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

Google Nexus 5X Review: Great value, pure Android

The Nexus 5X is Google’s new mid-range contender, designed alongside the Nexus 6P to be the company’s poster boy for Android 6.0 ‘Marshmallow’. A true successor to the Nexus 5, the 5X includes a modest yet decent array of hardware starting at $379 for the 16 GB model, including a 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 808 SoC, 2GB of RAM and a large-pixel 12.3MP Sony camera sensor.

TechSpot PC Buying Guide: Holidays 2015 Update

The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning five unique budgets. Whether you're a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast, we have you covered.

• Decent performance • Good for everyday computing • Gaming with add-on GPU
• Good performance • Fast for everyday computing • Casual gaming
• Excellent performance • Great Multitasker • Perfect for gaming
• High-end performance • Heavy multitasking • High-quality gaming
• Workstation-like performance • Extreme multitasking • Extreme gaming

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Review: Killer mission design, great new innovations

With Legacy of the Void, StarCraft II multiplayer is in a better place than it’s ever been. Competitive matches are faster and more interesting. The new co-op mode is an unexpected delight. There appear to be balance issues but this is a living game that will be patched and updated for years to come. Amid new ideas and changes it's clear that Blizzard is not afraid to experiment.

The Best CPU for the Money: Intel Core i3-6100 vs. i3-4360, i5-4430 & AMD FX-8320E

The FX-8320E has been AMD's go-to option for budget quad-core computing without integrated graphics for a few months now. But the landscape has shifted on Intel's side with the arrival of its new Skylake-based Core i3 and Pentium processors. After being disappointed in August by the marginal performance between Skylake and Haswell Core i7s, we're interested in seeing how the i3-6100 stacks up against the older i3-4360, as well as the i5-4430 and the overclocked FX-8320E.

Fallout 4 Benchmarked, Performance Review

Set in Boston 200 years after a nuclear war, Fallout 4 is the series' fifth major instalment, based on a modified version of the Creation Engine first used for Skyrim in 2011. Many eager PC gamers are undoubtedly waiting to see how the game looks and performs so we've put together our usual performance analysis to give you an idea of it should play on your system.

Intel's 100-Series Chipsets Detailed: Z170, H170, H110, B170, Q150, Q170

The Z170 chipset has been available for some time now, but due to Intel's staggered launch of Skylake-S, other chipsets from this generation have just recently become available. In addition to the Z170, there are now five other consumer chipsets: the H170 and H110 for consumers and the B150, Q150, and Q170 for business. We explain the differences between them side-by-side.

Thermaltake Core P5 Wall-Mountable Case Review: Stands out in a crowded market

If you love the idea of a wall-mountable PC but don't want to spend more on your case than any other part, perhaps Thermaltake's latest creation is for you. Priced at just $150, the Thermaltake Core P5 is comparable to the Lian Li PC-O7S in terms of size, but the Core P5 is twice as thick, and is intended to be used with custom liquid-cooling systems.

From Windows 3.0 to Windows 10: The story of Solitaire

There have been many popular and important games included with operating systems over the years. But only one game can lay claim to having once been the most-used Windows application in the world, as Microsoft’s Chris Sells described Solitaire back in 2004. This is the story of Solitaire, which has been included with every copy of Windows since version 3.0.

Halo 5: Guardians Review: Bland campaign, multiplayer is awesome

In Halo 5, Master Chief goes AWOL chasing down a mysterious call that seemingly came from his AI ally Cortana. Since he and Blue Team apparently can’t properly communicate this to the UNSC, though, the military organization responds by sending Spartan Locke and the Osiris Team after him. You’ll switch between playing as the commanders of both teams, alongside three AI companions, in this storyline of chasing after a chase.

Is Buying a Sound Card Worth The Money? An Enthusiast's Perspective

#ThrowBackThursday Buying a sound card has always felt more like a gamble than an investment to me. At the same time, I know audio snobs with thousands in equipment and all-FLAC libraries, and I'd like to believe they aren't delusional -- surely there's something to be experienced beyond my basic setup. But I mean, just how much better can music, movies and games sound? Enough to prevent buyer's remorse?

Silverstone Raven X Case Review: Flagship level cooling, priced for the masses

Silverstone first caught our attention with beautiful HTPC cases such as the LC13B-E, but it really landed on our radar with the $180, 90-degree stacked design Raven 2 Evolution (RV02-E). Delivering a new iteration, the Raven X RVX01 is only $80 but the company promises it will offer flagship level cooling performance, ample drive space and full size component compatibility.

The Best Graphics Cards for the Money: Nvidia & AMD GPUs tested and compared

Nvidia released four new GPUs in 2015 while AMD delivered eight cards if you're willing to be loose with the definition of "new" and three if you're not: Radeon R9 Fury X, Fury and Nano. With possibly no more releases for the remainder of the year, let's break down each price bracket where key battles are being played out to pick some bang-for-buck winners. The GPU battle awaits!

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Review: The best in years for the series

Assassin's Creed Syndicate takes us to Victorian London in 1868. The historical setting mixes painstakingly accurate architectural renderings with entertainingly campy and counterfactual cameos from figures like Darwin and Dickens. Interactively and narratively Syndicate is a mixed bag. But it's also the best entry in years for a series that's seen some high profile misfires.

Logitech G920 & G29 Driving Force Steering Wheel Review: A thrilling driving experience on PC

The G29 and G920 are fantastic racing packages that deliver a thrilling driving experience. The former is compatible with PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, while the G920 is for the Xbox One as well as PC. Logitech says both wheels are built for longevity. They don't look or sound radically different to the G27 but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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