After 1080p 240hz, our other more ‘niche’ standard for gaming is 1440p 60hz. Whereas 1080p 144hz is a happy medium for everyone, 1440p 144hz requires serious power for such a high resolution and refresh rate, and 1080p 60hz is our classic budget objective, 1440p 60hz is more like 1080p 240hz in that it is a pretty specific target for pretty specific gamers.
Unlike 1080p 240hz, which is geared towards fast-twitch competitive shooters, 1440p 60hz is aimed towards pretty much the opposite type of gamer. The high-resolution at 1440p, but modest refresh rate of 60hz, won’t give anyone a competitive advantage in multiplayer gaming, but it will drive perfectly single-player story-driven games. The high-resolution allows for graphics to shine, while the 60hz refresh rate will keep things smooth, even during more action-packed scenes. Without the need to match the higher refresh rates (and therefore quicker reaction times) of other gamers, single-player gamers can access the beauty of 1440p 60hz at a much more reasonable price than 1440p 144hz.
And like any gaming rig, even one using a more niche standard like this one, 1440p 60hz will depend very heavily on the GPU. 60 frames per second is nothing to sweat for any modern CPU, and even many older CPUs will be able to easily drive the 60 frames that will hit the 60hz refresh rate. But the 1440p resolution is much more demanding than 1080p, so we are going to need a GPU capable of resolving all those pixels.
With that in mind, depending on the budget you have available, here are our recommendations for the best GPUs available for 1440p 60hz for anyone looking for the beauty of QHD and smoothness of 60 frames per second:
Best GPUs for 1440p 60hz Gaming – My Recommendations
Best Budget Graphics Card GPU for 1440p 60Hz Gaming
For someone at this budget tier, we are looking for the absolute minimum GPU that will still let us hit 60hz at 1440p in the majority of games. And in this category, there is really only two GPUs we would recommend: the Nvidia GTX 1660 Super or the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti.
The GTX 1660 SUPER is a recent addition to the Nvidia line, succeeding the 1060 and 1660 but still not including the ray tracing or DLSS hardware of the newest RTX line. The 1660 SUPER essentially adds the newest generation of GDDR RAM to the 1660, but it has a surprisingly important impact. In benchmarks, the 1660 Super and 1660 Ti are nearly equal, with the Ti being slightly faster but also more expensive. And both remain to be super power-efficient GPUs, the pinnacle of efficiency for the Pascal architecture.
For 1440p 60hz gaming, the 1660 SUPER and 1660 Ti are the least powerful GPUs we would recommend. In newer titles or more greedy titles, you will likely need to lower settings to maintain a smooth 60FPS, but for eSports titles or older games we expect the 1660 SUPER and Ti to perform well even with medium graphics settings. And because of their super efficiency, the two GPUs require very little power draw and produces very little heat, making it a compelling choice for a ‘silent’ build or a small form factor build that might have more tightly packed components.
In fact, the only reason we put this as our super value tier is because of the 6GB of VRAM. VRAM becomes more and more important as you scale resolution, so you will have to sacrifice things like texture quality in some games due to the 6GB, which is not ideal for someone looking to play beautiful single-player games. You will still get to play with plenty high textures, but just not ultra for all games.
On the other hand, by sacrificing a few GB of VRAM, you can have a great GPU at a very attractive price. At right around $230 for dual fan AIB models like this Asus GTX 1660 Super Dual or approximately $260 for a dual-fan GTX 1660Ti like the Gigabyte Windforce AIB Model, these two cards are a great choice for budget 1440p 60hz gaming.
Best Mid-range GPU for 1440p 60Hz Gaming
In the mid-tier GPU category for 1440p 60hz, we begin to enter the territory of the most recent generation of entry-level cards with more VRAM (8GB) to help better display high-quality textures and details. If we are going to spend at this level, we are looking for the ability to maintain 60 FPS in almost all titles while keeping the graphics at a higher setting. Like the value tier GPU category, we are lucky to have a few viable choices that both offer good performance at good prices. From Nvidia, we are targeting the RTX 2060 SUPER and from AMD, the Radeon RX 5700.
The Nvidia RTX 2060 SUPER is the refresh of newest Turing architecture and offers a few hardware advantages over the AMD GPU, like ray tracing and DLSS anti-aliasing technology. Even more importantly, it now includes 8GB of VRAM vs. the 6GB on the original RTX 2060 card, which is perfect for our 1440p 60Hz gaming goal. On the other hand, it is not quite as powerful in most benchmarks as the RX5700, but it is more efficient.
From AMD, the 5700 is more powerful than the 2060 Super in most games and should continue to improve over time with driver optimization. Essentially, you get more raw speed at the price of losing some of the newest hardware features like ray tracing, which is pretty difficult to use with the RTX 2060 Super anyway due to the massive performance hit enabling ray tracing entails, but which is still an interesting option to have.
When it comes to pricing, the RTX 2060 SUPER is the more expensive of the two, with current dual-fan models available starting from around $390-400, such as this Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC. For a very comfortable 1440p 60hz experience (and much more in some games), that’s a really great deal.
The less expensive card, despite being faster in most benchmarks, is the RX 5700 and there are quite a few partner models available in the $360-$370 range, but it is difficult to find them in stock right now due to high demand. If you can find one, the Sapphire Pulse RX 5700 is a great buy.
Best High-end GPU for 1440p 60hz Gaming
At the high-end of the GPU spectrum for 1440p 60hz gaming, we don’t just want to be able to maintain 60FPS in all but the most challenging of games at even the highest graphics settings, we want to be able to maintain 60FPS for the foreseeable future as well. In this tier, the GPUs may seem like ‘overkill’ for pure 1440p 60hz gaming and many people will use these cards for much higher framerates in well optimized or older games. For high-end GPUs for 1440p 60hz gaming, from Nvidia we have the RTX 2070 Super, and from AMD, the Radeon RX 5700 XT.
Related: RTX 2070 Super vs Radeon RX 5700 XT
Both of these cards are very capable GPUs and have 8GB GDDR for high detail textures and graphics. Prices hover around the $400-$420 mark for the RX 5700XT depending on sales and which partner card you select, and around $500-$520 for the 2070 Super.
The RTX 2070 Super is a powerhouse of a card and offers great performance at high refresh rates for gaming at 1440p, easily maintaining 60FPS in almost any game at ultra settings and maintaining 144Hz in some well-optimized games. The major advantage of this card over the RX 5700 XT is the hardware capabilities for ray tracing and DLSS, and slightly better efficiency in terms of power draw (similar to the 2060 Super compared to the 5700). For the 2070 Super, we recommend looking at one of the mid-level AIB cards, like the MSI 2070 Super Ventus OC for $510.
On the AMD side, the RX 5700 XT is a stronger performer than both the 2070 Super in most benchmarks, but does not have the same hardware capabilities. So if you are sure to not want to try ray-tracing in some upcoming games, the 5700 XT will give you the best bang for your buck and should ensure a great 1440p 60hz experience for years to come. When it comes to selecting a model, the RX 5700 XT Sapphire Pulse is very hard to beat at $420 (if you can find one in stock!).