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The Evolution of the NVIDIA GeForce XX70 Series Graphics Cards

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Before we begin

Today we’ll be looking into the NVIDIA GeForce xx70 line of graphics cards to see how much they’ve upgraded and improved through the years, as well as the transition from GTX to RTX and the introduction of ray tracing.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: GP104
GPU Variant: GP104-200-A1
Architecture: Pascal
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 16 nm
Transistors: 7,200 million
Die Size: 314 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: Jun 10th, 2016
Generation: GeForce 10
Predecessor: GeForce 900
Successor: GeForce 20
Production: End-of-life
Launch Price: $379 USD
Bus Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1506 MHz
Boost Clock: 1683 MHz
Memory Clock: 2002 MHz, 8 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 8 GB
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bus: 256 bit
Bandwidth: 256.3 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 267 mm, 10.5 inches
Width: 112 mm, 4.4 inches
Height: 40 mm, 1.6 inches
TDP: 150 W
Suggested PSU: 450 W
Outputs: 1x DVI, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 8-pin
Board Number: PG411 SKU 20

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 (12_1)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.3
CUDA: 6.1
Shader Model: 6.4

Render Config
Shading Units: 1920
TMUs: 120
ROPs: 64
SM Count: 15
L1 Cache: 48 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 2 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 107.7 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 202.0 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 101.0 GFLOPS (1:64)
FP32 (float) performance: 6.463 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 202.0 GFLOPS (1:32)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070

The 20 series is where we see the introduction to RTX. NVIDIA’s transition from GTX to RTX was a huge stepping stone for more realistic graphics as real-time tracing was able to simulate individual rays of light. RTX graphics cards also established Tensor cores which are used to accelerate deep learning which allows users to upscale their resolution without a significant loss of performance.

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: TU106
GPU Variant: TU106-400A-A1
Architecture: Turing
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 12 nm
Transistors: 10,800 million
Die Size: 445 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: Oct 17th, 2018
Generation: GeForce 20
Predecessor: GeForce 10
Successor: GeForce 30
Production: Active
Launch Price: $499 USD
Bus Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1410 MHz
Boost Clock: 1620 MHz
Memory Clock: 1750 MHz, 14 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 8 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6
Memory Bus: 256 bit
Bandwidth: 448.0 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 229 mm, 9 inches
Width: 113 mm, 4.4 inches
Height: 35 mm, 1.4 inches
TDP: 175 W
Suggested PSU: 450 W
Outputs: 1x DVI, 1x HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1x USB Type-C
Power Connectors: 1x 8-pin
Board Number: PG160 SKU 52

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.3
CUDA: 7.5
Shader Model: 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units: 2304
TMUs: 144
ROPs: 64
SM Count: 36
Tensor Cores: 288
RT Cores: 36
L1 Cache: 64 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 4 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 103.7 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 233.3 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 14.93 TFLOPS (2:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 7.465 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 233.3 GFLOPS (1:32)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: GA104
GPU Variant: GA104-300-A1
Architecture: Ampere
Foundry: Samsung
Process Size: 8 nm
Transistors: 17,400 million
Die Size: 392 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: Sep 1st, 2020
Availability: Oct 29th, 2020
Generation: GeForce 30
Predecessor: GeForce 20
Successor: GeForce 40
Production: Active
Launch Price: $499 USD
Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1500 MHz
Boost Clock: 1725 MHz
Memory Clock: 1750 MHz, 14 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 8 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6
Memory Bus: 256 bit
Bandwidth: 448.0 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 242 mm, 9.5 inches
Width: 112 mm, 4.4 inches
TDP: 220 W
Suggested PSU: 550 W
Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 12-pin
Board Number: PG142 SKU 10

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.3
CUDA: 8.6
Shader Model: 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units: 5888
TMUs: 184
ROPs: 96
SM Count: 46
Tensor Cores: 184
RT Cores: 46
L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 4 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 165.6 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 317.4 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 20.31 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 20.31 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 317.4 GFLOPS (1:64)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: AD104
GPU Variant: AD104
Architecture: Ada Lovelace
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 4 nm
Transistors: 35,800 million
Die Size: 295 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: 2022
Availability: 2022
Generation: GeForce 40
Predecessor: GeForce 30
Production: Unreleased
Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 2310 MHz
Boost Clock: 2610 MHz
Memory Clock: 1325 MHz, 21.2 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 12 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6X
Memory Bus: 192 bit
Bandwidth: 508.8 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 336 mm, 13.2 inches
Width: 140 mm, 5.5 inches
Height: 61 mm, 2.4 inches
TDP: 285 W
Suggested PSU: 600 W
Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 12-pin
Board Number: PG141 SKU 331

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.3
CUDA: 8.9
Shader Model: 6.6
Render Config
Shading Units: 7680
TMUs: 240
ROPs: 80
SM Count: 60
Tensor Cores: 240
RT Cores: 60
L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 48 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 208.8 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 626.4 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 40.09 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 40.09 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 626.4 GFLOPS (1:64)

To conclude...

