Nvidia’s first crop of RTX gaming laptops are finally here and the first one to slide across my desk is Asus’ ROG Strix Scar II GL504GW. Packed with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM and one of Nvidia’s new RTX 2070 chips, this 15.6in laptop is primed and ready to take full advantage of its 1920×1080 resolution display and 144Hz refresh rate, but is it worth spending a massive two grand on? Let’s take a look. The timing’s a bit ironic, really, given that only a couple of hours ago I was expounding the virtues of Shadow’s cloud PC gaming service (which works beautifully when streaming at 1080p), but sometimes you want something a bit more powerful that you can take with you on the move and not have to worry about connecting up dozens of different peripherals. Priced at £1949 / $1930 at time of writing, the Asus ROG Strix Scar II certainly doesn’t come cheap, but when it’s only around £200 more expensive (and … [Read more...] about Asus ROG Strix Scar II review: RTX on the go
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The GTX 1660 Ti seems to be what many in the gaming community have been asking for: an affordable Nvidia graphics card that leaves out real-time ray tracing and DLSS but still delivers the increased performance of the Turing architecture. In essence, the new GPU should offer performance between the GTX 1070 and RTX 2060, at a lower price than both: £259 in the UK and $279 in the US. In this article, we'll show you exactly what sort of frame-rates you should expect in a selection of recent titles. Before we get into the results, let's briefly cover what you get with the GTX 1660 Ti over the GTX 1060 beyond an uptick in raw performance. While the lack of RT and Tensor cores mean that RTX and DLSS are off the table, other Turing features that don't rely on this dedicated hardware have made it in. Specifically, new shader models should allow for increased performance in games that support them, such as Variable Rate Shading in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. This means that the card … [Read more...] about GTX 1660 Ti benchmarks: Digital Foundry’s 1080p, 1440p and 4K results
AMD's Radeon 7 is the first high-end video card from the company in years, using a 7nm process to deliver improved performance and power efficiency. AMD are positioning it against Nvidia's second-tier card, the RTX 2080, with the same price of $700. That should allow it to perform well at 1080p and 1440p, with 4K/60 possible in some titles as well. So how does the Radeon 7 compare to Nvidia's best consumer card, the $999 RTX 2080 Ti? Obviously the Nvidia card has an advantage here in terms of overall horsepower, but can the Radeon 7 make it close or even win out in any games?That's the question this article is intended to answer. We'll look at how the two cards compare in a range of modern games from 1080p to 4K, to see exactly how much extra performance you can expect by going with Nvidia's top-tier option over AMD's and whether the upgrade is actually worthwhile.Thinking about upgrading to a new graphics card? Take a look at our recommendations for the best graphics cards, updated … [Read more...] about Radeon 7 vs RTX 2080 Ti: Which should you buy?
The RTX 2060 is the first mainstream graphics card from Nvidia's new Turing series, offering better rasterised performance over the previous generation plus support for new technologies like real-time ray tracing (RT) and deep learning super sampling (DLSS). It's a convincing package, even though the card's launch price of £330/€369/$350 is significantly higher than that of the GTX 1060. In this article, we'll show you exactly how well this card performs in a range of recent games - and how it compares to its closest competition from AMD and Nvidia. While traditional non ray-traced performance is of the most interest to our readers, we'll also examine what happens when DLSS is introduced to the mix. This tech serves as an alternative to traditional anti-aliasing, allowing graphics hardware to render scenes at a lower internal resolution and make up the difference with an algorithm trained on extremely high-resolution images of the game in question. That process, made … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 benchmarks: faster than the GTX 1070
It’s been a funny old year for PC gamers. We’ve enjoyed some colossal releases in 2018: heavyweights such as Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 have collectively set a new high-water mark for production values. These are projects on the grandest of scales which push more envelopes than a postperson. Fallout 76 took a slightly different tack, of course, but let’s skim over that for now. Meanwhile, the likes of Monster Hunter: World, Far Cry 5, Hitman 2, and Just Cause 4 delivered remarkable open-world experiences. Artifact and Battle for Azeroth divided audiences with the revisions they brought to their respective genres. And then, hovering over all of this like some sort of government-sanctioned, human-engineered fake moon, was Fortnite, somehow still dominating games – let alone PC games – despite having launched last year. But for all of this high-impact, big-budget bluster, 2018 was also … [Read more...] about The PCGN Awards 2018