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The Best New Games to Be Excited About in 2020

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Every year, avid gamers are always looking forward to some games that they will sink their time into. And, while game releases were announced to be released at specific dates last year, the recent pandemic made it a bit impossible to keep up with the original schedule.

That being said, expect certain delays in your much-anticipated games. Still, it is a good idea to be optimistic since it will give developers more time to polish the game.

Anyway, this article will serve as your guide to the best new games of 2020.

Important Reminder

Although the new game consoles: The Sony Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X are going to be released during the holidays, little information is known about the games that will be released alongside the said consoles.

This means that all of the games (with the exception of a few) that I will be talking about in this article are only for this generation’s consoles and the PC.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

January

1.Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Monster Hunter World Iceborne

This is the first expansion of the game, Monster Hunter World, and it is a pretty expansive one. While this version of the game was released last year on consoles, it was only released in January of this year for the PC.

This can be downloaded from Steam, though you have to prepare a hefty storage space in your HDD or SSD because you will have to download a 60GB update on top of the base game.

2.Kingdom Hearts 3: Re-mind DLC

Kingdom Hearts 3 Re-Mind

The ever-popular Kingdom Hearts franchise is back at it again. Now on its 3rd installment, Kingdom Hearts 3 has released its DLC called “Re-Mind”. 

Expect to get another chapter of the main storyline, plus new abilities, keyblades (specifically Oblivion and Oathkeeper), and you get to enjoy better sharing capabilities as well.

The game’s new DLC is now available on Sony Playstation 4.

February

1.Life is Strange 2 and Bayonetta and Vanquish Collector’s Editions

Life is Strange 2

There are only two notable releases during the month of February. They are Life is Strange 2 and Bayonetta and Vanquish collector’s bundles. They are out now for all platforms except the PC for the Bayonetta game.

March

1.Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

The sequel to the massively popular Doom game a few years back, Doom Eternal ensures that you are going to get a rightful sequel.

Smash alien skulls and more, while also wielding a bad-ass gun in your adventures. The game is now available for all platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.

2.Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal

Fans of this classic jRPG will once again be treated to another amazing sequel. Dubbed as Persona 5: Royal, this game takes place at the Shujin Academy.

Join Joker and his band of phantom thieves in a quest unlike any other. The game is now available on the PS4.

3.Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

A direct sequel to the highly-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest, the game will pit Ori against new enemies.

This platformer has captured the hearts of many and its smooth graphics and a good story to match make it a perfect game to get.

This can now be downloaded for PC and Xbox One consoles.

April

1.Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

This is arguably the most anticipated game of 2020. Final Fantasy 7 was a popular game that was released in 1997. Square Enix has decided to create a remake of the game and improve its mechanics to make it even more enjoyable.

Join Cloud Strife and the gang as they combat the Shinra corporation. The game is out now for the PS4.

2. Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3 Remake

Another popular game in the late 90s, Resident Evil 3 has also been remade. It is now far better with vastly improved graphics and better controls, among many others.

This post-apocalyptic game allows you to fight against hordes of zombies, including the infamous and notorious, Nemesis.

The game is available for the PS4, Xbox One, and the PC. 

May

Aside from Minecraft Dungeons and the Borderlands and Bioshock collections, there are no more worthy game titles that will be released in May.

June

1. Last of Us 2

This is also another highly-anticipated game release of 2020. The Last of Us 2 talks about the story of Ellie as she survives against the infected.

One of the biggest things to watch out for is how your decisions will affect the course of the game and may change your notions about different things in life, forever.

Assuming there are no delays, the Last of Us 2 should be released on June 19 for the PS4.

2.Control and Pokemon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor DLCs

Both Control and Pokemon Sword and Shield have very popular base games and they are set to release their DLCs this June.

Control will release its ‘The Foundation’ DLC on June 25 for the Xbox One and Pokemon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor DLC will release anytime during the month (no specific date was announced).

July

1.Death Stranding

Death Stranding

The game was released first on the PS4 and Xbox One game consoles and it has received critical acclaim. 

It is set to be released on the PC on July 14.

September

1.Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

From the makers of the popular Witcher series, CD Projekt Red is set to release Cyberpunk 2077 sometime during the month.

It was originally slated to be released back in April but because of the complexities of the game, it had to be delayed. The game should be available for all gaming platforms, including Google Stadia sometime in the future.

2.Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

Though not as popular as Cyberpunk 2077 (at least in terms of the hype surrounding the aforementioned game), Marvel’s Avengers is still something to look forward to.

The game is set to be released on September 4.

Holidays

While information is scarce regarding the games that are set to be released during the holiday season, it is still important for you to know which games are coming out. These are the games that are worth your while:

1.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

2.Halo Infinite (Pc Xbox One, and Xbox Series X)

Halo Infinite

3.Godfall (PC and PS5)

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The Best MOBA Games on PC in 2020- Team Up with Your Friends and Beat the Competition

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When you ask people what the best MOBA game is, they will usually only give you two answers: Dota 2 or League of Legends.

While both of those titles have amassed huge followings, this is not to say that there aren’t any new and enticing contenders.

Today, I am going to be talking about the best MOBA games in 2020.

What is MOBA?

Before I begin, I assume that most people who are reading this article might already have an idea what a MOBA game is, but for those people that still do not have an inkling what this means, then read ahead.

MOBA is just an acronym that stands for ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arena’. As the name implies, you are teamed up with 4 or 5 other players and you need to battle it out against the opposing team.

The premise of this genre is simple: Get your characters strong enough to go to the enemy’s base and destroy a certain structure.

In Dota 2, for example, you start out as a level 1 character and once you start leveling up, some skills will be made available to you.

Each time you kill an enemy- may it be some ‘creeps’ (regular enemies) or heroes (player character), you will gain both experience and money- the latter of which you can use to buy items that can help boost stats and improve your character’s potential.

