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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • AMD Radeon Preview Driver 2022: 50 Game Benchmark

    AMD claims a new Radeon Preview driver boosts DX11 performance, to find out what's the real deal, we've tested the latest driver release in 50 games using the Radeon RX 6700 XT.

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  • AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT Review

    The Radeon RX 6950 XT flagship refresh gets a performance memory boost to 18 Gbps GDDR6, which should help AMD in their halo product battle with Nvidia.

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  • AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT Review

    The Radeon 6750 XT is a minor refresh over what AMD already had in the market. It's essentially the same GPU with a small factory overclock which accounts for a small speed gain, plus the price hike.

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  • AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT Review

    The refreshed Radeon RX 6650 XT is simply an overclocked 6600 XT with faster memory. That's not big news, but what does make a difference is that the RX 6600 series is down near the MSRP.

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  • Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs. Core i7-12700KF: Best CPU For Gamers

    Here's yet another look at the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with a big 40 game benchmark, but this time we've prepared a shootout against the more affordable and competitive Core i7-12700KF.

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  • GeForce RTX 3060 vs Radeon RX 6600 XT

    We compare the Radeon RX 6600 XT and GeForce RTX 3060 head-to-head to see how these two GPUs stack up using the latest drivers in a wide range of games.

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  • HP X27q Review

    The HP X27q is one of the most affordable 27-inch 1440p 165Hz IPS gaming displays you can buy right now. At just $250, that's a really great price for these specs.

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  • AMD Radeon RX 6400 Review

    The Radeon RX 6400 is a brand new RDNA2 GPU that uses TSMC's cutting-edge 6nm process. Sounds exciting, right? Well, maybe not so much once you get to see the results.

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  • Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs. Ryzen 7 5800X: Zen 3 Gaming Shootout

    On the menu today is another 40 game benchmark -- actually 41. This time it's the 5800X3D against its spiritual predecessor, the 5800X, to see where that massive L3 cache can help out.

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  • Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs. Core i9-12900K in 40 Games

    A massive gaming benchmark comparison between the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Core i9-12900K, pitting the two head to head across 40 games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K, from battle royale to real-time strategy titles.

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Review: Gaming-First CPU

    Making CPU cores faster rather than adding more cores is the best way to boost PC gaming performance. That's why AMD has supercharged their 8-core, 16-thread CPU to create the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with 3D V-cache.

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600 vs. Intel Core i5-12400F

    We're comparing the Ryzen 5 5600 and Core i5-12400F mainstream CPUs across a range of games at 1080p and 1440p using four tiers of GPU: RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 12GB and RTX 3090 Ti.

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  • Alienware AW3423DW 34" QD-OLED Monitor Review

    The Dell Alienware AW3423DW is a 34" 3440x1440 OLED gaming monitor with a 175 Hz max refresh rate. It's easily the best HDR gaming monitor you can buy right now, but it's not perfect for everything.

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  • GeForce RTX 3060 Ti vs. Radeon RX 6700 XT

    In the best scenario for AMD, the Radeon 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti occupy the same price point. That being the case, it'll be interesting to see how they stack up across a massive range of games.

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  • Intel Core i9-12900KS Review

    Not wanting to give up the performance crown after finally winning it back, Intel has been saving the very best 12900K silicon they could produce, binning it for a KS model that clocks higher.

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Review

    The RTX 3090 Ti is an overclocked 3090 with a ludicrously high power rating of 450 watts, a ~30% increase over the original. Is that dumb? Surely sounds like it, but to be sure let's go over the benchmarks.

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  • AMD Radeon RX 6800S Review

    The Radeon RX 6800S is a lower-power, higher-efficiency version of the Radeon RX 6800M, similar to what Nvidia has been doing with what used to be Max-Q products.

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop Review

    The RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU is the second of two Nvidia GPU refreshes for 2022 gaming laptops. The new GPU gets close to the 3080 spec-wise, but features power options in line with the 3070.

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 vs. AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

    Now that GPU prices are taking a breather and hopefully we'll see more accessible graphics cards moving forward, let's take an updated look at the battle between the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT.

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  • Intel B660 Motherboard VRM, Mid-Range Roundup

    In this roundup we have 8 new Intel B660 motherboards that go for from $150 to $250. Spoiler alert: We're looking at a hefty 70% difference between the fastest and slowest B660 boards using fast CPU.

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