Graphics Cards  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Graphics Cards  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Review: Power to Game https://www.gameskinny.com/67ugf/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3070-review-power-to-game https://www.gameskinny.com/67ugf/nvidia-geforce-rtx-3070-review-power-to-game Fri, 08 Jan 2021 13:21:10 -0500 Jason D'Aprile

Nvidia’s new superpowered graphics cards have arrived, as they do, with no small fanfare in the gaming community, especially the company's flagship RTX 3080 and 3090 cards. These high-end GPUs do magical things for an ultimate 4K gaming rig, but they also cost a ton. $700 for the 3080 and a whopping $1500 for the 3090. /p>

If you’re at the new console price point of $500, however, and tired of trying to buy one of those —  or just love PC gaming — the RTX 3070 is a much more comfortable bet with little in the way of meaningful compromise.

There’s a lot to like about the 3070. The card is using the same Ampere GA104 GPU as the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, if not quite as beefy for obvious reasons. This ensures the card offers the various new and impressive bells and whistles of the RTX line. Specifically, the highlights are ray-tracing and Nvidia’s impressive DLSS AI technology for improving frame-rates (in some cases quite dramatically). 

Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Review: Power to Game

 

To put things into a more direct perspective, for $200 less than the RTX 3080, the 3070 frequently proves to be a notably better performer over last year’s $1,000 RTX 2080 Ti. The 3070 lets you rocket past 1080P to extreme details at 1440P and, at the moment anyway, offers exceedingly good 4K performance.

Admittedly, while 4K HDTVs are certainly common enough, PC monitors hitting that level aren’t quite as ubiquitous. 

For games like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Gears of War 5, framerates at 1440p are well over 100fps in our testing. Fortnite with DLSS performance mode turned on hits over 200fps and in quality mode, it was close behind that number.

Other games with notoriously trying engines like Control and Metro Exodus benefit immensely from Nvidia’s DLSS tech. Control in 4K with full details and ray-tracing, for instance, is a slideshow without it (tanking at times as low as 12+/- fps). With DLSS on, the game holds at just around a reasonable 60fps. At 1440p, however, that same high-detail DLSS with ray-tracing goes up to nearly 100fps for Control.  

Another surprising perk comes with Minecraft. Nvidia has worked diligently on creating a truly amazing showcase for the powers of ray-tracing in the sandbox game. Right now, even though the feature is officially supported and out of beta, it's still only available on specific RTX-labeled maps. The effects, however, are gorgeous. Lighting and liquid effects look ethereal, adding an intense level of atmosphere to the maps. 

Nvidia has proven themselves to be reliably adept at updating their drivers to accommodate new releases. As a result, we expect the 3070 to hold an exceptional level of performance in most upcoming games, even if the gains aren’t quite as high as those seen in the 3080.

Testing the 3070 with 3D Mark led to impressive results. We installed the card into an Acer Predator Orion 5000, which sports an Intel i7-8700K CPU and 16GB RAM. Results for 3D Mark's Time Spy benchmark ranked as "Great" with a score of 11,153 (or better than 91% of all results according to 3DMark’s statistics). So, from a pure benchmarking standpoint, the 3070 is no slouch.

Honestly, stress-testing framerates isn’t necessarily the best way to express the performance of a video card. Even at a devoted 4K resolution, it proved unlikely to find any game unplayable on the 3070 after a few minor tweaks to some of the game’s graphics settings. For players who are still good with 1080P, the 3070 is definitely the new card to get, offering intensely high performance at the HD resolution with no compromises.

There are a couple of other reasons to consider the 3070 over the 3080.

It uses around 100 watts less than the 3080, for one thing, so cooling is a bit easier (and quieter). Nvidia recommends a 650-watt power supply at minimum to handle the card. 

The 3070 also has a smaller footprint, coming in at just over 9 inches long (as opposed to the 3080, which is just under 12 inches). This means it fits more comfortably in a wide range of cases, so those with more compact rigs will find this a better choice. The RTX 3070 also sports three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs and an HDMI 2.1 port, so it can handle up to four monitors if needed. 

Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Review — The Bottom Line

 

Pros

  • $200 cheaper than the next card in the line
  • Better than last year’s high-end RTX 2080
  • DLSS tech makes ray-tracing and extreme graphic effects smooth and gorgeous
  • Smaller footprint, less power drain, plenty of monitor ports make it fit in a variety of cases

Cons

  • $500 is still a lot of money
  • 8GB of RAM might be an issue for future games at 4K
  • If you only game at 4K, probably go the extra $200 or so for at least the 3080

The general rule of thumb for building and upgrading a gaming PC is getting as much power as you can afford. No matter how you look at it, though, spending between $500 to more than $1,000 for a single component is still painful. So, for those looking for the middle ground between price and super high-end performance, Nvidia’s RTX 3070 is a remarkable video card.  

As it stands, the Nvidia RTX 3070 is the best mid-range card on the market. It easily surpasses anything AMD currently has in this price range and comes close enough to the higher-end cards to not feel like a painful compromise.

For 1440p and 1080p, this card smokes anything we threw at it, with full details and ray-tracing thanks in part, at times, to Nvidia’s DLSS. For 4K, it still proved to be an exceptional card and our primary caveat might be that with only 8GB of onboard RAM, it’s conceivable newer games in the next year or so might need some visual downgrades.

Granted, even the RTX 3080 for $200 more might have this problem as it only has 10 GB. But it’s hard to say if that will matter at all in the next few years.

[Note: Nvidia provided the RTX 3070 GPU used for this review.]

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Surprise, Surprise: Nvidia Unveils Brand-New GPUs Ahead of Gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/u5wyg/surprise-surprise-nvidia-unveils-brand-new-gpus-ahead-of-gamescom https://www.gameskinny.com/u5wyg/surprise-surprise-nvidia-unveils-brand-new-gpus-ahead-of-gamescom Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:23:43 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Late last week, we reported (via CNET) that the next line of Nvidia GPUs was on the immediate horizon. bringing with it blistering next-gen technology and unrivaled power. 

Today, Nvidia unveiled that line of cards at their press conference ahead of Gamescom. As evidenced by the stunning Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer in the header above, Nvidia's new line of RTX (real-time ray tracing) graphics cards will take video game graphics to an entirely new level. 

Boasting new GGDR 6 VRAM, burly memory bandwidths, and more robust CUDA core technology than previous models, the RTX cards will provide considerable performance boosts over the current generation of Nvidia hardware, including the the company's previously monstrous Titan cards. 

You can pre-order the cards on Newegg or directly from any of the myriad GPU manufacturers who have already announced they are currently building the cards, such as MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Zotac, and many others. 

