The best liquid cooler is the perfect choice for keeping your expensive, lovingly overclocked processor alive. Sure a standard air-cooler will get the job done, but if you want to keep things cheery and chilled throughout your CPU’s life then a good all-in-one (AIO) cooler is the way to go. The top cooling manufacturers have been put through their pace on our test bench, with AIO liquid CPU coolers from AlphaCool, Thermaltake, NZXT, Arctic, and of course Corsair. But why do you need to go all out on a liquid CPU cooler? If you want to push your processor’s clock speeds to meet its potential then you need to make sure overheating isn’t a factor, and that’s where liquid coolers come in. You might think water and electronics go together like chalk and a particularly soggy cheese, yet an effective pump and radiator combo will move heat away from that CPU faster than you can say ‘thermal throttling’. Of course, they often feature more RGB LEDs … [Read more...] about Best liquid cooler 2019 (February)
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Nvidia's RTX 20-series graphics cards have left many feeling underwhelmed. Yes, they're all faster than the 'equivalent' previous generation models, and things like DLSS and ray tracing could widen the gap in the future, but every tier of the RTX line moved up in pricing. The RTX 2070 effectively takes over the 1080 price, the RTX 2080 inherits the 1080 Ti price, and the RTX 2080 Ti sits in the Titan Xp's gold-plated throne. Understandably, many are wondering if they can just get by with the previous generation, and lest there was any doubt, the answer is unequivocally yes. You do not need the fastest graphics card available to play games, and even four year old cards like the GTX 980 are still doing fine at reduced settings.Things are further complicated by the lack of GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti cards. Nvidia has stated that these cards are being phased out, and that makes sense—their replacements are here in the form of the RTX lineup. But what if you want to spend less than $500? … [Read more...] about GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs GTX 1080: Which of the last-gen graphics cards should you buy?
It’s finally possible again to buy a PC video card without getting price gouged. With the crypto-mining craze starting to stabilize and the arrival of efficient ASIC miners replacing much of the demand for GPUs, alongside the imminent launch of Nvidia’s 20 series, graphics cards can again be found at around (or even below) MSRP, particularly if you’re lucky enough to find them in stock at physical retailers. If you were put off by the massive spike in prices around the beginning of the year, or are just getting the itch to upgrade, it’s finally starting to again resemble something of a buyer’s market for GPUs. A proper graphics card will always be the anchor of any gaming PC build (check out our build guide if you’re looking to assemble a machine from scratch). It’s the beating heart that is primarily responsible for rendering the increasingly mind-blowing, photorealistic graphics of the modern triple-A video game behemoths and is the key … [Read more...] about How to buy a PC graphics card that suits your lifestyle and your wallet
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
Nvidia's surprise announcement and launch of the Titan V upped the ante for the fastest graphics card in the world. Former Titan cards cost $1,000, and the Titan X and Xp moved the target a bit further north to $1,199. With the Titan V, Nvidia goes for a completely different class of users, checking in at a breezy $2,999. Who could possibly need such a graphics card? Well, not gamers—or at least, not people who are only interested in playing games. We didn't make Nvidia's shortlist for an initial Titan V sample—"it's not for gaming" was the curt response—but Falcon Northwest came through with a drool-worthy PC that kicks practicality to the curb and goes all-in on style and performance. The latest version of the company's Tiki naturally includes the Titan V, but the luxurious hardware doesn't stop there. The potent totem includes Intel's fastest CPU for gaming, the Core i7-8700K, paired with 32GB of DDR4-3200 CL14 RAM, and then forget about storage bottlenecks with … [Read more...] about The $3K Titan V is the fastest graphics card, even though it’s not for gaming