Best Graphics Card for Gaming 2017

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If you don't want to read the entire guide (which is admittedly quite long) this TL;DR shows you our Editor's Pick.

The good news is that, while it’s true that it’s been made with a rather decent plastic, everything else with GTX 1070 is purely high-end. I’m talking about getting an incredible feeling with a single touch.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  • High-end parts and components
  • Two effective cooling fans
  • Great aesthetics factor
  • Solid aluminum back plate
  • No coil whine (yay!)

Aiming to become a professional gamer isn’t easy, you have to consider with what you’re working with. If your setup isn’t geared for success, there’s no way you can play alongside with the big sharks in this trade. We’ve gathered the best graphics card for gaming here in one article, so that you don’t have to look elsewhere.

The Best Graphics Card for Gaming Reviews

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 256

We know all about Gigabyte and what it has done over the last couple of years. Yes, it has an AMAZING track record, and we can bet that there are a lot of things to come on our way with Gigabyte leading the industry.

Upon receiving it, I’ve noticed right away that it’s pretty solid. However, there was something off…its cooler is made out of plastic. But nonetheless, I don’t think that it would affect its performance.

The good news is that, while it’s true that it’s been made with a rather decent plastic, everything else with GTX 1070 is purely high-end. I’m talking about getting an incredible feeling with a single touch.

Okay, I may or may not exaggerated this part. But it’s real life, with the price that’s being partnered with, I’ll be damned if I thought otherwise. There’s something I’d like to discuss about that it, but first I’ll talk on how it went on the first hour I got it.

BTW, I love how they put it an aluminum back plate. Personally, I’d say that it’s a great touch for additional points. I mean, the look is already sweet, but this made it look even cooler.

If you’re going to look at the side of the card, you’re going to notice that there’s a kickass Gigabyte logo – yeah, you better be proud FAM. It’s Gigabyte we’re talking about here. What’s more is that there’s this stop indicator that’s with it.

Now, here’s the thing about the stop indicator, you’re able to make it have the personal touch as much as you want. No, seriously. The indicators are RGB – in other words, you’ll be able to get your desired color.

I don’t have to explain how important looks are, but the fact that you have the power to match it with your system build-up is a super win right there. Unless you think that customization is boring, which would automatically lead me to thinking that you’re as boring as my grandad.

Going back to the topic, while we would love the power of customization to become handy at all times. Or you know, at least be able to access it right away, you do have to follow steps to get the aesthetics that you want.

However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do so. Hell, if anything, ALL you need to do is download the Xtreme Gaming Engine Utility. You can get it from the main man himself, Gigabyte. Getting it done is pretty simple, no need for hassle.

Just wanted to put this out there, because when I first tried to customize the lights it wouldn’t work. I thought that my card was defective, and it’s giving me error signals. CLEARLY that wasn’t the case.

There’s something that I want to tell you as well – if you’re afraid that this might have a concern regarding on coil whine, then you need to relax.

When it comes to coil whine, I’ve had a great deal amount of experiences on them. I have to give thanks to my old GTX 970 and AMD R9 Nano (these guys were terrible!)

As for Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070, I’m pretty pleased to announce that I have ZERO encounters with our dreaded enemy. Just to make sure that it doesn’t have a coil whine, I did a thorough test run.

And no, it wasn’t just some quick, test run, I played several games on it. And guess what? The games even had an unlocked framerate (beat that!) and yup, there’s no annoying coil whine sounds that’s audible.

But you may have a different experience if you have a super hearing strength…but unless you’re secretly a dog, I doubt that would be the case – I’m not discriminating or anything!

Jokes set aside, yeah, I was REALLY impressed. Moving on to the cooling factor of this card. Naturally, we would want something that can take on our heat. Because we’re hot AF! And let me tell you, it’s pretty good that I’m only getting a 75C.

