The best PC cases offer plenty of airflow and various building amenities, like thoughtfully placed cable cutouts. They also allow you to show off your components. Gigabyte's new Aorus AC300 Glass certainly does, with a tempered glass side panel and two different ways to mount your graphics card.We've seen previous iterations of this case, each with an acrylic side window. The substitution of tempered glass is the main thing that is new with this version. It's also tinted."The tempered glass features abrasion, rub, and scratch resistance maintaining a clean and classy look for your system. The black tint offers a unique contrast with your system while offering a subtle low key look," Gigabyte says.Gigabyte also said it enhanced the chassis to reduce pressure on the glass, as a precautionary measure to prevent it from cracking or breaking. This entails a gap between the glass and metal.Gigabyte also upgraded the front I/O panel. It now offers access to LED controls and features two USB … [Read more...] about This brushed metal case shows off your graphics card behind a glass panel
How to upgrade your graphics card
As 2018 draws to a close, now’s the time to start looking forward to the best graphics cards of 2019. It’s been a tumultuous twelve months – the first half of the year saw a prolonged graphics card drought and sky-high prices due to crypto-miners hoovering up every last GPU on the planet, and the second half of year saw the arrival of several new graphics cards such as Nvidia’s trio of Turing RTX cards and AMD’s Radeon RX 590. The old RX and GTX guard are still going strong, too, though, which now means we’ve got more graphics cards to choose from than ever before. Fortunately, I’ve compiled this handy guide to help you find the best graphics card for you and your budget. Whether it’s for playing games at 1920×1080, 2560×1440 or 4K, I’ve got a card recommendation for you. Best graphics card guide Here are the rules. For each resolution, you’ll find two recommendations: the best graphics card for playing games at … [Read more...] about Best graphics card 2019: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K
Even if your PC isn't watercooled and overclocked with a window on the side to show off your fancy LEDs, knowing what components are inside is still important. It helps you update drivers, make well-informed upgrades, and in the event of something failing, replace dead chips and cards. Even if you built your own PC, it's probably easier to look up your system details through Windows than it is to remember the details of the hardware you bought a year or three ago.So how do you find your system specifications? The obvious answer is the Windows Control Panel, but there are a few other tools that can give you more helpful, more detailed information about everything inside your PC.Windows Control PanelWindows 10 has moved many of its management tools into the more intuitive Settings menu, but there are still a number of handy functions in the classic Control Panel. Finding out about your PC in the System menu is one of them. To access it and get a look at what you're actually running in … [Read more...] about How to find your system specs in Windows
In my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review last week, we discovered that Nvidia’s super duper new graphics card was about as fast as their GTX 1080Ti when paired with Intel’s Core i5-8600K CPU, representing only the teensiest bit of improvement to your overall frames per second output if you were to bung one in your PC today. That may well change once we start seeing more games take advantage of the Nvidia’s clever speed-boosting AI-driven Turing tech, but until developers get their act together and start patching in support for all of Turing’s best features, all we’ve got to go on right now is raw performance data. With this in mind, I thought I’d take a closer look at how the RTX 2080 compares to its direct predecessor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. The former might not represent much of a leap past the GTX 1080’s souped up Ti cousin, but regular 1080 owners should see much better results compared to what they can do now, particularly when it comes … [Read more...] about Nvidia RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080: How much faster is Nvidia’s new graphics card?
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