Best CPU cooler 2017: top CPU coolers for your PC

The best CPU coolers are one of the first things that people overlook when they’re trying to save money on a new PC build. They’ll have all the best graphics cards lined up on Newegg, and their eye on the best motherboard for compatibility, but skimp out on a top CPU cooler to afford all those shiny components. But, we’re here to tell you ‘please don’t,’ as picking up one of the best CPU coolers is hands down the most important thing to think about when you’re building a new computer.

This is especially true if you’re looking to get one of the best processors, like AMD’s Ryzen or Intel’s Coffee Lake processors. If you don’t replace the cooler that comes packaged with your CPU, you could risk having your significant investment go up in flames as it overheats, or at the very least experience thermal throttling.

You’ll probably find the performance of your chip to be unsatisfactory – even if your CPU has six or eight cores – if you’re using the heatsink that comes packaged with your processor. Aftermarket CPU coolers, especially liquid ones, can diminish fan noise and running temperatures by a radical amount – leading to faster potential clock speeds when overclocking, and even higher boost clocks if your CPU supports it.

It’s time to focus, though, clear of any influence from the companies that manufacture them, we’ve compiled a list of the seven best CPU coolers on the market today, liquid-, air- or passively cooled. And, no matter how much room your PC case has, there will be a cooler here for you. 

The Noctua NH-D15 is at the top of our list because of one extremely compelling premise: it may not be a liquid cooling system, but it works just as well – if not better than – some all-in-one loops. Now, you might not have heard of Noctua, as they’re a relatively small name in the CPU cooler world, but one of the major advantages is that they focus entirely on designing coolers, so you can be sure that you’re not only getting stellar cooling performance, but you can also expect extremely diminished fan noise as well. Put that all on top of the included six-year warranty, and you have a winning product in every conceivable way. 

For $29 (£30, AU$43), the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is one of the most affordable CPU coolers you can buy. Given, too, that most online stores offer a rebate on this fan and heatsink combo pack, the Hyper 212 EVO is a prodigious value. Although it only features four heatpipes and aluminum fin structure, this legendary CPU cooler has proven itself to be as efficient as liquid-coolers two-to-three times more expensive than it. These air-coolers are designed to make heat dissipation, quite literally, a breeze, whether you’re playing Destiny 2 at max settings or watching YouTube videos in a web browser.

This CPU cooler is among one of the smallest we’ve ever used for our own Mini ATX builds. It come from an Austrian company as our best CPU cooler that specializes entirely in PC coolers and fans, which means no compromises are made in the way of quality assurance despite its low-profile form-factor.

Known best for its cases, such as those produced in collaboration with Asus and Razer, you may be surprised to learn that NZXT’s CPU coolers are every bit as impressive as the hardware which encloses them. The Kraken X62 is no exception, being one of the few 280mm all-in-one liquid coolers to feature RGB lighting. Given that the radiator comes pre-attached and the thermal paste pre-applied, the NZXT Kraken x62 is awfully easy to set up too. The packed-in CAM software, which lets you tweak settings on the fly, is merely icing on the cake.

For less than 70 big ones in both US dollars and British sterling, the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 is a deal you can’t pass up if you’re on the prowl for a liquid cooler that won’t break the bank. While it lacks the bells and whistles of pricier, more extravagant liquid coolers, like the NZXT Kraken, the Arctic Liquid cooler is enough to get you by, not to mention it’s still a massive step up from the classic fan and heatsink pairing. So, while you can’t expect RGB lighting or software – or even hardware-based fan control, the 120mm variant of the Arctic Liquid Freezer will keep your system refrigerated at a (mostly) quiet volume. 

Even if you have a budget that allows for some of the more serious liquid cooling solutions, even some of the sweetest PC cases don’t permit the sheer mass of a bulkier, dual-fan or even a single 120mm radiator. That’s where the Hydro Series H5 SF proves building small doesn doesn’t mean you have to give up on liquid cooling. NZXT Kraken X62

Unless you’re already neck deep in the rabbit hole that is silent PC assembly, you’ve probably never heard of NoFan, a South Korean component company that specializes in helping enthusiasts reach that 0dBA silent sweet spot. In doing so, of course, you can count on severely limiting yourself in terms of power, with its CR-95C fanless solution being limited in compatibility to processors whose TDP fall below 95W. Still, the NoFan CR-95C is worth a shot for those sporting low-power rigs that prioritize tranquility over raw horsepower. 