Looking back to my old friend (referring to an old buddy of mine, it’s named GTX 980 Ti) it wasn’t near as amazing when it comes to coolness. I would often recall the numbers would usually be in high 80s and low 90s. Like I said, it wasn’t a pretty sight to look at.

Honestly, I wouldn’t want to stop anyone from purchasing this product. It’s already good as it is, it’s going to make a terrific GPU upgrade.

Okay, okay. You might say – what’s the catch here? I would love to say that everything’s fine and dandy, but that isn’t the case.

For most gamers, this wouldn’t be an option if the card wasn’t on sale. I bought mine on sale so I have no problems with it.

In addition, this isn’t a great choice if you’re into overlocking. As a matter of fact, you should save yourself and avoid any attempts to overlock this baby.

There’s more to it than that, if you’ve noticed that your case has a poor airflow, this isn’t the card for you. Like I said, it runs perfectly cool, and it has the capability of cooling the heat quickly.

It does bother me a bit that if there wasn’t a larger fan that’s continuously blowing it (Okay, that doesn’t sound right) it tends to go hot right away. But then again, that’s not the case. It has two 90mm fans that’s got your back, no matter how long your gaming marathons are.

Also, it’s great to know that it has two pure composite heat-pipes to help you out as well. It gives you what you’ve always wanted – higher performance at lower temperatures. At least, that’s what it did for me.

Also, you’ll have no problems with playing Shadow of Mordor at an incredible 1080p. But the only factor that’ll limit your performance is your PC – so generally speaking, I hold no grudges when it comes to its actual performance. Good card!

PROS

  • High-end parts and components
  • Two effective cooling fans
  • Great aesthetics factor
  • Solid aluminum back plate
  • No coil whine (yay!)

CONS

  • It isn’t ideal for overclocking
  • Cooler is made out of plastic

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB

Gigabyte has truly put up a rather difficult fight, and finding a card that could rival it would be pretty tough. We’ve already established how big of a company Gigabyte is – after finding out that it has been in business for a very long time.

However, we did our research, and found something that could be on par with GTX 1070. Or maybe even potentially surpass it? Well, let’s find out.

Next thing we have the popular brand ASUS. When it comes to publicity, I know that ASUS has the edge. Everyone knows about it, even if you aren’t techy.

Of course, there’s always an exception…maybe you’re 90 and you just got into gaming. But even if you are THAT old, you need to know how much of a power this card holds. Dude, you’re going to be hyped with how it can turn the most demanding of games into a puppy.

Yes bros, ANY game that’s already been out NEEDS to meet this card. Okay, okay…I know it packs an extremely powerful presence.

But I no longer think of GeForce GTX 1080 as a card anymore. It more looks like a brick at this point. But we’re not here to complain about how it looks, there’s nothing wrong with how it’s designed. Considering the fact that it’s been made this way to ensure that its performance levels are way up.

There’s no secret to it – if you’ve been dying to get a really, really good card to a 4K gaming rig, then you don’t have to think much about it. I’d say this is at the top of my list.

You see kids, before I bought this puppy up, I’ve already had my setup of GTX1070. I know, I’m pretty loyal to the brand. Well, at least I only get the best ones.

You might be thinking, why on earth I got GTX 1080 when I had the previous model. The reason’s pretty simple, if ASUS was already this badass with an older product, how much more of a big boy would ASUS be able to produce?

And boy, after trying it out, the experience was just amazing. No words. I would even go as far to say that it’s worth the extra money I spent.

The engineers were pretty spot on when they decided to put in the right bells and whistles for this card. By any means, it isn’t perfect, and I don’t want you think that it is. However, it did take me a long time to see if there’s something wrong with it.

Just to give you a head’s up, the fans have been programmed to stay still when the GPU isn’t put to work. It kind of sucks, but I understand why the makers created it this way.

So you can expect that it might be hotter (not the good kind) than EVGA’s cards. But usually, I would just brush it off. It would cause annoyance if in any way it would damage the performance, but it doesn’t. So no major issues here.

