The process of buying a perfect graphics card for your gaming PC is a really tough job. There are many who easily over-complicate the process in search of the best, which is not a good way, still with so many rightful competitors emerging in the market, picking the ideal one is very hard for a lot of gamers. If we try to simplify the process to pick the best graphics card, there are only two things that require maximum attention, i.e., your budget or the amount of money you wish to spend on the new GPU and the types of games that you play or intend to play on your PC.
Many gamers who lack knowledge of GPUs mostly go with the one which is able to run all the games. But that is not the question we are asking here. Obviously, the latest cards will support all the latest games, but how the game is going to perform depends on the graphics settings as well as the output resolution of the running game. If you are a hardcore gamer and wish to run all the upcoming and latest AAA games in their full HD settings, you need a good high-end Graphics card unit for which you might have to spend around £250 or more. But there is no need to go all the way until and unless the budget is not an issue for you. However, if you do not wish to spend that much amount on GPU, there are many mid-rangers Graphics card available as well that will tune up the game settings to make sure that they run smoothly on your machine. The only problem with them is that you won’t be able to run all the games in their HD settings.
We have come up with this list so that you can decide the perfect graphics card you need for your PC. This list includes top-ranked graphic cards as well as mid-ranged graphic cards which we recommend and which we think will be able to fulfill all the requirements you have from a new graphics card.
Nvidia GeForce GX 1080 Ti is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated graphics cards of this year which actually overpowers even the Titan X GPU in most of the scenarios. The GTX 1080 Ti offers you impeccable performance with the latest Pascal architecture just for $699.
This high-end GPU comes packed with 224 texture units, 3584 CUDA cores as well as 88 ROPs. There is 11 GB of GDDR5 RAM in the GPU which has been tuned to 11 GBPS for even better performance delivery.
The card is even perfect for overclocking. It runs at 1480 MHz base frequency and at 1528 MHz while boosted, but one can even boost it to more than 1733 MHz making it perfect option for AAA high-end games.
There is no difference in terms of design and it features the same Pascal graphic card’s design with the only addition of adapter that can be connected to a Display Port. There is no DVI port as well, creating a lot of space for integrating the better cooling system. According to the manufacturer, the new thermal cooling system with new coolant offers almost twice the airflow is when compared to its predecessor, i.e., GTX 1080 GPU.
You get excellent performance from the card with smooth gaming experience even in full HD settings. The FPS for most of the games failed to match the performance by Titan X, still many heavy games like Battlefield and Tomb Raider ran with much better frame rates than Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU.
However, it was pretty amazing to see that all these performance boosts were visible even without overclocking. Nvidia says that you can even push the card to touch the 2GHz mark, however, we found it running stably at a below 1.8 GHz as well.
This is the perfect Graphic card you should go for if you want an outstanding performance from your GPU but at the same time do not wish to spend $1200 in Nvidia GTX 1080, Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti will take care of all those new and old games for you at just half price.
According to the company, it is one of the best GPU that one can have for best and HD gaming experience on your PC. The GTX Titan X is the fourth installment in the Titan series after initial Titan, Titan Black, and then Titan Z. However, one big difference between the new Titan X and the old Titan GPU s is that they were based o the old Kepler architecture while the new Titan X is based on Maxwell architecture.
The GTX Titan X has the same design as the previous ones except it is completely black. However, the black color plate that was present is gone. You get two power connections in it, one of which is 8 port while the other one is 6 port. We are shocked to see the same cooling system installed in the new GPU, but the company thing that is the best and perfect for Titan series and does not require any improvement.
In our tests too, we found that the temperature of the card does not increase much when compared to its predecessors, so a new cooling mechanism is obviously not required at all.
We tried a playing a lot of games on this graphics card and noticed an improvement of over 20 percent in FPS while playing Bioshock Infinite. The improvement was better than GTX 980, which is very impressive.
We do not need to mention this but this Nvidia GTX Titan X graphics card is for hard core gamers and enthusiasts. However, you will have to pay a huge sum for it, but if you look it from another point of view, you won’t need anything else for high gaming experience after this.
