Best Video Card Buying Guide – Best GPUs in March 2023

Best Video Card Buying Guide - Best GPUs in March 2023

Shortly after our February video card best buy guide, it’s time for an update. Since our last publication, a large number of video cards have dropped in price. We also tested Intel video cards with the latest Arc drivers, which we have already discussed in detail separately. In this BBG video card update, we briefly give you an insight into the current state of things.

Click here for detailed specifications and an explanation of our testing method

Motives and method of measurement

For existing AMD Radeon cards, we used Radeon Software 22.11.2; For Nvidia GeForce cards, GeForce was 527.62. In the case of the Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX, it is a specific driver with version number 23.1.1. The driver for Intel Arc video cards is 101.4091.

Choose the game

We regularly review the pool of games and when making these selections we take into account each game’s API, engine, genre, AMD/Nvidia ratio, age, and technical parameter details to deliver the most representative pool in the future. The table below provides an overview of the games we selected for our test group on this basis.

Game date of publication API engine
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla November 2020 DX12 Anvil Next 2.0.1 update
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II October 2022 DX12 IW 9.0
Cyberpunk 2077 movie December 2020 DX12 red engine 4
eternal torment March 2020 Vulcan IDTech 7
F1 2022 July 2022 DX12 EGO Engine 4.0
Forza Horizon 5 November 2021 DX12 ForzaTech
Guardians of the Galaxy October 2021 DX12 Dawn drive
Metro exodus (+improved) February 2019 DX12 4A drive
Red Dead Redemption 2 November 2019 Vulcan anger
Total War: Warhammer III February 2022 DX11 TW3 engine

current measurement

In addition to performance, we measure the power consumption of video cards. We do the current measurement with a riser card from the manufacturer Adex, which we place between the PCIe slot and the video card. This way we can not only measure the current running through the ungrounded power cables, but also the power that the video card draws directly from the PCIe slot. For measurement we use several copies of Tinkerforge Voltage / Current Bricklet 2.0.0 Update. The riser card is equipped with such a brick for final measurement. To measure the current of the PEG cable, a Bricklet with the necessary conductors was placed on a printed circuit board specially designed for our test. Depending on how many power cables the video card requires, we obviously use different meters.

Price developments in March 2023

Compared to the previous month, many video cards have become cheaper, and some models show a relatively large drop. As an average price, we always use the three cheapest options available per GPU that can be delivered within three days.

The biggest losers for the month are the RX 6950 XT, which is down 19 percent, the Arc A750, which is 13 percent cheaper, and the RX 7900 XT, which is down 11.5 percent. About the RX 6950 XT price drop, Tweakers has been informed that relevant web stores will be receiving new stocks of this video card from AMD, and that it will still be readily available for the time being.

We also see the price go up. For example, the GTX 1650 G6 is 35 percent more expensive here and the RTX 3090 has increased in price by more than 4 percent. No price included for the RTX 3090 Ti this month due to poor availability, as this card is currently being phased out.

Graphics processing unit manufacturer video card Average price February 2023 Average price March 2023 % difference
nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 1899 euros 1822 euros -4%
GeForce RTX 4080 1362 euros 1326 euros -2.7%
GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 927 euros 916 euros -1.2%
GeForce RTX 3090Ti 2180 euros Unavailable Unavailable
GeForce RTX 3090 1497 euros 1560 euros +4.2%
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 1332 euros 1324 euros -0.6%
GeForce RTX 3080 818 euros 812 euros -0.7%
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 684 euros 632 euros -7.6%
GeForce RTX 3070 575 euros 575 euros 0%
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 438 euros 436 euros -0.46%
GeForce RTX 3060 12GB 372 euros 359 euros -3.5%
GeForce RTX 3050 297 euros 293 euros -1.4%
GeForce RTX 2060 314 euros 302 euros -3.8%
GeForce GTX 1660 Super 273 euros 257 euros -5.9%
GeForce GTX 1650 G6 177 euros 239 euros +35%
GeForce GTX 1630 159 euros 164 euros +3.1%
AMD Radeon RX7900XTX 1283 euros 1172 euros -8.7%
Radeon RX7900XT 1016 euros 899 euros -11.5%
Radeon RX6950XT 945 euros 765 euros -19%
Radeon RX6900XT 940 euros 902 euros -4%
Radeon RX6800XT 696 euros 649 euros -6.8%
Radeon RX6800 709 euros 684 euros -3.5%
Radeon RX6750XT 471 euros 479 euros +1.7%
Radeon RX6700XT 424 euros 421 euros -0.7%
Radeon RX6650XT 347 euros 319 euros -8%
Radeon RX6600XT 411 euros 392 euros -4.6%
Radeon RX 6600 282 euros 267 euros -5.3%
Radeon RX6500XT 177 euros 171 euros -3.4%
Intel Sagittarius A770 384 euros 369 euros -3.9%
A750 bracket 322 euros 279 euros -13.2%
A380 bracket 189 euros 180 euros -4.8%

