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Which mid/high end GFX card today is actually considered good value?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by norm, 9 Sep 2021.

  1. norm


    Joined: 21 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,342

    Given all the inflated prices on graphics cards at present, are there any that are considered reasonable value or near to their RRP?

    I'm considering a build for the first time in about 10 years but I'm loathed to spend over the odds for a graphics card which is simply overpriced for no other reason than market forces.
  2. Captain_Bosh

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    Joined: 7 Feb 2014

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    Location: Lancashire

    Nothing inflated over RRP is good value. FE 3060Ti and 3070 are good value if you can get one at RRP.
  3. stephenb


    Joined: 2 Nov 2012

    Posts: 625

    Location: Sussex

    If you are in the UK then the only reasonable cards are the Nvidia founders edition models. RTX 3060ti/3070/3080 pick of the range in terms of value.
  4. dave28

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    Joined: 28 Jun 2013

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    like others said the 3060 ti, 3070 and 3080 FE cards.
  5. Grim5


    Joined: 6 Feb 2019

    Posts: 8,879

    The GTX1060
  6. Sarge2255

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    The 3080Ti:confused:
  7. HangTime

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    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

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    Location: Hampshire

    Ignoring the FE cards there isn't much, best option arguably a 1080ti or similar from MM.
  8. Aretak


    Joined: 26 May 2014

    Posts: 2,616

    People were very negative about the 6600 XT at release, but it looks an absolute bargain now, considering there were models available for £330 on launch day (and £375 for around a week afterwards). They're up closer to £500 now of course and prices seem to be heading north across the board again. The only light at the end of the tunnel is the upcoming Ethereum changes, though it remains to be seen when those will be implemented and if it'll actually result in another post-mining-craze fire sale.
  9. varkanoid


    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

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    Location: The TARDIS, Wakefield, UK

    FE cards.
  10. HRL

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    Joined: 22 Nov 2005

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    Location: Devon

    Let’s be honest, none of them are good value!
  11. throwaway4372


    Joined: 24 Jun 2021

    Posts: 220

    Location: UK

    nothing is good value until everything is in stock
  12. Sarge2255

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    Those Gelid thermal pads are also terrible value for money dropping temps by 2-6c and cost £10 each pack so £40, with all the risks.
    Last edited: 11 Sep 2021
  13. CuriousTomCat

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    Joined: 22 Nov 2018

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    None of the RRPs are good value in my opinion.

    I've been tempted to get the 3060Ti FE for £369 but its it's still overpriced compared to the GTX 1060 at RRP.
    Last edited: 11 Sep 2021
  14. g67575


    Joined: 30 Jun 2019

    Posts: 2,754

    RRP is what you should try to pay (for Nvidia, as AMD reference models are almost non existent).

    If you buy the top end, you always get a decline in value, the higher spec you buy. You should always check the performance per dollar / pound before you buy.

    The cost per frame at 4K for RTX 3000 series FE cards is as follows:

    RTX 3060 TI - £369 / 67.3 = £5.48
    RTX 3070 - £470 / 77.5 = £6.06
    RTX 3070 TI - £529 / 83.9 = £6.31
    RTX 3080 - £650 / 100 = £6.50
    RTX 3080 TI - £1049 / 110.9 = £9.45

    Based on average 4K framerates from here:
    Last edited: 11 Sep 2021
  15. harmattan


    Joined: 22 Mar 2015

    Posts: 214

    Location: hamshiretown heathamletonhurst

    The mid-range e.g. 3060 TI/6700 is normally where you'll find the best bang for your buck (these "unprecedented, distasteful times" notwithstanding). However, everyone's needs are different. If you're looking to run at 4k and play modern games, a mid-range card won't cut it. If you're playing modern games at 1080p (and in some respects 1440p), a mid-range card e.g. 3060 TI will do fine. If you're running only older games at 1080p, you can go pretty low e.g. 1660, 1060, 1050 ti.
  16. McGraw


    Joined: 16 Jan 2006

    Posts: 2,898

    If you bought any of the Nvidia cards relativity early they all pay for themselves through mining.

    I've got almost double the price of my 3070 having been mining on and off since around start of march.

    Then you can take off the £180 I got for my 1070. Prices went crazy later but I might not have got a 3070 if I'd waited longer and I was happy with £180 for a £380 card I'd had 4 years.