Call Of Duty: Ghosts Graphics Performance: 17 Cards, Tested
Dec 3, 2013 - in Reviews
It's already a commercial blockbuster. But does Call of Duty: Ghosts improve the first-person shooter genre, or simply rehash it? We look at this series' newest installment and test to see what kind of hardware you'll need for smooth play on the PC.
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: November 2013
Nov 27, 2013 - in Reviews
The graphics card market has seen the release of five new products since our last monthly update: The Radeon R9 290, Radeon R7 270, Radeon R7 250, Radeon R7 240, and GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Read about these new models in this month's article!
Lenovo Erazer X700 Gaming PC Review: Is It As Fast As It Looks?
Nov 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Famed for its ThinkPads, data center-oriented servers, and dependable office PCs, Lenovo is looking to carve out a piece of the enthusiast segment with its Erazer X700 gaming system. Can this sexy-looking setup stand up against our SBM configurations?
Xbox One Review: Unifying Your Living Room Experience
Nov 20, 2013 - in Reviews
We've been messing with Microsoft's Xbox One for a while now, and it's surprisingly hard to compare against Sony's PS4. Join us as we walk through the hardware, the software, and the console's role quarterbacking your more connected living room.
Moga Hero, Pro Power Controllers Charge Up Android Gaming
Nov 18, 2013 - in News
PowerA has a couple of new controllers that build on its previously existing lineup with a very important new feature: larger internal batteries that are also able to charge your phone, even while you play.
AMD Radeon R9 270 Review: Replacing The Radeon HD 7800s
Nov 12, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD packages up another sub-$200 graphics card, this time calling it the Radeon R9 270. We expected a Radeon HD 7850 replacement, but received something quite different. Is it a worthwhile step up, or just a familiar piece of hardware with a paint job?
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review: GK110, Fully Unlocked
Nov 7, 2013 - in Reviews
Hot on the heels of AMD's Radeon R9 290X receiving acclaim for a fair price and high performance, Nvidia is launching its fastest single-GPU gaming card ever: GeForce GTX 780 Ti. It's quicker than 290X, but also more expensive. Is the premium worthwhile?
AMD Radeon R9 290 Review: Fast And $400, But Is It Consistent?
Nov 4, 2013 - in Reviews
We have all the makings of a dramatic launch: new high-end hardware, a last-minute delay for more performance, a crazy twist based on retail hardware, and our own home-baked solution to AMD's noise problem. Does Radeon R9 290 impress us or fall short?
Nvidia's Shield Revisited: Console Mode, Streaming, And More
Oct 28, 2013 - in Reviews
Nvidia is stuffing a bunch of new features into its October 28, 2013 over-the-air update for the Shield gaming console. One killer feature, in particular, makes me re-evaluate my opinion of the device. Read on for more information and the benchmarks.
Roccat Power-Grid: Turn Your Smartphone Into A PC Peripheral
Oct 27, 2013 - in Reviews
Roccat's Power-Grid allows your smartphone or tablet to be used as a programmable PC peripheral interface device. We took the beta version through its paces to show you what the software can do, and how easy it is to create your own custom interface!
Battlefield 4 Beta Performance: 16 Graphics Cards, Benchmarked
Oct 9, 2013 - in Reviews
We spent our weekend playing the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta, and made sure to capture a ton of performance data with lots of PC hardware. Does your system have what it takes to handle this title? It comes out this month; you'd better look and see!
AMD Radeon R9 280X, R9 270X, And R7 260X: Old GPUs, New Names
Oct 7, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD is introducing a handful of new model names today, based on existing GPUs. Do the company's price adjustments make this introduction newsworthy, or will the excitement need to wait for its upcoming Radeon R9 290 and 290X, based on fresh silicon?
Asus VG248QE: A 24-Inch, 144 Hz Gaming Monitor Under $300
Oct 2, 2013 - in Reviews
Every performance-oriented gaming rig needs a speedy display to keep up with cutting-edge GPUs. Asus delivers up to 144 Hz with its VG248QE 24-inch TN-based monitor. Is its display performance as impressive as the company's sub-$300 price tag?
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $350 Bonus Entry-Level PC
Sep 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Last quarter's bonus build was a $400 mini-ITX-based gaming rig, designed to be about the same size as a new console. This time around, we're slashing the budget even more to see if we can build a viable general-purpose PC for about $350 using an APU.
System Builder Marathon: Performance And Value Compared
Sep 25, 2013 - in Reviews
Can a PC that costs twice as much offer two times the performance? We compare our $650, $1300, and $2600 machines across the Tom's Hardware benchmark suite in order to find out. There's even a new test introduced to better-reflect our storage results.
