5 Graphics Cards Under $500 For 1440p Gaming


Gaming on 1080p is all fine and dandy, but once you experience 1440p gaming, you don't want to go back. Of course, 4K is even better, but it is also quite heavy on the pockets. When buying a 1440p graphics card, you are not only saving money compared to splurging for 4K, but also futureproofing your rig. Here are five 1440p graphics cards that you may want to consider when looking to upgrade your gaming setup.

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Nvidia RTX 2070 (8GB VRAM)

Nvidia RTX 2070
Nvidia RTX 2070 Photo: Amazon

While Nvidia markets the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti as its flagship graphics cards, the RTX 2070 is no less powerful. Powered by the Turing architecture, 2,304 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1,410MHz, and 8GB of DDR6 VRAM, the RTX 2070 delivers mind-blowing performance. The graphics card is also capable of playing quite a few titles at 4K and is an excellent choice for 1440p gaming. Apart from being an excellent 1440p GPU, the RTX 2070 also comes with Ray Tracing and Nvidia DLSS technologies.

Nvidia GTX 1070 (8GB VRAM)

Nvidia GTX 1070
Nvidia GTX 1070 Photo: Amazon

While being a little on the older side, the GTX 1070 is still a good bang for the buck. The graphics card is capable of running many AAA titles at 1440p without a problem. The GTX 1070 is overall an excellent GPU considering the cost per frame ratio. The GPU offers performance similar to the Titan-X while keeping the price relatively low. If you are looking for a graphics card that can output a steady 60 fps at 1440p resolution, the GTX 1070 has got you covered.

AMD RX 5700 (8GB VRAM)

AMD RX 5700
AMD RX 5700 Photo: Amazon

The AMD RX 5700 is a total powerhouse that is capable of gaming at 1440p with ultra settings on many AAA titles. While being a monster of a GPU, the AMD RX 5700 is on the cheaper side of the cost spectrum. The graphics card comes with 8GB of VRAM when compared to RTX 2060, which falls under the similar pricing bracket and offers 6GB VRAM. The only downside to the RX 5700 is that it does not come with any Ray Tracing technology. Other than that, the GPU is a pure steal for its price. 

Nvidia GTX 1660Ti (6GB VRAM)

Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti
Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti Photo: Amazon

If you are looking for an affordable GPU that does not compromise on performance, the GTX 1660Ti is what you have been looking for. The GTX 1660Ti meets all the requirements of being a capable 1440p graphics card that maintains a steady 60 fps on most titles at ultra settings. Nvidia was able to keep the cost relatively low by leaving out the RTX and DLSS technologies from the GPU. Despite missing these features, the GTX 1660Ti is an excellent performer for the price point.


AMD RX 580
AMD RX 580 Photo: Amazon

The AMD RX 580 is a mid-range graphics card, which is a worthy contender to the GTX 1060. The graphics card is available in 4GB and 8GB VRAM variants and is capable of 1440p gaming on the latest AAA titles. If you are low on budget, but still want a 1440p build, the RX 580 is the right choice for you. 


Final Thoughts

If you are looking to upgrade your gaming setup to something that is capable of handling most of the latest titles at 1440p, the selection of graphics cards listed above should be helpful in deciding a pick for your setup. These graphics card offer phenomenal performance for a relatively low price tag.

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