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[7] Best GPUs For Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 is one of those games that will use every resource you give it and then some.

That’s why it’s important to have a GPU that is up for the task, which is why I put together this definitive list of only the best!

NameGeForce RTX 4090
Memory24 GB
Memory Speed2235 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Fans3
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Display PortsDisplayPort, HDMI
Dimensions (L x W x H)13.3” x 3.1” x 5.5”

Pros

  • More than powerful enough to run Overwatch 2 on any settings (almost 300 FPS in 4k at max settings)
  • One of the most powerful GPUs on the market
  • Will be a very powerful GPU and be able to run games for the next 5 – 10 years
  • Can easily run any modern game and will not bottleneck any PC
  • Best Ray Tracing to date and DLSS 3 is incredible
  • NVENC makes streaming a breeze
  • 24 GB of VRAM is 18 GB more than Overwatch 2 needs

Cons

  • Overkill if Overwatch 2 is the only game you want to play
  • Very expensive GPU
  • Requires 4 cables with older Power supply units
  • 16 Pin connector
  • Requires a lot of power to run (850W + PSU)
  • Physically a really big GPU that requires a lot of case space

You can’t beat the GeForce RTX 4090 when it comes to pure power. This thing will blow Overwatch 2 out of the water without even batting an eye.

If you’re looking for the absolute best GPU money can buy, then you want the RTX 4090. Just keep in mind that while the GPU is extremely powerful, you can’t just shove it into any build.

The rest of your PC needs to be able to keep up. Your power supply shouldn’t be strong enough to handle the GPU, and you should make sure your CPU won’t bottleneck it and hold it down.

You should also make sure your case has room for the GPU, because there’s nothing worse than buying a new GPU just to realize it won’t fit in your case (speaking from experience.)

Now, if you’re price conscious and Overwatch 2 is the most demanding game you play, then the GeForce RTX 4090 is a bit overkill. You won’t ever really push it to its limits or even half of its limits with Overwatch 2.

You could easily get by on a GPU that costs $1,000 less than the 4090, so don’t think you need to shell out the cash just to hit high frames in OW2.

2. GeForce RTX 4080

NameGeForce RTX 4080
Memory16 GB
Memory Speed2205 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Fans3
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Display Ports1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Dimensions (L x W x H)13.07” x 5.39” x 2.8”

Pros

  • Hits 150+ FPS on high settings in 4k, even during busy fights with a lot going on
  • Much cheaper than the RTX 4090 and has the perfect performance for overwatch (over 140 FPS in 4k)
  • Great Ray Tracing performance
  • NVENC, DLSS and other NVIDIA features included and better than ever

Cons

  • Still very expensive
  • 16 pin connector
  • Overkill if you don’t want to game in 4k
  • Requires a lot of case space

The RTX 4080 isn’t quite as powerful as the 4090, but it’s still more than powerful enough to take on OW2 on any settings.

Even if you game in 4k, the 4080 is going to hit 140+ FPS on max settings, so it won’t limit you in any way.

If you don’t play in 4k, then the 4080 could still be overkill if Overwatch 2 is the only game you play. Overwatch 2 isn’t nearly graphically demanding enough to put the 4080 to the test if you’re playing on 1080p or 1440p.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with getting 200+ FPS while you game, so if you want a card that will deliver those numbers and also don’t want to shell out for a 4090, the 4080 may be the perfect option for you.

If you’re price conscious and don’t play in 4k, then you may want to go with a GPU lower on this list. There are plenty of GPUs for a fraction of the price of the 4080 that will run Overwatch perfectly on any settings.

If you want something that will absolutely blow OW2 out of the water, though, then the 4080 will do that for you.

3. GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

NameGeForce RTX 3090 Ti
Memory24 GB
Memory Speed1560 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Fans3
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Display Ports1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Dimensions (L x W x H)13.2” x 2.4” x 5.5”

Pros

  • Well over 200 FPS on Ultra Settings when not in 4k
  • Perfect Overwatch 2 performance if you game in 1440p or 1080p resolution
  • Still easily breaks 100 FPS in 4k (in Overwatch 2, at least)
  • Overall a really great GPU that will handle all modern games

Cons

  • Drops below 120 FPS occasionally during team fights in Overwatch 2 (in 4k on high settings)
  • About as expensive as the RTX 4080 for slightly worse performance
  • High power consumption
  • Large card that requires a lot of space

The 3090 Ti is probably my personal favorite GPU on this list. It only comes in at number three because the 4090 and 4080 are just so powerful, it’s hard to put them anywhere but the top two spots.

