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  • Here's Why the Unreal Engine Is Coming to Your Car

    For the first time, the Unreal Engine will be used in a consumer automobile, as all displays in the new GMC Hummer EV are powered by the very same software that enables some of the most popular and visually stunning video games on the market.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Everything You Need to Know About SFF PCs

    Small form factor PCs are a niche corner of the PC market that's becoming more accessible than ever. Many SFF PCs are similar in size to the latest gaming consoles, but there's more to do than just game on a PC.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • TechSpot's Quick Guide to Sockets and Ports

    The average desktop PC has over 10 different types of connections and often sports over 30 individual sockets. Whether you're wanting to sort out SATA from M.2, or DVI-D from DisplayPort, welcome to our quick guide to sockets and ports.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • 25 Great Games You Can Play on Laptops and Budget PCs

    We often talk about the latest and greatest graphics cards and playing games at the highest settings, but there are times when that's simply not an option. In times like these, it's nice to have a library of fun games that won't melt our processors. That's why we've compiled this list of 25 great (but less demanding) games we can wholeheartedly recommend.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • The Last Time Intel Tried to Make a Graphics Card

    Will history repeat itself? Intel's setting out to make a name for itself in the discrete GPU space with its upcoming Xe-HP GPU lineup. We look at Project Larrabee - the last time Intel tried making a graphics card - to understand how things might turn out.

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key

    Microsoft has been changing and improving the way it handles Windows licenses. We'll cover all you need to know in this article, from old school ways to retrieve keys, to the more modern approaches to make good use of your licenses and what restrictions may apply depending on your type of license.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Nvidia Reflex Tested: Low Latency Revolution?

    Nvidia is making concerted efforts to expand their GeForce feature set beyond raw performance. Features like DLSS and ray tracing are heavily pushed, and today we'll be checking out whether Reflex is something you should care about.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Compaq: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Computers had finally made the jump from taking up an entire room to fitting on a desk, but they were still far from portable. In 1982, three entrepreneurs decided to change that. Their first entry into the market was the Compaq Portable in 1983.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Intel Rocket Lake Preview: A New Architecture

    After years of wallowing in the mud left by Intel's wake, AMD has risen back up to reconquer the processor market. Ryzen 5000 is meant to put the final nail in Intel's coffin. But such a challenge cannot go unanswered.

    By Isaiah Mayersen on

  • Find Your Motherboard Brand and Model

    There are many reasons why you might need to find your motherboard's brand and model number. Looking to update drivers or the BIOS is most common, but you may also want to check compatibility, discover specs, or look for a replacement. And with OEM PCs and laptops, it's not always as straightforward as checking the box of your motherboard's box.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • AMD B450 or B550 Motherboard for Ryzen 5000 CPUs?

    With the announcement of AMD's Ryzen 5000 desktop CPU series, many prospective buyers aren't clear on the differences between AMD B450 and B550 motherboards, if they should upgrade or which one to buy.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Using a PlayStation 4 Controller with Your PC

    Microsoft's Xbox controller has been the default gamepad for PC gamers for some time now, but you may prefer Sony's competing --- and also quite good --- DualShock 4 controller. The good news is, you can easily configure it to work on Windows or macOS.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Ryzen 5 3600 + RTX 3080: Killer Combo or Not?

    Today we're taking a look back at AMD's value king, the Ryzen 5 3600, but this time running games with the GeForce RTX 3080. Bad or brilliant idea?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Sinclair Computers: Gone But Not Forgotten

    For many, the 1980s was the golden era in home computing. Fighting among new companies was Sinclair who made cheap and basic computers, but helped give rise to the world of bedroom programming and some very familiar game developers.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • A Guide to Shopping for a New PC Case

    The perfect PC chassis is a bit of a misnomer. Plenty of cases over the years have been highly regarded as being great, trend-setting or iconic, but one size does not fit all. This article aims to help you construct that shortlist of options and steer your search in the right direction.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Ray Tracing & DLSS with the GeForce RTX 3080

    With Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 out the door, it's time we take a deep dive into ray tracing and DLSS performance to show you just how fast the RTX 3080 is for these special effects in a wider range of games.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • The History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer

    The PC business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This 5-part series explores the history of personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5 Benchmarked: How Does the New Generation Perform?

    We're starting to see more Wi-Fi 6 capable devices hit the market, so naturally, the big question is: should you upgrade? Today we are taking a look at how some of these systems perform compared to those from the previous generation.

    By William Gayde on

  • What's Your Old Graphics Card Now Worth?

    Today we're exploring the used graphics card market. With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3080 and upcoming launches from AMD, we suspect many will be looking to upgrade their GPU and sell their old one on the used market.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • 10 Games to Chill Out and Lower Your Stress Levels

    Video games can evoke a variety of emotions, whether it's fear, edginess or excitement. But sometimes we just want to chillax, so here are a few good game suggestions that are better suited to reduce your stress levels.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • AMD vs. Intel GeForce RTX 3080 Benchmark

    For today's article we'll be once again looking at many benchmark graphs filled with RTX 3080 data, though this one is going to be a little different. While we're benchmarking the new GeForce RTX 3080, it won't be the main focus of our attention but rather we'll be looking deeper into CPU performance.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Rise and Fall of Multi-GPU Graphics Cards

    When it comes to graphics cards, more is nearly always better. More shaders, more RAM, more bandwidth. So how about more GPUs? Here's a brief stroll through the story of multi-GPU graphics cards.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Can You Build a Gaming PC for $500?

    In a world where a decent graphics card can cost the same as a new cutting-edge console, you'd be forgiven for thinking that $500 just isn't enough money to buy a PC and play games on it. So, can it be done?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Revisiting 8-bit and 16-bit Era of Video Game Music

    Game systems from the 8-bit and 16-bit era weren't graphical powerhouses, but there were other aspects that factored into creating a well-rounded game. Quality games almost unanimously had great sound and music as this list shows.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • The Commodore Story: Gone But Not Forgotten

    A lot of people over 30 will probably name a Commodore as the first computer they ever used. Whether it was your first computer game or first program in BASIC, Commodore led an entire generation to a life-long career in the tech industry.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • Gateway 2000: Gone But Not Forgotten

    What does a cattle ranch have in common with computers? Admittedly not much, but that didn't stop a couple of college dropouts from capitalizing on the concept to create a lucrative business that would reshape how consumers perceive and purchase personal computers.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Palm: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Palm, the inventor of the Palm Pilot, is one of the earliest and most successful personal digital assistants which made the name "Palm" synonymous with PDAs, a leading handheld computing form factor for nearly a decade and the precursor to the modern smartphone.

    By David Matthews on

  • 10 Big Misconceptions About Computer Hardware

    With technology advancing so rapidly around us, sometimes misconceptions can work their way into our common understanding. In this article, we'll take a step back and go over some of the most common things people get wrong when talking about computer hardware.

    By William Gayde on

  • What Ever Happened to Netscape?

    It was a magical time, home computers sales were just booming and if you were lucky enough, your PC would come equipped with a modem for dial-up Internet access. You would hear the scrambling sound of your phone line connecting you to the world. Launching Netscape and staring at the throbber animation while a single web page loaded.

    By Cal Jeffrey and Julio Franco on