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Nvidia recently gifted laptop gamers with fully functional GeForce 10 series GPUs. For those who missed the announcement, the big news is that Pascal brings GPUs with near exact specifications to laptops as their desktop counterparts. This is in stark contrast to essentially every other mobile GPU ever released.

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A lot of PC gamers had a pretty miserable time when they loaded up No Man's Sky over the weekend. And while some .ini tweaks and messing about in the options has fixed problems for many, there are still plenty of issues.

But AMD and NVIDIA have finally come to the rescue, with both manufacturers releasing their game ready drivers for the space sandbox in the last 24 hours.

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When NVIDIA released its latest Pascal graphics cards for desktop PCs, it signalled a significant jump in outright performance from the previous Maxwell generation, with a completely new architecture offering not only improved frame rates but also much more efficient energy consumption — the critical metric of performance per Watt. NVIDIA has taken that leap further with a new range of 10-series graphics chipsets for gaming laptops, and unlike in previous generations they're not operating at a huge performance disadvantage versus desktops.

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Let's get real. For years, NVIDIA has been well and truly trouncing the pants off AMD. Top end, middle end, bottom end. It didn't matter where you looked, AMD was getting flogged. Team Red tried to hang in there with their 200 and 300 series, but to really justify an AMD buy you needed a solid bargain.

Ever since the launch of Polaris, however, the mood has shifted. For the first time in a while, a large segment of gamers have a strong reason to consider AMD again. But while AMD hyped the Radeon RX 480 to the rafters, they've been a little more demure when it comes to the RX 470. And that's a shame, because at $300 it represents perhaps the strongest pitch AMD has had in years.

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Most gamers aren't likely to have the spare cash to drop on a TITAN X. Those that do know what they're getting: the single most powerful GPU for gamers and consumers today.

But there's one question: just how much faster is the latest generation of NVIDIA's TITAN X? The card hasn't officially launched yet, but some benchmarks have popped online. Good news: it's decently faster.

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If you've been watching all the news and hype around new graphics cards, you might have also been tempted to buy one. After all, who doesn't like the prospect of playing games in 4K at high frame rates, turning all the options up to maximum? But new GPUs are expensive, especially if you're after one from NVIDIA. Even their semi-affordable card, the GTX 1070, still costs around several hundred dollars.

Except for this one.

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30 centimetres, by 30 centimetres, by 10 centimetres. That's how big this 4K-friendly, Intel Core i7-toting, dual SSD-booting, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 SLI-ing gaming rig is. The only problem? The case itself cost more than the $US3500 of high-end PC components inside. Built for an Australian hardcore PC enthusiast and engineer, it's a prototype for what could well be the smallest 4K gaming PC that money can buy.

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It's always easier to replace a video card than it is a CPU and motherboard, so it's not surprising to find people with a GTX 1060 or RX 480 surrounded by comparatively ancient components. These setups are sacrificing some performance by bottle-necking their GPU, sure, but exactly how much is going to waste?

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Step aside, GTX 1080. There's another new king in town. If you thought the most recent top-of-the-line NVIDIA graphics card was unreasonably powerful, then you're in for a shock. The NVIDIA Titan X is, on paper, around 50 per cent more powerful again.

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Later this month, NVIDIA is releasing what it calls "its first game" onto Steam. That game is a short virtual reality experience called VR Funhouse. It's built on Unreal Engine 4, and it's designed to show off the graphical and physics-enhanced power of the company's GeForce 10-series GPUs, including the new (and more affordable) GTX 1060.

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After the launch of NVIDIA's top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, gamers with deep pockets jumped at the opportunity to buy these new, powerful cards. But at $700 for a 1070 and over $1100 for a 1080 in Australia, a lot of PC enthusiasts simply didn't have the spare cash or disposable income to drop on a new GeForce card. That's why so many people were — and still are — keen on AMD's equally new Radeon RX 480, which is barely over $300.

To counter that, NVIDIA has a third card to release in 2016, designed to battle that RX 480 on both price and performance. It'll be $US250, and it's faster than last generation's top-end GTX 980: meet the GeForce GTX 1060.

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About a year ago, NVIDIA quietly put everyone on notice. If you wanted the latest drivers and the latest updates to their GeForce Experience middleware program, you'd have to register an account. Simply forking out for a NVIDIA GPU wasn't enough; you had to hand over some of your details.

GeForce Experience has quietly motored on since then, but could be about to change. NVIDIA has rolled out an update to the beta branch of the software that completely overhauls the user interface and the way the ShadowPlay/Share software is packaged. And if you want any of it, you'll have to login.

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While all everyone was wrapped up in E3 and the excitement around New Video Games, there was a ton of drama in the tech world when it came to graphics cards.

EVGA has since come out and taken a stance on the matter, declaring to all consumers that "What You See Is What You Get". But what exactly is going on?