Finding the best graphics card can often be a tiresome and annoying process, especially when looking for one that can pair nicely with your processor.
With so many cards that lack compatibility with certain PC builds, I decided to make a list of four different graphics cards that work well with the Ryzen 9 Series CPUs.
Best GPU For Ryzen 9 3900X And 3900XT Buying Guide
At four different price points, I’ll be discussing the pros and cons of each card in order to hopefully help you decide which card is the best choice for your build.
1. XFX RX 5500 XT Thicc II Pro
Best Budget GPU For Ryzen 3900X / 3900XT
- GPU: AMD RX 5500 XT
- Memory: 8 GB GDDR6
- Boost clock: Up to 1845MHz
For those looking for a powerful graphics card under a $200 price point, the XFX RX 550 XT Thicc II Pro is a great choice.
This card looks quite standard visually, going for a plain black aesthetic. But functionally, it is very impressive especially given its very low price point.
Buyers can expect to achieve pretty solid performance out of this card, although it’s important to keep expectations in check – this is a budget GPU, after all.
With that said, this card managed to reach and occasionally surpass 60 frames-per-second when running many titles on their maximum graphics settings with 1080p resolution.
Battlefield V for example hit an average of 71 FPS and at its very worst fell to 56 FPS, managing to run amazingly without any sort of major hiccups.
Other titles faired similarly, with Gears of War 5 averaging out at 65 FPS and dipping down to 50 FPS at its very lowest.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt faired a bit better, hitting an average of 71 FPS and never dipping below 62 FPS.
Overall, most titles seem to run very well with this budget card, with most managing to average out at 60 FPS and only occasionally dipping below that in more intensive areas.
For anyone looking to game on Ultra settings with a 1080p monitor, this graphics card will do a fine job.
But just don’t expect to hit the same level of performance while running at a 1440p or 4K resolution – this card will not reach those heights, and it certainly won’t be able to take full advantage of what the Ryzen 9 Series processors have to offer.
But for under $200, this card is an absolute bargain for what it does offer.
- Bargain Price
- Runs Games Great in 1080p on Max Settings
- Won’t Take Full Advantage of Ryzen 9 Series cards
- Not Fit for Running Games Well in 1440p or 4K
2. XFX RX 5700 Xt Thicc III Ultra 8GB
Best 1440p GPU For Ryzen 3900X / 3900XT
- Introducing the new XFX thicc III ultra 5700 XT. Built with style and dynamic cooling power in mind to yield lower temperatures and heightened performance that adapt to the intensity of the moment.
- Get the very best FPS the 5700 XT series can deliver. Thanks to the 2.90 millimeter fans and 100 millimeter fan, the thicc III ultra stays cool and quiet, allowing you to achieve higher boost clocks.
- The XFX RX 5700 XT is built for high-performance and high resolution gameplay. Experience smooth gameplay performance at 1440P and 4K. With support for 8K you are ready for next-gen displays. See everything in mind blowing detail without sacrificing performance.
The XFX RX 5700 Xt Thicc III Ultra 8GB is a noticeable upgrade over the Thicc II Pro, and with its performance upgrade, this item also gets a big increase in price by nearly double.
This GPU’s memory clock is 1750 MHz, while overclocked it can boost up to 2025 MHz.
The card’s power consumption is 195W in Quiet Mode, and consuming 230W while in Performance Mode.
It consumes additional power compared to the Thicc II, which uses a maximum of 210W. But is all this additional power consumption worth it?
Well, in terms of performance, this card fairs quite well. The Thicc III Ultra has no problem running games in a 1440p resolution with maxed out graphical settings, with Battlefield V hitting an average of 85 FPS and never dipping much lower than 76 FPS.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey fairs a bit worse, with it averaging out at around 55 FPS and dropping down to 50 FPS at times.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also ran very well, hitting an average of around 68 FPS and never fell under 60 FPS.
Overall, the Thicc III Ultra is a major improvement over the Thicc II Pro, managing to easily run just about any graphically demanding title on Ultra settings in a 1440p resolution.
While not every title will be able to reach that 60 frames-per-second minimum as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey clearly illustrates, most will do just fine.
And for those only looking to game at a 1080p resolution or at slightly lower graphical settings, this card will surely fulfill all of your needs.
But for PC snobs looking to achieve the absolute highest resolutions at the maximum graphical fidelity possible, this isn’t the best card on the market.
For what it does manage to offer, however, it is a great value for most consumers.
