Best GPU 2023
We look at a wide range of GPUs in any given year and 2022 was no different, giving us some of the best to start 2023 with. There are new cards that push the boundaries of graphics performance and show how good games can look. But with so many good options, we had to break down the cards that we thought were the best and worth your hard-earned cash this year.
We take a look at each GPU and cover how it fared in benchmarks and how it fared in a range of games and applications. As graphics cards are used in more application areas, from content creation to game development, it’s more important than ever to see how they handle a range of workloads and what’s the best bang for your buck when making this investment.
But at the end of the day, there can only be one “Best GPU 2023,” and we’ve tested and perused some of the best cards released to make our picks. From the new NVIDIA RTX 40 series to AMD’s new offerings, 2023 starts off strong with some amazing GPUs making any computer a graphics powerhouse.
Here are CGMagazine’s nominees for Best GPU 2023:
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC Edition
Writer: Brendan Fried
The ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC Edition GPU is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to powerful graphics. Compared to the RTX 30 series, the RTX 4080 is a huge improvement. While the RTX 30 series was good, the RTX 4080 is on a different level. With this card, 4K and 8K gaming could actually become a reality for gamers. While I was initially skeptical, the NVIDIA Ada Lovelace architecture in the new 40 series delivers what it promises, and the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GPU is an upgrade on an already fantastic experience.
ASUS has done everything it can to make an already fantastic GPU offering into something worth the extra investment. Benchmarks across the board are impressive, and while the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC Edition can’t beat an RTX 4090, it does a good job justifying its cost and usage in gaming and creative applications. With fantastic fan technology and better than expected thermals, ASUS has delivered things that count with this card.
The ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC is a solid card with a great mix of performance, build quality, aesthetics, and price. If you’re looking for an RTX 4080 that offers features a next-gen GPU demands while avoiding the pitfalls of bulky superfluous extras, the ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC is a card that’s at the top of your computer build list. list should be .
With the TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 GPU, ASUS has delivered everything that matters, making it a fantastic offering for any upgrade or new build looking to get the most out of 1440P gaming and beyond.
AMD Radeon RX7900 XT
Writer: Brendan Fried
It’s amazing to see how competitive the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT GPU is, even with the more expensive 7900 XTX only $100 more. The Radeon RX 7900 XT looks incredibly similar and offers most of the same features – albeit not slightly downsized – offering a more affordable option for people who don’t want to upgrade to RDNA 3. The RX 7900 XT offers fantastic performance and a clean look making it a great GPU for people looking for an alternative to NVIDIA, although the similar price makes the Radeon RX 7900 XTX feel like better value overall.
The Radeon RX 7900 XT is a card that reduces demands and power requirements while still delivering admirable results, even against GPU titans like the NVIDIA RTX 4080. Due to the reduced power requirements, this card can be added to a system, potentially without any other major hardware changes . With the lower 750W PSU requirement that still fits in most ATX cases, the Radeon RX 7900 XT is tailor-made for people looking for an upgrade.
Despite this potential benefit for the segment looking to upgrade at no extra cost, the Radeon RX 7900 XT still feels oddly cheap, as the $100 price difference translates into a notable 20 percent drop in performance. Luckily, the advances that RDNA 3 brings to the table make the Radeon RX 7900 XT still a worthwhile investment for avid gamers looking to upgrade their already good rig to the next level.
While falling short of the XTX, the Radeon RX 7900 XT is a GPU that delivers a fantastic overall package, with requirements that make it ideal for people looking to upgrade their current system without a lot of hassle.
ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua
Writer: Brendan Fried
It’s no secret that we here at CGMagazine are fans of Noctua and their very quiet, very efficient fans. When ASUS announced they were releasing a 3070 featuring the legendary Noctua fans, we were intrigued. Proving to be one of the best GPUs this generation you can buy, the 3070 offers great gaming performance with the added bonus of fantastic ray tracing support. Now that it’s here and we’ve put it to the test, while it’s not the best GPU you can buy, it’s definitely a card worth your time and money.
With testing complete, I can safely say that the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua GPU is a very impressive GPU that demonstrates how efficient and quiet Noctua is at keeping a card cool. The only problem with jumping on the Noctua bandwagon is the price. Due to the current supply chain, you pay a premium for the RTX 3070 Noctua card compared to some other 3070 offerings on the market, even if GPU prices continue to drop. As the supply chain slowly adjusts, that premium will diminish, but I never expect the 3070 Noctua to be a cheap card to jump on.
While not for everyone and potentially boring for people who demand RGB flow through all aspects of a PC, I found the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua GPU to be an amazing offering. I love the tan and tan aesthetic, and the performance I’ve seen compares it to some of the best 3070 cards out there. With its quiet, powerful fans, great gaming benchmarks, and unique design, few cars are as eye-catching or as unique as Noctua’s RTX 3070, and it’s a worthy card for any new PC build, provided you find it in close to the MSRP.
With performance, thermals, and benchmarks by its side, the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua GPU is one of the best 3070 cards you can buy right now, and the unique aesthetic makes it a head turner in any system it slides into.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition
Writer: Brendan Frye & Joe Findlay
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition GPU is an amazing offering that delivers amazing 4K performance, but that performance comes at a price. It’s been a while to get there, but the next generation of NVIDIA GPUs are here, and they show what’s possible when a company goes all out in terms of power and performance. With impressive specs and dominating benchmarks, the GeForce RTX 4080 GPU is a testament to NVIDIA’s efforts, but the price and requirements might prevent it from being a card everyone should buy.
With all this power comes a problem; Much like the RTX 4090, the RTX 4080 still needs a notable upgrade for your PC if you don’t already have a power supply, motherboard, or case that can handle the incredibly large card. There’s also the question of how well the new AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT cards will compare, especially considering they’ll cost less than what NVIDIA has to offer.
Despite these limitations, the RTX 4080 is an impressive graphics card with a hefty price tag, making it a great option for gamers who aren’t interested in shelling out an extra buck. It’s a huge generational leap compared to the RTX 30 series, and as NVIDIA continues to work on software like DLSS 3.0, the card’s true potential is yet to be seen. As it stands now, your new mainstream king is for developers, gamers and people who want to get the most out of their PC.
Delivering near the results of the RTX 4090, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition GPU is a powerful GPU that’s ready to handle the latest 4K gaming, streaming, and content creation with ease.
Writer: Brendan Fried
There’s a lot to like about the RX 7900 XTX, from its sleek yet impressive design and use of a standard 8-pin power connector, to its size and ability to use it in a variety of cases. But beyond looks and design choices, it’s performance and price that AMD has achieved with this card. With the Infinity Cache and chiplet design, AMD has offered a powerhouse of a GPU that rivals the incredibly powerful RTX 4080, all for almost $300 less. As AMD refines the drivers, I expect these numbers to change, but even with that in mind, the RX 7900 XTX delivered fantastic performance in all tests.
The Radeon RX 7900 XTX is the best GPU you can get for under $1000, and it brings enough to the table that buyers should think twice before investing the $300 premium, which is an RTX 4080 will set you back.