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Video games: RetroAhoy – Quake, overclock your video card, Nvidia GTX 1070 performance review

RetroAhoy has created a new documentary in regards to the video game industry. In a mix of video game history, gameplay explanations, excellent storytelling and great graphics, Retro Ahoy explains why Quake was the game that changed the face of video games for ever.

The way the levels were created, number of enemies, fast-paced action and the fact that you could mod the game have transformed Quake into a game of reference, a legend. I’ve played the game in the 90s and early 2000s and it was a great experience. It was in a time where computers like the one we have today were a chapter in a scifi movie.

The world has changed a lot and Quake made sure to change the video game landscape for ever. Quake forever.

Getting to things that are more close to today, JayzTwoCents explains why we should overclock our video cards: the video card producers limit the performance on purpose, but give you tools to overclock so that you can use the card at its full capacity. It will shorten the life of a card from 5 to 4 years, for example, but most of us will buy a new card within 2-3 years anyways, so it is a good bet.

What about a performance review for Nvidia GTX 1070, one of the newest kids in the block from Nvidia? There is such a review and the numbers say it aloud: it is the best card around for 1440p gaming. Go get it:

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entertainment geek

Yay, Nvidia hits the video games market with GTX 1080

It isn’t about the fact that it has twice the performance of Titan X, but the price is way lower than that of Titan X. Titan X is around 1000USD but GTX 1080 is aroun 600-700 USD. Given the performance, I’d say it is a big leap. HotHardware made a review and also presents the full specs of GTX 1080 and it seems that it is the best thing in the market right now.

Extreme Tech has also a very positive review of the video card.

Given the performance and price, I’d say that my dream gaming pc will or might use an Nvidia card now.

The YouTube reviewers out there all say, in one voice, that this card is za best.

JayzTwoCents:

Paul’s Hardware:

JayszTwoCents again:

What do you about this awesome card?

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geek tech

How to choose a graphics or video card?


Jayz2Cents is here to the rescue. He first explains what those 8 – 12 manufacturers of graphics card do to those cards and then gives us details about what matters. Most often than not, some manufacturers will choose to add a ton of features to the base graphics cards someone like Nvidia prints specs out for.

Nvidia gives out the specs, but manufacturers are free to add whatever they want. This is why you see that the video cards may have different fans or different VRAM.

Now, to what matters: the amount of VRAM the cards nowadays have is typically 2GB, but you may need more if you have monitors that run above 1080p. MSAA might consume large amounts of VRAM but you woudl not need it if you run even at 1080p.

Usually when its about graphics cards I look for these things:
– GPU – the more the better, needs to be above 1GHz
– VRAM – it needs to be GDDR5 and at least 3-4 GB
– bits – usually you will find with 128 bit BUSes, but I’d choose those with 512 bit

A card like the one from above would cost easily above 500 USD, but it makes magic.