Latest Reviews

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Review

    The GeForce RTX 3070 is a great high-performance value product. Upcoming competition aside, in today's market the RTX 3070 is as good as it gets in terms of cost per frame and even performance per watt.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD vs Intel CPUs for Game Loading

    Following up to last week's load time battle, instead of comparing storage with vastly different performance specs, today we're going to see how CPUs can make a difference in game loading times.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Ryzen 5 4500U Review

    Today we're completing our testing of AMD's Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs with a look at the Ryzen 7 4700U and Ryzen 5 4500U, two mainstream chips in the series that have become available in a wider range of laptops in the past few weeks.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Storage Game Loading Test: PCIe 4.0 SSD vs. PCIe 3.0 vs. SATA vs. HDD

    What sort of storage do you need to play today's games and provide the best loading times? Do you need a PCIe drive? Do you need something with a DRAM cache? Let's find out.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Acer Swift 3 Review

    The Acer Swift 3 is the company's first ultraportable to be Project Athena-certified. Let's see how that translates in the real world.

    By William Gayde on

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  • Nvidia RTX 3080 Gaming Performance at 1440p: CPU or Architecture Bottleneck?

    It's time we get to explore something we've been eager to investigate since our day-one GeForce RTX 3080 review, and that's the weaker-than-expected resolution scaling of the new Ampere architecture.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Review

    Here's our first look at the new GeForce RTX 3090, Nvidia's latest 'Titan' class GPU, it packs an insane 24GB of GDDR6X memory, more CUDA cores than the RTX 3080, and a titanic $1500 price tag.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • PCIe 4.0 vs. PCIe 3.0 GPU Benchmark

    With the launch of the new GeForce 30 series, PCI Express 4.0 performance has come up into the discussion. To find out exactly what we're talking about, we've taken a deeper look.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC Review

    Today we're reviewing the Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3080 OC, the first third-party GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card to come our way and we're very interested to see how it compares to Nvidia's Founders Edition model.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Review

    Nvidia claims the new GeForce RTX 30 graphics series provides a giant leap in raw graphics performance, based their latest Ampere architecture, today we can finally show you how the GeForce RTX 3080 performs.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • HP Omen Vector Wireless Mouse Mini-Review

    The HP Omen Vector Wireless mouse can stay toe to toe with wired gaming mice, offering great tracking, solid battery life, fast charging, and imperceptible latency.

    By J.D. Wheeler on

  • Asus ROG Swift PG259QN Review: Hitting 360Hz

    The Asus ROG Swift PG259QN is the first monitor to hit a 360Hz refresh rate, giving us motion clarity that's unlike anything we've seen with LCD panels before. It also does it using an IPS panel, not a TN.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop Review

    If you're in the market for a complete gaming system with reasonably modern hardware and the ability to tackle new games with ease, you can't go wrong with the HP Omen 30L.

    By Cohen Coberly on

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  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800U Review

    Today's review is all about the Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD's top-of-the-line APU for lightweight laptops, also known as ultrabooks. This is the best Renoir die AMD has to offer from an efficiency standpoint, aiming to bring the great performance to 15W and 25W power envelopes.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • GeForce RTX 2080 Ti vs GTX 1080 Ti vs GTX 980 Ti: Flagship Versus

    Today's comparison uses brand new fresh data for the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 980 Ti. We're currently in the process of updating all our GPU data in anticipation of Nvidia's soon to be released GeForce 30 series. So we thought, why not compare five years of flagship GeForce GPUs while we're at it?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Crusader Kings III Review

    Crusader Kings III is an immense game, but also an immense achievement. There's really nothing else quite like it. It's a strategy game, and a good one at that, and like I've said if you only want to raise armies and conquer the world, this will let you do that and you'll have a good time with it.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • HP Omen 15 Review

    The HP Omen 15 marks an attempt to introduce a new design language and a more mature vibe to the gaming range. The new machine packs a Ryzen 7 4800H, GTX 1660 Ti graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and a 1080p 144Hz display for $1149.

    By Mike Jennings on

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  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete

    Stark, minimalist graphics. Time warping, freeze frame action. Glide past bullets, dance between enemies -- a ballet of epic destruction. The smash hit of 2016 is back, bigger and bolder. Welcome to Superhot: Mind Control Delete.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • AMD or Intel for GeForce RTX 3080 Benchmarking: Is PCIe 4.0 a Factor?

    Nvidia is set to introduce faster next-gen Ampere GPUs next month. That's exciting, but we've got a tough choice to make. The new graphics cards will support PCIe 4.0, but our GPU test system that was just upgraded to a Core i9-10900K, doesn't, rather it's limited to PCIe 3.0. Should we go Ryzen 9 instead?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Same Laptop, Different CPU - Part 2: Ryzen 4000 vs. Intel 10th-gen Gaming Battle

    This is part two of our investigation into Ryzen Mobile 4000 versus Intel's 10th-gen Core processors in the same laptop design. Before we had covered productivity performance and today we're rounding that off with a look at gaming.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Same Laptop, Different CPU: Ryzen 4000 vs. Intel 10th-gen Battle

    You've seen the results of our numerous tests of Intel 10th-gen Core laptops as well as for AMD models using Ryzen 4000 CPUs. Comparing them has been somewhat tricky however. Today's test is an exciting one for that same reason. XMG has provided us both Ryzen Mobile 4000 and Intel laptops... using the same design and chassis!

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • EarFun Air wireless earbuds: $60 AirPods killer?

    Wireless audio has ballooned in popularity, in part thanks to Apple AirPods. In terms of user experience, AirPods are tough to beat, but that comes with a steep price tag and ecosystem limitations. So when electronics startup EarFun offered us to review a set of AirPods alternatives that would only cost $60 on Amazon, we were all ears.

    By Cal Jeffrey and Adrian Potoroaca on

  • LG 34GN850 34" Review: The New 21:9 Ultrawide Performance King

    The LG 34GN850 is the company's latest 34" 3440 x 1440 ultrawide display and the direct successor to the best performing ultrawide display we tested a few years back. The 34GN850 iterates on that winning formula with a few notable improvements, including their latest 1ms Nano IPS tech.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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.

    By Mike Jennings on

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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.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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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.

    By Steven Walton on