Since I’m a good person, I’ll share the numbers to you. The card, upon my observation – don’t worry, my observations are always on point…I hope – stays at around 40-45C while it does its thing.

There are some positive vibes to it as well. Like, how it doesn’t promote dust build-up. Those can be really troublesome to clean, so I appreciate how it cuts it back. Still, I don’t think that’s what they have intended to do, but it works.

Let’s talk more about it in detail. Looking at it, you’re going to see how there are two 2 PWM fan headers. This is conveniently located on the side of the card. There’s something that I did to them that makes the outcome different though.

So what I did was, I placed my front intake fans bent over to those. Meaning, it creates a favorable effect. Meaning, it doesn’t spin until the GPU is underload. You can follow this trick if you want to, it surely works well for me.

If you’re curious what it can do, by simply hooking it up, it makes your PC really silent. Okay, maybe almost silent when it’s idle. There are some noises that could be heard, but it won’t bother you at all. The sound’s pretty quiet…except for my HDD.

Now, this gives you an option – you can either choose to play around with GPU Tweak II OR you can choose to do it automatically.

In my humble opinion, when it comes to setting up the fan speed curves, it would be best for you to do it manually. You don’t have to worry though, it doesn’t take much effort to do so.

As a matter of fact, it’s only going to take a couple of minutes to get it done right. Now, if you want to do things automatically, that’s fine. However, your experience is not going to be a favorable ride.

Okay, it does its job when it comes to cooling the card. It works perfectly well. But here’s the thing, I’m not keen with their GPU Tweak II.

It hasn’t been programmed well, and there are a lot of bugs surrounding its concern. So if you want to save your life – or just your time, really – avoid using it. With that being said, I hope that they’ll do something about it in the near future.

Let’s talk about its Aura RGB lighting. For one, I believe that it looks great, and they’re spot on. But again, I do have some concerns about it.

I don’t like the fact that there are two REALLY bright white LEDs. And when I say that they’re bright, I mean it looks like Christmas is coming in the middle of June, bright! This is on the power connectors – so it’s six pin and eight pin.

Now, these guys got no chill. They’re always WHITE as hell, and I’m not trying to sound racist here. I’m spitting words of truth. This is more of my personal taste than anything else, because honestly, it’s a negative for us in the looks department.

Whether it’s just me be being sensitive with the lights or not, it’s your call. However, it doesn’t really change the performance execution by any means. On the other hand, I do have a bone to pick with ASUS due to its software.

I’m quite disappointed with the Aura software itself. Seriously, I don’t know why they aren’t doing anything with the bugs. And I hate bugs – both living and not living.

As a matter of fact, in my experience, it caused a BSOD on login. This was during my first installation process, and yes, I had to do a system restore. Effort was real when I was trying to get it with the right tweaks, I wanted to stay on my preferred color.

But there are some pretty sweet hacks you can do. For instance, all I had to do what tape the white LED’s using the power of electrical tape because its properties holds up the heat – YES, It’s SCIENCE! A

After that, you have to select the LED to your preferred color. Of course, if you want to make your life less complicated, DO NOT mess with the software ever again. For eternity.

PROS

  • 1733 MHz boost Clock with super alloy power II delivery
  • Auto-extreme automation technology for consistent
  • Blower-cooled design
  • Robust monitoring and adjustment capability
  • 4K and VR ready for action

CONS

  • REALLY bright white LEDs
  • Software has a lot of bugs

XFX RADEON RX 470 4GB RX-470P4LFB6 DDR5

We all kind of have this badass image for Radeon. I’m not sure if it’s just me or not, but its way of doing things are totally different from what we’re accustomed to.

And I must say, the company’s REALLY confident with their performance. Just like with the others on the list, you can bet your money that it’s one of the best brands out there when it comes to cards.

Playing with the top dogs in the industry means they’re on a different level. I even love saying their kickass slogan – Demand more, demand Radeon.

