Picking a graphics card for your PC doesn’t have to be difficult; you simply have to work out your overall budget and what sort of games you want to be playing. The graphics card you buy should fit into a balanced gaming PC, so it’s worth checking our Best Gaming PC build guide for examples of balanced specifications that prioritise gaming at each price point.
Manufacturer’s cooler designs will also affect performance, but only by single-digit percentage points – this is especially true of cheaper cards. With more expensive GPUs card manufacturers push the boat out, throwing clever fans and software into the mix and offering up higher clock speeds, which can make a difference.
Things to look out for on each card include (in order of importance):
- Length of warranty
- Fan noise
- Visual flare
- Extra cooling fans
1.NVIDIA GFORGE GTX 1050
We weren’t expecting the GTX 1050 to be particularly good value, but at the time of review – and up against AMD’s excellent RX 460 – it just about did enough to stay ahead. With prices starting at £110, it’s £20 more expensive than the cheapest RX 460s. However, the benefits are that you get a much smaller board, lower power consumption and better performance. If your budget will stretch to the GTX 1050, it’s worth it for that.
It performed well in our benchmarks, topping 250fps in CS:GO, 112fps in Overwatch, and it even managed 46fps in Hitman at Medium settings. For eSports players who like to dabble in a bit of AAA gaming, it’s a good card.
The limitation is memory: in this day and age 2GB is probably too little, so be sure to check out the minimum requirements of new games carefully before you buy.
- PCI-E bus powered
- Great Full HD performance in basic games
- 2GB memory
2.NVIDIA GFORGE GTX 1050 TI
If the brilliant-value RX 480 is too expensive for you, the GTX 1050 Ti is the next best thing. It may not possess the outright power of its more expensive rivals, but if you’re simply after a card that can play games at Full HD then you’ve little reason to look elsewhere.
With such low power consumption, it will slot into practically any PC with a spare PCI-E slot and provide an instant boost to gaming power, taking your average pre-built office PC from dull to epic in a matter of seconds.
Don’t expect the world, though. You’ll need to tweak graphics settings in some games (or use Nvidia’s GeForce Experience software to find the ideal graphics settings) down to Medium, as we found in our review. But for the money, it’s hard to complain.
- Lower power consumption
- 1080p gaming experience
- 4GB GDDR5 memory
3.AMD RADEON RX 570
The RX 570 is a minor improvement to the RX 470 we reviewed in 2016. It has slightly higher clock speeds and lower power consumption when not in use. It’s largely identical to its predecessor, however, so anyone running a 470 needn’t worry.
In terms of performance, expect to run the latest games in Full HD at High and Very High settings. We saw 90+fps in the likes of Battlefield 1 at High settings in Full HD.
It’s now on a level with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in some benchmarks, and with 4GB and 8GB models available as well as loads of different cooler designs, it’s a great buy if you can grab one for under £190, you’ll be getting a decent deal. But if you can spend a little more, consider an RX 580 instead as the two are priced very closely.
- Capable full HD experience
- 4GB or 8GB GDDR5 memory
- Same GPU as RX 470
4.AMD RADEON RX 580
A minor update to the RX 480, the 580 is the new graphics card of choice for those with a budget of between £190 and £220. It’ll play the latest games at maximum settings in Full HD, and you can drop to High if you fancy some 1440p action. It’s very similar to the RX 480, and is based on the same GPU. So don’t eliminate AMD’s 400-series GPUs from your shortlist.
There’s a variety of third-party GPU options available, with various levels of overclocking and lots of different cooler designs. It’s a bit of a power hog, however, and you’ll seldom find a compact version of the RX 580. It’s here, where the more efficient GTX 1060 rules the roost, with near-identical performance at a competitive price, Nvidia’s mid-range offering is better for that Mini-ITX build you’ve always wanted to do.
- 8GB or 4GB GDDR5 memory
- Same GPU as RX 480
- Full HD and 1440p gaming
5.NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060
Nvidia’s third-tier GPU is very competitive, going toe-to-toe with the AMD Radeon RX 580. It has slightly less memory, with 6GB of GDDR5 on board instead of AMD’s 8GB, but the GPU itself is slightly more powerful. Prices have stabilised in recent months and the GTX 1060’s pricing is almost on a par with the 8GB RX 580. Considering it’s a little faster in some games, the raw bang-for-buck figure is quite appealing, especially when picking the 6GB model.
