The 5 Best Graphics Card for i7 13700K Reviews

Reasons to Buy

  • Fastest consumer graphics card.
  • Power rating same as the RTX 3090 Ti.

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Expensive.
  • High power use.
  • Massive size.

Released in the last quarter of 2022, the RTX 4090 is Nvidia’s fastest card at its release. It is also the fastest consumer-grade graphics card in existence. It comes with a massive MSRP of $1600 and an equally massive size of 358x149x70mm, which means that it will require a pretty large PC case to provide adequate airflow to keep the card performing as it should for as long as possible.

The card features 16384 CUDA Cores, almost 50% more than the runner-up RTX 3090 Ti’s 10752 cores. This time around, Nvidia also increased the boost clock from 1.86GHz to 2.52GHz in the RTX 4090. The result is significantly improved performance in gaming and other graphically demanding workloads. The card has a power rating of 450W and will require a minimum PSU of 850W. Although this card consumes a lot of power, it seems surprising that, with such performance leaps, the power rating is the same 450W that RTX 3090 Ti had.

On our i7-13700K system, we tested the three highly demanding AAA titles on this card at 4K settings with ray tracing enabled, namely, Metro Exodus, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Far Cry 6. In the first game, we got an average frame rate of 90 FPS, while in the second and third, the average turned out to be 93 and 97 FPS, respectively. So, in terms of games, the card performed as one might have expected it to.

So, is this the best graphics card to couple with your i7-13700K? Although there is no doubt that it is the fastest graphics card you can get your hands on. However, a graphics card or any PC component needs to be more than just a performance beast to be the best. Value-wise, the RTX 3080 is the best of all the graphics cards we tested. However, if the best means raw performance for you, then yes, the RTX 4090 is the best card for your i7-13700K that you can buy.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great for 4K gaming.
  • RTX 3090-beating in gaming performance.

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Consumes more power than the original.
  • Not as faster than 3080 as it is pricier.

The MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G is based on Nvidia’s Ampere Architecture and comes at the bumped-up MSRP of ~$1300 compared to the $1200 at which the original can be had. The Supreme X has been overclocked to give a slightly faster performance than the stock card.

It features 10240 CUDA cores. For comparison’s sake, the 3080 has 8960 while the 3090 features 10496. Across the same architecture, an increase in CUDA cores does result in corresponding performance gains. As a result, the 3080 Ti is noticeably faster than the 3080 and almost unnoticeable from the 3090.

On the memory side, the card has 12 gigs of GDDR6X memory with a bandwidth of 19 Gbps on a 384-bit bus. The halving of memory is the only major difference between the 3090 and 3080 Ti. Although it doesn’t hurt to have as much GPU memory as possible, 24GB is overkill for most gamers, even high-end ones.

The card is 336x140x61 mm and should fit inside a mid-tower case just fine. The TGP of the Supreme X is around 400W, and MSI recommends an 850W PSU for it. In contrast, the stock card consumes 350W and requires a 750W PSU. Are the marginal performance gains worth the additional price and energy? We’ll leave it up to you to decide.

We tested 3 highly graphically demanding games at 4K settings with ray tracing enabled for our gaming benchmarks. In Far Cry 6, we got an average frame rate of 89, while in Metro Exodus and Red Dead Redemption 2, we got a stable 84 FPS framerate. So yeah, more than a smooth 4K gaming experience!

This card is a good deal, with graphics cards already pushing the $2000 mark at ~$1300. However, with the stock RTX 3080 Ti already offering marginal performance gains over the 3080, the price increase of Supreme X over the original seems even harder to justify. In other words, go with the 3080 and save yourself a small fortune (~$500) by sacrificing some half a dozen FPS, we’d say.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great overall gaming performance.

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Inferior ray tracing performance.

The Sapphire RX 6800 XT is based on AMD’s rDNA 2 Architecture and comes with an MSRP of $700. The 6800XT boasts 4608 Stream Processors and 72 Ray Accelerators, compared to the $480 RX 6700 XT’s 2560 Streaming Processors and 40 Ray Accelerators, resulting in substantial improvement in performance that almost linearly scales with a price.

In memory, too, there are considerable improvements in the 6800 XT over the 6700 XT. For example, Infinity Cache has been increased from 96 MB to 128 MB while the memory interface has been bumped up to 256-bit instead of 192. The result is substantial improvements in memory bandwidth (384GBps to 512GBps) manifested in faster loading of texture details and, coupled with higher processor count, an overall much smoother gaming experience.

As far as the size of the Sapphire RX 6800 XT is concerned, it takes up 2.7 slots (read 3), which effectively means that 3 of your PCIe slots will be rendered useless. You will also want to invest in a suitable ATX motherboard; mini-versions won’t cut it. The card’s dimensions at 310(L)X 134.3(W)X 55.3 (H)mm are, however, more forgiving than most mainstream high-end cards, and it should fit inside even a mini-tower case. However, we don’t recommend pushing your luck too far and ending up with a perpetually overheated and throttled GPU because there wasn’t sufficient airflow. The card has a TGP of 350W, which means you might want to invest in a quality 750W PSU.

