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12 hours ago

Feature: Just a shame about the head pinch

Logitech G432 review: A brilliant budget gaming headset

Over the last week or so, I've developed a love-hate relationship with the Logitech G432. I love it because it's by far and away a much better gaming headset than the similarly priced Steelseries Arctis 1, and I'd probably even go as far as saying it's arguably the best gaming headset I've tested around the £50 / $50 price mark. Its clear, natural and balanced…

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1 day ago

Feature: Our exodus into the graphics performance apocalypse

Metro Exodus graphics performance: How to get the best settings

The first of Metro Exodus' two DLC expansions arrives on PC today, so I thought it was high time to revisit my jumbo graphics performance test to tell you how to get the best settings on even more of today's best graphics cards. After all, there have been several new Nvidia RTX and AMD Navi cards released since Metro Exodus came out in February, so…

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2 days ago

Feature: Getting in sync

Every G-Sync Compatible monitor confirmed so far and how to enable G-Sync on a FreeSync monitor

Another three gaming screens have just joined Nvidia's list of G-Sync Compatible monitors courtesy of their latest Gamescom driver update. This time, it's another ultrawide screen from Asus plus two 4K displays from Acer, bringing the total number of officially sanctioned G-Sync Compatible screens to 38. That's good news for anyone looking to take advantage of Nvidia's super smooth variable refresh rate G-Sync tech on…

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Nvidia’s new Gamescom driver promises better performance and prettier pixels

Not content with tracing all the rays in Minecraft and lots of other big games like Call of Duty and Watch Dogs Legion this week, Nvidia also released a new GeForce Game Ready driver yesterday that promises up to 23% better performance in some of today's big multiplayer games, plus sharper pixels in retro games (see FTL: Faster Than Light running in 4K up the…

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Feature: The one and only?

Steelseries Arctis 1 review: So, so comfy

Until Logitech's G Pro X gaming headset came along last month, Steelseries' Arctis 7 had been sitting unchallenged at the top of my best gaming headset list for absolutely yonks. I still have a big soft spot for the Arctis 7 - it's still the best wireless headset you can buy right now, after all, as well as one of the most comfortable headsets ever…

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3 days ago

WD Black adds five new external storage drives, including 2TB SuperSpeed SSD

WD's Black range of gaming SSDs just got a little bit bigger today, as they've announced five new external storage devices that will sit alongside their flagship Black SN750 NVMe SSD. Four of them are traditional hard drive disks, or HDDs (more on those in a sec), but the one I'm most interested in is the WD Black P50, an external SSD that has, and…

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HP Omen’s ear-cooling gaming headset returns as the even more brilliantly named Mindframe Prime

By far one of the best hardware announcements to come out of last year's Gamescom was HP's ear-cooling Omen Mindframe headset. The name was just pure, unbridled brilliance, and its chilly, sweat-blasting thermoelectric ear cups were novel and worked surprisingly well in practice, even if its suspension-style headband didn't quite hold up comfort-wise once I got one in for review. Now, the Mindframe is back…

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Feature: Every Stadia game coming at launch and beyond

Every Google Stadia game announced so far

Google held another one of their Stadia Connect conferences today, and this one was meant to be all about what games you'll be playing in the "scary" cloud come November. Sure enough, there were new Stadia games aplenty announced this evening, with the biggest addition being Cyberpunk 2077. To help keep track of them all, here's a list of every Google Stadia game confirmed so…

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Call of Duty’s first RTX trailer is so subtle it needs giant green boxes telling you where to look

The new (and definitely not old) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may be one of Nvidia's big-shot ray tracing games for 2019, but the first RTX trailer for Infinity Ward's upcoming shootybang is probably one of the least impressive things I've seen since Nvidia first announced their realistic reflection/shadow tech this time last year. Previously, most of Nvidia's RTX On / RTX Off trailers have…

