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The AMD and Nvidia GPU Shortage Explained

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Let’s start with the bad news: the greatest GPU shortage of the century is continuing to stretch on. The shortage is so bad that in August of this year,  Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said “we will see a supply-constrained environment for the vast majority of next year is my guess at the moment.” Demand is still out-pacing supply, but recently a slight increase of GPU availability has cropped up as GPU’s have been appearing in stores across the US slightly more frequently than at any other point since the RTX 3000 series was announced.

AMD cards, similarly, are becoming more and more available – see our extensive collection of RX 6000 series parts for evidence. Additionally, searching across retailers you can see many more RX 6000 parts available near MSRP than at any point in recent memory. However, the selection is still thin. As is, if you are breaking into PC gaming today you will either need to be prepared to wait for a graphics card you want, or just take the best one available. In this case, you are more likely to find an AMD part but if you wait, you may be able to snag a RTX 3080 near retail in the coming months.

Why does it seem impossible to get a GPU at retail right now? The simple answer: Demand is insane and production has been delayed due to the global pandemic. Since September 2020 when the RTX 3000 series was released, very few have actually been sold and shipped. Additionally, with bots ordering up the limited stock to scalp, the supply is even more constrained and prices skyrocketed. Unfortunately, this has continued to be the case since. Even the new consoles are almost impossible to find at retailers and often must be bought by a third party. Another important factor is the limited chip supply due to confusion at the onset of the pandemic. Many of the chips used for GPU’s are also mass produced for automakers, who feared a pandemic induced decline in purchases so they cut their orders, however auto sales saw almost no slump. This also happened with PC manufacturers who expected a more curbed demand in the tightening economic conditions of the pandemic. Instead they were hit with a huge spike in demand as people started to buy PC equipment to work from home. This massive spike in demand dried up the limited supply of chips and left us where we are now, desperately scrambling to catch up. Unfortunately GPU producers cannot just flip a switch and fix their supply chain, which is severely lacking in several components(like VRAM). So until they are able to get back on track with production and an accurate demand model we are stuck in limbo.

Now for the good news! We are seeing more and more of these parts available from our distributors. We have received more RTX 3000 series parts lately and are hoping to get even more soon. We even have a healthy stock of RX 6000 series parts available right now! Hopefully supply will slowly ease up and we will see if Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang was right in predicting such a limited supply. We hope not!

PlayStation 5 vs PC

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PlayStation 5


CPU: AMD Zen 2-based CPU with 8 cores at 3.5GHz

GPU: 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz

RAM: 16GB GDDR6 / 256-bit

Memory: Custom 825GB SSD

Expandable Memory: NVMe SSD slot

Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray drive

CEG Test PC Build


CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

GPU: Nvidia RTX 3090 Founders Edition

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3600 Desktop Memory

Memory: SAMSUNG 870 QVO Series 2.5″ 2TB SATA III Samsung 4-bit MLC V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon WiFi

Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 1000 G2 Power Supply

PlayStation 5 Exclusives
  • God of War
  • The Last of Us
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Ghost of Tsushima
PC Exclusives
  • Half-Life
  • Total War series
  • Disco Elysium
  • Age of Empires 2
  • Halo

Console vs PC is one of the oldest debates for any gamer. In my mind, it comes down to performance vs price plus exclusives. In this example, we are comparing Cutting Edge Gamer’s State of the Art Test PC vs the newest PlayStation 5 console in an attempt to help customers decide which is the right choice for them. One pro for the PS5 would have to be the price tag of $499.99 plus ~$500 for a nice 4k TV vs the Test PC which is easily around $2,399.99 with all components and monitor. Another Pro is of course, the exclusive games which you just can’t play on PC. Titles like God of War and The Last of Us are major selling points for the PS5 as that is the only way you can experience these amazing games.

The PlayStation 5 is a great console, perfect for couch co-op in the living room playing the latest 2k or Fifa with your friends. It provides you with excellent 4k and an easy set up. Just turn it on, grab controllers and you are ready to go in seconds! However, no console will ever top the raw performance of a State of the Art PC, and as is there are titles for PC which would be impossible on PS5. For instance Total War with its huge battles is impossible to recreate on a modern console, especially at the frame rates and definition we have all come to expect from that franchise. Games like that are meant to be enjoyed on PC with the best graphics available in this day and age.

