Best Black Friday graphics card deals from Digital Foundry 2019

Deals for each major card, ranked by their position in our GPU Power Ladder.

Here are the best Black Friday deals we've found on a range of popular graphics cards, from budget options ideal for 1080p gaming all the way up to expensive cards designed for high refresh rate monitors, 4K resolutions or both. This is actually a great time to upgrade your PC or build a new one, as we're seeing best-ever prices on a number of popular options like the RX 580, GTX 1660 Super and RTX 2070 Super.

Update (Friday, 5PM GMT): We've added some excellent new UK deals, including the cheapest-ever RX 580 8GB and RTX 2080 Ti!

Note that for each card, we've listed its approximate performance at 1440p compared to the best consumer graphics card on the market, the RTX 2080 Ti, in terms of a percentage. For example, the GTX 1050 Ti, the cheapest card we've featured today, gets frame-rates that are only 22 per cent of those than a RTX 2080 Ti, while the Radeon RX 5700 XT manages frame-rates that are 71 per cent of a RTX 2080 Ti, so we list them as [22%] and [71%], respectively.

This gives you an idea of which cards are faster in general based on our testing of each GPU in nine games at 1440p. (You can read more about each graphics card and how we came up with these figures in the full GPU power ladder article.) Note as well that different variants aren't taken into account, so expect faster and/or cooler performance from models with bigger heatsinks and faster stock clocks. Right, with that out of the way, let'stake a quick look at the power ladder in graphical form and then get onto the deals!

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Best Black Friday graphics card deals 2019

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Best Black Friday 1080p graphics card deals

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1080p remains the most popular resolution for gaming, as picking up a graphics card capable of hitting 60fps in most games is a pretty affordable proposition. The cheapest card listed here is the GTX 1050 Ti, represented here at 110, but moving up to the RX 580 at 125 provides a massive boost in performance, even with the 4GB variant we've highlighted. From here, it's another short jump to the RX 590 at 155, which is capable of stretching to 1440p gaming. Finally, the GTX 1660 Super is the best value for money option, coming in at just over 210 but providing nearly half the frame-rates of the 900+ RTX 2080 Ti.

US deals

The RX 570 remains the best budget graphics card on the market, with the 4GB version costing just $100. Stepping up to the RX 580 8GB costs $45, but provides a pretty decent boost to performance; another $25 gets you the refreshed RX 590. The fastest cards we'd recommend for 1080p gaming is the GTX 1660 Super, which we've found at $200 - substantially better value than the standard GTX 1660 or the old GTX 1660 Ti.

Best Black Friday 1440p graphics card deals

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Once you hit the 250 mark, gaming at 2560x1440 60fps without dropping settings starts to become a possibility. The Vega 56 remains a great value choice at 250, while the RTX 2060 provides the first chance for hardware-accelerated ray tracing and better performance at 280. If you're not interested in RTX and DLSS, then AMD's RX 5700 is the better value card, with the standard model costing 290. The RX 5700 XT is another outstanding value card, particularly the standard variant we spotted at just 340. That's less than most RX 5700 custom cards we spotted while delivering a good chunk of extra performance.

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The RTX 2060 begins our push into 1440p territory, while also adding the option for hardware-accelerated ray tracing for the first time. The RX 5700 is another strong option, costing just $10 more and offering a noticeable boost to performance. The RX 5700 XT is another strong recommendation, and the only card for which we've listed two deals. The first is insanely good - just $290 after cashback on Rakuten - but requires jumping through some hoops. If you can't be bothered, the next best deal is $370 on Newegg with a code.

Best Black Friday 4K graphics card deals

UK deals

Now we're starting to enter the top end and the range of comfortable gaming at 4K 60fps, but there's still a big gap between the cheapest examples - here, an RTX 2070 Super at 450 - and the leading RTX 2080 Ti at 870. If money is no object, we recommend the RTX 2080 Ti Dual OC, which provides much better cooling than the cheaper 2080 Ti model at 1040.

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With the RTX 2070 Super, high refresh rate 1440p and 4K gaming becomes possible. The cheapest card we've found costs $470 after a rebate, providing 76 per cent of the performance of an RTX 2080 Ti. The Radeon 7 is a good choice for content creators, thanks to its 16GB of RAM, while offering about the same amount of overall horsepower as the RTX 2070 Super at $500. The RTX 2080 isn't a great deal at the moment, thanks to the existence of the RTX 2080 Super at just $80 more, while the RTX 2080 Ti remains the top performing consumer card at $1000.

If you prefer, you can also see actual average frame-rates at 1440p below. As before, this is a nine-game average at 1440p with one variant of each card tested at 'ultra' settings or the nearest equivalent, so expect results to vary between games and different cards - this is just a guide. Again, check out the full GPU Power Ladder article for more information.

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There we have it! I hope you've found some great graphics card deals here. We'll keep this up to date as we continue through Black Friday, so please help us out by posting any deals we've missed in the comments below or hitting us up on Twitter - I'm @wsjudd and the whole team can be reached at @digitalfoundry.

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A bizarre British-American hybrid, Will turns caffeine into technology articles through a little-known process called 'writing'. His favourite games are Counter-Strike, StarCraft and Fallout 2.


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