The Cyber Monday graphics card deals are here, but they have a catch. Nvidia is fresh off of its 40-series and AMD is about to drop its RX 7900 XT/X cards. The discounts for Cyber Monday have to be good enough to warrant going with a last-gen card this close to the release of their successors. The Black Friday GPU deals (opens in new tab) showed us that AMD is the best choice for price drops at the moment, but once you start aiming for high-end cards, the prices make waiting a viable option.
The RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) and the RTX 4080 (opens in new tab) have recently released, and the newly announced RX 7900 XT/X (opens in new tab) cards landing in December, and they’re the reasons why recommending a higher price card is so difficult right now.
Lower down the stack, however, and there are finally some genuinely good mainstream discounts. The $260 RX 6650 XT at Newegg (opens in new tab) is a prime example of where AMD rules the roost over Nvidia. That’s a Radeon card that is quicker than the RTX 3060 and yet is cheaper than any last gen Nvidia card around.
Down at this more mainstream end of the GPU market it’s much easier to deal. There is currently no indication how far into 2023 we’re going to get before either the red or green teams launch their affordable new graphics cards. Which means you can be pretty confident in a mainstream GPU purchase this deals season.
It’s important not to get blinded by needless tribalism when you’re after the fastest graphics card for your gaming PC. If you’re unsure of where a card might stack up in the GPU performance league, our benchmark guide below should give you a rough idea of how they line up.
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Graphics card hierarchy
Every new GPU generation offers new features and possibilities. But rasterized rendering is still the most important metric for general gaming performance across the PC gaming world. Sure, Nvidia GPUs might well be better at the ray tracing benchmarks they more or less instigated, but when it comes to standard gaming performance AMD’s latest line up can certainly keep pace.
It’s also worth noting that the previous generation of graphics cards do still have something to offer, with something like the GTX 1650 Super able to outpace a more modern RTX 3050 in most benchmarks.
We’re not saying you should buy an older card in 2022, but it’s worth knowing where your current GPU stacks up, or just knowing the lie of the land. But there is also the fact there will be gaming rigs on sale with older graphics cards over the next few days, and if they’re cheap enough they may still be worth a punt as a cheap entry into PC gaming.
We’ve benchmarked all the latest GPUs of this generation, and have tracked their performance against the previous generation in terms of 3DMark Time Spy Extreme scores. Where we don’t have the referential numbers for an older card we have used the average index score from the UL database. These figures track alongside an aggregated 1440p frame rate score from across our suite of benchmarks.
Here’s a list of the manufacturer set retail prices (MSRP), or recommended retail price (RRP), for most the latest graphics cards. For the most part, these are the set prices for the stock or reference versions of these cards, if applicable, and not representative of overclocked or third-party graphics cards, which may well be priced higher.
- RTX 4090 – $1,599 | £1,699
- RTX 4080 16GB – $1,199 | £1,269
- RTX 3090 Ti – $1,999 | ~£1,999
- RTX 3090 – $1,499 | £1,399
- RTX 3080 Ti – $1,199 | £1,049
- RTX 3080 – $699 | £649
- RTX 3070 Ti – $599 | £529
- RTX 3070 – $499 | £469
- RTX 3060 Ti – $399 | £349
- RTX 3060 – $329 | £299
- RTX 3050 – $249 | £239
- RX 6950 XT – $1,099 | ~£1,060
- RX 6900 XT – $999 | ~£770
- RX 6800 XT – $649 | ~£600
- RX 6800 – $579 | ~£530
- RX 6750 XT – $549 | ~£530
- RX 6700 XT – $479 | ~£420
- RX 6650 XT – $399 | ~£389
- RX 6600 XT – $379 | ~£320
- RX 6600 – $329 | ~£299
- RX 6500 XT – $199 | ~£180
When is Cyber Monday 2022?
Cyber Monday is set for November 28, 2022, trawling Black Friday like a lovesick puppy. The temptation is to look at Cyber Monday like the unwanted sibling of Black Friday, with just the dregs left on offer. But while it’s still going to be tough to get the goods shipped ahead of Christmas, retailers will often have a stock of great deals set aside for Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday also kicks off Cyber Week, where you may find a bunch of other deals on PC hardware to stretch out the sales season.