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When we reviewed the $499 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, we called it the 1440p sweet spot. At that resolution, you don’t have to compromise on a single graphical setting in your games, similar to how the bigger $699 RTX 3080 doesn’t make you compromise at 4K. But today, we’re taking another look at the 3070 alongside its new competitor, the $579 AMD Radeon RX 6800 — because if you are willing to compromise, these two cards could transform your existing rig into a decent 4K machine.
That’s something I’ve been waiting for. Two years ago, I invested in a 4K OLED TV. It’s the most gorgeous screen in my house by far. I barely justified the $2,000 purchase by arguing my wife and I spend the majority of our free time planted on the couch. Secretly, I hoped it could double as a 4K monitor for my gaming PC as well.
But my secondhand GeForce GTX 1080 simply didn’t have the muscle to play recent games at 4K. Even though I’m generally the kind of penny-pinching gamer willing to sacrifice some eye candy for a smooth frame rate, my tweaks weren’t enough: only at the very lowest settings, with potato-grade textures, did new games look vaguely playable. At the time, the only card that could competently fix that was the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, but I wasn’t about to spend another $1,000-plus when I was already two grand in the hole.
For roughly half that cost, I can now slot either of these cards into my five-year-old gaming PC and get a satisfying 4K experience in all but the most intensive games. I’m actually now toying with the idea of selling my PS5 to buy one of these instead.
So what you’re about to read isn’t a typical graphics card review. Instead, it’s a quick and dirty AMD Radeon RX 6800 versus Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 shootout.
If you haven’t followed graphics cards for a bit, you should know there are currently four in contention: the $699 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, the $499 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, the $649 AMD Radeon RTX 6800 XT, and the $579 Radeon RX 6800.
None of those prices matter unless you can actually find a card, of course, but roughly speaking: Nvidia’s $699 flagship RTX 3080 is the first no-compromise 4K gaming GPU, and today, my colleague Tom Warren’s review of the $649 Radeon RX 6800 XT shows that — for the first time in years — AMD can actually meet or beat Nvidia’s flagship, and for $50 less to boot.
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If you’re the kind of person who’s building a brand-new PC specifically for gaming, you might want to seriously consider those flagship GPUs, particularly considering the gap between AMD’s two cards is just $70. But if you’re on a budget, only have room for a twin-slot card, and / or don’t have a 750-watt power supply (a consideration for small-form-factor PCs in particular, as there’s only a few mini-PSUs that powerful on the market), I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what the RX 6800 and RTX 3070 have to offer.
I slotted each of the cards into my existing gaming rig: an Ncase M1 mostly filled with aging parts, including an Intel Core i5-6600K overclocked to 4.4GHz, a Gigabyte Z170 mini-ITX motherboard, 32GB of fairly standard DDR4-2666 RAM, and a 700W SFX-L power supply. (Both AMD and Nvidia recommend a 650W PSU for these specific cards, which is still a lot.)
While the Ncase M1 is well-known for fitting a wide array of graphics cards despite its diminutive 12.7-liter frame, you might want to think about the RTX 3070 Founder’s Edition if you’re worried about a tighter fit. Not only is it a full inch shorter than the RX 6800 (9.5 inches versus 10.5 inches) and slightly slimmer, the Nvidia card is also a bit quieter under load — both in terms of the RX 6800 having a somewhat louder hum and audibly ramping its fan up and down a tad more often in the middle of a benchmark.
As far as heat’s concerned, it’s a toss-up: both GPU sensors measured 72 degrees Celsius in the middle of a looped benchmark. That’s good, particularly given AMD’s recent history of running hot. Otherwise, both designs seem fairly attractive to me, and I don’t mind AMD trading away one of its DisplayPorts for a monitor-capable USB-C connector instead. My aging PC build only has one USB-C port as it is, and I’d be happy to have one with 27W charging (as this does) for my phone or tablet. Each still has HDMI 2.1 and a pair of DisplayPorts and that’s good enough for me.
