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Zak Killian

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Ever since playing Joust on his family's Atari 800XL 8-bit computer as a youth, Zak has been hooked on PC and console games. His passion for gaming as a kid led to an interest in PCs as a teenager, which ended up with him founding his own PC repair shop in the year 2000. Decades later, he's still building, still gaming, and still arguing on the internet with any opinion anyone has. A former writer of news and reviews for The Tech Report, Zak is a modern-day Renaissance man who may not be an expert on anything, but knows just a little about nearly everything.
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The GeForce RTX 30 series is already super fast. The higher-end cards in that family chew up and spit out games at high resolutions the way cards from five years ago were just starting to master 1080p. It gets a little bit silly at times when we're benchmarking these graphics cards because it is sometimes difficult to... Read more...
Looked at the prices of DDR5 memory lately? The newer, faster, all-ECC system RAM is coming down in cost slowly, but it's nowhere near as cheap as ubiquitous DDR4 SDRAM. Plus, due to the latency advantages of hot-clocked DDR4 versus the less-expensive DDR5 modules on the market, DDR4 systems often end up faster in... Read more...
NVIDIA's DLSS is one of those few technologies that comes along every so often and legitimately delivers the seemingly impossible: more with less. AMD's first attempt at challenging DLSS wasn't quite as advanced; while the original FidelityFX Super Resolution had its advantages, the image quality wasn't always in the... Read more...
Do you have a DOS box? No, no, not the excellent DOS emulator software—I'm talking about a dedicated older PC for DOS software. Mostly popular among retro gamers, building a DOS box is a tricky task in 2022 as much of the necessary hardware has shuffled off to the great e-waste landfill in the sky. Among the rarest... Read more...
Some of the older overclockers will recall the days when the biggest gains to be had were by overclocking a processor's "FSB", or "Front Side Bus". FSB overclocks haven't died, exactly, they're just not called that anymore because we don't have FSBs anymore. On modern systems, there's a "base clock" (often shortened... Read more...
When we saw Intel's Arc Alchemist GPUs in the figurative flesh last week, there were a few oddities in the presentation. Some of them can be explained as confusing Chinese-to-English translation issues, but differences in numbers stick out rather readily, and there were a couple of those, too. Chief among them was... Read more...
The PlayStation 5 is gigantic for a game console. There's no two ways about it; Sony's latest dedicated gaming system is a beast of a machine that occupies more space than a typical Mini-ITX custom PC. It's bigger than the Falcon Northwest Tiki we just reviewed, and that machine came with a GeForce RTX 3080... Read more...
It's astonishing how far CPUs have come in just the last few years. After stagnating at 4 cores while slowly growing single-threaded performance for nearly a decade, mainstream desktop CPUs have seen explosive growth in both single- and multi-core performance recently thanks to renewed competition between Intel and... Read more...
The AVX-512 instruction set has had a bizarre history. Originally introduced with Intel's Xeon Phi processors based on the "Knights Landing" design, it later found its way into the company's server processors starting with Skylake-SP in 2017. The first consumer processors to include AVX-512 were the laptop forms of... Read more...
An important part of qualification testing is running the processor through a wide variety of benchmarks and stress tests to make sure it performs properly in each workload. That's one reason that we constantly see "leaks" of new and upcoming processors as their work gets sorted into benchmark databases and filed in... Read more...
Bethesda Softworks is a game company that surely needs no introduction. As the developers of the beloved Elder Scrolls games and more recent titles in the Fallout series, they're known globally for their open-world action-roleplaying hybrids. That's not a new trend; the company's second game was The Elder Scrolls:... Read more...
Intel Arc desktop graphics cards are real, and you can actually buy one—if you're in China, and have a need for entry-level discrete GPU. The specific model Intel is making available at this time is the Arc A380, which will probably be the fastest option in the "A300" series of Alchemist graphics cards. Since this... Read more...
You probably didn't know this, but Bethesda Softworks actually got its start developing science-fiction games. In fact, some of its earliest titles were actually based on the Terminator film license. The studio is now by far most famous for creating the Elder Scrolls series of high-fantasy RPGs, but science fiction is... Read more...
There are two parts to making a microprocessor. That's obviously an oversimplification, because there are actually a multitude of parts, but the two highest-level are design and fabrication. It's all well and good to design a ludicrously-fast, bleeding-edge processor, but it makes little difference if the fabrication... Read more...
Regular HotHardware readers and general hardware enthusiasts probably already know this, but SiSoftware is the creator and maintainer of the SANDRA utility for Windows PCs. Originally created as a tool to simply capture and display system information (as Windows' own capabilities in that regard were quite primitive... Read more...
Did you or someone you know build an AMD Ryzen machine only to be frustrated by strange stuttering issues? These problems have always existed in certain Ryzen systems, but only with the release of Windows 11 did the issue come to the forefront, because Windows 11 mandates the use of a Trusted Platform Module... Read more...
The Electronics Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, was canceled yet again this year. In its place, serving a similar role, we have Summer Game Fest. It's still going on this weekend, but the biggest announcements came from the opening stream on Thursday. Among gameplay demos of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and... Read more...
Have you heard the rumors about how hot and power-thirsty next-generation GPUs are going to be? Of course you have, because we've been covering all of those rumors and leaks for months. This story isn't about that. Instead, we're going to talk about the latest rumor, which claims that the reference design for NVIDIA's... Read more...
Whatever your feelings on the modern Chinese state, you have to admit that it's reasonable for the country to want to achieve technological independence. Whether it's reasonable to think that the country could actually achieve such a thing is arguable, but it's looking more and more likely by the day. The latest... Read more...
At today's Financial Analyst Day, AMD revealed several tidbits of information about its forthcoming technologies and products roadmap, and the company also confirmed a few details that rumor-mongers have been reporting for months now. We're going to go over the company's announcements in the server space in future... Read more...
Much has been written recently about the supposed death of the "High-End Desktop" (HEDT) concept. The OG "HEDT" systems back in the day were probably dual-socket Pentium Pro rigs used by hardcore enthusiasts who simply wanted the fastest PCs possible. In more recent times, "HEDT" typically referred to systems based on... Read more...
Back in the mid-90s, I recall sitting around with his friends at the school lunch table poring over glossy magazines like PC Gamer and the long-defunct PC Accelerator, as well as the immense, phone-book-like Computer Shopper. Sure, you had your Dells, and your Compaqs, and your smaller vendors too, like ZEOS, Quantex... Read more...
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