Depending on the game, there is usually a boss character that is situated somewhere in the middle of the battlefield. This boss character will drop some loot that you can use to your team’s advantage. This also means that you have to make sure that the enemy team doesn’t get to it first, otherwise they will have the upper hand.

While Dota 2 is quite enjoyable, it is not for everyone since a typical match would last at least 45 minutes (some can go for 2 hours or more).

Now that you now have a basic idea of what a MOBA game is, I will now talk about the best ones that you can find on the PC.

Best MOBA Games on PC

1.Dota 2

Dota 2

I think it should go without saying that Dota 2 is still the best MOBA game on PC in 2020. This game’s origins are actually pretty incredible.

Dota is just an acronym that stands for ‘Defense of the Ancients’ and by ‘Ancients’, the term is used to refer to the specific structures that are placed inside your base and the enemy’s base and the team that destroys the opposing group’s ancient structure first wins the entire game.

This whole thing started back when Warcraft III began. You see, the said game has a custom map editor that you can use to create a map of your own. That means that you not only have control over the terrain but you also have control over the things that are going to be utilized on your own map.

IceFrog, the original creator of the Dota custom map in the Warcraft 3 era, started with a couple of heroes and a rather basic map. The premise is simple: Get your team’s characters strong enough to invade the enemy base and destroy its ancient structure.

The idea at that time was novel but it has certainly won the hearts of many people. Since then, Valve (Steam) bought the rights to the said custom map from IceFrog, and then Dota 2 was born.

At the time of writing this article, Dota 2 now has 111 heroes to choose from, so you basically have the option to choose which one you really like to learn the most.

There are microtransactions available in the game, but you do not have to worry about it since real money can be used only to buy cosmetic items (or things that can help change the look of your chosen avatar).

One of its main advantages is, sadly, one of this game’s disadvantages as well. You see, you have plenty of characters to choose from, which means that if you are going to master a lot of them, you will need to be ready to spend hours and hours learning each avatar’s nuances so that you could be of great help to your team.

You also have to get acquainted with different roles. Of course, you should set that before you try to learn a new hero so that you will understand how you should operate within a team setup.

Some roles that you need to think about are the carry, support, mid, and so much more. Because there are certain spells that need to be available at a moment’s notice, you should get a competitive gaming mouse for that purpose.

2.League of Legends

League of Legends

While Dota 2 has set the stage for other game developers to follow, it was the League of Legends who took the formula and improved upon it.

Also known simply as ‘LoL’, this game has amassed a loyal following that, to this day, are still diehard fans.

You get a whopping 141 character roster which means that the learning curve is indeed quite steep. However, because of the unique battle style and strategies that you can employ, learning the characters that you want to use is much easier, at least, when compared to its main rival.

Although there are some game modes to choose from, the 5v5 Summoner’s Rift game mode is the most popular. Like Dota 2, expect to spend at least 30-50 minutes on a single league match.

There is a lot of learning to do when it comes to choosing a character and setting up an item list for which you should follow, but you will have a really fun time doing so.

While the community has some toxic players here and there, for the most part, the League of Legends player base is one of the best out there.

3.Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm

Also known as ‘HotS’, Heroes of the Storm was made by Blizzard, which is also the company that was responsible for the creation of Dota (albeit indirectly).

Although Blizzard was late to the party, this doesn’t mean that Heroes of the Storm doesn’t deserve a shoutout in this article.

If you do not want to spend an hour on a single game, then HotS is for you. Unlike the previous games that I’ve just mentioned, you do not have to worry about what items to purchase here simply because you only get to worry about the skills that you are going to get.

You see, at certain levels, your character will unlock new abilities and you will be the one to choose the right fit for the game and what your team needs the most.

The company used to host a lot of events that showcase the simplicity and prowess of this game, but Blizzard has its eyes focused more on mobile games in the near future.

It is sad that this game is now on ‘maintenance’ mode in that new features and game improvements will not be released as readily as it did before.

However, the game still has a solid player base and if you want a more polished MOBA game that doesn’t take too long to complete, then Heroes of the Storm is for you.

4.Smite

Smite

While the previous games allow you to control your characters by giving you an overhead view of the entire map, this next game takes things to a whole new level.

Smite is a rather new MOBA game but it is certainly gaining steady traction amongst fans of the genre because of its unique feature.

Instead of an overhead view of the entire map, you are going to control your avatar from a 3rd-person perspective. This not only makes things more immersive but it is an entirely new experience that is definitely more fun than the previously-mentioned titles.

Because of how the game is played, more and more people have gained an interest in playing Smite. This game allows you to control different gods but the premise remains largely the same, albeit played from a different perspective.

I am quite surprised by how the game has built a solid fan base. The community is quite large now that there are multiple online tournaments being played on a monthly basis with cash prizes amounting to millions of dollars.

Though it might not have the clout or the popularity of Dota 2 and League of Legends, Smite is slowly shaping up to be one of the best out there.

Tips

Unlike single-player games where all you have to worry about is yourself, MOBA games require you to be one with your team- both in strategy and coordination.

With that being said, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your playing experience:

1.Always Communicate

It goes without saying that you should always communicate with your teammates as a more cohesive group has a higher chance of winning than one that is discombobulated.

Most games have in-game chats, so you can use your gaming headset to communicate with your mates in the game.

An alternative solution would be to download a chat software like Discord and talk to your team there. Discord is lightweight and doesn’t take a lot of resources to run, making it ideal in this situation.

2.Invest in Good Gaming Gear

Aside from getting a gaming headset, you also need to invest in good gaming gear as well. Not only will you need a gaming mouse but getting a competitive gaming keyboard can also improve your chances of winning as well.

3.Learn One Character at a Time

The thing about MOBA games is that you have plenty of characters to choose from. If you are still starting out, I suggest that you stick to one character until you learn everything there is to know about them before you go ahead and choose another avatar.

The problem with most beginners is that they try to master a lot of things all at once and this is not a good approach if you want to be good at this genre.

You can be well-rounded after sinking so many hours into the game that you want to play- not by magically choosing any character that you please without enough time to practice them.

