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  • The Old King of Gaming: Intel Core i7-8700K Revisited

    It's time we revisited the good old Core i7-8700K, an Intel CPU we're rather fond of after it remained at the top of the game for quite some time. From day one we called it 'The King of Gaming' and although it was technically superseded by the 9900K and then the 10900K, it's still a very capable gaming processor.

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  • AMD B350 vs. B450 vs. B550 Tomahawk Motherboards

    Over the past week we've been testing AMD B550 motherboard VRMs and today we'll look at MSI Tomahawk motherboards from the past few generations comparing B350, B450 and B550 models, as well as some new and worthwhile B550 budget variants.

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  • Desktop GeForce vs. Laptop GeForce: Gaming Performance Compared

    In today's review we'll unravel the performance difference between Nvidia's desktop and laptop GPUs of the same name, covering all options from the GTX 1660 Ti up through to the RTX 2080 Super. Hopefully this will make it much clearer next time you're buying a new gaming system, knowing what level of performance you're getting.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Intel Core i3 vs. Core i5 vs. Core i7 vs. Core i9

    Do you need to buy a Core i9 for gaming, and is a Core i3 sufficient for general desktop work? How about upgrading to a Core i5, how much faster is that? Our CPU reviews provide more than enough data to answer those questions, but this review will serve as a great reference for those wanting to compare Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and i9 processors directly.

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  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Review

    Intel has always ruled the laptop world, but AMD is finally fighting back. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is among the first notebooks to deploy a Zen 2 processor, and the Ryzen 9 4900HS chip used in this laptop is stunning with an enviable 8-core, 16-thread specification.

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  • Samsung Odyssey G7 32" Monitor Review

    This is one of the most heavily requested monitor reviews we've had in quite some time. The Samsung Odyssey G7 sports a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, VA panel, 1000R curvature and even some DisplayHDR 600 functionality. Part of the anticipation comes from this next generation Samsung VA panel that can handle a 240Hz refresh rate.

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  • Ryzen 3 vs. Ryzen 5 vs. Ryzen 7 vs. Ryzen 9

    There are many third-gen Ryzen processors to pick from, but you can narrow the choices down easily and having an intended budget will help you quickly do that. It's also good to understand what kind of performance boost you'll get by going up a tier, or how much you'll be sacrificing by going down to save some money.

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  • Ryzen 7 1700 vs. Ryzen 3 3300X: GPU Scaling

    AMD's old-time favorite, the Ryzen 7 1700 seems to have aged rather well. Budget PC builders right now can choose between a Ryzen 3 3300X or a second hand R7 1700 for $130. The 3300X is a 4-core/8-thread CPU that enjoys all the advantages of the Zen 2 architecture, while the R7 1700 has twice as many cores, but older Zen ones. So which wins?

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  • AMD Ryzen 3600XT, 3800XT and 3900XT Review

    After some speculation and anticipation, today we're taking a look at AMD's Ryzen 3000XT series. These are technically new processors and you'll want to know if they're worth buying. But let's just stop right there to say, spoiler alert: they're a big fat nothing-burger that you should avoid.

    By Steven Walton on

  • GTA Online Is Bigger Than Ever, Let's Review it in 2020

    Rockstar never meant to support GTA Online for nearly a decade and counting. That was never the plan. Yet GTA Online continues to be updated, and oddly, now in 2020, it's bigger than ever.

    By Zack Zwiezen on

  • GeForce Laptop Roundup: GPU Performance Compared

    Today we return to the realm of laptop graphics hardware to talk about Nvidia's refreshed line of GeForce GPUs. We've already looked at two of the new GPUs: the RTX 2070 Super Max-Q and RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, but alongside these Nvidia has also updated the rest of the series with spec improvements.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Review

    This is our first review of AMD's Ryzen Mobile 4000 U-series processors, the low power variants intended for slim, light, ultraportable laptops. Our exploration starts with the mid-range Ryzen 5 4500U, a 6 core, 6 thread part with 6 Vega GPU units. All with a default TDP of 15W.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • AMD B550 Motherboard First Look & VRM Temperature Test

    At long last AMD more budget-oriented B550 motherboards will finally go on sale. There's been plenty of talk about the B550 chipset and all the supporting boards for weeks, and we're now able to share our results with you. On hand for testing today we have the MSI B550M Mortar, MSI B550 Tomahawk, Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro and Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Ryzen 7 3700X: High Refresh Gaming Comparison

    Following up to our recent CPU comparison in competitive titles using low quality settings, we're pitting the Ryzen 7 3700X and 10th-gen Core i5-10600K against the 2700X to see how the previous-gen Ryzen stacks up.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q Review

    Today we're checking out the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, this is Nvidia's fastest laptop GPU for power or thermally constrained laptop form factors. We're testing it on MSI's GE66 Raider high-end gaming laptop that also sports a flagship Core i9-10980HK.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Just How Much Faster are Intel CPUs for Gaming?

    Today we're going to compare the Ryzen 7 3700X and Core i5-10600K in a number of games, but we'll be doing so with low or esports level of quality settings in games such as Fortnite, World of Tanks, Rocket League, and about half a dozen other competitive titles.

