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  • The Best AMD Ryzen Gaming Laptops (So Far)

    As a culmination to our testing of Ryzen Mobile 4000 H processors and the various laptops they are found in, today we're discussing the best AMD gaming laptops on the market so far. It's clear that mobile Ryzen is not as widely available as we wished, but various new models have become available and reception has been great, including the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and most recently the HP Omen 15.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Benchmarked

    Today we're benchmarking a cargo plane load of graphics cards in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Visually the game is breathtaking and we'd say that we're looking at truly next generation stuff here. We've tested 28 graphics cards at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions using the Ultra and Medium quality presets.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Anatomy of a Monitor

    You're looking at one right now. It might be sitting on a desk, stuck on a wall, or cradled in your hand. Monitors have millions of components, but usually don't get talked about with the same kind of fervent passion as CPUs and graphics cards, but they're just as important. The insides of monitors must be something special... and there's only one way to find out.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Explainer: L1 vs. L2 vs. L3 Cache

    Every single CPU found in any computer, from a cheap laptop to a million-dollar server, will have something called cache. More likely than not, it'll possess several levels of it, too. It must be important, otherwise why would it be there? But what does cache do?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • How to Encrypt Files, Folders and Drives on Windows

    One of the best ways to protect your privacy is to encrypt important information on your computer. Whether you need to send personal information to someone, or simply want to make sure that no one who gets access to your computer can see stuff you would rather keep private, encryption is the way to go.

    By Heinrich Long on

  • Wi-Fi 6 Explained: The Next Generation of Wi-Fi

    Wi-Fi is set to get better and faster. While plenty of routers are already available with chips using draft specifications, 802.11ax Wi-Fi was not finalized until Sept. 2019, ushering in a wave of updated devices touting new wireless capabilities that will contribute toward next-generation networks with more speed and less congestion.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Explainer: What Are Tensor Cores?

    Nvidia has been making graphics chips that feature extra cores, beyond the normal ones used for shaders. Known as tensor cores, these mysterious units can be found in thousands of system, but what exactly are they and what are they used for? Today we'll explain what a tensor is and how tensor cores are used in the world of graphics and deep learning.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • OCZ Technology: Gone But Not Forgotten

    OCZ Technology was founded in 2000 by Ryan Petersen as "The Overclockerz Store," an online hardware reseller that catered to computer enthusiasts. The company started out selling binned processors and memory kits capable of running faster than their rated speeds - items which overclockers were willing to pay a premium for.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Can It Run Crysis? An Analysis of Why a 13-Year-Old Game Is Still Talked About

    Every once in a while, a video game is made that becomes part of the industry's history. For PC gamers, there's one title that's almost legendary thanks to its incredible, ahead-of-its-time graphics and ability to grind PCs into single digit frame rates. Join us as we take a look back at Crysis and see what made it so special.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • How to Calibrate Your Monitor

    Monitor calibration is very important to a creative professional's workflow, but pretty much anyone can benefit from it. Calibration will deliver color accuracy and correct problems with white balance, gamma, and oversaturation. It'll also help color matching multiple monitors for a consistent experience.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Explainer: What Is Machine Learning?

    Machine learning (ML) is the study of computer systems that automatically improve with experience, a hot topic in the last few years, but a concept that's been around for decades. IBM programmer and AI pioneer Arthur Samuel coined the term "machine learning" in 1952.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Is the Ryzen 3 3300X Better Value than the Ryzen 5 3600?

    Today we're revisiting AMD's budget-oriented Ryzen 3 3300X. This Ryzen 3 CPU thoroughly impressed us when it launched two months ago and now we're taking a look back to see where it stands against the Ryzen 5 3600 and 2600.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Rise, Fall and Revival of AMD

    AMD is one of the oldest designers of large scale microprocessors and has been the subject of polarizing debate among technology enthusiasts for nearly 50 years. Its story makes for a thrilling tale. We'll revisit the company's past, examine the twists and turns in the path to the present, and wonder at what lies ahead.