Of course, RX 470 is the product of their creativity and edge and technological advancement. Now, this series is quite special. The reason why is you’re not only getting the RX 470 Series alone, but you’ll also be having fun with AMD LiquidVR™ technology.

On the previous product before this one, I was ranting about how badly written the program was. But I guess Radeon thought it would be better if there are to use a different kind of technology to surpass their competitors.

Basically speaking, you’ll be amazed by how this baby is virtually stutter-free. If you have been using your old gaming cards from the past, it’s about time you move to the future.

You no longer have to tolerate high latency experiences when you’re gaming – I know how much you want to kill your PC because of that. And it’s one of the best way to upgrade your virtual reality environment.

After all, while our goal is for the quests and games, you can never be truly satisfied if you don’t get the best of the gaming experience.

And this time, it gives you a chance to do so. Not to mention the price isn’t scary at all. If anything, I’d say that it’s pretty reasonable considering of the things you’ll be getting in return.

I’m not done yet with my ranting. Nor do I think that I will ever be. I just can’t get enough with how it has managed to increase my chances of winning every single day due to its support with high-end VR games.

From time to time, when I’m not gaming or anything, I would do some of side projects. And although I already knew that the experience would increase from the last time, I was surprised by how much great of a change happened.

Editing videos have never been this amazing, I’m able to double my productivity in just a short amount of time. Probably because I wasn’t aware that I spent most of my time doing work waiting for my PC to get on with its life.

So yes, if you have any side projects going on, you’re free to open applications as you like without the fear of experiencing any lags.

Earlier, I mentioned about new technologies that Radeon is using, and I’d like to introduce one of them. Radeon asked the help from FinFET 14 technology.

You don’t need to know in detail what it does, but I’ll give you a summary: this makes the card operate efficiently and smartly. They have a solid vision of keeping the operation cool and quiet throughout the usage.

Another fun fact – did you know that this is the first time that a company has created a hard swap detachable fan design? Yes, that’s right! If you think of it this way, it means you basically have a part of history.

Or at least you’ve done some contribution (Mind you, this isn’t something you can brag about to your future grandson.) In connection to what I’ve pointed out, this means that you have the power to upgrade the fans anytime you want.

If you happen to dislike its built-in fans, then changing it would no longer be a problem. Personally, I get bored with things easily, that’s why I really appreciate how they thought outside the box.

It’s definitely a useful feature as our gaming setup could use some makeover every here and there. But there’s more to fans than upgrades and aesthetics.

We already know how essential fans are – come on, imagine a card without it, it’s a complete disaster! Of course, it has a direct impact to the overall performance.

I’m not trying to say that the fans that go along with the box aren’t great. It’s just that, no matter how great of a fan you own, its performance is going to decrease over time. I know how this goes because this is what I keep on experiencing.

What’s worse is that it was virtually impossible to change your fans, so you have to invest money on getting another one. XFX's Hard Swap technology is really good in this aspect, and I like how the peeps at Radeon also offers upgrade options to help us out. This can either be for a higher performing fans or color LED options.

PROS

  • High Performance Unibody Heatsink
  • Enhances thermal efficiency by 40%
  • All-new XFX Hard Swap Detachable Fan Design
  • Smart XFX Black plate for extra protection and support
  • Factory Overclocked to 1226MHz

CONS

  • It’s a power short on my card

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050

This is the second product that’s coming from Gigabyte, it only means the peeps making this magic happen surely means business. Now, I’ll go straight right in, because I know what you want.

So, how was my experience with Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050? It’s quite entertaining. Before I decided to get an upgrade, I played with my Gigabyte's GTX 750 ti Windforce edition.

As you can see, I wanted to see if I can sense any significant change with my gaming sessions. And YES! It did. As a matter of fact, it has exceeded my expectation by a lot. If you’re curious, I’m partnering it up with my Xeon x5670 and 24 GB of RAM – the results are amazing.

Do you know how much of an improvement it made? I can take on ANYTHING. Hell, I keep on throwing games with high to ultra-settings, I wanted to test its limits on how far it can go. So far, I haven’t been disappointed just yet.

