Review Index Page 4

  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Review

    By Steven Walton on November 05, 2013

    Before Nvidia can strike back, it'll have to eat another blow in the form of the new Radeon R9 290. At $400, the R9 290 offers fantastic value when you consider it will trail the 290X closely enough. In a sense, the R9 290 has kind of made R9 290X redundant, much like the GTX 780 did to the GTX Titan.
  • Battlefield 4 Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on October 31, 2013

    With roots that stretch back more than a decade and enough fans to justify new content every year, Battlefield is among the handful of franchises that needs no introduction around here. Even if you hate EA's approach modern military madness, you can typically expect Battlefield's graphics to raise the bar.
  • Battlefield 4 Review

    By Tina Amini on October 31, 2013

    Occasionally in Battlefield 4's solo campaign you'll meet some variance. Jump out of a plane to land on a ship, ready to attack immediately after landing. Ride a speedboat while shooting down those of the enemies'. Hike around that quintessential snow level. You know the sort of thing if you've ever played any shooter ever.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Benchmarked: GPU & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on October 29, 2013

    Despite being built with Epic's aging Unreal Engine 3, WB Montreal used a heavily modified version of the software. The PC version has received some special attention in the graphics department including many DirectX 11 and PhysX effects.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Review

    By Evan Narcisse on October 26, 2013

    On multiple levels, this game is about finding one's voice. Players inhabit a Bruce Wayne who's been Batman for two years, as he faces a crucible that will test his resolve as never before. The people making Origins are trying to establish their creative voice as well. The game has been made by a new studio who are following up two well-regarded games by originating studio Rocksteady.
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X Review

    By Steven Walton on October 24, 2013

    In a sense, the Radeon R9 290X could be considered AMD's Titan, as it takes the Tahiti architecture and stuffs with nearly 2000 million more transistors. It's the most complex and powerful GPU AMD has created and by no coincidence, it's also one of the most expensive, but before you click away, that's 'only' $550, which is substantially cheaper than Nvidia's solution.
  • Gaming Mice Roundup 2013: Corsair, Steelseries, Gigabyte, Tt eSports, Logitech and Razer Devices Tested

    By Chris Ittensohn on October 23, 2013

    Shifting from a standard office mouse to something more appropriate for gaming is worthwhile if you care about your performance, but investing $60 or more in handful of plastic might seem silly if you've never experienced the realm of difference a proper mouse can make.
  • Apple iPhone 5s: The TechSpot Review

    By Shawn Knight on October 18, 2013

    As an incremental update, the new iPhone 5s borrows heavily from its predecessor, building upon its solid foundation yet adding an all-new 64-bit A7 processor, the Touch ID fingerprint reader, a totally revamped operating system, while also learning a few new software tricks that enhance how the camera operates.
  • LG G2 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on October 14, 2013

    LG has jam-packed nearly every feature you can imagine into the G2, from a powerful Qualcomm Snadpdragon 800 SoC and a 1080p display, to an optically stabilized camera and finely tuned software. LG has clearly thrown everything they can into this device, but does it stand above the rest of the flagship pack?
  • AMD Radeon R9 270X and R7 260X Review

    By Steven Walton on October 08, 2013

    Previous years have seen the release of a new GPU generation every year which makes the Radeon HD 7000's shelf life surprising, even more so considering the majority of the new RX 200 series cards rebadges from existing HD 7000 products. The RX 200 series will consist of the Radeon R7 240, R7 250, R7 260X, R9 270X, R9 280X and later this month the R9 290 and R9 290X. Confused yet? Well let us try and clear a few things up.
  • HTC One Mini Review

    By Tim Schiesser on October 02, 2013

    On paper, the naming of the HTC One mini makes perfect sense. The mini is a mid-to-high-end aluminum-clad smartphone with a 4.3-inch display, designed for those who want a premium device without the massive size that's often associated with its bigger and faster brother, as well as other Android 'superphones'.
  • Mionix Avior 8200 Gaming Mouse Review

    By Luke Plunkett on October 02, 2013

    Like its bigger brother the Naos, the Avior is that rarest of beasts, a fantastic gaming mouse that's also subtle in design. There are no enormous logos or flashy color schemes, build quality is superb, the soft matte finish to the exterior is extremely comfortable, and not once did it stall, slow down or glitch out during tests.
  • Silverstone Fortress FT04 Case Review

    By Steven Walton on October 01, 2013

    The Fortress FT04 has been designed to maximize cooling while generating as little noise as possible and it sets out to do it in style. Upon first glance this latest version looks a lot like the FT01 that was released back in 2008.
  • Google Nexus 7: The TechSpot Review

    By Tim Schiesser on September 19, 2013

    Time to refresh the Nexus 7 with a new model and new specifications. Asus is still producing the device, receiving a serious speed boost, a better quality display, a rear camera and new features. At $220 the new Nexus 7 presents itself as a remarkably attractive proposition for people who want to read, watch or play.
  • ARMA 3 Benchmarked: GPU & CPU Performance

