AMD has shared technical details of their highly-expected, upcoming Radeon Vega GPU architecture that succeeds Polaris. We dive down into its individual graphics units to detail what has changed and what improvements these changes promise.
Zotac's GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme is the company's flagship GTX 1080 and the best GTX 1080 we ever tested. It comes with high clocks out of the box and a large triple-slot cooler that makes it run at good temperatures and incredible noise levels. The fans even stop completely in idle and light gaming.
In this article, we investigate how performance of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 is affected when running on constrained PCI-Express bus widths such as x8 or x4. We also test all PCIe speed settings, 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0. One additional test checks on how much performance is lost when using the chipset's PCIe x4 slot.
Today, AMD released their big annual driver update called Radeon Crimson ReLive Edition. The highlights of the new driver are game recording, an improved installer with clean install, and Radeon Chill, which promises to reduce power consumption and heat output during gaming.
The ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC is the highest-clocked GTX 1050 Ti on the market, with a fantastic cooler that is not only nearly inaudible with outstanding temperatures, but one that also stops its fans completely during desktop work. ASUS has also included a metal backplate with their card.
MSI's GTX 1070 Quick Silver does away with the red-and-black color theme and uses stylish silver instead. Thanks to the powerful cooler from the GTX 1070 Gaming Z, the card is the coolest and quietest GTX 1070 we ever tested. It also comes at a rather affordable $425.
With only $195, the Zotac GTX 1060 Mini 3 GB is one of the cheapest GTX 1060s around. Yet it still packs enough performance for 1080p gaming, even though it lacks the bells and whistles we've seen on other more expensive products. Only the cooler could be a bit better for lower temperatures and less fan-noise.
Gigabyte's GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming is a highly overclocked custom design variant by the company, featuring a dual-fan cooler that provides excellent temperatures and incredibly low noise levels at the same time. During desktop work and media playback, the fans even stop completely.
The GTX 1050 is optimized for budget gaming thanks to its starting-at $110 price. MSI designed a completely custom version using their famous TwinFrozr cooler, which is nearly inaudible and has the fans stop in idle. The card is also overclocked out of the box and is highly power efficient.
MSI's GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X is an overclocked, custom-design variant of the GTX 1050 Ti. The board impresses with extremely low noise in gaming, and the fans stop completely in idle. Our test also revealed super low non-gaming power consumption and cool temperatures.
Gigabyte's GTX 1070 XtremeGaming is the fastest GTX 1070 we have tested so far, running clocks of up to 2076 MHz. The triple-slot, triple-fan cooler also works extremely well, providing super low temperatures and low fan noise. You also find an extra two HDMI ports and adjustable RGB lighting on the card.
Gigabyte's GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming comes with an incredible triple-slot cooler that keeps the card very cool and runs quieter than any other GTX 1060 we tested before. The board also features an additional two HDMI outputs, adjustable RGB lighting, and a metal backplate.
MSI's GTX 1070 Gaming Z is the bigger brother of the Gaming X, with a higher GPU overclock and a memory OC. The backplate has also been pimped, featuring an RGB-illuminated MSI logo. Thermal performance is identical, which means the card is whisper-quiet and runs low temperatures - all at the same time.
The ASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC is the fastest GTX 1060 we have tested so far thanks to a large GPU and memory overclock out of the box. You will also find plenty of features, like RGB lighting, idle-fan-off, and the recently introduced ASUS fan headers. Thermal performance is good too: the card uses the GTX 1080 STRIX cooler.
MSI's GTX 1060 Gaming X 3 GB might come with half the memory amount only, but still brings the big guns in form of the large dual-fan TwinFrozr cooler. Our review will test whether 3 GB is a viable alternative to 6 GB if you are trying to save some money.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1060 OC 6GT is a cost-optimized custom-design variant of the GTX 1060 that still comes with 6 GB VRAM and an overclock out of the box. In our testing, we didn't see much of a difference to more expensive custom boards.
Zotac's GTX 1080 AMP! Edition is one of the more affordable custom designs, retailing $30 cheaper than the Founders Edition. The dual-slot, dual-fan card is still overclocked out of the box and comes with a good cooler that uses lots of metal, delivering excellent noise levels.
AMD's Radeon RX 460 promises entry level gaming for the masses, with pricing starting at $109. We are reviewing the ASUS RX 460 STRIX OC, which comes with 4 GB instead of 2 GB and an additional 6-pin power connector, at a $140 price point.
NVIDIA released their new Pascal based Titan X earlier this week. It is based on a brand-new GP102 graphics processor, which is even more power efficient than the one in the GTX 1080. In our review of this $1200 card, we take a closer look at whether there is a way to justify the purchase somehow.
Today, AMD releases their Radeon RX 470, a more cost-efficient, trimmed-down version of the RX 480. For review, we have the ASUS STRIX, an overclocked custom design with a completely new dual-slot, dual-fan cooler that stops its fans in idle and light load.
MSI's Radeon RX 480 Gaming X is the first custom-design RX 480 with a good cooler that manages low noise levels and temperatures, which is the only way to compete with the GTX 1060. The card is also overclocked out of the box and includes user-adjustable RGB lighting.
Palit's GTX 1060 Super JetStream is a custom design variant of the GTX 1060 with a triple-slot thermal solution that promises low temperatures and low fan noise. Also, the card is highly overclocked out of the box for a performance advantage over the NVIDIA reference design.
The ASUS RX 480 STRIX OC is the first custom design variant of the RX 480 we are reviewing. It comes with the same cooler as the STRIX GTX 1080, which ensures excellent temperatures. ASUS has also improved the power capability of their card since it comes with an 8-pin power connector.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X comes with a large dual-fan thermal solution that's incredibly quiet and stops the fans in idle and light gaming. The card is overclocked out of the box as well without sacrificing any of the marvellous power efficiency NVIDIA's Pascal provides.
Today, NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 1060, which is designed to combat AMD's Radeon RX 480. It looks like NVIDIA has won this fight since the GTX 1060 brings GTX 980 performance levels to the table while being much more power efficient than the RX 480 - all at a price point of $249 to $299.