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  • HTC 10 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The HTC 10 marks the start of a new chapter for HTC. The signature metal body has returned, complete with new additions like a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C. The camera, a problem area for HTC's past devices, has been completely overhauled, and we're seeing welcome iterations such as a new 5.2-inch 1440p LCD and a Snapdragon 820 SoC.
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  • Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E Review - The First 10-core Desktop CPU

    By Steven Walton on

    Meet Broadwell-E: Hide Your Credit Card: Intel has officially unveiled Broadwell-E, which consists of four processors covering 6, 8 and 10-core configurations. These chips differ quite a bit in terms of specifications and pricing, all the more reason to explore them in better detail.
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  • Overwatch Review

    By Patricia Hernandez on

    Overwatch has only been out for a week, but it's already a phenomenon. Normally, hype tells you nothing concrete about a game, but the hype around Overwatch has become a key part of the experience. The excitement around the game acts as a testament to Blizzard's dedication to craft, refinement, and iconic character design.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    As attractive as the GeForce GTX 1080 is, many enthusiasts are undoubtedly holding out for the much more affordable GTX 1070. Partner cards will start at $380, while Nvidia's Founders Edition will retail for $450. With Titan X and 980 Ti-like performance, the GTX 1070 looks like the best option for 1440p gamers, delivering well north of 60 FPS in nearly every game we tested.
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  • Total War: Warhammer Review

    By Luke Plunkett on

    I was so ready to hate this game. Yet here I am, the finished product in my hand, and I'm a changed man. My misgivings counted for nothing. This is the best Total War game in years, and I was a fool for fearing otherwise.
  • Overwatch Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance Tested

    By Steven Walton on

    Overwatch is impressive looking yet runs well on a wide range of hardware. It scales down to work on low-end hardware but can also be cranked up to take advantage of high-end gear, especially at the 4K resolution. Coming from an impressive open beta that attracted 9.7 million players, Overwatch is poised to be hugely popular among PC gamers. Only one question remains: can your hardware handle it?
  • LG G5 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    With the G5 LG has boldly redesigned their flagship to include new ideas that they hope will capture the eyes of buyers. The biggest and most obvious one is the modular design, which sees the battery slide out the bottom of the handset attached to a swappable module, that can be used to add in other features. There's also an all new metal design and an upgraded 2-lens camera system.
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  • Corsair Lapdog: PC Gaming on Your Lap

    By Steven Walton on

    Dubbed as the "Gaming Control Center" the Lapdog allows you to take a gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard and place it comfortably on your lap for PC living room gaming.
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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Review

    By Steven Walton on

    First to market with a true next generation GPU is Nvidia and this could very well be the biggest step in GPU technology we've seen in recent years. The new GeForce GTX 1080 is faster, built using the 16nm design process and packed with GDDR5X memory, it promises to put away the Titan X while consuming less power than the 980 Ti. We put this and other bold claims to the test.
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  • DOOM Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance Tested

    By Steven Walton on

    The Doom reboot is a gift to the PC Master Race. The 4K visuals are amazing, excellent high resolution textures cover every surface, the lighting and shadows are on point and this all comes together to make those glory kill animations look insane. The question that remains now is, what kind of hardware do you require to enjoy those glory kills in all of their gory glory?
  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Over the past few weeks I've been using the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. The name isn't catchy, but there's a lot to like about the hardware in this slim 12-inch Surface competitor, including the AMOLED display and fanless Core M CPU on the inside. Samsung also bundles a keyboard cover with this device, because these sorts of key accessories should be included in the purchase price.
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  • Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Mechanical Keyboard Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Corsair is building upon its previous collaboration with Cherry to bring another exclusive line of switches to the mechanical keyboard market. Aimed squarely at gamers, the new MX Speed switches are not only quiet but also reduce travel distance to 1.2mm for a lighting fast 4ms actuation speed on the K65 RGB Rapidfire, K70 Rapidfire and K70 RGB Rapidfire being tested today.
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  • Uncharted 4 Review

    By Stephen Totilo on

    For a time there Uncharted 4 feels like little more than a familiar, obligatory sequel. Thankfully, after a few chapters, the game dramatically improves and hits a great stride for much longer. By the end, it justifies the creation of a sequel in this nearly decade-old series beyond the need to check off the box between Ratchet & Clank and Wipeout on the PlayStation franchise list.
  • Corsair Carbide Spec-Alpha ATX Mid-Tower Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The ATX Mid-Tower has always been a favorite of PC builders. It can be transported with relative ease, while still managing to hold a respectable amount of very high-end hardware. The Spec-Alpha is Corsair's latest entry to the market and has gamers squarely in its sights. Priced at $80, this is a case that we very much expect to be a dominant force for a few reasons.
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  • MSI Cubi 2 Plus Review

    By Steven Walton on

    One of the first companies to adopt the new mini-STX form factor is MSI with its new Cubi 2 Plus, a tiny 1.42L computer that not only supports a desktop Skylake Core i7 processor but also accept up to 32GBs of DDR4 memory and a high-speed NVMe SSD for good measure.
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  • Dark Souls III Benchmarked: GPU & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    Dark Souls III is arguably the biggest game to launch this month. Using the engine from developer FromSoftware's 'Bloodborne', Dark Souls III looks quite impressive but you can certainly tell this is a console port. The tweakable options are decent though the game gives no real explanation of what you are enabling. You do get enhanced graphics, better performance and higher resolutions.
  • Dark Souls III Review

