The 2018 Australian PC Awards - The Winners

Best GPU company

AMD vs. Nvidia – it’s a fight that has been going on for over many years, with the balance of power shifting from hardware generation to generation. Which will win this year?

Winner: Nvidia

Team Green has been delivering GPUs to Aussies for decades. Its original Geforce 256 revolutionised the scene and ever since then Nvidia GPUs have been making games incredible.



2017 was a ripper year for AMD, with the Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs heralding a new era of affordable multi-core computing and shaking up the market.

Best OEM Budget Card: 

Winner: Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1060 6G 9Gbps

This Aorus GTX 1060 refresh with its beefy cooler may seem like overkill, but at least you know it will be essentially silent no matter how hard you push it.


Asus Dual series GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC edition 4GB

This 1050 Ti from Asus is a terrific upgrade for gamers on a budget looking to modern e-sports titles and MOBA games.

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Aero ITX 2G OC

This tiny card is an excellent choice for e-sport and MOBA gamers. Despite its size, the little cooler is easily capable of handling the power thrifty GTX 1050 GPU.

AMD RX 560

If you are taking a step up from integrated graphics, then the RX 560 is where you should look. It’s the most affordable way to get playable 1080p graphics without breaking the bank. 

MSI Radeon RX 570 Armor OC 4GB

MSI’s Armor designs are a great improvement over the reference cards without much of a price premium. This is a good value solid choice for 1080p gaming.

Best OEM performance card

Winner: Asus ROG-Strix-GTX1080TI-O11G-Gaming

The Asus Strix GTX 1080 Ti features an amazingly quiet cooler and some unique features that make it a truly competitive card that won’t disappoint.


MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Lightning Z

MSI have produced yet another ultra-high performance Lightning card. It’s not cheap, but then buying such extreme factory cooling and overclocks never is.

Nvidia Titan V

The Nvidia Titan V is easily the fastest graphics card on the market, with a price to match. If you want the most GPU power, there’s nothing that comes close.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Windforce 8GB

The GTX 1070 Ti is a welcome upgrade over the already excellent 1070. Gigabyte’s custom treatment means this 1070 Ti performs closer to a 1080 than a 1070.

Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB NITRO+ Limited Edition

If you ignore miner induced price inflation, this card offers some good performance and features, particularly Freesync if you have a suitable monitor.