New graphics cards bring opportunity. For better gaming, faster performance and expensive hardware sales. But they also bring challenges, with driver issues, design challenges and often supply shortages.
As delivered by GeForce RTX 3080-based graphics cards, the latest version of the company’s GPU architecture achieves playable frame rates in games which use fancy RTX-specific features like ray-tracing and global illumination. Its AI-based upscaling feature, DLSS, lets you finally play in 4K at (frequently) better-than bare-minimum frame rates without visible degradation in quality. The GPU also lifts performance over predecessors in games that don’t take advantage of the whizzy features by about 20%-40% on average, which is really most games.
But the 30-series of GPUs Nvidia launched at the beginning of September, powered by the new Ampere architecture, has already run into problems. There’ve been reports of instability with some third-party 3080-based cards because of capacitor design, as well
Not everybody needs hugely powerful, custom-built computers – mini PCs can be great little machines for work, media centers, or some modest gaming. Minisforum is now unveiling the EliteMini H31G, a small PC with a dedicated GPU that should let it run some more heavy-duty games.
For these kinds of devices, space is always key, and the H31G only takes up 154 x 153 x 62 mm (6 x 6 x 2.4 in). Inside that small package is a decent set of hardware – it’s powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, which can be boosted up to 4.4 GHz or 4.7 GHz respectively.
It’s also packing a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and Minisforum says that this makes it the smallest mini PC to have a discrete graphics card. In the grand scheme of things, the 1050 Ti is far from top of the
One of the technologies NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang unveiled during the GeForce RTX 30-series launch event was NVIDIA Reflex. For those unfamiliar with it, NVIDIA Reflex is latency reduction technology that’s designed to minimize input lag, sometimes called input latency or end-to-end latency. That’s a fancy way of defining how long it takes for something to happen on-screen after a mouse click or keyboard input.
NVIDIA Reflex works by streamlining a few steps along the rendering pipeline to reduce overall latency. NVIDIA’s software tweaks to enable Reflex make more efficient use of available CPU and GPU resources and minimize driver overhead, which according to NVIDIA, can reduce latency by up to 50% in games that are updated to properly support the technology. That means when a gamer clicks their mouse button to fire a weapon or whips their mouse around to
No graphics card spits out gaming frame rates as fast as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090, and its massive 24GB of GDDR6X memory makes it an insanely good value for creators—yes, even at its staggering $1,500 baseline price. We already covered all that in our exhaustive Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition review. But pushing this much performance takes a lot of power, and a lot of power needs heavy-duty cooling. Can beefy custom coolers tame the RTX 3090 more effectively than Nvidia’s own card? That’s what we’re examining with this review of the $1,589 MSI RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio.
We’ve already rendered verdict on this battle in another form. Stepping down quite a bit in price, the $760 GeForce RTX 3080 version of the Gaming X Trio and Nvidia’s rival 3080 Founders Edition both earned top marks, and our Editors’
Amazon has just taken the wraps off its long-rumored Amazon Luna, meaning the company is officially jumping into the cloud gaming ring — one that has become increasingly crowded over the past year. Google launched Stadia last November, Nvidia’s GeForce Now left beta in February, and Microsoft’s cloud gaming offering (formerly known as xCloud) is included with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription as of September 15th, though it only works with Android right now.
The race is on to see which (if any) of those cloud gaming services takes off with customers, and each company is tackling cloud gaming in a slightly different way. If you’re trying to better understand each service, we’ve put together this guide for you.
Amazon’s Luna offers all-you-can-play access to different selections of games as part of separate “channels” — which sounds almost like a cable service. But at launch, you
NVIDIA recently launched the RTX 3080, the flagship gaming GPU in the RTX 3000 series of its Ampere family of graphics cards. The RTX 3080 is the first to launch from the much anticipated lineup, to be followed by the RTX 3090 on September 24th and the RTX 3070 in early October. For more details on NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 series, I recommend you read the blog that Patrick Moorhead and I wrote a couple of weeks ago.
For this review, we will mostly be comparing the RTX 3080 with the last generation’s flagship card, the RTX 2080. Additionally, we will look at the RTX 2080 Ti, the highest-end GeForce card. Once we get our hands on the RTX 3090, we’ll also compare it to the RTX 2080 Ti, but that will have to wait for another column. For now, let’s dive in to