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  • Top 5 Worst GPUs

    Recently we put together a "Top 5 Worst CPUs" feature as a fun side article and readers loved it. The requests came in for a similar article looking at graphics chips and so we're going to have a go at that today.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Core i7 vs. Ryzen 5 with Vega 64 & GTX 1080

    By using the Core i7-7700K and Ryzen 5 1600, each with the Vega 64 and GTX 1080 at 1080p and 1440p we have some very interesting results to go over. Further, we suspect these are typical hardware combinations many are considering for building a new high-end rig when gaming is a big factor.

    By Steven Walton on

  • eSports Benchmark: GeForce GT 1030 vs. Radeon RX 550

    It's time for another GPU battle, though this one is a bit different with GPUs under $100: from AMD we have the Radeon RX 550 and on Nvidia's side is the GeForce GT 1030. Our focus will be primarily on eSports titles including CS:GO, Overwatch and Dota 2 running on a Ryzen 3 test bench.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD A12-9800 Review: Infecting The AM4 Platform

    While we wait for Zen-based APUs, AMD released Bristol Ridge through OEMs late last year, it recently became available on the retail market and this caught the attention of many. The A12-9800 costs $110 and along with promising pretty decent integrated graphics performance, you can take advantage of it on a new AM4 motherboard.

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  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review

    The most striking aspect to the Moto Z2 Play is its slim body. At under 6.0mm thick yet still packing a 3,000 mAh battery, the Z2 Play is one of the slimmest phones on the market right now, however at $500 it faces very tough competition.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Razer Blade Stealth (Mid 2017) Review

    The Razer Blade Stealth has received a refresh featuring the same great design, portable form factor, and solid selection of internal hardware, but now addressing previous downsides with a larger screen with smaller bezels, a better trackpad, among others, that make this a superb ultraportable contender.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Top 5 Worst CPUs

    Today we're going to do something a little different just for fun and look at the top 5 worst CPUs released in the last few years. This is not intended to be taken as seriously as one of our buying guides, and if you happen to have one of these CPUs please don't be offended. In fact, under certain conditions they might even be a justified purchase. Without further ado, let's see why we think these are bad picks for most users...

    By Steven Walton on

  • Destiny 2 Benchmarked: 30 GPUs Tested

    Opened just days ago to those who preordered the game, today we have a beta copy of Destiny 2 on hand for a heap of GPU benchmarking. Although the PC retail release won't be until late October, this seemed like a great opportunity to see what kind of hardware the game is likely to require.

    By Steven Walton on

  • HTC U11 Review

    While HTC worked with Google to create the excellent Pixel phones, their own branded devices haven't been doing as well. Now the company is putting their best effort towards the HTC U11, with 'squeezable' sides and flagship specs, a 5.5-inch 1440p display, and a 12MP camera supposedly rated the best on the market.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64 & Vega 56 Test: 32 Games Benchmarked

    This might be the biggest GPU benchmarking session in TechSpot's history, it's so large that we almost gave up after accepting the challenge. After about a week's worth of testing, we have an incredible amount of data to pour over for a total of 32 titles benchmarked in this article.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Upgraders Guide: Ryzen 3 vs. Core i5-2500K vs. FX-8370

    At this point we know that Ryzen 3 makes a strong case for budget gaming. What we've yet to learn however, is whether that scenario changes with overclocking and if folks with older high-end chips such as the Core i5-2500K and FX-8370 have anything to see here.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Sonic Mania Review

    Sonic Mania is a celebration, a digitized block party of blistering speeds and bright worlds. Sega's decision to hand their famous mascot over to fan creators and artists has paid massive dividends, creating a game that is not just a welcome return to form but a raucous, delightful experience.

    By Heather Alexandra on

  • Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop Review

    From first glance it's clear that the Origin Neuron means business, and when I say business I mean serious gaming business. Flashy RGB lighting, top of the line components, and a clean aesthetic make it one of the best looking builds I've ever laid my eyes on.