The PlayStation comes in significantly cheaper, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for – which is why the test PC performance is far beyond the PS5’s in raw power. The 3090 alone has over 30 teraflops of computing power vs the PS5’s 11 teraflops. This allows you to run games at a much higher frame rate while in 4k, reduces lag time, and allows you to utilize all sorts of applications on your PC which just do not exist for PS5, such video editing software and the like; allowing you to produce high quality videos at scale. Another feature to consider is the PC exclusives, the only place where games like Total War and Half-life can be run and enjoyed. So while the PS5 is more affordable, you will always be able to push the limits of gaming performance further on PC, which you will also be able to upgrade over time – a feature not available on the PlayStation. Both offer cool exclusives so that does not overly sway most players one way or the other. Personally, I like both. You can have a couch console and a sweet top of the line rig, which gives you access to exclusives from both Xbox, PC and PlayStation without sacrificing anything except your wallet.

Either way you like to play, gamers are happy to have access to both! And we are happy to help provide them with the latest and greatest technology  to suit their evolving needs!

How Much Better is a PC? High End PC vs Console Performance in Call of Duty: Warzone

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Call of Duty: Warzone has emerged as one of the largest Battle Royale style games this year. It is an immersive COD style experience, with great gunplay and a huge map stitched together from past maps. You enter the game by jumping out the back of a plane, with your squad of up to four or solo, and fight to be the last team or soldier standing. Below we highlight the differences in COD: Warzone’s performance on the current consoles and the new RTX 3090 graphics cards! To add to that we have screen recorded video in full 4K 120+ FPS from our test rig below, as well as a video from the four consoles so you can see the difference yourself!


PC Build

Here is the design of our test PC:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X


RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB 2133mHz

Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon WiFi

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 RX 850 W

Memory Storage: 1TB SSD

Display: 34″ Samsung 4K Monitor

Here is a full game of COD: Warzone recorded on our own test PC!!! Check out the 4K video with full telemetry statistics here:
PC - Test Results

Target Resolution: 3840x2160p


Resolution under load: 3840x2160p



FPS: 100-150


Average FPS: 110


Notes:  By far the best performance, as expected. You can maintain a FPS well above 60 constantly, while utilizing ray tracing in full 4K!


Target Resolution: 1920x1080p


Resolution under load: 1920×1080 (X axis lowers resolution to 960x1080p underload)


FPS: 45-60


Average FPS: 50


Notes:  Uses VSync for better image quality than Xbox One. Maintains 60 FPS target better in late game situations with less to render. Ranks as the 3rd best console.

PS4 Pro

Target Resolution: 2760x1528p


Resolution under load:  2760x1528p (X axis lowers resolution to 1920x2160p underload)


FPS: 57-60


Average FPS: 60~


Notes:  Uses VSync for better image quality, which gives you the smoothest console frame rate in Warzone. Barely drops below 60 FPS ever and comes in as the 2nd best console.

Xbox One

Target Resolution: 1600x900p


Resolution under load: Not specified



FPS: 35-60


Average FPS: 44


Notes: No VSync lowering resolution since its already so low. Works best only in late game with less to render. Struggles to maintain 60FPS target only in the small Gulag area. Ranks as the 4th best console.

Xbox One X

Target Resolution: 3840x2160p


Resolution under load: 3840x2160p (X axis lowers resolution to 1920x2160p underload)


FPS: 56-60


Average FPS: 60


Notes: Clearest image out of all consoles, only slightly more frequent frame drops than PS4 Pro. But makes up for the slight drop in frames by having the highest resolution of the four. Ranks as the best console.

Console Video from Digital Foundry:

(Not our video: link to DF – )


Hopefully you enjoyed our article here on Call of Duty: Warzone and found it helpful. We have highlighted the differences in performance you will see between all the mainstream consoles and an awesome PC build. Clearly the PC blows all consoles out of the water, both in resolution, FPS, and with the capability to actually utilize ray tracing. Yes, the price is steeper, but as you can see the results are miles better. We hope you choose PC going forward, or at least understand its pros and cons better. Thanks for reading, and happy gaming! Be it on console or PC we all play to have fun!

