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MyDigitalSSD Boost, A High Performance External SSD

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) MyDigitalSSD has one of the hottest consumer SSDs available today. Now the company says they have the fastest portable SSD in the world, but the specifications show a tight race with a SanDisk model. Today we let the Boost loose to find the fastest SSD.


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Nixeus PRO Vue 27P 27-inch IPS QHD Monitor Review

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) 27" QHD monitors with IPS panels are still premium-priced products. Nixeus offers a cheaper alternative with its PRO Vue 27P. We’re checking it out today.


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Intel Core i3-7350K Review

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Intel blurs the lines between the i3 and i5 series with the Core i3-7350K, which marks the return of an unlocked dual core processor with Hyper-Threading.


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Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop Review

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Will the Acer Predator 17 catch its prey? We put this gaming laptop through its paces.


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Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct Slim-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Thermalright’s lower-priced True Spirit 140 Direct is big, slim, and fairly cheap. How does it perform?


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Asus ROG Strix Z270E Gaming ATX Kaby Lake Motherboard Review

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Asus Strix brings moderate prices to its ROG product series, and the Z270E Gaming adds user-friendly features like 802.11a/c Wi-Fi. Is this the formula for a mid-budget mid-feature overclocking legend?


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How We Test Graphics Cards

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:30:00 -0800

(image) Testing on an open bench requires careful planning, else it leads to misguided results. Most gamers have closed cases, affecting thermal, acoustic, and even performance results compared to exposed hardware. We're working to represent that more accurately.


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11-Drive DRAMless SSD Round Up

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) What would happen if your SSD had amnesia? We examine several DRAMless SSDs that are currently shipping and two reference designs with next-generation memory.


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Testing EVGA's GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 With New iCX Cooler

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0800

(image) Does a new heat sink translate to new success? EVGA complements its existing technology with some on-board sensors and gives enthusiasts access to asynchronous fan control.


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Best Memory

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:45:00 -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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Enermax D.F. 500W PSU Review

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:00:01 -0800

(image) The Enermax D.F. 500W is a fully modular PSU featuring high efficiency, quiet operation, and individually sleeved cables. But are those enough to justify its premium price tag?


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Best Virtual Reality HMDs

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:10:00 -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 Gaming Laptops

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:00:00 -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 PSUs

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:30:00 -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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Corsair Crystal 460X ATX Mid-Tower Case Review

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The Crystal 460X stands out with triple RGB fans behind tempered glass panels, and stands apart with space for an EATX motherboard inside an 18” ATX mid-tower. Does it perform well enough to justify an upper-market price?


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Best PC Builds

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:45:00 -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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Gigabyte P57W v6 Gaming Laptop Review

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The Gigabyte P57W v6 is a 17" laptop equipped with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060. We've tested many GTX 1060 configurations before; will the P57W shine in comparison?


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Best Cooling

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:00:00 -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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Best Graphics

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:30:00 -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 Cases

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:10:00 -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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MSI B150M Mortar Arctic Micro ATX Motherboard Review

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The B150M takes one more step upscale from the recently reviewed H110M Grenade. Is Intel’s higher market B150 chipset worth the extra money?


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Adata SD700 Portable SSD Review

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Adata released an updated portable SSD lineup with 3D NAND. The new SD700 is the first of the new drives and comes with a rugged IP68 rated enclosure. The drive is small, portable, and can take a lot of abuse, so it isn't your typical purse SSD.


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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Benchmarked

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Long awaited by fans of the Resident Evil franchise, this seventh installment returns to the basics that made the series a success: wave goodbye to the action genre and say hello to survival/horror, with a good dose of exploration.


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Evolution Of Intel Graphics: i740 To Iris Pro

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:30:00 -0800

(image) From i740 to the Iris Pro family, we look at the evolution of Intel's graphics technology over the last 17 years.


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The History Of Intel CPUs

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0800

(image) From the 4004 in 1971 to Kaby Lake in 2017, we look at the evolution of Intel's CPUs.


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AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 Review

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The FirePro brand is dead; long live the Radeon Pro. AMD puts its Polaris chips and reworked drivers to work in three new workstation graphics cards. We’re about to give the fastest model, the Radeon Pro WX 7100, a real workout.


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Corsair Force Series MP500 M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Corsair arms the Force Series with some NVMe power. The new MP500 packs the punch of a boxer, but does the high price mean it belongs in the ring with the pros or is this another amateur trying to make a name for itself?


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LG 34UC79G 34-inch Ultra-Wide FreeSync Monitor Review

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) 34" curved ultra-wide gaming monitors are usually an expensive proposition. But if you’re willing to accept a little less resolution, LG has a 144Hz FreeSync model that is worth considering. Today we’re looking at the 34UC79G.


