The best GPU for 1440p gaming? (September 2019) | Ask a PC expert


a PC world fans Adam here with GPU
expert Brad Turkish expert thank you on our weekly podcast the full nerd we
answer all sorts of questions you can ask the questions by going into our
discord or or showing up to the live show but for this one I want to focus on
a specific topic that people will ask a lot and it is what is the best GPU for
gaming at 1440p so this is actually a really interesting part of the market
because this is the part where prices really start to diverge yeah like in
1080p gaming you’re typically looking under $300 you know two to three hundred
dollar range when you start getting into 1440p gaming a lot of it depends a lot
more on your monitor speed your an aspect ratio stuff like that and prices
can start to quickly get out of hand like for this price point you’re
probably gonna start around the 350 dollar mark okay between the r-tx 2060
the original and the Radeon rx 5700 don’t buy the 2060
it has ray tracing which Nvidia has been ramping up and you know talking about
but the Radeon rx 5,700 from AMD is just a better card it’s faster it’s just as
power efficient it’s quiet it’s just way more worth it and the rate rates and
performance you get from the r-tx 2060 is not great so it’s not worth investing
in ray tracing at this level yet on our site on PC worldcom I maintain an
up-to-date list that I’ve been updating for years it’s gonna be updated for
years awesome all the link to in the description below
yeah graphics cards and we actually have the Radeon rx 5700 as our current
recommendation for 1440p gaming that’s at 60 frames per second you’re looking
to get on the monitor okay so most monitors are 60 Hertz once you start
getting up into 1440p like this you start to see some faster ones huh okay
yeah that was gonna be into my next question what about what about crazy
high you know frame rates that uh that some of these monitors enabled yes so
both of these cards have upgraded versions for 400 bucks you can get the
Radeon rx 5700 XT okay or nvidia z’ g4s r-tx 2060 super so a more super
version of the 2060 and it is the 2060 super has two more gigabytes of RAM so
it has eight gigabytes of RAM it’s a lot better for this resolution of gaming
this is where if you really want to get into rate racing if you really want to
buy into that like future-proofing if you think it’s gonna take off in the
next few years this is where you might consider jumping in the boat
skip the RT X 2060 consider the RT X 2060 super if you want ray-tracing
huh if you don’t know if you want retracing if you’re kinda on the fence
for the exact same price the Radeon rx 5700 XT gives you a lot more performance
Wow okay so like I said this is a question do you want more performance
now or the future turning of RT X in the future I wouldn’t even call it future
proofing I’d call it potential I always buy for what you’re doing now
never the future is never guaranteed well everything looks like ray-tracing
is gonna blow up all the dips I’ve talked to about it love it but it might
take longer than you think well in in the news recently somebody said that
you’d be crazy not to buy our DX card right now because it is the future so
that is you know kind of an internal battle that a lot of people are having
right now it is an AMD is countering it pretty well with the Radeon rx 5700 XT
actually because for 400 bucks in a lot of games it across the board beats
that’s 2060 super in performance obviously doesn’t have retracing but it
gets real close like single-digit percentage performance was with the $500
RTX 2070 super which is another good option for 1440p gaming um so you’re
getting a lot of the performance for $100 less you don’t get ray-tracing
interesting oh and what about crazy things like kind of I’ve seen at this
monitor resolution you start to get like white aspect ratios like a what is it
thirteen forty thirty four forty by you know 1440 yeah and those are actually
much more demanding than a standard 1440p because you have that many more
pixels to drive so if you do have a widescreen gaming monitor an ultra-wide
gaming monitor you might want to consider looking at
the 4k graphics card recommendations that we have later but if you’re going
to be buying one of these graphics cards and hoping to get an ultra wide graphic
an ultra wide monitor going well especially if it has a higher refresh
weight rate is when you’re gonna want to look at the 4k Upson’s but if assuming
it’s a 60 Hertz monitor which again the vast majority of monitors are I would
think if you stick to one of the higher-end cards the Radeon 5700 XT or
the 2070 super 2060 Super you’re gonna want to go for that rather than just to
make sure you have enough because nothing cents worse than spending 350
dollars on a graphics card it doesn’t do what you want and whatever how much you
spent on the monitor itself yeah he wants to be able to keep up so I asked
this in the 1080p version of this video but I’ll ask it again here what’s your
take on on things like the the different companies the different manufacturers
even the reference cards I know there’s a heated debate over the the Radeon
blower style fans versus the Dougal axial stuff I mean what’s your take on
that well in general unless you have a very
specific reason – mainly being you’re running for three or four graphics cards
or you have a very small form-factor case I advise avoiding blower style
coolers which have a single fan and then they use that single fan to shoot the
hot air out the back and instead getting a dual or tri-axial fan cooler with the
fan you know so they have two or three fans right in the shroud blows it back
into your case and then your normal case fans take it out the Radeon rx 5700
models they just recently launched and for the first month or so they were only
available in reference card blower style I was fortunate enough to be able to
benchmark and test a sapphire pulse Radeon rx 5700 which is for only a $10
more expensive than the reference version and it has a backplate it has
the dual axial fans it’s a lot quieter it’s a lot more efficient so in general
try to go for a custom cooler okay awesome and like you said earlier this
this article is going to be updated all the time correct yeah so you know I’ll
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100 thoughts on “The best GPU for 1440p gaming? (September 2019) | Ask a PC expert

