Skip to main content

AMD graphics cards: the best AMD GPUs you can buy today

Included in this guide:

AMD Graphics card on a table
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)
PRICE
VERDICT
REASONS TO BUY
REASONS TO AVOID
VERDICT
REASONS TO BUY
REASONS TO AVOID

The best AMD graphics cards are the ideal way to go for budget-minded shoppers needing a new GPU for your PC or new PC build. That’s especially true right now thanks to deals popping up in advance of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They’re more than just more affordable options to Nvidia’s GPUs, though. AMD’s best offerings actually rival Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series graphics cards in terms of performance and even fans of Nvidia should take a second look.

There’s plenty of value to be had here, thanks to that balance of price and performance. In fact, you can see how these GPUs slightly outperform their Nvidia alternatives in our recent Resident Evil Village tests, though that’s without ray tracing. And, while Nvidia has put out its own more affordable cards such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, AMD is still the one to beat when it comes to value.

The top AMD graphics cards are incredibly attractive to budget-conscious gamers and creative professionals and for good reason. No matter what your budget or need, you’ll find an AMD GPU for your needs, whether you’re doing some video editing, playing the latest PC games, or creating 3D designs. From the affordable Radeon RX5700 XT to Radeon RX 6800 XT and the AMD Radeon RX 6800, here are our top picks.

The best AMD GPUs at a glance

  1. AMD Radeon RX 6800
  2. AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
  3. AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 
  4. AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
  5. AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
  6. AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
  7. MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X 
  8. AMD Radeon RX 570
  9. MSI Aero Radeon RX 560

AMD Radeon RX 6800 against a white background

(Image credit: AMD)

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
+Excellent performance+Finally, AMD ray tracing+Low power consumption
Reasons to avoid
-Ray tracing performance behind the competition-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

(Image credit: AMD)

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
+Excellent 1440p performance+Ray tracing+Lightweight card with no sag
Reasons to avoid
-Ray tracing performance is weak-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

(Image credit: AMD)

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
+Strong 1080p performance+Great thermal efficiency+Low power consumption
Reasons to avoid
-Should be cheaper-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

(Image credit: AMD)

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
+Excellent 1440p gaming performance+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-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

(Image credit: AMD)

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
+Ray tracing for AMD+Strong DX11 performance
Reasons to avoid
-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

(Image credit: AMD)

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
+Affordable+Solid 1080p performance for the price
Reasons to avoid
-Not particularly exciting-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

(Image credit: MSI)

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
+Excellent performance+Stays cool
Reasons to avoid
-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

(Image credit: AMD)

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
+Affordable+Good gaming performance
Reasons to avoid
-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

(Image credit: MSI)

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
+Extremely affordable+Don't need external power
Reasons to avoid
-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.

Jackie Thomas

Jackie Thomas (Twitter) is 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.