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Best AMD graphics card 2023

How we choose the best AMD graphics card

Choosing the right components for our best of guides is always hard, no matter if it’s a guide to the best gaming GPU or the best gaming headsets.

It requires hours of product research, performance benchmarking, and user feedback to get anywhere close to a definitive conclusion on what to use.

If you aren’t tech-savvy and struggle to put time aside to go through the above requirements, you may end up purchasing a GPU that simply isn’t right for you, or whatever task you want to use your graphics card for.

Fear not though, friends! Here at WePC, we like to take the stress of research away and transform the whole process into an easy-to-follow, complete buyer’s guide. That’s right, our team of PC enthusiasts has done all the hard work for you!

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How we test

Testing the products we recommend is a huge part of the overall selection process in our best of guides. It’s a way to make sure what we recommend is, without a doubt, the best option in its specific category.

To be sure a product is “the best,” it must show excellent performance in our tests, and display better qualities over the competition it faces.

Most of the products we recommend here at WePC have gone through a strict testing process that involves everything from price to performance and efficiency. Each product is pushed to the limit to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants the coveted top spot.

Doing this enables us to provide you with the most accurate review of how the product performs and, ultimately, whether it’s worth your hard-earned cash.

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Things to consider

Let’s be honest; choosing the right graphics card for your specific needs is never an easy task. There is a tonne of key areas that you need to consider before coming to a final conclusion.

Understanding how a product works and what to look for is something we take very seriously. We try to educate people on these areas as often as possible so they can make their own informed decision.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the areas we feel you should consider before purchasing a graphics card.

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The first, and potentially most important aspect of any hardware choice, is its price. That’s right, whether you’re looking at one of the latest gaming monitors or a high-end motherboard, you must ensure that it falls within your budget.

Price is an interesting area when it comes to your PC’s GPU. Most people (unless you’re building a premium tier PC that isn’t restricted by budgetary requirements) try to stick to a strict price point. Which is exactly what you should be doing if you ask me.

However, what new PC builders may not be aware of is the current price of a graphics card in relation to the rest of the build. Let me give you an example.

If you’re building a PC in the region of $1,000, you’d be expected to put at least $400-$500 aside for the graphics card. Yes, 50% of the overall budget.

Even though that might sound a little crazy, it’s actually the smart way to go. The next section will explain this point further.

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Most people reading this article will be seeking a graphics card for one of two reasons; they either need more graphical power for a gaming PC or a content creation PC. Most other tasks don’t require the need for a powerful GPU.

Since games started to shift their performance demands from the CPU to the GPU, more people have been investing larger amounts of money in their graphics processors – something we should all be looking to do if the aim is higher in-game FPS.

Obviously, this isn’t the only factor that goes into your PC’s ability to run games, but it’s certainly the main contributing factor. The GPU, ultimately, controls what screen resolution your PC can handle, what frames your PC is likely to get, and how well it can render graphics in creation-type scenarios.

This is why you must find the perfect balance between price and performance when selecting your next graphics card.

Figure out what games you want to play and at what graphical settings before jumping into a purchase. If you don’t, you might end up with a GPU that simply isn’t good enough for your needs.


The next factor to consider before purchasing a GPU is the cooling system it comes equipped with.

Cooling and performance go hand-in-hand when it comes to… well, most hardware components. That’s because when under stress or high load they tend to create heat – a lot of heat.

Heat will compromise your hardware’s efficiency levels and as a result, could lead to a lesser gaming experience. Believe me, no one wants that.

For that reason, having the correct cooling is absolutely essential and an area that should be considered well in advance of your next GPU purchase.

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Finally, we have size. You might be thinking at this stage – bigger is always better. Thankfully, that isn’t always the case.

When we reference to size, we’re talking about the physical dimensions of a product. Some people aren’t always aware that graphics cards can vary in size dramatically – with budget offerings usually being much smaller than high-end offerings.

Always make sure that your case has the capacity to accommodate the size of the GPU you’re looking to purchase.

Clock speeds

If you have any PC building experience then you probably already know what clock speeds mean. If you don’t, then don’t worry; they’re pretty easy to understand.

Clock speed, or clock rate, is the speed at which your microprocessor (in this case, the GPU chip itself) runs. It basically refers to how fast your GPU performs instructions.

Each GPU is clocked at a different speed, meaning each one can perform tasks at different rates. Even though clock speed is one of the most important factors in a GPU purchase, it isn’t the sole factor that affects your in-game performance. That comes down to a number of factors.

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VRAM is your GPU’s video RAM (random access memory). It has a direct impact on how well your graphics card performs and how much data it can read at any one time.

VRAM is very similar to your computer RAM; it stores data that your GPU can access at any time in any order. The more VRAM you have, the more access you have to data without having to go via the CPU.

Higher-resolution game formats require more VRAM, as do tasks like anti-aliasing. For that reason, we always recommend looking for at least 6GB of VRAM when purchasing a GPU.

AMD vs Nvidia

One of the big questions that leave many first-time builders scratching their heads is whether to choose AMD or Nvidia for their graphical requirements.

It’s a battle as old as time, and one that still makes headlines today.

Historically, Nvidia has been number one for pretty much all price categories. For some (price points) that still remains the case today. However, thanks to leaps forward in technology from the guys at AMD, that is no longer the story across the board.

Thanks to AMD’s previous and new range of GPUs – the Radeon RX 6000 series – certain price points are now much more evenly matched. The RX 5700XT, which currently retails competitively, might be the best card you can purchase right now at that price point. Similar examples can be found across the mid-lower price points as well, especially now RX 5000 series GPUs are set to lower in price.

Unfortunately (for AMD fans anyway) the higher end of the price spectrum is still completely dominated by Nvidia. Their “king of all graphics cards” RTX 3090 is unmatched at the top of the pecking order and has been since its arrival.

Having said that, if AMD continues to improve their GPUs at the same rate as their CPUs, I wouldn’t be surprised to see those stats change in the next couple of years though. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see!

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