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  • AMD Radeon RX 590 Crossfire and the State of Multi-GPU Technology

    It always surprises us how often we get requests for Crossfire and SLI benchmarks. Despite flatout telling readers not to invest in either technology for years now, there still seems to be quite a lot of interest. Both AMD and Nvidia have made no secret about the fact they're pulling back on multi-GPU technology, but recently two RX 590 cards came our way and we thought, why not?

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  • Just Cause 4 PC Graphics Benchmark

    Today we're benchmarking Just Cause 4 with a boatload of different GPUs to help you determine if your graphics card will handle this brand new title, and if need be, work out a suitable upgrade option.

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  • Revisiting Battlefield V Ray Tracing Performance

    After a less than encouraging debut of real-time ray tracing in Battlefield V, Nvidia and DICE have been working together to optimize the game's implementation of DXR. The improvements come in the form of new graphics drivers and a game patch, which collectively Nvidia claims can improve performance as much as 50%. We put those claims to the test.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors Review

    MSI's Optix MAG27CQ and MPG27CQ monitors check a lot of boxes on the feature list: 27" curved monitors with 1440p resolutions, FreeSync support, 144Hz refresh rates, and 1ms response times. Let's see how they perform and whether one of them may be a good choice for your next gaming display upgrade.

    By William Gayde on

  • Overclocking the $55 AMD Athlon 200GE CPU

    In an unexpected turn of events, it's now possible to overclock the otherwise-locked $55 Athlon 200GE processor. In what appears to be a slip up by MSI, the component maker has enabled Athlon overclocking with their latest BIOS release across its entire AM4 motherboard lineup.

    By Steven Walton on

  • PlayStation Classic Review

    PlayStation Classic is a faithful reproduction of the experience of playing original PlayStation games in the mid-1990s. The experience is technically accurate, but the PS Classic doesn't feel like it was created by a company with a true and abiding passion for the games of this era, or even with the good sense to fake one.

    By Chris Kohler on

  • Battlefield V Multiplayer CPU Benchmark: Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Core i9-9900K

    Having already tested graphics performance in Battlefield V covering a massive range of graphics cards, including a look at real-time ray tracing, we're now focusing on CPU performance. Battlefield V's 64-player multiplayer really puts the hurt on processors, so we threw ourselves at the task.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Hitman 2 Review

    Hitman 2 takes what its predecessor did best and improves on it visually and mechanically. It's a cerebral game, a sandbox that can be bloodless or chaotic depending on who's pulling 47's strings.

    By Riley MacLeod on

  • Radeon RX 590 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060

    While technically a new GPU, the Radeon RX 590 is in essence the same RX 580 with a 15% overclock. What we have here is Polaris 20 XT on the 12nm FinFET process, allowing for slightly better clock speeds. But what about pricing?

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  • Battlefield V DXR Real-Time Ray Tracing Performance Tested

    Real-time ray tracing is finally here and today we're exploring how it looks and performs in the first game to support it fully: Battlefield V. In this article we're not only benchmarking the three GeForce RTX cards across all the ray tracing presets in the game, but we've also got some great comparisons for you to show exactly the difference between RTX on and RTX off.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Battlefield V PC Graphics Benchmark

    After a preliminar look at Battlefield V during the open beta phase, we're back to check out GPU performance for the official release of the game. Before we'd found solid performance from both AMD and Nvidia GPUs and to confirm this we're now benchmarking a total of 38 new and previous generation graphics cards.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Asus ProArt PA32UC Review

    Like a lot of professional monitors, the Asus ProArt PA32UC does not come cheap at $2,000. And yet, it could be the ultimate professional monitor and I don't say that lightly. Pro-grade monitors need to be top-notch quality to get a recommendation, and the PA32UC is packed with nearly every feature a creator might require for both SDR and HDR work.

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  • Intel Core i9-9900K Re-Review

    Today we're revisiting our original Core i9-9900K review and updating it with 95 watt TDP limited results, basically results based on the official Intel specification. For better context about this please read our opinion article from earlier this week titled "Do We Need to Re-Review the Core i9-9900K?".

    By Steven Walton on

  • The Best Entry Level Gaming CPU: Athlon 200GE vs. Pentium G5400 vs. Ryzen 3 2200G

    Not that long ago we reviewed the $60 Athlon 200GE CPU and we've been wanting to come back to it for more. So we've dug out the plucky little Zen based chip and for comparison grabbed the Ryzen 3 2200G and Intel's Pentium G5400.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Philips Momentum 43 4K HDR Monitor Review

    Today we're looking at a really ridiculous product, the Philips Momentum 43. Also known as the 436M6VBPAB, the Momentum 43 is a 43-inch 4K HDR "monitor." It's not a TV according to Philips, but a monitor, so apparently they think some people are interested in such a massive display for their PC.

    By Tim Schiesser on

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  • AMD Threadripper 2970WX & 2920X Review

    AMD is launching new 12 and 24-core 2nd-gen Threadripper parts known as the 2920X and 2970WX. Spec-wise the 12-core part is virtually identical to the 16-core part we saw in August, minus the obvious reduction in core count and the same is true when comparing the 24-core and 32-core parts. In our review we benchmark and check out the added value offered by these new CPUs.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Review

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is a profound, glorious downer. It is the rare blockbuster video game that seeks to move players not through empowering gameplay and jubilant heroics, but by relentlessly forcing them to confront decay and despair. Rockstar Games' new open-world western opus is exhaustively detailed and exhaustingly beautiful, a mammoth construction of which every nook and cranny has been polished to an unnerving shimmer.

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review

    The fourth installment of Treyarch's Black Ops series might be the first Call of Duty to forgo single-player. But after a spate of less-than-fully-satisfying entries, putting full efforts behind multiplayer has paid off: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 finds the perfect middle ground between classic COD and the "jetpack" era, reviving the franchise's fun in many ways.

    By S.E. Doster on

  • 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.

    By Steven Walton on

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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.

    By Steven Walton on

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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.

    By Jason Schreier on

  • 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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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.

    By Luke Plunkett on

  • 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.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 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.

    By Stephen Totilo on

  • 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.

    By Cohen Coberly on

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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.

    By Mike Fahey on