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3 weeks ago

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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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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Valve officially unveil the Index VR headset, shipping June 28th

The official store page for the Valve Index is live now, featuring tech specs on the new VR headgear and controller combo, a June 28th launch date and a price-tag. If you've got no other VR equipment and this is your first set of space-goggles, it'll set you back a cool £919/€1079/$999. The full kit includes two tracking base-stations, the headset itself and a pair…

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4 weeks 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: 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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Feature: The speed of mechanical combined with the sound of membrane

Fujitsu Realforce R2 review: Capacitive gaming keys have arrived (sort of)

Fujitsu probably isn't the first name you think of when it comes to gaming peripherals. Heck, you've probably only heard of them if you're a srs bsns type working at a very corporate tech company, and even then that might be stretching it a bit. But the reason I'm nattering on about Fujitsu today is because they recently helped keyboard switch maker Topre bring their…

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1 month ago

Feature: Which laptop will emerge victorious?

Acer Predator Helios 500 review: GTX 1070 vs Vega 56

Take a look at the specs of any of today's gaming laptops and there's a 99.9% chance it's got an Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics chip inside it. That's mostly because AMD haven't really bothered with gaming laptops for the last couple of years, but that's slowly starting to change. Case in point: Acer's Predator Helios 500 laptop, which is available in both AMD and…

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Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, SSDs and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 18th April 2019

What's this? Your deals herald is a day early with this week's best PC gaming deals? Fear not, for it is the long Easter weekend, my friends, which means we're all going to be too busy stuffing our faces with chocolate eggs and the best Easter gaming bargains to do any work tomorrow. Plus it's a bank holiday. And an extra day off can only…

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Feature: Catching some rays

Nvidia GTX ray tracing tested: Forget about Metro but Tomb Raider shows promising results

At the end of last week, Nvidia released a new Game Ready driver that unlocked their fancy pants real time ray tracing tech for GTX 10 and 16-series graphics cards, starting with the 6GB GTX 1060. Before that, you had to have a shiny new Nvidia RTX card to take advantage of all their realistic lighting effects in games such as Metro Exodus, Battlefield V…

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Feature: A 4K, 144Hz, HDR screen for a fraction of the price

Acer’s Nvidia BFGD is still MIA, but their Predator CG437KP could be the next best thing

Conspicuous by its absence is a phrase that springs to mind when it comes to Acer's Nvidia BFGD, or Big Format Gaming Display. The mega monitor was first revealed back in January 2018, but at Acer's Next event in New York last week it was still nowhere to be seen. Instead, Acer revealed the Predator CG437KP - another giant 4K, 144Hz HDR gaming screen, only…

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Roccat Noz review: An ultralight gaming headset that doesn’t carry enough weight

At just 210g, the Roccat Noz is one of the lightest gaming headsets I've worn for quite some time. It's also one of Roccat's least flashy gaming headsets as well, as you won't find a single LED on this £60 / $70 headset, or even their usual giant lion logo draped around the side of the ear cup. Instead, you just get a plain, black…

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Feature: Cheap games, graphics cards, SSDs and more

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 12th April 2019

Hark! After weeks of much anticipation, your deals herald has finally returned from her travels to the wilds of Eastern PAX and the docklands of EGX Rezzed. Alas, there weren't many deals to be found in those climes. Instead, they dealt in demos and small snippets of gameplay. But fear not, for your deals herald has been hard at work to make up for all…

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Acer’s Predator Helios 700 laptop has a mad, extendable keyboard for superior cooling

Acer have unveiled a new monster 17.3in gaming laptop that has an extendable keyboard to help keep it cool. Dubbed the Predator Helios 700, Acer’s new flagship laptop promises “desktop gaming performance on the go” thanks to its full-fat Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics chip and one of Intel’s brand-new 9th Gen Core i9 mobile processors. Just make sure you don't whip it out on…

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DXR ray tracing comes to Nvidia’s GTX graphics cards in latest Game Ready driver

Today's the day that Microsoft's DirectX ray tracing tech (or DXR for short) arrives on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 10-series and 16-series graphics cards. First announced three weeks ago, Nvidia's latest Game Ready driver, out today, will allow everyone with a 6GB GTX 1060 upwards to take advantage of all the shiny shadow and reflection enhancements in games such as Metro Exodus, Battlefield V and Shadow…

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Feature: ...with a not so super slim price

Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 review: A super slim Nvidia RTX gaming laptop

If you've ever had to lug your laptop around all day, you'll know the importance of having one that's thin, light and doesn't kill your shoulders after spending eight to ten hours in a backpack. I certainly do, and let me tell you, hauling around anything over 2kg for 8-10 hours everyday is absolute murder on the old spine. At 2.1kg, the Asus ROG Zephyrus…

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