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The Oculus Touch Motion Controller Review

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0800

(image) Oculus released the Rift VR HMD in March 2016 to mixed fanfare. Oculus built a refined piece of hardware, but the lack of hand controls hurt the Rift's appeal. It took Oculus many months to catch up, but it can finally offer hand presence with Touch.

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Winter 2016 - 2017 PC Games Preview

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) A few more games are coming out before the end of the year, but the beginning of 2017 also has some interesting game releases.

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Adata Ultimate SU800 SSD Review

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Adata is the first independent fab customer to bring a 3D NAND consumer SSD to market. It's a big deal but is it enough to call this drive the Ultimate SU800?

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Bitfenix Whisper Series 550W PSU Review

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:00:00 -0800

(image) Bitfenix recently released its Whisper PSU family, which, as it name implies, promises quiet operation. This review focuses on the 550W model, offering 80 PLUS Gold efficiency and fully modular cabling.

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Gigabyte X170-Extreme ECC, Intel C236 Motherboard Review

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Accustomed to customary configurations, our AMD editor gets sideways with a prosumer Xeon platform. Will Gigabyte's X170-Extreme ECC bridge the gap between his work and hobbies?

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Overclocking Intel’s Core i7-7700K: Kaby Lake Hits The Desktop!

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU delivers on the clock speeds the company promised, but the power consumption and thermal characteristics were disappointing based on a leaked sample of the new chip we received and tested weeks ahead of its official launch.

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Best Graphics

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:00:00 -0800

(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 Builds

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:30:00 -0800

(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 three VR-ready systems.

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Plextor M8Pe Series SSD Review

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Plextor launched an aggressive attack on the NVMe market with the new M8Pe that comes with three various cooling options and a plethora of capacities. The series uses Toshiba 15nm MLC flash to ride the performance wave and provide high endurance.

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Best Memory

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:30:00 -0800

(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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Best Cases

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:45:00 -0800

(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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Corsair CX750M PSU Review

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Corsair's CX line is aimed at users with limited budgets who still want a branded, reliable, and well-supported PSU. Today we're reviewing the second-strongest member of the family, the CX750M.

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The Tom's Hardware 2016 Gift Guide

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 07:40:00 -0800

(image) Aren't sure what to buy your tech enthusiast friends for Christmas? We have a few ideas.

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3D XPoint: A Guide To The Future Of Storage-Class Memory

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Memory and storage collide with Intel and Micron's new, much-anticipated 3D XPoint technology, but the road has been long and winding. This is a comprehensive guide to its history, its performance, its promise and hype, its future, and its competition.

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Best Gaming Laptops

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) We tested gaming laptops with a series of real-world and synthetic benchmarks to measure battery, cooling, CPU, display, GPU, storage, and overall system performance.

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Best Motherboards

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0800

(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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Asus ROG PG248Q 24-inch 180Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Asus practically founded the gaming monitor category with the VG248QE in 2013. Today we’re looking at its spiritual successor, the ROG Swift PG248Q. It’s a 24" TN screen with FHD resolution, G-Sync, ULMB, and a 180Hz refresh rate.

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Best Cooling

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:00 -0800

(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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Asus Strix GL502VM-DB71 Gaming Laptop Review

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0800

(image) Asus packs an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and a G-Sync display into the Strix GL502VM-DB71 for $1,399.

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Best SSDs

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0800

(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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Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 120EX CPU Liquid Cooler Review

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Deepcool’s newest compact AIO liquid cooler goes big on performance, but with an $80 price tag can it still manage to score the value win as well? To find out we’ve put it to the test against our top three compact air coolers.

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Best Virtual Reality HMDs

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(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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Best Monitors

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0800

(image) Here are the best gaming monitors available today, ranging from inexpensive 60-144hz monitors to top-of-the-line 4K panels equipped with G-Sync or FreeSync.

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Corsair Crystal 570X ATX Case Review

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0800

(image) Corsair heats up the glass case market with tempered panels on the front, top, and both sides. We examine its extra features, functionality and performance.

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MX Technology MXSSDEP3 2TB SSD Review

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) MX Technology pulled the all-in-one RAID trick out of the bag to challenge the new crop of high-performance NVMe SSDs. This legacy technology is capable of delivering big performance and we explore how it stacks up against the latest NVMe SSDs.

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Silverstone SST-EP03 Tear-Down

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) What can possibly be tear-down-worthy in a USB 3.0 hub? Read on to find out.

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Alienware 15 R3 Gaming Laptop Review

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Alienware is no stranger to the gaming laptop market, and with each new CPU and GPU update, the company's laptops are outfitted accordingly. Today, we’re looking at the Alienware 15 R3, which features the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Pascal GPU.