CEG’s Compilation of Graphics Card Manuals

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We have recently been hard at work putting together this list of manuals for all of you to use. Here they are, all the GPU installation guides you could want.

Manuals available:

AMD GPU Guides


Link to GPU Installation Video Guide:





Gigabyte GPU Guides


MSI GPU Guides


Sapphire GPU Guides


XFX GPU Guides


User Guide and FAQ link:

Hope you found what you needed here, if not please let us know in the comment section below!

How to Build a PC: CEG’s New Testing Rig

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Over the past few years, PC gaming has become an even larger competitor to console gaming. In 2017, the PC gaming industry hit $28 billion in revenue and that number is projected to climb to just under $34 billion in 2020. Unlike the ready-to-play out of the box console competitors, Xbox & Playstation, PC gamers are unique in that their systems are built to their own design and to perform according to their own specifications. While having to build a PC can seem like a daunting task and could serve as a barrier to entry into the world of PC gaming, it’s honestly about as difficult as putting together a LEGO set. In this article, we will walk you through our very own PC build in order to show readers that building a PC is rather easy, and the results are more than worth the effort.

Step 1: Selecting the Components

Step one is the most important part of the whole process: determining which components you will buy for your PC build. Builds can range from a budget low-end PC to ultra high-end overkill, but it’s important to craft a build that 1.) is comprised of components that are compatible with one another, 2.) meets your performance needs and budget, and 3.) is aesthetically pleasing to you. Here at CEG, we like to recommend the website PC Part Picker, a source that will help you build a PC from scratch and tells you whether or not your build components are compatible. Your build will require the following components at minimum:

  • PC Case
  • Motherboard
  • CPU (most come with CPU fan cooler)
  • GPU
  • RAM
  • Power Supply
  • SATA Cables
  • PCI-E Power Cables
  • Operating System (software)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Once you have your parts, it’s time to start the build!

Step 2: Connecting CPU, CPU Cooler & Ram to the Motherboard

There’s a couple of ways to do this step: 1.) Attach the CPU, CPU fan cooler and RAM to the motherboard before installing the motherboard inside of the case, or 2.) install the motherboard first and then attach the other components. The first way is typically easier because you don’t have to be bent over your case trying to screw/unscrew things from an awkward angle. For our purposes, we re-used the case from our old testing rig for the new build and already had our power supply & HDD installed, so it was easy to drop the motherboard into the case and start connecting. As you can see from the video above, installing the CPU is very easy. First make sure you properly align the CPU with the socket on the motherboard, for these Ryzen CPU’s there is a small triangle indicator on both the CPU and the socket which indicates the proper orientation for the CPU. Next lift the little latch on your motherboard, slot in the CPU, and press down the latch. Make sure that the CPU is snug – otherwise this will cause you major headaches down the line.

Next we’ll install the CPU cooler shown in the short video above. Most CPUs come with a CPU cooler nowadays, but they are available for purchase separately if yours does not or if you want to spice up the aesthetics of your build with a fancy RGB LED one. For our build, we went with the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X which is the only Ryzen 3000 series CPU that does not come with a CPU fan cooler, we used a CPU fan cooler that we had on hand from a AMD Ryzen 5 3600X that was compatible. To install the fan, you must first remove the brackets on your motherboard (pictured below).

The CPU cooler is placed directly on top of the CPU. However, before screwing the cooler to the motherboard it’s important to make sure you have a healthy glob of thermal paste applied to the top of the CPU. Thermal paste is essential for the heat dissipation from the die of the CPU and your heatsink, not having thermal paste can lead to overheating and crashing. Once you’ve made sure that you have thermal paste applied, secure the cooler to the motherboard by screwing it in to the motherboard around the CPU where the brackets were located. Lastly, you’ll need to connect the cable attached to the CPU fan cooler to the motherboard (see video below – the power connector is typically labeled “CPU_FAN” or “CPU_FAN1”).

