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0:00 Intro
1:30 Our Test
2:12 Results Discussion
3:37 Performance Targets
5:05 Monkey
6:02 Noticeable Settings
6:45 Final Thoughts
8:33 Outro


  1. Teo Vochițu

    Teo Vochițu19 hari yang lalu

    I paid for the whole GPU, I'm gonna use the whole GPU.

  2. Chris Blanchette

    Chris Blanchette21 jam yang lalu

    People are so salty in here. I had to stop reading. Between that and the self promotions. "Good luck destroying your gpu". I don't get this. If your gpu isn't at 100% under load on every game, then you need a better monitor.

  3. Xerox x

    Xerox x6 hari yang lalu

    @Saplingseedsac Crew yes

  4. SHAdow98

    SHAdow988 hari yang lalu

    You're gon' pay for the whole electricity bill too XD

  5. kram Null

    kram Null9 hari yang lalu

    @ProFlame Been shopping for a good OLED or 4k 120hz. Seems as though most of the people in reviews for any and all brands are like; "Will some hit me over the head with this 50" TV I just laid down $1300 on"...

  6. Hove 201

    Hove 20110 hari yang lalu


  7. Matt Schwartzstein

    Matt Schwartzstein3 jam yang lalu

    The sponsor ads for LTT videos is getting out of hand...

  8. zellcrs

    zellcrs5 jam yang lalu

    You are speaking blasphemy.

  9. bigfutus

    bigfutus5 jam yang lalu

    Yeah, there is no difference, until you see the difference and then can't unsee the difference lol

  10. Quantum Uncertainty Workshop

    Quantum Uncertainty Workshop5 jam yang lalu

    i thought nVidia already made it clear that the 3090 wasn't really designed for gaming on, it was geared towards video/graphics editors and that gamers should stick with the 3070 or the 3080. everyone forgets that stupid people assume higher price tag = best performance and that throwing money at stuff solves all the problems... though i did enjoy watching all the crying about New World bricking and destroying most of those cards while my RX5700XT was running it with no effort on high settings :) there's a difference between throwing money at stuff and actually knowing how stuff works to best build a system. it's the difference between people that simply "LS swap" an engine into some shitty little go-cart versus someone that actually builds an engine for a car and tunes it for that car for optimal performance!

  11. Rehy Tech

    Rehy Tech6 jam yang lalu

    Thats correct.... well untill You have 144fps on Your 1440p 144hz screen on Ultra settings 🤪. Aorus Master rx 6800 xt undervolted and overclocked surpasing rx 6900 xt and even RTX 3090 in some tests/games.

  12. Aria E.

    Aria E.10 jam yang lalu

    makes me feel good with my old rtx 2060 super.

  13. Kaleb

    Kaleb17 jam yang lalu

    I just wanna be able to run at medium lmao

  14. AbzOneSeven

    AbzOneSeven18 jam yang lalu

    I only know low settings on my i3 8100 stock cooler and 1050TI

  15. Phil Taylor

    Phil Taylor18 jam yang lalu

    24” monitor at 1080p ultra when I’m sitting around 2 feet away from the monitor is fine. I cba to fiddle around with individual settings, I just want to set everything to ultra and get on. 24” monitor and native 1080p means I don’t need 9 3090’s….

  16. Phil Taylor

    Phil Taylor3 jam yang lalu

    @Maxi Iroh I have a console for the TV, for me PC gaming is a desk and monitor experience, but you know im one guy in millions who loves to game! But with my method I don't need to go mental on a GPU to have it looking the it can.

  17. Maxi Iroh

    Maxi Iroh3 jam yang lalu

    You're correct, over 27" would be 1440p and people on 40-50" TVs also don't need 4K bc they're super far away, unless you're on a 70".

  18. Aaron Simpson

    Aaron Simpson19 jam yang lalu

    “Silly ape.” Hilarious

  19. CabooseVX9

    CabooseVX920 jam yang lalu

    Are you guys still doing the water cooled ps5? I know it was mentioned a couple of times but it’s been awhile since heard anything about it.