But in terms of performance, I’d pick the AMD card every time. Here’s an apples-to-apples performance comparison between both cards and my original GTX 1080, all at 4K resolution and maximum settings:
Not only does the Radeon RX 6800 offer double the frame rate of my GTX 1080 in practically every game, but it consistently beat Nvidia’s RTX 3070 in every title with ray tracing turned off. And if I’m being honest, I’ve yet to find a single game where the performance hit of ray tracing is worth it for either sub-$600 card. Ray tracing is barely noticeable in Call of Duty: Warzone, feels off-putting to me in Control, and while it adds some atmosphere to Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I wouldn’t trade it for the crispness of native 4K resolution.
What about 1440p and 1080p performance?
Short answer: we already reviewed the RTX 3070’s performance at 1440p, and we’d expect that or better from the RX 6800 — particularly given that the AMD’s RX 6800 XT holds a lead over Nvidia’s RTX 3080 at 1440p.
Slightly longer answer: my Intel CPU is old, and while longitudinal benchmarks show that doesn’t matter very much at 4K (the CPU is generally waiting on the GPU, not vice versa), it might hold me back from seeing these cards’ full capabilities at 1440p and below.
And while Tom might tell you that Nvidia’s exclusive AI-upscaling DLSS technique can give you enough headroom with the 3070 to turn ray tracing on, I think it also depends on the size of your display. With a smaller 4K monitor, I might be satisfied with the AI-upscaled 1440p you get with DLSS… but native 4K looks far better at the seven-foot distance I sit from my 65-inch television.
It also doesn’t hurt that the AMD card has 16GB of video memory — Watch Dogs: Legion already more than maxes out the RTX 3070’s 8GB of VRAM at 4K ultra spec.
If you take a close look at my performance chart above, you may notice that some of those frame rates seem a bit too low to play. But after I took those apples-to-apples comparisons with all of the settings turned up, I went back to each game to find out how much I had to turn them down for comfortable 4K at (or near) 60fps. Frankly, I think this chart makes my choice even clearer:
In an older but capable desktop like mine, either of these cards can give you 4K, but AMD’s card can notch a setting or two higher in some of the more demanding games. Except for Microsoft Flight Simulator, of course, where my rig’s older 4-core, 4-thread CPU is probably holding it back.
I’m willing to bet a lot of PC gamers are in the same boat as me: thinking about whether they should plunk down cash for a PS5 or Xbox Series X to get their 4K fix or upgrade their gaming PC. If you compare the list of GPUs as good or better than my GTX 1080 to the percentage of gamers who own them in the latest Steam Hardware Survey, as many as 85 percent don’t have the graphics card to do it today — but 80 percent have a quad-core CPU or better, and over 30 percent have a CPU clocked over 3GHz.
If you can find, afford, and power a $699 RTX 3080 or $649 RX 6800 XT, it could give your existing rig 4K performance in spades and a good deal of future-proofing too. But the existence of two less expensive cards that can do 4K with compromises might be an easier sell. There, I’d give a slight edge to the RX 6800, even though Nvidia’s 3070 has a lot going for it as well. For an $80 premium, I prefer the raw performance it offers, and it already seems clear its 16GB of video memory might come in handy.
But overall, I think everyone’s a winner here. Like Tom says, competition is great, particularly at a time when everyone’s at home gaming and the best gear is very hard to find. It’s fantastic that both AMD and Nvidia have GPUs that hit this hard under $600 once again, instead of AMD only being competitive with budget gaming GPUs and letting Nvidia dominate the high end.
I’m hoping that between these four cards and price points, you’ll actually be able to find one if you want one since pandemic demand doesn’t seem to be abating anytime soon. If not, Nvidia and AMD are sure to announce some midrange 1080p and 1440p GPUs that could spread that demand across a larger lineup.
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With the shortage of key components and the corresponding prices on the rise, building a new computer may sound like a daunting task right now. But luckily, it’s relatively easy to build a basic computer for entry-level gaming even under current circumstances. In this article, we’ll take you through a guide to help you build a solid entry-level gaming PC for around $700. With the recent price spikes on GPUs, it goes without saying that it’s impossible to fit a discrete graphics card into a $700 budget. As a workaround, we’re using a Ryzen 5 5600G APU to power the graphics for this build. So without wasting any more time, let’s get to the build.
