Best Graphics Cards September 2016-Our Top 5 Picks!

Discover The Best Graphics Cards September 2016 Since The Release of Pascal and Polaris Architecture!

The graphics card market has recently seen new entries from both the green team (Nvidia) and the red team (AMD). But, amidst all of this, which graphics card are worthy of being considered in the list of the best graphics cards September 2016? Read on to find out:

Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 Graphics Card

Even though the reference design of the GTX 1080 provides a decent amount of performance and cooling, it goes without saying that the blower style cooler and the comparatively lower headroom for overclocking simply makes it unappealing. Asus ROG, on the other hand, features a custom PCB and triple fans and a large heatsink for better temperatures, low noise and outstanding performance:

Model Name Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080
Video Memory 8GB GDDR5X
GPU Base Clock Gaming Mode: 1759 MHz

OC Mode: 1784 MHz

GPU Boost Clock Gaming Mode: 1898 MHz

OC Mode: 1936 MHz

CUDA Cores 2560
Memory Clock 10 Gbps
Memory Interface 256-Bit
Max Resolution 7680×4320
Ports 1xDual-Link DVI-D

2xHDMI 2.0

2xDisplayPort 1.4

Dimensions 11.7×5.2×1.6 inches
TDP 350W under load

130W when Idle

Needs 8+6 Pin Power Cable

Aside from the specs, the card also features RGB lighting, DirectX-12 support and other goodness that you can expect from a new-gen card. As far as performance goes, it’s no surprise that being based on the new pascal architecture and currently priced at $750, the card will kill anything that you throw at it at 1080p and even be an amazing performer at higher resolutions such as 1440p and 4K, as you can see in the benchmarks down below:

Asus Strix GTX 1080 1080p Benchmark

Asus Strix GTX 1080 1440p Benchmark

Asus Strix GTX 1080 4K Benchmark

Benchmark Credits: Techsource

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptP6YkOVubg

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Thramkar

All in all, we suggest you get the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 if you want some future-proofing and great performance in both VR and 4K gaming.


 

XFX RX 480 8GB Triple X Edition

Though the RX 480 didn’t receive aftermarket versions as soon as the GTX 1070 and 1080 did, it’s still got a few that are capable performers and are worthy of being in the best graphics cards September 2016 list. Let’s take a look at the spec sheet of one such performer: The XFX Radeon RX 480 Triple X edition::

 

Model Name XFX Radeon RX 480 Triple X Edition
Video Memory 8GB GDDR5
GPU Base Clock 1288 MHz
GPU Boost Clock
Stream Processors 2304
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Interface 256-Bit
Max Resolution 4096×2160
Ports 3xDisplayPort 1.4

1xDual-Link DVI-D

1xHDMI 2.0

Dimensions 9.4×4.7×1.5 inches
TDP 150W

The card also features a backplate for passive cooling, a swappable-fan design and support for Vulkan and DirectX 12. Though it’s not as powerful as a GTX 1080, it can certainly handle it’s own at 1080p and even get a decent framerate at 1440p. To get a playable framerate at 4K in some games on this graphics card you might need to turn down a few settings or filters.

XFX RX 480 1080p Benchmark

XFX RX 480 4K Benchmark

XFX RX 480 4K Benchmark

Benchmark Credits: MultiTechnopark

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlZpUf7ssjE

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb4my3eC4w6VvPwQlBJo1Wg

Looking at the benchmarks, it’s pretty clear that it’s one of the best ‘bang for your buck’ graphics card and will also provide a little bit of future-proofing as it can handle pretty well in VR as well.

