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

Best graphics card 2018

There has never been a better time to pick up one of today’s best graphics cards. It’s taken a while, but graphics card prices are finally coming back down to normal, bringing the likes of Nvidia and AMD’s latest and greatest finally within reach again.

To help you choose the best graphics card for your needs and budget, we’re here to help. This article is all about identifying the single best GPU you can get for playing games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K at a price that suits you. Read on for our in-depth buying advice on what and how to buy your next graphics card for 2018.

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Nvidia Turing: GTX 1180 Founders Edition set for July release date, plus everything we know so far

Nvidia GeForce GTX

With graphics card prices finally on the way down, all eyes are now very much focused on Nvidia’s next generation of GeForce GTX graphics cards, which as far as we know are currently going by the codename ‘Turing’. Set to replace Nvidia’s current range of GTX 10-series cards, like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 and many other cards that populate our best graphics card rankings, this new 11-series (or maybe even 20-series, depending on who you believe) of Turing cards will presumably continue along similar naming conventions as before with monikers like the GTX 1180 or GTX 2070.

However, while anyone can guess that Nvidia’s Turing cards be released sometime in the not too distant future, there’s still a lot about them that’s shrouded in mystery, such as their price, actual physical release date and their specs. To help separate rough fact from clearly obvious fiction, here’s a handy guide on everything we know so far about Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards that I’ll be updating with more info as and when it comes – such as the recent news that the Founders Edition of the GTX 1180 might be set to arrive as early as July. Read the rest of this entry »

Nvidia’s G-Sync HDR monitors are the real deal and will be here in just four weeks time

The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of Nvidia's upcoming G-Sync HDR incredi-monitors

HDR, or high dynamic range, has been around for a while, and you’ve probably heard countless barks from your console box friends about how amazing that new Dad of War looks on their giant OLED telly, or how they can never go back to a ‘normal’ screen after experiencing the wondrous glory of Final Fantasy Toast (even we’re a bit guilty of that last one, Alec and I, so please accept our belated apologies for all our Ignis-related food ramblings). PC monitors, on the other hand, have been much slower on the uptake.

Now, however, Nvidia have finally got their butts in gear and are about to release two of their long-awaited G-Sync HDR monitors: the Acer Predator X27 and the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. I went to see them earlier this week and I’m happy to report that they’re both bloody amazing. HDR on PC is finally here. Read the rest of this entry »

Nvidia’s GTX 1060 is just £190 right now

Asus Nvidia GTX 1060

I’ve spent a large portion of today staring at the 4K HDR glory of Nvidia’s shiny ‘new’ G-Sync monitors, the Acer Predator X27 and the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ – yes, those very same screens that were announced all the way back at the beginning of 2017 and are only just making their way to market in the next couple of weeks. More on those in the coming days.

Of course, even though I was at Nvidia’s press event to look at monitors, the inevitable ‘Is the great graphics card stock shortage finally over?’ question came up several times over the course of the day. And the answer, from Nvidia’s own mouth, was a resounding ‘Yes.’ Case in point: you can now pick up a 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 for as little as £189.98, or a GTX 1070Ti for a mere £400 (which is a damn sight better than the £600 it cost just a few months ago). Read the rest of this entry »

Time to get ready for the… 3GB Nvidia GTX 1050?

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

Here in the wonderful world of Graphics Card Rumour Town, the local buzz tends to revolve around mythical products that never actually see the light of day – like the current alleged specs for the so-called Nvidia Turing GTX 1180, the next-gen graphics card from Team Green that looks an awful lot like someone’s just made a few typos with the GTX 1080Ti’s specs and called it ‘insider information’.

But the latest gossip in this hallowed land hasn’t got anything to do with next-gen cards or anything like it. For according to Chinese site Expreview (as translated by VideoCardz), apparently the next graphics card that will be bolting from Nvidia’s stable is… a 3GB GTX 1050?

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Nvidia’s GTX Founders Edition graphics cards are back in stock at proper prices

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Do I dare believe it? I know I said graphics card prices might finally be starting to come down now, but after months, nay, what seems like years of eye-watering price hikes, it still feels almost too good to be true. Right now, the Founders Edition of every single Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series graphics card is available to buy from Nvidia’s website.

The icing on the cake? They all cost their actual goddamn RRP, meaning you can pick up a 6GB GTX 1060 for as little as $299.
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AMD’s Ryzen CPUs fight back in Steam’s April hardware survey

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G motherboard

AMD have been a bit on the back foot in recent years, but it would appear the release of their new Ryzen+ CPUs is already paying off. According to Steam’s latest hardware survey for April 2018, AMD took a 4.8% bite out of Intel’s lead last month, taking the number of Steam users using an AMD processor to a new high of 15.96%. That’s an increase of 45% since December 2017.

