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The TR Hardware Survey 2014: What's inside your main desktop PC?
— 3:26 PM on September 15, 2014

If you've been on TR for long enough, you probably remember our hardware surveys. Our first one went up way back in 2008, and...

Poll Questions: • Processor series • If you have an Intel Core processor, is it a • Number of processor cores • Graphics card(s) • Number of graphics cards • Price of each (or only) graphics card at time of purchase • What's overclocked? • Motherboard manufacturer • System memory capacity • Solid-state drive capacity • Mechanical storage capacity (total) • Do you have an optical drive? • Do you have a sound card? • Do you have any expansion cards beside a graphics card and sound card? • PSU wattage • System form factor • Type of CPU cooler • Number of displays • Resolution of largest display • Panel type of largest display • Mouse type • Type of keyboard • Primary operating system • Home network Wi-Fi speed • Internet connection speed (down) • Internet connection speed (up)

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous The Tech Report

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What's your biggest PC bottleneck?
— 9:52 AM on September 12, 2014

Modern PCs are incredibly powerful. They have multi-core CPUs, massively parallel graphics processors, gobs of memory, and...

Poll Question: • What's your biggest PC bottleneck?

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Storage Memory

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Poll: What do you use to apply thermal paste?
— 12:24 PM on October 16, 2012

Back in the day, applying thermal compound was a fine art. I used to spend entirely too much time making sure the surface of...

Poll Question: • What do you use to apply thermal paste?

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Cooling

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Poll: What's the best premium upgrade?
— 12:29 PM on November 3, 2011

When upgrading their PCs, most enthusiasts seem to focus on swapping in faster CPUs and graphics cards. The CPU has the biggest impact on...

Poll Question: • Best premium upgrade:

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Cooling Displays Input devices

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Poll: The future of pointing input methods
— 1:12 PM on April 13, 2011

For a long time now, the mouse and touchpad have been the primary computer input devices for pointing and selection. True challengers have been few...

Poll Question: • In 10 years, the dominant computer pointing/selection input method will be:

Type: News story Tags: Input devices

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Poll: What's the best new web browser?
— 12:25 PM on March 23, 2011

In the last few weeks, we've been treated to a bevvy of major browser releases: Chrome 10, Internet Explorer 9, and Firefox 4. If...

Poll Question: • What's the best web browser?

Type: News story Tags: Internet Software

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The TR Hardware Survey 2: Survey harder
— 4:59 PM on March 9, 2011

Just over two years have passed since we carried out our very first hardware survey, in which we asked our readers to answer 15...

Poll Questions: • Processor • Number of CPU cores • Stock CPU clock speed • CPU socket type • Graphics processor • How much did your graphics card cost at the time of purchase? • Chipset • Motherboard brand • Memory size • Primary internal hard drive type: • Total internal hard drive storage capacity • Primary optical drive type • Sound card • Speaker config • Number of displays • Main display type • Main display size • Main display aspect ratio • Main display resolution • Do you have a stereoscopic 3D display and glasses? • Primary operating system • What mobile computers do you have?

Type: News story Tags: The Tech Report

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Poll: Which tech company is the most evil?
— 12:06 PM on March 9, 2011

Microsoft is generally assumed to be evil, Google likes to say that it's not, and Apple is too cool to care one way or another....

Poll Question: • Who's the most evil?

Type: News story Tags: Software Operating systems

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Poll: How do you back up your data?
— 12:54 PM on February 16, 2011

The more data we accumulate in our increasingly digital lives, the more we stand to lose in the event of a catastrophic storage failure. ...

Poll Question: • How do you back up your personal data?

Type: News story Tags: Software Personal tech

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Poll: How big is your CPU fan?
— 1:14 PM on December 2, 2010

As CPUs have become more power efficient, the fans used to cool them have grown in size. That might seem counter-intuitive, but it speaks...

Poll Question: • How big is your CPU fan?

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Cooling

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Poll: How do you buy your music?
— 12:01 PM on October 6, 2010

The music industry has changed a lot over the last decade. Online services have become huge, and MP3s have slowly clawed back ground previously...

Poll Question: • How do you buy most of your music?

Type: News story Tags: The Tech Report

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Poll: How important is USB 3.0?
— 1:38 PM on September 8, 2010

After making its debut on high-end motherboards, USB 3.0 is quickly trickling down to more affordable boards and making its way into notebooks. It's...

Poll Question: • USB 3.0 is...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards Chipsets Mobile computing

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Poll: Your next desktop motherboard form factor
— 1:53 PM on July 28, 2010

When I first started building PCs, the only motherboards worth considering were ATX models. Back then, you had to go full-size to get a...

Poll Question: • What motherboard form factor will anchor your next desktop PC?

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

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Poll: How powerful is your PSU?
— 3:02 PM on July 7, 2010

The range of PSU wattages available today is truly staggering. At Newegg alone, the scale starts at 145W and goes all the way up...

Poll Question: • What's the wattage rating of your primary desktop's PSU?

Type: News story Tags: Power

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Poll: Gigabytes vs. gibibytes
— 11:20 AM on December 11, 2009

You may not know it, but the world of technology is split into two camps right now. For one camp, megabytes, gigabytes, and terabytes are...

Poll Question: • Would you say a PC has:

Type: News story Tags: Storage Memory

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Poll: Are you upgrading to Windows 7?
— 4:50 PM on October 22, 2009

So, Windows 7 is finally out in stores. What does this mean for TR gerbils? Are our trusty readers rushing to upgrade, or are...

Poll Question: • When are you upgrading to Windows 7?

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Poll: What are you most looking forward to?
— 5:38 PM on July 29, 2009

Looking at the latest roadmaps, both official and not, it's hard to be indifferent about the wave of shiny new products coming this year. We...

Poll Question: • What are you most looking forward to?

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Mobile computing Windows

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Poll: How much did your motherboard cost?
— 3:41 PM on May 18, 2009

Pay a premium for a better processor or graphics card, and there's a good chance you'll get better performance in return. Do the same when...

Poll Question: • How much did your mobo cost when you bought it?

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards

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