- Fairly Priced
- Easily Runs Games in 1440p on Ultra Settings
- Not Fit for Running Games Well in 1440p or 4K
3. MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X
- Powered by NVIDIA Turing with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
- Boost Clock: 1695 MHz
- Video Memory: 8GB GDDR6
The MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is another great graphics card that provides some great performance, as well as a very nice visual aesthetic with RGB lighting.
The card is on the more expensive end, and because of this, it should be judged on a higher scale compared to the prior cards.
The first thing to notice with this card is its look – it has a very nice metallic look to it and a brushed finish on the back, with some nice RGB lighting also included.
This GPU’s memory clock in Silent Mode ranges from 1770 to 1800 MHz, while its overclocking speed can boost from anywhere from 1845 to 1860 MHz.
While its base clocking speed is more powerful than the previously mentioned Thicc III Ultra, its overclock speeds are very minimal and feel power-limited compared to other cards.
Disregarding its underwhelming overclock speeds, the card still manages to deliver great performance when running games in both 1080p and 1440p resolutions.
Far Cry New Dawn, for example, hit an average of 91 FPS and dropped to a minimum of 70 FPS when displayed at a 1440p resolution with max settings.
More demanding games ran a bit worse, but still playable; Metro Exodus only managed to hit 52 FPS on average and dipped down to as low as 32 FPS. Not the best, but still serviceable.
So overall, the 2060 Super Gaming X is a bit of a mixed bag – while it performs fairly well, its minimal overclocking potential holds it back from really being anything spectacular.
It looks nice and has some beautiful RGB lighting, but its high price doesn’t quite feel worth it in many ways.
- Runs Games Great in 1080p and 1440p Resolution, with Maxed Settings
- Great Visual Aesthetic, Pretty RGB Lighting
- Underwhelming Overclock Speeds
- A Bit Expensive
4. EVGA RTX 2080 08G-P4-3183-KR
Best High-End GPU For Ryzen 9 3900X / 3900XT
- Real Boost Clock: 1845 MHz; Memory Detail: 8192 MB GDDR6
- Real time Ray tracing in games for cutting edge, hyper realistic Graphics
- Dual HDB fans offer higher performance cooling and much quieter acoustic noise
The EVGA GeForce 08G-P4-3183-KR is a beast of a GPU, offering some truly incredible performance, but at a very high asking price of nearly a thousand dollars.
This card will certainly take advantage of Ryzen 9 Series processors, for those who wish to have a GPU that will take full advantage of their PC rig.
The card has a transparent look to it, with its front side lined with LEDs that will light up when used. The cards looks and feels very high quality, with a premium-feeling back plate.
In terms of performance, this card is quite the beast. It will run any games in 1080p, 1440p and even 4K with ease.
For most, 1440p will be the optimal resolution, and compared to the previously mentioned cards on this list, the EVGA GeForce 08G-P4-3183-KR absolutely blows them out of the water.
Metro Exodus, which struggled a bit on the RTX Super Gaming X, runs incredibly well on this card with an average of 105 FPS at a 1440p resolution on Ultra settings, and never dipping below 85 FPS.
Battlefield V ran similarly well, hitting an average of 82 FPS at the same resolution and settings, hitting a minimum of at least 64 FPS.
The card also manages to run games very well in 4K resolution, with most games hitting around 60 FPS with ease.
All in all, this card manages to impress on all fronts: both its performance and presentation are top-tier, though its price will deter those who are building on a budget.
But if you can afford this card, there’s little reason to settle for anything less.
- Can Handle Nearly Every Title in 1080p, 1440p, and 4K Resolution on Max Settings
- Excellent Presentation, RGB Lighting Looks Great
While all of these graphics cards are competent enough at what they set out to do, I ultimately found that the most expensive of the bunch, the EVGA GeForce 08G-P4-3183-KR, was the best one.
It is undoubtedly the most powerful graphics card discussed today, and is also the most aesthetically pleasing.
Though I don’t always recommend the most expensive model in these reviews, this time it just felt necessary.
If you’re looking for a card that will pair nicely with an already-expensive Ryzen 9 3900X or 3900XT, it makes sense to buy a GPU that will get the most out of your CPU.
The Thicc II Pro, while the best deal in terms of price-to-performance ratio, doesn’t really take advantage of the Ryzen 9 Series processors.
Both the Thicc III Ultra and RTX 2060 Super Gaming X offer a decent amount of power for far less than the GeForce 08G-P4-3183-KR, but they still don’t manage to take full advantage of the Ryzen 9 Series.
While all of these GPUs are great in their own ways, the GeForce 08G-P4-3183-KR is the best one if you intend to pair it with the Ryzen 9 3900X or 3900XT.