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Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming Motherboard Review
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
Can a premium brand add enough performance, features, and overclocking to beat its lower-priced rivals in the battle of compact gaming value supremacy?

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Delidded: Solder vs. Thermal Paste vs. Liquid Metal
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Now that we know AMD is using thermal paste instead of solder between its Raven Ridge-based dies and heat spreaders, it's time to determine whether we have a reason to complain.

Netstor NA611TB3 Thunderbolt 3 NVMe External SSD Review
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
The Netstor NA611TB3 enclosure brings Thunderbolt 3 to two high-performance NVMe SSDs in a semi-portable enclosure with rugged features.

Riotoro CR500 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Case Review
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Riotoro's $60-list CR500 is a budget-friendly chassis that features a direct airflow path, a tempered-glass side panel, and a dual-chamber design. Is it a solid budget pick?

GETIHU PB-01 Power Bank Tear-Down
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
USB power banks come in all shapes and sizes, and from countless vendors. One of those lesser-known names is GETIHU, and we're here to tear into its 10Ah PB-01.

Best Cooling
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:35:00 -0800
Here are the best CPU cooling solutions (air and liquid) for a range of systems, from small form-factor builds to overclocked big-rigs.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Review: Vega Barrels Into Budget Gaming
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:00:01 -0800
We were fans of Ryzen 5 2400G at $170. So what do we think of Ryzen 3 2200G? After all, it still sports four cores and 512 Stream processors for competent 720p gaming!

Antec Earthwatts Gold Pro 750W PSU Review
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
It's been a long time since we've seen a new Antec PSU, and we're glad to see the company active again. The new Earthwatts Gold Pro line is based on Seasonic's Focus Gold platform, so we expect good performance from it.

Best Gaming CPUs
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:30:00 -0800
Here are the best gaming CPUs for the money. These processors offer the best performance at their price and are suitable for overclocking.

Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 7 Pro Motherboard Review
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
The newer Pro version of Gigabyte’s X299 Aorus Gaming 7 brings advancements in power management and cooling. Will it push our parts farther, faster, and more efficiently to promote value?

VIVO CASE-V08 ATX Mid-Tower Review
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
VIVO’s High Airflow kit upgrades its CASE-V08 from tiny side vents to a raised panel. We test it both ways.

Zotac Zbox Magnus EN1060K-U Barebones Mini PC Review
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
We put Zotac's Zbox Magnus EN1060K-U barebones mini PC to the test.

BenQ EW277HDR Monitor Review
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
BenQ provides the latest entrant in the HDR saga with its new EW277HDR. It’s a 27” FHD VA panel with 3000:1 contrast, HDR10 support, and an HDR emulation mode for standard content.

AMD Raven Ridge Thermal/Power Analysis: Ryzen CPUs With Vega
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
We take a closer look at AMD’s Raven Ridge-based processors, analyzing power consumption, clock rates, and temperatures. We also pit the stock cooler against a high-end chiller to find a temperature-independent power limit for Ryzen 5 2400G.

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Review: Zen, Meet Vega
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
AMD designed its new Ryzen processors with Vega graphics to play AAA games at 1080p with low-quality settings. Does the flagship Ryzen 5 2400G deliver on those promises?

Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler Review
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
How does the Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition electric color and catchy moniker match up against big air?

Cougar Conquer Case Review
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Is Conquer the case for anyone who can’t decide whether they want a case, or is it specifically for someone who wants an open-air chassis in a mid-tower layout? We take a closer look.

Reeven NAIA 240 Closed-Loop CPU Cooler Review
Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
NAIA 240’s unconventional features launch Reeven into the closed-loop cooler market. We test it.

Community Picks: Most Memorable Game Levels
Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Spend a few minutes and reminisce on some of our community's top picks for the most memorable levels in video games.

How to Stress-Test Graphics Cards (Like We Do)
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0800
Readers often ask us which applications are best for stability and temperature testing, and why we use some, but not others. In response, we generated some results to help quantify our choices for measuring power, heat, and the usefulness of overclocks.

EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 PSU Review
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Thanks to mining, PSUs like EVGA's SuperNOVA 1600 T2 are highly popular, so they're out of stock everywhere. The 1600 T2 is one of the best high-wattage models you can buy, able to deliver more than 2kW of power for short periods!

Origin PC EVO 15-S Max-Q Gaming Laptop Review
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
We've got another laptop featuring a Max-Q GPU from Nvidia. This time, it's a GTX 1070. We put Origin PC's EVO 15-S through our benchmark suite to see how it compares to other gaming laptops.

The 860 EVO Review: Samsung Back On Top
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0800
The world's best selling SSD just got a makeover. Today we see how Samsung increased its performance and longevity.

Raven Ridge Unboxed: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, Ryzen 3 2200G First Look
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Ryzen meets Vega in AMD's first desktop chips that bring the two together. Let's take a peek at them before our formal benchmarking.