With the above prices, we’ve plotted a number of graphs, along with performance scores that have been extensively covered in the previous BBG. We use the same performance results as last time, except we used the results with the latest Intel drivers. For each resolution, you’ll find a graph below on the first tab with the price-performance ratio trendline for all models that achieved a performance score on the relevant resolution. You’ll find the most interesting GPUs on the left above the trend line: relatively high performance at a relatively low price. On the second tab, you will find how many euros per video card each frame of this average performance costs.


Also this month, the RX 6600 positively comes out at 1080p. The Arc A750 is now very close to that with its significantly reduced price. The faster alternative here is the RX 6650 XT, which was already cheaper than the RX 6600 XT. With this month’s additional price cut, the difference has widened slightly, resulting in the RX 6650 XT costing less per fps at that resolution.

Hardly anything changes between the RTX 3060 Ti and the RX 6700 XT and so the latter card will still be recommended for 1080p gaming with a higher refresh rate in March 2023. The faster and more expensive alternative in the form of the RX 6800 XT is slightly lower in price and thus slightly improves the price-to-price ratio. the performance.

  • price performance
  • € per frame per second

1440 p

Also at 1440p, the proportions between the RX 6700 XT and RTX 3060 Ti have barely changed. For games at 1440p at 60 frames per second, the Radeon card continues to offer better value for money. Big shifts have been made by using faster cards to have a higher refresh rate. Thanks to a price cut over the RX 7900 XT, it now offers a much better price-performance ratio than the RTX 4070 Ti. Last month, the cards were still equal in the number of euros per fps; Now this is clearly in favor of AMD.

Reducing the price of the RX 6950 XT means this card can also be considered. In terms of a euro fps ratio, this card is slightly more preferable than the RX 7900 XT and is €135 cheaper in absolute terms. Performance is also obviously a bit lower, but the RX 6950 XT is still fast enough to get plenty from a 144Hz display at 1440p.

Meanwhile, the price cut over the Arc A750 means that this card is now the cheapest fps at 1440p. Its performance score of 60.7fps is certainly on the narrow side for those who want to play more seriously at this resolution, but those looking for a cheap card for lighter games can certainly consider it.

  • price performance
  • € per frame per second

2160 p

The RTX 4070 Ti’s small price reduction pales in comparison to the drop taken by the RX 6950 XT and RX 7900 XT. As a result, these two Radeon cards also have a compelling price-performance ratio versus their competitors at 2160p. The faster RX 7900 XT also sharpens the relationship with XTX at a lower FPS cost. For games at 60fps, it’s all more than enough. For games at this resolution with a high refresh rate, only the RTX 4090 remains, at a lone height in terms of price and performance.

  • price performance
  • € per frame per second

March 2023 recommendations

With price cuts compared to February, Radeon cards dominate our list of recommendations this time around. The Arc A750 also has a competitive performance ratio, and driver development is really moving in the right direction anyway. At 1080p, not much has changed, and the RX 6600 and RX 6700 XT appear as recommendations again.

With faster 1440p cards at 2160p resolution, the RTX 4070 Ti has been replaced by the RX 6950 XT this time around. The GeForce has dropped in price since the last BBG, but not as much as AMD has lowered the price of the RX 6950 XT and RX 7900 XT. As a result, the GeForce card can only be found at 2160p with 144 Hz, which is still without competition thanks to its unparalleled performance.

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