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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.

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

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

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

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

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti benchmarks: 4K/60 is within reach

With RTX 2080 levels of performance in some games and a price drop, the 1080 Ti might become the better value card.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti slots in between GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, giving you about 90 per cent of the performance of the GTX 1080 at far less than 90 per cent of the price. It comes closest to the Vega 56 in AMD's lineup, and usually proves the better performer while costing less to buy or to run thanks to its modest power requirements. That makes the GTX 1070 Ti a strong contender for being one of the best graphics cards on the market - despite the recent arrival of the RTX 2070, which is too expensive to be a true competitor.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is a popular upper mid-range graphics card, around 35 per cent faster than the most popular GTX 1060 but around 20 per cent slower than the enthusiast GTX 1080. Despite its status in the Nvidia stack, the 1070 somewhat incredibly outperforms the previous-gen Titan X Maxwell and GTX 980 Ti, demonstrating just how far we've come in terms of GPU power in the last few years.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is the most popular graphics card in the world and is still gaining in popularity, at least according to Steam's Hardware Survey. This affordable card offers strong 1080p gaming performance, usually delivering console-quality full HD graphics at double the frame-rate.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti benchmarks: the fastest budget gaming GPU, but also the priciest

Best-in-class performance and a decent amount of RAM for 1080p gaming.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is based on a fully enabled version of the GP107 processor and is delivered with four gigs of RAM. It offers performance that is broadly in line with the previous-gen GTX 960, meaning that although this card is capable enough for 1080p gaming, 60fps is unfortunately off the table for the most part when you're using ultra or very high presets - and significant settings tweakery is normally required.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB benchmarks: a better budget GPU

Closer in performance to the GTX 1050 2GB than the GTX 1050 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the most recent budget graphics card to be added to Nvidia's stable, a replacement for the older GTX 1050 2GB model that provides extra VRAM to ensure better performance in texture-heavy games.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 2GB is the cheapest 10-series card on the market that we can recommend right now, offering better out-and-out performance than the AMD GPUs built into the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, the card does suffer from its limited VRAM, meaning that most gamers may be better served by the recently released GTX 1050 3GB.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 benchmarks: performance - at a cost

A good card but too power-hungry and too hot.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 rivalled Nvidia's high-end GeForce GTX 1080 on its launch in summer 2017, but in the past year it's fallen behind three new offerings from Team Green: the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070. With AMD's next-gen Navi GPU to debut sometime in 2019, the Vega 64 seems likely to retain its position at the top of the AMD graphics card stack for at least a few more months, even though at this point it's barely a high-end card.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 benchmarks: the best Vega GPU

The Red Team's Vega 64 is faster, but not necessarily better.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is an upper mid-range graphics card, intended to beat Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 at a similar price point - a job it performs admirably as the benchmarks on this page demonstrate. Its performance level was enough to push Nvidia into creating an entirely new SKU, the GTX 1070 Ti, which slots into place between 1070 and 1080 and in turn outperforms the Vega 56.

AMD Radeon RX 580 benchmarks: the Red Team's 1080p contender

Taking the fight to Nvidia's GTX 1060.

The AMD Radeon RX 580 is one of the best graphics cards for PC gaming, particularly in the mid-range space where it rivals the more expensive GeForce GTX 1060 - which, at the time of writing, is the most popular GPU on the Steam hardware survey by a significant margin.

AMD Radeon RX 570 benchmarks: a capable 1080p workhorse

Slower than 580 but the second-tier Polaris still impresses.

The AMD Radeon RX 570 is a strong graphics card for anyone building their own mid-range PC gaming rig aimed at 1080p gaming. This cut-down version of the RX 580 can often deliver similar levels of gaming performance to the three gig version of GTX 1060, one of the most popular graphics cards on the market today, often at a significantly lower price point.

AMD Radeon RX 560 benchmarks: the Red Team's budget GPU simply isn't powerful enough

And so many model variations ensures consumer confusion.

At this point, we have to wonder - just how many Radeon RX 560s are on the market? When the graphics card first launched, there were both 2GB and 4GB versions. Some models had additional PCI Express power, some didn't. Some had factory overclocks, while others remained at stock speeds. That's confusing enough, but then a new version of the RX 560 with only 14 of the 16 available compute units enabled appeared - effectively a rebrand of the last generation RX 460. And then, multiple versions of that lower end configuration were unleashed upon the market as well.