We have Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 on our list because it is one of the cheapest as well as efficient current-gen GPU that specifically focuses on eSports gaming. So, if you spend most of the time of your day playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch or Dota and also want an HD experience while playing the game, GTX 1050 is the one you should go for.
But that is not the limit, you can use it for their games as well and plays games better than its competitor AMD Radeon RX 460. The best part about this processor is that it consumes very less power. Also, you should install it if you have an ultra budget PC, or if you possess a very old PC which does not have a power connector in it since it does not require one.
The GTX 1050 graphics card is based on the Pascal architecture that is the same one which is used in 1070, 1060, 1050 Ti, and 1080. The chip comes with 2GB DDR5 memory as well as 640 CUDA cores with the highest boost going up to 1455 MHz. Measuring just 145 mm in length, it fits in minimum places getting cooled by a heat sink consisting of a single fan and gray plastic chassis.
The main point is the power consumption. There is very tiny TDP or what you will call Thermal design power installed in it with the rating of 75 W only. So, the GPU extracts all its power from the motherboard only. It might not have very impressive benchmark scores, but it will serve as a perfect replacement of any older GPU present in old machines.
AMD had to work hard in order to come up with something impressive after the RX 470 model. And this is the reason why they came up with the Radeon RX 570 graphics card which has been designed to allow the player to play games at full high definition settings and without spending much from their pocket.
If you would want us to rank it, it is a midway alternative for Nvidia GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 Ti. The company has tried to maintain the price in order to keep it as a mid ranged GPU option. However, there is one major drawback, it consumes a lot of power.
AMD Radeon RX 650 works on the Polaris technology and architecture and AMD has been working hard to improve it over the last few years. RX 570 comes with default specification of 1244 MHz frequency which could be overclocked to 1340 MHz. You also get whooping 8 GB GDDR5 ram clocked at 7GHz. If you do not have that much requirement, you can also go for a 4GB model of RX 570 which is also available in the market.
The Radeon RX 570 also possesses two ports, one with 6 pins and the other with 8 pins. In addition to that, you also get a DVI connector, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two DisplayPorts.
However, RX 570 also has a huge cooling system with 2 big fans, a metal plate at the back and a fan shroud. When you are getting all these features in a mid-ranges GPU unit, this component gives you no reason to opt for highly prices graphic card units.
This is one of the most common and popular GPU cards among those who want a decent budget graphics card for their gaming needs. It is not a top notch graphics card that could play anything but gives a tough competition to the AMD Radeon RX 480.
There are two models, one 3 GB and the other one is 6 GB. The 3 GB version is about 2 percent slower when compared to the other model.
Nvidia announced a new media chip few times back, i.e. GP104, and GTX 1060 is based on that only. It possesses the same Pascal architectural design. Since the chip is designed with the 160nanometer manufacturing process, you get a huge performance output but with very less power consumption.
The company says that the GPU consumes 120 W power which is way less than its competitor RX 480, which has the specification of 150W. So, it is better to have a GPU that consumes less power as it will produce less heat and ultimately less rise in temperature. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 measures just 9.8 inches with one-third of its length made up of a strong plastic chassis containing the fan as well as the cooling kit.
You will get three DisplayPort connectors along with a DVI port and 2 HDMI ports.
If you are a hardcore gamer, you might have come across a situation quite few a times when CPU power falls short while playing heavy games causing lags and screen flickering etc. You may have all the top notch components installed on your machine, and many of you might wonder if something is wrong with them. But the issue here is not with the components or something else, but the CPU itself. Here you CPU is giving its full performance, but that is not enough when compared to the amount of power the game demands. One solution to this problem is Overclocking.
I am pretty sure that you will have came across this work quite many times. But in case you don’t know what it really means, Overclocking is a process of tweaking your CPU’s hardware so that it can break its limitations and could perform faster than what the manufacturer has already specified. By this, your CPU will be performed faster and better than what it has been till now.
You can overclock various components of a CPU including processors, graphics cards, RAMs etc, and all that requires is just adjustments in the settings of the motherboard. You can access that menu from the BIOS, but that all info we are going to cover later in this post. All in all, overclocking won’t harm your PC in any way, however, you need to manage the additional amount of heat that the machine can produce while operating at higher specifications.