According to reports, the RTX 2070 will replace the GTX 1080; the RTX 2080 will replace the GTX 1080ti; and the RTX 2080ti will be a beast unto its own. Here are the specs for each of the Turing-powered cards via the Nvidia website:

Spec RTX 2080ti RTX 2080 RTX 2070
Price $1,199 $799 $599
CUDA Cores 4352 2944 2304
Boost Clock 1635Mhz 1800Mhz 1710Mhz
Base Clock 1350Mhz 1515Mhz 1410Mhz
Memory Speed 14Gbps 14Gbps 14Gbps
Memory (VRAM) 11GB DDR6 8GB DDR6 8GB DDR6
Memory Bandwidth 616GB/s 448GB/s 448GB/s
Max Resolution 7680x4320 (8K) 7680x4320 (8K)  7680x4320 (8K)
Height 4.556" 4.556" 4.435"
Length 10.5" 10.5" 9.0"
Width 2-slot 2-slot 2-slot
Power Consumption 260W 225W 175W

 

All of the new RTX GPUs are G-Sync compatible, use the Nvidia GeForce experience, and provide state-of-the-art Ray Tracing capabilities. It is currently unclear when or if current GTX GPUs, such as the GTX 1080 and 1080ti, will fall in price. However, it does seem logical considering these RTX upgrades will be replacing them in both function and price. 

You can learn more about the RTX line's Turing architecture here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Nvidia's ray-tracing capable, Turing-powered graphics cards. 

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Next Gen Nvidia GPUs Could Release Very Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/8klk0/next-gen-nvidia-gpus-could-release-very-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/8klk0/next-gen-nvidia-gpus-could-release-very-soon Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:58:09 -0400 Jonathan Moore

One of the worst-kept secrets in the hardware world is that Nvidia's newest line of GPUs is set to be revealed at Gamescom next week in Cologne, Germany. If a report from CNET (by way of NordicHardware) is to be believed, it looks like two GPU manufacturers, MSI and Palit Microsystems, may have teamed up to spill the proverbial beans on the upcoming announcement. 

Instead of moving from the 10 series to the 11 series as some rumors had previously suggested, it appears Nvidia's newest Turing-powered graphics cards will instead bear the 20 series moniker. According to reports, these RayTracing, DirectX 12 capable cards will even be available for purchase when they are announced at Nvidia's pre-event press conference on Monday.

CNET states the cards will presumably first be available in Sweden. Currently, there are no rumblings of a stateside release, although CNET postulates there very well could be a worldwide, or at least multinational, launch following the Gamescom announcement. 

Rumored pricing for the graphics cards in the 20 series don't appear to be all that bad, either, with the RTX 2080, which is taking the place of the current GTX 1080, coming in around $500-$700. Considering that price range, it's conceivable that current Nvidia GPU prices will start to tumble, making the 1080ti more affordable in the coming months. 

Specs have also been "released" for each card, sans the RTX 2080ti. You can view them in the link to the original CNET article above. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Nvidia's inevitable GPU unveiling at Gamescom next week. 

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Best Graphics Cards Under $500 For Budget PC Builders in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kquv9/best-graphics-cards-under-500-for-budget-pc-builders-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kquv9/best-graphics-cards-under-500-for-budget-pc-builders-in-2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:11:27 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 570

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Price: $294.07
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Last but not least, this contender for the best graphics card under $500 in 2017 is the RX 570 model from Radeon. Sure, its core clock numbers are the lowest among the batch, but the price and the support of all modern technologies should give you enough reason to consider this bad boy.

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It has everything from CoolTech to Nitro Free Flow technologies for noiseless cooling, the full support of AMD LiquidVR and Eyefinity for a smooth virtual reality experience, AMD XConnect and Nitro Quick Connect for adding or switching extra graphics cards, and many other cool features.

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Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ RX 570 Specs:

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And there you have it: the best graphics cards under $500 in 2017. From NVIDIA to Radeon and more, these graphics cards will get you the biggest bang for the proverbial buck -- especially if you're building a PC on a budget. 

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If you have other suggestions for graphics cards in this category, then be sure to leave your feedback in the comments section below. And be sure to check around during Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- a few of these cards are sure to be on sale, saving you even more money. 

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1060

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Price: $329.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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If the previous three options look good but are still too expensive, then consider this slight downgrade from the 1070 model with a little less VRAM on the board.

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The GeForce GTX 1060 graphics processor is one of the most powerful in the mid-level gaming class at the moment. The newest Pascal graphics architecture provides amazing speed, and the support of the latest technologies maximizes its functionality.

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The DirectCU III cooling system is highly efficient due to a special fan design  with optimized impeller geometry and Auto-Extreme technology that guarantees its long-term durability.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Specs:

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 XTR

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Price: $459.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The RX 580 is another modern solution from Radeon that is based on a GDDR5 memory architecture -- unlike its sister model VEGA. It has practically the same characteristics as the 1070 Ti from GeForce, but is a bit cheaper ($459 vs $489).

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The card is a Polaris-powered graphics card that utilizes the AORUS graphics engine, which is intended for fast overclocking and effective heat dissipation. With the help of the Xtreme Engine software, you can easily adjust the frequency, voltage, fan modes, RGB backlighting, performance parameters, and more.

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All of these settings can be changed in real time, according to your preferences, so that's an added quality of life touch that sets this Radeon graphics card apart from others on this list. 

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Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 XTR Specs: 

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  • Max resolution: 7680x4320
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Gigabyte Radeon RX VEGA 56

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Price: $499.00
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Gigabyte Radeon RX VEGA 56 is an equally impressive alternative to the GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, but it puts a stronger focus on VR gaming due to its implemented Polaris technology. This new architecture combines low latency, smart software, and powerful computing that together provide a silky smooth virtual reality experience.

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VR is also the reason why this graphics card is based specifically on the second generation of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2), which is especially useful for performance-sensitive consumer applications, such as virtual reality.

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Additionally, the Polaris graphics architecture guarantees smooth performance for all those interested in streaming games through platforms like Twitch while maintaining a high-quality broadcast without sacrificing gameplay quality. 

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Gigabyte Radeon RX VEGA 56 Specs: 

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

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Price: $489.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1870 Ti is the perfect solution for any gamers looking for the best graphics card under $500. There are several other options with the same processing power on the market from Asus and MSI, but the innovative cooling solution from Gigabyte delivers the most effective heat dissipation capacity for highest possible performance currently on the market.

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This graphics card is built for extreme overclocking, engineered with the same high-grade chokes and capacitors as those of Titan X graphics cards. This technology protects the card from overheating and provides stabler voltage output.

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Lastly, the 3D Active Fan provides semi-passive cooling, allowing gamers to enjoy gameplay in complete silence. 

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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Specs: 

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This year's flagship in the graphics cards department, a fully-enabled nVidia Titan Xp, resulted in a much faster build than previous throne holders: GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Titan X. It's hard to say whether this is good or bad for the market, but it sure is costly, reaching well over $1000, which is not what most gamers are looking for.

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So how do you approach the similar level of performance without investing so much money? Fortunately, the manufacturers of GeForce and Radeon graphics cards offer several excellent solutions all under $500.

