Replacing your graphics card is the number one upgrade you can make for your PC and the most profound in terms of improving gaming performance, so it makes sense to spend a little time researching your options. We've streamlined that process for you right here, with strong graphics card recommendations for budget boxes all the way up to high-end battlestations, including Nvidia's latest RTX GPUs. One advantage of a gaming desktop PC, in comparison to a console or gaming laptop, is that it can last a long time. If you've chosen a strong motherboard and processor, you can expect to keep them for five years or more. For example, Intel's classic Core i5 2500K still takes centre stage in many systems and is largely capable of handling modern games. However, to run the latest games with console-beating features and performance, a modern GPU is essential. If you just want our direct, no-nonsense GPU upgrade recommendations, that's not a problem. Right now, the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is our top … [Read more...] about Best graphics cards 2019: every major Nvidia and AMD GPU tested
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After months of inflated prices due to the cryptocurrency mining craze, the best graphics cards on the market are finally returning to more sensible cost levels. Even though new Nvidia technology is in the works at the higher-end, the more reasonable prices still make it a good time to get a new GPU, whether you're looking to get the fastest card on the market, a budget option or something in the middle. If you just want the straight recommendations, this is our current top pick for the best graphics card, and if you're looking for the best price vs performance offering, this is our current best value graphics card. In terms of our pick for the best value offering, we've targeted a degree of longevity and better-than-console throughout for our best budget graphics card. Getting the right graphics card is critical because it does most of the heavy lifting that brings your games to life, influencing performance more than any other component in your system. Graphics hardware capable of … [Read more...] about Best graphics cards 2018: every major Nvidia and AMD GPU tested
Intel's announcement of a partnership with AMD to produce a single CPU package with integrated Vega graphics made waves in late 2017. Even with the final Hades Canyon NUC in my hands, I'm still surprised this ever happened. Hell may not be frozen over, but temperatures have certainly dipped. It's like finding the fabled unicorn grazing in your backyard.More critically, while gamers are always hungry for the best graphical performance, Intel has been working to improve its integrated graphics offerings for several years. Teaming up with AMD feels like a slap in the face to the engineers working on Intel's Iris Graphics solutions.Yet here we are, and we're all curious to see what the new processors can do. Intel has five Kaby Lake-G parts, all of which are the same other than clockspeeds, power levels, and the number of compute units that are enabled in the GPU. That means you get a 4-core/8-thread CPU paired with either an RX Vega M GH (for Graphics High, 24 CUs) or RX Vega M GL … [Read more...] about Intel’s team-up with AMD produces the fastest integrated graphics ever
When Intel announced in November that it had hired Raja Korduri, the graphics whiz that spearheaded AMD's Radeon Technologies Group and Vega development, the company made clear that it intended to build "discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments." No small deal, as we haven't seen a proper discrete graphics solution from the company since the i740 around two decades ago. Now three months later, we're getting a look at what one of Intel's discrete GPU solutions entails. The folks at PCWatch, a tech site in Japan, posted a handful of diagrams shared by Intel at ISSCC (IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference) in San Francisco, California. They depict the inner workings of a discrete GPU prototype that Intel is working on. It's not entirely clear how far along Intel is at this point, but it's interesting to take a look at where the company's thinking is at. Intel's discrete graphics chip is based on Intel's 9th generation graphics architecture, … [Read more...] about Intel shares details of a discrete GPU prototype in development
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?