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  • Destiny Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Destiny can be a cruel, exploitative game. It is deliberately unsurprising in so many ways, yet brilliantly bold in others. It's usually a lot of fun, except when it aggressively isn't. I can't stop playing.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 & GeForce GTX 970 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Last year's GeForce 700 series pushed Kepler to its limits. With such a strong showing, Maxwell's first appearance had us excited for higher-end cards and today we finally have them: the $400 GTX 970 will go head to head with the Radeon R9 290 while the $600 GTX 980 is positioned around $50 higher than the R9 290X.
  • Intel Z97 Motherboard Roundup: Asus, Asrock, EVGA, MSI & Gigabyte

    By Steven Walton on

    Codenamed 'Wildcat Point', the Z97 chipset brings support for future Broadwell CPUs, along with SATA Express and the M.2 socket. With over 90 designs available right now, picking the right one can be a difficult decision. Hoping to narrow the search down, we have taken seven popular boards and compared them in every way possible.
  • The Sims 4 Review

    By Yannick LeJacq on

    The Sims 4 is a big game. But like any so-called life simulator, it only seems that way when you add up its countless tiny bits and pieces into one giant mosaic. Actually playing the game feels like you're both telling and watching a series of private, intimate stories. It is a beautiful new act in EA's popular franchise. Even with its controversial changes and missing features, I've never had this much fun playing with my Sims.
  • Metro: Redux Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Already one of the most iconic and atmospheric first-person shooters around, Metro has received some post-release polish that should present a greater challenge for today's GPU. Metro Redux features improved versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, including completely remastered visuals.
  • Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E Review: A True 8-core Desktop CPU

    By Steven Walton on

    Intel's Extreme Edition processor line is over a decade old now, starting way back in 2003 with the single-core Pentium 4 EE 3.4GHz. Fast forward to today, the chip we'll be looking at boasts eight cores, a massive 20MB smart cache, support for the latest DDR4 memory, and is accompanied by the new X99 chipset.
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  • Nokia Lumia 930 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Lumia 930 is Nokia's new flagship and successor to the Lumia 925. You might notice that this handset looks very similar to the Lumia Icon the company released earlier this year exclusively on Verizon, and that's because it's essentially the international version of the Icon, packing Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. Hardware-wise you get a large, 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and Nokia's signature 20-megapixel PureView camera.
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  • AMD Radeon R9 285 Review: The New $250 Card to Beat

    By Steven Walton on

    As a mid-range GPU, the R9 285 is meant to deliver mainstream performance at a competitive price. The "Tonga" GPU is essentially a newer, cheaper to produce version of the tried and true "Tahiti" GPU, with features such as DirectX 12 support and next-gen CrossFire. It does have an inferior memory controller, however.
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  • MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Gaming Laptop Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Most gaming notebooks have a certain stigma attached to them. While some of the better systems available are more than capable of running the latest graphically demanding PC games out there, they're often hulking beasts that can easily tip the scales at over 12 pounds. That's been changing, however, and the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro on our hands today is another example of powerful gaming laptops steering towards slimmer form factors.
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  • Motorola Moto E Smartphone Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Having just three smartphones on the market has allowed Motorola to give each the time and polish needed for success. The Moto X's innovative contextual processing features made it a compelling option, while the Moto G is arguably the best sub-$200 device you can buy. Motorola's budget model, the Moto E, is also highly polished and aims to be the best option for $130, unlocked and off-contract.
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  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Logitech's new G402 is billed as the fastest gaming mouse money can buy for high-speed FPS gameplay, with a track speed of over 500 inches per second using the company's Fusion Engine sensor technology combining an accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as its Delta Zero sensor tech for extreme accuracy.
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  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Released in early June, SanDisk's Extreme Pro is the successor to the venerable Extreme II, which was among the best SSDs of its generation in terms of performance and reliability. The drive is aimed at gamers, enthusiasts and professionals who demand the highest real-world performance, and will trade blows in that regard (and on pricing) with Samsung's excellent SSD 850 Pro.
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  • OCZ Arc 100 240GB SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on

    With Crucial's MX100 series recently arriving for as low as $0.42 per gigabyte and hogging SSD sales as the new value king, the competition has been forced to respond. The OCZ Arc 100 SSD Series utilizes the tried and true Barefoot 3 M10 controller along with the latest A19nm Toshiba Multi-Level Cell (MLC) flash memory and is priced at $0.50 per gig for its 480GB and 240GB models.
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  • Asus Zenfone 5 Review: Large Screen, Small Price

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Targeting the entry-level market in Asian nations, the new Zenfone 5 offers something a little different for just $170. The device packs a 5.0-inch 720p display, 8MP camera, and a rarely-used Intel Atom dual-core SoC. A polished hardware offering and a form factor more closely in line with high-end devices could make this a fantastic choice for a small price.
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  • Asus MeMO Pad 7 (2014) Review: Android on x86

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The small form factor tablet market has gotten pretty crowded, particularly when it comes to budget models, and while the generally fantastic Google Nexus 7 can be had for around $215 nowadays, going below that usually involves some compromises. Today, I'm checking out Asus' attempt at a low-cost Android tablet and whether it's worth a small amount of your cash.
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  • AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review