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If that's what you're looking for, then check out this top 5 of the best budget graphics cards of 2017.

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Should You Be Buying a New Graphics Card Now? https://www.gameskinny.com/o71ya/should-you-be-buying-a-new-graphics-card-now https://www.gameskinny.com/o71ya/should-you-be-buying-a-new-graphics-card-now Wed, 31 May 2017 12:21:47 -0400 blake_1321

If you're a serious PC gamer, sooner or later you will need a new GPU. But is right now the perfect time for buying a new graphics card? With the era of VR at our doorstep, Nvidia was forced to release the Titan Xp. Sure, this amazing GPU is a massive milestone in the industry, but its impact on the current GPU market may be even greater than that.

The emergence of this latest high-end card has caused a drop in prices for all other graphic cards out there. This alone may be the reason why 2017 might be a perfect time for you to rejuvenate your computer and purchase a new graphics card.

Still, this all depends on what kind of graphics card you want to buy, and what price range you can afford. So let's take a look at the three tiers of graphics cards -- entry-level, mid-range, and high-end -- and determine the best picks in each price range, along with the right time to pick them up.

Entry-Level Graphics Cards

Entry-level GPUs are sufficient enough for typical day-to-day usage, HTPC machines, and casual gaming. In recent years we've witnessed a surge of non-GPU intensive games such as League of Legends, DotA 2, CS: GO, and many others -- and these entry-level cards are more than capable of delivering decent framerates at 1080p with high details.

The two best entry-level models out there right now are AMD's RX 550/560 and Nvidia's GTX 1050/1030.

AMD Radeon RX 550/560

RX 560

AMD has an inclination towards re-branding their chips into new generations of graphics cards. This is exactly what happened with Radeon RX 500 series. The fact that they've been using the 14nm process on their Polaris chips for a year gave them the ability to clock them higher out of the box and re-brand them as the RX 500 series.

AMD has unlocked this chip to a full 1024 cores, and clocked it significantly higher. Besides the new RX 560, we also got the RX 550, which is a cut-down version of the RX 460 but with a price tag of just $80 USD.

Nvidia GTX 1050 (Ti)/1030

GTX 1050

Nvidia’s entry-level GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti recently earned a younger (and weaker) brother -- the GTX 1030.

While the 1050 slightly beats AMD's RX 560 in DX11 games, in DX12 it is the other way around. The 1050 Ti is better all-around, but could be considered a bad purchase. Its price hovers around $160 USD -- which is dangerously close to the 20% faster RX 570 that sells at $185 USD.

Verdict

You won’t be making a mistake if you go for either the RX 560 or the GTX 1050. These are priced similarly and are neck-and-neck performance wise. But if you tend to play less graphics-intensive games such as League of Legends or Dota 2 both the RX 550 and GTX 1030 ($80 USD) are a decent purchase as well.

Mid-Range Graphics Cards

The problem with high-end cards is that no matter how good they are, you are not paying just for their performance. You are also paying for the exclusivity to use the newest, most powerful GPU on the market -- especially if that GPU has a clear advantage in game performance.

So people who value high-quality graphics, but are still reluctant to pay more than these devices are worth, are more likely to go with a mid-range GPU, such as the AMD RX 580 or 570, or the Nvidia 1060 or 1070.

Nvidia GTX 1070

GTX 1070

Performance-wise out of the four, the GTX 1070 is far ahead of the rest of the pack -- but it also costs considerably more at around $400. However, the price is directly proportionate to its performance. For twice the price of the RX 470, you get almost twice the performance in games such as The Witcher 3 at 1080p and 1440p. Though this card is borderline high-end, it slid to the mid-range bracket after the release of the 1080 Ti and Titan Xp.

If smooth performance at 1440p with high graphical quality is what you expect from your card, then the GTX 1070 is your best bet.

Nvidia GTX 1060 (+)

GTX 1060

This card is a decent mid-range product which comes in two versions with 3GB and 6GB GDDR5 memory. A few weeks back, Nvidia introduced a refreshed version of the cards, the GTX 1060+, with a 9Ghz clock on the memory. With a price tag of around $250, it is a decent purchase for gaming in 1080p at high detail. To keep smooth framerates at any higher resolution, though, you'd have to compromise on the level of graphical fidelity.

The main drawback with this card is that it doesn't support SLI, and the 3GB model is not suited for gaming in 2017.

RX 580/570

Next up are the RX 580 and the RX 570. Both of the cards pack the same Ellesmere chip on the PCB, with either 4 or 8GB of GDDR5. The difference is that the RX 570 has 256 shader processors (less than its bigger brother), and has lower clock speeds for GPU and memory. In reality, though, those discrepancies translate into single-digit framrate differences. In a 1080p run of The Witcher 3, for example, the RX 580 has 64FPS while the RX 570 manages 58FPS.

Verdict

The absolute champion of this category is the RX 570. The card is just a small percentage slower than the RX 580 and the GTX 1060, but is considerably cheaper. A custom version can be bought for as little as $185 USD.

High-End Graphics Card

GTX 1080 Ti

Finally, there are some people who simply don’t care about the price of their GPU -- all they want is the best possible gaming and graphic experience. Gaming in 4K was hard to imagine a few years ago without several cards stacked in CrossFire or SLI. But now that 4K gaming seems to be the next horizon for the industry, that's changed -- especially with the emergence of single cards that can handle that sort of workload, like Nvidia's GTX 1080Ti and the Titan Xp. 

  GTX 1080 Ti Titan Xp
Shader Units 3584 3584
ROPs 88 96
GPU GP102 GP102
Transistor Count 12B 12B
Memory 11GB 12GB
Bus 352 384
Clock 1480/1582 1418
Memory Clock 1376 1251
Price $699  $1200

 

While there are slight variations in numbers, the performance among these cards is pretty much the same -- which makes the 1080 Ti the best possible high-end purchase at this moment. It will devour any game you throw at it, and do so in stunning 4K. The only real reason to go for the Titan version is if you run neural networks and deal in machine learning.

Should You Wait for New Models to Come Out Before Updating Your Graphics Card?

AMD has announced the official release its Vega based GPUs by the end of June. This particular GPU is something eagerly expected by both gamers worldwide. This particular entry is expected to be a game-changer for graphics processing, which is why it might be worth your while to postpone the purchase of high-end graphics card for at least the next several weeks.

In the end, terms such as ‘better’ and ‘more cost-effective’ are quite subjective. Some people are ready to pay unlimited amounts for even the slightest edge in performance. What card is best for you really boils down to what you really need that GPU to do, and how much you're willing to pay for it. 

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Like Building Your Gaming Rig? You Should Upgrade These Parts in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ldp4e/like-building-your-gaming-rig-you-should-upgrade-these-parts-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ldp4e/like-building-your-gaming-rig-you-should-upgrade-these-parts-in-2017 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Lampstradamus

If you're a PC gamer, you're always looking to upgrade your rig even if it might be working perfectly fine. There is always something to upgrade or replace and sometimes you might not know what you might want to change out. Here is some advice about what you could upgrade.

