Latest Reviews

  • GeForce GTX 970 & Radeon R9 390: Are They Still Game?

    By Steven Walton on

    Earlier this year we decided to dust off the venerable GTX 980 Ti along with the Radeon R9 Fury X to see how they were getting on it modern titles and what, if anything, had changed. Since then we've had loads of requests to create a similar article comparing the Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX 970. So that's exactly what we're doing.
  • Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

    By William Gayde on

    "Pre-Built" and "Small Form Factor PC" are terms that can strike fear in the minds of hardcore PC gamers. Pre-built systems don't necessarily put quality or performance over costs, while small form factor PCs don't always get high end GPU options or efficient cooling. Origin's Chronos breaks those stereotypes with top-of-the-line, name brand components in a tiny chassis.
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  • Razer Blade (2017) Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I'm a big fan of Razer hardware. Their peripherals are top notch, in particular their outstanding Deathadder mice, while their laptops have surprised me in terms of how solid and well built they are. Razer seems to know what gamers are after and the latest Razer Blade is no exception.
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  • Gigabyte Aero 15 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Aero 15 is the best laptop I've ever tested from Gigabyte. It's a reasonably portable 15.6-inch laptop with great internals (Core i7 quad core + GTX 1060 + M.2 SSD), making it suitable for both workstation and gaming use.
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  • Asus ROG Strix GL502VS Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Asus ROG Strix GL502VS sits towards the top end of the performance and price scale. It doesn't have any ludicrous dual-GPU setups inside, but its GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics chip offers better performance than your typical gaming laptop or even desktop. It packs a 15.6-inch 1080p G-Sync display and a range of other solid hardware in a form factor that still makes it somewhat portable.
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  • Prey Review

    By Riley MacLeod on

    Prey is a set of interlocking systems that gives players freedom at every opportunity. It's ripe with moments that will be unique to every player and is a game that shines when you take your time and forge your own path. It falters when it tries to tell you a story, but you only have to listen to that tale as a last resort to see the end. It's better when its flexibility is letting you make stories of your own.
  • AOC Agon AG251FZ Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Like the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q we reviewed recently, the AOC Agon AG251FZ is aimed a gamers with a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz from an essentially identical 24-inch panel. It swaps out G-Sync for FreeSync, however, and even offers a few extras at a lower price point.
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  • Radeon RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060: 27 Game Battle

    By Steven Walton on

    Many of you looking to spend $230-$280 on a new graphics card have asked whether that money would be better off going toward a Radeon RX 580 or GeForce GTX 1060. Hoping to answer that question, we're back with multiple versions of both cards in-hand along with the results from 27 PC game benchmarks ran at 1080p and 1440p.
  • Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The GR8 II is designed for those who want a compact gaming system for a desk or living room, but would rather something more powerful than an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. This system is similar in size to current-generation consoles, however its use of high-end Intel Kaby Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics leads to a much faster experience.
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  • Dawn of War III Review

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Dawn of War III takes the player across a number of story-based missions as three 40K factions-Humans, Orks and the Eldar-clash over a mysterious world and an ancient relic. The campaign sees you playing as all three sides. There's also a multiplayer mode with a traditional series of RTS skirmish maps in which you fight over control points.
  • AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Ryzen 5 1600 (non-X) is virtually unchallenged in terms of value among enthusiasts processors. However, we've yet to determine the next best option for those who can't afford to spend $220 on AMD's six-core champion. For $170, the quad-core 1400 appears to be a great alternative.
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  • 3-Way Mechanical RGB Keyboard Battle

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Over the past couple of weeks I've received a couple of mechanical gaming keyboards from Creative and Razer, the Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 and BlackWidow Chroma V2. To flesh this out into a true three-way battle, we're comparing them against Corsair's K70 RGB Rapidfire, which we rated as the best for gaming in our Best Keyboards article last year. Let's see if this still holds true today.
  • Full Throttle Remastered Review

    By Heather Alexandra on

    Full Throttle Remastered feels like a supernova. It's bombastic, head-turning, and holds your attention during the brief time it flashes. The classic adventure game holds up today, but, unlike other Double Fine games, it doesn't benefit much from a remaster. The original was already as good as it needed to be.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Lenovo's signature business ultraportable is now in its 5th generation, adding new Intel Kaby Lake processors and a larger battery without sacrificing portability. And after using this laptop for a few weeks now, it's clear that Lenovo's minor year-on-year improvements have led to a stunning device that's the best ThinkPad ultraportable yet.
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  • HTC U Ultra Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The HTC U Ultra is a massive handset. It has a 5.7-inch display as well as a secondary display and capacitive navigation buttons. When combined with large bezels and a huge chin, the U Ultra can be an unwieldy device. But that's not all, something with HTC's latest flagship has really gone wrong.
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  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600X & 1500X Review

