Evolution of GPUs

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Graphics cards have been increasingly becoming more and more powerful as game developers are making titles that has vast maps with intense details. Such examples are The Witcher, Tomb Raider, and Player Unknown Battlegrounds. How do these graphic cards process all the information? How much do these cards cost? What power do these cards possess? Learn more about these fantastic cards in the summary tab!

Lets Dive into This: What are GPU's?

We all remember playing classic titles on the PCs that were in our home years ago. Titles like Doom, Cadillac and Dinosaurs, GTA Vice City, and so much more. But how did such such machines ever have the ability to display such games and interpret the data that was being fed to them? The answer to that... Graphic Processing Units. They are responsible for generating images in a frame buffer that goes to an output device.

The sudden improvement in the video game engines made by game developers surged GPU manufacturing companies to develop stronger and more capable cards to out perform traditional gaming consoles. Although these cards were designed to handle programs and video games that required a lot of processing power, practices such as cryptocurrency mining are practiced by many people in the U.S. We are going to discuss popular graphics cards in the market, gaming, and the mining industry. Buckle up for a journey towards the world of graphics!

Popular GPU in The Market Right Now?

Currently two major companies makes the graphics card on the market. AMD and Nvidia has been making graphic cards tailored towards video games since the late 1990s, and since then they have come a long way. Monstorous cards that costs up to thousands of dollars are available for sale today but most of the popular ones range from $300 - $600 dollars depending on their brand, memory, version, size, and availability.

1. Nvidia Cards:

Nvidia's popular cards includes the GTX series, particularly the GTX 1060, and the GTX 1080. The 1060 most compares to the XBOX One X's graphics processor as well, hence why it poses a popular choice for consumers who are looking to get into PC gaming other than console. The 1060 can handle modern triple A titles such as Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 3, and Tomb Raider. All of which has highly detailed textures and can support resolutions up to 4k. The 1060 can play those titles on Ultra-High settings while averaging 60 frames per second. The GTX 1080, however, can run popular AAA titles with the same settings while averaging 144-190 frames, and support 4k resolution at 50-60 frames per second.


2. AMD Cards:

AMD's popular cards includes the newly released VEGA series, and the Radeon RX series. The RX 480 and the RX 580 are very similar but the difference mainly lies in the clock speeds. If those cards were to compete with Nvidia's line up, it would go head to head with the GTX 1060. Some titles perform better on the AMD cards while other games perform better on the Nvidias cards and this lies in the optimization of the games, as well as which engine it uses. Direct x11 is known to result in better benchmarks when its ran with a nvidia card. While Direct x12 is known to yield better benchmarks when its tested on an AMD card. ten

While the GTX 1060 and the RX 580 are very similar and identical in performance, the user experience of the cards also depends on many other factors such as the monitor they're using as well the processor, and the amount of ram on the machine they're gaming on. Other significant elements also includes cooling of the cards, and the overall system as well.

Market Industry: Cryptocurrency & Their Influence on GPU Prices - The Mining Industry


Cryptocurrency is a form of electronic currency that is not regulated by banks or any regulatory agencies. The only way the currency is produced is by the people that support the currency. How do individuals do this? They use the processing power of computers to verify transcations of currencies. This is known as mining. Some popular names for the forms of currencies are Bitcoin (most popular and influential), Ethereum, and Litecoin.

None of the major GPU suppliers were ready for the sudden increase in demand and sales. Near July of 2017, many of the affordable GPU cards were scarce and very hard to come by. With so many retailers being out of stock, the cards that were available for sale were way well over their retail list price. Budget performance cards such as the GTX 1060 were priced around $200-$260 but soon rose to $450-$500. Any card more powerful than the 1060 price ranges from $700-$1000 and up. GPU manufacturers are focused more on restricting sales to miners rather than increasing production of the cards.

The Future: Artificial Intelligence


There is no denying that graphics card have come a long way since the early development generations, and it is only improving exponentially as time progresses. AMD and Nvidia continue to dominate the gaming industry as to the cards that are used in personal computers, workstations, and consoles. The GPUs today are used for so many things, gaming, production, and even currency generation. The GTX 1060 by Nvidia and Radeon RX 580 are popular graphics card that are used to play high resolution games at exceptional framerates. The scarcity of these gaming cards due to the mining industry is speculated to be over sometime within the next few years.