  • We’ve also ranked and reviewed the best gaming keyboards of 2017

The best gaming laptop 2017: the 10 best gaming laptops we’ve reviewed

With the Steam Halloween Sale having kicked off and Destiny 2 out in the wild, there’s never been a more excitable time to buy the best gaming laptop 2017 has seen yet. Although you could hold out for the mobile counterparts to AMD’s Ryzen processors to touch down, there are way too many games that need to be played right now. And, we would argue that they have to be played by you first and foremost. 

  • Note that not all of the best laptops are meant for gaming

That’s right, now that you can personally step foot upon ancient Egypt’s sands of time in Assassin’s Creed Origins, you’re not going to want to do that on a console – even if it’s the fancy new Xbox One X. Plus, with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus available to play right now, what better way is there to shoot Nazis in the face than with the powerful and visually groundbreaking best gaming laptop 2017 has introduced.

It’s no doubt a riveting, albeit overwhelming, time to be a gamer. But, while you’re focused on all of the shiny new games on the shelf, time is spiraling out from underneath you. The solution is portability, which the best gaming laptops 2017 has to offer will surely provide you with. In the following paragraphs, we’ve gone hands on with all of the latest hardware in order to divulge our insider knowledge to you. You can read about, and even buy, the best gaming laptops below.

Kicking Nvidia’s Max-Q technology off right, the Asus Zephyrus GX501 combines the heralded thinness of an Ultrabook with the performance of a gaming PC to bring the best of both worlds to your feet. Despite exhibiting subpar times in our battery life benchmarks, this svelte powerhouse of a notebook is one for the books when it comes to both portability and style. Plus, it’s virtually silent if noise is a cause for distraction in your everyday routine.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

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It may not play friendly with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update just yet, but your time with the Razer Blade will be as extensive as it is hasty. On top of boasting a battery life of over 7 and a half hours, it can handle up to 4K Ultra HD gaming with the help of a Razer Core V2 external graphics box and a spare monitor. Or you could opt for the more recently added integrated 4K display option. Either way, you’re in for a treat, we assure you.

Read the full review: Razer Blade

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The Asus Strix GL502 may not boast the most innovative design, swapping out the usual black and red color scheme for one that makes it feel like Halloween year-round. But, it's undoubtedly one of the best when it comes to gaming in 1080p. In fact, we were able to crank the settings all the way up in Overwatch without taking a hit below 60fps. The battery life is janky, sure, but the screen, performance and onboard sound system more than make up for it.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Strix GL502

Unlike most laptops its size, the Alienware 13 R3 bears a hinge-forward design. By moving the heat sinks behind the screen, the chassis is allowed to be thinner, at 0.81-inch (0.22cm). Unfortunately, this means you won’t find many 13-inch laptop bags that will actually suit the Alienware 13 R3. While you may be tempted by the inclusion of a full-size Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, it’s the OLED touch display that caught our attention. 

Read the full review: Alienware 13 R3

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At long last, Razer has introduced a true desktop replacement that won’t weigh you down. Measuring in at only 0.88 inches thick with the option between a 17-inch 1080p display running at 120Hz or a G-Sync-laden 4K touchscreen, the Razer Blade Pro also introduces the company’s ultra-low-profile mechanical switches to a notebook for the first time ever. That’s a deal that’s only sweetened by an unusual trackpad placement that makes it comfier to boot.

Read the full review: Razer Blade Pro

  • This product is only available in the US and UK as of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Alienware 17 R4

For less than a grand and a half, you might not think it, but the Gigabyte SabrePro 15 is a bargain. In its price range, you won’t find a laptop with this level of performance. Although it’s only available in one configuration, the GTX 1060 is a nice change of pace considering most affordable gaming laptops struggle to run triple-A games beyond medium settings. That goes without mentioning the fantastic RGB keyboard and Microsoft Precision Touchpad.

Read the full review: Gigabyte SabrePro 15

Donning a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia Pascal-series GPU and a screen resolution that soars above 1080p, this laptop is more affordable than a comparably specced Razer Blade or Alienware 13 R3. At the same time, it fails to compromise in terms of portability and performance. Factor in the a reasonable battery life and 190-degree hinge, and it’s easy to see why the Gigabyte Aero 14 made the cut.

