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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    In Deus Ex's vision of the future, unchecked technological advancement has thrown the world into disarray as multinational corporations have grown as powerful as governments. (I know, I can't believe it either.) It's the year 2029 and breakthroughs in bioengineering have allowed humans to augment themselves with cybernetic implants.
  • HTC One X9 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The One X9 is a classic example of a mid-range handset. It has marginally better hardware than budget offerings - a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Helio X10 SoC, 32 GB of storage, a 13-megapixel camera with OIS, and a metal build - but it just doesn't do enough for the price. It's not a terrible phone, but it's simply too expensive.
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  • Extreme Laptop Performance: GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Review

    By Steven Walton on

    According to Nvidia's claims, on a GeForce GTX 1080-powered laptop you can expect 1080-like desktop performance, or thereabouts. To put those claims to the test we received a prototype of Asus' ROG GX800, a gaming laptop beast carrying two GTX 1080 GPUs which will let us test mobile Pascal on both single and dual GPU scenarios.
  • No Man's Sky Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    No Man's Sky is an unusual and contradictory game, one that asks very little of its players while simultaneously demanding a great deal. It's a frustrating failure in many ways, technically unpolished and seemingly unfinished. No Man's Sky reaches for the sun and comes back with a light bulb. I'm pretty much fine with the light bulb.
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    In the past we've had no trouble recommending the Moto G for those after a fantastic budget smartphone. In 2016, Motorola has expanded the Moto G line and the $250 Moto G4 Plus is the most fully featured of the bunch. It shares the same display, SoC and design with the basic Moto G4 but upgrades the camera and includes a fingerprint sensor.
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  • AMD Radeon RX 460 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The new Radeon RX 460 is a Polaris 11 part that starts at only $109. Products based on Polaris 11 will also be turning up in ultra-portable devices as the power draw is expected to be very low. On the desktop, AMD hopes to capture the entry level eSports market by providing acceptable 1080p performance in titles such as CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Overwatch and Rocket League.
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  • Building a 40-Thread Xeon Monster PC for Less Than the Price of a Broadwell-E Core i7

    By Steven Walton on

    Following up to our popular 32-thread Xeon PC feature, we've been in the hunt for affordable Xeon processors based on more modern architectures. Our search put us on the trail of Intel's Xeon E5 2630 v4, a 10-core Broadwell-EP part (40 threads for 2 CPUs) that can be found for less - with a catch - so we put together a system to show off what's on offer here.
  • OnePlus 3 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The OnePlus 3 is a superb piece of hardware at a very affordable price point. This 5.5-inch handset is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC, and there's a huge 6 GB of RAM complemented by 64 GB of storage as standard, a fingerprint scanner, and a 16MP rear camera with OIS. It's not just the hardware that impresses: OnePlus has finally ditched their ludicrous invite system, too.
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  • AMD Radeon RX 470 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The RX 470 should be an exciting product for a few reasons. First, this is an affordable sub-$200 GPU within the reach of most gamers. Coming from the first Polaris 10 board, we expect this to be an extremely capable 1080p gamer while 1440p should also be playable. The RX 470 also only comes in a 4GB version, which I personally feel is the right choice here.
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  • Roccat Sova Gaming Board Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Roccat Sova aims to bridge the gap between desk-and-chair PC gaming and living room play, with a 'lapboard' gaming device that will suit both casual and extreme gamers wanting to play from the comfort of a couch. It's just the right size and is available at two price points with either membrane keys or mechanical key switches.
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  • Asrock Beebox-S 6200 Mini PC Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Those on the hunt for an affordable book-sized HTPC will have likely come across the impressive Asrock Beebox. Now meet the new faster Asrock Beebox-S. Powered by a Core i5-6200U, the mini PC has received other enhancements including DDR4 memory support, a high-speed PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, USB 3.1 Type-C and 4K support at 60Hz via HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.4.
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  • Sony Xperia X Performance Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The new Xperia X series may not carry the same name as its predecessor, the Xperia Z, but there's no mistaking these products for a revolutionary change. I've been testing the the top-end Xperia X Performance for a few weeks now and I've found it to be remarkably similar to the Xperia Z5, sadly this design is getting stale.
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  • Meizu m3 Note Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Meizu m3 Note is a 5.5-inch budget device with an attractive price tag of just $170, placing it in direct competition with the third-gen Moto G. There's a lot of quality in this device at its price, including a 1080p IPS LCD on the front, an octa-core Helio P10 SoC on the inside, a huge 4,100 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is targeting a considerably lower price point than the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, with a smaller GPU that still manages to support all of the key Pascal architectural features. What we have here is a $250 GTX 1060 facing off against a $240 RX 480 8GB and this fight over the mid-range market should be great news for consumers.
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  • Razer Blade 2016 Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    The new Razer Blade aims to strike a blend of portability and power in a chassis that anyone would be proud to own. At just 4.5 pounds with a profile thinner than a dime standing on its side, you get a Skylake Core i7 processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, GeForce GTX 970M graphics and PCIe M.2 solid state storage.
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  • Samsung EVO+ 256GB MicroSD Memory Card Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Samsung EVO+ 256GB has been rated for read and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. With 256GB at your disposal, users can now record up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video or 33 hours of Full HD video or store up to 55,200 photos without needing to change or replace the memory card.
  • Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Review: A Great PC Case

