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  • Ryzen 5 3400G Review: CPU + Vega Graphics

    As part of the big Zen 2 Ryzen processor launch, AMD released two Ryzen 3000 parts that include a graphics component. The new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G APUs are straightforward upgrades compared to the models they replace, starting at $99 and $149 respectively.

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  • Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: 36 Game Benchmark

    A battle that needs no further introduction, we're pitting the new Ryzen 9 3900X head to head against the Core i9-9900K in 36 games. There's loads of results to go over and this article is solely focused on PC gaming performance.

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  • Ryzen 9 3900X: Wraith Prism RGB Stock Cooler vs. 360mm AIO Liquid Cooler

    When we reviewed 3rd-gen Ryzen we deliberately used the included box coolers for the majority of the testing, it's included in the price after all. Following up to that testing, today we're going to compare how the Ryzen 9 3900X performs using the Wraith Prism RGB stock cooler against a big 360mm all-in-one liquid cooler from DeepCool.

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  • ViewSonic XG350R-C 35" Curved Gaming Monitor Review

    The XG350R-C is ViewSonic's latest ultrawide monitor aimed exclusively at the gaming market. A 35-inch 3440 x 1440 MVA display with a maximum refresh rate of 100 Hz, an 1800R curvature and FreeSync. It retails for $700, so it's a little on the premium side, but we'll see how it performs and whether it stacks up to other popular monitors in this category.

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  • Let's Test This: Ryzen 9 3900X on a B350 Motherboard

    Surely you've read our 3rd-gen Ryzen review by now. While testing the new CPUs we posed the question, how well will these processors work on a really affordable B350 motherboard? The test subject for this experiment is the Asrock AB350M Pro4, the best 'ultra cheap' B350 motherboard we recommended back in 2017 coming in at just $75.

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review: Best All-Round Value CPU

    The successor to our favorite best value CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600 is AMD's new $200 6-core, 12-thread processor. The chip clocks between 3.6 GHz and 4.2 GHz, features a 32MB L3 cache and a 65 watt TDP. Included in the package is the Wraith Stealth cooler and a MSRP that matches the price the R5 2600 launched at.

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  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 Review

    AMD's brand new Navi 7nm GPUs are significantly smaller than previous Vega 56 and 64 parts, packing fewer transistors on a much smaller package, so we expect them to be efficient. The Radeon RX 5700 and XT GPUs have also been purposely built for gaming and are set to compete directly against GeForce RTX Super cards.

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  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X Review

    It's finally time to review AMD's new 3rd-gen Ryzen processors. The Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core, 24-thread processor with a massive 64MB L3 cache. It costs $500, placing it in direct competition with the Core i9-9900K. Then the Ryzen 7 3700X costs $330 and AMD suggests it's taking on the more expensive 9700K.

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  • Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ 35" Gaming Monitor Review

    The gaming monitor we're reviewing today has been a long time coming. The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ is, in short, a wallet-destroying 200Hz HDR ultrawide monitor: 35-inch 3440 x 1440 curved VA panel running up to 200 Hz, full HDR functionality, 1,000 nits of peak brightness and G-Sync Ultimate support.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super Review

    The long time coming GeForce RTX Super graphics cards are here: the RTX 2060 Super is a slightly cut down version of the original RTX 2070 (but now at $400) as both use TU106 silicon. Meanwhile, the RTX 2070 Super is a boosted version of the original for the same price, reaching closer to 2080-levels of performance.

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  • Razer Blade Pro 17 Review

    The Blade Pro 17 for 2019 is as sleek and well crafted as ever, with a fantastic metal unibody encompassing the base and lid. The minimalist all-black design sits at the top of the food chain as the best slim and light performance laptop design.

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  • Two Years Later: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Intel Core i7-7700K

    With 3rd-gen Ryzen set to hit stores very soon, we're warming up to that launch by revisiting some heated CPU battles from the past couple of years that can bring further context to current owners of these processors. Today's battle is between the first-gen Ryzen 7 1800X flagship and Intel's competing Core i7­-7700K quad-core.

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  • MSI GE75 Raider Review

    Today we're looking at one of the most powerful laptops you can get in a reasonable form factor for a reasonable price, the MSI GE75 Raider 9SF. This 17" notebook packs a 1080p 144Hz display, the new Core i7-9750H, the full variant of the RTX 2070 GPU and 16GB of dual-channel DDR4, plus a decent hunk of SSD storage.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Budget RTX 2060 or Premium RTX 2060?

    Today we're going to compare the most affordable RTX 2060 graphics card you can buy right now to one of the most expensive models from MSI. Prospective buyers often ask this and particular details aside, you could extrapolate this comparison to other GPU series as well.

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  • Two Years Later, Who Won? Ryzen 5 1600 vs. Core i5-7600K

    This is a comparison we've been wanting to put together for some time. With Computex 2019 out of the way and the full confirmation of 3rd-gen Ryzen, before that hits us here's an updated comparison between the Ryzen 5 1600 and Core i5-7600K. It's time to see which processor offers gamers the best performance in 2019.

