The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the most powerful consumer-level graphics card on the market and perhaps the first graphics card that can actually handle 4K gaming without sacrificing too much in the way of frame-rate or detail settings. It's about 25 to 30 per cent faster than its nearest rival, the GTX 1080, and unmatched by any AMD graphics card currently on the market. With such a degree of power, there's little that you can't do with the GTX 1080 Ti. 4K gaming at 60 frames per second is a given for most titles, but it also works well for VR headsets such as the HTC Vive Pro, high resolution ultra-wide monitors, as well as high refresh rate displays up to 240Hz (though in that scenario, ensure you pair your GTX 1080 Ti with a fast Intel Core i7 processor). All things considered, it heads our list of the best graphics cards on the market. In order to give you a good idea of what to expect from the GTX 1080 Ti, we'll be testing its performance in a range of titles released within the … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti benchmarks: the fastest gaming-grade video card
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The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is an upper mid-range graphics card, intended to beat Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 - a job it performs admirably as tht benchmarks on this page demonstrate. Its performance level was enough to convince Nvidia to release a GTX 1070 Ti, which slots into place between 1070 and 1080 and outperforms Vega 56. The Vega 56 is the more popular of AMD's two Vega models thus far, offering almost all of the high-end technology of the flagship Vega 64 with only a few key concessions to bring the price down. It's also a touch cooler and more power-efficient than its bigger brother, though the Nvidia Pascal line beats it on both counts. The Vega 56 offers good performance at 1080p and 1440p, but struggles when stretching to 4K resolution unless paired with a FreeSync display, where variations in frame-rate can be smoothed out somewhat. Provided you have a fast CPU (we'd recommend a seventh or eighth generation Core i7), the Vega 56 can also work well in concert with high … [Read more...] about AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 benchmarks: the best Vega GPU
The Radeon RX Vega 64 is the most powerful graphics card AMD have made to date, rivalling Nvidia's GTX 1080, but falling some way short of the Green Team's best, the excellent GTX 1080 Ti. The Vega 64 is an excellent 1440p performer that often has frames to spare, making it a better choice for ultra-wide 21:9 and 32:9 monitors that would overburden lesser cards. It's also the first AMD graphics card that can really grapple with 4K gaming, although you'll likely need to turn down settings in order to achieve that vaunted 60fps ideal. Still, the Vega 64 is the undisputed fastest AMD graphics card on the market. One nice advantage to choosing high-end AMD hardware is that picking up a variable refresh rate monitor is much cheaper. AMD's FreeSync standard adds almost nothing to the cost of a monitor, while Nvidia's comparable G-Sync module can increase the price by hundreds. This cost savings makes the Vega 64's subpar 4K performance a little more manageable. How does the Vega 64 compare … [Read more...] about AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 benchmarks: performance
It's been ten years since Crysis first released on PC. In 2007, it pushed real time rendering to new heights and spawned the memetic phrase, "but can it run Crysis?". Never had a game released that pushed hardware and engine technology so much, and never has one since. In fact, combine the latest and greatest Intel Core i7 8700K overclocked to 5.0GHz with an Nvidia Titan Xp and there'll still be areas of the game that drop beneath 60fps - even at 1080p. For its own very specific reasons, Crysis is still more than capable of melting the most modern, top-end PCs, but regardless, it remains a phenomenal technological achievement. It deserves a remaster at the very least, but a franchise of this standing really deserves a full next-gen sequel, with state-of-the-art rendering and back-to-basics gameplay.But what made Crysis so groundbreaking - and perhaps so misunderstood - at the time of its release? In the video below, I play through the first level of the game, highlighting the strengths … [Read more...] about Why Crysis still melts the fastest gaming PCs a decade after release
AMD loves to provide PC users with a great $99 CPU, and with the Ryzen 3 2200G, it's delivered a genuine classic. Traditional wisdom suggests that when constructing a gaming PC, you need to purchase both CPU and GPU, but the Red Team's latest offering delivers an all-in-one package - a quad-core Ryzen CPU, paired with Radeon RX Vega graphics. You'll need to be realistic with quality settings and resolutions - you've got just over 1.1 teraflops of compute to play with - but this entry-level processor can indeed run most triple-A PC titles, and we had a lot of fun proving that. In addition to the keenly-priced 2200G, there's also an accompanying, more powerful, somewhat pricier Ryzen 5 2400G - and this brace of APUs are actually the first we can thoroughly recommend owing to their integration into AMD's all-encompassing AM4 platform. As good as they may have been for their time, previous generation APUs have required their own motherboards, limiting upgrade potential. However, if you … [Read more...] about Ryzen 3 2200G/ Ryzen 5 2400G review: triple-A gaming without a graphics card?