Best GPU for AMD Ryzen 9 3950X in 2020

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

The Ryzen 9 3950X from AMD is one powerful CPU, packing 16 cores and 32 threads. Pairing this incredible piece of kit with a decent GPU is a sure way to create quite the capable gaming PC. We've rounded up the best GPUs to pair with the Ryzen 9 3950X, depending on your budget and monitor resolution.


EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Ultra Gaming

Best NVIDIA for 4K

The RTX 2080 Ti from NVIDIA is an incredible GPU. It may cost more than complete PC builds, but there's an excellent reason for that. It's capable of genuinely spectacular 4K gaming, especially when partnered with a CPU like the AMD Ryen 9 3950X.

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Should you be rocking a monitor with FreeSync, you'll want to pick up an AMD GPU. The same goes for G-Sync and NVIDIA graphics cards. Then it's a case of what resolution you play at and how much you have available to splash out. If we were to recommend a new GPU right now, it would be the XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT RAW II or EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Ultra Gaming. They're the most expensive on our list, but are by far the greatest GPUs.

If you're on a tight budget, are working from home, or have a 1080p display, the GTX 1660 SUPER or RX 5500 XT are great options. They will struggle to run some games on max settings and you will need to buy a better GPU — like something from our best graphics card roundup — if you upgrade to a 1440p display, but they're great entry-level gaming cards.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

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.