  20. TheNayMan

    TheNayMan20 jam yang lalu

    Texture quality at max, all post-processing effects off

  21. Lucca Zennaro

    Lucca Zennaro21 jam yang lalu

    Ok, a 10 year delayed video.

  22. Omar Comming

    Omar Comming21 jam yang lalu

    So much wrong in this video.. Why are you comparing the good value 3070 to retard value 3090 to prove a point? A 3080 is more than 90% of the way there for less than half of the money of a 3090 ignoring the current situation, and a big jump over a 3070. Why are you looking for graphical differences in a gloomy dimly lit bunker in Exodus lol, and then Anno an isometric game that's meant to be played zoomed out. Why are you comparing the generic high/ultra presets when everyone remotely familiar with PC gaming knows that only some settings are disproportionately more expensive for little gain? Everyone with this kind of hardware who cares about picture quality has already moved to 1440p and 4k where differences are more distinguishable, so the lower res monitor argument doesn't work either. The point of higher settings isn't whether it's worth it or not provided you can hit the target resolution/framerate, the point is to maintain visual immersion by removing the weakest links from the image. Hideous aliasing, blocky shadows, clothes clipping, objects and foliage popping in a few meters in front of you as you run, pixelated lighting, blurry low-res textures, all of those things can break the experience if you care about visuals, and that's what higher settings are for. If a few settings are wildly demanding for little benefit, then you turn those down, it doesn't invalidate the need for ultra settings as a whole. Also, why does everyone at LTT act and even look like Linus?

  23. Gatecrasher

    Gatecrasher22 jam yang lalu

    talked about everything but proper speed of gameplay

  24. Josed

    JosedHari Yang lalu

    Very very dumb

  25. Misses Witch

    Misses WitchHari Yang lalu

    I've always noticed a big difference

  26. Omar Comming

    Omar Comming21 jam yang lalu

    They probably do too but they gotta make stupid clickbait hot takes for clicks and to paddle merch

  27. Kyzyl

    KyzylHari Yang lalu

    Metro exodus is probably not the best game to use for testing in this methodology. It doesn’t really do any one graphics setting justice. Need to choose a game with many settings and clear definitions for what’s being affected. Metros graphic settings are kinda a mess and inconsistent. Also I personally don’t think it looks that great compared to many other games

  28. rg2000

    rg2000Hari Yang lalu

    no aa and lower shadows to start

  29. Yuan Cui

    Yuan CuiHari Yang lalu

    Have a RTX 3090, personally the benefits are not just max out game's graphics settings, but you can mod and go much further beyond those "ceilings"... Skyrim for example is almost a game that's a decade old now, but with mods and enbs, it can still make modern high end graphics cards struggles if push to extreme. Those extremes do make a difference in terms of immersion and experience if you done them the right way. And of course you can do such things to modern titles too, there's no limit but your hardware, if you are one of the enthusiastic people.

  30. TimberWulf

    TimberWulfHari Yang lalu

    This really just depends on the game , more specifically the game engine. For example... Unreal 4. The difference from high to highest setting for shadows, is very noticeable. You not only get sharper shadows with higher quality post processing and depth, but visually detailed lighting improvements overall. Textures, depending on the scale and your game resolution, can have little change between different settings. There are lots of other factors involved, but you should really just customise a game to your own setup and preferences.

  31. kryptonik

    kryptonikHari Yang lalu

    this video is really dumb

  32. Daniel Naumann

    Daniel NaumannHari Yang lalu

    The correct setting is always: -It -Doesn't -Matter -A -Game -Is -Not -Only -An -Visual -Media -but -a -Interactive -one -Anti-Aliasing as high as possible or resolution upscale, which technically is the same as SSAA

  33. David Bixler

    David BixlerHari Yang lalu

    Glasswire is like Wireshark with an updated UI :D Don't hate the messenger.

  34. Vinny Santorini ;]

    Vinny Santorini ;]Hari Yang lalu

    The main reason why I keep the sliders all the way to the right is so that I don't have to test my games out several times. Lol.

