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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.
PowerColor LCS AXR9 290X: Water Makes Hawaii Comfortable
Mar 5, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD’s Radeon R9 290X is an incredibly powerful gaming card. Unfortunately, the company's cheap cooling solution results in inconsistent performance and excessive noise. PowerColor’s liquid-cooled LCS AXR9 290X is set to solve both issues with finesse.
Four Entry-Level Monochrome Laser Printers, Reviewed
Feb 20, 2014 - in Reviews
We take entry-level monochrome laser printers from Brother, Dell, HP, and Xerox in an attempt to identify which one is the best option for your home office or small business. We test performance and evaluate features in our quest to crown a winner.
Toshiba 50L7300U Review: A 50-Inch LED HDTV With Wi-Fi
Feb 5, 2014 - in Reviews
You've seen us dramatically increase our display coverage over the last year, and now we're reviewing HDTVs too. Our first screen is Toshiba’s 50-inch L7300U Cloud TV with Wi-Fi. We run it through our lab and usability tests to see how it measures up.
Seven Small (But Powerful) Mini-PCs, Reviewed
Jan 30, 2014 - in Reviews
After generating buzz with two generations of mini-PCs, Intel updated its NUC line-up with Haswell-based models. We compare Zotac's Zbox nano ID65, ASRock's VisionX 420D, Logic Supply's ML300, Gigabyte's Brix BXi7-4500, and Acer's Revo RL80 to two NUCs.
2013 Audi A8L: Nvidia Graphics, Wi-Fi, LED Lights, And Google Earth
Jan 24, 2014 - in Reviews
One week with Audi's flagship A8L just isn't enough. This car is loaded with smart technology, driver aids, awesome lights, and a beefy motor. We go through as many of its subsystems as possible in an effort to find something wrong...but really can't.
Google Nexus 5 Review: A Fast, Affordable Phone With LTE For All
Jan 21, 2014 - in Reviews
There's a new flagship smartphone in town. The LG-made Nexus 5 offers a fast Snapdragon platform, LTE for all markets, a 5” 1080p display, and Android 4.4 “KitKat”. Best of all, the 16 GB model sells for just $350 off-contract. Is it too good to be true?
Four Z87 Express Motherboards For Three- And Four-Way SLI
Jan 3, 2014 - in Reviews
Formerly a very exclusive component, the PCI Express switch that makes Intel’s LGA 1150-based platforms three- and four-way SLI-capable is now available across a range of high-end motherboards. Today we compare four premium enthusiast-oriented models.
Seven Portable Bluetooth Speaker Systems, Tested And Reviewed
Dec 10, 2013 - in Reviews
We're testing a wide range of Bluetooth-capable speakers, priced between $50 and $250, to gauge how well these wireless audio devices fare. Believe it or not, there's a ton of differentiation, and a number of systems clearly rise to the top of our list.
Tom's Hardware's Reader's Choice Awards 2013
Dec 8, 2013 - in Reviews
Tom's Hardware reviewed hundreds of products in 2013, and although we're conservative with our awards, there were still 45 forms of recognition given out this year. Now we want you to vote for your five favorite products for a chance to win great prizes.
Five Z87 Motherboards For Your Mini-ITX Build, Reviewed
Nov 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Z87 rules the PC enthusiast market by exposing the Haswell architecture's full feature set. We're particularly interested in mini-ITX-based platforms able to integrate Z87 in a compact form factor. Five boards contend for supremacy of compact computing.
Fixing The Radeon R9 290 With Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III
Nov 17, 2013 - in Reviews
One of the best things we did for our Radeon R9 290 review was pop off AMD's reference cooler and attach Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III. Today, we show you how we did this, we dive deeper into the results, and ultimately recommend the aftermarket heat sink.
Asus ProArt PQ279Q Monitor Review: 27-Inch, Wide-Gamut, QHD
Nov 14, 2013 - in Reviews
Are you looking for a monitor that does it all? Your search may just end with the Asus PA279Q. Wide-gamut, USB 3.0, and color management are only a few of its features. We bring one into our lab to see if it performs at the level of its $850 price tag.
Eight Low-Profile CPU Coolers For Your Compact PC, Reviewed
Nov 13, 2013 - in Reviews
A recent look at ASRock's M8 compact barebones PC saw us undervolting our CPU in order to run stably, overclocked. This forced us to ask the question: how much cooling can we fit inside a slim enclosure? Eight heat sink vendors helped us find the answer.