Upgrade Your Graphics Card

Ah, the basics of the basics when it comes to upgrades for a gaming rig. The two main companies that you will probably be looking at will be AMD and Nvidia.

With Nvidia's release of the Geforce 1000 series, the prices of older generation graphics cards have fallen. The Geforce 1000 series itself is also very affordable when it comes to performance, compared to the previous top of the line Titan X card.

AMD has also been releasing their own cards to compete on the price to performance aspect of cards.

If you're looking to game on higher settings or if you're looking to pick up a VR headset, upgrading to a new graphics card is definitely a major consideration.

Upgrade Your CPU/Motherboard

If you're gaming on an older CPU, now might be the time to switch, especially if you're planning on upgrading the other components in your rig.

You might not need a top of the line CPU and a workstation-grade motherboard, but anything more recent than whatever you had in that pre-made Dell in high school would be good.

A top of the line graphics card upgrade with an underpowered, five-year-old CPU means that you won't be getting the biggest bang for your buck. In fact, you're leaving some pixels on the floor when it comes to your games.

So definitely look to upgrade your CPU/Motherboard if you're going for a large overhaul of your system.

Upgrade Your RAM

RAM sticks are actually one of the things that you don't really have to upgrade or update too often since they'll typically last you for years. The only reason that you should think about upgrading your RAM is if a stick is dead, you're moving to a new motherboard that can use top-of-the-line RAM or if you want more RAM.

Normally, 8GB of RAM is enough for most casual/non-power gamers. 16GB of RAM should be enough if you just want some breathing room -- or want to crank your graphics settings to maximum.

Upgrade Your HardDrives

If your drives are starting to run out of space, you can either delete some things or you can buy some more drives. 

Most gamers have traditional hard-drives because they're inexpensive and they sometimes massive in terms of storage space, however, solid state hard drives have been increasingly adopted by gamers.

SSDs improve load times. Traditional hard drives have a needle that needs to move on a disc to read data. SSDs, however, have no moving parts, so they don't have to constantly move to access games data.

SSDs do have a downside, however: They are pricey but smaller in terms of storage space, so keeping a traditional hard-drive for general storage is a good idea.

So, Do You Need to Upgrade?

Not everyone needs to upgrade.

If you're not looking to improve your gaming experience, then upgrading isn't something you need to worry about. PC gaming is great in the idea that you have a choice. You choose to upgrade when you want and you get to choose your upgrades. 

Figure out your budget, do your research, find your parts and upgrade as you please.

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HTC Vive Incompatible With GeForce GTX 1080's DisplayPort https://www.gameskinny.com/kx3m3/htc-vive-incompatible-with-geforce-gtx-1080s-displayport https://www.gameskinny.com/kx3m3/htc-vive-incompatible-with-geforce-gtx-1080s-displayport Sat, 09 Jul 2016 16:25:12 -0400 Noor Sami

If you’re looking to connect your GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with the HTC Vive, you might be out of luck. Users have reported issues with plugging the VR device into the 1080’s DisplayPort wherein the display is not recognized. As a result of this issue, until a solution is found it is recommended that users connect the Vive to the HDMI port of the 1080 rather than the DisplayPort. However, this is a problem for many people who use the 1080’s HDMI port to plug into their TV instead.

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 were marketed as vastly improving virtual reality graphics, but this problem seems to have put a damper on that. As of now, neither HTC nor Nvidia have made any conclusive comments about the issue. A thread discussing the problem has a number of responses on the GeForce forums, to which a representative from Nvidia responded and said simply, “We are still investigating this issue.”

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GeForce Titan P rumored for August announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/yfuyh/geforce-titan-p-rumored-for-august-announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/yfuyh/geforce-titan-p-rumored-for-august-announcement Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:58:54 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

For the past few years, the most powerful graphics card for your PC has been the GeForce Titan. The Titan is able to run any game at the highest settings without any hiccups. 

A few months ago, Nvidia started releasing the graphics cards for its new Pascal line, starting with the GeForce 1070 and 1080 back in May to great reviews. The rest of the Pascal line of graphics cards, including the GeForce 1060, is set to be released this week on July 7th. But it looks like that might not be the only thing Nvidia has in store.

There are now rumors that the next card Nvidia plans to release for its Pascal line of graphics cards is the Titan P. It is rumored to have 50% more performance than the GeForce 1080. It will have two different memory options: 12 gigabytes or 16 gigabytes.

There is no release date announced yet, but we will be expecting one from Gamescom in Germany, which starts on August 17 and runs through the 21st. 

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AMD Introduces Beta Testing Initiative for Radeon Graphics Drivers https://www.gameskinny.com/hcyql/amd-introduces-beta-testing-initiative-for-radeon-graphics-drivers https://www.gameskinny.com/hcyql/amd-introduces-beta-testing-initiative-for-radeon-graphics-drivers Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:44:46 -0400 Noor Sami

Tech company AMD is introducing a new program to their Radeon graphics software: community beta testing. AMD is aiming for bi-monthly driver releases, as well as immediate releases alongside popular games in order to keep their graphics software constantly fresh and updated. In order to achieve this, they are granting their community of beta testers early access to drivers before releasing them to the public. Input from beta testers will bring improvements to the drivers by identifying problems that developers may have missed.

 AMD also detailed GPUOpen, through which they support game and game engine developers via an open source environment where developers can work together and improve software. They are also working on a feature called WattMan, which allows you to adjust every state of your GPU so you can change “what happens when your system goes to sleep or when you’re watching a YouTube video.”

You can apply to be a beta tester on Radeon’s website.

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The Best Graphics Cards for Gaming 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/2op2o/the-best-graphics-cards-for-gaming-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/2op2o/the-best-graphics-cards-for-gaming-2016 Fri, 20 May 2016 05:19:34 -0400 Brandon Morgan

When it comes to the PC Master Race, nothing says excellence and high-end more than the perfect graphics card built for gaming. Seriously, you need something high-end these days in order to max out some of the graphics we're seeing in glorious 1080p or 4k at 60 frames-per-second or higher. It seems like graphics cards will change within a year or two, so you want to plan ahead when it comes to purchasing a new graphics card.

Here are a few options for every budget, so you're bound to found something that works for you.

Under $200

Asus GeForce 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5
  • Price: $161.79
  • Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

The Asus GeForce 2GB 128-bit is a powerful, factory-overclocked graphics card providing the very best for your gaming experience. The Strix drivers have been designed so you may enjoy games in near silence. Strix also performs at 20% cooler than 3X quieter than the competition.

 

MSI R7 370 Gaming 4GB
  • Price: $179.38
  • Rating4.4 out of 5 stars

The Radeon series is a massive contender when it comes to powerful graphics cards. This R7 370 features 4GB of video RAM, which is powerful enough to handle most new releases without any issues. Some users report running the recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on High settings at 60 frames-per-second without any issues.