  1. But does it mine Gud? And I mean, Real Gud? Bahahaha!
    (Answer: no, it f**king doesn't, it f**king sucks for mining. Thanks, AMD!) I wonder, how many douche bags spent a ton of money thinking the 5700 series is a great mining card, bought 6 or 8 or however many, only to find out that no modern mining software works with the new AMD cards. HEH!

  2. Here are my two rigs both on 3440×1440 I7 6700k .gtx1070 normal to high settings & amd2700x gtx1080 3440×1440 ultra high settings. Thanks Brad& Adam for raising 1440

  3. "pc expert" huh? Absolutely no mention of the gtx 1080 and rtx2080 line. For 1440, with max settings (also omitted) the rtx2080ti is the absolute best. But don't take my word for it, im not a PCWorld expert;. I just own an evga 2080ti and a 3440*1440 monitor…..smdh

  4. Sorry try not to be a douche here but…. If you have a potato for a cpu then 1440p aint happening on the cards mentioned here. Need a modern cpu i5, i7, i9 etc. Or ryzen gen 1 1700x and up should be fine. (And also ram is important 16gb is usually preferred at 1440p.)

  5. Gpu expert? I bought my kid a 5700xt anniversary edition for his first pc and it’s good, but not 1440p high refresh rate gaming, not even on medium settings. 60 FPS sure, but not on ultra. So why not buy a 1070ti for $350 or 1080 for $400-$450. They will do 1440p at high-ultra settings at 120fps+. And that’s at same price range. And the best is 2080ti, easy. Ray tracing is cool and all, but DLSS is really worth it. Using dlss in metro with ray tracing boosted FPS by 50+ turned RT off and got 100+. I’m happy with the 5700xt I bought, it serves it purpose and does run good, runs really freaking hot! I mean 100c hot but AMD assures me that is normal for GPUs on a constant basis

  6. 1440p 21:9 > 4k 16:9 imo.
    every gamer who takes gaming seriously needs to at least try 21:9.
    I think the aspect ratio needs to be mentioned in the title of the video, i came in here thinking this was for 3440×1440.

  7. 1080 Ti Master Race reporting for duty. Fuck the 2000 series. Waiting for 3000 or 4000. Only reason to get a 2K card is if you're still rocking a 900 series or worse and just realllly want to experience ray tracing, but it's not worth the performance hit, imo. Nvidia tried to push it too early.

  8. The issue with the RTX 2060 is using RTX in games tanks the frame rates – so that would mean you'd need a more expensive monitor to handle a bigger difference in frame rates…

  9. Future games with demand more powerful Raytracing hardware, the 20 series will fall apart with next year games. You are going to need an RTX 3070 or higher to play Raytraced games next year.

  10. I really don't understand why the continued recommendation being based on your Monitor to purchase a graphics card, you can have a 60 hz Monitor with a high end graphics card to ensure you are not having any bottle necks. That's my opinion. Then when someone wants to upgrade their monitor to a 1440 Monitor etc, they are not having to replace their Graphics card again. I'm guessing these videos are for people that are not familiar with computers, or are looking for the absolute minimum card needed for their type of gaming.

