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  • Massive Chalice Review

    By Luke Plunkett on

    If you want to understand Massive Chalice, you need to understand XCOM. Double Fine's Massive Chalice has been hugely influenced by Julian Gallop's seminal 1994 strategy game. Like XCOM, Massive Chalice focuses on both up-close tactical gameplay and big-picture strategy. It handles the former exceptionally well, far better than it handles the latter.
  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Review

    By Steven Walton on

    On the heels of delivering its latest round of rebadges with the Radeon 300 series, AMD has launched what may be its most hyped product of 2015. The R9 Fury X employs the GCN 1.2 architecture as the R9 380 but doubles the SPU count, and touts a massive memory bandwidth of 512GB/s thanks to an exciting new memory technology known as HBM.
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  • Synology DiskStation DS1515 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The DiskStation DS1515 is aimed at home users as well as small businesses. Out of the box this NAS can handle five 3.5" hard drives, giving it a maximum capacity of 40TB using the latest 8TB drives, while the addition of two DX513 expansion units boosts capacity to a whopping 120TB.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Batman: Arkham Knight, the fourth entry in Warner Brother's Batman: Arkham series, is based on the same Unreal Engine 3 as its predecessor and an Nvidia-sponsored title. Favoring one camp of GPUs is hardly the least contentious way to launch a new game, however it seems this release would have rattled cages regardless. Countless Nvidia and AMD users have expressed anger about Arkham Knight's performance and stuttering issues. Here's what we found in our tests.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Review

    By Chris Suellentrop on

    Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth major title in the Warner Bros. series of video games that began with 2009's Arkham Asylum. Tonally, Arkham Knight is very much an Arkham game, but the decision to revolve so much of the game around the new Batmobile is an alienating move that robs Arkham Knight at the outset of the fantasy of becoming the Dark Knight. Once we're past that silliness, however, it unfurls a plot that is by far the strongest of the series.
  • Best $70 CPU for Gaming: Athlon X4 860K vs. Pentium G3258

    By Steven Walton on

    At around $500 our recommended Budget Box is ideal for everyday computing with some lightweight gaming. If you're adding a dedicated GPU, however, it makes sense to swap our APU pick for a cheaper CPU, with the saving going towards graphics. We paired two $70 CPUs with the GTX 960 and R9 285 in 20 of the most popular AAA titles, to find out which one is best for gamers on a budget.
  • Heroes of the Storm Review

    By Yannick LeJacq on

    Blizzard defines Heroes of the Storm as a "hero brawler." But really, it's a MOBA-an idiosyncratic and sparsely populated genre that mixes together bits and pieces of real-time strategy and fighting games in fiercely competitive matches. The game pits two teams of fantastical creatures against each other to see who can destroy the other's base first.
  • HIS IceQ X OC Radeon R9 390X, R9 390 & R9 380 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    It's been three and a half years since AMD made great strides with its first GCN-based GPU. While there have been some notable releases in between, they're essentially rebadges with little to no performance edge over the original. We've been wondering what AMD's next move would be and it looks like the answer is yet another round of rebadged Radeons ahead of the real next-gen release. On hand today is the HIS IceQ X2 OC R9 390X, R9 390 & R9 380.
  • Intel 'Braswell' Celeron N3050 & Pentium N3700 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Intel's new Braswell SoCs promise to be faster across the board while also consuming less power than Bay Trail. The new chips are manufactured using Intel's 14nm process and include the mobile Celeron N3000, N3050, N3150, and Pentium N3700. The last three are meant for desktop systems and today we have the N3050 and N3700 in hand for testing.
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  • Hatred Review

    By Chris Suellentrop on

    Hatred is a twin-stick shooter that displays its dreary world from an overhead perspective. The player is cast as a nameless antagonist who's decided to go on a mass killing spree. Literally the only things he can do are move and kill. It's unveiling created ripples of outrage months ago and now that the game's here it's one of the top-selling on Steam. If only the people at Destructive Creations were as good at making video games as they are at marketing them.
  • Origin EON15-X 4K Gaming Laptop Review

    By Rick Burgess on

    Mobile or otherwise, gamers know there is no substitute for a massive slab of expensive and power-hungry hardware. As a result, Origin PC has implemented a straightforward tactic to grant laptops hairier chests: cram in an honest to goodness desktop CPU. Yep, Origin's EON15-X packs a full-fledged Devil's Canyon Intel Core i7 along a GeForce GTX 980M GPU into a relatively modest 15-inch laptop.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The new GeForce GTX 980 Ti is still targeting 4K gaming and with 6GB of memory onboard it's still overkill but without excess. We expect the GTX 980 Ti to be a processing powerhorse that rivals the more expensive Titan X but for $350 off the sticker price.
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  • Neurio Home Intelligence Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Connected appliances often carry a price premium, but as with many emerging technologies and trends it may not be immediatly clear if it'll be woth the extra investment. Neurio promises to add intelligence to ordinary appliances and make your home more efficient, all without having to install sensors on each device.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    After extensive testing it's clear why The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt doesn't look nearly as good as the 2013's trailer: even in its current uber beautiful form, the game is simply too demanding for today's hardware. In our performance review, we benchmark The Witcher 3 using 19 DX11 graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an open-world role-playing game that casts you as a legendary and sexy monster hunter named Geralt of Rivia. You spend most of the game guiding Geralt as he explores a collection of massive open outdoor areas, taking on quests, slaying monsters, talking with people, making difficult moral choices, and gradually leveling up his gear and abilities. Basically, doing the whole RPG thing.
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Since Microsoft acquired Nokia's smartphone division, the company has focused its efforts on mid-range and entry-level handsets, with the Lumia 640 we are reviewing today being their latest. It's got a decent hardware package for the price and runs Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, with a promised upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile later this year.
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  • Ultimate Consumer SSD Showdown

