Gaming

Prior to the announcement for AMD's 7th Generation of APUs, Bristol Ridge, the latest micro-architecture from AMD based on the x86 instruction set was given the codename Excavator, using the fourth generation of AMD's Bulldozer design, called Carrizo cores. Carrizo and Excavator were primarily aimed at laptops and is an important part of the efficiency goals AMD has set itself. We tested some 15W laptops earlier in the year, but when AMD announced a 65W part was coming to desktop, we actively sourced a part to compare generational performance improvements on the dekstop side in a like-for-like setting. This is that review, and we're testing the Athlon X4 845 and its microarchitectural counterparts through the years: the Athlon X4 860K with Kaveri cores and...

CES 2016: MSI’s 27-inch 4K Gaming AIO with Full Sized Discrete GPU, the 27XT 6QE

Back at Computex in 2015 we saw and reported on MSI’s first design ideas surrounding an all-in-one computer (where the PC is essentially in the frame of the monitor...

13 by Ian Cutress on 1/14/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s Golden Idea for Motherboards

The problem with a gold motherboard color is that it often looks too much like copper, and several companies have tried it in recent years (ASUS on Z77, ECS&rsquo...

28 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2016

CES 2016: GIGABYTE’s Double Length Gaming BRIX

The BRIX mini-PC line from GIGABYTE is an odd internal mashup within the company whereby the server business unit designs it, but the consumer arm does the marketing and...

12 by Ian Cutress on 1/12/2016

Going for Gaming: An Interview with MSI VPs Charles Chiang and Ted Hung on Gaming and Strategy

MSI’s march on the gaming market has been well documented with plenty of pushes into notebooks, motherboards, graphics and an attempt to move the barrier forward with both brand...

17 by Ian Cutress on 12/18/2015

The GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 Review: Quad-SLI on Skylake, and now with Thunderbolt 3

This is a review of a $500 motherboard for Skylake processors. For some readers, there’s going to an instant reaction of a series of question marks, confused emoji and...

67 by Ian Cutress on 12/1/2015

Best Gaming Laptops: Holiday 2015

Welcome to part two of our best laptop guide for 2015. The first part was traditional notebooks, this installment will focus on gaming notebooks, and our final piece will...

31 by Brett Howse on 11/25/2015

The AMD A8-7670K APU Review: Aiming for Rocket League

Over the past couple of years, AMD has slowly released their mainstream brand of Kaveri processors. In turn, we have reviewed them, and they consistently aim to provide a...

153 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2015

ASUS Announces the ROG Maximus VIII Impact Z170 Motherboard

At the initial Skylake launch, we provided a rundown of all the Z170 motherboards we could get information on from the major motherboard manufacturers. Even with details on over...

45 by Ian Cutress on 10/10/2015

Fable Legends Early Preview: DirectX 12 Benchmark Analysis

DirectX 12 is now out in the wild as a part of Windows 10 and the updated driver model WDDM 2.0 that comes with it. Unlike DX11, there are...

141 by Ryan Smith, Ian Cutress & Daniel Williams on 9/24/2015

The MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Review: The Step Up to Skylake

June, July and August in 2015 have all been a roller coaster of desktop and processor news. Intel officially launched the Broadwell processors at Computex, with NVIDIA also entering...

56 by Ian Cutress on 9/21/2015

ASUS Refreshes ROG Laptops With G752 and Liquid Cooled GX700 Series

Today at IFA ASUS is announcing some of its fall laptop lineup. As with the other vendors, they have been waiting on Windows 10 which launched at the end...

28 by Brett Howse on 9/2/2015

The ASUS Republic of Gamers G751 Review: G-SYNC Comes To The Notebook Computer

At Computex 2015, NVIDIA announced what will almost certainly be one of their marquee features on gaming notebooks going forward, with NVIDIA’S G-SYNC variable display refresh rate technology coming...

51 by Brett Howse on 7/29/2015

The MSI Z97A Gaming 6 Motherboard Review

Choosing a motherboard is not as easy as it sounds. Most people rely on price, brand experience, perhaps specific features and online reviews to help decide what fits best...

14 by Ian Cutress on 7/24/2015

The MSI GT80 Titan Review: The Broadwell Gaming Laptop Your Desktop Envies

I was lucky enough to be on-hand when MSI launched the GT80 Titan at CES. It was a big event for them, and all of the MSI people were...

103 by Brett Howse on 6/26/2015

The Cougar 600K Mechanical Keyboard & 600M Gaming Mouse Review

Our first encounter with Cougar's peripherals was just a few months ago, when we reviewed the flagship keyboard and mouse, the 700K and 700M. The 700K and the 700M...

25 by E. Fylladitakis on 6/19/2015

NVIDIA Acquires Game Porting Group & Tech From Transgaming

While NVIDIA’s core businesses and gaming have been inseparable since the start, it’s only relatively recently that NVIDIA has become heavily involved in game creation itself, and not just...

56 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2015

The Corsair Gaming Keyboards and Mice Range: An Experiential Test

Following the thorough review of the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB, we are having a complete overview of Corsair's new Gaming division and their latest offerings. The new brand is...

56 by E. Fylladitakis on 5/14/2015

PC Gaming Show To Take Place At E3 2015

Though this isn’t strictly hardware news, it’s hard to argue that PC hardware and PC gaming aren’t inexorably linked, especially in the case of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo...

13 by Ryan Smith on 4/30/2015

The Gigabyte P35X v3 Review: Slim GTX980M Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte has refreshed its P35 series to include the latest NVIDIA GPUs, and the P35X is the top model in their 15.6 inch lineup. Gigabyte has the lightest GTX980M...

55 by Brett Howse on 4/23/2015

LG 34UM67: UltraWide FreeSync Review

AMD officially launched FreeSync earlier this month, and the technology is interesting not just in how it works but also in how it differs from NVIDIA’s G-SYNC. Our first...

96 by Jarred Walton on 3/31/2015

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