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  • A Brief History of the Multi-Core Desktop CPU

    It's hard to overemphasize how far computers have come and how they have transformed just about every aspect of our lives. From rudimentary devices to the cutting-edge, you won't find a device not using some form of computing capability.

    By Matthew Bio on

  • Rob's Alder Lake Windows 11 Rig Build Log

    Here's a confession: I haven't built a PC from scratch in almost a decade. Sure, I've replaced RAM, SSDs, and several graphics cards, but it's been years since I sat down with a load of boxed components ready to be put together.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • What Ever Happened to Flickr?

    In 2007, Flickr was the most popular photo-sharing site on the web and growing exponentially. There was no Instagram or Unsplash around, and essentially that's what Flickr could have become.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • Top 10 Most Significant Nvidia GPUs of All Time

    Nvidia is a dominant force in computer graphics but there was a lot of work involved in getting to that level since the NV1 debuted in 1995. Lesson learned as the chips that followed included some surefire hits.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: December 2021

    Our mission to track GPU pricing trends and look at the current market will continue in 2022, but for now let's see what's been happening in the closing weeks of 2021, in what's been a very rough year for PC builders.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • How to Make Windows 11 Look and Feel More Like Windows 10

    If you've made the jump to Windows 11, chances are you won't like some of the changes made to the Taskbar, Start Menu, and File Explorer. However you can fix many of these with a few tweaks and tools.

    By Adrian Potoroaca on

  • Top 10 Game Developers of All Time

    Let's take a closer look at the development studios behind some of our favorite games to determine what makes them tick, and how they have contributed and influenced the industry.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • Explainer: What is Chip Binning?

    You just bought a new CPU and it seems to run cool, so you try a bit of overclocking. The GHz climbs higher. Did you hit the silicon jackpot? You've got yourself a binned chip. But what's that exactly?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Halo Infinite PC Graphics Benchmark

    Today we're taking a look at Halo Infinite's graphics performance by testing over 30 Nvidia and AMD GPUs at three resolutions. We'll also take a look at quality preset scaling and VRAM requirements.

    By Steven Walton on

  • 5 Signs Your Storage Drive is About to Fail

    Like all electronic devices, PCs don't last forever, and the parts inside them will eventually fail. While it's easy to replace a broken device, the same can't be said for the data stored in your machine.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Playing Call of Duty Can Improve Your Driving Skills

    "Playing video games can make you a better driver," it's not exactly what you imagine. Ironically, studies show that first-person shooters like Call of Duty provide more benefits for drivers than driving games do.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Explainer: What is a File System?

    There are many different ways to organize files and directories in a computer, but in the abstract of how that happens at the hardware and OS level is typically assigned to the file system. This is how it works.

    By Abdulrahman Mahmoud on

  • Interview: What is it Like to Develop a Game in VR?

    Few games nail the ambiance as The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. We sat with Project Director Mark Domowicz to discuss how they nailed down the zombie survival game's atmosphere and suspense.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do

    Learn all that you can do in the Windows Command Prompt, from useful commands everyone should know to more advanced tweaks and troubleshooting features.

    By Mark Turner and Julio Franco on

  • 5 Ways to Connect Your Old Storage Devices to a New PC

    If you're upgrading to a new computer, laptop or desktop, a modern PC may not support your old storage devices. This guide will give you options to connect your old storage drives to a new computer.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • What Ever Happened to MSN Messenger?

    It was the late 90s, social media platforms like Facebook didn't yet exist, texting was in its infancy, email was very popular, instant messaging was up for the taking and Microsoft took notice.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Battlefield 2042 CPU Benchmark feat. 128-Player Battles

    Today we're taking a look at CPU performance in Battlefield 2042 and this may well be the most difficult benchmark we've ever done. But we've succeeded and tested 20+ configurations into a 128-player conquest match.

    By Steven Walton on

  • GPU Availability and Pricing Update: November 2021

    Here's our monthly take on the state of the GPU market, and no surprises, graphics cards are still overly expensive and everyone involved is still making a ton of cash. But will GPU pricing ever go down?

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • How to Choose an SSD on a Flash Sale

    What SSD should you buy? In normal times, we'd simply tell you to follow our Best Storage guide. But during flash sales, lesser known drives may be worth buying at a healthy discount. But which ones?

    By Amir Shoam on

  • Battlefield 2042 Benchmarked

    Battlefield 2042 recently debuted with very impressive visuals, so we'll take the opportunity to measure graphics card performance, so you can get an idea of what you'll need to get into the action.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The State of Quantum Computing Systems

    While the race to quantum supremacy is picking up pace, it's still very early stages to call it a "competition." And yet funding is being poured into this field to help push humanity to the next big era in computing.

    By Abdulrahman Mahmoud on

  • 5 Windows File Explorer Alternatives You Should Try

    The Windows File Explorer hasn't fundamentally changed over the years, but luckily there are many better alternatives that are available for free, or at least to try. We check out some of the best of them.

    By Amir Shoam on

  • A Brief History of In-Game Advertising

    These days, in-game advertising is the rule, not the exception. According to an Omdia survey, gaming companies around the world raked in over 42 billion dollars in 2019, solely from in-game ads.

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • 21 Programs to Analyze and Benchmark Your Hardware

    We've compiled a list of 21 programs that are great for analyzing or benchmarking your devices -- whether you're into overclocking, tweaking your system, or simply want to see what you've got.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • In Hindsight... Tech Predictions and Quotes

    The tech industry is known for its predictive pronouncements and many have tried to follow Intel co-founder Gordon Moore (of Moore's Law fame) in bringing their observations into the public eye... with varying degrees of success.

    By Graham Singer and Julio Franco on

  • Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: AMD Ryzen Edition

    Today we're taking a look at Windows 11 versus Windows 10 performance using AMD Ryzen processors. Recently we did the same with Intel's Core CPUs, so here we are using the Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 9 5950X.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Google Drive Alternatives: Improving Privacy and Security

    In an age of eroding online privacy, many are looking for a good alternative to Google Drive for their documents and files. After all, why would you want to store your private data with the world's largest advertising company?

    By Heinrich Long on

  • What Ever Happened to Winamp?

    Developed by Nullsoft in 1997, Winamp is a media player that supports a wide array of audio formats and was an iconic software application in the heyday of MP3 music. Winamp was nearly ubiquitous, used by millions in the early 2000s.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • We're not in Ubuntu Anymore: The Linux Distros You've (Probably) Never Heard About Before

    Unlike Windows and macOS, there is a world of Linux distributions to experience. Ubuntu is a good and popular recommendation, but if you're curious what else there's out there, here is a quick guide.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Windows 10 vs. Windows 11 Performance Test

    Today we're talking our first real look at Windows 11 performance to see how much difference there is when compared to Windows 10, but also to establish a baseline for testing Alder Lake in a few weeks.

    By Steven Walton on