With the CPU and fan cooler installed, it’s time we connect the RAM to the motherboard. RAM is probably the easiest component to install and simply pops in to the allocated slots (see video below). Three important notes when installing RAM are that most motherboards have slot configurations for multiple sticks of RAM, meaning that it matters which slots you place the sticks in. For our motherboard, the MSI MPG X570 Gaming PRO Carbon WiFi, the optimal slot configuration is A2/B2. The slots should be clearly identified on the motherboard. Additionally the RAM only installs in one direction, to make sure you slot it in correctly make sure the pins and cut out on the RAM lines up with the RAM slot properly. Finally, don’t be afraid to push with some force, RAM often causes issues if not installed snugly.

Step 3: Installing the Motherboard

Now that we have the CPU, CPU fan cooler and RAM connected to the motherboard, it’s time to install the motherboard in the case. As shown in the video below, it’s important to line up the I/O shield, part of the motherboard that contains all of your ports, with the opening on the side of your case. If the I/O shield is not lined up properly, some of your ports may be inaccessible and the motherboard will not line up with the case connection points. Once you’re certain that the I/O shield is lined up correctly, you can screw the motherboard into the case as shown in the video below. Some motherboards, like ours, only have four holes at the edges of the motherboard while others will have a couple of points in the middle of the board as well, so make sure you use the correct ones for your board as they can differ slightly.

Step 4: Installing the Power Supply & SATA Storage

The next step in the build process is to add the power supply and SATA storage. As we mentioned earlier in the article, we decided to reuse the case, power supply and SATA storage from our old testing rig for the new testing build. Because of this, we did not remove them from the case when assembling the new build. As you can see in the picture below, the aforementioned components are secured to the case in their correct places and the appropriate cables have been connected. This video shows the step-by-step process of installing the power supply, and this video shows the installation of the SATA storage. Once the power supply and storage have been installed and the appropriate connections to the motherboard have been made, it’s time to install the graphics card.

Step 5: Installing the GPU

Installing the graphics card is the last step before powering on your new PC build. Take the GPU and line it up with PCIe slot on your motherboard. Carefully place the GPU in the slot until it “clicks” in place and feels secure. Next, take the PCI-E power cables connected to your power supply and connect them to the GPU. Depending on the GPU, the number of PCI-E connections can vary from as little as 8 to 24-pins. Take a look at the video below for assistance installing the graphics card.

Step 6: Installing the OS

In order to use your new PC, you will need an operating system. We went with Windows 10 as it is the industry standard.  To install it, you will need to create a Windows installation USB. Here is how you can create one. Grab an empty 16 GB USB thumb drive and head to a computer with internet access.  Next, open your preferred browser and follow this link: , to find the Windows 10 installation media tool. Simply click “Download tool now”, wait for it to download fully, and then start the program. It will be labeled MediaCreationTool or something similar. Once started, you need to click “Accept” for the applicable notices and license terms, and then you will see the option to “Create installation media”. Click on it, hit “Next” and then select the proper Windows version for installation, based on your preferred language and system compatibility. Click “Next” again and select your USB flash drive as the media to use. Click “Next” one more time, then you should see the progress as it installs, and you will just need to click “Finish” when prompted. From there your USB drive is ready to go.  To use it, plug it in to your new PC and power on the computer. Next you will need to enter your PC’s boot-device selection menu in your motherboard’s BIOS, typically by pressing F2, Esc, F10 or F12 when your system is booting up. Once at the menu, you can select the option that boots the PC from the USB flash drive. That will start the Windows Setup and just follow the prompts you receive to install Windows. Once you do that you will be up and running in no time!


Congratulations, you’ve completed your PC build! Don’t be alarmed if the PC doesn’t boot up the first time you try turning it on – it happens all of the time during new builds and there are plenty of PC diagnostic resources online. While it may seem daunting at first, building a PC is a fairly simple process and is incredibly rewarding when done correctly. The customization provided by PC gaming is unparalleled and current trends seems to indicate that the PC gaming community is only going to continue to grow.

Products Featured In CEG Build

Video Citations:

DudeBrd. (2016, August 4). How to Install a Power Supply in Computer [Video file]. Retrieved from

Digital Trends. (2015, May 20). How to Install a SATA Hard Drive [Video file]. Retrieved from

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Possible Specs: Expect a 7nm Ampere architecture with a GPU clocking up to 2.2GHz, boasting 21 TeraFlops of raw performance, 18Gbps making it 40% faster than 2080 Ti, possibly 20GB vram, PCIE 4.0 support.