Things aren’t so rosy for AMD in the graphics card department, however, as Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 is still the reigning champion by quite some margin.  Read the rest of this entry »

Nvidia release hotfix driver for GTX 1060 boot loop woes

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 owners have been having a bit of a tough time lately. First they go and download Nvidia’s latest GeForce driver (397.31 – WHQL) like good graphics card people in preparation for the latest and greatest nifty games like Frostpunk and Battletech, and then they find their PC’s now stuck in an endless boot loop vortex of doom because some bugs crawled into said driver when no one was looking.

No one wants that, least of all Nvidia, whose GTX 1060 is currently the most popular graphics card of modern times, according to Steam’s most recent hardware survey, not to mention our own best graphics card pick for gaming at 1440p resolutions. Luckily, after wading through a week’s worth of dodgy workarounds, Nvidia finally have a fix for it. Read the rest of this entry »

Are graphics card prices finally starting to come down? GTX 1080s haven’t been this cheap since Black Friday

GTX 1080 Mini header

Is it… is it nearly over? Has the time finally come when I can stand firm, brandish my credit card and… buy a new graphics card? After what seems like months, nay, years of over-exaggerated price inflation due to all of today’s best graphics cards being like sweet, sweet honey to would-be cryptocurrency mining bandwagoners, graphics card prices might actually be starting to drop – and about time, too.

Case in point, you can currently get one of Gigabyte’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 cards for a mere £509 over on Amazon today, which, while not exactly is the same as its original RRP, is the cheapest it’s been all year – and certainly the cheapest it’s been since Black Friday when we rounded up all the best graphics card deals. Go forth while stocks last, brave graphics card upgraders. Read the rest of this entry »

Nvidia stop driver support for Fermi GeForce GPUs and 32-bit OS owners

GTX 550 Ti

No one likes updating their graphics card drivers. Yes, they improve performance yadda yadda yadda, but I really wish they weren’t quite so irritating. Well, they’re about to get even more exasperating for certain Nvidia card owners, as the GPU giant has announced that not only are they moving away from supporting 32-bit operating systems, but that their Fermi series of GeForce GPUs (see here for a full list) are also now officially ‘old news‘ and won’t be receiving any more support. Hooray! Read the rest of this entry »

Final Fantasy XV graphics performance: Will it kill my GPU?

Final Fantasy XV combat

PC games usually fall into two camps when it comes to recommended specifications. There’s the ‘Yes, you’ll probably be fine’ category, and the ‘SWEET LORD CRYSIS 3 IS ABOUT TO MAKE MY PC MELT’ bracket. Final Fantasy XV, the anime boyband stag do roadtrip JRPG, almost certainly falls into the latter, so I got together a bunch of graphics cards to see how they fared against the almighty Square Enix behemoth.

Now this is by no means a complete list of all today’s available or indeed best graphics cards (yet, anyway), but it should hopefully paint a reasonable picture of what you can expect to get out of it if you’re not quite sure whether your PC’s up to the task. And who could blame you, when the recommended graphics card is a chuffing 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480?

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EA’s Project Pica Pica leads new wave of photorealistic ray-tracing graphics demos at GDC 2018

Project Pica Pica

You love games. We love games. We love 2D games, 3D games, pixel games, life-like games, even slightly shonky-looking games. But what about if games looked, I don’t know, even better? Like, cinematic rendering, photorealistic kind of better? Well, Nvidia are on the case, as they’ve just announced their brand-new, not-at-all-incomprehensible “RTX Ray-Tracing” technology at GDC 2018.

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Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards apparently delayed AGAIN

Not Nvidia's Turing

Normally, delays are considered a Bad Thing, but as the great graphics card price crisis rumbles on, it’s not like any of us actually have any money to upgrade our PCs anyway, so the later, the better, really, when it comes to hardware.

Indeed, the latest gossip appears to suggest that Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards won’t be here until the autumn now, after previously being tipped for a reveal at the end of this month during Nvidia’s GTC conference, and then later for a mid-June release date once that initial rumour had been well and truly busted.

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Maybe Nvidia won’t be releasing their new Ampere/Turing graphics cards at GTC 2018 after all

Wrong kind of Turing

Earlier this week, the hot goss on the graphics card grapevine was that Nvidia was going to launch its new, next-gen line-up of GeForce GTX graphics cards at this year’s GTC 2018 conference later this month. Dubbed Nvidia Turing, these cards would replace Nvidia’s current range of 10-series cards, such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 etc, with a brand-new, potential 20-series or maybe even 11-series of cards that would go something like the GTX 2070 and GTX 2080, or GTX 1170 or GTX 1180, making some of this generation’s best graphics cards even better.

However, despite several outlets confirming with  lots of ‘sources close to the matter’ that this will in fact happen, a new report from Tom’s Hardware suggests that all this is actually a load of hogwash and Nvidia won’t be launching anything of the sort at GTC this year, or indeed GDC while we’re on conferences beginning with the letter ‘G’.

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The great GPU crisis – why are graphics cards so expensive now, and just how bad is it?

ZEC tales

Updated to reflect the latest, even more horrifying graphics card prices & availability, plus the concurrent RAM shortage.

