The graphics card is one of the most important elements of
. Get the wrong one, and you could turn an incredible machine into an essentially empty shell. But what's the best graphics card in 2020?
We've got some strong recommendations for you in our list below. All products come from NVIDIA and AMD, the two monopoly-holders in the graphics card game, and all come highly reviewed and esteemed.
The best graphics card overall: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
If you need the very best and don't mind paying for it, then the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the graphics card you need.
The RTX 2080 Ti is the top GeForce GPU available right now, with 11 GB GDDR6 memory, 68 RT cores and 4,352 RUDA cores producing a boosted clock speed of 1665 MHz - all the power needed to deliver pretty much any game at top settings.
The links below are for a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card sold by ASUS.
The best 4K graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super is the best value for money choice, if you want futureproof 4K gaming delivered with ease.
For the drop in price from the RTX 2080 Ti, you don't lose a whole lot in performance. This 8 GB DDR6 GPU gives you a clock speed of 1815 MHz and is VR-ready.
Check out the links below for a top-rated Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super graphics card.
The best 1440p graphics card: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
For a low-cost solution that can deliver great Quad HD (2560 x 1440p) graphics, AMD gives us the great Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card.
This 8 GB DDR6 unit delivers a boosted clock of 1925 MHz. It's also VR-ready, so nothing is off limits. AMD wins out over NVIDIA when it comes to saving money.
Check out the prices of the MSI AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card below.
The best 1080p graphics card: AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
Stepping down from the 5700 XT now to the 5600 XT, the AMD equivalent of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (but cheaper).
If you only plan on gaming in Full HD, this graphics unit will give you the power you need with plenty to spare. 6 GB DDR6 memory and 2,304 stream processors deliver 1750 MHz clock speed.
We recommend another MSI card below for the Radeon RX 5600 XT.
The best graphics card for under £200: AMD Radeon RX 580
Undoubtedly, the best graphics card for under £200 is the highly affordable AMD Radeon RX 580. This is basically the only 8 GB GPU for this price.
In theory this card supports up to 4K graphics, although it would struggle at the best of times. Best stick to HD with this one and it'll do you fine. It delivers a clock speed of 1366 MHz with 2,304 stream processors.
Product links below are again for an MSI unit.