But before we begin with the tutorial, we would like to inform you that overclocking is not recommended and is definitely not for PCs used for general use. You should only Overclock your machine if you use it for stressful intensive tasks like heavy gaming, 3D rendering, video encoding etc. Also, your system somewhat plays a major role in deciding what component you should overclock. Overclocking CPU every time is not beneficial. For example, if you want to overclock your machine for gaming purpose, overclocking just your GPU might be a better alternative for you.
But before you begin with any kind of overclocking we would like to warn you that it can be dangerous. Overclocking can shorten the life period of your machine or the components and in some cases, can permanently damage them as well, if any one thing goes wrong. So, you should not proceed if you are not ready to face such situations or if you do not have full knowledge and confidence to overclock it.
While you try to overclock your CPU, there are mainly three things that you will be playing with. The first term you need to know is “Base Clock”. The Base clocking affects the frequency at which your CPU is actually working. In addition to that, it also affects that RAM frequency. The Base clock does not work alone, CPU multiplier is also required which decides the final frequency at which your CPU will be running after Overclocking. If you are getting lost, consider this example:
Let’s say your base clock is 100 MHz and the CPU multiplier is 35, so the final frequency of your CPU will turn out to be 100MHz x 25 = 3.5 GHz.
In addition to these two settings, we will also be tweaking the CPU Vcore which is responsible for the voltage value. Since you are increasing your processor speed, it will require more power, and this is why you also have to increase the Vcore supply to make sure that your processor gets enough power from the supply all the time. Also, since this is a guide we have prepared for beginners, we are not going much in detail and tweaking. We will definitely come up with more advanced CPU overclocking tutorials to help you with specific cases.
Before you begin the overclocking process, you will be needing all these things:
We have written this guide for Windows machines. In case you are using Linux or Mac, the tutorial is not for you. However, if you have these OS on a part of your hard disk, that is fine.
We are going to use an unlocked Intel K processor for overclocking. The guide is also written keeping the latest Intel processors in mind, especially the “K” series. It is because the old first gen or iSeries processors are way more complicated to overclock. It is also possible to overclock old processors like Intel Atom and AMD but you will have to look some additional setting tweak in order to overclock them efficiently.
You get a lot of motherboards in the market which already comes with overclocking settings, however, many other have a lot more settings when compared to normal motherboards. So, if you are building up or assembling a computer, choose a keyboard which has the overclocking features.
Since you are overclocking your CPU, it will produce more heat than normal. So, you need to take care of the extra heat and for that you good an efficient cooling system. A fast air cooler is a good option. But for extreme overclocking, you want a something really cooling like water cooling system. You need to look more into levels of overclocking to decide what kind of cooling system it requires.
Prime95, AIDA64, CPU-Z, and LinX are few software that you will need to test the already configured settings. CPU-Z gives you the numerical value of the clock speed, voltage, and other parameters so that you can see the output of the tweaked settings easily.
The other programs test your CPU after you have made your settings in order to see if the settings are stable. There are many other software available on the internet that you can use instead of the one mentioned above. We would also recommend you to install ReaTemp software which is able to tell you the real time temperature of your CPU as you run the stress testing on it.
Here we are going to help you to get a stable overclocked CPU while keeping the tutorial as simple as we can. This tutorial is not going to make your PC super PC but will teach you the basics of overclocking and how to exploit it to extract every last bit of power that it can produce. There are different and a lot of settings to play around, but here we are going to stick to the very basic ones.
Unlike many other tutorials that you will find out there, we are going to keep it a bit slow. Instead of changing everything at once, we are going to go step by step so that you can understand how each and every component affects your CPU performance.
The very first thing that you need to understand before starting overclocking is that each and every motherboard is a bit different from each other. You will have to explore around a bit to understand its functionality. It is important to do some reading about your motherboard, the maximum temperature it can handle, the max and min voltage that it should get etc.
If you are overclocking your PC for the first time, you still do not know how far it can go at default settings. So you need to know them first. In order to do that, open your BIOS settings and then just set everything to default. For stress testing in default mode:
Once your PC restarts, head over to start menu and run the AID64 application. In the application, you will find a “Stability System Test”. After that make sure all the boxes present on the top left-hand corner are checked and then begin the test. You will have to be very patient as the test might run for a couple of hours. The test results will tell you how stable your CPU is at stock settings. Click the Stop button when you are done and move on to the next step.
