GPU (video card) guide. GPU Manufacturer Tier List

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  1. PsychoRealm

    PsychoRealm Australian Skial God Contributor

    Steam:

    There's a comprehensive article by Woosung Koh who spent a lot of time reviewing feedbacks, benchmarks, performance reviews and technical reviews for different GPUs and different brands.

    Then he organized them in tiers for each GPU. Tier 1 is the best performance/price coefficient. Big kudos to him for hard work and research.

    Full article may be found HERE.


    BIOM Tech
    Directed By Woosung Koh
    Guides & Tutorials

    GeForce GTX GPU's


    GTX Titan X
    Note: Excludes Criteria A & B
    Author's Recommendation:

    Tier 1

    EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB HYBRID
    Backplate: Yes / Years Base Clock: 1152 Mhz / Cooling: EVGA Hybrid

    EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB SuperClocked
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1127 Mhz / Cooling: SC Blower
    Note: May Face Overheating Issues

    Inno3D GeForce GTX Titan X iChill
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1102 Mhz / Cooling: Accelero Hybrid S

    ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN X ArcticStorm
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1026 Mhz / Cooling: ArcticStorm Hybrid

    Tier 2

    Asus GTX TITANX-12GD5
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN X
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    Zotac GeForce GTX TITAN X
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    MSI NTITAN X 12GD5
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    Inno3D GeForce GTX Titan X
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    GainWard GeForce GTX TITAN X
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    Galax GeForce GTX TITAN X
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    Colorful GeForce GTX TITAN X
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    Palit GeForce GTX TITAN X
    Backplate: Stock / Base Clock: 1000 Mhz / Cooling: Blower

    GTX 980 Ti
    Author's Recommendation:
    Spoiler

    Tier 1

    Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti STRIX OC
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1216 Mhz / Cooling: Direct CU III
    Note: Outstanding Quality Components.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Classified
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1190 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0+
    Note: Outstanding Quality Components. Great Core Overclocking.

    Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti Amp! Extreme
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1253 Mhz / Cooling: Triple 90mm IceStorm
    Note: Must Register Product 14 Days After Purchase To Receive An Additional Year Of Warranty. Better VRAM Overclocking Than STRIX OC.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti HYBRID
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1140 Mhz / Cooling: EVGA Hybrid
    Note: Hose May Be Shorter Than Expected.

    Tier 2

    Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 Ti iChill
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1178 Mhz / Cooling: Accelero Hybrid S
    Note: Takes Up 3 PCI Slots. Excellent Overclocking.

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1190 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 3X

    MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6G OC
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1178 Mhz / Cooling: Twin Frozr V
    Note: Excellent Cooling.

    Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti Amp! Omega
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1178 Mhz / Cooling: Triple 90mm IceStorm
    Customer's Warning: Takes Up 3 PCI Slots

    Tier 3

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SuperClocked+
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1102 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0+

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti OC 6GD
    Blackplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1102 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 3X

    Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti Amp!
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1051 Mhz / Cooling: Triple 90mm IceStorm

    Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 Ti OC
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1038 Mhz / Cooling: HerculeZ X3

    GTX 980
    Author's Recommendation:
    Spoiler

    Tier 1

    Asus GeForce GTX 980 20th Anniversary Gold Edition
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1317 Mhz / Cooling: Direct CU II
    Note: Outstanding Component Quality.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 KingPin
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1304Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0+
    Note: Outstanding Component Quality.

    Galax GeForce GTX 980 Hall Of Fame
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1266 Mhz / Cooling: Triple Force
    Note: Excellent Core Overclocking.

    Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Amp! Extreme
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1291Mhz / Cooling: Triple-fan IceStorm w/ Carbon ExoArmor
    Note: Great Core Overclocking.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1291 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0
    Note: Outstanding Overclocking On Core & VRAM

    Tier 2

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1253 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 3X
    Note: Great Overclocking On Core & VRAM. Slightly Louder Than Other Models.

    Inno3D GeForce GTX 980 HerculeZ X4
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1266 Mhz / Cooling: X4 Air Boss + A.P.C.S

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 FTW
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1279 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0

    PNY GeForce GTX 980 OC XLR8 Pro
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1228 Mhz / Cooling: XLR8 Pro
    Note: Great Core Overclocking.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 SuperClocked
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1266 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0

    Asus GeForce GTX 980 ROG MATRIX
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1241 Mhz / Cooling: Direct CU II

    MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1216 Mhz / Cooling: Twin Frozr V

    Asus GeForce GTX 980 POSEIDEN
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1178 Mhz / Cooling: Direct CU H20
    Note: Water Cooling Compatible. Slightly More Power Hungry Compared To Other Models.