 

Under $400

Gigabyte GTX 960 G1
  • Price: $249.99
  • Rating4.4 out of 5 stars

Nvidia has long been considered the top contender in the world of GPUs, so many will want this option within their newly-built gaming computer. With 4GB GDDR5 memory. Customer reviews all point towards running brand new games with maxed out settings.

ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked 4GB
  • Price: $318.99
  • Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Another Radeon from ASUS, the GTX 970 comes factory overclocked right out of the box, ensuring you can max out almost any game upon starting up your new computer. One of the best new features of this GPU comes in the form of the tweaking software included in each package, ensuring you can tweak the performance even further.

MSI R9 390 Gaming 8GB
  • Price: $372.99
  • Rating4.4 out of 5 stars

This MSI GPU is a pure monster in the computer case. With 8GB of GPU memory, you can handle any game coming out for the next few years at High without any issues. It even supports Crossfire, which means you can connect a second card for twice the power.

 

Under $600

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 980 4GB OC
  • Price: $460.00
  • Rating4.6 out of 5 stars

This is another graphics card that comes factory overclocked directly out of the box, meaning you won't have to do it in the long run. The MSI card boasts intense new colors with increased contract to bring your video games to life. The 4GB GDDR5 memory certainly helps, too.

 

Under $800

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB G1
  • Price: $629.99
  • Rating4.6 out of 5 stars

For those preparing their gaming computers for virtual reality, the GTX 980Ti is the perfect option. Though it is a pricier option than many cards out there, Gigabyte are promising the perfect card for 4K gaming, virtual reality, DirectX12 support, and game streaming to the Nvidia Shield device.

 

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980Ti AMP! 6GB
  • Price: $529.99
  • Rating4.7 out of 5 stars

The GeForce GTX 980Ti from ZOTAC features low power consumption with high-performance all wrapped inside one bundle. Like our previous entry, this GPU is all ready and prepared for virtual reality. Again, the price tag is what will scare most people off, though it isn't quite as bad as the Gigabyte option.

 

Coming Soon!

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
  • Price: $599
  • Bundle Price: $699

Nvidia has a brand new flagship graphics card on the way in the form of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. The company promises this to be one of their most powerful, power-efficient, gaming experience-driven GPUs of all time. Their new Pascal architecture is said to introduce a new wave of gaming for everyone.

Nvidia GeForce GTX  1070
  • Price: $379
  • Cooler Bundle Price: $449

The upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 is said to be faster than the Titan X, which is a very costly option. However, it will run a tad bit slower than the upcoming GTX 1080, but for a lower price point, too. You can purchase it in the Founder's Edition alongside a new cooler for a reduced bundle price, which is quite nice!

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Best Gaming Graphic Cards under $200 https://www.gameskinny.com/ynb5x/best-gaming-graphic-cards-under-200 https://www.gameskinny.com/ynb5x/best-gaming-graphic-cards-under-200 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:38:09 -0400 Sergey_3847

With the constant growth of hardware requirements and display resolutions, today’s PC gaming scene has turned into a mad chase for every extra frame possible. While indie games don’t require you to have a PC with high-end graphics card, nobody really wants to stay behind the trend and not try at least a few AAA video games.

Getting the latest and greatest graphics cards can easily break the bank. But it doesn't have to. There are lots of powerful graphics cards available for under $200. In the list below, you will find several of the best graphics solutions that can make all the latest video games run smoothly on your PC without forcing you to spend too much money.

Radeon R7 360

Radeon R7 360

GPU Clock: 1050 MHz
Memory Clock: 1500 MHz/6000 MHz effective
Memory Size: 2048 MB
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bus: 128 bit
Starting Price: $119

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The Radeon R7 360 doesn’t represent any form of new technology, but it is just a very well manufactured upgrade of the R7 260 model. It has the same Bonaire GPU, but offers better results due to a GDDR5 memory type.

Testing on a system with Intel Core i5-3470 and 16 GB RAM showed that Radeon R7 360 works best at 1680x1050 resolution. If you switch to 1920x1080, frame rate issues in certain games will be unavoidable.

For example, the medium graphics settings in GTA V showed 45 FPS, The Witcher 3 showed 30 FPS, and CS:GO showed 230 FPS. If you switch to ultra settings, The Witcher 3 falls down to 23 FPS and GTA V to 15 FPS, which is not how you want to play games. However, if you can handle the recommended settings, then it’s more than a fine choice.

Radeon R7 370

Radeon R7 360

GPU Clock: 975 MHz
Memory Clock: 1400 MHz/5600 MHz effective
Memory Size: 4096 MB
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bus: 256 bit
Starting Price: $159

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The Radeon R7 370 is the elder brother of the R7 360, with a bigger memory size and slightly noisier cooling system. However, the performance index is much better than the previous model.

The R7 370 showed some excellent results at ultra settings with 1920x1080 resolution in Battlefield 4 swinging between 30 and 40 FPS, The Witcher 3 at 30-35 FPS, and Far Cry 4 at 35-40 FPS. These are all great results for the price given.

So, if you’re looking at the two low-budget solutions from Radeon, the best choice here would obviously be the R7 370 with 4 GB GDDR5, but if you can’t spend an extra $50, then take the R7 360 and just scale the settings down a notch.

GeForce GTX 750 Ti

GeForce GTX 750 Ti

GPU Clock: 1085 MHz
Memory Clock: 1350 MHz/5400 MHz effective
Memory Size: 2048 MB
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bus: 128 bit
Starting Price: $105

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The GTX 750 Ti is based on Maxwell architecture and powered up by a GM107 processor. The 750 model is twice as fast as its 650 predecessor, due to power efficiency technology and a GDDR5 memory type.

Additionally, the 750 Ti supports displays with G-Sync technology, making both the framerate produced by the graphics card and the one processed by the display to be perfectly synchronized.

Tests showed that the GTX 750 Ti works much better at medium settings with 1680x1050 resolution. The framerate index in some popular games looks satisfactory: Battlefield 4 at 30-40 FPS, Dying Light at 30-35, GTA V at 30-40 FPS. Overall, the results are OK if you don’t chase the dream of full HD gaming.

GeForce GTX 950

GeForce GTX 950

GPU Clock: 1188 MHz
Memory Clock: 1653 MHz/6612 MHz effective
Memory Size: 2048 MB
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bus: 128 bit
Starting Price: $150

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This model is a more advanced version of the 750 Ti, but twice as cheap as its next iteration, the 960. However, both the 950 and 960 use the same GM206 processor.

The GeForce GTX 950 is based on the second generation of Maxwell architecture, therefore, it has the most complete support for DirectX 12. This alone makes the 950 the best graphics card under $200 on the market today.

The GTX 950 fully supports 1920x1080 resolution and can handle any modern AAA game at ultra settings. Here are the framerate test results: Battlefield 4 at 40-50 FPS, Far Cry 4 at 40-45 FPS, GTA V at 35-45 FPS, The Witcher 3 at 30-40 FPS.

