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Pushing Intel Optane Potential: RAID Performance Explored

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Intel's Optane Memory NVMe SSDs may be small, but they pack a strong punch. Combining three in RAID 0 gives you enough space for a boot drive and some programs.


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Best Motherboards

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:05:00 -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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Biostar Racing Z270GT9 Motherboard Review

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) With six PCIe x16 slots, onboard 256GB SSD, and 10Gb Ethernet, the Biostar Racing Z270GT9 could probably win a value award based on just two of its three features.


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Best Gaming Laptops

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:20:00 -0700

(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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Asus Strix 15 GL502VS Gaming Laptop Review

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Back in November, Asus sent us the Strix GL502VM-DB71, which we gave our Editor Recommended award. Will the updated Strix GL502VS put the old Strix in its place?


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Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 Cooler Review

Sun, 21 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Cooler Master’s latest 2x 140mm closed-loop liquid CPU cooler promises improved radiator, pump, and cooling plate design. Will its performance deliver on those promises?


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Microsoft Campus Tour

Sat, 20 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) We went inside Microsoft's​ Redmond headquarters to see what employee life is like and what's going on behind the scenes.


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Zalman ZM-K900M Keyboard Review

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) We review the Zalman ZM-K900M mechanical keyboard with Kailh Blue switches.


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ViewSonic XG2703-GS QHD G-Sync Monitor Review

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) ViewSonic’s XG2703-GS is a QHD panel with AHVA technology, 165Hz, G-Sync, ULMB, and slick styling. Let's see how it measures up to the competition in our tests.


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Best Memory

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:10:00 -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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Adata SX8000 NVMe SSD Review

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Adata enters the low-cost NVMe fray with 3D NAND and an eye on Intel's 600p market share. The SX8000 has a few surprises that may appeal to shoppers.


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Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G Review

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) After testing the Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G, the company's flagship, we think hardcore gamers should strongly consider this graphics card.


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Antec Cube Mini ITX Case Review

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) With a price tag north of $200, the Antec Cube is both functional and eye catching, but does the added price also translate to added value?


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Intel CPU Price List

Sun, 14 May 2017 18:00:00 -0700

(image) We list all currently available Intel processors, separated by CPU product line (e.g. Core i5), and divided by generation (e.g. Kaby Lake).


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Super Talent Project X DDR4-3000 16GB Review

Sun, 14 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Can Project X DDR4-3000 push the performance benefits of dual-rank DIMMs on Kaby Lake to new heights?


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AMD Processor Price List

Sat, 13 May 2017 18:00:00 -0700

(image) We list all currently available AMD processors, separated by socket (e.g. AM4), and divided by APU & CPU product lines (e.g. A8 & Ryzen 5).


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May 2017 Virtual Reality Games Preview

Sat, 13 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) It can be daunting to keep up with the VR market. To make things easier for you, we compiled a list of all the VR games that are coming out in May.


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Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Keyboard Review

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:00:00 -0700

(image) We review the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum, outfitted with the company’s own Romer-G switches instead of the industry standard Cherry, plus full RGB lighting.


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Logitech G610 Orion Brown Keyboard Review

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) We review Logitech's spartan-looking G610 Orion gaming keyboard. For $120, you get white backlighting and Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches.


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Best Cooling

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:25:00 -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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Corsair Force LE 200 SSD Review

Thu, 11 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Corsair adds to the Force LE series with a new low-cost model that nixes the DRAM but brings flash-based storage costs down to a new user group.


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Fractal Design Celsius S24 Cooler Review

Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 -0700

(image) Fractal Design challenges open-loop cooler manufacturers with a competitively priced, re-configurable filled loop. We compare it to three rival expandable kits.


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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G Review

Tue, 09 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Huge, heavy, and fast: with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G, MSI christens a dreadnought capable of massive firepower. It approaches perfection, exhibiting just one weakness worth mentioning.


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MSI X370 Krait Gaming Motherboard Review

Mon, 08 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) In a sea of unending RGB, can the MSI X370 Krait Gaming outshine the higher tiered AM4 offerings we've reviewed while dishing out value with its streamlined offering?


