Top Graphics Cards for 4K Gaming

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

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The GTX 1080 is far and away the fastest single GPU we have ever tested, and is the first GPU that allows for true 60fps 4K gaming (and improved VR, too). It’s a game-changing GPU in every sense.

 

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Sea Hawk

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This liquid-cooled GTX 980 Ti, developed by MSI and Corsair, delivers the best performance we’ve seen from a single-chip card, while remaining near-silent at stock speeds. If 4K gaming is your aim (and price is no object), this card should top your buying list.

 

Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti Amp Extreme

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The Amp Extreme is the best-performing GTX 980 Ti we’ve tested, massively overclocked yet quiet and air-cooled. Just make sure your case is roomy. (The card’s nearly 13 inches long, and thicker than most.)

 

AMD Radeon RX 480 (8GB)

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The RX 480 is a huge leap over previous cards near its price, trading blows with Nvidia’s much costlier GTX 980 in newer games. It delivers future-looking performance where it counts.

 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

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The GTX 1070 offers more bang for your gaming buck than any GPU we’ve ever tested; it’s (slightly) speedier than the GTX 980 Ti and demolishes the GTX 970. If you want most of the performance of the GTX 1080 for much less, it won’t disappoint.

 

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

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With the help of a new type of memory, AMD’s liquid-cooled Fury X delivers performance that nearly matches Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti in a compact, quiet form factor. Just know you’ll need to mount a small radiator, and think twice if you intend to use the card with an HDTV for 4K, 60Hz gaming.

 

Asus Strix R9 Fury DC3

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Asus’ Strix R9 Fury might not be as fast as its liquid-cooled AMD Fury X cousin, but at 4K it sticks surprisingly close to the GeForce GTX 980 Ti on many tests while costing much less.

 

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980

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Nvidia’s high-end, Maxwell-based card delivers the best performance available from a single-chip gaming graphics card to date, while sipping much less power than the current competition. Just as nice: Its price is competitive with AMD’s hotter Radeon R9 290X.

 

AMD Radeon R9 Nano

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The R9 Nano is stunningly powerful given its Mini-ITX-friendly form factor, and a true leap ahead for AMD. Just know that this is a specialized component meant for very tight, compact PCs, and that you’re paying a major premium for that fact.

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