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GPU under $300 recommendation

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I'm looking for a stop gap card until the next ones launch. What is available within this budget? Thanks.

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If you don't mind buying a card with blemishes EVGA was offering the RTX 2060 for $299 recently. Otherwise the GTX 1660 at $220 is a heck of a deal.

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What do you think of the 1660Ti?

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If you really need to hit the $300 mark, I'd look for a Vega 56 or a 1660ti/2060.

Really depends on the settings you want to run at. Personally I think something 'super cheap' like an RX 570/580 would the best stop gap card. 1660 non-ti could be interesting. 1660ti is solid, but its value isn't as good as the 1660 (~12% increase in perf for ~20+% more money). 1660 has one of the best p/p ratios according to TPU (second only to the 570).
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What do you think of the 1660Ti?
I looked in depth on it and decided to purchase the standard 1660 for myself. The small performance boost doesn't justify the additional cost. And the standard 1660 is turning out to be a good overclocker which narrows that gap even more so.

My card is the EVGA base model. It's the coolest running card I've had to date, no heat issues here which is another big plus.
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Pft, get a used 1070. Hovering around the $200 mark (just picked one up at that price) on hwswap.


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My card is the EVGA base model. It's the coolest running card I've had to date, no heat issues here which is another big plus.
Is that heastsink 3 slot? No wonder it's super cool. Looks slick.


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Quote: Originally Posted by speed_demon View Post
I looked in depth on it and decided to purchase the standard 1660 for myself. The small performance boost doesn't justify the additional cost. And the standard 1660 is turning out to be a good overclocker which narrows that gap even more so.

My card is the EVGA base model. It's the coolest running card I've had to date, no heat issues here which is another big plus.

What are your gaming temps? I had no idea it was a 3 slot card.

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With my mild overclock peak temp was 67C and realistic gaming temps settled right around 52C-55C. Ambient is a problem as it rises to 87F/30C in my office which is why I purchased this card to replace a GTX 1080.

Performing somewhere between the 1070 and the 1070 Ti in games for $20 more than a used 1070/980 Ti. It's a really good value.
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