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  • What Are the Best CCleaner Alternatives?

    For a long time CCleaner has been the most popular system-cleaning tool for Windows, extending its reach to other platforms like macOS and Android phones. However since security giant Avast acquired it last year, it's been a stormy ride that's had many doubting how effective or trustworthy the tool really is.

    By Mark Turner on

  • 12 Windows Clipboard Managers Tested

    Clipboard managers make it much easier to re-enter text or anything else that you've recently copied and pasted, adding an array of new capabilities to the default Windows clipboard. Although they differ in specific features, the typical clipboard manager automatically saves text, images and other items as they are copied to your clipboard, displaying them in a list-style GUI that makes it simple to re-copy or paste something later.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How Many FPS Do You Need?

    Today we're addressing one of the most frequently asked questions we see about PC gaming: how many frames per second do you need? Should you be running at the same refresh rate as your monitor's, say 60 FPS on a 60 Hz display, or is there a benefit to running games at a much higher frame rate than your monitor can display, like say, 500 FPS?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • We Test a $1,000 CPU From 2010 vs. Ryzen 3

    Today we're going to have a bit of benchmark fun as we test out a processor we reviewed in 2010. The Core i7-980X was a hexacore beast, but how does it stack up 8 years later? To find out I'm going to compare it with a whole heap of modern processors, including the dinky little $100 Ryzen 3 2200G.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Back to School Tech Guide 2018

    While most students are enjoying their summer break right now, it's never too early to start planning for a return to the classroom. Studying can be stressful; thankfully, there's plenty of technology out there that can make school life a lot easier.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • How to Recover Data From a Corrupt ZIP File

    As what may be the most common way to store and share multiple files, the ZIP file format is used by essentially everyone online. With that said, there's a good chance you'll eventually come across one that has been corrupted, but everything's not lost.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Analyzing Graphics Card Pricing: July 2018

    It's time to talk about graphics card pricing once again. Today we're exploring cards you can actually buy right now and at what prices, how that compares to previous months, which ones are the best value for money, and whether you should even buy one at all.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • TechSpot PC Buying Guide

    The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers a comprehensive analysis of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning five well differentiated budgets. Starting at ~$400 for an affordable PC, followed by two well-balanced enthusiast-oriented machines, a premium high-end build, and finally a dream machine packing the baddest hardware available, period.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The Best Sports Video Game of All Time

    The latest sports games are not always the best. There's an obsession with incremental changes and bullet-point features, one which challenges fan's ability to take a step back and assess each game as its own title. It's something I try to do and I'm taking to its logical conclusion here in this Quixotic attempt to pluck one game out of hundreds and call it the "best."

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • Things Nvidia Needs to Fix

    The third and final installment in our 'Needs to Fix' series is focused on Nvidia. Having previously discussed what we feel Intel and AMD can do with their upcoming products to become more consumer friendly, it's now time to look at the green team. As before, we're looking at this from the perspective of the consumer, at the product level.

    By Steven Walton on

  • How to Take Amazing Fireworks Photos

    You don't have to be a professional photographer to snap amazing pictures of fireworks. All you need is some basic equipment and know-how, the latter of which we offer up here.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Things AMD Needs to Fix

    This is the second part of our "Needs to Fix" series and it's now AMD's turn. As the underdog, AMD has far more reason to play nice and you could argue they've been forced into doing many of the things we want Intel to do because of their smaller market share. We don't believe AMD is a saint, it's still a big company trying to accomplish what most businesses should: make money.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 8+ Tools for Finding and Deleting Duplicate Files on Windows

    We've covered many ways that you can save space on your storage drives over the years and deleting duplicate files on your system could easily result in a sizable clean out if only a few large files are found. Although Windows doesn't provide a direct solution, there are many apps that can help, so here's a quick look at them.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Productivity Boost: Enable 'Night Mode' on All Your Devices

    It's becoming common knowledge that exposure to blue light can prevent your body from winding down properly before bed and making it more difficult to sleep. If you often work at night or simply like to read on a screen before going to sleep, this can be a game changer.

    By Julio Franco on

  • What is Vcore and How Does It Help with Overclocking?

    Vcore, or core voltage, is the voltage that is supplied to power your CPU. The amount of power the CPU uses and the amount of heat generated are tied to the amount of voltage it draws. The voltage identification definition, or VID, determines the amount of voltage your CPU needs to maintain stability at the default clock speeds.

