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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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Best Graphics

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:30:00 -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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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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SilverStone Stash Tour

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) When SilverStone caught wind of my automotive USB adapter round-up, it volunteered one of its own along with assorted other samples. Over time, the extras snowballed to the point of being worthy of a stash tour.

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SilverStone ML08 Mini ITX Slim Case Review

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Borrowing most of its design from its Raven RVZ02, is Silverstone's Milo ML08 an optimal slim chassis choice for mini-ITX builders?

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Acer Predator G1-710-70001 Gaming Desktop Review

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:00:01 -0800

(image) The Predator G1-710-70001 is a VR-ready gaming PC with an Intel Core i7-6700, 32GB of DDR4, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card under the hood. Time to see if Acer's SFF offering is the predator or the prey against similarly-priced custom PCs.

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FSP Twins 500W Redundant PSU Review

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The FSP Twins series combines the usability of a normal ATX PSU and the advanced features of a redundant server unit. The Twins 500W we're evaluating today addresses users that need an ultra-reliable PSU and are willing to pay for it.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Passive Cooling Mod

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) We test how passive cooling treats Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, and discuss some of the challenges a passive cooler presents to a 75W graphics card.

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Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Gigabyte puts the Aorus brand on its stylish Kaby Lake enthusiast motherboard. Will it combine the performance, features, and overclocking to win buyer loyalty?

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Intel Z270 Motherboard Price List

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 15:30:00 -0800

(image) Z270 is the top-end consumer chipset for Intel's LGA 1151, and it natively supports Kaby Lake CPUs. Here's a list of all available Z270 motherboards.

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Intel X99 Motherboard Price List

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:30:00 -0800

(image) We've compiled a listing of all the currently available Intel X99 motherboards for your LGA 2011v3 processor.

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Tom's Hardware's CES 2017 Best In Show

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0800

(image) We've soaked up the sights and sounds of CES 2017 and compiled a list of the best and worst...for your viewing pleasure.

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ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 ATX Kaby Lake Motherboard Review

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

(image) ASRock advances this generation of Gaming K6 with dual M.2 and dual Gigabit Ethernet. Does it outpace rivals to become a winning value?

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MSI Z270 Gaming M5 ATX Kaby Lake Motherboard Review

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:15:00 -0800

(image) Is MSI’s middle “Master” motherboard combines the firm’s extensive Z170 overclocking experience with Intel’s latest Z270 platform features. Is it worth the price of entry?

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CyberpowerPC Syber M Xtreme 400 Review

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The CyberpowerPC Syber M Xtreme 400 features and Intel Core i7-6800K with 16GB of DDR4-3000, a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, and a factory-overclocked EVGA GTX 1080 SC graphics card. Time to see how the Syber M compares to our previously-reviewed Z170 systems.

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Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K, i7-7700, i5-7600K, i5-7600 Review

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:00:01 -0800

(image) Intel's Kaby Lake falls into the comes bearing the tuned 14nm+ process, a revamped graphics engine and a new chipset.

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AOC AG271QX Agon 27-inch FreeSync Monitor Review

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:00:01 -0800

(image) AOC is going high-end with its new line of gaming monitors called Agon. Today we’re looking at the AG271QX, a 27-inch TN panel with QHD resolution, 144Hz and FreeSync that works down to 30Hz.

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Testing Nvidia's Multi-Res Shading In Shadow Warrior 2

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

(image) While Nvidia's Multi-Res Shading was first presented for VR, Shadow Warrior 2 uses MRS to improve the performance. Are the gains big? Is image quality affected?

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NZXT S340 Elite Review

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Based on the low-cost S340, can the somewhat smallish NZXT S340 Elite mid-tower achieve big performance and value?

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Cryorig R1 Ultimate Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:00:00 -0800

(image) Cooling value brand Cryorig shoots for top performance in a dual 140mm fan, dual-sink CPU cooler. Will the extra performance pay off in value?

