I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it’s itchy feet time in the weird and wonderful world of graphics cards. Even those of us with the latest and greatest GPUs have been messing around with them for a couple of years now, and we’ve gone an unusually long amount of time without a noticeable upgrade in performance.
For 4K gamers, the progress slowed at the worst time. We were so close to the ultimate single-GPU, 4K / Ultra graphics experience across all titles, and then we just kind of sat still.
But, that’s all about to change. Nvidia is expected to release its new graphics card range any day now, while AMD will surely follow suit in early 2019. We’re at crunch time and we suspect there are going to be millions of PC gamers that are putting a bit of spare cash aside to jump into a new generation over the next 12 months.
As ever with these things though, we’re expecting the highest-end GPUs to launch first, which also means the most expensive. Those after the mid or low-end graphics cards will have to show a little patience but eventually, we’re going to have our mitts on GTX 11 series and AMD Navi.
With the day fast approaching though, and rumours that Nvidia may even be considering jacking up the prices yet further, how much are you willing to spend for your next graphics card?
Personally, I’m currently rocking a GeForce GTX 970 in my system at home, as well a GTX 980 Ti as and when I need it. Suffice to say, it’s probably time for an upgrade and I’m going to be keeping a keen eye on the price to performance of both the GeForce GTX 1160 and the GeForce GTX 1170. I’m currently not looking to spend more than £350 if I can help it, although if the GTX 1170 is powerful enough it may be able to tempt me a little higher. Ideally, though, I’d be looking at the £300-350 range, which usually translates to $300-350 in America-land.
So how much are you planning (or hoping) to spend on your next graphics card? Are you looking to buy a like-for-like replacement, or are you planning to go up or down a tier?