We have chosen the 5 best graphics cards for Desktop PC Gamers. They offer excellent value for money to PC Gamers with a budget around Rs. 20,000. We will start at Rs. 18,000 price range and move right up to 25,000.

These are mainstream graphics cards that you can use in your latest gaming/editing/streaming PC Rigs.

The latest PC Games like Witcher 3, Far Cry New Dawn, PUBG, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, GTA 5, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Battlefield 1 have a huge need for high-end graphics cards.

If you plan to build a new Gaming PC or upgrade an existing rig to enjoy the next-gen AAA games at good FPS, we have your back. 

Let’s Check out the best Graphics cards Under Rs. 20,000

1. MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor 8G OC Gaming

The first graphics card on our list is the monstrous AMD Radeon RX 580 from MSI. This GPU is potent and can run all games at medium to high setting with 75 fps. The card is great for Full HD Gaming at 1080P resolution.

The graphics card is currently available for Rs. 20,000. 

The graphics card is better than the AMD RX 570, Nvidia GTX 1060 (3 GB), and the Nvidia GTX 1650.

Also, it has a good overclocking headroom that allows for a good performance boost.

The card sports a Twin Frozr VI cooler for effective cooling of the system and to keep the temperatures in check.

The graphics card runs cool under load and is an excellent addition for playing modern AAA titles. 

It has a massive 8 GB GDDR5 memory, and you will need a 500 Watts+ PSU to run this. It is ideal for pairing with Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors or the AMD 3500, 3600X, or the newer 5600X.

Key Specifications for MSI RX 580 Armor 8G OC Gaming Radeon RX 580 

  • Model Number – Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC
  • Memory Bus Width – 256 Bit
  • Architecture – Radeon RX
  • CUDA Cores – 2304
  • VRAM Size – 8 GB GDDR5 
  • VRAM Clock Speed – 8000 MHz
  • VRAM Type – GDDR5
  • Core Clock – 1250 MHz 
  • Boost Clock – 1366 MHz 
  • Power Consumption – 185 W
  • Power Supply required – 500 Watts 
  • Size Dimensions – 26.92 x 12.45 x 3.81 cm
  • Nvidia SLI Support – NA
  • Cooler – Twin Fan
  • Connector Pins – 8 Pin power connector
  • HDMI2.0b Support – Yes
  • PCI-E Standard – 3.0 * 16
  • Maximum Displays- 5
  • Warranty – 2 years warranty
  • Weight – 653 g 
  • Price – Rs. 20,250
  • Suitable for Resolution – 1080 P or 4K

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Nvidia GTX 1060 (6GB VRAM)

Next in the recommendation list is the Nvidia GTX 1060, which is a fantastic Graphics card, runs cool, and offers fast gaming performance. The Nvidia GTX 1060 is based on the company’s last Gen Pascal architecture and comes with a 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM.

It is meant for 1080 P Gaming and can easily play games at 60 FPS. The GTX 1060 comes with 1280 Cuda Cores and has a base clock of 1506 and a boost clock of 1708.

Review Galax Nvidia GTX 1060 EXOC - Superb Performer

Further, the Nvidia GTX 1060 comes with 192 Bit memory bus width and has 8 Gbps speed. The graphics card is suitable to run with the Intel Core i3 and Ryzen 3500, 3600X, and similar processors. 

The GPU comes with a 6-Pin Connector and doesn’t require a large PSU to run (500 Watts is sufficient). 