Conclusion

So, if you need a cheap graphics card that can handle your favorite games, then add a few extra bucks and the get GTX 950. If you find yourself in the situation where extra $50 is too much, then take R7 360. Both models are the best choices in the current segment of graphics cards under $200.

Which of these graphics cards you liked the best? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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The New NVIDIA Flagship is here - GeForce 980 Ti https://www.gameskinny.com/rxyos/the-new-nvidia-flagship-is-here-geforce-980-ti https://www.gameskinny.com/rxyos/the-new-nvidia-flagship-is-here-geforce-980-ti Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:08:39 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

If you are a console gamer, then you may not understand the excitement that PC gamers experience at the idea of two letters at the end of their graphics card. That's perfectly ok, being free of the stress of keeping on top of technological trends can be very freeing. If you are a PC gamer, however, then you can't ignore a new flagship GPU from NVIDIA.

If you have been thinking of upgrading or breaking into PC gaming, this would be a very good time. The new 980 Ti sits at a much lower price ($649) than the GTX Titan X ($999) and should keep you secure well into the future.

The NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti was announced by NVIDIA yesterday alongside a short and sweet video. It comes with 6 GB of memory, supports DirectX 12 and is more than capable and pumping out 4k resolution. NVIDIA say of their new product:

Your games will be more immersive. They’ll run faster. And they’ll look better. And with a design that sips power rather than gulps it, gamers get quiet, cool operation. Noise or heat will never become a distraction. And, for those with space constraints, you can even use GTX 980 Ti in a small form-factor PC.

With the approach of DirectX 12, Virtual Reality, 4k monitors becoming more commonplace, and affordable and more graphically impressive but demanding games such as The Witcher 3 being developed, a new flagship GPU could not have come at a better time.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Now Available on Maingear PC Gaming Desktops https://www.gameskinny.com/tzbal/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-now-available-on-maingear-pc-gaming-desktops https://www.gameskinny.com/tzbal/nvidia-geforce-gtx-980-now-available-on-maingear-pc-gaming-desktops Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:06:37 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

Great news for all you PC and NVIDIA lovers out there like me; Maingear, the PC system builder of custom gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations, will be adding the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics cards with Maxwell architecture to Maingear desktops.

Gamers are said to enjoy the realistic real-time lighting with advanced NVIDIA Cone-Traced Global Illumination, as well as NVIDIA G-SYNC tech claims to have improved smooth, tear-free gaming . NVIDIA's Super Resolution technology delivers awe-inspiring gaming visuals, offering a 4K experience on a 1080p display. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 will pair quite nicely with the NVIDIA GameStream technology to allow gamers to stream PC games so they can be enjoyed on NVIDIA SHIELD devices.

The GTX 970 has 1664 processor cores running at a base frequency of 1050MHz (boost clock of 1178MHz), while the GTX 980 has 2048 cores running at 1126MHz (boost clock of 1216MHz). The GTX 970 and the GTX 980 both have a 256-bit interface to 4GB of GDDR5 memory running at an effective speed of 7Gbps. In addition to making games run faster--the promise behind every new GPU--NVIDIA has announced four new features that promise to make games look more realistic: Dynamic Super Resolution, Multi-Frame-Sampled Anti-aliasing (MFAA), Voxel Global Illumination, and VR Direct.

  • Dynamic Super Resolution: enables the new GPUs to deliver 4K-quality graphics on a 1080p display. The processor effectively renders 4K resolution in the GPU’s frame buffer, and then applies a Gaussian filter to downsample the image to 1080p when it's output to the monitor. This promises to increase visual fidelity without taking a hit in frame rate.
  • Multi-Frame-Sampled Anti-aliasing (MFAA): delivers results that are very similar to MSAA without the performance hit that MSAA exacts. MFAA is up to 30 percent faster than MSAA.
  • Voxel Global Illumination: the third big improvement to be found in the GeForce GTX 970 and -980. In short, it’s a new lighting technique that promises to deliver much better image quality without requiring a significant performance hit. A voxel (a portmanteau for volumetric pixel) stores information about the light in a rendered environment.
  • VR Direct: Nvidia’s VR Direct technology is intended to benefit upcoming virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift. This bundle of features is designed to reduce latency, allow headsets to take full advantage of NVIDIA’s dual-GPU SLI technology, and improve stereo-vision support.

The Maxwell architecture is based on the same 28nm manufacturing process as Kepler, but offering more precise control that may improve performance by 135%, and doubling the GPU’s performance per watt compared to the previous Kepler architecture. The innovative GPU provides an elite experience on virtual reality, HD and ultra-resolution 4K displays.

"Maingear is always on the bleeding edge of high performance hardware and the NVIDIA GTX 980 continues that tradition," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. "To use a high performance car analogy, with the raw power of a monster V8 and the efficiency of a hybrid, NVIDIA's 980s series is the perfect blend of performance and power efficiency."

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 graphics will be available on the SHIFT, F131, Vybe, Rush, and Force Maingear desktops. All Maingear products are supported with lifetime labor and phone support in the US, along with 1-3 year hardware warranty options. So order a customized gaming PC for yourself now and try out the NVIDIA GeForce 980.

Keep it tuned to GameSkinny for all your PC gaming hardware news, tips and information.

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Get FF14 FREE With a New GeForce Graphics Card https://www.gameskinny.com/93498/get-ff14-free-with-a-new-geforce-graphics-card https://www.gameskinny.com/93498/get-ff14-free-with-a-new-geforce-graphics-card Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:20:08 -0500 Destrolyn.Bechgeddig

Thinking of upgrading your desktop PC soon? You should consider getting a graphics card from GeForce's GTX 650-series, which will enable you to bag yourself a free copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (FF14) at the same time.

The bundles are available for a limited time only and, unfortunately for EU players, only available in North American outlets such as NCIX, Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.

Doing Eorzea Justice

By upgrading your desktop's graphics capability, you'll be able to immerse yourself into the vibrant world of Eorzea like never before. Although a high-end graphics card isn't required to play the game, by investing in one with some decent specs will enable you to experience Square Enix's hugely popular MMO with jaw-dropping aplomb.

http://eorzeareborn.com/With a GeForce GTX 650-series graphics card, you'll be able to see some of the finer in-game graphics with ease, such as the meticulous environment details in dungeons such as the ghoul-infested Haukke Manor, or marvel out the realistic thunderstorm weather effects. Not to mention, there's hours of play across a variety of jobs and classes, myriad storylines and quests, and extensive end-game content.

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to some new hardware and indulge in the grand fantasy epic that is FF14.

For more information about the GeForce GTX 650-series/FF14 bundles, visit www.geforce.com/free-finalfantasyxiv.

For more information about FF14, visit www.finalfantasyxiv.com.

