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Here’s how Intel doubled Arc GPUs’ performance with a simple driver update

Intel delivered a massive boost in performance for its Arc GPUs with a simple driver update, but how? We sat down with Intel to dig deeper.
Two students lean over a cauldron in Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy PC: best settings, ray tracing, DLSS, and more

Hogwarts Legacy has some issues on PC, but our guide to the best settings can help you optimize your performance.
Alienware Aurora R15 placed at an angle on a table.

Alienware Aurora R15 review: fixing a critical issue

Alienware's long-running Aurora line sees iterative updates every year, but 2023 brings a critical change that makes it a much more attractive gaming desktop.
Two intel Arc graphics cards on a pink background.

Intel targets RTX 3060 takedown with Arc Alchemist price cut

Intel is slashing the price of its Arc A750 graphics card in an attempt to take down Nvidia's popular RTX 3060 graphics card.
A laptop sits on a desk with a Windows 11 wallpaper.

If you think PCs are dying, you haven’t been paying attention

Microsoft and Intel are down bad right now, but that doesn't mean it's time to declare that PCs are dead once again.
Frey is handcuffed and guarded in Forspoken.

Turns out DirectStorage isn’t killing frame rates in Forspoken after all

New performance testing shows that DirectStorage isn't actually killing your frame rate in Forspoken.
Control protagonist Jesse explores the game's facility.

DirectX 12 vs. DirectX 11: which is best for PC gaming?

DirectX 12 has been around for a few years, but some games still use DirectX 11. We break down differences between the graphics APIs so you know which to use.
Asus ROG Azoth gaming keyboard.

Why a gaming keyboard is my most anticipated CES 2023 product

Of all the things to get excited about at CES, a gaming keyboard? Here's why the ROG Azoth is my most anticipated product coming out of the show.
The Samsung Odyssey OLED 49 playing Fortnite.

The best gaming monitors of CES 2023

CES 2023 brings a swath of new gaming monitors featuring ultra-high refresh rates and OLED. Here are the best monitors we've seen at the show.
A Lenovo Legion 5i Pro sitting on a shelf.

Lenovo’s CES 2023 Legion laptops include AI ‘graphical wizardry’

Lenovo is updating its Legion gaming laptops at CES 2023, including a new AI processor that the company says is capable of graphical wizardry.
The RTX 4070 Ti graphics card on a pink background.

Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti review: not the GPU you’re looking for

Nvidia's RTX 4070 Ti is an interesting case study of how important branding and pricing are, but when it comes to raw numbers, it struggles to compete.
Scroll wheels on the Concept Nyx controller.

Alienware finally improved PC gaming controllers, but this one’s still not perfect

Alienware has a new controller for its Concept Nyx home server, and it reimagines how you can interact with PC games while you're playing on the couch.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2023 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

The ROG Zephyrus G14 infuriates me, but it’s still my favorite gaming laptop of 2022

Even after repairs, multiple bugs, and borked software updates, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is my favorite gaming laptop of 2022.
Three RTX 4080 cards sitting on a pink background.

Here’s why Nvidia’s shots against AMD drivers just don’t add up

Nvidia is taking another dig at AMD (and now Intel) over their GPU drivers, but it's tough for Nvidia's stance to hold much ground.
A close-up image of Nvidia's RTX 3080 Ti graphics card.

Are gaming PCs more expensive today? Here’s what $1,000 bought you 10 years ago

PC gaming has a bad rap for being too expensive, especially with soaring GPU prices. But is PC gaming actually more expensive today than it was a decade ago?
Intel NUC computer on a table.

Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast review: a gaming PC the size of a book

The Intel NUC 12 Enthusiast delivers much higher performance than its size would suggest, all while expertly handling heat and noise.
The v3000 plus tower is all black with a small rgb light strip in the center

The V3000 Plus is a giant dual PC case — with one drawback

The Lian Li V3000 Plus case is large enough to hold two entire PC systems, including two monster GPUs.
Intel processors next to each other.

