Unlike practically every other naming convention in tech, graphics cards don’t tend to follow on nicely from one generation to the next. The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, for example, may seem like it should be the natural next step from the previous generation’s GTX 1060, but as we saw in last week’s RTX 2060 vs GTX 1060 comparison piece, the RTX 2060 is really in a whole other league of its own when it comes to performance at 2560×1440 resolutions. Really, it’s a much better match for the the next card up in Nvidia’s GTX 10-series, the GTX 1070, which I agree makes very little sense and is confusing for everyone but that’s just the way these things are unfortunately. With that in mind, here’s how the RTX 2060 stacks up against the GTX 1070 via the medium of some nice graphs. RTX 2060 vs GTX 1070: How we test Just like my RTX 2060 vs GTX 1060 article, I’ve tested each card with pretty much every game I currently use as part of my … [Read more...] about RTX 2060 vs GTX 1070: Which Nvidia graphics card is better?
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In my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review last week, we discovered that Nvidia’s super duper new graphics card was about as fast as their GTX 1080Ti when paired with Intel’s Core i5-8600K CPU, representing only the teensiest bit of improvement to your overall frames per second output if you were to bung one in your PC today. That may well change once we start seeing more games take advantage of the Nvidia’s clever speed-boosting AI-driven Turing tech, but until developers get their act together and start patching in support for all of Turing’s best features, all we’ve got to go on right now is raw performance data. With this in mind, I thought I’d take a closer look at how the RTX 2080 compares to its direct predecessor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. The former might not represent much of a leap past the GTX 1080’s souped up Ti cousin, but regular 1080 owners should see much better results compared to what they can do now, particularly when it comes … [Read more...] about Nvidia RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080: How much faster is Nvidia’s new graphics card?
Nvidia’s new Turing GPUs are finally a thing that exists, but so far the only details we know pertain to their professional Quadro RTX models: the Quadro RTX 5000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 8000. What will Nvidia’s GeForce equivalents be like, and what will they even be called? All will (hopefully) be revealed this evening at Nvidia’s big Gamescom extravaganza, but judging by Nvidia’s latest teaser video for the event, we might already have some answers. Whatever happens, though, the alleged GTX 1180, GTX 2080 or even RTX 2080 will almost certainly blow today’s best graphics cards clean out of the water, so to help prepare you for what’s to come, here’s everything we know so far. Nvidia Turing: GTX 1180, GTX 2080 or RTX 2080? Hold on a second, I hear you cry. Wasn’t Volta meant to be Nvidia’s next GPU architecture? Yes. For a long time, it looked as though Volta would indeed be the successor to Nvidia’s consumer … [Read more...] about Nvidia Turing RTX 2080: Teaser video points to new name of Nvidia’s next-gen graphics cards
In early January, we advised that it was a terrible time to buy a graphics card—not that you could actually do so at most retail outlets, but even when you could find the GPU you wanted, prices were double or even more the original launch prices. The short summary is that cryptocurrencies had a massive spike in valuation in the latter half of 2017, profits from mining shot up, and everything from the lowly RX 560 and GTX 1050 through the extreme performance GTX 1080 Ti and RX Vega 64 was sold out.We have felt the pain of the graphics card shortages for the past three months, but thankfully that pain is finally coming to an end. Over the past week, we've seen stock of Founders Edition GPUs at Nvidia.com come and go a few times, selling at the official MSRP. Custom cards are also showing up, with factory overclocked models going for a small price premium over the stock models. We've seen the EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW for $510 (and it's still currently available), and the RX 580 4GB for … [Read more...] about Is the great graphics card shortage finally ending?
Not too long ago we warned of a potential impending surge in graphics card prices. Unfortunately for those looking to upgrade graphics cards or buy a new GPU, that prediction has come true, and then some. Right now is the worst time in the history of graphics cards to buy or upgrade this all-important gaming component. I've run through the list of current generation GPUs, and I've even looked at previous generation GPUs. The price changes in the past two weeks are staggering. Here's the full rundown, starting with Nvidia and then moving to AMD, from highest performing to lowest performing parts. Note that many of the cards are only showing prices from third-party resellers, as Amazon and Newegg rapidly sell out of their inventory (often at lower prices). If you're interested in buying a GPU, I'd recommend putting a "notify" alert on it and be ready to order ASAP if it comes back in stock at a reasonable price. All the current Nvidia graphics cards GTX 1080 Ti 11GB: Launched with a … [Read more...] about It’s a terrible time to buy a graphics card