Feature Index Page 5

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Far Cry 5 Benchmarked: 50 GPUs Tested

    To play Far Cry 5, Ubisoft recommends that you have a Core i7-4770 or Ryzen 5 1600 processor along with a GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X -- fairly heavy recommendations. Benchmarking the game has been made easy by its built-in benchmark which appears to do a good job of replicating the kind of performance you can expect to see when playing the game.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Ultimate 44 Used Graphics Card Pricing & Benchmark Guide

    Along with our recent editorials on why it's a bad time to build a gaming PC, we've been revisiting some older GPUs to see how they hold up in today's games. But how do you know how much you should be paying for a secondhand graphics card?

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Authoritative Guide to Blockchain Development

    Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, magic internet money---it's all so damn exciting, and you, the eager developer, want to get in on the madness. Where do you start? I'm glad you're excited about this space. I am too. But you'll probably find it's unclear where to begin. Blockchain is moving at breakneck speed, but there's no clear onramp to learning this stuff.

    By Haseeb Qureshi on

  • Five Years Without Facebook

    In 2012 I wrote an article about leaving Facebook. I've kept this stance for about five years now, but an accumulation of several small things during this time have had me questioning whether or not abandoning the social network was the brilliant idea I once thought it was.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Revisiting the Radeon R9 280X / HD 7970

    Continuing along with revisiting some of our favorite old graphics cards, today we'll be checking back in with the Radeon R9 280X, which is also to say that we're checking back in with the 7970 GHz Edition, both of which are essentially a factory overclocked Radeon HD 7970, so we'll technically be revisiting that, too, the very same card we first reviewed in December 2011!

    By Steven Walton on

  • Building a Budget PC: Should You Buy a Used Graphics Card?

    At a time when graphics cards are extremely overpriced, AMD's new Ryzen APUs offer an affordable means of building a basic gaming PC. But we've been keen to see if the APU holds its ground against bargain priced second-hand GPUs. Today we're going to find out.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Six Mobile Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

    We're a few weeks into 2018, MWC is now behind us, and we're starting to get a good look at the trends in mobile technology that will dominate discussion throughout the year. Based on what we've seen from announcements, trade shows and product launches so far, here are six trends to watch in 2018.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Ranking the Fallout Games

    In the 20+ years since the Fallout franchise was introduced to the world, all of the games have been met with praise---which means that ranking them isn't easy. It's especially difficult to pit the games against each other when you consider that the post-nuclear franchise underwent a genre change.

    By Patricia Hernandez on

  • Revisiting the GeForce GTX 680: GTX 1050 Ti-Class Performance for Less?

    After recently retesting the GeForce GTX 580 eight years after its release, we thought it would be interesting to check back in on the GTX 680, another old friend that was released about six years ago as Nvidia's latest and greatest graphics card and a successor to the aforementioned 580.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Don't Bother with A320 Motherboards, Go for AMD's B350 Instead for Raven Ridge

    We've learned most of what there is to know about AMD's new Vega-infused CPUs, but those of you thinking about buying the Ryzen 3 2200G or Ryzen 5 2400G after seeing how it competent it is as a budget gaming platform may be asking yourselves whether the chip would be best installed on an A320 or B350 motherboard.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Quest to Make a Better Video Game Controller

    Next time you play a video game, look down at the controller in your hand. Is it comfortable? Does it work well with the game you're playing? Are your fingers all being used efficiently? If you could change one thing, what would it be?

    By Kirk Hamilton on

  • Budget Overclocking Guide: Ryzen 3 2200G

    Today we'll be overclocking AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G to the max with a $20 air cooler. Now, you might be questioning the idea given this is a $100 APU that already ships with the more than decent Wraith Stealth. However, we've been keen to see how much more can be extracted from the APU...

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Raven Ridge 8GB vs. 16GB Reserved Memory Benchmark & Explanation

    Unlike a typical discrete graphics card, most integrated graphics solutions like the one on AMD's new Raven Ridge desktop APUs don't have their own dedicated memory. Instead AM4 motherboards let you set the video memory somewhere between 64MB and 2GB. Let us explain what that means.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 11 Myths About Buying a New 4K TV

    If you've looked into purchasing a TV in recent years, you've been perhaps overwhelmed by the jargon and conflicting information. Indeed, there's a lot of misinformation out there, so to help you filter it out, we've debunked some commonly held beliefs about buying a TV.

    By Stephen Slaybaugh on

  • How to Get Your Significant Other Into Gaming

    You play games, but your significant other does not. It's a common scenario that can be a point of contention in an otherwise healthy relationship. Here's a guide on how to introduce your significant other to the wide world of gaming. Remember---compromise is key.

    By Cecilia D'Anastasio on

  • Use Your Gaming Laptop and Play On Battery Power? Is It Possible?

    Today we are investigating two commonly asked questions about gaming laptops: what's the performance like on battery and how long do these laptops last in games? We'll also explore if battery life can be extended in any way; and do less powerful systems last longer?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

    Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in every industry imaginable as businesses seek ways to cash in on the distributed ledger technology's promise of enabling a "trustless" consensus to validate transactions.

    By Jay Stanley on