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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

When the original Surface Pro launched, no one quite knew how to classify the hybrid. Was it a tablet that was trying to be a laptop? A laptop trying to be a tablet?

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Falcon Northwest Tiki Z Review

If you want proof that micro-towers are getting to the point where they can threaten full-tilt-boogie gaming rigs, it’s right here in front of your face with Falcon Northwest’s Tiki Z.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Review

Reviewing a massively multiplayer online game is a bit like trying to hit a moving target. By the time you read the words on this page, it’s possible that dramatic changes will have hit the subject of our critique, The Elder Scrolls Online by ZeniMax Online Studios.

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I am new to “higher-end” PC gaming and I have a couple of questions. How do I tell what graphics card I have? I have thrown the box away and the only thing I can see on the card is “Direct CUII.” The DirectX diagnostic tool, Windows system devices, and AMD Catalyst screens all just say, “AMD Radeon R9 200 series” and not the actual model I have. I don’t know if it’s an R9 270 or a 290. Second, I currently game on a PS3 on a 42-inch HDTV. What PC games can you recommend that will really showcase the fact that the PC has better graphics than the PS3 and PS4?

Note: This article was originally featured in the September 2014 issue of the magazine. 

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The DirectX Evolution

They said it was dead. They said it would never return. They were wrong. DirectX 12 is coming, and Nvidia thinks it could be something rather special.

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Z97 Comes Ashore!

We can still remember the hand wringing motherboard makers had before Z87 launched about the two-to-three-year dead space between chipset launches, during which time they would have nothing to tickle consumers’ fancies. Well, guess what? They were wrong. Here we are, less than a year after Z87 launched, seeing its replacement: Z97.

 

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Doctor: Cooling Colors, Movin' On Up & Where's My SSD?

The Doctor answers all your questions about wifi, coolants, and solid state drives.

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Head 2 Head: Two EVGA 780 Ti Cards Vs. One Radeon R9 295X2

Getting two graphics processing units (GPUs) on one video card is a time-honored tradition for enthusiast rigs. With this generation, AMD has gone with an integrated closed-loop liquid cooler (CLC) to keep its two R9 290X GPUs from getting crispy. Nvidia’s dual-GPU card has yet to make an entrance, but two 780 Ti’s linked together with SLI have roughly the same performance and price. If you’re prepared to spend about $1,500, these two options are natural competitors.

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Fast Forward: Windows 8 Workarounds

My forced switch to Windows 8.1 broke some vital software that worked perfectly on Windows XP. Luckily, I’ve found workarounds—and they might save your software, too.