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

January 24, 2020

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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thank you for being here and ask answering these questions with me Brad
any time yeah and thank you we will see you later

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