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Latest Components Features

  • Feature: AMD vs Intel

    Intel and AMD are still your main choices when buying a PC or laptop. We look at how these massive companies have competed over the years, how the failed to foresee smartphones and tablets, and what they're doing about it.

  • Feature: Broadwell vs Skylake

    In 2015 Intel will launch two new processor families: Broadwell and Skylake. It's unusual for two generations of CPUs to be released within months of each other, but here we explain what we know so far about the battle of Broadwell vs Skylake

  • Feature: 32-bit vs 64-bit: x86 vs x64

    Tech jargon can be confusing, and 32-bit vs 64-bit is no exception. We explain why you would want a computer or smartphone with a 64-bit processor and software.

  • Feature: Intel Core M specs, Core M devices and Core M UK release date

    Intel has today announced the Core M family of processors, aimed at tablets and hybrids running full Windows. Here we explain Intel Core M specs, Intel Core M details and what kind of products to expect running Intel Core M chips.

  • Feature: Extend your laptop’s battery life

    Here, we share our top tips for squeezing precious extra minutes out of your laptop battery including turning off Wi-Fi and changing Windows power options.

  • Feature: Best Graphics Card 2013

    We announce the winner of our Best Graphics Card award

  • Feature: Intel's big push on mobile: Clover Trail+, 4G LTE modem

    Intel continued its push to claw back some of the mobile space from ARM with two announcements at MWC this week. Intel lauunched a dual-core Atom System on Chip platform for smartphones and tablets it's calling Clover Trail+. Intel also announced a multimode-multiband LTE solution that it says will ship in the first half of this year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Feature: FAQ: Intel Ivy Bridge processors

    Intel has launched its latest generation of processors called Ivy Bridge. So you're probably wondering what it all means to the technology world and computing. We've put together this FAQ to answer all your burning questions.

  • Feature: Intel Ivy Bridge processors tested

    New Intel Ivy Bridge i5 and i7 processors tested, vs Sandy Bridge and AMD chips.

  • Feature: PNY wins PC Advisor's Best Graphics Card of 2012 award

    If you don’t want to spend a fortune, but still want a GPU upgrade that’s going to make mincemeat out of any game you may throw at it for a few years, PNY’s £250 GeForce GTX 570 Performance Edition is a relatively affordable upgrade that doesn’t compromise on performance.

  • Feature: PC Advisor's top five tweets of the week – January 26th 2012

    It's been a busy seven days in tech, from Apple and Samsung's continuing patent battle to a juror being jailed for researching a case on the web.

  • Feature: ARM: 'Flexibility of chips leading to hyper-personalised tech'

    Jeff Chu - Director of Consumer, Client Computing at ARM - took time out of his busy schedule to give PC Advisor an insight into how the chip maker sees mobile and personal computing developing over the next few years.

  • Feature: PC Advisor's most commented stories of the week - 13th January 2012

    It's been a busy seven days in the world of technology, with Virgin Media announcing its plans to double broadband speeds for its customers and Ofcom revealing its wants 98 per cent of the UK to be able to access 4G technology when the networks are rolled out.

  • Feature: Thai floods lead to surge in UK PC prices

    The price of PCs is set to rocket after the series of floods in Thailand sent hard disk drive (HDD) costs through the roof. PC Advisor investigates.

  • Feature: PC Advisor today - top technology news, reviews and tips, 01/07/2011

    PC Advisor editors pick the day's best technology news, reviews, tips and tricks

  • Feature: How to clean up - and speed up - your PC

    Over time your PC will pick up grit and grot and generally get bogged down. We look at ways to get a flagging PC back on track.

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