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Feature: Playing your cards right

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

Just when you thought it was safe, the race for best graphics card is starting to heat up again. At least when it comes to best budget graphics cards, anyway. Not only do we have the launch of AMD's Radeon RX 5500 to look forward to, but there are lots of rumours doing the rounds that Nvidia are also prepping their GTX 1660 Super to…

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Feature: A rad(eon) Ryzen PC

PC Specialist’s Inferno R4 is a fantastic 1440p gaming PC for just over a grand

AMD have knocked it out of the park with their RX 5700 graphics card and Ryzen 5 3600X CPU this year, and if I were looking to build a PC for just over £1000 in the next month or so, I'd probably be very tempted to put both of them inside it. After all, the RX 5700 is currently our best graphics card recommendation for…

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AMD’s Radeon RX 5500 takes aim at Nvidia’s GTX 1650

After the rip-roaring launch of AMD's Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, AMD are now turning their eyes toward the 1080p end of the [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"] pool with the imminent arrival of their brand-new RX 5500 card. Admittedly, I think we'll have to wait until the launch of the inevitable RX 5600 series before we have a proper GTX 1660 /…

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Feature: No need to push your PC to breaking point here

Ghost Recon Breakpoint PC performance: How to get the best settings

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is finally out in the wild, but if your PC is struggling to get the game running, then this Ghost Recon Breakpoint PC performance guide is here to help. After all, Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a bit of a beast to get running on PC, so I've tested a bunch of today's [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s with it to see what…

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AMD’s latest game bundle gets you free Borderlands, Breakpoint and The Outer Worlds

AMD have announced a bunch of new game bundles for anyone thinking about buying one of their new Radeon RX graphics cards or Ryzen CPUs. Previously, AMD was giving away three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with any new Radeon or Ryzen purchase, but now you can also nab a free copy of Borderlands 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint and / or The Outer…

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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: 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: 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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Feature: It's also crazy expensive

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master review: Loads of features, but only middling performance

At £390 / $360, Gigabyte's X570 Aorus Master motherboard is currently one of the most expensive X570 boards you can currently buy for AMD's latest crop of Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Sure, you get a number of handy extras, such as three PCIe 4.0 M.2 connections (plus accompanying heatsinks) for your SSDs and three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for your graphics card and other expansion cards,…

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Feature: A great foundation for new AMD PCs

MSI X570 Gaming Edge review: Great performance without breaking the bank

If you're thinking about buying one of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs, such as the excellent Ryzen 7 3700X, then you may want to think about pairing it with one of their new X570 motherboards. AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs still work with older AM4 motherboards, of course, including those with X470 or B450 chipsets, but they may need a BIOS update before you can start using…

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Feature: Not a good fit for heatsink-equipped SSDs

AsRock X570 Taichi review: Flawed design

On paper, the AsRock X570 Taichi sounds like a well-equipped X570 motherboard. All three of its PCIe x16 slots support the new, super fast PCIe 4.0 standard, as do its trio of M.2 NVMe SSD ports. It also comes with its own screwdriver for easy assembly in the box, as well as multiple M.2 screws and standoffs, an SLI HB bridge and four SATA cables.…

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Feature: It'll cost you, though

Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero review: The X570 king of USB ports

The Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero has probably more USB ports than you'll ever need, but if you're thinking of building a new PC with one of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs in it and have a bunch of peripherals you want to plug into it, then this one is almost certainly going to fit the bill. It's going to be a pretty big bill, mind,…

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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 [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s. After all, there have been several new Nvidia RTX and AMD Navi cards released since Metro Exodus came out in…

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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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Feature: Ryzen to the occasion

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 review: A great value gaming CPU

When I tested AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X CPU just over a week ago, I said it was a great alternative to our [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] mid-range champ, the Intel Core i5-9600K. Well, scratch that recommendation, because its regular, non-X sibling, the Ryzen 5 3600, is even better value for money than its £240 / $250 big brother - and almost certainly the CPU…

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Feature: Ryzen up the ranks

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X review: A fantastic mid-range gaming CPU

After years of playing catch-up to their Intel rivals, AMD have definitely come out swinging with the launch of their new Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Their high-end Ryzen 7 3700X, for example, made a pretty good impression when I reviewed it a couple of weeks ago, and as an overall value for money play is probably well worth considering over Intel's Core i7-9700K, even if its…

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Feature: And which one should you buy?

Nvidia RTX 2070 vs 2070 Super vs AMD RX 5700 XT: Which is best?

Over the last seven days, you might have noticed there have been a lot of new graphics cards shaking up our [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"] list. First we had Nvidia's pair of RTX Super cards, the RTX 2060 Super and the RTX 2070 Super, and just a couple of days ago they were joined by AMD's RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT. Yesterday, I…

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Feature: And should you upgrade to an RTX 2060 Super or RX 5700 XT?

Nvidia RTX 2060 vs AMD RX 5700: Which one should you buy?

It's all gone a bit Game of Thrones in the world of [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s this week. Having enjoyed a very comfortable stint on the 1440p Iron Throne ever since it rose to power in February of this year, Nvidia's RTX 2060 was just about to assure its legacy with the birth of the RTX 2060 Super card when AMD pitch up and…

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Feature: Sort of, yes, but also not really

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X review: The long-awaited Core i7 killer?

Earlier this week, I put together a list of what I think are the [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"]s you can buy today. At the top end of the scale was Intel's Core i7-9700K, a £350 / $365 processor that, at least in my admittedly rather limited, non-water-cooled PC, was easily the fastest CPU for gaming that didn't cost an absolute fortune *cough*Intel Core i9-9900K,…

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Feature: But you probably still shouldn't buy it

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X review: Finally, some competition for Intel’s Core i9-9900K

Should you ever spend $500 on a gaming CPU? Personally, I think you'd be mad to spend that kind of money on a processor, especially when Intel's Core i7-9700K offers such incredible gaming performance for about two thirds of the cost. If you are one of these so-called power users with $500-odd to spare on getting the absolute bestest [block id="701123" title="Best gaming CPU"] money…

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