best budget GPU for indie gaming

Best Budget Graphics Cards for Indie Games

We think you’ll agree when we say, our games and other indie games are not as demanding as the latest big budget triple AAA titles.

So, with that in mind who makes the best graphics cards for indie gamers on a budget between NVIDIA and AMD? When you are looking for the best graphics card under $200 then you really need to be careful what card you end up with to ensure that you are getting the best bang for your buck. So today we explore questions like, what constitutes a budget graphics card? We also review some of the coolest low budget cards out there to make sure that you get good value for your money in terms of high performance and an awesome gaming experience.

Nvidia and AMD are both powerhouses with a range of under $250 budget cards with some juicy specs and extraordinary performance and ease of cooling plus lower power consumption. Some of the cards are pretty dope with some good quality 1080p and gaming above 30FPS and higer frame rates at an excellent 720p. They may not be as good as high end market cards but they will knock your socks off fo a surprising low amount from about $110

The AMD RX 460 is one of the most affordable cards going for about $110 and boasts AMD FreeSync VVR, not bad for a card that does not even require an external power cable to operate. If you’ve been under a rock for the last 2 years and wondering, What is FreeSync?, it’s a type of GPU technology similar to nvidia G-Sync that goes a step beyond what V-Sync offers gamers and syncs the video cards output to the monitors refresh to prevent screen tearing. Other budget contenders at this end of the market include the RX470, RX 460, GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050. They will cut it in terms of enhanced gaming experience and all without having to pay an arm and a leg for any of this. So let’s explore which among these is going to give the most bang for your buck.

Best Budget Graphics Cards for Indie Games

Here are some comparisons of some of the best budget graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD.

RX 480 RX 470 RX 460 GTX 1060 GTX 1050 Ti
Shader Cores 2,304 2,048 896 1,280 768
Texture Units 144 128 56 80 48
ROPs 32 32 16 48 32
Core Clock 1,120MHz 926MHz 1,090MHz 1,506MHz 1,290MHz
Boost Clock 1,266MHz 1,206MHz 1,200MHz 1,708MHz 1,392MHz
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 192-bit 128-bit
Memory Speed 8GHz 6.6GHz 7GHz 7GHz 7GHz
Memory Bandwidth 256GB/s 211.2GB/s 112GB/s 192GB/s 112GB/s
TDP 150W 120W 75W 120W 75W
Price £230/$240 £180/$180 £114/$130 £240/$250 £140/$140

The RX 470 and RX 460 are the two main budget offerings from AMD for under $250 while the NVDIA side has equally formidable duo, GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti. The AMDs both feature the excellent 14mm FinFET Polaris archictecture although they have an entirely different GPUs. These two are not known for their high memory clocks although if you get them from some manufacturers they come with factory overclocks to compensate.

NVIDIA on the other hand offers the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti both of which pack that handy GP107 GPU and CUDA cores backed by the 128bit mem bus. The only difference between the dual lies in the clock speeds and the 2GB and 4GB for GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti respectively.

While is this is quickly turning into a minicourse on graphics cards, we only barely scratched the surface. The performance of each of the cards my also vary with the system and the games you intend on playing with them. So which do you think is the better brand and what is the best value for money graphics card on the list? Share your thoughts and comments below.

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