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  • The State of Self-Driving Cars: Autonomous Advances

    Significant advances have been made in the technology that powers self-driving cars in the last decade, but there's still further to go. We dive into the current state of self-driving cars in 2023.

    By Dan Croutch on

  • NexGen: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Four decades ago, the CPU market was far more diverse than it is today. One company called NexGen had backing from big PC names, plenty of capital, and a team of great engineers. But what happened?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • 50 Years of Video Games

    For over 50 years, video games have been a significant part of popular culture. Born in the minds of creative engineers, games have grown from mere curiosities into a global industry worth billions of dollars.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • The Evolution of Ransomware

    These days, not a month goes by that we hear about a new major ransomware attack. But how did we get to this point where our data and services could be held for ransom?

    By Marcel Blackbeard on

  • Nvidia DLSS 3 Revisit: We Try It Out in 9 Games

    After its big splash, today we're taking a second look at Nvidia's DLSS 3 technology to see what has changed and improved in previous games and new releases that have arrived with integrated support.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Explainer: Number Representations in Computer Hardware

    Welcome to a most fundamental area of computer design: how numbers are represented in hardware! We know that modern computers use and are very efficient at using binary, but wasn't always the case.

    By Abdulrahman Mahmoud on

  • Turn On Your PC Remotely: Set Up Your PC for Wake-On-LAN

    If you have several PCs all connected to the same network and want to access one that's currently switched off, you can power it back up remotely thanks to a cool bit of networking tech.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • What is HDR?

    When choosing your next monitor to buy, it might be worth considering one that offers HDR. Here's our explainer, giving you all the info you need on this amazing technology.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Shader Compilation and Why It Causes Stuttering, Explained

    The latest and biggest 3D games often seem to have a problem with stuttering. Ask around and finger of blame often points to shader compilation. But why, and what can be done about it?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Will GPUs Ever Get Cheaper? GPU Pricing Update

    After a period of consistent new GPU releases from Nvidia and AMD, things have cooled down in February, but it's still worth taking a look at how the market is behaving and what we can expect.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • How Hot is Too Hot for PC Hardware?

    As the power limits of CPUs and graphics cards climb ever higher, we ask and answer a simple question -- just how hot is too hot for today's PC components?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • How to Get Windows to Keep Previous Copies of Your Files

    Get peace of mind by automating your backups with this Windows trick. Check out how File History remembers to keep backups so you don't have to.

    By Dan Croutch on

  • Going From 20 to 40: A Graphics Card Upgrade Tale

    A lot can happen in four years, especially in the world of PCs. How much better can a new GPU actually be? Here's one upgrade tale to show that picture.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Two-Factor Authentication: Methods and Myths

    When I mentioned to a few friends that I was writing a feature about two-step authentication, the typical response was an eye-roll and "Oh, that annoying thing?..." But wait. There's more to it.

    By Devin Kate Pope on

  • What Ever Happened to GameSpy?

    Today, multiplayer gaming is easy. But in the 90s, it was cumbersome and not exactly user friendly until an app called GameSpy hit the scene which made browsing for servers and connecting with players a far more intuitive process. It was a game-changer.

    By Sami Haj-Assaad on

  • Why Steam Deck is One of the Most Significant PC Gaming Moments in Years

    While the launch of the Steam Deck was the opposite of pompous, Valve's gaming handheld has kept gaining momentum. One year later, let's take a look at the impact it's had on the PC gaming market.

    By Goran Damnjanovic on

  • How We Test: CPU Benchmarks, Misconceptions Explained

    In this explainer we support with data why testing CPU performance with a GPU bottleneck is a bad idea, so you can have a full understanding of our testing methods when reviewing CPUs.

    By Steven Walton on

  • How to Find Your Wi-Fi Passwords in Windows

    Need to give someone your Wi-Fi password but can't find the key on the router? Use your Windows PC and our handy guide to uncover the hidden treasure.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Rendition: Gone But Not Forgotten

    Thirty years ago, PC gamers could choose GPUs from over 10 different makers. The fascinating story of Rendition is one of engineering brilliance and lost opportunities from the golden age of graphics.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • 21+ Programs to Analyze and Benchmark Your Hardware

    We've compiled a list of 21 programs that are great for analyzing or benchmarking your devices -- whether you're into overclocking, tweaking your system, or simply want to see what you've got.

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Most Anticipated PC Games of 2023

    Our list of the most anticipated games for 2023 is a mix of remakes, new entries from long-dormant series, and a handful of new IPs. We've been waiting for some of these titles for literal years.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • GPU Pricing Update: Hardware Still Overpriced?

    Our monthly GPU pricing update gives us the opportunity to revisit new card launches like the recent RTX 4070 Ti, see how those affect the overall market and where the best GPU deals are.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know

    Hardcore PC users might consider themselves above learning new tricks, but you can always sharpen your skills, and we bet that you'll find at least one useful thing here that you didn't know before.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Playing Call of Duty Can Improve Your Driving Skills

    "Playing video games can make you a better driver," it's not exactly what you imagine. Ironically, studies show that first-person shooters like Call of Duty provide more benefits for drivers than driving games do.

    By Cal Jeffrey on

  • Explainer: What is SSD Trimming?

    Trimming is a process that helps to maintain the performance of a solid-state drive over time. Windows and other OS optimize SSDs by using trimming. But what exactly is it and how does it work?

    By Nick Evanson on

  • Cost Per Frame: Best Value Graphics Cards in Early 2023

    With the recent launch of new GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia, it's time to take a look into what graphics cards are the best value right now, using the most up to date pricing in several regions.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • microSD and SD Card Buying Guide

    We break down all the codes and ratings of microSD and SD cards and offer the best choices available. You might be surprised by the broad availability of high-speed, large capacity flash memory.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • The Best Portable Apps for Your Software Toolbox

    Portable apps usually offer the same functionality as the regular versions of your favorite software, but without any installers involved. That means you can run them directly from a USB drive or a cloud folder synced across PCs.

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Nvidia GeForce Now Ultimate vs. New Graphics Card

    Buying a graphics card is becoming very expensive, especially if you're aiming for a high-end GPU. But there may be another option, playing games on the cloud, but does that really work?

    By Rob Thubron on

  • How to Deep Clean Your Keyboard

    I've been using a Das Keyboard exclusively since 2014 without incident. Build quality aside, I credit its longevity to regular maintenance cleanings.

    By Shawn Knight on