Note: We’ve added a couple of budget GPU recommendations in the ‘Price Summary’ section of this article for those who are interested. We’re not including a graphics card for this build because, well,  most people don’t have access to even budget GPUs at retail prices or anything remotely close to it. Perhaps we’ll update this build once the dust settles down and the GPU market stabilizes.
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Retail box of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processorRetail box of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processor
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is one of the best processors in the Ryzen 5000 series. This tried and tested APU is an absolute no-brainer as it’s a part of our collections of the best gaming CPUs as well as the best AMD CPU on the market right now. The Ryzen 5 5600G APU offers an impressive price-to-performance ratio for those who’re looking to save money on an entry-level build. It eliminates the need for including a discrete graphics card in your build for entry-level gaming. Intel’s new Core i5-12600 is a solid processor to consider for a budget build but it comes with an associated cost for the new 600 series chipset motherboards that are still somewhat expensive on the market. The Ryzen 5 5600G, on the other hand, drops on one of the existing affordable motherboards including the less expensive B550 boards.
As for the performance, the Ryzen 5 5600G should be good enough for entry-level gaming. You’re not going to get fantastic frames across all games, but we think it’s plenty to run even some of the newer titles at 720p or at 1080p with low-graphics settings. The Ryzen 5 5600G is a six-core APU that comes with the AMD Radeon Vega 7 graphics. This particular APU also comes with a bundled CPU cooler which means you’ll save more money on the build. There’s a lot to like about the Ryzen 5 5600G as long as you keep your expectations in check from a budget-centric PC with entry-level parts.
Black colored ASRock motherboardBlack colored ASRock motherboard
For the motherboard, we think any of the affordable B550 chipset-based boards should be able to handle the Ryzen 5 5600G APU. We’ve picked the ASRock B550M Pro 4 motherboard for this build mainly because it’s one of the most affordable options on the market right now. It comes with plenty of noteworthy features including an eight-phase power design, support for DDR4-4733+ RAM, and more. The ASRock B550M Pro 4 isn’t the best when it comes to overclocking, but it should allow you to tweak the 5600G to offer better performance than its stock settings. The ASRock B550M Pro 4 is an mATX form-factor motherboard, which means it’s probably best to stick to a small-sized PC case or a mid-tower case at best. Alternatively, you can check out our collection of the best AMD motherboards to find more options for your build.
An XPG RAM module with a red-colored heat spreader being installed on a motherboardAn XPG RAM module with a red-colored heat spreader being installed on a motherboard
Unlike the new DDR5 memory kits, there’s no shortage of DDR4 RAM sticks on the market right now. You can always pick up a pair of budget sticks for the build but we recommend picking up the XPG Gammix D30 gaming DDR4 RAM sticks. There’s a lot to like about these sticks and we think they offer great value for money. We’re looking at memory latency of CL18 and memory speeds of about 3600Mhz. These sticks are faster and have tighter timings than a lot of other kits on the market. They also have a stylish heat-spreader that we think will add to the overall look of the build.
A WD SN550 Blue M.2 SSD installed on a B550 motherboardA WD SN550 Blue M.2 SSD installed on a B550 motherboard
Western Digital’s Blue SN550 is one of the most affordable and reliable M.2 SSDs on the market right now. This particular SSD is the go-to option for a lot of entry-level builds and we’ve picked the 500GB variant of the drive for this guide. For just $60, the Blue SN550 offers plenty of features including high sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,400MB/s and 1,750MB/s, respectively. If you don’t mind putting up with slightly slower speeds in favor of high-capacity, then we suggest you replace the M.2 drive with a SATA SSD of choice. Additionally, you can also pair it with a high-capacity 7200+ RPM HDD as your secondary drive to dump your files. These are entirely optional upgrades though, which is why we’re not adding them to our price summary of this build.
