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1 day ago

Feature: If only the Ryzen 7 3700X wasn't so damn good

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X review: Powerful, but expensive

It's been quite a while since AMD first launched their new Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but I've finally managed to get my hands on the last remaining member of their new gaming CPU family, the Ryzen 7 3800X. It's the even nippier big brother of the already excellent AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, but with the even more powerful Ryzen 9 3900X now sitting above it in…

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Feature: Yeah, you heard me

Best gaming headset 2019: Our top wired and wireless headsets for PC

With monitor speakers getting weaker and weaker, one of the best ways to make your games sound as good as they look is to buy a gaming headset with a built-in microphone. There are plenty to choose from, too, so I've rounded up the very best gaming headsets around today to help you sort the symphonic wheat from the aural chaff. To make it onto…

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2 days ago

Nvidia’s new RTX bundle now comes with a free copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

If you've yet to buy an Nvidia RTX graphics card, there's a new game bundle in town. Previously, Nvidia were giving away free copies of Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood when you bought any qualifying RTX or RTX Super GPU, laptop or desktop, but starting today until November 18th they're going to be lobbing in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with them instead. As you may…

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6 days ago

Feature: Playing your cards right

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

Things seem to have finally quietened down in the world of best graphics cards. After a flurry of new gaming GPU releases earlier this summer in the form of Nvidia's trio of RTX Super cards and AMD's two new Radeon RX 5700 Navi GPUs, it's all settled down again. At least for the time being, anyway. There will no doubt be more [block id="682017" title="AMD…

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Best PC gaming deals of the week – 13th September 2019

It's Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some, but definitely not for your trusted deals herald. I am immune to such things. Indeed, I've scoured the internet for the luckiest and best PC gaming deals around this week, including some tasty discounts and even a nice freebie, too. I mean, sure, it's possible that all of the deals I've gathered together might suddenly become even cheaper…

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1 week ago

Feature: Too restrained for its own good

Sennheiser GSP 670 review: A wireless gaming headset that’s scared of letting its hair down

When a £300 / $350 gaming headset like the Sennheiser GSP 670 arrives on my desk, I expect breathtaking audio that blasts the waxy cobwebs clean out of my ear canal. I want, nay, demand perfection at this end of the audio spectrum, mostly so I can help feel justified in myself for spending such an obscene amount of money on a pair of headphones.…

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Nvidia are apparently prepping a GTX 1660 Super, and I’m completely baffled by it

The graphics card rumour mill never ceases to amaze me. Despite no hard evidence whatsoever, the latest thing being whispered around the internet is that Nvidia are apparently getting ready to launch two new GTX 16-series graphics cards - the GTX 1660 Super and the GTX 1650 Ti. Indeed, after first spotting the story on Chinese news site MyDrivers, even renowned leakers VideoCardz have admitted…

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Hold on to your virtual wallets, the Vive Cosmos is coming next month for £699 / $699

First announced all the way back in January of this year, HTC's latest PC-based VR headset, the Vive Cosmos, is finally almost here. Arriving in Europe on October 3rd (and mid-October for those in the US) for £699 / $699, the Cosmos has the highest resolution screen of any Vive headset so far, squeaking just ahead of the £1119 / $1098 HTC Vive Pro's 1440x1600…

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Feature: But the XG32VQR is a great 1440p gaming monitor regardless

Asus ROG Strix XG32VQR review: HDR is still a pain in the ass

As 2560x1440 gaming monitors go, the 32in Asus ROG Strix XG32VQR is probably one of the better screens you can buy today. I'd even go as far as saying it's potential best gaming monitor material if ever suddenly became a lot cheaper than our current 1440p recommendation, the MSI Optix MPG27CQ, but even at its current price of £489 / $550, the XG32VQR is is…

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Feature: Round and round they go, what they'll do, nobody knows!

