Graphics Card Roundup (2019 September)

It can be hard to work out which graphics card (GPU) to pair with your new gaming PC. So we’re hoping that once you get done viewing this article, your decision is easier.

Custom Gaming PC Graphics Card Prices vs. Passmark Score

Red indicates AMD Radeon. Green indicates Nvidia GeForce.

So everything’s pretty in line, the more you pay the better performance you can expect. And this is something we always tell customers.

A note that we don’t recommend that anyone buys a GT 1030 with cutting edge gaming in mind. You’re setting yourself up for a bad time if that’s your thinking. This is purely graphics card price, you will need a system to go with it.

Passmark Points per Dollar

Red indicates AMD Radeon. Green indicates Nvidia GeForce.

What’s clear from this is the GTX 1660 represents highest performance for your dollar. Bang for your buck, if you prefer.

So let’s customise a gaming PC with an Nvidia GTX 1660! Right?
Not necessarily.

Just because something represents great value for money, doesn’t mean it is suited to your needs. For instance, an entry level small-sized car is great value, but isn’t well suited to racing, moving large items, etc.

The majority of our customers are satisfied enough with the performance an RTX 2060 Super offers. But there’s always those few who will settle for nothing less than the best, which is currently only achieved with Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti.

If you’re after something high end without what we consider “overspending” then the RTX 2070 Super is likely the one for you. To back that up, here’s another visual to consider.

RTX 2070 Super comes in at the last point before the trend line gets ignored, and Nvidia’s prices skyrocket without the performance to keep its value

But everyone is different. If you have any questions, or just want to get some tailored advice. Get in touch with our friendly staff. Or try your hand at customising your own gaming PC!

If you’re just after a graphics card, check out the insanely (good) priced Colorful range we have. RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super, and RTX 2080 Super. Strictly while stocks last. So get in quick!

Evatech staff are constantly updating component pricing as supplier pricing changes due to new shipments, or market changes. At all times we do our best to deliver the lowest prices to customers.

Valkyrie Custom Gaming PC in Corsair 500D RGB

“Another day, another Corsair 500D.”

Every Evatech PC Technician for a 2 week period earlier this month

Even though we ran our Corsair suppliers dry of the 500D case, we never tire of seeing finished PC builds in the case. It always looks incredible.

Featuring none other than Intel’s i9 9900K with a Corsair H100i Platinum RGB liquid cooler, 32GB of Corsair RGB Pro 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, and an RTX 2080 Ti – this PC is sure not to disappoint in any department.

Wraith Custom Gaming PC in Corsair 500D RGB

One of the first lucky customers to land a PC with AMD’s Ryzen 3900X 12 core 24 thread CPU. Cooled by a 240mm liquid cooler, and 64GB of high-frequency DDR4 RAM. More importantly, 2x RTX 2080 graphics cards in SLI.

While it may not be the flashiest or fanciest PC going around, we know this customer is less worried about good looks and more concerned with high performance and reliability. Earlier in the year, this same customer purchased a $10,000 Intel based machine.

Returning customers say it all. Choose Evatech for your next gaming PC.

Need For Speed Heat – Coming to PC November 8th

EA’s fan favourite racing gaming is back and with it, so are the cops! The November 2019 release will come to PC in the form of an Origin store download. Of course as with most major EA titles there will be a standard and deluxe version and pre-order bonuses.

The last Need for Speed release was in 2017 with Payback but fans were mostly disappointed. The open world had a 24 hour day-night cycle and three playable characters but reviewers were not overly positive. Citing the ‘free-roam’ aspect as unengaging and the ‘missions’ as repetitive the average review on metacritic landing around 6/10.

You have to go back to 2013 before the franchise had a positively reviewed release with ‘Rivals’, the first to allow playable control of the police and only one year after the fan favourite ‘Most Wanted’. Will Heat deliver for the fans who have been holding out for 6 years?

What is NFS : Heat

Not a lot is know this early, but here is what we do know.

Set in ‘Palm’ city, the locale seems to be a fictional version of Miami, much like GTA’s Vice City, complete with wide open freeways lined palm trees and plenty of neon purple.

Car modification is of course a staple of the franchise and still is for NFS Heat. Hopefully the aesthetics (paint jobs, decals, giant oversized spoilers etc) aren’t monetised or loot boxed, but with EA’s track record it’s always possible.

The trailer suggests the game play will be split between track and street races, the later taking place at night and involving cop chases, with the former in broad daylight without them.

Checkout the Trailer.

The Cars

From the trailer alone we know the Polestar 1, BMW i8 Coupe and Mercedes C63 AMG are all in the mix. We also spotted a Chevy Corvette Grand Sport, Nissan GT-R and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. There will be plenty more to add to the roster but we’ll have to wait for future announcements for that.

System Requirements

EA and Origin haven’t yet published official PC hardware systems requirements for the game at this stage but as soon as they do we’ll be updating this post.

Do we think it will it have real time ray tracing (RTX) support? The emphasis on the street light reflections on the wet street in the trailer seem to suggest it might! Let’s hope it does as most of us of us sunk hundreds in to our new RTX GPUs finished Metro Exodus a while ago.

When will we know more?