  35. dagrimmreepa

    dagrimmreepaHari Yang lalu

    Meanwhile my 3080/5800x handles just about anything I throw at it on Ultra at like 100fps+ in 1440p.

  36. Gaming Oracle

    Gaming OracleHari Yang lalu

    Honestly a kind of stupid take in my opinion. Even if the difference is minimal, if I can afford the right equipment of course I'm going to go all out and have the absolute best experience. It's like saying I should throw away my blu-ray movies and only use DVD just cos it's cheaper. Not everything is about money, I'll take the smoother, slightly more beautiful experience any day over cheapening my rig and everytime I open a game wondering "what would it look like at ultra"

  37. Gabriel R

    Gabriel RHari Yang lalu

    YOOOOOOOOOOO maybe not for every game look at black desert Ultra with everything max is looking sooo fk good, but i run it at 10fps on my 3keuro pc.....

  38. Gabriel R

    Gabriel RHari Yang lalu

    in 1920x1080

  39. Kris Johnstone

    Kris Johnstone2 hari yang lalu

    I would sacrifice everything for frames and render distance. 4k can suck it. I'd run on puny Minecraft tier textures if it gave me damn near real-life levels of render distance. Huge open world games like your GTAs and Fallouts have been able to pull it off surprisingly well these days even WITH the decent-ish textures, and with smooth LOD (for the most part) on top. It still impresses me just how good LOD is in games these days. The transitions are so damn seamless at times. In the next big major generation shift they'll become basically impossible to notice, and maybe GTA6 will actually be out, who am I kidding?

  40. None

    None2 hari yang lalu

    No matter what you choose in the configuration.... if you didn't set BLUR to OFF, you're doing it wrong.

  41. Rich

    Rich2 hari yang lalu

    7:42 Is it just me or did Riley just sound like Ryan Reynolds there?

  42. Calixen

    Calixen2 hari yang lalu

    I love going back to play all the older games my old systems could never play on max graphics whenever I upgrade, always the best feeling

  43. WildStyle*

    WildStyle*2 hari yang lalu

    Why I have high end hardware. So that I can turn shit to right and play the game instead of fuck around with settings. I remember my school days "How low can I go, to get the FPS I want, without hurting my eyes?"... So I made a promise to myself, Once I start working, My PC will always be able to play games on max settings. Granted, I may have gone overkill, But oh well... I like Tech. ^^

  44. bakerlang L Nonglait

    bakerlang L Nonglait2 hari yang lalu

    Man, you need to lose the moustache.

  45. sulochana kharat

    sulochana kharat2 hari yang lalu

    Sir please make video on how make raid 6 nvme sdd nas

  46. Bobby Sinclair

    Bobby Sinclair2 hari yang lalu

    im currently playing days gone on an r5 4500u yea not exactly high end but for me it playable.

  47. Ohnoitsthatguy

    Ohnoitsthatguy2 hari yang lalu

    making videos about graphics cards in 2021 is dumb

  48. TWO515TY

    TWO515TY2 hari yang lalu

    They made this same video a long time ago about 4K gaming. I think we've finally reached a point where medium to high graphics at 1080p or 1440p is the most 99% of gamers will need.

  49. Erick Moral Vocal

    Erick Moral Vocal3 hari yang lalu

    I've been watching this channel for 8 years and I just noticed that I was not subscribed... duh.

  50. dylan hunt

    dylan hunt3 hari yang lalu

    Well i have a 1070 gpu. Will not pai that much for a 3070

  51. nafnaf2

    nafnaf23 hari yang lalu This is totally wrong.

  52. DarkAge Hibernia

    DarkAge Hibernia3 hari yang lalu

    Watching 8 Minutes of content with 4 Adds, is 1 ADD every 2 Minutes.... i am sry but this is too much by any standard.

  53. Bucket

    Bucket3 hari yang lalu

    5:08 I'm dead.

