Top 5 Best Graphics Card Under 100 Dollars For Gaming

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Owning an expensive and powerful graphics card is of course, every PC gamer's dream. Obviously, a graphics card is the most important part to play the latest titles optimally.

But let's be honest, you need at least GTX 1650, a video card with the price under 200 dollars to play games on 1080p optimally. But of course, not everyone has enough budget to build a decent gaming rig. In fact, there are a few number of gamers who still use monitor with resolution lower than 1080p.

Well, this article aims to show you best five affordable graphics card under 100 dollars for gaming and the right choice for budget gamers who are still stuck with small size monitor, keep reading...

- Dual core processor with four threads is still good to run the video card in this list.
- The video card in this list are designed for 720p or 768p resolution.
- For the most optimal performance, get DDR5 graphics card, instead of DDR3.

Radeon R7 240

Stream processing units: 320
Base Clock (MHz): 780
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 28.8
low profile editions available
Max TDP: 30 Watt

AMD has a few interesting variants for entry-level segment, one of them is the R7 240. The cheapest graphics card from Radeon R7 series.

Its GPU is powered by Oland Pro, the more efficient version from Cape Verde LE. Judging from the specification of R7 240, with 320 Stream Processor and 20 Texture Units, this cheap video card resembles the discontinued HD 5570 and HD 6570.

Eyefinity Technology

The R7 240 has been featured with AMD Eyefinity Technology1 to configure multi-monitor setup option, up to two maximum displays supported. (for daily use, not for dual gaming monitors purpose)

30 Watts max TDP

R7 240 doesn't draw a lot of power, meaning it can be run in a computer with 350W power supply.

Overall, R7 240 is not just the cheapest but also the weakest graphics card in this list. However, it's still a significant upgrade from an integrated GPU.
Radeon R7 250

Stream processing units: 512
Base Clock (GHz): 1.05
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 72
Max TDP: 65 Watt

This is one of the most recommended graphics card under 100 dollars for gaming. And for AMD card with affordable price, it has quite good specification to satisfy a gamer who is planning to build a cheap gaming rig.

Technically, its GPU is built with 512 stream processing units, 24 TMUs, 768.0 GFLOPS Floating-point performance and 8 ROPs unit. Fortunately, R7 250 is available with DDR5 memory type which is great for gaming compared with DDR3 due to the faster memory clock (effective) and larger bandwidth.

R7 250 itself is positioned to replace HD 6670 and the discontinued HD 7750, one of the best seller GPU with the lowest power consumption from previous generation. And just like the card it replaces, R7 250 does not require lot of power, meaning it doesn't require a PCI Express power connector.

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GeForce GT 730

CUDA Cores: 384 (64-bit)
Base Clock (MHz): 902
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 40
low profile editions available
Max TDP: 25 Watt (DDR5)

If you can't afford better graphics card for gaming at this time (GTX 950 for example), then you also need to look at GT 730. The best thing about this graphics card, beside its affordable price is, it draws less power compared to others GPU in the same range price.

The biggest different GT 730 from its closest brother is, the use of 64-bit memory bus and lower core clock. According to the specifications of GT 730 above, we can clearly assume if it is just the economic version of GT 740.

Benchmark test (Crysis 3, 1920x1200 resolution)

According to the benchmark test by, GT 730, along with R7 240, failed to reach 30 AVG fps. Not a surprising result to be honest since the video card tested by is intended for lower resolution.

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GT 1030

Shading Units:  384
Base Clock (MHz): 1228
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 48.06
Max TDP: 30 Watt
low profile editions available

Graphics card in entry level are still dominated by AMD. So Nvidia needed new breakthrough by releasing GT 1030. This card is also designed to strengthen the position GT series in entry level like GT 730 and GT 710.

The problem with GT 1030 is the use of 64 bit which limits its bandwidth significantly. The obvious reason is of course Nvidia want to make the price of GT 1030 as lower as possible.

Despite of the fact above, the GT 1030 is still recommended for gaming (720p). Theoretically, this Nvidia GT card won't match the performance of R7 250 DDR5. But once again, GT 1030 is still worth to get if you're a big fan of Nvidia.

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GeForce GT 740

CUDA Cores: 384
Base Clock (MHz): 993
Max TDP: 64 Watt

With 80000 MB/sec memory bandwidth, GT 740 (DDR5) is the strongest video in this list, for 720p or 768p of course. However, If you are fine to play games on 1080p with low frame rate, then GT 740 (DDR5) is worth to get. This video card is also good choice if you can't afford GTX 1050 Ti at this time.

Well, when this article is written, GT 740 is also available with 4 GB DDR5, which is more expensive but is highly recommended for gaming.

Note: though the power consumption of GT 740 (DDR5) is just 64 Watt, it still needs one 6-pin power connectors.

Radeon RX 550

Cores: 512
Base Clock: 1100 MHz
Memory Bandwidth: 112.0 GB/s
Max TDP: 50 Watt 

Beside GT 1030, Radeon RX 550 is also exciting graphics card to have for a budget gamer. Its performance is relatively good especially if you consider the specification which is almost good as GTX 750 ti. Moreover, RX 550 is slightly stronger than HD 7790 and GTX 650 ti.

Let's see the performance of RX 550 from the video above. Yes as you can see it's still able to handle GTA V on 1080p resolution.

However, it looks like video is struggling to handle The Witcher 3, as the uploader runs the games on lower resolution to gain decent frame rate. You can also see the similar condition on Assassin Creed's Odyssey where the tester plays the games on 720p resolution. 

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We need to admit if $100 is not ideal budget to buy a gaming graphics card. Fortunately, there is still the best choice for a gamer with limited budget: GT 740 DDR5, the fastest card in this article, which is also the best alternative of GTX 1050 series. Furthermore, R7 250 or GT 730 DDR5 is also a good choice due to its affordable price. And don't forget the GT 1030 and RX 550, the most interesting choice in this list and also the cheapest DDR5 video card with 2GB size memory.

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