Best Budget Graphics Cards

Best Budget Graphics Cards For Gaming Under 150 dollars in 2017

You want a graphics card, that capable to play new games in 2017, but also is affordable? There are examined 2 great graphic cards, that you can get for 150 dollar budget. These graphics cards will play most of modern games in 2017 at high settings or even more. They will run games like GTA5, Rise of Tomb Raider and MAD MAX at high settings with 1080p resolution with really smooth frame-rates. You will easy get around 40-60 FPS average with these games. Of course you can achieve that only if you have decent other components. These cards can be good for 450-600 dollar budget gaming PC’s.

There are 2 graphics cards under 150 dollars you can choose: RX560 4GB from AMD Radeon and GTX1050Ti from Nvidia GeForce. GTX1050Ti is faster, but also more expensive. RX560 is newer and release in 2017.

1. Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 560 4GB

Best graphics card under 150 dollar budget


With RX 560 you will get decent gaming performance at 1080p with medium to high settings. It’s great choice, if you are  really on budget and don’t want to spend much money to get decent gaming experience. RX 560 can be good for new gaming builds around 500 dollars or older computer upgrade and make it capable to run newest titles. Of course you old computer needs to be decent.

RX 560 is great graphics card and it’s little bit cheaper than GTX 1050 Ti. It’s also newer than GTX 1050 Ti, but little bit slower. Older DirectX11 games RX560 will perform slower, but newest games with DirectX 12 it will run close in performance to GTX1050Ti.

RX560 is build on Polaris architecture and is future ready. It will run latest eSports games and MOBAs at 1080p smooth like butter.

This model of RX560 can draw up to 90W of power and it needs additional 6-pin power connector. There are also some models with lower power consumption an not require 6-pin connector. If you upgrade your old system or get a new, you need to check if your power supply has one free 6-pin power connector, if not then find graphics card that no require additional 6-pin power connector . Recommended PSU of this card is at least 400W.

Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 560 4GB General specifications
Stream Processors 1024
GPU Clock 1216
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports 1xDVI, 1xHDMI, 1xDisplayPort

More information about this graphics card you can find at manufacturers site or from retailer.

2. EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING, 4GB

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This card is really powerful for $150 budget. It will satisfy your gaming experience at 1080p with no problem. GTX 1050Ti is great middle choice for 1080p gaming between casual gaming cards that starts around $100 and more serious 1080p gamer cards around $200. If you are in the middle of these prices, this card will be best choice for you.

This EVGA model of GTX 1050Ti is really small and will fit in most cases. Also power consumption is lower – under 75W and it not require 6-pin power connector even it’s more powerful than RX560 (some models are much more power hungry and you need to check if it require 6-pin power connector or not, if your old graphic card has 6-pin power connector you will be fine) .

GTX 1050Ti is build on NVIDIA Pascal architecture and gives you improved performance and power efficiency to take on today’s triple AAA titles. Classic and modern games it should perform at 1080p with around 60 FPS with medium to high settings.

From EVGA you can also get GTX1050Ti with two cooling fans. Cards with two cooling fans usually is more silent, but if you go on budget card with a single fan will work fine. Extra fan will cost you $10-$20 more. Two fan video-cards usually are bigger and sometimes can not fit in smaller cases. You need to check measurements of space in your computer before you buy, especially if you have a small case. If you have a full tower or even middle tower case usually it’s not problem. Also check space on motherboard, if something not blocking the space that your new graphics card is supposed to be. The EVGA ” GTX 1050 Ti FTW ACX 3.0″ version with 2 fans will draw up  to 120W of power and require 6-pin power connector. You need to check, if your PSU is good enough.

General specifications
CUDA cores 768
GPU Clock 1354MHz Base Clock/1468MHz Boost Clock
Memory Clock 7,010 MHz
Memory Size 4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports 1xDVI-D, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort

More information about this card you can find at manufacturers site or from retailer.

Conclusion and final thoughts

The best graphics card  for gaming under $150 in 2017 is definitely GeForce GTX1050Ti. Ti version is much faster than non-Ti version and also features 4GB memory instead of 2GB. But RX560 can be slightly cheaper than GTX1050Ti. If you have a really tight budget, and you find RX560 4GB for around $30 less, then getting RX560 will be really good deal. If performance is your preference, then you can easy find GTX1050Ti for around $150. There are also RX 560 models with only 2GB memory.

If you upgrade your old PC and you have not powerful CPU, you probably be fine with 2GB card, but for upcoming games better be getting GPU with 4GB video memory. Also definitely check if your power supply is good enough and if it have 6-pin power connector, if it’s required. If your PSU have no free 6-pin power connector, then find RX 560 or GTX 1050Ti model that not require it or get new PSU. Other popular models of RX560 and GeForce 1050Ti also will be good and with very little performance difference with ones mentioned in here. I wish you to get great gaming experience whatever graphics card you choose!

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