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Comprehensive tech reviews: from CPUs and graphics cards, to laptops and smartphones

  • Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs. Ryzen 7 5800X: Zen 3 Gaming Shootout

    On the menu today is another 40 game benchmark -- actually 41. This time it's the 5800X3D against its spiritual predecessor, the 5800X, to see where that massive L3 cache can help out.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Ryzen 7 5800X3D vs. Core i9-12900K in 40 Games

    A massive gaming benchmark comparison between the Ryzen 7 5800X3D and Core i9-12900K, pitting the two head to head across 40 games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K, from battle royale to real-time strategy titles.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D Review: Gaming-First CPU

    Making CPU cores faster rather than adding more cores is the best way to boost PC gaming performance. That's why AMD has supercharged their 8-core, 16-thread CPU to create the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with 3D V-cache.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600 vs. Intel Core i5-12400F

    We're comparing the Ryzen 5 5600 and Core i5-12400F mainstream CPUs across a range of games at 1080p and 1440p using four tiers of GPU: RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080 12GB and RTX 3090 Ti.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Alienware AW3423DW 34" QD-OLED Monitor Review

    The Dell Alienware AW3423DW is a 34" 3440x1440 OLED gaming monitor with a 175 Hz max refresh rate. It's easily the best HDR gaming monitor you can buy right now, but it's not perfect for everything.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • GeForce RTX 3060 Ti vs. Radeon RX 6700 XT

    In the best scenario for AMD, the Radeon 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3060 Ti occupy the same price point. That being the case, it'll be interesting to see how they stack up across a massive range of games.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel Core i9-12900KS Review

    Not wanting to give up the performance crown after finally winning it back, Intel has been saving the very best 12900K silicon they could produce, binning it for a KS model that clocks higher.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Review

    The RTX 3090 Ti is an overclocked 3090 with a ludicrously high power rating of 450 watts, a ~30% increase over the original. Is that dumb? Surely sounds like it, but to be sure let's go over the benchmarks.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Radeon RX 6800S Review

    The Radeon RX 6800S is a lower-power, higher-efficiency version of the Radeon RX 6800M, similar to what Nvidia has been doing with what used to be Max-Q products.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop Review

    The RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU is the second of two Nvidia GPU refreshes for 2022 gaming laptops. The new GPU gets close to the 3080 spec-wise, but features power options in line with the 3070.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 vs. AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

    Now that GPU prices are taking a breather and hopefully we'll see more accessible graphics cards moving forward, let's take an updated look at the battle between the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6700 XT.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel B660 Motherboard VRM, Mid-Range Roundup

    In this roundup we have 8 new Intel B660 motherboards that go for from $150 to $250. Spoiler alert: We're looking at a hefty 70% difference between the fastest and slowest B660 boards using fast CPU.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Intel Core i9-12900HK Review

    The Core i9-12900HK is Intel's most recent and fastest CPU for laptops. In this review we'll be pitting it up against a range of other mobile chips, including the beast that is the Apple M1 Pro.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • GeForce RTX 3080 vs. Radeon RX 6800 XT

    Still among the best GPUs you can buy, let's take an updated look at the battle between the GeForce RTX 3080 and the Radeon RX 6800 XT in a massive 50 game benchmark test.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Best Budget Intel B660 Motherboards, VRM Thermal Test

    Our first look at VRM thermal performance of entry-level Intel B660 motherboards. On hand we have models boards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Asrock, Soyo and Maxsun. Pricing starts at $100 up to $140.

    By Steven Walton on

  • PSA: Don't Buy This Asrock Motherboard

    In testing new Intel B660 motherboards for an upcoming VRM roundup, we felt compelled to stop and look at the Asrock B660M-HDV, only because Asrock is at it again, misleading consumers with a garbage product.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS Review

    The new Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs upgrade AMD's mobile offering with Zen 3+ cores, RDNA2 graphics, and DDR5 memory. Today we're checking out the Ryzen 9 6900HS, which targets performance ultraportables.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Revisiting Analog Keyboards: Wooting two HE Review

    Wooting is known for making highly-customizable analog mechanical keyboards. But what is an analog keyboard, exactly? Find this out and more in our Wooting two HE review.

    By Cohen Coberly on

  • 50 Game Benchmark: RTX 3080 12GB vs. RX 6900 XT

    Today we're getting back to what we love doing, big benchmark comparisons. We're starting with the GeForce RTX 3080 12GB and Radeon RX 6900 XT head to head to see which rules this price point.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The $42 Intel CPU: Celeron G6900 Review

    We've been keen to explore the most entry-level Alder Lake CPUs after testing the impressive Core i3-12100F. Going right to the bottom of the lineup, here's the Intel Celeron G6900.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU Review

    The GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is the fastest laptop GPU Nvidia will be offering in early 2022 gaming laptops, a minor refresh to go alongside Intel Alder Lake and AMD Ryzen 6000 processors.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Intel Core i7-12700H Review: Alder Lake on the Go

    Alder Lake is Intel's first serious step into the world of hybrid architectures (P-Cores and E-cores). This is our first look at 12th-gen Core mobile processors, starting with the Core i7-12700H.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Laptop Review

    The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro sits in the company's gaming range, but that Pro suffix means that this notebook is designed for work, too. Lots of people use the same machine for work and play, if that's your case, check out the Legion.

    By Mike Jennings on

  • Intel Core i3-12100F Review: The New Budget Champ

    The Core i3-12100F is more impressive than what we were expecting. Despite only packing 4 cores, the performance is excellent, often rivaling previous generation 6-core/12-thread processors.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Samsung Odyssey G7 S28 Review

    The Samsung Odyssey G7 S28 is a really good IPS 4K gaming display. It's more competently put together than previous Odyssey monitors, it incorporates true HDMI 2.1, and it's not ridiculously expensive.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • HP Omen 16 Gaming Laptop Review

    The Omen 16 is a great gaming laptop with solid build quality and aesthetics. If HP can figure out the configuration and pricing model, I think they'd have a winner.

    By William Gayde on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Review

    Today we're checking out Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050, a new budget GPU addition to the RTX 30 series. This release adds a new low-end Ampere offering to the lineup, based on the same silicon used by the RTX 3060.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 12GB Review

    For Nvidia, the 12GB RTX 3080 allows to significantly boost profit margins on silicon that would have otherwise sold as the original 10 GB model, enabling board partners and distributors to cash in the current market.

    By Steven Walton on

  • AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT Review: A Bad, Really Bad Graphics Card

    How to start this review... this thing is so bad, it's really spoiled the mood for me. In short, this is the worst GPU release since I can remember, and I've been doing this job for over two decades.

    By Steven Walton on

  • PCI Express Bandwidth Test: PCIe 4.0 vs. PCIe 3.0 Gaming Performance & Limited VRAM Memory Buffers

    An upcoming budget Radeon GPU will be restricted to PCIe 4.0 x4 bandwidth, but what does that mean for gaming performance? Here's a brief investigation on PCIe performance with 4GB and 8GB GPU models.

    By Steven Walton on

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