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4 days ago

Feature: Now with added Minecraft and Dying Light 2

All the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so far

It's Gamescom this week, which can only mean one thing - more confirmed ray tracing games for Nvidia's RTX and selected GTX 16-series graphics cards. Indeed, the big one that's just been announced is Minecraft, which (like Quake II RTX) is getting full, real-time ray tracing support for everything from water reflections to its entire lighting system. That's not all, though. Dying Light 2 will…

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Minecraft gets official ray tracing support for Nvidia RTX cards

Just last week, Mojang announced they had cancelled Minecraft's Super Duper cross-platform graphics pack, citing too many technical difficulties in getting it all up and running. Well, there's sort of good news for those of you still yearning for a good-looking version of the blocky sensation, as Nvidia have just announced the Windows 10 edition of the game will be getting official real-time ray tracing…

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6 days ago

Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, SSDs and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 16th August 2019

Hark, your deals herald has finally returned from her summer holiday and is back, fresh-faced and ready to dole out some hot, hot deals. It's summer sale madness out there right now, with big savings to be had on practically every store apart from Steam going, including a Monster Hunter: World deal so good it will make you go, "Mmmmm! So tasty!" like hunters of…

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7 days ago

Feature: Pumping iron

Corsair Ironclaw RGB Wireless review: Heavy-handed

Corsair have produced some fantastic gaming mice this year. The Ironclaw RGB went straight into my best gaming mouse list when I looked at it back in March, as did the Harpoon RGB Wireless when I tested it in May. Therefore, it surely follows that a wireless version of the Ironclaw RGB, which uses the same Corsair Slipstream technology as the Harpoon Wireless, should be…

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1 week ago

Feature: A sea change for gaming laptops

Acer Predator Triton 500 review: Finally, a gaming laptop that isn’t a jet engine in disguise

The Acer Predator Triton 500 is probably the first gaming laptop I've tested where I've almost completely forgotten it's a gaming laptop. Sure, the keyboard's RGB backlight is a bit of a giveaway, as is the blue LED Predator logo on the back of the display, but this is by far one of the quietest gaming laptops I've had on my desk in quite some…

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Feature: Solid state of the art

Best gaming SSD 2019: Top SATA and M.2 drives for PC

If you want Windows and games to load in a flash, then you should definitely have an SSD as your PC's primary drive. They're much faster than traditional hard disk drives, and you'll not only be able to get to your desktop in double-quick time when you first turn it on, but everything from copying files to loading up games will also feel much, much…

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Feature: Should you spend more on an overclocked GPU?

RTX 2070 Super benchmark showdown: Nvidia vs Zotac vs Asus

Nvidia's RTX 2070 Super is a great graphics card if you're after smooth, 1440p performance, but when you stack up the £475 / $499 Nvidia Founders Edition card I reviewed against AMD's new Radeon RX 5700 XT, it starts to struggle at bit on the old value for money front - just have a look at my big RTX 2070 Super vs RX 5700 XT…

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Thank the creepy fridge gods, Control’s PC requirements are now much lighter

Good news for anyone hoping to play Remedy's upcoming telekinetic shooter Control in just a couple of weeks time, as the game's official PC requirements are now a lot lighter than they were a month ago - and yes, I'm aware this is fairly old news by now, but honestly, I've been stuck in a locked room staring at the Bureau's supernatural refrigerator for the…

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Feature: A chip off the old block

Best gaming CPU 2019: The top Intel and AMD processors

We don't often think about our CPU as being a vital gaming component like our trusty old graphics card, but finding the right processor for your PC can make a surprisingly big difference to your overall gaming performance - particularly if you like playing games at 1920x1080. To find out which ones are the best CPUs for gaming, I've tested as many of the latest…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Playing your cards right

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

It's been a busy old time in the world of best graphics cards, what with Nvidia releasing another trio of RTX Super cards in July to combat the release of AMD's two Navi GPUs, but thankfully things seemed to have calmed down a bit now - at least for the time being, anyway. After all, we've still got the rest of the [block id="682017" title="AMD…

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