Best gaming headset 2018 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

The best wired and wireless gaming headsets, reviewed in December 2018.

A good pair of headphones is key to victory in many games - particularly shooters like Fortnite, PUBG and Call of Duty - where hearing a single footstep from a wayward enemy could mean the difference between delicious chicken dinner and an ignoble defeat. That's why we've gathered up our picks for the best gaming headsets on the market right now.

Best SSD for gaming 2018: shorter loading times, smoother streaming

Our selections for the fastest SSD, the best budget SSD and more.

Switching from a mechanical drive to a solid state drive is one of the most important upgrades you can make to your gaming PC - and with the release of new drives earlier this year and flash storage prices finally starting to drop significantly, now is the perfect time to pick up a new SSD.

Digital FoundryBest mechanical keyboard 2018: seven options good for gaming and typing

Digital Foundry's picks for quiet, compact and full-fat gaming keyboards with all the trimmings.

Which are the best mechanical keyboards on the market? That was the question I tried to answer in our feature on whether mechanical keyboards are good for gaming, and how they became popular in the first place. I ended that piece with three keyboard recommendations, but the response to the article made it clear that you wanted to see more recommendations for different use-cases than we considered - particularly full-fat gaming keyboards with features like macro and media keys, programmable RGB lighting and game-state integration or quieter models that can be used in a busy office.

Digital FoundryBest gaming mouse 2018: Digital Foundry's picks for the best wired and wireless gaming mice

Updated December 2018 with the best mice for all budgets, game genres and hand sizes.

Finding the best gaming mouse is a challenge, as dozens of new models are released each year by the biggest brands - but I've been keeping track of the various innovations over the years, and I'm pretty confident in these gaming mouse recommendations. That said, there's such variety in the market that I'll also be including a general guide in choosing the right gaming mouse based on your favourite games, hand size and additional factors - look for that towards the end of the article.

Digital FoundryUpgrade your PC or pick up a new one in Amazon's one-day PC sale

Including graphics cards, monitors, PC hardware and more.

Amazon's preordained day of discounted PC hardware has arrived, as the US retailer counts down its twelve days of deals. As usual with Amazon, there are a metric ton of deals to trawl through, some great and some not so great, so we've done the hard work for you and pulled out the absolute highlights. The best deals mirror what we saw on Black Friday, with some items offered at even greater reductions today.

The best Micro SD cards for Nintendo Switch

The biggest storage upgrades at the best prices.

The Switch has been a standout success for Nintendo with a series of hit titles like Zelda: Breath of the Wild 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!

Jelly DealsGet a discounted gaming monitor on Amazon UK's daily deal

Plus cut-price Logitech and Corsair peripherals, the cheapest GTX 1060 6GB graphics card and more.

With Black Friday still fresh in our memory, Christmas deals are now starting to appear. Amazon UK's daily deals for December 4th include a few genuinely good discounts for PC gamers which we thought you should know about, including a cut-price Samsung monitor, peripherals from Logitech and Corsair and even the cheapest GTX 1060 6GB graphics card on the market. It's also a decent time to buy on Amazon, as you can get free delivery on all items dispatched by the company itself without needing Prime membership when you use the code FREEDELIVERY. Anyway, here are the absolute highlights.

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.

Jelly DealsNever uninstall a game again with this 8TB external drive for £120

Works with Xbox One, PS4, PCs and laptops out of the box.

Today's Amazon Deal of the Day is a particularly good one - an 8TB Seagate external hard drive has been reduced from £180 to only £120. At that price, you're paying just one-and-a-half pence per gigabyte (!) for one of the highest capacity external drives on the market.

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.

Digital FoundryBest graphics cards 2018: 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 a little 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, including Nvidia's latest RTX GPUs.

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

Benchmark performance, value and feature comparison included.

After eighteen months as the undisputed champion of Nvidia's consumer graphics card lineup, the GTX 1080 Ti has 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. Is the RTX 2080 Ti worth the upgrade, or does the GTX 1080 Ti remain a credible option at its new, lower price? In this article, we'll give you all the information you need to make that decision for yourself.

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