    By Steven Walton on September 17, 2013

    Built with Real Virtuality 4, Arma 3 expands on its predecessors' realistic military experience with features including an enhanced mission editor, DirectX 10 and 11 support, improved physics across the board, underwater environments, volumetric clouds, better lighting and a 20km view distance with photo-realistic terrain.
  • Grand Theft Auto V Review

    By Stephen Totilo on September 17, 2013

    GTA V's credits roll for 36 minutes. For however many hours they play the game, players will feel that they are playing a game made by the amount of people it takes to keep a crawl rolling that long. The attention to detail in GTA V is likely unparalleled in any other video game.
  • Samsung SSD 840 Evo 1TB & 250GB Review

    By Steven Walton on September 16, 2013

    Having aced its attempts at speed and durability, Samsung seems focused on solving flash's biggest sacrifices: size and affordability. Its new SSD 840 Evo lineup has models spanning from 120GB to 1TB, with the largest costing only $0.65 per gigabyte thanks to its use of TLC NAND.
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

    By Tim Schiesser on September 12, 2013

    If I had to describe the Xperia Z Ultra in two words, it would be 'gorgeously massive'. On the one hand, Sony has crafted an astoundingly beautiful smartphone, combining a slim design with premium materials. On the other, the device is ridiculously large, pushing the boundaries of what can be considered a phone, and making it somewhat hard to use.
  • The Best CPU Coolers: 10-Way Roundup

    By Steven Walton on September 06, 2013

    An often overlooked but always important side of PC building, we test 10 of the best CPU coolers in the market including units from Noctua, Thermalright, Xigmatek, Silverstone and Thermaltake.
  • Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Review: New flagship, old flagship

    By Steven Walton on September 03, 2013

    Intel is now ready for a refresh of its Extreme platform, but they won't be skipping the Ivy Bridge architecture and moving straight to Haswell. Rather, the LGA2011 platform is getting an upgrade with new Ivy Bridge-E processors.
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist Performance, Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on August 27, 2013

    Equipped with his iconic night vision goggles and a new counter-terror agency, Sam Fisher has returned to foil another anti-US plot in Ubisoft's sixth Splinter Cell game. PC gamers can look forward to a typical array of graphics options including TXAA antialiasing, soft shadows, horizon-based ambient occlusion and advanced DX11 tessellation
  • LCDSysInfo for GOverlay Review

    By Tim Schiesser on August 22, 2013

    As a PC builder and gamer I find it fun and incredibly interesting to tinker around with my set-up, whether that's buying a new graphics card to improve its speed, fiddling with the cooling to ensure everything can run smoothly, or overclocking to squeeze out some extra performance.
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2 Review: Free-to-play that's better without paying

    By Mike Fahey on August 22, 2013

    Plants vs. Zombies 2 is a free-to-play game with optional in-app purchases. But rather than alienating fans of the franchise by locking content behind pay walls or dumbing-down gameplay, the game is every bit as challenging and rewarding as the original.
  • Leap Motion Controller Review

    By Rick Burgess on August 21, 2013

    The miniscule gadget barely measures larger than a USB flash drive, however inside the Leap you'll find two cameras and three infrared LEDs that are capable of tracking hand movements in all three spatial dimensions. Making use of motion-sensing technology to interact with your computer is at least refreshing, if not magical.
  • Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27-Inch All-in-One Review

    By Shawn Knight on August 16, 2013

    Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon embraces Windows 8's touch capabilities with a social twist - it moonlights as a Surface (the table, not the tablet) that can be used by the entire family for a "fun night in." The design is innovative and has a ton of potential on paper. But how does this translate to real world usage?
  • Corsair Obsidian Series 350DW Case Review

    By Steven Walton on August 13, 2013

    Branded the Obsidian 350D, Corsair's newcomer crams its more expensive sibling's features into an affordable microATX package and sports the same clean, black brushed-aluminum finish, handy tool-free design and innovative cable management.
  • Nokia Lumia 925 Review

    By Tim Schiesser on August 05, 2013

    The Lumia 925 is what the Lumia 920 should have been at launch: a device with some fantastic technology packed into a design that isn't a massive, heavy slab of plastic. If you're after a Windows Phone, this is the high-end device you should be looking at, as it's simply the best one out there.
  • Gigabyte Brix Mini PC Review

    By Steven Walton on August 02, 2013

    Gigabyte's pint-sized Brix systems come in four different processor configurations, from Celeron to Core i7 variants. More powerful than Intel's NUCs, the BRIX is Gigabyte's take on SFF systems, adding more ports and Wi-Fi out of the box.
  • Lian Li D8000 Review: Double-Sized, Full HPTX Tower

    By Steven Walton on July 22, 2013

    Lian Li's latest HPTX chassis is larger than any case we've seen before, supporting well over a dozen hard drives, which should make it a hit among case modders, folks with liquid cooling and other extreme setups as well as professional users such as photographers, video editors and animators.
  • Lenovo Yoga 11S Ultrabook Review

    By Shawn Knight on July 18, 2013

    A lot has changed since late last year when I first looked at the Yoga 13. That system showed that there is a market for convertible notebooks and while the Yoga 11S is essentially a slimmed down version of the original, there needs to be more to it at this point to make it a true standout device.