A black colored Corsair modular PSU with a fan on topA black colored Corsair modular PSU with a fan on top
When it comes to the PSU, we recommend picking up the Corsair RM550x. This unit, as the name suggests, offers 550W of power to the PC, which is plenty for a relatively low-powered build like the one we’re working with for this guide. We’re only using an APU to power this rig, which is why we can get away with spending less on the PSU. That being said, it’s still recommended that you pick a reliable power supply unit with a good rating. The ATX PSU that we’ve picked here comes with an 80 Plus Gold rating and is fully modular, making it better than a majority of other PSUs in its class. 550W of power is enough for the build we’ve listed here but it goes without saying that you will have to upgrade it if/when you buy a discrete graphics card.
A black-colored PC case with RGB lights on the frontA black-colored PC case with RGB lights on the front
At $80, we think the Phanteks Eclipse P360A is the perfect PC case for this particular build. Despite the affordable price tag, it’s a reliable mid-tower PC case that comes with two 120mm D-RGB PWM fans pre-installed out of the box. Additionally, the case has plenty of space to add more case fans and radiators for CPU coolers, should you decide to add them in the future. It offers great clearance for all the components including tall CPU cooler towers, modern GPUs, and more. The case also has plenty of vents for airflow and they’re all covered with mesh filters to keep the dust away from the internals.
You can always step down and pick up PC cases that cost as low as $50 or less. However, we decided to stick to the Eclipse P360A mainly to keep our upgrade paths open for the future. This particular case is considered to be amongst the best in the budget space. It’s also one of the better-looking cases out there market with included RGB fans and a see-through side panel.
Here’s a quick look at the price summary of the entry-level gaming PC based on the parts we’ve picked for this guide. The prices are subject to change based on the availability of stocks and other factors, so keep that in mind.
While the Phanteks Eclipse P360A comes with a pair of 120mm fans, it’s recommended that you add at least one more fan to maintain adequate airflow. We’re not adding the cost of the case fan to the price summary because a) it’s not a significant addition to the overall cost of the build, and b) the number of required case fans depends on your choice of the PC case. The same is true for thermal paste. We’re not adding it to the overall price of the build, but it’s not a bad idea to pick up a thermal paste syringe for as low as $5 and keep it handy for when you need it. You can check out our collection of the best thermal paste solutions to find some good options. We also have an essay explaining how to apply thermal paste if you need help with your first build.
If you’re hellbent on adding a discrete GPU to the build and somehow have access to one at retail price, then we recommend considering either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super or something more affordable like a Radeon RX 570. You can also swap out the Ryzen 5 5600G with an IGP-less CPU to save some money for the graphics card.
Building an entry-level budget gaming PC, as you can see, is entirely possible even under the current circumstances. Sure, you may not be able to afford a discrete graphics card in this price range, but this particular build is capable of running even some of the modern titles at low graphics settings. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G can also act as a reliable stop-gap GPU while we wait for the discrete GPU prices to stabilize. It’s the next best thing to a discrete GPU that’ll save you money to spend on graphics cards when the prices go down.
It’s also possible to build more affordable PCs by swapping out our recommended parts with cheaper alternatives. For instance, you can replace M.2 SSDs with SATA SSD or even slower HDDs to save more money. Similarly, you can pick up a non-modular PSU and perhaps a more affordable PC case to save a few more dollars. That being said, we don’t recommend skimping on the APU or a compatible motherboard to make sure you’re not taking a performance hit, especially while gaming on a budget. As always, you can also join our XDA Computing Forums to discuss your build and get more product recommendations from the experts in our community. You can also check out our PC building guide in case you need help building your PC at home.


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EA Guzman and Shaira Diaz are celebrating Valentines Day and their 9th anniversary early — as in January early.
On his Instagram Stories, EA posted a couple photo of the two of them inside a parked car and greeted his girlfriend a Happy Valentines Day as well as an advanced happy 9th anniversary because "same kami ng schedule ng lock-in taping," EA said.
"Happy Valentine's Day! Happy 9th anniversary! Advance ko na Baba," he continued.
"Mami-miss kita. See you in 2 months," EA said as he tagged Shaira.
Shaira, who has gone into quarantine for "Lolong" taping, reposted EA's IG Stories and said she was also "gonna miss you baba."
"See you soon!" Shaira wrote after three crying face emojis.
"Advance HVD and happy anniv, too!" She greeted EA.
The two are each working on a project that will have both of them in locked-in taping through February. — LA, GMA News  

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