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Our latest longform features, product reviews, and buying guides. A tech enthusiast must-read.

Best Graphics Cards of 2016: Top picks for every budget

As you're likely aware, when it comes to graphics cards we go fully in-depth. But let's say you have missed some of that action, and you are just now looking to upgrade or buy a new GPU. Don't mind all that testing, marginal fps depending on the game you play, power consumption or overclocking potential. You want a simple question answered.

Given a certain budget, which is the graphics card you should buy? Fret no more.

Gigabyte P34W v5 Review: Affordable 14-inch gaming laptop

The Gigabyte P34W v5 is a fairly typical gaming laptop, with a standard array of high-end hardware -- an Intel ‘Skylake’ Core i7-6700HQ CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GPU -- a decent display, and a body that won’t be setting any records for slimness or lightness. The base model, available for $1,499, features a 14-inch 1080p display with 8 GB of RAM; while the top model reviewed here features a 14-inch 1440p display and 16 GB of RAM for $1,759.

Corsair Carbide 400Q Review: Affordable, Minimalist Mid Tower

With its vast experience of case building, Corsair must have foreseen that the Carbide 600C we reviewed last month wouldn't appeal to everyone with its inverted ATX layout, so its counteroffer seems premeditated. The new Carbide 400 series takes a more traditional approach while keeping the clean lines and curved solid-steel exterior of the 600 series for a great minimalist look.

VRAM to the Test: How Much Memory Is Enough?

Since publishing our annual graphics card roundup we've received several reader inquiries regarding the performance difference between GPUs sporting 2GB and 4GB. Therefore we've put together a clock-for-clock comparison of the GeForce GTX 960 and Radeon R9 380 using 2GB and 4GB cards. Also along for the ride is the previous-gen Radeon R9 290 4GB and the rebadged R9 390 8GB. So here's debunking the myth of VRAM once again.

Origin PC Omega Review: Powerful mini-ITX gaming

The Origin PC Omega is a small, quiet gaming machine that comes in a few different shapes, all of which are based on Silverstone’s great line of mini-ITX SFF cases. Our review unit is built on the slim desktop design of the Silverstone RVZ01, which houses an overclocked Skylake Intel Core i7-6700K and a full-sized Geforce GTX Titan X graphics card.

Best Monitors: Enthusiast, gaming, affordable 4K, and value picks

A good monitor makes all of the difference when you spend several hours a day in front of one, and as we slowly transition into higher resolution panels there’s plenty to be excited about right now. After looking at some of the best monitors in the market, and hundreds of professional and user reviews, these are our picks for best monitors in a few distinct categories.

Google Nexus 6P Review: An instant favorite

Last year’s Nexus 6 wasn’t a hugely successful smartphone. For 2015’s successor, Google enlisted Huawei to build a new Nexus in a slightly more manageable body and true high-end hardware under the hood -- two of the main gripes from last year's model. The result is the Nexus 6P, and it’s one of the best Android smartphones you can purchase today.

The Best Computer Mice: Best overall, best for gaming, wireless/portable & budget choices

Deciding what's the best mouse you can buy is a subjective process where several things come into play, such as intended use, feature set, price and how comfortable it feels in your hand and grip style. Today we bring you our choices for the best overall mouse, best gaming mouse, best wireless & portable mouse, plus a handful of budget picks.

Exclusive: BCLK overclocking non-K Intel Skylake CPUs is now possible, tested here

In overclocking circles it was recently noted that BCLK (base clock) overclocking might become a possibility in Skylake processors, but it would be up to motherboard manufacturers to circumvent Intel's restrictions. Last night Asrock contacted us with an updated BIOS that enabled this. We jumped at the opportunity and have already tested and benched a Core i3-6100 Skylake CPU with a 1GHz overclock (4.7GHz) on air cooling.

Best in Storage: Solid State, HDD, Home NAS and More

When it comes to storing data, there is no 'one-size-fits-all' solution. With SSDs becoming much more affordable, consumers have a broad a mix of high-performance and high-capacity options to choose from, whether in the form of internal storage, external or network attached. Here are our top picks for best performance SSD, best budget SSD, best hard drive, best external hard drive, best home/SMB NAS, and best thumb drives.

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