For a certain section of the populace, Black Friday and Cyber Monday only mean one thing: good deals on graphics cards. We're happy to report that these deals have continued to appear, with retailers on both sides of the Atlantic offering excellent discounted prices on graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia alike. Here are our selections for the best deals available, cross-referenced with our usual graphics card recommendations.
We'll keep this page updated throughout the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping season, so that you won't miss out on any late-breaking deals. Some UK retailers are embracing a "Cyber Week" of deals, so we'll keep updating this as long as deals keep being added!
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UK Cyber Monday 2018 graphics card deals
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This water-cooled Sea Hawk X version of the RTX 2080 should provide significantly better temperatures - and therefore, better sustained performance - than air-cooled graphics cards. The entire assembly is ready to go out of the box, so you don't have to worry about running your own loop or filling it with water or anything like that. You also get Battlefield V for free with the purchase of any RTX graphics card at the moment, courtesy of Nvidia, so you can see that fancy ray tracing in action for yourself. Sweet.
Holy bundle deals, Batman! This version of the RTX 2080 comes with Battlefield V, a £20 code for Steam and a blooming MSI GH70 surround sound headset worth £100. Of course, you also get a graphics card as well, in MSI's triple-fan Gaming X Trio configuration. That should provide excellent cooling, allowing overclocking to wring even higher frame-rates out of this high-end card. If you could use the headset or the Steam code, we reckon this is the best deal going for the RTX 2080.
If you'd prefer a more standard RTX 2080 graphics card, this Zotac AMP! Edition card is a good choice. It has a triple-fan design that should offer good temperatures without too much noise, Spectra lighting and an overclock out of the box. It also comes with a free code for Battlefield V, saving you £55.
The RTX 2070 has been seeing some good deals over in America, but we haven't seen a great discount in the UK... until now! This bundle from Ebuyer includes the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z and a $40 worth of Steam voucher codes - equivalent to a little over 32 quid. It also comes with Battlefield V, which released literally yesterday and is actually quite good.
This is the cheapest RTX 2070 that we've been able to find. It's not quite as powerful or thermally-optimised as the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z above, but it's still an RTX 2070 and many units will be able to overclock to - or beyond - Founders Edition levels. As with other RTX 2070 units from major retailers, you get a free copy of Battlefield V to test out the card's ray tracing capabilities. If you prefer EVGA's Black model - which sports fewer fans, no RGB and no backplate - you can find it on Scan for £1 less once postage is taken into account.
Asus ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 OC for £410 (was £630)
Ebuyer are currently offering the glorious ROG STRIX version of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 at £410, which is the cheapest we can find this card anywhere. The STRIX has an excellent three-fan cooling solution which should be able to keep up with the Vega 64's legendary heat generation and an out-of-the-box overclock that should allow the Vega 64 to challenge the GTX 1080 in terms of performance. With a good CPU, you can expect high frame-rates at 1080p or 1440p, with the option to stretch to 4K in many games too.
MSI GTX 1060 6GB OC for £200 (was £250)
While the RX 580 listed above is technically the better deal, if you're in Nvidia's camp then this GTX 1060 6GB is another good option. It provides good performance at 1080p and can stretch to 1440p as well if you are willing to turn down a few key settings. This MSI model includes a good cooling solution as well, so you may well be able to wring some extra performance out of the card by overclocking.
We reckon that the RX 580 is the best graphics card available for 1080p gaming, as it offers better performance than the GTX 1060, allows access to cheap FreeSync monitors (rather than expensive G-Sync ones) and is surprisingly cheap too. The current best price we've found is over on Ebuyer, where they're offering the Powercolor Red Dragon card for under £200.
MSI Radeon RX 570 Armor 8GB for £159 (was £210)
This RX 570 is available for £50 off from Overclockers, making it a good choice for 1080p gaming on a budget. This is the MSI Armor version of the card, which offers quite decent cooling to allow for a little overclocking headroom. It also comes with 8GB of GDDR5, so it should remain quite viable even in newer games that tend to have inflated VRAM requirements.
USA Cyber Monday 2018 graphics card deals
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MSI RTX 2070 Duke OC + Battlefield V - $530 (was $590)
The RTX 2070 offers the same or better performance than the GTX 1080, i.e. it works excellently at 1440p and can stretch to 4K. It also supports new RTX features, like real-time ray tracing and DLSS, which could unlock significantly higher frame-rates in supported games down the line. This is a very good price for the 2070 - especially given a new $20 rebate card - so I'd recommend jumping on it while you can.
The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB is the most popular gaming GPU in the world - according to Steam, anyway. Get one of the best 1080p graphics cards at a decent price here - and get a copy of Monster Hunter World for free. This card is currently sold out, but stock is expected soon and you can still place an order at this deal price.
Asus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Cerberus - $155 (was $200)
Here's the best deal we've found thus far on the fastest budget gaming GPU. This Asus Cerberus version looks pretty cool, too, with a black-and-red look that should blend in with a lot of other gaming PC components.
The RX 570 can overclock to nearly the same performance levels as a stock RX 580, making it a good choice for 1080p gaming on a budget. This card from Powercolor offers decent cooling at a very attractive price - just $150. You also get two free games from AMD, a $99 value.
Cyber Monday 2018 graphics card buying guide
First of all, check out our guide to the best graphics cards for 2018 - we've got all of the recommendations that you need right there, as well as some useful information on understanding the jargon that surrounds video cards and what else you'll need to get a great gaming PC running.
Choosing the right graphics card is important because this is the component that does most of the heavy lifting that brings your games to life. Graphics hardware capable of easily running triple-A titles starts at around the £120/$120 mark, with Nvidia's GTX 1050 and AMD's RX 560 offering (on paper at least) significantly more graphics processing horsepower than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That means that every major multi-platform title should run at least with ballpark equivalent performance. From there, it's all about paying more and scaling up, with RX 580 being our choice for the best 1080p GPU and the RTX 2080 Ti standing tall as the best of the best - and the most viable video card for 4K gaming at 60 frames per second without making graphical fidelity sacrifices.
It's important to avoid building a bottle-necked system, so you should aim to pair your video card of choice with a suitably powerful CPU, RAM and other components. We generally recommend system builders aim for 8GB of system RAM, with 16GB being a worthwhile upgrade. If you're using an AMD Ryzen or a mainstream Intel CPU, using two RAM modules in dual channel mode gives you better performance. Your choice of processor is also crucial to building a balanced system. AMD's Ryzen 5 and Intel's Core i5 are the price/performance champions for 60fps gaming, but if you're looking to run the latest games at the highest possible frame-rates on a high refresh rate display, we would recommend the Intel Core i7 8700K or its successors. You can take a look at some of the best Black Friday CPU deals here.
We're adding more Black Friday deals as we speak - check back for updates later!