Latest Reviews

  • Intel Core i9-9900K and Core i7-9700K Review

    Today we can finally show you how Intel's new octa-core 9th-gen processors perform. On hand for testing we have the Core i9-9900K, an 8 core/16 thread processor that operates at 3.6 GHz, boost as high as 4.7 GHz on all cores with a max single core frequency of 5 GHz. We also have the i7-9700K which is essentially the same CPU, but crucially, with Hyper-threading disabled.

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Review

    Today we have our day-one GeForce RTX 2070 review for you and I suspect like most other publications, we were seriously under the pump for this one. Nvidia's own review guide shows the RTX 2070 easily beating the GTX 1070 and then the 970 before it, though that's a little misleading as it's priced to compete with the GTX 1080 and Vega 64, so those are the models we'll focus our attention on when comparing performance.

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  • Mega Man 11 Review

    Mega Man 11 is a fine game, and a worthy eleventh entry in a series that once set the bar for tricky platformers. It also feels oddly shallow, the latest iteration of a formula that has gone largely unchanged for decades. Mega Man 11 is great at being a Mega Man game. Maybe that's why it didn't do much for me.

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  • Forza Horizon 4 Benchmarked

    Racing title Forza Horizon 4 is arriving to digital store shelves this week worldwide (October 2) and to work out what kind of GPU power you'll need to enjoy it we've tested about 50 graphics cards, so we have a big GPU benchmark incoming.

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  • FIFA 19 vs PES 2019: Which Is Better?

    I started reviewing these two games together all the way back in 2012, but six years in, I feel like this double-review is in danger of settling into just the kind of repetitive drone it was designed to counter. Now, more than ever, each series' pros and cons are so established, so settled into routine that it's almost a waste of everyone's time to dredge them up once again.

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  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 & 2080 Ti Review

    After a month-long wait since Nvidia unveiled the GeForce RTX 20 series, we can finally bring you our performance review. As you all know by now, we have a new flagship graphics card in the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with pricing starting at $1,000 for partner cards and $1,200 for the Founders Edition version, we're talking Titan X money here. Meanwhile the vanilla RTX 2080 is landing at $700 for partner models and $800 for the Founders Edition.

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  • AMD Athlon 200GE Review: $55 Zen CPU

    AMD's most affordable Zen based processor yet, the Athlon 200GE is just dual-core, but before your shrek louder than the coil whine of a cheap graphics card, consider the price, this is a $55 processor. Clocked at 3.2 GHz, there's 5MB of cache in total, and the integrated Radeon GPU packs just 3 compute units. The TDP rating has been set at just 35 watts.

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  • Acer Predator X27 Review

    The Acer Predator X27 is an impressive 4K 144 Hz gaming monitor with DisplayHDR 1000 and, of course, G-Sync HDR. It's a direct competitor to Asus top-of-the-line ROG monitor, but Acer's is better looking and better built for the same monstrous price tag.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider Review

    In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft ventures from Mexico into the jungles of Peru. It's fun and beautiful and is a lengthy adventure full of enjoyable Tomb Raidery things. It's built on the sturdy traditions of the 22-year-old franchise and uses most of the same smart systems that were introduced in 2013's Tomb Raider reboot and refined in 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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  • Wyze Cam Pan: Is this $30 security camera worth a buy?

    If you're in the market for a home security camera, you know there are many options with a wide range of prices. The Wyze Cam Pan is a powerful option with an incredibly low price. Full pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) capabilities, cloud and local storage options for just $38, is it too good to be true?

    By William Gayde on

  • Das Keyboard 5Q and X50Q Review

    If you're a PC gamer, you're likely familiar with the likes of Razer, Corsair, and Logitech who offer gaming keyboards and other related solutions. But if you're a true computer enthusiast, let alone a mechanical keyboard enthusiast, then you enter into a different territory of high quality niche players. Das Keyboard is arguably the most renowned brand within this group.

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  • World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth Review

    Blizzard has spent the past six years transforming World of Warcraft from a tired massively multiplayer online role-playing game into something fresh and new. Between 2014's Warlords of Draenor and 2016's Legion, World of Warcraft today feels like a completely different game.

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  • Battlefield V Open Beta Benchmarked

    This week we were finally able to jump into Battlefield V for the first time, and of course, we spent more time benchmarking than we did enjoying the gameplay, so we have a few results for you... which we'll call a preview since we are testing the 'open beta' version of the game. The full thing is slated for release across major platforms in two months' time.

    By Steven Walton on

  • $400 12-core Threadripper: But Is It Worth It?

    With AMD's 2nd generation Threadripper out in the wild, the company has decided to slash prices of first gen parts. The Threadripper 1920X is now down to just $400 which on paper for a 12-core/24-thread high-end processor is insane.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Linux vs. Windows Benchmark: Threadripper 2990WX vs. Core i9-7980XE Tested

    Due to popular demand, we're looking into AMD's Threadripper 2990WX performance using Linux. We have the Threadripper 2990WX put against the Core i9-7980XE head to head using both Windows 10 and Linux (Ubuntu) running the same benchmark tests.