4.Search for Strategies

The good thing about this day and age is that you can look at different community forums and guides online to help you improve your overall game.

Search for specific character guides or even just general game strategies to help you become an asset to your team.

5.Have Fun!

The entire objective of playing a team game is to play it and enjoy it with your friends. Have fun!

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The Best Intel Z490 Motherboards to Help Unleash Your Comet Lake Processor’s Full Potential

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Everyone knows that whenever Intel releases a new processor that you will need a new motherboard for that. And, that is true for the new comet lake or 10th generation Intel processors.

If you are looking for the right one, read this article to find out the best Intel Z490 motherboards that will help unleash your comet lake processor’s full potential.

Keep in mind that not all Intel processors are overclockable. Only the Intel i5-10600K, Intel i7-10700K, and the Intel i9-10900K can be overclocked so you will need a fitting board that can handle the said CPUs.

What’s New?

You might be wondering what new features the Z490 motherboards have in store for you. Well, to be honest, not a lot, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy them.

The LGA-1200 chipset adds support for WiFi 6 and 2.5Gbps Ethernet connections, so mostly all of the notable features are in the networking front.

You could say that without the said additions that the Z490 boards are quite similar to the Z390 motherboards that were released a few years ago.

Still, getting a comet lake processor is quite enticing because it is now packed with more cores and threads, which means even more ample gaming performance than previous generations.

Best Intel Z490 Motherboards

1.MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

Price: $700

MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

If money is not an issue at all and you want to get what I would consider to be the best Z490 motherboard on the market, then the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike is for you.

It has an EATX form factor which means that you need a relatively large PC case in order to fit this behemoth.

What makes this quite appealing for regular consumers and hardcore overclockers alike is that it not only supports memory speeds of up to DDR4-5000, but it can also unlock the comet lake processors’ full potential as well.

Its BIOS is one of the simplest to navigate and there are also advanced options for people that truly want to tinker with all of the settings.

There are plenty of M.2 slots for your fast SSDs and it has WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support via a detachable antenna.

If you are a fan of RGB lighting, this board comes with all of the necessary ports to plug in as many of those things as possible.

Really, the only issue here is that it is priced way higher than others, but again, if money is not an issue, then this warrants a purchase.

2.Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra

Price: $290

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra

Not a lot of people can afford a motherboard with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are competitive mid-range models that you can choose from- one of which is the Gigabyte Aorus Ultra.

This unit is a tier below the higher-priced ‘Master’ model, but people will find its feature set to be more than sufficient enough for most use-cases.

It’s got plenty of USB ports on its I/O panel and you get WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support as well.

You also get plenty of M.2 slots with included heatsinks so that you do not have to buy them separately. The heatsinks can help cool down those fast drives without any issues.l

Its aesthetic is pretty simple but I think that most people will really love the design. It does have some RGB implementations, though it is quite subtle when you compare it to others.

Overclockers will love the fact that this thing comes with POST codes that will help you know exactly what the issue is whenever you want to overclock the RAM or the CPU.

I am pretty impressed with the things that Gigabyte has crammed into a mid-range board. My only gripe with this otherwise stellar product is that its BIOS needs more simplicity as there are some redundant or even questionable options that are in there.

But other than that, the Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra is a pretty competitive motherboard that is priced just right.

3.Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme

Price: $750

Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme

An article that talks about the ‘best’ products out there will not be complete without a mention of Asus. The company prides itself on creating some stellar products, including smartphones, routers, etc.

That being said, the Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme is quite an expensive motherboard, but that is actually warranted given its specs.

It’s got two PCI-E x16 sockets, reinforced DIMM slots, a whopping 8 SATA ports, four M.2 slots, eight USB 3.2 ports, and two USB Type-C ports- one of which is a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port which provides unparalleled transfer speeds.

Aside from that, you get plenty of fan headers and connectors so you can equip this thing with the best CPU coolers to help tame Intel’s 10th generation chips.

It’s got 16-phase power delivery and pretty good VRMs that ensures your system will get good and clean power during its operation. Plus, the heatsinks themselves have full RGB lighting support to make your rig look even cooler.

It is also worth noting that you also get the ESS ES9023P DAC along with the SupremeFX S1220 chipset to provide you with amazing audio quality, especially if you are going to insert your favorite gaming headsets.

You might wonder why this doesn’t sit at the top spot of this list and that is because I’ve run into some issues where its benchmark results are slightly lower than what MSI has to offer.

But, the Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme is a full-featured motherboard with all of the bells and whistles that you could ask for from a company.

4.MSI Z490-A Pro

Price: $160

MSI Z490-A Pro

If all you want is an inexpensive motherboard that can still overclock a comet lake chip, then the MSI Z490-A Pro is an enticing choice.

Although this thing can be considered a ‘budget’ board, it is definitely not a cheap one as it comes loaded with features that people will surely love.

Aside from the fact that you can overclock your Intel CPU with this thing, it also comes with Realtek’s 2.5Gb LAN implementation which is quite unheard of in the realm of budget products.

It is also worth mentioning that this board also has a steady 12-phase power delivery which, to the uninitiated, means that it can provide a steady amount of power during its operation- whether you overclock your chip or not.

I also love the fact that it has a pretty considerable audio solution in the form of the Realtek ALC1200 audio codec. Although it is not as good as the more premium boards out there, it is definitely respectable enough for most users.

Aside from the things that were mentioned, you also get two PCIe 3.0 x 4 M.2 slots, a USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-C port, five USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, and an additional two USB 2.0 ports for your chosen peripherals.

The downside here is that its design is what you would expect in an inexpensive product- tame and subtle.

But, if looks are not an issue and you just want a competitive motherboard that is priced just right, the MSI Z490-A Pro is a worthy purchase.

5.Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra

Price: $224

Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra

People that want to create a relatively compact system would have to buy an ITX motherboard. That being said, one of the best out there is the Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra.