Gigabyte BRIX Gaming VR Barebones Mini PC Review
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
What kind of gaming PC can you get for less than $1500? Gigabyte's BRIX Gaming VR is a barebones mini PC, and it offers one potential answer to that question. We give it spin in our test lab.

Best Memory
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:15:00 -0800
Here are the best performing RAM kits we’ve tested: computer memory that’s ideal for gaming, video editing and graphics-heavy applications.

Do The Meltdown and Spectre Patches Affect PC Gaming Performance? 10 CPUs Tested
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:00:01 -0800
We test the latest patches on Intel and AMD platforms to see if they have a significant impact on your gaming experience.

Asus ROG Zephyrus (GTX 1070) Max-Q Gaming Laptop Review
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0800
We've already tested the Asus ROG Zephyrus with a GTX 1080 (Max-Q). It had its fair share of praise and issues. Will the GTX 1070 (Max-Q) version be a worthy trade off in terms of performance?

Which GPU Is Best for Mining Ethereum? AMD and Nvidia Cards, Tested
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
While the number of different cryptocurrencies is always increasing, only a handful have attained enough market capitalization to be truly viable. Ethereum, a blockchain-based distributed computing platform, is one of the most popular.

Best Power Supply Units For Cryptocurrency Mining
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0800
We dove into our benchmarks to find PSUs with enough performance, reliability, and efficiency to mine Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero and other cryptocurrencies.

ASRock X399 Taichi Motherboard Review
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0800
Will the X399 Taichi give us style and performance while driving a value position for an already expensive platform?

Best Professional Monitors
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Professional monitors offer the best color accuracy and gamut and are well-suited for photographers and designers: Here are the best we’ve tested.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-4600 Review
Sun, 04 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Performance enthusiast are always looking for a way to go faster, and Corsair obliges with its CMK16GX4M2F4600C19 dual-channel memory kit. We test it!

Aukey PA-U32 USB Power Adapter Tear-Down
Sat, 03 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
The quest for recommendable AC adapters continues. Up next: Aukey’s PA-U32.

Top 25 Cryptocurrencies By Market Cap
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:20:00 -0800
Here are the 25 cryptocurrencies with the biggest market capitalization. Many have similarities, but also have unique features and technologies.

Bitfenix Formula Gold 650W PSU Review
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0800
The Bitfenix Formula Gold 650W is an affordable PSU that offers good performance and high efficiency. The cherry on top is its quiet operation. This unit's only compromise appears to be its native cable design.

Best Virtual Reality Headsets
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:30:00 -0800
Here are the best Virtual Reality Headsets currently available for the PC. Ranging from $400 to over $1000, these are truly the ultimate gaming peripherals.

Adata XPG Emix H30 and Solox F30 Gaming Headset Review
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Adata is known for memory modules and SSDs, but not really its audio gear. The Emix H30 is the XPG brand's attempt to dominate a lucrative gaming headset market. This $200 solution even includes an amplifier and stand.

Best Power Supplies
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:45:00 -0800
Here are the best power supplies for gaming PCs. These PSUs offer the best reliability, performance and protection for your components.

ViewSonic VP2768 Professional Monitor Review
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:00:01 -0800
Graphics pros working in the sRGB color gamut will appreciate the value of ViewSonic’s VP2768. It offers a sharp 27” QHD/IPS screen with an internal 14-bit LUT and flexible calibration options.

Tt eSports Cronos Riing RGB 7.1 Gaming Headset Review
Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0800
With its Cronos Riing RGB 7.1, Tt eSports hits a sub-$80 street price. The headset offers simulated 7.1-channel sound at the touch of a button, colorful lighting, and a comfortable fit. But how does it perform?

Best Motherboards
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:30:00 -0800
Here are the best motherboards for Intel and AMD’s top processors. These boards offer great features, overclocking performance and pricing.

mean:it 5PM EATX Mid-Tower Case Review
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800
Will additional tempered glass and a lower price put the 5PM case from mean:it on our must-have list?

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L RGB CPU Cooler Review
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800
We review Cooler Master's ML120L RGB compact liquid cooler.

Best Gaming Desktops
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:50:00 -0800
We tested pre-built gaming desktop PCs with our typical gauntlet of real-world and synthetic benchmarks to measure overall system performance.

Corsair HS50 Gaming Headset Review
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0800
Corsair's HS50 is an affordable headset that still offers acceptable performance, even if its lows and highs are a bit exaggerated. So, what kind of acoustic experience can you expect for $50?

MSI G25 Vortex 8RD Gaming PC Review
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800
MSI's G25 Vortex 8RD is a small form factor gaming PC intended for the living room. We pit it against a couple of our own builds to see how capable it is.

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB HDD Review
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800
Seagate claims the BarraCuda Pro 10TB is the fastest consumer hard disk drive (HDD) on the market.

Best Cases
Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:15:00 -0800
Here are the best cases for custom PC builds. Our recommendations take cooling and noise into account, and most sell for less than $100.

Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review
Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0800
Creative adds an "X" to its Sound Blaster gaming headset. We take a closer look at what that X brings, other than a higher, premium price.