It took a while for the next-gen Nvidia Turing GPU architecture to be unveiled but now we have the full details of the chips that are going to set pulses racing and power the new GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards. We had originally thought Nvidia would translate the Volta architecture down into a more consumer-friendly form, but Nvidia has moved on, producing a new set of discrete GPUs for our gaming graphics cards under the Turing name. But that doesn’t mean this is a complete departure from the Volta design, as Nvidia’s Tom Petersen explained at the RTX 20-series unveiling. “A lot of Volta’s architecture is in Turing,” he told us. “Volta is Pascal Plus, Pascal was Maxwell Plus, and so we don’t throw out the shader and start over, we are always refining. So it’s more accurate to say that Turing is Volta Plus… a bunch of stuff.” And there is a whole lot of new stuff going into the Turing GPUs, and not just the … [Read more...] about Nvidia Turing GPU – the architecture behind the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 graphics cards
Processor vs graphics card
You’ll have to forgive me for being a bit overzealous during the launch of Nvidia’s new Turing GeForce RTX graphics cards on Monday. A combination of early starts, lots of travelling, standing in a queue for two hours before sitting through an equally long press conference can rather addle the mind. But now the dust is finally starting to settle on Nvidia’s shiny new crop of GPUs, I thought I’d take a second look at everything that’s happened this week to see if the successors to Nvidia’s GTX 10-series really are the best graphics cards I’ve ever clapped eyes on. Below, you’ll find everything we currently know about Nvidia’s new Turing cards, including the RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti’s price, specs and tantalizing release date, as well as a few other tidbits I’ve managed to glean from other developers and demo sessions I’ve seen over the last few days. There’s still a lot I can’t tell you at this … [Read more...] about Nvidia Turing RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti: A fresh look at the next generation of graphics cards
Snuck out a few weeks back, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB has been met with some degree of bafflement and bewilderment from the PC hardware press, but choose the right model - like the Gigabyte example reviewed here - and you have the best entry-level budget GPU on the market. As things stand, our only major criticism of the vanilla GTX 1050 is its meagre 2GB of framebuffer memory - not enough for console-quality textures on many games. This revised model beefs up processing power and adds that crucial extra gig of RAM, but it comes with a sting in the tail - memory bandwidth drops significantly, meaning a performance penalty in some games. It's a curious situation but the bottom line is that the GP107 processor used in both 1050 and 1050 Ti comes equipped with a 128-bit memory interface - good for 2GB and 4GB VRAM configurations but incompatible with a 3GB set-up. The only way Nvidia can create this new model is by shaving the memory interface down to 96-bits, meaning a substantial 25 per … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB review: the best budget graphics card?
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
AMD loves to provide PC users with a great $99 CPU, and with the Ryzen 3 2200G, it's delivered a genuine classic. Traditional wisdom suggests that when constructing a gaming PC, you need to purchase both CPU and GPU, but the Red Team's latest offering delivers an all-in-one package - a quad-core Ryzen CPU, paired with Radeon RX Vega graphics. You'll need to be realistic with quality settings and resolutions - you've got just over 1.1 teraflops of compute to play with - but this entry-level processor can indeed run most triple-A PC titles, and we had a lot of fun proving that. In addition to the keenly-priced 2200G, there's also an accompanying, more powerful, somewhat pricier Ryzen 5 2400G - and this brace of APUs are actually the first we can thoroughly recommend owing to their integration into AMD's all-encompassing AM4 platform. As good as they may have been for their time, previous generation APUs have required their own motherboards, limiting upgrade potential. However, if you … [Read more...] about Ryzen 3 2200G/ Ryzen 5 2400G review: triple-A gaming without a graphics card?