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The first 10 things to do when your PC can't run a new game

You just got a new PC game! Hoo buddy, you are excited. You’ve been looking forward to this one for years. You load it up and… oh, hell. Something’s off. You go into the options menu and make the usual tweaks. Turn off MSAA. Turn down shadow quality. Turn down reflections. Turn off any feature with a weird name and Nvidia branding. None of it does much to help.

Razer DeathAdder Elite Review

The Razer DeathAdder Elite preserves the same comfortable and ergonomic design that we know and love, with a few improvements inside and out, most importantly endurance. While it's billed as a gaming mouse, its simple, effective design makes it suitable for any type of user.

Final Fantasy XV Review

Let’s get this out of the way: Final Fantasy XV is a great video game. It steers the series in a promising new direction, reveals a spectacular new world, and introduces a combat system as satisfying as any I’ve played. For all of its warts and wrinkles—and there are quite a few warts and wrinkles—Final Fantasy XV is often a thing of beauty.

The Best Tablets: Lower prices make tablets attractive entry-level computing devices

Exploding tablet sales are no more. This could be explained by a number of factors, among them that smartphones are now larger and faster, while laptops are thinner and lighter than they used to. The good news for consumers is that prices have never been better. Tablets remain an attractive form factor for numerous uses and with the price of a top notch tablet below $400, they are more accessible than ever before.

My Month Without a Smartphone

#ThrowbackThursday You’ve probably seen plenty of "I spent a week without my smartphone" articles based on short social experiments. Two things make this article different from all those others. First, I’ve been without my device for over a month now, not a week. And second, I didn’t choose to go this long without my phone, it was taken from me -- in a way.

Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB Review: The king of the TLC hill

We liked what we saw when we tested Samsung's SSD 960 Pro a month ago, however we've been waiting for the mainstream bound 960 Evo which should bring similarly impressive throughput for less. Powered by Samsung's Polaris controller coupled with Samsung's 48-layer V-NAND (TLC), sequential read speeds are claimed to be in the order of 3.2GB/s plus 1.9GB/s writes which is impressive.

Make Chrome great again: Performance and memory tweaks

#ThrowbackThursday For all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops. Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb memory usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features to get the most out of your web browsing experience.

Long Live the Mouse and Keyboard, a Great Way to Control Video Games

A year or so ago I moved my gaming PC away from the TV and upstairs to my desk. I got a monitor that’s better than that TV. So, I decided to start using a mouse and keyboard again. I’m not really to the point where I obsess over DPI or key resistance or anything like that. I’ve found a pretty standard setup, and I stick with it. It’s still been interesting returning to the mouse and keyboard fold after so many years away. Here’s what I’ve learned.

Building an Affordable 16-Core, 32-Thread Xeon Monster PC

#ThrowbackThursday Released in 2012 for a whopping $1,550, thousands of Xeon E5-2670 CPUs have hit the secondhand market as data centers upgraded their servers. This 4-year old CPU delivers 8 cores clocked at 2.6GHz with a 3.3GHz turbo frequency and a large 20MB L3 cache, but with supply overwhelming demand prices have plummeted. Or seen from another perspective: it's now possible to build an insanely affordable 16-core/32-thread beast for less than a flagship Core i7.

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