  54. Sulekha Sonkar

    Sulekha Sonkar3 hari yang lalu

    Me who uses emulators on my toaster: "Yes,I Understand Completely!!!!! "

  55. Lucid Lagomorph

    Lucid Lagomorph3 hari yang lalu

    It would make sense if there was a conspiracy of not being able to max out settings on the latest entry-level GPU. The market would certainly not bring as much revenue without the need for more power. However, as they say - No prizes for stating the obvious.

  56. Matt Yuntunen

    Matt Yuntunen3 hari yang lalu

    I use full HD monitor and my old eyes make good natural antialiasing :) .

  57. El Tovarish

    El Tovarish3 hari yang lalu

    I've played everything with the lowest settings for so long that I'm literally unable to spot any difference at the begging...

  58. melvineo10

    melvineo103 hari yang lalu

    Anyone knows the game at 0:15? It looks really great!

  59. Craig Neilson

    Craig Neilson3 hari yang lalu

    I got lucky on getting an RTX3080 when doing my once-a-decade computer upgrade. I play everything on ultra in 4k now, but I know I'll happily run all PS4-gen games at max, all PS5 games great, and one day run PS6-gen games at mid-low settings. After that I'm thinking it'll all be in the cloud anyway. Upgrading just occasionally and in big steps at the right time (30xx series was a huge step up) works out cheaper in the long run and creates less e-waste.

  60. SeRBrighter UnAgainst

    SeRBrighter UnAgainst2 hari yang lalu

    You know what wastes your life less, not wasting it on preprogrammed, autism inducing moving pictures, rather using it to help and further those you love? In that time also? I mean I just bought a heap of junk "to work" and because "it could be useful to have a 4k phone screen, you know, to show pictures" (thankfully all used), but all any of it does, is drive me away from what I want and should do. From being free.

  61. kxg0748

    kxg07483 hari yang lalu

    I have just bought RTX 3090 Aorus Xtreme just to play every game on the lowest settings of course - it's obvious.

  62. EnjoiSweatshopMoney

    EnjoiSweatshopMoney3 hari yang lalu

    3090 gang DGAF

  63. Roma Hicks

    Roma Hicks3 hari yang lalu

    I feel like I am the weird one, that generally dislikes anti-aliasing. I feel like most of the time, it just makes everything look foggy or muddy, but I guess I don't sit with my face so close to the monitor that edge of a pixel is that noticeable.

  64. chechar3dg

    chechar3dgHari Yang lalu

    I also avoid AA since i moved to 4k, although at 1080p it was necessary

  65. ThepurposeofTime

    ThepurposeofTime3 hari yang lalu

    E X A C T L Y

  66. Evan Krueger

    Evan Krueger3 hari yang lalu

    I just wanna say, it took me all of the 1 1/2 second clip of the two monitors for the "test" section for me to tell which was running smoother.

  67. Alan Amaya

    Alan Amaya3 hari yang lalu

    I play online shooters so I chase fps. 144 min. All other features I get with 144 FPS is just frosting on the top

  68. Cynical Dude

    Cynical Dude4 hari yang lalu

    2:34 did he say Hwhy? like, "cool hwhip"?

  69. Dominik Gastreich

    Dominik Gastreich4 hari yang lalu

    If you really want the best just get a 4K 120 Hz OLED and a 3080/3090 and always tweak the settings until you hit close to 120 FPS or maybe around the 60-80 FPS range for games that are very heavy on the GPU like Cyberpunk. It doesn‘t get any better than that at the moment and indeed maxing out every setting while losing FPS is dumb in many cases.

  70. Vincent Wang

    Vincent Wang4 hari yang lalu

    Idc, I just wanna drag that lil bar all the way to the right and play, that’s it that’s what I paid for.

  71. Winchester Stewart

    Winchester Stewart4 hari yang lalu

    There's a reason pro quake 3'er always ran /r_picmip 5 even with the best pc's at the time. Less detail = better, competitively.