The xx70 series of graphics cards have improved quite a bit since their first iteration. They are a good value GPU, providing quality gaming at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for a card that gives you a bang for your buck, the xx70 cards are a good starting point.

2022 Gaming Graphics Cards GPUs with the Absolute Best Value for Money

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When shopping for a new gaming GPU, you must consider three things.

  1. What can you afford?
  2. How many monitors do you have?
  3. What is the best value I can get for my money?

Here we are in the middle of 2022 and there are some very good values for money right now.  Why?  First, the crypto mining (Etherium mining and even Bitcoin mining) have slowed down and are no longer really using GPUs any more. This has caused a bit of a glut of SOME graphics cards. Second, there are new cards rumored for 2023, and that also causes this to be a perfect time to score a great deal on a GPU.  Finally, over-ordering in 2021 caused too much inventory on some models.

So, here is our top 3 VALUE for money Graphics Cards of 2022, and why!

 

  1. ABSOLUTE BEST VALUE for 2022: XFX RX 6600 XT Speedster Qick 308 Black Gaming

This card is equal or better than comparable Nvidia cards at this price point.  At just $39.99/month, this is an absolute bargain.  The best part about getting this card from Cutting Edge Gamer (as opposed to buying it outright) is that IF and WHEN new cards come out, or if your budgets change, you can Infinite Upgrade™ FOR FREE to a new card at any time.

So what makes this card so special?

  1. 1080P with all settings on at max frame-rates.  Up to 7680×4320 at very playable frame-rates (for those of you with 4K monitors, this one does 4K no problem!)
  2. 3x DISPLAYPORT 1.4 ports and 1 HDMI 2.1 port (supporting 4 monitors or 3+VR Rig)
  3. 2607Mhz GDDR6 and HDCP ß fancy words for fast!

How does it compare?

According to these reviews, it is absolutely the best bang for the buck in this price range:

https://www.gpu-monkey.com/en/compare_gpu-xfx_speedster_qick308_radeon_rx_6600_xt_black_gaming-vs-xfx_speedster_swft_210_amd_radeon_rx_6600_xt_core_gaming

https://www.pcworld.com/article/394986/xfx-speedster-merc-308-radeon-rx-6600-xt-review.html

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/xfx-speedster-qick-308-rx-6600-xt.b9183

AND it outperforms many similarly priced Nvidia cards including:

NVIDIA 2060 series

NVIDIA 3050 series

  • SECOND BEST VALUE for 2022: EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC Gaming LHR
https://cuttingedgegamer.com/product/evga-rtx-3060-ti-xc-gaming-lhr/

This card is more expensive than the XFX RX 6600 XT Speedster Quick 308 mentioned above, but, it also performs SLIGHTLY better.  When we say slightly, we mean ever so slightly and only at resolutions above 1080P.  (like 2K or 4K monitors).

However, it is nearly 2x the price/cost… so although it is good value for money, it’s not quite as good as our number 1 pick.

NOTE: this is the 3060 series card, so it really should outperform the 2060 and 3050 cards which the XFX RX 6600 XT competes with.

  • THIRD BEST VALUE for 2022: EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING
https://cuttingedgegamer.com/product/evga-rtx-3080-ti-xc3-ultra-gaming/

This card is also more expensive than the XFX RX 6600 XT Speedster Quick 308 mentioned above, but, it also absolutely slays at 4K resolutions.  The reason for that is 12GB of Ram.  Bear in mind, that RAM is only running at 1725Mhz (which is lower than the XFX RX 6600 XT, our number 1 pick)… that means at lower resolutions, you may even see slightly better performance out of your XFX RX 6600 XT.

However, it is nearly 5x the price/cost… so although it is good value for money, it’s not nearly as good as our number 1 pick.  Unless you have a 4K+ monitor, you really don’t need this.

NOTE: this is the 3080 series card, so of course it will outperform the XFX RX 6600 XT Speedster Quick 308 and the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC Gaming LHR.   However, this article was about value for money, not just “having the best”.  If you do want the best GPU money can buy, this RTX 3080 Ti is indeed one of them!

RTX 3090 Comparison: MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO 24G vs EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING vs ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 ROG STRIX White Edition

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Time to Take a Look:

Below you will see five of the absolute best 3090 cards available on the market! They all boast top of the line performance, excellent design and cooling. Check out the ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 ROG STRIX White Edition which is a particular fan favorite around here!

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 GAMING X TRIO 24G

Graphics Processor
GPU Name – GA102
GPU Variant – GA102-300-A1
Architecture – Ampere
Foundry – Samsung
Process Size – 8 nm
Transistors- 28,300 million
Die Size – 628 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date – Sep 1st, 2020
Availability – Sep 24th, 2020
Generation – GeForce 30
Predecessor – GeForce 20
Successor – GeForce 40
Production – Active
Bus Interface- PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock – 1395 MHz
Boost Clock – 1785 MHz (+5%)
Memory Clock – 1219 MHz, 19.5 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size – 24 GB
Memory Type – GDDR6X
Memory Bus – 384 bit
Bandwidth – 936.2 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width – Triple-slot
Length – 335 mm, 13.2 inches
Width – 140 mm, 5.5 inches
Height – 56 mm, 2.2 inches
TDP – 350 W
Suggested PSU – 750 W
Outputs – 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors – 3x 8-pin
Idle Fan Stop – Yes
Board Number – PG132 SKU 10

