Best Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2016 Gaming

Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
Today, this article basically covers a list about Best Budget Graphics Card for 2016’s gaming. I hope, you’ve tired in finding the best and budgeted GPU for latest gaming. If you’re a gamer then you know very well that day by day, latest and high graphics games are releasing very rapidly with their high requirements. That’s why, Old graphics card now aren’t supporting to these games. For playing them, you should have a best GPU which have high number of cores, memory, bandwidth etc. There are lots of graphics card released recently but these aren’t cheap in price. High class people can afford, but it’s exacting hard to the middle class people to buy them.

Well! Here in this article, I’m sharing some best, latest games supported and not too expensive graphics card that you all guys would like. But before sharing my collected list, I would like to share with you some important stuff about graphics card which is very important before buying any new GPU.

Important Stuff Of GPU For Gaming

I remember very well, when I bought my first graphics card then I didn’t know ‘How many things are important for gaming?’ I thought that only memory of GPU is enough to run any game. But When I started gaming with my first GPU then understood that only memory doesn’t matter. Different things of graphics card are also important. The average consumer who doesn't know much about graphics cards has probably heard many times "buy a 1GB card", sometimes even by so-called experts. But the TYPE of memory (i.e. fast GDDR5 vs slower GDDR3 or GDDR2) has far greater impact than the amount. People assume 1gb cards are much better than 512mb models, but that's not true. The amount of video memory on a graphics card has never been a direct measure of performance! It's the GPU a card is based upon that determines performance, not the RAM. A 512mb Radeon HD 5670 is still 4X faster than a 1gb (or even 2gb) Radeon HD 5450.

Every Graphics Card definitely have Core Clock Speed, Memory Speed, Memory Bus, Memory Type, Memory Bandwidth, L2 Cache, Texture Rate, Pixel Rate, Shader Processing Units, Actual Shade Performance, Direct X, Shader and Open GL. All these things are very important for gaming especially for latest or 2016’s gaming.

Here I discussed also about these important things. Must read, if you’re interested to know about them.

1. Core Clock Speed:

This is actual speed at which the graphics processor on a video card operate. Core clock basically is measured in Megahertz (Mhz). Core clock speed can sometimes be changed on latest cards where users want to gain a performance boost, which is called overclocking and it can be done using third party overclocking tools or drivers provided by the GPU manufacturer. For the latest gaming of 2016, 800+ Mhz core speed is good. Less than 800 Mhz can also support, but fps won’t be maintaining. So that’s why gamer might have to face problem while gaming.

2. Memory Bus:

The memory bus speed is the pathway that your graphics card uses to access the memory it has and is generally measured in bits (8 bits = 1 byte) this works together with the memory clock speed to work out exactly how much of the memory can be accessed per second. 64 bits to 128 bits graphics card are best for those games which was released till 2012. More than 128 bits are best for recently released games, but 192 bits, 256 bits or 384 bits GPUs are excellent for present and upcoming new generation games.

3. Memory Type:

Memory type is used for things such as storing information to display an image to the screen, buffer information and Z co-ordinate information. So while it won’t directly affect performance it will to a point. Clock speed is what’s important, this is what helps to solve the problems and send them to the pipelines where 3D graphics equations are sent to be analyzed and transformed to a 2D pixel format for display to the screen.

4. Memory Bandwidth:

Memory Bandwidth tells us the speed at which the GPU can access the memory. Remember with GPU processing power how this was a combination of the number of cores and the core speed? Well! Something similar is the case with the memory. How much memory can be accessed per second is a combination of the bus and the memory data rate. This is why clock speed by itself does not tell you anything about the real memory speed available to the GPU.

5. Texture Rate:

To render a 3D scene, textures are mapped over the top of polygon meshes. This is called “Texture Mapping” and is accomplished by Texture Mapping Units (TMUs) on the video card. Texture fill rate is the measure of the speed with which a particular card can perform texture mapping. Though pixel shader processing is becoming more important, this number still holds some weight.

6. Direct X:

It is basically support for low-level application. Most of the latest graphics cards support to the DirectX 11, even Nvidia 700 and 900 series support to DirectX version 12. So, it’s important because most of the latest games require DirectX 11. Therefore, whenever you buy new graphics card then must check, is this a DirectX 11 supported or not?

