Guide for next-gen graphics cards’ equivalents

Around a year and a half ago, we published a guide dedicated to the equivalents to those NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards that we can consider outdated, and where we also got to know the current equivalents to some of the oldest, but highly popular and widely used, graphics cards at that moment.

Said guide was met with great interest and we know that our readers liked it, so we wanted to improve it with a version dedicated to the equivalents to some of the most current graphics cards that are also known as ‘next-gen’.

This adjective is applied to those graphics cards that feature DirectX 12 and are based at least on the GCN 1.0 architecture used on AMD solutions and the Kepler architecture used on NVIDIA solutions, meaning that we begin with the Radeon HD 7700 and the GeForce GTX 600.

You will know what current generation is your current graphics card equivalent to by using this guide. It will also help you to know if you meet satisfactorily the requirements for any game, as they usually list new models, causing confusion for that reason.

As always, we hope that this helps you and we invite you to leave your questions in the comments section.

Equivalents to NVIDIA graphics cards

The NVIDIA graphics cards that we are going to include in this article are from the generations based on Kepler (GK1XX) and Maxwell (GM1XX and GMXX), including the GTX 600, GTX 700 and GTX 900 series.

To make it easier for you to check and avoid confusion, we are going to take a direct look into these three series. In case that there is a model without a direct equivalent, we will tell you what its closest alternative is so that you have at least one reference.

GeForce GTX 600
  • GTX 650: its closest equivalent is the GT 740 with GDDR5 memory. If we look for an AMD equivalent, it performs almost like the HD 7750.
  • GTX 650 TI: its performance is slightly less than that of the GTX 750. In comparison to AMD’s graphics cards, it ranks just above the HD 7770.
  • GTX 650 TI BOOST: it is almost on par with the GTX 750 TI. When compared to AMD’s solutions, it lands between the Radeon HD 7790 and the HD 7850.
  • GTX 660: its closest equivalent is the GTX 950, but it lags really far behind the GTX 950. Its AMD graphics cards’ equivalent is practically a Radeon HD 7850.
  • GTX 660 TI: it offers a performance very similar to that of the GTX 950. In terms of AMD’s solutions, it lands between the Radeon HD 7870 and the Radeon HD 7950.
  • GTX 670: it ranks a little below the GTX 960. It provides a performance very similar to that of the AMD Radeon HD 7950.
  • GTX 680: it is almost on par with the GTX 960. When compared to AMD’s solutions, it offers a performance very similar to that of the Radeon HD 7970.
  • GTX 690: it is a dual-GPU solution, so its performance varies a lot. In the best case-scenario, it falls between the GTX 970 and the GTX 980. Its equivalent is the Radeon HD 7990.
GeForce GTX 700
  • GTX 750: it performs a little better than the GT 1030. When compared to AMD’s solutions, it offers a performance similar to that of the RX 550.
  • GTX 750 TI: it tops the GT 1030, but it does not have a direct equivalent. It also performs better than the RX 550, and it does not have a direct equivalent among AMD’s next-gen graphics cards.
  • GTX 760: it performs less than the GTX 960, but it is its closest equivalent. It falls behind the AMD Radeon R9 285, but this is also its closest equivalent.
  • GTX 770: it tops both the GTX 960 and the AMD Radeon R9 285, which are its closest equivalents.
  • GTX 780: it lands between the GTX 960 and the GTX 970. In comparison to AMD, it falls between the Radeon R9 285 and the R9 290.
  • GTX 780 TI: it is virtually equivalent to the GTX 970. When compared to AMD, its performance is similar to that of the Radeon R9 290.
GeForce GTX 900
  • GTX 950: its closest equivalent is the GTX 1050, although the GTX 950 falls behind it. The closets AMD model in terms of performance is the Radeon RX 460.
  • GTX 960: its closest equivalent is the GTX 1050 TI, but still its performance is less than that of the GTX 1050 TI. It does not have a direct equivalent among AMD’s current solutions, but it would fall between the RX 460 and the RX 470 (although well below the latter), just so you have a reference.
  • GTX 970: it falls between the 3 GB GTX 1060 and the 6 GB GTX 1060. Its AMD graphics card equivalent would be the 4 GB Radeon RX 480.
  • GTX 980: it is practically on par with the 6 GB GTX 1060. The closest solution among AMD’s lineup is the 8 GB RX 580.
  • GTX 980 TI: it is equivalent to the GTX 1070, although it could surpass the GTX 1070 seamlessly if overclocked. Its AMD graphics cards equivalent would be a Radeon RX Vega 56.
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Equivalents to AMD graphics cards

We are going to stick to the same structure as above by dividing AMD’s major graphics cards into the generations preceding Polaris and Vega.

