3. AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB: A tempting alternative to Nvidia’s low-cost GPUs
MD’s GPUs have struggled to keep up with Nvidia in this generation, but if you prefer the Radeon way of doing things, the RX 480 Graphics Card is well worth a look. Based on AMD’s latest Polaris core, it’s available in 4GB and 8GB configurations, but for our money the 4GB card is the better deal. Coming in at the same price as Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card, it offers 33% more video memory.
With extra memory can make a noticeable difference in games with particularly ambitious visual effects. In the highly demanding game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we were able to turn the detail settings all the way up to Ultra at 1080p, and the RX 480 Graphics Card still kept up a minimum of 30 frames per second. In the same game, the 3GB GTX 1060 Graphics Card could manage only 25fps.
2. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB: A great little card at a very tempting price
One of Nvidia’s best price-to-performance cards ever.
Though it might bear resemblance to the GTX 1070 and 1080 Graphics Card, the GTX 1060 Graphics Card Founder’s Edition is more aligned with Nvidia’s more expensive GeForce 980. Thanks to AMD’s competitively priced RX 480, Nvidia was hurried into launching a similar offering. Enter the GTX 1060 Graphics Card: a mid-range graphics card that can handle just about anything at a full HD resolution and even some titles at 1440p without too much of an impact on the frame rate. With most of us still clinging onto sub-4K resolution TVs and monitors, the GTX 1060 Graphics Card gives PC gamers a sweet spot absent the need to upgrade your displays.
1. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080: The flagship of the current generation
Touted by Nvidia’s CEO as the ” largest chip project endeavor in the history of humanity, with a budget of several billion dollars,” the GTX 1080 Graphics Card certainly lives up to its hype. With the launch of Nvidia’s Pascal architecture, you can get the performance of two 980 Tis for a fraction of what you’d spend on a Titan X. Thanks to a huge 2,560 stream processors, which give this card an incredible amount of parallel processing power. They’re fast too, running at speeds up to 1.73GHz. And they’re backed up by a huge 8GB of video RAM, with an incredible 10,000MHz effective bandwidth.
If all those numbers make your eyes glaze over, don’t worry: the practical upshot is very easy to understand. It has enough power to run even today’s most demanding games smoothly at 4K resolution, with all the detail settings turned up to maximum.
That means there’s not only plenty of power for today: there’s enough headroom to ensure that GTX 1080 will be able handle future games for a good few generations to come.