Review Index Page 5

  • AMD A4-5000 Review: Kabini, the mainstream APU

    By Steven Walton on May 24, 2013

    AMD are releasing their first Kabini based processors today with the launch of the A6-5200 and the A4-5000. Kabini will be AMD's first, and also the first ever, quad-core x86-based SoC. With the Kabini platform AMD is aiming to compete in the subnotebook, ultra-thin and small form factor markets.
  • OCZ Vertex 450 SSD Review

    By Steven Walton on May 23, 2013

    Meet the Vertex 450, OCZ's latest addition to the Vertex SSD series based on a slightly modified version of the Barefoot 3 controller that is designed to be more cost effective. So how does the new Vertex drive fare against the best SSDs in the market including OCZ's own?
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Review

    By Steven Walton on May 23, 2013

    The new GeForce GTX 780 is based on a similar, albeit slightly cut down version of the Titan GPU, managing to keep many of the features that make the $1,000 graphics card great, such as the 384-bit memory bus.
  • Metro: Last Light Performance, Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on May 21, 2013

    Metro: Last Light follows its predecessor roots by using a heavily customized version of the 4A Engine. Boasting one of the most graphically advanced engines and visuals today, our focus will be on benchmarking almost 30 graphics cards and CPU performance.
  • Metro: Last Light Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on May 15, 2013

    At the heart of Metro: Last Light is the return of the mysterious "Dark Ones," some freaky-looking humanoid beings who possess psychic powers and terrify the human denizens of the Metro. Last Light assumes that players got the "bad ending" in Metro 2033 and took the option to blast the entire population of Dark Ones into oblivion. The subsequent discovery of a single surviving Dark One sets the plot of Last Light in motion.
  • Gigabyte U2442F Ultrabook Review

    By Steven Walton on May 13, 2013

    Without question the Gigabyte U2442F is cutting edge stuff when it comes to ultrabook performance. Armed with a 3rd-Gen Core i7 processor, plenty of memory, and a quality SSD, the U2442F is as capable as a high-end desktop.
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Review

    By Mike Fahey on May 02, 2013

    'The game is stupid,' Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon creative director Dean Evans proudly proclaimed during a recent press event not foolish pride, but pride in foolishness. The story unfolds through a series of 2D cutscenes that wouldn't be out-of-place in an NES-era adventure (well, except for the foul language and... other things). And when those scenes end, it's into a day-glo nightmare from the early days of MTV.
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

    By Andrew Kameka on April 26, 2013

    If the Galaxy S III was Samsung's crowning achievement, the Galaxy S 4 is the first defense of the throne. Arriving on the heels of one rival's flagship, the Galaxy S 4 will prove whether Samsung is continuing its trend of advancement or becoming just as predictable as the old guard that it mocked. So naturally we must ask: just how good is the Samsung Galaxy S 4?
  • AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review

    By Steven Walton on April 24, 2013

    Although it's been over a year since AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970, we are just getting an official dual-GPU version. The Radeon HD 7990 takes a pair of 7970 GPUs with overclocked cores and memory, packing 8.2 TFLOPS computer power, 6GB GDDR5 and an upgraded PEX bridge to connect the two GPUs.
  • Sapphire Edge VS8 Mini PC Review

    By Shawn Knight on April 23, 2013

    The idea of shrinking hardware hasn't been overlooked by manufacturers as several are now feature space-saving designs based on mobile hardware. Such is the case with Sapphire's new Edge VS8 mini-PC powered by AMD's A8 APU.
  • GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost & SLI Performance Review

    By Steven Walton on April 22, 2013

    At $170, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost sits between the Radeon HD 7790 and the 7850. In terms of performance, we actually expect the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost to be a lot faster than the GTX 650 Ti, even when it's based on the same GK106 architecture.
  • LG Lucid 2 Smartphone Review

    By Andrew Kameka on April 19, 2013

    The Lucid 2 sports 4G LTE, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, plenty of software additions courtesy of LG, and a favorable price for someone looking for a new Android smartphone. You may be surprised to learn how tall the Lucid 2 can stand against the rest of the mid-range pack.
  • LG 29EA93 Review: Are Ultra Wide Monitors Next?

    By Rick Burgess on April 15, 2013

    The 29EA93 is LG's first entry into the nascent category of ultra-wide consumer displays. While the 29EA93 seems suitably equipped to watch movies with its expansive 21:9 aspect ratio, how does it fare against other types of computer use? Could it be a worthy replacement for your trusty dual-monitor setup?
  • Synology DiskStation DS2413+ NAS Review

    By Steven Walton on April 08, 2013

    The DS2413+ is Synology's newest twelve-bay DiskStation NAS for small to medium sized businesses who need loads of storage. Along with supporting up to 48TB worth of drives out of the box, the DS2413+ can be paired with the company's DX1211 expansion enclosure that houses an extra 12 drives, doubling the maximum storage capacity of the base unit to a whopping 96TB.
  • Razer Edge Pro Gaming Tablet Review

    By Mike Fahey on April 02, 2013

    Like many PC gamers, I've often wished a machine capable of putting the power of a gaming rig in a portable device. After a week with Razer's new Edge gaming tablet, I realize what I really wanted was to play Bioshock Infinite in the bathroom without burning my thighs. All hail Razer, deliverer of dreams.
  • BioShock Infinite Performance, Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on April 01, 2013

