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Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Review: Samsung finally delivers on design

The launch of the Galaxy S6 is one of the most important for Samsung in a long time, and this time around there’s not just one flagship, but two: the company has released a curved-display Edge variant. Both come with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a top-end 1440p resolution, a brand new Exynos 7 Octa 7420 SoC, and a 16-megapixel optically stabilized camera. Unlike with the past three generations of Galaxy flagships, there’s no Qualcomm model in sight.

When SSD Performance Goes Awry: Samsung's SSD 840 read performance degradation explained

An avalanche of reports started to surface last September when users began to notice that their usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO drives were no longer performing as they used to. We've looked deep into the problem to understand what's been fixed and what hasn't. Samsung owes its customers an explanation.

Work and Play? Razer Blade Pro (2015) Review

The Razer Blade has earned a solid reputation among those looking for a lightweight gaming notebook, but what if your mobile gaming rig also doubles as your productivity machine? Razer would encourage you to check out the new Blade Pro which is powered by a quad-core Core i7, SSD/HDD combo, and a generous 17.3-inch display which affords the real estate necessary for the highlight of the notebook, Razer’s Switchblade UI.

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Silverstone Mammoth MM01 Review: A massive case built for harsh environments

The Silverstone "Mammoth" MM01 is built for folks who want a robust case that can protect systems or servers in harsh conditions. It's completely dust and spill-proof with a HEPA air filter, front and back panels designed to deflect liquid and a sealed top panel, all while boasting the capacity of a bar fridge at an impressive 87.7L.

Asrock X99E-ITX/ac Review: A uniquely capable Mini-ITX motherboard

Asrock doesn't mind taking chances with design and proof of this is the X99E-ITX/ac, the first and only Mini-ITX X99 motherboard to support an Intel Extreme-series chipset. Though we were skeptical at first, it delivers the performance of a full-sized EATX X99 board in a 170mm x 170mm package that manages to carry enthusiast trappings from Wi-Fi & Bluetooth to SATA Express & M.2 connectivity.

Mortal Kombat X Review: Bringing fresh blood to the classic franchise

This is a next-generation Mortal Kombat in more ways than one. It features new characters, some of whom are the sons and daughters of classic Kombatants like Johnny Cage and Jax Briggs. More gore, but also more emotional plot points. You get the sense that Netherrealm is trying to infuse fresh blood into their franchise while simultaneously courting acclaim from the world of hyper-competent pro-competition players. Mostly, the ambition pays off.

No Expense Spared: The ridiculously powerful MicroATX PC

Every enthusiast dreams of building a budgetless rig with nothing but the best hardware. Thus, we're throwing caution to the wind by cramming the priciest and most powerful gaming hardware into a 32L chassis. The end result should be a ridiculously powerful mATX system ready for any and all tasks. With the hardware cost coming in at around $2,750 without a keyboard/mouse or monitor, this is an affair with no expenses spared.

Grand Theft Auto V Benchmarked, Performance Review

PC gamers are finally getting their chance to play the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar has made many improvements to the PC version, including increased resolution and graphical detail, denser traffic, greater draw distances, upgraded AI, new wildlife, and advanced weather and damage effects. So far GTA V looks to be truly optimized for PC and we are set to test the heck of it now.

Oppo R5 Review: World's slimmest phone, but are trade-offs worth it?

At just 4.85mm thick, Oppo's latest handset sports a pretty impressive form factor, though you'll have to compromise with a smaller battery, a pretty standard 1080p display, average camera and a mid-range SoC. Can the Oppo R5 still deliver a better experience over a thicker device with, potentially, better hardware?

Crucial MX200 1TB & BX100 500GB SSD Review: Replacing the venerable MX100

Crucial SSDs have been among the most reliable and best performing on the market, with last year's MX100 being their greatest hit. Its successor, the MX200 arrived only six months later and along with it Crucial also introduced the even more affordable BX100 series and a new SSD toolbox software. On today's menu is the beefy 1TB MX200 ($470) along with the 500GB BX100 ($190).

