FreeSync 2 was announced over a year ago but it's only recently that we're starting to see the its ecosystem expand with new display options. As HDR and wide-gamut monitors become more of a reality over the next year, there's no better time to discuss FreeSync 2 than now, when you can actually buy it.
Today we're checking out the state of the GPU market, what pricing and availability is like relative to various points in the past year, and what the trends in pricing are looking like. We'll also go through some performance figures to show which graphics cards make the most sense to purchase right now.
If you're looking to buy a new graphics card today, don't mind all the testing, marginal fps gains, power consumption figures, or overclocking potential. TechSpot's Best Graphics Cards is written to get a simple question answered: Given a certain budget, which is the graphics card you should buy?
The latest Radeon Pro driver brings big performance improvements in professional applications such as Siemens NX (47%), Autodesk 3ds Max (44%), CATIA (37%), Creo and SOLIDWORKS. Also stability enhancements and support for the Windows 10 April 2018 update.
To play Far Cry 5, Ubisoft recommends that you have a Core i7-4770 or Ryzen 5 1600 processor along with a GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X -- fairly heavy recommendations. Benchmarking the game has been made easy by its built-in benchmark which appears to do a good job of replicating the kind of performance you can expect to see when playing the game.
The AMD Radeon Adrenalin Edition Graphics Driver 18.3.4 Hotfix was just released to offer the best gaming experience for Far Cry 5, also solving a couple of Final Fantasy XV issues. Watch out for our Far Cry 5 benchmarks soon.
Along with our recent editorials on why it's a bad time to build a gaming PC, we've been revisiting some older GPUs to see how they hold up in today's games. But how do you know how much you should be paying for a secondhand graphics card?
The latest Radeon Adrenalin Hotfix adds support for A Way Out, Sea of Thieves and Vulkan 1.1, but also fixes an intermittent stutter in Forza Motorsport 7. Gameplay in Final Fantasy XV and Star Wars Battlefront 2 has also been improved.
Continuing along with revisiting some of our favorite old graphics cards, today we'll be checking back in with the Radeon R9 280X, which is also to say that we're checking back in with the 7970 GHz Edition, both of which are essentially a factory overclocked Radeon HD 7970, so we'll technically be revisiting that, too, the very same card we first reviewed in December 2011!
At a time when graphics cards are extremely overpriced, AMD's new Ryzen APUs offer an affordable means of building a basic gaming PC. But we've been keen to see if the APU holds its ground against bargain priced second-hand GPUs. Today we're going to find out.
GTX 750 Ti... 2014 is calling
The latest Radeon Adrenalin hotfix driver is out with performance optimizations for Final Fantasy XV, Warhammer: Vermintide II and DOTA 2. In DOTA 2 they promise a 6% gain if you're using a Radeon RX 580. This is part of new eSports title optimizations (Overwatch, PUBG) that includes other metrics such as 99th percentile frame times.
Updating its entry-level and mid-range product lines, AMD's new Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs are set to replace nearly all of the company's offerings under $200. Making these chips special is the integration of Radeon Vega graphics for budget desktop PCs.
AMD has just released a new Radeon driver that offers the optimal gaming experience for Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age. This driver also resolves various issues including Sid Meier's Civilization V failing to launch on Hybrid Graphics system configurations when using DirectX 9 API.
We're hardly two weeks into 2018 and it's been a wild ride for the tech industry already. Just as we thought graphics card pricing was settling down, it has skyrocketed higher than ever. We discuss the reasons why this scenario has provided the perfect storm for holding off on your next GPU upgrade.
Although we've thoroughly benchmarked PU's Battlegrounds at this point and it's based on the same UE4 engine, we're interested to see just how much better optimized Fortnite is and we know many of you are as well having read all of your requests for this one. Fortnite's Battle Royale mode has proven to be quite popular, attracting millions of players in a short few months.
Following up on last month's CPU-focused benchmarks, we're back to see how PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds performs on a massive range of graphics cards: we have an epic battle between Radeon and GeForce GPUs.
AMD's latest Radeon Adrenalin driver is full of bug fixes, including the Radeon Settings Video tab disappearing on some hybrid graphics system configurations after a reboot and system hangs in AMD XConnect Technology enabled configurations.