Before I begin, when you are buying the Aorus Ultra, make sure that you look for the ‘I’ the product name. Otherwise, you would be getting the standard ATX variant that was mentioned earlier in the article.

Anyway, this thing has an 8-phase VRM design with 90-amp Smart power stages. This is a bit technical to explain, but in simpler terms, you can do a slight overclock on your chosen chip without running into any issues. You might not be getting astronomical numbers here, but at least the option is available if you want to eke out more performance from your Intel CPU.

The design is rather simple with mostly a black aesthetic with some metallic gray accents scattered throughout the motherboard.

Despite this board having an ITX form factor, it does come with two M.2 slots- one of which has a thermal guard to help it keep cool during normal operation.

It should also go without mentioning that this IXTX motherboard also comes with Intel’s 2.5GbE LAN solution as well, so for people that are not okay with a Realtek LAN implementation, this is the board to get.

6.ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX

Price: $270

ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX

You normally wouldn’t get so much performance of your CPU when you are going to get an ITX motherboard, but the last entry on this list will prove to you otherwise.

The ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX, as the name suggests, is an ITX motherboard that is unlike any other.

I normally wouldn’t expect specific features for overclocking on a relatively small board, but this thing actually comes with some nifty additions.

Aside from the fact that it has an 8+2 power delivery system, you also get a clear CMOS button on the back I/O. This is great if you are running into any problems overclocking your CPU and you want the board to go back to its default settings.

In terms of networking, you’ve got two options here. First are the Realtek 2.5GbE LAN and the Intel AX201 WiFi 6 module. Both are great additions to any system.

At the back I/O panel, you get a plethora of USB ports plus a USB-C port that also acts as a Thunderbolt 3.0 port as well. The said port can be used to plug in a display of your choosing, which is really nice.

This motherboard looks a bit nicer than the Gigabyte board mentioned above, so if you want a flashier setup, this might be more appealing.

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router Review- The Gaming Router to Get in 2020

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The gaming industry is one of the most popular niches now in that there are tons of products that you can buy that are great for gaming purposes.

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is touted as a ‘gaming’ router, but does it have what it takes to help eliminate lag and provide a better overall experience than the other routers that you can find on the market?

Design

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Review 2020

When you look at the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router, you will probably think of a lost starship from the infamous Death Star from Star Wars as its design is quite similar to those ships.

It has two ‘wing’ antennas that actually house a total of four antennas on the inside. This will provide maximum performance and throughput and it also helps increase the router’s range as well.

Because this is a WiFi 6 router, you can enjoy all of the features that the new WiFi technology provides, most especially OFDMA for better reliability in terms of giving internet connectivity to multiple users at any time.

On the top and at the bottom sides of the router, you will find that this thing has plenty of air exhaust vents and they are quite useful, especially considering that this is one of the more power-hungry networking solutions on the market today.

At the back, you will find all of the ports that you need. What’s interesting here is that you will find that two of the four gigabit Ethernet ports can be combined (via the router’s software) for better throughput. This is what you’ll want to use on your gaming PC so that you can virtually eliminate lag while you play.

There are also two USB 3.2 ports so you can plug in your printer and other USB-powered devices, and you will also find a power button, as well as an LED on/off switch as well.

Performance

Netgear Nighthawk AX12

Since this is a ‘gaming’ router, how well does it perform in such scenarios? In my testing, I’ve used World of Warcraft, one of the best MMORPGs out there, and Overwatch as both of these games not only have a built-in latency indicator, but they are also quite challenging in terms of latency in some parts of the day.

Normally, I would get 120ms on World of Warcraft and about 100ms on Overwatch for most of the day using my usual router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router performs really well as I am able to get 100ms on WoW and a little over 70ms on Overwatch.

It is worth noting that I’ve used the combined port (which should be indicated on the back of the unit) for better performance, though using the other ports yielded only a slight performance penalty of roughly 10-15ms.

Being a WiFi 6 router, it is also important to test its capabilities on this front. So, I’ve connected multiple devices at one time and each of them is connected to Youtube for continuous streaming.

All of them do not have any buffer issues at all and they all got consistent speeds. But, this was done within a 10-meter radius near the router.

So, to test its mettle in terms of how far the WiFi signals can go, I went to the second floor (the router is on the first floor) and I was still able to get about 70% of my network speed (my internet connection is 120mbps, so in this instance, I was able to get roughly 84mbps).

I went a step further and went inside my room (which is also on the second floor), albeit this time, I did it with the door closed. Although the speed dropped a bit, I was still able to get 68-75mbps for the most part which is pretty good overall.

How about the speed of the USB ports in terms of file sharing? The performance is quite impressive as well. This is so much so that I can say that you can use it as a NAS drive because it is that good.

Software

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Gaming Router

I am surprised that the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router doesn’t use the DumaOS that can be found in the company’s other ‘Nighthawk’ line of networking equipment, but I am still pleased with the router’s GUI overall.

The menus are outlined neatly and you can get to the specific settings that you want quickly and easily. The GUI is so intuitive that a layperson could easily navigate through the different settings without any problems.

You get your usual options such as the ability to prioritize different applications via QoS, setting up your router’s username and password (to access the GUI and for the SSID), and you can even do some port forwarding for your other applications as well, among many others.

It is interesting to me that there is no option for packet prioritization which can be found in Netgear’s other routers, but this is usually not something that people would touch anyway, so I am okay with that.

Just a reminder: Once you fire up this thing for the first time, it is generally a good idea to update the router’s firmware. This is to ensure that you will get all of the latest improvements, as well as some security patches.

Verdict

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is a pretty good WiFi 6 router. Its performance is quite consistent across the board and you will have no issues when it comes to its WiFi connectivity.

It is one of the most power-hungry routers on the market, though, but the good thing is that it has plenty of air vents to exhaust hot air effectively.

This gaming router costs $400 and although it is quite steep, getting a high-quality product is a worthwhile investment anyway, so I would still recommend this thing for people that want to get a pretty competitive WiFi AX router.

