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Katharine Castle

3 weeks ago

Feature: Solid state of the art

Best gaming SSD 2019: Top SATA and NVMe drives for PC

Adding one of today's best gaming SSDs to your PC can bring with it a number of benefits. Even if you only intend to use it for Windows rather than games, not only will you be able to get to your desktop in double-quick time, but everything from copying files to loading up programmes will also feel much, much faster, allowing you to get more…

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Feature: A tough act to beat

Asus TUF Gaming K5 review: All hail the mech-brane

You've heard of membrane keyboards. You've heard of mechanical keyboards. You've probably even heard some keyboards described as 'membranical', which (aside from being a crime against the English language) are the kind of hybrid gaming keyboards you might consider buying if you're unsure whether to go full CLACK with a proper mechanical one. The Asus TUF Gaming K5 falls into this latter category, although Asus…

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Feature: I don't know why, either, to be honest

The time I transcribed every line of Bastion’s dialogue (twice) and found another, better story hiding underneath it

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Supergiant Games. I loved Bastion, didn't really get on with Transistor, and have never summoned the strength to try another one since. Indeed, fellow Supergiant admirers Matt and Ollie were, and I quote, "aghast" when I said I wasn't much of a fan of Transistor's soundtrack earlier in the week (which are fighting words coming from…

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Feature: The things we do for glowing red cubes, eh?

Have You Played… Echo?

It's always sad when a promising indie dev goes under. The latest is Ultra Ultra, a Copenhagen-based outfit whose first (and last) game was Echo, a stealthy-actiony-horror-ish type game where a croaky-throated young woman travels to an ornate, planet-sized palace in order to try to revive a long-lost friend she's carrying around in a red cube on her back. Oh, and it's also full of…

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Feature: Old versus new

Nvidia GTX 1650 vs 1060: What’s the difference?

We've already seen how the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 compares to its most immediate predecessor, the GTX 1050 Ti (have a read of our GTX 1650 vs 1050 Ti article for the complete skinny), but have you ever wondered how it stacks up to today's most popular graphics card, Nvidia's 6GB GTX 1060? Well, wonder no more, as I've put both cards head to…

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Feature: Quiet as a mouse

Best gaming mouse 2019: Top wired and wireless mice

With so many gaming mice to choose from these days, trying to find the best gaming mouse for you and your budget can sometimes feel like a bit of a nightmare. While some are perfectly content to simply buy the best wired gaming mouse or the best wireless gaming mouse known to man, others may prefer to prioritise things like the shape, size and weight…

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Feature: Having a whale of a time

Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless review: An incredible wireless gaming mouse for just £50 / $50

When Corsair announced their new Harpoon RGB Wireless gaming mouse would cost just £49 / $50 back in January earlier this year, I thought there must be some kind of catch. A wireless gaming mouse for a mere $50? You must be having a laugh. Now, I know I haven't reviewed that many wireless gaming mice so far, but the two I have looked at,…

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Feature: Playing your cards right

Best graphics card 2019: Top GPUs for 1080p, 1440p and 4K

With new graphics cards coming out left, right and centre these past few months, our best graphics card list has seen a heck of a lot of new entries lately. We've had several new entries from Nvidia and AMD alike, and our best GPUs for gaming at 1080p, 1440p and 4K have all been completely refreshed as a result. There are more to come, too,…

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Feature: Generation game

Nvidia GTX 1650 vs 1050 Ti: How much faster is Nvidia’s new graphics card?

At long last, we have a successor to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. But just how much faster is Nvidia's new GTX 1650, and is it worth the upgrade for current GTX 1050 Ti owners? To help answer that question, I've gone and made some more graphs, pitting each graphics card against each other to see how they fare at 1920x1080 across a variety…

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Feature: Which graphics card should you buy?

