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Top Budget Graphics Cards

The importance of video graphics in gaming cannot be overemphasized. But you don’t have to invest in a
$200 graphics card in order to enjoy the gaming experience. There are numerous quality graphics cards
that can play at 720p and 1080p with medium-high settings. If you are working with a budget of between
$70 and $150, you can have a decent gaming experience as both AMD and Nvidia continue releasing newer,
efficient, and pocket friendly graphic cards. These are compatible with the latest windows 10 and skylake
processors and support the latest direct X 12, which makes them ideal for the newest titles. The following
is a guide to the top budget graphics cards for 2016 designed for gaming at 1080p. But first things first:

What you should know
Graphics cards come with their own processor and a fan that automatically turns on when the GPU needs to
be cooled down. They either come part of a prebuilt desktop or you’ll need to put together you’re own build with other components. heat sink is also integrated onto the chip for displacing any unwanted heat produced as
you use the card.

The least amount of working memory should be 256mb. Most people today use an SLI-ready motherboard,
which allows the use of two graphics cards without the need for two computers. Before purchasing, you
need to ensure the video card is compatible with your PC. A PCI express will not work with an AGP
interface, so you’ll have to return it to your seller. The AGP slot comes with 4X and 8X speeds, while the
PCI slot works with 4X,8X, 16X & 32X.

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Budget $59.99

This is a pretty functional GPU – an OEM only, entry level graphics card.

The code name for its GPU isGF119-B1, which comes with 1 Stream activated multiprocessors and subsequently offers 4 ROPs, 8 TMUs,
and 48 Shader Processing Units. The Central Unit clocks in at 550MHz, whiles the GPU uses a 1GB frame
buffer (DDR3) via a memory interface of 64 bits.
It supports Direct X 11.0 and is compatible with Realtime Raytracing, PhysX, 3D Vision Surround, and
other technologies.

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Budget $99.99

This a special version of the GeForce GT 740, which has been overclocked from 993 to 1059MHz.

Thememory clock has been downgraded to 667MHz to make the graphics card single slotted, while the framebuffer was boosted to 4GB. However, this does not contribute to its performance, and is just an insanemarketing gimmick aimed at confusing customers into paying more for the same item.The 4GB frame buffer of GDDR3 operates at a memory interface of 128 bits. The GPU supports Direct X12.0, and is compatible with Realtime Raytracing, PhysX, 3D Vision Surround, DirectCompute, OpenCL,CUDA, and other technologies.

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Budget: $69.99
The GeForce GT 730 graphics card is based on the 2nd revision of the Kepler Architecture, and is integrated
with the Kepler GK208 GPU. It comes with 2 Stream Multiprocessors, but with half its bus width in order to
accommodate an even lesser power consumption and subsequently cooler working temperature. The CU
(Central Unit) operates at 902MHz and the GPU uses a 2GB frame buffer (DDR3), via a memory interface of
64 bits. Supports Direct X 11.0, and allows for Realtime Raytracing, PhysX, 3D Vision Surround,
DirectCompute, OpenCL, CUDA, Optimus, and other technologies.

#EVGA GeForce GTX 750

Budget: $123.99
This is a special version of the GeForce GTX 750, which is designed with a custom cooling solution that
allows a slight boost in performance with its Boost 2.0 technology. It comes with 4 activated Stream
Microprocessors, and subsequently offers 16 ROPs, 32 TMUs, and 512 Shader Processing Units that operate
on a memory interface of 128 bits via GDDR5. The operating band width of its central unit is between
1250MHz and 1085MHz, while that of the memory clock is 1250MHz. It supports Direct X 11.2, and allows
for PhysX, GeForce Experience, GPU Boost 2.0, G-SYNC, GameStream, and other technologies.

Conclusion

In case your CPU temperature exceeds the 55 degrees Celsius mark while playing, you may want to invest
in a graphics card that excretes hot air at the back. But if the CPU temperature does not rise above that, a
quieter custom cooler will be ideal, and the heat dissipation may actually extend your GPU’s lifespan. The
important thing is to factor in cooling while shopping for the top budget graphics cards in the market.

Razer Gaming Controllers Review

Razer is a company that features several brands of high-end gaming controllers. Some of their most popular models include the Onza , Sabertooth , Serval, Tartatus and the R-Z06 model gamer controller. Razer is known in the gaming world for their high performance products and fully customizable gaming controllers. Each model has a specific use depending on the medium it was created for.

Razer makes game controllers for console, as well as PC and today we will take a look at the popular Sabertooth model controller as well as its pros and cons.razer-gaming-controller-design-main

The Sabertooth model is a successor to the Onza controller, which is known for being highly customizable. The Onza received mixed reviews due to some issues such as difficult to reach buttons or triggers and a D-pad that failed to connect with players. The Sabertooth model controller features four more programmable buttons which increases the rear rocking switches to a total of six. The Sabertooth is a wired controller with an ambitious goal – never need to open a menu or configure mid game for most action oriented titles.

So how does the Sabertooth stack up?

The price point of the Razer Sabertooth is the first thing we will look at. Depending on which system you purchase for the price can run anywhere from 80$ to 150$. Since most game console controllers usually range around $30 -$50 this seems like a fair price for a fully customizable piece of hardware that allows for high performance gaming.

