Review Index Page 2

  • Control Review

    Control is the latest game from the makers of Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break. It's all the standard elements of a regular third-person shooter, but its exhaustive world building and all-consuming eeriness make it much more.

    By Ethan Gach on

  • Intel Box Cooler vs. AMD Wraith Series

    You've seen our Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Core i5-9400F battle in over 30 games, you've also seen the R9 3900X and Core i9 9900K duking it out in a few dozen titles, but today we have the most epic battle of them all... Intel vs. AMD's box cooler battle. Ok, so we may be overselling this one, but it is something we've wanted to do for a long time.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X vs. 3700X: What's the Difference?

    The latest series of Ryzen CPUs has been out for six weeks and yet only about a week ago were we able to get our hands on the Ryzen 7 3800X for the first time. So what's the deal? Why has the 3800X been so hard to get, how does it differ from the 3700X and why has the TDP increased by over 60% for a 100 MHz increase in boost frequency?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark

    Having tested 3rd-gen Ryzen processors with the RTX 2080 Ti extensively, our idea behind this new feature is to add mainstream and budget GPUs to the mix in a benchmark run that reflects more settings and resolutions gamers will likely use when tuning their PCs for gaming: we've picked the RTX 2070 Super, RX 5700 and Radeon RX 580.

    By Steven Walton on

  • MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC Review

    When we reviewed the new Radeon RX 5700 XT we found it in a sweet spot at $400, delivering better value than the RTX 2060 and performance close to the 2070 Super for less. Now we have our first custom partner cards making it to retail, today we are reviewing the MSI RX 5700 XT Evoke OC.

    By Steven Walton on

  • $200 15-inch Portable Monitor: Viotek LinQ Touch Review

    The Viotek LinQ Touch is a portable touchscreen monitor that you can use in a number of scenarios. The 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display runs at 60 Hz and is integrated into a light chassis. It's slim enough to slip inside a backpack along with a laptop or other device, and the idea is you could use this as a secondary monitor or a larger display while on the go.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Testing 3rd-Gen Ryzen DDR4 Memory Performance and Scaling

    When we reviewed Ryzen's latest iteration we briefly checked out different DDR4 memory speeds but now that things have settled we were put on a mission to benchmark memory performance on 3rd-gen Ryzen to see if spending more makes sense or not.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review

    I am generally suspicious of games that people say are "better with friends," simply because most things are. Wolfenstein: Youngblood isn't really just better with friends; it requires them. That's not a ding against Youngblood. The game has always been positioned as a cooperative experience. It's a co-op shooter. To criticize it for not being something other than that is unreasonable.

    By Joshua Rivera on

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Intel Core i5-9400F: Mainstream Titans Clash

    When we reviewed the new Ryzen 5 3600 we had plenty of positive things to say about it, and that was comparing it to the more expensive Core i5-9600K. Now against the 9400F, the cheapest 9th-gen Core i5 processor you can buy at $150. Budget-minded builders may be considering going Intel after all. Does it make sense?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Testing an OLED Laptop Display: It's Pretty Amazing

    Today we're testing a monitor, but it's not the usual sort of monitor review. Rather, we're looking at a laptop display because it's super interesting - it's one of the few OLED laptop screens going around, and from testing this display we can learn a lot about how OLED might be suited to PC displays and how it compares to the LCD panels we've been using for a while now.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Testing Ryzen 9 with SMT On vs. SMT Off

    When we compared AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X gaming head to head against the Core i9-9900K we found that the 12-core AMD processor was about 6% slower. We've been requested by readers to retest the 3900X with SMT disabled, essentially turning the 12-core, 24-thread CPU into a 12-core, 12-thread CPU. Many say this can significantly improve gaming performance... but why?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia Freestyle vs. Radeon Image Sharpening vs. Reshade

    After testing AMD's new Radeon Image Sharpening feature for Navi GPUs, we've gone back for even more testing. We're now comparing RIS with other sharpening options including Nvidia Freestyle and two popular filters available in Reshade.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Overclocking the Radeon RX 5700 XT: 2.1 GHz on Liquid Cooling

    After testing the AMD's new Radeon 5700 GPUs and Nvidia's RTX Super answer, we are particularly happy about the value offered by the latest Radeons. The $400 5700 XT is very attractive at its designated price point, but what if we pushed the hardware to its limits with some liquid cooling action?

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Review

    We have the final piece in Nvidia's Super puzzle. Coming in at the same $700 price point, the new GeForce RTX 2080 Super offers some performance increases, though we suspect nothing too dramatic considering that Nvidia doesn't need to cannibalize sales of the 2080 Ti, nor does it have any direct competition at this price point.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5 3400G Review: CPU + Vega Graphics

    As part of the big Zen 2 Ryzen processor launch, AMD released two Ryzen 3000 parts that include a graphics component. The new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G APUs are straightforward upgrades compared to the models they replace, starting at $99 and $149 respectively.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: 36 Game Benchmark

    A battle that needs no further introduction, we're pitting the new Ryzen 9 3900X head to head against the Core i9-9900K in 36 games. There's loads of results to go over and this article is solely focused on PC gaming performance.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 9 3900X: Wraith Prism RGB Stock Cooler vs. 360mm AIO Liquid Cooler

    When we reviewed 3rd-gen Ryzen we deliberately used the included box coolers for the majority of the testing, it's included in the price after all. Following up to that testing, today we're going to compare how the Ryzen 9 3900X performs using the Wraith Prism RGB stock cooler against a big 360mm all-in-one liquid cooler from DeepCool.