  11. Always depends on what games you're playing. I was managing 4K60 with a GTX 1060 6GB just fine. With some setting tweaks and resolution scaling, any modern card can do higher resolutions on well-optimised games, even if they're newer

  12. HEY! There is an exception to raytracing! You do indeed get it, and with playable framerates on AMD cards. It is called path traced global illumination, among other variants. There is a crytek demo on a Vega 56, a Minecraft mod (seus), and other examples. Red dead 2 on consoles uses high quality lighting as well. It's just that most devs are not supporting modern lighting methods in PC games, and need to be nudged into doing so. Hell, even the unreal engine just recently added support for these features that have existed for years. Devs have been lazy and complacent sitting on this technology.

  13. I think it's really strange no one is talking about the new driver update for the RTX cards. I mean it did bump performance, give retro gaming update (which is a first), and they made their own version of anti lag. I am in no shape or form a fan boy however this driver update is pretty awesome. Plus this was a free update. I really hope Navi and Big Navi comes and implements all these things and disrupts the GPU market. The Navi launch is something that has been needed for so long. If anything i am more of a AMD fan boy but I will give respect were it is earned. Team green has always been better with customer support, better driver updates and bug fixes. I really hope with AMD new standing in the CPU and GPU market they put to good use with all the extra revenue and put it back into the company for R&D and better customer support and better driver updates and bug fixes. I really have enjoyed this new technology leap with 7nm its a force to be reckon with.

  14. i just wanna thanks to spoiled rich kids who think new one always better. got my 2nd 1080ti for $300, with 2 1/2yrs warranty left.

  15. Future-proofing is a bit of a fallacy when it comes to buying PC hardware – just buy the hardware that has the best performance for the things you want to do right now, withing the limits of what you can afford. Regular upgrades are a better value both now and in the long run.

  16. there is no future proofing with Ray tracing. What will happen is the next generation of RTX cards will come out and this generation will be pretty much useless at it. (Sub 60fps)

  17. I play at 1440P/144hz on 1080Ti/8086K build. And I do want to Upgrade to at least a 2080, but it wouldn't be much of an upgrade from my current 1080Ti even with 2080Ti I will get like 20 extra frames with it. Because I already average, 130-150Fps at that res'. I just want a newer RTX Card. But its not a logical upgrade, unless I had extra $1300 for a 2080Ti If I did I probably would =) But i dont =(

  18. I have an RTX 2080 … and at 1440p ULTRA Maxed out settings …. I can’t hit 120fps on most AAA modern games. 90fps on average.

  19. Sounds like we have an unabashed, upset for the buyers remorse AMD fanboy. AMD hasn't been able to touch anything NVIDIA does at any of AMD's price points. I'm sorry little Navi isn't what it was promised, but stop misleading people saying AMD is better. It objectively isn't.

  20. The <2% 1440p and higher .. I've been gaming at 1440p for years and I wouldn't recommend anything under an RTX 2080 or ideally an RTX 2080 Ti. However, even those GPUs can be insufficient. Frankly, people using a 21:9 144 Hz-200 Hz Sync monitor really need SLI or Crossfire. Forget 4K .. while some older games might be okay the newer games simply require too much GPU rendering and massive & constant frame drops are extremely annoying.

  21. Ray tracing has no future. AMD will be building the next gen consoles and their solution will be adopted by Nvidia… RTX is already dead…

  22. If you play FPS or high movement games, move up to 1080p 144fps. Higher frame rates are going to be much more beneficial than a 80% increase in pixel density for FPS and other high movement games. And like they stated, the 2060 is only ideal for 1440p at 60fps.

    So, for 1440p FPS gaming, get a monitor that is 100,120, or 144+hz and a 2070 as the bare minimum.

  23. Recently the Asus 2070 Strix OC has been priced as low as $419. At this price where does it fall in your recommendations for 1440p at 144hz?

  24. Jesus what a terrible video why are people still recommending the 5700 XT the card has a tonne of driver and stability issues that make it not worth it. I would get the 2060 Super instead and deal with the performance loss (which is only like 10 fps on average) while having the peace of mind that the card just works and has no driver issues. I would even recommend the 1080 TI you can find them on eBay sometimes in the $300-$400 range and get 2080 performance it's still a great card for 1440p just like the 2060 Super.