  72. Classic80sStuff

    Classic80sStuff4 hari yang lalu

    I remember the old days when there was a huge difference between settings. One main example I can think of is Mafia from 2002. When I first got it I was running it on low settings then I built my first PC and was able to run it on high and wow what a difference. It was like going from N64 to Xbox.

  73. The Ranger

    The Ranger4 hari yang lalu

    When that is your exact audio setup :o

  74. Babyboodle

    Babyboodle4 hari yang lalu

    I feel the same way honestly.

  75. Dr. Robert Johnson

    Dr. Robert Johnson4 hari yang lalu

    It depends on your eyesite I guess. I can tell the difference from 720 to 1080. After 1080, I can no longer see a difference. The difference from 720 to 1080 is noticeable, but I would often lower my rez to 720 on newer games on my old system so it wouldnt choke. As long as my avg frame rate stayed at least 30 fps, I was happy.

  76. Ian Meza

    Ian Meza4 hari yang lalu

    "playable framerate" its different from everyone, i dont need 144 fps in everygame

  77. XDbored1

    XDbored12 hari yang lalu

    i need my 240fps

  78. kyestar88

    kyestar883 hari yang lalu

    My sister can't see frame dips either but I can see anything under 60 fps

  79. Duke49th

    Duke49th4 hari yang lalu

    Everyone is different. I remember when my friend once told me everything runs fine on his PC. When I tried playing everything was stuttering and most of the time below 25fps. It was fine for him. I was just facepalming on how he could not see that it feels so wrong lol. I don't need 144fps too. But I need more than 30fps for sure. (nowadays...years back it wasn't so obvoious)

  80. Frotiuic

    Frotiuic5 hari yang lalu

    "Ooh ohh ah ah me like sliding" is my favourite quote

  81. Alec006

    Alec0065 hari yang lalu

    but!!! HUAIIIII

  82. Martin Chénier

    Martin Chénier5 hari yang lalu

    We need more video like this. I see too many gamer buying 3080/3090 to play games on a 1080p monitor.

  83. Yudel Martinez

    Yudel Martinez5 hari yang lalu

    [1:27] "420 GB of G69X memory" - I almost had a heart attack thinking of all the MaChInE lEaRnInG I could do with that, so I rushed to Nvidia's website confused only to remember its got a measly 24GB

  84. Alchemic Soul

    Alchemic Soul5 hari yang lalu

    You can spot the difference a lot easier without a four way split screen, that you blacked out, on a compressed IDport video.

  85. Curiousity Sparks

    Curiousity Sparks5 hari yang lalu

    Either a 3070, or 3090, it still costs more than my mortgage! 😂

  86. katsup

    katsup5 hari yang lalu

    I could really care less about how it looks or plays. The main appeal of playing at max settings is keeping your room nice and toasty in the winter.

  87. Zeno Lord

    Zeno Lord5 hari yang lalu

    Why is there music in the background that sounds like it's coming from another room?

  88. Donthitmeimwoozy

    Donthitmeimwoozy5 hari yang lalu

    LTT: mixed out settings isn't nessicary... Me: F***IN WOT?

  89. OTU Community

    OTU Community5 hari yang lalu

    the music in the back ground is to high, i legit thought i had a tab in the background running

  90. Andrew R

    Andrew R5 hari yang lalu

    And he says this on a 4k video :)

  91. normie x

    normie x5 hari yang lalu

    I just finished Fallout 4 on a R7 240 at 1680x1050 resolution with no lagging and it was perfect. Low setings, no issue other than the game's old "creation engine". The other nice thing about low end gaming is power consumption and temps, the R7 240 maxes out at around 30 watts/45 degrees.

  92. myfacepoopy

    myfacepoopy5 hari yang lalu

    lol i game with intel(R) HD Graphics 530

  93. Andrew Girgen

    Andrew Girgen5 hari yang lalu

    A few people from around the office couldn't tell the difference. Hardly proves anything.

  94. FunFreakeyy

    FunFreakeyy5 hari yang lalu

    1080p and 4k content is the same story, for games and also for videos. Uses a lot more data but most people won't even notice it, but hey at least they can say that they use the shiny new 4k.