Release date: September 2020

Price: Around the same as current line up



Currently most graphics cards distributors are emptying their stock of RTX 20XX series cards, it seems like they are finally preparing for the RTX 30XX series Ampere launch. There are rumors of August mass production and a September release for the newest best GPU on the market a RTX 3080 Ti and possibly even a RTX 3090.

The speculated specifications expect these new GPU’s to be clocking up to 2.2GHz, boasting 21 TeraFlops of raw performance and 18Gbps making it 40% faster than 2080 Ti. All to go with possibly 20GB VRAM and PCIE 4.0 support. These graphics cards are expected to boost performance, and increase power efficiency significantly. Plus new DLSS, could mean you can get to buttery smooth 4K with a midrange card – 3060 anyone?

A recent tweet from KittyCorgi mentions two models: A GA103 with 3,840 cores, 10/20GB of graphics RAM and a 320-bit memory bus. And a GA104 model with 3072 cores, 8/16GB of graphics RAM and a 256-bit memory bus. This is just speculation but we do have more information on the architecture. Similar to how Volta architecture preceded Turing with the RTX 20XX series, we expect the Ampere processor for data centers and AI NVIDIA makes right now to be a precursor for the same with the RTX 30xx series processor. 

We originally expected an official release date to be announced at either Computex(September) or Gamescom (August), but by now Computex has been officially cancelled. So now expect the RTX 30XX series reveal either at Gamescon, which moved entirely online, or NVIDIA may even do there own private launch event in August. Either way with stock of RTX 20XX series running dry, and rumors of Ampere production ramping up in August, we expect new RTX graphics cards to be available in September.

We expect them to be priced roughly the same as the current line up, with 3070’s around $500, 3080’s around $700 and 3080Ti’s/3090’s at around $1200. Previously there was a jump from the GTX 10XX to the 20XX series because of a lack of competition, the Turing GPU’s ran unopposed until Radeon VII arrived the February after its release. But with Big Navi expected soon competition forces NVIDIA to keep prices roughly the same for this new line up. Also it is speculated they will use Samsung 7nm EUV production to reduces cost to manufacture the graphics card. Typically Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (who you may know as the also produce chips for both Apple and AMD) manufactured NVIDIA’s cards, but they are apparently not as competitive price-wise right now.



NBA’s 2K Players Tournament Full Results

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NBA 2K Players Tournament Full Bracket:

Above are all the player matchups from the tournament, you can see the players seeding, choice of team, and the games final scores.


This NBA 2k tournament is an exciting new eSports tournament put on by the NBA, featuring NBA stars playing 2K competitively against each other. The rules are as follows, it is a single elimination tournament for rounds one and two. The players were seeded by their 2K player rating, with Durant at No. 1 and Derrick Jones Jr at No. 16. Players select eight teams at the beginning of the tournament and cannot use the same team twice. The Semifinals and Finals are decided by playing best-of-three. Finally the overall winner gets to donate $100,000 of the NBA’s cash to the charity of their choice for coronavirus relief.

Finals: No. 5 Devin Booker vs No. 10 Deandre Ayton

No. 5 Devin Booker

No. 10 Deandre Ayton

Game 1: No. 5 Devin Booker (HOU Rockets) vs No. 10 Deandre Ayton (LA Lakers)

Score at the end of 1st Quarter: 14-14 Tied

Score at halftime: 29-33 Rockets Up

End of 3rd Quarter: 47-52 Rockets Up

Final score: 72-62 Booker wins at Rockets

This first one was a very competitive game, but Booker came out on top!



Game 2: No. 5 Devin Booker (DEN Nuggets) vs No. 10 Deandre Ayton (MIL Bucks)

Score at the end of 1st Quarter: 19-14 Nuggets Up

Score at halftime: 41-35 Nuggets Up

End of 3rd Quarter: 55-45 Nuggets Up

Final score: 74-62 Booker wins as Nuggets



Number one takeaway from these games has been that Booker is the by far the better s***talker and player. He has Deandre Ayton’s number by halftime and is just entirely demolishing him by the beginning of the fourth quarter. It is so bad that even though Ayton is clearly concentrating hard he seems out of his league. Ayton says “I can’t even get mad cause I don’t even know this game” and Booker is not having it.  He just asks “What are you saying its over with already? You want me to cut it off? Want me to cut it off?” to which Ayton meekly responds “No”. At this point its 61-47 Nuggets with 4:17 left to play and the game is already over. Booker continues to talk trash throughout as expected after all he went undefeated throughout the entire tournament.


