We walked away impressed by the speed of Intel's new Skylake-X chips, however thermals were a severe letdown. The Core i9-7900X is too hot to handle even when paired with an AIO liquid cooler. But we think the 10-core/20-thread beast deserves a more robust cooling solution to match it so we can properly overclock it. Read on.
It's no secret that MMORPGs are some of the most popular PC games on the planet. Since the early days of Ultima Online all the way to more recent offerings like Black Desert Online, MMOs have filled a gap in many gamers' lives that other genres - no matter how good they might be - just haven't yet. Here are what I believe are the 10 best MMOs out there right now.
Although solid state drives have steadily increased in capacity, so too have the size of game installs. Today's triple-A titles commonly occupy upwards of 20GB with many approaching or exceeding 60GB, especially after accounting for downloadable content. Ironically, it's often these large releases that benefit the most from the improved load times.
Enter the Radeon RX 560, AMD's last ditch effort to reclaim the entry-level market segment for this generation. Compared to its predecessor, the RX 560 packs 14% more cores that are slightly faster clocked for good measure. But the GTX 1050 enjoyed of a comfortable 18% lead against AMD's last-gen GPU, so it'll be interesting to see what this means for the RX 560.
Mechanical keyboards have long been all the rage for gamers, but they're still a long way off becoming ubiquitous due to their premium price point. The Logitech G413 is a full-sized mechanical gaming-oriented keyboard, but at $90 it undercuts most of its competition while packing in largely the same feature set.
If you've ever tried getting into cryptocurrencies, you were probably met with a barrage of technical terms and buzzwords. I heard I can make easy money by mining on my home computer; how does that work? Why are there so many types of coins? How do I get started buying and selling cryptocurrencies? In this article we'll focus on the state of mining, exploring the practical side of it, as we hopefully demystify some of the world of digital currencies.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds pre-release build has been available since March, and by the first month it had sold well over a million copies. So the game is popular, but it's also known for not being greatly optimized. I've been messing around with a few CPU and GPU combinations over the past week, seeing which hardware deliver the most value.
Breaking from our usual benchmarking of new graphics cards, today we're revisiting one of the most powerful GPUs you could've purchased four years ago. The GeForce GTX 780 launched in May 2013 with a mighty impressive showing. At launch, the GTX 780 was ~24% faster than the GTX 680 and 16% faster than the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
Codemasters' long-running rally game has returned for its twelfth lap, launching to largely positive reviews last Tuesday on PC, Xbox and PS4. With updated drivers from AMD and Nvidia arriving just a few days later, it seemed like an ideal time to see how the title runs on current and previous-generation GPUs.
2012 was an important year for Valve. The company introduced Big Picture Mode - a Steam interface for the living room holy trinity of big TVs, joypads, and couches - it was also the year Gabe Newell's behemoth revealed the development of a video game console. A year later, Steam Machines were unveiled as "a powerful new category of living room hardware."
As E3 2017 unfolds, so do new trailers for upcoming games. Expect regular updates to this article over the coming week as more are released. Most of the trailers already included are for titles due later in 2017 or 2018, while a few have launched in the last week or so -- all of them are on PC.
I'm a huge fan of Corsair's mechanical gaming keyboards, but I'll admit I had never used a Corsair gaming mouse until the Glaive landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago. As a long-time user of Razer's DeathAdder, I decided to switch over the Glaive full-time to see if it could win me over for everyday and gaming use cases.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a battle royale game where players fight to be the last person standing. It can be overwhelming for new players, full of different weapons to choose and smaller mechanics that aren't readily apparent. These tips will help you survive the battle royale and win yourself a glorious chicken dinner.
Galax's GTX 1070 Katana caught our attention for counting itself among the few single-slot gaming graphics cards available today. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, this is the only single-slot, air-cooled GTX 1070 in the world, as anything with a thermal design power of 75 watts or higher is typically paired with a dual-slot cooler for the added heat dissipation.
Samsung knows how to make a premium Android smartphone. For the past few years, the Galaxy S series has nailed it, shooting Samsung to the top of the popularity charts. Now with the Galaxy S8's improvements to design, hardware and even software atop Android 7.0, make this the best phone on the market today.
In 2012 I wrote an article about leaving Facebook. I've kept this stance for about five years now, but an accumulation of several small things during this time have had me questioning whether or not abandoning the social network was the brilliant idea I once thought it was.
Computex is the third major show we attend this year, and it looks like it's here to remind us about all the innovation and work happening in the hardcore computing arena. After all, while mainstream PC sales have stagnated, the segment occupied by computer enthusiasts, gamers, and e-sports has continued to flourish. Computex is PC power user haven.
The Corsair One is the ultimate compact gaming PC. I've looked at several pre-built small form factor systems over the years, and none are as well built or as powerful as this Corsair system. If you have the money and you'd rather not build your own system, the One is genuinely the leading contender on the market.
While Steam gets a lot of hype for discounted prices, you don’t actually have to spend any money to enjoy some of the best games the service has to offer. Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I’m here to tell you which ones you should check out.
In an effort to continue stirring the hornet's nest, we're back with even more benchmarks (29 games total), this time pitting the Radeon RX 570 against the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. All things considered, which of these mid-range GPUs makes the most sense to purchase?
I've recommended every iteration of the Moto G since it first launched four years ago. Motorola consistently nails it, producing excellent budget smartphones year after year. Most new Moto G phones are only minor upgrades on their predecessor, but with little improvements here and there, and an affordable price point, the Moto G line is hard to pass up.