Graphics Features
DirectX – 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL – 4.6
OpenCL – 3.0
Vulkan – 1.3
CUDA – 8.6
Shader Model – 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units – 10496
TMUs – 328
ROPs – 112
SM Count – 82
Tensor Cores – 328
RT Cores – 82
L1 Cache – 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache – 6 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate – 199.9 GPixel/s
Texture Rate – 585.5 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance- 37.47 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance – 37.47 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance – 585.5 GFLOPS (1:64)

Graphics Features
DirectX – 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL – 4.6
OpenCL – 3.0
Vulkan – 1.3
CUDA – 8.6
Shader Model – 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units – 10496
TMUs – 328
ROPs – 112
SM Count – 82
Tensor Cores – 328
RT Cores – 82
L1 Cache – 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache – 6 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate – 189.8 GPixel/s
Texture Rate – 556.0 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance – 35.58 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance – 35.58 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance – 556.0 GFLOPS (1:64)

MSI GeForce RTX 3090 VENTUS 3X 24G OC

Graphics Processor
GPU Name – GA102
GPU Variant – GA102-300-A1
Architecture – Ampere
Foundry – Samsung
Process Size – 8 nm
Transistors – 28,300 million
Die Size – 628 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date – Sep 1st, 2020
Availability – Sep 24th, 2020
Generation – GeForce 30
Predecessor – GeForce 20
Successor – GeForce 40
Production – Active
Bus Interface – PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock – 1395 MHz
Boost Clock – 1695 MHz
Memory Clock – 1219 MHz, 19.5 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size – 24 GB
Memory Type – GDDR6X
Memory Bus – 384 bit
Bandwidth – 936.2 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width – Triple-slot
Length – 305 mm, 12 inches
Width – 120 mm, 4.7 inches
Height – 57 mm, 2.2 inches
TDP – 350 W
Suggested PSU – 750 W
Outputs – 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors – 2x 8-pin
Board Number – PG132 SKU 10

EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING

Graphics Processor
GPU Name – GA102
GPU Variant – GA102-300-A1
Architecture – Ampere
Foundry – Samsung
Process Size – 8 nm
Transistors – 28,300 million
Die Size – 628 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date – Sep 1st, 2020
Availability – Sep 24th, 2020
Generation – GeForce 30
Predecessor – GeForce 20
Successor – GeForce 40
Production – Active
Bus Interface – PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock – 1395 MHz
Boost Clock – 1800 MHz (+6%)
Memory Clock – 1219 MHz, 19.5 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size – 24 GB
Memory Type – GDDR6X
Memory Bus – 384 bit
Bandwidth – 936.2 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width – Triple-slot
Length – 300 mm, 11.8 inches
Width – 137 mm, 5.4 inches
TDP – 350 W
Suggested PSU – 750 W
Outputs – 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors – 3x 8-pin
Board Number – PG132 SKU 10

Graphics Features
DirectX – 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL – 4.6
OpenCL – 3.0
Vulkan – 1.3
CUDA – 8.6
Shader Model – 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units – 10496
TMUs – 328
ROPs – 112
SM Count – 82
Tensor Cores – 328
RT Cores – 82
L1 Cache – 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache – 6 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate – 201.6 GPixel/s
Texture Rate – 590.4 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance – 37.79 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance – 37.79 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance – 590.4 GFLOPS (1:64)

Graphics Features
DirectX – 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL – 4.6
OpenCL – 3.0
Vulkan – 1.3
CUDA – 8.6
Shader Model – 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units – 10496
TMUs – 328
ROPs – 112
SM Count – 82
Tensor Cores – 328
RT Cores – 82
L1 Cache – 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache – 6 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate – 193.2 GPixel/s
Texture Rate – 565.8 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance – 36.21 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance – 36.21 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance – 565.8 GFLOPS (1:64)

EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 XC3 ULTRA GAMING

Graphics Processor
GPU Name – GA102
GPU Variant – GA102-300-A1
Architecture – Ampere
Foundry – Samsung
Process Size – 8 nm
Transistors – 28,300 million
Die Size – 628 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date – Sep 1st, 2020
Availability – Sep 24th, 2020
Generation – GeForce 30
Predecessor – GeForce 20
Successor – GeForce 40
Production – Active
Bus Interface – PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock – 1395 MHz
Boost Clock – 1725 MHz (+2%)
Memory Clock 1219 MHz, 19.5 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size – 24 GB
Memory Type – GDDR6X
Memory Bus – 384 bit
Bandwidth – 936.2 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width – Dual-slot
Length – 285 mm, 11.2 inches
Width – 111 mm, 4.4 inches
TDP – 350 W
Suggested PSU – 750 W
Outputs – 1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors – 2x 8-pin
Board Number – PG132 SKU 10

ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 ROG STRIX White Edition

Graphics Processor
GPU Name – GA102
GPU Variant – GA102-300-A1
Architecture – Ampere
Foundry – Samsung
Process Size – 8 nm
Transistors – 28,300 million
Die Size – 628 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date – Sep 1st, 2020
Availability – Sep 24th, 2020
Generation – GeForce 30
Predecessor – GeForce 20
Successor – GeForce 40
Production – Active
Bus Interface – PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock – 1395 MHz
Boost Clock – 1695 MHz
Memory Clock – 1219 MHz, 19.5 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size – 24 GB
Memory Type – GDDR6X
Memory Bus – 384 bit
Bandwidth – 936.2 GB/s

Board Design
Slot Width – Triple-slot
Length – 319 mm, 12.6 inches
Width – 140 mm, 5.5 inches
Height – 58 mm, 2.3 inches
TDP – 350 W
Suggested PSU – 750 W
Outputs – 2x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors – 3x 8-pin
Idle Fan Stop – Yes
Board Number – PG132 SKU 10

Graphics Features
DirectX – 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL – 4.6
OpenCL – 3.0
Vulkan – 1.3
CUDA – 8.6
Shader Model – 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units – 10496
TMUs – 328
ROPs – 112
SM Count – 82
Tensor Cores – 328
RT Cores – 82
L1 Cache – 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache – 6 MB

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate – 189.8 GPixel/s
Texture Rate – 556.0 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance – 35.58 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance – 35.58 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance – 556.0 GFLOPS (1:64)

Those are the specifications for all of these cards. They are top of the line and push out performance never seen before. You could not go wrong with any of these cards. If you like the aesthetics and colors you have to go with one of the MSI or the Asus parts. All the design elements they put in with the coloring and RGB is really top of the line and looks amazing! If you are just looking for next level performance in a sleek design the EVGA cards are bangers too! Grab one from us today and get your game on!

Nvidia 3000 Series VS AMD RX 6000 Series

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With the Nvidia 4000 series set to release later this year, gamers are anxiously waiting to see what the next-gen GPUs have to offer. Before we start upgrading our PCs though, let’s take a step back and look at what the current generation graphics cards have to offer.

NVIDIA RTX 3090 vs AMD RX 6900 XT

RTX 3090

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1395 MHz
Boost Clock1695 MHz
Memory Clock1219 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units10496
TMUs328
ROPs112
SM Count82
Tensor Cores328
RT Cores82
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache6 MB

Memory

Memory Size24 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Memory Bus384 bit
Bandwidth936.2 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6900 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1825 MHz
Game Clock2015 MHz
Boost Clock2250 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units5120
TMUs320
ROPs128
Compute Units80
RT Cores80
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache138 KB per Array
L2 Cache4 MB
L3 Cache128 MB

Memory

Memory Size16 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus256 bit
Bandwidth512.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.5

While both graphics cards boast high performance, it’s no surprise that the RTX 3090 comes out on top – it’s why the majority of gamers prefer Nvidia over AMD. Compared to the RX 6900, the RTX 3090 has better memory, made faster with its wider memory bus. The RTX 3090 excels when it comes to ray tracing but shows similar performance to the RX 6900 when ray tracing isn’t used. And though the RX 6900 has less than half the stream processors as the RTX 3090 has CUDA cores, the RX 6900 doesn’t necessarily work half as fast. Given all the specs, the RX 6900 is more equivalent to the RTX 3080.

NVIDIA RTX 3080 vs AMD RX 6800 XT

RTX 3080

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1440 MHz
Boost Clock1710 MHz
Memory Clock1188 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units8704
TMUs272
ROPs96
SM Count68
Tensor Cores272
RT Cores68
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache5 MB

Memory

Memory Size10 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6X
Memory Bus320 bit
Bandwidth760.3 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6800 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1700 MHz
Game Clock18 MHz
Boost Clock2105 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units3840
TMUs240
ROPs96
Compute Units60
RT Cores60
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache4 MB
L3 Cache128 MB

Memory

Memory Size16 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus256 bit
Bandwidth512.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.6

Unlike the RTX 3090 and RX 6900, the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 are more evenly matched. Despite the RX 6800’s greater memory, the RTX 3080’s upgraded GDDR6X plus its wider memory width gives it a greater standard memory bandwidth. The RX 6800 however, uses 10% less memory and generally there’s very little FPS difference between them. Like all Nvidia cards, the RTX 3080 does better with ray tracing, but both cards show similar performance when ray tracing isn’t in use.

NVIDIA RTX 3070 vs AMD RX 6700 XT

RTX 3070

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1500 MHz
Boost Clock1725 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units5888
TMUs184
ROPs96
SM Count46
Tensor Cores184
RT Cores46
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache4 MB

Memory

Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus256 bit
Bandwidth448.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6700 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock2321 MHz
Game Clock2424 MHz
Boost Clock2581 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units2560
TMUs160
ROPs64
Compute Units40
RT Cores40
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache3 MB
L3 Cache96 MB

Memory

Memory Size12 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus192 bit
Bandwidth384.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.5

On average, the RTX 3070 is about 20% faster than the RX 6700. Both are tied at 1080p gaming but the RTX 3070 begins to pick up performance, boasting a 3% lead on 1440p gaming and 10% on 4k gaming. Although the RX 6700 is good for 1440p gaming, it can’t handle ray tracing at 1440p, making the RTX 3070 a clear winner between the two.