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  • Monster Hunter: World Review

    Monster Hunter isn't all that much better than it's always been. It's just so much easier to appreciate now. What once felt like a well-kept secret amongst players with enough time and energy to scale the barriers to entry is now easier for everyone else to enjoy.

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  • Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ Review: 4K 144Hz HDR Is Finally Here

    In the realm of gaming monitors, the long awaited Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is something truly special. This is the first G-Sync HDR monitor on the market, sporting top-of-the-line specs like a 4K, 144Hz IPS panel with 1000 nits of peak brightness and 384-zone backlighting.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • The Mega-Tasking Test: AMD Threadripper 2990WX Heavy Multitasking Benchmark

    After our long look at the new Threadripper 2990WX and 2950X processors, many called us out on benchmarks that only ran a single application at a time. We had already planned to make a separate multi-tasking focused benchmark, and so here we are after a few additional days of testing with more results to discuss.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX & 2950X Review

    Time has finally come. Today we are bringing you our full review of the Threadripper 2990WX and Threadripper 2950X. Although these two CPUs share the same basic DNA, you should know they are very different processors, targeting completely different market segments.

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  • The New 3GB GeForce GTX 1050: Good Product or Misleading Product?

    There's a new budget GPU in town, the 3GB version of the GeForce GTX 1050, and boy is this one a strange animal. Prior to May 2018 there was only one version of the GTX 1050 with a 2GB memory buffer. However recently Nvidia quietly launched a 3GB model which we're checking out now to see what's what.

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  • HP Envy x360 13 Review

    Today we're finally looking at another Ryzen Mobile laptop, the second ever system we've had proper hands on time with. Despite a few difficulties finding these systems on the market, HP has pulled through with their brand new Envy x360 13-inch, and this - spoiler alert - is a fantastic system.

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  • Dead Cells Review: Castlevania-inspired

    Dead Cells is a Castlevania-inspired side-scrolling action game from the French developer Motion Twin. In addition to having unusually progressive payroll policies, the indie studio is evidently very good at making video games. Yes, Dead Cells is a winner, particularly if you're into the idea of slowly rolling a boulder up a hill while periodically noticing that the boulder just got a little bit lighter.

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  • Tested: One of the Best-Selling (No Brand) Gaming Monitors on Amazon

    Today we're looking at a monitor from a brand we've never used before. Viotek is popular on Amazon as they make some of the cheapest gaming monitors you can get, but how do they stack up over a better known brand option?

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  • Razer Blade 2018 Review

    One of the most popular gaming laptops on the market continues to be the Razer Blade. New for 2018, Razer has refined the design and improved the internal hardware to make it even better than before. With the 2018 Blade, Razer is fully on board with the thin bezel revolution.

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  • Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Review

    When Dell brought us the first Kaby Lake-G laptop to market we were very excited to see how the combo processor would perform. We've already gone through all the performance, now let's discuss whether it's actually worth buying the first Kaby Lake-G laptop: the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1.

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  • GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs. Radeon RX 570 4GB: 2018 Update

    Today we're revisiting a mid-range GPU battle between the Radeon RX 570 4GB and GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. It's been a little over a year since we compared these two head to head in an extensive 28 game battle, so we thought it was about time to take another look now that GPU prices seem to be coming back down to more reasonable prices.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel's Spectre 'Variant 4' Performance Tested: Speculative Store Bypass

    Today we're taking a look at the impact addressing the Spectre 'Variant 4' CPU flaw has on Intel's 8th-gen Core CPUs. The initial Meltdown and Spectre patches didn't take care of everything and just recently Intel and Microsoft have rolled out updates to address Variant 4 a.k.a. 'Speculative Store Bypass'.

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  • NVMe SSD Roundup 2018: Intel Optane, WD Black and Samsung 970 Evo/Pro

    The SSD market can seem overwhelming at first glance, but we'll tell you, it is a great time to upgrade your storage considering ever-lower prices and two distinct segments that go from fast and relatively affordable to extremely fast and more costly solutions, which we're looking at today: NVMe solid storage.

    By William Gayde on

  • GeForce GT 1030: The DDR4 Abomination Benchmarked

    Today we're taking a look at what's one of the worst graphics cards ever released. But before we get to that... imagine you're on a seriously tight budget, likely some of you won't have to be too creative, after all PC gaming is something most of us do to unwind after a day of work, relax a bit, and have some fun.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Core i7-8700K: 35 Game Benchmark

    Today we're finally bringing you the epic gaming battle between the Ryzen 7 2700X and Core i7-8700K that so many have been requesting. The flagship Ryzen packs 8 cores and 16 threads, while the i7-8700K offers two less cores for a 6 core/12 thread configuration, but at a higher frequency and with more room for overclocking.

    By Steven Walton on