Best Graphics Card for Age of Empires 4 in 2021

Age Of Empires 4
Age Of Empires 4 (Image credit: Microsoft)

Age of Empires 4 system requirements haven't solidified yet, but we do know the game will run on a wide range of hardware (including integrated graphics). If you want the best experience possible, you will want one of the best graphics card (GPU) options available. They aren't easy to come by right now, but you can start shopping around with this collection of great hardware.

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Age of Empires 4 is expected to release Fall 2021. Due to the current GPU landscape, you probably want to start looking for required upgrades now. Microsoft still hasn't released definitive system requirements, though developers have stated the game will run on a wide range of hardware, including integrated graphics. That means any of the above dedicated GPUs should have no trouble handling the game.

You can always go with a pre-built — we have roundups of the best gaming laptops and the best gaming desktop PCs — but those looking to build their own PC will need a GPU.

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is expensive, but it's going to crush 1440p and 4K gaming. If you'd like to spend less, the NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti is also great for 1080p and 1440p gaming. NVIDIA is ahead of AMD with its ray tracing and DLSS technologies, though it's not clear if Age of Empires 4 will support them. In any case, you're setting yourself up well for a whole lot of other great PC games at the same time.

Prices are all over the place when you can even find some stock, so be sure to shop carefully. Our guides on where to buy AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards and where to buy NVIDIA RTX 30-series graphics cards might be able to help.

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