There's a new mainstream graphics card in town. The GTX 1660 Ti offers many of the same architectural advantages of Nvidia's latest cards, but doesn't include the specialised RT and Tensor cores you'll find on the company's RTX GPUs. Given the slow adoption of RTX series features like real-time ray tracing and deep learning super sampling (DLSS), giving up these technologies to hit a lower price point sounds like a winning formula. However, at £259/$279, this new GPU still costs more than its predecessor, the GTX 1060, which launched at £239/$249 and has since dropped in price by £40/$40. So - is it worth choosing the new model for 1080p gaming? And can either stretch to 1440p gaming? That's what we'll answer here, as we compare these two affordable cards in terms of features, pricing and performance. We've tested each in nine separate games released over the past few years, so you'll be able to see precisely what sort of frame-rates you can expect - and with our live … [Read more...] about GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1060: Which is best for 1080p gaming?
Rx 580 vs gtx 1060
Ever since it came out all those years ago, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 has been one of the go-to graphics cards of this generation. Capable of superb frame rates at 1080p and 1440p alike, there’s no wonder it’s become one of the most popular GPUs on the planet. Now, however, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has arrived, and by golly it’s a corker. In fact, it’s just gone straight in as one of the best graphics cards you can buy today. But just how much faster is the GTX 1660 Ti vs the GTX 1060? Well, that’s what I’m here to find out through the power of graphs. Let’s hop to it, shall we? GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1060: How we test As per usual, I’ve tested each card with my general games benchmarking suite at 1920×1080 and 2560×1440 resolutions. That includes Final Fantasy XV (with Nvidia’s fancy HairWorks, TurfEffects, VXAO and ShadowLibs effects turned off), Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Monster … [Read more...] about Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1060: Out with the old, in with the new
Nvidia's RTX 20-series graphics cards have left many feeling underwhelmed. Yes, they're all faster than the 'equivalent' previous generation models, and things like DLSS and ray tracing could widen the gap in the future, but every tier of the RTX line moved up in pricing. The RTX 2070 effectively takes over the 1080 price, the RTX 2080 inherits the 1080 Ti price, and the RTX 2080 Ti sits in the Titan Xp's gold-plated throne. Understandably, many are wondering if they can just get by with the previous generation, and lest there was any doubt, the answer is unequivocally yes. You do not need the fastest graphics card available to play games, and even four year old cards like the GTX 980 are still doing fine at reduced settings.Things are further complicated by the lack of GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti cards. Nvidia has stated that these cards are being phased out, and that makes sense—their replacements are here in the form of the RTX lineup. But what if you want to spend less than $500? … [Read more...] about GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs GTX 1080: Which of the last-gen graphics cards should you buy?
AMD’s first new gaming graphics card in over a year is here, and it’s more or less just an overclocked version of its best two year-old GPU from the Polaris range. But, while the AMD RX 590 might not sound particularly impressive on paper, it still represents a smart play by team Radeon in the only sector of the graphics card market it can really make a difference. With Nvidia not looking to pull a mainstream GPU out of its latest 20-series, Turing-based hat until well into next year, the GTX 1060 stands alone as the only sub-$300 GeForce GPU around. And that’s the segment of the market where the AMD vs. Nvidia debate rages hardest, with the AMD RX 580 going toe-to-toe with Nvidia’s GTX 1060. Right now the RX 580 is on top due to its modern API superiority and lower sticker price, but AMD is looking to double down on that modest advantage with a new take on its own tech. It has therefore released the Radeon RX 590. A card based on the same Polaris graphics … [Read more...] about PowerColor AMD RX 590 review: the fastest sub-$300 graphics card and a smart play by team Radeon
For 1080p PC gaming, there are two graphics cards that immediately stand out: Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 and AMD's Radeon RX 580. These popular graphics cards sit in the price versus performance sweet spot, often boasting better than console-quality graphics at double the frame-rate for just a few hundred dollars. Perhaps unsurprisingly, while a lot of PC gaming coverage focuses on high-end machines and components, it's affordable mid-range cards that are by far the most widely used. In fact, according to a recent Steam Hardware Survey, more than twelve per cent of gamers reported using a GTX 1060, compared to just over one per cent using a top-end GTX 1080 Ti. To help you decide between these two 1080p heroes, we'll take a look at how each card performs in nine different games, including modern titles like Battlefield 1, Assassin's Creed: Unity and Ghost Recon Wildlands. Of course, we'll also look at some classic titles like Crysis 3! While benchmarks are helpful, they're not the full … [Read more...] about GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 580: which is best for 1080p gaming?