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Only the best products are good enough to impress the Tom's Hardware editorial team. Our Elite award goes to the highest-end components that deliver no-compromise performance. Smart Buys represent the best values for your money. The Approved award is typically given when multiple products in a round-up demonstrate their prowess over the rest of the field.

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Steiger Dynamics builds ultra-quiet systems that can do-it-all from the living room. The Maven Pure Custom could be the answer to all of your home-theater needs, but are you really ready to ask the question?

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HP's new Z27x DreamColor supports all the important color gamuts and carries some distinctly unique features. This screen simply blows us away.

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reviews - SEPTEMBER 19 276

Nvidia shows us what second-gen Maxwell architecture can do with its new GM204 chip and the GeForce GTX 970 and 980 graphics cards that wield it.

reviews - AUGUST 20 26

Only two companies still make plasma TVs, so we’re excited to check out Samsung’s latest, the PN51F8500. It boasts 3D, SmartHub 2.0, and superb image quality. In the vast ocean of LCD televisions, it’s a...

reviews - AUGUST 14 32

Intel’s “mainstream” socket continues to spawn enthusiast parts with the company’s fastest-ever gaming-oriented CPU. You’ll probably want a feature-packed motherboard for that, and five companies...

reviews - AUGUST 6 5

Photographers and printing pros look for the ultimate accuracy when they choose a monitor. BenQ answers the call with its 24-inch PG2401PT IPS display. It’s industry-certified for color accuracy, even without...

reviews - JULY 17 108

After many reader requests to review Overlord’s 120 Hz 27-inch QHD monitor, we finally got a brand new X270OC in our labs. It’s the only IPS screen we know of that can exceed a 60 Hz refresh rate. We run it...

reviews - JULY 10 43

Not many monitors can run at 144 Hz, but AOC is adding to your list of choices with its G2460PQU 24-inch TN-based screen. We’ve already tested similar displays from Asus and BenQ. Can AOC match their speed...

reviews - JULY 2 49

Targeting power-misers, AMD’s low-energy Kabini-based APUs could easily find their way into entertainment PCs, office machines, and PoS terminals. Of course, you need a motherboard to make it a “platform”...

reviews - JUNE 17 157

It's a momentous occasion. Intel now offers an affordable dual-core Pentium with an unlocked multiplier based on its Haswell architecture. How well does it overclock? Can it beat AMD's potent little Athlon X4...

reviews - JUNE 12 8

We’ve reviewed a lot of professional-class monitors, NEC's PA272W may be the most accurate and capable one ever to hit the Tom's Hardware lab. At almost $1300, it’s expensive for a 27-inch QHD screen. But...

picture story - JUNE 6 20

Several members of the Tom's Hardware team, from multiple countries, made the trip to Taipei, Taiwan, for Computex 2014. The show saw many new products announced, and we're recognizing those that impressed us...

reviews - MAY 30 41

Many displays are marketed as gaming monitors. But only a tiny handful operate at refresh rates greater than 60 Hz. The BenQ XL2720Z sails along at 144 Hz and offers many gaming-specific features. Today we run...

reviews - MAY 27 2

We've seen plenty of buzz about the beauty of gaming at 3840x2160. Up until now, though, that meant spending several grand on a 4K monitor. Asus drives the price down to $650 with its 28-inch PB287Q. But are...

reviews - MAY 20 30

Eight gigabytes per DIMM has become de rigueur for high-end builds, even though you get the best data rates and latencies from lower-density modules. We test five 32 GB products to see if it's still possible to...

reviews - MAY 13 58

Tom’s Hardware readers set a higher bar for enthusiast-class motherboards, demanding overclocking capabilities and more robust feature sets. Priced from $120 to $160, we welcome the first five Z97...

reviews - MAY 5 10

PowerColor sent over a second 2.5-slot Hawaii-based card. The first was MSI's R9 290X Lightning. This one, the PCS+ R9 290X is both lighter and less expensive. Does PowerColor out-engineer MSI and score an...

reviews - APRIL 3 34

With Ultra HD monitors becoming more prolific, we thought it was time to check out a 4K HDTV. Toshiba sent us its 65-inch L9300U LED panel. This TV offers 3D and cloud features in addition to a high pixel...

reviews - APRIL 1 72

Big changes are afoot at NZXT. The company's new H440 mid-tower chassis doesn’t have any bays for externally-facing 5.25-inch drives. The company assures us that there are plenty of features to take up that...

reviews - MARCH 20 46

AMD’s Socket FM2+ interface introduces official PCI Express 3.0 support to the company's APUs based on the Kaveri architecture. We take a look at four motherboards in order to determine which features and...

reviews - MARCH 19 37

A while back, we introduced you to display calibration with Datacolor's Sypder4Elite. Today we look at CalMAN RGB, which is the other major calibration solution. With extensive meter and pattern source support,...

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