Nevertheless, following hours and hours of gameplay, RETOLIFE has put together a list of our top ten favourite multi-platform games that you can play right now. Naturally, as new games launch and fresh in-office debates kick off, this list will adapt. For now, however, the titles featured here are the ones we feel are the best of the best.
- DISHONOURED 2
Dishonored 2 is Arkane’s finest work to date and offers an amazing, expansive experience.
Arkane aims to deliver a game in the vein of old-school experiences such as Doom, where nothing is linear and the game world is a playground with myriad solutions to any problem – and it pulls this off spectacularly.
Blizzard doesn’t make bad games. In fact, it makes consistently brilliant games, and Overwatch is one such example of that.
The team’s first stab at the FPS genre has become a huge hit – even a year on from its launch, people eagerly await new skins to unlock for their favourite heroes. It’s proved a smash with the eSports crowd to boot, making longevity for the game unquestionable.
Blizzard does a great job of remaining committed to the title too, with regular updates and fresh content to keep players invested in the addictive gameplay and brilliantly balanced action. The developer also does well to welcome new players, offering a smoother learning curve than other shooters.
Yet to play Overwatch? What are you waiting for!?
- THE WITCHER 3 : WILD HUNT
CD Projekt Red has created a technical and creative masterpiece in the Wild Hunt.
This is a game that offers compelling stories in almost every quest. Whether in the main story or the briefest of side missions, Geralt’s story is simply one you cannot miss.
A deep and engaging RPG that will intrigue all players, knowledge of the previous two entries is beneficial but not essential, since the developer does a great job of crafting a standalone narrative for new players.
Also, Wild Hunt manages to include an incredibly addictive mini-game in the form of Gwent, which has since spawned its own dedicated free-to-play game.
- GRAND THEFT AUTO V
GTA V tells a brilliantly madcap tale while following three bonkers lead characters; the player is able to switch control across all three on-the-fly at any time during the story.
Rockstar’s recreation of Los Angeles is the ultimate playground for troublemakers, giving you the freedom to do pretty much anything you want – including hijacking planes, tanks and automobiles.
- ROCKET LEAGUE
Rocket League started as a title in Sony’s PlayStation Plus’ monthly lineup and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon.
Achieving millions of downloads and still going strong, the football-meets-racing car multi-player is as replayable now as it’s always been – and it’s so much fun to play.
It’s crazy to think that even in 2017, with thousands upon thousands of games to play, there’s nothing quite like Rocket League on the market, which only adds to its appeal.
- BATTLEFIELD 1
Eyebrows were raised when Dice announced it was returning to The Great War for its next entry in the Battlefield franchise, but the apprehension was short-lived, as Battlefield 1 is the best first-person shooter this generation has seen.
Providing incredibly epic multi-player set-pieces, the best single-player campaign since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and graphics (particularly on PC) that are simply breathtaking, this is an experience that has to be played. Plus, with a steady stream of expansion packs over this year, there’s even more of it to enjoy.
CAN A FAN COOL A ROOM??
A fan can’t change the temperature of the room; it merely circulates the air. However, the breeze from a fan on your body aids sweat evaporation, which makes you cooler. The increased air circulation can also stop a room from feeling stuffy.
To actually cool a room, you need something that can lower the temperature. Air conditioning is the main option there but a second option is to use an evaporative cooler. These feature a tank of water, which slowly evaporates to cool the air, and work best in dry hot climate.
WHAT OTHER OPTION I SHOULD LOOK FOR???
Noise is important, particularly if you want to sleep with a fan turned on. We’ve measured every fan’s sound levels at both maximum and minimum to help you decide.
A fan with a remote control can be a good option if you want to adjust settings on the fly; this is particularly true in the bedroom, where you may not want to get out of bed to turn off your fan. On that note, look for a fan with a sleep timer so that it can shut off after a set time.
More advanced options on high-end fans include air filters to help clean the air, or heating elements so that you can keep warm in the winter.
SWAN RETRO DESK FAN
These who have a perchant for 1950s styling will appreciate Swan’s 12-inch Retro Desk Fan. It’s certainly one that you’ll be happy to have out on display. Available in nine color options including cream, blue, orange, black and red, it will be easy enough to find a model to suit your decor.