On the tech side the Razer Sabertooth offers an impressive amount of features that put most other controllers to shame.

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  • 2 shoulder multi-function buttons (MFB)
  • 4 removable multi-function buttons (MFT)
  • 4 backlit Hyper response action buttons
  • OLED screen for feature customization
  • Non-slip rubber surfaceQuick-release
  • USB connectorDetachable 10 ft/3m lightweight braided fiber cable carrying case2.5 mm microphone jack

In addition the controller can be plugged directly into a PC as well as console.

Due to the sheer volume of features added to this controller the price also looks rather attractive. But how does it perform? By comparison, the Sabertooth controller is heads and shoulders above its predecessor the Onza. The controller is easier to handle, more comfortable and streamlined. In addition there is no distracting noise when using the analog sticks, something many users were concerned about in the Onza model controller.

The D-pad area of the Sabertooth also has been greatly improved, both in comfort as well as usability. The Sabertooth also allows for tweaking of the sensitivity of analog sticks on the fly via the OLED screen. The controller also allows for quick viewing to test the position of the analog sticks, useful when you suspect your controller may be misaligned.

While the majority of players are happy with their Razer Sabertooth, many report having issues such as buttons malfunctioning after several days use , malfunctioning (or unresponsive) controllers after several months time, dysfunctional analog sticks and a plague of right trigger errors. Fortunately this seems to be a problem reflected in a small number of customers, but it is something to be aware of when shelling out the money for such a high end controller.

5 ways virtual reality is changing the gaming world

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Virtual reality is the new talk of the town. It is said to change our world in many ways. Well, here are five ways it is changing the gaming world.

The Oculus Rift

It is a Virtual Reality headset that removes bad memories of VR’s past and replaces them with something more affordable. It has attracted lot of games developers. The consumer version of the game will be available for PC, Mac, Windows and Android later this year for only $300.

SteamVR

Steam VR is created for backing up Oculus Rift. It is developed by people behind Steam and Steam Machine consoles. It will be much easier for games programmers to add VR components to games now. The game is likely to support VR features in future games, like ‘Team Fortress 2’.

Sony PlayStation VR

Oculus Rift isn’t available in Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation. So, Sony now has a VR solution in mind. They are also coming up with a headset.

Microsoft Xbox Kinect VR

Microsoft has designed a VR headset in 2012. Xbox One now has USB 3.0 ports for including VR options later. This will be used when high bandwidth communication will be required from other accessories or devices.

VR is amazing

VR replaces the real world with an entire new virtual world. This has been possible due to the advances of motion and display technologies.

Virtual Reality gives you a way to experience another world. This world is very similar to our present world. The gaming industry will be totally transformed with the application of Virtual Reality. Now your playing experience will be like playing in the real world with real enemies. Thrilling, right?

4 gaming review sites you should read regularly

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With so many games being created every month, review sites have become very demanding for gamers. Using these sites, gamers can read reviews of hundreds of games and then decide which games to buy and play. Here are the top 4 gaming review sites.

Metacritic

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Here you will find news about new game releases and trailers for recent and upcoming videos game releases for all platforms. These are updated weekly. You will get to know about the top video games of the week and many more. You will find reviews of games in all platforms.

Polygon

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This is a great site for latest gaming reviews. You will get reviews for different platforms like XBox, Nintendo, PlayStation, etc. The recent reviews include ‘Salt and Sanctuary’, ‘Hitman’, ‘The Division’, ‘Final Fantasy Explorers’, etc.

NowGamer.com

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This site has reviews of ‘Fallout 4’, ‘Tomb Rider’, ‘Far Cry 4’ and other latest popular games. You will also find interesting articles on game, including playing styles, which version of the game is better, etc.

GameRankings.com

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This site indexes more than 240000 game reviews from both offline and online sourses. It scores each game based on multiple reviews.

The special feature of these review sites is that the contents are updated regularly. You will find reviews about even the most recent game that has been released. You will also find news about upcoming games and their anticipated performance in the market. The reviews are written by gaming experts and so they are very genuine. Reading reviews saves your time from playing games that are not so good.

3 most successful videos games of all time

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You will be shocked to know that there are many video games that have outgrossed Hollywood blockbusters! For example, the video game ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ and the movie ‘Batman and Robin’. The movie grossed $107 million in total, while the video game grossed $450 million! Here are the 3 most successful video games of all times.

1. World of Warcraft (2004)

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This game sold more than 10 million copies so far. It has earned about $10 billion. It is a multiplayer online role-playing game created by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the fourth released game set in the Warcraft universe.

2. Call of Duty – Black Ops (2010)

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It was the best selling video in 2011 selling 23 million copies worldwide. It has earned about $1.5 billion. It is a first-person shooter video game developed by Trreyarch. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii consoles and Xbox 360. A Nintendo DS was also developed by n-Space. Within 24 hours of going on sale, more than 5.6 million copies of the game were sold.

3. Mario Kart for Wii (2008)

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The game has sold 28 million copies and has earned $ 1.4 billion. It is a racing video game developed by Nintendo. It incorporates playable characters from the Mario series who participate in kart races on different race tracks. They use specialized items to stop opponents or to gain advantages.

As video games have now become part of the mainstream, it is as profitable as Hollywood blockbusters. The reason they have gained so much popularity is that it can be played on multiple processors and are cheap as well.