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Jacob Roach

Jacob Roach

Lead Reporter, PC Hardware

Jacob Roach is the lead reporter for PC hardware at Digital Trends. In addition to covering the latest PC components, from graphics cards to processors to PC cases, Jacob also leads the ReSpec column and newsletter that covers the intersection of PC hardware and gaming. If it's something you can plug into a gaming PC, there's a good chance Jacob has used it.

Although Jacob is interested in just about anything in or around a PC, he's currently reporting on graphics cards, PC game optimization, and gaming monitors. At Digital Trends, he's dug deep on the untold origins of the Steam Deck, uncovered the truth behind poor PC port optimization, and broke the story on Microsoft's Bing Chat going off the rails.

Before joining Digital Trends, Jacob contributed to Business Insider, Forbes, and PC Invasion, among various other outlets. Jacob has been a guest on TWiT and NBC, and his work has been cited in Fox News, Futurism, and Business Insider.

As if tinkering with the latest PC hardware wasn't enough, Jacob spends most of his free time living the PC gamer life he writes about so frequently. That includes playing the latest games, but also poking around on his PC to see what he can break, just to see how it works. When he gets a moment to step outside and "touch grass," Jacob enjoys tabletop games, wandering the shops of St. Louis, and forcing his lazy Corgi onto walks.

The new Surface Pro on a table.

Copilot+ laptops are ‘not usable’ in one key area, reviews say

Reviews for Copilot+ laptops packing the Snapdragon X Elite chip are here, and it's not all good news.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chornobyl: release date predictions, trailers, gameplay

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl is coming sometime in 2023. Here's what you need to know about the release date, gameplay trailer, multiplayer, and preorders.
Twitter app on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 cover screen.

Social media should be treated like cigarettes, says surgeon general

The U.S. surgeon general is calling on Congress to implement a tobacco-style warning label on social media platforms.
The RTX 4070 ITX Sakura Blizzard graphics card,

This new RTX 4070 pulls off the impossible

The RTX 4070 is a monster graphics card, but Zephyr has managed to cut the GPU down to a dual-slot design with only a single fan.
The RTX 4090 sitting on top of a PC.

The RTX 4090 has finally met its match

How do you fit the RTX 4090 inside a case the size of a toaster? I found out when trying to build inside of the Fractal Terra.
A flamingo on the LG UltraGear Dual Mode OLED monitor.

LG Dual Mode OLED review: a truly one-of-a-kind gaming monitor

LG's UltraGear Dual Mode OLED does something no other OLED does: 480Hz. It's the standout feature of this excellent display, but the price holds it back.
AMD CEO Lisa Su presenting performance for Ryzen AI CPUs.

AMD and Intel are being locked out of Copilot+ — for now

Despite launching new components that meet Microsoft's requirements for Copilot+, AMD and Intel won't have the new AI features at launch.
A photo of a laptop with the Snapdragon X Plus CPU.

No, an old iPhone won’t beat the Snapdragon X Elite

One Reddit user received a Snapdragon X Elite laptop early, and the initial benchmarks don't look promising.
Microsoft's CEO introducing Copilot+.

Microsoft is backpedaling on Recall, but it’s for the best

Recall, the headline feature for Copilot+ PCs, won't be available at launch, undermining Microsoft's push into the era of AI PCs.
AMD's CEO delivering the Computex 2024 presentation.

AMD ‘basically lies’ about Computex benchmark, YouTuber says

AMD is coming under some fire for benchmarks it shared following Computex 2024 that are said to be misleading.
Logitech's Pro X 2 Superlight gaming mouse.

5 gaming mice you should buy instead of the Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2

The Logitech G Pro X Superlight 2 is a fantastic gaming mouse, but these 5 alternatives give the mouse a run for its money.
A mini PC sitting in front of the PS5.

Sony is convinced the PS4 somehow made PC gaming better

In a recent interview, Sony lead architect Mark Cerny said its consoles are sometimes showing the way for PC gaming.
AMD's RX 7700 XT in a test bench.

Snag Starfield and Lies of P for free with these AMD GPUs

AMD is giving you two free games with the purchase of a new RX 7800 XT or RX 7700 XT, and the list of four games includes Starfield.
The Ryzen 5 7600X sitting among thermal paste and RAM.

