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  • Quantum Conundrum Review: A Portal-Like Puzzle Shooter

    Quantum Conundrum is a first-person puzzler, just like Portal. Yes, it was designed by Kim Swift, the project lead on Portal. And yes, it shares some of Portal's core traits: there's a physics-altering arm device, a goofy omniscient narrator, and an alarming number of buttons that need to be pushed.

    By Jason Schreier on

  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Review

    AMD seems desperate to claim the bragging rights of offering the single fastest GPU money can buy. The Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition features a core clock speed of 1GHz, along with overclocked GDDR5 memory running at 1500MHz.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone Review

    Samsung isn't sitting idle as others ramp up their smartphone offerings. Its efforts to stay at the top are wrapped up in the Galaxy S III, a 4.8-inch powerhouse of a smartphone featuring cutting edge hardware paired with useful software additions that make it an attractive option for prospective buyers.

    By Dan Seifert on

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  • Cooler Master Cosmos II Case Review

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you've no doubt seen the Cooler Master Cosmos II. Cooler Master showcased what they call the 'Ultra Tower' at this year's CES and we've been anxious to get it on the test bench ever since to see if it lives up to the hype.

    By Shawn Knight on

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  • Intel Core i7-3720QM: Mobile Ivy Bridge Review

    Instead of breaking new ground in performance, Ivy Bridge improves efficiency, marking the arrival of Intel's 22nm design process which uses new 3D transistors. This allows the flagship quad-core 3.5GHz Core i7-3770K to consume less power than the more modest Sandy Bridge i5-2500K.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Max Payne 3 Graphics and CPU Performance Tested, DirectX 11 Showcased

    Max Payne 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- It's been hinted that Max Payne 3 will make the most of current high-end PCs, with DirectX 11 tessellation compatibility and advanced graphics options. With that in mind we test it with 25 graphics card configurations and a range of CPUs.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB and SSDNow V+200 240GB Review

    It's unclear when SandForce's next controllers will arrive, but in the meantime, companies seem to be making the most of its second-gen chips. Kingston, for instance, has released a pair of new SF-2281-based drives said to emphasize speed and affordability: the HyperX 3K and the SSDNow V+200.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Diablo III Review

    Diablo 3, the action role-playing game that launched a thousand clones remains the most viscerally entertaining way to click your mouse several hundred thousand times.

    By Mike Fahey on

  • Diablo III Performance Test: Graphics & CPU

    Diablo 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- After 11 years in the making and more setbacks than we care to count, Blizzard has finally unleashed a third installment to its cult classic dungeon crawler. Watch us beat the hell out of Diablo III with today's finest hardware.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Testing 10 Gigabit Ethernet Performance: QNAP TS-879 Pro & Synology DS3612xs NAS Review

    Hoping to drive small and medium business sales, NAS-makers have been pushing to deliver more enterprise-level features. First seen over a decade ago, 10GbE is ten times faster than Gigabit Ethernet, but it's been largely reserved for pricey devices.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Gainward GeForce GTX 670 Phantom Review

    Continuing Kepler's rollout, Nvidia has unveiled the GTX 670, which is priced against the HD 7950 at $399. Despite being $100 cheaper than the GTX 680, the GTX 670 doesn't appear to be much slower on paper, and that could spell disaster for AMD.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Cubitek HPTX-ICE Case Review

    Cubitek is a relative newcomer to the chassis industry, but that's not stopping it from challenging the biggest names in the business -- including veteran Lian Li. Last month, the company unveiled its latest ICE series with five premium models spanning everything from Mini-ITX to HPTX.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Raspberry Pi Review & Initial How-To Setup Guide

    Six years ago, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton set out to reignite programming in schools with a cheap, compact computing platform. Despite targeting students, his foundation's $35 computer captured the imaginations of tinkers worldwide, resulting in overwhelming demand.

    By Lee Kaelin on

  • Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom Review

    On paper, the GTX 680 has almost 200% more shader performance than the GTX 580, roughly 250% more texture performance, 90% more ROP performance and 100% more memory bandwidth. With the Radeon HD 7970 only being ~9% faster than the GTX 580, AMD appears to have priced itself into a corner this time around.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Tribes: Ascend GPU & CPU Performance Test

    Tribes Ascend benchmarks and performance analysis -- We've benchmarked Tribes: Ascend across three different resolutions with two dozen GPU configurations, including AMD's new Radeon HD 7000 series. We'll also see how the performance scales when overclocking an FX-8150 and an i7-2600K, along with benching a handful of other Intel and AMD processors.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ivy Bridge Debuts: Intel Core i7-3770K Review