After you have the results from the previous test in your hand, you are not ready to overclock the CPU. You can search your motherboards overclock setting on the internet and check if you can find something useful. However, we will recommend you to start from your base clock speed and then increase it slowly. It will take a bit but it is way easier than you can imagine. Also, by this method, you will be able to find the point where your PC is the most stable.
Now you need to go back to your BIOS settings and the head over to the “Overclocking Settings” or “CPU Tweaker”. It will have a similar name. In the setting, you will find the “CPU multiplier” or “CPU Ratio’ setting that will be having the “auto” setting by default. However, you will have to change it by entering a new number there. You can increase it by a single value initially. If you are not sure what is the default value of your CPU multiplier, you will be able to find it on the top of the Overclocking window. So, if your default overclocking multiplier value is 33, change it to 34, making it jump from 3.3 GHz to 3.4GHz initially.
After you have done this, save the setting, exit the BIOS menu and then restart your PC to move on to the next step.
Now your CPU has been overclocked and you need to check whether the changes that you have made are stable or not. This could be determined with the help of stress test. For stress testing, you will need three programs Real Temp, CPU-Zand stress testing program.
The CPU-Z will tell you whether the changes have been applied to your CPU properly or not. The Real Temp will tell you the real time temperature of the CPU and you should always have an eye on it. The temperature change is drastic when you change or tweak the settings and as you increase the voltage. Make sure that it does not a very high figure. The stress testing program LinX will provide you the results of the stress test but might take some time to complete.
Set it to run 10-20 times and click on the “Start” button. Keep an eye on the Real Temp screen as the stress test runs. You will notice that the CPU temperature goes too high and then low quite many times.
Now, if the test finishes successfully with the temperature not reaching very high value, you should increase the value of the multiplier by one more value and then rerun the test.
If the temperature touches the unsafe figure, your CPU has touched its limits. We would like to recommend you to keep it below 85 degrees Celsius in all scenarios. However, the maximum temperature your CPU can touch might vary, so you will have to check your CPU’s limits by yourself. But you can find some possible combinations on the internet. But keep this in mind, more is your CPU’s temperature, shorter will be its lifespan.
But, if the test fails in between and you face the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), you need to move on to the next step.
If you are facing the Blue Screen of Death, it ultimately means that the amount of voltage that your CPU is getting is not enough for the clock speed that has been set on the CPU. In order to avoid that or whenever you face this issue, simply raise the voltage.
For increasing the voltage, go back to the BIOS settings and then look for “CPU core” or Vcore. You need to change increase the already set value a bit. A good way will be to increase it in steps of 0.05. After you have changed the setting, save it and exit the BIOS and then restart your PC. However, you need to keep in mind that the more voltage you will raise, the higher temperature will get.
You will have to repeat the steps that have been mentioned above quite a few times to get the optimal setting for your machine. You have to reach the maximum safe temperature as well as the maximum safe voltage to stop. Once you have reached this state, reset your settings to the original default stable values. After this, save the settings and then restart your system to go for the final stress testing.
We are going to make use of a software named Prime95 to stress test the machine finally. In order to stress test using Prime95, select the “Just Stress Test” button. You can manually go to Options and then select the Torture test and then set the setting to “Small FF” test. Click the OK button and then leave your PC idle for about 6 hours. This is the minimum amount of time you need to give the program to stress test properly. Some people even keep it for12 hours for more accurate results.
You should also keep an eye time to time as well. Prime95 pushed your CPU to really extreme level, so it might take the CPU temperature to a high value. If something like this happens, you might have to back down the setting to certain lower value.
After you are done with Prime95, we would also like to recommend you to run AIDA64 program. Just click on the “Stability System Test” after checking all the boxes you find on the upper left corner. Click on the “Start” button to begin the test. This program will require around 6 hours too to complete. This program is a bit softer on CPU and pushes it to its 100 percent only. But, it is recommended because it also checks whether other components are working fine with the changed settings or not.
