Serving as the primary component for displaying an image, Nvidia graphics cards have seen many innovations and technological leaps throughout the years. As the mainstream product line geared towards casual users and enthusiasts gamers, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX cards stand to be the most popular. Catering to every type of user for whatever price they have in-mind, Nvidia ensures a powerful and reliable gaming experience with plenty of choices for aesthetic designs. And while they’re best known for their GTX class of GPUs they also design a series of products known as GeForce GT.
Ideal for casual computer users seeking to gain a light performance boost in every day applications, the GeForce GT series of graphics cards deliver the necessary goods. Great for email, internet browsing, audio and video applications, GT graphics cards also provide additional display connectors for multi-monitor setups. While proving great for extra performance in everyday computing, GeForce GT graphics are not geared towards gaming, and as of such, should not be considered for doing so.
Traditionally divided into three distinct price brackets, Nvidia designs a selection of GeForce GTX GPUs which are great for each gaming experience. Within the current series of Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-Series graphics cards, gamers will discover a wide range of products with varying performance levels, visual designs and cooling solutions. Known as the Pascal architecture, Nvidia’s current catalogue of GPUs have made many strides in energy-efficiency and higher clock speeds, proving to be a great step-up from the prior 900-Series based on the Maxwell architecture. With the release of each set of graphics cards, gamers can expect the performance and price for each product to change in reference to past products. This allows for the latest Mid-Range GPUs to have similar performance to previous-generation High-End GPUs, all the while being less expensive and more efficient.
While not necessarily down to the specifications alone, many manufacturers will choose their own cooling solution be it water-cooling or extreme air-cooling, all of which can result in additional cost. As well as custom implementations of the PCB components and circuitry such as VRMs, MOSfets, capacitors and power phases the end result is higher clock speeds, improved durability and greater lifespans all being achieved. Those such as the Sea Hawk X water-cooling design by MSI, as well as the ROG Poseidon by Asus will all increase the cost of the graphics card, with the benefits being greater performance and improved components.
Typically priced from £90 – £180 graphics cards within this price range serve as Entry-Level products able to deliver a better than console experience. Ideal for Full HD gaming with modern games being playable at High image quality settings, these cards have also shown to be great performers at a 1440p resolution. Great in power-efficiency thanks to architectural refinements a fair majority of these cards are able to operate without an additional PCIe power connector. Within the current selection Nvidia has the GTX 1050 and the 1050Ti. Remaining competitive and great in price the GTX 960 is still a strong contender.
For those seeking a more enhanced experience, in need of performance that’s suitable for Maximum image quality settings and high frame rates, as well as entry-level 4K gaming, the Mid-Range graphics cards of the GeForce GTX 10-Series ensure fantastic performance. Ranging from £200 – £330 Nvidia’s GTX 1060 is available in two configurations. Featuring additional Cuda Cores and X2 the amount of available VRAM, the higher performing of the two GPUs will turn in greater results in reference to its price lift. Those looking to enable High-Resolution textures at greater than 1080p resolution should turn to the 6GB model for a more desirable experience. Still a very powerful card as well as one of the most popular, the GTX 970 is a great alternative.
On the High-End of the scale Nvidia has developed three distinct graphics cards, all of which have been designed for VR and full 4K gaming. Consisting of 1920 Cuda Cores with an incredibly high clock speed of 1770MHz, the GTX 1070 utilizes 8GB of GDDR5 memory, running at an insanely fast speed of 8000MHz. Comparable in performance to the previous generation GTX 980Ti, gamers will find the improved power-savings and GPU manufacturing improvements to be highly beneficial. With an average starting price of £400, GPUs in the High-End can easily reach up to £900 depending on the design. This can be seen with the performance offered by products such as the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080Ti, both of which feature increased core counts, VRAM and memory bandwidth. As stated previously, the GTX 980Ti offers favourable performance, for those able to find one at a reasonable price, it’s worth the consideration.
GeForce GTX Ti
As improved models over the standard design, graphics cards featuring the “Ti” indication bridge the performance gap between two tiers of performance. This was first introduced with the GeForce GTX 500-Series, available on the GTX 550Ti and the 560Ti. This further continued with later generations such as the GTX 650Ti and GTX 660Ti, GTX 780Ti and GTX 980Ti.
Nvidia designs, develops and manufactures the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit). This includes references on the PCB, power requirements, thermal dissipation, memory configurations and clock speeds. Based on the design of the GPU and reference PCB provided to them, third-party vendors such as Asus, MSI, Zotac and Palit will produce their own custom versions with improved performance, power requirements and cooling designs. Since Nvidia does manufacture reference boards which allow third-party vendors to work from, these are also available to purchase should gamers prefer the original design.