LG G Flex 2 Review: Top-notch hardware, same curved gimmick-ness

While similar in shape to the original, the new LG G Flex 2 features a more reasonable 5.5-inch display while maintaining the flexibility to bend in certain circumstances. LG is packing in all the latest and greatest hardware: Snapdragon 810 SoC, 1080p display and a 13MP camera with laser-assisted autofocus and OIS. It's still a niche flagship, but the question remains, is the curved G Flex 2 worth it?

Intel Core i3 vs. Core i5 vs. Core i7: What do you get by spending more?

With desktop CPU prices ranging from as little as $60 to over $600 there are options for everyone wanting to buy or build a new Intel system. The Core i3 is intended as entry-level, the Core i5 is geared for mainstream usage, and the mighty Core i7 is meant for high-end systems and enthusiasts. But what do you get by spending more? Here's your answer.

Intel SSD 750 SSD Review: PCIe storage for the consumer market

Designed for enthusiasts and workstations, the key feature of Intel's SSD 750 Series is its adoption of Non-Volatile Memory Express or NVMe, bringing multiple queues and lower latency with a direct path from the storage to the CPU. The drive is rated to deliver sequential read performance of up to 2.4GB/s with sequential writes hitting 1.2GB/s.

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse Review: A worthy successor

The original MX Performance was announced back in August of 2009 as Logitech's answer to Microsoft's 'BlueTrack' mouse sensor technology. For $100, it was a pretty good deal back back then, being the first mouse from Logitech feature its Darkfield laser and Unifying USB micro-receiver. Now six years later, Logitech wants to recapture the magic of its MX Performance with the 'MX Master', which is aimed at those who want a high-end mouse that isn't designed for gaming.

Samsung 850 Evo M.2 & mSATA Review: V-NAND comes to more form factors

Equipped with 3D TLC NAND, Samsung's 'V-NAND'-based 850 Evo series released last December, stacks layer upon layer of transistors, improving density, endurance and performance, while lowering production costs. Today we have two similarly new drives that focus on different form factors. The 850 Evo mSATA will appeal to compact PC users, while the M.2 will be more sought after by power users.

Living without cable: My experience with cutting the cord

It’s been a month since I disconnected my AT&T U-verse TV service. It's not the first time, but something I’ve done half a dozen times over the last several years. What’s different about this time and why I’m compelled to write about it is the fact that I have no intentions of going back. I’m now an official cord cutter and this has been my experience.

Battlefield Hardline Benchmarked, Performance Review

Battlefield Hardline showed superb graphics and smooth gameplay when we benchmarked it during last month's week-long public beta, and while the good news was that the game could be played on fairly modest hardware, it didn't quite display Battlefield 4's wow-factor. Developed by Visceral Games, the retail version Hardline is now available and we are back to rerun all the beta tests along with others to see how the frame rates have changed from beta to retail.

HTC One M9 Review: Solid Evolution

HTC’s signature metal body makes a repeated appearance on the new One M9 and it looks absolutely fantastic. The two-tone, two-finish design adds an extra bit of flare to the well-crafted, premium build, making this phone one of the most attractive on the market today. But where does One M9 fall short and where is it better than the competition?

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AMD FreeSync Review: Laying the groundwork for the ideal adaptive sync standard

While they may be entering the market second with their version of the technology, AMD has laid the groundwork with FreeSync for the ideal adaptive sync standard going forward. The company has delivered on their promises to create a cheaper, more flexible, open standard for variable refresh. We go through some of the main differences with Nvidia's G-Sync, our impressions gaming on a FreeSync monitor, and OEMs crucial role for FreeSync to reach its full potential.

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Review: Bloody fast, surprisingly efficient

The GeForce Titan X is a processing powerhorse: 6 graphics processing clusters, 24 streaming multiprocessors with 3072 CUDA cores. Combined with six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit) for a total 12GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7GHz, that's 50% more cores and memory bandwidth than the current single-GPU king, the GeForce GTX 980 that was released a mere six months ago. Needless to say, we're eager to see what the new Titan X is capable of.

Cities: Skylines Review: A modern take on the city building sim genre

There's a surprising amount of expectation for Colossal's attempt at fixing SimCity's mistakes. The good news first: If you play city-building games to, well, build cities, this is the best you can get. Never before have I felt like I could just walk up to an enormous tract of land, open up some tools and just... build whatever I wanted, however I wanted. Cities: Skylines is a gorgeous video game.

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