MSI Gaming Geforce GTX 1060 3G

MSI’s aftermarket GPUs have never ceased to impress, as they consist an attractive black-and-red color scheme, some great overclocking headroom and 2 large fans that are enough to keep the card cool and the noise levels down. In case of the GTX 1060 3GB version, it’s no exception:

Model Name MSI Gaming Geforce GTX 1060 3G
Video Memory 3GB GDDR5
GPU Base Clock Silent Mode: 1506 MHz

Gaming Mode: 1569 MHz

OC Mode: 1594 MHz

GPU Boost Clock Silent Mode: 1708 MHz

Gaming Mode: 1784 MHz

OC Mode: 1809 MHz

CUDA Cores 1152
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Interface 192-Bit
Max Resolution 7680 x 4320
Ports 3xDisplayPort 1.4

1xHDMI 2.0

1xDualLink DVI-D

Dimensions 10.9×5.5×1.5 inches
TDP 120W

Requires 8 Pin Power Cable

 

But since specs are only half of the story, it’s important to take a look at the benchmarks so that you can get a better picture of it’s performance.

MSI GTX 1060 1080p Benchmark

MSI GTX 1060 1440p Benchmark

Benchmark Credits: Graphics Benchmark

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RWItff0eQ

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9PBzalIcEQCsiIkq36PyUA

Keep in mind that the 3GB version we have selected is specifically aimed at 1080p or 1440p gamers due to a lower amount of vRAM. To game at 4K on this card you might need to turn one or two settings down such as the view distance or the filters.

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1070

Gigabyte is famous (or infamous, depending on how you see it) for making their extremely long cards with triple fans and some massive heat pipes for maximum overclocking room and stable temperatures. The GTX 1070 has also been blessed with the same implementation, and features the following specs:

Model Name Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1070
Video Memory 8GB GDDR5
GPU Base Clock Gaming Mode: 1594 MHz

OC Mode: 1620 MHz

GPU Boost Clock Gaming Mode: 1784 MHz

OC Mode: 1822 MHz

CUDA Cores 1920
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Interface 256-Bit
Max Resolution 7680×4320
Ports 3xDsiplayPort 1.4

1xHDMI 2.0

1xDualLink DVI-D

Dimensions 1.6 inches x 11 inches x 4.5 inches
TDP 225W

Needs 8 Pin Power Connector

It goes without saying that this version of the GTX 1070 surpasses the reference design in almost every aspect but with a drawback of the added size. Make sure that you have a larger case to fit the graphics card and also other PC parts comfortably. But enough talk, let’s see some benchmarks:

Gigabyte GTX 1070 1080p Benchmark

Gigabyte GTX 1070 1440p Benchmark

Gigabyte GTX 1070 4K Benchmark

 

Benchmark Credits: MultiTechnopark

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLHHnMY9pfU

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MultiTechnopark

As we just saw, if you don’t have the wallet to buy a GTX 1080 but still want to enjoy a good framerate at 4K and massive performance in 1080p and 1440p, the GTX 1070 from Gigabyte is your best bet.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 Windforce OC 4GB

Even the budget gaming market has been drastically changed by the release of sub-$250 graphics card. But if you want an extremely budget-oriented card that can play modern AAA titles over 30 fps on max settings at 1080p, then the Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 Windforce OC 4GB is what you need

Model Name Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 Windforce OC 4GB
Video Memory 4GB GDDR5
GPU Base Clock 1090 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1212 MHz
Stream Processors 896
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Interface 128-Bit
Max Resolution 7680×4320
Ports 1xDualLink DVI-D

1xHDMI 2.0

1xDisplayPort 1.4

Dimensions 7.6 x 4.4 x 1.5 inches
TDP 120W

Needs 6-pin Power Connector

Though there are 2GB versions of this card available at $20 cheaper, we wouldn’t recommend going over it as some games utilize more than 2GB of vRAM even at 1080p. Other than that, the card performs exactly as expected:

Gigabyte RX 460 1080p Benchmark

Benchmark Credits: MultiTechnopark

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x0muQe-378

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MultiTechnopark

Though these benchmarks might look slightly disappointing, keep in mind that this is a sub-$200 graphics card that has been subjected to these games at their full settings. Turning them down a notch will definitely yield you 50+ fps on most if not all games. This makes it a worthy upgrade if you have a previous gen-graphics card such as the GTX 750 Ti.

That pretty much concludes our list of the best graphics cards September 2016. Do you feel that we left out a more worthy competitor or do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below!

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