Best Graphics Cards for the Money (Archive)

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Th3pwn3r

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"you’ll find the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition in stock and selling for $700."

Well this certainly isn't the case. Not finding it in stock and it's also not at that price.
 

BaRoMeTrIc

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We all knew the 1080 ti was coming you should have reserved it @ 700 if you wanted one. Or else pay the premium if you can't wait for partner cards
 

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too much hype , like a lot thought that as to the gtx 1080s being as fast as 2 980s in sli but wasn't correct , especially after you had 2 970s in sli couldn't reach the frame rates like I could with thre 970s 1 of the reasons I went with 2 gtx 1070s
 

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Author - Your recommendation of the GTX 1050 Ti links to the general 1050 review, which *doesn't* recommend the Ti over the cheaper, plain 1050: "The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at $140 doesn’t do enough beyond the vanilla 1050, at least in the case of our power-limited GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4G OC, to warrant spending extra on it." What accounts for your warming to it, and where is that documented on the site? I haven't seen any clues in other 1050-related coverage in the intervening months; did I miss something?
 

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I would love to see a roundup of small GPUs. This is fast becoming a market segment that, for enthusiasts, was neglected for too long. Now that we have more options, we're slowly working towards a tipping point where smaller gaming computers will become the norm. As single GPUs become more powerful, it becomes increasingly realistic to only need one in a system. And with only one GPU, for most gamers there's no reason to get a full ATX motherboard. mITX will be the next big thing in gaming, and some even let you overclock. You can still have an i7, still have 16 or 32GB of RAM, still use liquid cooling, all that good stuff. With a good liquid loop, or good normal air cooling and ventilation, there's little point in having all that dead space and wasteful extra motherboard real estate.

Full ATX towers which are heavy, hard to move and easy to damage, and take up too much space, will eventually largely become a thing of the past. Help us get there by showcasing what's possible with smaller setups, starting with what can be done with smaller form factor GPUs.
 

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they're no better the the ref. cards I bought a gtx 1080 gaming x and classified cards but didn't help on their speeds
 

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Well there's more to a card being better than another based on speed alone. I have never heard my Gigabyte Xtreme 1080 make a sound yet :D The large, triple fan setup seems to be pretty good. 4k gaming too.
 

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My preorderd Founder's Edition 1080 Ti arrived the day after official release. It's fast, cool, and quiet.

To be honest, on my current monitor (a curved 34" 3440x1440) I don't see much speed difference over a 1080 (although I do have all the eye-candy turned on), but I'm planning on a 4k monitor fairly soon. I've enjoyed playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, Witcher III, and Mass Effect Andromeda on it.

Feel free to tell I didn't need to buy the 1080 Ti, but I'm very happy with it (and the guy who bought my GTX 1080 is very happy, too!).
 

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti looks absolutely amazing and is exactly what I expected. Although, I can already feel my pockets getting substantially lighter. Sometimes, you can't help but wonder the profit margin for these manufacturers.
 

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I hope AMD fixed their driver issues; in 2015 I ended up with two damaged graphics cards because of AMD's drivers, the cards started artifacting after the driver update, after that I tried the cards on multiple builds, I tried going back in drivers , no matter what I do the cards artifating, I searched youtube and found lots of people are having the same problem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZzYoE1rbIA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjG5Y3tVGmo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvrb6ltKC34
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQWRqQeKt0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkMIHabCzvQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nwzEjl87Dw
And of course people complaining about the same problem in forums, you could find more if you search
https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=251318.0
https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=258544.0
contacted AMD first they suggested to install the latest drivers, when I clearly stated I tried installing multiple drivers on multiple builds, the second time, they suggested to contact the seller for warranty, and sadly we only have 1 year warranty here
its good to know AMD doesnt always keep its drivers issues as a secret
http://gearnuke.com/amds-new-crimson-drivers-bugged-killing-graphics-cards-report/
I would like to know if AMD driver still kill its graphics cards
 

HolyAO

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Thanks for the great report @chris_angelini, much appreciated!

The review link for the AMD Radeon RX 580 is pointing to the RX 550 instead ;)
 
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