The graphics card is the most important component of any gaming PC, but if you're not familiar with the current lineup of models from Nvidia and AMD, it can be incredibly difficult to figure out how all the graphics card stack up. Varying features and constantly changing prices only add to the confusion.To simplify things, we've created this list of graphics cards, ordered from most powerful to least powerful. The rank is based on our own testing of FPS averages in popular games, as well as market research.We're also only looking at the speeds from 'stock' graphics cards—many of these cards have overclocked versions available from multiple companies that can squeeze out a bit more performance. The exact performance you'll see in games also depends on what processor and RAM you're using, and if you decide to do any manual overclocking.Regardless, this should give you a bit more context about how the major graphics cards stack up right now, and help you make informed purchases. For … [Read more...] about GPU hierarchy 2019: Ranking the graphics cards you can buy
Best 4gb graphics card for gaming
It’s been a pretty bleak couple of months for anyone hoping to buy a new graphics card, but there’s still a bit of good news to be found for those whose ambitions stop firmly at getting a great gaming experience at 1920×1080, as entry-level cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti on test here have been largely unaffected by recent price hikes. Indeed, the GTX 1050Ti currently occupies the top spot in our best graphics card article for 1080p gaming, and more importantly can still be found for as little as £150-odd in the UK and a fraction over $200 in the US. That’s almost half the cost of Nvidia’s next card up, the GTX 1060, which you can read more about in our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review. It won’t be much good for anything beyond 1080p, but if Full HD gaming is your bag, then the GTX 1050 Ti is an excellent choice. To help us see how it performs, we’ve got MSI’s GeForce GTX 1050Ti Gaming X 4GB doing the heavy lifting … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti review: The best 1080p graphics card under £200
Snuck out a few weeks back, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has been met with some degree of bafflement and bewilderment from the PC hardware press, but choose the right model - like the Gigabyte example reviewed here - and you have the best entry-level budget GPU on the market. As things stand, our only major criticism of the vanilla GTX 1050 is its meagre 2GB of framebuffer memory - not enough for console-quality textures on many games. This revised model beefs up processing power and adds that crucial extra gig of RAM, but it comes with a sting in the tail - memory bandwidth drops significantly, meaning a performance penalty in some games. It's a curious situation but the bottom line is that the GP107 processor used in both 1050 and 1050 Ti comes equipped with a 128-bit memory interface - good for 2GB and 4GB VRAM configurations but incompatible with a 3GB set-up. The only way Nvidia can create this new model is by shaving the memory interface down to 96-bits, meaning a substantial 25 per … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB review: the best budget graphics card?
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
Not too long ago we warned of a potential impending surge in graphics card prices. Unfortunately for those looking to upgrade graphics cards or buy a new GPU, that prediction has come true, and then some. Right now is the worst time in the history of graphics cards to buy or upgrade this all-important gaming component. I've run through the list of current generation GPUs, and I've even looked at previous generation GPUs. The price changes in the past two weeks are staggering. Here's the full rundown, starting with Nvidia and then moving to AMD, from highest performing to lowest performing parts. Note that many of the cards are only showing prices from third-party resellers, as Amazon and Newegg rapidly sell out of their inventory (often at lower prices). If you're interested in buying a GPU, I'd recommend putting a "notify" alert on it and be ready to order ASAP if it comes back in stock at a reasonable price. All the current Nvidia graphics cards GTX 1080 Ti 11GB: Launched with a … [Read more...] about It’s a terrible time to buy a graphics card