Overwatch Video Card Recommendation List – Buyer’s Guide for PC Graphics Cards
This video card buyer’s guide for Overwatch is designed to find you the best value video card to maximize performance within your budget. It includes FPS benchmarks for each card as well as updates on the best sales and deals!
I’ve done all the research on video cards quality, performance within Overwatch, and overall user reviews. This article also has a huge benefit: I’ve hunted down the best deals, sales and rebates available while also taking into account individual video card performance, reliability and quality differences.
Updated for Summer 2017 and the Latest GPUs
This article has now been updated to reflect the current GPUS available in mid-2017! We had a ton of people who used the first version of this article as a buying guide so we wanted to keep it up to date for the best values.
List of Best Value Overwatch GPUs for Your Budget
Here is the quick and dirty rundown of the best value video cards for Overwatch. A more detailed description of our specific video card choices can be found further down the article, but if you are just looking for a quick list here you go:
Performance @ Ultra Quality
|$100||EVGA GTX 1050 (2GB)||95 fps @ 1080p||Read More|
|$150||EVGA GTX 1050 Ti FTW ACX 3.0|| 70 fps @ 1440p
100 fps @ 1080p
|$200||Asus GTX 1060 3GB OC Edition|| 165 fps @ 1080p
105 fps @ 1440p
|$300-400||MSI Gaming GTX 1070 8GB|| 240 fps @ 1080p
160 fps @ 1440p
80 fps @ 4K
|$500||Gigabyte GTX 1080 Windforce OC|| 285 fps @ 1080p
200 fpsS @ 1440p
105 fps @ 4K
Entry Level Budget Video Card for Overwatch
Despite being a fast-paced, modern first person shooter, where every frame counts, Overwatch is fairly forgiving when it comes to video cards. This is thanks to the use of stylized, illustrative graphics (as opposed to ultra high resolution textures and lighting effects) as well as good optimization on part of Blizzard.
Overwatch GPU Under $100: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 (non Ti version) 2GB
The Nvidia cards continue to outperform AMD Radeon cards at most price and performance levels. The $100 budget range is no exception. The choices here are the GTX 1050 (non Ti) vs the Radeon RX 460. Both run about the same price ranging from $90-$110, but the GTX 1050 outperforms the RX 460 significantly. Expect to see about 10-20% better peformance with the GTX 1050 choice. The 2GB version of both cards work well in Overwatch and provide good value.
Overwatch Benchmarks for GTX 1050 (non-Ti)
- 95 FPS @ 1080p Ultra Settings
The GTX 1050 Ti line of cards has replaced the previous generation GTX 950 line of cards in the $150 price range. These offer a great value and have enough power to give you a smooth 60+ fps at 1080p in almost any modern game. In Overwatch you can safely play well above 60 fps at 1440p resolutions with these cards.
EVGA offers several different models to choose from, but it can be a bit confusing. Here is the explanation:
- FTW: top of the line model, max overclock, best performance
- SSC: moderate overclock
- SC: minor overclock, single fan (louder and hotter)
- ACX 3.0 refers to EVGA’s custom cooling system which results in quieter and cooler cards
Overwatch Benchmarks for GTX 1050 ti:
- 100 FPS average @ 1080p on Ultra Settings
- 70 FPS @ 1440p Ultra Settings
At the $200 price range the choice is between the Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD RX 570 (the new version of the RX 470). However even compared to AMD’s latest generation RX 570, the GTX 1060 handily beats it in both price and performance so again we stick with the GeForce card.
The GTX 1060 3GB version ends up being a great value. There is a GTX 1060 6GB version available, but it will cost you $30 – $50 more and only yield about 5 fps gain. There are cheaper GTX 1060’s available, (for example the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC Single Fan for $20-30 less), but they are clocked at a slower speed and run louder and hotter. The Asus GTX 1060 OC Edition is the most powerful 1060 under $200.
Overwatch FPS Benchmarks for the GTX 1060 3GB:
- 165 FPS Average at 1080p Ultra Settings
- 105 FPS Average at 1440 on Ultra Settings
Currently there is no great choice if you want to spend right at $300 for a GPU primarily for Overwatch. Instead, we recommend deciding if you’d like to spend $200 or push on up to a nearly $400 budget. In reality we recommend the $200 GTX 1060 as the best value if your primary goal is simply to play Overwatch with the best price to performance GPU. The main reasons to fork over more cash are if you plan to play at 4K resolutions or if you want to future-proof your video card to play other graphically intense games. Overwatch itself won’t see enough real-world boost to your gaming experience to rationalize spending double unless you’re gaming at 4K resolutions.
Overwatch Benchmarks for the GTX 1070 8GB:
- 240 FPS Average – 1080p resolution at Ultra Quality
- 160 FPS Average – 1440p at Ultra Quality
- 80 FPS – 4K at Ultra Quality
This card often has rebates available on Amazon. The price below does not include the rebate discount – click the link below to check for rebates.
At this price point you’ll have no problem maxing out the settings while maintaining a ridiculously high framerate at 1080p. To be honest if you only plan to play at 1080p (1920 x 1080) or similar resolutions like 1920 x 1200 this card is most definitely overkill.
The only reason to consider spending $500 on a graphics card for Overwatch is to play at 4K resolutions. If that’s your goal the GTX 1080 (non Ti) should be your choice, though the GTX 1070 may be a choice to save some money. Alternately you may want to consider this card if you want to play other, more demanding modern games at 1440p resolutions.
GTX 1080 Benchmarks in Overwatch:
- 285 FPS – 1080p Ultra
- 20 FPS – 1440p Ultra
- 105 FPS – 4K
Overwatch Minimum GPU Requirements and Recommended System Specs
Like all games, Blizzard released a minimum and recommended system specs list at the release of Overwatch. However today that specific hardware is simply not in production anymore. Below I’ve updated the minimum and recommended gpu with what is currently available and in production:
- Current Cheapest Recommended GPU for Overwatch: Radeon RX 460 or GTX 1050 (both options are under $100.)
Editor’s Choice: the Best GPU Value for Overwatch
As is often the case, the best overall value is in the middle of the pack. The GTX 1060 3GB is available under $200 and can play any modern game at maximum or near maximum settings while maintaining a steady 60+ fps. It is safely much more powerful than is needed in Overwatch, even at 1440p resolutions. We can solidly recommend the GTX 1060 3GB version as our Editor’s Choice for value and performance.
Editor’s Choice for Value and Performance ($200):
Asus GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dual-Fan OC Edition
We’ll keep an eye on sales and rebates for cards and will update this article as necessary. Any questions, comments, or discussion are welcome in the comments section below!