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Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 850W PSU Review

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) In addition to its flagship Titanium line, Thermaltake also equipped the DPS G Gold family with an RGB fan. The highest-capacity model outputting up to 850W is our test subject today.

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Intel Z170 Motherboard Price List

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:45:00 -0800

(image) Z170 is the most feature-rich consumer chipset on the LGA 1151 platform. Here's a list of ITX, ATX and EATX motherboards available now.

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Best CPUs

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:00:00 -0800

(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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MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-201 Gaming Laptop Review

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-201 features an Intel Core i7-6820HK and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, and comes with a hefty price tag of $3,599. Will the flagship Pascal GPU give the MSI Titan Pro enough performance to dominate its competition?

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MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop Review

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:00 -0800

(image) Let's see how fast this Leopard can run.

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Intel H170 Motherboard Price List

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0800

(image) Looking to build a Skylake system on a budget? Motherboards based on the new H170 chipset are for you. Here's a list of what's available.

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Intel B150 Motherboard Price List

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

(image) Intel's business-oriented B150 chipset is still a viable solution for low-cost enthusiast builds. Here’s a list of available Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX B150 motherboards.

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Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD Review

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0800

(image) Samsung's EVO series has dominated the consumer SSD market for the past several years. The series has balanced performance and price, but NVMe is an industry-wide reset. Today we see if Samsung will dominate for another product generation.

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Gigabyte P37X v6 Gaming Laptop Review

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The Gigabyte P37X v6 is a thin laptop featuring Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, but is the GPU powerful enough to run the laptop's 4K display?

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Dell S2417DG 24-inch 165Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Dell has only recently added gaming screens to its large number of monitor offerings. Today we’re looking at a G-Sync model. The S2417DG is a 24-inch TN panel with 165Hz, ULMB and QHD resolution in a compact chassis.

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History Of Microsoft Windows

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) After a slow climb to the top, Microsoft has come to dominate the desktop operating system market with its Windows OS. We look over how Windows has evolved from its humble beginnings as MS-DOS.

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Asus G752VS OC Edition Gaming Laptop Review

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Equipped with an Intel Core i7-6820HK and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, Asus hopes to deliver top-of-the-line desktop performance with the G752VS OC Edition.

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Crucial MX300 2TB SSD Review

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Crucial's MX300 is the best example of why IMFT moved to a high-capacity 3D NAND die. We test the first 2TB SSD from the company to see the cost savings first hand.

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Seasonic Prime 850 W Titanium PSU Review

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Seasonic made an impressive entry in the 80 PLUS Titanium category with its Prime series. This line's current flagship, offering 850W capacity, is being reviewed today. Besides high efficiency, it sports quiet operation and top performance.

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Bitfenix Aurora Tempered Glass ATX Case Review

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Is Bitfenix Aurora the perfect solution for builders who seek the look of glass side panels, without the high price? We take a closer look.

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Best PSUs

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:30:00 -0800

(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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NEC EA275WMi 27-inch QHD IPS Monitor Review

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) There are few monitors engineered or built better than those from NEC. Today we’re testing the EA275WMi, a 27" QHD-resolution IPS panel with features that will appeal to enterprise and business-class users.

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Seagate Innov8 8TB External HDD Review

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 05:00:00 -0800

(image) The Seagate Innov8 uses high style to entice users to backup data to a massive 8TB desktop hard drive that takes advantage of a single cable to provide power and data.

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APC BX1000 Click-of-Death Repair

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 05:00:00 -0700

(image) Have you ever owned a UPS long enough for it to fail? When my 10-year-old BX1000 kicked the bucket in December 2015, I put it in my “fix it later” pile. Today I'm pulling it out to try restoring functionality.

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Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming ATX Motherboard Review

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Thunderbolt 3 leads the specifications for Gigabyte’s mid-priced Z170X-Ultra Gaming, but does it perform up to par with similarly priced non-Thunderbolt motherboards?

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Corsair CX650M PSU Review

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Corsair's CX series consists of both non-modular and semi-modular units. It was recently upgraded with new members and improved versions of older ones. The CX650M is the third strongest member of the line, featuring 650W capacity and a 40°C rating.

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Fractal Define-C Mid-Tower ATX Case Review

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0700

(image) Fitting two large radiators within traditional mid-tower dimensions, Fractal Design’s Define-C continues the trend away from “Bigger Is Better” logic that previously pervaded the gaming-oriented Enthusiast space.

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Mushkin Triactor SSD Review

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The Mushkin Triactor series pairs the Silicon Motion, Inc. SM2256 controller with high-quality SanDisk 15nm TLC flash and hides in the shadows as a great low-cost option in a sea of mediocre products.

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