Nvidia initially may have been a bit disillusioned at what kind of premium gamers would be willing to pay for features that are not yet widely adopted, hence why sales of its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, and 2070 graphics cards have not met the company's expectations, as it candidly admitted recently. But then came along the GeForce RTX 2060, a more affordable entry into the world of real-time ray tracing and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). For gamers in need of an upgrade, the GeForce RTX 2060 is one of the best graphics cards to consider, and is a clear winner over the similarly priced GeForce GTX 1070.Now comes along the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, however, and suddenly the choice is a bit murkier for anyone with a few hundred bucks to spend on a graphics card. It doesn't boast the same bells and whistles as Nvidia's RTX cards, but it does trounce the previous generation GeForce GTX 1060, and does so at a palatable price.Judged on cost alone, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the clear … [Read more...] about GeForce RTX 2060 vs GTX 1660 Ti: Which graphics card should you buy?
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The next generation of GeForce graphics cards is here and the Nvidia RTX 2080 is the first to get the PCGamesN treatment in our test rig, but as shiny as the Founders Editions cards are it almost feels wrong to be reviewing the RTX GPUs right now. That’s because, ever since the Nvidia 20-series was first announced at Gamescom in August – alongside the flagship RTX 2080 Ti – most of the talk has surrounded the real-time ray tracing and AI performance of the new graphics cards, two things which aren’t really available right now at launch. And they won’t be until a while after the new GPUs are released, so we’ll have to wait to see the true potential of the Turing architecture fully realised. Fine wine, indeed… That means the Nvidia RTX 2080 needs to rely on its old-school rasterized rendering chops to prove its worth in the doggo-eat-doggo world of high-end graphics cards. And, while there is no genuine competition from the AMD … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review: the most AMD graphics card Nvidia has ever launched
Graphics card prices have been falling back to 'normal' over the past month, and the end of the GPU shortage is finally in sight. But why did we have a shortage in the first place, and are we really out of the woods—and what's going to happen with the next generation of graphics cards, due in the August/September time frame? I've spoken with several industry insiders to get a better idea of what happened, and what we can expect to see in the remainder of 2018, perhaps beyond.The easy scapegoat on the shortages is cryptocurrency miners, and we've been as guilty as any site in pointing the finger of scorn that way. It's true that miners didn't help the situation, but are they the sole cause of the problem? No, of course not.Another equally easy target is the GPU manufacturers, Nvidia and AMD. "If they would only produce more chips, we wouldn't have to fight for our right to play games!" So goes the refrain, but from what I've gathered it's not really fair to blame them either. … [Read more...] about Why crypto mining wasn’t the only culprit for wild GPU prices
PS5 is happening… but reports that Sony's next generation console may launch as soon as 2018 (via semiaccurate.com) seem unlikely given a recent flurry of updates. Sony Interactive Entertainment's CEO John Kodera admitted that PS4 was entering 'the final phase of its life cycle' at the company's investor relations day on May 22nd, but claimed that the PlayStation brand's 'next big leap' won't happen until March 2021. It's entirely possible that the brand's big leap isn't PlayStation 5, but the evidence is stacking up.Sony's new console was the subject of some after-hours chatter at the Games Developers Conference (GDC 2018) in San Francisco during March 2018. "We need to talk about PlayStation 5", joked one industry figure we know (perhaps not that jokingly, in hindsight), before the recent round of leaks and rumours. In the last few months, we've had PS5 processor rumours via SemiAccurate (a $1000 premium tech news site, which has a surprisingly solid track record), and insight … [Read more...] about Sony PS5: What tech will power the next PlayStation? And when will it release?
Updated to reflect the latest, even more horrifying graphics card prices & availability, plus the concurrent RAM shortage. If you’ve made a point of leaving any conversation as soon as you hear the sound ‘bitc…’ start to emanate from someone’s face-hole, I’ve got some bad news for you. The effects of the cryptocurrency goldrush are no longer confined to twitchy-eyed evangelists and screechy news headlines – for the second time in recent memory, it’s caused a huge spike in graphics card prices, both new and second-hand, as the crypto-clan rush to snaffle up any GPU they could possibly use to mine blockchain currencies such as Ethereum and Zcash. Even the recent decline in crypto exchange rates hasn’t brought GPU pricing back down to Earth – quite the opposite, in fact. This means two things for us, in practice. 1) Now is the worst possible time to buy a new graphics card for gaming 2) now is the best possible time to … [Read more...] about The great GPU crisis – why are graphics cards so expensive now, and just how bad is it?