Review Index Page 2

  • Razer Blade Stealth Review

    The new Razer Blade Stealth uses an all-new design with new hardware. Powered by a Core i7-8565U processor, the 13.3" ultraportable offers models with and without discrete graphics, 8 or 16GB of RAM and two performance levels of 256GB SSDs running on a 53 Wh battery.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Testing Intel Whiskey Lake CPUs: Core i7-8565U Review

    Intel unveiled a new series of U-series laptop processors last year designed for ultraportables. These CPUs are codenamed Whiskey Lake, and they're still 8th-gen parts that are not radically different from Kaby Lake Refresh. The focus of this review will be the Core i7-8565U, which is essentially the new flagship 15W CPU in Intel's line-up.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Das Keyboard 4Q Review

    The Das Keyboard 4Q, as the name implies, combines the proven hardware design of the Das Keyboard 4 we know and love, while adding the smarts of the 5Q as well as per-key RGB backlighting. Are the new IoT features useful enough to make the 4Q a better buy than the 5Q or even the standard Das 4? Let's find out.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Review & Mega Benchmark

    For testing the new GeForce RTX 2060 GPU we've prepared a massive 36 game benchmark with over a dozen different GPUs, direct performance breakdowns and cost per frame analysis. By the time we're done you'll know exactly where the RTX 2060 stands, and what it has to offer gamers.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Radeon RX 570 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs. GTX 1060 6GB

    It's time to evaluate the Radeon RX 570 all over again, but this time the contenders will be the RX 580 and the GeForce GTX 1060 on 3GB and 6GB flavors. We're going to put all these mainstream GPUs head to head in 36 games at 1080p and 1440p to see which comes out on top in terms of performance and value.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Edifier AirPulse A300 Premium Speakers Review

    Every once in a while you get a product that makes you realize you've been missing out on something for a long time. That could be upgrading to a new 4K monitor, switching to an SSD, or in today's case, switching to truly premium speakers.

    By William Gayde on

  • Radeon RX 570 vs. GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

    If you're after an inexpensive graphics card to play games, which way do you go? Currently $150 will get you either the Radeon RX 570 4GB or the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, both solid options that have been out for a long time, but not necessarily at this attractive price point.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Radeon RX 590 Crossfire and the State of Multi-GPU Technology

    It always surprises us how often we get requests for Crossfire and SLI benchmarks. Despite flatout telling readers not to invest in either technology for years now, there still seems to be quite a lot of interest. Both AMD and Nvidia have made no secret about the fact they're pulling back on multi-GPU technology, but recently two RX 590 cards came our way and we thought, why not?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Just Cause 4 PC Graphics Benchmark

    Today we're benchmarking Just Cause 4 with a boatload of different GPUs to help you determine if your graphics card will handle this brand new title, and if need be, work out a suitable upgrade option.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Revisiting Battlefield V Ray Tracing Performance

    After a less than encouraging debut of real-time ray tracing in Battlefield V, Nvidia and DICE have been working together to optimize the game's implementation of DXR. The improvements come in the form of new graphics drivers and a game patch, which collectively Nvidia claims can improve performance as much as 50%. We put those claims to the test.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors Review

    MSI's Optix MAG27CQ and MPG27CQ monitors check a lot of boxes on the feature list: 27" curved monitors with 1440p resolutions, FreeSync support, 144Hz refresh rates, and 1ms response times. Let's see how they perform and whether one of them may be a good choice for your next gaming display upgrade.

    By William Gayde on

  • Overclocking the $55 AMD Athlon 200GE CPU

    In an unexpected turn of events, it's now possible to overclock the otherwise-locked $55 Athlon 200GE processor. In what appears to be a slip up by MSI, the component maker has enabled Athlon overclocking with their latest BIOS release across its entire AM4 motherboard lineup.

    By Steven Walton on

  • PlayStation Classic Review

    PlayStation Classic is a faithful reproduction of the experience of playing original PlayStation games in the mid-1990s. The experience is technically accurate, but the PS Classic doesn't feel like it was created by a company with a true and abiding passion for the games of this era, or even with the good sense to fake one.

    By Chris Kohler on

  • Battlefield V Multiplayer CPU Benchmark: Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Core i9-9900K

    Having already tested graphics performance in Battlefield V covering a massive range of graphics cards, including a look at real-time ray tracing, we're now focusing on CPU performance. Battlefield V's 64-player multiplayer really puts the hurt on processors, so we threw ourselves at the task.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Hitman 2 Review

    Hitman 2 takes what its predecessor did best and improves on it visually and mechanically. It's a cerebral game, a sandbox that can be bloodless or chaotic depending on who's pulling 47's strings.