    By Steven Walton on

    In its most basic form, the new Be Quiet! Dark Base 900 is a large well-made enclosure that makes good use of steel, aluminum and glass. However take a closer look and it's without a doubt one of the most flexible and customizable computer cases on the market and possibly the best full-tower of 2016.
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  • Huawei P9 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Huawei P9 is a high-end flagship constructed with precision and quality while packing modern hardware in every corner. But it isn't just your typical collection of high-end specs. Huawei has attempted to think outside the box in some respects, packing in features like two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear, and a home-grown HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC on the inside.
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  • Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK Review

    By Steven Walton on

    In an effort to capture some of the lucrative gaming market, Intel has developed a new NUC aimed at enthusiasts and gamers with the Iris Pro Graphics 580. The Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK is marketed for "intense gameplay," but we'll have to see about that.
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  • HP Spectre Laptop Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Spectre is a thing of beauty. At 10.4mm, it's the world's thinnest laptop. It's also very light for a 13-inch device, at just 2.45lbs, making it a perfect companion for the businessman on the go. But the design... it's truly unlike any Windows laptop I've seen before, thanks to a breathtaking hinge and use of premium materials.
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  • Testing GTX 1080 SLI Performance with Dual Palit GeForce Cards

    By Steven Walton on

    In this article, we're taking a close look at the GTX 1080's dual-card SLI performance at 4K resolution to see exactly how much more graphics-crunching horsepower that second GPU brings to the table.
  • Umi Touch Review: All specs, no polish

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Umi is a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer with a mission to make affordable devices with compelling feature sets. Priced at $160, the Touch carries a respectable list of specs including a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel Sony IMX328 camera, a huge 4,000 mAh battery, a metal design, and even a fingerprint sensor.
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  • Inside Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Back in 2010, a Danish indie studio called Playdead released a macabre side-scroller called Limbo. It was good. In 2016, that same studio is releasing a new macabre side-scroller. This one's called Inside, and it's really, really good. I played the game from start to finish in one sitting. I laughed a lot, often in horror. Inside is a perfectly paced series of escalating "holy shit" moments.
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Touted as the perfect VR solution for the masses, AMD is hoping to claw back a bit of market share with the new Radeon RX 480 which is aimed at the mainstream $200-250 segment, with other affordable Polaris GPUs expected to follow.
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  • Acer Chromebook 14 Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    The Acer Chromebook 14 is a svelte machine that aims for a perfect blend of style, features and performance. Unlike the Pixel, this laptop comes in at just $300, powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N3160 processor and Intel HD Graphics 400 alongside 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of flash storage.
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  • Mighty No. 9, the unofficial Mega Man reboot unfortunately doesn't deliver

    By Mike Fahey on

    Mighty No. 9, released yesterday for most of the platforms it was promised to, is not Mega Man with a new name. It shares a lot of ingredients with Mega Man, but these are lower quality ingredients combined with none of the finesse of Capcom's classics.
  • ASRock DeskMini 110 mini-STX PC Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Asrock DeskMini mini-STX form factor PC certainly has an industrial look about it, and it looks a bit drab sitting next to the Cubi 2 Plus from MSI. What it lacks in aesthetics, however, it makes up for in ease of installation and flexibility, thanks to those very same design choices, with support for pretty much any Skylake desktop processor and high-speed NVMe SSDs.
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  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Since first testing the reference Founders Edition GTX 1080 a month ago, we have been eagerly anticipating getting our hands on the board partner versions. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming is a triple fan cooled 1080 that also boasts a redesigned PCB. Even though it's currently out of stock pretty much everywhere, we expect availability to improve shortly.
  • Razer Turret Review: Hobbit-sized Couch Gaming

    By Steven Walton on

    Razer's latest product aims to capture the market of PC gamers who are sneaking sessions in on their couch. The Turret is a complete package comprising of a keyboard with mouse pad along with a small mouse and a charging station. With a compact form factor and wireless connectivity it has everything you need to get your living room PC gaming on right out of the box.
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  • Edge of Nowhere Review: Gaming with the Oculus Rift

    By Stephen Totilo on

    You control Victor with a controller that you cannot see, because you play this game with the Oculus Rift VR headset strapped to your face. You push Victor forward with a tilt of the analog stick and make him leap, icepicks drawn, toward the side of a glacier. You're not simply playing a game like Uncharted or Tomb Raider. You're inside of one.