Gamescom is right around the corner. We expect a few more details to be flushed out at the show with the rest to come in bite sized chunks evenly spread out between now and the release.

Custom Workstation – 2x PSU, 4x Liquid Cooled RTX 2080 Ti

It’s been a while since we’ve built a system with 2x PSUs – and we are happy to report it built, tested, and shipped without any issues! So, who needs this? A business approached us and wanted the most amount of GPU power they could get. The CPU was less important, so it’s only Intel’s i9 9820X (10 core 20 thread) CPU. Only 64GB of DDR4 RAM was deemed necessary, but is upgradable to 128GB.

Why 2x PSUs?

Each liquid cooled RTX 2080 Ti can draw 300W+ – multiply that by 4 and you’re already at 1,200W even before the rest of the PC. Intel quotes a 165W for the CPU, but that’s an average taken at base frequencies. Not wanting to throttle our customer’s workload, we recommended a dual PSU setup so the PC can comfortably power everything.

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Custom Gaming PCs

X570 AND THE AMD 3200G | 3400G | 3600 | 3600X | 3700X | 3800X | 3900X

After more than a decade of Intel and it’s Core series CPU ruling the market in gaming performance, AMD’s third-gen Ryzen 3000 series looks to put AMD right back in the mix. If the expected leap forward in performance and power efficiency from the new 7nm process is true, it will break Intel’s long lived lead in not only per core performance, but power efficiency, heat and core count.

The top of the range

Sitting among the top of the pack are the R7 and all new R9 series CPUs

  • 3700X 8-Core 16-Thread @ 4.4GHz (R7)
  • 3800X 8-Core 16-Thread @ 4.5GHz (R7)
  • 3900X 12-Core 24-Thread @ 4.7GHz (R9)

Aimed to take on the i7 and i9’s from Intel, they come packed with more cores and more threads. The expectation is that they will come close if not match Intel in their per-core performance and blow them out of the water in multi-threaded workloads that make use of the additional cores/threads.

The rest of the stack

Rounding out the full offering of third generation Ryzen CPUs are the R5’s and R3’s.

  • 3200G 4-Core 4-Thread 4GHz (R3)
  • 3400G 4-Core 8-Thread 4.2GHz (R3)
  • 3600 6-Core 12-Thread 4.2GHz (R5)
  • 3600X 6-Core 12-Thread 4.4GHz (R5)

Of course these are aimed squarely (as the name would suggest) at the i3 and i5 line up from Intel offering a matching core count but double the thread-count. What’s the G stand for? Graphics presumably? These are AMD’s “APUs”. Simply put they sport integrated graphics powered by Vega. Expected to plenty enough for basic gaming at 1080p. Yet unknown as to how well they will stand up against newer more demanding games. If budget gaming PCs are something you’re interested in, keep an eye out for benchmarks and reviews come July 7th.

But wait, there’s more!

Announced earlier in the week, launching later in the year is the true flagship model of the generation. A 16-core 32-thread R9 CPU dubbed the R9 3950X. Doubling the core count of the Intel i9 9900K. If you’re a gamer we wouldn’t recommend waiting for it. The in-game performance of the 16-core chip is unlikely to be much different than it’s 12 core little brother at the same clock speeds. Games just simply don’t utilize that many cores. However if your also in to multimedia production, video editing, data crunching or any workloads that will actually put those threads to work, maybe holding off a few more months is the way to go.

Ryezn 9 3950X CPU

The Kicker [X570 Motherboards]

Dispute the CPUs being very competitively priced, to run it on it’s intended chipset you might have to pay more than you hoped. The X570 range (replacing the X470) is expected to be in the realm of $100-150 more than their counterparts. Why? Well, being on the bleeding edge can be pricey and the all new 7nm chipset, being the first of it’s kind to use PCI-E gen 4 the reason.

Later in the year the more budget friendly B550 chipset motherboards are expected. Until then however motherboard manufacturers are advising strongly against pairing the new R7 or R9 series CPUs with previous generation boards. There is good news for those with tighter budgets however. The R5 and R3 CPUs are expected to run perfectly fine on last-gen boards due to their more modest power draw and core count. That being said, we still don’t know how much the B550 boards will cost and what features they will include.

Ryzen X570 Motherboards

So should your next PC be a Ryzen 3rd Gen one?

With only a couple of short weeks away from launch, you won’t need to wait long to find out. From the ‘official’ performance data shown by AMD (to be taken with a grain of salt) there is a lot to like. If you’re purely gaming, the Intel line up may still be way to go at certain price points. Prices on both sides may be slightly adjusted in the weeks after launch as each fight for your dollar.

Once the dust settles, Intel may still hold the crown for purely top end in-game performance. But will it be enough? If the lead is narrow enough, the dominating multi-threaded performance for non-gaming work loads may be enough to sway a large percentage of buyers over to AMD for the first time in a very, very long time.

Where can you buy your very own Ryzen 3000 powered custom PC?

As usual, here at Evatech we’re again proudly the first to offer the Ryzen 3000 in our custom PCs. Purchasable in store or online at www.evatech.com.au you can lock in your pre-order today and be among the first in the world to get their hands on a brand new PC powered by 3rd gen 7nm Ryzen and PCI-E 4.

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