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ReSpec is a biweekly column focused on PC gaming, PC hardware, and gaming technologies. From deep dives on super resolution techniques to CPU packaging technology to PC gaming experiments, ReSpec helps you understand the games you play, the hardware you own, and how they intersect to create the gaming experiences we all love. New entries go live every other Sunday.

Senior Staff Writer, Computing
A PC sitting next to a PS5 on a coffee table.

I built a couch gaming PC that puts the PS5 to shame — and you can too

You haven't been able to beat the PS5 with a custom PC for a couple of years, but now is the time for PCs to make a comeback. Here's the build you need.
A gaming monitor playing Forza Horizon 5.

Gaming monitors have been lying to us, and it’s time they stopped

Gaming monitors have been marketed with misleading specs and branding for years. Here's where I want to see gaming displays do better in 2023.
The RTX 4080 graphics card on a pink background.

We’re not in a GPU shortage, but it sure feels like one

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These are the best 2022 games to test your PC with — and which to avoid

2022 brought some big technical hits and some big technical messes on PC. Here's the best and worst PC releases we saw this year from a technical perspective.
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Here’s why Portal RTX is the most demanding PC game I’ve ever tested

Portal RTX may look like a quant remaster, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's one of the most demanding games available today.
The RX 7900 XTX sitting on display.

If AMD’s RX 7900 XTX claims are true, Nvidia could be in big trouble

AMD finally revealed more about the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT, so we threw the competing RTX 4080 into the test bench to see how it could stack up.
Cable management on the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8.

Why DisplayPort 2.1 could become a big deal for PC gaming in 2023

DisplayPort 2.1 has become a major talking point on the heels of AMD's RX 7900 XTX announcement, and for good reason.
A gaming laptop with the ReSpec brand over it.

Are Windows 11 security features killing your gaming performance? You might be surprised

Windows 11's security features kill your gaming performance, right? Microsoft brought this year-old issue back up, and we think it is high time to revisit it.
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Why you shouldn’t buy the RTX 4090 on release day

Don't worry about getting your F5 key ready for the RTX 4090 release. It will likely sell out, but we aren't headed for another two years of high GPU prices.
Microsoft Flight Simulator with the ReSpec logo.

How Nvidia’s DLSS 3 works (and why AMD FSR can’t catch up for now)

Nvidia's new DLSS 3 has a lot going on. We break down how it works and why AMD's FSR can't catch up, at least for the time being.
DDR5 RAM installed in a PC with the ReSpec logo.

DDR5 can improve PC gaming performance, but it’s still a useless upgrade

DDR5 will soon be the new standard for PC gaming, but should you spring for more speed when you upgrade? Some gamers may want to, but most shouldn't.
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Think it’s time to upgrade your gaming CPU? Read this first

Intel and AMD are expected to launch new generations of processors in the coming weeks, but should gamers care? We break down everything you need to know.
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Why playing Marvel’s Spider-Man on an AMD GPU is such a disappointment

Marvel's Spider-Man launched with support for AMD's FSR 2.0, and the game shows a side of the upscaling tech we haven't seen before.
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Nvidia DLSS isn’t magic, and this FSR hack proves it

A modder discovered how to hack FSR 2.0 into DLSS games, and it reveals just how similar the two are after all.
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Microsoft explains why Xbox’s best feature still hasn’t come to PC

Since the launch of the Xbox Series X and Windows 11, one feature has been missing for PC gamers: Quick Resume. And unfortunately, it likely won't arrive soon.
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Stop worrying so much about benchmarks when buying a new GPU

It all comes down to performance when picking your next graphics card, right? Not exactly. Here's how GPU benchmarks can mislead upgrades.
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Developers are ignoring this revolutionary PC gaming tech, and it’s not DLSS

DLSS and FSR have sucked up the limelight in PC gaming performance, but another feature has been lurking in the background, largely ignored by developers.
Elden Ring on an HDR gaming monitor.

The sad, misleading, and embarrassing state of HDR in PC gaming

HDR in PC games has been the source of problems for four years now, and we've made shockingly little progress. But there may finally be a way out.
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The decade of ignoring your gaming PC’s power supply is over

The decade of ignoring your gaming PC’s power supply is over

For around a decade, there hasn't been a reason to go beyond a 750W power supply in a gaming PC. But that's changing, and it's important to upgrade soon.
A Lenovo Legion 5i Pro sitting on a shelf.

Gaming laptops are lying to us, and no one seems to care

Gaming laptops are lying to us, and no one seems to care

Most gaming PCs are defined by their specs, but not gaming laptops. Even with the same graphics card, some laptops just don't perform the way they should.
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ReSpec: A column about the complex, glorious tech behind PC gaming

ReSpec: A column about the complex, glorious tech behind PC gaming

ReSpec is a new biweekly column on Digital Trends covering the latest PC gaming hardware and technologies so you can better navigate the games you play.
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It’s time for PC gamers to reckon with cache, and AMD is leading the way

It’s time for PC gamers to reckon with cache, and AMD is leading the way

What does a little extra cache do for your gaming PC? Quite a bit, it turns out. We take a technical deep dive into AMD's 3D V-Cache technology.
Senior Staff Writer, Computing

Jacob Roach is a writer covering gaming and computing at Digital Trends. After realizing Crysis wouldn’t run on a laptop, he started building his own gaming PCs and hasn’t looked back since. Before Digital Trends, he contributed content to Forbes Advisor, Business Insider, and PC Invasion, covering PC components, monitors, and peripherals.

Outside of tinkering with his PC and tracking down every achievement in the latest games, Jacob spends his time playing and recording music. Before switching to writing full time, he worked as a recording engineer in St. Louis, Missouri.