We’re so close to the official launch of the RTX 30 series graphics cards that were recently announced by Nvidia, and we’ve already talked about getting ready to upgrade our PCs with the best motherboards for the RTX 3090 and other Ampere-based GPUs, but now it’s time for PC cases and which PC cases will fit Nvidia's next-gen GPUs like the RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070.
Obviously there’s a lot to consider when upgrading your GPU, one of which is whether or not your PC case is big enough to fit it. There’s nothing worse than buying a new graphics card only to find that its too big for your case, so to help you prepare we’ve listed some of the best and compatible PC cases for the newly announced RTX 30 series lineup, especially the monster 3-slot ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬ GPU which is comparably bigger than the previous-gen ¬¬gc_id:4075[Titan RTX]¬¬.
It’s not long now until we can officially get our hands on the next-gen RTX 30 series graphics cards from Nvidia, and many of us are pretty excited. There’s no doubt that now is the time to upgrade as next-gen consoles are launching later this year, which means upgrading now is the most optimal time to future proof our PCs.
But the new generation of cards are pretty beefy, not only do they provide one of the biggest performance improvements than any previous generation in a while, but the ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬ actually requires 3 expansion slots in order to fit. That’s quite a lot of space to consider when upgrading, but absolutely worth it for the first ever 8K consumer graphics card.
Last week we reported on the official PC system requirements for the recently announced ¬¬g_id:36628[World of Warcraft: Shadowlands]¬¬, which ended up requiring an SSD for the minimum specs. This obviously confused a lot of people as SSDs are generally listed only under recommended specs, and threw off quite a few players.
Now Blizzard have updated the SSD storage requirements on the minimum specs, albeit with a rather worrying note. Now both types of storage are listed under minimum, though a warning label is attached to the 100GB HDD option: "depending on the performance of the drive, player experience may be impacted on HDD."
Hardware, it’s a big deal around here. Console upgrades only come around once every decade or so. It's a pretty simple calculation to get your head around. A new console will last around 8-10 years for gaming, for a few hundred dollars? Yes, no, not yet?
But of course the fun and flexibility provided by a new PC hardware upgrade can be fraught with doubt. Which (often expensive) component will deliver the best value for money? Will it deliver performance for an adequate amount of time, before something replaces it? The graphics card is normally one of the biggest hitting and singularly most expensive units in a gaming PC, this makes it a key priority to get your graphics card purchase right.
Companies have been getting a lot more reactive with their reveals lately, one of which includes treasure hunt-style mysteries in big games to generate hype for a new launch, most notably in some of the biggest Battle Royale games these past few years. Well, AMD seems to have teased their upcoming next-gen GPUs in ¬¬g_id:4521[Fortnite]¬¬, sparking speculation of an imminent announcement for their RDNA2-based graphics cards.
After Nvidia quite frankly blew a lot of us out the water with their official RTX 30 series reveal, many have been wondering what AMD is set to offer with their line of next-gen GPUs which are still scheduled to release before next-gen consoles this year.
Nvidia has been on a roll recently, after officially announcing the next-gen RTX 30 series GPUs based on their Ampere architecture at a strikingly cheaper price than we thought, many of us have been clambering for more performance details before the new cards officially launch. Now Nvidia has revealed a few more performance metrics for the ¬¬gc_id:5003[RTX 3080]¬¬, detailing frame rates of 60-100fps even at 4K with Max graphics settings and ray tracing where available in most AAA recent titles.
Nvidia’s official reveal of the RTX 30 series only included some vague percentage increases over the previous generations rather than any actual numbers. It’s all good and fine saying that the RTX 3080 achieves 2x performance over the ¬¬gc_id:4022[RTX 2080]¬¬, but without seeing any actual numbers that leaves much to be desired.
The superhero ensemble is nearly here on PC, as ¬¬g_id:35954[Marvel's Avengers]¬¬ comes out tomorrow. Crystal Dynamics' latest title sure looks quite pretty, but how well does it perform? Can low-end PC hardware run it? And how much wiggle room do we have in terms of FPS performance and graphical fidelity? We take a look at the PC performance benchmarks for Marvels Avengers...
First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for Marvel's Avengers, we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 2080, the lower-end R7 370, as well as the mid-range GTX 1060 which is also the recommended GPU for 30fps Max graphics settings in Marvels Avengers. Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card ran at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized Marvel's Avengers really is.
First it was announced, then the trailer for Crysis Remastered leaked ahead of the official reveal which led to a delay by a few weeks in order to get the quality to a standard we expect. Well, now the official PC system requirements for ¬¬g_id:37140[Crysis Remastered]¬¬ are finally out and they're not what we expected...
There's something fishy going on with these requirements to be honest, most notably with the lack of ray tracing specs listed. Crytek have already revealed that Crysis Remastered will support ray tracing and Nvidia's DLSS technology, yet no ray tracing-capable GPUs are listed. Plus, the recommended API is DirectX11, and the ray tracing tech in Crysis Remastered will be using Nvidia's VKRay Vulkan extension rather than DXR, which is not listed either.
Nvidia recently officially announced the RTX 30 series based on the Ampere architecture, and whilst it boasts some of the biggest performance improvements over any generation before, and even brought the world’s first 8K 60fps consumer GPU, some of the video memory capacities mentioned were a little lackluster. More specifically, the 8GB ¬¬gc_id:5013[RTX 3070]¬¬.
But for those of you who were hoping for a higher memory variant, you’re in luck! As an ¬¬gc_id:5014[RTX 3070 Ti]¬¬ has been spotted online with 16GB of VRAM. There are some reasons to be skeptical, but on the whole this all looks pretty legitimate, the only thing that’s truly uncertain is a few of the other specs, and when exactly this model will come out.
With the official announcement of the RTX 30 series graphics cards yesterday, Nvidia stunned us all with the sheer performance metrics that were reported as well as cheaper-than-expected price for each GPU. The ¬¬gc_id:5013[RTX 3070]¬¬, ¬¬gc_id:5003[RTX 3080]¬¬, and ¬¬gc_id:5005[RTX 3090]¬¬ will usher in a new generation, so to celebrate Nvidia has created a bundle for customers who purchase any RTX 30 series card or pre-built PC with any of those GPUs with a free copy of ¬¬g_id:33549[Watch Dogs Legion]¬¬ and a 1 year subscription to GeForce Now, Nvidia’s own cloud gaming service.
The bundle will be available from Nvidia and their partners, a full list of participating retailers and e-tailers will be available on the GeForce RTX 30 Series Bundle Homepage on September 17th, when the deal officially goes live. Come Sept 17th, be sure that your purchase is eligible for the bundle as some retailers won’t be participating in the offer.