China is hands-down the manufacturing Mecca for a PC hardware nerd like me. So when I had the opportunity to see the magic happening first-hand I immediately packed a bag and travelled the 6,000-odd miles from the Shire-like West of England to the smog-choked Mordor of Dongguan in China to see just how such technical wonders are created. Like many PC gamers I automatically expect my expensive, complex lump of graphics processing goodness to just work, giving practically zero thought to where it’s come from or how it got here. But when I was given the chance to see first-hand the latest batch of Nvidia and AMD graphics cards being created and tested before my jet-lagged eyeballs I immediately jumped at it. And yeah, I now have a new appreciation for both the engineers who solder, screw, and test every single card as well as the marvellous machines that help them do it. Seriously, those little robotic component-placing magicians are mesmerising. I could watch them all day… … [Read more...] about How your Nvidia and AMD graphics cards are made
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Replacing your graphics card is the number one upgrade you can make for your PC and the most profound in terms of improving gaming performance, so it makes sense to spend a little time researching your options. We've streamlined that process for you right here, with strong graphics card recommendations for budget boxes all the way up to high-end battlestations, including Nvidia's latest RTX GPUs. One advantage of a gaming desktop PC, in comparison to a console or gaming laptop, is that it can last a long time. If you've chosen a strong motherboard and processor, you can expect to keep them for five years or more. For example, Intel's classic Core i5 2500K still takes centre stage in many systems and is largely capable of handling modern games. However, to run the latest games with console-beating features and performance, a modern GPU is essential. If you just want our direct, no-nonsense GPU upgrade recommendations, that's not a problem. Right now, the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is our top … [Read more...] about Best graphics cards 2019: every major Nvidia and AMD GPU tested
Nvidia and AMD have both released new graphics card drivers for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release, and both seem to have overlay issues despite being optimised to deliver the best gaming frame rates in the latest software. Black Ops 4 is one of the best CoD games released in an age, even without an actual campaign mode. Thanks to the addition of the Battle Royale-ish Blackout mode it could turn out to be one of the most long-lived Call of Duty titles too, and that means it needs good drivers from day one. And, for the most part, both Nvidia and AMD have delivered. Nvidia has had its driver team working up to launch to include every bug fix and performance tweak they can find for the GeForce GPUs, and AMD has managed to squeeze another 5-6% extra frame rates out of both the Radeon RX Vega and RX 580 graphics cards. But both AMD and Nvidia seem to be having problems getting their shiny Adrenalin and GeForce Experience overlays to play nice with the latest software. Nvidia’s … [Read more...] about New Nvidia and AMD drivers deliver optimal Black Ops 4 frame rates, but still require fixes
With the downfall of Cryptocurrency, the GPU prices have come down as the shortages had caused the prices to go sky high. However, despite the state of crypto mining and GPU prices coming down, most of the Nvidia and AMD GPU prices are still higher than their MSRP. Techspot just recently did a comparison of Nvidia And AMD GPU prices before and after the cryptocurrency mining downfall. While the analysis is a lengthy one but you can see the gist of it in the image below. According to the analysis, most Nvidia and AMD GPUs are still being sold at a higher price compared to their MSRP. Most of the GPUs saw a 9% drop in their price and despite that, the prices for Nvidia and AMD GPUs are still above their MSRP. According to the report, Nvidia’s high-end cards are close to their MSRP prices while the low-end and mid-range Nvidia GPUs are still way above their MSRP prices.As for the AMD GPUs, the lineup is still 15% above their MSRP and the report suggests that like Nvidia’s … [Read more...] about Nvidia And AMD GPU Prices Still 15% Above MSRP, What It Means For Next-Gen GPUs?
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