Posts Tagged Under: 4k

Previous-gen Graphics Card Showdown: RX 5500 XT vs. GTX 1650 Super

Things are not looking ideal for anyone planning to build a PC. The world is in a global pandemic, and supply deficiencies are mixed with high demand. One of the categories that is affected the most is the GPU market: even the cheapest graphics cards from the latest generation are inflated in price to over 500 bucks, across both AMD and Nvidia options.

Because of this, many people are buying graphics cards from the previous generation: Those cards offer a good bang for the buck, and excellent performance. With a budget of 200 bucks, you can get a pretty solid card. Both AMD and Nvidia offer good options, in the form of the RX 5500 XT (4 GB) and the GTX 1650 Super, respectively. Today we are opposing these two cards against each other. Which one should you pick?

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Best Buy’s Best Black Friday Week Deals on 4K TVs

There are lots of deals this week in the tech world that are outside of the world of PC hardware, and not on Amazon or Newegg. As a case-in-point, in this article, I’ll be highlighting a few promising TV discounts from Best Buy.

The guiding principle I’ve used in selecting these three options is to get a 55″ 4K LCD TV that is well-reviewed (referencing reviews from RTINGS). 55″ is a solid balanced size for many living rooms—large enough to take advantage of the resolution, but not obscenely huge.

Below the list, I’ll go into detail on a few of the important aspects and features to be aware of.

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A Guide to Buying a 4K TV for PC Gaming

Alex

One of the best aspects of console gaming is that it’s frequently done from the comfort of a couch. With a dedicated living room gaming PC,  a dedicated Home Theater PC, or a streaming box like a Steam Link or an Nvidia Shield, you can have the same experience while PC gaming with a 4K TV.

Modern 4K TVs, however, have a few tradeoffs when compared with gaming monitors. Typically (but not always),  4K TVs have more input lag, worse viewing angles, and fewer input types than a top-of-the-line gaming PC monitor. But armed with the right information, you can find a suitable 4K TV that works as a gaming screen as well as a home theater display.

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What Logical Increments Tier do you Need to run the Most Popular Games on Steam?

(Information on Steam’s most consistent top games were gathered for this article from Steam Charts)

Logical Increments has a continuously updated tier list, showing how much it will cost to build a system with a specific performance goal in mind. Ranging from the basic ‘Destitute’ system to the crazy ‘Monstrous’ system, it gives readers an idea of what they can achieve, what their upgrade paths are, and provides easy build lists to ensure a balanced system with high-quality parts.

Using that list, we can cross-reference with the most popular games currently being played on Steam (in terms of consistently high player counts), and fit each game with a Logical Increments tier. In fact, I’ve matched each of the 15 games in this article with 2 LI tiers each: one for 60+ FPS at 1080p, and one for 60+ FPS at 4K.

As I compiled this information, I had two basic criteria that a system had to fulfill to fit into a specific category:

  • Over 90% of the time, it had to run at 60 frames per second or above at each desired resolution.
  • It had to achieve at least very high graphical settings (not necessarily maximum for every setting).

Now, let’s see what kind of PC it takes to run Steam’s top games!

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Capture Cards: A Quick Buying Guide

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At first glance, it can be hard to figure out what you’re getting with capture cards. With the world of game capturing growing ever larger thanks to the popularity of streaming and retro gaming, more fans are wanting to try their hand at recording their epic gaming moments. In this quick guide, we take a look at different capture cards (at various prices) to hopefully make things clearer!

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When Would an Upgrade to an RTX 2080 Ti, 2080, or 2070 Make Sense? A Breakdown

Alex

The much-anticipated release of nVidia’s newest generation of GPUs left many hopeful PC builders a tad disappointed. By many metrics, the cards were overpriced, with huge price hikes over the previous generation’s cards. To make matters worse, reports came out that the 2080 Ti had overheating problems, and the disappointing release of the cards’ key feature, real-time ray tracing, caused many to write off the cards altogether.

By and large, those two key hardware problems have been resolved, but the higher prices still remain. So in what scenarios would an upgrade make sense? Here we’ll look at each new high-end card and point out some cases where upgrading might be in the cards.

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The Best 4K Monitors, and How to Choose a 4K Monitor

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(Note: If you want to skip to our recommended 4K monitors below, scroll down to “Our favorite 4K monitors.”)

For desktop PC users, 1080p (1920×1080) monitors are ubiquitous today, but that was not always the case. A little more than ten years ago, they were just starting to hit the market. Monitors with an aspect ratio of 16:10 (for instance, 1920×1200) first started appearing back in 2004, with 16:9 (1080p) monitors coming a year or two after.

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