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  • Intel Core i9-10980HK Review: Flagship Laptop CPU

    The Core i9-10980HK is Intel's flagship mobile processor in their 10th generation line-up. This is the third CPU we've looked at in the Comet Lake H-series, after the Core i7-10875H and Core i7-10750H, so we're starting to get a pretty comprehensive outline of where Intel is positioned in the market right now. This Core i9 chip is typically found in the most expensive laptops you can get, but it also promises to be the fastest.

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  • Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM 280Hz Gaming Monitor Review

    We continue our look into the latest generation of high-refresh IPS gaming monitors with a review of the Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM. This affordable monitor can "overclock" from 240 Hz to 280 Hz and also features ELMB-Sync support, which allows you to use backlight strobing and adaptive sync at the same time.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Intel Core i3-10100 + B460 Motherboard Review

    The Core i3-10100 is Intel's most affordable 4-core, 8-thread CPU ever at just $122. That places it in direct competition with AMD's Ryzen 3 3300X. As the successor of the i3-9100, clock speeds are about the same, but thanks to Hyper-Threading, it brings support for 8 threads. Spec-wise, the i3-10100 is similar to 2017's Core i7-7700 which cost more than twice as much as this i3 CPU.

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  • Intel Core i5-10400 vs. AMD Ryzen 5 3600

    Intel's new Core i5-10400 is a locked 6-core, 12-thread processor that operates at between 2.9 GHz and 4.3 GHz depending on the workload. At around $180, this chip seems to be going head to head against AMD's formidable Ryzen 5 3600. Can the i5 hold its own?

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  • Intel Core i5-10600K vs. AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 7 3700X

    The Core i5-10600K is arguably the most compelling of the 10th-gen unlocked desktop parts. First, it's the most affordable of the bunch, set to retail for $262. Second, if you look at the spec sheet, it's basically a Core i7-8700K, an amazing flagship processor in its heyday.

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  • Intel Core i7-10700K vs. Ryzen 7 3700X vs. Ryzen 9 3900X

    The Core i7-10700K is an 8-core, 16-thread CPU which is essentially a Core i9-9900K at a 25% discount, as Intel has set the MSRP at $375. It's a reasonable discount over the previous gaming king, but will that be enough?

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  • Intel Core i9-10900K Review

    Today we're checking out Intel's new enthusiast and gaming flagship CPU, the Core i9-10900K. This is a 10-core, 20-thread processor sporting a base frequency of 3.7 GHz and a single core turbo of 5.3 GHz. As the successor of the i9-9900K, Intel's latest flagship is set to go head to head against AMD's Ryzen 3900X.

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600H Review: Fastest Entry-Level Laptop CPU Ever

    The Ryzen 5 4600H is AMD's new mainstream processor in their H-series, designed for high performance productivity and gaming notebooks. This is the chip AMD is selling for entry-level systems, and yet it's a compelling piece of silicon with 6 Zen 2 CPU cores and 12 threads, a base frequency of 3.0 GHz, 8MB of L3 cache and a 45W TDP.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • AMD Ryzen 3 3300X and Ryzen 3 3100 Review

    The latest Ryzen processors from AMD are coming in as low as $100 with quad-cores and SMT support. Meet the new Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X, set to cost just $100 and $120, respectively. They feature 4 cores, 8 threads, a large 18MB cache and Wraith Stealth cooler bundle.

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  • LG 27GN750 Review: 240Hz Refresh, "1ms" IPS

    The LG 27GN750 is a very compelling product, using the same 1ms-class IPS technology we've tested before but bringing to a new 27-inch 1080p 240Hz panel. This gives us another option in the high-end 1080p monitor market and one that, thanks to IPS, could be a really convincing buy.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Intel Core i7-10750H vs i7-9750H Review

    Today we're taking a look at what's likely going to be the most popular of Intel's 10th generation H-series processors, the Core i7-10750H. This six-core processor is the successor to the very popular Core i7-8750H and Core i7-9750H, which are almost the universal choice for gaming laptops in the $1,000 to $1,800 range, and often take a lead role in productivity-focused 15-inch ultraportables as well.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Review

    Having looked at a Ryzen 9 APU first, today we're going to be testing the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H which targets a more mainstream market and is likely going to be the most popular Ryzen H-series APU among buyers and laptop models across different brands.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • MSI X570 Tomahawk Motherboard Review

    MSI's new Tomahawk is the most impressive X570 motherboard we've tested at the $200 price point and it deserves serious consideration if you're upgrading or building a new Ryzen machine. For this and other deserving mainstream X570 motherboard alternatives, read on.

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  • How Does the GTX 1080 Ti Stack Up in 2020?

    Today we're taking a look back at the mighty GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the previous-gen Nvidia flagship that has become somewhat of an iconic GPU, and for good reason. We were impressed with what Nvidia managed to achieve at the time. The 1080 Ti was designed to enable a level of performance never seen before and it accomplished just that.

    By Steven Walton on