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  • We Tried the World's First Analog Mechanical Keyboard: 3 Months with the Wooting one

    The Wooting one is, to my knowledge, the world's first true tenkeyless, analog mechanical keyboard. It features pressure-sensitive keys that are specifically designed to give PC gamers the same benefits console gamers have access to. You can move at any speed you'd like, which is particularly useful for racing games, first-person shooters and stealth titles.

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  • MSI Infinite X Gaming Desktop Review

    Choosing your next PC can be a rather daunting process. Do you go with a pre-built or build your own? Do you go with a small form factor or a full size? Today I'll be taking a look at MSI's Infinite X Gaming Desktop which should be a strong contender in the pre-built market. It's a full sized, gaming powerhouse with an impressive aesthetic to match.

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  • LG Gram 13 Review

    Today we're looking at the LG Gram, which falls into our favorite category of laptops: high-end slim and light machines (2.1 pounds to be exact). The latest LG Gram has been around for a few months, but with most reviews focusing on the larger 15" model, we specifically requested the 13" entry-level which is an affordable and compelling option at ~1,000.

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  • AMD Stock Coolers Tested: Wraith Prism vs. Wraith Spire vs. Wraith Stealth

    AMD upped the game with the stock CPU coolers it bundled with Ryzen processors and they kicked it up another notch with 2nd-gen Ryzen which come with one of three Wraith models that we are comparing today: the Stealth, Spire and Prism.

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  • FreeSync 2 in Action: How Good Is It (Right Now)?

    FreeSync 2 is AMD's monitor technology for the next generation of HDR gaming displays. After an explainer on FreeSync 2, now we are testing one of these monitors for some gaming, and telling you if they're worth buying right now.

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  • Sega Genesis Flashback HD Review

    While Nintendo is setting the world on fire with its 90s nostalgia trip, let's say your 16-bit desires are more unconventional. Perhaps you enjoy your games with a bit more violence and/or hedgehogs. Then the Sega Genesis Flashback HD may have you covered.

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  • Ryzen 5 2600 vs. Core i5-8400: 36 Game Benchmark

    For the past few weeks we've been busy benchmarking AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 and Intel's Core i5-8400. For testing we have 36 games on the menu, each tested at 720p, 1080p and 1440p using the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. That is, 324 individual tests, three times each... almost 1,000 benchmark runs, so grab a drink, some snacks and get comfortable.

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  • A Gamer's Guide to Not Getting Hacked

    If you play video games, you are an ideal target to get wrecked by hackers. Gamers are very online. They log in to a lot of stuff. They have some money. They want to be better than other gamers. And they like to use the password "Dragon."

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  • The Best Value CPU: Pentium Gold G5400 vs. Ryzen 3 2200G

    There are now several Coffee Lake-based Pentium Gold chips starting at just $64. So we've decided to pit it against AMD's best value CPU, the Ryzen 3 2200G which is $100 but it gets you good integrated graphics. You have to wonder what's the best value between the two.

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  • MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review

    MSI has joined the Coffee Lake laptop party with a brand new slim gaming laptop. The MSI GS65 has been hotly anticipated as it brings new internal hardware along with a full refresh of MSI's gaming line build and design.

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Review

    Today we're checking out the $200 Ryzen 5 2600, the most affordable chip of AMD's 2nd-gen processors. It's a bit cheaper than the 2600X we tested on launch day, but the real competition comes from the Core i5-8400 which is a little more affordable at $179. Let's find out where each stands.

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  • Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 Review

    Today we're taking a closer look at the Gigabyte Aero 15X, launched alongside Intel's new H-series Coffee Lake processors which brought up to 6 cores and 12 threads to the laptop form factor. Gigabyte is key to stress this isn't just a gaming laptop, but a machine designed for productivity, and that shows with features like an X-Rite certified display.

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700X & Ryzen 5 2600X Review

    It's been great to have more competition in the CPU sector since Ryzen arrived. Based on a refreshed Zen+ architecture, today we're testing AMD's new X processors: the 2700X is an 8-core/16-thread CPU with a 3.7 GHz base and a 4.3 GHz max boost and the 2600X is a 6-core/12-thread CPU operating at 100 MHz lower clocks.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review

    In the Android world, there is no bigger event than Samsung's yearly launch of their latest Galaxy S devices. It is also one of the earliest on the year cycle with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ arriving at MWC in late February. Both devices present iterative updates for 2018, with upgrades on most fronts along with some neat feature additions as well as more gimmicky ones.

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  • God of War Review

    This new God of War is an excellent game, lovingly crafted and engaging all the way through. But much has changed. It's not merely the drastically revamped combat, with its over-the-shoulder angle and its emphasis on evasion. It's also the story, and the way it tells that story, with an emphasis on family relationships and quiet, low-key moments.

