Budget All-round PC - February 2018

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 performance. This means a fast processor and graphics card with an excellent price/ performance ratio, in combination with more than enough memory and storage space. Let's not forget a good computer case and a power supply that will remain energy efficient and silent enough for some years to come. Since the monitor, mouse and keyboard will be used daily you should definitely not skimp on these peripherals. It's essential that an all-round PC is balanced. It's less important that you picked the fastest components than that they work well together and are on the same level of performance. If you have bigger budget, than you could have a look at our All-round Deluxe PC as well. 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 article.

  • Budget All-round PC - February 2018

    Budget All-round PC - February 2018

    PC Buyer's Guide - Sunday 02/18/2018 - 08:00 AM

    Budget All-round PC - February 2018 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 edit... Read more

  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 CrossFire review: more niche than ever before

    AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 CrossFire review: more niche than ever before

    Review - Thursday 02/15/2018 - 11:59 PM

    AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 CrossFire review: more niche than ever before Back in august, when AMD launched its Radeon RX Vega graphics card, it was not yet possible to combine multiple cards in a CrossFire configuration. About a month later, a driver patch came which included the multi-GPU support. Due to many big releases in the last couple of months, we did not have much time take a closer look at this, so we shall rectify this now. Read more

  • Building a Ryzen PC yourself? With this tutorial you can!

    Building a Ryzen PC yourself? With this tutorial you can!

    Review - Tuesday 02/13/2018 - 11:59 PM

    Building a Ryzen PC yourself? With this tutorial you can! Our Build your own PC tutorials have been about Intel-based systems so far. Since last year, AMD offers a range of parts that are a great alternative to the market leader. When it comes to sockets and cooling, it is somewhat different. It was therefore obvious to also offer a step-by-step manual for this platform. Read more

  • Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ review: gaming monitor with RGB lighting

    Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ review: gaming monitor with RGB lighting

    Review - Sunday 02/11/2018 - 11:59 PM

    Asus ROG Swift PG27VQ review: gaming monitor with RGB lighting After having been plagued for almost a year with early introductions at trade fairs and events, it is finally over: the new top gaming monitor of Asus is in our test lab. Today we report our findings of the Asus Republic of Gamers Swift PG27VQ, a 27-inch curved gaming monitor with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 165 Hz. Read more

  • Kingston HyperX Cloud Flight review: take flight

    Kingston HyperX Cloud Flight review: take flight

    Review - Saturday 02/10/2018 - 05:13 AM

    Kingston HyperX Cloud Flight review: take flight Few headsets have been as captivating as the Kingston HyperX Cloud in recent years. This year, the brand introduces the wireless HyperX Cloud Flight, and Hardware.Info was already allowed to work with it. So we put it on our ears to listen and of course, we subjected this headset to our test procedure. Are we back on cloud nine? You can read that in this review. Read more

  • First look at the ASUS AiMesh: make a mesh of your router

    First look at the ASUS AiMesh: make a mesh of your router

    Review - Thursday 02/08/2018 - 11:59 PM

    First look at the ASUS AiMesh: make a mesh of your router Do you need new hardware to build a modern mesh network? This doesn't need to be the case with ASUS. The AiMesh firmware presented at CES offers the possibility of building a smart wireless network based on products from the brand you already have in house. Today we are taking a first look at this new technology. Read more

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    ZyXEL Armor Z2 review: hard to beat on the higher frequencies

    Review - Tuesday 02/06/2018 - 11:59 PM

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  • Corsair H115i Pro and H150i Pro RGB review: silence is key

    Corsair H115i Pro and H150i Pro RGB review: silence is key

    Review - Sunday 02/04/2018 - 11:59 PM

    Corsair H115i Pro and H150i Pro RGB review: silence is key Corsair recently introduced twol new water coolers: the H115i Pro RGB and the H150i Pro RGB. At first glance, these new 280 and 360 mm models look very similar to the existing H150i, but a closer look shows that Corsair has completely redesigned the coolers. The main purpose of this? To achieve the quietest possible operation. And although Corsair doesn't say it outright, they're mainly looking to... Read more

  • LG 32GK850G review: LG is back in the gaming monitor game

    LG 32GK850G review: LG is back in the gaming monitor game

    Review - Thursday 02/01/2018 - 11:59 PM

    LG 32GK850G review: LG is back in the gaming monitor game The last couple of years, the Korean Giant LG, just like its big competitor from the same country, ignored the market for gaming monitors. They mostly focused on 21:9 super widescreen displays, with the exception of a single model. Meanwhile, more and more gaming monitors from the competition appeared on the market, including some models from Samsung last year. LG could no longer wait with their answer and recently they introduced the 32GK850G, thet first in a series of new gaming models that mark a new start in this market. Wij tested this flagship model, and were very impressed. Read more

  • Fresh air: 49 processor coolers tested

    Fresh air: 49 processor coolers tested

    Review - Tuesday 01/30/2018 - 11:59 PM

    Fresh air: 49 processor coolers tested Which processor cooler is the best? The choices are overwhelming. Hardware.Info to the rescue! We test no less than 49 different coolers in a consistent test environment producing very reliable results. After reading this you will know which fan will blow you away. Read more