    By Steven Walton on

  • ViewSonic XG350R-C 35" Curved Gaming Monitor Review

    The XG350R-C is ViewSonic's latest ultrawide monitor aimed exclusively at the gaming market. A 35-inch 3440 x 1440 MVA display with a maximum refresh rate of 100 Hz, an 1800R curvature and FreeSync. It retails for $700, so it's a little on the premium side, but we'll see how it performs and whether it stacks up to other popular monitors in this category.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Let's Test This: Ryzen 9 3900X on a B350 Motherboard

    Surely you've read our 3rd-gen Ryzen review by now. While testing the new CPUs we posed the question, how well will these processors work on a really affordable B350 motherboard? The test subject for this experiment is the Asrock AB350M Pro4, the best 'ultra cheap' B350 motherboard we recommended back in 2017 coming in at just $75.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Review: Best All-Round Value CPU

    The successor to our favorite best value CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600 is AMD's new $200 6-core, 12-thread processor. The chip clocks between 3.6 GHz and 4.2 GHz, features a 32MB L3 cache and a 65 watt TDP. Included in the package is the Wraith Stealth cooler and a MSRP that matches the price the R5 2600 launched at.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 Review

    AMD's brand new Navi 7nm GPUs are significantly smaller than previous Vega 56 and 64 parts, packing fewer transistors on a much smaller package, so we expect them to be efficient. The Radeon RX 5700 and XT GPUs have also been purposely built for gaming and are set to compete directly against GeForce RTX Super cards.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Ryzen 7 3700X Review

    It's finally time to review AMD's new 3rd-gen Ryzen processors. The Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core, 24-thread processor with a massive 64MB L3 cache. It costs $500, placing it in direct competition with the Core i9-9900K. Then the Ryzen 7 3700X costs $330 and AMD suggests it's taking on the more expensive 9700K.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ 35" Gaming Monitor Review

    The gaming monitor we're reviewing today has been a long time coming. The Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ is, in short, a wallet-destroying 200Hz HDR ultrawide monitor: 35-inch 3440 x 1440 curved VA panel running up to 200 Hz, full HDR functionality, 1,000 nits of peak brightness and G-Sync Ultimate support.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2060 Super Review

    The long time coming GeForce RTX Super graphics cards are here: the RTX 2060 Super is a slightly cut down version of the original RTX 2070 (but now at $400) as both use TU106 silicon. Meanwhile, the RTX 2070 Super is a boosted version of the original for the same price, reaching closer to 2080-levels of performance.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Razer Blade Pro 17 Review

    The Blade Pro 17 for 2019 is as sleek and well crafted as ever, with a fantastic metal unibody encompassing the base and lid. The minimalist all-black design sits at the top of the food chain as the best slim and light performance laptop design.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Two Years Later: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X vs. Intel Core i7-7700K

    With 3rd-gen Ryzen set to hit stores very soon, we're warming up to that launch by revisiting some heated CPU battles from the past couple of years that can bring further context to current owners of these processors. Today's battle is between the first-gen Ryzen 7 1800X flagship and Intel's competing Core i7­-7700K quad-core.

    By Steven Walton on

  • MSI GE75 Raider Review

    Today we're looking at one of the most powerful laptops you can get in a reasonable form factor for a reasonable price, the MSI GE75 Raider 9SF. This 17" notebook packs a 1080p 144Hz display, the new Core i7-9750H, the full variant of the RTX 2070 GPU and 16GB of dual-channel DDR4, plus a decent hunk of SSD storage.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Budget RTX 2060 or Premium RTX 2060?

    Today we're going to compare the most affordable RTX 2060 graphics card you can buy right now to one of the most expensive models from MSI. Prospective buyers often ask this and particular details aside, you could extrapolate this comparison to other GPU series as well.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Two Years Later, Who Won? Ryzen 5 1600 vs. Core i5-7600K

    This is a comparison we've been wanting to put together for some time. With Computex 2019 out of the way and the full confirmation of 3rd-gen Ryzen, before that hits us here's an updated comparison between the Ryzen 5 1600 and Core i5-7600K. It's time to see which processor offers gamers the best performance in 2019.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Total War: Three Kingdoms Review

    Ever since Rome 2's disappointing release back in 2013, it feels like the Total War series has been lost and in search of something. From Attila and Thrones of Britannia's tinkering to the Warhammer games' explosion of personality there has been wild experimentation between titles. Three Kingdoms is the culmination of that adventure -- and this game is amazing.

    By Luke Plunkett on