Black Friday 2017: The best graphics card deals you can still buy

In the year of inflated graphics card prices, these Black Friday deals are an oasis for PC gamers.

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With cryptocurrency miners driving graphics card demand through the roof, you won’t find any jaw-droppingly good graphics card deals this Black Friday weekend. But if you’ve been resenting the idea of overpaying for a GPU, this is the time to buy. During Black Friday 2017 you’ll finally be able to purchase video cards without paying through the nose. If you’re lucky, you might even snag a free game with it.

Look to Radeon for most of the best Black Friday graphics card deals. GeForce discounts are much more rare. Don’t get me wrong, even Radeon prices are still inflated with these “deals”—you won’t find a Radeon RX 570 selling for anywhere near its $170 suggested retail price. But you can find capable 1080p options with 4GB of onboard memory at around $200 for the first time in a very long time, among a few other gems.

These are the best Black Friday graphics cards deals we  could find for every resolution—and every budget. Check out PCWorld’s guide to the best graphics cards overall for a big-picture look at the video card market, but any deals we mention here are worth your money. 

Just be sure to file those mail-in rebates (MIR), and check out PCWorld’s explainer on the cheapest gaming PC you can build on Black Friday if you’re hoping to build a play-ready rig from scratch without breaking the bank.

Best deals: Budget graphics cards

We generally prefer the GeForce GTX 1050 over AMD’s Radeon RX 560 when it comes to budget graphics cards, but the discount on this one makes it worthwhile since Nvidia’s budget graphics cards are still selling for $120 or more aside from the killer deal on the EVGA GTX 1050. Look for this card to deliver 30 to 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution, with the GTX 1050 being slightly faster. You may need to bump graphics down to Medium graphics settings on especially strenuous games.

The GTX 1050 Ti is about 25 percent faster than the Radeon, letting you stick to High settings and higher frame rates more often. It’s been selling for more than MSRP in recent months, so it’s nice to see the card selling at a discount this weekend.

Best deals: 1080p graphics cards

Buy these ASAP if you’ve been waiting for better prices on “sweet spot” graphics cards designed to hit 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution, as they’re the best deals we’ve seen in a long while. Cards in this class have been selling for $250 to $300 in recent weeks.

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The Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+.

The Radeon RX 570 clears the 60fps barrier in modern games at high visual settings. The Radeon RX 580 is even faster, and can be used for gaming on 2560x1440-resolution monitors as well, if you don’t mind dialing back some graphics options. If you plan to play at 1440p, consider spending more for the 8GB version of the Radeon RX 580, which doubles the base capacity. You’ll also find a couple of deals on the 6GB version of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060, which performs comparably to the 8GB Radeon RX 580.

These cards can also power virtual reality headsets. Speaking of, you’ll find the Oculus Rift + Touch controller bundle on sale for $350 at Best Buy and Newegg this weekend.

  • Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 - $190 on Newegg after $20 MIR. Includes free Quake Champions pack. This is one of the best “deals” of the weekend, though you should pick up the next entry instead if it’s still available. The card is also on sale for $210 on Amazon.
  • XFX Radeon RX 580 (4GB) - $200 on Newegg after $30 MIR. Includes free Quake Champions pack. WOW. I can’t remember the last time a 4GB Radeon RX 580 was selling for the $200 MSRP, much less a custom version. Buy this.   
  • PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 580 (4GB) - $210 on Newegg after $20 MIR. Includes free Quake Champions pack. An 8GB version is available for $240 on Newegg after $10 MIR, which is the first time in a long time we’ve seen an 8GB Radeon RX 580 available at that price.
  • MSI Radeon RX 580 Gaming X (4GB) - $220 on Newegg after $20 MIR. Well-regarded custom card selling at a stellar price. Another of the best deals of the weekend. Includes free Quake Champions pack.
  • PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570 - $200 on Newegg after $20 MIR. Includes free Quake Champions pack.
  • PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 - $220 on Newegg after $20 MIR. Includes free Quake Champions pack.
  • XFX Radeon RX 570 -$220 on Best Buy.
  • MSI Radeon RX 570 Armor - $220 on Amazon.
  • Asus GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) dual-fan - $250 on Newegg after $20 MIR.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) SSC - $260 on Newegg after $20 MIR. A stellar, quiet custom card with a factory overclock, selling for the price of a 6GB GTX 1060 reference card.

We normally don’t recommend the 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1060 for high-end 1080p gaming because some modern games are starting to demand 4GB of memory or more to run on maxed-out settings. That said, the 3GB GTX 1060 still plays just fine, offering performance comparable to the Radeon RX 570, and the price is certainly right for the Black Friday deals listed below. Just be aware that you may need to bump some settings down to run more memory-intensive games in the future.  

Best deals: Enthusiast graphics cards

The deals thin out a bit when you move into enthusiast graphics cards designed for 1440p and 4K gaming. The GeForce GTX 1070 is selling for above MSRP and isn’t receiving many discounts. AMD’s rival Radeon Vega graphics cards are largely sold out or selling for inflated prices, but if you can find one available, AMD is tossing in free copies of Prey and Wolfenstein II—two absolutely stellar games—between Black Friday and Christmas.

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The MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X.

You’ll find some Black Friday deals on GeForce GTX 1080 cards, though. You won’t find many selling for big discounts, but you can score a sweet customized card with enhanced cooling and factory overclocks for reasonable prices. Many models are shipping with a free copy of Destiny 2 as well.

  • Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 - $500 on Newegg after $30 MIR. Includes a free copy of Destiny 2. This is one of the most impressive custom GTX 1080 cards available, with an absolutely stellar cooling solution, selling for the price of a reference card. Killer deal.
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 - $500 on Newegg. Includes a free copy of Destiny 2. Another customized graphics card with three fans that tosses in Destiny 2 and sells for the same price of a reference card. Grab the ROG Strix over this if possible though.
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X - $515 on Newegg after $20 MIR. Includes a free copy of Destiny 2. This highly regarded custom GTX 1080 model is selling at a solid discount price if the Strix is no longer available.
  • EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2 - $740 on Amazon. Includes a free copy of Destiny 2. You won’t really find any Black Friday deals on GTX 1080 Ti cards aside from the free Destiny 2 code, which has been available for several weeks now. This excellent graphics card is selling for $10 under MSRP.
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