Here are some couple of games I’ve tried, with GTA V (I know that there’s a lot of you guys who play this) I’m able to max it all out. I didn’t put any advanced options as well.

Some other games I’ve played were Wolfenstein: The New Order and DOOM. There are other games as well, and I was able to play at a good rate. All of the games I’ve tried with this beast is at 1080p, 60 FPS or higher.

I was really impressed as GTX 1050 allowed me to play to my heart’s content without any concerns. I mean, high settings are awesome.

And you often have to spend a lot of money – like, a couple of hundred – so that you’ll be able to maximize your experience with the latest games. We’re not here to play with Pac Man, after all.

With that being said, if you want to save money, and still be able to get your games, this is the graphics card for you. BTW, I purposely chose the larger version of the card.

It comes along with two fans, and it does require help from an external power. Obviously. The bigger it is, the more power you need to cool it down.

But I think it’s a win for this one, because usually, when the card needs aid from external power, this is your sign that it’s waaay better with overclocks than those who don’t.

If you’re the type who’s a huge fan of overclocking, you should definitely check this out. And oh, btw, in almost majority of times, you have the power to overvoltage them as you like.

There are certain perks of a car that needs an external power, and that means you get MORE than the regular graphics card. Besides, the more powerful it is, the better your games will be.

On the other hand, I don’t think that it’s ALL that when it comes to overclocking. Compared to my ancient 750 ti, it didn’t give me huge overclocks, which is quite a bummer.

This doesn’t interpret that my old one was better though. Because when I did try to overclock this thing, even it was just a mild overclock, it was completely on a whole new different level.

In other words, it’s way better when it comes performance. Well, it’s quieter, cooler, and it doesn’t use a lot of power. So it’s a good sign.

Moreover, if you’re into sexy things, such as myself *cough* then you’re going to love how it comes with a great back plate.

Without it, it already look fine as hell – like, The Rock kind of fine (because who doesn’t find The Rock awesome?) but its little additional bonus of a back plate seals the deal with a kiss.

Is there anything that’s off with this product? The answer…yes. We can’t really expect a faultless product, but its issue is something that you need time to think about.

This edition, in particular, is quite long. Really, really long – and I know how the ladies want it long, but this is just inconvenient. As a matter of fact, just so you can have it set up, you need about two slots with the cooler.

It’s twice as long as the average, so you better think if it’s worth it. The thing is, it’s going to mess up with your original set up. For instance, you might have to do a bit rearranging with your soundcards or NICs.

At the same time, you also have to consider your case. If it’s a bit shorter, then you’re going to have a problem securing it lengthwise. But if you go for its low profile design, then you can have things easier for you. They have it available, so it’s not really a problem.

Overall, I believe that the company has really thought this through. And it’s probably one of the best cards to fate that’s still friendly in the price department.

PROS

  • Card tuning is easy
  • Flexible Connectivity
  • Intuitive XTREME Engine Utility
  • Great fan performance
  • reduce core energy loss

CONS

  • Does not come with adapter

MSI GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Graphic Cards

MSI is in the building, and we’re finally at the fifth product for our review. Now before we start the show, I know that there’s just ONE things that everyone notices right away – its large attributes.

And boy, everything about it is just big and mighty. But I’m not only referring to its size, I’m talking about its price as well!

But we’re going to tackle on the question if it’s worth the price or not in a bit. 

I really want to give you a head’s up on the size. Before you purchase this card, you really have to think A LOT of times if it’s going to fit.​

No, thinking about it isn’t enough. You have to make sure that it does, proper measurements is the key to success here.

This is especially for the people or gamers who have the tendency to upgrade their cards once every couple of years. You might have noticed that the pictures aren’t really telling you the honest size of the newer generations of GPUs – so yes, measure your case.

Dude, I don’t want to call it just large, it’s an understatement. Hmmmm. We can call it colossal for all care. And I know what you’re thinking, you’re probably going for clearing the distance to your case front, that’s not going to work.