    By Ryan Fisher on

  • Things Intel Needs to Fix

    As the market leader and long time dominant force in the CPU space, Intel's been able to get away with a lot and this is partly because the competition has allowed them to. In this column we're looking at possible improvements from the consumers' perspective and specific to Intel's personal computing side of the business.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Where is the Windows 10 Recycle Bin? Removing it from the desktop & putting it elsewhere

    Have you ever been to a presentation, or worse, a high-profile company keynote, it gets started on an empty Windows desktop showing nothing but the Recycle Bin icon? Hideous. Preferring to keep our desktop clean, we remove the Recycle Bin icon from Windows 10 as one of the first tweaks to a fresh installation of the operating system.

    By Julio Franco on

  • What's Thermal Throttling and How to Prevent It

    Heat is an inevitable byproduct of work. Heat is also prevalent in electronics, and when it comes to graphics cards you can manage it using passive cooling, fans and even water. But when these solutions aren't working, your GPU has one more way to beat the heat: thermal throttling.

    By Ryan Fisher on

  • How to Bring a Lost Window Back to your Desktop

    At one point or another, you're bound to run into this pesky issue: you can see an application open in the taskbar, but can't see the window on your desktop. A number of things can cause this, such as disconnecting your laptop from a secondary display before dragging the windows back to the primary desktop. It can also occur when you open a program that alters your resolution, among a few others.

    By Julio Franco on

  • How to Combine Many Images Into a Single PDF

    Printing to PDF is a widely available option these days, but what if you have a bunch of scanned pages in JPG format that you want to combine into a single PDF to be shared with someone else?

    By Julio Franco on

  • How We Test: CPU Gaming Benchmarks

    Today we're discussing a topic that's often raised when we do our CPU gaming benchmarks. As you know, we perform a ton of CPU and GPU benchmarks tests throughout the year, a big portion of which are dedicated to gaming. The goal is to work out which CPU will offer you the most bang for your buck at a given price point, now and hopefully in the future.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Build Your Own Mechanical Keyboard Project, Part 2: Assembly

    Earlier we covered in detail the required components for building your own keyboard and hopefully made the whole project feel a bit less daunting. Today we will go over the assembly process, so you can turn your pile of parts into a functioning board.

    By Ryan Fisher on

  • Build Your Own Mechanical Keyboard Project: What you need to get started

    In the world of mechanical keyboards, big brand names like Corsair, Razer, HyperX, etc., take the bulk of the limelight. But what if I told you that every part of a keyboard can be customized? This goes far beyond the aesthetics, so if you're not one for making compromises, it may be time to build your own.

    By Ryan Fisher on

  • FreeSync 2 Explained

    FreeSync 2 was announced over a year ago but it's only recently that we're starting to see the its ecosystem expand with new display options. As HDR and wide-gamut monitors become more of a reality over the next year, there's no better time to discuss FreeSync 2 than now, when you can actually buy it.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Analyzing Graphics Card Pricing: May 2018

    Today we're checking out the state of the GPU market, what pricing and availability is like relative to various points in the past year, and what the trends in pricing are looking like. We'll also go through some performance figures to show which graphics cards make the most sense to purchase right now.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Ryzen 5 2600X vs. 2600: Which should you buy?

    AMD seems to have learned their lesson with 2nd-gen Ryzen. This time around the X-models are much more appealing with a bigger and better box cooler and better out of the box performance. And yet both models make sense depending on your wants and needs.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 4GHz CPU Battle: AMD 2nd-Gen Ryzen vs. Intel 8th-Gen Core

    We can say upfront that this article is in no way buying advice, but we're testing purely for the science of it. For the unaware, IPC (instructions per cycle) provides a good indicator of how fast a processor is, so with that in mind we're putting Intel and AMD's latest CPU architectures to the test running at a flat 4GHz.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Galaxy S9+ vs Pixel 2 XL Camera

    Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have commanded the phone camera throne since launch, producing astonishingly good photos that are unsurpassed by rivals of a similar era such as the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. In 2018, a new challenger has appeared in the Samsung Galaxy S9+ packing an upgraded camera system in an attempt to retake the crown.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • 25 Great Games You Can Play on Laptops and Budget PCs

    Just because you don't have access to the fanciest gear around doesn't mean you have to play subpar games. Even if you're on a potato computer or low-end PC, there's plenty out there for you to enjoy. Here are some of Kotaku's top picks for quality games that should run on almost anything.

    By Patricia Hernandez on

  • Why You Can't Buy Books from the Kindle app on iPhone or iPad in 2018

    Apple users: Did you know that you can't buy Kindle books from the Kindle app on your iOS device? In fact, you can't purchase them from the Amazon app either. Even if you're an Amazon Prime member and you want to download a free book. Nah, not possible. But there's a workaround.

    By Julio Franco on