Value for money, tips before you buy and more

Shortly before Easter, we have again prepared a graphics card buying advice for you. For a while now, Tuesdays and Fridays, we have also been offering you news articles with current offers on graphics cards, which are available at our partner stores at relatively low prices. There you will usually find at least 60 models from the 6000 and 3000 series from AMD and Nvidia, which now start at around 220 euros.

Today’s special is about a price-performance rating of the graphics card series currently available, so you know exactly which graphics cards currently fit your available budget, or how much you need to find a good one for your purposes in order to achieve performance. Price developments in recent months are also an issue, but we also provide some general buying advice. As a little Easter egg, we will end our article with a table showing you the total price of some recommended graphics cards combined with gaming CPUs from different price ranges if you are planning a major upgrade or a new PC purchase.


Graphics Card: Set a budget

Before buying a graphics card, you should clarify a few things. The most important thing, of course, is the budget. Depending on your budget, you can ultimately say very precisely which series of graphics cards are best in terms of value for money. However, it may well be that you set a certain budget and are not even aware that an additional 50 to 100 euros can give you a greater benefit. So also look at graphics cards that are actually a little too expensive for you. You can decide to wait a little longer or scrape a little more money together.





The RX 6900 XT from AMD is a top graphics card from 1150 euros with an acceptable price-performance ratio compared to the Nvidia competition - but many gamers can also enjoy a lot cheaper.



The RX 6900 XT from AMD is a top graphics card from 1150 euros with an acceptable price-performance ratio compared to the Nvidia competition – but many gamers can also enjoy a lot cheaper.

Source: PC Games Hardware




But you also have to be careful the other way around: it is possible that you have a fairly high budget and completely ignore the fact that you can easily save 100 euros or more and only lose a little bit of performance. Some stubbornly buy the strongest current graphics card, even though they do not actually need its performance enhancement compared to a much cheaper graphics card – without wanting to anticipate too much, but an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3800 or AMD Radeon RX 3080 for each from. 950 Euro is enough in itself for ambitious gamers for a while – the new Nvidia flagship GeForce RTX 3090 Ti adds 25 percent performance here, but costs almost 2.5 times as much. The argument is so often that one would like to keep the card for a long time. Overall, though, it might be better in terms of value for money to buy two decent cards instead of one advanced card. In our example: Due to a 25 percent increase in performance, a graphics card does not last two to three years longer. If an RTX 3080 at one point only reaches 30 FPS with a new game, the RTX 3090 Ti will not achieve 60 FPS or more, but instead almost 40 FPS.

However, unpredictable price trends, as there have been for graphics cards since the fall of 2020 (more on that later), could ruin such a plan. For example, if you only bought a GeForce RTX 2070 in 2019 instead of a GeForce RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti, which was available for around 500 to 550 euros at the time, you would not get an increase for the same price today – only RTX 3060 Ten, which costs 600 euros, provides a benefit increase, which is then only about 20 percent.

Graphics card: length

The length of the graphics card is also important. For some powerful, modern models can be more than 28, sometimes more than 30 inches long.





At a full 33.5 centimeters, the RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti models from MSI's Suprim series are particularly long.



At a full 33.5 centimeters, the RTX 3070 and 3070 Ti models from MSI’s Suprim series are particularly long.

Source: PC Games Hardware




On the one hand, the printed circuit board on a top graphics card is already quite long, and on the other hand, the manufacturers want to offer good cooling, and this is achieved with a large cooling volume. Since most graphics cards have a height of two slots, some also two and a half, which is why they are considered 3-slot models, the cooler spreads above all in the area and thus also in the length. So make sure the model you want fits in your PC case. You can find information on the maximum possible graphics card length from the cabinet manufacturer, although as a precaution you should allow a buffer of 0.5 to 1.0 centimeters to get some play during installation. If you do not find any information, measure yourself, from the slot brackets on the back of the case to the front up to the point where the graphics card could hit somewhere.

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