Feature Index Page 6

  • Why Owning a Real Camera Matters

    Google recently said it best: photos are more than just pixels. They're moments in time we'll never want to forget. Depending on your age and / or life experiences, that may not mean much to you at this point. Having crossed into my 30s a few years back and having already lost both parents and a best friend, it certainly resonates with me. Memories fade but the images you capture with friends and family last a lifetime.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Steam Refunds: Friend or Foe?

    Last week Steam added a refund procedure that allows you to get a full refund on any Steam game you've purchased in the last 14 days and played for less than 2 hours. The sudden manner in which the refund program was announced and implemented has many developers asking: "Is this good for me?" Let's go through the new refund flow together.

    By Andrew Pellerano on

  • Catch Up or Die: A Windows 10 Mobile Wish List

    I was a big fan of Windows Phone 8 when it was released, but with Microsoft neglecting their smartphone platform in the last year, the OS has slipped far behind Android 5.0 and iOS 8. What follows in this article is a list of changes, improvements and new features I hope Microsoft will include when Windows 10 Mobile lands later this year.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Built and Tested: PC Buying Guide Machines Benchmarked

    Breaking down today's best hardware across five price points, from Budget Box to Extreme Machine, the TechSpot PC buying guide was recently updated with our latest recommendations. Now, for the first time, we are actually going to build each system and show you the kind of performance each price point delivers.

    By Steven Walton on

  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide (Mid 2015)

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best desktop PC hardware, spanning four unique yet typical budgets and a fifth for the no-expense spared, extreme PC crowd.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Best-Looking Video Game Consoles Of All Time

    Over the past four decades, there have been some plain consoles, sometimes even some ugly consoles, but we don't care about them today. Today, we celebrate the best-looking video game consoles (no handhelds) of all time.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • Estimating CPU Performance Using Amdahl's Law

    While frequency is a decent indicator of how well a CPU will perform in some programs, when the ability to use multiple cores is factored in it can get tricky as not all programs are as efficient at using them. Using a mathematical equation called Amdahl's Law you can determine how efficient your program is at using multiple CPU cores (it's parallelization efficiency) and then use that to estimate the performance of different CPU models.

    By Matt Bach on

  • When SSD Performance Goes Awry

    An avalanche of reports started to surface last September when users began to notice that their usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO drives were no longer performing as they used to. We've looked deep into the problem to understand what's been fixed and what hasn't. Samsung owes its customers an explanation.

    By Per Hansson on

  • 10 Free Steam Games Worth Playing

    Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I'm here to tell you which ones you should check out.

    By Patricia Hernandez on

  • The 10 Worst Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    Last summer, I finished building and fine-tuning a new gaming PC. I had a lot of fun, but the process could also be pretty annoying. Today, I'm going to list the ten worst things about building a new gaming PC. Bitterness! Negativity! Complaining! Here we go.

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Living Without Cable: My Experience with Cutting the Cord

    It's been a month since I disconnected my AT&T U-verse TV service. It's not the first time, but something I've done half a dozen times over the last several years. What's different about this time and why I'm compelled to write about it is the fact that I have no intentions of going back.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Five Things I Didn't Get About Making Video Games (Until I Did It)

    Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor, highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn't like. I played their games, I found them wanting, and I felt like I had a pretty good idea of where and why things had gone wrong. I may not have ever made a game myself but I basically knew what game development was about, right? Wrong. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn't know about.

    By Anthony Burch on

  • Homeworld: The Return of a Game That's Almost Perfect

    Games are forever changing. If you played a shooter from 1999 and then a shooter from 2015, you'd notice the differences immediately, not just in how they looked but how they played, how smartly they were designed. Homeworld was released in 1999. Play its remastered edition in 2015, though, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a brand new video game. Almost everything about it - and I'm not talking about its new visuals - feels fresh.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • Why Peter Molyneux's Godus is Such a Disaster

    Game designer Peter Molyneux has long had a reputation for making promises he never quite delivered on. He has again been accused of misleading statements, in relation to Godus, his Kickstarter god game revival. In an attempt to get to the bottom of it all, we spoke both to Molyneux and to three people who have worked with him over the past few years. This is the story of how Godus ended up where it is today.

    By Nathan Grayson on

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop Tested: Performance and Battery Life

    We test Android 5.0 Lollipop using the Moto X, Moto G, LG G3 and Galaxy S5 smartphones. We explore how updates to the core architecture in Android 5.0 have improved performance and battery life on existing handsets.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Performance-Optimized: Core i7 4790 vs Core i7 4790S

    You may be familiar with Intel naming their processors under the Core i7, i5 and i3 moniker based on the performance and features offered. But beyond that there are also a handful of different product lines within each of those brands identified by a K, X, S or T appended to the model name. In this article, we'll cover the 'S' product line in particular to determine the actual performance, power draw, and thermal differences compared to its standard counterpart.

