Category Archives: Video Card Reviews

Still Budget Friendly, a Look at the PowerColor Red Devil. Radeon RX 570

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So you want to buy a graphics card for your child or friend, but you don’t want to put a large dent in your wallet. AMD’s RX 570, more specifically PowerColor’s famous Red Devil Lineup, has got you covered. The card is cooled by 3 fans, cutting it down from a bulky triple slot to a dual slot card. The card is 310mm long, making it unable to fit in much smaller cases.

The PowerColor Red Devil comes with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM, plenty to start off any budget gaming PC without needing to rely on the struggle of integrated graphics. The rear ports come with DVI-D, HDMI, and 3 DisplayPorts. The card supports AMD CrossFire, where you get 2 GPUs and connect them with a CrossFire Bridge. This would generally give a boost in performance. However, one would need a CrossFire Supported Motherboard to get the full use of it. It supports both DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5. The card has a max resolution up to 4k if you use either the HDMI or DisplayPort, with the DVI only being able to support 2560×1600. More details about this card can be found on PowerColor’s website.

Price/Conclusion

With a price of $139.99 the card is the best choice for getting the best performance for your money. The Card is almost a must-have for wanting to game on a budget.

Note: This post was part of a classroom project.

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Reasonable Power for a $250 video card budget. (MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X)

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Video Cards are one of the most important components when it comes to a computer. There is a lot of information about it. However you need to think about what you are using it for. Are you just going to surf the web? Are you going to game with constant stress on your PC? What about video editing or audio processing? Think about choosing the right graphics card for the activity you are using it for. When it comes to buying a card, look for which manufacturer it is (either AMD or NVidia) and overall performance. 

For $249.99 on Newegg, The MSI Geforce GTX 1660 Gaming X is a great video card for the mid range gaming. Passmark give this card a score of 10985. Which is above average.

  • 1408 Cuda Cores
  • Core Clocks: 1860 MHz
  • Memory Speed of 8 Gbps
  • 6GB GDDR5 Memory
  • 192-bit Memory Bus
  • 3 DisplayPort v1.4 and 1 HDMI 2.0b outputs
  • Supports GDCP 2.2
  • Power Consumption of 130 Watts
  • 1 8-pin power connectors
  • Dimensions of 247 x 127 x 46 mm
  • 2 Cooling fans
  • Does not support Sli (not needed for a beginner)
  • Weight of 845 grams
  • Supports DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.5
  • Max Resolution of 7680 x 4320

This Card really shows the power when it comes to the price. Sure it might put a tiny dent in your wallet, but the outcome is worth it. 

 Note: This review is part of a classroom project. 

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The Best AMD Video Card for Under $500

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When buying a video card there are several things that you should take into account before making a purchase.  One of the most important parts of buying a video card is knowing what you are going to use your computer for. Whether you are an avid gamer or just someone that likes to browse the internet,  or somewhere in between, that might impact how much you spend on a video card. Some other things you should look at before purchasing a new video card is; whether it is AMD or Nvidia, overall performance, memory and bandwidth, and CUDA cores. There are many other things that will impact the performance of the video card, but those are some of the basics you should be looking at. 

If you enjoy gaming, then the Radeon RX Vega 64 is the video card for you. For just $419.99 on Newegg, gamers of all ages will get a video card that meets all of their needs. Passmark gave it a great score of 28.23. It has plenty of memory with 8GB. It also is very fast as the memory clock runs at 945 MHz. It has triple fans so your video card is almost guaranteed to not malfunction. With the performance of this video card, you are almost guaranteed to not regret this purchase of the Radeon RX Vega 64. 

Specifications 

Memory: 

Effective Memory Clock- 945 MHz, 1900 MHz Effective
Memory Size- 8GB
Memory Interface- 2048-Bit
Memory Type- HBM2

Chipset:

Chipset Manufacturer- AMD
GPU Series- AMD Radeon RX VEGA Series
GPU- Radeon RX Vega 64
Core Clock- 1373 MHz
Boost Clock- 1580 MHz
Stream Processors- 4096 Stream Processors

Ports: 

HDMI- 2 x HDMI 2.0b
Multi-Monitor Support- 4
DisplayPort- 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

Details: 

Max Resolution- 5120 x 2880
Eyefinity Support- Yes
Virtual Reality Ready- Yes
Cooler- Triple Fans
Operating Systems Supported- Windows 10 and Windows 7
System Requirements- Power Consumption: 240W

So now you just have to decide if this is the card for you. If you ask me, I would say yes! This is a can’t miss deal. With all that the Radeon RX Vega 64 brings to the table, I don’t know how you could pass up this offer. With a great price and great performance, this video card is a great option.

  Note: This review is part of a classroom project. 

