How Much Video RAM Do You Need?

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A few too many times, we’ve heard people say something along the lines of, “If you want more performance, add more RAM!”

This is a myth as old as computers. It’s true, having enough RAM is really important. But having more than enough doesn’t improve your computer’s performance.

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Building a PC with the GTX 1060

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NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 launched today, so it is only appropriate to discuss the best builds in combination with this graphics card.

At factory clock speeds, the GTX 1060 claims to be equal to last generation’s GTX 980 in performance, while only sipping 120W of power. All of this at a price of $249, which is $150 less than what the current price of the 980, and half the price of what the 980 sold for just a few months ago.

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GTX 1060 Launched, Added to Excellent Tier

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The youngest of NVIDIA’s new 1000-series family, the GTX 1060, launches today. It is a hard launch, and cards are available for sale, if you can snag one fast enough.

In the few minutes that it took to write this blog post, I have watched several versions of the card go out of stock! And why? The card has excellent 1080p performance, and its low power draw means that it runs cool and quiet.

The GTX 1060 theoretically launches at $300 for the reference edition, and $250 for the non-reference. Realistically, the card will likely sell for $300-$350 for the next few months.

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Building a PC with the GTX 1080

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Get ready for the GTX 1080 era. The GIGABYTE GTX 1080 G1 is just one of many GTX 1080 models.

NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 is the most powerful graphics card currently on the market.

A single GTX 1080 is capable of achieving smooth game play on highest settings even at 4K resolution. When two cards are paired in SLI, even the most demanding games hit 60 frames at this resolution.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Overpriced Video Cards

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Prices on Amazon for the RX 480. Do not buy the RX 480 at these prices.

Prices on Amazon for the RX 480. We do not recommend buying the RX 480 at these prices.

The RX 480’s launch has been met with a large amount of hype. Finally, a powerful, VR-capable graphics card is available for a mid-range price, and that has people excited — us included.

As a result, however, supplies have not been able to keep up with demand, and both the 4GB ($199) and 8GB ($229) models of the RX 480 have rapidly sold out through retailers such as Newegg.

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Building a PC with AMD’s RX 480 Graphics Card

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The flagship of the red team’s new generation of graphics cards, AMD’s RX 480, is finally here. The 480 aims to be a groundbreaking card for the mainstream gamer. With prices of $199 and $229 for the 4GB and 8GB versions respectively, the card is squarely in the mid-range price point, but with significantly more power than previously seen in a card at this price. The card performs just slightly above the GTX 970 or R9 390 — cards that cost $320+ until very recently.

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RX 480 Launches, Added to Superb and Excellent Tiers

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Here it is! After months of waiting (technically a year, if you have been waiting since the last AMD release), the RX 480 has finally been released. AMD’s new graphics card is made with their new 14nm manufacturing process, setting expectations sky-high. The price is also generously low, and the anticipation levels have been off the charts! So how does it do? Let us take a look. (Sources listed at the bottom.)

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PC Build Success Story: Michael’s Video Editing GTX 1080 TuffBox

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Michael’s battlestation, complete with audio recording gear.

Logical Increments reader Michael recently put together a brand new video editing and gaming behemoth, which he dubbed the TuffBox. It includes newly released high-end components, with the GTX 1080 and Intel i7-6900K taking starring roles.

He wrote up his build story on PCPartPicker and gave us permission to repost on our blog. So, take it away, Michael.

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