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The Best New Games to Be Excited About in 2020

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Every year, avid gamers are always looking forward to some games that they will sink their time into. And, while game releases were announced to be released at specific dates last year, the recent pandemic made it a bit impossible to keep up with the original schedule.

That being said, expect certain delays in your much-anticipated games. Still, it is a good idea to be optimistic since it will give developers more time to polish the game.

Anyway, this article will serve as your guide to the best new games of 2020.

Important Reminder

Although the new game consoles: The Sony Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X are going to be released during the holidays, little information is known about the games that will be released alongside the said consoles.

This means that all of the games (with the exception of a few) that I will be talking about in this article are only for this generation’s consoles and the PC.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

January

1.Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Monster Hunter World Iceborne

This is the first expansion of the game, Monster Hunter World, and it is a pretty expansive one. While this version of the game was released last year on consoles, it was only released in January of this year for the PC.

This can be downloaded from Steam, though you have to prepare a hefty storage space in your HDD or SSD because you will have to download a 60GB update on top of the base game.

2.Kingdom Hearts 3: Re-mind DLC

Kingdom Hearts 3 Re-Mind

The ever-popular Kingdom Hearts franchise is back at it again. Now on its 3rd installment, Kingdom Hearts 3 has released its DLC called “Re-Mind”. 

Expect to get another chapter of the main storyline, plus new abilities, keyblades (specifically Oblivion and Oathkeeper), and you get to enjoy better sharing capabilities as well.

The game’s new DLC is now available on Sony Playstation 4.

February

1.Life is Strange 2 and Bayonetta and Vanquish Collector’s Editions

Life is Strange 2

There are only two notable releases during the month of February. They are Life is Strange 2 and Bayonetta and Vanquish collector’s bundles. They are out now for all platforms except the PC for the Bayonetta game.

March

1.Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

The sequel to the massively popular Doom game a few years back, Doom Eternal ensures that you are going to get a rightful sequel.

Smash alien skulls and more, while also wielding a bad-ass gun in your adventures. The game is now available for all platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.

2.Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal

Fans of this classic jRPG will once again be treated to another amazing sequel. Dubbed as Persona 5: Royal, this game takes place at the Shujin Academy.

Join Joker and his band of phantom thieves in a quest unlike any other. The game is now available on the PS4.

3.Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

A direct sequel to the highly-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest, the game will pit Ori against new enemies.

This platformer has captured the hearts of many and its smooth graphics and a good story to match make it a perfect game to get.

This can now be downloaded for PC and Xbox One consoles.

April

1.Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

This is arguably the most anticipated game of 2020. Final Fantasy 7 was a popular game that was released in 1997. Square Enix has decided to create a remake of the game and improve its mechanics to make it even more enjoyable.

Join Cloud Strife and the gang as they combat the Shinra corporation. The game is out now for the PS4.

2. Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3 Remake

Another popular game in the late 90s, Resident Evil 3 has also been remade. It is now far better with vastly improved graphics and better controls, among many others.

This post-apocalyptic game allows you to fight against hordes of zombies, including the infamous and notorious, Nemesis.

The game is available for the PS4, Xbox One, and the PC. 

May

Aside from Minecraft Dungeons and the Borderlands and Bioshock collections, there are no more worthy game titles that will be released in May.

June

1. Last of Us 2

This is also another highly-anticipated game release of 2020. The Last of Us 2 talks about the story of Ellie as she survives against the infected.

One of the biggest things to watch out for is how your decisions will affect the course of the game and may change your notions about different things in life, forever.

Assuming there are no delays, the Last of Us 2 should be released on June 19 for the PS4.

2.Control and Pokemon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor DLCs

Both Control and Pokemon Sword and Shield have very popular base games and they are set to release their DLCs this June.

Control will release its ‘The Foundation’ DLC on June 25 for the Xbox One and Pokemon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor DLC will release anytime during the month (no specific date was announced).

July

1.Death Stranding

Death Stranding

The game was released first on the PS4 and Xbox One game consoles and it has received critical acclaim. 

It is set to be released on the PC on July 14.

September

1.Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

From the makers of the popular Witcher series, CD Projekt Red is set to release Cyberpunk 2077 sometime during the month.

It was originally slated to be released back in April but because of the complexities of the game, it had to be delayed. The game should be available for all gaming platforms, including Google Stadia sometime in the future.

2.Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

Though not as popular as Cyberpunk 2077 (at least in terms of the hype surrounding the aforementioned game), Marvel’s Avengers is still something to look forward to.

The game is set to be released on September 4.

Holidays

While information is scarce regarding the games that are set to be released during the holiday season, it is still important for you to know which games are coming out. These are the games that are worth your while:

1.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

2.Halo Infinite (Pc Xbox One, and Xbox Series X)

Halo Infinite

3.Godfall (PC and PS5)

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The Best MOBA Games on PC in 2020- Team Up with Your Friends and Beat the Competition

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When you ask people what the best MOBA game is, they will usually only give you two answers: Dota 2 or League of Legends.

While both of those titles have amassed huge followings, this is not to say that there aren’t any new and enticing contenders.

Today, I am going to be talking about the best MOBA games in 2020.

What is MOBA?

Before I begin, I assume that most people who are reading this article might already have an idea what a MOBA game is, but for those people that still do not have an inkling what this means, then read ahead.

MOBA is just an acronym that stands for ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arena’. As the name implies, you are teamed up with 4 or 5 other players and you need to battle it out against the opposing team.

The premise of this genre is simple: Get your characters strong enough to go to the enemy’s base and destroy a certain structure.

In Dota 2, for example, you start out as a level 1 character and once you start leveling up, some skills will be made available to you.

Each time you kill an enemy- may it be some ‘creeps’ (regular enemies) or heroes (player character), you will gain both experience and money- the latter of which you can use to buy items that can help boost stats and improve your character’s potential.

Depending on the game, there is usually a boss character that is situated somewhere in the middle of the battlefield. This boss character will drop some loot that you can use to your team’s advantage. This also means that you have to make sure that the enemy team doesn’t get to it first, otherwise they will have the upper hand.