  95. Luís Martins

    Luís Martins5 hari yang lalu

    Talking about that playing in ultra settings is dumb and then advertising LTT shite cable ties for 15$. I think is preety much the same logic here. Good job.

  96. monsterrun

    monsterrun5 hari yang lalu

    anti aliasing is mostly to be used on lower resolutions. 8x aa is for 640/480 up to 1440/900 res. 4xaa is for above 1440/ 900 up to 1980/1080. 2*aa for anything above. none on 4k.

  97. monsterrun

    monsterrun5 hari yang lalu

    still play torchlight 2 more then recent it so much.

  98. Guillaume Quévy

    Guillaume Quévy5 hari yang lalu

    Usually I set most of my settings on "low af", with render distance set on "just playable" or even "comfortable" when I'm feeling lucky, and then hopefully I can hit 60fps in native 1080p. GTX660m for the win. And honestly I doubt I enjoy my games any less than if they were looking nicer. It's all about gameplay and skills.

  99. Pandaboi

    Pandaboi3 hari yang lalu

    Art style trumps graphical fidelity.

  100. Toidel

    Toidel5 hari yang lalu

    High textures Low - everything else :)

  101. wongtszhin

    wongtszhin6 hari yang lalu

    why the fuck the games are always rising their minium system requirement

  102. Shajirr

    Shajirr6 hari yang lalu

    Just don't use graphics presets, and try to actually understand the custom settings instead. Also 1440p ultrawide > 16:9 aspect ratio 4k

  103. Marko Nesovic

    Marko Nesovic6 hari yang lalu

    This guy is vay more fun than linus

  104. Johnny Wilson

    Johnny Wilson6 hari yang lalu

    "skipping a rent payment to buy a graphics card" How the fuck high is your rent?

  105. a dry cough

    a dry cough6 hari yang lalu

    I can spot the difference, the lower you get the more FPS you get. you're welcome

  106. Mynameisevanbro _

    Mynameisevanbro _6 hari yang lalu

    Nah I have a potato lol

  107. TheNugWhisperer

    TheNugWhisperer6 hari yang lalu

    Pretty much anyone who watches this video would be able to tell the difference.

  108. Kevin McKay

    Kevin McKay6 hari yang lalu

    you sold me on the LTT cable ties

  109. RobRIPDG

    RobRIPDG6 hari yang lalu

    Beta- use recommended Alpha- uses ultra Sigma- costume settings

  110. Lazy Sorcerer

    Lazy Sorcerer6 hari yang lalu

    Good lightning and art direction are the majority of what makes a game nice to look at. A game that nails these two will always look better than game that does not, even if it's graphics are technically inferior.

  111. Chandler Basso

    Chandler Basso6 hari yang lalu

    *laughs in 3090

  112. orgy57

    orgy576 hari yang lalu

    Completely grazed past the future-proofing point. When an engine is capable of cranking up the graphics to ridiculous settings, some day everyone will be able to run them and the game will age well into the future.

  113. Travis Schpeltinger

    Travis Schpeltinger7 hari yang lalu

    Here we go more fanservice hating on nvidia etc. Ofc you cant tell shit on youtube..And if you play on a tiny display at 1080p it doesnt matter, but try on a big screen and 4k, you'll see right quick the differnces in detail.

  114. Shehnaz Awan

    Shehnaz Awan7 hari yang lalu

    Me not being able to see the difference Also me : watches video in 480p

  115. vipertxt

    vipertxt7 hari yang lalu

    The reason it's hard to tell is it takes time to adjust to higher quality and framerates. I don't notice any difference between 60 and 120 fps, and barely notice a difference between 30 and 60. However, someone who has been playing at 120+ fps for years, dropping below 60 is jarring and unpleasant. Same thing can happen with image quality to a lesser degree, tempered by the extreme variation between games. Without a few dozen hours in the game at ultra, it would be hard to even notice if a friend lowered the settings beyond framerate. (Especially if you're not pushing 4k.