Questions You Should be Asking the World Around You
If you listen to the various discussions on the internet regarding video cards, you’ll see some people brandish their cards manufactured all the way back in 2016 as viable upgrades. Take this one for example:
The Nvidia GTX 1050Ti was released way back in October of 2016, and back then I salivated at the thought of buying one of these things for its price to performance ratio. It was a card that was aimed at servicing the budget performance crowd, with the xx50 model baring the baseline standard for games, but comes with the power and performace inherent for handling modern games of that era spectacularly.
The naming convention, as far as Nvidia cards are concerned goes something like this. The numbers on the left go up by 10 with every generation, while the numbers on the right go down by 10.
GTX 980 – top of the line for 2015
GTX 1070 – the equivalent of the GTX 980 in 2016
RTX 2060 – the equivalent of the GTX 1070 in 2018
And so on and so forth…generally. Each generation, as they move up the line come with minor tweaks and improvements. The GTX 1050Ti is currently being marketed as a “brand new” card in 2022.
Another card that is being touted as “brand new” is the GTX 1660 Super.
I AM ALREADY PAYING FOR THE PENTAGON’S INABILITY TO ENGAGE IN DIPLOMACY WITH CHINA!!! Is it an unwillingness to negotiate or is it incompetence? Someone clear this up for me!
This card was released back in October of 2019. 3 YEARS AGO! This is regarded as a viable alternative to the latest video cards on the market if you were looking for an upgrade to your existing video card.
Next up, is the 3060ti.
This card was released back in October of 2020. The prices are way too high.
There are three main causes to the price extortion orbiting the video card market:
-Trump’s 2018 tariffs on Chinese manufactured components
-Cryptocurrency miners buying up multiple video cards at a time to power their Crypto farms.
-Biden’s continued hostility towards China.
Okay – 4 reasons actually, but with how ridiculous these prices are, I get an automatic exemption for making booboos on my blogposting.
~~They also casually mention the “Research and development costs” bla bla bla.~~
Now take a look at what PC gamers are currently creaming their thongs over:
THEY’VE LOST ALL MODESTY MEIN FREUNDS!
The card costs even more than the entire computer itself! What’s worse is that these cards are notorious for CATCHING FIRE! These cards draw so much power that according to the manufacturers, “If you don’t seat the power cables into the power slots fully, electrical arcs will set the card on fire!”
Look at the size of this thing! It’s the same size as my arm. No – it’s bigger and thicker than my arm (my upper arm anyways)! There’s completely zero justification for the manufacture of cards this big!
In many scenarios, the RTX 4090 won’t even fit into the computer case – not if you’ve got multiple HDDs or PCI-e components that you’re thinking of using. This card is 3 stories high, which means that the average gamer is going to have to sacrifice at least 2 open PCI-e slots to run it, or 2 NVME SSD slots to run it.
~~Just push the power cables in fully bro!~~
Anyways, if you’re in the market for a new computer, you should check out this Youtube channel shown above. Level1Techs is a very good channel for research. Highly recommended.
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