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.

AMD's R9 Fury X graphics card swings hard, can't land a knockout punch

AMD’s new video card, the Fury X, is more than a refresh. It uses a new form of video RAM, High Bandwidth Memory, that promises a massive leap in performance-per-watt. But is it…

  • Pros: Compact, attractive , Stock liquid cooling , Competitive…
  • Cons: Liquid cooler’s radiator is unwieldy , Doesn’t beat the…

3 reasons the first VR headsets will suck … but I’m buying one anyway

Virtual reality companies put on a strong showing at this year's E3, and the appearance of Oculus' finalized consumer model gave us a taste of what's to come. But should you buy one? Probably not,

Computing

AMD officially reveals new Radeon 300-series, R9 Fury at E3 2015

AMD has taken the wraps off its Radeon R7 and R9 300-series cards, which appear to be re-brands of previous hardware. They start as low as $149 and go up from there to $429.

Computing

Windows 10 just might save the Xbox One

Xbox One had a terrible launch, but fans need not worry. Windows 10 is coming to the rescue with new features and an aggressive, yet cooperative, development strategy perfectly suited for console gaming.

Computing

Take the role of Vault administrator in Fallout Shelter, the franchise’s first mobile game

In a surprise announcement, Bethesda revealed an all-new Fallout game for iOS at its E3 2015 conference. The new game puts players in the role of a vault administrator, and it's available immediately.

Gaming

Confused by how to buy a motherboard? We make it clear

The motherboard connect everything in your computer, making it arguably the most important component. Buying one can be daunting, but the decision comes down to a few key traits.

Computing

3D scanning is now easier and more affordable – if you own HP’s Sprout

Competition in the 3D scanner space is heating up with HP's announcement of the 3D Capture Stage, a $299 accessory that works with all existing Sprout systems.

Computing

Hands On: The strengths and weaknesses of OS X El Capitan

Apple’s latest update to OS X, El Capitan, makes your Mac easier to use and boosts performance. But does it offer enough to steal momentum from Microsoft’s rapidly approaching release of Windows 10?

Apple

The next version of OS X is called El Capitan, focuses on refining Yosemite

Apple has revealed OS X 10.11 El Capitan. As expected, it focuses heavily on performance usability enhancements, including a new window snap option and improvements to the spotlight window.

Computing

NRAM could bring infinite durability to a hard drive near you

NRAM memory, which is built from carbon nanotubes, promises nearly unlimited read-write durability as well as resistance to temperature, magnetic fields and radiation. Will it be in your next hard drive?

Computing

Guess the name of OS X 10.11 for a chance to win an Apple TV!

No one knows the name of OS X 10.11, the next version of Apple's Mac operating system. Correctly read the mind of Cupertino's brand managers, and you'll win an Apple TV!

Computing

Acer makes a 4K monitor with a futuristic design to match its razor-sharp screen

Looking for a 4K monitor? You’re spoiled for choice, but most affordable options are as exciting as a winter vacation to Nebraska. Acer’s slick, white, futuristic S277HK tries…

  • Pros: Attractive, unusual design , Numerous quality controls…
  • Cons: Limited adjustability , Not VESA compatible

First Radeon with High Bandwidth Memory will launch at E3 on June 16th

AMD has revealed details about High Bandwidth Memory, a new vertically stacked video memory solution that promises a three-fold improvement in performance per watt. Could this give AMD a much needed win against Nvidia?

Computing

Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C might be a match made in heaven

Intel has announced Thunderbolt 3. In addition to a blister 40 gigabytes per second of bandwidth it offers compatibility with the USB 3.1 standard and USB Type-C connector. Will it become the only cord to rule them all?

Computing

Intel’s new ‘Skylake’ processors are coming sooner than you think

Intel has re-affirmed that Skylake, the Core architecture, will release at some point in 2015. It also showed off two reference designs based on the architecture. Each boasted razor-thin design.

Computing