PC Game Hardware

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 vs 6800 XT: benchmarks compared

AMD’s long-awaited Big Navi GPUs, the Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT, are finally here. But how do they compare performance-wise and which one should you consider buying when they finally come back in stock? To help answer that question, I’ve put together some lovely bar graphs of my 1080p, 1440p and 4K benchmark results, showing you exactly how they stack up across all the major resolutions. (more…)

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Samsung 870 Evo review

For the past two years, Samsung’s 860 Evo SSD has been the best SATA drive you can buy for your PC. Its random read and write times have been pretty much unmatched since it first came out in 2018 (indeed, only Samsung’s 870 Qvo has managed to best it on write time), but despite still being best in class, Samsung are retiring it anyway and replacing it with the all-new 870 Evo. (more…)

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Best graphics cards 2021: the best GPUs for gaming

If you’re building a new gaming PC, finding the best graphics card for it is essential. It’s the beating heart of any of new gaming system, and it’s one of the best ways to dramatically improve your PC’s performance. Having a fast CPU and SSD can help, but nothing will turbocharge your games like a brand-new graphics card. To help you get the best graphics card for your PC, I’d put together this list of all my top recommendations. Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful GPU for playing games at 1920×1080 or a 4K powerhouse, we’ve got you…

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All the important PC gaming news from CES 2021

Annual tech bonanza CES is over for another year, so I thought I’d round-up all the important PC gaming announcements right here in one handy location. The big theme this year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of new gaming laptops to help more people get stuff done while working from home, and this was aided in no small part by the announcement of Nvidia’s RTX 30 series making the move to laptops, as well as several new mobile processors from Intel and AMD. Laptops weren’t the only big news from CES, though, so read on below to find our filleted highlights…

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MSI have announced their first SSDs, and they’re incredibly fast

You probably know MSI from their graphics cards, motherboards, gaming laptops or even their extensive line-up of mice, keyboards and headsets, but now the component maker has announced they’re going to start making SSDs as well. Unveiled last night during their CES press conference, MSI have already got two NVMe drives lined up for launch later this year, and both of them will support the new PCIe 4.0 interface to take on next-gen drives such as Samsung’s 980 Pro and WD’s Black SN850. (more…)

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Here’s a list of all the Nvidia G-Sync Compatible monitors confirmed so far

If you’re looking for a list of all the confirmed Nvidia G-Sync Compatible monitors, then you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll find every AMD Freesync monitor that’s been officially certified by Nvidia as meeting their G-Sync Compatible standard so far, and we also tell you everything you need to know about how to enable G-Sync on any Freesync monitor as well. (more…)

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Intel unveil 11th Gen H-Series CPUs for ultraportable gaming laptops

Intel have just announced their first crop of 11th Gen H-series CPUs for gaming laptops. Comprising of three processors in total, this new trio of high-performance Tiger Lake CPUs will help usher in a new era of even thinner and lighter gaming laptops in 2021, with the first laptop designs coming in at just 16.6mm. Here’s everything you need to know. (more…)

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AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 and 6700 XT could be here by the end of March

The next graphics cards in AMD’s Big Navi and RDNA 2 line-up could be here in just a couple of months time, according to fresh internet rumours. The purported Radeon RX 6700 and RX 6700 XT GPUs will both launch before the end of March according to French publication CowCotLand, whose unnamed sources claim they’re currently scheduled to be released by the end of the first quarter of 2021. (more…)

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 review

AMD Radeon RX 6800 review specs: Stream Processors: 3840 Compute Units: 60 Game / Boost Clock Speed: 1815MHz / 2105MHz VRAM: 16GB GDDR6 Memory Speed: 16 Gbps Power: 250W Recommended System Power: 650W Power Connectors: 2x 8-pin Slot Size: 2 Price: From £529 / $579 When AMD unveiled their pair of next-gen Big Navi graphics cards at the end of 2020, there was hope that they’d bring some much needed competition to Nvidia’s latest crop of RTX 30 GPUs. Leading the pack was AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT, a £600 / $650 graphics card that aimed to take on Nvidia’s…

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Best CPU for gaming 2021: the top Intel and AMD processors

It’s easy to forget about your CPU when it comes to boosting your PC’s gaming performance, but finding the right processor can often make a surprising difference to your overall frame rate, especially if you tend to play games at 1920×1080. To help you get the best gaming CPU for you and your budget, we’ve put together this list of our top Intel and AMD processors. Whether you’re building a budget-friendly 1080p machine or a high-powered mega rig, here are my best CPU for gaming recommendations for 2021. (more…)

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The PC gaming hardware we’re most looking forward to in 2021

Despite a flurry of new CPU and graphics card launches at the end of last year, 2021 is already shaping up to be quite a busy year for PC gaming hardware. Not only have we got Intel’s new 11th Gen Rocket Lake processors due before the end of March, but 2021 will also be the year Intel finally enter the graphics card arena with their new desktop Xe GPUs. That’s not all either, as we’re also likely to see Nvidia’s RTX 30 series GPUs make their way over to gaming laptops, plus significantly faster game loading times thanks to Microsoft’s…

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Best SSD for gaming 2020: our top SATA and NVMe drives

Adding an SSD to your PC is one of the most important upgrades you can make. Not only do they make Windows feel much faster and more responsive, but they also dramatically speed up game loading times as well, so why not make sure you buy the best SSD for gaming with our handy guide? I’ve tested dozens of SSDs over the years, and I’ve picked out my top recommendations below. Regardless of whether you just need some space for that all-important game download or you’re about to build a new PC from scratch, here are the best SSDs for…

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Best gaming monitor 2020: the top 144Hz, 240Hz and 4K monitors

Buying a new monitor for gaming can be daunting when there are so many different types to choose from these days, but we’re here to help. I’ve tested hundreds of gaming monitors over the years, and from cheap 1080p screens right up to 4K HDR displays, and I’ve selected my top gaming monitor recommendations below. Whatever type of gaming monitor you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. (more…)

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Best gaming keyboard 2020: the top mechanical and wireless keyboards for gaming

Your gaming keyboard is one of the most important parts of your PC, but picking the best gaming keyboard for you and your budget can be a challenge when there are so many different types to choose from. But we’re here to help. I’ve tested dozens of gaming keyboards over the years, and so I’ve put together this list of all my top recommendations. It covers all budgets and switch preferences, and I’ve also included a short explainer on everything you need to know about buying a new gaming keyboard, too, including what the difference is between membrane and mechanical…

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Cyberpunk 2077: the best settings to improve your PC’s performance

At long last, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally out. Whether your PC is up to actually playing it, though, is another matter entirely. Like The Witcher 3 before it, CD Projekt Red’s latest open world action RPG is a real beast in the old PC performance department, and you may find your rig is struggling to maintain a steady frame rate as you hack your way round the bright lights of Night City. To help you get the best performance in Cyberpunk 2077, I’ve put together this settings guide so you can see exactly what graphics options you can tweak to…