Picture of Will Judd

Will Judd

Senior Staff Writer, Digital Foundry

A bizarre British-American hybrid, Will turns caffeine into technology articles through a little-known process called 'writing'. His favourite games are Counter-Strike, StarCraft and Fallout 2.

Featured articles

Digital FoundryBest FreeSync and 'G-Sync compatible' monitors for Nvidia graphics cards

Our pick of the best adaptive sync screens, covering a range of sizes and resolutions.

Digital FoundryGTX 1660 Ti vs Vega 56: game benchmarks at 1080p, 1440p and 4K

The discounted mid-tier AMD GPU faces one of Nvidia's new additions.

Digital FoundryGTX 1660 Ti vs GTX 1070: Which is best for 1080p and 1440p gaming?

Nvidia's new RTX-shy GPU tested against its closest competitor.

Digital FoundryGTX 1660 benchmarks: a strong 1080p performer

The new entry-level Turing card tested.

The GTX 1660 is the second GTX card to appear in Nvidia's Turing lineup, dropping the specialised hardware of the RTX cards in order to deliver strong gaming performance at a lower price point - in this case, at just 200/$220. The GTX 1660 Ti proved to be a worthy alternative to the RTX 2060, offering around 85 per cent of the performance at 75 per cent of the price, so will we see a similar value from the even cheaper card? That's what this article intends to find out, as we examine in-game performance for the GTX 1660 compared to its closest competitors.

If you want to stream, podcast or record gaming videos for YouTube, then one of the first steps is picking up a good USB or XLR microphone. These mics can provide that extra bit of audio quality, noise reduction and control you need to be a successful content creator, things you won't often find from your standard gaming headset microphone. There are plenty of options on the market, so we tested the most popular USB and XLR mics to find out which we could recommend for gaming, streaming and recording.

Choosing the right gaming monitor can be tricky. While some PC peripherals like mice and keyboards are mostly matters of personal preference, some gaming monitors are just objectively better than others, offering higher resolutions, faster refresh rates or more accurate colours. Monitors can also last a long time - often five years or more - and you'll probably use them every day, whether you're playing games or trying to get some work done.

Amazon's Spring Sale continues, bringing with it an incredible number of deals on PC hardware, TVs, monitors and peripherals - plus extra discounts on used items offered via Amazon's Warehouse Deals. That's right up our alley, so we've combed through the sales to find you the best deals on tech that's actually worth buying. Here are the highlights thus far.

The best Micro SD cards for Nintendo Switch 2019

The biggest storage upgrades at the best prices, updated as of April 2019.

The Switch has continued to be a massive hit for Nintendo with a series of hit titles like Super Smash Brothers and Pokemon: Let's Go, but the hybrid console does have its drawbacks. Probably the most vexing is that the console only comes with 25.9GB of user-accessible space, making it difficult to keep multiple games installed at once. In fact, some games like LA Noire won't fit on the internal memory at all!

Digital FoundryDigital Foundry: the best 2019 4K TVs for HDR gaming

There's only one contender for the top spot right now.

With the widespread availability of the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro along with some highly powerful PC graphics hardware, there are more ways than ever to enjoy games at 4K with HDR. That makes it a great time to check out the latest crop of high dynamic range 4K televisions from the 2018 and 2019 model years, which offer improved performance and new features without costing more than their predecessors.

Digital FoundryBest PC controller 2019: the Digital Foundry buyer's guide to gamepads

The best first-party and third-party controllers tested.

While PC gamers generally opt for a mouse and keyboard, millions of us also pick up a controller from time to time - and for good reason. In open-world games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, controllers can offer a more comfortable way to play for long periods, while in racing titles a gamepad can offer fine-grained analogue controls to steer around corners. If you fancy a little local co-op, plugging in a controller is a great way to do that too. But there are a ton of PC-compatible controllers on the market - which are actually worth buying?

Digital FoundryBest graphics cards 2019: every major Nvidia and AMD GPU tested

The DF guide to the fastest and best value video cards on the market.

Replacing your graphics card is the number one upgrade you can make for your PC and the most profound in terms of improving gaming performance, so it makes sense to spend some time researching your options. We've streamlined that process for you right here, with strong graphics card recommendations for budget boxes all the way up to high-end battlestations, considering everything on the market up to AMD's new Radeon 7 and Nvidia's latest GTX 1660 GPU.

Digital FoundryNew video shows the rise and fall of AMD, Intel and Nvidia graphics cards

15 years of GPU market share data compressed into a three minute vid.

YouTube channel TheRankings has made an incredible video showing the 15 most popular graphics cards over time, based on data from the Steam Hardware Survey. The animation packs fifteen years of history - from 2004 to 2019 - into a brief three minute video that's well worth watching - whether you're a long-time PC gamer looking for a hit of nostalgia or a relative newcomer seeking a bit of perspective.

Digital FoundryBest gaming keyboard 2019: Digital Foundry's picks

Leading mechanical and non-mechanical keyboards tested.

Choosing the right PC gaming peripherals can make a world of difference, by making it easier to survive in the latest battle royale title or simply become immersed in your favourite virtual world for hours on end. We've already covered the best gaming mice and gaming headsets, and now it's time to take a closer look at the best keyboards for gaming.

