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Feature: Playing your cards right

Best graphics card 2018: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K

Autumn is always a trying time for today's best graphics cards. 'Tis the season for big games with even bigger graphics budgets, and what was once a mighty card for 60fps at one resolution can suddenly start to feel a bit creaky and long in the tooth - especially now most of Nvidia's new Turing RTX cards have arrived on scene, which, for the most…

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Oculus Quest will cut the cords but keep the hand-tracking when it arrives next year

Oculus announced a brand new set of wireless VR goggles last night, this time in the form of the Oculus Quest. Before you start thinking, 'Hang on a sec, this is just another one of those Oculus Go mobile-type gubbins, isn't it?', bear with me. For unlike the Oculus Go, the Oculus Quest offers the same hand-tracking Touch controllers you get with the Oculus Rift…

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Nvidia RTX 2080Ti vs GTX 1080Ti: Clash of the 4K graphics cards

Last week, after much hype and excitement, Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card was finally unleashed on the world. Today, it's the turn of its beefed-up big brother, the RTX 2080Ti, whose release was delayed by a week for reasons lost to the bowels of Nvidia's marketing department. As you can see from my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti review, this is hands down the best…

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Xbox 360 remains most popular Steam controller, but Switch Pro is gaining ground

Surprise, surprise, the Xbox 360 controller continues to be the most popular button masher on Steam, according to new figures released by Valve yesterday, but the Nintendo Switch Pro controller is also proving to be a "pretty popular" choice as well, the numbers show. It's still got some way to go before it matches the 27.2 million Xbox 360 controllers that are currently registered on…

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Feature: RAM raid

Best DDR4 RAM 2018: Our top memory for gaming

Picking the best RAM may not be the most exciting part of building a PC, but getting the right type, amount and speed can make a big difference to your PC's performance, particularly when it comes to gaming. To help you buy the best gaming RAM for your PC, have a read of our comprehensive guide below. We'll tell you what to look for when…

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Feature: Solid state of the art

Best gaming SSD 2018: Top SATA and NVMe drives for your PC

Welcome to our best gaming SSD guide. If you're in the market for a new, nippier bit of storage or simply after something fast to install Windows and a couple of your favourite games on as you follow our How to build a PC guide, an SSD is absolutely vital. Below, you'll find all of our top recommendations for best gaming SSD across a range…

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Best gaming headset 2018: Our top PC picks

Coming up with a list of best gaming headset recommendations is always fraught with difficulty. What might be super comfy for one person might be absolute agony for another, and trying to find one that suits your own musical tastes, be it ultra bass-y or a more moderate, tempered kind of approach, is another challenge altogether. As such, lists like this are always going to…

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Feature: Display for today

Best gaming monitor 2018: Top 1080p, 1440p and 4K HDR displays

Whether you're learning how to build a PC or simply in need of a new screen, finding the best gaming monitor for you and your budget is absolutely vital. For new PC builders, it can often define all the other bits and pieces you'll need to buy, such as your graphics card, power supply and accompanying CPU, while those upgrading will want to make sure…

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Feature: Frame of mind

Nvidia RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080: How much faster is Nvidia’s new graphics card?

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…

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Feature: GPUs and HDR explained

What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven't been put off by the astronomical prices of the best gaming monitors for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card. Below, you'll find a complete list…

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Feature: Now updated with even more ray-tracing and DLSS-confirmed games

Here’s a list of every game that’s going to look amazing on the Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080Ti

Last week, the first of three shiny new Nvidia Turing cards finally pitched up on shop shelves - the RTX 2080. You can head over to my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review to find out more on what I thought of the card as a general pixel pusher, but the long and short of it is that you're probably not looking at much of a…

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Feature: Pumping it to the max, literally

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti review-in-progress: A true 4K monster card

For the three of you whose goal in life has only ever been to play games on max settings at 4K with nary a drop in frame rate at 60fps, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti is a dream come true. A rather expensive £1049 / $1150 dream, all told, but a dream nonetheless. For this 4K monster beast is by far the best graphics card I've ever tested,…

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Feature: The frames, they are too great

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review-in-progress: Too much power for a Core i5 PC

This time tomorrow, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 will have finally arrived. There's been a lot of fanfare around its quite nifty ray-tracing tech, not to mention all the other cool things Nvidia's Turing cards can do, but is it really the best graphics card of all time? At the moment, it's hard to say - outside of a couple of demos, there aren't actually…

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Nvidia RTX 2080Ti release date has been delayed by a week

Just days before it was meant to go on sale, Nvidia have confirmed that the launch date of their new RTX 2080Ti graphics card has been pushed back by a week until Thursday September 27. It's currently unclear whether the delay is due to a shortage of cards, Nvidia wanting to give the Ti's little brother, the RTX 2080, a little bit of breathing room…

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Feature: Beyond a shadow of a doubt

Shadow of the Tomb Raider graphics performance: How to get the best settings for your PC

The latest Tomb Raider reboot games have always been big technical showcases on PC, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider is no exception. After a slightly rocky pre-release build that's thankfully been ironed out in time for today's release (have a read of John's newly updated Shadow of the Tomb Raider review if you're still unsure), this is easily one of the most demanding games…

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Feature: There's a lot more to Nvidia's Turing GPU than just ray-tracing

Nvidia RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti: Turing’s best features explained

After all the rush and excitement of Nvidia's Turing launch at Gamescom, there's now less than a week to go before those shiny new GeForce RTX graphics cards are out in the wild. On September 20 and 27, both the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080Ti will replace the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080Ti as Nvidia's top dog bestest best graphics cards - and the great…

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Feature: One for the ages?

MSI Aegis 3 8th review: The PC that thinks it’s from Dead Space

When I opened up the box containing MSI's Aegis 3 8th PC, I wasn't entirely sure whether I was looking at a miniature desktop or the disembodied head of Dead Space protagonist Issac Clarke. With its pointed stack of glowing RGB strips and dark, angular chassis, the Aegis 3 is a dead ringer for Clarke's ominous helmet, albeit without the added decoration of spattered Necromorph…

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Feature: The BFG of gaming monitors

Nvidia’s BFGD: Everything we know so far about their Big Format Gaming Displays

It's been a little quiet on the Nvidia BFGD (or Big Format Gaming Display, to you and me) front lately, probably because said graphics giant wants to get the launch of their shiny new Turing RTX 2080 graphics cards out of the way first because they're probably the only GPUs in existence that will actually be able to make full use of their giant 4K,…

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AMD unveil new Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X CPUs for pre-built PCs

Since September is apparently a great time to launch new processors, AMD are at it again today with the announcement of two brand-new 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs. Following hot on the heels of last week's Vega-infused Athlon 200GE announcement, the Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X are both set to be quad-core chips with tasty maximum clock speeds of 4.0GHz. Before you get too…

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HP’s Omen X 65 Nvidia BFGD now has an added soundbar, but no one knows if it’s permanent

It's been quite some time since we heard anything concrete about what's going on with Nvidia's BFGDs (or Big Format Gaming Displays for the acronym-averse). After their initial unveiling back in January 2018 at Las Vegas tech shindig CES, there's been a big old pile of nothing regarding these giant 65in G-Sync HDR monitors, and we still don't know when they're actually coming out, how…

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