Overall the tournament was a good fun, a great way to provide entertainment for fans of the NBA and donate to a good cause all at once. Booker chose to split his winnings between #FirstRespondersFirst and Arizona Food Bank Network. Who do you think will win next year? Let us know if the comment section below!

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X vs PC

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RDNA-2: Architecture Overview

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Hardware Specifications

The initial specifications released by Microsoft indicate that the new Xbox Series X will pack a serious performance punch. Listed below are the current set of specifications that have been confirmed by Microsoft:

  • Processor – AMD CPU based on Zen-2 (8x @ 3.6 GHz)
  • Graphics – Custom AMD Navi-based GPU (12 Teraflops)
  • Memory – 16GB GDDR6 RAM
  • Storage – NVMe SSD
  • Video Output – 8k, 4K
  • Ports – 3x USB-A, HDMI 2.1

While there is little in the way of specifics at the moment, we do know that the Xbox Series X will include a custom 8-core AMD CPU based on the Zen-2 and RDNA-2 architecture offer 12 teraflops of GPU performance. For those who are unaware, teraflops are a unit of computing speed used for GPUs. To put this into perspective, the NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER GPU has approximately 11 teraflops while the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti has 13.5 teraflops. The new Xbox falls right in between those two cards and runs just behind the 2080 Ti. The new console also boasts 16GB of GDDR6 of RAM and Microsoft claims that the card will be capable of outputting 8k, 4k, and “support for up to 120 fps”. While vague, it’s certain that the new Xbox will be capable of outputting impressive video quality.

Closing Thoughts

There are still many questions about Microsoft’s new console:

Q: When is the console going to be released?

Microsoft still has not given an exact release date of when the new console will be released but some speculated that an announcement was coming at this year’s E3 prior to its cancellation. Now we will have to wait and see instead!

Q: How hefty will the price tag be?

There is no information currently about what the new system will cost you if you want to get your hands on it. However, even if the console were to retail for $1,000 (approximately double that of the Xbox One) it would still be substantially cheaper than a PC build of the highest specifications – albeit less powerful.

Despite these questions, one thing for certain is that the system is shaping up to be a game changer in the home entertainment console industry.

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Comparison of the Best RTX 2080 SUPER Graphics Cards

Here is a comparison of the best RTX 2080 SUPER cards available on the market. We know you have been dying to know which models of the RTX 2080 SUPER perform and look the best and we are here to bring you that data. We are comparing top end models from three major aftermarket manufacturers you know well EVGA, GIGABYTE, and MSI. Now let’s get right into it!


To the right you will see the EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID. It is EVGA’s top of the line hybrid water cooled RTX 2080 SUPER GPU capable of gaming at the highest level. It looks sleek, with its silver and black design and it performs even better. The GeForce RTX graphics card utilizes the new Turing GPU bringing untold computational power to consumers. This card boasts six times faster performance that the previous generation, with two excellent new features: real-time ray tracing in games and powerful AI enhanced graphics. Not to mention the ice cold cooling provided by the EVGA Hybrid Cooling system. It provides an all in one, completely self-contained cooling loop that requires no filling, no custom tubing or maintenance. With its custom cooling and one of the best GPU’s available right now you can hardly do better that the EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 Ultra Hybrid.


The GIGABYTE RTX 2080 SUPER AORUS WATERFORCE might just be better though. This card also uses the newest RTX 2080 SUPER GPU so it also has access to real-time ray tracing and AI enhanced graphics. However they use there own cooling loop system, AORUS provides an all-around cooling solution for all its important components, ensuring a stable overclock and longer card life span. Additionally this card boasts the highest clock speed of the three, coming in at 1860 MHz compared to the 1845MHz the other two have. One more cool unique fixture of this model is it has two more HDMI outputs taking it to seven total video outputs. Also this card takes inspiration for its design from the wings of the powerful falcon. It has a multi-layered design featuring striking contours, resembling a falcon’s wings. The coolest feature though has got to be the AORUS RGB FUSION 2.0 software that allows for some crazy cool lighting affects. The software allows for over 16.7 million customizable colors and effects to make your rig look amazing!


