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Four Keyboards And Four Mice For LAN Party Gamers, Rounded-Up
Feb 14, 2013 - in Reviews
We have four portable keyboards and a quartet of gaming mice that could turn heads at your next LAN party. We put the boards through a number of performance-oriented metrics, and handed the hardware off to some gamer friends for their opinions, too.
VP2770-LED Vs. S27B970D: 27" Monitors At 2560x1440
Feb 13, 2013 - in Reviews
If you demand maximum pixel density and the highest resolution on your desktop PC, these 27-inch screens from ViewSonic and Samsung do not disappoint. Today, we put ViewSonic's VP2770-LED and Samsung's S27B970D to the test. Is QHD right for you?
Gaming Shoot-Out: 18 CPUs And APUs Under $200, Benchmarked
Feb 11, 2013 - in Reviews
Now that Piledriver-based CPUs and APUs are widely available (and the FX-8350 is selling for less than $200), it's a great time to compare value-oriented chips in our favorite titles. We're also breaking out a test that conveys the latency between frames.
Five 550 And 600 W 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supplies, Tested
Feb 5, 2013 - in Reviews
A good power supply doesn't just provide you with ample output. Increasingly, vendors have put a bigger emphasis on delivering power more efficiently, too. We're testing five 80 PLUS Platinum-rated power supplies in the 550- to 600-watt range.
AOC I2757Fh And ViewSonic VX2770Smh: Two 27" IPS Monitors
Jan 15, 2013 - in Reviews
With monitor prices creeping lower than ever, even the latest IPS-based models are now affordable. Today, we look at a pair of 27-inch, LED-lit, 1080p displays from AOC and ViewSonic. Both products recently hit the market and are selling for around $300.
Gigabit Wireless? Five 802.11ac Routers, Benchmarked
Jan 13, 2013 - in Reviews
Five years ago, we didn't have homes with a dozen wireless nodes and the need to run HD video to multiple screens. Today we do. Our 802.11n networks, especially on the 2.4 GHz band, are swamped. Can 802.11ac save the day? We test six routers to find out.
21 Consoles And Handhelds That Crashed And Burned
Jan 10, 2013 - in Picture Story
Video game history is littered with consoles that were epic fiascoes. Most were just bad platforms that either lacked in performance, compelling games, or a true market niche. But some had a good chance at success and were murdered by bad management.
Four Z77-Based Mini-ITX Motherboards, Reviewed
Jan 9, 2013 - in Reviews
Yes, you can get all of the functionality enabled by Intel's Z77 Express chipset in a tiny mini-ITX form factor! We round up four motherboards that uniquely approach the gaming and media center markets with a range of features and prices. Which is best?
Four Closed-Loop CPU Coolers Take On Noctua's NH-D14
Dec 30, 2012 - in Reviews
Closed-loop liquid coolers relieve stress from our motherboards, without the portability and maintenance issues of traditional open-loop kits. Are these the best devices for system builders who plan to move their machines and want to avoid damage?
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 3: Lian Li, Nanoxia, And SilverStone
Dec 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Part three of our quest for quiet gaming brings us three final enclosures from Lian Li, Nanoxia, and SilverStone. Have we finally found the perfect product to silence a noisy graphics card? We’ll find out by comparing all nine contenders in today's piece.
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 2: Corsair, Fractal, And Gigabyte
Dec 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Yesterday, we embarked on a quest to find the ultimate quiet gaming case. Today, we’re testing three more enclosures: Corsair’s Obsidian 550D, Fractal Design’s Define R4, and Gigabyte’s Luxo M10. How will they compare in cooling, noise, and overall value?
Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 1: Antec, Azza, And Cooler Master
Dec 25, 2012 - in Reviews
The pursuit of performance often dictates that we simply live with a loud PC. Enthusiasts sometimes feel forced to choose between reasonable acoustics and the ventilation needed to overclock. Today, we evaluate three cases that promise to deliver both.
CPU Charts 2012: 86 Processors From AMD And Intel, Tested
Dec 23, 2012 - in Reviews
Benchmarking 86 CPUs takes a while. After long last, though, we have 51 models from AMD and 35 from Intel tested in our current suite. If you want to know how your processor sizes up to its competition, you'll find plenty of comparison data inside!
Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 3: The Tech Toys
Dec 9, 2012 - in Picture Story
Ready for the final gift guide of the year? Part 3 includes the toys that didn't fit in our component or peripheral coverage. High-tech coffee maker to serve up your caffeine? Check. Web-enabled thermostat? Yup. Wi-Fi-controlled helicopters? We have two!