In case that a graphics card does not have a direct equivalent, we will give you an approximation so that you have an equivalent.

Radeon HD 7000
  • Radeon HD 7750: it does not have a direct equivalent among AMD’s next-gen graphics cards. The closest option are the R7 250 and the GTX 650.
  • Radeon HD 7770: its performance is almost on par with that of the Radeon RX 550. When compared to NVIDIA’s graphics cards, it lags behind the GTX 650 TI and the GTX 750.
  • Radeon HD 7790: it lands between an RX 550 and an RX 460. It does not perform as well as the GTX 650 TI BOOST, but the GTX 750 TI is its closest equivalent.
  • Radeon HD 7850: it is on a level very similar to that of the Radeon 7 370, but below an RX 460. Its closest NVIDIA equivalent is the GTX 950, although it falls behind the GTX 950.
  • Radeon HD 7870: its performance is almost on par with that of the Radeon R9 270 and the RX 560. In terms of NVIDIA’s solutions, the closest one is a GTX 1050.
  • Radeon HD 7959: it offers a performance similar to that of the Radeon R9 285, but it ranks a little below the R9 380. As for NVIDIA, it lands between the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 TI.
  • Radeon HD 7970: it offers a performance similar to the one provided by the Radeon R9 380X. When compared to NVIDIA’s graphics cards, its closest equivalent is the GTX 1050 TI.
  • Radeon HD 7990: since it is a dual-GPU solution, its performance varies a lot. However, its average performance is on par with the Radeon R9 290X and the R9 390. In terms of NVIDIA’s solutions, it is similar to the GTX 970 and the GTX 980.
Radeon R9 200
  • Radeon R7 260X: it offers a performance that falls between the RX 550 and the RX 460. It does not perform as well as the GTX 650 TI BOOST, but the GTX 750 TI is its closest equivalent.
  • Radeon R7 265: it is almost on par with the Radeon R7 370, but falls below the RX 460. Its closest NVIDIA equivalent is the GTX 950, although it falls behind the GTX 950.
  • Radeon R9 270 and 270X: their performance is similar to that of the RX 560. Its closest equivalent is NVIDIA’s GTX 1050 TI.
  • Radeon R9 280 and 285: it ranks a little below the R9 380. As for NVIDIA, it lands between the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 TI.
  • Radeon R9 280X: it offers a performance similar to the one provided by the Radeon R9 380X. When compared to NVIDIA’s graphics cards, its closest equivalent is the GTX 1050 TI.
  • Radeon R9 290: its performance is almost on par with that of the 4 GB Radeon RX 480. In terms of NVIDIA’s solutions, it is on par with the 3 GB GTX 1060.
  • Radeon R9 290X: its performance is equivalent to that of the 8 GB RX 480. Compared to NVIDIA’s solutions, its performance is similar to the one provided by the 6 GB GTX 1060.
  • Radeon R9 295X2: it depends a lot on the scaling when using the CrossFire mode, as it is a dual-GPU graphics card, but it performs better than a Radeon Vega 56 on an average. In comparison to NVIDIA, its performance is better than that of the GTX 1070 but worse than the GTX 1080.

Radeon R9 300 and Fury

  • Radeon R7 370: it is almost on par with the RX 460. Its closest NVIDIA equivalent is the GTX 950, although it falls behind the GTX 950.
  • Radeon R9 380: it falls behind the R9 380X and it does not perform as well as the RX 470, and it does not have a direct equivalent among AMD’s next-gen graphics cards. As for NVIDIA, it lands between the GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050 TI.
  • Radeon R9 380X: it does not have a direct equivalent among AMD’s current graphics cards. Its closest equivalent is the GTX 470, but it lags really far behind the GTX 470. When compared to NVIDIA’s graphics cards, its closest equivalent is the GTX 1050 TI.
  • Radeon R9 390: its performance is almost on par with that of the 4 GB Radeon RX 480. In terms of NVIDIA’s solutions, it is almost on par with the 3 GB GTX 1060.
  • Radeon R9 390X: its performance is equivalent to that of the 8 GB RX 480. In comparison to NVIDIA’s solutions, its performance is similar to the one provided by the 6 GB GTX 1060.
  • Radeon R9 Fury: its performance is better than the one provided by the 8 GB Radeon RX 480. In terms of NVIDIA’s solutions, the closest equivalent is the 6 GB GTX 1060.
  • Radeon R9 Fury X: it does not have a direct equivalent and it falls between the 8 GB Radeon RX 580 and the Radeon Vega 56. As for NVIDIA, it lands between the 6 GB GTX 1060 and the GTX 1070.