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The latest happenings in PC hardware and enthusiast computing. We cover processors, graphics cards, desktop and mobile systems, tablets, input devices and much more.

Iconic Hardware: The products that made a dent on the PC industry

What makes a product iconic? Design, functionality, styling, and innovation will get you part of the way there, but the true tests are how these products distinguished themselves from their competitors, how widely those traits were imitated by those competitors, and how history remembers their status. Here are some products that left their mark on the PC industry, whether in the form of full systems, CPUs, graphics cards, motherboards, cases or peripherals.

Quick & Dirty: Fire TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV

As Amazon Fire TV bursts onto the market to compete with streamers like the Roku 3 and Apple TV, you may be wondering what these set-top boxes offer over cheaper streaming sticks, specifically Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks, and it really comes down to what features you want, and possibly what tech ecosystem you are already a part of.

Toshiba launches "world's fastest" microSD cards

Toshiba launches "world's fastest" microSD cards

Toshiba is upping the ante in the microSD card department, launching new high-end cards that they're calling the "world's fastest". Using the new UHS-II SD card specification, these microSD cards are designed for 4K video recording, giving cameras too small…

Acer TA272 HUL All-in-One Review: Android Invades the Desktop

Veering off the beaten path, Acer decided to see what would happen if they took the traditional AIO formula, threw out the Windows operating system and PC hardware, replacing it instead with high-end smartphone guts powered by Android. They nailed the key component of the system -- the display -- as its AIO is built on top of an existing monitor, the T272 HUL, offering 10-point multi-touch and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. But does Android make sense on the desktop?

Rumor: Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 specs revealed

Rumor: Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 specs revealed

The latest rumor from Tyden.cz has allegedly detailed the Nvidia GeForce GTX 880, which is set to be the company's flagship Maxwell-based graphics card when it launches later this year. Of course, it's always worth taking rumors with a grain of…
SK Hynix unveils 128 GB DDR4 module

SK Hynix unveils 128 GB DDR4 module

It may still be a few years before we see proper DDR4 adoption in the consumer space, but some memory manufacturers are certainly gearing up for the onslaught of motherboards supporting the improved memory spec. SK Hynix is one such…

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review: A Dual-GPU Beast

Today marks the arrival of AMD's successor to the Radeon HD 7990. The latter was a formidable rival for the GeForce GTX Titan but it faced poor frame latency performance and enormous power consumption figures. Later on the single-GPU R9 290X managed an even more impressive feat but that card was also 20% more power hungry and thus had a huge thermal output. So much so that we weren't sure if AMD was seriously considering two Hawaii XT GPUs on a single PCB.

Apparently so, as they are unveiling the Radeon R9 295X2, the most extreme graphics cards we have ever seen.

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