    Tier 3

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 OC 4GD
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1203 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 3X

    Asus GeForce GTX 980 STRIX
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1178 Mhz / Cooling: Direct CU II

    EVGA GeForce GTX 980 ACX 2.0
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1126 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0

    Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Amp!
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1165 Mhz / Cooling: Triple Fan Cooler

    MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1152 Mhz / Cooling: Twin Frozr V

    GTX 970
    Author's Recommendation:

    Tier 1

    Galax GeForce GTX 970 Hall Of Fame
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1228 Mhz / Cooling: Triple Force

    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 FTW+
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1216 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0+
    Note: Slightly Better Overclocking Than Amp! Extreme Core, Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate's Are Great Quality.

    Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Amp! Extreme
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1203 Mhz / Cooling: Triple-fan IceStorm w/ Carbon ExoArmor
    Note: Maximum Overclocking Is As Good Or Better Than The Amp! Extreme Core, This Is Recommended If The Price Of The Amp! Extreme < Amp! Extreme Core

    Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Amp! Extreme Core
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1228 Mhz / Cooling: Triple-fan IceStorm w/ Carbon ExoArmor
    Note: Maximum Overclock Is Not As Good As Hall Of Fame, Most Likely Because Component's Used Are Not As Excellent As The Hall Of Fame & The PCB Was Not As Top Quality As The Hall Of Fame

    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 FTW
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1216 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0
    Note: Does Not Overclock As Well As The FTW+, Slightly Louder Than Other Models, However It Is Still Very Quiet.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1190 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0+
    Note: Overclock's GPU Memory Much Better Than FTW, Almost Identical Quality To FTW+. Maximum Boost Clock Is Lower Than FTW.

    Tier 2

    Galax GeForce GTX 970 EXOC
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1164 Mhz / Cooling: Silence Extreme
    Note: Slightly Better Gaming Performance Compared To G1 Gaming Before Both Are Overclocked. Great Cooling.

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1208 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 3X
    Note: Excellent Cooling

    Tier 3

    EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SuperClocked
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1165 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0
    Note: Overclock's GPU Memory Much Better Than FTW, Almost Identical Quality To FTW+. Maximum Boost Clock After Overclocked Is Lower Than FTW.

    Zotac GeForce GTX 970 Amp! Omega Core
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1102 Mhz / Cooling: Dual-fan IceStorm w/ ExoArmor
    Note: Good VRAM Overclocking.

    MSI GeForce GTX 970 100 Million Edition
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1140 Mhz / Cooling: Twin Frozr V
    Note: Basically MSI Gaming Edition + Backplate + Color Change

    MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1140 Mhz / Cooling: Twin Frozr V
    Note: Hotter Core Compared To G1 Gaming. Good VRAM Overclocking.

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 OC 4GD
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1149 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 3X

    Palit GeForce GTX 970 JetStream
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1152 Mhz / Cooling: JetStream
    Note: Worse Overclocking Compared To SuperClocked. Build Quality Is Not Good.

    Asus GeForce GTX 970 STRIX
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1114 Mhz / Cooling: DirectCU II
    Note: Overclocks Slightly Less Than MSI Gaming 4G.

    MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GD5T OC
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1102 Mhz / Cooling: Armor 2X
    Note: Components Are Solid, However Cooling On Everything Except Core Is Not As Good As Gaming 4G.

    GTX 960
    Author's Recommendation:
    Spoiler

    Note: Backplate Requirements Do Not Apply.

    Tier 1

    EVGA GeForce GTX 960 FTW+
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1304 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0+
    Note: Great Quality, Great Component Cooling.

    Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super Jetstream
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1279 Mhz / Cooling: Super Jetstream
    Note: Great Core Overclocking. Great Memory Overclocking.

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1266 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 3X
    Note: Great Core Clock After Overclocking. Great Memory Overclocking.

    EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1279 Mhz / Cooling: ACX 2.0+
    Note: Great Quality, Great Component Cooling.

    PNY GeForce GTX 960 XLR8 Elite
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1304 Mhz / Cooling: Elite Dual Fan

    Asus GeForce GTX 960 STRIX OC
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1291 Mhz / Cooling: Dual Fan
    Note: Great Core Overclocking, Great Memory Overclocking.

    MSI GeForce GTX 960 Gaming 2G
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1241 Mhz / Cooling: TwinFrozr V
    Note: Basically MSI Gaming 2G + Backplate.

    MSI GeForce GTX 960 Gaming 2G
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1241 Mhz / Cooling: TwinFrozr V
    Note: Great Core Overclocking, Great Memory Overclocking. Before Overclocking Perform Is Slightly Lacking Compared To Other Tier 1's.

    AsusGeForce GTX 960 DC2OC Black Edition
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1279 Mhz / Cooling: DirectCU II

    Tier 2

    Zotac GeForce GTX 960 Amp! Edition
    Backplate: Yes / Base Clock: 1266 Mhz / Cooling: Dual Fan
    Note: Good Power Efficiency. Poor Memory Overclocking.

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 WF 2GD
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1152 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 2X

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 OC 2GD Rev 1.0
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1216 Mhz / Cooling: WindForce 2X

    MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GD5T OC
    Backplate: N/A / Base Clock: 1178 Mhz / Cooling: Armor 2X
     
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