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  • Cyberpunk 2077 DLSS + Ray Tracing Benchmark

    Cyberpunk 2077 is visually stunning and possibly the most graphically impressive game we've ever seen. Ray tracing elevates the game's visuals and provides a noticeable improvement, so it's time to test how your GPU performs with DLSS and ray tracing enabled.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Cyberpunk 2077 Benchmarked

    The day has finally arrived: Cyberpunk 2077 is here and the massively popular game appears to be a huge success. This benchmark feature will cover Cyberpunk 2077 performance with all current and previous-gen GPUs from AMD and Nvidia.

    By Steven Walton on

  • "Run as Administrator": What Does It Mean?

    You've surely opened software as an admin on Windows before, maybe as recently as today. But do you know what happens under the hood of Windows when you tell the OS to run a program as an administrator, and why is this process necessary in the first place?

    By Mark Turner on

  • What Happened Last Time AMD Beat Intel?

    AMD has overcome Intel in terms of performance before, but previous wins against the chip giant have been rare over the years. Furthermore, every time Intel looked inferior, it responded swiftly and effectively.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 4

    With the arrival of DirectX 10, vertex and pixel shaders maintained large levels of common function, and so moving to a unified shader architecture made sense. The first GPU to go this route was Nvidia's iconic GeForce 8 Series.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Rundown of Must-Have Portable Apps

    Portable apps are lightweight versions of applications that don't use an installer, so you can run them from a USB drive or a cloud folder. We've assembled a collection of the best and most useful portable apps across a variety of categories.

    By Julio Franco and Shawn Knight on

  • History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 3

    With the turn of the century, the computer graphics market consisted of a discrete card duopoly (Nvidia and ATI), with both of them in addition to Intel supplying the vast majority of integrated graphics chipsets.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Nvidia Ampere vs. AMD RDNA 2: Battle of the Architectures

    For GPU enthusiasts, it's been a long two year wait. But now that Nvidia's Ampere RTX 3000 GPUs are out, as are AMD's Radeon RX 6000 series, it's time to take a deep look at how these chips work. Is one of them fundamentally better than the other?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • History of the Modern Graphics Processor, Part 2

    Voodoo Graphics revolutionized the PC nearly. The 3D landscape in 1996 favored S3 with 50% of the market. That completely changed as it was estimated that 3Dfx accounted for over 80% of the 3D market during the heyday of Voodoo's reign.

    By Graham Singer on

  • How to Optimize Your Internet Connection for Gaming

    You can have a super fast gaming PC with an RTX 3080 onboard and other speedy components. And yet, if you have a slow connection, your online gaming capabilities will be severely limited. Here are a few things you can try that can improve your existing connection.

    By Grzegorz Kubera on

  • Weird Keyboard Layouts: A Showcase

    It's safe to say many of us don't know much about what lies beyond the standard QWERTY keyboard. Well, there's so much more. Let's take a look at some popular and regional keyboard layouts.

    By Devin Kate Pope on

  • What's New in DirectX 12? Understanding DirectML, DirectX Raytracing and DirectStorage

    DirectX 12 has been expanding to cover ray tracing, machine learning and faster storage. Learn how next-gen titles like Cyberpunk 2077 are using some of these extras, and how they'll make games better for us all.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Explainer: What Is Arduino?

    When it comes to computing devices, the headlines tend to go to biggest and fastest, but not always. Say hello to Arduino, a project that has inspired millions around the world to get into the vast ocean of electronics and programming.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • How to Customize the Windows 10 Context Menu: Add, Remove Items and More

    Left unchecked, it won't take long for the Windows context menu to become cluttered, and we bet there's at least one program on your context menus that you never use.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How to Remove the "3D Objects" Folder and Other Useless Shortcuts From Windows' File Explorer

    At some point, Windows 10 introduced a "3D Objects" File Explorer shortcut that takes up unnecessary space by default. This article will show you how to remove that annoyance and various other such shortcuts (Music, Videos, etc), so you can personalize as you want.