As is typical for this type of product, some assembly is needed. Aside from the single screw that holds the metal cage together, the rest of the fan uses plastic thumbscrews. I had my sample built and ready to go in only a few minutes.
The bottom of the fan sits 140mm from its base, which is just about right for desk use. Height adjustment is possible, plus there’s an oscillating switch, too, which makes directing air comfortably simple.
This fan has three speed settings. The minimum speed produced airflow of 2.9m/s at 15cm and 1.2m/s at 1.5m; at maximum, the fan produced 4.1m/s at 15cm and 1.8m/s at 1.5m. If anything, the Retro Desk Fan could do with having a slightly slower bottom speed for more gentle cooling.
Pivot and Oscillation
- 3 Speed settings
- 140mm height
- 350 x 265 x 470mm
FINE ELEMENT OSCILLATING REMOTE CONTROL TOWER FAN
Tower fans are a great choice where space is at a premium. The large Fine Elements Oscillating Remote Control Tower Fan (model ES2017) is designed to cover a room. Built from grey and black plastic, this smart-looking fan looks great and should blend in with most people’s decor.
It offers a smart design, too, with a large LCD showing the current time. All of the fan’s controls sit beneath a flap at the top, which also houses the remote control (no batteries supplied).
With either set of controls, you get the standard options: you can turn the fan on or off; choose between the three speed settings; and toggle oscillation. There are some more advanced settings, too. Using the Timer button, you can set the sleep timer in increments of 30 minutes up to 12 hours.
There’s also a Mode button, which adjusts the fan’s output. In General mode, fan speed is constant. In Natural mode, fan speed is occasionally ramped up to make it feel more like the ‘real’ wind. Sleep mode dials down fan speed, before cycling back to the preset speed. I have to say that the constant speed mode is the best option; I found the other modes a little distracting.
DYSON PURE HOT + COOL LINK
The Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link is more than just a traditional fan. As well as blowing cold air, it can heat up the air, and monitor air quality, too, automatically purifying it. And, best of all, the fan is completely controlled via the Dyson Link app.
Dyson’s Pure Hot + Cool Link looks fantastic. It has the traditional Dyson bladeless design, giving the floor-standing fan a central hole through which you can stick your head – if you wish.
The front of the fan is home to only a power button, leaving the remote control – which attaches magnetically to the top of the unit – for most features and settings. From here, you can adjust fan speed (ten settings), set cool mode or heat.
With so many fan settings, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link goes from almost silent, with a gentle breeze, to a full-on rush of air. Even at the maximum setting, the fan isn’t too intrusive, and there’s little noise from the motor itself. It’s more air movement that makes the sound. Thanks to Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology, the airflow from this fan is far smoother than that of a traditional fan. Heating is impressive, too, quickly bringing the temperature of a room up to a comfortable level.
You can control every feature of the fan through the app , and it also lets you monitor your home’s air quality. Dyson claims the Pure Hot + Cool link can remove about 99.95% of allergens and particles down to 0.1 microns. The fan is sensitive, kicking into life when we started cleaning and spraying chemicals. This soon turned our air quality from ‘moderate’ to ‘good’.
The Dyson AM09 is a floor-standing model that can output heat as well as cold air, making it a model designed for use all-year round. As with Dyson’s other fans, the design is stunning, with the clear, bladeless opening making it stand out from traditional fans.
The base offers a tilt function so you can point the fan in a more comfortable direction. There are no fiddly thumbscrews; simply push the fan in the desired direction. An oscillation mode allows the fan to sweep air across the room.
Aside from the power button, the fan’s base is bare of controls. Instead, everything is set via the remote control, which attaches magnetically to the top of the fan. With it you can select the fan speed (ten settings), cool mode or temperature (up to 37 ), set the sleep timer and toggle oscillation.
With so many fan speeds, the AM09 can output a gentle breeze almost silently, or a full-on rush of air. Thanks to Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology, air is delivered smoothly, making this fan extremely comfortable to sit in front of.Even at its maximum setting, the AM09’s noise isn’t annoying, with very little sound from the motor. Heat performance is impressive, with the fan soon making a cold room feel more comfortable. If you want a fan for all year round use then the Dyson AM09 is a brilliant choice.
