These are the best graphics cards to buy today… we know because we’re tested them all. The GPU is the silicon heart of your gaming PC and we’ve reviewed and benchmarked all the latest AMD and Nvidia graphics cards to come to our decision. But should you go for a cheap graphics card or go all in for 4K? We can help. If you want the absolute pinnacle of graphical prowess you could drop a cool $2,500 on Nvidia’s Titan RTX, but now that the RTX 2080 Ti is finally here, serious 4K performance is actually within reach. I mean yes, it is some $1,200, but that’s less than half the price of a Titan RTX. Bargain, right? But, if you can’t drop four figures on a GPU, what should you buy right now? Older Nvidia graphics cards are starting to creep up in price in the short-term, now that Nvidia’s Turing architecture, and subsequent RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti have been released. But the more mainstream RTX 2070 is finally available on the shelves now, with an … [Read more...] about Best graphics card 2019
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There has never been a better time to pick up one of today’s best graphics cards. It’s taken a while, but graphics card prices are finally coming back down to normal, bringing the likes of Nvidia and AMD’s latest and greatest finally within reach again. To help you choose the best graphics card for your needs and budget, we’re here to help. This article is all about identifying the single best GPU you can get for playing games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K at a price that suits you. Read on for our in-depth buying advice on what and how to buy your next graphics card for 2018. To clarify what we mean by ‘best’, it won’t just be the card that can get the highest frame rate regardless of all other factors – otherwise it’d just be the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti for every resolution. Instead, we’re more concerned with what cards can capably handle 60fps at each res for the least money. That said, you should seldom actually … [Read more...] about Best graphics card 2018: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K
Have you ever loaded up a new PC title, run the in-game benchmark, tweaked settings for optimal performance then discovered that actual gameplay throws up much lower frame-rates, intrusive stutter or worse? It's a particular frustration for us here at Digital Foundry, and it leads to a couple of very obvious questions: firstly, if benchmark modes are not indicative of real-life performance, what use are they? And secondly, if their use is limited, how representative of real-life gaming are the graphics card reviews that use them, including ours?Before we go on, it's fair to point out that not every benchmark mode out there is useless beyond redemption. In fact, there are a range of great examples that do set you up reasonably well for tweaking for optimal performance. And then there are others which actually drain system resources more than the actual game, which we'd argue is of more use than those that inflate their performance figures. However, there are some particularly striking … [Read more...] about Just how useful are PC benchmark modes really?
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is no longer top dog in its GPU family – that honour now goes the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti and, of course, the frankly ridiculous Titan Xp. However, with graphics card prices currently hitting all-time highs due to the rather ridiculous craze for cryptocurrency mining, the GTX 1080 is now our top choice for those after a 4K capable graphics card. If you don’t believe us, check out our Best graphics card 2018 article to see why we’ve picked this one and not its Ti counterpart. To help us discover why it’s our 4K graphics card of choice, we’ve got the economically monikered MSI Gaming X 8GB Twin Frozr VI. To the benchmarks! Of course, many flavours of Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 1080 wonder chipset are available, but all come with 2560 eye-candy-creating shader cores, 160 texture units, 64 rendering output units for spitting out finished pixels, a 256-bit memory bus and a healthy 8GB of … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review: The best 4K graphics card right now
1080p isn't enough for you. 60 fps? Eh, that's a baseline. High settings? Hell no. Ultra all the way. If those are your demands for PC gaming, you need a high-end gaming PC: a system built for 1440p at ultra settings. A system that can hit 144 fps in competitive games. A system that doesn't break the bank, but still completely dwarfs the performance of the PS4 or the Xbox One. PC build guidesThe best cheap gaming PC (<$500/£500) - Our alternative to buying a console.The best budget gaming PC (~$750/£750) - A good entry-level system.The best gaming PC (~$1,250/£1,250) - Our recommended midrange build for most gamers.The best high-end gaming PC (~$2,000/£2,000) - Everything a gamer could want.The best extreme gaming PC (>$3,000/£3,000) - You won the lotto and are going all-in on gaming.PC Gamer’s high-end PC build guide is aimed at a price tier of around $2,000 / £2,000, but we're not afraid to go a bit higher if we feel it's justified. … [Read more...] about Build guide: The best high-end gaming PC