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Posted by James Keir
on Friday, August 2, 2019 - 8:00am
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Windforce OC

Hot off the heels of the original launch of the RTX 2060, we already have a refresh of the card a mere 7 months later with the RTX 2060 Super. The new RTX 2060 Super boasts more CUDA cores, RT cores, Tensor cores, and they have expanded the memory to 8GB. With the release of new graphics cards comes third party manufacturers releasing their own revisions of the cards. Gigabyte is no exception with their graphics card: the new RTX 2060 Super Windforce OC. The Windforce features a factory overclock of 1680 MHz, custom WINDFORCE 2X cooler system, and a protection backplate all for the same price as a reference model at $399.99.

Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 8:00am
MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X

In the beginning of 2019, Nvidia released their cut down version of the TU106 chip with the new RTX 2060. A mere 7 months later, likely thanks to the impeding Navi release in July, Nvidia announced a refresh to their line of 2060, 2070 and 2080 cards with a Super designation. The RTX 2060 Super features more CUDA, RT, and Tensor cores and also has increased its memory to 8GB which includes a wider 256bit bus. Throwing their hat into the RTX 2060 Super ring is MSI with its own version of the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X. The Gaming X features MSI’s own Twin Frozr 7 cooling system, custom PCB, RGB lighting, and comes with factory overclock of 1695 MHz. Even with the custom PCB and cooler, the RTX 2060 Super Gaming X is only $15 more than the reference model at an MSRP of $415. 

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9:00am
NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition

A few weeks ago, Nvidia launched the first two members of its updated Turing powered RTX cards with the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super. This mid-cycle refresh of the RTX 20 series continues with the new RTX 2080 Super. So, what exactly is so SUPER about them? One of the most important things right out of the gate to gamers is price. ‘New’ usually means ‘more expensive’ but that isn’t the case this time. The RTX 2080 Super starts at $699 but features faster memory, more CUDA cores, and more RT cores for all of the upcoming Ray Tracing games coming soon. Is there anything not to like? Let’s find out!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00am
Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC

ASRock teased its first GPU about a year ago, an AMD powered RX580 card under the new Phantom Gaming sub-brand. Unfortunately, the world was still suffering from the then hot and heavy Crypto-Craze and very few gamers were able to get their hands on the GPU, or any GPU really for that matter. That big of chaos has since calmed down and street prices have fallen back to around MSRP. ASRock has since spun the Phantom Gaming sub-brand up into Phantom Gaming Alliance with matching products from Cooler Master and Team Group to start. We’re going to backtrack a couple of months and take a look at one of the GPU’s that started it all, the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC. 

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:00am
MSI GEFORCE GTX 1660 Ventus XS 6G OC

Nvidia claims that more than 2/3rds of gamers are playing with cards at the GTX 960 level and below. The x60 level cards have proven to be quite popular with gamers for their price to performance ratio. Today Nvidia unveils the GeForce GTX 1660 which is meant to replace the GTX 1060 3GB with 1408 Turing powered CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR5 memory. MSI takes this a step further on the GTX 1660 Ventus XS OC Edition with twin Torx 2.0 fans and an overclock right out of the box for a wallet-friendly $229 price tag. Let’s see how it does!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 8:00am
ASUS Phoenix GTX 1660 Ti OC Edition

With Nvidia’s recent launch of the GTX 1660 Ti last week, we’ve seen cards released anywhere from the base model MSRP of $279 up to flagship’s like the ROG Phoenix  GTX 1660Ti OC we checked out recently. Today we have a card from ASUS that is close to the MSRP and small enough for SFF and ITX builds, but with a factory overclock to give it an edge. Can this phoenix fly you to gaming bliss? Let’s find out!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, February 25, 2019 - 8:01am
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

One of the nice things about newer graphics cards is more efficient operation. Cooler running and less power consumption are nice, but it also gives you the ability to make a small but still powerful computer. Many of the recently announced GTX 1660Ti powered cards are full size with massive coolers. That looks nice, but for a card with a little over 100W of power usage, its really not necessary and can limit the cases you can use. Zotac is going the other way with its new GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. With a standard height, a dual-slot cooler that measures less than 7 inches long, you can pack some serious gaming power in even the smallest ITX enclosures. Did they have to compromise on something to do this? Let’s go find out!

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