Looking for gaming cards fitting your budget? Then, you are at the right place.
Graphics card can, in simple terms, be described as the most vital component of a gaming pc. Whereas the CPU acts as the brain of the computer, the graphics acts as the heart of the pc that pumps pixels into your monitor. A dedicated video memory and a graphics processing unit constitute the graphics card.
Here are the list of top ten low budget graphics gaming cards.
1.Nvidia GeForce GT 640
GT640 possesses many good features such as Nvidia Adaptive V Sinc, Blu-ray 3D Support, and new Anti-aliasing mode, FXAA. Unfortunately, GT 640 uses smaller and less powerful graphics processor than the GK104 GPU. It also doesn’t feature NVIDIA’s boost clock algorithm which can increase performance if the card is running below the TDP limit.
However, GT640 is one of the best low end cards. In fact, it is the most recommended if you are looking for a cheap gaming card.
Power Consumption: 65 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 14400 Mpixels/sec
2. Radeon HD 6670
Radeon HD 6670 offers commendable improvement over radeon5670 it replaces. It handles modern games at reasonable solutions. HD 6670 is considered one of the best choice for you if you are looking for a good low power graphics card for gaming. Since HD 6670 doesn’t need a PCI Express power connector, you can run it to a computer with 400W power supply unit.
Power Consumption: 63 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 6400 Mpixels/sec
3. Radeon R7 240
R7 240 uses the lower core clock specification which results to be its most fundamental difference from Radeon R7 250. It consists of 780 MHz core clock and 1800 MHz effective memory clock (DDR3 version). Hence it cannot be used for 1080p resolutions. One of the most interesting point sbout this is its significant low power consumption(30 Watt max TDP).
Power Consumption: 30 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 14600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 5840 Mpixels/sec
4. Radeon R7 250
Radeon R7 250 is one of the cheapest card from the entire line of Radeon R9/R7 200 graphics cards series. Despite its affordable price, the performance of the R7 250 in gaming can not be underestimated. Well, the R7 250 is a low-end video card that could be another good option if your budget is limited but you still want to play new games with good quality settings. It is designed with memory bandwidth about 72000 MB/sec and effective memory clock more than 4000MHz.
Notable features of R7 250 are listed below:
- Microsoft DirectX 11.2
- Enhancing Anti-Aliasing Quality.
- AMD CrossfireX
- AMD Mantle
Power Consumption: 65 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 8000 Mpixels/sec
5. Nvidia GeForce GT 730
GT 730 offers different variants in terms of specifications, 1GB and 2GB DDR3/DDR5 powered by 96 and 384 CUDA core. GeForce GT 730 is not intended for heavy gaming. However, the GT 730 is still worth to get especially the DDR5 version. The GT 730 is explicitly made for gamers with low budget.
Power Consumption: 25 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 40000 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 14400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 7220 Mpixels/sec
6. GeForce GT 740
Followed by the success made by GeForce GTX 750 Series, mid range gaming video card which has been powered by Maxwell-based GPU architecture, Nvidia released newer models with more affordable price, GT 740 and GT 730. The GeForce GT 740 and GT 730 are offered with the DDR5 and DDR3 memory type with capacity from 1 GB to 2 GB memory size.
GeForce GT 740 GPU chip is powered by Kepler GK107-based architecture. Its GPU is clocked at 993 MHz with 384 CUDA Cores. Unfortunately, it does not support the GPU Boost Feature.
Power Consumption: 64 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 80000 MB/sec
7. 440-DI-1GD5 GeForce GT 440 (1GB)
Pretty much anything coming from Nvidia these days is something to seriously consider, and the Asus ENGT is no exception to this rule. First, I’ll tell you that this card retails for less than $100 at around $95. Second, you’ll be happy to know that the ENGT is packed with a Shader Clock (1644 MHz), CUDA Cores (96), and a Core Clock (92MHz). This card will make HD pop, it is far better than any stock card, and (did I mention?) it comes in under $100.
8. AMD: XFX HD-675X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6750 1GB
AMD is another trusted brand name within the graphics card world. This particular card can be purchased for around $90, which is five dollars less than the Nvidia Asus. Inside of this card you will find a Memory Clock (1000 MHz), Stream Processors(720), and a Core Clock (700 MHz). Once again, this under $100 card will bring a whole new level to your gaming experience, and you’ll also find that things look much better in HD after installing theAMD XFX.
9. Nvidia GeForce GTX 750Ti
The GTX 750Ti offers incredible performance making it the weapon for serious gaming. Like other 700-Series cards, the 750 Ti supports G-Sync, a new technology from Nvidia that allows GeForce video cards to play games without refresh rate induced stutter or screen tearing.
10. AMD Radeon R9 270
- 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
- Core Clock 950 MHz
- Boost Clock 975MHz
- 1 x DVI-I 1 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
- 1280 Stream Processors
- PCI Express 3.0