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Best AMD graphics cards 2022: see what Team Red brings to game

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Let’s take a look at the best AMD graphics cards, so you can nail down the most ideal one for your needs. (Image credit: Future)

The best AMD graphics cards are incredibly attractive propositions to everyone, not just gamers on a budget. Although AMD GPUs are still very much affordable, Team Red has also started releasing high-range graphics cards for gamers with more demanding gaming demands, finally establishing itself as a worthy rival to Nvidia. 

Now with an impressive lineup across the GPU market – many of them making it in our best graphics cards list – AMD isn't just giving Nvidia GPUs (opens in new tab) a good run for their money. More importantly, it's offering consumers more options to choose from, no matter their needs. Better yet, those options are largely more affordable as well, which is exactly what we need with this current inflation that's affecting most of us.

And, since we've tested quite a few of them in the recent years and most of the newer models that came out, we've narrowed down the list to the best. Whether you need something for video editing, playing the latest PC games, or creating 3D designs, you'll find some thing from our top picks of the best AMD graphics cards.

The best AMD graphics cards 2022

AMD Radeon RX 6800 against a white background

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1. AMD Radeon RX 6800

AMD's return to the high-end graphics card market

Specifications

Stream Processors: 3,840
Core Clock: 1,815 MHz (2,105 MHz boost)
Memory: 16GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 16Gbps
Power Connectors: 2 x 8 pin
Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, 1 x HDMI 2.1 VRR and FRL

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance
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Finally, AMD ray tracing
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Low power consumption

Reasons to avoid

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Ray tracing performance behind the competition
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More expensive than RTX 3070

Nvidia no longer sits uncontested in the high-end market, with AMD making a grand comeback with the AMD Radeon RX 6800. Going head to head with Nvidia’s RTX 3070 in 4K gaming, this GPU also brings AMD ray tracing to the table, although it isn’t quite as good as Nvidia’s at 4K. Still, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 is more than able to deliver a solid 4K 60 fps experience, and ray tracing at 1440p is impressive.

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 6800

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT against a white background

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2. AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

Another high-end swing from AMD

Specifications

Stream Processors: 2,560
Core Clock: 2.32 GHz (2.58 GHz boost)
Memory: 12GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 16 Gbps
Power Connectors: 8 pin + 6 pin
Outputs: HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC

Reasons to buy

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Excellent 1440p performance
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Ray tracing
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Lightweight card with no sag

Reasons to avoid

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Ray tracing performance is weak
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No FidelityFX Super Resolution

Those comfortable messing with your BIOS and looking for a 1440p graphics card that’s slightly more accessible, price-wise, will appreciate AMD’s latest high-end offering. This Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti rival delivers a solid 1440p performance with ray tracing to boot. It comes at the right time as well, with 1440p gaming monitors’ growing popularity. Its price is a bit closer to the more powerful RTX 3070, but if you’re an AMD fan, it’s still an excellent contender.

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT against a white background

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3. AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

A 1080p powerhouse

Specifications

Stream processors: 2,048
Core clock: 1,968
Memory: 8GB GDDR6
Memory clock: 16Gbps
Power connectors: 1 x 8-pin
Outputs: 1.4 with DSC DisplayPort, HDMI 2.1 VRR and FRL

Reasons to buy

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Strong 1080p performance
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Great thermal efficiency
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Low power consumption

Reasons to avoid

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Should be cheaper
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Only slightly better than the RTX 3060

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is the perfect solution to get top-notch 1080p performance. On top of that, it doesn’t use a lot of power so you can install it in a system with a smaller power supply. It also has great thermal efficiency so you don’t need a super expensive water cooling system built into your PC. Sadly,  it is a bit pricier than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, its direct competition, and doesn’t come with ray tracing.

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT against a white background

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4. AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Best 1440p AMD graphics card

Specifications

Stream Processors: 2,560
Core Clock: 1,605 MHz (1,905 MHz boost)
Memory: 8GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 14Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin and 1 x 6-pin
Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, 1 x HDMI with 4K60 Support

Reasons to buy

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Excellent 1440p gaming performance
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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No ray tracing

If you’ve got a lot of cash to spare, splurging a little on the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT might be a sound investment. This graphics card directly rivals the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 in terms of performance, and like the cheaper Radeon RX 5700, this one is a true powerhouse, giving you excellent 1440p gaming at the highest settings. The only reason that it’s not higher on our AMD graphics cards list is its price. It could be cheaper, especially since the Super RTX cards that Nvidia just rolled out.

