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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.
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?
Six Low-Voltage Dual-Channel 8 GB Memory Kits, Overclocked
May 12, 2013 - in Reviews
We've abided by Intel's 1.55 V recommendation for two architectures and two die shrinks, yet most performance memory manufacturers ignore it. Recent problems with one of our builds raised the question, how far can we push RAM without killing CPUs?
Corsair Obsidian 900D Review: Making Room For High-End Gear
Apr 22, 2013 - in Reviews
Corsair already offers a heavy tower case called the Obsidian 800D. Now, the company is one-upping itself with the Obsidian 900D. Is this a genuine high-end enclosure, a bomb shelter, or a mess of sheet metal? We put the case through our bevy of tests.
Three AMD 990FX-Based Motherboards For Enthusiasts
Apr 1, 2013 - in Reviews
AMD’s flagship FX-series processors squarely target enthusiasts with sub-$1,000 system budgets, and it's hard to get there with an expensive motherboard. We requested every vendor's top-value solution, and received three boards for your consideration.
Web Browser Grand Prix: Chrome 25, Firefox 19, And IE10
Mar 13, 2013 - in Reviews
Important versions of Chrome and Firefox were released since our last installment, and though we're ready to leave Windows 7 behind, IE10 brings us back for one more round. Naturally, our exhaustive suite of benchmarks undergoes a massive update as well.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review: The Best E-Book Reader?
Mar 11, 2013 - in Reviews
Although Amazon's Kindle Fire HD gets all of the glory, the company's hardware business is rooted in e-books. The Kindle Paperwhite's front-light promises something different. But with the recent proliferation of cheap tablets, is it still worth buying?
Four More Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers Take On The NH-D14
Mar 5, 2013 - in Reviews
With big radiators and no vents, closed-loop coolers give us a taste of liquid-cooling’s benefits, sans the risk. While less punishing on the motherboard than big air, can any closed-loop liquid cooler beat Noctua's famed NH-D14 in thermal performance?
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.
Tahiti LE, Tested: PowerColor's HD7870 PCS+ Myst Edition
Feb 10, 2013 - in Reviews
Today, we look at a card between two worlds. Despite a model number that suggests Pitcairn lineage, this board is based on AMD's Tahiti GPU. Does it behave more like its namesake, or the powerful engine actually under its hood? Read on for more!
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.
Round-Up: 10 mSATA SSDs From Adata, Crucial, Mushkin, And OCZ
Jan 6, 2013 - in Reviews
The first mSATA-based SSDs we reviewed wowed us with diminutive dimensions, but not as much with performance. Today's best efforts are a lot more like their desktop equivalents, though. We round up 10 models between 64 and 256 GB and nail down a winner.