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Inside the second: Gaming performance with today's CPUs
— 4:16 PM on August 23, 2012

We bring our signature latency-focused game testing methods to bear on the latest crop of desktop CPUs. In the process, we learn a some...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Gaming

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Asus' budget Xonar DGX and DSX sound cards reviewed
— 8:56 PM on August 8, 2012

Asus' Xonar DGX and DSX cost less than $50, making them tempting upgrades for folks seeking better sound. Both cards have PCI Express interfaces,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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A look at hardware video transcoding on the PC
— 3:50 PM on July 30, 2012

The market is rife with hardware video transcoders and software that can take advantage of them. However, making sense of that jungle of disparate offerings...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Graphics Multimedia

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Triple-screen gaming on today's graphics cards
— 3:43 PM on July 10, 2012

Thanks to falling LCD prices, multi-monitor gaming is more attainable than ever before. We take a closer look at AMD Eyefinity and Nvidia...

Type: Feature article Tags: Graphics Displays Gaming

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Sennheiser's HD 558 headphones are cans of whoop-ass
— 8:59 PM on July 5, 2012

It's rumored that if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll probably ask you for a glass of milk. They also say that if...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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The post-flood decline of hard drive prices is slowing
— 12:19 PM on June 28, 2012

Last year's flooding in Thailand sent the price of mechanical hard drives skyward. We take an in-depth look at how much prices have...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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SSD prices in steady, substantial decline
— 12:52 PM on June 21, 2012

SSD prices have fallen dramatically over the past year. We take a closer look at the current generation to track the decline.

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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A quick look at Thunderbolt on the PC
— 3:10 PM on June 4, 2012

Thunderbolt has finally arrived on the PC. Motherboards with Thunderbolt ports are selling online and Ivy Bridge notebooks are primed to feature the technology....

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Displays Mobile computing

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If data can be lost, it will
— 3:03 AM on May 11, 2012

Murphy was right. If something can go wrong, it will... eventually. Earlier this week, the water main connected to our house burst, submerging...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage Internet

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Western Digital's VelociRaptor 1TB hard drive
— 7:00 AM on April 16, 2012

Is there any hope for high-performance mechanical drives? We test WD's latest 10k-RPM VelociRaptor 1TB against a diverse array of competitors to find out.

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Servers Workstations

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OCZ's Vertex 4 solid-state drive
— 8:00 AM on April 4, 2012

Just a few months after its Indilinx Everest controller debuted in the OCZ Octane, a second-generation Everest chip has taken root in the Vertex 4...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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OCZ's RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB solid-state drive
— 4:48 PM on March 26, 2012

Using virtualization voodoo, the RevoDrive 3 X2 combines four SandForce-based SSDs on a single PCIe card purportedly capable of transfer rates up to 1500MB/s. ...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Servers Workstations

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Welcome back, Sam
— 11:06 AM on February 17, 2012

For maybe my first hour in Serious Sam 3: BFE, I worried I'd made a big mistake. The game only cost me $20 thanks to...

Type: Blog post Tags: Gaming

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OCZ's Octane 128GB solid-state drive
— 10:19 AM on February 16, 2012

We were impressed by OCZ's Indilinx-powered Octane SSD when we reviewed the 512GB version last year. Now, we have the 128GB model in-house to...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Intel's 520 Series solid-state drive
— 10:00 AM on February 6, 2012

Intel's newest solid-state drive pairs a SandForce controller with custom firmware and 25-nm NAND. We've tested the 60 and 240GB models to see...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Samsung's 830 Series solid-state drive
— 5:40 PM on February 2, 2012

Samsung's new 830 Series SSD has a triple-core controller, a vast array of Toggle DDR NAND, and a download code for Batman: Arkham City. ...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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SSD performance scaling across the spectrum
— 8:09 PM on February 1, 2012

An SSD's capacity can have a big impact on its overall performance. We've tested a collection of different drive models in a range of...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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The misadventures of Blu-ray in HTPC land
— 2:56 PM on January 13, 2012

If you'll humor me, I'd like to take a brief break from all the CES coverage to complain about the sad state of Blu-ray on...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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