Works Cited:

https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202321
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More Power With Less Price (Review of the Gigabyte Radeon VII Graphics Card)

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(Picture of Radeon VII Card)

It is very hard to know which graphics card to buy anymore. Every single year there can be as many as 6-7 new cards come out. This can be hard to keep up with, especially as an average consumer who doesn’t know much about these kinds of things. One thing is for sure though, the Radeon VII graphics card is a steal for someone around the $700 budget. 

What makes this card so great? This card almost preformed as well as the Nvidia RTX 2080 and is over $100 less. The Radeon VII is also very good for future proofing, this card will run any game that you throw at it like nothing so you might not even need to replace it for another 5 years. 

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(another picture of Radeon VII)

Now lets look at these specifications

  • Clock Speed- 1750 MHz
  • Memory Speed- 1000 MHz
  • Memory Size- 16 GB 
  • Interface- 4096 Bit
  • Stream Cores- 3840
  • Direct X 12 and open GL 4.5
  • 7680 x 4320
  • 3 Fans
  • 3 Display Ports
  • 1 HDMI 2.0
  • PCIe x16 3.0
  • Supports Crossfire
  • 2 x 8 Pin Power Connectors
  • Max. Memory Bandwidth-1024 GB/s
  • 2 Slot Card

When we get down to it, is this card worth it? My answer would be yes! This card will perform well in all that you throw at it at a decent price. Most cards with this price range will not reach the level of performance that this card will. This card would be a fantastic buy for anyone in this budget and cannot go higher for a 2080 or 2080 TI.

If you are interested in buying it it will cost $699.99 and can buy it here.

Also there are several reviews to say so as well.  

S.N.

“Good temps
quieter than some say it is (or mine at least)
16gb HBM2 (although games may never use it)
Clocks great so far (only had it a day so didn’t do no extensive testing)”

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Work Cited:

“World’s First 7nm Gaming GPU | Radeon™ 7 Graphics Card.” AMD, www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/amd-radeon-vii.

“GIGABYTE Radeon VII.” Newegg, Newegg, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814932126&Description=radeon%2Bvii&cm_re=radeon_vii-_-14-932-126-_-Product.

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Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2070 Windforce 8GB Graphics Card

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When it comes to video cards there is a lot of information to understand. The question is not only what does that term mean but what does it do? That is why this will easy to read and informative. The video card that I am talking about costs just a hair less than my $500 budget,  just $499.99 on newegg. That may seem like a large amount of money to a child or a young adult out living by themselves, but that is just part of building computers. Building computers can be built cheap, but not if you want to have a computer to play the latest game at top quality. Don’t stop here and think ” well this guy must have a huge amount of money to work with”. As much as I would love to yes to that, I won’t lie I have to budget just as much as the next person. For this project I had a few hundred dollars to work with, and this is the card that I found, The Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2070 Windforce. Now I know some might say that it is a bit extreme for many games which is true, but doesn’t mean I don’t want to limit myself by wimping out ,and getting a card that is not as good just to save a few dollars. 

Now not to confuse people I am going to try and make the description of the card specifications easy to understand by not throwing out a bunch of confusing terms that some may not know (like those who are reading this just to learn somethings to look for when buying a graphics card or cards for family members like a teenage son or daughter that is a gamer). First is the core clock speed, or how fast the GPU (Graphics Processing unit ) goes. The GPU for those that do not know or do not understand this is like the CPU, it is the brain of the video card the fast it is the better it handles loads of information in big games that have some really high quality graphics. Cards GPU speeds are measured in Hertz, cards now days are upwards of 1400 MHz, but this card comes in at 1620 MHz which to say is not bad for those playing games with high quality graphics. It also has 2304 CUDA cores which is like MHz, the higher the better. 

Along with a good GPU it also has multiple monitor or T.V. ports, while most know what HDMI or USB ports are but, gamers also use what are called “Display ports”. They are like HDMI ports (they look different though) but, they are a little less known if you don’t already own a monitor or T.V. that has a port, connecting wire and something that uses said connecting wire. This card is equipped with one version 2.0 HDMI port, three Display ports, and one USB type C port (looks like a plug in for charging a phone). 

Now the memory, also known as VRAM or video RAM. Its just like RAM except on a video card for processing through video. The faster the memory goes, the more information per cycle (bits), and more VRAM all helps with better performance of your graphics card. This card has a memory speed of 14000 MHz (which is plenty), 256 bits (which also is helps with memory per cycle), and 8 GB of VRAM ( more means generally better processing of information). Finally the newer that version of memory the better, this card comes with GDDR6 which is the latest and greatest. 

The connector for the card itself is a version 3.0 x16 slot which is commonly found on gaming motherboards. If you buy this product please check with you motherboard manufacturer that it will fit in your computer.  Also with this computer is the three cooling fans (this is why its called Windforce). Plus it also uses Directx 12 and OpenGL 4.5 which are programms that help with 3D graphics. This card supports up to 4 monitors at one time for a multi moniter view.