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5 Reasons to Feel Good About NOT Pre-Ordering A New Console https://www.gameskinny.com/5qwc2/5-reasons-to-feel-good-about-not-pre-ordering-a-new-console https://www.gameskinny.com/5qwc2/5-reasons-to-feel-good-about-not-pre-ordering-a-new-console Tue, 12 Nov 2013 02:22:30 -0500 Brian Armstrong

The PlayStation 4 releases this week, with the Xbox One following one week later, and the gaming world is holding its collective breath as we kick the doors open to a new generation of console gaming. Last week, I talked about why people who pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 or those who pre-ordered an Xbox One should feel pretty good that they made the right choice with their console decision.

But what about those who can't afford a new console at launch, or PC gamers who have been sitting on the sideline wondering if they were making a mistake by not jumping in and buying a shiny new box? Should they pick up a few extra shifts at work in order to plunk down the cash? 

Well here's the good news: there's no need to make any drastic moves just yet, and I've got five good reasons why you should feel good about not pre-ordering either of the new consoles.

5. Titanfall Is Coming to PC and Xbox 360

One of the biggest and most talked about games of the next generation will not be coming to PlayStation 4, but it WILL be coming to PC and Xbox 360. While the community may end up being more robust on the Xbox One side, that doesn't mean the PC or 360 experiences will be any less amazing. The game will play the same way, it will still look great, and there will be a lot of other people online looking to join in the action.

Titanfall may be the Xbox One's baby, and it may be one of the best reasons to buy the console, but don't think that you have to leave your gaming PC or Xbox 360 behind just to play it.

4. New Consoles Are Expensive

$399 for a PlayStation 4 and $499 for an Xbox One is a lot of money when you already have a capable computer or console in your home. For PC gamers, that price may only be a fraction of what you spent to set up that computer in the first place, but you set it up so you would never need a console again. It seems a little silly to go back now and buy a console now, right?

Especially during a launch window, there's just not going to be a lot of killer games that demand your immediate attention when they release. History has proven that game developers learn how to maximize their game's performance as the generation rolls on. Plus there are often some pretty damaging bugs in the first batch of consoles that get released, so waiting until a couple of years after launch might not only yield fewer headaches, but maybe even a discounted price by then as well.

3. Graphics Cards Make New Consoles Look Puny

This one is certainly more for the PC crowd, but still an important piece to note. If you have the money to spend and want to get the best looking games for your money, then you're probably better off buying a new graphics card. With so many options out there these days, there are cards you can get for as low as a couple hundred bucks that will have the hottest new games running on Ultra settings for at least a couple of years, and will likely continue to play most games on High settings for several years after that. Considering that the new consoles are already being beaten out by gaming computers in games like Battlefield 4, it seems silly to plunk down the cash on a console rather than a graphics card, especially if graphics are your number one priority.

Additionally, there's been a lot of talk lately about resolutions and framerates. Some games will only run at 720p on one console while running at full 1080p and 60 frames per second on the other. Certain console exclusives, like Killzone: Shadow Fall or Forza 5, will be running smoothly at the highest resolution possible, but some of the third-party games just aren't going to perform exactly the same from one console to the other. Fortunately for you, with the ability to tune your graphics settings to meet your every whim, you can pretty much ensure that your games run smoothly at the highest resolution possible every time. 

2. PlayStation and Xbox Won't Play Everything

There are certain game types that for whatever reason just aren't available on consoles for the most part. The MMO genre has never translated very well to consoles, so games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, RIFT, World of Warcraft, or EVE Online are only available on PC. If you're a fan of this genre, then you'd be buying a console that wouldn't even support this type of game (for the most part, as there ARE exceptions to this rule). Why plunk down $500 on a console that won't even play your favorite style of game? 

And it's not just MMOs; real-time strategy games and MOBAs also get left out in the cold for the most part on consoles. Games like Starcraft 2, League of Legends, and Dota 2 are currently only available on PC. And don't forget about city building games like SimCity. You can't get that on PlayStation or Xbox.

But on top of that, what about all those games you already own and love from nearly a decade of Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 memories? The Xbox One won't (so far as we know) play any of the Halo games or Gears of War. PlayStation 3 owners can't pop in The Last of Us or Gran Turismo 5. This is unfortunate, as many gamers simply don't want or need two consoles in their living room, but they may not quite be ready to give up on some of their older games, either. So by waiting to buy a new console, it gives gamers more time to work through their back catalog before acquiring a whole new library.

1. The Next Gen Is the Current Gen

Both PC gamers and current gen system owners can feel pretty good about the state of their gaming machines. For PC gamers, whether it's superior graphics, access to a large database of games for often deeply discounted prices on Steam, or the ability in many games to play with either the keyboard and mouse or a controller, playing games on the computer already feels pretty damn next-gen. With Steam's Big Picture mode (and their impending SteamOS), PC gamers can even connect their computers to a big HDTV and get the same experience console gamers are already used to.

Xbox and PlayStation fans can look at recent titles and realize that the games coming out right now aren't exactly ugly. Assassin's Creed IV, Battlefield 4, The Last of Us, and many others are all incredible looking games. Sure, playing a next-gen version of these games might be nice, but the fact is that developers have finally learned how to maximize performance on these systems, so games released to these platforms over the next couple years are going to continue looking pretty fantastic.

So if you're feeling like you're missing out on all this "next generation" stuff, I'd say you can probably relax, as you're already living it.

Whether you are a PC gamer or a long-time console fan, I think you can safely assume you won't be missing out on too much in the first year or so of this "new generation" of consoles. Sure the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be a lot of fun with some great exclusive titles, but gaming PCs, the 360, and the PS3 still have some legs, and you don't need to feel like you've got nothing to stand on. Just pick up new games that you want as they come out, and don't worry what anyone else tells you. You have the right system for you, and that's all that matters.

Happy gaming.

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Nvidia Cutting Graphics Card Prices https://www.gameskinny.com/qrid4/nvidia-cutting-graphics-card-prices https://www.gameskinny.com/qrid4/nvidia-cutting-graphics-card-prices Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:15:04 -0400 Amanda Wallace

If you're looking for a new graphics card, now might be the time to buy. Nvidia is reportedly considering lowering the cost of many of its GPUs (Graphic Processing Unit). 

Many are speculating that this is in response to AMD's competition, targeting the release of AMD's Radeon R9 280x. The R9 series, announced two days ago by AMD, is targeted towards the gamers looking for "ultra resolution" and "hyper realism" and is intended to retail for $299. 

Nvidia has offered price cuts for the GTX 660 and the GTX 650Ti Boost, as well as announcing the release of a GTX 760. Speculation is that the GTX 760 is targeted as direct competition to AMD's Radeon R9 280x. 

New prices are as follows: 

GeForce GTX 780: $649

GeForce GTX 770: $399

GeForce GTX 760: $249

GeForce GTX 660: $179

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB: $149

GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB: $129 

So if you're in the market for a new graphics card, now is probably the time to buy. However, speculation is that Nvidia will again lower its prices in November of this year. 