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  • HP Envy x2 Review

    Today we're looking closely at the first Snapdragon 835 device running Windows: the HP Envy x2. Having used it for a few weeks, there's a lot of things HP did well to make this a hardware experience to rival the Microsoft Surface.

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  • Intel Core i5-8400 (B360) vs. AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (B350)

    Before the incoming 2nd-gen Ryzen parts arrive this shootout will let us establish how AMD and Intel currently stack up with all the latest Windows updates, BIOS updates, driver updates and new motherboards we have on hand, giving us an up to date reference point for the new CPUs.

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  • Intel Core i7-8750H Review: Hexa-core Processor for Laptops

    The Core i7-8750H is one of seven new Coffee Lake H-series processors designed for performance notebooks, workstations and gaming laptops. The i7-8750H is essentially the successor to the widely popular 'Kaby Lake' Core i7-7700HQ that was used in nearly every top-end gaming laptop over the last year or so.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Intel B360 vs. Z370 Chipset: Finally an 8th-Gen Budget Platform

    When Intel raced out 8th-gen Coffee Lake CPUs last year, they did so with a single chipset, the high-end Z370. Now 6 months later Intel is finally unleashing their more budget friendly chipsets which includes the B360, which we're taking a look at today. So what's there to know?

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  • Far Cry 5 Review

    The bulk of Far Cry 5 feels like gonzo camping trip that permeates the rest of the game. Yes, people are being kidnapped, tortured, and brainwashed, but in-between fighting to liberate the residents of Hope County from this b-horror movie plot, I also spent plenty of time skydiving, swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing, and rampaging through cedar forests on 4-wheelers at night like an idiot.

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  • Windows on ARM Benchmarked

    Microsoft has come up with strange ideas over the years. Their latest one is running Windows on ARM (again), with the help of Qualcomm and some daring manufacturing partners to bring a new OS variant that can emulate x86 software. We get hands on with the first Windows on ARM device, the HP Envy x2, for some serious benchmarking.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speakers Review

    Today we're taking a look Audioengine's latest studio speakers, the A5+ Wireless. The original A5+ speakers were one of our picks in last year's Best Of feature and now they're in for a repeat with the added support for Bluetooth playback.

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  • How to Get Into World of Warcraft in 2018

    It's been nearly 14 years since Blizzard launched the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game. You've had plenty of time to get your affairs in order before finally taking the plunge into Azeroth. Don't worry, the World of Warcraft hasn't passed you by. You just might need a little help getting started. We got you.

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  • Acer Switch 7 Review

    Acer's brand new and very interesting Switch 7 is a high-end tablet with a kickstand and detachable keyboard. Making this 13.5" tablet unique are its fanless internals that include a quad core i7-8550U and discrete GeForce MX150 graphics.

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  • Asrock DeskMini Z370 GTX 1060 Review

    Today we're checking out Asrock's latest DeskMini PC, a name that may ring a bell if you read our review of the original a couple of years ago. The latest version features support for MXM mobile GPUs (GTX 1060 or GTX 1080) and Intel's 8th-gen Core series on a small 2.7L chassis.

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  • Corsair Obsidian Series 500D Review

    Today we'll be taking a break from our typical PC hardware benchmarking sessions to check out a slick new computer case from Corsair. It's been quite a few years since Corsair has refreshed the Obsidian lineup but that changes today with the introduction of its new $150 Obsidian Series 500D.

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  • Razer Blade Stealth & Razer Core V2 Review

    Razer's Blade Stealth has caught our eye as one of the most attractive ultraportable Windows laptops on the market that also comes packed with top-end hardware. Razer has also launched a new external graphics enclosure, the Core V2. Let's check them out.

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  • External GPU Testing: GTX 1080 in a Box + Core i7-8550U Ultraportable

    Last year, we briefly looked at external GPUs when we reviewed the Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box attached to a Kaby Lake-powered ultraportable. Now that Intel's 8th gen CPUs are widely available in a range of ultrabooks, with significant performance gains in hand, it's the perfect time to revisit eGPUs and determine whether the hard CPU bottleneck still exists in most games.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Ryzen CPU + Vega Graphics on a Chip: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G & Ryzen 3 2200G Review

    Updating its entry-level and mid-range product lines, AMD's new Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs are set to replace nearly all of the company's offerings under $200. Making these chips special is the integration of Radeon Vega graphics for budget desktop PCs.

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  • HP Spectre x360 13 Review

    The new HP Spectre 13 x360 is an interesting ultraportable. It sits at the top of HP's product line-up alongside its non-convertible Spectre brother and like many laptops released in the last few months, it is powered by Intel's latest quad-core 8th gen mobile CPUs.

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