While it may be a smart move, you really have to consider the cabling. I mean, we can’t just pull out the cables, it’ll take away the entire point. As early as now, I’ve already told you the downside to this card.

But as usual, there are several ways where you can still get what you want. Just look at it this way, divide your case into two distinct parts – north and south.

Once you have your space managed, and you found an effective way deal with its size, you basically have an invincible weapon at your aid.

That doesn’t change the fact that it’s pretty darn expensive though. Unfortunately, I can’t give you tips on how to earn higher paychecks.

I’d like to share another brief overview (I’ll save the deets for later) this is about its temperature and noise. I’ve tried way too many graphics cards than I can count, and this one stood out in particular.

If anything, I feel like MSI has raised a bar a notch higher. Personally, I believe this is the best card on the list due to its exceptional performance. I didn’t expect that I wouldn’t be faced with hearing it over the usual 120mm case fans.

Guess what? They were at full load! This is a really impressive feat, and I can see why gamers are going cray cray over this thing. In a way, it’s as if it’s MSI’s way of paying us back with its colossal excuse of a size.

The performance though, I don’t know where to begin with how amazing it is. BTW, for the people that came from GTX 1080, I have something to tell you.

There’s going to be at least fifty to a hundred percent improvement in the matters of framerate, and this applies to most of your games in your arsenal.

When I decided to test this out – knowing the price was a bit too high for anyone’s liking – I had a different purpose in mind.

You see, I wanted to save the hassle from continuously purchasing a new GPU. This is going to give you a good service for a very long time. The investment it definitely worth it.

It’s time to get freaky with the details for MSI GeForce GTX 1080. For the people who aren’t informed yet (I know majority of you already do) this is the newest member of the family to the ultimate gaming platform.

This has everything that you want and more. It isn’t powered by anything that doesn’t standout, this has been supported by the award-winning NVIDIA Pascal architecture. You’re getting the best of the best with your investment.

Its features have no limitations, it has been proudly equipped with the next generation 11Gbps GDDR5X memory. If that doesn’t shake you, then maybe its impressive 11 GB allocation for frame buffer is – just feel free to play anything that you want, this won’t let you down.

In fact, even if you pride yourself as the King or Queen of multitasking, this beast can take on multiple applications like it’s no sweat at all. It even has all of the innovative gaming technologies that have recently made its way to the industry.

This isn’t just 2017, you’re being taken for a ride of your life. It has the best extreme gaming horsepower more than anything else.

Professional gamers would often see this as a way to open more doors to the world virtual reality. And probably lead us to the discovery of aliens? Well, a person can dream.

Moving on the next feature that I like about it is its MSI Afterburner overclocking utility. You already know how much I like to keep things simple, and this baby just does that. Anyone can do it. If you’re curious as to what it can be overlocked to, it’s at 1582 MHz (base clock: 1480 MH).

This time, let’s talk about the fan. We all are afraid of our cards that it might experience blistering heat coming from our hours of gaming sessions, and if you’ve tried the basic cards from before, you know how the heat is cable to damage your gameplay.

The good news with this one is it doesn’t promote heat generation – it’s fast, and it takes care of the its temperature right away. After all, it does use a mixture of radial fan and an advanced vapor chamber.

You don’t have to know what the terms mean, all you need to know that its heat dissipation game is strong. There’s no such thing as intense gaming conditions with MSI.

Now, I’ve got a question – have you made up your mind? If we’re only looking for the performance here, then you we already have sealed the deal.

It’s a bit expensive, but remember you don’t have to go through the trouble of paying a hundred for MHz. And because MSI has got your back, this still offers around 25 to 30 percent more than the next best thing.

Okay…you the price is way more than the extra 25% if you were to pay for it, but it tells another story. This lets you play any game that’s sold in the market at 1080 or even higher. 4k at ultra-settings isn’t even a problem. No need to rush getting a new one – well, except for when the 8K comes in.

