Best Graphics Card Under 100 Dollars for Gaming

If you ask me what is the strongest gaming graphics card you can get in the market today??, without a doubt, the answer is GeForce GTX Titan Black. The GTX Titan Black itself uses a 384-bit memory interface width and 2880 CUDA cores for its GDDR5 video memory (effective clocked at 7000MHz). Unfortunately, the price of GTX Titan Black is very, very expensive.

But what if i told that you don't really need an expensive graphics card to play most modern games. Radeon HD 6670 for example, with memory bandwidth more than 60000 MB/sec (DDR5 version), it will easily handle a game like Bioshock Infinite. And the good news is, the price of Radeon HD 6670 is really affordable. Well, in this article i will show you some good Nvidia and AMD's Radeon graphics card for gaming under and around 100 dollars, keep reading...

Some tips you must know before you buy a graphics card:

* In order to avoid bottleneck and get the optimal performance of the video cards below, make sure your computer is powered with at least strong quad core processor. (a dual core processor is still good for HD gaming though)

* DDR3 vs DDR5
Get the DDR5 graphics card instead of DDR3 if you want to get better performance in gaming. (the DDR5 version is equipped with faster memory clock and larger bandwidth thus the price is more expensive).

* Make sure you have a good power supply before you buy a graphics card. You need at least 350 or 400 Watt power supply unit in order to run the graphics card below properly.

* If you are only using one monitor, 1 GB graphics card is more than enough for you (and it's cheaper of course).

* List of graphics card manufacturer i recommend: Gigabyte, XFX, ASUS, Sapphire, HIS, MSI, EVGA, Zotac. 

Okay, let's go to the main topic, here are some good graphics card under and around one hundred dollars i recommend:

1. Radeon HD 6570

The HD 6570 is a good entry-level graphics card powered with the Turks GPU. Since its price is really friendly, the Radeon HD 6570 becomes one of the main target of users when building a cheap gaming computer.

Radeon HD 6570 itself uses GPU with 480 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Units, 8 ROP Units and it operates at 650 MHz GPU clock. Well, there are two variants of HD 6570, the DDR3 with 1800 MHz effective memory clock and the DDR5 with 4000 MHz effective memory clock. 

Power Consumption: 50 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 6400 Mpixels/sec  

2. Radeon HD 6670

Radeon HD 6670 offers a great significant improvement over the Radeon HD 5670 it replaces. It's even capable to handle modern games at reasonable resolutions. You can even play Bioshock Infinite at high setting with this graphics card, just like i told you above.

HD 6670 is one of the best choice for you if you are looking for a good low power graphics card for gaming. Since HD 6670 doesn’t need a PCI Express power connector, you can even run it to a PC with 350W PSU.

Power Consumption: 63 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 19200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 6400 Mpixels/sec

Click here to buy Radeon HD 6670 from amazon

3. Radeon R7 250

The R7 250 is powered by Oland XT GPU. The Oland XT itself is a new codename for Cape Verde LE GPU. As we all know, Cape Verde LE is first used on the Radeon HD 7730. As a result it makes the Radeon R7 250's GPU chip has similar specs to the Radeon HD 7730 with 384 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Units, and 8 ROP Units.

Radeon R7 250 is one of the cheapest card from the entire line of Radeon R9/R7 200 graphics cards series. Despite its affordable price, the performance of the R7 250 in gaming can not be underestimated. Well, the R7 250 is a middle-class video card that could be another good option if you are tight on budget but you still want to play new games with good quality settings. Technically, with memory bandwidth about 72000 MB/sec and effective memory clock more than 4000MHz, R7 250 (DDR5 version) is almost as strong as HD 7750.

R7 250 best features

* Microsoft DirectX 11.2

* AMD Mantle
Mantle is AMD's latest APIs that can be used as an alternative to Microsoft's DirectX API. Theoretically, Mantle can make a game run more smoothly because that game is able to take full advantage from the GCN architecture-based graphics card's capabilities.

* Enhanced Anti-Aliasing Quality.

* AMD CrossfireX.

Power Consumption: 65 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 8000 Mpixels/sec

Click here to buy Radeon R7 250 from amazon

4. Nvidia GeForce GT 640

People always compare GeForce GT 640 with Radeon 7750 in terms of peak shader, rasterization throughput and texturing, but GT 640 fails to outrank 7750's memory bandwidth.

GT 640 has a lot of good features like Nvidia Adaptive V Sinc, Blu-ray 3D Support, and new Anti-aliasing mode, FXAA. Unfortunately, GT 640 uses smaller and less powerful graphics processor than the GK104 GPU. It also doesn't  feature NVIDIA's boost clock algorithm which can increase performance if the card is running below the TDP limit.

Overall, GeForce GT 640 is one of the best low-end cards and recommended if you are looking for a cheap gaming card.

Power Consumption:  65 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 14400 Mpixels/sec

Click here to buy Nvidia GeForce GT 640 from amazon

5. Radeon HD 7750

It's the card i'm planning to buy, HD 7750. The graphics card itself is powered with "Cape Verde" GPU, just like its brother, HD 7770.

Radeon HD 7750 is probably the strongest AMD gaming card with the lowest power usage at this time, and it is the right choice for you if you can't afford building an expensive gaming computer.

With this card, you can easily play modern games like Saint Row 3, Sleeping Dog or even Battlefield 3 at max setting.

Power Consumption: 55 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 12800 Mpixels/sec

Click here to buy Radeon HD 7750 from amazon

6. Nvidia GeForce GT 730

The GT 730 comes with three different variants in terms of specifications and it targets gamers with low budget.

Here are the three variants of this video card:
-1GB DDR3, powered with 96 CUDA core.
-2GB DDR3, powered with 384 CUDA core.
-1GB DDR5, powered with 384 CUDA core.

After the release of the GeForce GT 750 with Maxwell architecture for the mid-end market, Nvidia then continued to target the low-end market through the GeForce GT 730. According to the information above, we can see if the GeForce GT 730 is not intended for intense gaming. However, the GT 730 is still worth to get especially the DDR5 version.

Power Consumption: 25 Watts
Memory Bandwidth: 40000 MB/sec
Texel Rate: 14400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate: 7220 Mpixels/sec

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