At this point, we have to wonder - just how many Radeon RX 560s are on the market? When the product launched, there were 2GB and 4GB versions of the card. Some had additional PCI Express power, some didn't. Some had factory overclocks, while others didn't. That's confusing enough, but then a new version of the card with only 14 of the 16 available compute units enabled appeared - effectively a rebrand of the old RX 460. And then, multiple versions of that lower end configuration were unleashed upon the market too. So let's help explain the situation by offering some initial recommendations if you are considering an RX 560. First of all, completely disregard the 2GB versions if you're looking for any kind of longevity for the card in 1080p gaming scenarios. Secondly, while the boost clocks for the RX 560 are in the region of 1220MHz to 1275MHz depending on the model, only cards with PCI Express power inputs will lock consistently to the max boost frequency. We tested a Gigabyte board … [Read more...] about AMD Radeon RX 560 benchmarks: the Red Team’s budget GPU simply isn’t powerful enough
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The AMD Radeon RX 570 is a strong graphics card for anyone building their own mid-range PC gaming rig aimed at 1080p gaming. This cut-down version of the RX 580 can often deliver similar levels of gaming performance to the three gig version of GTX 1060, one of the most popular graphics cards on the market today. Intriguingly, it's even possible to overclock some RX 570 units to get RX 580 levels of performance for a lower price. However, the RX 570 can still be competitive even out of the box, and that's what we'll show here today. In this article, we'll compare the RX 570 in gaming benchmarks with four of the best video cards at this price point: the RX 580, the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti and both the 3GB and 6GB versions of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Note that all of the Nvidia cards are standard reference models, so third-party versions with factory overclocks will offer slightly higher performance. However, there are no reference models for the RX 570 or RX 850, so we should let you know … [Read more...] about AMD Radeon RX 570 benchmarks: a capable 1080p workhorse
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is based on a fully enabled version of the GP107 processor and is delivered with four gigs of RAM. It offers performance broadly in line with the last-gen GTX 960, meaning that although capable enough for 1080p gaming, 60fps is off the table for the most part at ultra or very high presets - and significant settings tweaks are required. There's much to commend the GTX 1050 Ti. Out of all of the budget GPUs available, it is the most powerful, outperforming the top-end versions of the Radeon RX 560 comfortably. Many versions of the card also have no need for additional PCI Express power, meaning that it's a straight plug-in upgrade, drawing all the power it needs from your motherboard. In fact, when we tested another GTX 1050 Ti with additional power inputs, we only found marginal increases to performance. The GTX 1050 Ti can be a little pricey - especially compared to its cut-down 10-series counterpart, the GTX 1050 - so in addition to that, we've also … [Read more...] about Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti benchmarks: the best budget gaming GPU, but also the priciest
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
Have you ever loaded up a new PC title, run the in-game benchmark, tweaked settings for optimal performance then discovered that actual gameplay throws up much lower frame-rates, intrusive stutter or worse? It's a particular frustration for us here at Digital Foundry, and it leads to a couple of very obvious questions: firstly, if benchmark modes are not indicative of real-life performance, what use are they? And secondly, if their use is limited, how representative of real-life gaming are the graphics card reviews that use them, including ours?Before we go on, it's fair to point out that not every benchmark mode out there is useless beyond redemption. In fact, there are a range of great examples that do set you up reasonably well for tweaking for optimal performance. And then there are others which actually drain system resources more than the actual game, which we'd argue is of more use than those that inflate their performance figures. However, there are some particularly striking … [Read more...] about Just how useful are PC benchmark modes really?