List Of $50 To $200 Budget GPUs

So here are my recommended GPUs that are under $200. I listed of both Nvidia and AMD’s graphics card. So you can buy in both of them as your wish. Both the manufacturing companies are best and reliable. So pick your best and start new generation gaming.

Nvidia GPUs:

Nvidia corporation is an American worldwide technology company based inSanta Clara, California. This company manufacture GPUs as well as SOCs (System on a Chip) for mobile computing market. The company was established in 1993. Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem, are founders and initial investers. The company has been introduced different GPU series yet like Geforce, Quadro, TVS, Tesla, GRID etc, but the latest one is Geforce nowadays.

1. MSI Nvidia GeForce GT 610 2GB GDDR3 ($59.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
MSI Nvidia Geforce 610 is a pretty good GPU. It is an OEM only, Entry-Level Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Fermi Architecture. It equips a GPU codenamed GF119-B1 which has 1 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 48 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 550MHz. The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz. It is DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Celeron G550 2.6GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 4GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1366 x 768
  • GPU Upgrade: GeForce GTX 750

2. EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB DDR3 ($69.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
GeForce GT 730 is Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Kepler Architecture. This Graphics Card Equips the Kepler GK208 GPU which is essentially a power optimized version of the GK107 GPU. Whereas it still has a count of 2 Stream Multiprocessors, the bus-width has been cut in half to allow for even a smaller power consumption and consequently a cooler operating temperature. The Central Unit is clocked at 902MHz.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz. DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Pentium G3220 3.0GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 4GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1366 x 768
  • GPU Upgrade: GeForce GTX 960 2GB

3. EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB DDR3 ($99.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked SS 4GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce GT 740. Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 993MHz to 1059MHz, while the memory clock was decreased to only 667MHz, to allow the card to be single slotted. Furthermore, the frame buffer was doubled to 4GB though this will not boost its performance and can be addressed as an extreme gimmick insane marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.

The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz. It is DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 8GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1366 x 768
  • GPU Upgrade: GeForce GTX 960 2GB

4. EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB GDDR5 ($123.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
GeForce GTX 750 EVGA Superclocked 2GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 750. This edition comes with a custom cooling cooling solution which by itself will allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 750 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology. It equips a GPU codenamed GM107-300-A2 which has 4 SM activated and thus offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1020MHz and goes up to 1085MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1250MHz. DirectX 11.2 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 8GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1366 x 768

5. Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB ($189.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
GeForce GTX 660 is a fast-middle-class to low-high-end GFX part of the GeForce 600 Series released by NVIDIA. It's based on the Kepler GK106 Core with only 960 Shader Processing Units. Its central clock is clocked at 980MHz and goes up to 1033MHz on Turbo Mode. The memory clock, just like the Kepler GK104 based GPUs, is of 1502MHz (operating). Fast GDDR5 was obviously used and paired with a 192-bit bus. DirectX 11.2 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 8GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1920 x 1080

AMD GPUs:

AMD stands for "Advanced Micro Devices", another best micro processor manufacturing company which was established in 1969. The company manufactures Microprocessors, Motherboard chipsets, Graphics processing units, Random-access memory & TV tuner cards. As Nvidia series, Radeon is the latest nowadays. So, in my views AMD is best. Although, I'm an Nvidia user but AMD is also best.

1. Asus Radeon R5 230 1GB DDR3 ($58.76)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
Asus Radeon R5 230 is an entry-level Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Terascale Architecture. It equips a GPU codenamed Caicos XT which has 2 Compute Units activated and thus offers 160 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit Operates at 625MHz. The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The memory clock operates at 533MHz. DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for HD3D, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Celeron G1830 2.8GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 2GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1024 x 768

2. Gigabyte AMD Radeon R7 240 2GB GDDR3 ($69.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
Gigabyte Radeon R7 240 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class Radeon R7 240 2GB. Radeon R7 240 2GB offers a core codenamed Oland PRO and thus features 320 Shader Processing Units, 20 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit bus width of standard DDR3. While the central unit runs at 730MHz and goes up to 780MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 900MHz. DirectX 11.2 Support (11.2 Hardware Default) and support for HD3D, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 4GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1366 x 768

3. ASUS Radeon R7 250X 1GB DDR5 ($99.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
ASUS Radeon R7 250X is a fast-middle-class Graphics Card based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. It offers the Cape Verde XT GPU. The Cape Verde XT Core is a GCN 1.1 GPU and was first seen on Radeon HD 7770 and then re-used in the OEM only Radeon HD 8760. It offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bits memory interface of fast GDDR5.