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Radeon RX 6800 XT against a white background

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5. Radeon RX 6800 XT

Best 4K graphics card

Specifications

Stream Processors: 4,608
Core Clock: 2,015 MHz (2,250 MHz boost)
Memory: 16GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 16Gbps
Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin
Outputs: DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, HDMI 2.1 VRR and FRL

Reasons to buy

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Ray tracing for AMD
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Strong DX11 performance

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't dethrone Nvidia

It’s been a while since Nvidia has been given a proper challenge in the high-end sphere. But with AMD rolling out its Radeon RX 6800 XT, Team Green is seeing a decent contender, one that delivers a solid performance in DirectX 11 games and may be unlocked for a 10% extra juice if you dig around in your BIOS. This doesn’t exactly knock Nvidia off its premium throne, but it’s a promising start to what could be AMD’s epic revival in the high-end GPU market.

Read the full review: Radeon RX 6800 XT

AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT against a white background

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6. AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT

AMD Navi hits the budget segment

Specifications

Stream Processors: 1,408
Core Clock: 1,717 MHz (1,845 MHz boost)
Memory: 8GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 14Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pincompu
Outputs: 1.4 with DSC, 4K60 HDMI Support

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Solid 1080p performance for the price

Reasons to avoid

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Not particularly exciting
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Struggles in demanding 1080p games

Designed with 1080p gaming in mind, the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT is plenty powerful for gamers on the budget. Sure, it isn’t the most powerful graphics card out there, but it’s powerful enough for its price point, and an easy choice when put up against the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 for the value. With this GPU, you can run most games at 60fps, though it might struggle with extremely demanding titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Metro Exodus. If you want the best budget option for 1080p, this is one of the best AMD graphics cards for you.

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT

MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X against a white background

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7. MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X

Great but pricey

Specifications

Stream Processors: 2,560
Core Clock: 2,514 MHz (2,622 MHz boost)
Memory: 12GB GDDR6
Memory Clock: 16Gbps Power
Connectors: 8-pin x 2
Outputs: DisplayPort v1.4 x 3, HDMI x 1

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance
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Stays cool

Reasons to avoid

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Obnoxiously expensive

Only those with deep pockets would want to go for this Radeon RX 6700 XT from MSI. This GPU impresses, delivering at most 4% faster than AMD’s version. Expect solid 1440p performance on max settings and a whole lot of esports-worthy 1080p power. To top that off, it stays cool under pressure and looks nice. It’s hard to recommend to everyone due to its price, but if you have the money, it might just be worth it for you.

Read the full review: MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X 

AMD Radeon RX 570 against a white background

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8. AMD Radeon RX 570

Best mid-range AMD graphics card

Specifications

Stream Processors: 2,048
Core Clock: 1,168MHz (1,244MHz boost)
Memory: Up to 8GB GDDR5
Memory Clock: 7Gbps
Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DVI

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Good gaming performance

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most powerful

It’s in the mid-range level where AMD traditionally shines, and the Radeon RX 570 is a perfect example of why. This is an extremely affordable AMD graphics card, but one that’s capable of running many AAA PC titles at high settings and still reach 60 fps. It’s not quite as powerful as the AMD Radeon RX 590, but you’re saving quite a bit of cash for an impressive performance. Just remember to go for an 8GB model, rather than the 4GB.

MSI Aero Radeon RX 560 against a white background

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9. AMD Radeon RX 560

Best budget AMD graphics card

Specifications

Stream Processors: Up to 1,024
Core Clock: 1,175MHz (1,275MHz boost)
Memory: Up to 4GB GDDR5
Memory Clock: 7Gbps
Power Connectors: N/A
Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DVI

Reasons to buy

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Extremely affordable
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Don't need external power

Reasons to avoid

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Not too powerful

If you’re on a budget, picking up a pricey graphics card doesn’t really make a lot of sense – especially when there are a few budget AMD graphics cards out there. Take the AMD Radeon RX 560, for example. We’ll be straight with you – this is not the most powerful GPU on hand right now. However, when you’re spending as little as a hundred bucks in the US, it’s hard to complain.

You might also want to check out the best cheap graphics cards (opens in new tab).

Jackie Thomas
Jackie Thomas

Jackie Thomas is Deputy Editor at Decisionary. Previously, she was TechRadar's US computing editor. She is fat, queer and extremely online. Computers are the devil, but she just happens to be a satanist. If you need to know anything about computing components, PC gaming or the best laptop on the market, don't be afraid to drop her a line on Twitter or through email.