Latest Reviews

  • Radeon VII vs. GeForce RTX 2080

    Honestly we're not sure why the overwhelming interest, but we've been getting a surprisingly large number of requests for a Radeon VII re-test over the past few weeks, and we couldn't refuse. In what may be the last GPU shootout we put together before Navi arrives, today we have a 38 game benchmark covering 1440p and 4K resolutions.

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  • Intel Core i7-9750H vs i7-8750H Review

    Intel recently launched a new collection of 9th-gen H-series processors for gaming and high-performance laptops. The focus of this review is on the Core i7-9750H which is the new mainstream CPU that will be seen in many gaming laptops moving forward and the drop-in replacement for the 8750H.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • LG 32GK650F 32" QHD Gaming Monitor Review

    We were excited about testing today's monitor because the product falls into one of our favorite categories: affordable but decent gaming monitors. Lots of companies try and target this market segment but it's difficult to come away with a winner, but we think LG might have just managed it with the 32GK650F.

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  • Acer Nitro XV273K Gaming Monitor Review

    The Acer Nitro XV273K is the first monitor to bring a 4K resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate to gamers at a more affordable price point. At about $900, we wouldn't call this a value offering, but given what's on offer and at half the cost of competing high-refresh 4K monitors, it is no doubt a tempting proposition for those buying a premium display.

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  • GeForce GTX 1650 Tested without PCIe Power

    Last week we checked out the new GeForce GTX 1650 for the first time and we were disappointed that it was no rival for AMD's RX 570. We've since tested the 75-watt model lacking an external PCI Express power connector and have to admit we're pleasantly surprised.

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  • Mortal Kombat 11 Review

    Mortal Kombat 11 builds upon the story and game mechanics established in Mortal Kombat X beautifully, for the most part. The game's story is even more involved and engaging. The fighting feels more deliberate and calculated. MK 11 lets players create their own fighting styles, picking and choosing which moves they wish to include.

    By Mike Fahey on

  • GeForce GTX 1650 Review: Turing at $150

    Based on the TU117 die the new GeForce GTX 1650 still includes all of the new Turing shader innovations that improve performance and efficiency. The TDP is just 75 watts, meaning it doesn't require external power, making it the fastest graphics card available that won't need external PCIe power.

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  • Dell UltraSharp U4919DW Monitor Review

    Dell's UltraSharp U4919DW is a 49-inch monitor with a 5120 x 1440 resolution, giving it a 32:9 aspect ratio. This display is equivalent to two 27-inch 1440p displays side by side without a bezel in-between. So if you were planning to run with a dual-screen 1440p setup, something like the U4919DW might be a better choice.

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  • The Ray Tracing Slideshow: DXR on Nvidia Pascal Tested

    During this year's GDC, Nvidia announced that GTX graphics cards would be getting basic ray tracing support with a driver update. For putting together this test we took the most powerful Pascal GPU we had on hand - the Nvidia Titan X - and pitted it against Nvidia's RTX line-up in the three games that support ray tracing thus far.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Intel Core i5-9400F vs. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

    Intel's been having some trouble competing with the wave of Ryzen processors, forcing the chip maker to be a little more creative. Today we have the Intel Core i5-9400F on hand, which is basically a refreshed i5-8400 with a 100 MHz clock speed boost, no integrated graphics and a lower price point.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5 2600X vs. Ryzen 7 1700

    When we recently updated our Best CPUs feature, we noticed that access to affordable first-gen Ryzen processors remains an attractive option for many. The Ryzen 7 1700 is a standout option for an 8-core/16-thread part selling for $160, meaning you can either buy the R7 1700 or the R5 2600 at the same price.

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  • Fortnite Battle Royale Review

    It's hard to say how Fortnite is turning out because it keeps turning into something else. Skins and storylines come and go. Landmarks appear and disappear. Weapons are added and removed. Recently, a mysterious excavation site appeared, but it was dug up and abandoned by the time I got there the next day. There's never a perfect time to say what Fortnite is.

    By Riley MacLeod on

  • Five Years Later: Revisiting the GeForce GTX 970

    Recently we've looked back at the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GTX 960, both popular GPUs from yesteryear. Those features have been warmly welcomed, but besides the overall positive responses what we noticed in common in your feedback was the request to test the GeForce GTX 970, which was the performance/value offering of the time and a GPU some of you are still rocking in today's games with some success.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Old Mainstream GPU: GeForce GTX 960 vs. GTX 1660 & RTX 2060

    When we recently tested the new GeForce GTX 1660 we noted that Nvidia was making a bold claim in the review guide saying that the 1660 was a whopping 113% faster than the GTX 960, making it a perfect upgrade option for owners of the old mid-range Maxwell GPU.

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  • Alienware m15 RTX Gaming Laptop Review

    Today we're taking a look at another gaming laptop, the brand new Alienware m15, which is the company's portable laptop offering to rival systems like the MSI GS65 Stealth, Gigabyte Aero 15 and Razer Blade. Historically we haven't been huge fans of Alienware's chunkier laptop designs, but the m15 is one of the best we've seen from the company so far.

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  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review

    In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the thread between life and death is tenuous. As the One-Armed Wolf, a loyal shinobi seeking to save a young noble with a cursed bloodline, you traverse a feudal Japan so saturated with the remnants of war that the idea of mortality becomes fickle.

    By Natalie Degraffinried on

  • Asus ZenBook Pro 14 Review

    To say there are a ton of laptops out there is an understatement. As is the case with smartphones, within a given segment or budget often there isn't much that differentiates them---other than components and small design changes. But with Asus' latest ZenBook Pro, there's one element that really makes it stand out from the crowd: a touchpad that's also a touchscreen.

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  • The Smallest Ryzen Yet: Asrock DeskMini A300 Review

    The Asrock DeskMini A300 is a tiny PC that takes advantage of Ryzen processors. Almost every custom designed mini PC that we've seen to date has used Intel inside and while Intel CPUs are very good, they aren't the best choice for this kind of system. At least if you want to game or do any kind of 3D work, for that AMD's Ryzen APUs are unrivaled.

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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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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?

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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.

    By Ethan Gach on

  • 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.

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