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  • 12/19/17--21:11: The State of PC Gaming
  • As ever, PC remains at the forefront of gaming. Whether it's the platform's advantage in hardware, its role as a breeding ground for interesting indies, or attempts to solve the mind-boggling logistical problem of offering nearly Every Game Ever, PC leads so many dances that you'd need to be a human centipede to keep up.

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    Today we're covering a hotly anticipated product in the laptop space: Ryzen Mobile. We've managed to get our hands on one of the only Ryzen Mobile laptops in the wild - the HP Envy x360 - to look at how AMD's latest mobile silicon performs.

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    Virtual reality has become something of a fascination once again as consumer devices like the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR have hit the scene. For 1995, the Virtual Boy was very ambitious and took a lot of risks showcasing an idea that had not yet been explored by home console makers. So how did they accomplish such a feat?

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    Today we're dusting off our old Core i7-2600K to see how well the seven-year-old CPU holds up in the latest games against Intel's new Core i7-8700K. We know that the 2600K still has some fight left in it, but just how much?

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    After looking at our selection of the best budget-oriented AMD B350 motherboards, now we're looking at our favorite Z370 motherboards meant to be coupled with Intel's latest 8th-gen Core processors a.k.a. Coffee Lake. There are loads of great Z370 motherboards to choose from and pricing starts at a little over $100.

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    Repairing a faulty gadget no longer requires a PhD in electrical engineering with sites like iFixit providing tutorials that empower people to repair things on their own. After all, if your device is no longer under warranty and the only option is to buy a replacement, what's the harm in trying? Complexity, that's what.

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    There will come a time when you need to access your router's browser interface. Though you can typically find the information by entering 'ipconfig' into the Windows command prompt, if for some reason that method fails, we've compiled a list of popular brands and typical default router IP addresses.

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    Having a specialized 3d API was arguably both the highlight and the downfall for pioneer 3Dfx. The Glide API combined with Voodoo hardware truly enhanced the gaming experience. If you are old enough, odds are you owned a 3Dfx card and played some of these games. Let us take you a trip down memory lane and remember some of the best.

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  • 12/28/17--04:11: Huawei Mate 10 Review
  • Huawei isn't as well known as the Samsungs and Apples of the world, but they just keep producing decent and often underrated handsets in all segments of the market. At the top of their current product stack is the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, a duo of large-screened flagships packing the latest hardware and features.

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    You just bought a new laptop, built a new desktop PC, or are simply clean installing on a new SSD, good for you! Gotta love the taste of a fresh new machine, but now you have to get back to productivity zen by recovering your files and installing programs. Not sure which ones? Well, let us help.

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    It's nice to talk about all the great games that were released this year, but we're also not going to let slide the games that really disappointed us, and there's a few that stick out like a sore thumb. The following games simply weren't good enough; far from it in fact.

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    Following up on last month's CPU-focused benchmarks, we're back to see how PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds performs on a massive range of graphics cards: we have an epic battle between Radeon and GeForce GPUs.

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  • 01/02/18--21:18: 7 Tech Predictions for 2018
  • After a surprisingly robust 2017, our collective attentions now turn to the new year, and many questions arise as to what will happen in 2018. Here's a reasoned look at some key themes I expect to drive important advances in the tech industry in 2018.

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  • 01/04/18--03:10: HP Envy x360 Review
  • Today we're taking a look at the very first Ryzen Mobile laptop to hit the market: the HP Envy x360. AMD enthusiasts or anyone looking for decent laptop graphics might be interested in buying one of these systems.

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    The IT world was caught by surprise this week when Meltdown and Spectre hardware flaws were disclosed. With OS patches coming in, including an emergency fix for Windows 10, we've conducted a set of tests in the last 12 hours to see what impact this update has on performance for desktop users, if any at all.

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    Are you the next Dr. Disrespect? Are you the best Rocket League player you know? Is your incessant couch commentary so entertaining to your gaming friends that they've asked you to never, ever stop? Probably, then, you've thought about streaming on Twitch.

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    Following up to our initial testing of the Meltdown patch for Windows 10, today we're looking deeper into the matter by testing a patched desktop system, by addressing the two now famous security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, by applying the OS-level patch and a firmware update, more precisely a motherboard BIOS update.

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    Although we've thoroughly benchmarked PU's Battlegrounds at this point and it's based on the same UE4 engine, we're interested to see just how much better optimized Fortnite is and we know many of you are as well having read all of your requests for this one. Fortnite's Battle Royale mode has proven to be quite popular, attracting millions of players in a short few months.

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    Released in August 2014 for a reasonable $390 -- the most affordable Haswell-E processor available at the time -- Intel's hexa-core Core i7-5820K has proven popular among enthusiast builders over the years and it's about time we see how it compares against more modern CPUs.

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    There was plenty to be excited about PC hardware in 2017, but there's a lot to be upset about as well. Part one of this series will be dedicated discuss DDR4 memory pricing and why it's so high. RAM pricing is currently a big issue plaguing those wanting to build a new computer or update an old one, more than doubling in price in less than two years.

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