Feature Index Page 6

  • 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

  • Customizing Windows 10's Context Menu: Add, Remove Items & More

    Left unchecked, it doesn't take long for the Windows context menu to become cluttered, and we bet there's at least one program on your context menus that you never use. Conversely, managing the context menu to work in your advantage can be a rewarding tweak to your operating system.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Essential Apps You Should Install on a New PC Running Windows or macOS

    You just bought a new laptop, built a new desktop PC, or are simply clean installing on a new SSD, good for you! Gotta love the taste of a fresh new machine, but now you have to get back to productivity zen by recovering your files and installing programs. Not sure which ones? Well, let us help.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • How to Create a Windows 10 Virtual Machine with VMware Player and VirtualBox

    Having a virtual machine on-hand can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as testing software or tweaks in a sandboxed environment that is separate from your primary operating system. A virtual machine can also help you to run older software that doesn't work with your new operating system, or simply exploring a new operating system altogether.

    By Mark Turner on

  • TechSpot Best of IFA 2018

    Once again, the tech industry descended on Berlin with an overwhelming number of gadgets. As hundreds of exhibitors were spread across thousands of square feet of space, finding the show's highlight products wasn't easy. But we spent days trawling through IFA to discover the best it had to offer.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • GeForce RTX on Your Laptop? What Form Will That Take and When?

    By now every self-respecting PC enthusiast and gamer will be aware of Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards. It won't be long before we get performance numbers, too, which is exciting. But before these GPUs hit the desktop, I thought it would be an interesting thought experiment to discuss what the mobile line-up of these might look like.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • QR Codes Explained

    Created in 1994 by Toyota subsidiary 'Denso Wave' to quickly track vehicles and parts through the company's automotive manufacturing process, QR codes are used more commonly today for logging into websites or Wi-Fi networks, sharing contact information, making mobile payments or storing data for plane and train tickets on your phone.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Amazon Prime Shipping: A Cost Analysis

    Amazon pioneered the idea of expedited shipping of online purchases with the launch of Amazon Prime inĀ 2005. The buying club offered customers free two-day shipping on eligible purchases in exchange for a flat annual fee of $79. The program seemed unsustainable at first but over time, Amazon has proven its worth exponentially.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • FreeSync on Nvidia GPUs Workaround: Impractical, But It Works

    Recently two separate Reddit threads brought an interesting topic to discussion: if you hook up your FreeSync monitor to an AMD GPU display output, while your primary Nvidia GPU is still in your PC, it may be possible to use your Nvidia graphics card and take advantage of FreeSync.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Strange Brigade Benchmarked

    Taking a page out of cooperative games such as Left 4 Dead and their own Zombie Army Trilogy, Rebellion is bringing us today 'Strange Brigade', a brand new co-op third-person shooter that is also part of AMD's "Raise The Game" bundle for those purchasing a Radeon RX Vega, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Refresh Windows 10 to its default state in a few clicks, keeping your files and settings

    If you've been thinking about reinstalling Windows 10 because of stability issues, driver errors, malware infections, software bloat or any issues with your system, it may come as great news that Microsoft has built in a simple method of reinstalling the operating system without deleting your user settings or data.

    By Mark Turner on

  • The Best PC Games of 2018... So Far

    We're well past the halfway point of 2018, which means it's a good time to take a look at the best PC games released this year so far. There's a mix of genres in this list, from the latest entries in long-running franchises to brand-new IPs, here are the best PC games that the last eight months have given us.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • What Are the Best CCleaner Alternatives?

    For a long time CCleaner has been the most popular system-cleaning tool for Windows, extending its reach to other platforms like macOS and Android phones. However since security giant Avast acquired it last year, it's been a stormy ride that's had many doubting how effective or trustworthy the tool really is.

    By Mark Turner on

  • 12 Windows Clipboard Managers Tested

    Clipboard managers make it much easier to re-enter text or anything else that you've recently copied and pasted, adding an array of new capabilities to the default Windows clipboard. Although they differ in specific features, the typical clipboard manager automatically saves text, images and other items as they are copied to your clipboard, displaying them in a list-style GUI that makes it simple to re-copy or paste something later.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Back to School Tech Guide 2018

    While most students are enjoying their summer break right now, it's never too early to start planning for a return to the classroom. Studying can be stressful; thankfully, there's plenty of technology out there that can make school life a lot easier.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • How to Recover Data From a Corrupt ZIP File

    As what may be the most common way to store and share multiple files, the ZIP file format is used by essentially everyone online. With that said, there's a good chance you'll eventually come across one that has been corrupted, but everything's not lost.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Analyzing Graphics Card Pricing: July 2018

    It's time to talk about graphics card pricing once again. Today we're exploring cards you can actually buy right now and at what prices, how that compares to previous months, which ones are the best value for money, and whether you should even buy one at all.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers a comprehensive analysis of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning five well differentiated budgets. Starting at ~$400 for an affordable PC, followed by two well-balanced enthusiast-oriented machines, a premium high-end build, and finally a dream machine packing the baddest hardware available, period.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The Best Sports Video Game of All Time

    The latest sports games are not always the best. There's an obsession with incremental changes and bullet-point features, one which challenges fan's ability to take a step back and assess each game as its own title. It's something I try to do and I'm taking to its logical conclusion here in this Quixotic attempt to pluck one game out of hundreds and call it the "best."

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and know-how, the latter of which we offer up here.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Things Nvidia Needs to Fix

    The third and final installment in our 'Needs to Fix' series is focused on Nvidia. Having previously discussed what we feel Intel and AMD can do with their upcoming products to become more consumer friendly, it's now time to look at the green team. As before, we're looking at this from the perspective of the consumer, at the product level.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Things AMD Needs to Fix

    This is the second part of our "Needs to Fix" series and it's now AMD's turn. As the underdog, AMD has far more reason to play nice and you could argue they've been forced into doing many of the things we want Intel to do because of their smaller market share. We don't believe AMD is a saint, it's still a big company trying to accomplish what most businesses should: make money.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Productivity Boost: Enable 'Night Mode' on All Your Devices

    It's becoming common knowledge that exposure to blue light can prevent your body from winding down properly before bed and making it more difficult to sleep. If you often work at night or simply like to read on a screen before going to sleep, this can be a game changer.

    By Julio Franco on

  • What is Vcore and How Does It Help with Overclocking?

    Vcore, or core voltage, is the voltage that is supplied to power your CPU. The amount of power the CPU uses and the amount of heat generated are tied to the amount of voltage it draws. The voltage identification definition, or VID, determines the amount of voltage your CPU needs to maintain stability at the default clock speeds.

    By Ryan Fisher on

  • Things Intel Needs to Fix

    As the market leader and long time dominant force in the CPU space, Intel's been able to get away with a lot and this is partly because the competition has allowed them to. In this column we're looking at possible improvements from the consumers' perspective and specific to Intel's personal computing side of the business.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Where is the Windows 10 Recycle Bin? Removing it from the desktop & putting it elsewhere

    Have you ever been to a presentation, or worse, a high-profile company keynote, it gets started on an empty Windows desktop showing nothing but the Recycle Bin icon? Hideous. Preferring to keep our desktop clean, we remove the Recycle Bin icon from Windows 10 as one of the first tweaks to a fresh installation of the operating system.

    By Julio Franco on

  • What's Thermal Throttling and How to Prevent It

    Heat is an inevitable byproduct of work. Heat is also prevalent in electronics, and when it comes to graphics cards you can manage it using passive cooling, fans and even water. But when these solutions aren't working, your GPU has one more way to beat the heat: thermal throttling.

    By Ryan Fisher on