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  • Total War: Three Kingdoms Review

    Ever since Rome 2's disappointing release back in 2013, it feels like the Total War series has been lost and in search of something. From Attila and Thrones of Britannia's tinkering to the Warhammer games' explosion of personality there has been wild experimentation between titles. Three Kingdoms is the culmination of that adventure -- and this game is amazing.

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  • Radeon VII vs. GeForce RTX 2080

    Honestly we're not sure why the overwhelming interest, but we've been getting a surprisingly large number of requests for a Radeon VII re-test over the past few weeks, and we couldn't refuse. In what may be the last GPU shootout we put together before Navi arrives, today we have a 38 game benchmark covering 1440p and 4K resolutions.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel Core i7-9750H vs i7-8750H Review

    Intel recently launched a new collection of 9th-gen H-series processors for gaming and high-performance laptops. The focus of this review is on the Core i7-9750H which is the new mainstream CPU that will be seen in many gaming laptops moving forward and the drop-in replacement for the 8750H.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • LG 32GK650F 32" QHD Gaming Monitor Review

    We were excited about testing today's monitor because the product falls into one of our favorite categories: affordable but decent gaming monitors. Lots of companies try and target this market segment but it's difficult to come away with a winner, but we think LG might have just managed it with the 32GK650F.

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  • Acer Nitro XV273K 27" Gaming Monitor Review

    The Acer Nitro XV273K is the first monitor to bring a 4K resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate to gamers at a more affordable price point. At about $900, we wouldn't call this a value offering, but given what's on offer and at half the cost of competing high-refresh 4K monitors, it is no doubt a tempting proposition for those buying a premium display.

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  • GeForce GTX 1650 Tested without PCIe Power

    Last week we checked out the new GeForce GTX 1650 for the first time and we were disappointed that it was no rival for AMD's RX 570. We've since tested the 75-watt model lacking an external PCI Express power connector and have to admit we're pleasantly surprised.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Mortal Kombat 11 Review

    Mortal Kombat 11 builds upon the story and game mechanics established in Mortal Kombat X beautifully, for the most part. The game's story is even more involved and engaging. The fighting feels more deliberate and calculated. MK 11 lets players create their own fighting styles, picking and choosing which moves they wish to include.

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  • GeForce GTX 1650 Review: Turing at $150

    Based on the TU117 die the new GeForce GTX 1650 still includes all of the new Turing shader innovations that improve performance and efficiency. The TDP is just 75 watts, meaning it doesn't require external power, making it the fastest graphics card available that won't need external PCIe power.

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  • Dell UltraSharp U4919DW 49" Monitor Review

    Dell's UltraSharp U4919DW is a 49-inch monitor with a 5120 x 1440 resolution, giving it a 32:9 aspect ratio. This display is equivalent to two 27-inch 1440p displays side by side without a bezel in-between. So if you were planning to run with a dual-screen 1440p setup, something like the U4919DW might be a better choice.

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  • The Ray Tracing Slideshow: DXR on Nvidia Pascal Tested

    During this year's GDC, Nvidia announced that GTX graphics cards would be getting basic ray tracing support with a driver update. For putting together this test we took the most powerful Pascal GPU we had on hand - the Nvidia Titan X - and pitted it against Nvidia's RTX line-up in the three games that support ray tracing thus far.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Intel Core i5-9400F vs. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

    Intel's been having some trouble competing with the wave of Ryzen processors, forcing the chip maker to be a little more creative. Today we have the Intel Core i5-9400F on hand, which is basically a refreshed i5-8400 with a 100 MHz clock speed boost, no integrated graphics and a lower price point.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5 2600X vs. Ryzen 7 1700

    When we recently updated our Best CPUs feature, we noticed that access to affordable first-gen Ryzen processors remains an attractive option for many. The Ryzen 7 1700 is a standout option for an 8-core/16-thread part selling for $160, meaning you can either buy the R7 1700 or the R5 2600 at the same price.

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  • Fortnite Battle Royale Review

    It's hard to say how Fortnite is turning out because it keeps turning into something else. Skins and storylines come and go. Landmarks appear and disappear. Weapons are added and removed. Recently, a mysterious excavation site appeared, but it was dug up and abandoned by the time I got there the next day. There's never a perfect time to say what Fortnite is.

    By Riley MacLeod on

  • Five Years Later: Revisiting the GeForce GTX 970

    Recently we've looked back at the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GTX 960, both popular GPUs from yesteryear. Those features have been warmly welcomed, but besides the overall positive responses what we noticed in common in your feedback was the request to test the GeForce GTX 970, which was the performance/value offering of the time and a GPU some of you are still rocking in today's games with some success.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Old Mainstream GPU: GeForce GTX 960 vs. GTX 1660 & RTX 2060

    When we recently tested the new GeForce GTX 1660 we noted that Nvidia was making a bold claim in the review guide saying that the 1660 was a whopping 113% faster than the GTX 960, making it a perfect upgrade option for owners of the old mid-range Maxwell GPU.

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