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  • Fortnite Chapter 2 GPU Benchmark Update

    Today we're revisiting graphics card performance in Fortnite. With the new Chapter 2 Season 1 update the game's visuals have been improved and since we do include Fornite in our big benchmark features, we thought a large scale benchmark update would be in order. The last time we ran a dedicated Fortnite benchmark article was back in Chapter 1 Season 2, nearly two years ago now and since then the game's popularity has only risen.

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  • Intel Core i7-10710U Benchmarked: 14nm+++ Comet Lake

    Time to get back into some CPU benchmarking, and we're not looking at any old CPU, but the first of Intel's 10th-generation processors. Seeing Intel reach the limits of their 14nm process, we genuinely weren't expecting the Core i7-10710U to be this good.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 vs. Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super: 40+ Game Mega Benchmark

    Today we've got a massive 41 game benchmark comparing the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and Radeon RX 5700 head to head. This big comparison includes new titles such as Borderlands 3, Gears 5 and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. All the results are brand new and were gathered during the last week using the latest display drivers as well as the latest game versions.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Flashing a Radeon RX 5700 to 5700 XT: Free 10% Performance Boost

    In addition to our launch day reviews of the Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT, we followed up with extended comparisons, overclocking, and more. Most recently enthusiasts have gone further though, by tinkering and flashing vanilla RX 5700 cards with 5700 XT BIOS, making them instantly faster at no extra expense. Sounds like a really good deal.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nintendo Switch Lite Review

    The Nintendo Switch Lite is one of the finest handheld gaming devices I've ever used. It's sturdy, stylish, and comfortable. It launches with a library that's already over 2,500 games strong. If all you're looking for from the Nintendo Switch is personal, portable play, it's perfect.

    By Mike Fahey on

  • PCIe 4.0 vs. PCIe 3.0 SSDs Benchmarked

    High performance storage is in transition as the industry is beginning to adopt the PCIe 4.0 standard. In this roundup, we'll be taking a look at the new Corsair MP600, Sabrent Rocket and Gigabyte Aorus SSDs, all new PCIe NVMe 4.0 drives pitted against the excellent Samsung 970 Pro SSD and Intel's top of the line Optane SSD 905P.

    By William Gayde on

  • Acer Predator X35 Review

    The Acer Predator X35 packs the same specs as Asus' ROG PG35VQ which we recently called the best monitor we'd ever tested, because it uses the same panel. It's a 35-inch ultrawide 3440 x 1440 VA panel with up to a 200 Hz refresh rate, 1800R curvature, proper HDR and G-Sync Ultimate support.

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  • Borderlands 3 Graphics Benchmark

    We nearly lost count of how many graphics cards we put down for this test, but let's say it was roughly sixty GPUs from both camps to check out Borderlands 3 performance. We've tested this new game at 1080p, 1440p and 4K, then re-tested with a group of budget and older GPUs at 1080p with medium quality settings for good measure.

    By Steven Walton on

  • LG 27GL850 Review: Fast IPS for Gaming

    The LG 27GL850 is currently one of the most popular and hotly requested gaming monitors in the market, but what makes it so special? It is the first IPS monitor that claims to hit TN-level response times. Combine that with a 27-inch panel size, 2560 x 1440 resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate with adaptive sync, it's positioned as the perfect monitor for gaming.

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  • How Does the GTX 1080 Ti Stack Up in 2019?

    This is a straightforward comparison pitting the previous generation GeForce flagship, the GTX 1080 Ti head to head against the RTX 2070 Super and RX 5700 XT in 39 games. We'll learn how the GTX 1080 Ti stacks up versus these new "mid-range" GPUs and if you should buy one, something that will be answered before this article is over.

    By Steven Walton on

  • DLSS is Dead: New Nvidia Freestyle Sharpening Tested

    Nvidia's latest major driver update brought with it several new features including performance enhancements, GPU integer scaling for retro games, a new ultra-low latency mode and perhaps the biggest addition: a new Freestyle Sharpening Filter to rival Radeon's RIS. Is Nvidia's new Freestyle better, and does it make DLSS completely obsolete?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Gears 5 Single Player Campaign Review

    Gears 5 has the longest and most ambitious campaign that Gears of War has ever done and, for the most part, that ambition pays off. In a series first, the story focuses on a female character, putting the player in a woman's shoes for the majority of the game.

    By Maddy Myers on

  • Asus ROG Strix XG438Q Review: A Massive 4K 120Hz Gaming Monitor

    Today we're checking out the latest large format gaming monitor from Asus, the ROG Strix XG438Q which brings several cool technologies together in a single (huge) package. This is a 43-inch 4K panel at 120 Hz using VA technology combined with DisplayHDR 600 certification and FreeSync 2 HDR support.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Mesh Wi-Fi System Roundup 2019: Are these new systems worth the upgrade?

    Mesh Wi-Fi routers are a recent trend in the networking market and aim to bring some of the advanced features of enterprise networking systems to the consumer. How well do they work, and what performance benefit do you get by switching to one? We'll take a deep dive today into the top players on the market to find out.