Read the full review: Gigabyte Aero 14

To be frank, Alienware hasn’t been a name typically associated with value. That seems to be changing with the Alienware 17 R4, which bears so many different customization options when it comes to specs that you can practically name your own price. Bespeckled with all of the signature elements we’ve come to expect from the brand, such as RGB backlit-accents and tons of ventilation, our only real qualm with the Alienware 17 R4 is a disappointing battery life.

Read the full review: Alienware 17 R4

In a world full of overpriced (and overcompensating) gaming laptops, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is a breath of fresh air. An anomaly that ditches the Alienware moniker, Dell has crafted yet a gaming laptop that’s masked as one of its more productivity-centric machines. The discrete graphics options won’t blow you away, but the price certainly will. Plus with a battery life recorded at 7 hours and 38 minutes, it’s unparalleled in that department.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

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While companies like Asus and Razer are going all out when it comes to gaming laptop performance, Medion – a company majority owned by Lenovo – has crafted a laptop donning economical components paired with a gorgeous design intended to appeal to the sensibilities of hardcore gamers. Though it’s not exactly a powerhouse on the inside, you won’t have to shell out an arm and a leg to enjoy the benefits of this mid-range monster.

Read the full review: Medion Erazer X6603

  • This product is only available in the UK as of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

  • Any one of these hardy notebooks could dominate our Black Friday deals

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

The 13 best horror games on PC and consoles to play right now

Update: It's Halloween weekend and to get you in the spooky spirit, several digital game stores are hosting horror game sales. 

If you're looking to draw the curtains, grab some candy and settle in with an appropriately frightening title this Halloween we suggest you take a look at the PlayStation Store and Steam sales taking place right now. 

There are more than a few of our favorite games from this list in the sale so this could be the perfect chance to pick them up. 

The weather is getting colder, the nights are getting darker and the leaves are taking on a blood red hue. Fall is here, and that means Halloween is fast approaching. 

Some of us get into the spirit of the season of scares more than others, but there really is no time of year better suited to picking up the best that the horror genre has to offer. While there are plenty of horror movies out there (and we've gathered together the best of them here) games offer something particularly special in that they put you in the driving seat.

When you're the one holding the controller and making the choices that could mean life or death, every moment is tense and significant. It's a lot harder to laugh at on-screen characters making stupid and cliched decisions when you're the one making them.  

We've gotten better at scaring ourselves than ever and games have matured beyond simple gore and jump scares. Though these elements still play an important role in the genre, our approach to horror has more nuance than ever. 

What follows are what we think are 13 of the best horror games that you can play on PC and consoles today. We think we've picked an appropriate number. Go ahead and spook yourselves silly.

  • Do you just want to kick back and watch a horror movie instead? Here's our list of the 13 best horror movies.

Little Nightmares is a great example of a game that manages to inspire fear and disgust without using traditional blood and gore.

The game puts you in control of a young girl called Six and has you navigate a a frightening world that's far too big for her, populated by a wide array of giant and grotesque creatues.

You don't have to fight these creatures, you just have to sneak around world and hide to get past them in what is absolutely a platforming puzzle game. 

Little Nightmares is a great horror game in that it perfectly creates a feeling of helplessness while making it clear that you're capable of escaping. It takes familiar and the domestic areas of the home which should be comforting and turns them on their head by making them repulsive and unsafe. 

Little Nightmares can be played now on PC, Xbox One and PS4

We've all watched a teen slasher movie at some point (it's hard to escape them) but they're surprisingly uncommon in the gaming world. Probably because it'd be so hard to get it right.

Fortunately, Until Dawn is a game that tried the trope and got it right by combining both game and movie elements. 

This PS4 exclusive game follows a group of teenagers going on a trip to a remote cabin in the mountains where, shockingly, there's a frightening presence interested in picking them off one by one. 

It's up to you to make decisions for the characters in the game which means whether or not they live or die is entirely down to you. Make the wrong decision and your favorite could meet a very grizzly end. Until Dawn is a great horror game because although it'll genuinely scare you, you get a sense it's having a lot of fun doing it. 

