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  • Eight quad-channel DDR4 kits reviewed: memory for Haswell-E

    Review Review - Saturday 03/28/2015 - 04:55 AM

    Eight quad-channel DDR4 kits reviewed: memory for Haswell-E During the second half of last year, Intel introduced the Haswell-E CPU series, and along with it, the first processor platform to support DDR4 memory. Plenty of time for us to compare a number of DDR4 memory kits. We put eight of them to the test. The new DDR4 memory type has been engineered to operate at lower voltages and to (in the long run) operate at much higher clock frequencies than DDR3. The first official DDR4 standard, which is of course supported by Intel's Haswell-E series of CPU... Read more
  • Intel H81 chipset motherboards test: 8 budget motherboards put to the test

    Review Review - Tuesday 03/24/2015 - 08:49 AM

    Intel H81 chipset motherboards test: 8 budget motherboards put to the test Anyone looking to put together a simple PC with any random Intel Haswell CPU, one or two drives, isn't looking to overclock their setup and doesn't want a lot of rings and bells, doesn't need to empty their bankaccount on a motherboard. Intel created the H81 chipset for this entry market. We tested eight motherboards with this H81 chipset, four of these on the lower end of the market, the other four slightly more expensive. Aside from our usual tests, this time we pay more attention to the CPU p... Read more
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB review: Monstrous GPU

    Review Review - Tuesday 03/17/2015 - 02:59 PM

    Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB review: Monstrous GPU

    Today, Nvidia introduces the GeForce GTX Titan X, which they claim is easily the fastest single-GPU graphics card in the world. Our extensive test reveals that Nvidia did not exaggerate even in the slightest.

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  • Home Server Deluxe - March 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 03/14/2015 - 12:59 AM

    Home Server Deluxe - March 2015 The Deluxe edition of the Home Server distinguishes itself from the standard home server by its smaller size and more powerful hardware. This server is more versatile and takes up less space, and is a lot more expensive. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous month. I... Read more
  • Home server - March 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Thursday 03/12/2015 - 10:00 AM

    Home server - March 2015 The home server. It's subject to heated debate on Hardware.Info. Opinions differ widely on subjects like the necessity for keeping the design compact, the advantage of hot-swap bays, acceptable energy consumption, how much CPU power is needed, what type of storage and so on. It's safe to say that the "ideal home server" does not exist, because its intended use differs widely among our readers. This doesn't mean that we can't provide a good guide to effective home servers. There are two option... Read more
  • All-round Deluxe PC - March 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Tuesday 03/10/2015 - 10:00 AM

    All-round Deluxe PC - March 2015 The all-round Deluxe PC will last you a few years without requiring any upgrades. It is a bit more expensive, but is very complete as well. Using the internet, gaming, business applications, photo and video editing - all of these are possible on a good all-round PC, and you should never feel that you are lacking in performance for any of those activities. This means a good processor and graphics card from the upper mid-range segment. Fast, yet affordable. You also need enough RAM and storage ... Read more
  • 21 USB 802.11ac adapters compared: 802.11ac for everyone!

    Review Review - Tuesday 03/10/2015 - 06:52 AM

    21 USB 802.11ac adapters compared: 802.11ac for everyone!

    Although 802.11ac routers are commonplace these days, many laptops and desktops still do not come equipped with a wireless adapter that is compatible with this fast standard. If you want to connect wirelessly at "ac-speeds", you can do so using a USB 802.11ac adapter. We tested no less than 21 of them.

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  • Entry-level PC - March 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 03/07/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Entry-level PC - March 2015 Our guidelines for the Entry-level PC category are as follows. The entire computer system, excluding OS, should not exceed $500. Its primary, but not only, function is to provide a smooth and enjoyable online experience. This means that the cheapest processors won’t be enough, as modern web pages and internet applications do demand some processing power. Additionally, the system has to be able to efficiently perform internet-related tasks. This includes basic photo editing (cropping and re... Read more
  • Budget Game PC - March 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Thursday 03/05/2015 - 12:00 PM

    Budget Game PC - March 2015 The Hardware.Info Budget Game PC Advice has a balanced configuration for playing video games, without having to spend too much. The components have been selected to offer the best bang for your buck. That means you cannot always expect the highest settings, resolution and frame rate, but at the same time you should be able to play all modern games in Full HD resolution without making huge concessions to either the image quality or your enjoyment of the game. Unlike previous Budget Game PC... Read more
  • Samsung 850 Evo SSD 120GB/250GB/500GB/1TB review: best SSD for the money?

    Review Review - Tuesday 03/03/2015 - 09:59 AM

    There are two SSD series which sold extremely well during the last year: the Samsung 840 Evo series and the Crucial MX100 series. Perhaps the most important factor was the extremely competitive prices of both series. Although other manufacturers are certainly trying their best, the battle for the favour of the SSD-purchasing consumer appears to become more and more about Samsung and Crucial. Recently, the 850 Evo series was introduced as the successor to Samsung's 840 Evo SSDs. These new Evo drives should be faster and (even) more reliable than their predecessors. Will Samsung be able to break Crucial's stride? We have extensively tested the complete 850 Evo series – that is, the 120 GB, 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB models – in order to be able to answer that question.

