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  • Feature: A brief history of graphics cards: 64 GPUs tested from the past five years

    Readers wonder sometimes how a new graphics card compares to the older one in their desktop PC. How much faster is a GeForce GTX 680 really than a GeForce GTX 8800 GTX? How much more powerful is an AMD Radeon HD 7970 compared to the ATI Radeon HD 4870 or even 3870? Curiosity finally got the best of us, after lots of digging we found 64 graphics cards from the last five years, and tested each one with our current benchmarks.

  • Buying Advice: HP 3005PR USB 3.0 Port Replicator review

    The HP 3005PR is a smart and practical dock, built around the DisplayLink DL3900 chip. It adds quite a few connectors to your computer, with a total of six USB ports (two USB 3.0), audio, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and DisplayPort. The latter two can even be used at the same time.

  • Buying Advice: Fractal Design Node 605 review: ultimate HTPC case?

    Overall we are in a bit of a quandary regarding the Fractal Design Node 605. It's a stylish chassis with a solid build. It does offer a lot of interior space, and a flexible lay-out. You can fit a full ATX motherboard, a full ATX power supply, and a fairly large graphics card. It makes it a great solution for an allround HTPC that can also handle a demanding video game. However, the question remains how useful it actually is to use ATX-sized components.

  • News: Amazon includes Windows 8 and Chromebooks in Black Friday Deals

    Amazon's 2012 Black Friday Deals will include Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and Chromebooks.

  • Buying Advice: Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X review: Z77 board with unique audio features

    During Computex Biostar announced a new series of motherboards that would be called "Hi-Fi". This new line is supposed to distinguish itself with exceptional audio quality and extra features for the integrated audio. Hardware.Info tested the Hi-Fi Z77X to find out if the motherboard lives up to its name.

  • Buying Advice: Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT review: Sapphire's Socket FM2 motherboard

    When we reviewed the other three Socket FM2 boards we almost had the feeling that we tested the same board three times in a row. This Sapphire Pure Platinum A85XT motherboard is also very similar to those three, but it has a couple of unique aspects. One is the presence of a Bluetooth controller and the second is the combined mini-PCIe/mSATA slot.

  • Buying Advice: Three AMD A85X Socket FM2 motherboards review

    Last month AMD launched its new generation A10/A8/A6/A4 desktop processors. These CPUs need a new type of processor socket, called Socket FM2. Hardware.Info reviewed three motherboards with the new AMD socket based on the most high-end A85X chipset, the ASUS F2A85-V Pro, the Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 and the MSI FM2-A85XA-G65.

  • Buying Advice: Xigmatek Asgard III review: affordable enclosure

    The Xigmatek Asgard III certainly is not a bad chassis for its £30 price tag. It cools better than the similarly priced Bitfenix Outlaw, even if that chassis is more quiet. The Asgard III performs about the same as the recently reviewed Sharkoon T28, which costs about 50 percent more.

  • How-Tos: Quieten your PC for £70

    We show you how to make your PC quieter by installing new fans, soundproofing material and anti-vibration feet

  • Buying Advice: Make your PC quieter

    If your PC sounds more like an aircraft taking off than a piece of precision technology, we have a raft of tips for saving your ears without hurting your bank balance (too much). Here's how to make your PC quieter

  • News: Microsoft launches Windows 8

    Microsoft has officially launched Windows 8, its latest operating system for desktop PCs, laptops and tablets.

  • Feature: Windows 8 system requirements

    Before you rush out and buy a copy of Windows 8, it's important you check that your computer is up to scratch. Here are the Windows 8 system requirements.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Microsoft Windows 8 launch live

    Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest operating system so here's how to get live coverage of the Windows 8 event.

  • Buying Advice: AMD FX-8350, -8320, -6300 'Vishera' review: finally good enough?

    If you plan on using a dedicated graphics card, the FX-8350, FX-8320 and FX-6300 aren't bad options. Here's our AMD FX processor buying advice.

  • Buying Advice: ASUS Matrix HD 7970 Platinum review: 1.4 kg graphics card

    Impressive graphics card design, that is something you can trust ASUS with. The latest new member in the Republic of Gamers family is the Matrix HD 7970 Platinum. It's a huge card based on the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition with several unique features for overclockers. Hardware.Info tested the card and overclocked it.

  • Buying Advice: Ten DDR3 memory kits reviewed: optimised for Ivy Bridge

    The new Intel Ivy Bridge processors have more options for overclocking RAM. To find out which brand of memory modules will give you the best performance in return, Hardware.Info compared ten different sets.

  • Buying Advice: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti review: Gigabyte vs MSI vs Zotac

    Today Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, a graphics card based on the same GK106 GPU that the GeForce GTX 660 is built around. Nvidia's new card is positioned against AMD's Radeon HD 7770. Hardware.Info compared cards from Gigabyte, MSI and Zotac.

  • Buying Advice: ASRock Z77 OC Formula review: designed by Nick Shih

    ASRock has a new high-end Socket 1155 motherboard specially aimed at overclockers, and the extra features reflect this. Professional overclocker Nick Shih assisted with the design of the ASRock Z77 OC Formula board, and also added a number of custom overclocking profiles.

  • Buying Advice: MSI Z77 MPower review: guaranteed to overclock

    Excellent overclocking performance at an affordable price. We have waited years for a motherboard like the Z77 MPower. Why? Because every time a manufacturer comes with a motherboard aimed at overclockers, it is filled with other features that aren't useful for overclocking. MSI kept those extra features to a minimum on the Z77 MPower board. If you are an overclocker, then the Z77 MPower should be on your wish list, it's as simple as that.

  • Buying Advice: AMD A10-5800K / A8-5600K full review: Trinity for desktops

    In May AMD introduced its latest generation APUs codenamed Trinity for laptops, and today the desktop versions finally arrive. Last week we were only allowed to write about the hardware behind the new CPUs, the model numbers and the gaming benchmarks. Today, you get the full review, including CPU benchmarks and everything else.



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