The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is a popular upper mid-range graphics card, around 35 per cent faster than the mainstream GTX 1060 but around 20 per cent slower than the enthusiast GTX 1080. Despite its status in the Nvidia stack, the 1070 actually outperforms the last-gen Titan X Maxwell and GTX 980 Ti, demonstrating how far we've come in terms of GPU power in the last few years. As things stand, the GTX 1070 is one of the best graphics cards to pair with monitors that exceed the usual 1080p and 60Hz standard, such as higher resolution 1440p monitors or high refresh 144Hz displays. It can also be a good choice for other scenarios that require just a little bit of extra graphical grunt, such as VR gaming or monitors with an ultra-wide 2560 by 1080 resolution. It's overkill for 1080p60 gaming, but the most extreme games running at max settings may still require this level of horsepower. Different people will have different ideas about what represents a playable or ideal frame-rate, so the … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 benchmarks: a well-balanced card for 1440p gaming
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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is the most popular graphics card in the world, at least according to Steam's Hardware Survey, and it's easy to see why. This affordable card offers strong 1080p gaming performance, usually delivering console-quality full HD graphics at double the frame-rate. The card is also cheaper than its closest competitor, AMD's Radeon RX 580, and offers significantly stronger performance than its younger brother, the GTX 1050 Ti. That made the GTX 1060 an obvious pick for our roundup of the best graphics cards on the market. However, it's hard to know exactly how good it is without seeing some real life tests - and that's exactly what we're offering here. We've tested both the 3GB and 6GB versions of the GTX 1060 in a range of in-game benchmarks, stacking them up against three competing cards: the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 from AMD and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti from Nvidia. It's worth noting that all of the Nvidia cards are standard reference models, but there are no … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 benchmarks: the best video card for 1080p gaming
Graphics card prices have been falling back to 'normal' over the past month, and the end of the GPU shortage is finally in sight. But why did we have a shortage in the first place, and are we really out of the woods—and what's going to happen with the next generation of graphics cards, due in the August/September time frame? I've spoken with several industry insiders to get a better idea of what happened, and what we can expect to see in the remainder of 2018, perhaps beyond.The easy scapegoat on the shortages is cryptocurrency miners, and we've been as guilty as any site in pointing the finger of scorn that way. It's true that miners didn't help the situation, but are they the sole cause of the problem? No, of course not.Another equally easy target is the GPU manufacturers, Nvidia and AMD. "If they would only produce more chips, we wouldn't have to fight for our right to play games!" So goes the refrain, but from what I've gathered it's not really fair to blame them either. … [Read more...] about Why crypto mining wasn’t the only culprit for wild GPU prices
It has been a while that Nvidia-Intel licensing has ended and you must wonder why Intel did not find another source for the license after the two giants drifted apart. It seems that this was not a Nvidia-Intel Licensing agreement after all. Things are different at the core. You may recall the partnership with AMD but that was not for licensing purposes and turned out to be Vega GPU stitched with EMIB to a CPU. The so-called Nvidia-Intel licensing agreement ended last year in March. You can call it Nvidia-Intel licensing or agreement but the matter of fact is that the deal was that Inte would pay a total of $1.5 billion in installments of $300 or $200 million each year. $300 million installments were made on January 18, 2011, then January 13, 2012, later on, January 15, 2013. As for the $200 million installments, they were made on January 15, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Now that the deal is over Intel has not announced any … [Read more...] about “Nvidia-Intel Licensing” Was Simply Intel Paying The Price For Cutting Nvidia Out Of The Chipset Business
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?