Finally SLI and what it is and does. SLI is NVidia’s version of a connector for two graphics cards. A lot of gamers use this to run more monitors with better graphics. Many will use this to combine two graphics cards to work like one better to a point. Here is the one thing card does not do is support SLI. this means that even if you wanted to you cannot connect two of these cards together.

That is all that I have to say about this card. I hope for those who are looking for a good card find what they are looking for. If  what I told you helps great, if not, well im not sure what to tell you other than to wish you luck or find someone to help you to understand the information above. If you’re trying to find a Graphics card for your family member of friend I would suggest talking to a friend you trust that happens to be a computer repairs person. If you don’t happen to have a friend that knows anything about computers, read a couple more blogs or watch a few educational youtube videos on computer hardware. So good luck and have a nice day.

Be Aware: This is part of a school project.

Citations      – “Robot?” Are You a Human?, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814932091.

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Overkill… But with RGB! (A review on the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080)

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When deciding to buy a graphics card one of the most important questions to ask yourself is, “what am I using it for”. If your answer is as simple as chrome browsing and productivity work then most integrated graphics chips will do you just fine. If you find integrated graphics just is not cutting it for you then even a low end card should work just fine. But for the other people out their in the world with an unlimited money source and love for gaming, the great people at ASUS make cards just for you and others alike. Which also happens to come with RGB… Because who doesn’t like colorful lights?

The ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 is everything you need in a GPU and more. Alot more. If you are in need of a “no compromise” video card then you have came to the right place. With the newer generation of Nvidia cards that include top of the line ray tracing technology (which I will not get into today but if you would like to read up on it then click the following link https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/266600-nvidias-rtx-promises-real-time-ray-tracing) the 2080 will most likely suit all of your needs and more without any hesitation or need to overclock.

Not only does it support the latest API’s such as OpenGL 4.5 and DirectX 12 it also has the newest form of video memory in GDDR6. And if you really wanted to, it does support NVlink (SLI) so that you can hook two of these up at the same time. Your mileage may vary on the software support though. Moving forward it does have a whopping 8GB of GDDR6. The 256-bit memory bus is big enough to push all of it through plus some. But memory and API support is just one part of the equation. And on the other side of the equation, it surely does not disappoint. Here is a list of the other important specifications:

  • Core clock: 1515 MHz
  • OC Mode: 1890 MHz 
  • Gaming Mode: 1860 MHz
  • Cuda Cores: 2944
  • Memory Clock: 14000 MHz
  • Ports include: 2x HDMI 2.0B / 2x Display Port 1.4 / 1x USB Type-C 
  • 3x fans (pictured above)
  • 2x 8 pin power connectors
  • Supports SLI
  • Supports up to 8K in resolution
  • Takes up 2.7 slots

Overall if you really need the whole entirety of raw power this gives out then go for it. Did I mention this runs over $800 (Around $870)? Yeah, so really this is a perfect card for future proofing especially due to the fact that game support and other program support for ray tracing technology is not mainstream yet. Lackluster support for the new technology is due to the fact of it being new to consumers. Ray tracing itself has been around for awhile now and is the technology used in most Pixar films. But surely as it comes around in most triple-A titles you can ensure you will be future proofed for years to come and can play any triple-A title today at 4k, 90 MHz or even better. In conclusion, as long as you have the money and monitor/PC to go along with it then I definitely recommend this GPU.

Also… RGB! (With aura compatibility).

If my word is not enough you can also check out more reviews via the Newegg page (which includes the price): 
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126249&Description=RTX%202080&cm_re=RTX_2080-_-14-126-249-_-Product

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

Works Cited:

“Asus ROG STRIX.” RTX 2080, www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126249&Description=RTX%2B2080&cm_re=RTX_2080-_-14-126-249-_-Product.

Smith, Ryan. “NVIDIA Announces the GeForce RTX 20 Series: RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 on Sept. 20th, RTX 2070 in October.” RSS, AnandTech, 20 Aug. 2018, www.anandtech.com/show/13249/nvidia-announces-geforce-rtx-20-series-rtx-2080-ti-2080-2070.

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Reliable Graphics card for 659.99

<![CDATA[With the market of graphics cards growing immensely and can be a hard choice on that perfect graphics card for the best quality. with a budget of $659.99 for a quality graphics card that can provide the gaming you need for your PC.
The MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING  graphics card is a excellent place to start with the budget chosen. The GTX 970 porvides more than what is paid for. With the programs that comes with the graphics card, and the extrodinary specifications that gives clear and smooth gaming frames, Guaranteed.