Key Specifications for NVIDIA GTX 1060

  • Model Number -NVIDIA GTX 1060
  • Memory Bus Width – 192 Bit
  • Architecture – Nvidia Pascal
  • Max Resolution Support – 7680×4320@60Hz
  • CUDA Cores – 1280 NV Cuda cores
  • VRAM Size – 6 GB, 8 Gbps
  • VRAM Type  – GDDR5
  • Core Clock – 1506 MHz factory-overclocked
  • Boost Clock – 1708 MHz GPU boost clock in OC mode
  • Power Supply required – 500 Watts PSU
  • Size Dimensions – 21.5 x 12.1 x 4.1 cm
  • Nvidia SLI Support – Yes
  • Connector Pins – 6 Pin power connector
  • HDMI 3D Support – Yes
  • PCI-E Standard – 3.0
  • Warranty – 3 years warranty

The Nvidia GTX 1060 is a good purchase if you can buy it under the 20k price range and offers faster performance than the AMD Radeon 580X in many titles. Despite having lesser VRAM, the GTX 1060 is a better option for many gamers looking for a sub 20k price range GPU. You can also buy a used GTX 1060 for around 15k in case you are short on funds.

AMD Radeon 5500 XT

The AMD AMD Radeon 5500 XT is the latest AMD GPU based on the 7Nm manufacturing process and the RDNA architecture.  The graphics card is suitable for 1080P gaming and is an ideal fit for building a Hackintosh. 

Radeon 5500 XT
Radeon 5500 XT

The Radeon 5500XT consumes way less power than the RX 580 and offers similar performance.  The GPU comes with PCI 4.0 support that offers twice the bandwidth of PCI 3.0. 

The GPU comes with GDDR6 VRAM ( up to 8 GB) and has a faster 224 Gb/s bandwidth. You can also run the GPU with a 500 Watts PSU, and the card consumes a peak of 130 Watts Power. 

Asus AMD Radeon 5500 XT is available for Rs. 20,999 at the moment is an excellent choice for gamers. 

Key Specifications for Sapphire AMD Radeon 5500 XT

  • Model Number – Asus AMD Radeon 5500 XT DUAL-RX5500XT-O8G-EVO
  • Memory Bus Width – 384 Bit
  • Max Resolution Support – 4096 x 2160
  • Stream Processors – 1408 stream processors
  • VRAM Size – 8 GB GDDR6 14 Gbps
  • VRAM Type  – GDDR6
  • Core Clock – 1630 Mhz
  • Boost Clock – 1845 Mhz Boost Clock Speed
  • Power Supply required – 500 Watts
  • Board Power – 130 Watts
  • Manufacturing Process – 7 Nm
  • Connector Pins – 8 Pin power connector
  • Peak Performance – 5.2 TFlops
  • PCI-E Standard – 4.0
  • Warranty – 3 years warranty

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Next on the list is the latest Graphics card from Nvidia – GTX 1660 Super. 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6G Graphics Card

The card runs every modern AAA games smoothly at high to ultra settings at 1080p resolution and 60+ fps. The graphics card is ideal for a mid-range PC build and will pair well with the 10th Gen Intel Core i3, i5, or the AMD Ryzen 3600X, 3700X processor.  Even if you are using a Ryzen 3500 or a similar processor, it will work perfectly.  

The GTX 1660 Super offers excellent performance and is very close to the GTX 1070, is faster than the AMD 5500XT, and the GTX 1060 by about 25%. 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC GPU

Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super is available for Rs. 23,990 currently, and it is an excellent card that offers rock-solid performance and has adequate cooling. Gigabyte is one of the best brands and makes very reliable pc parts. 

The GTX 1660 Super has a WindForce 2X cooling system with 9 mm alternate spinning fans. It runs quiet and cool.

 This cooler design gives a higher performance at a lower temperature. 

The GPU has Nvidia Turing architecture and comes with fast GDDR6 memory. 

The cutting edge intuitive interface allows the user to set clock speed, voltage, fan performance, and power target according to the game’s necessity.

