November 2017 was the last time we updated the GPU descriptions. We compared cards to the Titan XP, and had benchmarks for WoW and Witcher 3.
Now that it is November 2018, I have updated the base comparison GPU and the reference games.
Game Context and GPU Data:
The new baseline comparison GPU is the GTX 1080 Ti. While it would have been a bit more future-proof to use the new RTX 2080 Ti as a basis for comparison (our new 100%), unfortunately there are still some synthetic benchmarks that are missing for that card. The GTX 1080 Ti is a year old, but it still holds up excellently, even in 4K gaming.
The Witcher 3 benchmarks are now available for all cards for 1080p, 1440p, and 4K.
For iGPUs, the FPS numbers are available for 720p and 1080p.
I want to give particular thanks to Techpowerup for articles such as these:
TPU’s incredibly comprehensive testing is a boon to every PC gaming enthusiast out there. Some day, if ever I get the chance to meet the TPU staff, I will treat them to BBQ and milkshakes.
WoW has been removed from the GPU descriptions. This is NOT in solidarity with our friends in the Diablo community who are being tortured with an out-of-season April Fool’s joke, but because it is practically impossible to get consistent benchmarks for the game. WoW has 10 different preset graphical settings, and every other reviewer has their own preferences. More than that, the game has a yearly expansion that introduces new areas that are often more detailed than older areas. As such, each expansion makes old benchmarks (done in older areas) obsolete.
A reader recently pointed out that we have a case where a newer graphics card was showing lower WoW FPS numbers than an older card, since I took the benchmark figures from two different sites. This could have easily been caused by the new review taking FPS numbers in a new area with a higher (level 10) graphical preset, but this is not something that we can explain in the GPU mouse-over popup. If we had about $12,000.00 to spend just on testing WoW with all the different cards, then we could do our own testing. But as Bill Gates has not adopted me yet, we can just remove WoW for now. Perhaps another game can replace it? Something that is relatively easy on hardware, and extensively tested by every reviewer. Any ideas?
We will update all GPU (and iGPU) descriptions for all countries!
P.S. And I am serious about the BBQ and milkshake.