We just received these cards for the first time and we are extremely excited to see how you guys like them. Once again powered by the RTX 2080 SUPER GPU this card also boasts AI enhanced graphics, and real-time ray tracing. This card also uses its own self contained cooling loop, with its own silent 120MM TORX Fan and an aluminum heat radiator that is easy to install, reduces airflow demand and looks excellent. The MSI RTX 2080 SUPER SEA HAWK X uses NVIDIA G-SYNC for the fastest, smoothest and best game play you can possibly get by eliminating any lag. Additionally they have their own excellent MSI custom software called Dragon Center. It is a consolidation of all their software into one unified suite, which will eventually allow you to control your MSI Desktop, Graphics card, and Motherboard all from one place if your build is all MSI.


These cards are the best you can get when talking about any RTX 2080 SUPER chip set with its own cooling loop. They all perform excellently and provide top of the line graphics which can only be beat by an RTX 2080 Ti. Picking the best card at this level is hard as you are really parsing hairs but our favorite card has got to be the GIGABYTE AORUS. Their AORUS software and RGB lighting takes this card to the next level, as it performs slightly better than the others and looks amazing while doing so. Please let us know which one you’d choose in the comment section below!

CEG’s Graphics Card RGB Gallery

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When selecting a graphics card, gamers consider many things – price, performance, size, fit – and while it’s been meme’d to death, the finishing touch which RGB lighting provides is important to them. The RGB illumination that pulses from your graphics card serves as the bow that ties your PC build’s aesthetic together. In this article we’ll take a look at some of our favorite RGB displays from cards that we offer in our Graphics Card Leasing Program.

SAPPHIRE RX 5700 XT NITRO+ - PN: 11293-03-40G

In our previous article discussing the different AMD RX 5700 XT models we raved about the performance of the SAPPHIRE RX 5700 XT NITRO+ with it’s staggering 2035 MHz boost clock speed. The NITRO+ also boasts an impressive ARGB (alpha, red, green, blue) display, which you can customize with SAPPHIRE’s NITRO Glow software designed to change lighting displays for a more personalized gaming experience. The NITRO+ also comes equipped with ARGB fans (backlit RGB underneath the fans) that create a swirl effect when all three fans are engaged. The SAPPHIRE RX 5700 XT NITRO+ has excellent performance for its low price-point ($449.99) and the display pushes the card over the top.


The first RTX 2080 Ti card from GIGABYTE that we have carried is the GIGABYTE RTX 2080 Ti AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE. The AORUS card boasts a radiator with two 120MM RGB fans that provide advanced cooling to the powerful GPU. Check out GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion 2.0 software utilizing an integrated intuitive user interface that provides personalized lighting effect customization in tandem with the RGB lighting on the fans. In addition, RGB Fusion 2.0 features a “gaming mode” which syncs the lighting effects with a certain selection of games to create an even more immersive gaming experience. The end result is this great looking, better performing graphics card!


GIGABYTE smashed it out of the park with the RTX series GPUs when it comes to RGB, and our next entry is also from GIGABYTE: the GIGABYTE RTX 2060 SUPER AORUS. The card also uses RGB Fusion 2.0 and features a three fan design that utilizes GIGABYTE’s alternate spinning technology. The fans feature a truly unique tri-color RGB design that allows for multi-color lighting on each fan simultaneously. This design in conjunction with the alternate spin technology combine to create a cool warp-like effect.


The last card on the list – and my personal favorite – is the MSI RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z. Using the MSI Dragon Center software, the LIGHTNING Z boasts a plethora of innovative lighting features. MSI created dazzling RGB lighting effects that have endless combinations, and also included popular preset effects like “color fusion”, “lightning strike”, and “magic”. Another awesome feature is the OLED panel that sits on the top of the card. The screen allows for customizable animations that work in tandem with the RGB lighting display. Animations include displays that show GPU temperature, memory usage, fan speed and more. The LIGHTNING Z features a backlit RGB design that rests behind the fans similar to the GIGABYTE AORUS card that we discussed earlier.

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