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  • AMD Ryzen 7 7700X Review: Faster than Core i9?

    The Ryzen 7 7700X is arguably the most interesting Zen 4 CPU for PC gaming: it's an 8-core, 16-thread chip using a single CCD, which should mean it's going to deliver the best performance.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Review: The New Performance King

    The Ryzen 9 7950X is the new performance king and the jack of all trades, apart from maybe power consumption and pricing, of course. The Zen 4 flagship can do everything exceptionally well.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 7600X Review: Mainstream Zen 4

    The new Ryzen 5 7600X is a 6-core/12-thread CPU that replaces the popular 5600X, built on TSMC's 5nm process, it clocks up to 5.3 GHz, packs 32MB L3 cache, DDR5 support, and a 105W TDP.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Alienware x17 R2 Gaming Laptop Review

    The Alienware x17 R2 is a bold, fast, and impressive gaming laptop -- and while it's expensive, it justifies the cost with consistent quality.

    By Mike Jennings on

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  • Should You Buy DDR5 for Your Next Budget PC Build?

    If you're about to build a new PC right now, and that requires you to buy a new motherboard and memory, we feel you're best off going with affordable entry-level DDR5 modules, but why?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Revisiting the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in 2022

    Looking back at 2017, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti had virtually no competition. It's almost unthinkable to say, but $700 seems very reasonable for a flagship graphics card today. How times have changed.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Can 2022's $300 GeForce GPU beat 2016's $600 GPU?

    The GeForce GTX 1080 was released back in 2016, so 6 years later the RTX 3050 arrived at half the price. After many years and multiple GPU generations, can 2022's $300 GeForce GPU beat 2016's $600 GPU?

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  • To Fold or Not to Fold: Should You Buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4?

    Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4 is now available, but instead of doing a traditional phone review, we'll be looking at its pros and cons in terms of the device itself and using a foldable for the first time.

    By Rob Thubron on

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  • AMD Radeon Vega 64 Revisited One Last Time: Did It Age Better than GTX 10 Series?

    Today we're dusting off our old Radeon Vega 64 to compare against its old rival, the GeForce GTX 1080. Here's what's going to be our last big revisit to the Radeon Vega GPU on a 51 game benchmark.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel Arc 3 A380 vs. AMD Radeon RX 6400

    Here's another look at the Intel Arc 3 A380 GPU, but this time on a 51 game benchmark against AMD's $150 Radeon RX 6400. This will show us how the Arc A380 performs across a wide range of titles.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX Review

    This is the most expensive AMD Ryzen CPU you can buy, which as you might suspect is also the fastest and most powerful Ryzen CPU currently in existence. Not even upcoming Zen 4 CPUs will change that.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Revisit: 3 Years Later

    We revisit the Radeon RX 5700 XT with a 33 game benchmark tested against its old nemesis, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super. We've also included the RTX 3060, which is also a $400 GPU this generation.

    By Steven Walton on

  • LG C2 42 Review: The OLED PC Gaming Monitor Test

    Today we're checking out the LG C2 OLED TV to see how good it is as a PC gaming monitor. In our lab is the new 42" variant which is most suitable for desktop use as a PC monitor.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Intel Arc A380 Review

    After much anticipation, we're finally getting our first look at Intel's first generation discrete GPU, the Arc 3 A380. This will be Intel's most entry-level offering expected to cost around $120.

    By Steven Walton on

  • From Ryzen 5 3600 to 5800X3D: The Big Upgrade

    Going from user feedback, it sounds like many are planning a final AM4 upgrade and you may be most interested in going all out on the 5800X3D, which we know is a cracking good gaming CPU.

    By Steven Walton on

  • HP Elite Dragonfly G3 Review

    The HP Elite Dragonfly G3 offers better battery life than most Windows ultraportables, it's got lots of practical business features inside a svelte, good looking, and robust enclosure.

    By Mike Jennings on

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  • GeForce RTX 3050 vs. Radeon RX 6600: 50 Game Benchmark

    The Radeon RX 6600 is a catch at less than $300, but it wouldn't be right to simply recommend it without a GeForce alternative (RTX 3050), so we've tested them across 51 games at 1080p and 1440p.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700X vs. Intel Core i7-12700F

    It's time to compare the Ryzen 7 5700X against the Core i7-12700F, two relatively affordable and powerful 8-core CPUs. We've got a 23 game benchmark covering 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Apple M2 Review

    The new Apple M2 is being touted as a much faster SoC than its competitors, but we'll have to see that for ourselves as we test it against the best parts from Intel and AMD in the Windows world.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 Review: An Insult to Gamers?

    The GeForce GTX 1630 is an utter embarrassment if marketed as a gaming graphics card. We don't see a single redeeming feature to speak of and therefore should be completed ignored.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 5500 Review: Yea or Nay?

    The Ryzen 5 5500 certainly works well, but realistically if you're on a budget yet remain a performance-minded enthusiast, this CPU should be avoided even at $140.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 6800H Review

    For testing the Ryzen 7 6800H, we'll see how it performs up against a range of other laptop CPUs, but most importantly Intel's competing Core i7-12700H, and AMD's own predecessor, the Ryzen 7 5800H.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Sony Inzone M9 Review: 4K HDR Gaming

    The Sony Inzone M9 marks the company's comeback to the gaming monitor market with a 27" 4K IPS 144Hz display with some PlayStation flair, plus affordable HDR capabilities.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • GeForce vs Radeon: Best Value GPUs Right Now

    Graphics card prices keep falling, so how about we look at which GPUs offer the best value? To complement our pricing update, here's how the GPUs compare in terms of cost per frame right now.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • 6 Cores vs. 8 Cores for Gaming: 24 Game Benchmark

    If you're looking to upgrade from an older Ryzen or building a new PC, the two most attractive options for gamers right now are arguably the Ryzen 5 5600 for $200 or the Ryzen 7 5700X for $300.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 5 5600: Upgrade or Not?

    It's clear that anyone running a first-gen Ryzen CPU should look into upgrading to an affordable Zen 3. But how about Zen 2 owners, like the Ryzen 5 3600? Then it's less obvious what you should do.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 7 6800U and Intel Core i7-1260P Review

    The Ryzen 7 6800U is AMD's latest and greatest chip for ultraportables, while the Intel Core i7-1260P is headlining today's powerful thin and light systems based on the Alder Lake architecture.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Upgrading to Ryzen 5 5600 from Ryzen 5 1600: How Much Faster?

    This is a benchmark session, as usual, where we'll be taking an old Ryzen 5 1600 system and upgrade it with the Ryzen 5 5600 to see what's what on gaming.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Does the Ryzen 7 5800X3D Work on AMD B350 and X370 Motherboards?

    Today we're taking the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and installing it on a few different B350 and X370 motherboards to see if it works, and if it does, how well does it work?

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD FSR 2.0 vs. DLSS Performance in Deathloop

    FSR 2.0 is AMD's second upscaling technology attempt to compete with Nvidia's DLSS. In this article we use Deathloop to benchmark DLSS, FSR 1.0 and FSR 2.0 across various GPU generations.

    By Tim Schiesser on