NVIDIA RTX 3060 vs AMD RX 6600 XT

RTX 3060

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1320 MHz
Boost Clock1777 MHz
Memory Clock1875 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units3584
TMUs112
ROPs48
SM Count28
Tensor Cores112
RT Cores28
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache3 MB

Memory

Memory Size12 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus192 bit
Bandwidth360.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6600 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1626 MHz
Game Clock2044 MHz
Boost Clock2491 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units1792
TMUs112
ROPs64
Compute Units28
RT Cores28
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache2 MB
L3 Cache32 MB

Memory

Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus128 bit
Bandwidth224.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.5

The RTX 3060 and RX 6600 are very close in performance – the RX 6600 being about 3% faster in 1080p gaming and the RTX being 2% faster at 1440p gaming. The RTX 3060 offers a 50% larger frame buffer which will allow it to handle future games and textures better, making it the better option of the two for prolonged use.

NVIDIA RTX 3050 vs AMD RX 6050 XT

RTX 3050

Clock Speeds

Base Clock1552 MHz
Boost Clock1777 MHz
Memory Clock1750 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units2560
TMUs80
ROPs32
SM Count20
Tensor Cores80
RT Cores20
L1 Cache128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache2 MB

Memory

Memory Size8 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus128 bit
Bandwidth224.0 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.3
CUDA8.6
Shader Model6.6

RX 6050 XT

Clock Speeds

Base Clock2310 MHz
Game Clock2610 MHz
Boost Clock2815 MHz
Memory Clock2248 MHz

Render Config

Shading Units1024
TMUs64
ROPs32
Compute Units16
RT Cores16
L0 Cache32 KB per WGP
L1 Cache128 KB per Array
L2 Cache1024 MB
L3 Cache16 MB

Memory

Memory Size4 GB
Memory TypeGDDR6
Memory Bus64 bit
Bandwidth143.9 GB/s

Graphics

DirectX12 Ultimate
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.2
Vulkan1.3
Shader Model6.6


Looking at the specs alone, I’m sure it’s no surprise when I say that the RTX 3050 crushes the RX 6500 when it comes to 1080p gaming. The RX 6500 was originally created for laptops and rather than proving it matches the RTX 3050, it struggles to prove it belongs on the GPU market. And while it does technically have ray tracing, good luck getting any games to run smoothly with it. If you’re looking for the cheapest GPU for 1080p gaming, your best bet is the RTX 3050.

NVIDIA RTX 4000 Series Rumors

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RTX 4000 Series Expected Release Date:

Nvidia’s next generation is coming soon. The highly anticipated RTX 4000 series is expected to release in the fall of this year, likely late September. In preperation for the release, we have been scouring the internet searching for information about this new line up. Specifically looking for its exact release date, performance, specifications and price. Below are the expected specifications for the RTX 4090, RTX 4080 and RTX 4070!

RTX 4090 Specifications:

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: AD102
Architecture: Lovelace
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 5 nm
Transistors: unknown
Die Size: 611 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: 2022
Availability: 2022
Generation: GeForce 40
Predecessor: GeForce 30
Production: Unreleased
Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1815 MHz
Boost Clock: 1925 MHz
Memory Clock: 1325 MHz / 21.2 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 24 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6X
Memory Bus: 384 bit
Bandwidth: 1,018 GB/s

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 369.6 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 1,047 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 67.02 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 67.02 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 1,047 GFLOPS (1:64)

Board Design
Slot Width: Triple-slot
Length: 336 mm / 13.2 inches
Width: 140 mm / 5.5 inches
Height: 61 mm / 2.4 inches
TDP: 450 W
Suggested PSU: 850 W
Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1 / 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 16-pin

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.2
CUDA: 9.0
Shader Model: 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units: 17408
TMUs: 544
ROPs: 192
SM Count: 136
Tensor Cores: 544
RT Cores: 136
L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 96 MB

RTX 4080 Specifications:

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: AD102
Architecture: Lovelace
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 5 nm
Transistors: unknown
Die Size: 611 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: 2022
Availability: 2022
Generation: GeForce 40
Predecessor: GeForce 30
Production: Unreleased
Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1925 MHz
Boost Clock: 2075 MHz
Memory Clock: 2250 MHz / 18 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 16 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6
Memory Bus: 256 bit
Bandwidth: 576 GB/s

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 365.2 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 913.0 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 58.43 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 58.43 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 913.0 GFLOPS (1:64)

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 336 mm / 13.2 inches
Width: 140 mm / 5.5 inches
Height: 61 mm / 2.4 inches
TDP: 400 W
Suggested PSU: 800 W
Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1 / 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 16-pin

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.2
CUDA: 9.0
Shader Model: 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units: 14080
TMUs: 440
ROPs: 176
SM Count: 110
Tensor Cores: 440
RT Cores: 110
L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 64 MB

