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Intel S-series CPUs Power to Performance Comparison: Core i7 4790 vs. 4790S

You may be familiar with Intel naming their processors under the Core i7, i5 and i3 moniker based on the performance and features offered. But beyond that there are also a handful of different product lines within each of those brands identified by a K, X, S or T appended to the model name. In this article, we'll cover the 'S' product line in particular to determine the actual performance, power draw, and thermal differences compared to its standard counterpart.

The Best CPU for the Money: AMD FX vs. Intel Budget Shootout

These days you might expect buying a new processor to be fairly straightforward. The choice seems clear: Intel has proven to offer superior core performance with considerably greater efficiency. However, many enthusiasts argue that AMD offers better overclocking on its more affordable processors and therefore delivers a better bang for your buck. We put that notion to the test.

Battlefield Hardline Beta Benchmarked, Performance Preview

Battlefield Hardline is scheduled to arrive on March 17 but starting this week you can get your frag on for free during EA's open beta phase. While the Battlefield Hardline beta will be available to gamers on all platforms folks playing on PC can use this performance preview to determine what kind of fps your graphics card will deliver.

Wish List: 10 features Android Wear should have

I’ve been using Android Wear on a daily basis over the last month and found that I love receiving notifications directly on my wrist, or being able to quicly voice search stuff on the web. But beyond some basic app functionality, Google's smartwatch platform can't do that much. Here are 10 features that should be included in the next generation of Android Wear, most of which don’t even require hardware updates.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Review: A Core M tablet-laptop hybrid

Now that low-power Intel Broadwell Core M CPUs are out, Lenovo is back with a refresh of the ThinkPad Helix, their detachable tablet-laptop hybrid. The new Helix offers a similar feature set than its predecessor, but Lenovo claims it's now 15% slimmer and will last several hours longer on battery. It's also over $500 cheaper than the original.

Dying Light Benchmarked, Performance Review

Dying Light takes place in an expansive urban environment where players navigate using free running 'parkour' mechanics while scavenge for supplies to craft weapons and defend against the city's growing infected population. It's the first game built with the Chrome Engine 6, which is a proprietary 3D game engine developed by Techland that was first used over 10 years ago in Speedway Grand Prix and sci-fi shooter Chrome.

Open-World Zombie: My first few hours with Dying Light

I wasn't sure what to expect from Dying Light, a new open-world zombie game from a studio known for making the regrettable open-world zombie series Dead Island. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered some cool ideas during my first five hours with the game. Dying Light improves aspects of Dead Island's zombie-centric gameplay by adding parkour-style movement into the mix along with other promising features.

Samsung T1 Portable SSD Review: A shrunken, USB-powered 850 Evo

Flash-based thumb drives have come a long way, but while a 16GB stick can be purchased with spare change, those who need to move large volumes of data on without spending an arm and a leg have traditionally had to rely on comparatively sluggish USB 3.0 hard drives. Thanks to Samsung, we may finally have an external SSD that delivers blisteringly fast transfers at an affordable price in the form of its new T1 Portable SSD.

littleBits Smart Home Kit Review: Internet of Things for DIYers

Retrofitting an existing home with so-called "Internet of Things" gadgets isn’t cheap, but with the right tools you can hack cloud functionality into your dumb appliances. littleBits is an ever-growing library of small electronic modules that easily connect together. Created by Ayah Bdeir, it started as a tool to help designers incorporate electronics into the prototyping process. Today, it’s much more than that. Think of them as Lego bricks for the iPad generation.

Doubling Down: 2x Gigabyte GTX 960s in SLI Put to the Test

We have fond memories of GTX 460 SLI setups and although a pair ran $400, neither AMD nor Nvidia flagships of the time stood a chance. With its predecessors having that sort of history, it seems reasonable to expect big things from dual GTX 960s. They probably won't tackle the GTX 980 but for under half the price they might come close enough.

Alienware 13 Review + Graphics Amplifier: Portability and Desktop Power

With the new Alienware 13 you get a gaming-class portable machine with the added benefit of connecting the Graphics Amplifier. The Amplifier houses a standard desktop GPU and power supply. When it’s plugged in, the mobile GPU in the laptop is disabled, and all the graphics power comes from the Amplifier, improving graphics performance substantially.

Best of: 7 Great Skyrim Mods

Skyrim was released over three years ago! In video game terms it's a senior citizen, and by all rights should be long gone. But it's still insanely popular, in large part down to the variety of mods available for it. If you've been out of the Skyrim loop for a year or two or have just got around to picking it up in a sale, here are the best mods for the game.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Review: A high-end phablet contender

The phablet market isn't just the iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy Note line. While they get a ton of attention from the media and marketing departments, there are plenty of other options available. One such option is Huawei's Ascend Mate 7, a six-inch handset that is full of surprises and certainly worth more attention than it gets.

Gaming Gear: Cougar 600K Mechanical Keyboard & 600M Mouse Review

Since launching its first mechanical gaming keyboard, Cougar has continued releasing PC gaming devices ranging from the ultra affordable to the relatively expensive. On the upper end of things, Cougar's flagship 700K fetches $150, but for folks who can't quite justify the price Cougar has developed the 600K we have in house for review. Along for the ride is Cougar's 600M gaming mouse, which is surprisingly well-equipped for $60.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review: Galaxy Note 4, with a curve

Samsung isn't afraid to experiment with new concepts. Their latest is adding a curved AMOLED display on their flagship large-screened smartphone. They call this device the Galaxy Note Edge, and it's one of the more interesting devices released in 2014. It's a prototype device, but one that Samsung has put on the market to tempt consumers.

What's Next in Mobile? 10 Predictions for 2015

Twenty-fourteen saw mobile displays go above 1080p, ubiquitous LTE, lots of affordable devices, and more. As we now head in to 2015, it's time to make another ten predictions for what we might see in mobile computing throughout the year. Is the market set for a slowdown or will we see further noteworthy advancements? Here is our take on where we think the action will be.

Top Tech Stories of 2014: Hardware, Tech Culture, Mobile, The Web, Microsoft, Google, Apple & More

As the year comes to a close it’s time to take a look back at some of the events that shaped the tech landscape in twenty-fourteen. There were some high profile buyouts, buzzwords, and a fair share of disruptions, controversies and security disasters with the likes of Apple, Google, Uber, Sony and the NSA -- among others -- as protagonists. This is a quick recount of the most relevant stories of 2014 across eleven major categories.

Fermi through Maxwell: 5 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

When new GPUs arrive we usually compare them to their predecessor but rarely go back more than one generation. Today we'll be testing six cards covering three key Nvidia architectures: Fermi (the GTX 480 and GTX 580), Kepler (theGTX 680 and GTX 780) and Maxwell (the GTX 980). Many of you who haven't upgraded GPUs in over a year may be pleased to see how performance scales and what to expect in modern games.

AMD FX-8350 & FX-6300 Overclocked: Real world power to performance testing

Intel has been beating AMD on every front but price for a couple of generations now as the Bulldozer microarchitecture and its descendants have had an unpleasant uphill climb. Power consumption, performance per clock, it all takes its toll. However, we took a couple of AMD’s most popular chips for a test drive and found that things aren’t anywhere near as bad as benchmarks might lead you to believe. Quite the opposite, actually.

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