The 3090 Ti hits the sweet spot, though, when it comes to Overwatch 2 performance. It blows the game out of the water in 1440p and 1080p, while not blowing it so far out of the water that it’s overkill.

With the 3090 Ti, you won’t ever have to worry about frames unless you play in 4k. Even then, you’ll still hit 60+ FPS. If you game in 4k, though, it’s honestly worth it to shell out for a 4080 or 4090, otherwise the 3090 Ti has you covered.

Now, if you only game in 1080p and don’t plan on changing up anytime soon with a new monitor, the 3090 Ti could be overkill.

It’ll deliver over 300 FPS most of the time in 1080p which is fantastic, but not really useful when most monitors are 75-144 Hz.

Still, though, I’ll never turn down more frames which is why the 3090 Ti is my favorite GPU on the list, and why it comes in at number 3.

4. GeForce RTX 3080 Ti

NameGeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Memory12 GB
Memory Speed19000 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Fans3
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Display Ports1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Dimensions (L x W x H)11” x 4.4” x 1.6”

Pros

  • Breaks 100 FPS even in 4k on max settings
  • Breaks 200 and 300 FPS when in 1440p and 1080p respectively on max settings
  • Very quiet
  • Very close to RTX 3090 in performance
  • Not huge (same size as non-Ti version)

Cons

  • Very expensive for its age – especially with 40 series out now
  • Overkill if Overwatch 2 is the only game you play and you play in 1080p
  • Power hungry

The 3080 Ti is very comparable to the 3090 Ti and I feel the same way about both GPUs. They hit the absolute sweet spot when playing Overwatch 2 in non-4k resolutions (1080p and 1440p.)

The major downside for the card at the moment is that it costs about as much as a 3090 Ti, so you might as well go for the more powerful card unless you’re on a strict budget.

As far as performance goes, the 3080 Ti does exactly what I want. If a card gives me 144+ FPS, even in busy team fights, then I’m happy. The 3080 Ti delivers 200+ FPS in those team fights, even in 1440p, which is fantastic.

If you game in 1080p and don’t plan on upgrading, you don’t really need the 300 FPS that the RTX 3080 Ti will deliver.

If you play more demanding games than Overwatch 2, though, then the GPU is still well-worth the money.

Otherwise, if you’re very price conscious, you can get something cheaper that will still break 144 FPS, even on max settings.

5. Radeon RX 6900 XT

NameRadeon RX 6900 XT
Memory16 GB
Memory Speed2015 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6
Fans3
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Display Ports1x HDMI 2.1, 2x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1x USB Type-C
Dimensions (L x W x H)13.07” x 6.02” x 2.44”

Pros

  • Can handle Overwatch 2 in 4k and still break 120 FPS occasionally
  • In 1080p and 1440p, breaks 200 FPS easily in Overwatch 2 on Epic settings
  • Cheaper than other options while delivering good performance
  • Perfect GPU for price conscious Overwatch 2 players
  • Great value for the performance
  • Quiet
  • Power efficient
  • Can be overclocked
  • Idle Fan Stop

Cons

  • Not the best card if you game in 4k
  • No NVENC and other NVIDIA features
  • 6800 XT is better value
  • No DLSS

As far as performance goes in Overwatch 2, the Radeon RX 6900 XT doesn’t leave anything to be desired. You’ll break 200 FPS in 1440p and 300 FPS in 1080p most of the time, which is perfect.

The only time I wouldn’t recommend this card is if you game in 4k because it’s probably not going to go over 100 FPS most of the time.

With 144 hz monitors getting more and more popular, I highly recommend finding a card that will always deliver over 150 FPS.

Another point to note about the RX 6900 XT is that it doesn’t have some quality of life features NVIDIA cards have like DLSS and NVENC.

If you don’t really stream, though, and mostly play in 1440p and 1080p resolutions, then it doesn’t matter too much.

Overall, the card will run OW2 on any settings you want and deliver 200 – 300 FPS as long as you’re not gaming in 4k, which is perfect.