Radeon R9 290X Review: AMD's Back In Ultra-High-End Gaming
Oct 23, 2013 - in Reviews
After eight months of watching Nvidia go uncontested in the ultra-high-end graphics market, AMD has a new GPU based on existing technology that promises to challenge the top position. It gets mighty loud at times, but you can't ignore the R9 290X's price.
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?
Z87 Hits The High End: Four Sub-$300 Motherboards
Oct 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Situated barely below the priciest premium boards, which typically exceed $300, high-end Z87 Express-based motherboards offer enthusiasts almost everything they could want except for three-way SLI support. We put four of these platforms to the test.
Haswell And Richland Memory Scaling: Picking A 16 GB DDR3 Kit
Sep 15, 2013 - in Reviews
Graphics workloads love fast memory. But how much difference can a desktop-oriented kit have on gaming performance with Intel's HD Graphics 4600 or AMD's Radeon HD 8670D? We test six 16 GB kits, two all the way up to DDR3-2400 to find out.
AOC Q2963PM Monitor Review: 2560x1080 Is A New Way To Play
Aug 25, 2013 - in Reviews
2560x1080 is an unusual resolution for a computer monitor. Does it change the way we work? We spent some time with AOC's new Q2963PM to find out. With some unique features on-board, we're more than curious to see what makes this radical new display tick.
Cooler Master's HAF XB: Give Your LAN Party Box Breathing Room
Aug 20, 2013 - in Reviews
Cooler Master presented the newest member of its HAF family to us months ago in the Tom's Hardware office. Its HAF XB is a unique hybrid between a desktop case and a bench table, with two levels for different components. Today, we're reviewing it.
Fast And Cheap? Five Sub-$160 Z87 Motherboards For Enthusiasts
Aug 13, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel’s Haswell architecture has mainstream leanings. And yet some of the motherboards out there are really high-end. Today we're looking at five platforms under the $160 mark that hopefully put some value back into being an enthusiast.
Three Thermalright True Spirit Heat Sinks, Reviewed
Aug 5, 2013 - in Reviews
Thermalright sent over all three models in its True Spirit heat sink family, complete with 92, 120, and 140 mm fans. We dropped each one onto an FX-8350 processor to gauge its cooling performance and acoustic output. Which one takes the value win?
Samsung 840 EVO SSD: Tested At 120, 250, 500, And 1000 GB
Jul 25, 2013 - in Reviews
Last week, Samsung unveiled a successor to its wildly popular 840 at the company's Global SSD Summit in Seoul, South Korea. Stacked with a series of new features and 19 nm, three-bit-per-cell NAND, we benchmark four models and make a recommendation.
31 USB 3.0 Thumb Drives, Tested And Reviewed
Jul 21, 2013 - in Reviews
It's hard to believe that the fastest USB 3.0-rated thumb drives can outperform the hard drive in your desktop PC. On the other hand, the slowest models shouldn't even be allowed USB 3.0 branding. We test 31 different drives to determine the quickest.
Nine Big Air Coolers For Intel's Haswell CPUs, Reviewed
Jul 14, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel's Haswell-based CPUs have a unique cooling problem that leaves many overclockers in a quandary. Today, we're rounding up nine different sink and fan combinations to see if any can contend with the fourth-gen Core processor's copious heat.
The Final Three: Sub-$100 Cases For Your Gaming Build
Jul 2, 2013 - in Reviews
The journey was a long one, but we're finally wrapping up our round-up of sub-$100 gaming cases. Today we review the last three of 11 total product submissions and pick an overall favorite. The competition was vicious, but one model definitely stands out.
Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, And Opera Next, Benchmarked
Jun 30, 2013 - in Reviews
Today, we have the latest benchmark results from the top four Windows-based Web browsers, along with a sneak peek at Opera's upcoming Chromium-based overhaul. Is this really a step-up from Presto/Carakan or just another Chrome clone?
Five Z87 Motherboards Under $220, Reviewed
Jun 3, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel’s Haswell architecture displaces Ivy Bridge in its desktop line-up, bringing with it yet another new CPU interface. We tested six motherboards that claimed to be ready for your overclocking efforts, and included the five survivors in today’s review.
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?
Four More Sub-$100 Cases For Your Gaming Build, Reviewed
May 28, 2013 - in Reviews
Our second group of value-oriented cases looked good in the photo preview, but we really wanted to see how they’d perform with a load of hot gaming hardware. Will these beat their predecessors in terms of quality, feature, hardware support, or value?