NVIDIA Turing architecture is the company's best-kept secret if it's indeed 15 years in the making. It comes together with the new RTX technology to fulfill the long-cherished dream of games: real-time ray tracing. We dive deep into the theory and background of the two and explore their possible future together.
Our GeForce RTX 2080 card is here in an inconspicuous DHL box. We decided to picture every step of pulling NVIDIA's sexy RTX 2080 Founders Edition card from its packaging.
Today, we have for review the new MSI Radeon RX 580 Mech 2, which is an overclocked custom design variant of the RX 580. It comes with a dual-slot cooler and delivers excellent noise levels that match the quietest RX 580 cards. Overclocking is great, too; we reached 1540 MHz.
ASRock is the first new player in the GPU market for a long time. We review their AMD-based RX 580 Phantom Gaming X, which is an overclocked custom-design variant. ASRock has optimized their card for low-cost, which matters a lot today due to prices being inflated by GPU mining.
The next version of AMD's Radeon Software Graphics Drivers, Adrenalin Edition, has been released today, and it aims to add more than just a customizable overlay. One of the many exciting new features is AMD Link, an iOS/Android app that makes the most of a second-screen experience. This is a driver release that merits the time to go through in detail.
The EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 features the company's iCX technology, which provides a total of nine thermal sensors located at important positions to always have an overview over your card's temperatures. EVGA also upgraded the VRM circuitry to 10+2 phases with two 8-pin power inputs.
The ASUS GTX 1070 Ti Strix is the company's premium model, featuring the same large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler as on the GTX 1080 Ti Strix. In our testing, this is the quietest GTX 1070 Ti, and it has the best temperatures too.
Colorful is one of the biggest graphics card manufacturers in Asia. We have on our review test bench today their iGame GTX 1070 Ti Vulcan X TOP, which comes with a large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler. It also includes the idle fan stop feature many people consider essential these days.
Palit's GTX 1070 Ti Super JetStream doesn't come with an overclock out of the box due to NVIDIA regulations, but it offers a large triple-slot thermal solution that delivers excellent temperatures and fan noise.
MSI's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming comes with the company's signature TwinFrozr thermal solution, which delivers outstanding noise levels and adds the crucial idle-fan-off feature that's so important these days for enjoyable noise levels during desktop work, Internet browsing, and light gaming.
NVIDIA Pascal's year-long free run in the high-end segment was finally challenged by the AMD RX Vega series, with the RX Vega 56 capitalizing on the gap between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. NVIDIA attempts to fill it with the new GTX 1070 Ti priced at $450.
MSI has fused the amazing cooler of the GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z with the more affordable PCB design of the Gaming X. The card also includes the mesmerizing RGB effects from the Lightning Z and delivers noise levels that match the quietest GTX 1080 Tis we have ever tested.
Radeon RX Vega 56 is the second AMD Vega card launched today. It comes at an affordable $399 price point, with a slightly reduced shader count that actually improves things greatly. For example, power efficiency now trades blows with some Pascal cards, which means less heat and noise, too.
Our AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review confirms that the company achieved major performance improvements over their last-generation Polaris and Fiji cards: Vega is faster than the GTX 1080. We tested six different performance configurations of the Vega 64, with surprising results.
The GTX 1080 Mini from Zotac is a highly compact, ITX-sized graphics card powerhouse that delivers excellent framerates while still fitting into most small-form-factor cases. Zotac even included an overclock out of the box, and the thermal solution ensures there is no throttling due to high temperatures.
AMD has finally unveiled the curtain off their RX Vega enthusiast gaming hardware. With two versions having 4096 and 3584 next gen compute units, and priced at $499 and $399 respectively, AMD aims to appease the needs of the end user waiting for a single-card solution capable of providing a good gaming experience at WQHD and UHD resolutions. Backed by FreeSync, Enhanced Sync, and new Radeon Software features, we may finally have a contender for NVIDIA's Pascal-based GPUs in the sub-$500 market.
At the dawn of its Radeon RX Vega family launch, we visit its underlying GPU architecture, which AMD touts as the most advanced and future-ready, in a bid to find out if the company has overcome its longstanding architectural weaknesses while building on its strengths.
The next version of AMD's Radeon Graphics Drivers, Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2, has been released today and includes a ton of updates. An exciting new feature is Enhanced Sync, which promises low-latency gaming devoid of tearing issues and with fixed refresh rate monitors. Also included are bug fixes and many improvements to the GUI, to improve ease of use.
The AORUS RX 580 XTR is Gigabyte's highest-clocked Radeon RX 580 variant. The large overclock out of the box ensures that the card can beat the GTX 1060 6 GB. Also included is the crucial idle-fan-off feature and adjustable RGB lighting.
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.