    Today the company is unveiling its full new line of Core i7 and Core i5 processors, accompanying chipsets and Centrino wireless options. Ivy Bridge is a 'tick' release, but Intel is calling it a tick+ due to the more significant overhaul the graphics side of things is getting.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • 4-Way Intel Z77 Motherboard Round-up

    After surveying Panther Point's spec sheet, we're itching to get a little more hands-on. We have four new Z77 motherboards in the shop and begging for attention, including the Asrock Z77 Extreme6, ECS Z77H2-AX, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB and Intel DZ77GA-70K.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review

    Samsung is aiming to grab a piece of the low-cost tablet market with its latest device. At $250, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an instant best buy. And when you consider that it is one of the few devices on the market to offer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system, it's even more of a steal.

    By Michael Oryl on

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  • HP Folio 13 Ultrabook Review

    Striking a balance between extremes, HP's Folio 13 kicks off at an attractive $900 while packing the same core componentry you'll find in even the priciest of ultrabooks.

    By Matthew DeCarlo on

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  • Nokia Lumia 900 Review

    The Nokia Lumia 900 represents a number of firsts: it is the first high-end Windows Phone from Nokia to arrive in the U.S., it is the first 4G LTE smartphone from Nokia, and it is one of the first 4G LTE Windows Phones on the market.

    By Dan Seifert on

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  • HTC One X Review

    The One X, the company's new flagship Android smartphone, is the kind of phone that just leaves you breathless. Its single-piece polycarbonate body is unique in the Android world, and it is as comfortable to hold as it is drop dead gorgeous.

    By Michael Oryl on

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  • Synology DiskStation DS1512+ NAS Review

    The DS1512+ boasts faster read and write speeds than its predecessor and packs an updated dual core 2.13GHz Intel Atom D2700 (32nm Cedar Trail) CPU. These extras come at a $100 premium over the DS1511+, positioning this 5-bay device as a respectable contender in the current NAS market.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Crucial Adrenaline SSD Review: Solid State Cache for Your Hard Drive

    Crucial's new Adrenaline solid state drive is a cache solution meant to work along your existing disk drive, using a 50GB version of the m4 SSD. By leveraging the NAND flash memory's performance, the Adrenaline acts as a fast cache to speed up your current larger disk drive storage.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Apple iPad (3rd-Gen): The TechSpot Review

    New features like quad-core graphics, 4G LTE support and the iSight camera are all nice additions, and yet the new iPad could be summarized in only two words: Retina display. Apple has once again set the benchmark others will be striving for in 2012.

    By Shawn Knight on

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  • HP TouchSmart 520 All-In-One Review

    The TouchSmart 520 is a 23-inch multi-touch AIO powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2600S processor, Radeon HD 6450A graphics and Beats Audio. Additional perks include a built-in TV tuner and HDMI-in, essentially transforming the 520 into a venerable entertainment / gaming station.

    By Shawn Knight on

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  • AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750 Crossfire Performance

    The old HD 5750 and 5770 were popular Crossfire candidates and the same could be true of the HD 7700 series if it's priced right. We're testing the HD 7750 and HD 7770 in Crossfire across more than a dozen games to see how well they scale and compare against cards such as the HD 6870 and GTX 560 Ti.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Mass Effect 3 GPU & CPU Performance Test

    Mass Effect 3 benchmarks and performance analysis -- We've benchmarked Mass Effect 3 across three different resolutions with two dozen GPU configurations -- including AMD's new Radeon HD 7000 series. We'll also see how the performance scales when overclocking an eight-core FX-8150, along with benching a handful of other Intel and AMD processors.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Mass Effect 3 Review

    Mass Effect 3 is, at its core, an emotional story. No matter the choices that have come before, and no matter the choices made in this game, the toll of the conflict weighs heavily on Shepard at this point. The consequences of a galactic-scale war are staggering, and in many cases for the Commander, the best available option is only marginally less dreadful than the path not taken.

    By Kate Cox on

  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 & Radeon HD 7850 Review

    Today marks the release of the 'Pitcairn' GPUs which make up the the Radeon HD 7800 series. As you would expect the series consists of two GPUs: the Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850, designed to occupy the ample $200 to $400 range.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3072MB Review

    Gigabyte's offering carries a redesigned the PCB and upgraded cooler that is meant to lower temperatures and improve overclocking. Considering the HD 7970's respectable performance, we expect a solid showing from the HD 7950.

    By Steven Walton on

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