5 best graphics cards for 1440P resolution

1440P is touted as the most popular PC gaming resolution (Image via Nvidia)
1440P is touted as the most popular PC gaming resolution (Image via Nvidia)

1440P or QHD is a popular resolution that sits right in between the two extremes, 1080P and 4K. This resolution has been overlooked for quite some time as it was too demanding for a budget-oriented graphics card to handle, and those who were not affected by budget constraints simply went ahead with flagship graphics cards that could run games at 4K resolution.

Recently, though, we have seen some exceptional graphics cards in the mid-tier segment. Nvidia and AMD both have great value-for-money graphics cards in 2022 that can handle AAA games at 1440P resolution.

Five most amazing graphics cards catered toward 1440P gaming

1) Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070

Time for a upgrade. x3Goodbye RTX 2060 and hello RTX 3070 TI. x3

The Nvidia RTX 3070 is undoubtedly the best graphics card that targets a high-end 1440P graphics card. In general, it is one of the top choices for a future-proof graphics card for the average consumer.

You get solid ray tracing performance alongside support for 1440P gaming. Additionally, if you do not want to upgrade to a 4K monitor in the near future, the 3070 should be able to get you through basic 4K gaming as well.

On top of everything, the RTX 3070 is affordable and should not break your bank.

2) Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

3060 Ti is here. Time to be a Chad gamer. 😀

The Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti is the graphics card for most people that want to limit their gaming experience to 1440P. It manages to attain the core essence of a mid-tier graphics card while performing at a substantially lower price than the flagship offering.

The 3060 Ti gives a decent ray tracing performance that does not affect the frame rate by a whole lot.

If you max out ray tracing and in-game graphical settings, you may want to use the Nvidia DLLS feature, which upscales resolution and helps squeeze out maximum FPS. The RTX 3060 Ti also manages to counter the thermal inefficiency problem common in budget segment graphics cards, and it runs fairly cool even under heavy loads.

3) AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

Upgraded to a Ryzen 9 & Radeon RX 6700 XT. It’s beautiful πŸ₯²

AMD is a pioneer in budget graphics cards and has made some of the most popular graphics cards to date. The 6700XT implements the premium RDNA 2 architecture at a reasonable price point.

The RDNA 2 architecture, also referred to as Big Navi, brings features like incredible thermal efficiency, power efficiency, and, most importantly, ray tracing.

Although the ray tracing is not comparable to Nvidia standards, it can still pull decent performance by making minor optimizations. The RX 6700 XT is a 1440P beast that will hold its ground for years as a budget-oriented graphics card and even go toe-to-toe with the latest consoles.

4) AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

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With the RX 6600 XT, AMD has genuinely managed to create a place in the budget QHD graphics card segment despite being targeted as a 1080P card. The RX 6600 XT is decently affordable and offers nearly the same base features as the 6700 XT at only around 20 percent inferior performance.

You should expect an average frame rate while playing graphically extensive games at 1440P resolution. One basic compromise with the 6600 XT will be its below-average ray tracing performance. You will mostly not be able to run titles in QHD with ray tracing on.

5) Nvidia RTX 2080 Super

I have been updating my PC ever so slightly, but now I am at the point I need to choose between upgrading the CPU or GPU...Currently have an AMD Ryzen 7 3700x and MSI 2080 Super

The Nvidia RTX 2080 Super is still great value for QHD gaming, especially considering that these can often be found at great prices during sales and can also be picked up as a decent secondhand choice. The 2080 Super manages to rival the performance of RTX 3060 Ti and even beat it in most instances.

Buying a 2080 Super for the retail price might not be the most optimal purchase. It is a once in a while pick that manages to establish dominant value when bought from offbeat sources.

The 2080 Super includes ray tracing, but that does not stand as its strong point. If you value maximum performance, you will most likely not embark on the ray tracing trend anyway. Conclusively, the RTX 2080 Super is a decent QHD graphics card that you can purchase without struggling for a 30-series graphics card with hiked prices.

Note: This article reflects the writer's opinions.

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Edited by Ravi Iyer
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