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  • Sapphire Edge VS8 Mini PC Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    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.
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  • GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost & SLI Performance Review

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • LG Lucid 2 Smartphone Review

    By Andrew Kameka on

    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.
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  • LG 29EA93 Review: Are Ultra Wide Monitors Next?

    By Rick Burgess on

    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?
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  • Synology DiskStation DS2413+ NAS Review

    By Steven Walton on

    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.
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  • Razer Edge Pro Gaming Tablet Review

    By Mike Fahey on

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
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  • SimCity Performance, Benchmarked

    By Steven Walton on

    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

    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

    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.
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  • Tomb Raider Performance Test: Graphics & CPU

    By Steven Walton on

    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

    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

    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).
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  • Crysis 3 Review

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Cooler Master HAF XB Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Mixing things up, Cooler Master's latest mid-size enclosure breaks the conventional mold with boxier dimensions -- in fact, the company describes it as a LAN box. Given the HAF XB's cube-like figure, it's no surprise that Cooler Master is pushing the LAN-friendly angle as well as pitching the HAF XB as the ideal test bed.
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  • MSI GX60 Gaming Notebook Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    The MSI GX60 aims to deliver a solid gaming experience on the go without breaking the bank. The GX60 packs a quad-core AMD A10-4600M CPU alongside the very speedy Radeon HD 7970M discrete graphics, 15.6-inch Full HD display and SSD/HDD storage options for a very attractive price.
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  • Acer Aspire S7 Review

    By Nathaniel Wattenmaker on

    The touchable, classy Acer Aspire S7 is targeted right at the road-warrior, power-hungry, super-user. Two years after the introduction of Ultrabooks, we have yet to see a model that executes on all counts, but despite a couple of disappointing flaws this is one of the closest to the perfect mark.
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  • BlackBerry Z10 Review

    By Andrew Kameka on

    The BlackBerry Z10 debuts at a time when smartphones are as much about play as they are productivity, and this phone can thrive in this era only if it can strike a balance between entertainment and enterprise. Is this the savior that BlackBerry - the company and operating system - so desperately needs?
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  • Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Case Review

    By Steven Walton on

    Cooler Master recently launched the updated Scout 2 chasis priced at just $90 -- slightly less than the venerable HAF 922. Despite its relatively low price, the Scout 2 has plenty to offer, including ergonomic steel-reinforced carrying handles and room for up to two SSDs, nine fans and any graphics card.
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  • Nokia Lumia 920 Review

    By Andrew Kameka on

    In the Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8 has a worthy competitor to iOS and Android. It also features brand new software that is faster and more robust than its predecessor. Will a winning hardware foundation and vastly improved software secure the Lumia 920 a place among the elite?
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  • Lenovo Yoga 13 Review

    By Shawn Knight on

    Lenovo is looking to capitalize early and often with the do-it-all Yoga 13. Priced from $999, this system was one of the first portable systems to launch alongside Windows 8. Without jumping right to the conclusion from the get-go, I will let you know that it's a very capable all-around system that doesn't compromise on that it is first and foremost: a notebook. Lenovo Yoga 13 Review.
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  • Western Digital Black 4TB Hard Drive Review

    By Steven Walton on

    The Black 4TB has a 7200RPM spindle speed with an average access time of 4.2ms. WD says it has a drive to drive throughput of 154MB/s, making it the fastest Black hard drive yet. This in addition to dual-actuator technology, 64MB of cache, 6Gb/s SATA support and a Marvell dual-core controller.
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  • Acer C7 Chromebook Review

    By Nathaniel Wattenmaker on

    A $200 laptop is a difficult thing to assess. On one hand, the Acer C7 Chromebook has that shockingly low price tag, on the other, there is weak build quality and a netbook-grade processor. The trade-offs are not trivial and thatís before we acknowledge that the Acer C7 runs Chrome OS.
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