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Experts Tell Us the Best Graphics Card For Video Editing

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Graphics Card For Video Editing. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Nvidia RTX 3080 10GB

This product was recommended by Adam Montville from Borealis Digital Marketing

The best graphics card for video editing can be a bit braud, as the hardware needed depends on the type of footage you’re normally going to be editing. 8K RED RAW footage vs 1080p ProRes will be a huge difference on required specs. The software you use will also dictate what you should buy, as Adobe suite prefers Nvidia CUDA, but Davinci Resolve will work just as well on both Nvidia and AMD, for example. Editing REDCODE RAW requires VRAM, so the higher res project you’re working on, the more VRAM you need. A minimum of 10GB of VRAM is what I would recommend for editing RED footage, while 6GB is enough for editing ProRes, or other formats. Do note that the GPUs are flying off the shelves in minutes across all stores everywhere, so getting one in your hands for MSRP, or even at all, is a hard task. This won’t get better for at least 3-6+ months.


Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 8GB GDDR6 PCI EXPRESS 4.0 GRAPHICS CARD

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

New to the market, this is Nvidia’s latest addition to their lineup and is improved over past models. Nvidia has doubled the number of cores that can handle standard FP32 work. As a result, the amount of CUDA cores per SM is now 128. The RTX 3060 has fewer SMs at 28 than the RTX 2060 with 30, however, the CUDA core count jumps to 3,584 on the RTX 3060 over the last generation’s 1,920. yielding an increase in workload with less hardware. The unit also sports 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM on a 192-bit bus, a huge improvement to graphics heave workload such as video editing and even gaming.


AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

As priced, this is for the overclocked 8G GDDR6 HDMI DisplayPort Gaming Graphics Card version. I like gaming cards for video editing because they are also graphics intensive and can handle the relay rendering workload required for video editing. However, ;lesser models are available for about $429.99 USD. This beast is powered by AMD Radeon 2nd generation 7nm technology with 2035 Boost Clock, 2560 Stream Processors and 8GB of overclocked GDDR6 memory and supports up-to 6 monitors with 3x DisplayPort 1. 4 and 1x HDMI 2.0B ports! Who has ever edited with 6 monitors? The PCI Express 4. 0 delivers double the bandwidth with throughput up to 16 Gt/s reducing lag.


Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000

This product was recommended by James Costa from Jim Costa Films

The Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 sports 4,608 CUDA cores and 24GB of GDDR6 memory.. It’s professional choice for editors because of its ability to handle rendering. It’s DisplayPort 1.4 ready, while there is also support for HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and H.265 video en/decoding (PlayReady 3.0). Note: the unit requires a hefty cooling solution and will be used only in big laptops due to its increased size.


MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3060

This product was recommended by Sam Shepler from TestimonialHero

Extremely famous among professional gamers thanks to its power and speed, the RTX 3080 is, without a doubt, one of the best graphic cards for video editing and pretty much any other task requiring high-quality video. The outstanding 10-GB memory and 1.71 GHz boost clock of this graphic card are noticeable features when editing 8K and high frame rate 4K footage. All in all, one of the best options you could find in the market that I’d definitely recommend getting, of course, if budget isn’t an issue due to its high price. A video recorded in 4K 60fps has now become something regular to see since the majority of new smartphones can shoot at that quality, which makes video editing something demanding for almost any computer nowadays. This is why you don’t only need a powerful CPU to process and export video; for a smoother video editing experience, you would also need a reliable graphic card just like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super

This product was recommended by Taahid Prakash from ProTech Wearables

This card can fit in smaller PC towers and gives great performance for a well-priced graphics card.


AMD Radeon RX 5700XT

This product was recommended by Taahid Prakash from ProTech Wearables

Great for gaming, this is an inexpensive card that is perfect for the 2019 Mac Pro


Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition

This product was recommended by Taahid Prakash from ProTech Wearables

This card works silently without overheating, uses real-time ray tracing technology and has perfect rendering.


Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090

This product was recommended by Taahid Prakash from ProTech Wearables

Well-priced compared to previous models, tons of RAM and 8k capable.


AMD Radeon Pro VII

This product was recommended by Taahid Prakash from ProTech Wearables

This card offers 16gig VRAM, Infinity Fabric Link Technology and 6 display port outputs


Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 AMP

This product was recommended by Shabbir Noor from MakerShop

An affordable card that can be overclocked, cools quietly and features new technology in a compact design.


MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X

This product was recommended by Shabbir Noor from MakerShop

This is an affordable compact card featuring ultra-high frequency and low power consumption.


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Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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