As we mentioned before, this is just a basic tutorial which teaches you how to start with overclocking. But this is not the end and you can do a lot more than this. We can’t explain how to do all the extra things here, but here is a brief summary of stuff that you can play with to extract more from your machine.
The default RAMs do not work at their rated specifications and speed. Most of them do not. However, this fact is unknown to most of the users. But it is very easy to overclock your RAM to make it run at the rated speed. Go to the BIOS settings, there you will have to tweak with the voltage as well as the RAM speed parameters and set them to a specific stable value. That means that you will have to keep one more thing in mind while running the stress testing process mentioned above.
The new processors in the market are capable of per-core overclocking thus offering you very high processing than rated. You won’t have to overclock all the cores, but tweaking a couple of them will give you enough power to play even the latest games easily in the high setting.
After your processor is overclocked, it will more likely run at higher speed even at normal usage. It will draw extra power from the source even when it is not required. Since it is consuming extra power, obviously it will produce extra heat. But you can prevent that by tweaking motherboard settings. SpeedStep and Intel’s C-states is a good example tweaking which will help your CPU to be in power saving mode. You will have to disable them when overclocking, but re-enable them when you are done so that your CPU runs at normal speed when high performance is not required.
There is no limit to the experiments that you can try on your PC and overclock. Taking your CPU to the limit is not bad but is highly risky. But you should not worry much as there are plenty of detailed guides like this available on the internet to help you with perfect settings.
It is very important to have all the best equipment to experience best gaming experience. And if you want to have that experience on your PC, the issue becomes even more critical. But here we are not going to talk about all of them but keyboards. Having a keyboard that is comfortable is essential, and the modern age gamers realize that fact. You won’t like your keyboard to be late at responding at crucial moments in the game. Definitely, a gaming keyboard will make your experience smooth and even more enjoyable and that is why we are here with the best gaming keyboard that you should buy in 2017.
There is a reason why standard keyboards can not be used for heavy gaming. They are fine when used for office and other business work, but they lack the desired precision and speed that is one of the key features of gaming keyboards. Unlike business or cheap keyboards, the build quality of gaming keyboards is very good offering all the main controls in your reach at your fingertips. There is backlighting in the keyboard so that you can play even in dark rooms.
There are many other things as well because of which you should get a mechanical gaming keyboard for you. But with so many choices at hand, it becomes really difficult to select the best one and the one which satisfies all your requirements of comfort and design. This is why we have brought you some of the best gaming keyboards, to help you narrow down your lookup list.
If this is not the first time you are buying the gaming keyboards, you would be knowing this brand. Corsair not only manufactures keyboards but also gaming mouse, memory, cases as well as PSUs. In Corsair K95 RGB Platinum offers you supreme build quality. For super fast actuation, you get the Cherry MX Mechanical Switches along with aircraft grade aluminum brushed chassis and another frame. The aluminum makes it lightweight as well as strong, perfect for rough use.
One best feature of this keyboard is that each and every button in the keyboard Is backlit and the player can program it to appear in any color that he or she wants. This is a very rare feature which not all gaming keyboards offer. There are 18 macro keys that and 16.8 million color combos. The Corsair Utility Engine is the dashboard that the players get for customizing them. Using it one can send a wave of colors or change color on keystroke.
The company offers you three builds which are available as: The Cherry MX Speed (Gunmetal), the Cherry MX RGB (Brown) and the Cherry MX Speed (Black build). The keyboard is available for $199.99.
G. Skill is the second gaming keyboard that we would like to recommend to all the gamers out there. The keyboard features an eccentric design with a metal plate on the front, metal rails as well as braided cables. You might find the metal rails annoying in the beginning but they are of great help while lifting the keyboard.
However, some of the players might not be happy with the poorly dim backlit that it offers. Sometimes, you might even find difficulty in playing in dark room as well. But that problem is overcome by the textured keypad for keys Q,W,E,R,A,D,S,C,G and F. Also the textured buttons are kind of angled so that the player gets better ergonomics during gaming.
There are some macro keys included in the keyboard as well along with some media keys for controlling your PC media. Other things include a mouse bungee, a LED strip for displaying the volume level, a detachable wrist rest (really comfortable and easy to clean) etc. However, the keyboard is budget friendly when compared to the previous gaming keyboard, and one can get it on Amazon just for $140.
