This is the best value gaming graphics card in South Africa – pricing comparison

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With the latest generation of graphics card being recently unveiled, and the limited availability of new AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, it can be tough for consumers to make a GPU upgrade choice.

There are various advantages and disadvantages between buying a current-gen graphics card and an older, cheaper GPU.

We’ve made your purchasing decision a little bit easier by comparing the price of gaming-level graphics cards with their benchmark scores, resulting in a reliable performance-per-Rand value score.

So if you’re torn between the Radeon RX 480 and Nvidia’s Pascal cards, or just need an upgrade that will give you decent performance on a budget, check out our GPU price-performance comparison below, rated by value score:

GPU Price-Performance Comparison
Graphics Card
FireStrike Score
Price (ZAR)
Value Score
Radeon RX 480 8GB 10,890  R4,799  2.27
GeForce GTX 750 Ti 3,929  R1,780  2.21
GeForce GTX 950 5,878  R2,799  2.10
Radeon R9 380X 8,475  R4,550  1.86
GeForce GTX 970 9,568  R5,299  1.81
GeForce GTX 1070 16,229  R9,299  1.75
Radeon R9 390 10,420  R6,032  1.73
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 15,656  R10,292  1.52
GeForce GTX 1080 19,370  R13,499  1.43
GeForce GTX 980 11,168  R8,320  1.34

Graphics card performance was measured using reference card 3DMark FireStrike benchmark score, and price amount reflects the cheapest pricing across a variety of online South African stores.

The AMD Radeon RX 480 is the best value graphics card to purchase in South Africa, with a value score of 2.27.

Other high-value options include the old but reliable GeForce GTX 750 Ti and the efficient GeForce GTX 950.

Suprisingly, Nvidia’s new Pascal graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070, fall into the lower end of the scale. This could be attributed to the difference between local and US pricing.


What graphics card are you thinking of buying? Let us know in the comments and forum.

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