Radeon R7 250X comes clocked at 950MHz (though there might be some 1GHz versions) and has its operating memory clock set at 1125MHz. The rated TDP board is of 80W. DirectX 11.2 Support (11.2 Hardware Default) and support for HD3D, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 8GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1600 x 900

4. ASUS Radeon R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 ($139.89)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
Radeon R7 260X is a fast-middle-class Graphics Card based on the Bonaire XTX core of the Graphics Core Next Architecture. The Bonaire XTX Core has its roots on the Bonaire XT Core used on Radeon HD 7790. It offers 896 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface. However and when compared to Radeon HD 7790, Radeon R7 260X has its central unit running at 1100MHz. Furthermore, its operating memory clock is significantly higher and of 1625MHz, leading to extra memory bandwidth. DirectX 11.1 Support (11.1 Hardware Default) and support for HD3D, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 8GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1600 x 900

5. Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 ($184.99)


Budget Graphics Cards/GPU's for 2015 Gaming
Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X is a high-end Graphics Card based on the Curacao XT core of the Graphics Core Next Architecture. The Curacao XT Core has its roots on the Pitcairn XT Core used on its predecessor - Radeon HD 7870. It offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface. However and when compared to its predecessor, Radeon R9 270X offers a Boost Clock of 1050MHz, despite its central unit still running at 1000MHz. Furthermore, its operating memory clock is significantly higher and of 1400MHz, leading to extra memory bandwidth. Benchmarks indicate its performance is almost on level with powerful Radeon HD 7950, though its Boost Edition and famous GeForce GTX 660 Ti still perform considerably better.

System Compatibility:

  • Best CPU Match: Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
  • Best RAM Match: 8GB
  • Best Screen Size: 1600 x 900

Conclusion

So these are two lists of Nvidia and AMD graphics card. I hope, all above cards are in budget. I know, lots of other cards, I skipped and didn't mention in my list. But if you wanna suggest then must leave your comment below. If you think, this article is helpful then don't forget to share it with others.
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17 comments:

  1. you should exclude those slower ddr3 graphics cards from the list . They make no difference . But yes the other graphics cards are good . I have also made a list of best entry level graphics cards on my blog after a lot of research . Just take a look

    www.xtremegaminerd.com/best-budget-entry-level-graphics-cards

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    1. Yes! you're saying right. Now DDR3 supported GPUs doesn't work proper with next generation games. Although, these are not working at high setting but games are playable at medium or low setting. So kindly we should be considered these cards because all of them are in budget.

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  2. The writer has done a very good article here and I really appreciate this hard work from him. However, kindly if you can just improve your English a bit it would help you a lot for your SEO and readability.

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  3. Which is cooler graphics zotac gtx960 2gb amp! OR msi gtx960 2gb 100 million?

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    1. Yeah! GTX 960 is also best and in budget. Thanks for recommend.

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    1. Actually, this blog article was published before releasing GTX 750 ti officially. So that's why, I couldn't add this awesome GPU in list. Otherwise, GTX 750 ti is seriously awesome..

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    2. Salam brother
      Mujha high graphic gaming k liye pc bna na ha, pr pc k hawaley se koi idea nhi ha. Ap help kre gy? I5 4th generation 1TB HD or 8gb ram mn konsa GPU sahi rhey ga jo ziada expensive bhi na ho or aney waley 2017 tk k games k liye b ho.

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    3. Or motherboard b bta dey. Thnx

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    4. GTX 970 is best for requirements you mentioned.

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    5. Asus B150M-K Intel Socket LGA1151 and ASUS H97M-E LGA 1150 will be in budget and good.

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  5. I got GA 970A UD3 mobo, FX4170 cpu, 4gb ram (easy can make it 8) which gpu would u suggest me? i'm low on budget actually (mainly playing dota 2, league, starcraft 2 and cs go) i was looking on R7 260X it cost around 70$ for used one but still :D

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  6. If you are looking at Asus graphics cards, then you will likely be happy to learn that these cards receive many favorable reviews from reliable sources around the computer world. best gaming monitor

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  7. Nice list but some of the entry level graphics card are too weak to run any game.

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