BENROSS 42240 PORTABLE AIR COOLER
Since evaporative coolers are most efficient in dry climates, the Portable Air Cooler has two additional cooling methods. First, it ships with four freezer bottles that you fill with water. You can attach any bottle to a cord, and drop it into the main reservoir to cool the water before it’s evaporated. Second, there’s an ice cube tray on the rear: when full, air is expelled through the ice, cooling it further.
Kerala, known as Gods own country has some of the best tourist destinations in India for any kind of holiday. It is land of coconuts , backwaters, elephants and the land of rich cultures and traditions and has been one of the most sought after places by travelers from all around the world. Kerala Tourism was also recommended by Lonely planet as one of the must visit family destinations to visit. If you are preparing to check out Kerala, here is a selection of the Top places to visit in Kerala curated by the expert holiday professionals in Iris holiday.
Alleppey is well known for the backwater trips on houseboats and always comes on top among the best destinations to check in Kerala, simply because it is a exclusive encounter that you cannot get anyway else on the globe. Alleppey was described as one of the locations known as “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon.
Munnar is the most popular hill station in South India and the best tourist place in Kerala. It has a unique views of verdant mountain slopes which are covered with about 80000 miles of green tea farm like organic bedding over mountains which offer views of low-flying clouds and misty valleys.
If you have craved to stay in a small village in Kerala for enjoying the backwaters, sipping on tender coconut water, tasting some authentic Kerala food and experiencing the warmth of fresh air, Kumarakom is the place you should be in when you travel to Kerala.
To know the greener side of Kerala, one must visit Wayanad which translate to the land of paddy fields in local language Malayalam. It won’t be irrelevant to call it the “Green paradise” . If you are planning for a sightseeing in Kerala. Calm and quiet, enriched with scenic beauty, tradition and wildlife.
Periyar wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady is a popular wild life sanctuary preserving various species of animals including elephants, tigers, sambars, gaurs and the very rare lion tailed macaques. The forest is situated on the banks of the lake , Periyar.
Cochin is in central Kerala and it is easy to get to most of the tourist places in Kerala from Kochi. The primary reason because of which Kochi is the starting point for the most of the Kerala tour packages. Though the tourist destination is known as Kochi, it is a part of Ernakulam which is a beautiful district located on the coast of the Arabian sea.
In early May, Microsoft announced its own laptop, the aptly-named Surface Laptop. This Dell XPS 13-rivalling machine could cause a serious challenge in the world of premium laptops, although coming equipped with the slightly cut-down Windows 10 S instead of full-fat Windows 10 might put some people off. And it’ll cost you money to remove those limitations.
Acer also recently refreshed its line-up, updating its Swift line (see below) with some new models set to come out in the middle of the year. It also announced the Switch 5, a potential Surface Pro 4-beater, along with the impressive Triton 700 gaming laptop.
Finally, it looks like Apple might be refreshing its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup with updated processors. It’s not thought to be a major update, though, although any leftover stock of this current generation may well see a small discount in retailers if it does indeed happen.
1.Acer Swift 3
This 14-inch laptop is a great buy if you want a light, all-metal laptop that can manage basic tasks as well as a bit of light photo editing. Its 1.5kg weight and small footprint make it very bag friendly, and the choice of specifications available mean you can spend from £500 to £750 on one. The model we reviewed cost £650, which is the best value, but the £500 Core i3 model is great for those who’ll just be doing a bit of light web browsing and document work.
The only minus points are that the display lacks the most vibrant colors so won’t be suitable for people who edit photos on a professional basis, and it’s heavier than some slightly more expensive rivals, such as the Lenovo Idea Pad 710S.
- 14 inch Full HD IPS Display
- Intel Core i3, i5 and i7
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- Windows 10
- Battery life around 8 hours
2.Asus Vivo Book E200HA
This brilliant little netbook weighs less than a kilogram but still manages to pack all the features you could want from a budget laptop. With 12 hours of battery life in normal usage and a dinky footprint, this is the most baggable laptop we’ve ever tested.
With that crazy low price and weight comes performance compromises, but if you only use a few browser tabs at a time, you’ll be right at home.