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared
Dec 6, 2012 - in Reviews
This quarter is full of surprises, from a value-oriented $500 build that includes a Radeon HD 7850 to a $1,000 machine based on AMD's FX-8350 and a $2,000 box armed with a pair of Radeon HD 7970s. We mix it up by adding new benchmarks. It's anyone's game!
Which Web Browser Should You Run On Your Android Device?
Nov 29, 2012 - in Reviews
Today is our very first Web Browser Grand Prix on Android. Unlike iOS, Android-based tablets have real competition between browsers. So, how do Chrome, Dolphin, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera Mobile, and Sleipnir stack up against the stock Android browser?
Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 2: For Gadget Geeks
Nov 28, 2012 - in Picture Story
Our annual holiday season gift guide continues! In Part 2, we focus on peripherals and portables. Whether you're looking for productivity, capacity, connectivity, or sheer, sexy awesomeness, we've got 17 amazing suggestions to make your season brighter.
Six Socket FM2 Motherboards For AMD's Trinity APUs
Nov 25, 2012 - in Reviews
After just one generation, Socket FM1 is dead. We test six Socket FM2-based motherboards able to take AMD's newest APUs built using the Trinity architecture. Can any of these platforms, armed with AMD A85X Fusion Controller Hubs, get us to upgrade?
Tom's Hardware's 2012 Gift Guide, Part 1: For System Builders
Nov 20, 2012 - in Picture Story
Welcome to our most-anticipated event of the year, the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide! Today, in Part 1, we have three of our most stunning models ever displaying an arousing array of components for your system config consideration. Deep breath...and enjoy.
In Pictures: 20 Do-It-Yourself Geek Projects From Instructables
Nov 8, 2012 - in Picture Story
Do you remember MacGyver? The guy who could make just about anything with a piece of string, a paper clip, and a pocket knife? Well, a real geek can make a 3G antenna out of a pie plate and turn a simple USB-to-PS/2 adapter into a keylogger.
Radeon HD 7990 And GeForce GTX 690: Bring Out The Big Guns
Nov 7, 2012 - in Reviews
EVGA recently lent our German lab one of the GeForce GTX 690s we've had in the U.S. for months. The purpose? To pit against HIS' upcoming 7970 X2 and PowerColor's Devil13 HD7990, both dual-Tahiti boards vying to become the world's fastest graphics card.
Dell Shows Off Its Entire Windows 8-Based Fall Line-Up
Oct 31, 2012 - in Picture Story
Tom's Hardware was recently invited to an event in New York to preview Dell's line-up of Windows 8-based Inspiron and XPS families of notebooks, tablets, and accessories. From all-in-ones to convertibles, and notebooks, the company is all-in with touch.
Which Browser Should You Be Running On Your iPad And iPhone?
Oct 18, 2012 - in Reviews
Welcome to our first ever mobile Web Browser Grand Prix! How do Web browsers on iOS, the world's number-one tablet platform, compare? Today, Yahoo! Axis, Google Chrome, Dolphin, Maxthon, Apple Safari, and Sleipnir vie for supremacy on the third-gen iPad.
Six $220-280 Z77 Express-Based Motherboards, Reviewed
Oct 9, 2012 - in Reviews
Expanded graphics card support, enhanced on-board features that include Thunderbolt on some models, and more-robust voltage control are all good reasons to consider paying a little extra for a higher-end motherboard. Today we examine five top choices.
Three Down-Draft Heat Sinks: The Last Of A Dying Breed?
Oct 7, 2012 - in Reviews
There’s an enormous amount of aftermarket coolers available to those wanting more performance or lower temperatures. The market’s currently dominated by tower coolers, and top coolers have fallen out of favor. Rightfully so? We find out.
Four 2.5" Hard Drives From 500 GB To 1 TB, Benchmarked
Oct 3, 2012 - in Reviews
Thanks to advances in manufacturing and 4 KB sectors, we finally have 2.5" hard drives with 500 GB per platter and a notebook-friendly 9.5 mm Z-height. Thanks to their high data density, even power-friendly 5400 RPM drives offer impressive transfer rates.
Seven GeForce GTX 660 Ti Cards: Exploring Memory Bandwidth
Sep 11, 2012 - in Reviews
Seven GeForce GTX 660 Tis landed in our lab. Today, we're benchmarking them, measuring their noise and temperatures, and conducting a more in-depth analysis of the impact a 192-bit memory interface has on performance. The results are enlightening!
Web Browser Grand Prix: Firefox 15, Safari 6, OS X Mountain Lion
Sep 6, 2012 - in Reviews
Today we're breaking out the Hackintosh for our first-ever Web Browser Grand Prix on Apple OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). How will Chrome 21, Firefox 15, Opera 12.02, and Safari 6 stack up against each other, and to IE9 and the rest of the Windows 7 browsers?
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