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  • 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

  • In Hindsight... 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

  • Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: AMD Ryzen Edition

    Today we're taking a look at Windows 11 versus Windows 10 performance using AMD Ryzen processors. Recently we did the same with Intel's Core CPUs, so here we are using the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 9 5950X.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Google Drive Alternatives: Improving Privacy and Security

    In an age of eroding online privacy, many are looking for a good alternative to Google Drive for their documents and files. After all, why would you want to store your private data with the world's largest advertising company?

    By Heinrich Long on

  • What Ever Happened to Winamp?

    Developed by Nullsoft in 1997, Winamp is a media player that supports a wide array of audio formats and was an iconic software application in the heyday of MP3 music. Winamp was nearly ubiquitous, used by millions in the early 2000s.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • We're not in Ubuntu Anymore: The Linux Distros You've (Probably) Never Heard About Before

    Unlike Windows and macOS, there is a world of Linux distributions to experience. Ubuntu is a good and popular recommendation, but if you're curious what else there's out there, here is a quick guide.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Windows 10 vs. Windows 11 Performance Test

    Today we're talking our first real look at Windows 11 performance to see how much difference there is when compared to Windows 10, but also to establish a baseline for testing Alder Lake in a few weeks.

    By Steven Walton on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: October 2021

    Welcome back to another month expensive graphics cards. Unfortunately, after a brief glimpse of hope a few months back, MSRP GPUs are off the table for the rest of the year based on current trends.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Messaging Apps: Encrypted or not? WhatsApp, iMessage, Discord, Zoom, etc.

    Using end-to-end encrypted messaging services can make this data inaccessible to third parties and protection from bad actors. So the question is, which popular messaging apps use end-to-end encryption?

    By Garrett Gosnell on

  • Aiming for Atoms: The Art of Making Chips Smaller

    In the world of semiconductors, bigger numbers are often better. More cores, higher GHz, greater FLOPs. But there's one measure where smaller is better. Enter semiconductor manufacturing and the technology node.

    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

  • Far Cry 6 Benchmarked

    Today we're taking a look at Far Cry 6 to see how it runs on a variety of PC hardware, so lots and lots of benchmarks including 30+ AMD and Nvidia GPUs at 3 resolutions and 2 quality presets.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ultra vs. High Settings in PC Games

    It's time to discuss something that's been bugging me for some time: Ultra quality settings in PC games. Everyone wants to crank stuff up to the max, but what we've discovered is that Ultra settings are actually pretty dumb.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Nokia: The Story of the Once-Legendary Phone Maker

    Most people who hear the word "Nokia" associate it with mobile phones, but there's a convoluted history to tell since the company's humble beginnings over 150 years ago and many reinventions.

    By Adrian Potoroaca on

  • Which iPad Model Should You Get?

    If you're buying a new iPad, you may be surprised by all the different options. The iPad Pro models differ in more than size, and the latest base iPad and iPad Mini are interesting alternatives to the iPad Air.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: September 2021

    It'd be great if GPU pricing was normal and we didn't have to update you on the state of the market, but tracking GPUs is useful if you're wanting to jump the gun. Also, this month we can celebrate a rather unfortunate anniversary.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide: Late 2021

    Is this a better time to buy or build a new PC than it was earlier this year, when we saw component shortages and skyrocketing prices? Let's take a look at how the market has changed in the past few months.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • We Cannot Live Without Cryptography!

    The word cryptography evokes images of spies, secret messages and covert agencies. But what is cryptography? Cryptography is the method of scrambling data so that it looks like gibberish to anyone except those who know the trick to decode it.

    By Marcel Blackbeard on

  • 5 Google Chrome Alternatives That Do Things Better

    The Chrome browser is stable and secure, but that comes at the expense of RAM usage and privacy, since Google can see most of what you do on it. Here are 5 top alternatives to Chrome and why you should consider them.

    By Amir Shoam on

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

    When choosing a new computer monitor, the type of panel used by the display is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform. By far the most common types of display panels are TN, IPS and VA.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • 11 Great Free Steam Games

    These days, even expansive high-budget gaming experiences can be enjoyed for free. However, wading through all that muck to find the gems can be difficult, so here are 11 top free games available on Steam.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • Making a Fast Quad-Core Gaming CPU

    How much difference can L3 cache make with just 4 CPU cores active? We've gone back to test a variety of CPUs checking for frequencies, number of cores and L3 cache to draw some conclusions.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Got VR? Must Have VR Games

    The world of Virtual Reality has only expanded since the first Oculus Rift debuted, and here are the top gaming highlights in various genres to whet your appetite for immersive and fun VR games.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: August 2021

    Graphics cards are still quite difficult to purchase at reasonable prices in most regions, but the month of August in particular has seen a number of developments that are worth talking about.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • What is Crypto Mining?

    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

  • How CPU Cores & Cache Impact Gaming Performance

    At some point you may have heard someone say that for gaming you need X amount of cores. Examples include "6 is more than enough cores," or "you need a minimum of 8 cores for gaming," let's address that misconception.

    By Steven Walton on

  • How to Move PC Games to a New Drive: Steam, Origin, Windows Store, Epic Games, Battle.net & GOG

    A common reason to move your game install files is that you've added a new faster or larger drive to your system. Redownloading is impractical, so here's how you can move your Steam games and many others in a few simple steps.

    By Garrett Gosnell on

  • Why Do Image Files Need Different Formats?

    Most of your digital photos use the JPEG format, but when you download an image from the web, it may be using the more modern WebP format. But why do we need so many file types? And how are they different?

    By Amir Shoam on

  • 27 Years of Need for Speed

    Be the first to cross the finish line. Second is the first to lose, as the great Ayrton Senna would say. Over the years car fanatics have been living and driving the dream, all made possible by games like the iconic Need for Speed.

    By Humza Aamir on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: July 2021

    It's that time of the month when we provide you with an update on the current state of the GPU market. There's good news as graphics card availability and pricing has started to improve in recent weeks.

    By Tim Schiesser on