Until Dawn can be played now on PlayStation 4

After so long away, Resident Evil's return could have been something of a disaster but fortunately for fans of the series the seventh installment was a great success. 

Resident Evil 7 was a much needed breath of fresh air for the series, bringing in a modern understanding of both horror movies and games while managing to retain that very distinct Resident Evil feel. 

By moving the perspective from third to first person it also made the fear feel closer and more immediate and it also made it possible to include a genuinely frightening VR experience to the game. 

With a great story and tight gameplay, Resident Evil 7 was the addition to the horror series we all wanted and feared we would get. Read our full review here. 

You can play Resident Evil on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

Dead Space, three games published by EA and developed by Visceral Games, is among the contemporary classic horror games. The story, first set on an abandoned space vessel (duh), takes terrifying twists and turns – most of which involving zombified aliens waiting around said turns.

Following the formula established by Ridley Scott's classic "Alien" certainly helped – besides, the first Alien game to pull it off didn't release for another few years. (See all about that one in a few slides.)

All in all, Dead Space was one of the pioneering horror games of the modern era, inspiring a renaissance in the genre that hasn't yet died down. That comes down to some simple tenants: a compelling story, believable visuals and proper pacing.

You can play Dead Space on Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows.

Released in mid-2012, Slender is based around long pauses followed by sudden movements that are totally unexpected. In other words: jump scares. Essentially, it is a horror film in video game form. It’s a bit cheap, but – boy – does it work.

Your mission is simple: Don’t get killed, collect the eight pieces of a book and run. The “thing” pursuing you – known as Slender Man (directly inspired by the meme) – is a faceless, eerily (unnaturally) lanky man in a pinstriped suit.

Basically, he’s the perfect horror game villain.

The game relies heavily around the player having virtually no resources beyond a flashlight and the ability to jog. Naturally, both of which are limited for obvious reasons, making escape all the more difficult.

Overall, Slender is a fun, not-so-clever horror game that is guaranteed to scare you senseless nevertheless.

You can play Slender: The Eight Pages on Windows and OS X.

While Left 4 Dead came first, the second version saw Valve nail original creators Turtle Rock Studios' vision. Set in a world overrun by zombies, the game follows four characters in their mission to survive through several cooperative and competitive online modes, which – in conjunction with mods on PC – make for a veritable ton of replayability.

Our friends at PC Gamer have ranked it among their top FPS games of all time. We're pretty certain that most PC players would agree with that.

The game was originally banned in Australia due to its graphic content, a de facto seal of approval, if you will. The ban has since been lifted, and so lovers of hardcore horror games are sure to rejoice in its gross, lengthy scenes of devastation and destruction worldwide.

You can play Left 4 Dead 2 on Xbox 360, Windows, OS X and Linux.

Outlast and Outlast 2, developed by Red Barrels Studio, are now must-plays in the horror genre. Both games put players in control of investigative journalists but while the first is set in an asylum for the insane, the sequel takes place in the much more open location of a dilapidated rural part of Northern Arizona. 

What helps make the Outlast games, well, last is that they follow a cardinal rule of horror games: don't empower your players too much, otherwise it's no longer a horror game.

Offering a refreshing break from zombies and aliens, Outlast and its sequel are fine games to play if you want a longer – and arguably scarier – break from your average gun-toting jump scare-fest.

You can play Outlast and Outlast 2 on Xbox One, PS4, Windows, OS X and Linux.

Of the countless games to use this precious creative license over the years, developer Creative Assembly is the first to actually create a game that lives up to it. The game takes place 15 years following the events of the 1979 Ridley Scott film, putting players into the space boots of Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda Ripley.

Taking on a first-person perspective and squaring you off with a single xenomorph hunting you across a vast space station in darkness, Isolation nails what it felt like watching the film for the first time. The vibe is so much of what makes an amazing horror game, and Isolation feels as if you're playing through the movie.

Throw in excruciatingly clever artificial intelligence afforded the alien, and an absolutely gripping virtual reality experiment, and you have the trappings of a modern horror classic.

You can play Alien: Isolation on Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Windows, OS X and Linux.

SOMA, released in 2015 by Amnesia developer Frictional Games, is a thoughtful – and thought-provoking – game that could easily be considered an interactive film. Are you sensing a theme here at all?

