Review Index Page 4

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Review

    Having looked at a Ryzen 9 APU first, today we're going to be testing the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H which targets a more mainstream market and is likely going to be the most popular Ryzen H-series APU among buyers and laptop models across different brands.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • MSI X570 Tomahawk Motherboard Review

    MSI's new Tomahawk is the most impressive X570 motherboard we've tested at the $200 price point and it deserves serious consideration if you're upgrading or building a new Ryzen machine. For this and other deserving mainstream X570 motherboard alternatives, read on.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • How Does the GTX 1080 Ti Stack Up in 2020?

    Today we're taking a look back at the mighty GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the previous-gen Nvidia flagship that has become somewhat of an iconic GPU, and for good reason. We were impressed with what Nvidia managed to achieve at the time. The 1080 Ti was designed to enable a level of performance never seen before and it accomplished just that.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super vs. AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT: 2020 Update

    After revisiting the battle between the current-gen $400 GPUs last week, two things were clear: many wanted an update between the 5700 XT and the more expensive RTX 2070 Super, as well as the inclusion of DLSS results for the games that support the much improved DLSS 2.0. So today we're going to include both of those things.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q Review

    Alongside Intel's new Core i7-10875H, Nvidia has released RTX Super series GPUs. Today our focus will be on the RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, so you can expect to see new laptop models sporting new specs and internals in the coming weeks and months.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Intel Core i7-10875H Review: 8 Cores, 16 Threads for Laptops

    Today we'll be reviewing Intel's Core i7-10875H, the most interesting chip on their new 10th-gen Comet Lake H series. Aimed at high-end productivity and gaming laptops, we'll compare it against the Core i9-9880H, Core i7-9750H and AMD's new Ryzen 9 4900HS.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Radeon RX 5700 XT vs. GeForce RTX 2060 Super: 2020 Update

    It's time to revisit the battle between two of the most popular current-gen GPUs, the Radeon RX 5700 XT and GeForce RTX 2060 Super, because, why not? We've actually been asked for an update, so we've gathered all-fresh data over the past few days using the latest drivers and game versions.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Gaming on a Ryzen 9 4900HS Laptop with a Discrete GPU

    Following up to our review of AMD's new Ryzen Mobile 4000 laptop CPU and having covered productivity performance and touched on gaming using the integrated GPU in our initial review, now it's time to tackle the other main use case for these processors, and that's gaming with a discrete GPU.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti Revisited: How does it fare against the GTX 1070 and RTX 2060?

    Today we're revisiting an old friend, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and we're doing so with a 36 game benchmark covering the 1080p and 1440p resolutions. We're particularly interested to see how it performs against more modern GPUs like the GTX 1070 and the GeForce RTX 2060.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS Review

    Mobile computing has become the next big target at AMD with its new series of Ryzen 4000 APUs. Today we have the first retail Ryzen 9 4900HS laptop on the market to evaluate, so the focus will be on performance to see for the first time how Zen 2 brought across to mobile stacks up against Intel's tried and true line-up.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Half-Life: Alyx Review

    In Half-Life: Alyx, you're not series hero Gordon Freeman. You are Alyx Vance, Gordon's BFF and fellow resistance member. But you're also you: Alyx is a game that can only be played in VR, which turns it into a distinctly more personal experience than previous Half-Life games. That's what makes it special. You can embody Alyx however you choose.

    By Nathan Grayson on

  • Big Boy Heatsinks: The 64-core AMD Threadripper 3990X Cooler Test

    After reviewing the Threadripper 3990X, it was made clear the 64-core/128-thread beast from AMD lays waste to every HEDT part we have ever tested. It's an insane productivity CPU, that we pushed to extremes to torture a few motherboards just this week. Then we thought, why not try out some big bulky coolers as well?

    By Steven Walton on

  • One Power Hungry GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 56 Revisited in 2020

    Today we're looking at AMD's Radeon RX Vega 56, originally a $400 product that was meant to compete against the GTX 1070 in mid 2017. If you're wondering why is this relevant, we'd say the main reason is that to this very day, you can buy a Vega 56 graphics cards for as little as $250.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Radeon RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060: Which Was the Better Investment?

    Today we've revisiting the age old battle between the Radeon RX 580 and GeForce GTX 1060, though this battle really began for AMD with the Radeon RX 480. This GPU was released in June 2016, nearly four years ago which is crazy in GPU years and more so considering this part is technically still on sale today and is sold in fairly large quantities.

    By Steven Walton on

  • GeForce RTX 2060 vs. Radeon RX 5600 XT: 32 Game Benchmark

    Today we're comparing Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 and AMD's Radeon RX 5600 XT head to head in over 30 games at two resolutions: 1080p and 1440p. Let's find out which card is on top between the newly launched mid-range Radeon and the year-old RTX 2060 that has received a price cut down to $300 for some models.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel Core i3-9100F vs. Ryzen 5 1600 AF

    Having recently reviewed the Ryzen 5 1600 AF, you should know all there is to know about this nimble CPU. In short, it's an incredible value for less than $100, however there are some who say the Core i3-9100F is a better choice. It's also cheaper and more widely available, so let's discuss Intel's budget processor.

