Feature Index Page 6

  • Anatomy of a Storage Drive: Hard Disk Drives

    It's magnetic. It's electric. It's photonic. No, this isn't going to be about a new superhero trio in the Marvel universe. This is all about our precious digital data. So let's prep for theatre, scrub our hands clean, and dig into the anatomy of what we use today to hold onto our trillions of digital bits.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

    Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-gen machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to today's machines, and that divide will grow even larger once the PS5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future?

    By Rob Thubron on

  • Anatomy of a Power Supply Unit (PSU)

    Power supply units don't break headlines like the latest CPUs do, but they're awesome pieces of technology. Let's put on our gowns, masks, and gloves, and pull open the humble PSU -- breaking down its various parts and seeing what each bit does.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Intel Xe Graphics Preview v2.0

    Intel is developing discrete GPUs for gamers, professionals, and servers, and they're all slated for release this year or coming in 2021. Intel's cards will either be the long-awaited saviors of a stagnant market, or they'll underperform and flop miserably (no pressure, Intel PR person reading this). This is our second round of investigation into Xe.

    By Isaiah Mayersen on

  • The 10 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2020

    Looking back before we move forward, 2019 was a good year for PC gaming. But in spite of how excellent many of those games are, they'll have some pretty stiff competition this year. With highly-anticipated titles like Mount & Blade: Bannerlord and Cyberpunk 2077 on the release docket, 2020 is set to be one hell of a year for PC gamers.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • Are More RAM Modules Better for Gaming? 4 x 4GB vs. 2 x 8GB

    Today we're taking a look at the performance impact having four DDR4 memory modules can have on performance in a dual-channel system, opposed to just two modules. In this scenario all modules are operating at the same frequency, use the same timings and provide the same total memory capacity.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 2016's $170 GPU vs. 2019's $170 GPUs

    Today we're going to review the sub-$200 graphics card market and see how it compares to what we were offered just a few years ago. We recently did this for the $400 price range and it was super interesting. The two most recent additions to this segment are the Radeon 5500 XT and Nvidia's GTX 1650 Super. Let's see how they do against previous generations.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Science of Keeping It Cool

    Without properly managing heat, our electronic systems would destroy themselves or conversely, we'd be severely limiting our computing capabilities. This article will touch on the basic science of heat, how and why it is generated in electronics, and the various methods we have developed to control it.

    By William Gayde on

  • Anatomy of a Motherboard

    How well do you know the components that make up your PC? Take the humble motherboard, it sits there, quietly keeping everything running, and rarely gets the same attention as the CPU or graphics card. Motherboards are remarkably important though, so let's go all Grey's Anatomy, and dissect the motherboard -- breaking down its various parts and seeing what each bit does!

    By Nick Evanson on

  • How CPUs are Designed and Built

    We all think of the CPU as the "brains" of a computer, but what does that actually mean? What is going on inside with the billions of transistors to make your computer work? In this new four-part mini series we'll beĀ focusing on computer hardware design, covering the ins and outs of what makes a computer work.

    By William Gayde on

  • 4GHz CPU Battle: Ryzen 3900X vs. 3700X vs. Core i9-9900K

    Expanding upon all the testing we performed in our day-one 3rd-gen Ryzen coverage, today we'll be running a clock-for-clock comparison benchmark. IPC can be a good indicator of a processor's architecture efficiency, so we're pitting the new Ryzen 3900X and 3700X against Intel's Core i9-9900K.

    By Steven Walton on

  • And Action! An Examination of Physics in Video Games

    Video game physics are something that we often take for granted. Programming physics into a game can be as simple as one or two routines, or as complex as requiring a separate physics engine to handle the computations. In this article we'll delve into the specifics of rigid body and soft body physics in games.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • The Worst CPU & GPU Purchases of 2019

    For the third year in a row, before the year comes to an end, lets look back at some of the worst CPU and PC graphics products released in 2019. Just like we have guides dedicated to the best CPUs and best GPUs you can buy, this is our hall of shame equivalent. Not meaning to create controversy, take this piece as informational light reading for the holidays.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Navi vs. Turing: An Architecture Comparison

    You've followed the rumors, waited for the reviews and finally slapped down your dollars and walked away with one of the latest graphics cards from AMD or Nvidia. Inside these lies a large graphics processor packed with billions of transistors, all running at clock speeds unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to our architectural comparison of the newest GPUs from AMD and Nvidia.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • The State of PC Gaming in 2019

    In 2019, more games flowed between PC and other platforms than ever before and we saw the titanic clash between Valve and Epic. PC gaming retains its unique identity through mods, hardware configurations, and its inextricable ties to Twitch and YouTube. Increasingly, though, the lines between these platforms are dissolving, and everybody's winding up back where so many series and genres started: on PC.