The game contains neither zombies nor aliens, but instead a shift between 2015 and 2104, when humans have been wiped out by a comet and what’s left of humanity must fight to survive underwater in an abandoned research facility gone rogue.

While SOMA may not be as outright scary as, say, Amnesia, it is still a fantastic game, thanks to its brooding atmosphere, surprisingly fresh subject matter (for horror games) and incredible audio design.

You can play SOMA on PS4, Windows, OS X and Linux.

Five Nights at Freddy’s is – undoubtedly – a different kind of horror game. With a premise seeing players “surviving” a night in a kid-themed pizza parlor, it’s unlike almost anything else in the genre.

However, it’s a surprisingly fun game to play, once you can get past the terrifying visage of an animatronic teddy bear guitarist come to life in the dead of night. Generally, players combat these twisted, possessed figures with security cameras – what? Poltergeists don’t like leaving evidence.

The game is the work of Scott Cawthon, an independent developer, who released it in 2014. Since then, there have been three more direct sequels, all of which have received positive reviews. Talk about staying power.

You can play Five Nights at Freddy’s on Windows, iOS and Android.

As the name would suggest, this game is about forgetting things – but the only thing the player will not forget is how damn scary this game is. The game is based around a series of puzzles, which the player can opt-out of with dramatic consequences (usually a gruesome death).

Made by Frictional Games and preceding SOMA, Amnesia follows a protagonist – i.e. you, from the first person perspective – trying to figure out what is going on after waking up in a torturous dungeon. If you don’t, you get slaughter by some disgusting, slack-jawed humanoid creature, and that’s that.

Our friends at PC Format once said, “[it] isn’t a game, [but] a trip into the human psyche’s darker spaces. Not for the faint of heart, but horror junkies will lap it up.” You can’t really give much higher praise than that.

You can play Amnesia: The Dark Descent on Windows, OS X and Linux.

One corner of the gaming medium that has never managed to pull off horror well is two-dimensional, or 2D, games. With Superflat Games’ Lone Survivor, that changes now.

Driven by its unique gameplay style and ambiguous character placement, the game is immersive, curious and surprisingly unsettling given its visuals. The ending, too, is a break from gaming convention and just highlights how different Lone Survivor is from the pack.

In this game, you are the last survivor of an epidemic that has to wear a mask at all times in order to survive. There are so many unanswered questions in the game – for instance, the lead character’s name – that it becomes a horror-within-a-horror: you jump at every attack and at your own revelations.

You can play Lone Survivor on PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, OS X and Linux.

The Evil Within comes from the mind behind Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami and if that doesn't give you reason enough to pick it up, we're not sure what will. This is a third-person survival horror that'll pull you into a nightmarish world populated by grotesque and frightening enemies. 

Now is a great time to pick this title up, too, as there's a sequel coming on October 13 2017 which will see its protagonist return in a new and sure to be equally as terrifying story. You can read everything we know about The Evil Within 2 right here. 

Razer laptops reportedly hit by major issue with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Update: We've since found more Razer users reporting issues and received an update from Razer and Microsoft, which are both looking into the issue. As such, this article has changed slightly since its original publishing.

Update 2: Razer has provided us with a statement on the matter, which you can read below: 

"We are aware of a small number of customer-reported issues. The claims are being investigated with the help of Microsoft presently. We recommend rolling-back the Windows 10 Creators Update to the prior version if a user believes he or she has an issue."

Original story follows

If you own a Razer laptop, then you might not want to download Windows 10’s latest Fall Creators Update.

According to multiple posts in the Razer forums (as spotted by The Inquirer), some Razer laptops aren’t fully compatible with Version 1709 Build 16299.15, otherwise known as the Fall Creators Update, which started rolling out on Tuesday.

Forum denizen Kokorone noted how, after installing the latest Windows 10 feature update, their notebook would not recognize any peripherals. Supposedly, even the built-in keyboard and trackpad would not work until they rebooted the machine.

The forum user theorized Razer has not updated compatibility with its drivers to support this version of windows and thus renders the trackpad, keyboard, and USB features useless when waking from sleep mode on battery power.

Kokorone also claims that neither reinstalling drivers nor talking to Razer support resolved the issue for his/her problems.

  • Doubtless we’ll see some good laptop deals on Black Friday UK

Unfortunately, this has proven to be more than an isolated case. Three additional users also noted they were having the same issues. GoldMetallicDIAMOND917 also further detailed other issues including how the trackpad would stop responding intermittently.

