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  • Buying an MP3 Player in 2018

    While most people who enjoy music on the go these days are listening from their phones, there are still many reasons someone might want to own a standalone portable music player. Models range from around $1 to more than $3,000, for what is already a niche market, the world of dedicated MP3 players is fragmented into various sub-niches targeting wildly different shoppers.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How to Export Old Device Drivers to a New Windows Installation

    Finding drivers online for old hardware can range from difficult to impossible. But we discovered that you can export drivers for third-party devices from one copy of Windows to another -- great news if you have a previous instance of Windows where your old device is installed and functional.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How to Play Long Video Games When You Have No Time

    For a lot of gamers with demanding jobs, marriages and/or families, the excitement of reading good reviews for games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey is tempered by the sinking realization that they'll never have time to play them. How do you make time for a 60+ hour game when you have a busy life?

    By Keza MacDonald on

  • How We Test: CPU Gaming Benchmarks

    This a topic that's often raised when we do our CPU gaming benchmarks. As you know, we perform a ton of CPU and GPU benchmarks tests throughout the year, a big portion of which are dedicated to gaming. The goal is to work out which CPU will offer you the most bang for your buck at a given price point, now and hopefully in the future.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Game Streaming Investigation: Which Quality Settings Are Best?

    In the next weeks we'll dedicate a couple of articles to game streaming and provide you with a definitive answer on what sort of setup is the best, and what quality settings make the most sense to use. Today's investigation is focused on streaming quality settings.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Improve Windows Start Menu's Search or Simply Install a Better Replacement

    Although the Start menu is supposed to be the fastest way to find local files, software and settings, Windows 10's search indexing service is far from the best. It is not uncommon that a simple query won't return any valid results, no matter how simple or precise your query is. Here's how you can turn things around.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Add Windows 10 Lock Screen Pictures to Your Wallpaper Collection

    Microsoft has made Windows 10's login screen more visually pleasing than ever by displaying high-resolution images in the background. The pictures are of a good enough quality to be used as the wallpaper on your desktop background and if you've seen one recently that's worth adding to your collection, there's a chance the image is still stored locally.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How to Change the Wallpaper and Other Personalization Settings on Windows 10 Non-Activated

    It's only a matter of time before you'll want to change your Windows wallpaper, however applying your own customizations to a copy of Windows 10 that hasn't been activated may not be so straightforward since Microsoft blocks access to the software's personalization settings without a valid product license.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Add Tabs to File Explorer and Other Applications Ahead of Windows 10's "Sets" Feature

    While tabs have been a core part of web browsers for more than a decade, Microsoft is finally in the process of introducing a tabbed interface to the File Explorer and other applications. But if you don't want to wait any longer, there are a few third-party tools that offer the feature by one means or another.

    By Mark Turner on

  • A Beginner's Guide to the Linux Command Line

    Do you think of the command line as an antiquated leftover from the past, or an old fashioned way of interacting with a computer? Think again. In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. Let's jump into the basics of the Linux command line including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.

    By Himanshu Arora on

  • Grocery Delivery in 2018: Does It Finally Work?

    When historians look back at the 2010s, I suspect two tech trends will be readily apparent: the rise in popularity of the subscription-based model and the emergence of the gig economy. What may not be immediately evident is that these two movements helped solve a dilemma that has perplexed some of the world's brightest minds for decades.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Solder vs. Paste on the Core i9-9900K

    Having reviewed Intel's latest Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K processors, we saw very high stock temperatures using high-end coolers, basically killing their overclocking potential. We know that soldering CPUs works a lot better than the paste method Intel's been using to cut costs, so we wanted to know how much better is the solder method used by the 9900K than the paste of the 8700K/8086K?

    By Steven Walton on

  • How to Enable the Group Policy Editor on Windows Home Editions

    Tweaking Windows settings that are not available in standard menus will commonly require modifications to be made from the registry or Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). We regularly reference these throughout our tips, so we thought those of you on Windows Home will appreciate being able to use Gpedit like everyone else.

