All-round Deluxe PC - September 2018

Wednesday 12-09-2018 - 04:59

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 space, not to mention an attractive chassis and reliable power supply that can last several years. Of course you need a quality monitor, mouse and keyboard, as these are used very frequently. This PC will cost more than the standard all-round PC, but it is also more powerful and has higher-end components. If this exceeds your budget somewhat, then you can have a look at out standard All-round PC instead. 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.

  • All-round Deluxe PC - September 2018

    All-round Deluxe PC - September 2018

    PC Buyer's Guide - Wednesday 12-09-2018 - 04:59

    All-round Deluxe PC - September 2018 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 graphic... Read more

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    Review - Monday 13-08-2018 - 04:59

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    PC Buyer's Guide - Thursday 02-08-2018 - 14:00

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    Budget Game PC - July 2018

    PC Buyer's Guide - Saturday 28-07-2018 - 13:00

    Budget Game PC - July 2018 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 conce... Read more

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    Review - Saturday 28-07-2018 - 04:59

    Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB review: look into the future Hdr is a significant improvement over the old flat display, whether it be a television or a monitor. In the TV world, there is a growing supply of suitable products, but in the monitor land hdr is still quite scarce. Certainly models that offer 'true' hdr are rare. Philips is introducing a 43-inch monitor that does offer this, the Momentum 436M6VBPAB. In this article we are going to share and discuss the test results of this monitor. Read more

  • Intel Optane 800p & 900p review: 3D XPoint for the regular consumer!

    Intel Optane 800p & 900p review: 3D XPoint for the regular consumer!

    Review - Thursday 26-07-2018 - 04:59

    Intel Optane 800p & 900p review: 3D XPoint for the regular consumer! Earlier this year we tested the first enterprise-SSD from the Intel Optane series which uses the all-new 3D XPoint memory. That SSD broke almost all speed records, but was still extremely expensive. With the Optane 800p and 900p, Intel wants to bring this new technology to regular consumers too, at a much more affordable price. Read more

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    LG 27UD59 review: successor of inexpensive 4K monitor tested

    Review - Tuesday 24-07-2018 - 04:59

    LG 27UD59 review: successor of inexpensive 4K monitor tested Near the end of 2016 we reviewed a 4K-monitor that proved to be extremely popular, the LG 27UD58. This was not very surprising, as this 27-inch ultra-hd monitor offered an unprecedented price-performance ratio at the time. Whereas direct competitors had prices ranging from 445 pounds / 500 euros to 530 pounds / 600 euros for an ips-panel, this LG was available for well under 354 pounds / 400 euros. The successor to that monitor has been available for a while now, the 27UD59. At the time of writing we can find it for less than 265 pounds / 300 euros in our Price Comparison, which also makes this monitor rather inexpensive. Looking at other monitors in this price range you can only expect to find a tn-panel. This raises the question, are we as satisfied with the ’59 as we were with the 27UD58? Read more

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    Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070 en RX 580 Gaming Box review: Transform your light laptop to gaming system

    Review - Thursday 19-07-2018 - 04:59

    Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1070 en RX 580 Gaming Box review: Transform your light laptop to gaming system At the moment even the lightest gaming laptops are still heavy devices, if you compare them to ultrabooks for office purposes. What if you cannot choose between a feather-light system and smooth frame rates? In that case an external gpu offers a solution: a separate box with a graphics card, with which your light laptop transforms into a potent gaming machine. In this article we take a look at the Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box, a small external gpu housing that comes with Nvidia or AMD cards. Read more

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    Review - Monday 16-07-2018 - 04:59

    Asus ProArt PA32UC-K review: first 4K HDR-monitor with real local dimming The new Asus PA32UC-K has an average price of 2013 pounds / 2300 euros. This 32 inch 4K monitor has this hefty price tag for a reason; it is one of the first monitors on the market with finely meshed local dimming. By being able to independently control the brightness of different zones in the backlight, the monitor promises to deliver one of the best HDR experiences to date. Read more

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    Review - Friday 13-07-2018 - 10:16

    Gaming on an iGPU: how good is that free graphics card? More and more people are gaming, but the majority of them are casual players. Those gamers make less demands on image quality and frame rates, and will not want to invest in a state of the art video card. What can you expect if you have to make do with the processor's built-in video card? Is an external entry-level model worthwhile? That's what we tell you in this article. Read more

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    How many CPU cores do you need for gaming?

    Review - Tuesday 10-07-2018 - 04:59

    How many CPU cores do you need for gaming? For years, you could find up to four computer cores in a consumer processor, but for some time now the number of cores has been on the rise. This can be a big advantage for many content creation programmes, but what about games? For a long time, the common wisdom was that four cores were enough, but is that still true in 2018? Or are you nowadays better off with a multi-core monster PC if you don't want to lose frame rate? To provide you with an answer to this question, we ran heaps of benchmarks, and you can read our findings here. Read more

  • The benefits of fast RAM with Intel Coffee Lake & AMD Ryzen 2: don't miss out on performance!

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    Review - Monday 09-07-2018 - 04:59

    The benefits of fast RAM with Intel Coffee Lake & AMD Ryzen 2: don't miss out on performance! Last time we had a look at the performance benefit of installing faster memory was at the end of 2016. A lot of new processors have appeared on the market since then. Intel have upgraded Coffee Lake to six cores as a mainstream platform, AMD have released Ryzen and now Ryzen 2 as well… It is time we took another look at what upgrading to faster RAM will do for your system! Read more

  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 review: the most interesting Ryzen 2!

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    Review - Friday 06-07-2018 - 04:59

    Recently we published our AMD Ryzen 2 review. At the time of writing that review, AMD had not sent us perhaps the most interesting new CPU yet, the Ryzen 5 2600, which you can already buy for 170 pounds. However, we were able to borrow it and test it as soon as possible. Read more

  • 4K Gaming PC - July 2018

    4K Gaming PC - July 2018

    PC Buyer's Guide - Friday 06-07-2018 - 04:59

    4K Gaming PC - July 2018 4K monitors are getting cheaper and cheaper, while their sharpness can't be matched by normal displays. Graphics cards have to render four times as many pixels to drive a 4K display compared to a 'normal' Full HD panel, 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. However, th... Read more

  • Ultrawide gaming (3440x1440) benchmarks: what performance can you expect?

    Ultrawide gaming (3440x1440) benchmarks: what performance can you expect?

    Review - Wednesday 04-07-2018 - 04:59

    Ultrawide gaming (3440x1440) benchmarks: what performance can you expect? At Hardware.Info, we always test GPUs from AMD and Nvidia at the three most popular resolutions. For some years now they have been full HD, WQHD and ultra HD. However, the UWQHD resolution of 3440 by 1440 pixels, i.e. an extra-wide WQHD, is becoming increasingly popular among gamers. What performance can you expect on an ultra wide monitor? Read more

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