    By Nathan Grayson and Riley MacLeod on

  • How 3D Game Rendering Works: Texturing

    In this third part of our deeper look at 3D game rendering, we'll be focusing what can happen to the 3D world after the vertex processing has done and the scene has been rasterized. The majority of the visual effects seen in games today are down to the clever use of textures -- without them, games would dull and lifeless. So let's get dive in and see how this all works!

    By Nick Evanson on

  • 2016's $400 GPU vs. 2019's $400 GPUs

    Something we've been hearing a lot this year is that there's a lack of development and progress on the PC gaming/hardware front. In an effort to determine if that's true, we'll test 2016's prime $400 GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 against 2019's $400 GPU players, the RTX 2060 Super and RX 5700 XT and compare them in 37 games at 1080p and 1440p.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Aiming for Atoms: The Art of Making Chips Smaller

    In the world of computer chips, bigger numbers are often better. More cores, higher GHz, greater FLOPs, all desired by engineers and users alike. But there is one measure that's hot news right now and the smaller it is, the better. Let's take a journey into the world of process nodes, to find out more.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • What Ever Happened to ICQ?

    ICQ, short for the phrase "I Seek You," laid the groundwork for standalone instant messaging clients when it arrived in November 1996. Think about how long ago that was... Windows 95 was barely a year old, Nintendo had just introduced the N64, and those with a reason to have a cell phone actually used it to talk on.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • I Deleted All My Social Accounts: Three Weeks Without Social Media

    To say that a lot of people use social media is an understatement. At last count, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat had more than 3 billion active users combined. In a small experiment to find out just how much social networks impact our lives, I decided to disable all my accounts for three weeks to see what, if any, effect it has on my day to day.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • The State of Nvidia RTX Ray Tracing: One Year Later

    Time to revisit the state of ray tracing. It's been months since we last discussed ray tracing in detail, when we tested it on early titles such as Battlefield V, and the latest releases of Metro and Tomb Raider, so there's plenty of fresh stuff to go over, more benchmarks, more experience playing those games and quite a few opinions. This is bound to be a long one, so strap yourselves in.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Fans and Enthusiasts

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, today's theme is brand fan, enthusiasts and cult/pop culture themed wallpapers. Whether you are into beautiful landscapes, minimalism or eye-catching designs and patterns, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Minimalist and Abstract Wallpapers

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, today's theme is minimalist and abstract wallpapers. Whether you are into beautiful landscapes, illustrations or colorful designs, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Cars and Sports Wallpapers

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, today's theme is cars and sports wallpapers. Whether you are into abstract illustrations, or eye-catching designs and patterns, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Nature Photography and Amazing Scenes

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, today's theme is nature photography and amazing scenes. Whether you are into beautiful landscapes, illustrations, or eye-catching designs and patterns, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Geometric and Architectural Wallpapers

    A great wallpaper can start your day off on a good mood. There's certainly no shortage of places to find something to revitalize your desktop, whether you are into beautiful landscapes, minimalism, abstract illustrations, or eye-catching designs and patterns. With the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Assembling a DIY PC Speaker System

    I was bitten by the audiophile bug at a relatively young age, however I never got around to exploring the ins and outs of audio equipment as console gaming, computers and photography consumed much of my free time over the past two decades. Recently, however, an opportunity to further tinker with my sound system presented itself and I couldn't pass it up.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • The Moon, Mars and Beyond: The Tech Behind the New Space Race

    The summer of 2019 saw the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when humans first walked on the surface of the Moon. But now there is a new race -- not of countries, but one fought by companies. Capitalism, growth, and business opportunities are the new fuels, and the goals are even bigger: not just back to the Moon, but on to Mars and beyond.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • How to Backup and Replace Your PlayStation 4 Hard Drive

    When the PlayStation 4 launched in 2013 its 500GB hard drive seemed like more than we could ever use, but the size of games has ballooned exponentially over the years. Upgrading your PS4 storage is not that difficult, so here's a quick guide to help users avoid headaches during the process. Grab your PS4, and let's get started.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • The Best Strategy Games on PC

    So what counts as a strategy game? Here are the best games to play if you feel like taking charge of something, ruining an economy and/or driving an army across the fields of your enemies.

    By Luke Plunkett on