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FSP Dagger 600W SFX PSU Review

Sun, 07 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) FSP recently released its Dagger, a small form factor PSU featuring 600W capacity. That's enough output to support a VR-capable gaming machine equipped with high-end graphics hardware.


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The History Of Nvidia GPUs

Sat, 06 May 2017 08:15:00 -0700

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


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Best Monitors

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:15:00 -0700

(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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Intel & AMD Processor Hierarchy

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:00:00 -0700

(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

Fri, 05 May 2017 13:45:00 -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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Thermaltake Tower 900 Case Review

Fri, 05 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Is the Tower 900 a case for shows, or a showcase for your building skills? We dive into the latest big tower from Thermaltake.


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How To Overclock AMD Ryzen CPUs

Thu, 04 May 2017 08:30:00 -0700

(image) We're tweaking our motherboard's BIOS in every imaginable manner in order to analyze the overclocking potential of the eight-core AMD Ryzen CPUs!


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The Complete History Of Star Wars PC Games

Thu, 04 May 2017 05:00:00 -0700

(image) Star Wars has evolved from a single movie to one of the world's most recognizable franchises. We look back at all the PC games it has spawned over the years.


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Acer Aspire VX 15 Budget Gaming Laptop Review

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Armed with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ and an Nvidia GTX 1050, Acer aspires to provide a well-rounded entry-level laptop. Does the Aspire VX 15 fulfill that role?


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Asus ROG Swift PG258Q Monitor Review

Tue, 02 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Asus ups the speed ante yet again with the 240Hz ROG Swift PG258Q. A 25” 1080p TN panel with G-Sync and ULMB - it offers more than just high framerates.


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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU Review

Mon, 01 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X challenges the Intel Core i5 family for quad-core supremacy. Can Ryzen overtake the latest Kaby Lake-based models in the $200 range?


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Galax HOF PCI-E 1TB SSD Review

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The Galax Hall Of Fame PCI-E looks amazing with a white circuit board, shroud, and full coverage heat sink, and it's also the first Phison E7 1TB retail SSD.


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The 30 Year History of AMD Graphics, In Pictures

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:15:00 -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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G.Skill Ripjaws KM570 Keyboard Review

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:00:00 -0700

(image) The G.Skill Ripjaws KM570 offers a simple look and basic feature set at an affordable price tag. But is the quality high enough to recommend?


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G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 Keyboard Review

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) With a ton of features, plus several lighting and switch variants, the G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 mechanical keyboard covers a wide range of potential users.


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Desktop GPU Performance Hierarchy Table

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:20:00 -0700

(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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Best Graphics

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:45:00 -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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AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB Review

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The Radeon RX 550 replaces AMD’s lowest-end add-in cards. It's about time, too, since the previous models were based on 2013-era GPUs.


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Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Can the aura of Aorus bring AMD back into the PC gaming spotlight, just as star-struck Charlie Murphy was mesmerized by Rick James’ aura in the famous Chappelle Show skit?


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Cooler Master MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ PSU Review

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Cooler Master recently introduced the most expensive desktop PSU ever, but is the MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ (Made In Japan) really worth $1,000?


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Intel Optane 3D XPoint Memory Review

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:01 -0700

(image) Intel’s new Optane Memory Technology is more than just an SSD accessed by existing cache technology. Intel paired the latest in storage media technology with an intelligent algorithm to increase system, and not just disk, performance.


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Team Group Dark ROG 16GB DDR4-3000 Review

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) Team Group teamed with Asus to deliver ROG-certified RAM, but does that imply any true performance benefit? We test it!


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How We Test Mechanical Keyboards

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:15:00 -0700

(image) A combination of objective tests and subjective observations determine the pros and cons of each keyboard we review. Here's an overview of our methodology.


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Patriot Viper V760 Keyboard Review

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

(image) The Patriot Viper V760 is a solid mechanical keyboard, but it's entering a tough market flooded with seasoned manufacturer's of gaming peripherals.


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Mechanical Keyboard Switch Testing Explained

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:00:00 -0700

(image) We've employed a texture analyzer to test mechanical keyboard switches. Here's what it can measure, and what it can't.


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The History Of AMD CPUs

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:05:00 -0700

(image) We take a look through AMD's history in the CPU market.


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