Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a writer, computing guru, gamer and geek hailing from Portland, Oregon. He is editor of Digital Trends' computing section.

Want to overclock your notebook CPU? Intel will let you by the end of the year

Enthusiasts love to unlock extreme performance from a CPU by overclocking it, but that path hasn't been an option for laptop owners in the past. Now, Intel plans to change that by releasing an unlocked "K" series mobile chip.


Stellaris, from Paradox, is the galactic strategy game you’ve always wanted on your PC

Epic sci-fi strategy is unique among PC gaming genres, but has become stagnant in recent years. Paradox hopes to stir the genre's still waters with Stellaris, an internally developed title that focuses on intergalactic politics.


Four generations of Intel HD Graphics tested

Intel's HD Graphics has come a long way over the years, but is it enough to play modern games at 1080p? We tested four generations of the hardware to find out first-hand.


Intel's Skylake is the king of quads, but not the upgrade you waited for

Intel’s newest architecture, Skylake, is launching first as a pair of high-end desktop quads that specifically target enthusiasts. That they’ll provide strong performance is…

  • Pros: Quickest Intel quad-core yet , Versatile new Z170 chipset…
  • Cons: Not a major upgrade over the i7-4790K , Expensive

SanDisk and Toshiba announce world’s first 256GB, 48-layer NAND memory chip

SanDisk has announced a new 256 3D-NAND chip built in partnership with Toshiba, the first in the world built with 48 layers. It should appear in products sometime next year.


Intel vs. AMD: Which brand of CPU should you choose when building a PC?

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. Here, we explain the basic differences between what AMD and Intel generally offer with their processors.


New video outlines IBM’s plan to switch from Windows to Mac

Jeff Smith, IBM's Chief Information Officer, has outlined a goal to switch up to 75 percent of IBM employees from Lenovo systems running Windows to Apple's MacBook.


Windows 10 is better than Windows 7, and you should upgrade now

Microsoft's Windows 7 was well-loved, and many fans have stuck with it despite Microsoft's efforts to sway their opinion. Now that Windows 10 is available, though, the time has come to stop being stubborn and embrace progress.


AMD's A10-7870K is the only chip a budget gaming PC needs

Intel’s processors are extremely quick, but they still pack lackluster integrated graphics. AMD’s A10-7870K quad-core tries to exploit that weakness with a capable, built-in…

  • Pros: Affordable , Easy to overclock , Easily beats Intel HD…
  • Cons: Lackluster computer performance , GPU isn’t quick enough…

Windows 10 restores the desktop to dominance, but Cortana and Edge need work

Windows 10 scores a major victory for desktop users with a hoard of handy new features, but Microsoft still has work to do on the touchscreen experience.


Long live the desktop! Microsoft regains the keyboard and mouse crown

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s chance to redeem itself after the failure of Windows 8 and its touch-centric interface. Has the company managed to reverse course, or has it dug itself into an even deeper hole?


Despite improvements, Windows 10 tablets remain second-class

Microsoft made desktop users unhappy with Windows 8, and hopes that 10 will atone for the company’s sins. It also has to continue support for tablets, 2-in-1s and touchscreen monitors. Can the company walk that tight-rope?


To 4K, and beyond: Windows 10 nails UltraHD displays

Windows didn’t keep up with rapidly increasing monitor resolution, and the result is ugly, aliased text and images in many menus as recently as Windows 8.1. Does Windows 10 fix it, or does Microsoft’s operating system still prefer 1080p?


3D XPoint memory is up to 1,000 times quicker than current solid state drives

Intel and Micron have announced an all-new memory technology called 3D XPoint. It promises performance up to 1,000 greater than current solid state drives, yet it's also far denser, and more durable.


What matters (and what doesn’t) when buying a gaming desktop

Gaming desktops are still king of the PC hill, and there's a staggering variety of companies and components to choose from. This guide will help you cut through the confusion and buy an amazing gaming computer at a surprisingly low price.