PROS

  • Exceptional Temperature and Nosie
  • Superior Performance Level
  • Effective Fans for Heat Control
  • Top-Tier components for longevity
  • Uses top notch technology

CONS

  • Price tag may be too high
  • Size is too big for most cases

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB

ZOTAC has been partying with us since 2006, and I just absolutely love how intense the name is, “ZOTAC.” The company is pretty popular, the guys at ZOTAC are talented when it comes to creating solid-state drives, motherboards, and just computer accessories in general.

That’s why when this first came out, I knew that this is going to be sick. It just amazes me how the industry has always something up on their sleeve, and it blew me away by its awesome aesthetics and deadly performance.

There are some things that you need to be informed in advanced about, so that you can avoid freaking out from happening. You see, most of the people tend to overlook about its LED concern.

And that’s probably what you’re going to notice first – it won’t work. When this happens, chill. You have to download the most recent version of Firestorm. This will only take a couple of seconds, and you can check it out on ZOTAC’s website.

After you’ve got that down, there will be no problems with the LEDs. There’s some minor hiccups you have to go through at first before you can fully use in its best form.

Unfortunately, I had to go through the exact same process as the fans. I don’t know why, but it seems you need to tweak around with it to get things running. When I tried to change fan speeds, nothing changed.

But after I’ve done a couple of tests (I chose the game Battlefield 1) everything was working perfectly well after the massive VOOOM I heard. The fans were pretty badass as it was able to speed as high as 102%. Of course, it didn’t last in that state very long. After a while, it settled to its usual 30%.

Now, I don’t really have any problems with the small problems I have encountered. This could be because I wasn’t informed well enough to see how this operates, but what really got me annoyed is the sound of the fans.

Don’t get the wrong idea – it’s nothing like what you’re thinking. They aren’t loud for the most part, it’s just that the moment it shifts from being idle to working mode, it’s as if I was part of a race.

On the bright side, after you’ve got a feel to it, it goes away. In my case, it was around two days after I bought it when the annoying sound was last heard. But still, a part of me wishes that they would be able to get it fixed right away.

Time to share about the games I’ve tried playing with this drag racer of a card. I usually play my games at 100Hz 3440x1440. For the games Battlefield 1, I can boot it up as high as in Ultra-settings. 100% render scale.

Since my goal was to test it out for the entire day, I also went for games with hardcore graphics. In other words, I used it to play The Runner. It took a dip at 60fps, but with the help pf my 1080 I was able to get it as high as 75% render scale.

Let’s just say I purposely made it go through hell to see what it would do, and this card is amazing at keeping its cool. You see, it wouldn’t go over 65C!

It I was using my previous card, the story could have been different. While it was under A LOT of stress, it maintained its quiet performance all throughout.

There was no need for me to overlock this beast, the performance as it is was already enough to get me excited with my games. Also, I’ve noticed that I was able to hit an impressive 2025MHz – this more than the advertised speeds!

We haven’t talked about its aesthetics that much, but at one glance, I’m sure all of us can agree that this is GORGEOUS AF. Give props to the LED, they have a lot of color options for us to play around with.

If you’re one of those gamers who love tweaking around with colors, this gives you a lot of room to do so. In fact, if you’re feeling really hyper, you have the option to choose rainbow wave. It makes it a good match for almost any RGB rig, BTW.

PROS

  • New Pascal Architecture
  • Built Virtual Reality Ready
  • Perfect for 4K Gaming
  • High-end Gaming Performance
  • Includes Extended Warranty

CONS

  • It needs time to set it up initially

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition

There’s no better way than to end a kickass article with Gigabyte GeForce. Right now, we haven’t gone as far as overclocking it. But I’m sure time will come within the next week or so.

In any case, this is a great card that has three fans and a radiator that’s situated in between. This manages to keep its cool at all times even when I’m abusing its capacity, which is a plus from me.

