Recommended GPUs for architecture – December update

With the release of Blender 2.8 and Eevee, you may think that having a powerful GPU is not necessary anymore. You may get some great results with Eevee using conventional hardware, but you may face problems with textures in cards that don't offer that much memory.

Choosing a good GPU for your projects may be a difficult task, especially if you go for that cards with a “Pro” label. They will be always expensive and deliver performance not that much different from “consumer” cards.

Since NVIDIA made an update to their line of consumer cards, I would like to make a few recommendations about possible cards you may use for architectural visualization.

From their consumer cards, which you will see in advertisements as cards for gamers, we can use three categories of recommendations:

Best performance and cost – RTX 2070

If you want an “entry” level card from the new generation, you should look to the RTX 2070. It offers 8GB of DDR6 for your renders and reasonable performance.

Best performance – RTX 2080

The RTX 2080 will offer the same amount of memory from RTX 2070 with gains in performance. You will get faster processing and handling for more massive scenes. That will come with a jump in cost.

Highest performance – RTX 2080 Ti

If you want to “bite the bullet” and go for the top performance, you may want to look at the RTX 2080 Ti for astonishing 11GB of DDR6 memory and a massive boost in performance.

Be ready to spend a lot more with this card. Does it worth the investment? Unless you work with incredibly heavy scenes and projects, you will be fine using an RTX 2070.

Great deals with last generation cards

If you want to go for the last generation of cards like the GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 Ti, make sure you take a look in the following links:

Some of the cards have huge discounts with price drops passing US$ 100. Even one generation behind they still can boost your productivity with both Cycles and Eevee.

What about AMD Cards?

If you think AMD cards will give you the best results, take a look at our last recommendation about those cards while we update the list with more recent models.

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