While Dota 2 is quite enjoyable, it is not for everyone since a typical match would last at least 45 minutes (some can go for 2 hours or more).

Now that you now have a basic idea of what a MOBA game is, I will now talk about the best ones that you can find on the PC.

Best MOBA Games on PC

1.Dota 2

Dota 2

I think it should go without saying that Dota 2 is still the best MOBA game on PC in 2020. This game’s origins are actually pretty incredible.

Dota is just an acronym that stands for ‘Defense of the Ancients’ and by ‘Ancients’, the term is used to refer to the specific structures that are placed inside your base and the enemy’s base and the team that destroys the opposing group’s ancient structure first wins the entire game.

This whole thing started back when Warcraft III began. You see, the said game has a custom map editor that you can use to create a map of your own. That means that you not only have control over the terrain but you also have control over the things that are going to be utilized on your own map.

IceFrog, the original creator of the Dota custom map in the Warcraft 3 era, started with a couple of heroes and a rather basic map. The premise is simple: Get your team’s characters strong enough to invade the enemy base and destroy its ancient structure.

The idea at that time was novel but it has certainly won the hearts of many people. Since then, Valve (Steam) bought the rights to the said custom map from IceFrog, and then Dota 2 was born.

At the time of writing this article, Dota 2 now has 111 heroes to choose from, so you basically have the option to choose which one you really like to learn the most.

There are microtransactions available in the game, but you do not have to worry about it since real money can be used only to buy cosmetic items (or things that can help change the look of your chosen avatar).

One of its main advantages is, sadly, one of this game’s disadvantages as well. You see, you have plenty of characters to choose from, which means that if you are going to master a lot of them, you will need to be ready to spend hours and hours learning each avatar’s nuances so that you could be of great help to your team.

You also have to get acquainted with different roles. Of course, you should set that before you try to learn a new hero so that you will understand how you should operate within a team setup.

Some roles that you need to think about are the carry, support, mid, and so much more. Because there are certain spells that need to be available at a moment’s notice, you should get a competitive gaming mouse for that purpose.

2.League of Legends

League of Legends

While Dota 2 has set the stage for other game developers to follow, it was the League of Legends who took the formula and improved upon it.

Also known simply as ‘LoL’, this game has amassed a loyal following that, to this day, are still diehard fans.

You get a whopping 141 character roster which means that the learning curve is indeed quite steep. However, because of the unique battle style and strategies that you can employ, learning the characters that you want to use is much easier, at least, when compared to its main rival.

Although there are some game modes to choose from, the 5v5 Summoner’s Rift game mode is the most popular. Like Dota 2, expect to spend at least 30-50 minutes on a single league match.

There is a lot of learning to do when it comes to choosing a character and setting up an item list for which you should follow, but you will have a really fun time doing so.

While the community has some toxic players here and there, for the most part, the League of Legends player base is one of the best out there.

3.Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm

Also known as ‘HotS’, Heroes of the Storm was made by Blizzard, which is also the company that was responsible for the creation of Dota (albeit indirectly).

Although Blizzard was late to the party, this doesn’t mean that Heroes of the Storm doesn’t deserve a shoutout in this article.

If you do not want to spend an hour on a single game, then HotS is for you. Unlike the previous games that I’ve just mentioned, you do not have to worry about what items to purchase here simply because you only get to worry about the skills that you are going to get.

You see, at certain levels, your character will unlock new abilities and you will be the one to choose the right fit for the game and what your team needs the most.

The company used to host a lot of events that showcase the simplicity and prowess of this game, but Blizzard has its eyes focused more on mobile games in the near future.

It is sad that this game is now on ‘maintenance’ mode in that new features and game improvements will not be released as readily as it did before.

However, the game still has a solid player base and if you want a more polished MOBA game that doesn’t take too long to complete, then Heroes of the Storm is for you.

4.Smite

Smite

While the previous games allow you to control your characters by giving you an overhead view of the entire map, this next game takes things to a whole new level.

Smite is a rather new MOBA game but it is certainly gaining steady traction amongst fans of the genre because of its unique feature.

Instead of an overhead view of the entire map, you are going to control your avatar from a 3rd-person perspective. This not only makes things more immersive but it is an entirely new experience that is definitely more fun than the previously-mentioned titles.

Because of how the game is played, more and more people have gained an interest in playing Smite. This game allows you to control different gods but the premise remains largely the same, albeit played from a different perspective.

I am quite surprised by how the game has built a solid fan base. The community is quite large now that there are multiple online tournaments being played on a monthly basis with cash prizes amounting to millions of dollars.

Though it might not have the clout or the popularity of Dota 2 and League of Legends, Smite is slowly shaping up to be one of the best out there.

Tips

Unlike single-player games where all you have to worry about is yourself, MOBA games require you to be one with your team- both in strategy and coordination.

With that being said, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your playing experience:

1.Always Communicate

It goes without saying that you should always communicate with your teammates as a more cohesive group has a higher chance of winning than one that is discombobulated.

Most games have in-game chats, so you can use your gaming headset to communicate with your mates in the game.

An alternative solution would be to download a chat software like Discord and talk to your team there. Discord is lightweight and doesn’t take a lot of resources to run, making it ideal in this situation.

2.Invest in Good Gaming Gear

Aside from getting a gaming headset, you also need to invest in good gaming gear as well. Not only will you need a gaming mouse but getting a competitive gaming keyboard can also improve your chances of winning as well.

3.Learn One Character at a Time

The thing about MOBA games is that you have plenty of characters to choose from. If you are still starting out, I suggest that you stick to one character until you learn everything there is to know about them before you go ahead and choose another avatar.

The problem with most beginners is that they try to master a lot of things all at once and this is not a good approach if you want to be good at this genre.

You can be well-rounded after sinking so many hours into the game that you want to play- not by magically choosing any character that you please without enough time to practice them.