I know that 1080 is already out in the market, and most of the people would jump 1070 over its newer counterpart, but there are still people who find this as great graphics card. Besides, let’s be honest here, not a lot of people are able to get their hands on 1080 because of its price tag.

I’m not saying that you should get this instead – it doesn’t have that extra punch compared to 1080. However, I believe this would be a great graphics card for gamers who are low on budget, and doesn’t need extra horse power.

To prove a point, let me tell you a bit of the games that I’ve used to play it with. There are a number of popular games, like Oculus, Skyrim (Legendary fully modden and SE), and guess what – I pushed it to its limits.

Yes, everything that I have tried wat at its max. Even including boss raids. I’ve become pretty confident with this card as it has never failed me, no matter what the framerate is of my display.

For those people who are saying that this can’t run on 4K, you need to do a double check. As in any game I throw out in the open, it can get you a 4K mark.

What’s impressive is that when I was playing Black Dessert Online (of course, the setting was at its highest) I didn’t experience any frame drop. And mind you, while I was playing BDO on the other, I had GW2 running on my other monitor.

1070 knows how to work its business, and I know that it’ll work for the next year or so. However, I do have a bad feeling about the games that will be released in two years’ time. There might be a need to upgrade, but for this and the next, this is sufficient enough.

GeForce GTX has already been in this trade long enough to be considered as one of the fastest to this date. It only uses the best of technology in the gaming world, NVIDIA GameWorks™).

Naturally, it would be only be common sense that it would be supported with the best gaming ecosystem. I have to give my shout out to GeForce Experience.

The engineers also made sure that the latest technology is being incorporated. I’m talking about all-new NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture. Correspondingly, it utilizes ultra-fast FinFET manufacturing process,

Meaning, it’s going to be a personalized gaming experience. There’s nothing but ultra-high-resolution, the power of using multiple monitors, taking on the demands of the most recent displays in the market, and a groundbreaking 360-degree image capture-even in VR.

This is what you call playing with the next generation gaming technologies. It gives you the lowest latency experiences at this price range, and its compatibility factor is on a different level. In connection, this can partnered with the best headsets by NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies.

It has you down from VR audio, physics, and to haptics. There’s a totally different feel to it the fact that you’ll able to get the best out of every moment.

We’ve talked about how cool their fan system works. This baby has a 90mm fans, it has two of them. At the same time, it has 2 pure copper composite heat-pipes as well.

And to top it all off, they brought in a creative idea with its unique blade fan designs. Anyway, its way of dissipating heat is really good and effective. This isn’t something you’d expect from a card that’s relatively low in price.

PROS

  • Uses the ultimate gaming platform
  • Customization adaptability
  • Made for OverClocking with 6+2 power phases
  • Heat Pipe Direct Touch Feature
  • One-click Super overclocking

CONS

  • Ribbon attached to the fan easily pops out

Things To Remember When Looking for Best Graphics Card for Gaming

We’re finally at the last part of the article – yay! On our list, I’d say I’m pretty happy with our solid line up of team. But there can only be on graphics card for you (except if you want to try ALL of it out.)

There are things that you need to remember before making a purchase out of any of the card on the list. For starters, you need to identify what you need. Sure, these cards are great, but you need to ensure that you’re meeting your own demands.

Let’s say you don’t spend a lot of time playing, then you won’t probably need a card that’s meant for the professionals. Why? Because you’ll be wasting money, of course!

It’s always best to know what you’re going to need it for, as well as the type of game you usually play. If you don’t play any heavy games, then why would you want to get a card that’s meant for hardcore gaming?

Finding a card that would fit your style, personality, games, and budget is quite challenging. But at the end of the search, it’s going to be worth it.

And oh, it doesn’t hurt for you to choose a card that’s customizable. It’s fun to tweak around, and it gives you a sense of purpose when you get bored with your gaming rig setup.

That’s about it, really. If you want to do your own homework, that would be great. I hope you enjoyed our little review!