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  • MSI GS75 Stealth Gaming Laptop Review

    The top-of-the-line MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG is a slim and light portable gaming system sporting a 17.3" 1080p 144Hz ISP display, an RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, Core i7 CPU, 32GB of dual-channel memory and a dual 512GB SSD setup in RAID 0. It's a beastly gaming laptop worth checking out.

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  • GeForce GTX 1660 Tested: 33 Game Benchmark feat. The Division 2

    This is our second look at the new GeForce GTX 1660. Not to be confused with the 1660 Ti that was released a month earlier, both GPUs offer great value at mid-range prices of $220 for the GTX 1660 and $280 for the Ti version.

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q Review

    Following our coverage into Nvidia's laptop RTX GPUs, today we're reviewing the top-end RTX 2080 Max-Q. As an "RTX 2080" Turing part, this GPU comes with 2944 CUDA cores, 368 Tensor cores and 46 ray tracing cores. But that's where the similarities between the RTX 2080 Max-Q and the desktop RTX 2080 end.

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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Review: Going for 200

    The latest member of the Turing GTX family is making its debut in the form of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660. An anticipated release after the launch of the GTX 1660 Ti, which proved to be a great buy, now the vanilla GTX 1660 has been set at $220 and it looks to provide great value for your money.

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  • A Blast from the Past: GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs. GTX 1660 Ti vs. RTX 2060

    Today we're revisiting the GeForce GTX 980 Ti to see how it stacks up to the newly released RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti, particularly in more recent titles such as Apex Legends, Resident Evil 2 and Far Cry New Dawn. The GTX 980 Ti is now four years old, so you'd expect new GPUs around half the price to deliver a similar level of performance... or do they?

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  • Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop Review

    The Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL504GV is a fine laptop with a good design, a good trackpad and keyboard, and generous I/O. It's not overly portable, it's not overly chunky. It's got a pretty good display, upgradeability options, and the internal hardware and performance is good, too.

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  • Apex Legends Review

    Apex Legends is a tasting menu of battle royale moments, rather than the potato chip jump-die-restart of my Fortnite experiences. There are countless moments to surprise or disappoint yourself. The hero aspect of the game is a change for battle royales, but other than that, the basics are standard for the genre.

    By Riley MacLeod on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop GPU) Review

    Considering the popularity and widespread use of the GeForce GTX 1060 in gaming laptops, the new RTX 2060 is set to be one of the key offerings in Nvidia's latest lineup.

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  • Anthem Review

    Every once in a while, a game comes along that that does something surprising, different, memorable. Anthem is not one of those games. Anthem's core idea of "jetpacks plus guns" works excellently on its own, but nothing else in the game quite lives up to it.

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  • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mega Benchmark

    We're following up to our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti review with an even more ample 33 game benchmark test. The day-one review looked at more recent games such as Resident Evil 2, Metro Exodus, Apex Legends, and many others. Now we're keen to see how the 1660 Ti stacks up in a much wider range of games.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Gigabyte Aero 15 X9 Laptop Review: RTX Inside

    Today we are reviewing the Gigabyte Aero 15 X9, the first Nvidia RTX laptop we tested and used for our RTX 2070 Max-Q feature earlier this month. It's a cool gaming laptop, pretty similar to the Aero 15X v8 we looked at last year, but with a few upgrades that we'll walk you through here.

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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Review

    Nvidia's latest attempt to excite gamers arrives in the form of a new mid-range GPU with no RTX features on board. The new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti comes as no surprise as it's been widely rumored for some time: a cut down Turing GPU that trims off the fat and offers better value for less than $300.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • The Best GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Cards

    The GeForce RTX 2060 offers a middle ground for great performance at a price that remains within reach of most enthusiasts. If you're convinced this is the best GPU for you, you will still have to choose among dozens of different models. Here come our picks.

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  • Metro Exodus PC Graphics Benchmark

    Metro Exodus is about to receive our usual GPU benchmark treatment with 36 graphics cards on the bench getting a full performance comparison. The game has generally been well received although it's been out for just a few days.

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q Review

    Nvidia unveiled RTX laptops early 2019 and the first models sporting the GPUs are making it to market just now. Today we're checking out Nvidia's new GeForce RTX GPUs for laptops, starting with the RTX 2070 Max-Q variant, thanks to Gigabyte who sent in their latest Aero 15 X9 for testing.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Viotek GFT27DB Review: Best TN Gaming Monitor Ever?