    Along with DX11 effects, folks playing Bioshock Infinite on PC can look forward to higher resolution textures and a healthy range of customization. Infinite comes with six graphical presets that cover a broad performance spectrum, not to mention individual control over settings like anti-aliasing, texture detail and filtering, dynamic shadows, post-processing, and so on.
  • BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on April 01, 2013

    Burial's second episode picks up more or less immediately after the events at the end of the first episode, with Elizabeth finally completing the circle by going to the first BioShock's underwater city of Rapture and hunting down and killing the final Booker/Comstock. The game succeeds in a number of places that BioShock Infinite fell short.
  • BioShock Infinite Review

    By Evan Narcisse on March 26, 2013

    You haven't been to a place like this before. The fictional floating city where Infinite is set is all clockwork platforms and brass gears, its many sections populated with hucksters, strivers, lovers and schoolchildren. One minute, you're walking past a sheer drop, the next a park swings down into the open space.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7790 Review

    By Steven Walton on March 22, 2013

    The latest member of the Southern Islands family, the new Radeon HD 7790 is designed to fill the gap between the Radeon HD 7770 and 7850. Set to precisely target the $150 price tag, the HD 7790 should be an affordable solution that provides good value to gamers on a budget.
  • SimCity Performance, Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on March 19, 2013

    A city with few sims will see graphics cards such as the GeForce Titan or GTX 680 render massive frame rates because they are not being capped by the CPU (yet). As with most simulation and strategy games, SimCity is CPU dependent and overclocking should result in a healthy boost if needed. SimCity is not a game for showing off high-end GPUs as the cheaper 660 Ti and 7870 alternatives can work just as well for the most part.
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Review

    By Jason Schreier on March 15, 2013

    The game - not the interactive story, but the set of rules and conditions that form the basis of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - has grown into a classic, an eternally replayable e-sport that you could seriously compare to chess or even football without making people snicker.
  • Acer Iconia W510 Hybrid Tablet Review

    By Shawn Knight on March 14, 2013

    Hybrids are the optimal home for Windows 8 as both aspects of the OS are in use and get to shine as they were designed to. That brings us to the Acer Iconia W510 hybrid tablet, which can be essentially converted into a full-fledged PC with its keyboard dock - no Windows RT here, folks.
  • Tomb Raider Performance Test: Graphics & CPU

    By Steven Walton on March 12, 2013

    Tomb Raider on the PC supports DirectX 11, which brings access to advanced rendering technologies absent on current-gen consoles such as depth of field, HD ambient occlusion, hardware tessellation. Additionally, compared to the diluted console versions, the PC build offers better textures as well as AMD's TressFX real-time hair physics system.
  • SimCity Review

    By Mike Fahey on March 08, 2013

    This brave new multiplayer SimCity grants me the focus I need to once again lose myself in the minutiae of running a virtual town. Maxis' latest creation is easily the most compelling SimCity I've played since the 1989 original. It's also a disaster.
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Review

    By Steven Walton on March 07, 2013

    After wearing the single-GPU performance crown for 12 months, the GTX 680 has been dethroned by the new GTX Titan. The Titan carries a GK110 GPU with a transistor count that has more than doubled from the GTX 680's to a staggering 7.1 billion The part has 25% to 50% more resources at its disposal, including 2688 stream processors (up 75%), 224 texture units (also up 75%) and 48 raster operations (a healthy 50% boost).
  • Crysis 3 Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on February 28, 2013

    I've always had a soft spot for the Crysis series. Crysis 3, unfortunately, spends most of its time lost in the weeds. There's plenty of hunting, but it's sporadic, and changes made to the formula combine with dodgy AI and odd level-design to make the whole thing feel uncomfortable and ungainly.
  • Crysis 3 Performance Test: Graphics & CPU

    By Steven Walton on February 28, 2013

    Crytek has given us another opportunity to hammer some hardware with the arrival of Crysis 3. Though this time PC gamers won't have to wait for graphical extras. Crysis 3 boasts of high-resolution textures, DX11 support and plenty of customization options that set it apart from the diluted consoles builds. The result looks incredible.
  • Pebble Smartwatch Review

    By Andrew Kameka on February 26, 2013

    Pebble, a humble Kickstarter project embraced by nearly 70,000 backers, is the most buzzed-about smartwatch yet. Have those early believers been vindicated by the release of a phenomenal product or are they just another cautionary tale of what happens when reality doesn't meet the hype?
  • Triple Monitor Gaming on a Budget

    By Steven Walton on February 25, 2013

    Instead of using AMD or Nvidia's ultra-pricey dual-GPU card (or the new $999 Titan), we're going to see how more affordable Crossfire and SLI setups handle triple-monitor gaming compared to today's single-GPU flagships.
  • Dead Space 3 PC Graphics Test

    By Steven Walton on February 11, 2013

    Dead Space 3 might be a direct console port but it's done right, at least as far as I can tell after a few hours of gameplay. The game might not have DirectX 11 features or a high resolution texture pack, but I personally found it to be quite enjoyable.