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2022 is truly the second-best year to upgrade your GPU

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Re: 2022 is truly the second-best year to upgrade your GPU

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Right, but I think we're at a tipping point, and surely there can be a compromise? Surely there's part of the market that's aiming towards the other way.
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Ok, I did a little deep diving on raytracing since the last time I did was well before the pandemic and I assumed the tech has changed a lot since then.

Apparently not so much.

I also figured out that my erroneous statement about raytracing only being available on NVidia cards was likely due to my previous research years ago: the NVidia implementation is so much better (hardware vs software from what I can tell), that I wasn’t even considering AMD cards. Apparently that still holds true: technically/ on paper AMD’s version CAN do raytracing, but the performance hit of turning it on (especially compared to NVidia) makes it almost unusable (maybe not at very low res monitors or resolutions though, no idea).

I saw a few examples cited showing relative comparisons (in order to get similar performance with raytracing on) and IIRC something like a 6900Xt is roughly equivalent to a 2060.

The consensus seems to be if you want to play games with raytracing on, get an NVidia card.

Apparently the upcoming 4 series cards from NVidia will be the first gen that raytracing won’t cause a huge performance hit when turned on.
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I just ordered an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6 PCI from Best Buy for $399. A couple of months ago it would have been sold out immediately. I'm upgrading from a GTX 1070 which I bought 2nd hand from a friend. I'm excited to see what the ray tracing fuss is all about and play Cyberpunk 2077 with it.
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That's the upgrade I made last year (from an NVidia 970). You're going to love it - the card is fantastic. Huge, huge improvement and Cyberpunk 2077 looked so much different with the new card.
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Smoove_B wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:28 pm That's the upgrade I made last year (from an NVidia 970). You're going to love it - the card is fantastic. Huge, huge improvement and Cyberpunk 2077 looked so much different with the new card.
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So much different? I swear I'm not a Russian bot. It looks so much better - noticeably different. Yikes. :wink:
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Smoove_B wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:39 pm So much different? I swear I'm not a Russian bot. It looks so much better - noticeably different. Yikes. :wink:
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Man, those new cards are massive, like a brick. Definitely wouldn't fit in my current computer case. I really think that we might start to see external cards with their own housing and power supply at some point. They've gotten big enough to graduate to becoming their own unit.
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I don't have a problem with the width, I have 5+ slots available. Length is my issue with a mid-tower and CPU radiator fan mounted on the front, for which there are no other placement options. I can maybe fit a 325mm card, 320mm is probably more realistic. A bigger issue we're heading for is the power limit of receptacles in NA. Most outlets are 15 amps, which can handle 1320 Watts. I don't think they expect people to rewire their house for a PC, so it's just a matter of time for a high-end PC requiring 2 plugs.
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