Massive Tech Sale Discounts Graphics Cards And Gaming PCs During Amazon Prime Day

After a COVID-related delay, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is here at last. While Amazon itself is offering tons of deals on games and more, there are also other retailers hosting sales of their own during the 48-hour event. One of those is PC-focused online retailer Newegg; through its “FantasTech” and “Gametober” sales, you’ll be able to get discounts on parts for your gaming PC, pre-built gaming rigs, gaming laptops, external hard drives for PS4 and Xbox One, and more.

Quite a few next-gen games are coming to PC as well as PS5 and/or Xbox Series X/S, including Godfall and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. If you were unable to score a next-gen console preorder or prefer playing games on PC, now’s a great time to upgrade your hardware so you’re ready to run fall’s biggest games. Be sure to read our guide to building a gaming PC before you shop

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5 Graphics Settings Worth Tweaking in Every PC Game

The human eye has a relatively wide field of view—you can see someone approaching from the side through your peripheral vision. When you’re playing a game, your character doesn’t have this same peripheral vision, because you’re playing on a screen that takes up only a portion of your own field of view. That means you won’t see as many enemies coming up the side, or you may even feel motion sick when moving the camera around fast.

Adjusting the oft-ignored Field of View setting can help with this, provided your game offers it. Widening the field of view may add a slight fisheye effect to the edges of the screen, but you’ll be able to see more of the game world, and it may help reduce that nausea. (It’ll also hamper performance a bit, since the game has to render more objects.) The ideal field of view is dependent on

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics gives your gaming PC wings


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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

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Grab one of these graphics cards to up performance in your PC

The best graphics card options available today will turn your PC into a bonafide gaming machine. Sure, you can run a PC with nothing but integrated graphics, but for real performance — the kind that nets you smooth frame rates in modern games — you need one of our picks for the best graphics card like the NVIDIA RTX 3080. Also known as the graphics processing unit (GPU), it plays an integral role in your gaming PC, helping out the CPU with a heavy load. If you’re wondering exactly where to start, with either a fresh build or an upgrade project, we’ve collected a number of the best graphics cards available now for several different performance thresholds and budget ranges.

7 Best Graphics Cards in 2020

  1. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 — Best Overall: Next-gen Ampere, ray tracing, DLSS 2.0, power for quality 4K at a reasonable price
  2. NVIDIA GeForce RTX
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Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics

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Human activities are destroying the natural world, leading to the extinction of animal and plant species at an alarming rate. Now, world leaders are promising action to tackle the problem. But will it be enough?

What is biodiversity and why does it matter?

Biodiversity is the variety of all living things on Earth, and how they fit together in the web of life, bringing oxygen, water, food and countless other benefits.

Recent reports and studies have produced alarming news about the state of nature.

Last year, an intergovernmental panel of scientists said one million animal and plant species were now threatened with extinction.

And this month, a report found global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles plunged by 68%, on average, between 1970 and 2016.

Are we living in an age of extinction?

Scientists have warned that we are entering the sixth mass extinction,

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Does your PC need a graphics card if it’s not for gaming?

Graphics cards have become a common addition to most PC builds you will find today. The video card facilitates the high-quality rendering of images to the user’s monitor.

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While the product is most associated with gaming, a graphics cards has a variety of different benefits even outside gaming.


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Many people looking to build a computer for the purpose of office use or video playback may be curious if the graphics card is a requirement or if it’s something they can go without to save money in the overall price.

Do I need a graphics card in my PC?

Not always. Users are not required to have a graphics card to use their PC. In fact, many of the onboard integrated graphics will be able to facilitate a variety of different tasks the user may find the need for. Tasks such as word processing,

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