PC gaming has an efficiency problem

Peak performance often dominates the conversation with gaming PCs, but peak efficiency is where you should be at in 2024.
The Upscayl app displayed on a monitor.

This free, open-source tool is the only AI app I constantly use

I've tried a long list of AI apps, but there's only one free utility I constantly reach for on my PC.
The Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super AI Top graphics card showcased at Computex 2024.

The RTX 5070 might come with an unexpected downgrade

A well-known leaker has shared specs for Nvidia's upcoming RTX 50-series GPUs, and some of them could come with a cut to core count.
Apple presenting Apple Intelligence features at WWDC 2024.

Apple’s AI is already beating Microsoft at its own game

Apple Intelligence does a lot of what Microsoft's Copilot+ does, but Apple is already seizing the AI throne with its approach.
An iPhone being mirrored on a MacBook.

MacOS 15 will completely change how you use your iPhone

Revealed at WWDC 2024, macOS 15 gives you full access to your iPhone without ever reaching into your pocket.
A spatial video displayed on the Apple Vision Pro.

VisionOS 2 is arriving way ahead of schedule

Just a few months after the Vision Pro released, Apple is already releasing VisionOS 2, which includes updates and new features.
A delidded Ryzen 7000 CPU.

AMD on the Ryzen 7 9800X3D: ‘We have a lot to say’

AMD is already working on Ryzen 9000 chips with 3D V-Cache, and it sounds like the company has big plans in store.
Nvidia Blackwell chips.

This is our first look at RTX 50-series GPUs — and there’s one big surprise

We have our first major leak of Nvidia's upcoming RTX 50-series GPUs, and it reveals some key details.
Another Crab's Treasure running on the MSI Claw.

A wave of new handhelds is arriving at the worst possible time

We just saw a frenzy of new handheld gaming PCs at Computex, but they're showing up at the worst possible time.
RTX 3080 graphics cards among other GPUs.

12 best graphics cards of 2024: the GPUs I’d recommend to any PC gamer

We've reviewed every graphics card from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. Here are the best GPUs you can buy for your next gaming PC.
The new Surface Pro on a table.

Microsoft is already backing down on its most controversial AI feature

Microsoft is making some big changes to its Recall feature in Copilot+ PCs, even before they've officially released.
Forza Horizon 5 running on an Asus gaming monitor.

I tripled my frame rate with one button — and you can too

Lossless Scaling, a popular Steam utility for frame generation, just received an update that can triple your frame rate in games.
The iMac screen on a desk.

10 best desktop computers of 2024: tested and reviewed

We review dozens of PCs every year, and these are the 10 best desktops we've looked at in 2024 across Apple, Dell, HP, and more.
A sign for Computex in Taipei.

These 7 announcements stole the show at Computex 2024

Computex 2024 was absolutely stuffed with announcements, but these seven reveals stood out the most from the event.
Nvidia CEO Jensen in front of a background.

Nvidia just passed an unimaginable milestone

Nvidia is now the second most valuable company in the U.S., and if it continues at this pace, it'll be the most valuable before long.
Doom Eternal on the Asus ROG XG27AQDMG.

These were the 5 most exciting monitors I saw at Computex 2024

There were some massive announcements at Computex 2024, including a suite of new, exciting gaming monitors.
The Surface Laptop shown in front of a Copilot+ sign.

Microsoft is warping the PC industry into something unrecognizable

Computex proved that Microsoft has a lot more power over AMD and Intel than we normally give it credit for.
The MSI Claw 8 AI+ sitting on a pedestal with its name badge underneath.

MSI’s sequel to the Claw handheld is a major redesign, and I saw it in the flesh

Just months after the MSI Claw launched, the company already has a second version in the works that's launching later this year. And I saw it at Computex.
An Intel executive holding a Lunar Lake CPU.

The Intel we know is dead, but its new Lunar Lake chips are very much alive

Lunar Lake is more than just a new generation of Intel, and our first look at the chips shows that clearly.
The Asus ROG Azoth Extreme sitting on a stand.

Asus’ new gaming keyboard is the sleeper hit of Computex 2024

Asus has a new version of the iconic ROG Azoth, and it's easily one of the most impressive pieces of tech I've seen at Computex 2024.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 sitting on a desk.

Asus is fixing the most controversial part of the Zephyrus G16

Asus is updating the wildly popular Zephyrus G16, and it goes far beyond just swapping out the Intel CPU for an AMD one.