    By Riley MacLeod on

  • Radeon RX 590 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060

    While technically a new GPU, the Radeon RX 590 is in essence the same RX 580 with a 15% overclock. What we have here is Polaris 20 XT on the 12nm FinFET process, allowing for slightly better clock speeds. But what about pricing?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Battlefield V DXR Real-Time Ray Tracing Performance Tested

    Real-time ray tracing is finally here and today we're exploring how it looks and performs in the first game to support it fully: Battlefield V. In this article we're not only benchmarking the three GeForce RTX cards across all the ray tracing presets in the game, but we've also got some great comparisons for you to show exactly the difference between RTX on and RTX off.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Battlefield V PC Graphics Benchmark

    After a preliminar look at Battlefield V during the open beta phase, we're back to check out GPU performance for the official release of the game. Before we'd found solid performance from both AMD and Nvidia GPUs and to confirm this we're now benchmarking a total of 38 new and previous generation graphics cards.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Asus ProArt PA32UC Review

    Like a lot of professional monitors, the Asus ProArt PA32UC does not come cheap at $2,000. And yet, it could be the ultimate professional monitor and I don't say that lightly. Pro-grade monitors need to be top-notch quality to get a recommendation, and the PA32UC is packed with nearly every feature a creator might require for both SDR and HDR work.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Intel Core i9-9900K Re-Review

    Today we're revisiting our original Core i9-9900K review and updating it with 95 watt TDP limited results, basically results based on the official Intel specification. For better context about this please read our opinion article from earlier this week titled "Do We Need to Re-Review the Core i9-9900K?".

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Best Entry Level Gaming CPU: Athlon 200GE vs. Pentium G5400 vs. Ryzen 3 2200G

    Not that long ago we reviewed the $60 Athlon 200GE CPU and we've been wanting to come back to it for more. So we've dug out the plucky little Zen based chip and for comparison grabbed the Ryzen 3 2200G and Intel's Pentium G5400.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Philips Momentum 43 4K HDR Monitor Review

    Today we're looking at a really ridiculous product, the Philips Momentum 43. Also known as the 436M6VBPAB, the Momentum 43 is a 43-inch 4K HDR "monitor." It's not a TV according to Philips, but a monitor, so apparently they think some people are interested in such a massive display for their PC.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • AMD Threadripper 2970WX & 2920X Review

    AMD is launching new 12 and 24-core 2nd-gen Threadripper parts known as the 2920X and 2970WX. Spec-wise the 12-core part is virtually identical to the 16-core part we saw in August, minus the obvious reduction in core count and the same is true when comparing the 24-core and 32-core parts. In our review we benchmark and check out the added value offered by these new CPUs.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Review

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is a profound, glorious downer. It is the rare blockbuster video game that seeks to move players not through empowering gameplay and jubilant heroics, but by relentlessly forcing them to confront decay and despair. Rockstar Games' new open-world western opus is exhaustively detailed and exhaustingly beautiful, a mammoth construction of which every nook and cranny has been polished to an unnerving shimmer.

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review

    The fourth installment of Treyarch's Black Ops series might be the first Call of Duty to forgo single-player. But after a spate of less-than-fully-satisfying entries, putting full efforts behind multiplayer has paid off: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 finds the perfect middle ground between classic COD and the "jetpack" era, reviving the franchise's fun in many ways.

    By S.E. Doster on

  • Intel Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K Review

    Today we can finally show you how Intel's new octa-core 9th-gen processors perform. On hand for testing we have the Core i9-9900K, an 8 core/16 thread processor that operates at 3.6 GHz, boost as high as 4.7 GHz on all cores with a max single core frequency of 5 GHz. We also have the i7-9700K which is essentially the same CPU, but crucially, with Hyper-threading disabled.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Review

    Today we have our day-one GeForce RTX 2070 review for you and I suspect like most other publications, we were seriously under the pump for this one. Nvidia's own review guide shows the RTX 2070 easily beating the GTX 1070 and then the 970 before it, though that's a little misleading as it's priced to compete with the GTX 1080 and Vega 64, so those are the models we'll focus our attention on when comparing performance.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Mega Man 11 Review

    Mega Man 11 is a fine game, and a worthy eleventh entry in a series that once set the bar for tricky platformers. It also feels oddly shallow, the latest iteration of a formula that has gone largely unchanged for decades. Mega Man 11 is great at being a Mega Man game. Maybe that's why it didn't do much for me.

    By Jason Schreier on

  • Forza Horizon 4 Benchmarked

    Racing title Forza Horizon 4 is arriving to digital store shelves this week worldwide (October 2) and to work out what kind of GPU power you'll need to enjoy it we've tested about 50 graphics cards, so we have a big GPU benchmark incoming.

    By Steven Walton on

  • FIFA 19 vs PES 2019: Which Is Better?

    I started reviewing these two games together all the way back in 2012, but six years in, I feel like this double-review is in danger of settling into just the kind of repetitive drone it was designed to counter. Now, more than ever, each series' pros and cons are so established, so settled into routine that it's almost a waste of everyone's time to dredge them up once again.

    By Luke Plunkett on