  • Destiny 2 review: benchmarks on 25 graphics cards

    Destiny 2 review: benchmarks on 25 graphics cards

    Review - Tuesday 01/30/2018 - 09:27 AM

    Destiny 2 review: benchmarks on 25 graphics cards Call of Duty: WW2 is not the only important game that Activision have released this autumn. Destiny 2 is an action multiplayer developed by Bungie, which takes place in far in the future of humanity. There is only one city remaining for the humankind and it is being fought over against aliens. We have measured this game thoroughly with 25 graphics cards, in three resolutions and two levels of settings. We have also looked at SLI/Crossfire and CPU scaling.   Read more

  • AOC Q3279VWF review: good and true

    AOC Q3279VWF review: good and true

    Review - Monday 01/29/2018 - 11:59 PM

    AOC Q3279VWF review: good and true It was one of the items that really caught the attention in the Black Friday sale last year – the AOC Q3279VWF. This 32 inch wide quad HD (2560x1440) monitor with a VA panel had a price tag of just 199 dollars. But this was not just a sale price, this price lingered after the sale passed. Even now, our Price comparison shows many shops that are still selling it for the same price instead of the (not that much higher) recommended retail price of 269 dollars. It’s time to find out if this is too good to be true or a really good deal. Read more

  • M.2-heatsinks review: which SSD-cooler performs best?

    M.2-heatsinks review: which SSD-cooler performs best?

    Review - Sunday 01/28/2018 - 11:59 PM

    M.2-heatsinks review: which SSD-cooler performs best? Fast m.2-SSDs have the tendency to become quite hot. If you are reading or writing a lot of data, an NVMe-SSD will more often than not throttle in order to keep the temperature within acceptable limits. Motherboard manufacturers thought of something to prevent this: nowadays many motherboards come with heatsinks that you can stick on your SSD, while cooling brands such as EK even sell standalone m.2-heatsinks. Although, do these metal plates in all shapes and sizes even work? We experienced a hot afternoon. Read more

  • 11 AC2200-3200 routers review: ACs with muscle

    11 AC2200-3200 routers review: ACs with muscle

    Review - Thursday 01/25/2018 - 11:59 PM

    11 AC2200-3200 routers review: ACs with muscle A while back, we did a comprehensive test of affordable 802.11ac AC1900 routers, but obviously, we can’t just single out one price class, so today we present our findings on the top of the line routers. We tested 11 models with WiFi speeds between 2200 and 3200 Mbit/s to find out what kind of performance you should expect from them. Read more

  • ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550 review: an attack on MacBook Pro

    ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550 review: an attack on MacBook Pro

    Review - Monday 01/22/2018 - 11:59 PM

    ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550 review: an attack on MacBook Pro Has Apple monopolized the powerful and luxury laptops market with their MacBook Pro? ASUS enters the competition with their new Zenbook Pro UX550. It is a 15,6 inch powerhouse specs laptop which weighs only 1.9 kilo and will cost you some 2400 dollars. Is it better than the Mac? We have checked out the competition. Read more

  • BenQ EW277HDR review: come for the HDR, stay for the image quality

    BenQ EW277HDR review: come for the HDR, stay for the image quality

    Review - Saturday 01/20/2018 - 11:59 PM

    BenQ EW277HDR review: come for the HDR, stay for the image quality This year we have already seen a couple of hdr-monitors, but up until this point they were fairly expensive. If you are looking for a new monitor right now, but still want to be sure of hdr-compatibility, the BenQ EW277HDR is an interesting option. While the combination of size and resolution might not appeal to the imagination, upon further inspection it turns out to be a rather attractive monitor.  Read more

  • Cooler Master MasterWatt power supplies review: power for a dime?

    Cooler Master MasterWatt power supplies review: power for a dime?

    Review - Friday 01/19/2018 - 02:16 AM

    Cooler Master MasterWatt power supplies review: power for a dime? Cooler Master, with the MasterWatt 450W, MasterWatt 550W, MasterWatt 650W and MasterWatt 750W, goes up against the popular Corsair CXM and Be quiet! Pure Power series in the mainstream segment. Is the new series a masterful move or more of the same? Read more

  • 14 gigabit powerline adapters: review

    14 gigabit powerline adapters: review

    Review - Tuesday 01/16/2018 - 11:59 PM

    14 gigabit powerline adapters: review The last time we discussed these products, powerline adapters with claimed gigabit speeds were not very common, however these days they are the norm. Time for an update! We tested 14 adapters - the extensive comparison table can be found here - from various manufacturers that allow you to realize a network connection using your existing power grid. Read more

  • 7 AMD X399 motherboards review: thread party

    7 AMD X399 motherboards review: thread party

    Review - Sunday 01/14/2018 - 11:59 PM

    7 AMD X399 motherboards review: thread party Even though Intel has the lead in multi-threaded benchmarks with their astronomically priced Core i9 processors, AMD offers a lot of computation power for a relatively cheap price. Which motherboard is best paired with this budget monster? We tested seven X399 motherboards (which was the majority of the available boards at the time of writing). Read more

  • Thrustmaster TS-PC review: For the racer that wants to go the extra mile

    Thrustmaster TS-PC review: For the racer that wants to go the extra mile

    Review - Friday 01/12/2018 - 11:59 PM

    Thrustmaster TS-PC review: For the racer that wants to go the extra mile Thrustmaster recently introduced the TS-PC Racer, an enthusiast steering wheel for PC priced at $500. That’s a hefty price tag for a steering wheel that is lacking pedals. How does it differ from its cheaper brethren and is the Thrustmaster TS-PC Racer worth its price? To find out, we’ve slotted ourselves into our simulator racing seat. Read more

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