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The Best Time of the Year is Upon Us - GPU Upgrade Time! https://www.gameskinny.com/balu6/the-best-time-of-the-year-is-upon-us-gpu-upgrade-time https://www.gameskinny.com/balu6/the-best-time-of-the-year-is-upon-us-gpu-upgrade-time Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:14:15 -0400 Patrik Wagner

As PC gamers, it is always a joy and a pleasure to scour the internet for new components to fit into our rigs. Whether it be a new CPU, additional RAM or a more powerful graphics card, we always strive for creating the most beastly gaming machine we possibly can. This is certainly the case for me, and if you're reading this, I suspect it might be same the same for you.

If this is true, then rejoice fellow gamer, for it may soon be time to reach for a new level of graphical fidelity! Whether you support team red or team green, all signs are pointing towards  GPU upgrade time!

Team Red - The New AMD

With the recently released R7 and R9 series, AMD are giving PC gamers a whole plethora of powerful new gaming solutions. Starting with the entry-level R7 series cards, the prices will fall within the range of $80 to $140. Mid-High range cards from the R9 series include the R9 270X and the R9 280X, which fall within a price range of $200 to $300. The most high-end card within the R9 series is the much-anticipated R9 290X, nicknamed the "Titan Killer." The price of this killer card has not yet officially released, however, sources suspect the card will run you anywhere between $500 - $600.

With the entire price range covered, team red has made sure to cater to all forms of gamer, whether they be casual, or hardcore. All the new R7 and R9 series cards will come with support for the newly announced Mantle API, TrueAudio technology, as well as support for Ultra HD displays. With such great offers, it is becoming harder and harder to resist the upgrade!

Team Green - A GeForce Experience

I have personally, always been inclined to purchase GPU's from team green,  due to the fact the first card I ever owned was from Nvidia. However, with the recently released AMD cards, I am finding myself increasingly tempted to find out what the other half live like. So what are Nvidia offering to combat the new R7 and R9 series?

No new cards have been officially announced, although the talk around the water cooler is that Nvidia are contemplating the release of Turbo editions of existing cards within the $150 - $250 price range. Although these turbo editions are not based on new GPU architectures, they would provide some form of performance enhancement.

Rumours also claim team green are planning on slashing prices on their GTX 700 series cards sometime in November. With all four cards in the series being priced between $250 and $1000, a drop in prices would be a welcome gesture for gamers undecided on which team to support! Alongside the possible changes in price, there is also the potential for a new GTX 790 card, which will be the direct predecessor to the powerful GTX 690.

The GPU for You

With the release of the new R7/R9 series, and the possibility of dropping Nvidia prices, the stars seem to have aligned to give us gamers a great chance to upgrade! I am personally undecided on which route to take, with both teams offering great rewards.

Whether you choose to go with AMD and its new Mantle API, or Nvidia with its amazing PhysX capabilities, either way, we - the gamers - win! With games such as Battlefield 4 and Star Citizen on the horizon, the future looks bright indeed.

Game on friends!

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Origin Dumps AMD in Favor of Nvidia https://www.gameskinny.com/92hmh/origin-dumps-amd-in-favor-of-nvidia https://www.gameskinny.com/92hmh/origin-dumps-amd-in-favor-of-nvidia Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:28:33 -0400 Brian Armstrong

Origin is a high-end custom PC manufacturing company that lets customers configure ultimate gaming computers that would suit many gamer’s needs for a lifetime, and up until recently, was featuring AMD graphics cards. But according to a report by Engadget, Origin has decided to move away from AMD and focus its computer-building efforts on rival GPU maker Nvidia.

Origin said the switch was because too many customer were reporting negative experiences with the cards, and in an attempt to keep its user base intact, decided to make the switch to drop the Radeon line of GPUs altogether. 

"This decision was based on a combination of many factors including customer experiences, GPU performance/drivers/stability, and requests from our support staff. Based on our 15+ years of experience building and selling award winning high-performance PCs, we strongly feel the best PC gaming experience is on NVIDIA GPUs."

This comes as a massive blow to AMD, as the fight for PC graphics card supremacy has raged for many years and has seemingly been a pretty back-and-forth affair. But Origin making this bold statement would seem to indicate that they have identified what they feel is the superior technology at this time.

Takeaway

As an Nvidia card owner myself, I have been very pleased with my gaming performance over the years. Though I have never owned an AMD card, I have experienced them in other people's computers and have been impressed by what I've seen. However, I am in no way a technophile, and have no idea how these cards truly compare. AMD's recent release of the R9 290X, which was said to rival Nvidia's Titan card, seemed to be showing a drive for the company to provide ultimate cards that would give gamers choice. But Origin seems to think there is only one choice.

For my money, a game like Battlefield 4 will run beautifully on a solid, mid-to-upper level card, and is a realistic purchase for me. I can't see spending $500 or more on a graphics card alone, especially since the GPU is not the only factor in determining how your games look. RAM, processor, and even sometimes the hard drive can all play a part in how well games look and perform.

But to be considering these high-end graphics cards that cost as much as an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 combined just seems ridiculous. Especially considering that within six months your new purchase will be yesterday's news.

Following Their Lead

So as PC manufacturers make moves like this, clearly identifying what they believe is the better GPU, not only does it make me feel good that I am already in the Nvidia camp, but it helps me know what to purchase next time I'm due for an upgrade. If a giant like Origin is throwing itself behind Nvidia, I think I can too.

What does this move mean for AMD? Is the company in trouble or is this simply a bump in the road? AMD has been making graphics cards for a long time, so it's hard to believe they are in any real danger of going away here, but they clearly need to take a look at what they're doing and determine if changes need to be made.

Just because one company dumps your product, it certainly doesn't mean you need to make drastic overhauls to your product line. But Origin is a large enough manufacturer that a conversation probably needs to take place.

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NVIDIA wants you to 'experience' optimized gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ucmzp/nvidia-wants-you-to-experience-optimized-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/ucmzp/nvidia-wants-you-to-experience-optimized-gaming Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:53:30 -0500 Larry Everett

The game optimization software GeForce Experience needs beta testers. Hardware developer NVIDIA wants to give 10,000 gamers early access to its latest software development project before the scheduled launch in January.

NVIDIA claims on its developer zone that "less than 20% of all gamers optimize their game settings for the games they enjoy playing." With that in mind, NVIDIA created a piece of software that would assist users in making their games run smoother, faster, stronger... The idea is to make PC gaming as simple as console gaming.

How does it work?

GeForce Experience will scan your PC for the current 30-odd games in its database so far. Then it will check drivers and settings for these applications. In one simple click, users can have the best set up for their specific PC and suite of games.

NVIDIA notes that GeForce Experience is designed to work with all hardware not just its own. We will see. The software will be free for download, but as the adage goes, "If you're not buying the product, you are the product." We will see how far NVIDIA's philanthropy stretches.

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