    By Matt Bach on

  • 10 Features Android Wear Should Have

    I've been using Android Wear on a daily basis over the last month and found that I love receiving notifications directly on my wrist, or being able to quicly voice search stuff on the web. But beyond that and displaying the time Google's smartwatch platform really can't do much in these early stages. Here's ten features that should be included in the next generation of Android Wear, most of which don't even require hardware updates.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • The People Who Only Play One Video Game

    The video games that serve us. Video games are changing. Increasingly, we're seeing a subset of players focus their attention on one single video game instead of many. League of Legends, World of Tanks. Games that change. Games that are constantly evolving. Games that shift and transform according to the needs of their user base.

    By Mark Serrels on

  • Then and Now: 5 Generations of Radeon Graphics Compared

    After taking half a decade's worth of DirectX 11-capable GeForce graphics cards, it's time to look at things from the opposite side as we compare five generations of Radeon cards with the latest Catalyst driver to see when and where AMD has made its biggest performance leaps and which GPUs have aged the best.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Best Skyrim Mods

    Skyrim was released over three years ago! In video game terms it's a senior citizen, and by all rights should be long gone. But it's still insanely popular, in large part down to the variety of mods available for it. If you've been out of the Skyrim loop for a year or two or have just got around to picking it up in a sale, here are the best mods for the game.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • 10 Mobile Tech Predictions for 2015

    Twenty-fourteen saw mobile displays go above 1080p, ubiquitous LTE, lots of affordable devices, and more. As we now head in to 2015, it's time to make another ten predictions for what we might see in mobile computing throughout the year. Is the market set for a slowdown or will we see further noteworthy advancements?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • The Year in Tech: 2014 Top Stories

    As the year comes to a close it's time to take a look back at some of the events that shaped the tech landscape in twenty-fourteen. There were some high profile buyouts, buzzwords, and a fair share of disruptions, controversies and security disasters with the likes of Apple, Google, Uber, Sony and the NSA -- among others -- as protagonists. This is a quick recount of the most relevant stories of 2014, divided into eleven different categories.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Then and Now: 5 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    When new GPUs arrive we usually compare them to their predecessor but rarely go back more than one generation. Many of you who haven't upgraded GPUs in over a year, two, or more may be pleased to see how performance scales and what to expect in modern games.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD FX-8350 and FX-6300 Power to Performance Overclocking Test

    Intel has been beating AMD on every front but price for a couple of generations now as the Bulldozer microarchitecture and its descendants have had an unpleasant uphill climb. Power consumption, performance per clock, it all takes its toll. However, we took a couple of AMD's most popular chips for a test drive and found that things aren't anywhere near as bad as benchmarks might lead you to believe. Quite the opposite, actually.

    By Dustin Sklavos on

  • Impact of Temperature on Intel CPU Performance

    Older CPUs would simply fail if they started to overheat, but modern CPUs adjust their frequency based on temperature (among other things) to prevent a dramatic failure. Because of this, it stands to reason that once you reach certain temps, you will no longer be getting the maximum performance from your CPU because it will be busy protecting itself. But what is that temperature? And do you really need a high-end liquid-cooled system to get peak performance?

    By Matt Bach on

  • It's Time to Reinvent the Digital Pen

    For the pen to ever have mainstream adoption, it should be used consistently no matter where you are, like the mouse or keyboard. Ideally, you should be able to write, draw and mark-up with the pen everywhere. The pen doesn't ever need to be a mouse replacement.

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

  • The Best Tech Deals and Discounts for Students

    Getting the most out of each dollar is absolutely critical for many students working towards a four-year college degree, but what most don't realize is that their college education can start paying dividends even before they step on campus. To help the millions of broke college students out, we've compiled a list of some of the top tech-related discounts from a variety of vendors, for anyone enrolled at an institution of higher education.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • The 12 Best Games on PC

    PC gamers have got a pretty great thing going. Interesting, experimental indie games? Yup. The shiniest, most visually impressive versions of big-budget games? Yeah, they get a lot of those, too. Let's say you've recently joined the ranks of the PC elite. What games should you install? Well, you can start out with the games listed on this roundup.

    By Kotaku Staff on

  • The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD at Every Price Point

    It's been an eventful year for GPU releases with updated models and prices across all budgets from both AMD and Nvidia. With no more releases from either camp for the remainder of the year the competition will likely center on price. That's exciting news for those of you who have a shiny new GPU at the top of your Christmas list. Let's break down each price bracket to determine which company offers the best value product.

    By Steven Walton on

  • I Played 3 Hours of Dragon Age: Inquisition and It's Awesome

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is third main title in BioWare's action RPG series, and it's a much more expansive and ambitious game than those that came before it. The graphical detail on Ultra settings is jaw-dropping: from the particle effects, to lighting and textures... it is easily the most visually astounding RPG game I have ever played.

    By Tim Schiesser on