    By Steven Walton on

    SSD technology grew stale after saturating the SATA 6Gb/s bus, bringing mostly minor improvements and making up for it with price cuts. But with new PCIe and M.2 drives presenting an alternative for users seeking maximum performance it's time for a roundup. We'll cover a total of fourteen consumer-grade SSDs that use either the SATA, PCI Express or M.2 interface. As always, we'll be looking at price vs. performance to see where each product stands.
  • Project CARS Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Project CARS is a racing simulation game that's been on everyone's radar since its drool-inducing visuals started to make the rounds as far back as 2012. In short, the game is the most visually impressive racing simulator we have ever seen. Now it's benchmark time.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The launch of the Galaxy S6 is one of the most important for Samsung in a long time, and this time around there's not just one flagship, but two: the company has released a curved-display Edge variant. Both come with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a top-end 1440p resolution, a brand new Exynos 7 Octa 7420 SoC, and a 16-megapixel optically stabilized camera. Unlike with the past three generations of Galaxy flagships, there's no Qualcomm model in sight.
  • Razer Blade Pro Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    If it's an all-in-one gaming and productivity machine you're after, Razer would encourage you to check out the larger Blade Pro. The 2015 revision features a generous 17.3-inch display which affords the real estate necessary for the highlight of the notebook, Razer's Switchblade UI.
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  • Silverstone Mammoth MM01 Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Silverstone "Mammoth" is built for folks who want a robust case that can protect systems or servers in harsh conditions. It's completely dust and spill-proof with a HEPA air filter, front and back panels designed to deflect liquid and a sealed top panel, all while boasting the capacity of a bar fridge at an impressive 87.7L.
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  • Asrock X99E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Asrock doesn't mind taking chances with design and proof of this is the X99E-ITX/ac, the world's first and only Mini-ITX X99 motherboard and the first ever of its kind to support an Intel Extreme-series chipset. Though we were skeptical at first, it delivers the performance of a full-sized EATX X99 board in a 170mm x 170mm package that still manages to carry enthusiast trappings from Wi-Fi & Bluetooth to SATA Express & M.2 connectivity.
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  • Mortal Kombat X Review

    By Evan Narcisse on

    This is a next-generation Mortal Kombat in more ways than one. It features new characters, some of whom are the sons and daughters of classic Kombatants like Johnny Cage and Jax Briggs. More gore, but also more emotional plot points. You get the sense that Netherrealm is trying to infuse fresh blood into their franchise while simultaneously courting acclaim from the world of hyper-competent pro-competition players. Mostly, the ambition pays off.
  • The Ridiculously Powerful MicroATX PC

    By Steven Walton on

    Every enthusiast dreams of building a budgetless rig with nothing but the best hardware. Thus, we're throwing caution to the wind by cramming the priciest and most powerful gaming hardware into a 32L chassis. The end result should be a ridiculously powerful mATX system ready for any and all tasks. With the hardware cost coming in at around $2,750 without a keyboard/mouse or monitor, this is an affair with no expenses spared.
  • Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD 512GB Review

    By Steven Walton on

    If Samsung's claims are true then the lack of NVMe support shouldn't be too devastating for the SM951 as read speeds are said to reach 2150MB/s and 1500MB/s for writes, which should give the SM951 an advantage in write tests over the Intel SSD 750 1.2TB.
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  • Grand Theft Auto V Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    PC gamers are finally getting their chance to play the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. Rockstar has made many improvements to the PC version, including enhanced graphics, denser traffic, greater draw distances, upgraded AI, new wildlife, and advanced weather and damage effects. GTA V looks to be truly optimized for PC.
  • Oppo R5 Smartphone Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Smartphone manufacturers are obsessed with thinness. Being the 'best at' this or 'most' that gives you bragging rights and that's what Chinese OEM Oppo appears to be after with the R5. At just 4.85mm thick, it's a pretty impressive form factor, though you'll have to compromise with a smaller battery, a pretty standard 1080p display, average camera and a mid-range SoC. Can the R5 still deliver a better experience over a thicker device with, potentially, better hardware?
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  • Crucial MX200 1TB & Crucial BX100 500GB SSD Series Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Crucial SSDs have been among the most reliable and best performing on the market, with last year's MX100 being their greatest hit. Its successor, the MX200 arrived only six months later and along with it Crucial also introduced the even more affordable BX100 series and a new SSD toolbox software. On today's menu is the beefy 1TB MX200 along with the 500GB BX100.
  • LG G Flex 2 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    While similar in shape to the original, the new LG G Flex 2 features a more reasonable 5.5-inch display while maintaining the same flexibility. LG is packing in the latest and greatest hardware, including a Snapdragon 810 SoC, 1080p display and 13MP camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization. It's still a niche flagship, but the question remains, is the curved G Flex 2 worth it?
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  • Intel Core i3 vs. Core i5 vs. Core i7: A Value and Performance Analysis

    By Steven Walton on

    With desktop CPU prices ranging from as little as $60 to over $600 there are options for everyone. The Core i3 is intended as entry-level, the Core i5 is geared for mainstream usage, and the mighty Core i7 is meant for high-end systems and enthusiasts. But what exactly do you get by spending more? Here's your answer.