Review Index Page 3

  • LG 27GL850 Review: Fast IPS for Gaming

    The LG 27GL850 is currently one of the most popular and hotly requested gaming monitors in the market, but what makes it so special? It is the first IPS monitor that claims to hit TN-level response times. Combine that with a 27-inch panel size, 2560 x 1440 resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate with adaptive sync, it's positioned as the perfect monitor for gaming.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • How Does the GTX 1080 Ti Stack Up in 2019?

    This is a straightforward comparison pitting the previous generation GeForce flagship, the GTX 1080 Ti head to head against the RTX 2070 Super and RX 5700 XT in 39 games. We'll learn how the GTX 1080 Ti stacks up versus these new "mid-range" GPUs and if you should buy one, something that will be answered before this article is over.

    By Steven Walton on

  • DLSS is Dead: New Nvidia Freestyle Sharpening Tested

    Nvidia's latest major driver update brought with it several new features including performance enhancements, GPU integer scaling for retro games, a new ultra-low latency mode and perhaps the biggest addition: a new Freestyle Sharpening Filter to rival Radeon's RIS. Is Nvidia's new Freestyle better, and does it make DLSS completely obsolete?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Gears 5 Single Player Campaign Review

    Gears 5 has the longest and most ambitious campaign that Gears of War has ever done and, for the most part, that ambition pays off. In a series first, the story focuses on a female character, putting the player in a woman's shoes for the majority of the game.

    By Maddy Myers on

  • Asus ROG Strix XG438Q 43" Review: A Massive 4K 120Hz Gaming Monitor

    Today we're checking out the latest large format gaming monitor from Asus, the ROG Strix XG438Q which brings several cool technologies together in a single (huge) package. This is a 43-inch 4K panel at 120 Hz using VA technology combined with DisplayHDR 600 certification and FreeSync 2 HDR support.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Mesh Wi-Fi System Roundup

    Mesh Wi-Fi routers are a recent trend in the networking market and aim to bring some of the advanced features of enterprise networking systems to the consumer. How well do they work, and what performance benefit do you get by switching to one? We'll take a deep dive today into the top players on the market to find out.

    By William Gayde on

  • GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs. Radeon RX 5700 XT: 37 Game Benchmark

    Today we're looking at how the $400 Radeon RX 5700 XT and $500 GeForce RTX 2070 Super compare head to head in a massive 37 game benchmark. This is not the first time we're looking at these two graphics cards so you have learned plenty about them already and even what to expect.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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