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Asus ROG Gladius II Core review

Why buy a new mouse when you can just change the switches?

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2 days ago

Feature: Why buy a new mouse when you can just change the switches?

Asus ROG Gladius II Core review

The Asus ROG Gladius II Core is probably one of the oddest gaming mice I've tested in a while. Its modest DPI range of just 200-6200 puts it firmly at the lower end of the gaming mouse spectrum, but its comparatively high price of £50 / $46 suggests otherwise. Indeed, its DPI range might not be as high as other mice in this kind of…

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3 days ago

Feature: And which one is right for you?

Nvidia RTX 3070 vs 3060 Ti: how do they compare?

Nvidia's new RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti GPUs may still be impossible to get hold of right now, but if you've been thinking about upgrading your graphics card recently and aren't sure which one to go for when they eventually come back in stock, then you're in the right place. To help you decide which graphics card is the right one for you, I've…

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My sole weeps for these RTX 3080 shoes

I honestly don't know where to begin with this pair of trainers that PC manufacturer NZXT and fashion outfit Artifact Studios announced last night. At first, I thought it was merely a fancy sneaker with an RTX 3080 ground into the heel - a feat that, during a global graphics card shortage, would have made my soul cry big salty tears of bitter discontent. Upon…

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4 days ago

Feature: A 1440p monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, what could go wrong?

AOC Agon AG273QZ review

Until recently, anyone looking to buy a 240Hz gaming monitor had to make do with a 1920x1080 resolution. That's fine if you're buying a screen that's 24in or 25in in size, but when many 240Hz monitors stretch that resolution all the way to 27in, many of them become ill-suited to heavy desktop work due to their low pixel densities. Fortunately, the tide's beginning to turn…

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5 days ago

Feature: A top notch SATA drive that's undermined by cheaper NVMe drives

Samsung 870 Evo review

For the past two years, Samsung's 860 Evo SSD has been the best SATA drive you can buy for your PC. Its random read and write times have been pretty much unmatched since it first came out in 2018 (indeed, only Samsung's 870 Qvo has managed to best it on write time), but despite still being best in class, Samsung are retiring it anyway and…

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Feature: Our top gaming SSD recommendations

Best SSD for gaming 2021: our top SATA and NVMe drives

Installing an SSD in your PC is one of the most important upgrades you can make. Not only do SSDs make Windows feel faster and more responsive, but they also dramatically speed up game loading times as well. To help you buy the best SSD for gaming, I've put together this handy guide. I've tested dozens of SSDs over the years, and I've picked out…

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Feature: Plus all the best 1440p, ultrawide, budget monitors and more

Best gaming monitor 2021: the top 144Hz, 240Hz and 4K monitors

Buying a new gaming monitor can be daunting when there are so many different makes and models to choose from, but we're here to help you find the best gaming monitor for you and your budget. I've tested hundreds of gaming monitors over the years, and from cheap 1080p screens right up to 4K HDR displays, and I've selected all of my top gaming monitor…

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Feature: Our favourite gaming keyboard picks for all budgets

Best gaming keyboard 2021: the top mechanical and wireless keyboards for gaming

Your gaming keyboard is one of the most important parts of your PC, but finding the best gaming keyboard can be a challenge when there are so many to choose from. But I'm here to help. Having tested dozens of gaming keyboards over the years, I've put together this list of all my top recommendations that covers all types of budgets and mechanical switch preferences.…

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Feature: Our tried and tested gaming mouse picks

Best gaming mouse 2021: the top wired and wireless gaming mice

Buying the best gaming mouse for you and your budget can be difficult when there are so many different mice to choose from, but I'm here to help. I've tested dozens of gaming mice over the years, and I've listed of all my top gaming mouse recommendations right here in one handy list, covering everything from entry-level gaming mice that are great for those on…

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Feature: Our top gaming headset recommenations

Best gaming headsets 2021: top wired and wireless headsets for PC

Gaming headsets are great for improving your PC's audio and chatting with your mates online, so finding the best gaming headset for you and your budget is extremely important. To help you find a gaming headset that's right for you, I've put together this list of all my top gaming headset recommendations for 2021. Whether you're looking for something cheap and cheerful or the best…

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6 days ago

Feature: Our top graphics card picks for 1080p, 1440p and 4K

Best graphics cards 2021: the best GPUs for gaming

If you're building a new gaming PC, finding the best graphics card for it is essential. It's the beating heart of any of new gaming system, and it's one of the best ways to dramatically improve your PC's performance. Having a fast CPU and SSD can help, but nothing will turbocharge your games like a brand-new graphics card. To help you get the best graphics…

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Feature: Professor Helper, at your service.

Have You Played… Hypnospace Outlaw?

Ah, the internet. It might be a cesspool of fibre optic-fuelled hate and anxiety these days, but back in ye olde dial-up times of 1999 it felt like a new frontier of hot information. It was a place where people were just trying to share their art, thoughts, music and other assorted paraphernalia with like-minded folk half way across the globe, and where today's trolls…

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1 week ago

Feature: Everything you need to know about 2021's most exciting hardware

All the important PC gaming news from CES 2021

Annual tech bonanza CES is over for another year, so I thought I'd round-up all the important PC gaming announcements right here in one handy location. The big theme this year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of new gaming laptops to help more people get stuff done while working from home, and this was aided in no small part by the announcement of Nvidia's RTX 30…

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Gigabyte’s latest Aorus gaming laptops drop thermals by a cool 10 degrees

There are dozens of RTX 30 gaming laptops arriving over the next couple of weeks, but Gigabyte's new crop of Aorus models might be the coolest ones yet. And I mean that literally, as the new design of their Aorus 15P laptop has apparently cut temperatures on the CPU and GPU by 10 degrees, resulting in better performance under heavy load.

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MSI have announced their first SSDs, and they’re incredibly fast

You probably know MSI from their graphics cards, motherboards, gaming laptops or even their extensive line-up of mice, keyboards and headsets, but now the component maker has announced they're going to start making SSDs as well. Unveiled last night during their CES press conference, MSI have already got two NVMe drives lined up for launch later this year, and both of them will support the…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Plus how to enable G-Sync on a FreeSync monitor

Here’s a list of all the Nvidia G-Sync Compatible monitors confirmed so far

If you're looking for a list of all the confirmed Nvidia G-Sync Compatible monitors, then you're in the right place. Below, you'll find every AMD Freesync monitor that's been officially certified by Nvidia as meeting their G-Sync Compatible standard so far, and we also tell you everything you need to know about how to enable G-Sync on any Freesync monitor as well.

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Razer’s Project Hazel face mask has big Metro 2033 energy

Back at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Razer began converting some of their manufacturing facilities to make face masks for frontline workers. So far, they've donated over a million face masks worldwide to hospitals, governments and other healthcare organisations, but now Razer are putting their own spin on this now vital part of our lives with their Project Hazel concept. Dubbed the world's smartest…

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Razer have just unveiled the world’s maddest gaming chair

CES has brought us some some bonkers bits of gaming tech in years gone by. Last year, it was Dell's Alienware UFO Switch-alike. The year before that, it was Razer's HyperSense prototype, a complete haptic feedback system designed to put you right in the centre of your gaming experience. This year, Razer have gone one step further and created what they're hoping is going to…

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