Hardware

Intel i5 7600K vs AMD Ryzen 1600 For Gaming

Both the Intel i5 7600K and AMD Ryzen 1600 CPUs are popular choices for gaming PCs but which one is better and why? Is there a clear winner? In this article we will dive a little deeper into this question by analyzing benchmarks from reviewers to help shine further light on this debate. CPU Intel i5 7600K AMD Ryzen 1600 …

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Improving RAM Stability with Ryzen

Since AMD launched Ryzen back in March 2017 there has been issues regarding memory compatibility. Some users were having difficulty reaching high RAM frequencies, particularity 3000MHz+ whilst maintaining stability. Thankfully, there are many small tweaks you can take advantage of to help increase stability with high frequency RAM. We will briefly explain these functions which will hopefully assist you in …

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Best Graphics Cards: January 2016

EVGA 980 TI Superclocked Graphics Card

There are many factors to consider when choosing a new graphics card and sometimes it can be confusing. In this article we have selected just some of the best graphics cards for a range of budgets. When selecting graphics cards we take into account their performance and cost, primarily at the 1080p resolution. Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB …

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Acer Predator XF270HU Freesync Monitor Overview

Acer Predator XF270HU Monitor

Monitors have been changing rapidly in recent years with them improving in many areas and including new technologies such as G-Sync or Freesync which help reducing stuttering and tearing in games. Acer is no stranger when it comes to premium monitors and have recently released a new Freesync model, the Predator XF270HU. The Acer Predator XF270HU is a 27″ AMD …

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Best Z170 Chipset Gaming Motherboards: October 2015

Gigabyte GAMING 5 Motherboard

There are many motherboards available from a range of manufactures all sporting different features. Every month, we aim to gather the best three motherboards on the Intel socket 1151 Z170 chipset which offer an attractive balance between price, features and performance. Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI – £104 The Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI motherboard is a great value motherboard which offers a range of features …

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Will AMD Zen Processors Be Worth The Wait?

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There is no denying that AMD have been a little dull in the desktop CPU arena in recent years. AMD has not released a new performance CPU architecture since Vishera FX series processors in 2012. To make matters worse, the 990FX chipset was released in 2011 and is lacking modern features which are on mainstream Intel chipsets such as PCIE …

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How To Benchmark Your SSD

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When you upgrade your system to a solid state drive you may want to test the performance of it to see the improvement over your hard drive. There are many tools which can benchmark your solid state drive to test its read and write speeds though one of these tools is CrystalDiskMark. CrystalDiskMark is a free tool which tests the …

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What is an external hard drive?

Hard drives are used to store data and are mostly found within a desktop or laptop. With consumers needing to store and transfer more and more data sometimes an USB flash storage device is just not enough. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take the large capacity of a hard drive and easily connect it to any system? We …

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What is Intel’s Hyperthreading?

When shopping for a new processor or computer it’s likely you have come across the term Hyperthreading. Hyperthreading is a unique feature for Intel processors which is only available on some models. It’s a clever piece of technology which allows the processor to offer more performance in multithreaded workloads. While Hyperthreading will have limited benefit in everyday applications such as …

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Office PC Power Consumption Analysis

Not so long ago we did an analysis into the typical power consumption of a gaming computer and found that it doesn’t consume as much power as people think. These results intrested us, primarily because many gaming computers are equipped with high wattage power supplies even if they don’t need them. We decided to take a look at another computer, …

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