    By Steven Walton on

    As we begin to recover from the roller coaster ride that was Ryzen 7, we now have Ryzen 5 to address. AMD has announced four models in this series, including a pair of six-core CPUs as well as two quad-core models. We'll be pitting the sub-$200 1500X against the locked Core i5-7500 and the 1600X against the unlocked 7600K which compete in the $250 price range.
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  • Asus ROG Swift PG258Q Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch 1920 x 1080 TN LCD monitor. Now you may be thinking this collection of specs isn't hugely impressive, but there's one key feature to this monitor that is very attractive for fans of high-paced esports titles. The PG258Q sports a whopping 240 Hz refresh rate, combined with G-Sync, for the ultimate low latency, high refresh experience.
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  • HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is the latest flagship headset from Kingston's gaming brand, billed as "the ultimate gaming headset", thanks to improved comfort, new 50mm drivers, and a USB dongle that brings Dolby Surround 7.1 technology to the Cloud Revolver line for the first time.
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  • Unicomp Ultra Classic Keyboard Review

    By Mike Fahey on

    In 1984 IBM introduced the legendary Model M, a beast of a mechanical keyboard that utilized a unique buckling spring key switch to make sweet love to the user's fingers, along with a lot of noise. Unicomp's Ultra Classic is the Model M's direct descendant, and it's almost as good as the original.
  • MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Review: GTX 1080 SLI!

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Do you want the most powerful gaming laptop money can buy? Do you also have a spare $5,000 just lying around? Look no further than the MSI GT83VR 7RF Titan SLI, a monster gaming laptop with dual GeForce GTX 1080s inside. This is, quite simply, the most powerful gaming laptop we've tested at TechSpot.
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  • Alienware 13 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    If you want a reasonably small and portable gaming laptop, the Alienware 13 is one of the leading options on the market. With its 13.3-inch display, the footprint of this laptop is smaller than a typical 15-inch laptop, and if you're willing to put up with extra thickness and weight, it's possible to use it as a portable workstation instead of an ultraportable.
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

    By Patricia Hernandez on

    In Bioware's new third-person action RPG, you play as Ryder, a human adventurer who lives in an advanced society capable of faster-than-light space travel. Andromeda is the fourth entry in the Mass Effect series, and while some of the aliens and politics make a return, the whole thing unfolds in a different setting that is friendly to franchise newcomers.
  • Simulating AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, 1500X Gaming Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    AMD confirmed the official specifications for its upcoming Ryzen 5 CPUs last week, however by announcing those specs, the company has largely let the cat out of the bag. Now armed with that knowledge and the ability to mimic Ryzen 5 settings, I pulled a stack of GPUs out of storage and got testing.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Graphics Performance Tested

    By Steven Walton on

    Developed by BioWare and published by EA, Mass Effect: Andromeda vows to be bigger and more beautiful than prior releases. Although initial impressions indicate that the game delivers on some of those promises, we're not here to review the game but to test its PC performance so you know how it'll run on your hardware at home.
  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Gaming All-In-One Review

    By William Gayde on

    All-in-One computers aren't traditionally known for offering gaming-grade processing power, but the IdeaCentre Y910 Gaming AIO from Lenovo promises top-of-the-line gaming performance in a compact form factor. The higher end model being reviewed comes with a 6th gen Core i7-6700 processor, a GTX 1080 GPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
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  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Review

    By Heather Alexandra on

    Set in Bolivia following a terrorist attack by the powerful Santa Blanca drug cartel, players assume the role of a "Ghost," an Army special forces operative with the authority to do whatever it takes to dismantle the cartel and deal with their leader, the sinister but charismatic El Sueño.
  • Huawei Mate 9 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Designed for those who prefer larger screens, the Huawei Mate 9 packs a 5.9-inch display alongside an upgraded dual camera solution and a faster SoC. There are few hardware compromises here; the Mate 9 is a showcase of what Huawei's engineering team can accomplish.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Nvidia's Pascal architecture marked a new milestone for PC graphics last year, with graphics chips that were considerably faster and more efficient, could comfortably run 4K games, and more. Almost a year later, we are getting Titan levels of performance for less.
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  • Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Every major player in the Windows PC business has a 2-in-1 laptop these days and now Dell has hopped on the train. The XPS 13 2-in-1 has a clunky name, but it brings a 360-degree hinge to Dell's most popular ultraportable for the first time.
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

    By Jason Scheirer on

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn't just evoke the feelings of a boundless world; it gives you one. The game feels, in so many ways, like what Zelda has always strived to be. Free of the traditions that the series has followed so rigorously over the past decade, Breath of the Wild emerges triumphant. It is groundbreaking. It is the pinnacle of Zelda.