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Best PC graphics cards for 2018
By Sam Jones - 13th Dec 2017Games
Our pick of graphics cards to boost your PC gaming experience
Experiencing blockbuster AAA games in all their glory can be frustrating if your PC isn't packing one of the best graphics cards on the market.
From the look of the game's graphical detail to how well it runs without those annoying freezing moments or gameplay lag, you need the right graphics card to see you through. Fortunately, we've compiled a number of top graphics cards from Nvidia's product range, which will hopefully help boost your gaming sessions into the new year.
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
The GTX 1080 Ti is the company’s fastest and most powerful gaming graphics card, the only one that is faster costs roughly 60% more. Though a bit pricier it is worth it for the clock rates, cooling, advanced features and aesthetics.
- The 1080 Ti has a 12-billion-transistor GP102 processor sporting 3584 CUDA cores, 224 texture units, and 88 ROPs.
- A base clock rate of 1480 MHz typically accelerates to 1582 MHz under most gaming loads thanks to GPU Boost.
- An aggregate 352-bit memory bus hosts 11GB of GDDR5X memory able to move up to 484 GB/s of information.
- Optimized for VR and 4K gameplay.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
The GeForce GTX 1080 is a stepping stone from the 1070 to the 1080 Ti. That isn’t to say it doesn’t have its own unique and great features, from its great design to being highly over-clockable.
- The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 has a 2,560 CUDA core.
- Clock speeds are at 1607MHx and a power draw of 180W, peaking at around 286W.
- It includes 8GB of memory and a memory clock of 10000MHz.
- Optimized for VR gameplay.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is up there with the 1080 Ti in terms of great graphics cards, it certainly lives up to its predecessor the 970. It is one of the best value for money offers available for graphics cards!
- The GTX 1070 has a 1,920 CUDA core, which is a marked improvement over the 970 who only had a 1,664 CUDA core.
- Reaching base clock speeds of up to 1506MHx which is again an improvement on the 1050MHz of old.
- 8GB of GDDR5 memory, with a 256-bit bus for 256GB/sec of memory bandwidth.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Loaded with innovative new gaming technologies, the GeForce GTX 1060 is a top choice for the latest high-definition games. Powered by NVIDIA Pascal, one of the most advanced GPU architecture ever created – this graphics card delivers brilliant performance that opens the door to Virtual Reality gaming and more.
- Up to 3x more power for VR gaming compared with the GeForce GTX 960
- Both the GeForce GTX 1060 6Gb and GeForce GTX 1060 3Gb cards boast 8 Gbps memory speed, 1.4x boost clock Relative and 1708 MHz boost clock actual.
- Enjoy extra performance without the need to increase your PC’s power requirements.
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