- Intel Atom X5-Z8350 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB SSD
- Weight : 980grams
- Battery life of 12 hours
3.Lenovo IdeaPad 710S
The Lenovo Ideapad 710S costs more than the Acer Swift 3, but for good reason. The 400g weight reduction alone is a big deal, and the screen is quite a lot better. The version we tested cost £900, but it’s available for as little as £700 with a Core i5 processor. Since our original review, the 710S has been updated to feature Intel’s latest 7th-gen ‘Kaby Lake’ processors.This is a quick laptop for photo- and video-editing tasks, and while it won’t match the performance of a quad-core machine such as the Dell XPS 15 for out-and-out power, it’s still fast enough for almost everything you’ll want to do on it. It’s really light, too, at 1.1kg, so it’ll go into any bag without much fuss. The Full HD screen is brilliant for the price as well.
A small minus point: Battery life doesn’t match the likes of the Dell XPS 13 or MacBook Air, and the touchpad could be better. But that doesn’t detract much from what is a great laptop that hits a nice price sweet spot.
- Intel Core i7-6560U
- Windows 10
- Battery life around 8 hours
- Intel Iris Graphic Card 540
4.Acer swift 5
The 14-inch Acer Swift 5 is a great option if you want a larger screen without adding too much weight. It weighs 1.36kg, which is light for the size. There’s also a fingerprint scanner, which is great for logging into Windows 10 with just the touch of your finger. The screen is bright and colorful, and battery life is excellent and will happily go all day if you don’t push it too hard.
It has a similar spec to the Lenovo, so will perform just as well in day-to-day tasks. It doesn’t feel as well built as some rivals, so might not survive too many bumps and scrapes.
- Intel core is-7200U
- 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
- Windows 10
- Battery life of 9 hours
5.Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is the no-compromise option. We think it’s the best thin-and-light laptop you can buy right now. A great design, stunning screen and fantastic performance make this the ideal alternative to a MacBook Pro.
There are loads of different storage and processor options – our review model was perhaps the best value, but you can spend quite a lot less if you don’t need raw power or loads of storage.Most importantly, it’s more powerful yet cheaper than the rival MacBook Pro, which is a great combination. If you’re a Windows fan, or wavering Apple one, this is the laptop for you.
While you saw a lot of trends in technology in 2016, you witnessed of shiny new techs on the shelve. Even the latest iPhone 7 drew groans of boredom. Expect the big buzzwords of 2016- the IOT, voice search, blockchain, AI, AR, VR and chatbots- to be less about theory and more about real world products embedding themselves in society.
Even in 2017, you are going to witness a battle of technology with the prospect of un-connected world.
1.Rise of voice Search
With the VPAs now on the phones, in homes, expert voice search to move into new areas of the home, into the workplace and probably also onto the AR/VR headsets in 2017. Cortana on HoloLens can be the first example.
Chatbots will not sit on the individual websites, but on the central messaging platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, Kik and WeChat. This would see the shift in emphasis for customer experience representatives in many companies as their customers interact with the company via new methods….. Taking them away from the apps and websites, which representatives have complete control over today, and into a new world of building chatbots for messaging services
Is there a global shift towards Global Isolationism????
For the Global, connected business world, the spectre of higher tariffs on imports and exports, and restriction on freedom of movement- particularly in the world’s global market- could have huge implication for tech industry.
Tech startups need maximum global exposure and ability to employ right people just to survive, while a big corporate have multinational supply network. Despite worries from unknown, analyst firms expects a 4.3% increase in tech spending in 2017, with the US government.
4.Growth Of VPNs
A virtual private network(VPN) creates a secure, encrypted connection between devices and a VPN service provider, thus blocking snoopers . Expect the VPN to move from niche tech jargon to wider public usage in 2017as web users get a grip on data privacy to prevent snooping, hacking and identity theft.
5.Rise of OLED tech
Will we be going organic in 2017??
After a few years as an emerging tech for flagship smartphone screens, OLED(Organic Light Emitting Diode) display technology is beginning to creep into use for bigger and bigger monitors and TVs. However, until now only LG displays had been producing big-screen OLED panels, and largely limiting sales of them to its sister brand’s TV.
6.More Investment In AI
What is the hottest thing in tech??
Artificial Technology, of course, which in 2017 will receive much more investment as its constituent parts- machine learning , deep learning, robotics, autonomous vehicle apps, business intelligence and virtual personals Assistants like siri, alexa and so forth.
There is currently an explosion of interest in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and related tech such as autonomous vehicles,” says Mike Mason, Head of Technology atThoughtWorks. “Next year we will see businesses use machine intelligence insights to deliver more engaging experiences to customers, and provide better service, as well as better business decision making.”