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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 Series Processors: Starting At $1,499 ($4,999 For 7980X) The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7980X (64-cores) and 7970X (32-cores) are the company’s most-powerful High End Desktop, many-core processors ever released.   More Cache Higher-Clocks Killer Multi-Thread Performance HEDT Returns!... Read more...
Valve's Steam Deck is a handheld gaming device that has forever changed PC gaming on-the-go. While it's still a slick, fun device as we approach its second birthday, gamers always want for more performance. The Steam Deck 2 isn't coming any time soon, however, so what are users supposed to do to maximize their... Read more...
Google Pixel Watch 2: Starting at $349.99 The Google Watch 2 builds on the success of the original with better performance, battery life, and fitness tracking, but its starting price is still relatively high. Bright, sharp display A solid day of battery life Extremely comfortable on the wrist Stylish design Uses proprietary band connector... Read more...
AMD Radeon Pro W7700: $999 MSRP The RDNA 3-based AMD Radeon Pro W7700 features 16GB of memory, the company's latest GPU architectire, and aggressive pricing. Good Performance 16GB Of Memory Aggressive Pricing Quiet Operation Unmatched Display Output Config Manageable Form Factor Ray Tracing Trails NVIDIA Sometimes... Read more...
Intel Application Optimizer (APO) - Free Intel APO or Application Optimization technology is a brand-new piece of software that Intel claims will bring a big performance lift for games, and from what we've seen so far, those claims seem to check out. Free frame rate boosts are the best Easy to install\ Works as... Read more...
Google Pixel Tablet And Charging Speaker Dock: Starting at $499 (128GB) The Google Pixel Tablet combines the portability of a thin slate PC with the functionality of a smart home hub thanks to its included dock, with a lot of great use case options on tap for consumers. Bright And Vibrant Display Included Charging... Read more...
Acer Predator BiFrost Arc A770 OC 16GB: MSRP - $399; Street Price - $319 (As Low As $289) Acer's take on Intel's Arc A770 GPU is the fastest and flashiest Arc card around, and you won't pay a premium for it when it's on-sale -- which is often. Complete Feature Set Solid Performance-per-Dollar Impressive XeSS... Read more...
All Hallows' Eve might be when the kids go out trick-or-treating, but the night before — this night — is when we all bob for Apples. In a  spooky themed, online-only event, Apple CEO Tim Cook led a cavalcade of corporate VPs announcing a new family of processors named M3 and a series of Macs sporting the latest in... Read more...
Last week at its Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm revealed two new mobile platforms, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and Snapdragon X Elite, amidst a myriad of additional XR and Audio related announcements. Like its namesake, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is designed for smartphones and tablets (that typically run Android), and this... Read more...
When we saw the system requirements for Remedy's Alan Wake II, we knew this game was going to be a PC system smasher. Of course, we already knew that—the game supports path-tracing, also known as full scene ray-tracing, and we've already tested that feature extensively in Cyberpunk 2077, so we're familiar with... Read more...
Alan Wake 2 is just on the horizon, and its bone-crushing recommended spec sheet doesn't so much recommend powerful hardware as much as it does demand it. Even the minimum requirements to run the game call for pretty midrange GPUs, and that's just to play at 1080p and 30 FPS with DLSS or FSR enabled. The recommended... Read more...
AMD Threadripper Pro 7000WX and Threadripper 7000 Series Processors: Starting At $1,499 ($9,999 For 7995WX) Two new Threadripper product families arrives featuring AMD's Zen 4 architecture, with up to 96 cores and 384MB of cache, the Threadripper Pro 7000WX and Threadripper 7000.   More Cores More Cache... Read more...
OnePlus Open - Starting at $1699 The OnePlus Open is the most affordable book-style folding phone available in the US today. It delivers superb hardware, excellent cameras, and great software, with few compromises. Unrivaled value Superb design and build Beautiful displays Excellent cameras Blazing performance 67W... Read more...
Intel Core i9-14900K - $589, Intel i7-14700K- $409, Intel Core i5-14600K - $319 Intel’s 14th Gen Core “Raptor Lake Refresh” processors fit in the same socket as 13th Gen CPUs, but crank up the clocks, in some cases cores, and power.   High Performance Single Thread Leadership More Cores... Read more...
Geekom Mini IT13 - Starting at $499 (Use Coupon Code hothardwareit13 For $40 Off). Sample we tested with Core i9-13900H, 32GB RAM and 2TB SSD currently $899 $789. A very compact system, which seems nicely built and excels in some workloads, but held back somewhat by slower DDR4 RAM and an occasionally... Read more...
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro: Starting at $699.99 and $999.99 Google's latest Pixel phones are the smartest smartphones in town, and there's better battery life, brighter displays, new cameras, sleeker designs, new AI features, and more on tap here.  Brighter, flatter screens Seven years of OS updates Useful AI... Read more...
Qualcomm is introducing a new naming convention under its Snapdragon brand, as it looks to make a more aggressive entrance into the intelligent PC space. It's called Snapdragon X series and while details are light at the moment, we can expect new architectures and platforms geared towards always-connected (5G) mobile... Read more...
There's nothing more exciting about PC building than when it's time for the mighty graphics card. The last few years have certainly been a roller coaster ride of availability and pricing changes, however. These uncertainties can easily confuse even the most seasoned PC builders. As we approach the holiday shopping... Read more...
Alienware Aurora R16 Gaming Desktop PC (Starts at $1,299, as tested $1,949) Alienware's latest Aurora R16 desktop has a new look, the latest PC gaming technology, and cooling that's both quiet and efficient.  Good performance for the price Very quiet under load Plenty of external connectivity High-performance... Read more...
Samsung T9 SSD: Starting $139.99 (1TB), $439.99 (4TB) The new Samsung T9 Portable SSD is reminiscent of the rugged T7 Shield external SSD that launched earlier this year, at least in terms of industrial design, but internally the T9 features a new platform for significantly more performance.  Compact Form Factor... Read more...
Samsung SSD 990 Pro: Starting At $69, 4TB - $334 MSRP Samsung has boosted the SSD 990 Pro series cpacaity to 4TB, while maximizing performance in PCIe Gen 4 systems. High Capacity Strong All-Around Performance Single-Sided Relatively Low Power Good Endurance PCIe Gen 5 SSDs Have Arrived Middling Game Level Loads... Read more...
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED (2023) - Starting at $2,199 Gigabyte's 16-inch AERO laptop combines solid performance with a stunning OLED display and premium design, making it one of the prettiest laptops we've evaluated to date. Gorgeous OLED display Sleek design Premium build quality User upgradeable RAM and storage Top-tier... Read more...
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