With such a wide range of GPUs on the market today, it can be hard to make an educated choice on what GPU is right for you. Sure, the higher-end cards get plenty of coverage. However, what about the more budget oriented cards? Everyone knows a 1080 ti will destroy anything you throw at it, but what about its smaller brother, the 1060? The card I think is one of the most under rated cards on the market today, taking a back seat to the impressive performance of the 1070. ASUS recently sent us their GTX 1060 OC Edition, with 6 GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 9 Gbps. In theory, this card should have enough power to run any game, at high settings. So, we put the ASUS GTX 1060 OC to the test. Can it handle newer titles, at higher resolutions, or will this card be stuck running 1080p? Let’s see how it did.
The enthusiast community has been waiting for one card since the announcement of Pascal, and that card is the new GTX 1080 Ti. This was in hopes for a repeat of the performance gap between the Titan X and the previous Ti card. With the latest performance numbers, the GTX 1080 Ti proves it was a card worth waiting for. Since the Founders Edition 1080 Ti was released to the public, several companies have released their own versions of the 1080 Ti with custom PCBs and coolers. One of those companies seems to stand out more than the rest, and that company is GIGABYTE, and their new line of AORUS Motherboards and GPUs, which brings us to today’s review of the GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti. With a few different 1080 Ti SKUs, GIGABYTE has offerings from the Founders Edition card, up to their flagship AORUS GTX 1080 Ti XTREME Edition. In this review, we’ll be looking at the XTREME Edition and seeing how it compares to the AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Standard Edition. So, let’s get into the review.
While we all impatiently wait for Vega to release, AMD and Radeon Technologies has just released their RX 500 series of graphics cards. The 500 series is based on their 4th Gen GCN, or Graphics Core Next Architecture. The ASUS STRIX RX 580 has a clock speed, in OC Mode, of 1380 MHz. That’s a 7% increase over the reference card. That fact, combined with the excellent performance of the STRIX cooler, should make the STRIX RX 580 a great card. So, we put the STRIX RX 580 through our regular synthetic benchmarks, as well as some of my favorite games in my library. Let’s see how the STRIX RX 580 did.
ROG Strix RX 570 utilizes 4GB of GDDR5 memory with 2048 stream processors and 32 compute units. It ships with 1300MHz core clock speed, and has 1750MHz memory clock speed which is connected to a high speed 256-bit memory interface.
The GTX 1080 has proven to be quite popular ever since it was released just shy of a year ago. Although NVidia could be content with just happily selling GTX 1080s until the next generation of video card are released, they weren’t. In fact, they gave the GTX 1080 a memory upgrade. NVidia bumped up the original GTX 1080s GDDR5X memory clock speed by 10% to 11Gbps. This is the same as the more expensive GTX 1080 Ti and increases the GTX 1080s memory bandwidth from 320 GB/s to 352 GB/s.
Nvidia’s Pascal architecture is the successor to their Maxwell line. Since its launch in May of 2016, there have been 9 different models, ranging for the recently announced GT 1030, up to the two different Titans, the Titan X and Xp. However, no card was more talked about than the release of a possible 1080 Ti. This is due to the 980 Ti performing so close to the Maxwell Titan X, at a much lower cost, and the potential for the 1080 Ti to do the same as its 900-series counterpart. Well, the enthusiast community recently got its wish when Nvidia released the Founder’s Edition 1080 Ti. Typically, shortly after the reference card release, board partners release custom PCB’s and coolers.
Over the last few months, there's been a massive influx of graphics cards on the market. However, most the newest cards are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum. But what if you’re on a tighter budget or you just don’t require the power of a high-end card? Don’t worry, because AMD has got you covered with the release of their 500 series of GPUs, a refresh of their very popular Polaris based 400 series of cards.