 260X

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

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

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

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

8800 GTS 640MB
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 (512MB)
HD 4670
HD 5570 (DDR3)
HD 6570 (DDR3)
HD 6670 (DDR3)
HD 7730 (DDR3)
R7 240

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

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

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)
HD 7560D (integrated)

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

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

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

7300 GT (GDDR3)
7600 GS
8600M GS 
X800 GTO (128MB)
X1600 XT
X1650 Pro

6600 GT
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
HD 6310 (integrated)
HD 6320 (integrated)
Intel HD Graphics 3000 (integrated)
FX 5900
FX 5900 Ultra
FX 5950 Ultra
6600 (128-bit)
Integrated: 9300, 9400
9700 Pro
9800 Pro
X1300 Pro
HD 2400 Pro
HD 3200 (integrated)
HD 3300 (integrated)
HD 4200 (integrated)
HD 4250 (integrated)
HD 4290 (integrated)
HD 6250 (integrated)
HD 6290 (integrated)

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

FX 5200 (64 bit)
FX 6100 (integrated)
FX 6150 (integrated)
FX 7025 (integrated)
FX 7050 (integrated)
9200 SE
Xpress 200M (integrated)
Xpress 1000 (integrated)
Xpress 1150 (integrated)
GMA X3000 (integrated)
GMA X3100 (integrated)
GMA X3500 (integrated)
4 MX 440
2 Ultra
2 Ti
2 Ti 200
7500GMA 3000 (integrated)
GMA 3100 (integrated)
2 MX 200
4 MX 420
2 MX 400
GMA 500 (integrated)
GMA 900 (integrated)
GMA 950 (integrated)
Nvidia TNTRage 128Intel 740

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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...
  • 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
  • Jonathan Cave
    i find in most cases the 980 ti > 1070.
  • nate1492
    1451055 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.
  • 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.
  • Harold Jacques

    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):


    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.
  • 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
  • Bem-xxx
    The R9 295X2 performs slightly better than the 1080FE.
    The Pro Duo is missing.
  • tel___
    ?Nintendo Switch = 1 TFLOP.
    Xbox One = 1.3 TFLOPS.
    Xbox Project Scorpio = 6 TFLOPS.
    Nvidia TITAN X Pascal
    11 TFLOPS.
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Pascal
    9 TFLOPS.
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Pascal
    6.5 TFLOPS.
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Pascal 6GB
    4.5 TFLOPS.
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Pascal 3GB
    4 TFLOPS.
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Pascal 4GB
    2 TFLOPS.
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Pascal 2GB
    1.8 TFLOPS.
    oculus rift
    minimum requirements = Nvidia GTX 960 = 2.3 TFLOPS.
    Recommended requirements = Nvidia GTX 970 = 3.5 TFLOPS.
    AMD Radeon RX 480
    5 TFLOPS.
    AMD Radeon RX 470
    3.8 TFLOPS.
    AMD Radeon RX 460
    2 TFLOPS.
  • genz
    @nyannyan on the contrary I would be looking at Nvidia with furrowed brows. Evidently the Intel AMD war has not taught you anything about what is going on when TDP moves down faster than performance moves up...

    GPU's like CPUs are thermally limited, and when TDP goes down it's because the chip is being limited by other means, whether that is an inefficient process node, bad power delivery causing increased heat output, substandard cooling or a combination of the following. Most of the time that is deliberate to bottleneck the card to being 'just better than the competition'.

    What I have to say AMD makes up with is the fact that VRAM seems to be much more plentiful on their cards. My old 560ti will run quite a lot of games fine till it's 1G VRAM chokes, (even GTA5/Mafia III on med). It's only 10% off a GTX 1050 in the pixel department.
  • steve_217
    980ti and 1070 are very similar in performance generally, but 980ti overclocks a little better, and 1070 has more of the new VR tech so it really depends what you're looking for - depends on the game but raw 1080p non-VR DirectX 11 performance is edged by the 980ti when overclocked