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Part 1: DirectX 11 Gaming And Multi-Core CPU Scaling

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) We test five theoretical Intel CPUs in 10 different DirectX 11-based games to determine what impact core count has on performance.

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MSI Aegis X Mini-ITX Barebones Gaming PC Review

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Compact and designed for gaming hardware, MSI’s Aegis X has a better feature set than most consumers can assemble from separate components. Nonetheless, we compare it to one of ours.

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Hands-On With Nvidia's Titan X (Pascal) In SLI

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) We test VR, SLI, Nvidia's new high-bandwidth bridges, and the concern that HBM2 might have been a better choice for Titan X.

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Samsung 960 Pro SSD Review

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0700

(image) Samsung developed several new technologies for its 960 Pro NVMe SSD, and the end result is a massive 2TB M.2 product that tips the price scale at $1,300.

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In Win Classic Series C 900W PSU Review

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:00:01 -0700

(image) In Win's Classic series consists of only two members featuring 750 W and 900 W capacities. The C900 is our test subject today. Besides a great finish and good looks, it promises reliable and quiet operation, along with high efficiency.

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Fallen Enthusiast GPU Manufacturers

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The computer industry is competitive, and over the years numerous companies have been forced out of it. Today we're looking at some of the biggest graphics card vendors that fell along the way.

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Patriot Hellfire M.2 240GB NVMe SSD Review

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The Patriot Hellfire M.2 has new performance-enhancing firmware and a new price point. Today we take our first look at the 240GB model and update the performance of the 480GB with the latest firmware release to see how fast Hellfire really is.

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Best Graphics

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:45:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best gaming GPUs for the money. These graphics cards offer the best performance at their price and resolution (from 720p to 4K).

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Best Motherboards

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best motherboards for Intel and AMD’s top processors. These boards offer great features, overclocking performance and pricing.

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Best Memory

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:15:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best performing RAM kits we’ve tested: computer memory that’s ideal for gaming, video editing and graphics-heavy applications.

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Western Digital Blue SSD Review

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0700

(image) Western Digital gets back into the SSD market with another Blue series product. The new Blue SSD has SanDisk’s DNA, and it should be more competitive than the Silicon Edge from 2010.

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Best Cooling

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:00:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best CPU cooling solutions (air and liquid) for a range of systems, from small form-factor builds to overclocked big-rigs.

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Riotoro CR1080 Full ATX Mini Tower Case Review

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Riotoro wants to prove that when it comes to cases, bigger isn’t necessarily better. How does the CR20180 compare to a larger case with similar layout?

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Dell UP3017 30-inch 16:10 Professional Monitor Review

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The 16:10 aspect ratio may just be making a resurgence in the professional monitor category. Today we’re looking at Dell’s new UP3017. It offers 2560x1600 pixels in an IPS panel with factory calibrated modes for sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3.

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The 30 Year History of AMD Graphics, In Pictures

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) From the ATI Wonder in 1986 to the AMD Radeon RX in 2016, we take a look at the evolution of AMD graphics.

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SilverStone Strider Platinum ST85F-PT PSU Review

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) SilverStone's Strider Platinum series offers compact dimensions along with Platinum efficiency and a fully modular cable design. The 850W member of this line will be evaluated today. Its strong card against the competition is the 471W power density score.

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Best Cases

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best cases for custom PC builds. Our recommendations take cooling and noise into account, and most sell for less than $100.

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Lian Li PC-Q34 Mini ITX Case Review

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Known for simplicity and minimalist style, Lian Li looks to shake things up a bit with its latest Q-series iteration, the PC-Q34, which is designed for silence, with a flip top for ease of access. We put the Mini ITX case through its paces.

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Best SSDs

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best PCIe and SATA SSDs on the market, ranging from 256GB to 2TB. These drives offer the best performance per dollar.

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Best PSUs

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best power supplies for gaming PCs. These PSUs offer the best reliability, performance and protection for your components.

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Intel DC P3520 Enterprise SSD Review

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Intel designed the DC P3520 to revitalize its read-centric enterprise SSDs with 3D MLC NAND. The new series features a head-turning $0.55-per-GB.

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APC BR1000G Tear-Down

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Over the past year, we have looked inside many of APC’s smaller uninterruptible power supplies. How about something bigger for a change? Here comes the BR1000G!

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Best Builds

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700

(image) Here are nine gaming PC builds that are recommended by the Tom’s Hardware community. These builds range from $500 to $2,500 and include two VR-ready systems.

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Asus ROG PG348Q 34-inch Curved G-Sync Monitor Review

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Asus adds to its premium Republic of Gamers line with the curved ultra-wide PG348Q. It sports a color-accurate IPS panel at 34" diagonal, with 3440x1440 resolution, G-Sync, and a 100Hz refresh rate. We’re checking it out today.

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Lian Li PE-750 SFX-L 750W PSU Review

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Lian Li enters the PSU market again with two new SFX-L models featuring 550 W and 750 W capacities. The PE-750 is under the microscope today. It features modular cabling, a single +12V rail, and a semi-passive fan.

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ASRock H170 Pro4 & Pro4S Motherboard Review

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) ASRock presents the last two H170 boards in our recent sample group, in full ATX. We’ll compare these to the rest of the group to see how they differ from the smaller boards I favor in my own builds.

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Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB SSD Review

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) As the name suggests, Kingston's UV series brings the ultra value. The new UV400 should be a very popular product for value-focused shoppers because Kingston designed it to provide high capacity flash-based storage on a beggar's budget.