The Gears 5 benchmark is like watching a weird new Auto Chess

It's a strange thing, this Gears 5 benchmark. Unlike other in-game benchmarks, which simply play the same scene over and over again, the final third of this one sees our beefcake heroes Kait and Del take on a bunch of Swarm in an icy blizzard - and the variance in their AI-driven shooty tactics means the result of their wintry battle is different every time…

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Feature: GPU below Gears 5's PC requirements? Fear not.

How to get Gears 5 looking its smoothest, bestest best even on an ancient graphics card

Time to ready your chainsaws, folks, because Gears 5 is finally out on PC. As you may remember from my Gears 5 Tech Test performance piece a couple of months ago, developers The Coalition seem to have done an excellent job keeping their latest cover shooter all slick and spangly this time round, as even ageing graphics cards such as Nvidia's GTX 970 and AMD's…

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Feature: Or is it a beech to use?

Will you pine for this wooden mechanical keyboard?

Most gaming keyboards that clack their way onto my desk usually fall into one of two categories. They're either great big hulking plastic things, or they're equally large slabs of hard-edged metal. They do not make my fingers smell like a forest, nor do they double up as handy, alpine air fresheners. In these respects, Unick Invent's new, ultra-compact Woo-dy keyboard is entirely unique.

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, monitors and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 6th September 2019

It's September, which means it's now raining for all eternity in the UK, and thus the perfect time to hole up inside and add some tasty new PC gaming deals to your pile of shame. Don't judge your deals herald on her excessive hoarding. I'll play them all eventually! While I continue sweeping my Steam backlog under the carpet, though, let's focus on the really…

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Feature: Taking back Control

Control PC performance: How to get the best settings

Like Alan Wake before it, Control is one tough customer when it comes to getting smooth PC performance. As you may have already seen in my dedicated Control RTX ray tracing guide, even some of today's [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s struggle to run this eerie behemoth of a game at higher resolutions, so I thought it was high time to have a look at…

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Square Enix teases the future of Final Fantasy XV’s game engine with gorgeous RTX demo

Want a taste of what 'next-gen' graphics are going to look like? Well, the clever folks over at Square Enix's Luminous Productions studio (the wizards wot made Final Fantasy XV) have just released a brand new tech demo called 'Back Stage' doing just that. Made in collaboration with Nvidia, this real-time ray tracing demo isn't related to any particular game per se (or at least…

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Control is getting more graphics options, including motion blur

If your PC's been struggling to run Remedy's new telekinetic shooter Control this past week, you may have been desperately searching for a way to turn off its rather strong motion blur effect. Alas, no such option exists right now, but the good news is that it will do very soon as part of Control's next big update.

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Feature: It's the best version on PC, but sweet GFs, those textures...

I have complicated feelings about Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

Whenever someone asks me what my favourite Final Fantasy game is, the answer is always Final Fantasy VIII. It's getting on a bit (20 years, in fact) but its tale of time-travelling witches, lovestruck teens, cannonball dogs and bonkers floating military schools is still, for me, one of the best things to come out of this never-ending series. It is, however, one of the more…

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Feature: A tough nut to Kraken

Razer Kraken X review: So close, yet so far

The Razer Kraken X is the third £50 / $50 gaming headset I've tried in almost as many weeks, and by jolly is it a hard one to judge. Compared to the similarly priced Steelseries Arctis 1, it has a much clearer, more detailed sound when playing games, but even its ultralight, 250g frame can't beat the supreme weightlessness of its Arctis rival. It is,…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: It's all under control

Control RTX: A guide to ray tracing and what you need to get the best performance

Remedy's eerie telekinetic shooter Control is without a doubt one of the biggest RTX ray tracing games you can play on PC right now. It's also one of the most demanding. Indeed, while Remedy recently revised their Control PC requirements, saying you now only need an Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card for playing with ray tracing switched on as opposed to the crazy expensive RTX…

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Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, monitors and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 30th August 2019

It's Labor Day weekend for our US friends, so I thought I'd liven things up a bit with a more work-appropriate header for this week's best PC gaming deals and this was literally the first thing that came up in the 'working' category on the Old Book Illustrations website so there you go. Far from having lots of stinky pee deals this week, though, your…

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