To eliminate some confusion for the specs, the GTX 970 is provided a Easy setup program to adjust settings of the graphics with ease. With a button push away to overclock or change gamma and saturation setting with more setting to customize your visual experience. The GTX 970 comes in three graphics processsing setting which changes the GPU speeds. It comes in: Silent mode, Gaming Mode, and Overclocked mode.
Interface -PCI Express 3.0 x16
Core Clock
1140 MHz (OC Mode)
1114 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1051 MHz (Silent Mode)
Boost Clock
1279 MHz (OC Mode)
1253 MHz (Gaming Mode)
1178 MHz (Silent Mode)
CUDA Cores – 1664
Effective Memory Clock – 7010 MHz
Memory Size – 4GB
Memory Interface – 256-Bit
Memory Type – GDDR5
The 970 GTX runs on Quad SLI Capabilities,  and has two cooling fans installed into the graphics card, the program with the purchase of the graphics card which can change the speed of the coiling dependent of the output of the graphics card.
 
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The Best Graphics Card For You!!

<![CDATA[If you're looking for a great video card, while trying to save money, then this card is the one for you! The MSI GeForce GT 730 is the best graphics card for your games, while also keeping the price low!

SPECS!
This video card has a GeForce GT 730 GPU and has a core clock speed of 700MHz. The memory clock speed of 1000MHz with a memory size of 4GB and will work with DDR3 memory. The card will also consume 49 watts of power. The Interface is a PCI Express 2.0 x 16. The card supports DirectX 12 and OpenGL v4.4 . It has 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-SUB, and 1 x DL-DVI-I ports on the back. The maximum resolution is 2560 x 1600 and it also comes with a fan as a cooling system.
The price of the card is only $79.99, and for the price, this video card would be a great choice for gamer’s who want to start out, but not spend a fortune on a high end video card.
Works Cited:
“DisplayPort to D-Sub: The Full Range of LCD Monitor Video Input Interfaces | EIZO.” DisplayPort to D-Sub: The Full Range of LCD Monitor Video Input Interfaces | EIZO. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
Klein, Matt. “What Is Direct X 12 and Why Is It Important?” How-To Geek. How-To Geek, 30 June 2015. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
“MSI GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 N730-4GD3V2 4GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 X16 HDCP Ready ATX Video Card.” Newegg.com- Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras and More! N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
“OpenGL.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Mar. 2017. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
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The BEST Radeon Video Card for Under $250

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SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury

 
The Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury utilizes a 1050MHz Radeon R9 Fury GPU, which runs 4GB of 4096-Bit HBM (High Bandwidth Ram). The performance of this memory surpasses GDDR5 in bandwidth with more than 3x the performance per watt of GDDR5, requiring only 375 watts overall. Its revolutionary stacked configuration has 94% less PCB surface area than GDDR5.
This video card comes with 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort, and 1x Dual-Link DVI-D. It also uses the PCIe 3.0 x16 slot to connect your motherboard.
This video card boasts three fans, ensuring your video card stays cool during use. These fans utilize two-ball bearings designed to keep the fans quiet, make them last longer, and keep out dust. These fans also have a high-efficiency blade design.
The video card also supports Intelligent Fan Control, which takes things like environment temperature and GPU workload into consideration, to ensure the fans are working efficient as well as keeping them as quiet as possible.
This video card is VR ready and can support multiple monitors. With multiple monitors, gaming becomes more immersive and your work becomes more productive (up to an average of 42% according to one study). This video card also supports CrossFire which allows two or more discreet graphics cards to work together to give you the ultimate gaming experience.
The Radeon R9 Fury supports OpenGL® 4.5 and DirectX®12 while also having Shader Model 5.0, ensuring it will be compatible with the newest games.
The Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury currently costs $329.99 on Newegg, but including a sale and $20 rebate card, it comes to $249.99.
 
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GeForce GTX 660

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The graphics produced are very well and precise compared to most GPU’s.  If you buy this from the company’s website you will get it for only $229. If you were to go to any other website the price would vary. If you have a son or daughter that loves to play games then this would be good for them. This video card is actually very small if you are comparing it to its wonderful performance.

Specifications: 

Chip GK106
CUDA Cores 960
Base Clock 980
Boost Clock 1033
Memory Configuration 2 GB
Memory Speed 6.0 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 144 GB/s
Power Connectors 6-pin
Outputs 1 x DL-DVI-I
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI
Mini-DP
TDP 150 Watts
SLI Options 2-way
Price $229
Maximum GPU Temperature 97 C
Maximum Graphics Card Power 140 W
Minimum System Power Requirement 450 W
Supplementary Power Connectors 1 6-pin
Works Cited
GeForce. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2016. <http://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/geforce-gtx-660-650-launch#1>.
Toms Hardware. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2016. <http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benchmark,3297-2.html>.

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