Digital FoundryToday's Amazon.com PC gaming sale is the best of 2019 so far

Dozens of discounted laptops, components and peripherals.

Amazon.com's daily deal is a great one for American PC gamers, with discounts on everything from gaming laptops and desktops to peripherals and components. Plenty of our top Digital Foundry recommendations are included too, including Razer mice, HyperX headsets, AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors and more. We haven't seen anything like these level of discounts from Amazon this year, especially on so many products from such a wide range of top PC gaming brands. You can see all Amazon PC gaming daily deals here, or read on for our picks of the litter.

Digital FoundryRTX 2070 vs GTX 1080: Which should you buy?

Benchmark performance, value and feature comparison included.

The GeForce RTX 2070 is a tantalising prospect: all of the cool ray tracing and deep learning technology that debuted with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti in a much more affordable package. However, the outgoing GTX 1080 should offer similar performance at a lower price - so which card is the better buy for most people? That's what we'll aim to answer here, as we examine exactly how these two graphics cards compare in terms of in-game performance, features, pricing and availability.

GTX 1080 Ti vs RTX 2080: Which should you buy?

Benchmark performance, value and feature comparison included.

After years of development, Nvidia's new Turing graphics cards are finally here: the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. While the RTX 2080 Ti offers a clear performance advantage over the best of the last-gen Pascal cards (plus a ton of new features) the RTX 2080's broadly similar performance to the GTX 1080 Ti makes it a less obvious choice. Given that the RTX 2080 is often cheaper than the top-tier 10-series card, does it make sense to get the GTX 1080 Ti? As usual, the answer is complicated, but this article is intended to give you the information you need to make a decision one way or the other.

GTX 1080 Ti vs RTX 2080 Ti: Which should you buy?

Benchmark performance, value and feature comparison included.

Eighteen months after it debuted as the undisputed champion of Nvidia's consumer graphics card lineup, the GTX 1080 Ti relinquished its throne to the RTX 2080 Ti. As well as boasting better raw performance, the new card adds features like real-time ray tracing and deep learning super sampling technology that could change the way we play games. Of course, all of this comes at a price - and for the RTX 2080 Ti, that price is some way north of one thousand dollars and often the same in British pounds. Is the RTX 2080 Ti worth the upgrade, or does the GTX 1080 Ti remain a credible option - especially if you can find it used at a good price? In this article, we'll give you all the information you need to make that decision for yourself.

The RTX 2060 is a convincing upgrade over the GTX 1060 it nominally replaces: significantly better raw performance, new real-time ray tracing capabilities and a long list of new and improved features. The only issue? The RTX 2060 is $100 more expensive than the GTX 1060 at $349, meaning its closest competitors ought to be the cards that it actually competes with on price: the GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 Ti. That's where this article comes in, as we try to settle the argument of which of the three Nvidia cards is the best for the money.

While high-end graphics cards like the AMD Radeon 7 and RTX 2080 Ti capture the lion's share of the headlines, most PC gaming is still done at good old-fashioned 1080p. Here, you can spend just a few hundred bucks on a graphics card to get console-quality visuals at 60 frames per second, even in some of the most recent games. Two of the best graphics cards for 1080p gaming are the focus of our article today: the AMD Radeon RX 580 and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti benchmarks: the new top card tested

Even without taking ray tracing into account, the 2080 Ti still impresses.

The RTX 2080 Ti is the fastest consumer graphics card that Nvidia have ever made, a Titan in all but name. The bulk of Nvidia's marketing has targeted its new capabilities, like real-time ray tracing (RTX) and deep learning super-sampling (DLSS), and these are exciting topics with the potential to change the industry to be sure. However, we wanted to know how the RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 actually perform in real games, ones which haven't yet added support for Nvidia's latest and greatest technologies - so we've tested nine popular PC titles from the past few years to show you exactly the level of performance you should expect.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 benchmarks: better than the GTX 1080 Ti?

Strong 4K performance and new tech is an exciting mix.

While the RTX 2080 Ti is undoubtedly the fastest consumer graphics card on the market, the RTX 2080 offers the same new technology at a more palatable price point - as well as performance in the same region as the outgoing GPU champ, the GTX 1080 Ti. While Nvidia have focused on the possibilities of real-time ray tracing (the titular RTX) and deep learning super sampling (DLSS) when marketing its new cards, the list of games that have actually delivered support for either technology remains limited to a few notable examples, like Metro Exodus, Battlefield 5 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. That's why we've tested nine traditional rasterised PC games from the past few years to show you exactly the level of in-game performance you should expect from the RTX 2080 compared to its closest rivals.

Digital FoundryNvidia GeForce RTX 2070 benchmarks: faster than the GTX 1080

But DLSS support will make or break the product.

The GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti are unapologetically high-end graphics cards with price points to match, but the RTX 2070 is intended to be a more affordable mid-range option. The idea here is to provide similar levels of performance to the outgoing GTX 1080 plus the same novel features as the other RTX cards, namely real-time ray tracing (RTX) and deep learning super sampling (DLSS). In this article, we'll show you exactly what kind of performance you can expect out of the card in a wide range of recent game releases, and how the RTX 2070 compares to its closest competitors from Nvidia and AMD.

First Previous