  25. In my new 3600 ryzen system i m thinking of buying a 1080p 144 hz monitor along with a rx 5700 xt card and keep em for 6-7 years.Is it a good combination can u tell me? I play all sorts of games…

  26. Tried to read the comments to see if anyone had the same comment as me but am surprised no one mentioned it

    This video is hard to watch because of the left guys hand motion. He keeps using the exact same hand motion and the clap hand motion is very distracting

  27. So 5700 XT or 2070 Super for ultrawide gaming at 3k 60hz. What about at 144hz? Would a 2080 Super do well enough or is the 2080 Ti necessary?

  28. (head scratching)…You say to AVOID blower-style reference cards but that is exactly what you're linking people to in your 'recommendation' page. So what is it? Avoid blower-styles or buy blower-styles.

  29. If only every amd item I brought didn't end up burning out within 2 years then yeah I would go amd but I've been burnt too many times by amd to go back

  30. Screw "future-proofing"…its a lot of bollocks to sink more money into one build other than the initial investment…just build a PC which can keep up with what you do for 4 years on your resolution then build a new one and give the old one to your bro,sis,mom,dad,uncle,granddad etc…it will still be a beast for their standards lol

  31. I agree regarding Ray Tracing, especially on lower end cards or even in general at this stage.
    While I do think RT is an exciting new implementation on consumer products, it's early days and you tend to pay an early adopter tax in price to performance, at least until it becomes more mainstream and refined.
    I'm waiting to see what the next RTX cards are like before I abandon my 1080ti

  32. blower fans are still the way to go in extremely small form factor cases. you should probably mention that rather than just the pervasive blowers suck [.]

  33. Yeah cool, the 5700 and the 5700XT do great in 1080 and 1440p. Yes better than the 2060. But who would want to buy it? AMD drivers and software and terrible and cause instabilities in your system. I know because I’ve had 2 systems: one intel and one AMD for the last 5 years. Things like shadow play and the nivida GeForce experience center have to be considered when making the purchase. If you are a person who doesn’t care about software, recording your games or optimizing settings then you can get the 5700. But if you want to do even the slightest game sharing (like streaming) you want nivida. Also the 2070 is $400 and sometimes you can get it with a rebate. Also used market the 1080ti goes for between $350-450 and gives far better performance for the price

  34. As of right now Ray tracing isn't worth it with this gen. Maybe next gen will be better the cards will be further improved upon.

  35. Wow there is so much wrong with this. 😂 Pls get your facts right before sharing guys because now you can be just confusing and misinforming people who maybe aren't as tech savvy. So do it right the first time so everyone can know the right information. Don't use confusing terminology if you trying to simplify stuff. And actually help your subscribers out by giving them the correct information.

  36. This has been the perfect video I have been searching for. Took me 2 weeks to find it. But you finally made my purchase final. Thank you both!

  37. i should have waited for the 5700 xt and the 2070 super… instead I got a vega 64 which – at the time because it had a discoutn – was the obvious choice… Woud I have waited approx half a year longer, I might have gotten a slightly better deal. But you always whine about your choices afterwards, so just b e content with what you heave… FOMO can kill your fun, trust me.

  38. The problem with the 2060 Super is that while it has RTX, it isn't powerful enough to run games with RTX on. Especially if you're talking about future games.

  39. honestly, RTX isn't and shouldn't be directed at gaming until the tech is more mature. It's more for content creators (3D animators) Simply because the performance hit just makes it no more than a gimmick as far as gaming's concerned. While for creators it's a huge boon being able to render higher quality stuff at a faster rate. Down the line when they can get it to work without tanking performance as much as it does (depending on game and card) then it'll be worth it.

  40. Idk how everyone isn't having mad issues with the 5700 and 5700 xt cards.. I've had like 5 different cards of these and every single one of them had driver issues and full system instability and constant crashes, put in an nvidia card not had an issue since.

  41. Rx 5700 has really bad stuttering issues. I just bought the MSI "mech" version. Terrible stutter with high FPS. I traded it in for a 2070…butter smooth.

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