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High performance and custom MSI computer building.

Why now is the worst time to build a PC in nearly 8 years

PC parts are becoming cheaper and more available, but the unique situation with next-gen components means it's a bad time to build your next PC.
A hand grabbing the RTX 3090 Ti graphics card with Respec series logo in front.

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.
F1 cars round a corner in F1 22.

F1 2022 performance guide: Best settings for high frame rate

The annual F1 release is always a big benchmark and F1 2022 isn't any different. Here are the best settings for F1 2022 to optimize your performance.
Two graphics cards sitting on top of each other.

GPU prices aren’t just falling, they’re absolutely crashing from the crypto fallout

GPU prices have been declining for months, but the crash from the crypto fallout is finally taking shape as prices fall as much as 50%.
MSI's custom GTX 1630 graphics card.

Six-year-old AMD GPU smokes Nvidia’s new GTX 1630 by more than double

Nvidia's new GTX 1630 graphics card isn't making a strong showing, with a six-year-old AMD GPU running games more than twice as fast in many cases.
Cryptocurrency mining rig from computer graphic cards.

Next-gen GPU prices will all come down to crypto. Should you wait to buy?

GPU prices are finally at normal levels, but a new generation is looming on the horizon - one that could bring with it another shortage if crypto soars.
Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard on a gray background.

Logitech MX Mechanical keyboard review: Form, meet function

Logitech's MX Mechanical keyboard delivers on providing a low-profile, work-focused mechanical keyboard, even if its price is a bit high.
The Alienware QD-OLED monitor in front of a window.

Why HDR gaming on PC is such a mess, according to a Ubisoft developer

HDR isn't the "first-class citizen" it should be in the gaming industry, and a developer at Ubisoft broke down for us why that's the case.
SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless on a pink background.

SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless review: An enthusiast’s gaming keyboard

The SteelSeries Apex Pro Mini Wireless is the company's first 60% gaming keyboard, and it lives up to the hype despite its obscenely high price.
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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.
Final Fantasy VII Remake running on the Steam Deck.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is (almost) perfect on Steam Deck

Final Fantasy VII Remake is here, for the third time. This time it comes with Steam Deck support, so we downloaded the game to see how it runs on the handheld.
Agent 47 in Hitman 3.

10 games to show off your gaming PC

From Cyberpunk 2077 to Hitman 2, the games with the best graphics are at home on PC. Here are 11 titles that will push your gaming PC to its limits.
A Steam Deck sitting on top of a PC.

Why I sold my gaming laptop to buy a Steam Deck

The Steam Deck, despite its problems, is an impressive piece of kit, and it might be enough to replace your gaming laptop.
Half-rate shading option on the Steam Deck.

Steam Deck battery life: 5 tips to extend your playtime

The Steam Deck is a great handheld gaming PC, but its battery life is terrible. Here are five tips to extend your battery life on the Steam Deck.
Diablo Immortal on a PC monitor.

I tried playing Diablo Immortal on PC, and it was a mistake

Diablo Immortal is available on PC and mobile, but the PC port has several issues and less options than its mobile counterpart.
Acer Predator Orion 7000 sitting on a table.

Acer Predator Orion 7000 review: A great gaming PC that’s too expensive

The Acer Predator Orion 7000 is a fantastic gaming PC, but it's too expensive. You should buy it, but only if you can find one on sale.
AMD RX 6950 XT installed in a PC.

Don’t buy a new GPU — AMD’s RDNA 3 could be right around the corner

A new rumor suggests that AMD's RDNA 3 cards could launch in the next few months, which puts GPU shoppers in a tough spot given current graphics card prices.
HyperX Cloud Mix earbuds and accessories sitting on a table.

HyperX Cloud Mix earbuds review: A gamer’s take on true wireless

HyperX is entering the world of true wireless earbuds with the Cloud Mix earbuds, and they're a solid first attempt despite their high price tag.
A woman wielding a weapon jumps out of red smoke.

All the games that support AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution can help games run faster, but it's only available in certain games. Here's every current and upcoming game that supports FSR.
AMD RX 6800 graphics card.

AMD Radeon RX 6000 series: Everything you need to know

AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards are the best the company currently has to offer. Here's everything you need to know about them across desktop and mobile.
Desktop mode on the Steam Deck.

9 Steam Deck tricks and tips you need to know about

The Steam Deck has a lot of hidden features, so we rounded up the top Steam Deck tricks and tips so you can get the most out of Valve's handheld gaming PC.
A custom PC in PC Building Simulator 2.

PC Building Simulator 2 is Guitar Hero for nerds

PC Building Simulator 2 is now available in open beta, and we dived in to see what's new in the sequel to a cult classic.
Apple M1 processor on a mainboard.

The M1 has a major security loophole that Apple can’t patch

MIT researchers have developed a new attack that exploits hardware on Apple's M1, bypassing the last line of defense for many software bugs.
Someone holding the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in a red light.

AMD’s Ryzen road map spells out how it plans to beat Intel through 2024

AMD showed off a new Ryzen road map during its Financial Analyst Day, and it spells out a plan for AMD to go toe-to-toe with Intel through 2024.
AMD RX 6500 XT installed in a PC.

AMD RX 7000 graphics cards are launching in 2022 to challenge Nvidia

AMD revealed the release window for its RX 7000 graphics cards during its Financial Analyst Day, and provided a major taste of how they'll perform.
A Steam Deck sitting on top of a PC.

Pre-ordered a Steam Deck? Here are the first Deck Verified games you should play

The Steam Deck may be a few months old, but many buyers are still waiting on a unit. Here are the first Deck Verified games to play when yours shows up.
Mac Mini sitting on desk.

Companies are already planning to one-up the M2 — including Apple

Apple is reportedly working on an M2 Pro that could show up in a new Mac Mini, and it could be built using the more advanced 3nm manufacturing process.
A close-up image of Nvidia's RTX 3080 Ti graphics card.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti vs. AMD RX 6900 XT: 4K gaming compared

AMD's RX 6900 XT and Nvidia's RTX 3080 Ti are two of the best 4K gaming graphics cards you can buy, but which is better? Our comparison breaks it down.
Board concept of Apple M2.

Why the M2 might not be as next-gen as Apple says

Apple unveiled the new M2 processor at WWDC, but unlike the M1, it probably won't offer the seismic shift in performance that Macs have recently enjoyed.
Craig Ferguson introducing Mac Gaming at WWDC.

Apple’s ‘new day’ for Mac gaming could actually work

Apple says it's starting "a new day" for gaming on Mac, which starts with two new features that will help games run and load faster.
Tim Cook at WWDC 2022.

All of Apple’s big no-shows from WWDC 2022

Unsurprisingly, the WWDC 2022 rumors weren't totally correct. Here's everything Apple didn't announce during its annual developer keynote.
Apple M2 logo.

Apple next-gen M2 is nearly 20% faster than the M1

Apple's next-gen M2 chip is coming soon, and it will power the next wave of Mac products. Apple says it's nearly 20% faster than the M1.
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.
Blades clashing in Bright Memory: Infinite.

Flex your GPU’s power with the best ray tracing PC games

Ray tracing is the most demanding graphics setting in modern PC games. The best PC games with ray tracing show off the lighting tech brilliantly, though.