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?
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It's a tough time to buy a graphics card. A terrible time, even, thanks to high demand and extreme shortages caused by cryptocurrency mining. The best thing to do is wait: when the current cryptocurrency boom subsides and cards come back in stock, prices should return to something approaching normal. But if you're building a new PC and need a graphics card right now, here's now to shop for one without paying absurd prices. Buy in-store Shopping online is easier, but heading to a real store is likely your best chance at finding an affordable graphics card. Recently we reported that if you shop for PC components at Micro Center and are building a rig for gaming, not mining, they may sell you a graphics card at MSRP, or close to it. Here's the store locator for Micro Center, so you can see if there's one in your area. Micro Center isn't the only store worth looking at. Also try Best Buy, which is selling cards online for MSRP. They're all sold out online, but you may luck out and … [Read more...] about How to buy a graphics card without getting ripped off
Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti is a relatively new graphics cards and we are still seeing custom versions coming out. Just recently we saw the GALAX GTX 1070 Ti HOF and that is one hell of a graphics card. The question that we are going to answer here today is whether or not running games with Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti SLI worth it? Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti SLI Worth It? If you already have an Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti and were considering another one then you have come to the right place. Here we are going to take a look at some modern AAA titles as well as some classics that are used for benchmarking and we are going to see what kind of performance boosts we get when we add a second Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti into the mix. Test Configuration The following are all the hardware components that were used for this test. CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K @ 4.7 GHz all cores Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING motherboard GPU: ZOTAC GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme @ stock speeds SLI Bridge: ZOTAC HB SLI Bridge RAM: Corsair Vengence LPX … [Read more...] about Running Games With Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti SLI Worth It? (Up To 99% Scaling With Second Graphics Card)
Samsung has announced the mass production of GDDR6 memory and that it will be adopted for next-generation graphics cards and if you were wondering which company would be the first to adopt this new standard then it should be Nvidia. We have been waiting for Nvidia Ampere graphics cards for some time now and it is possible that we will get an announcement at GTC 2018. No announcement for Nvidia Ampere graphics cards was made at CES 2018 and keeping that in mind, GTC 2018 should be the best platform to announce the next generation of gaming graphics cards. As of right now, there is very little that we know about Nvidia Ampere and we do not even know whether the upcoming gaming graphics cards will be based on Nvidia Ampere or Volta. While Nvidia Volta is mentioned on the official Nvidia roadmap, Nvidia Ampere is something that we have been hearing about since the end of last year. I guess time will tell whether or not it will indeed be Nvidia Ampere or not but it … [Read more...] about Nvidia Ampere Graphics Cards Expected To Be Announced At GTC 2018 Since GDDR6 Is Now In Mass Production
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