PC Components, Peripherals And Gadget Reviews And News

Dig into our deep-dive product reviews and news of PC components from processors, to motherboards, graphics cards (GPUs), sound cards, and storage, along with other gadgets and peripherals that complete the computing experience. Whether you're a DIY PC enthusiast builder or just looking to read-up on what should be inside or connected to your next pre-built PC, here's where you'll find all the nuts and bolts sorted on what makes modern computer systems tick, as well some of the best user interface devices to go with them.

MSI Spatium M580 FROZR: 2TB for $329 The MSI Spatium M580 FROZR is a blazing-fast, Phison-based M.2 PCIe Gen 5 SSD, with a massive tower-style cooler that's ideal for any modern creator and gaming workloads. Class Leading Performance Native PCIe Gen 5 Interface Low Latency Great For Gamers And Creators Price Premium... Read more...
Espresso 17 Pro With Stand: MSRP $799 The espresso 17 Pro portable monitor with stand delivers a crisp 4K resolution with touch support, for added screen real estate and flexible input, at home or on the go. Crisp 4K resolution Easy to navigate espressoFlow software Sturdy, portable stand included Adds touch... Read more...
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Processors After mountains of performance data and product disclosures, we finally have Qualcomm Snadragon X Oryon CPU and Adreno GPU architecture details to share. New CPU Core Architecture Powerful NPU Leading Wireless Connectivity Options Tons Of Memory Bandwidth Arm-Native Software Ecosystem... Read more...
ASRock Challenger Arc A580 8GB OC: MSRP $169 We test the ASRock Challenger Arc A580 graphics card for mainstream gamers and assess where this GPU fits in the current market. Excellent Connectivity At This Price Good Value Inconsistent Performance High Power Draw Idle & Load Large Form Factor Dual 8-Pin Power... Read more...
It was the case for a very long time that if you were buying a laptop, you were almost assuredly getting an Intel processor. Sure, AMD was around, and there have always been Macbooks, but both were niche products at opposite ends of the market for ages. For the overwhelming majority of users, only Intel offered the compelling combination of... Read more...
Intel Xeon 6 Series Processors Intel is launching the first wave of next-generation Xeon 6 6700E-series processors today, based on Sierra Forest, featuring up to 144 E-cores per socket. Many More Cores Per Socket Power Efficiency Improvements Big Performance Gains Over 5th Gen New, Updated IO Tile Increased Bandwidth... Read more...
Whether you knew you needed it or not, locally-hosted AI is the next big thing in PCs, and AMD is at the forefront of this movement. The company was first to market with consumer processors sporting AI-accelerating Neural Processing Units (NPUs), and it's now on its third generation of processors for "AI PCs." That's... Read more...
AMD released an array of professional workstation GPUs in 2023, with the powerful flagship Radeon Pro W7900 sitting at the top of the heap. You can read our in-depth review of the GPU right here. The Radeon Pro W7900 has a similar GPU configuration to the consumer-class Radeon RX 7900 XTX, with the same 96 unified... Read more...
Arm Holdings plc, or "arm", was once considered a vendor of processors designed for embedded and low-power systems, but those days are well past at this point. Having conquered mobile some time ago, processors based on Arm's Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) are now challenging the supremacy of the long-dominant... Read more...
When building a new PC, it's very likely that your fancy motherboard will feature multiple M.2 sockets. It's almost guaranteed that some portion of these SSD slots will be connected directly to the CPU socket, while others will connect to the CPU via the motherboard chipset. This undoubtedly adds latency, hurting... Read more...
Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Thunderbolt Hub Monitor U3425WE: MSRP $819, Currently $769.99 The Dell UltraSharp 34 U3425WE is a beautiful, curved Thunderbolt-enabled monitor featuring IPS Black technology, for enhanced contrast and color accuracy, with great viewing angles. Integrated Thunderbolt Hub Tons Of IO Great... Read more...
Razer Firefly V2 Pro Illuminated Mouse Mat: MSRP $99 Razer's new Firefly V2 Pro RGB-enabled mouse mat looks wild and offers a ton of customization options via Razer's Synapse app. 16.8M color customizable RGB lighting Near frictionless mouse movement Rubberized base holds mouse mat secure Expensive Fairly large We're... Read more...
Samsung T5 EVO Portable SSD: Starting $159 (2TB), $599 (8TB) The recently-released Samsung T5 EVO is a compact, rugged, external USB-C SSD that's well suited to a wide array of use cases. Compact Size Rugged Enclosure Excellent Compatibility Huge Capacity Price Premium Faster, More Affordable Options Available Samsung recently expanded its... Read more...
WhiteFox Eclipse Mechanical Keyboard: Starting at $140 The WhiteFox Eclipse is a beautiful, mechanical keyboard with hot-swappable switches and an innovative modular design. Hotswappable switches Excellent feel and sound Modular design that's easy to disassemble Comes with high-quality switches and keycaps... Read more...
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Qualcomm to learn the latest about its Snapdragon X processor line-up for emerging AI PCs and to get more hands-on time for performance benchmarks. During our meeting, we got the scoop on the Snapdragon X Plus, a 10-core variant of the platform that will drop into the... Read more...
There can't really be any doubt at this point: AI is going to change all of our lives, and there's no going back from here. Still, there's quite a bit of debate over exactly how it's going to happen. If you listen to hardware vendors like AMD and Intel, they'll tell you that you absolutely need to upgrade your... Read more...
Most high-end PC components assume you want to show off—cases have windows, everything is crawling with RGB, and there are even connectors that make it easier to hide your cables. What if there aren't any cables, though? MSI has released a new PC case fan system that does away with cables. Well, almost—there are... Read more...
It's been nigh on nine months since Jeff Kampman from Intel's Graphics Technical Marketing team raised the question: does AMD's 3D V-Cache actually help that much if you're not running a top-end graphics card? Well, we've been busy and haven't had time until just recently to get the testing done, but now we have and... Read more...
PNY CS3150 XLR8 1TB: Price As Tested $185 PNY's CS3150 1TB SSD has one of the best coolers we've seen on a PCIe 5.0 SSD, though it trails in regard to write performance versus 2TB drives. Good Reading Performance 1TB and 2TB Models Available Cooler Is Low-Profile And Uses USB Header Connector Three Different Themes To... Read more...
Razer Iskur V2 Gaming Chair: MSRP $649 Razer's Iskur V2 gaming chair is easy to assemble and offers an adjustable built-in lumbar support system that can pay off if you take the time to find your sweet spot. Sleek Design 4D Adjustable Armrests Looks And Feels Premium Generous Recline Angle (Up To 152 Degrees)... Read more...
TerraMaster F2-212: Starting at $169.99 The TerraMaster F2-212 is a great entry-level NAS that can add terabytes of reliable storage to your home network. Excellent price Great media server with hardware 4K transcoding Easy setup and management Single 1Gb LAN Port No expandability Limited software add-ons Drive bays... Read more...
Some people have claimed that AI is a fad, or a flash in the pan. It's easy to understand the perspective; the hype around the explosion of generative AI feels similar to the hype around previous fads, like 3D TVs or the metaverse. AI isn't a fad, though. It is already transforming every single part of the tech... Read more...
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