Nvidia GTX 1650 vs RX 570: Clash of the 1080p graphics cards

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 is the latest graphics card in Nvidia's budget-oriented Turing line-up. Aimed at 1080p gamers looking to get 60fps on either Medium to High settings, it's a tempting buy for just £139 / $149. But when the 8GB version of AMD's Radeon RX 570 can be found for practically the same amount of money these days, the battle for which graphics…

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Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, CPUs and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 3rd May 2019

Ah, May, the month of sneaky extra bank holidays and glorious long weekends - which is good news for your deals herald as it means there are even more excuses for people to throw big, whopping deals events. There are plenty going on this weekend, especially if you've been eyeing up any AMD bits and bobs for your PC. There are also loads of big…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: But it can't match AMD's Radeon RX 570

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 review: 1080p gaming on a budget

If you've been thinking about upgrading your graphics card recently, you've probably been watching Nvidia's new budget-oriented GTX 16-series pretty closely. Based on Nvidia's new Turing GPU but without all the expensive RTX gubbins like DLSS support and dedicated ray tracing cores, the £200 / $220 GTX 1660 and £260 / $280 GTX 1660 Ti have both become quite formidable cards over the last couple…

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Feature: Out like a light

Have You Played… Deadlight?

Before Tequila Works set about tugging heartstrings in their wistful puzzle-platformer Rime, they were full-on wrenching them out of your chest in their gritty zombie-platformer Deadlight. An odd origin story, perhaps, for a studio that's now mostly known for their bright, colourful artwork and raw, emotional sucker punches, but Deadlight was very much a product of its time. When Telltale's The Walking Dead was at…

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1 month ago

Feature: Ice, ice, baby

Alienware Aurora R8 review: A pint-sized RTX 2080 Ti PC

Considering it has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and an Intel Core i9-9900K inside it, Alienware's Aurora R8 gaming desktop sure is diddly. Measuring 472mm tall, 212mm wide and just 360mm deep, this sleek, 28 litre chassis is noticeably smaller than the mid-tower case I've currently got shoved under my desk. It's so small, in fact, that it can sit on top of my…

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Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, SSDs and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 26th April 2019

Typical, isn't it? The moment your deals herald emerges from her deals cave to embrace the first shred of warm sunshine she's seen since last summer, she gets struck down with a terrible, terrible cold. The moral of this story? Stay inside with the deals, friends, because out there lies illness and unstoppable rivers of snot. And no one wants that. Instead, they want the…

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Feature: Hold onto your hat

Have You Played… SteamWorld Heist?

SteamWorld Heist is about one thing, and one thing only. Some will tell you it's a highly accomplished turn-based strategy game that somehow plays out magnificently across a 2D plane, while others will say it's all about the joy of lining up the perfect shot to destroy hard-to-reach space pirates in their randomly generated space ships. But they are wrong. SteamWorld Heist is about hats,…

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Feature: Also with added RGB lighting

Viewsonic Elite XG240R review: A 144Hz FreeSync monitor that’s G-Sync a go-go

When it comes to 24in AMD FreeSync gaming monitors with high 144Hz refresh rates, there are few that do it better than AOC's G2460PF. An oldie but a goodie, this £209 / $190 height-adjustable gaming display has long been the best gaming monitor to buy in this particular category, but today a new contender has stepped up to the plate in the form of the…

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Feature: Intel-ligent systems

Intel Core CPUs: Everything we know about Intel’s 8th and 9th Gen Coffee Lake Refresh processors

Intel's Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and (now Core i9) CPUs have been the go-to gaming processors since time immemorial - and following yesterday's announcement that even more 9th generation Intel Core desktop CPUs are on their way, there are now more of them to choose from than ever before. That's because right now we're entering that weird crossover period between the 8th and…

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Feature: Kicking up a Spartan storm

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey PC graphics performance: How to get the best settings

The Assassin's Creed series has always been a tough nut to crack on PC. The latest Ancient Greek-themed instalment, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, may be slightly easier to run than its Egyptian predecessor, Assassin's Creed Oranges, but there are still times when it can feel like it's delivering a great big Spartan kick-sized strain on your trusty GPU. Fortunately, I'm here to help, as I've been…

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Nvidia’s new GTX 1650 costs £138 / $149 and consumes just 75W

Just when you thought Nvidia's "Let's release a new graphics card every two weeks" frenzy was finally over, they've gone and done it again with the freshly hatched GeForce GTX 1650. I'll be putting one to the test very shortly (drivers for the card have only just been made available for the card today, so it will take some time to run all my usual…

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