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Watch Dogs 2 Performance Benchmarks

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) You'll need serious gaming hardware to play Watch Dogs 2, so we put about 30 graphics cards through two taxing sequences to help determine how your PC will fare.

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SilverStone Strider Platinum ST1200-PT PSU Review

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The highest-end member of SilverStone's Strider Platinum line is the ST1200-PT, and we're ready to give it an exhaustive evaluation. It achieves a high power density score thanks to compact dimensions, and there's that 1200W capacity. But is this enough?

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Card Roundup

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) While we're starting off with just four boards, this roundup will continue to grow as more GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards arrive at our lab in Germany.

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Asus Strix GL702VM-DB71 Gaming Laptop Review

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Asus's ROG Strix laptops offer everything needed for an enjoyable gaming experience. Base models feature great build quality, a GTX 1060, and a G-Sync display; it's no wonder we recommended the 15-inch Strix, but does the 17-inch Strix compete?

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Dell SE2717H 27-inch IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor Review

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Our budget gaming monitor coverage continues with Dell’s 27-inch SE2717H. It’s an FHD/IPS panel with FreeSync up to 75Hz and a very attractive price tag. We’re checking it out today.

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Best Gaming Laptops

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:15:00 -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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Adata Portable SSD Roundup

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Adata launched several portable SSD products that deliver flash reliability on the go. Three product announcements hit our inbox, and the company even made a follow-up announcement for a fourth. We have the original three, but not all is as it appears.

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Best Cooling

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:45:00 -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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Razer Blade 14 (2016) Gaming Laptop Review

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The updated Blade 14 (2016) from Razer features Nvidia's new Pascal GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and a 6th-generation Intel i7-6700HQ. It has power necessary to play modern games with ease, but is it worth the price?

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Digital Storm Vanquish 5 Gaming Desktop Review

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Digital Storm's Vanquish 5 is a VR-ready gaming desktop featuring an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 under the hood, all for an uncharacteristically-low price of $2,045.

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Best Cases

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:25:00 -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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T-Force Xtreem 16GB DDR4-3600 Dual-Channel Kit Review

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Team Group’s T-Force Xtreem DDR4-3600 comes with solid CAS 18 timings, but do these factory-overclocked modules provide the performance and value needed to win our approval?

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Asus VG245H 24-inch FreeSync Gaming Monitor Review

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) For the best possible gaming experience at the lowest possible price, a 24-inch FreeSync display is the way to go. Asus offers the VG245H TN/FHD monitor for under $200. It’s a well-built screen with operation up to 75Hz and we’re checking it out today.

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EVGA BQ Series 850W PSU Review

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) One of EVGA's most affordable power supply families, the BQ, includes five unique models. The higher-capacity ones are made by HEC and the rest come from Andyson. Today we're testing the flagship 850 BQ.

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11 Games That Should Get A Remake Or Sequel

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Some games need an HD remake while others desperately require a sequel to add to the story. Here's a collection of titles (excluding the elusive "Half-Life 3") that made the cut.

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AVADirect Avatar Gaming Desktop Review

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The AVADirect Avatar features an Intel Core i7-6700K, 16GB of DDR4-2400, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. At $2,509, the Avatar isn’t a budget-friendly configuration, so we put it to the test to see if the performance warrants the price.

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Adata XPG Dazzle 16GB DDR4-2800 Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) Dazzle LEDs add light effects to Adata’s XPG memory, but what is the price of bling? We compare its DDR4-2800 16GB kit to some unlit rivals to see if it’s still a reasonable bargain.

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Best PSUs

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:30:00 -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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MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro Gaming Laptop Review

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The thin and light MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-034 contains a 6th generation Intel Core i7 and Nvidia's new GTX 1060 Pascal GPU. At just under 0.7", can the Stealth Pro perform well, or does its thin profile introduce unnecessary compromises?

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MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon ATX Motherboard Review

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

(image) The Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon promises a little more durability, style, and stability compared to budget-oriented rivals. We take a closer look at its integrated features, overall performance and overclocking capabilities.

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