4.Search for Strategies

The good thing about this day and age is that you can look at different community forums and guides online to help you improve your overall game.

Search for specific character guides or even just general game strategies to help you become an asset to your team.

5.Have Fun!

The entire objective of playing a team game is to play it and enjoy it with your friends. Have fun!

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The Best Intel Z490 Motherboards to Help Unleash Your Comet Lake Processor’s Full Potential

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Everyone knows that whenever Intel releases a new processor that you will need a new motherboard for that. And, that is true for the new comet lake or 10th generation Intel processors.

If you are looking for the right one, read this article to find out the best Intel Z490 motherboards that will help unleash your comet lake processor’s full potential.

Keep in mind that not all Intel processors are overclockable. Only the Intel i5-10600K, Intel i7-10700K, and the Intel i9-10900K can be overclocked so you will need a fitting board that can handle the said CPUs.

What’s New?

You might be wondering what new features the Z490 motherboards have in store for you. Well, to be honest, not a lot, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy them.

The LGA-1200 chipset adds support for WiFi 6 and 2.5Gbps Ethernet connections, so mostly all of the notable features are in the networking front.

You could say that without the said additions that the Z490 boards are quite similar to the Z390 motherboards that were released a few years ago.

Still, getting a comet lake processor is quite enticing because it is now packed with more cores and threads, which means even more ample gaming performance than previous generations.

Best Intel Z490 Motherboards

1.MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

Price: $700

MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

If money is not an issue at all and you want to get what I would consider to be the best Z490 motherboard on the market, then the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike is for you.

It has an EATX form factor which means that you need a relatively large PC case in order to fit this behemoth.

What makes this quite appealing for regular consumers and hardcore overclockers alike is that it not only supports memory speeds of up to DDR4-5000, but it can also unlock the comet lake processors’ full potential as well.

Its BIOS is one of the simplest to navigate and there are also advanced options for people that truly want to tinker with all of the settings.

There are plenty of M.2 slots for your fast SSDs and it has WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support via a detachable antenna.

If you are a fan of RGB lighting, this board comes with all of the necessary ports to plug in as many of those things as possible.

Really, the only issue here is that it is priced way higher than others, but again, if money is not an issue, then this warrants a purchase.

2.Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra

Price: $290

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra

Not a lot of people can afford a motherboard with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are competitive mid-range models that you can choose from- one of which is the Gigabyte Aorus Ultra.

This unit is a tier below the higher-priced ‘Master’ model, but people will find its feature set to be more than sufficient enough for most use-cases.

It’s got plenty of USB ports on its I/O panel and you get WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support as well.

You also get plenty of M.2 slots with included heatsinks so that you do not have to buy them separately. The heatsinks can help cool down those fast drives without any issues.l

Its aesthetic is pretty simple but I think that most people will really love the design. It does have some RGB implementations, though it is quite subtle when you compare it to others.

Overclockers will love the fact that this thing comes with POST codes that will help you know exactly what the issue is whenever you want to overclock the RAM or the CPU.

I am pretty impressed with the things that Gigabyte has crammed into a mid-range board. My only gripe with this otherwise stellar product is that its BIOS needs more simplicity as there are some redundant or even questionable options that are in there.

But other than that, the Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Ultra is a pretty competitive motherboard that is priced just right.

3.Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme

Price: $750

Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme

An article that talks about the ‘best’ products out there will not be complete without a mention of Asus. The company prides itself on creating some stellar products, including smartphones, routers, etc.

That being said, the Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme is quite an expensive motherboard, but that is actually warranted given its specs.

It’s got two PCI-E x16 sockets, reinforced DIMM slots, a whopping 8 SATA ports, four M.2 slots, eight USB 3.2 ports, and two USB Type-C ports- one of which is a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port which provides unparalleled transfer speeds.

Aside from that, you get plenty of fan headers and connectors so you can equip this thing with the best CPU coolers to help tame Intel’s 10th generation chips.

It’s got 16-phase power delivery and pretty good VRMs that ensures your system will get good and clean power during its operation. Plus, the heatsinks themselves have full RGB lighting support to make your rig look even cooler.

It is also worth noting that you also get the ESS ES9023P DAC along with the SupremeFX S1220 chipset to provide you with amazing audio quality, especially if you are going to insert your favorite gaming headsets.

You might wonder why this doesn’t sit at the top spot of this list and that is because I’ve run into some issues where its benchmark results are slightly lower than what MSI has to offer.

But, the Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme is a full-featured motherboard with all of the bells and whistles that you could ask for from a company.

4.MSI Z490-A Pro

Price: $160

MSI Z490-A Pro

If all you want is an inexpensive motherboard that can still overclock a comet lake chip, then the MSI Z490-A Pro is an enticing choice.

Although this thing can be considered a ‘budget’ board, it is definitely not a cheap one as it comes loaded with features that people will surely love.

Aside from the fact that you can overclock your Intel CPU with this thing, it also comes with Realtek’s 2.5Gb LAN implementation which is quite unheard of in the realm of budget products.

It is also worth mentioning that this board also has a steady 12-phase power delivery which, to the uninitiated, means that it can provide a steady amount of power during its operation- whether you overclock your chip or not.

I also love the fact that it has a pretty considerable audio solution in the form of the Realtek ALC1200 audio codec. Although it is not as good as the more premium boards out there, it is definitely respectable enough for most users.

Aside from the things that were mentioned, you also get two PCIe 3.0 x 4 M.2 slots, a USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-C port, five USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, and an additional two USB 2.0 ports for your chosen peripherals.

The downside here is that its design is what you would expect in an inexpensive product- tame and subtle.

But, if looks are not an issue and you just want a competitive motherboard that is priced just right, the MSI Z490-A Pro is a worthy purchase.

5.Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra

Price: $224

Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra

People that want to create a relatively compact system would have to buy an ITX motherboard. That being said, one of the best out there is the Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra.