While there are multiple reports of problematic Fall Creators Update installs that lend credence to their legitimacy, only one of the four users actually say which device had suffered the issues. All four forum users also seem to be new members to the forum.

Also, for the record, we have not experienced any of the same issues on our Blade Stealth review unit. Razer is also far from the only hardware maker to run into issues after the Fall Creators update – installing the latest version of Windows 10 has proven to be problematic across a number of devices.

We've since contacted Razer, and the company has let us know that it is aware of the issue and it is looking into fixes. A Microsoft spokesperson also informed us that "Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working closely with Razer to resolve it as soon as possible."

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Best mining GPU 2017: the best graphics cards for mining Bitcoin, Ethereum and more

Looking for the best mining GPU for earning Bitcoin, Ethereum and more? Then you've come to the right place, as we list the top graphics cards for generating cryptocurrencies, along with the very best prices so you can start earning quickly and easily.

If you've spent a lot of time on the internet, then you've probably heard of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies that many people are hyping as the digital currencies of the future.

The idea behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum is that they are generated and transferred between individuals, without relying on central authorities, such as traditional banks.

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Part of the appeal of mining for cryptocurrency is that you can use a regular PC to do the mining. Many cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum, use memory hard hashing techniques, and therefore a PC with a decent GPU with a good amount of graphics memory is required.

So, when looking for the best GPU for mining, you'll want to bear in mind the amount of memory a card has, as well as cost and power consumption. Using your GPU for mining won't yield huge amounts of  cryptocurrency at first, unless you're willing to invest a lot of money on multiple GPUs. That means you'll want to minimise your initial outlay and running costs to maximise your profits.

So, that's why we've created this list of the best mining GPUs, as not only have we looked into the specific requirements a mining graphics card needs, but we've also included our Hawk price comparison technology to bring you the very best prices.

Before you start mining for Bitcoin, Ethereum or other cryptocurrencies, make sure you read the following articles so you know everything you need to before you begin.

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Nvidia's GTX 1070 isn't just a great graphics card for gaming, it's also an excellent mining GPU. This is because it manages a high hash rate of around 30 mh/s without needed too much power. Remember, the more power a GPU requires, the more expensive it is to run, which will eat into your cryptocurrency profits. As with many recent Nvidia GPUs, the 1070 is on the pricey side, so you will have to take an initial hit when starting up, but if you're into cryptocurrency mining for the long run, the 1070 is easily the best mining GPU currently available.

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The AMD Radeon RX 580 is one of the very best GPUs for mining, and in fact is a bit of a victim of its own success, as it can sometimes be difficult to find. However, its popularity is warranted, as it offers an excellent hash rate of 29 mh/s, while also keeping the electricity consumption low as well. It's also cheaper than the GTX 1070, and if you don't mind tweaking a few settings, you'll be very pleased with this card's mining performance.

If you want a low cost of entry into the world of mining, then the AMD RX 480 is an excellent choice. This is because it is a bit older than the AMD Radeon RX 580, so prices are lower – when you can find one in stock. Yep, this is another AMD card that can be difficult to track down thanks to its mining ability. However with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, it achieves a decent hash rate of 28mh/s, and again doesn't require too much power. There are also versions available with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, if you're looking for an even lower cost mining GPU.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is one of the best value-packed graphics card on the market right now. Benchmarks prove it runs faster than the Nvidia GTX 1070 and, thanks to the Bitcoin mining craze, it’s also cheaper to boot.  Again, it can be a tricky GPU to track down, and it's power consumption means it can end up being a pricey GPU to run 24/7 in a mining rig, but it performs very well at mining, so if you can find one, it's definitely worth considering.

The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti remains one of the most powerful graphics cards in the world, and is our recommendation as the best graphics card for 4K gaming. However, as a mining GPU, it is also an excellent choice, but there are a few considerations that prevent it being higher up this list. First of all, it's still an expensive GPU, and the power consumption is high compared to other cards. This means the return on your investment is less, and will take longer to cover your costs. If you don't mind splashing out on this GPU (or you're going to also use it to play games with), then you'll be very happy with the results, especially as with a bit of tweaking you can get a hash rate of 32 mh/s.

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