    By Steven Walton on

    AMD promised many new APUs when unveiling its Kaveri architecture in January but until now has only been able to deliver two. Now the company is announcing an updated lineup and today we'll be looking at the $155 A10-7800, which comes in 45W or 65W TDP modes and has a full-blown R7 GPU featuring 8 CUs with 512 SPUs and 32 TAUs like the unlocked, range-topping A10-7850K.
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  • Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition Review & Overclocking Build Guide

    By Steven Walton on

    For more than a decade tech-savvy users on a budget would commonly buy a sub-$100 CPU and achieve performance comparable to $200-$300 chips by overclocking. These days Intel locks down its lower end parts, but to mark the 20th anniversary of its Pentium brand, they've released a fully unlocked dual-core Pentium G3258 for $72 -- just what the overclocking community has been waiting for.
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  • LG G3 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Touting several refinements and a new 5.5-inch Quad HD display, LG has brought to market the new LG G3. The new, larger display brings a resolution and pixel density above of what we've seen on the current crop of flagships. You also get a 13-megapixel camera with a unique laser autofocus system, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC that's at the top of its class.
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  • Silverstone Raven 5 (RV05) ATX Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Silverstone's Raven RV01 caught our attention back in 2008 with a unique layout that turned the motherboard upward so its I/O panel was on top of the enclosure instead of behind, making it very effective for cooling. 2014's RV05 sticks to this layout but Silverstone claims to have eliminated much of the wasted space in previous models while bringing one of its better looking designs so far.
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  • Wii U Review Update: 20 Months Later

    By Stephen Totilo on

    The Wii U finally has so many good games that it's possible to forget some of them. A few of the initial gripes we had with it can be addressed with add-ons or accesories -- like a better battery for its controller or external storage to expand the paltry 32GB of built-in space -- and these concerns are ultimately overwhelmed by what the Wii U does right. It's finally time to get one.
  • Roundup: 5-way Radeon R9 280X Battle

    By Steven Walton on

    Shopping for a new enthusiast GPU? Assuming you want the best value, your pick will be between the Radeon R9 280X and the GeForce GTX 770. To us the former is a better value so the decision is more about sifting through a handful competing brands. To make that process a little easier, we're going to compare what we think are the best five R9 280X models in the market right now.
  • HTC Desire 816 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    There's a growing demand for devices with larger-than-normal displays but mainstream specs and affordable prices. This is exactly where HTC's new product fits in. The Desire 816's main feature is the large 5.5-inch HD display, and it also packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 13-megapixel camera, and design cues from HTC's recent high-end products.
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  • Octa-Core Samsung Galaxy S5 Performance Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Back in May I had the chance to review the Samsung Galaxy S5, and as expected it performed fantastically. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 equipped model isn't the only S5 version available. The eight-core Exynos-powered model known as the G900H is typically sold in regions with no 4G LTE and comes as a more affordable variant of Samsung's flagship. But how does it compare performance-wise?
  • Samsung 850 Pro SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The 840 Pro was one of the most successful high-end SSD series over the past few years, and now it's time for an update. Samsung's 850 Pro SSD is powered by the company's cutting-edge in-house 32 layer 3D V-NAND technology, which is said to deliver up to twice the density and write speed of traditional 20nm planar NAND flash.
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  • Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Intel says overclockers can rejoice over the newest revision of its 4th-gen Core processor, codenamed Devil's Canyon, it promises a few improvements including updated packaging materials, more capacitors for smoother power deliver, and a boost in operating speeds up to 4.4GHz.
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  • Nokia X Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Nokia's first Android-powered phone is meant to fit in a new product segment between the low-end Asha feature phones and Lumia smartphones. Despite reading a few pieces on the Nokia X, nothing really prepared me for the first time I used it. After powering it up I was confounded. Surely they didn't release a product that felt so unfinished.
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  • NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Typically, cases designed with the goal of being silent have been bland looking. But NZXT jazzes things up with the H440 using bright accents -- without looking too flashy -- along a redesigned interior and next-gen FN V2 fans. It also drops the old-fashioned 5.25" drive bays to use the space for other hardware, a move we're interested in seeing other manufacturers make.
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  • The Fast and Affordable SSD: Crucial MX100 256GB & 512GB Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Crucial has become a trusted name when it comes to high-performance solid-state drives, but the company's entry-level efforts have been less than laudable to date. They're taking another crack at producing a cost effective SSD with the MX100, and things look more promising this time, thanks to an upgrade to the same Marvell chip used by the high-end M550 series.
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  • Building Your Own NAS: Silverstone DS380 Chassis Tested, Reviewed

    By Steven Walton on

    Silverstone's latest chassis is unlike anything we have seen. Although it's still a computer case, it isn't designed for gaming or even workstations. The DS380 is aimed directly at users who are building their own NAS, housing up to eight hot-swappable drives and either a DTX or Mini-ITX board.
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  • Xbox One Review Update: Six Months Later

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Last November, Microsoft released the Xbox One. Six months later, the console has gotten a bunch more games and a hefty software upgrade. Microsoft has also decided to sell the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor. Halfway through its first year on planet earth, it's time to revisit our evaluation of the Xbox One.