RTX 4070 Specifications:

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: AD103
Architecture: Lovelace
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 5 nm
Transistors: unknown
Die Size: 380 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: 2022
Availability: 2022
Generation: GeForce 40
Predecessor: GeForce 30
Production: Unreleased
Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1925 MHz
Boost Clock: 2075 MHz
Memory Clock: 2250 MHz / 18 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 12 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6
Memory Bus: 192 bit
Bandwidth: 432 GB/s

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 232.4 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 630.8 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 40.37 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 40.37 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 630.8 GFLOPS (1:64)

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
Length: 336 mm / 13.2 inches
Width: 140 mm / 5.5 inches
Height: 61 mm / 2.4 inches
TDP: 300 W
Suggested PSU: 700 W
Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1 / 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 12-pin

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.2
CUDA: 9.0
Shader Model: 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units: 9728
TMUs: 304
ROPs: 112
SM Count: 76
Tensor Cores: 304
RT Cores: 76
L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 48 MB

We are also hoping to see the RTX 4060 and RTX 4050’s available before the end of 2022! And it is likely the launch will be huge, with NVIDIA reported to have spent roughly $10 billion on RTX 4000 components from TSMC already!

RTX 4060 Specifications:

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: AD104
Architecture: Lovelace
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 5 nm
Transistors: unknown
Die Size: 300 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: 2022
Availability: 2022
Generation: GeForce 40
Predecessor: GeForce 30
Production: Unreleased
Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1925 MHz
Boost Clock: 2075 MHz
Memory Clock: 2250 MHz / 18 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 12 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6
Memory Bus: 192 bit
Bandwidth: 432 GB/s

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 132.8 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 381.8 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 424.44 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 24.44 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 381.8 GFLOPS (1:64)

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
TDP: 200 W
Suggested PSU: 550 W
Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1 / 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 12-pin

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.2
CUDA: 9.0
Shader Model: 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units: 5888
TMUs: 184
ROPs: 64
SM Count: 46
Tensor Cores: 184
RT Cores: 46
L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 48 MB

RTX 4050 Specifications:

Graphics Processor
GPU Name: AD106
Architecture: Lovelace
Foundry: TSMC
Process Size: 5 nm
Transistors: unknown
Die Size: 203 mm²

Graphics Card
Release Date: 2022
Availability: 2022
Generation: GeForce 40
Predecessor: GeForce 30
Production: Unreleased
Bus Interface: PCIe 4.0 x16

Clock Speeds
Base Clock: 1925 MHz
Boost Clock: 2075 MHz
Memory Clock: 2250 MHz / 18 Gbps effective

Memory
Memory Size: 8 GB
Memory Type: GDDR6
Memory Bus: 128 bit
Bandwidth: 288 GB/s

Theoretical Performance
Pixel Rate: 99.6 GPixel/s
Texture Rate: 249 GTexel/s
FP16 (half) performance: 15.94 TFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance: 15.94 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance: 249 GFLOPS (1:64)

Board Design
Slot Width: Dual-slot
TDP: 150 W
Suggested PSU: 450 W
Outputs: 1x HDMI 2.1 / 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
Power Connectors: 1x 12-pin

Graphics Features
DirectX: 12 Ultimate (12_2)
OpenGL: 4.6
OpenCL: 3.0
Vulkan: 1.2
CUDA: 9.0
Shader Model: 6.6

Render Config
Shading Units: 3840
TMUs: 120
ROPs: 48
SM Count: 30
Tensor Cores: 120
RT Cores: 30
L1 Cache: 128 KB (per SM)
L2 Cache: 32 MB

We will keep you updated on all the news we see about the upcoming NVIDIA RTX 4000 series right here, so please check back with us soon for more information. Have a great week!

How VR is Changing Gaming

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Conceptualized in the late 1800s, the idea of Virtual Reality has been the subject of human interest for a long time. VR started as just 360-degree murals and the creation of the stereoscope, which gave users a sense of depth and perception when looking at images – but has now evolved into an wholly interactive experience. What was once an idea to make images more immersive has developed into making entire worlds immersive, thanks to the introduction of VR to gaming. And while Virtual Reality has been making some huge strides in many areas in recent years, VR is quickly changing the gaming scene. 

Immersive Gameplay

One of the things that draws players to VR gaming is just how immersive gameplay is. Whereas in a regular game the player is a spectator to the main character, interacting with objects and your environment through them and their perspective, in VR the player is the main character. Everything they see is from their point of view, and they are able to directly interact with everything in the game. Players have a 360 view of the world and are free to roam around the perimeters as well as interact with objects and characters in a more meaningful way. Players feel more involved in gameplay because they must move their head to view their surroundings and move their hands to interact with objects – sometimes they even need to move their whole body depending on the gameplay. VR emulates the feeling of physically being inside the game.

Changing Gameplay

VR is not only changing the way players interact with video games, but also changing how games can be played as well. VR allows players to enjoy common gaming mechanics in a new way. Gaming mechanics such as fishing and driving, which require the use of your eyes and hands, completely transform when they’re translated into VR. Game genres such as rhythm games that only required a mouse and a keyboard now require you to physically hit and dodge notes in VR.