    By Patrick Klepek on

    Dark Souls 3 is an action RPG in which players are thrust into a gothic fantasy world and asked to survive against brutal odds. The narrative connects to the first two games, but story takes a backseat to action, so newcomers won't feel totally lost. In Dark Souls 3, players travel to Lothric, a land of ash and decay. Your task is to defeat the Lords of Cinder, god-like creatures corrupted by power.
  • AVADirect Avant P870DM-G Laptop Mini-Review

    By Mike Fahey on

    Gaming on a laptop normally requires a sacrifice of graphics power for form factor. AVADirect's Avant P870DM-G gaming laptop houses a Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 desktop GPU, and it makes a hell of a difference. Properly cooled and clocked, this mini GTX 980 is capable of performing at or close to the same as its desktop counterpart.
  • Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum has been designed with an emphasis on reducing as much weight as possible. From the thin wall molding to the hollow "spoked" hyper-fast scroll wheel design. The result is a wireless gaming mouse that weighs just 107g, which should make it comfortable to use over long periods while delivering quicker response to motion.
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  • Oppo F1 Budget Smartphone Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Oppo F1 is loaded with a collection of very respectable hardware for its $200 price tag. Inside is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC to power a 5.0-inch 720p display, all in a slim metal body. The cameras are billed as the stars of the show, alongside the 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 that protects the display. But the question is, what don't you get given the cost of admission?
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  • HTC's Vive is Virtual Reality at its Best and Worst

    By Nathan Grayson on

    Valve and HTC's Vive is the most immediately impressive (and imposing) VR headset on the market. And it comes with a price to match: $800. Once you've got everything setup you can walk through a virtual space with your own legs and grab things with your own "hands." That's the key differentiator here: while the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR have so far been largely focused on seated experiences, Vive is more focused on standing, walking, grabbing, and bopping.
  • Building a 32-Thread Xeon Monster PC for Less Than the Price of a Haswell-E Core i7

    By Steven Walton on

    Originally released in 2012 for a whopping $1,550 and beyond, thousands of Xeon E5-2670 CPUs hit the second hand market last year as massive data centers upgraded their servers. This 4-year old CPU delivers 8-cores clocked at 2.6GHz with a 3.3GHz turbo frequency and a large 20MB L3 cache, but with supply overwhelming demand prices have plummeted to just $70. Or seen from another perspective: it's now possible to build an insanely affordable 16-core/32-thread beast for less than a Haswell-E Core i7.
  • Razer Blade Stealth Review

    By Rick Burgess on

    Diverging from its usual modus operandi, Razer introduced its first ultrabook earlier this year, the Razer Blade Stealth. This is not a gaming machine out of the box. Rather, Razer has unapologetically prioritized mobility over gaming, and its specs are in line with a number of other premium non-gaming ultrabook offerings. But does the Blade Stealth have what it takes to stand apart?
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  • One Wild, Occasionally Nauseating Week of Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    A week ago, Oculus sent me one of their commercial Rift headsets, along with a special loaner "Oculus Ready" PC to use with it. Since then, I've been using a pre-release version of their Oculus store and headset operating system. I'll be covering the Rift a lot over the coming week and beyond. For now, I thought I'd share some general impressions after a week of heavy VR usage.
  • HP Envy 13 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    For many people, spending $1,000 on a laptop is not feasible, even if high-end hardware is important. This is where the HP Envy 13 comes in: it packs hardware that's comparable to a $1,000 laptop in a MacBook Air-like package, complete with a price that starts at just $800. In some ways, the Envy is the budget high-end laptop that price-conscious shoppers may be after.
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  • Hitman Episode One Review

    By Riley MacLeod on

    The new Hitman seeks to combine the strongest elements of the series' previous entries. All three levels in the first episode, particularly the culminating Paris level, are glitzy sandboxes in the vein of Blood Money, featuring numerous ways to manipulate your targets into meeting a stylish demise. There are guns to fire, vials of poison to pour into drinks, fuseboxes to detonate, winches to release, and wrenches to throw.
  • Tom Clancy's The Division PC Graphics and CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on

    The Division is set in an open world with immersive and destructive environments based on a mid-crisis Manhattan. Built upon the Snowdrop Engine, Ubisoft aims to take graphics fidelity to the next level with a focus on dynamic global illumination, destruction and a number of cutting edge visual effects, especially on the PC version.
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is an excellent phone and easily gets my recommendation for those wanting to purchase something this early into 2016. Samsung has addressed many of the Galaxy S6 issues while adding or improving features that make this year's flagship an extremely compelling choice.
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  • WD MyCloud EX2 Ultra 8TB NAS Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The newly released My Cloud EX2 Ultra from WD is essentially a more consumer-friendly version of the existing My Cloud EX2100. The drive can be purchased in capacities from 4TB to 12TB as well as without drives. Under its sleek curved enclouse you'll find a Marvell Armada 385 1.3 GHz dual-core SoC and 1GB of DDR3 memory, while connectivity includes a single gigabit Ethernet connector and two USB 3.0 ports.
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  • MSI GS40 Phantom 6QE Gaming Laptop Review

    By Tim Schiesser on

    The GS40 Phantom is loaded up with a 14" 1080p display, a Core i7-6700HQ CPU, GeForce GTX 970M graphics, 16 GB of RAM, and a combination of a 128 GB SSD with a 1 TB disk drive. It also packs the latest connectivity, including a USB Type-C port sporting Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 gen 2. When it comes to looks the GS40 Phantom's design is both understated and nice enough to stand out from the pack.
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