Key Specifications for Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super

  • Model Number – GV-N166SOC-6GD
  • Memory Bus Width – 192 Bit
  • Architecture – Nvidia 
  • CUDA Cores – 1408
  • VRAM Size – 6 GB 
  • VRAM Clock Speed – 14 Gbps
  • VRAM Type – GDDR6
  • Core Clock – 1785 MHz 
  • Boost Clock – 1830 MHz 
  • Power Supply required – 450 Watts 
  • Power Consumption – 125 W
  • Size Dimensions – 22.4 x 12.1 x 4 cm
  • Cooler – Twin Fan
  • Connector Pins – 8 Pin power connector
  • HDMI2.0b Support – Yes
  • PCI-E Standard – 3.0 * 16
  • Display Port – 3
  • OpenGL – 4.6
  • Warranty – 2 years warranty
  • Weight – 812 g 
  • Suitable for Resolution – 1080 P
  • Max Resolution – 7680 * 4320
  • Price – Rs. 23,470

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You can also pick up the slightly cheaper GTX 1660 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Graphics Card

The card only differs in price and memory speed. Rest all the specs are similar to GTX 1660 Super.

The 1660 Super is about 10% faster than the GTX 1660 in most of the gaming titles. 

You can buy GTX 1660 on Amazon at a price tag of INR 20,900.  

There is no real benefit to getting the GTX 1660 instead of the Super, and I 

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ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660Ti 

The best graphics card in this price range is the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti. It’s a monster and can easily run all games at high settings with 60+ FPS.

The Zotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is suitable for buyers who will replace the old GPU with a price range within 25K.  

The GTX 1660 Ti is about 3-6% faster than the GTX 1660 Super in most gaming titles. Both the GTX 1660 Super and the GTX 1660 Ti offers excellent value for money and are a good purchase for 1080P gaming. 

The 1660Ti has more Cuda cores than the GTX 1660 Super. However, it comes with a slightly lower clock speed. 

Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti Image

Key Specifications for ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660Ti 

  • Model Number – ZT-T16610F-10L
  • Memory Bus Width – 192 Bit
  • Architecture – Nvidia GeForce
  • CUDA Cores – 1536
  • VRAM Size – 6 GB 
  • VRAM Speed – 12 Gbps
  • VRAM Type – GDDR6
  • Core Clock – 1650 MHz 
  • Boost Clock – 1770 MHz 
  • Power Supply required – 500 Watts 
  • Size Dimensions – 17.35 x 11.13 x 3.53 cm
  • Nvidia SLI Support – NA
  • Cooler – Twin Fan
  • Connector Pins – 8 Pin power connector
  • HDMI2.0b Support – Yes
  • PCI-E Standard – 3.0
  • Warranty – 2 years warranty
  • Weight – 700 g 
  • Price – Rs. 22,440
  • Suitable for Resolution – 1080 P or 4K

The Zotac GeForce 1660 Ti is the best graphic card at good fps. If you want great gaming performance, then this card is for you. 

The wide array aluminum heatsink with direct copper contact paired with twin fans allows heat distribution evenly.

The card is compatible with NVIDIA Ansel and NVIDIA G-SYNC.

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Thanks for reading the article. If you have some queries please post in the comments – I read and answer all queries. 

Which is the Best Graphics Card for Video Editing and Photoshop?

Photoshop is not very GPU intensive and You can pick up either Radeon 5500 XT or Nvidia GTX 1660 Super to run it. Even the GTX 1650 Super is a good deal for using photoshop and the difference in performance vs the high-end cards is not too much. 

For Adobe Premiere Pro I will suggest going with the GTX 1660 Ti to get the best performance. With the latest Hardware encoding support, the Premiere Pro can take advantage of the powerful GPU, and it is better to get the best GPU that your budget allows. 

For Hackintosh builds or running the FCPX it is better to use the AMD GPU’s due to the driver’s compatibility. You can also use Nvidia GPU’s but AMD is a better choice in my experience. 

The AMD RX 5500 XT is a good GPU for a Hackintosh build. 

Which is the Best Brand for Graphics Cards?

Some graphics card brands command a premium pricing compared to others.  The graphics card coolers and PCB, along with build quality, substantially increase the cost of graphics cards, and different brands have differential pricing.

Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI are usually priced higher and offer fair performance and cooling efficiency compared to some other brands. There are other brands like Zotac, Sapphire, Inno 3D, which also have good graphics cards and warranty policy in India.

Co-Author – Heena Makwana

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