    By Mark Turner on

  • We Test a $1,000 CPU From 2010 vs. Ryzen 3

    Today we're going to have a bit of benchmark fun as we test out a processor we reviewed in 2010. The Core i7-980X was a hexacore beast, but how does it stack up 8 years later? To find out I'm going to compare it with a whole heap of modern processors, including the dinky little $100 Ryzen 3 2200G.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Analyzing Graphics Card Pricing: October 2018

    Today, we're once again doing a deep dive on graphics card pricing to provide you with the best value buys on the market right now. This is the third report we have compiled this year. We're now in early Q4 and graphics card manufacturers are facing a different challenge that could affect pricing, at least in the United States: the import tariffs implemented by Donald Trump.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • CPU Price Watch: 9900K Incoming, Ryzen Cuts

    Later this week we'll finally be able to publish our benchmarks for Intel's new 8-core CPUs like the 9900K. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to check out how CPU pricing has changed over the last few months, see what products are the best value right now, and whether we'll continue to see changes throughout the rest of the year.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Get Rid of Windows 10 Ads, Office Offers and Other Annoyances

    Microsoft slowly started to sneak advertisements into the Windows platform with Windows 8, and they've only crept up further in Windows 10. Thankfully it's easy to shut down most of these annoyances if you know where to look.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Music is the secret weapon of Mario Speedrunners

    Is there anything so satisfying to watch as a well-played Mario speedrun? What makes an expert run of Super Mario Bros. so eminently watchable, and how do the players master their moves so perfectly? It turns out that the answer to both questions could be "music."

    By Alyse Knorr on

  • How to Backup USB Drives and Restore Them, Bootable State and All

    Do you keep a bootable USB drive handy? Since we only tend to keep a few USB drives available, we tend to overwrite the contents of Windows installation media and the like after a single use. Intending to save some time and effort on the next go-around, we sought methods to preserve an exact copy of bootable USB drives which could be restored from a backup file when needed.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Commissioning Misleading Core i9-9900K Benchmarks

    When a PC gaming site published early Core i9-9900K results today we were a little surprised. The title read "Intel's Core i9 9900K is up to 50% faster than AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X in games," right away many of the results looked very suspect to me, having spent countless hours benchmarking both the 2700X and 8700K, so we looked into it some more.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ways to Free Up Storage Space on Windows

    Gigabytes are cheaper than ever but they can also be the sort of thing where the more you have, the more you tend to consume, and it doesn't take long for the terabytes to fly by if you spend a lot of time on your computer. If you're wanting to clean up your drive, this guide will serve you regardless of your current storage solution.

    By Mark Turner on

  • The State of 5G: When It's Coming, How Fast It Will Be & The Sci-Fi Future It Will Enable

    Although 5G may seem like just another wireless generational upgrade, touting more speed and less latency, the years-long migration will require an expansion of cellular networks worldwide to include millions of new antennas that will become the backbone of IoT and its billions of sensor-laden devices, from smart dust to smart cars.

    By Jay Stanley on

  • Low Disk Space? How to Remove the Extra Drive That Appeared with Windows 10 Update 1803

    Windows 10's April 2018 Update (version 1803) brought various new features and removed some others, but also introduced a bug to many systems that caused an extra drive to be listed under "This PC." Most annoying of all, the bug causes Windows to display an error prompt about the drive being nearly full.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How to Convert Audio and Video Files with VLC Media Player

    If you've ever looked for software that can convert audio and video files on Windows, you might know how hard it can be to find dedicated solutions that are free and function as advertised. What you may ignore however is that VLC is capable of converting your files as well as performing other tasks like recording your desktop, and more.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Nvidia DLSS: An Early Investigation

    Today we're addressing one of the most frequent discussion topics surrounding the new RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. Is it worth buying the RTX 2080 for DLSS?, or is DLSS the killer feature for the RTX cards? As with ray tracing, we won't really know until we have more to test with, but today we're doing an early investigation into DLSS using the current DLSS demos we have within reach.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Transfer Steam Games to a New Drive Without Redownloading

    Although solid state drives have steadily increased in capacity, so too have the size of game installs. Today's triple-A titles commonly occupy upwards of 20GB with many approaching or exceeding 60GB, especially after accounting for downloadable content. Ironically, it's often these large releases that benefit the most from the improved load times.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Remove "3D Objects" and Other Shortcuts From Windows 10's File Explorer

    Most recently Windows 10 introduced a default "3D Objects" File Explorer shortcut which takes up space if unused. In this article we'll cover how to remove that somewhat annoying shortcut on Windows 10, and along the way see how to remove other such shortcuts (Music, Videos, others), so you can tweak and personalize as you want.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti Overclocking Guide

    Today we're going to be diving a little deeper into overclocking the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080, covering how to overclock to higher typical clock speeds, test performance and power consumption. Also compare Nvidia's new Scanner API to manual overclocking.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 Mega Benchmark

    We've already got our first official look at how the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti & 2080 performs and we were impressed with what the 2080 Ti offered at 4K, but ultimately let down by the fact that these new Turing GPUs cost way too much. It's now day two and we're hitting you with a mega 35 game benchmark to put all your doubts to rest.

    By Steven Walton 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