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Best CPUs

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:30:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best gaming CPUs for the money. These processors offer the best performance at their price and are suitable for overclocking.

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Fall 2016 PC Games Preview

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Looking for a game to play in the next few months? Take a look at some of the titles that are coming out between now and early December.

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Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB Review

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Seagate brings a thin and stylish portable backup hard disk drive to market, but don't let it’s size fool you. This model packs 2TB of data capacity to keep your data safe.

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Corsair Carbide Air 740 Extra-Wide ATX Gaming Tower Review

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Called an ATX cube by Corsair, the Carbide Air 740 fits full-tower capacity into mid-tower height by adding 50% more width. We put its “high airflow” claims to our cooling and noise test to see how it stacks up against other oversized mid-towers.

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Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 1500W PSU Review

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Thermaltakes flagship PSU offering is the Toughpower DPS G RGB 1500 W model, which is based on an Enhanced Electronics platform and features 80 PLUS Titanium efficiency along with a fully modular cable design and a digital interface.

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AOC G2460PF 24-inch 144Hz FreeSync Monitor Review

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) If you’re gaming on a budget, 24-inch TN monitors offers a lot of performance for the money. The AOC G2460PF features FHD resolution with FreeSync and 144Hz operation. We’re checking it out today.

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Intel 600p Series SSD Review

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) If you can't beat them, undercut them on price. Intel plans to do just that with the first TLC-based NVMe M.2 SSD to hit the market. The new 600p Series ships in three low-cost capacities, and a 1TB drive will join them, but endurance is a sticking point.

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The History Of Nvidia GPUs

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:00:00 -0700

(image) From the NV1 in 1995 to Pascal in 2016, we look at the evolution of Nvidia's GPUs.

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MSI H110M Pro-D Motherboard Review

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Can low-cost motherboards support the full performance of enthusiast CPUs and graphics cards? We tested MSI's fabulously inexpensive H110M Pro-D to find out.

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Rosewill Cullinan EATX Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Rosewill proves it’s possible to fit big cooling and big motherboards into a mid-sized case, and even classes it up a little with tempered glass panels. We check out its details before comparing its performance to two strategically matched competitors.

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Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 600W PSU Review

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The highest-end member of Thermaltake's Toughpower SFX Gold line is on our test bench today. It offers Gold efficiency, modular cabling, and a semi-passive fan mode. Thanks to its 600 W capacity, you can easily build a powerful system with it.

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Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD Review

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Toshiba breaks the cycle of consumer SSDs shipping with 3-bit per cell (TLC) flash. The new VX500 may be the last consumer SSD with MLC flash on the SATA bus. One last hurrah for old-times sake, or one of the best SATA SSDs ever released?

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Samsung 960 EVO Preview With PM961

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The rumor mill is buzzing about a TLC-powered successor to the 950 Pro NVMe SSD with 3D NAND. Samsung’s PM961 OEM SSD could be the low-cost 960 EVO that may predict will come to market soon, let’s take a closer look.

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Asus MG24UQ 24-inch IPS Ultra HD FreeSync Monitor Review

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Gamers seeking high pixel density may want to check out the Asus MG24UQ. It’s a 24-inch IPS panel with FreeSync, Ultra HD and a shockingly low price. We’re running it through our benchmark and gaming tests today.

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APC BN650M1-CA UPS Tear-Down

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) If you found our BGE90M-CA tear-down interesting, you may be interested to know that APC launched its successor earlier this year. Here’s a look at the 650 VA variant.

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Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 CPU Cooler Review

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) In-the-know cooling enthusiast use thick radiators and fan sandwich configurations to boost cooling without altering a case. What happens when a value cooling brand leverages both of these concepts into a 120x240mm, sub-$100, closed-loop kit?

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Patriot Hellfire M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Patriot brings the first M.2 Phison PS5007-E7 SSD to market with its new Hellfire products. The SSDs usher in a new era for NVMe-based products with a low price point that might sway users to move beyond SATA.

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Seasonic Prime Titanium 650W PSU Review

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Seasonic jumps onto the 80 PLUS Titanium wagon with three new units that belong to its Prime family. The 650 W model is under our scope today. Besides high efficiency, it also offers great performance, quiet operation, and nice looks.

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Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 Micro ATX Mid-Tower Review

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0700

(image) Stretching Micro ATX to mid-tower scale gives builders space for things like extra fans, radiators, and elaborate graphics configurations. How does Cooler Master’s semi-modular MasterCase Pro 3 stack up to similarly sized cases in performance and value?

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Crucial MX300 525GB and 1050GB SSD Review

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The Crucial MX300 has moved out of the limited edition cycle and is now a retail, mainstream product. Armed with Micron's new 3D TLC, the highest density flash available, the series could redefine the mainstream SSD market with a new low price point.

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10 Inexpensive Automotive USB Adapters Tested -- Are They Any Good?

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) When you see those USB adapters everywhere for only a few dollars, the convenience factor makes it difficult to resist buying a few. But are they any good?

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LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive 4TB Review

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 06:00:01 -0700

(image) LaCie introduces its new Porsche Design Mobile Drive, which provides up to 4TB of storage in a stylish case. We put it to the test.

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Best Virtual Reality HMDs

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Here are the best Virtual Reality Headsets currently available for the PC. Ranging from $400 to over $1000, these are truly the ultimate gaming peripherals.

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