Look for hardware comparisons!

Hey ya’ll, Jimi back here. I’ve recently started reading more and more into tech reviews online just because it’s the holiday season and I wanted to know more about some of the stuff I wanted to build my PC with. Usually, I find interest in a specific desktop component and then I look up reviews to see if it’s worth buying at a certain price. That is how the usual flow of things go. However, I recently noticed more websites are putting up actual comparison articles for two different pieces. This comparison article on the GTX 970 vs 1060 graphics cards is a prime example of what I am talking about, if you’re at all interested in it. The website pits the two cards against each other to see who performs better. This is useful in a number of ways, which I’ll go over below.

Comparing past generations with the new generations

I own both a Gigabyte GTX 970 and an MSI GTX 970, both with 4 GB of memory. The MSI wins hands down, but they are both still very solid cards.

The first thing I realized in that article is that it was comparing two complete different generation cards. This is good for a number of reasons. The GTX 970 was easily the best graphics card of last generation‘s set of GTX cards. It provided the best value for your money and while it was not as powerful as the GTX 980, it was significantly cheaper and more common to buy. On top of that, it consumed less power so middle-ranged PC builders were able to use it. The GTX 1060, on the other hand, is a budget-oriented video card that NVIDIA released for this generation. You should know that the “60” in that name pretty much means it is more budget-friendly. The 1070 is a little more expensive, and the 1080 is the premium solution. This also stands for the last generations of cards. For example, the GTX 960 would be this generation’s “equivalent” of the GTX 1060, since it was last generation’s budget card. The GTX 760 was the budget card by NVIDIA prior to that one. And so on and so forth.

So what’s interesting about the website’s comparison is that, between the two generations, the cards are not even of the same “class”, so to speak. The proper comparison would have been the GTX 970 vs the GTX 1070, but that isn’t the case here. Instead, we compare last generation’s most popular video card option to this generation’s budget option.

And guess what, I kind of like it this way. It gives us a perspective of how much hardware has upgraded over the years. By comparing last generation’s powerhouse graphics card to this generation’s budget card, we can see if technology has gotten better and cheaper over the years. I won’t spoil the results since I like to promote websites with highly interesting and thorough articles, so read it if it interests you!

Hardware comparisons in general

Even just the idea of comparing hardware is awesome. Most tech websites merely analyze just one tech component. While they are still incredibly useful, consumers likely aren’t just looking at one or two components. It is useful to compare and contrast between different parts. In this case, the author was able to thoroughly analyze not just one piece but two very comparable cards. To add, he even makes up his own conclusion in terms of overall money value vs. overall power between the cards. It is just a great idea that I hope to see more of in the future.

Of course, websites are not going to be able to write hardware comparisons for every single part out there. There are just too much out there to compare them all with each other. Additionally, hardware manufacturers are consistently coming up with new versions of their graphics cards, processors, RAM, etc. that it would be impossible to document real analyses of their tech while also comparing them.

Whenever you spot articles like this, read them. I wholeheartedly support tech sites that go over and beyond to criticize PC hardware for consumers such as myself. It has made shopping significantly easier for myself since I know which part provides me more value.

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