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Basemark's VRScore Benchmark Suite: 6 VR HMDs Tested

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Basemark’s long-awaited virtual reality benchmarking tool, VRScore, is finally available. This piece of software is the first of its kind, allowing you to properly evaluate your PC's ability to serve up VR content.


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ASRock Z270 Extreme4 Kaby Lake ATX Motherboard Review

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) A reduced price variation of its Z270 Gaming K6, ASRock’s Z270 Extreme4 also comes with fewer feature enhancements. Does this create a value triumph over a previously-tested $150 competitor?


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Thecus N4810 Review

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Thecus expands a popular product with a new quad-core processor, ample system memory and features that make the new N4810 the most diverse system from the company.


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Is 80 PLUS Broken? How To Make It A More Trustworthy Certification

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) 80 PLUS is hands-down the most popular efficiency certification program among PSU manufacturers nowadays. In today's article, we're digging into the organization's flaws, which are critical in some areas, and how we can improve upon them.


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SilverStone Primera PM01 Big Mid-Tower ATX Case Review

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:00:01 -0800

(image) It's big enough to hold triple fan radiators on both the front and top, and it's half loaded with LED fans from the factory, but is SilverStone’s PM01 the best value in mainstream gaming cases?


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Best SSDs

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:15:00 -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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Team Group Night Hawk 16GB DDR4-3000 Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The Night Hawk line brings LED lighting to Team Group’s T-Force DDR4 series. Is its 16GB, DDR4-3000, CAS 16 kit a good value for both performance and lighting enthusiasts?


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Digital Storm Velox Z270 Gaming Desktop Review

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The Digital Storm Velox is a beastly gaming desktop with an Intel Core i7-7700K overclocked to 5.0GHz and dual GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI, and it showcases nearly every one of the company's aesthetic and performance services.


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Intel & AMD Processor Hierarchy

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:15:00 -0800

(image) Here is a resource to help you judge if a CPU is a reasonable value: The gaming CPU hierarchy chart groups CPUs with similar performance.


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Best CPUs

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:45:00 -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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AOC AG271QG Agon 27-inch G-Sync Monitor Review

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Today, we’re looking at another member of AOC’s Agon line of premium gaming monitors. The AG271QG features a QHD-resolution IPS panel with 165Hz, G-Sync and ULMB.


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MSI H110M Grenade Micro ATX Motherboard Review

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The H110M Grenade adds features to fill the price gap between low-end H110 and H170 boards. We take a look at how these added features move the value needle.


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SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD Review

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Before the shortage, NAND manufacturers had flash to burn. With TLC NAND piling up, several companies had to find new form factors to push the main product to market. The solution was external SSDs, and now there are several TLC versions on the market.


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The Sony PlayStation VR Review

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Sony's PlayStation VR hardware is more affordable than the Rift and Vive, but how does the console-connected HMD compare to what we've come to expect from PC-centric premium VR?


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Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:45:00 -0800

(image) Here is a resource to help you judge if a graphics card is a reasonable value: The gaming GPU hierarchy chart groups GPUs by performance.


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About Us

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:05:00 -0800

(image) Get to know the people behind Tom’s Hardware, as well as the history of our site and our mission. You can also find contact information here.


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Plextor S2C SSD Review

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:01 -0800

(image) Plextor introduced a new series of SSDs to attack the entry-level consumer market. The first product in the S2 family is the S2C, which might be one of the better low-cost SSDs released in 2016.


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MSI GE72VR Apache Pro Gaming Laptop Review

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The MSI GE72VR Apache Pro-010 marks the 4th MSI laptop we've reviewed. So far, MSI has a stellar track record, with the Titan Pro and Stealth Pro being two of our top picks. Can the Apache Pro keep up with these two heavy hitters?


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Breaking Intel's 600p NVMe SSD: Endurance Pushed To The Limit

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Upon release, Intel stated that all SSD 600p series products shared the same 72TBW endurance rating, which we discussed in our review. Later, the company quietly changed the endurance rating, which we put to the test for 42 days.


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Id-Cooling Icekimo 120 Compact Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Id-Cooling believes its inch-thick 120mm closed-loop cooler can handle a mildly overclocked six-core LGA 2011-v3 processor. But should it? We take a closer look!


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MSI Z270 SLI Plus ATX Kaby Lake Motherboard Review

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) How inexpensive can a motherboard be without giving up any of the Z270’s advanced features? How does MSI’s low cost Z270 SLI Plus address these? And how long will we continue using “Kaby Lake” headlines? We answer at least two of these questions!


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How To: Optimizing Your Graphics Card's Cooling

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Even with summer gone, cooling remains a hot topic. How can the cooling performance of a graphics card be improved without replacing the cooler, or switching to liquid cooling? We'll cover some causes of poor cooling performance.


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