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  • Ultimate PC - March 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 03/01/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Ultimate PC - March 2015 The Ultimate PC: Only the best and fastest components available, with the appropriate astronomical price tag. You won't be able to assemble a PC better than this. That said, we do stay within reason, so you won't find us recommending for example yottabytes of SSD storage. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component... Read more
  • Gaming PC - February 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 02/28/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Gaming PC - February 2015 This computer system is specifically geared towards gaming. That means a PC with a high-end graphics card and a processor that is fast enough to support the GPU. The rest of the configuration needs to be balanced as well. Since many gamers also enjoy overclocking their PC to improve performance, it is also important to choose a motherboard and memory that is suitable for this. Keep in mind that you will pay extra for that overclocking potential. Having the right accessories is also importa... Read more
  • HD Video Editing PC - February 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Friday 02/27/2015 - 09:00 AM

    HD Video Editing PC - February 2015 A few years ago, your PC just couldn't be fast enough for digital video processing. By now every average PC is able to process Standard Definition (PAL 720x576) as well as HD Ready, but technology doesn't stand still. By now just about every smartphone can record in HD or Full HD and the new frontier is Ultra HD, also known as 4K. This resolution and the 'accompanying' codec HEVC / H.265 require seriously powerful hardware. That's the reason why a powerful PC can still really make a differenc... Read more
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 review: ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI and Zotac put to the test

    Review Review - Thursday 02/26/2015 - 07:52 AM

    Last month Nvidia introduced the GeForce GTX 960, a new mid-range graphics card that features a level of performance more than sufficient to run all modern games at good quality on Full HD and a remarkably low power consumption. Since then, we've tested six GTX 960 cards: in this review we'll be comparing the ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix 2GB, the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 2GB, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming 2GB, the Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 iChill Ultra 2GB, the MSI GeForce GTX 960 Gaming 2GB and the Zotac GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition 2GB.

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  • Gigabyte revision issue: new developments, yet no official response

    Review Review - Tuesday 02/24/2015 - 02:10 AM

    Gigabyte revision issue: new developments, yet no official response

    In late December, we posted an article on Hardware.Info in which we detailed how motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte develops newer revisions of existing motherboards that offer less functionality and/or worse performance, despite being sold using the exact same product codes and EAN codes (bar codes). Because we live in a world where orders between webshops, distributors, importers, and manufacturers are automatically linked, this might very well result in you receiving a product that's different from what you actually thought you were purchasing. In our article, we used a Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 motherboard to prove that there are substantial differences between revisions, both with regard to visual and operational aspects.

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  • Budget All-round PC - February 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 02/21/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Budget All-round PC - February 2015 The all-round PC is a PC with comprehensive features for around $800 - $900 that can do a little bit of everything. It should have enough speed and capacity to meet your needs for some time. Currently it can run all applications, and you're able to upgrade it with small future investments when you need more power or storage capacity. Surfing, gaming, business applications, photo and video editing should all be possible on the all-round PC without giving you the feeling that it's lacking in p... Read more
  • The Crew review: tested with 21 GPUs (incl. frame times)

    Review Review - Friday 02/20/2015 - 01:21 PM

    The Crew review: tested with 21 GPUs (incl. frame times)

    The Crew is a recent game that is perhaps best described as being an MMO racing game. Which type of graphics card do you need to achieve maximum performance in this game? We tested it using 21 modern GPUs from AMD and Nvidia.

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  • Mini-ITX Game PC - February 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Tuesday 02/17/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Mini-ITX Game PC - February 2015 The Mini-ITX Game PC is a desktop computer that is small enough to be portable, but has better performance than a gaming notebook. Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous month. If you want to know more about how we compile our PC Buying guides, have a look at this art... Read more
  • Crucial BX100 and MX200 250GB / 500GB SSD review: sandwiching the MX100

    Review Review - Monday 02/16/2015 - 09:17 AM

    Crucial BX100 and MX200 250GB / 500GB SSD review: sandwiching the MX100

    Crucial introduced their new BX100 and MX200 SSDs during CES. The BX100 is a new budget series which is priced even lower than the extremely popular MX100 series. The MX200 series, on the other hand, has clearly been developed by Crucial to take on Samsung's 850 Evo series. We tested the 250 GB and 500 GB models of both series.

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  • Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X 8GB and 4GB review: is 8GB useful?

    Review Review - Friday 02/13/2015 - 07:53 AM

    Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X 8GB and 4GB review: is 8GB useful?

    AMD recently announced its hardware partners could start offering their own versions of the Radeon R9 290X with 8GB memory. Sapphire was the first (and as of yet the only) to be able to offer us a 290X with 8GB memory, namely the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X. We put the graphics card to the test and compared it to the 4GB edition to find out whether the added 4GB has a sizeable impact or not.

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