The gaming performance of the 6800 XT was highly varied. The pessimism set by the 40 FPS recorded in Metro Exodus was quickly overshadowed by the surprising 67 FPS recorded in Far Cry 6 and 51 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2. However, these are respectable numbers because AMD considerably needs to catch up with Nvidia in ray tracing.

So, to wrap up, is the Sapphire RX 6800 XT the best graphics card for i7-13700K? At $700, this is in the RTX 3080 territory. While AMD cards provide better deals at lower resolutions with no tracing effects, in our case, it would be a mistake to choose the 6800XT if a 3080 is available without huge markups on MSRP.

Reasons to Buy

  • Excellent 4K gaming performance.
  • Faster than similarly priced 3080 Ti.

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Still, too expensive.

The ZOTAC RTX Trinity 4080 is based on Nvidia’s latest Ada Lovelace architecture and comes with an MSRP of $1199. It is the successor to 3080 but only nominally as it is much more expensive than the 3080. So, an apples-to-apples comparison should be matched with the $1199 3080 Ti. The 4080 features Nvidia’s DLSS3 technology (only available in 40 series cards) to improve frame rates in highly graphically demanding games.

The card has seen a reduction in core counts, “on all counts,” so to speak. For example, it features 9728 CUDA Cores compared to 3080 Ti’s 10240 Cores. Same with the RT and Tensor Cores. However, these differences are offset by the higher base and boost clock speeds of 4080 at 2.21GHz and 2.51GHz, compared to 3080Ti’s 1.37 and 1.67 GHz, respectively. The result is 4080, still defeating 3080 Ti by a significant margin.

This is a pretty big card, at 356.1mm x 150.1mm x 71.4mm, almost the same size as the higher-end 4090. Although the card will fit inside a Mid Tower case, its 320W TGP means it will generate a lot of heat. So, you might be better off going with a full tower case to provide plenty of ventilation to the graphics card.

In terms of gaming performance, the gains provided by the 4080 over the 3080 Ti are marginal. For instance, we got 92 FPS at 4K with RT-enabled compared to the 84 FPS we got with the MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X. Similarly, we got an average of 98 FPS in Far Cry 6 over the 89 FPS we got with the 3080 Ti.

So, after all, is said and done, is the RTX 4080 the best graphics card for your i7-13700K? The card offers noticeable improvements over the 3080 Ti, so we’d recommend it if you had to choose between the two. However, $1200 is too steep for a card that was supposed to succeed the 3080. If you have money, we recommend you “take the full measure and go all the way” with the RTX 4090 instead.

Reasons to Buy

  • Very good 4K gaming performance.

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Bad value for money.
  • Draws much more power than the similarly performing 3070.

Coming at an MSRP of $850, the Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC 8G, as its name implies, is the overclocked version of the $599 RTX 3070 Ti reference card, which is based on Nvidia’s Ampere architecture. While the original card has a core clock speed of 1770 MHz, the aftermarket variant comes with 1830 MHz, resulting in slightly higher framerates. The 3070 Ti features 6144 CUDA cores which, though slightly higher than the 3070’s 5888 cores, are drastically lower than the much better-value 3080’s 8704 CUDA cores.

The 3070 Ti features 8GB of GDDR6X instead of the GDDR6 memory in the 3070, which translates to higher memory clock speeds and significantly higher bandwidth at 608 GB/s instead of the 3070’s 448 GB/s. As a result, the textures and details in AAA titles load much faster.

The dimensions of the 3070 Ti have been set at 320x129x55 mm, which means that it should fit inside a typical Mid Tower case just fine. Despite similar overall performance to the 3070, the 3070 Ti draws significantly more power at 290W (~300W on this model) than the former’s 220W. So, expect to buy a suitable 750W PSU to power your system adequately.

Gaming performance was acceptable on this card as the average remained between 60-70 FPS at 4K ultra settings with ray tracing enabled. For instance, when we ran Metro Exodus, the average framerate stayed nearly constant at 60 FPS, while Red Dead Redemption 2 hovered at a slightly higher 63 FPS. And finally, in Far Cry 6, the average turned out to be 66 FPS.

So, pretty good card. Then why isn’t it the best graphics card for your i7-13700K? Well, mainly due to its price. Although the 3070 Ti offers slight improvements over the $499 RTX 3070, they are not worth the extra $100 and the higher power draw. If you want to get better performance for value, we recommend you either stick with the RTX 3070, make a slightly higher leap to the $699 3080, and skip the 3070 Ti altogether.

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Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq

Umar Farooq has developed a passion for computers ever since the time his father brought home the first family computer in 2002, a time when broadband internet was still in its infancy and almost every PC component was at least an order of a magnitude less powerful than the typical ones available today. Recently, he decided to start writing on this website to help tech rookies not be too enticed by overly hyped marketing terms they barely understand and get the best deal for their money.