Roccat Ryos MK Pro Gaming Keyboard is another best keyboard that misses the first stop by few points. Everything in this keyboard is perfect and the only drawback with it is that you get only one backlit option, i.e. blue and the wrist rest in the keyboard is non-removable. However, all other features are top notch and if backlit color and wrist rest doesn’t matter much to you, you should definitely consider looking at it before making the final decision.
The keyboard comes with good memory for customization. The 32-biit ARM Cortex processor along with 2 MB memory handles it very easily. There are eight macro keys that are dedicated for customization. But that does not limit you and the player can set it up for any letter key in the keyboard for directly executing complex commands. The special N-key rollover feature registers all the keys that you press on the keyboard, even if you press all of them at once again and again. This anti-ghosting feature is something that you don’t get in every other gaming keyboard. The Roccat Ryos MK Pro Gaming Keyboard is available on Amazon for $132.
Thermaltake Poseidon Z is not a new keyboard and has been on the market for around 2 years. It looks like a simple keyboard but still is amongst the popular gaming keyboard that one can get.
We found it good to have a numeric pad on the side. The blue backlit is warm to the eyes and do not hurt them in darkness. Instead of Cherry MX, you will find Kailh switches, but you won’t find much difference.
The keyboard comes in two colors, blue and brown. Based on our testing and feedback from the users, the Blue version is best for typing but is loud sometimes. On the other hand, the brown version is not that better in reach but is extremely quite.
The keyboard is made up of durable plastic and is quite sturdy as well. It is solid with logo on the top and etched on the spacebar as well. It is one of the best options that you should go with if you are tight on budget. You can get Thermaltake Poseidon Z keyboard on Amazon just for $65.
It is possible that many of you might not have heard this name before. It is not a common brand but the Shine 6 SE Mechanical keyboard from Ducky is the best gaming keyboard you can get your hand on. Not only this, there are many other options from the company that you can go for as well. The Sucky Shine 6 SE Keyboard is available just for $163, and this is one of the sturdiest gaming keyboards you can get at such price. If you are looking for a keyboard with media keys or G-keys, you might get disappointed. But, once you start using it, you can feel the quality build, the beautiful programmable keyboard LEDs, and the Cherry MX switches. However, you will have to pay $30 more for the Cherry MX switches.
Not many of us want all the fancy extras in a gaming keyboard. And this keyboard can be availed at a cheap price as well. These king of gaming keyboard fall under the budget friendly gaming keyboard category and lack things like mechanical keys or programmable backlit LEDs, but still are able to offer superb quality and comfort at affordable price. Turtle Beach Impact is one such gaming keyboard doesn’t feature all these features but feels really good, comfortable and precise when compared to any other membrane keyboard.
Gamers prefer a mechanical keyboard over membranes because they are way more sensitive than normal ones which require a full press. But that was past, and the new keyboards implement new tech which makes them almost sensitive as mechanical keys. So, if you are looking for a cheap keyboard that you can use for gaming as well as personal use, Turtle Beach impact is one good choice. You can get this keyboard on Amazon just for $23.
Not all gaming keyboards are of the size of a keyboard. Our sentence may confuse you but it is true. The Delux T9 Mini keyboard is a gaming keyboard kind of square in shape. If you look, there are only a few buttons that are used by the gamers. This small keyboard offers only those keys to you. And that is why it is so small as well as portable for the gamers. Also, it is perfect for people who play FPS games. The Delux T9 Mini Gaming keyboard has all the keys that your left hand would require as a gamer. All these keys are in reach, which makes the keyboard small and also very light. You can use the keyboard with both left as well as right hand, but you can use only one hand at a time to operate the keyboard. It is really very difficult to play games that are fully dependent on keyboard input like Football. But there are gamers who are even able to do that very easily. There are no macro buttons in the keyboard and a lot of normal letters are also missing. You can not type any kind of sentence from this keyboard since it does not possess letter keys. Obviously, this keyboard is fully dedicated to gaming and nothing else. It is cheaper when compared to big gaming keyboards, it is easy to carry it anywhere and gets all your work done at a very cheap rate. The Delux T9 Mini gaming keyboard is available on Amazon for $27.