Video game design is also changing thanks to the VR boom. Non-VR game environments are molded to fit the character the gamer is playing. The game is programmed to make the character feel like it belongs in that world. The in-game camera only shows the angles that work best with the character and the character is programmed to respond to its conditions. VR games, on the other hand, must be programmed to account for the player’s presence in the environment. Games have to be more thorough with haptic feedback in order to make players feel like they’re actually using their hands and that the objects in the game have a physical presence. Objects in VR need to feel similar to how they do in real life to fully immerse the player in the game world.

VR System Requirements

Each VR headset has their own requirements to make it run. Here are the minimum requirements for two of the most popular VR headsets, the VIVE and Oculus Rift:

VIVE Minimum System Requirements

ProcessorGPUMemoryVideo OutputUSB portOperating System
Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 or betterNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290 or better4 GB RAM or moreDisplayPort 1.2 or newer1x USB 3.0Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10

Oculus Rift Minimum System Requirements

ProcessorGPUMemoryVideo OutputUSB portOperating System
Intel i3-6100/AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or betterNVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti/AMD Radeon RX 470 or better8 GB RAM or moreCompatible Mini DisplayPort video output1 x USB 3.0 portWindows 10

Virtual reality has a lot of appeal I mean, who wouldn’t want to completely experience and explore new environments? Or re-experience their favorite games in a new and different way? VR opens many new doors, especially in gaming and we’re excited to see how VR continues to progress and change the way we game – especially with the introduction of the Metaverse.

RTX 2080 Ti vs RTX 3090 Comparison

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RTX 2080 Ti vs RTX 3090

Here is a comparison of what has changed between Nvidia’s top of the line cards from the last two generations, the RTX 2080 Ti vs the RTX 3090. Plainly put, the RTX 3090 is the best part that money can buy – no other card is close to being able to render 8K like this. The RTX 2080 Ti is no slouch either though, putting out 4K at over 100 FPS. Let’s dive on in!

Specifications and Performance
  • 11GB of GDDR6 VRAM
  • 4,352 CUDA cores
  • Boost clock speed: 1,635 MHz

This card is unique as it is Nvidia’s first card with a 90 MHz overclock straight from the factory, which is just cool. More significantly, it is the first card with RT cores which power the new raytracing technology that makes lighting look amazing. Raytracing allows this card to render insanely complicated, real-time lighting and shadows at detail never seen before.

The RTX 2080 Ti boasts impressive performance. It beats every other RTX 2000 series card by at least 10 frames per second(FPS) in all our testing. It runs Destiny 2 at around 80 FPS, Tomb Raider at 50 FPS both on 4K Ultra settings! Battlefield V with RTX on in 4K ran at over 100 FPS!

RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 3090
Specifications and Performance
  • 24GB GDDR6X VRAM
  • 10496 CUDA cores
  • Boost clock speed: 1,695 MHz

This card is a monster. It has so many CUDA cores, RT Cores and Tensor Cores packed into it – no wonder it is capable of such insanely detailed renderings. One sweet addition to the card is the 82 Streaming Multiprocessors which are now able to have data paths on each SM, doubling the cores count and adding even more rendering power.

The RTX 3090 boost 20% better performance than the 3080 at roughly double the price. It is the best you can get, and you pay a premium for that. However that premium gives you access to 8K gaming and 3D rendering. It put out 8K Destiny 2 around 65 FPS, Dark Souls III at 40 FPS! And at 4K forget about it, push all settings to Ultra and enjoy!

Conclusion:

Either of these cards will serve you well for the next few years. The RTX 2080 Ti will allow you to play most games with good settings in 4K at close to one hundred frames per second for the time being. But the RTX 3090 will allow you to never worry about 4K settings again. If you’ve got the budget you can even go to 8K!

The Evolution of the XX80 Ti Graphics Cards

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Released in 1999, The Geforce 256 is marketed as “the world’s first GPU. Since then, graphics cards have come a long way. In this article, we will be focusing on the XX80 Ti series and how each installment has upgraded.

GTX 980 Ti

The GTX 980 Ti was the second most powerful graphics card from that generations’ Nvidia cards and was the fastest card in 2015. Providing excellent 4k performance and VR Ready certification, it’s no wonder why that was.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz)1000 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz)1075 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock7.0 Gbps
Standard Memory Config6 GB
Memory InterfaceGDDR5
Memory Interface Width384-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores2816

GTX 1080 Ti

The GTX 1080 Ti is a huge upgrade from the GTX 980 Ti with about a 70% performance increase. And with only a $50 price difference from its predecessor on release, the 1080 Ti is a solid upgrade. While it does offer one memory controller less, the GDDR5X memory is faster which leads to a comparable memory bandwidth.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz)1481 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz)1582 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock11 Gbps 
Standard Memory Config11 GB
Memory InterfaceGDDR5X
Memory Interface Width352-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores3584