Intel Core i9-13900K and Core i5-13600K review: Let the CPU battle begin

Intel isn't shooting to the top of the performance charts with the Core i9-13900K and Core i5-13600K, but it doesn't need to with the value these CPUs offer.
The backs of the Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards.

Does ray tracing work on the Intel Arc GPUs?

Arc Alchemist is Intel's first attempt at gaming graphics, and if you're wondering about ray tracing, here's a quick rundown about support and performance.
The CLX and Intel proof-of-concept PC.

Intel and CLX somehow stuffed two PCs inside a single case

Intel just teamed up with CLX in order to create a proof-of-concept gaming PC that bundles two desktops into one.
An Alienware + Windows 11 PC gaming setup.

Microsoft says disabling these two Windows 11 features will boost gaming performance

Microsoft has just announced that some of the settings in Windows 11 can slow down gaming performance. Here's how to disable them.
Intel XeSS visualized.

What is Intel XeSS, and how does it compare to Nvidia DLSS?

Intel XeSS is a feature for Arc Alchemist graphics cards. Here's what you need to know about it, how it can enhance PC games, and how it performs.
Intel Arc A770 GPU installed in a test bench.

Intel Arc A770 and A750 review: The right GPU at the right time

The Arc A770 and A750 are Intel's first gaming graphics cards, and they're sure to shake up the market at mainstream price points.
Intel XeSS visualized.

Intel XeSS is already disappointing, but there’s still hope

Death Stranding and Shadow of the Tomb Raider support Intel's new XeSS feature, but they're a bad first showcase for the new tech.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger presenting Arc Alchemist GPUs.

Intel CEO on high GPU prices: ‘You should be frustrated’

Intel revealed the pricing and release date for its upcoming Arc Alchemist GPUs, along with a sobering message on high GPU prices: "ou should be frustrated.
The back of the Alienware x17 R2 as it's sitting on a desk.

Alienware x17 R2 review: The absurdity of a 480Hz gaming laptop

Alienware did something wild by adding a 480Hz screen to one of its fastest laptops. And although the screen is smooth, it's not the right upgrade for everyone.
Intel Arc demo: Ryan Shrout plays Shadow of the Tomb Raider on a gaming PC.

Have the Intel Arc GPUs been canceled? I sure hope not

Rumors are spreading once again that Intel's Arc graphics are being canceled. Here's what we know so far, and why they shouldn't be.
The 2022 ThinkPad X1 Fold in clamshell mode, using the display modes to draw.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2 hands-on review: a sleek redo

Lenovo has taken notes from its old foldable PC in order to bring upgrades to the larger and more powerful ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2 at the same price.
The LG UltraGear OLED Gaming Monitor will be showcased at IFA 2022 in September.

LG’s new OLED gaming monitor packs a 240Hz refresh rate

LG has several new monitors for IFA 2022, headlined by a curved OLED display capable of a 240Hz refresh rate.
Intel Arc A750M Limited Edition graphics card sits on a desk.

Bad news: Intel’s Arc GPU issues run much deeper than performance

Intel's Arc driver issues are compounding, and we now have a view into how deep the root of the problem goes.
AMD RX 6950 XT installed in a PC.

Here’s everything you need to build a great gaming PC in 2022

While building a PC is fairly straightforward, you need to be prepared before you build. Here's everything you need to do before assembling your shiny new PC.
Intel Raptor Lake chip shown in a rendered image.

How Intel laughs in the face of thermal throttling (but probably shouldn’t)

Intel's 16-core HX processors are the best of the best, but that comes at the cost of pushing against a thermal wall that could become a problem in the future.
An Alienware + Windows 11 PC gaming setup.

How to optimize Windows 11 and Windows 10 for gaming

Windows is the place to be for PC gamers, but it's not perfect for gaming out of the box. Here's how to optimize your Windows 11 laptop or desktop for gaming.
A person works on a computer in a home office.

How to free up RAM on Mac and PC

Are your computer tasks taking up a little too much RAM and causing slowdowns or crashes? Expanding your RAM isn't always possible: Here's what to do instead.