    By Steven Walton on

  • We Review Amazon's Best Selling Monitor: the Acer SB220Q 21.5" is just $90

    We went out looking for Amazon's most popular monitor and what we discovered was Acer's SB220Q 1080p 75Hz IPS display. This monitor tops both the best selling and the most wished for monitors list, so that'd seem to indicate not only are customers buying this monitor, but they actually want it in significant numbers.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Radeon RX 5600 XT vs. GeForce GTX 1060 6GB vs. GTX 1070: 32 Game Benchmark

    Today we're running the Radeon RX 5600 XT through more than 30 games and for comparison we have the older Pascal-based GTX 1070 and 1060 GPUs. We've also thrown in the RTX 2060 Super and RX 5700 XT for good measure, but the key takeaway for this article is to see what kind of upgrade the Radeon 5600 XT offers over the GTX 1060 when testing a huge range of games.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Threadripper 3990X Review: Absolute Madness!

    Today we're looking at the most expensive desktop CPU to ever exist, and shockingly it's not from Intel. The Threadripper 3990X is a 64-core, 128-thread Zen 2-based processor that AMD fully acknowledges is a special purpose processor that combines both high frequency and high core counts into a single package.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • LG 38GL950G 38" UltraGear Monitor Review

    The LG 38GL950G is the best ultrawide monitor on the market right now. Essentially it takes every feature we got with previous flagship ultrawide displays, and takes it up a notch. The resolution and panel are physically bigger, up to 3840 x 1600, offering a more immersive experience and better for productivity work.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF Review

    A mysterious Ryzen 5 1600 refresh made it to market late last year. Bizarrely, AMD has released a really cheap version of the Ryzen 5 2600, but just called it the Ryzen 5 1600. Known as the "1600 AF" because of the box identification this is a Zen+ 6-core, 12-thread part that's selling for just $85 brand new.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Review

    The Radeon RX 5600 XT is a respectable product that has pushed for lower prices and better performance at $300. For that alone, we commend it. The GPU won't blow your socks off and yet it's better value than the Radeon RX 5700 and makes the RTX 2060 Super a really tough buy. Given the competition in this price range, we think AMD has done fine.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • Asus TUF VG27AQ 27" Gaming Monitor Review

    The Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is a hot item at the moment and we believe this is due to a combination of factors: it's a 27-inch 1440p 165Hz IPS display, it includes a novel feature called ELMB-Sync, it's well built and price of admission is just $430.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Ryzen 5 3600 vs. R5 2600: GPU Scaling Benchmark Test

    The old value king Ryzen 5 2600 remains to this day a great CPU option. Gamers asking if they should spend some $70 more on the R5 3600, or just get the 2600, this is the article for you. It was time to get these results out.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500X Review

    If you haven't heard about the Ryzen 5 3500X until now it's likely because this CPU is mostly being sold and marketed to OEMs and system integrators. Initially it was reported as an OEM-only part for China, but it turns out you can pretty much buy it anywhere, though the conditions will vary from one region to another.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB vs. 8GB

    As promised in our day-one Radeon RX 5500 XT review, today we're taking a look at the 4GB version to see how it performs and more importantly how it compares to not only 8GB models, but also other graphics cards that compete in the same price range like the RX 580.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Storage Performance Roundup: Mechanical Disk Drives to PCIe 4.0 SSDs and Everything In Between

    Computer storage has come a long way since our last roundup. We have new PCIe 4.0 SSDs, NVMe drives are becoming the de facto standard for new machines, and prices for legacy drives have plummeted. Rather than just focusing on high-end drives, this time we decided to take a step back and explore the entire storage market from top to bottom.

    By William Gayde on

  • AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB Review

    The Radeon RX 5500 XT is AMD's answer to Nvidia's recently released GeForce GTX 1650 Super. Codenamed Navi 14, we finally have the new budget-oriented Radeon on hand and to evaluate just how good the Radeon RX 5500 XT is, we have cards from MSI and Gigabyte to put to the test.

    By Steven Walton on

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  • HP Omen X 27 Review: The Fastest 1440p Gaming Monitor

    The HP Omen X 27 is a standard 1440p display (2560 x 1440), but it pushes the refresh rate up to 240Hz for the first time. We've had 240Hz available on 1080p monitors for some time, but 1440p hasn't been able to step up to the super high refresh podium until now with these modern panels.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Ryzen 9 3950X vs. Core i9-9900KS Gaming, Feat. Tuned DDR4 Memory Performance

    Today we're comparing the Ryzen 9 3950X and Core i9-9900KS in a massive number of games, using one of G.Skill's most premium 16GB memory kits, the Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 CL14. For those of you spending $600+ on a CPU, purchasing top end DDR4 memory doesn't seem like a stretch, so here's a head to head comparison between AMD and Intel processors using manually tuned timings.

    By Steven Walton on