6. Radeon RX 6800 XT

NameAMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Memory16GB
Memory Speed16000 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6
Fans3
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Display Ports1x HDMI 2.1, 2x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1x USB Type-C
Dimensions (L x W x H)10.5” x 9.5” x 3.5”

Pros

  • Easily breaks 250 FPS consistently in 1080p
  • Always over 140 FPS in 1400p
  • Perfect card for Overwatch 2 players that play in 1440p
  • 60+ FPS in 4k consistently, breaking 100 FPS occasionally
  • Extremely good value for the performance, especially for non-4k gamers
  • 16 GB of VRAM is fantastic

Cons

  • Not the best card for 4k gaming, if you want to have 144+ FPS
  • 750W power supply required which is quite high for this range of GPU
  • Runs a little hot and can be loud
  • Ray tracing is not great
  • No DLSS

For this card, I want to get the bad out of the way first. It requires a 750W power supply or better, which is pretty crazy for this tier of GPU.

However, if you already have a PSU that can handle the RX 6800 XT, then you’re good to go and it may be perfect for your build.

First of all, this card is extremely affordable, and the amount of power you get for the price is almost unparalleled. If you play Overwatch 2 in 1440p or 1080p and you’re price conscious, this is the card for you.

You could go cheaper if you want to lower your graphics settings a bit, but if you want to play on Epic settings in 1440p and never worry about your frames, the RX 6800 XT is going to give you the best value for your money.

7. GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

NameGeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Memory8 GB
Memory Speed1665 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR6
Fans2
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Display Ports1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Dimensions (L x W x H)‎12” x 6” x 3”

Pros

  • Over 200 FPS when gaming in 1080p on max settings
  • Breaks 144 FPS on max settings in 1440p
  • Can handle 4k gaming when on lower settings
  • Amazing value for the performance
  • Good Ray Tracing
  • Cheapest GPU for running overwatch on any settings in 1080p and 1440p while still being able to hit 200 FPS in 4k on low settings
  • Runs cool
  • NVENC makes streaming very easy

Cons

  • Not the best option for 4k gaming
  • Only 8GB of VRAM, but doesn’t matter much for Overwatch 2

The GeForce RTX 3060 is another great card for gamers looking for the best value for their buck. I really like the 3060 Ti specifically for OW2 because it is far from overkill.

If you game in 1440p it will deliver over 144 FPS even in big fights. If you game in 1080p, it will keep you above 200 FPS most of the time.

This means that unless you plan to upgrade to 4k, the 3060 Ti will let you play on Epic settings for the foreseeable future, while only being a fraction of the price of the cards higher up on this list.

What GPU Is Required For Overwatch 2?

Overwatch 2 requires an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series1, or better to run. The game also requires 1 GB or more of VRAM to play. While these are the minimum requirements, for a smooth framerate, Overwatch 2 requires about 6 GB of VRAM and a more powerful GPU (1660 Ti or better).

Overwatch 2 is a sleeper when it comes to GPU demand. It may not seem like a game that requires a ton of GPU power, but if you want to play on any decent graphics settings you’ll need something in the mid range.

If you want 144+ FPS on the highest settings, you’ll need an RTX 3060 Ti or better. If you don’t mind lowering your settings a tad, you can get away with a 1660Ti or something slightly less powerful.

While the minimum specs require 1 GB of VRAM and a GTX 600 series, a GPU that weak will not be fun to play on and you’ll have to lower your graphics to the point of not being able to tell what is going on.

Is Overwatch 2 More GPU Or CPU Intensive?

Overwatch 2 is more CPU intensive than GPU intensive. With that being said, overall Overwatch 2 does a great job of balancing out the resources it has available to it, so an upgrade to either component will improve performance. Overwatch 2 also relies heavily on RAM, so 16GB+ of memory is recommended.

I’ve seen from first hand experience that Overwatch 2 relies heavily on a solid CPU. I was gaming with a 1660 Ti and getting less than 60 FPS for some reason.

Once I upgraded my CPU, my frame problems went away. Basically, you’re going to want a solid GPU and CPU because if either is lacking, OW2 is going to stutter.

Does Overwatch 2 Have Better Graphics Than Overwatch 1?

Overwatch 2 has better graphics than Overwatch 1. The Overwatch 2 character models and map resolutions were updated to look much more modern and much cleaner than Overwatch 1 without sacrificing performance thanks to the upgraded engine. Overwatch 2 also has much better lighting than Overwatch 1.

Basically, Blizzard upgraded the entire Overwatch engine when they released Overwatch 2. If you play Overwatch 2, it may look very familiar because the art style stayed the same.

However, if you look up some side by side comparison videos, the differences are noticeable immediately. OW2 just looks much more crisp and better than ever.

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