Graphics Cards, PC Monitors And Computer Audio Reviews And News

The sights and sounds of the modern computing experience are driven by key user interface technologies like graphics cards, display monitors and various audio solutions. Here you'll find reviews and news on the latest in cutting-technologies for GPUs (Graphics Processing Units), LED and LCD computer display monitors, sound cards, PC and wireless speaker systems and more.

AMD’s hot new Radeon RX 7900-series graphics cards are due to launch very soon and we are fortunate to have both the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX in our lab for testing. While we can’t share any performance results or show them in-action just yet, we are able to unbox these cards with you to show off the retail experience and physical designs. Read more...
If you weren't a PC gamer when the original Portal released in October of 2007, you probably don't realize the immense impact that the game had. Debuting as part of The Orange Box package, along with the complete version of Half-Life 2 as well as Team Fortress 2, it was arguably the dark horse of the set. Striking... Read more...
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080: Starting At $1,199 The new GeForce RTX 4080 leverages the same architecture as NVIDIA's flagship, but features a smaller GPU a nd targets a lower price point. Strong Performance Good Overclocker Relatively Power Friendly Latest Feature Set BIG Partner Boards Power Dongle Price Premium A... Read more...
Throughout the period encompassing the Radeon HD 7000 series, the Radeon Rx 200 series, Rx 300 series, Polaris, Fury, and Vega, AMD struggled with efficiency. Its GPUs were powerful, and had brute-force might to spare, but that didn't always translate into the top-shelf gaming performance the company would have liked to have offered. Ever... Read more...
Today, AMD held its Together We Advance_Gaming launch event for its new RDNA 3-based Radeon 7000 series GPUs. AMD is first introducing two high end GPUs, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and the Radeon RX 7900 XT. Radeon RX 7900 XTX (left) and RX 7900 XT (right) These cards are set to battle it out with NVIDIA’s new Ada... Read more...
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X: Starting At $1,749 This liquid-cooled GeForce RTX 4090 from MSI is smaller, quieter, and runs cooler than NVIDIA's own Founder's Edition, but it's also more expensive. Class-Leading Performance Premium Build Quality Bleeding Edge Features Runs Cool & Quiet Easy Overclocker Pricey Chunky Power... Read more...
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090: Starting At $1,599 The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 based on the Ada Lovelace GPU architecture is the fastest graphics card money can buy currently, with bleeding-edge features and new innovation for gamers and creators. Unmatched Performance Premium Build Quality Bleeding Edge Features Runs Cool & Relatively... Read more...
Intel Arc A750 And A770: Starting At $289 The highly anticipated Intel Arc A750 and A770 Limited Edition discrete GPUs have arrived, offering competitive performance and pricing. Premium Build Quality Competitive Pricing Good Performance Competitive Feature Set Relatively Cool and Quiet Easy Overclocking... Read more...
During the NVIDIA GTC 2022 keynote earlier this week, CEO Jensen Huang announced a slew of new products, technologies, and services, targeting everything from enthusiast gaming PCs to autonomous cars, data centers and the metaverse. We covered the announcements as they happened. If you missed all of the excitement as... Read more...
PC hardware companies work in funny ways sometimes. When AMD had a new driver ready that added extra features with arguably niche appeal, like its AMD Link in-home streaming tech, it was very excited to tell us about it, and have us tell you about it. However, when it released a new driver recently with real... 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...
Gaming headsets, in an effort to stand out from regular headphones, often sport flamboyant designs with harsh angles, polygonal shapes, and RGB LEDs. However, this styling trend can put off some gamers who have more subdued tastes or simply don’t like the stealth-fighter-Christmas-tree look. Fortunately, HyperX... Read more...
One of the biggest differentiators of the Radeon RX 6000 family, and by extension of the RDNA 2 graphics architecture, is its reliance on a large local cache—known officially as "Infinity Cache"—to provide rapid framebuffer access. This helps to make up for the relatively slower memory used on the cards in comparison to competitor... Read more...
The pixels output by your PC's graphics card are only as good as the monitor that displays them. Attach a shiny new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti to a bargain basement, slow 1080p panel with a refresh rate of 60Hz and you'll likely get what you had coming: blurring, color shift, dull images, and an unpleasant experience. We... Read more...
For the past several years, we’ve been hearing about Intel’s extensive plan to enter the discrete GPU space. It’s the main reason why Raja Koduri joined the chipmaker in late 2017, who came on board to spearhead not just a one-off product launch, but a new era of graphics at Intel with a robust roadmap extending years... Read more...
Back in the 1990s, NVIDIA got its start selling graphics adapters for desktop PCs. After a rocky start with the NV1, NVIDIA established itself as a performance leader soon thereafter with the release of the TwiN-Texel (TNT) chip, and with the original GeForce 256, as a technology leader, too. That's all ancient... Read more...
A couple of weeks back, AMD launched the Radeon RX 6500 XT, an entry-level GPU targeting mainstream gamers with 1080p displays. The Radeon RX 6500 XT is built around the Navi 24 GPU, which is the smallest discrete graphics processor in AMD’s current RDNA 2 line-up. Navi 24 is manufactured on a 6nm process node... Read more...
Both NVIDIA and AMD announced new mainstream GPUs during CES 2022. AMD announced the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which we showed you last week, and NVIDIA the GeForce RTX 3050. NVIDIA also quickly teased a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti during its event, but details regarding that behemoth will be coming a little later. Today, we get to... Read more...
Although some information regarding the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT leaked late last year, AMD officially took the wraps of the card during its keynote at CES. As its branding suggests, the Radeon RX 6500 XT drops into AMD’s current RDNA 2 GPU line-up, just behind the Radeon RX 6600 we evaluated a few months back. A somewhat scaled down Radeon... Read more...
A new era’s begun in discrete graphics, as Intel has announced shipment of the latest Intel Arc graphics to OEM customers. Codenamed Alchemist, Intel Arc graphics chips will offer a new choice in the consumer high-performance graphics arena. Game studios have already adopted the technology, with several AAA PC gaming... Read more...
Ignoring the difficulties securing hardware for a moment, it's a pretty glorious time to play games on the PC. We get our choice of resolutions, frame rates, and detail levels, and if our hardware isn't up to snuff there's some innovative creative technologies available that try to bridge the gap. NVIDIA's Deep Learning Super Sampling requires... Read more...
There's been a lot of discussion about image quality and super-sampled graphics in 3D games over the last few months. Ray tracing is quite expensive from a computational standpoint, so frame rates typically suffer when it's enabled. Upscaling technologies seek to claw some of that performance back, by rendering at a... Read more...
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