RTX 2080 Ti

Although the RTX 2080 Ti costs about 70% more than the GTX 1080 Ti, it’s not easy to justify the price difference. While the 1080 Ti does have several upgrades, the performance of the GPU is slightly underwhelming for an upgrade. The RTX 2080 does, however, have features such as Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT) which creates more realistic lighting effects than its predecessors.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz)1350 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz)1545 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock14 Gbps
Standard Memory Config11 GB
Memory InterfaceGDDR6
Memory Interface Width384-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores4352

RTX 3080 Ti

With great power comes a great price tag and the RTX 3080 Ti is no exception. The 3080 Ti shows an increase in speed as well as many areas and if you’re looking to turn on ray tracing while playing with some heavy specs, the 2080 Ti is no match for the 3080 Ti. The 3080 Ti is also comparable to the RTX 3090 – the main differences being the VRAM is only half of the 3090 and a smaller shader count.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz)1365 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz)1665 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock19 Gbps
Standard Memory Config12 GB
Memory InterfaceGDDR6X
Memory Interface Width384-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores10240

If you’re more of a visual learner, you can click here to see a video comparison of all the XX80 Ti graphics cards. Let us know which XX80 Ti graphics card was your favorite on Facebook!

Top 3 PC Exclusive Games

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Half-Life

Half-Life is one of the best games of all time. It is a first-person shooter developed by Valve and published by Sierra Studios for Windows in 1998. The game went on to be a massive hit and lead to the creation of the Half-life series. Half-life is centered around Gordon Freeman, a scientist trying to escape the Black Mesa Research Facility after it is invaded by aliens. You progress through the game, fighting enemies with unique weapons and solving complex puzzles.

The most revolutionary part of the game is the player’s ability to explore the world. Most shooters at the time were simple shooting galleries with no real world feel to them. Valve founder Gabe Newell made this a point of emphasis and worked tirelessly to create an immersive experience instead of a more simple game. He also brought in well known writer Marc Laidlaw to assist in the story writing, adding a more compelling narrative than most games developed in that time.

World of Warcraft or WoW, is the most popular MMORPG of all time. At its Zenith in 2017 it peaked with over forty-six million monthly active users. Still hosting almost thirty million players per month right now, WoW is a massive success. Released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment, this game is set in the world of Azeroth, a preexisting location from the Warcraft fantasy universe.

In World of Warcraft players create their own unique character, to explore a massive world full of scenic landscape, terrifying monsters, never ending quests, and other players. WoW brings its players together to complete difficult quests and raid difficult dungeons. It also allows players to fight one another in its player versus player combat. All of this is done while leveling your character up to unlock new magical skills and better items in pursuit of an extremely powerful max leveled character.

World of Warcraft
Total War: ROME REMASTERED

Rome: Total War is a real time strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Activision for Windows in 2004. The game is set in ancient Rome from 270 BC to 14 AD, stretching from the rise of the Republican period and delving into the early decades of the Imperial period. When playing you control a Roman family vying for success and control of the area. The gameplay itself is a mix of tactical battles and turn-based strategy. Players work their hardest to manage the economy, government, complex diplomacy and an ever expanding military while working to complete a series of objectives across Europe and Africa.

Top 3 Most Graphically Demanding Games

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a story-driven first person shooter. Driven by it’s post-apocalyptic setting, it combines combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror to create an intense and immersive gameplay.

With that being said – Metro Exodus comes out on top of this list due to the fact that even with the most powerful graphics card, your PC will still struggle to get up to 40 FPS while playing this game on the highest settings. This game is even more demanding when you take into account that it uses real-time ray tracing to achieve it’s realistic atmosphere. As you can see from the recommended specs below, you’ll need a pretty powerful PC.

OSWindows 10
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770k
Memory8 GB
GraphicsNvidia GTX 1070 / RTX 2060 / AMD RX VEGA 56
Storage96 GB

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is an action role-playing game set in Night City, a world set in the Cyberpunk universe that’s obsessed with body modifications. Played in the first person perspective, you play as a mercenary who sets out to go after the key to mortality – a one-of-a-kind implant.

One of the most anticipated games of the decade, Cyberpunk 2077 requires a pretty powerful PC, as it will go through your memory like no other. Even with the recommended requirements, Cyberpunk 2077 will still struggle to maintain its frame rates at points, especially if you’re using its real time ray-tracing features. This game uses so much power that even the most powerful PCs will still struggle to keep up with it. Below you can see the recommended specs for the game.

OSWindows 10
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790k
Memory16 GB
GraphicsNvidia GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon R9 Fury
Storage70 GB

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator 202 is just as its name suggests – it’s a flight simulator that allows you to test your piloting skills with real world flight challenges and fly to anywhere on earth.

While the recommended specs don’t require the most beefy processor or graphics card to play, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 takes up a whopping 150 GB of storage. The game uses real-world graphics and gets data from satellites which gets processed into the game to recreate the entire planet – becoming one of the most accurate simulation games out right now. But be prepared – you’re going to be waiting quite a few hours for this game to download.

OSWindows 10
ProcessesorIntel Core i5-8400k
Memory16 GB
GraphicsNvidia GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 590
Storage150 GB