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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Corsair Neutron NX500 400GB Review

    The Neutron Series NX500 is Corsair's latest entry into the high performance SSD arena, comes in 400GB or 800GB capacities, both using the half-height half-length form factor. So how does it fare?

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  • Intel Kaby Lake-X Review: Core i7-7740X & Core i5-7640X

    Along with preparing a series of Skylake-X processors, Intel's counter to Ryzen includes a Kaby Lake-X lineup consisting of the Core i5-7640X, which is basically a renamed 7600K, and the Core i7-7740X, a 7700K in disguise. Or are they?

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  • Razer Lancehead Review

    The Razer Lancehead is the company's latest ambidextrous mouse offering that comes in both wireless and wired iterations. The wireless version will set you back a whopping $140 for a top-of-the-line gaming mouse, while the wired Tournament Edition comes in at a more reasonable $80. We've had hands-on time with both versions for this review.

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  • Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box Review

    The Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box is an external graphics box that won't break the bank, offering compatible graphics acceleration for Thunderbolt 3 laptops, so you can keep using your favorite ultraportable and game at will, using this most practical solution.

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  • Overclocking the Core i9-7900X

    We walked away impressed by the speed of Intel's new Skylake-X chips, however thermals were a severe letdown. The Core i9-7900X is too hot to handle even when paired with an AIO liquid cooler. But we think the 10-core/20-thread beast deserves a more robust cooling solution to match it so we can properly overclock it. Read on.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 Review

    If you want top-end hardware in the cheapest possible smartphone, you should look no further than Xiaomi's Mi line. The Mi 6 packs a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a dual 12-megapixel camera solution in a package that costs around $430 when imported.

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  • Intel Core i9-7900X, Core i7-7820X and i7-7800X Review

    Intel recently announced their new Core X CPU series, comprising of not just three or four processors, but nine of them, making it the biggest range of high-end desktop CPUs Intel has ever announced. Today we'll finally be checking some of them out.

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  • The Best $100 Entry-Level GPU: Radeon RX 560 vs. GeForce GTX 1050

    Enter the Radeon RX 560, AMD's last ditch effort to reclaim the entry-level market segment for this generation. Compared to its predecessor, the RX 560 packs 14% more cores that are slightly faster clocked for good measure. But the GTX 1050 enjoyed of a comfortable 18% lead against AMD's last-gen GPU, so it'll be interesting to see what this means for the RX 560.

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  • Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard Review

    Mechanical keyboards have long been all the rage for gamers, but they're still a long way off becoming ubiquitous due to their premium price point. The Logitech G413 is a full-sized mechanical gaming-oriented keyboard, but at $90 it undercuts most of its competition while packing in largely the same feature set.

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  • LG G6 Review

    LG has lifted their game significantly this year with the all-new G6, a beautiful phone that doesn't try anything crazy, but it succeeds through proper use of materials and a seamless build.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • A Look Back at the GeForce GTX 780 in 2017

    Breaking from our usual benchmarking of new graphics cards, today we're revisiting one of the most powerful GPUs you could've purchased four years ago. The GeForce GTX 780 launched in May 2013 with a mighty impressive showing. At launch, the GTX 780 was ~24% faster than the GTX 680 and 16% faster than the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

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  • DiRT 4 Benchmarked: 27 GPUs Tested

    Codemasters' long-running rally game has returned for its twelfth lap, launching to largely positive reviews last Tuesday on PC, Xbox and PS4. With updated drivers from AMD and Nvidia arriving just a few days later, it seemed like an ideal time to see how the title runs on current and previous-generation GPUs.

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  • Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse Review

    I'm a huge fan of Corsair's mechanical gaming keyboards, but I'll admit I had never used a Corsair gaming mouse until the Glaive landed on my desk a couple of weeks ago. As a long-time user of Razer's DeathAdder, I decided to switch over the Glaive full-time to see if it could win me over for everyday and gaming use cases.

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  • Galax GTX 1070 Katana: Single-slot Graphics

    Galax's GTX 1070 Katana caught our attention for counting itself among the few single-slot gaming graphics cards available today. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, this is the only single-slot, air-cooled GTX 1070 in the world, as anything with a thermal design power of 75 watts or higher is typically paired with a dual-slot cooler for the added heat dissipation.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review

    Samsung knows how to make a premium Android smartphone. For the past few years, the Galaxy S series has nailed it, shooting Samsung to the top of the popularity charts. Now with the Galaxy S8's improvements to design, hardware and even software atop Android 7.0, make this the best phone on the market today.

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  • Corsair One Review

    The Corsair One is the ultimate compact gaming PC. I've looked at several pre-built small form factor systems over the years, and none are as well built or as powerful as this Corsair system. If you have the money and you'd rather not build your own system, the One is genuinely the leading contender on the market.

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  • Radeon RX 570 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

    In an effort to continue stirring the hornet's nest, we're back with even more benchmarks (29 games total), this time pitting the Radeon RX 570 against the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. All things considered, which of these mid-range GPUs makes the most sense to purchase?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus Review

    I've recommended every iteration of the Moto G since it first launched four years ago. Motorola consistently nails it, producing excellent budget smartphones year after year. Most new Moto G phones are only minor upgrades on their predecessor, but with little improvements here and there, and an affordable price point, the Moto G line is hard to pass up.

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  • GeForce GTX 970 & Radeon R9 390: Are They Still Game?

    Earlier this year we decided to dust off the venerable GTX 980 Ti along with the Radeon R9 Fury X to see how they were getting on it modern titles and what, if anything, had changed. Since then we've had loads of requests to create a similar article comparing the Radeon R9 390 and GeForce GTX 970. So that's exactly what we're doing.

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  • Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC Review

    "Pre-Built" and "Small Form Factor PC" are terms that can strike fear in the minds of hardcore PC gamers. Pre-built systems don't necessarily put quality or performance over costs, while small form factor PCs don't always get high end GPU options or efficient cooling. Origin's Chronos breaks those stereotypes with top-of-the-line, name brand components in a tiny chassis.

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  • Razer Blade (2017) Review

    I'm a big fan of Razer hardware. Their peripherals are top notch, in particular their outstanding Deathadder mice, while their laptops have surprised me in terms of how solid and well built they are. Razer seems to know what gamers are after and the latest Razer Blade is no exception.

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  • Gigabyte Aero 15 Review

    The Aero 15 is the best laptop I've ever tested from Gigabyte. It's a reasonably portable 15.6-inch laptop with great internals (Core i7 quad core + GTX 1060 + M.2 SSD), making it suitable for both workstation and gaming use.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Asus ROG Strix GL502VS Review

    The Asus ROG Strix GL502VS sits towards the top end of the performance and price scale. It doesn't have any ludicrous dual-GPU setups inside, but its GeForce GTX 1070 discrete graphics chip offers better performance than your typical gaming laptop or even desktop. It packs a 15.6-inch 1080p G-Sync display and a range of other solid hardware in a form factor that still makes it somewhat portable.

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