Best 8GB Graphics Card for 1440p, VR & 4K Gaming in 2017

Modern day games are very demanding and they require huge amount of both System RAM and Video RAM along with powerful GPU and CPU if you want to play them on the highest graphics settings and resolution. Well 4GB or 6GB of VRAM is sufficient for any latest game but if the game is not optimized or want to play them on maximum settings then you may require in excess of 4GB video memory.

A powerful graphics card with 8GB VRAM is a perfect choice for gaming on higher resolutions which are 1440p and 4K. These 8GB graphics cards are good for VR Gaming too as Virtual Reality Games and Applications require huge amount of memory. Also you will be future proof for upcoming games requiring 4GB or more than 4GB of video memory.

Previously in this blog I have already provided the list of best 2GB graphics cards and 4GB graphics cards but here I am going to list down the best 8GB Graphics Cards with powerful GPUs.

See also: Top Ultimate Graphics Cards for 4K Gaming

Best 8GB Graphics Cards from Nvidia

Here the top high-end 8GB graphics cards from Nvidia for 1440p / 4K gaming and Virtual Reality (VR). These graphics cards are very powerful and are meant for serious gaming only.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING Black Edition

GeForce GTX 1070 is a high performance gaming graphics card from Nvidia. It is among the top powerful Nvidia graphics cards and is great for gaming at high settings. The card is based on the Nvidia’s latest Pascal GPU architecture and comes with 1920 CUDA Cores.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING Black EditionHere we have EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING Black Edition that comes with 8GB GDDR5 memory. This is Superclocked version of the card which means it comes pre-overlocked from the company. The card comes fitted with high performance ACX 3.0 Cooler with dual fans. This cooling unit keeps the card temperature well under control and you may overclock this card further using EVGA Precision overclocking software.

On this card you can play almost all the latest games at 1080p and 1440p on Ultra settings with 60+ fps. It supports SLI which means you can run two of these cards in multi-GPU setup and double your performance in games and other graphics applications. It is also a great card for VR Gaming and it supports G-Sync, DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5. This card is not expensive either considering the power and performance it possess and you can get it under 400 dollars from the link given below.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING Black Edition Specifications
CUDA Cores 1920
GPU Clock 1594 MHz / 1784 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 MHz
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256 Bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI x 2, DisplayPort x 2

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G

GeForce GTX 1080 is the bigger brother of GTX 1070 and the most powerful Nvidia graphics card just after GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Nvidia Titan X (Pascal). The card is based on the Pascal GPU architecture and comes with 2560 CUDA Cores.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G

Here we have Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G graphics card that comes with 8GB GDDR5X memory which is even faster than the standard GDDR5 memory. This is a monstrous card and comes with WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System with 3 Fans. It is fairly quiet and keeps the card cool even during hours of intense gaming session. The card comes overclocked and you can overclock it a bit further using good overclocking softwares.

On this high-end card you can play latest games on ultra settings at 1440p with 60 fps or more. You can also play latest games on high settings on 4K with Anti-aliasing (AA) turned off. You can pair this card with a high-end AMD or Intel processor to get maximum performance out of this card. The card is VR Ready and supports SLI, G-Sync and all the latest APIs. It requires one 8-pin PCI Express power connector and a good 500W power supply for its working.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8G Specifications
CUDA Cores 2560
GPU Clock 1721 MHz / 1860 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Clock 10010 MHz
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5X
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DP x 3

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Best 8GB Graphics Cards from AMD

Here are the best 8GB graphics cards from AMD that are quite powerful and affordable too. These cards will let you play latest games on 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 470 OC edition 8GB GDDR5

Radeon RX 470 is a powerful mid-range graphics card from AMD latest Radeon RX series. The card comes with 2048 Stream Processors and is built on the AMD’s latest Polaris GPU architecture. The performance of Radeon RX 470 is comparable to that of GeForce GTX 1060 3GB variant.

ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX 470 OC 4GB GDDR5Here we have Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 470 OC edition which comes which comes with 8GB GDDR5 memory and is factory overclocked. The card comes with dual slot dual fan design and Aura RGB Lighting. On this card you can play latest games on high settings at 1080p.  Well to be honest it is not a card for 1440p gaming but you play older and mid-level games on 1440p with some graphics settings set to low. The card supports Vulkan and CrossFire. This 8gb graphics card is very much affordable and you can get it around 200 dollars from the link given below.

Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 470 OC edition Specifications
Stream Processors 2048
GPU Clock 1250 MHz / 1270 MHz
Memory Clock 6600 MHz
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI x 2, HDMI, DisplayPort

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MSI Radeon RX 480 GAMING X 8G

Radeon RX 480 is currently the top-most gaming graphics card from AMD based on the Polaris GPU architecture. It is around 15% faster than the RX 470, which may not seems too much for. Radeon RX 480 comes with 2304 Stream Processors and AMD LiquidVR technology for an immersive and smooth VR experience. The performance of this graphics is comparable to that GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, which is a powerful mid-range graphics card from Nvidia.

msi-radeon-rx-480-gaming-x-8gHere we have MSI Radeon RX 480 GAMING X 8G that comes with 8GB GDDR5 memory. The card has three modes of operation that include Silent, Gaming and OC mode. You will get maximum performance in OC mode and super silent operation in Silent mode. The gaming mode is a mix of both OC and Silent mode that provides good performance and silent operation. On this card you can play latest games on Ultra / High settings at 1440p resolution with 50 – 60 fps comfortably.

The card comes with TWIN FROZR VI cooling system with dual TORX 2.0 fans. This cooling solution does a great job in keeping the card cool even during hours of continuous gaming. The card supports 2-Way CrossFire, Vulkan API and requires one 8-pin PCI-E power connector and 500W power supply for its working. The graphics card is not expensive either and you can get it at around 250 dollars from the link given below.

MSI Radeon RX 480 GAMING X 8G Specifications
Stream Processors 2304
GPU Clock 1316 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Clock 8100 MHz (OC Mode)
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI x 2, DisplayPort x 2

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Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8GB GDDR5

Radeon RX 570 is a powerful mid-range graphics card in the latest Radeon RX 500 series. This is an updated version of the older Radeon RX 470 card and come with same number of 2048 Stream Processors. It is also based on the Polaris GPU architecture from AMD. On this card you can play latest games on high / very high graphics settings at 1080p. You may also run older games at high settings at 1440p.

Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8GB GDDR5Here we got Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8GB GDDR5 which is a powerful Radeon RX 570 graphics card. This is an overclocked card and for cooling it comes with dual 95mm fans. The fans are pretty silent and they do a great job in keeping the card’s temperature under control. This graphics card can play games like Mass Effect: Andromeda, Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, For Honor, DOOM, The Witcher 3, Down of War III on high settings at 1080p @ 60 FPS or more. The card has power consumption of 225W and requires a good 500 Watt PSU for its working. Special features of this card include aluminum backplate and RGB LED lighting.

Sapphire NITRO+ RX 570 8GB GDDR5 Specifications
Stream Processors 2048
GPU Clock Up to 1325 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 8GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DisplayPort x 2, HDMI x 2, DVI

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MSI Radeon RX 580 GAMING X 8G

Radeon RX 580 is the top of the range graphics card in the latest Radeon RX 500 series which is also based on the Polaris GPU architecture. Radeon RX 580 comes with 2304 Stream Processors and can run latest AAA games on very high / ultra graphics settings at 1440p.

MSI Radeon RX 580 GAMING X 8GHere we have MSI Radeon RX 580 GAMING X 8G which is one of the best Radeon RX 580 graphics cards available in the market. MSI Radeon RX 580 GAMING X 8G is a VR Ready graphics card and comes with all the latest technologies and features. The card has got excellent cooling as it comes fitted with TWIN FROZR VI cooler having dual TORX FAN 2.0 fans.

This is an overclocked version of Radeon RX 580 card and it offers significantly greater performance over reference RX 580 card. The card also runs pretty cool and silent even during long gaming sessions. Some of the nifty features of this card include RGB LED lighting, solid metal backplate and inclusion of gaming app for total control over your card. The card requires 8-pin power connector and 500W PSU for its working.

MSI Radeon RX 580 GAMING X 8G Specifications
Stream Processors 2304
GPU Clock 1380 / 1393 MHz
Memory Clock 8000 / 8100 MHz
Memory Size 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DisplayPort x 2, HDMI x 2, DVI

Buy MSI Radeon RX 580 GAMING X 8GB GDDR5

Note: All the above mentioned 8GB graphics cards draw high power and they require a good 500W to 600W power supply for their working. Also make sure that your PSU has 6 pin and 8 pin PCI-E power connectors.

Final Words

At the end I would like to say that if you are looking for best 8GB graphics cards for your high-end gaming PC then you won’t anything better than the ones mentioned above. These graphics cards are powerful enough to run any game at maximum or high settings with comfortable frame rates. For any queries or doubts regarding graphics cards, please leave a comment below.

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