Best GPU for AMD Ryzen 7 5800X in 2020
AMD's Ryzen 7 5800X is a cracking processor, coming equipped with eight cores and 16 threads. That's more than enough for most uses, including gaming, but this is where a capable GPU is also required. Luckily for you, we've compiled a list of GPUs to use with this CPU, including the best graphics card for the ultimate gaming experience.
Best AMD for 4K
While the Ryzen 7 5800X is a mid-tier CPU from AMD, it's still incredibly powerful. So it's only right that we partner it up with the very best GPU from AMD in the form of the Radeon RX 6900 XT. It's perfect for high fidelity 1440p gaming and even some 4K if you don't mind turning some in-game settings down a little.
ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
Best NVIDIA for 4K
The NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU is a monster of a graphics card. Rocking 10GB of VRAM, it's a little behind some of AMD's offerings, but it more than makes up for this shortfall with far better processing power. If you want the absolute best 4K gaming experience, this is the GPU for you to buy. You'll appreciate the 1725Hz boost if you require additional headroom in-game.
Best AMD for 1440p
If you're seeking something a little more wallet-friendly, look no further than the Radeon RX 6800, which is well suited to 1440p gaming. It may be a slight step down from the RX 6900 XT, but it still has 16GB of RAM and a beefy processor from AMD. It's not quite powerful enough for 4K@60 in most games, but for the Ryzen 7 5800X, it's a solid GPU.
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC
Best NVIDIA for 1440p
Our mid-range pick for NVIDIA is the RTX 3070, taking over our previous favorite GPU for 1440p gaming in the form of the RTX 2060 SUPER. Because it strikes a good balance between performance and cost, you'll be able to enjoy some high-fidelity gaming at a reasonable price.
XFX THICC II Pro AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
Best AMD for 1080p
If you're on a seriously tight budget, you'll want to take a look at the excellent RX 5500 XT. It may come rocking 8GB of GDDR6 RAM, but it's not quite as fast as our other recommendations here. It'll be more than a match for a 1080p monitor, however. You could even push into 1440p gaming.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW ULTRA GAMING
Best NVIDIA for 1080p
The GTX 1660 SUPER is a great GPU, but the RTX 3060 is what you should pick for a truly wild budget gaming PC. This is an exceptional GPU for the price if you have a 1080p monitor. It's part of NVIDIA's 30 series, comes rocking ray tracing, and boasts far more performance than the GTX 1660 SUPER. It may be one of the more affordable 30 cards around, but this thing could even handle some 1440p gaming, so you know it's going to be a good fit for 1080p.
Choosing the right GPU
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We always recommend spending as much as possible on a new GPU. It's always best to spend an extra $100 now rather than a full $300 once again in a few month's time for a new GPU. If you keep eyeing up a 4K monitor, it's a good idea to save a little more and get one of our top GPU picks here. Just be sure to bear in mind screen synchronization tech. Go with an AMD GPU if it's FreeSync or NVIDIA if G-Sync.
If you're all about 1440p or 4K (or you plan to upgrade to UHD at a later date), you should consider the MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT or ASUS TUF Gaming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. These GPUs will do just fine should you be able to locate one in stock at the correct price. Don't provide scalpers any money who manage to buy them at RRP and sell at an inflated price.
It's possible to save money on your GPU without sacrificing too much on performance. The ASRock Radeon RX 6800 and ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC are awesome mid-tier GPUs and are perfect for 1440p gaming. They won't break your bank, nor will they bottleneck the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU. Don't see a GPU here that catches your eye? Have a look at our pick for the overall best graphics card.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.