    By William Gayde on

  • GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs. Radeon RX 5700 XT: 37 Game Benchmark

    Today we're looking at how the $400 Radeon RX 5700 XT and $500 GeForce RTX 2070 Super compare head to head in a massive 37 game benchmark. This is not the first time we're looking at these two graphics cards so you have learned plenty about them already and even what to expect.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Control Review

    Control is the latest game from the makers of Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break. It's all the standard elements of a regular third-person shooter, but its exhaustive world building and all-consuming eeriness make it much more.

    By Ethan Gach on

  • Intel Box Cooler vs. AMD Wraith Series

    You've seen our Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Core i5-9400F battle in over 30 games, you've also seen the R9 3900X and Core i9 9900K duking it out in a few dozen titles, but today we have the most epic battle of them all... Intel vs. AMD's box cooler battle. Ok, so we may be overselling this one, but it is something we've wanted to do for a long time.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X vs. 3700X: What's the Difference?

    The latest series of Ryzen CPUs has been out for six weeks and yet only about a week ago were we able to get our hands on the Ryzen 7 3800X for the first time. So what's the deal? Why has the 3800X been so hard to get, how does it differ from the 3700X and why has the TDP increased by over 60% for a 100 MHz increase in boost frequency?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark

    Having tested 3rd-gen Ryzen processors with the RTX 2080 Ti extensively, our idea behind this new feature is to add mainstream and budget GPUs to the mix in a benchmark run that reflects more settings and resolutions gamers will likely use when tuning their PCs for gaming: we've picked the RTX 2070 Super, RX 5700 and Radeon RX 580.

    By Steven Walton on

  • MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Review

    When we reviewed the new Radeon RX 5700 XT we found it in a sweet spot at $400, delivering better value than the RTX 2060 and performance close to the 2070 Super for less. Now we have our first custom partner cards making it to retail, today we are reviewing the MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC.

    By Steven Walton on

  • $200 15-inch Portable Monitor: Viotek LinQ Touch Review

    The Viotek LinQ Touch is a portable touchscreen monitor that you can use in a number of scenarios. The 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display runs at 60 Hz and is integrated into a light chassis. It's slim enough to slip inside a backpack along with a laptop or other device, and the idea is you could use this as a secondary monitor or a larger display while on the go.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Testing 3rd-Gen Ryzen DDR4 Memory Performance and Scaling

    When we reviewed Ryzen's latest iteration we briefly checked out different DDR4 memory speeds but now that things have settled we were put on a mission to benchmark memory performance on 3rd-gen Ryzen to see if spending more makes sense or not.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review

    I am generally suspicious of games that people say are "better with friends," simply because most things are. Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn't really just better with friends; it requires them. That's not a ding against Youngblood. The game has always been positioned as a cooperative experience. It's a co-op shooter. To criticize it for not being something other than that is unreasonable.

    By Joshua Rivera on

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Intel Core i5-9400F: Mainstream Titans Clash

    When we reviewed the new Ryzen 5 3600 we had plenty of positive things to say about it, and that was comparing it to the more expensive Core i5-9600K. Now against the 9400F, the cheapest 9th-gen Core i5 processor you can buy at $150. Budget-minded builders may be considering going Intel after all. Does it make sense?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Testing an OLED Laptop Display: It's Pretty Amazing

    Today we're testing a monitor, but it's not the usual sort of monitor review. Rather, we're looking at a laptop display because it's super interesting - it's one of the few OLED laptop screens going around, and from testing this display we can learn a lot about how OLED might be suited to PC displays and how it compares to the LCD panels we've been using for a while now.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Testing Ryzen 9 with SMT On vs. SMT Off

    When we compared AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X gaming head to head against the Core i9-9900K we found that the 12-core AMD processor was about 6% slower. We've been requested by readers to retest the 3900X with SMT disabled, essentially turning the 12-core, 24-thread CPU into a 12-core, 12-thread CPU. Many say this can significantly improve gaming performance... but why?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia Freestyle vs. Radeon Image Sharpening vs. Reshade

    After testing AMD's new Radeon Image Sharpening feature for Navi GPUs, we've gone back for even more testing. We're now comparing RIS with other sharpening options including Nvidia Freestyle and two popular filters available in Reshade.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Overclocking the Radeon RX 5700 XT: 2.1 GHz on Liquid Cooling

    After testing the AMD's new Radeon 5700 GPUs and Nvidia's RTX Super answer, we are particularly happy about the value offered by the latest Radeons. The $400 5700 XT is very attractive at its designated price point, but what if we pushed the hardware to its limits with some liquid cooling action?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Review

    We have the final piece in Nvidia's Super puzzle. Coming in at the same $700 price point, the new GeForce RTX 2080 Super offers some performance increases, though we suspect nothing too dramatic considering that Nvidia doesn't need to cannibalize sales of the 2080 Ti, nor does it have any direct competition at this price point.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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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