Lightning is MSI's flagship card for the GTX 1080 Ti Series. Our review of the Lightning Z, which is the highest-clocked variant, confirms it has the best cooler of all GTX 1080 Tis; delivering lowest temperatures and lowest noise at the same time. The Lightning Z is also the fastest GTX 1080 Ti we ever tested, but it isn't exactly cheap at $999.
For those passionate people playing the latest AAA and eSports titles, gaming has always been a rather expensive hobby. New hardware comes out all the time - AMD and NVIDIA having launched their Polaris generation GPUs just last year - but many users opt out of the constant upgrade cycle in favor of more budget-savvy investments. Those people are eyeing the AMD RX 560, the best value GPU upgrade around right now.
Palit's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX is the fastest passively cooled graphics card on the market. It also runs on PCI-Express slot power only; no additional power connector is needed, which makes the card an excellent candidate for a media PC or quiet small-form-factor system.
The AMP! Extreme is ZOTAC's flagship GTX 1080 Ti. It comes with a large GPU overclock out of the box; the GDDR5X memory is overclocked, too. Thanks to its large triple-slot, triple-fan thermal solution, temperatures are excellent, and the 16-phase VRM is impressive as well.
EVGA's GTX 1080 Ti SC2 comes with nine thermal sensors spread around the PCB for a complete overview of the card's thermal state. Also included is an overclock out of the box and a much better cooler than on the Founders Edition, which results in temperatures below 70°C.
Palit's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GameRock Premium is the company's latest flagship card. It introduces a new fan design in which two stacks of two fans each operate in a counter-rotating fashion. Also, the card comes with a dual BIOS and a large overclock out of the box.
The MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X Plus is built around the updated GTX 1080 NVIDIA announced recently. It comes with faster 11 Gbps memory chips and a decent GPU overclock, which results in a significant performance improvement. The cooler is also extremely quiet and runs very cool.
Pulse is a new graphics card series by Sapphire, which does away with some rarely needed features in order to achieve better pricing. The Radeon RX 570 Pulse we review today is only $10 more expensive than the RX 570 base price and still comes with a backplate and an overclock out of the box.
The Sapphire RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition is a highly overclocked custom variant of the just-launched AMD Radeon RX 580. Performance now beats the NVIDIA GTX 1060, and in the box, Sapphire has bundled two user-replaceable semi-transparent fans with blue LEDs, if you want a little bit more bling.
The Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Gaming comes with the largest out-of-the-box overclock we've seen so far. At 33 dBA, it's also running much quieter than the Founders Edition and includes the highly popular idle-fan-stop feature. Pricing is very reasonable too, with a pre-order price of $750.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X comes with a decent overclock out of the box and uses the company's signature TwinFrozr thermal solution which promises good temperatures and low noise at the same time. It's also priced significantly lower than the competing card from ASUS.
The ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Strix OC is the first custom-design GTX 1080 Ti we are reviewing. It comes with a newly designed thermal solution that no longer uses DirectTouch heatpipes. Also included are a generous overclock out of the box and a load of features for the enthusiast gamer.
Today, NVIDIA released the GTX 1080 Ti, which is the company's fastest graphics card ever. It conclusively beats the much more expensive GTX Titan X in our testing. While the NVIDIA reference cooler looks amazing, its cooling potential could be improved, as our review shows.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OC is a custom GTX 1060 variant that's optimized to not break the bank while still offering features like idle-fan-stop, low noise, and good temperatures. The card uses the exact same PCB as the more expensive Gaming X, at lower clocks, though.
Gigabyte's new brand, AORUS, has released their first graphics card. The AORUS GTX 1080 Xtreme comes with identical specifications as the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming, but adds adjustable RGB lighting and a copper block on the back to improve GPU temperatures.
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.