Who doesn’t like to play games on their PC and how better can you enjoy them than with Nvidia graphics cards? There are multiple genres of video games offering interactive storyline and character progression. Besides, making you immerse into the world of fantasies and games lets you do things which are not possible even in dreams.
As the games evolve, the requirements to play the games also increases. Armed with Nvidia graphics cards, you can create an experience of a lifetime. I remember playing Super Mario in my TV using a DVD player but those days are gone now. You need graphics cards to process the textures, shaders and other aspects of the game in order to play.
Whenever I start talking about graphics cards, my friends starts talking about Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti, the latest GeForce RTX 2080 Ti which is costlier than a decent PC. What about the budget gamers who want to build the whole PC within 300 to 500 USD?
As a result we are here today. Below are the best budget graphics cards to enjoy a game with a low, medium, high settings at Full-HD resolution with 30FPS or above(1920×1080).
Nvidia GeForce GT 1030
GT 1030 is often called as an entry level graphics card and many argue that it is not fit for gaming. But I say otherwise. GT 1030 can handle almost any game you throw at it at a low setting and can give you 30 FPS or above.
• Memory : 2 GB
• Core clock : 1227 MHz
• Memory Clock : 1250 MHz
• DirectX support : DX12
• Price : 70 USD
According to the benchmark set by many users on the internet, GT 1030 gave a satisfactory performance. And below are the statistics (All games are played in low settings).
• Battlefield 1 : 40 to 50 FPS.
• Witcher 3 : 35 to 40 FPS in village areas and 30 to 33 FPS in forests (HairWorks off).
• Doom Vulkan : 40 to 50 FPS.
• GTA 5 : can be played in medium as well as high settings with 40 FPS or above (FXAA, MSAA, VSync off).
Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 is one of the best entry level graphic cards to enjoy Full-HD gaming in low settings.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
GeForce GTX 1050 ti is one of the best budget graphics cards for medium quality gaming without a doubt. It can handle any game currently available at medium settings and can run some games at high settings as well. Its younger brother GTX 1050 is also a good option if you are short on money.
• Memory : 4 GB
• Core Clock : 1290 MHz
• Memory Clock : 1752 MHz
• DirectX support : DX12
• Pric e: 180 USD
Benchmark results: Play all the games medium settings.
• Battlefield 1: 90 to 100 FPS. Can be played in ultra-setting with 30 FPS or above.
• Witcher 3: 35 to 40 FPS. The lower end of the FPS occurs only in dense cities like Novigrad or Skellige when it is raining (HairWorks off).
• Doom Vulkan: Smooth as butter. Above 60 FPS in ultra-settings.
• GTA 5: Can be played in Ultra-settings with 60 FPS or above (FXAA, MSAA, VSync off).
There is no doubt that GTX 1050 ti is the best budget graphics card for medium quality Full-HD gaming. It can handle many well-optimized games in high or ultra-settings too.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1060 is the king of budget Full-HD high or ultra-quality gaming. Some of you may argue that GTX 1060 is an entry-level car or a medium level card. But, it depends on how you look at it. If you want to play a game in 4K above 60 fps, then, GTX 1060 may fall below medium or entry level. But for Full-HD gaming, GTX 1060 is a solid card with a great potential.
•Memory: 6 GB
•Core Clock: 1506 MHz
•Memory Clock: 2002 MHz
•DirectX support: DX12
•Price: 300 USD
Benchmark results: All the games are played in high or ultra settings.
•Battlefield 1: 60 FPS or above in Ultra-settings.
•Witcher 3: 60 FPS or above in Ultra-settings (HairWorks off).
•Doom Vulkan: 100 FPS or above in Ultra-settings.
•GTA 5: 80 FPS or above in Ultra-settings.