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  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X SLI / 3-way SLI / 4-way SLI review: insane performance!

    Review Review - Wednesday 04/22/2015 - 04:02 AM

    Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X SLI / 3-way SLI / 4-way SLI review: insane performance! Approximately halfway through March, Nvidia introduced their GeForce GTX Titan X, a monstrous graphics card with a price tag of about $999 / £870 / €1200 that is currently the fastest board out there. We saw that the Titan X boasts so much graphics horsepower that it can run many games at the Ultra HD / 4K resolution. Regrettably, combining Ultra HD with the highest possible in-game settings proves to be too much in most games, even for the mighty Titan X. So how can you solve this annoyi... Read more
  • Home Server Deluxe - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Tuesday 04/21/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Home Server Deluxe - April 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
  • Mini-ITX Game PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 04/19/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Mini-ITX Game PC - April 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
  • HD Video Editing PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Thursday 04/16/2015 - 10:00 AM

    HD Video Editing PC - April 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
  • Workshop memory overclocking: get the most out of your modules!

    Review Review - Thursday 04/16/2015 - 02:50 AM

    Workshop memory overclocking: get the most out of your modules!

    Those who purchase fast memory modules will obviously want to get the most out of them. In this workshop, we'll explain how you should go about doing so, regardless of whether you are a novice or an experienced overclocker.

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  • All-round Deluxe PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Tuesday 04/14/2015 - 11:59 PM

    All-round Deluxe PC - April 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
  • Budget Game PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 04/11/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Budget Game PC - April 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
  • AMD FreeSync review: first displays by Acer and BenQ tested

    Review Review - Friday 04/10/2015 - 03:36 AM

    More than a year after the technology's initial announcement, the first displays that feature support for AMD FreeSync – AMD's answer to Nvidia G-Sync, which should ensure that the output of the display is fully synchronized with the processing speed of the graphics card – have finally arrived. We put two of the first FreeSync displays to the test: Acer's XG270HU and BenQ's XL2730Z, two 27″ WQHD displays.

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  • Budget All-round PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Thursday 04/09/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Budget All-round PC - April 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
  • 4K Gaming PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Wednesday 04/08/2015 - 11:59 PM

    4K Gaming PC - April 2015 After a few years in which little happened in the area of PC displays, the 4K revolution is finally taking place. Graphics cards have to render four times as many pixels to drive a 4K display, while the game textures are only getting more detailed. In short: you need real horse power to game in 4K. A fast processor and especially a graphics card is a must. For now, you even need a couple of the latter. However, the rest of the configuration needs to be balanced as well. Since many gamers pref... Read more
  • Entry-level PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Tuesday 04/07/2015 - 09:00 AM

    Entry-level PC - April 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
  • 17 CPU water coolers test: better than air cooling?

    Review Review - Saturday 04/04/2015 - 02:51 AM

    17 CPU water coolers test: better than air cooling? Ready made watercooling sets have become increasingly more popular in the past few years, at least as much with manufacturers as they have with consumers. They're seemingly quite similar, but there are definitely differences, as our test on 17 of them proves. Especially in high-end PCs with for example a Socket 2011 (v3) processor we see that in our Hardware.Info User Systems more and more people opt to go for a watercooler instead of air cooling. The reliability of the ready made watercooling ... Read more
  • Gaming PC - April 2015

    PC Buyer's Guide PC Buyer's Guide - Friday 04/03/2015 - 11:59 PM

    Gaming PC - April 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
  • 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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