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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.
LG UltraGear 48 inch monitor with an HDR movie.

LG UltraGear 48-inch OLED review: a TV for your desk

LG's UltraGear 48-inch OLED gaming monitor begs an interesting question about what makes a monitor, a monitor. And thankfully, it provides a few answers.
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.
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.
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 headset sitting on a countertop.

HyperX just proved that $50 is all you need to spend on a gaming headset

HyperX followed up its popular budget gaming headset with the Cloud Stinger 2, and it's living proof that you don't need to spend more than $50 for greatness.
A close-up of a Mac Pro lit in red.

The Mac Pro refresh is coming. So why wasn’t it at Apple’s event today?

Apple's redesigned Mac Pro is launching this year, so why didn't we see it at the September 2022 Far Out event?
Photo of Apple Park during the Far Out event.

Everything announced at Apple’s September 2022 event: iPhone 14, Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro 2

Apple wrapped its September 2022 Far Out event, and it was packed with announcements including the iPhone 14, Watch Ultra, and AirPods Pro 2.
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What is AMD EXPO and should my DDR5 have it?

AMD EXPO is a new DDR5 overclocking standard, and it could be a big deal for Ryzen 7000. Here's everything you need to know about the new standard.
Someone smiling while wearing the Virtue One glasses.

How using these prototype XR glasses sold me on mixed reality gaming

The Kickstarter-backed Viture One XR glasses aim to be the future of gaming, but do they work? Or are they just a passing fad?
AMD Ryzen processor render.

What is Smart Access Storage? How AMD plans to kill load times

AMD announced Smart Access Storage alongside Ryzen 7000 CPUs. We break down what it is, how it works, and how you can enable it on your system.
The Ryzen 9 7900X sitting against a box.

Everything you need to upgrade to Ryzen 7000

Ryzen 7000 is a departure from AMD's last several generations. If you want to upgrade, here's everything you'll need.
Drop Sense75 keyboard sitting on a black table.

Why Drop’s new custom mechanical keyboard is such a big deal

Drop, the company known for enthusiast keyboards and audiophile gear, is making a big return with its first in-house keyboard in over three years.
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Why AMD’s Ryzen 7000 price cuts are so important

AMD released details about its Ryzen 7000 processors, including an interesting change. Some processors are actually cheaper than last-gen parts.
A group shot of Ryzen 7000 CPUs.

AMD says the $300 Ryzen 5 7600X beats Intel’s best by up to 17%

AMD pulled back the curtain on its Ryzen 7000 CPUs, claiming that even the $300 Ryzen 5 7600X offers up to a 17% improvement over Intel's current flagship.
AMD CEO holding a Ryzen 7000 processor.

Everything announced at AMD’s Ryzen 7000 launch

AMD wrapped its Ryzen 7000 launch. Here's everything that was announced and a replay of the show in case you missed it.
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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.
Destiny 2 skins in Fortnite.

Why the Destiny 2 and Fortnite collab makes perfect sense for Bungie

Destiny 2 and Fortnite are collaborating, and while it may seem like a strange fit, the collab makes perfect sense.
Cyberpunk 2077 running on the Alienware 34 QD-OLED.

The best HDR monitors for gaming, content creation, and more

When it comes to good HDR, nothing less than the best HDR monitors will do. Here are the displays gamers, content creators, and enthusiasts should look out for.
RTX 3080 graphics card on a pink background.

Here’s why people are saying the Nvidia RTX 4090 isn’t worth waiting for

Nvidia is expected to launch the RTX 4090 later this year, but leakers and industry insiders suggest it might not be worth waiting for.
Key art for Destiny 2 Lightfall.

The next year in Destiny 2 is ‘the beginning of the end’

The Destiny 2 showcase just wrapped, which included a trailer for the upcoming Lightfall expansion, a peak at the new season, and a Fortnite collab.
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.
Intel Meteor Lake chip.

How 14th-gen Meteor Lake plans to deliver on Intel’s road map

Intel gave the world a closer look at Meteor Lake during Hot Chips, and it finally realizes the road map Intel laid out last year.
The MacBook Air on a table in front of a window.

Apple MacBook Air M2 buying guide: don’t buy the wrong one

The MacBook Air M2 has two models, and the choice between them seems simple enough. But buying the wrong one could vastly impact your speed.
Samsung M8 Smart Monitor with the Digital Trends logo.

Samsung M8 Smart Monitor review: the display ultimatum

The Samsung M8 is a TV and a monitor in a single screen, but its jack-of-all-trades approach isn't the best fit for everyone.
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.
Back view of Samsung's new QLED Odyssey gaming monitor sitting on desk.

Why the Samsung Ark won’t catch on like the Odyssey G9 did

Samsung's new Ark display solves a similar problem as the Odyssey G9 Neo, but unfortunately, it won't catch on like the super ultrawide did.
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.
Samsung Odyssey Ark vertically

I tried out the incredible Samsung Odyssey Ark monitor, and it has one big problem

Samsung's 55-inch vertical Odyssey Ark is coming soon, but it has a big problem standing in its way: Windows and MacOS.
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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.
Spider-Man rests on the side of a building in Spider-Man Remastered.

Marvel’s Spider-Man PC: benchmarks, best settings, DLAA, and more

Marvel's Spider-Man is now available on PC. Here's how to find the best settings between ray tracing, DLSS, and graphics options.
A custom keyboard sitting among keycaps and switches.

I built my own gaming keyboard for the price of buying one — and it’s so much better

Gaming keyboards continue to get more expensive. It's time to ditch mainstream brands and build your own keyboard that will last a lifetime.
MSI GT77 Titan with the Digital Trends website up sitting on a table.

MSI GT77 Titan laptop review: a hot, expensive gaming monster

The MSI GT77 Titan is among the first laptops to feature Intel's 16-core Core i9-12900HX, but its astronomical price struggles to justify modest gains.
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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.
The Sony InZone M9 sitting next to a PlayStation 5.

Sony InZone M9 gaming monitor review: the ultimate PS5 HDR monitor?

If you're looking for a PS5 monitor, the Sony InZone M9 is an obvious choice. But its excellent HDR performance makes it ideal for PC gamers, too.