    By Nick Evanson and Graham Singer on

  • 10 Great Free Steam Games

    We went on a hunt for 10 fantastic free (or free-to-play) Steam games. By narrowing things down so much, this list was never meant to be exhaustive nor comprehensive, but to highlight a handful of great titles.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • The Best (and Worst) Radeon RX 5600 XT Graphics Cards

    We've have on hand nearly every Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card model in existence. We've tested them and now we want to share what are the best models, and more importantly, which one you should (and shouldn't) buy.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Valorant Takes Aim at the King

    I've been excited to play Riot's Valorant for a long time, and not just for the sake of the game itself. I'm a long-term Counter-Strike player and my hope with Valorant was not just that Riot would make a game I love, but one that would give another game I love a boot up the backside.

    By Rich Stanton on

  • Anatomy of RAM

    Every single computer has RAM, whether it's embedded into a processor or sitting on a dedicated circuit board plugged into the system, computing devices simply can't work without it. RAM is an astonishing feat of precision engineering, and yet it is manufactured in epic quantities every year. Given how super important RAM is, a proper dissection is called for.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Build Your Own Mechanical Keyboard Project, Part 2: Assembly

    Earlier we covered in detail the required components for building your own keyboard and hopefully made the whole project feel a bit less daunting. Today we will go over the assembly process, so you can turn your pile of parts into a functioning board.

    By Ryan Fisher on

  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 5

    The personal computing 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 is the fifth and last installment in a series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Build Your Own Mechanical Keyboard Project: What you need to get started

    In the world of mechanical keyboards, big brand names like Corsair, Razer, HyperX, etc., take the bulk of the limelight. But what if I told you that every part of a keyboard can be customized? This goes far beyond the aesthetics, so if you're not one for making compromises, it may be time to build your own.

    By Ryan Fisher on

  • Blasts From the Past: TechSpot Staff's Favorite Tech of the Last Decade

    We asked everyone on the TechSpot team to think about their top 5 favorite tech items released in the last decade. This article is a collective list of those products (later on you can share your own with the community in the comments), so please join us as we go through our favorite tech from the 2010s: blasts from the past, that impressed us with their value for money, outstanding performance, or those feel-good vibes that they gave us!

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 4

    The personal computing 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 is the fourth installment in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Network Attached Storage (NAS): What It Is and Why You May Want It

    If you have multiple computers, chances are you've wanted to get a file from one system to another at some point. Maybe you have some files on your phone that you want on your laptop, or media on a PC that you want to stream to a smart TV. Maybe you want a secure location to back up all your important files to. In any of these cases, Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a great option.

    By William Gayde on

  • Benchmarking Your PC: A Guide to Best Practices

    Take the computer know-how, the love of games, and the interest in components, and mix them all together. It's a perfect recipe for diving into benchmarking. In this article, we'll explain how you can use games to benchmark your PC and what you can do to analyze the results.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Is Virtual Reality Missing Its Moment?

    Many believed VR would take video games to the next level. But even with better games and more impressive hardware, the sobering realization is that VR remains far from widespread adoption. Facebook may have had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capitalize on an unfortunate circumstance. Perhaps the situation hit us, but VR in general is simply not there yet.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 3

    The personal computing 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 is the third in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.

    By Graham Singer on

  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 2

    The personal computing 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 is the second in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.

    By Graham Singer on

  • How to Replace the Battery in a DualShock 4 Controller

    Sony's DualShock 4 is a really good controller that can double as your full-time PC gamepad as well. If you have an aging DS4, you may have noticed that it does not hold a charge as long as it once did. In this guide, we'll show you how to save over 70% by replacing your DualShock battery yourself.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • How 3D Game Rendering Works: Lighting and Shadows

    The vast majority of visual effects you see in games today depend on the clever use of lighting and shadows -- without them, games would be dull and lifeless. In this fourth part of our deep look at 3D game rendering, we'll focus on what happens to a 3D world alongside processing vertices and applying textures. It once again involves a lot of math and a sound grasp of the fundamentals of optics.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Working From Home Effectively: Dos and Don'ts

    We want to help with a few helpful tips for working from home, not only of what you can do, but what you probably shouldn't. Our hope is that we can contribute with ideas that will get you than ready to tackle the challenge.

    By Shawn Knight on