Now That The Very Sun Has Been Extinguished And All Hope Is Lost, Is It A Good Time To Upgrade Your Graphics Card?

Getting good value for money from your graphics card can be a challenge, and upgrading at the right time in the life cycle is key. But this next upgrade is going to be the hardest of all – because a colossal and foul beast has eaten the sun, and all of existence as we know it is set to be consumed in what occult scholars are calling “The Final Night”, plus new consoles mean more intensive games are on the horizon.

Still, are you the kind of cowardly console peasant who would let a thing like “the end of all things” or “Watch Dogs Legion recommended specs” stop you? Onward, like a sir!

AMD Radeon RX 5700XT, or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060?

Either of these two are a great option and will easily play most of the latest titles on 4K, but the real question is this – when you’re hunched over in the basement of a bombed-out house desperately trying to pwn noobs in Battlefield without alerting the Flesh Gatherers to your presence, should you go for the slightly better performance (of the 5700XT) or the slightly better thermals and noise (of the 2060)? 

Your mileage may vary, but for our money it’s better to have the quieter noise and thermal profile of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 in a “post-hope” environment, especially since the last transmission we heard on the emergency broadcast network indicated that the Flesh Gatherers may have heat vision. You can’t really go wrong, though, as long as you don’t attract the attention of The Eyeless Raven That Sees Everything. 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 – Normal or Super?

There’s no doubt that the RTX 2080 offers the best value for money in its class, but if you find yourself with a bit of leftover money after the collapse of the civil order and the wholesale pillaging of our foodstocks, should you splurge and go up to the 2080 Super?

We feel this is the sort of judgement only you are qualified to make, but here’s a few things to think about before you leap into this kind of butter-smooth 4K performance – do you have enough canned food, or are you willing to resort to cannibalism? Could this extra money be better used on bartering for some improvised weapons, or perhaps paying protection to the newly-crowned “bandit king” who claims to have discovered a way to control the insectoid hounds that roam our cities in killing packs? PC gaming is all about balancing power and price, so make sure you choose wisely.

SLI 2080 Ti – Excessive, Or An Appropriate Display Of Your Power?

The 2080 Ti is, hands-down, the most powerful single card currently available on what we now euphemistically refer to as the ‘market’. Linking two of them together in SLI would give you an unspeakably powerful beast of a machine – but would it be powerful enough to challenge the real unspeakably powerful beast, our new overlord Raa-Hokk’Tung, who signalled the final defeat of humanity when it reached into the sky and swallowed the moon in a single gulp? 

Well, that might just depend on what kind of CPU you put in, so look for our guide on that tomorrow. But overall we think it’s better to dream big, at least if you’re one of the lucky ones still capable of dreams that don’t involve the slow searing of your own flesh. Such a naked display of wealth could, under the right circumstances, draw a band of malnourished and deluded followers to you in the same manner as the Ewoks in Star Wars brandished the golden body of C3PO above their heads. Best of luck!

Which graphics card will you end up using as an improvised weapon when the Flesh Gatherers tear through your pathetic defences and march you off to the rendering farms? Let us know in the comments!

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