For today's holiday buyers' guide we are having a look at power supplies. Once again, I shall begin with discussing and clarifying a common misconception among users, that a higher wattage PSU is not always better.
What You Need To Know About Power Supplies
It is very important to keep in mind that all switching PSUs have been designed so as to deliver their maximum efficiency at about half-load (50% of their rated maximum capacity). The efficiency of a PSU at any given moment is tied to how many components it is powering (known as load), decreasing not only at higher loads but at lower loads as well. This is especially true at the low-end of the loading curve, usually below 15% of the unit's rated...
In our series of Buyer Guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing as of (11/22). Numbers...
Ian Cutress on 11/22/2016
A lot has changed in the SSD market since last year's Holiday SSD Buyer's Guide. This past summer and fall, Intel and Micron's 3D TLC NAND hit the market...
Billy Tallis on 11/21/2016
It seems to me that holiday shopping occurs earlier and earlier every year. It's only mid-November, but some shops where I live are already covered in Christmas decorations and...
Brandon Chester on 11/18/2016
It’s time for our latest look at the laptop market for the holiday season. Overall, there haven’t been a lot of changes since the last update, but there are...
Brett Howse on 11/16/2016
With the holiday shopping frenzy fast approaching, we’re here with our Q4 2016 Best Android Smartphones guide. Perhaps the biggest news since we updated our guide last quarter is...
Matt Humrick on 11/10/2016
Network-attached storage vendors do not usually follow a regular yearly cadence in updating their offerings. Releases for different market segments are spread throughout the year. That said, thanks to...
Ganesh T S on 3/30/2016
High-End Laptop Recommendations
Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream...
Jarred Walton on 12/18/2014
Mainstream Laptop Recommendations
So far we've covered the budget laptop sector as well as Chromebooks in our Holiday 2014 Guides, but if you want a good quality laptop that can...
Jarred Walton on 12/5/2014
If you want something more than a tablet, the cheapest options are undoubtedly Chromebooks. These are basically the least expensive laptops you can find, and while we're working on...
Jarred Walton on 11/26/2014
After a couple of months off due to a very busy fall product season, we’re finally back again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry...
Ryan Smith on 10/30/2014
Video card overclocking has become a very popular topic amongst gamers and PC enthusiasts these days. With the release of next generation games around the corner and the growing...
Michael Wilding on 10/8/2014
Following up on last week's Best Budget PC Guide, today we have midrange systems with roughly twice the cost. Of all the systems types to configure, the midrange market...
Jarred Walton on 8/8/2014
Short Introduction to CPUs and Terminology
There are many elements that go into any modern computer: the CPU/APU, motherboard, memory, (optional) GPU, storage, case, and power supply. While some items...
Jarred Walton on 8/5/2014
With yesterday's launch of AMD's 65W Kaveri APUs, it seemed a good time to give some recommendations for new system builds. We're starting out at the budget end of...
Jarred Walton on 8/1/2014
We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for June of 2014.
June has been another quiet month from a...
Ryan Smith on 6/30/2014
We’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards and video card industry recap, this time for May of 2014.
All things considered, the month of May has...
Ryan Smith on 5/29/2014
As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards.
Compared to the February/March time period and the flurry of activity coinciding with...
Ryan Smith on 4/30/2014
We’re back once again with our regular guide to desktop video cards, this time for March of 2014.
Since our last update in January 2014, we’ve seen some significant shifts...
Ryan Smith on 3/24/2014
After our Holiday 2013 buyer’s guides, a number of you asked for more frequent buyers guides year-round. So starting this year we’re going to be attempting to publish guides...
Ryan Smith on 1/17/2014