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  • Ripping and Tearing: 27 Years of Doom

    Doom is rightly considered the granddaddy of the FPS genre, a claim few games can make. Let's look at each memorable entry in the Doom series from development to reception.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • Build a PC vs. Pre-Built (Scoring a GPU in the Process)

    With ongoing component shortages and insane graphics card prices, a pre-built gaming PC that gets you a new fast GPU suddenly looks like a very reasonable option that we must consider.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

    History is filled with famous rivalries, but few have matched the intensity and the viciousness seen when two tech industry giants clash heads. Here are the 5 biggest rivalries in computing history.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • Top 10 Best MMOs

    When we look at the video games that have truly stood the test of time, MMORPGs are always near the top of that list. The genre has been around for decades, but what's the secret sauce that makes MMOs so popular and long-lasting? And which titles are worth playing today?

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • What Is Cryptomining?

    Today, there are at least 1 million miners for Bitcoin alone. How is this all happening? What role is the miner playing? And how might this change the landscape of computing in the future?

    By Abdulrahman Mahmoud on

  • Display Tech Compared: TN vs. VA vs. IPS

    By far the most common types of display panels used on PC monitors are TN, IPS and VA. We're sure you've heard these terms before if you've researched monitors to purchase, and to be clear, the type of panel is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Which iPad Model Should You Get?

    If you want to upgrade your iPad, you may find there are more options than ever before. The latest Pro models differ in more than size, and these add to the existing 8th-gen iPad, 5th-gen iPad Mini, and 4th-gen iPad Air.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • How 3D Game Rendering Works: Anti-Aliasing

    The 3D games we play and love are all made up of thousands, if not millions, of colored straight lines, which inevitably will look jagged in our screens if not for smoothing anti-aliasing techniques.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: April 2021

    As stock shortages of CPUs and graphics cards continues, it's time for an update on the market to see what the current situation is looking like, and whether there will be any relief for buyers in the coming weeks.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide - Early 2021

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers a comprehensive analysis of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning four budgets and intended uses.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • Going "Hands Free" with GM's Super Cruise

    Going "hands-free" in a car used to relate to talking on your phone, but the phrase is taking on a whole new meaning thanks to hands-free driving technology like GM's Super Cruise which we had a chance to test out.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Intellivision: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Mattel developed a gaming system called Intellivision in the late 1970s, around the same time that the Atari 2600 launched. However, it made such an impression that the iconic console was never forgotten and is, in fact, making a comeback.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Are Gray Market Game Key Sites Legit?

    So you're going to buy a game from one of those no-good-gray-market key sites like G2A? Are those legit? What do developers and gamers think?

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Did You Know? 14 Strange But True Tech Facts

    Many of the breakthroughs made since the advent of the transistor were simply inconceivable a century ago, but what makes tech culture even more interesting are the anecdotes and fun facts that came along the way.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Superhuman: The Future of Email or a Monumental Waste of Money?

    For the past two months, I've been using Superhuman, an invite-only email client Silicon Valley startup owners swear by. With a wait list that's 250,000 users long, it's touted it as "Gmail, if it'd been built today, not a decade ago."

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • 21 Years of Hitman: How Stealth Action Got Perfected Over the Last 2 Decades

    The Hitman series helped define the modern stealth action game, with the formula evolving and building up a large following spanning 20 years. Here's a recap of the key titles featuring genetically engineered and professional hitman Agent 47.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • TechSpot's Guide to Spring Cleaning your Gadgets and Computers

    With spring upon us, it's not just our homes and cars that deserve a bit of elbow grease to make them shiny and spotless -- our tech and computing devices need just as much care and attention.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • The 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2021

    The rest of the year is filled to the brim with what looks to be an excellent selection of new PC-exclusive and cross-platform releases. Here's a condensed list of some of the more exciting and anticipated PC game releases.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • 10 Most Memorable Fictional Technologies

    Science fiction books, movies, games, TV shows and other media have long been home to amazing technology. Many of these ideas can serve as inspiration for today's scientists, but just how close are we to the real-life versions?

    By Rob Thubron on

  • CPU and GPU Availability and Pricing Update: March 2021

    CPU and graphics card pricing and availability are still a mess, but is the situation improving? Can we expect to get back to PC building any time soon?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Should You Be Wary of All the Free Games?

    It's not every day that you can get a free AAA game like GTA 5, but thanks to periodic giveaways, gamers' libraries are bursting with great titles. But we must ask, how this is a valid business strategy?

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • What Is a Checksum, and What Can You Do With It?

    A checksum is a number, in the form of a binary or hexadecimal value, that's been derived from a data source. The important bits to know are that it's typically much smaller than the source, and it's also almost entirely unique.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • In-Home Streaming Faceoff: Steam Remote Play vs. Moonlight

    Whether you just want to play Skyrim in bed, or take your your work apps with you to the living room, solutions like Steam in-home streaming and Moonlight offer a near-flawless experience.

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • Screen Tearing or Input Lag? To Vsync or Not to Vsync?

    Screen tear or input lag? To vsync or not to vsync? For the longest time, this was an either-or question in the PC gaming space. You could either have a tear-free, properly frame-paced image or low input latency. But here's a trick to try.

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 5

    In the last decade, graphics processors became one of the largest, most complex, and most expensive components that could be found in almost any computing device.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Anatomy of a Gamepad

    Input devices have a key role in the computing and gaming landscape. Today we'll finish our autopsy of the major input devices by chopping open a classic gamepad: Microsoft's Xbox 360 controller.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Most Watchable Games for Non-Gamers

    Not everyone likes gaming. Picture the scene: you're with a perfect new partner who shares many of your likes and interests, but upon asking if they prefer shooters or RPGs, they respond with, "Oh, I don't really play games, though I enjoy Candy Crush---does that count?"

    By Rob Thubron on

  • 4 Years of Ryzen 5, CPU & GPU Scaling Benchmark

    We want to see how the Ryzen 5 1600X, 2600X, 3600X and 5600X compare in half a dozen games using the GeForce RTX 3090, RTX 3070, Radeon RX 5700 XT and 5600 XT, using both the ultra and medium quality presets at 1080p, 1440p and 4K.

    By Steven Walton on

  • I have a confession to make: I've spent several hundred dollars on Steam Controllers

    Over the past 5 years, the Steam Controller has been my go-to device for PC gaming from the couch. I've tried Microsoft's controller, DualShock, DualSense, and even the Switch Pro and none come even close. But then, what went wrong with the Steam Controller?

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • microSD and SD Card Buying Guide

    If it's been a while since you've bought portable flash memory, you might be surprised by the broad availability and affordability of high-speed, high-capacity microSD and SD cards. With this guide, we'll break down what all the different codes and ratings mean, and offer the best choices for a range of categories.

    By TechSpot Staff on