    By William Gayde on

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  • Gigabyte Aorus X5 v7 Review

    Gigabyte's enthusiast gamer brand, Aorus, never skimps on hardware and the brand new Aorus X5 v7 is no exception: we're looking at an overclockable quad-core i7-7820HK CPU, GTX 1070 graphics,a high-resolution G-Sync display, 32GB RAM and for storage comprises an M.2 SSD and a hard drive.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review

    The Radeon RX Vega 56 will come in at $400, priced to match the value monster that's been the GTX 1070. For that same reason, Vega 56 looks to be the best value proposition of AMD's new offerings. Let's see what's on offer.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X & 1920X Review

    It's finally time to see if Threadripper can bring competition to the high-end desktop segment while delivering the value and efficiency we've come to expect from other Ryzen processors.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Asus ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop Review

    The Asus ROG Zephyrus is the flagship model for Nvidia's Max-Q initiative. It packs a fully-fledged GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5, a Core i7-7700HQ and 16GB of RAM, inside a chassis that's 17.8mm thick and 2.3 kg heavy. This makes the Zephyrus the slimmest GTX 1080 laptop on the market, and by a significant margin, too.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Ryzen 3: The Ultimate Gaming Benchmark Guide

    As a follow up to our day one review of Ryzen 3, this ultimate gaming benchmark guide has it against Ryzen 5 and Intel's competing processors using the GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 in nine different PC games.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 7 1700 vs. Core i7-7820X: 8-Core Royal Rumble

    Buying an 8-core processor was a wallet ripping affair prior to the arrival of Ryzen. And while it's clear that the R7 1700 is considerably cheaper than the Core i7-7820X, we've been wondering just how much faster Intel's solution is considering both chips have 8 cores and 16 threads.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Asus MX34VQ Review: 34" Ultra Wide Curved 100Hz Monitor

    The Asus Designo MX34VQ is the most affordable 3440 x 1440 ultrawide display you can get with a 100Hz refresh rate. And it doesn't skimp on features to hit this price point: the monitor comes with a Qi wireless charging base, decent Harmon Kardon speakers and support for FreeSync.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Nintendo 2DS XL Review

    If you don't care about 3D anymore-and even Nintendo's interest in it seems to be fading-then the New Nintendo 2DS XL is the absolute best model in Nintendo's line of portable gaming hardware. The New 2DS XL is a successor to, among other things, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS and the 2DS.

    By Chris Kohler on

  • AMD Ryzen 3 Review

    Although Ryzen 3 is just getting released, it feels like we already know everything about AMD's new R3 1200 and 1300X CPUs after running simulated benchmarks last week. Today we get to see how accurate those results were and how Ryzen 3 does at the $110 price point.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • OnePlus 5 Review

    OnePlus has developed a serious fan following over the last couple of years, driven by their marketing and the highly attractive price of their flagship-quality products. The company is back at it in 2017 with the OnePlus 5, again attempting to dethrone the incumbent champions like Samsung with the best hardware at the lowest possible price.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • AirTV Player and Adapter Review

    The AirTV Player is an Android-based streaming box that attempts to weave the streaming ecosystem and OTA channels together into a single cohesive unit. We check it out to see if it delivers for cord cutters who favor OTA content.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 vs Intel Core i7-7800X: 30 Game Battle!

    After comparing Intel's new Core i7-7800X and AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 in productivity workloads, we're back by popular request to learn whether Intel still takes the cake when it comes to high-end gaming.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Razer ManO'War 7.1 Headset Review

    The Razer ManO'War hit the market in 2016 as a premium wireless headset for gamers. This year, Razer has released a new version of the ManO'War that ditches wireless connectivity, keeps the virtual 7.1 surround, and brings it down to a lower price point.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Simulating AMD Ryzen 3 1200, 1300X Performance

    Today we're taking a glimpse into the future to see how Ryzen 3 will perform when it's released next week. We did the same with Ryzen 5 and those results turned out to be 100% accurate. This is because Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 are the same physical chips as Ryzen 7, just with a certain degree of resources disabled.

    By Steven Walton on

  • MSI Trident 3 Arctic Gaming PC Review

    How can you make a small form factor (SFF) PC unique enough to grab consumers' attention? There are three key aspects that define a SFF PC: internal hardware, size, and thermal/acoustic performance. The Trident 3 Arctic is MSI's attempt at striking that perfect balance.

    By William Gayde on

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  • Huawei P10 Review

    This year Huawei launched a new top-end smartphone, the Huawei P10, along with a larger brother in the P10 Plus. The phone debuted in a time where competitors like Samsung and LG had just launched flagships with larger, bezel-free displays. But rather than innovating in a similar fashion, Huawei opted for a more iterative approach that took the good parts of the P9 and attempted to improve them for 2017.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Core i7-7800X vs. 7700K, 6 or 4 Cores for Gaming?

    Although we consider the Ryzen 5 1600 to be the sweet spot for building a new high-end gaming rig, many of you interested in going Intel want to know whether it makes more sense to buy the Core i7-7700K or the new 7800X? There's just a ~$70 difference between the two, but the older chip is higher clocked, and the newer CPU gets you two extra cores and access to Intel's latest desktop platform.

    By Steven Walton on