The Ryzen 5 1600 (non-X) is virtually unchallenged in terms of value among enthusiasts processors. However, we've yet to determine the next best option for those who can't afford to spend $220 on AMD's six-core champion. For $170, the quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 1400 appears to be a great alternative.
We recently received mechanical gaming keyboards from Creative and Razer, the Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 and BlackWidow Chroma V2. To flesh this out into a true three-way battle, we're comparing them against Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire, which we rated as the best for gaming in our Best Keyboards article last year. Let's see if this still holds true.
Lenovo's signature business ultraportable, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now in its 5th generation, adding new Intel Kaby Lake processors and a larger battery without sacrificing portability. Having used this laptop for a few weeks now, it's clear that Lenovo's minor year-on-year improvements have led to a stunning device that's the best ThinkPad ultraportable yet.
Most high-end graphics cards come with decent air coolers but that’s certainly not a given. In addition to being overly loud, some can become overwhelmed under intense, extended loads which can lead to throttling, instability and even shortened lifespans.
Anyone spending hours on their computer every day will tell you that having the right tools at hand is serious business. Over the years we've tested some of the best mice on the market, but to come up with this list we combined our staff's collective experience with hundreds of reviews and users' feedback.
A new TechSpot member has forgotten the password to their encrypted hard drive. Fortunately, it sounds like they've already accepted the data loss and simply want to make the drive usable again. Is there any way to reformat an encrypted drive?
As we begin to recover from the roller coaster ride that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to address. AMD has announced four models in this series, including a pair of six-core CPUs as well as two quad-core models. We'll be pitting the sub-$200 1500X against the locked Core i5-7500 and the 1600X against the unlocked 7600K which compete in the $250 price range.