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $2550 Performance PC
Sep 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Last quarter, we managed to squeeze amazing performance from a $2500 box based on mini-ITX. How much more performance can we get for similar money if we get back to the world of ATX enclosures? How about a little Sandy Bridge-E and three-way SLI?
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $1300 Enthusiast PC
Sep 23, 2013 - in Reviews
With access to new components like the Haswell-based Core i5-4670K and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 770, we're confident that we can build a $1300 enthusiast-class system that beats last quarter's. How does the previous mini-ITX PC stand up to this new hardware?
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $650 Gaming PC
Sep 22, 2013 - in Reviews
This quarter, Paul Henningsen gives AMD's FX-6300 its chance to shine in our least-expensive configuration. He manages to fit in a GeForce GTX 760 graphics card and 8 GB of memory. The result is quite capable, as you'll see from our benchmark results.
Gaming At 3840x2160: Is Your PC Ready For A 4K Display?
Sep 19, 2013 - in Reviews
We got our hands on Asus' PQ321Q Ultra HD display with a resolution of 3840x2160. Anxious to game on it, we pulled out our GeForce GTX Titan, 780, and 770 cards for a high-quality romp through seven of our favorite titles. What do you need to game at 4K?
Dual-GPU Battle: Does Frame Pacing In Catalyst 13.8 Turn The Tide?
Sep 3, 2013 - in Reviews
We take AMD's Catalyst 13.8 beta driver for a spin to see if its frame pacing feature fixes CrossFire's dropped and runt frame issues. Follow along as we compare the Radeon HD 7990 to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 in seven popular titles, with video to match!
Nvidia Shield Review: Tegra 4-Powered Handheld Gaming
Jul 30, 2013 - in Reviews
We've been playing with Nvidia's Shield handheld for more than a month, but only recently got access to its killer feature: streaming PC game content. Does Nvidia's foray into the hardware world deserve your $300, or is this expensive toy impractical?
MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 By Xotic PC: Haswell Goes Mobile
Jul 15, 2013 - in Reviews
MSI's GT70 Dragon Edition 2 is in the lab, tuned up by Xotic PC. Sporting a Haswell-based mobile Core i7-4930MX CPU, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780M, and a luxurious 17.3" FHD screen, this is one heavy-duty gaming notebook. At more than $3000, it should be.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: The $400 Spirit Of Mini-ITX
Jun 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Not satisfied with the size of the mini-ITX-based boxes our team just built, Paul returns with a purpose: construct the smallest possible PC still capable of gaming at 1920x1080. With $400 in-hand, he set off to show us the real spirit of mini-ITX.
GeForce GTX 760 Review: GK104 Shows Up (And Off) At $250
Jun 25, 2013 - in Reviews
With its last graphics card introduction until the end of Fall, Nvidia isn't trying to impress anyone with groundbreaking performance. Rather, the company is pulling better-than GeForce GTX 660 Ti-class frame rates to a $250 price point, creating value.
Radeon HD 7990 In CrossFire: The Red Wedding Of Graphics
Jun 19, 2013 - in Reviews
We just got our hands on two more Radeon HD 7990s, bringing the lab's total to three. That might sound like the makings of a 1000 W gaming fest. But we cut the experience short when we noticed some crazy-high temperatures and not-so-nice acoustics.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $1300 Enthusiast PC
Jun 18, 2013 - in Reviews
Our mid-range System Builder Marathon configuration gets a larger budget so that we can fit it into a mini-ITX enclosure. How does it compare with last quarter's less-expensive machine? We run our complete benchmark suite to find out.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $650 Gaming PC
Jun 16, 2013 - in Reviews
This quarter, we're upping our budgets a bit in a quest to bring you a mini-ITX-themed System Builder Marathon. Paul Henningsen takes the first crack at a compact gaming box with $650 in his pocket and the ambitious goal of smooth 1920x1080 performance.
The Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Is Faster; Desktop Enthusiasts Yawn
Jun 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel's Haswell architecture is finally available in the flagship Core i7-4770K processor. Designed to drop into an LGA 1150 interface, does this new quad-core CPU warrant a complete platform replacement, or is your older Sandy Bridge-E system better?
The GeForce GTX 770 Review: Calling In A Hit On Radeon HD 7970?
May 30, 2013 - in Reviews
Wait, the new GeForce GTX 770 is powered by Nvidia's old GK104? That's right. And guess what? The card is faster, quieter, more feature-complete, and less expensive than the GeForce GTX 680 that came before it. Can it usurp the compelling Radeon HD 7970?
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Review: Titan’s Baby Brother Is Born
May 23, 2013 - in Reviews
At $1,000, GeForce GTX Titan only made sense for folks building small form factor PCs and multi-GPU powerhouses. Now there's another option with every bit of panache, a slightly de-tuned GPU, and a price tag $350 lower: meet Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780.