AMD’s newest generation Polaris architecture is here and Gigabyte has responded by releasing the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G graphics card. Based on AMD’s latest GCN 4 14nm FinFET architecture, the Aorus RX 580 XTR 8G is the highest performing graphics card in Gigabyte’s RX 580 line-up.
If one thing is true these days, it’s that there is no shortage of graphics cards on the market. It seems that every week Nvidia is announcing something or AMD is teasing something. However, after the recent launch of the 1080 TI, in the announcement of the new Titan XP, the last thing I’d expected was yet another GTX 1080. But, none the less, I was wrong. But with how much of a beast the 1080 is, how can you really improve upon the several variations of the card that are already on the market? Well, MSI has the answer for you!
If there is one thing all PC enthusiast crave, it’s more performance. There are few GPU’s that perform as well as the GP104 GPU on the GTX 1080. However, the GPU’s actual performance is based on its cooling solution, of which there are many ways to go. If you’re like me, you tend to not water cool your cards. However, this makes choosing a card a bit more involved then “Get a reference card and throw a block on it.”
When choosing a graphics card, there a several things to consider. Aesthetics being one of the main things, as well as clock speeds, performance, and noise, to name a few. However, one of the main things to consider is the cooler. For better performance, you need proper cooling. For proper cooling, you need a proper cooling solution. Gigabyte understands this very well. The proof is in their 2 ½ slot, monster of a card, the Gigabyte Extreme Gaming 1080. But is this just another pretty 1080 is a sea of graphics cards that perform well, but no different than other 1080’s on the market, or does the Extreme Gaming 1080 from Gigabyte stand out from all the rest? Let’s see how this card stands up to the competition.
The term “Republic of Gamers” commands so much respect in the enthusiast community, that you can almost guarantee, you’re going to get a great product. Since 2006, its stood for innovation and quality that gamers and enthusiasts have grown to expect from the ROG brand. ROG Strix is the newest branding under the ROG name. Ever since the founder’s edition 1070 first launched, I’ve been itching to get my hands on the Strix 1070. Now I finally have it. With how well all Pascal cards have been performing, and the ROG logo on the front, back and sides of the card, it’s almost a slam dunk that the Strix 1070 is going to be an excellent card. However, occasionally, you’ll get that one card that just disappoints you. Whether it can’t overclock well enough, doesn’t run as cool as you’d like, or may even have coil whine. But that’s what we are here to find out, right? So, let’s see if the Strix 1070 lives up to the Republic of Gamers name. Although, I think I already know the answer to that.
Compared to the RX 480, the RX 470 had a rather quiet launch. It seems that unless a product is plagued with issues, or its cost is near $1,000, their launch flies under the radar. This was the case with the RX 470. Labeled as the little brother to the RX 480, the RX 470 is in that price range that few people tend to pay attention to. The $100-$200 range. However, with advances in technology over the last few years, maybe it’s time we start to watch the more budget oriented cards. With the launch of the Red Devil RX 470, I think PowerColor agrees. But to play games at anything over 1080p, you must spend $400 or more, right? The answer may surprise you. I’d like to thank Power Color for providing us with the Red Devil RX 470 for this review. Now, let’s see how the budget card held up.
There is no doubt that the launch of the RX 480 had been clouded in controversy. However, since then there have been a number of custom coolers as well as custom PCBs, that, with new driver support, have fixed the issues. Among those custom cards sits the Gigabyte G1 Gaming Rx 480. Sporting the Windforce 2X cooler and up to 8gb of GDDR5, this card is designed to crush 1080p gaming. But can this sub $300 card, based on AMDs new Polaris architecture handle resolutions beyond 1080p and compete with the higher end cards the market has to offer? We’d like to thank the good people at Gigabyte for providing us with this card to review. Now, let’s see how this card holds up to the competition.
If you’re one of those types that wants the best card money can buy and just don’t care about the performance per dollar stat, then NVIDIA has got you covered with the Pascal refresh of the TITAN X. But, can this card live up to the claims that NVIDIA has been making? Could we finally have a single card 4K solution? I’d like to thank the good people at Cutting Edge Gamer, leader in leasing graphics cards, for sending me this TITAN X to review.