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
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This may not be strictly gaming related, but in what is sure to please gamers hoping to upgrade to a new graphics card, Bitmain has announced pre-orders for its upcoming Antminer E3. The new ASIC will target the Ethash / DaggerHashimoto algorithm, currently used by Ethereum, Ethereumclassic, Ubiq, Piri, and several other cryptocurrencies. Prior to the arrival of the E3 ASIC, Ethereum has been one of the favorite mining targets for GPU miners, with droves of AMD and Nvidia GPUs working in the mines. The improvements in efficiency and performance from E3 should put a stop to that—though other algorithms like Equihash, Neoscrypt, and more remain.The Antminer E3 targets a conservative 180MH/s for Ethash, at 800W, and a pre-order price of $800 (limit of one per customer for the first batch). By comparison, GPUs like the Vega 64 can do around 40MH/z and use 250W, and cost close to $1,000 each right now. Even at the original MSRP, you'd need to spend $2,000 for four Vega cards to come … [Read more...] about New Ethereum ASICs could help reduce the mining demand for graphics cards
The new ASUS GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics cards have been shown off and these are high endurance graphics cards for gaming cafes with a 144-hour burn-in quality-control by ASUS. These are entry-level graphics cards but you can still play plenty of games at 60 FPS with decent graphics settings without any kind of hiccups. The ASUS GTX 1050 Cerberus comes with 2 GB of VRAM while the Ti model comes with 4 GB of VRAM. Both graphics cards have the same design. They feature a mono-block aluminum GPU heatsink that should be enough to keep the thermals in check. Other than that there are two fans that will also be keeping the temps in check. The great part of getting one of these ASUS GTX 1050 Cerberus cards is that you do not need any external power and the motherboard can provide all the power that the graphics cards need. Both of the graphics cards are factory overclocked out of the box. The 1050 has a base clock of 1404 MHz and can boost to 1518 MHz while the Ti version comes with a … [Read more...] about ASUS GTX 1050 And GTX 1050 Ti Cerberus Graphics Cards Shown Off
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?
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is Nvidia’s new mid-range contender, chasing the coat tails of its more powerful big brother, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and rubbing shoulders with the AMD Radeon RX 580 for 2560×1440 gaming goodness. Or at least the 6GB version of Nvidia’s card is, as you’ll also find lesser 3GB variants on sale as well. 3GB models have the same basic DNA as 6GB GTX 1060s, but they have slightly lower clock speeds and fewer cores, meaning performance won’t be as good as their 6GB counterparts. Indeed, we wouldn’t really recommend the 3GB GTX 1060, if only in the name of future-proofing yourself against the ever increasing memory requirements of the latest games. As you can see from our Best graphics cards 2018 article, you should really be looking at the 6GB version if you want something to rival the GTX 1070 at resolutions beyond 1080p, as there are plenty of cheaper cards, namely the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti, that do 1080p … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review: The best 1440p graphics card (for now)