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Jacob Roach

Jacob Roach

Senior Staff Writer, Computing

Jacob Roach is a writer covering computing and gaming 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.

A monitor showing the Special K mod in Elden Ring.

This ‘Swiss Army Knife’ app transformed how I play PC games

PC games usually arrive with problems, but there's an app that can solve most PC gaming woes with a couple of clicks.
A game playing on the Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop.

Nvidia is cheating with its GPUs, and that’s great for laptops

Nvidia's new laptop graphics cards are powerful, but they recieve the biggest boost from DLSS 3, especially in machines traditionally built for gaming.
Lenovo Legion Tower 7i gaming PC sitting on a table.

The best gaming PCs for 2023: Dell, Origin, Lenovo, and more

2023 brings multiple new gaming desktops, but only a select few have the power, design, and performance to be named the best gaming PCs.
Microsoft logo surrounded by a rainbow of colors, displayed at the Microsoft September Event.

I saw the AI future of Windows 11, and it blew me away

We all know Microsoft is going deep on AI with Windows 11, but I never expected to enjoy that journey so much.
The Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2.

The Surface Laptop Studio 2 is greater than the sum of its impressive parts

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Studio 2 is an iterative upgrade, but that feels surprisingly OK after some hands-on time with the device.
Reflections on the street in Cyberpunk 2077.

Nvidia’s DLSS 3.5 update is what ray tracing always wanted to be

Nvidia's DLSS 3.5 is a game changer for ray tracing, but that assumes you have the hardware to turn on the feature in the first place.
The Eero 7 Max works with Wi-Fi 7.

Amazon’s Eero Max 7 router is ridiculously expensive

Amazon's new Eero Max 7 router promises a huge boost in speeds, but it comes in at an insane price that many won't be able to afford.
Corsair H100i AIO installed on a CPU.

These are the best AIO liquid coolers for your PC in 2023

The best AIO coolers not only keep your CPU cool but also keep noise levels low. Here are some of the best all-in-one liquid coolers in 2023.
A side view of Samsung's Odyssey Neo G9 2023.

Should you wait for the 2023 Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, or buy last year’s model?

Samsung's updated Odyssey Neo G9 is available for preorder, but is it worth waiting? We break down the differences between the new model and its predecessor.
Microsoft Corporate VP of Devices Panos Panay holding up a Surface Book.

Microsoft’s executive shake-up casts a shadow on upcoming Surface event

Microsoft announced a major executive shake-up with Panos Panay leaving, and it puts the company's upcoming Surface event in a strange spot.
asus rog ally z1 review 2

Asus’ ROG Ally Z1 is caught in no man’s land

Asus' ROG Ally with the Ryzen Z1 doesn't hold up against even the Steam Deck, leaving it in an awkward spot compared to the competition.
Cyberpunk 2077 running on the Asus ROG Ally.

Asus ROG Ally (Z1 Extreme) review: Is it still a killer handheld?

Now that the launch dust has settled, Asus' ROG Ally has seen a lot of changes, and they aren't all for the better.
Asus ROG Ally and Steam Deck sitting next to each other.

Asus ROG Ally vs. Steam Deck: here’s how they compare

Both versions of Asus' ROG Ally are here now, so how do they compare to the Steam Deck? We put all three devices head-to-head.
Cyberpunk 2077 on the Lenovo Legion Pro 5.

I review gaming laptops professionally — these are the only two you should buy in 2023

We review dozens of gaming laptops each year, and there are some great options. But these two laptops truly stand above the pack in 2023.
A laptop running Windows 11.

Windows 12: the top features we want to see in the rumored OS

A recent leak exposed a possible Windows 12 coming soon. Here are the features we want to see most out of the operating system.
On-package memory on Intel Meteor Lake processors.

Intel 14th-gen Meteor Lake: news, rumors, release date speculation

Intel's 14-gen Meteor Lake processors are coming soon, and we're starting to get details. Here are all the news, rumors, and leaks we've seen so far.
RTX 4070 logo on a graphics card.

Nvidia’s RTX 4070 is seeing big price cuts in response to AMD

Nvidia's RTX 4070 is already seeing big price cuts, likely in response to AMD's new RX 7800 XT graphics card.
The screen of the Surface Pro 9.

Windows 11 vs. Windows 10: finally time to upgrade?

With Microsoft slowing down support for Windows 10, is it finally time to upgrade to Windows 11? We break down all the differences.
AMD RX 7600 on a pink background.

AMD might still have some next-gen GPUs left in the tank — but I don’t buy it

AMD has said it's done with new GPU dies, but a new rumor suggests the company is gearing up to release more graphics cards.
God of War running on the LG UltraGear OLED 45.

TV or monitor for gaming? Here are 5 things you need to know

TVs and monitors share a lot in common these days for gamers, but which should you choose? We break down the most important differences.
The USB C port on the bottom of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

As an Android user, I can’t wait for USB-C on the iPhone 15

I haven't touched an iPhone in years, but I still can't wait for Apple to finally add USB-C to its lineup.
The WD Black SN770M hard drive on a Steam Deck.

WD’s new SSD is the Steam Deck upgrade you’ve been waiting for

Western Digital has announced the new SN770M SSD, which is built for devices like the Steam Deck and ROG Ally, and sounds blistering fast.
A bunk and helmet in Starfield.

Is a game poorly optimized, or just demanding? They’re not the same thing

PC optimization is a term that gets thrown around so often that it has almost lost all meaning, and it's worth exploring why with Starfield.
Logitech's Pro 2 gaming peripherals.

Logitech’s new Pro X peripherals are stunning, but I only recommend one of them

Logitech gave its series of Pro peripherals a makeover, but only one of them is truly worth your money.
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Air placed on a desk.

Apple’s M3 MacBook plans could be in jeopardy this year

Following months of rumors, a new report says Apple might abandon its plans to release M3 MacBooks this year.
custom starfield pc giveaway

Here’s how you can win this insane, custom Starfield PC

Skytech Gaming and SignalRGB released an insane, custom Starfield PC, and you can enter for a chance to win it for yourself.
AMD RX 7800 XT graphics card on an orange background.

Nvidia gave AMD’s RX 7800 XT a free win

AMD's new RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT have been met with a mixed reception, so why do we still recommend them? It's because of Nvidia.
AMD RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT graphics cards.

AMD RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT review: the price is right

AMD's new RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT are solid performers, and they might finally be the Nvidia killers Team Red has promised for years.
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D held between fingertips.

The best Ryzen CPU: Which Ryzen processor should you buy?

The best Ryzen CPU can trade blows with the top processors from Intel. Here are the AMD Ryzen processors you should look for in 2022.
A character in Starfield.

Starfield PC performance: best settings, FSR 2, benchmarks, and more

Starfield is finally in our hands, and we've put it through a series of tests on PC to bring you optimized settings and performance.

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 pre-orders.
An astronaut stands on the moon in Starfield.

This Starfield mod adds Nvidia’s DLSS 3 — for free

Starfield received a DLSS 3 mod hours after launching, but a new version is live, and it's free for anyone to use.
Android Apps on Windows 11.

How to install Android apps on Windows 11

Windows 11 supports Android apps through the Amazon Appstore, but getting everything set up is tricky. Here's how to install Android apps on Windows 11.
amd radeon rx 6700 xt 12gb gddr6 vram

AMD FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution): everything you need to know

FidelityFX Super Resolution is AMD's answer to DLSS. Here's everything you need to know about FSR and how it works.