If you’ve made a point of leaving any conversation as soon as you hear the sound ‘bitc…’ start to emanate from someone’s face-hole, I’ve got some bad news for you. The effects of the cryptocurrency goldrush are no longer confined to twitchy-eyed evangelists and screechy news headlines – for the second time in recent memory, it’s caused a huge spike in graphics card prices, both new and second-hand, as the crypto-clan rush to snaffle up any GPU they could possibly use to mine blockchain currencies such as Ethereum and Zcash. Even the recent decline in crypto exchange rates hasn’t brought GPU pricing back down to Earth – quite the opposite, in fact.

This means two things for us, in practice. 1) Now is the worst possible time to buy a new graphics card for gaming 2) now is the best possible time to sell on any unused old graphics cards you own.
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti review: The best 1080p graphics card under £200

It’s been a pretty bleak couple of months for anyone hoping to buy a new graphics card, but there’s still a bit of good news to be found for those whose ambitions stop firmly at getting a great gaming experience at 1920×1080, as entry-level cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti on test here have been largely unaffected by recent price hikes.

Indeed, the GTX 1050Ti currently occupies the top spot in our best graphics card 2018 article for 1080p gaming, and more importantly can still be found for as little as £150-odd in the UK and a fraction over $200 in the US. That’s almost half the cost of Nvidia’s next card up, the GTX 1060, which you can read more about in our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review. It won’t be much good for anything beyond 1080p, but if Full HD gaming is your bag, then the GTX 1050 Ti is an excellent choice.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 review: The best 1440p graphics card (for now)

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is Nvidia’s new mid-range contender, chasing the coat tails of its more powerful big brother, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and rubbing shoulders with the AMD Radeon RX 580 for 2560×1440 gaming goodness. Or at least the 6GB version of Nvidia’s card is, as you’ll also find lesser 3GB variants on sale as well.

3GB models have the same basic DNA as 6GB GTX 1060s, but they have slightly lower clock speeds and fewer cores, meaning performance won’t be as good as their 6GB counterparts. Indeed, we wouldn’t really recommend the 3GB GTX 1060, if only in the name of future-proofing yourself against the ever increasing memory requirements of the latest games. As you can see from our Best graphics cards 2018 article, you should really be looking at the 6GB version if you want something to rival the GTX 1070 at resolutions beyond 1080p, as there are plenty of cheaper cards, namely the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti, that do 1080p just as well as the 3GB GTX 1060 without you having to spend almost £300 for the privilege. Fortunately, we have one such 6GB card on test to show us what it’s capable of. Say hello to the MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Gaming X.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 review: Still the best 1440p graphics card in 2018?

For many PC gamers, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is the next logical step up from the excellent GTX 970. While not as powerful as the beefy Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, it still offers significant gains over its lesser sibling, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, providing a smoother, more flexible gaming experience at both 1080p and 1440p alike, and even a teeny bit of 4K. The problem is, graphics card prices have currently sky-rocketed beyond all reasonable consideration at the moment, putting potential GTX 1070 buyers in a bit of a tough spot.

In fact, we wouldn’t recommend buying any mid-to-high-end graphics card at the moment until this crypto-mining business settles down again. You can read more about other options in our Best graphics card 2018 article, but provided you can actually find one in stock and don’t mind paying through the roof for it, then read on. After all, when Nvidia claims it can outperform its £1,000 Titan X mega beast, that’s reason enough to sit up and take notice.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070Ti review: Better than the GTX 1080?

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070Ti is a bit of a funny old thing. I’ve spent countless hours trying, and failing, to determine where this 4K-bothering card sits in Nvidia’s overall strategy,  and while its position in the Nvidia hierarchy is obvious – between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 – it seems to be more of a toned-down 1080 than a souped-up 1070. It’s got hundreds more cores than the GTX 1070 – 2432 of them, compared to just 1920, but falls short of the GTX 1080 by just 128 of them. Why, then, would you not just make that tiny extra leap to a full-fat GTX 1080?

To help answer that question, I’ve got Zotac’s take, the GeForce GTX 1070Ti AMP Extreme, while Katharine has MSI’s GTX 1070Ti Gaming 8G. Together, we should hopefully find out how Nvidia’s newest card stacks up against its siblings – and whether it’s got the chops to dethrone the GTX 1080 in our best graphics cards 2018 article for 4K gaming.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review: The best 4K graphics card right now

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is no longer top dog in its GPU family – that honour now goes the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti and, of course, the frankly ridiculous Titan Xp. However, with graphics card prices currently hitting all-time highs due to the rather ridiculous craze for cryptocurrency mining, the GTX 1080 is now our top choice for those after a 4K capable graphics card. If you don’t believe us, check out our best graphics card 2018 article to see why we’ve picked this one and not its Ti counterpart.

To help us discover why it’s our 4K graphics card of choice, we’ve got the economically monikered MSI Gaming X 8GB Twin Frozr VI. To the benchmarks!

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