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  • How to Remove the "3D Objects" Folder and Other Useless Shortcuts From Windows' File Explorer

    At some point, Windows 10 introduced a "3D Objects" File Explorer shortcut that takes up unnecessary space by default. This article will show you how to remove that annoyance and various other such shortcuts (Music, Videos, etc), so you can personalize as you want.

    By Mark Turner on

  • 17 Years of Call of Duty

    Call of Duty has made everlasting memories for millions of players around the world, including an entire generation of gamers that spent their adolescent years with the franchise and continue to stick with it to this day.

    By Humza Aamir on

  • Against All Odds: How Netflix Made It

    Home video rentals were a $16 billion industry when Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph decided to get involved in 1997. Netflix's million-dollar idea was to build an online video rental service in the image of Amazon, an up-and-coming e-commerce player that was in the business of selling books.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • 5 Signs Your Storage Drive Is About to Fail

    Like all electronic devices, PCs don't last forever, and the parts inside them will eventually fail. While it's easy to replace a broken device, the same can't be said for the data stored in your machine.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Xerox PARC: A Nod to the Minds Behind the GUI, Ethernet, Laser Printing, and More

    Launched in 1970, Xerox's PARC has played an instrumental role in the engineering of laser printing and many of the technologies that compose the PC you're reading this on: the graphical user interface, ethernet, the mouse, among others. We'd like to take a few and give credit where credit's due.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

  • Cyrix: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Precursor chip maker Cyrix brought the world of personal computing into the lives of many, only to be killed by its best product and its inability to run a popular game, followed by a bad merger with a larger partner.

    By Adrian Potoroaca on

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 IPC Performance Tested

    IPC performance is a good indicator of a CPU's architecture efficiency, so we're checking out how Zen 3 compares against Intel's 10th-gen Core and AMD's progress with Ryzen over the past three years.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5000 Memory Performance Guide

    In this article we'll be searching for Zen 3's memory sweet spot and looking at DDR4 memory performance with the new Ryzen 5000 CPU series, and a brief explanation of why 4 RAM sticks are faster than 2.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Here's Why the Unreal Engine Is Coming to Your Car

    For the first time, the Unreal Engine will be used in a consumer automobile, as all displays in the new GMC Hummer EV are powered by the very same software that enables some of the most popular and visually stunning video games on the market.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Everything You Need to Know About SFF PCs

    Small form factor PCs are a niche corner of the PC market that's becoming more accessible than ever. Many SFF PCs are similar in size to the latest gaming consoles, but there's more to do than just game on a PC.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • TechSpot's Quick Guide to Sockets and Ports

    The average desktop PC has over 10 different types of connections and often sports over 30 individual sockets. Whether you're wanting to sort out SATA from M.2, or DVI-D from DisplayPort, welcome to our quick guide to sockets and ports.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • 25 Great Games You Can Play on Laptops and Budget PCs

    We often talk about the latest and greatest graphics cards and playing games at the highest settings, but there are times when that's simply not an option. In times like these, it's nice to have a library of fun games that won't melt our processors. That's why we've compiled this list of 25 great (but less demanding) games we can wholeheartedly recommend.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • How USB Works (and How It's Remained Ubiquitous and Ever Evolving)

    For 25 years, the USB port has been a faithful old friend, connecting and powering our everyday gadgets and peripherals. But how exactly does that happen? Welcome to our explainer on the inner workings of USB, and a look at how it's managed to survive for so long when others have come and gone.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • The Last Time Intel Tried to Make a Graphics Card

    Will history repeat itself? Intel's setting out to make a name for itself in the discrete GPU space with its upcoming Xe-HP GPU lineup. We look at Project Larrabee - the last time Intel tried making a graphics card - to understand how things might turn out.

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key

    Microsoft has been changing and improving the way it handles Windows licenses. We'll cover all you need to know in this article, from old school ways to retrieve keys, to the more modern approaches to make good use of your licenses and what restrictions may apply depending on your type of license.

    By Mark Turner on

  • A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do

    Learn all that you can do in the Windows Command Prompt, from useful commands everyone should know to more advanced tweaks and troubleshooting features.

    By Mark Turner and Julio Franco on

  • Nvidia Reflex Tested: Low Latency Revolution?

    Nvidia is making concerted efforts to expand their GeForce feature set beyond raw performance. Features like DLSS and ray tracing are heavily pushed, and today we'll be checking out whether Reflex is something you should care about.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Compaq: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Computers had finally made the jump from taking up an entire room to fitting on a desk, but they were still far from portable. In 1982, three entrepreneurs decided to change that. Their first entry into the market was the Compaq Portable in 1983.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Intel Rocket Lake Preview: A New Architecture

    After years of wallowing in the mud left by Intel's wake, AMD has risen back up to reconquer the processor market. Ryzen 5000 is meant to put the final nail in Intel's coffin. But such a challenge cannot go unanswered.

    By Isaiah Mayersen on

  • Find Your Motherboard Brand and Model

    There are many reasons why you might need to find your motherboard's brand and model number. Looking to update drivers or the BIOS is most common, but you may also want to check compatibility, discover specs, or look for a replacement. And with OEM PCs and laptops, it's not always as straightforward as checking the box of your motherboard's box.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • AMD B450 or B550 Motherboard for Ryzen 5000 CPUs?

    With the announcement of AMD's Ryzen 5000 desktop CPU series, many prospective buyers aren't clear on the differences between AMD B450 and B550 motherboards, if they should upgrade or which one to buy.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Using a PlayStation 4 Controller with Your PC

    Microsoft's Xbox controller has been the default gamepad for PC gamers for some time now, but you may prefer Sony's competing --- and also quite good --- DualShock 4 controller. The good news is, you can easily configure it to work on Windows or macOS.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • In Hindsight... Infamous Tech Predictions and Quotes

    The tech industry is known for its predictive pronouncements and many have tried to follow Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (of Moore's Law fame) in bringing their observations into the public eye... with varying degrees of success.

    By Graham Singer and Julio Franco on

  • Ryzen 5 3600 + RTX 3080: Killer Combo or Not?

    Today we're taking a look back at AMD's value king, the Ryzen 5 3600, but this time running games with the GeForce RTX 3080. Bad or brilliant idea?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Sinclair Computers: Gone But Not Forgotten

    For many, the 1980s was the golden era in home computing. Fighting among new companies was Sinclair who made cheap and basic computers, but helped give rise to the world of bedroom programming and some very familiar game developers.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • 21 Programs to Analyze and Benchmark Your Hardware

    We've compiled a list of 21 programs that are great for analyzing or benchmarking your devices -- whether you're into overclocking, tweaking your system, or simply want to see what you've got.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • A Guide to Shopping for a New PC Case

    The perfect PC chassis is a bit of a misnomer. Plenty of cases over the years have been highly regarded as being great, trend-setting or iconic, but one size does not fit all. This article aims to help you construct that shortlist of options and steer your search in the right direction.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Ray Tracing & DLSS with the GeForce RTX 3080

    With Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 out the door, it's time we take a deep dive into ray tracing and DLSS performance to show you just how fast the RTX 3080 is for these special effects in a wider range of games.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • The History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer

    The PC business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This 5-part series explores the history of personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.

    By Graham Singer on