Before I begin, when you are buying the Aorus Ultra, make sure that you look for the ‘I’ the product name. Otherwise, you would be getting the standard ATX variant that was mentioned earlier in the article.

Anyway, this thing has an 8-phase VRM design with 90-amp Smart power stages. This is a bit technical to explain, but in simpler terms, you can do a slight overclock on your chosen chip without running into any issues. You might not be getting astronomical numbers here, but at least the option is available if you want to eke out more performance from your Intel CPU.

The design is rather simple with mostly a black aesthetic with some metallic gray accents scattered throughout the motherboard.

Despite this board having an ITX form factor, it does come with two M.2 slots- one of which has a thermal guard to help it keep cool during normal operation.

It should also go without mentioning that this IXTX motherboard also comes with Intel’s 2.5GbE LAN solution as well, so for people that are not okay with a Realtek LAN implementation, this is the board to get.

6.ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX

Price: $270

ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX

You normally wouldn’t get so much performance of your CPU when you are going to get an ITX motherboard, but the last entry on this list will prove to you otherwise.

The ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX, as the name suggests, is an ITX motherboard that is unlike any other.

I normally wouldn’t expect specific features for overclocking on a relatively small board, but this thing actually comes with some nifty additions.

Aside from the fact that it has an 8+2 power delivery system, you also get a clear CMOS button on the back I/O. This is great if you are running into any problems overclocking your CPU and you want the board to go back to its default settings.

In terms of networking, you’ve got two options here. First are the Realtek 2.5GbE LAN and the Intel AX201 WiFi 6 module. Both are great additions to any system.

At the back I/O panel, you get a plethora of USB ports plus a USB-C port that also acts as a Thunderbolt 3.0 port as well. The said port can be used to plug in a display of your choosing, which is really nice.

This motherboard looks a bit nicer than the Gigabyte board mentioned above, so if you want a flashier setup, this might be more appealing.

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router Review- The Gaming Router to Get in 2020

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The gaming industry is one of the most popular niches now in that there are tons of products that you can buy that are great for gaming purposes.

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is touted as a ‘gaming’ router, but does it have what it takes to help eliminate lag and provide a better overall experience than the other routers that you can find on the market?

Design

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Review 2020

When you look at the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router, you will probably think of a lost starship from the infamous Death Star from Star Wars as its design is quite similar to those ships.

It has two ‘wing’ antennas that actually house a total of four antennas on the inside. This will provide maximum performance and throughput and it also helps increase the router’s range as well.

Because this is a WiFi 6 router, you can enjoy all of the features that the new WiFi technology provides, most especially OFDMA for better reliability in terms of giving internet connectivity to multiple users at any time.

On the top and at the bottom sides of the router, you will find that this thing has plenty of air exhaust vents and they are quite useful, especially considering that this is one of the more power-hungry networking solutions on the market today.

At the back, you will find all of the ports that you need. What’s interesting here is that you will find that two of the four gigabit Ethernet ports can be combined (via the router’s software) for better throughput. This is what you’ll want to use on your gaming PC so that you can virtually eliminate lag while you play.

There are also two USB 3.2 ports so you can plug in your printer and other USB-powered devices, and you will also find a power button, as well as an LED on/off switch as well.

Performance

Netgear Nighthawk AX12

Since this is a ‘gaming’ router, how well does it perform in such scenarios? In my testing, I’ve used World of Warcraft, one of the best MMORPGs out there, and Overwatch as both of these games not only have a built-in latency indicator, but they are also quite challenging in terms of latency in some parts of the day.

Normally, I would get 120ms on World of Warcraft and about 100ms on Overwatch for most of the day using my usual router, but the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router performs really well as I am able to get 100ms on WoW and a little over 70ms on Overwatch.

It is worth noting that I’ve used the combined port (which should be indicated on the back of the unit) for better performance, though using the other ports yielded only a slight performance penalty of roughly 10-15ms.

Being a WiFi 6 router, it is also important to test its capabilities on this front. So, I’ve connected multiple devices at one time and each of them is connected to Youtube for continuous streaming.

All of them do not have any buffer issues at all and they all got consistent speeds. But, this was done within a 10-meter radius near the router.

So, to test its mettle in terms of how far the WiFi signals can go, I went to the second floor (the router is on the first floor) and I was still able to get about 70% of my network speed (my internet connection is 120mbps, so in this instance, I was able to get roughly 84mbps).

I went a step further and went inside my room (which is also on the second floor), albeit this time, I did it with the door closed. Although the speed dropped a bit, I was still able to get 68-75mbps for the most part which is pretty good overall.

How about the speed of the USB ports in terms of file sharing? The performance is quite impressive as well. This is so much so that I can say that you can use it as a NAS drive because it is that good.

Software

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Gaming Router

I am surprised that the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router doesn’t use the DumaOS that can be found in the company’s other ‘Nighthawk’ line of networking equipment, but I am still pleased with the router’s GUI overall.

The menus are outlined neatly and you can get to the specific settings that you want quickly and easily. The GUI is so intuitive that a layperson could easily navigate through the different settings without any problems.

You get your usual options such as the ability to prioritize different applications via QoS, setting up your router’s username and password (to access the GUI and for the SSID), and you can even do some port forwarding for your other applications as well, among many others.

It is interesting to me that there is no option for packet prioritization which can be found in Netgear’s other routers, but this is usually not something that people would touch anyway, so I am okay with that.

Just a reminder: Once you fire up this thing for the first time, it is generally a good idea to update the router’s firmware. This is to ensure that you will get all of the latest improvements, as well as some security patches.

Verdict

The Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Wireless Router is a pretty good WiFi 6 router. Its performance is quite consistent across the board and you will have no issues when it comes to its WiFi connectivity.

It is one of the most power-hungry routers on the market, though, but the good thing is that it has plenty of air vents to exhaust hot air effectively.

This gaming router costs $400 and although it is quite steep, getting a high-quality product is a worthwhile investment anyway, so I would still recommend this thing for people that want to get a pretty competitive WiFi AX router.

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