    By Mark Turner on

  • 17 Years of Call of Duty

    Call of Duty has made everlasting memories for millions of players around the world, including an entire generation of gamers that spent their adolescent years with the franchise and continue to stick with it to this day.

    By Humza Aamir on

  • Against All Odds: How Netflix Made It

    Home video rentals were a $16 billion industry when Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph decided to get involved in 1997. Netflix's million-dollar idea was to build an online video rental service in the image of Amazon, an up-and-coming e-commerce player that was in the business of selling books.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 IPC Performance Tested

    IPC performance is a good indicator of a CPU's architecture efficiency, so we're checking out how Zen 3 compares against Intel's 10th-gen Core and AMD's progress with Ryzen over the past three years.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 5000 Memory Performance Guide

    In this article we'll be searching for Zen 3's memory sweet spot and looking at DDR4 memory performance with the new Ryzen 5000 CPU series, and a brief explanation of why 4 RAM sticks are faster than 2.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Display Panel Technology: TN vs. VA vs. IPS

    By far the most common types of display panels used on PC monitors are TN, IPS and VA. We're sure you've heard these terms before if you've researched monitors to purchase, and to be clear, the type of panel is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Here's Why the Unreal Engine Is Coming to Your Car

    For the first time, the Unreal Engine will be used in a consumer automobile, as all displays in the new GMC Hummer EV are powered by the very same software that enables some of the most popular and visually stunning video games on the market.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Everything You Need to Know About SFF PCs

    Small form factor PCs are a niche corner of the PC market that's becoming more accessible than ever. Many SFF PCs are similar in size to the latest gaming consoles, but there's more to do than just game on a PC.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • TechSpot's Quick Guide to Sockets and Ports

    The average desktop PC has over 10 different types of connections and often sports over 30 individual sockets. Whether you're wanting to sort out SATA from M.2, or DVI-D from DisplayPort, welcome to our quick guide to sockets and ports.

    By Nick Evanson on

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

    We often talk about the latest and greatest graphics cards and playing games at the highest settings, but there are times when that's simply not an option. In times like these, it's nice to have a library of fun games that won't melt our processors. That's why we've compiled this list of 25 great (but less demanding) games we can wholeheartedly recommend.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • The Last Time Intel Tried to Make a Graphics Card

    Will history repeat itself? Intel's setting out to make a name for itself in the discrete GPU space with its upcoming Xe-HP GPU lineup. We look at Project Larrabee - the last time Intel tried making a graphics card - to understand how things might turn out.

    By Arjun Krishna Lal on

  • How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key

    Microsoft has been changing and improving the way it handles Windows licenses. We'll cover all you need to know in this article, from old school ways to retrieve keys, to the more modern approaches to make good use of your licenses and what restrictions may apply depending on your type of license.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Nvidia Reflex Tested: Low Latency Revolution?

    Nvidia is making concerted efforts to expand their GeForce feature set beyond raw performance. Features like DLSS and ray tracing are heavily pushed, and today we'll be checking out whether Reflex is something you should care about.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Compaq: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Computers had finally made the jump from taking up an entire room to fitting on a desk, but they were still far from portable. In 1982, three entrepreneurs decided to change that. Their first entry into the market was the Compaq Portable in 1983.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Intel Rocket Lake Preview: A New Architecture

    After years of wallowing in the mud left by Intel's wake, AMD has risen back up to reconquer the processor market. Ryzen 5000 is meant to put the final nail in Intel's coffin. But such a challenge cannot go unanswered.

    By Isaiah Mayersen on

  • Find Your Motherboard Brand and Model

    There are many reasons why you might need to find your motherboard's brand and model number. Looking to update drivers or the BIOS is most common, but you may also want to check compatibility, discover specs, or look for a replacement. And with OEM PCs and laptops, it's not always as straightforward as checking the box of your motherboard's box.

    By Rob Thubron on