Computers Reviews

NZXT H500i review: A $100 case loaded with premium features

NZXT’s highly regarded H700i and H400i cases shook up the status quo when they debuted in late 2017 by blending the crisp, unpretentious look of the company’s popular S340 and S340 Elite with an integrated Smart Device that taps the company’s CAM software to manage your PC’s lighting and fans. Now it’s the mainstream’s turn. On Tuesday, NZXT has expanded the H-series with the launch of the $70 NZXT H500 and $100 NZXT H500i, two new cases that deliver the…

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No, Asus didn’t cancel Radeon-exclusive Arez GPUs—that Twitter account is a fake

On Monday, a slew of websites published news stories about the death of the Radeon-exclusive Arez GPU brand, which the @Asus_Arez Twitter account heralded in the wake of Nvidia ending the GeForce Partner Program. One problem: That account wasn’t run by Asus, as you could tell if you paid attention to the logo and actual words of the poorly faked Arez handle. This morning, Juan Jose Guerrero, a technical marketing manager at Asus, responded to a message I’d sent him…

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Dell and HP have deep Memorial Day discounts on gaming rigs, PCs, and 4K TVs

Memorial Day is almost here, and tech retailers are gearing up with sales before the unofficial summer kick-off arrives. If you’re looking for a new laptop, gaming rig, or maybe a 4K TV, both Dell and HP are offering big sales with good discounts right now. Here are some of our favorites. HP’s highlights include an HP Omen gaming desktop for $1,200. That’s $200 off HP’s regular price, and for that money you get a 3GHz, quad-core Kaby Lake Intel Core i5-7400,…

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Hands on: Razer’s Core X GPU enclosure is cheaper, bigger, and even works with Macs

Meet the Razer Core X, the external GPU enclosure that complements the original Core by offering most of the capabilities for a lot less cash. When the first Core was unveiled in 2016, it amazed everyone with its ability to boost the graphics performance of a tiny laptop. It shocked everyone with its price, too: $500.  The Core X doesn’t offer the dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers with Ethernet and USB, nor does it sport the Core’s svelte profile. But it makes…

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Hands-on: Razer’s redesigned Blade is the most powerful 15-inch laptop in town

What’s the “smallest” 15.6 gaming laptop around? Razer’s answer: The redesigned Blade, announced Tuesday, which measures a mere 0.66-inch tall yet packs in all the gaming performance you need. Razer said its own measurements show the Blade’s a smidge “smaller” than the competition. While we don’t care too much about the “who-is-smaller” contest, we do care what’s inside, and that’s where Razer doesn’t scrimp. Inside you’ll find:  An 8th-gen 6-core Core i7-8750H 15.6-inch screen that’s either 1920×1080 at 144Hz or…

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Nvidia launches a 3GB GeForce GTX 1050 for PC gamers on a budget

A year and a half after the release of the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, PC gaming’s budget champions, Nvidia has quietly launched a new graphics card that blends the two. Over the weekend, a 3GB GeForce GTX 1050 appeared on the company’s website with no fanfare and a somewhat odd configuration—as VideoCardz first notice—despite looming rumors about the potential launch of a new GeForce generation later this summer. To read this article in full, please click here…

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Bitdefender Total Security 2018 review: A solid choice for your PC

Romania-based Bitdefender is increasingly one of the top antivirus choices these days. It’s also a company not content to sit on its laurels, as evidenced by Bitdefender Total Security 2018, its full security suite. The look of Total Security 2018 is reminiscent of many other antivirus suites. The color scheme is dark grey and black, with essential information displayed in blue or green text to highlight it. The main navigation is in the left rail, where you can switch between…

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EVGA moves its motherboard drivers to reusable flash drives, finally leaving DVDs behind

Say it with me: Finally. EVGA is bucking the trend and embracing the new normal by shipping the drivers for its new motherboards on a tiny flash drive instead. “No more driver DVDs in future EVGA motherboards including the new H370,” EVGA product management director Jacob Freeman tweeted late Thursday. “Instead you get the drivers on this small 8GB flash drive.” Optical drives might not be dead yet, but they’re certainly an endangered creature in the age of Steam and…

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Nvidia’s first 4K G-Sync HDR monitor is available to preorder, with a cutting-edge price

The first round of G-Sync HDR displays is almost here after nearly a year of delays and they look awesome, with a specification sheet that checks virtually every box a monitor nerd could dream of. But there’s been a question looming over Nvidia’s boundary-pushing screens: How much will they cost? Now we know: The Acer Predator X27 just went up for preorder at Newegg for a cool $2,000, ready to ship on June 1. That’s more than most people spend…

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The best CPUs for gaming

Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras. Whether you’re on a…

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Maingear F131 (2018) Review & Rating

Even hanging in the rarified company of other super-high-end enthusiast desktops, the Maingear F131 (starts at $1,699; $9,857 as tested) stands out. It packs blazing speeds and premium components into an intricately designed microATX build, complete with a custom hardline-piping open cooling loop and a large coolant reservoir. You can configure it with much less expensive parts, but the outrageously loaded-up model we tested is a feat of engineering. Whether you want to use it as an elite-level gaming desktop…

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Watch The Full Nerd episode 52 live today at 12:30 p.m. eastern

The Full Nerd is a video talk show where technology enthusiasts come together to explore, celebrate, and generally geek out on cool PC hardware technology, from CPUs to GPUs to extreme laptops and desktops—and all the tech in between. We’re shooting the 52nd episode today! On tap: And of course, we’ll answer plenty of questions from the audience. Tune in live at 12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9:30 a.m. Pacific on any of the platforms below to join the discussion as…

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Newegg bundles AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600 with a 120GB SSD for less than the cost of the CPU

The SSD deals keep on coming in, but today’s deal is all about processing power with a helping of solid state storage on the side. Newegg’s offering a combo deal right now that bundles AMD’s hot new Ryzen 5 2600 processor with a Team Group 120GB SSD for $190. That’s $10 cheaper than the sticker price of the Ryzen 5 chip, plus you get a $35 SSD thrown in for free. The Ryzen 5 2600 is part of AMD’s second…

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