    Following up to our best value FreeSync monitors feature, we though this review would be ideal. Today we're looking at the Viotek GFT27DB which is a brand new display release, sporting a new TN panel (ideal for gamers) that promises a lot on paper. Having reviewed several Viotek displays in the last year, we've been consistently impressed with the value proposition, so we are hoping nothing changes here in that respect.

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  • AMD Radeon VII Mega Benchmark

    With the release driver on hand for the Radeon VII we decided to go back to the test bench. Today we have over 30 games to check out, including the new World of Tanks update as well as Apex Legends.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Radeon VII Review: RTX Killer or Flop?

    The Radeon VII is AMD's latest GPU offering aimed at gamers. CEO Lisa Su has stated that the Radeon VII performs competitively with Nvidia's RTX 2080 and as such will go for the same $700. It's believed AMD's not turning a profit on these things, even at this price. But is it any good?

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  • Resident Evil 2 Benchmarked

    It's time for another mega benchmark and the subject of today's GPU onslaught is Resident Evil 2. A classic survival horror game developed and published by Capcom that it's also a remake of the original Resident Evil 2 released for the PlayStation way back in 1998.

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  • Razer Blade Stealth Review

    The new Razer Blade Stealth uses an all-new design with new hardware. Powered by a Core i7-8565U processor, the 13.3" ultraportable offers models with and without discrete graphics, 8 or 16GB of RAM and two performance levels of 256GB SSDs running on a 53 Wh battery.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Testing Intel Whiskey Lake CPUs: Core i7-8565U Review

    Intel unveiled a new series of U-series laptop processors last year designed for ultraportables. These CPUs are codenamed Whiskey Lake, and they're still 8th-gen parts that are not radically different from Kaby Lake Refresh. The focus of this review will be the Core i7-8565U, which is essentially the new flagship 15W CPU in Intel's line-up.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Das Keyboard 4Q Review

    The Das Keyboard 4Q, as the name implies, combines the proven hardware design of the Das Keyboard 4 we know and love, while adding the smarts of the 5Q as well as per-key RGB backlighting. Are the new IoT features useful enough to make the 4Q a better buy than the 5Q or even the standard Das 4? Let's find out.

    By Cohen Coberly on

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Review & Mega Benchmark

    For testing the new GeForce RTX 2060 GPU we've prepared a massive 36 game benchmark with over a dozen different GPUs, direct performance breakdowns and cost per frame analysis. By the time we're done you'll know exactly where the RTX 2060 stands, and what it has to offer gamers.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Radeon RX 570 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs. GTX 1060 6GB

    It's time to evaluate the Radeon RX 570 all over again, but this time the contenders will be the RX 580 and the GeForce GTX 1060 on 3GB and 6GB flavors. We're going to put all these mainstream GPUs head to head in 36 games at 1080p and 1440p to see which comes out on top in terms of performance and value.

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  • Edifier AirPulse A300 Premium Speakers Review

    Every once in a while you get a product that makes you realize you've been missing out on something for a long time. That could be upgrading to a new 4K monitor, switching to an SSD, or in today's case, switching to truly premium speakers.

    By William Gayde on

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  • Radeon RX 570 vs. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

    If you're after an inexpensive graphics card to play games, which way do you go? Currently $150 will get you either the Radeon RX 570 4GB or the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, both solid options that have been out for a long time, but not necessarily at this attractive price point.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Radeon RX 590 Crossfire and the State of Multi-GPU Technology

    It always surprises us how often we get requests for Crossfire and SLI benchmarks. Despite flatout telling readers not to invest in either technology for years now, there still seems to be quite a lot of interest. Both AMD and Nvidia have made no secret about the fact they're pulling back on multi-GPU technology, but recently two RX 590 cards came our way and we thought, why not?

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  • Just Cause 4 PC Graphics Benchmark

    Today we're benchmarking Just Cause 4 with a boatload of different GPUs to help you determine if your graphics card will handle this brand new title, and if need be, work out a suitable upgrade option.

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  • Revisiting Battlefield V Ray Tracing Performance

    After a less than encouraging debut of real-time ray tracing in Battlefield V, Nvidia and DICE have been working together to optimize the game's implementation of DXR. The improvements come in the form of new graphics drivers and a game patch, which collectively Nvidia claims can improve performance as much as 50%. We put those claims to the test.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors Review

    MSI's Optix MAG27CQ and MPG27CQ monitors check a lot of boxes on the feature list: 27" curved monitors with 1440p resolutions, FreeSync support, 144Hz refresh rates, and 1ms response times. Let's see how they perform and whether one of them may be a good choice for your next gaming display upgrade.

    By William Gayde on