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AMD vs Intel- The Battle Between Two CPU Giants But Who Wins in 2020?

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AMD vs Intel

One of the longest-standing debates out there is whether Intel or AMD is better when it comes to producing CPUs.

In this article, we will explore what both companies have to offer and whether or not you should go for AMD’s Ryzen CPUs or Intel’s Core processors.

I already have a clear winner here but do read ahead so that you can form your own conclusion.

CPU Architecture

The first thing that we will talk about is the CPU architecture as this is going to be the basis for CPU performance.

Intel still uses the Skylake architecture that was released in 2015 in its new Comet Lake-S desktop processors.

For those of you who do not know, this is a refined 14nm process that is built in-house and although it provides good gaming performance, the same cannot be said for other tasks.

AMD, however, is using the Zen 2 architecture which makes use of the 7nm fab process from TSMC. That’s right, AMD actually does not manufacture its own chips, but rather, they have a third party company do it for them. The company basically provides the blueprint.

What’s interesting here is that because of the smaller node, AMD was able to cram more of it into its processors, and thus, it has created numerous processors that are not only powerful but also energy efficient as well.

Winner: AMD

Performance

Intel

So, what about performance? Well, that really depends on what you intend to do with your PC. If you are talking about a gaming processor, then there is no doubt that Intel wins this one.

The Intel Core i9-10900K is the fastest gaming CPU on the market in 2020 and that is thanks largely to the higher core clocks compared to its competitors.

True enough, when you look at gaming benchmarks, the CPU can handle any graphics card and any game that you can throw at it with aplomb.

Now, when we talk about productivity and content creation workloads, AMD takes the cake. Because AMD CPUs have more cores and threads, each one of them can be utilized to speed things up, among other things.

For instance, if you render a video, the higher core count in AMD Ryzen CPUs just makes it so that you can finish the render in a matter of minutes.

Just think of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X for example. It is a 16-core, 32-thread chip that pretty much allows content creators to finish their work so much faster than using any of Intel’s mainstream desktop processors.

Keep in mind that the aforementioned CPU is still part of AMD’s mainstream consumer product stack which means that it is inexpensive for what it provides and you can use it with an x570 motherboard as opposed to the TR40 boards for the company’s Threadripper lineup.

Winner: Intel for Gaming; AMD for everything else

Overclocking

Intel 2020

There is actually no debate here because Intel CPUs provide better overclocking headroom as opposed to AMD’s Ryzen processors.

True enough, you can take the Intel Core i9-10900K and overclock its cores to go beyond 5 GHz which translates to an amazing performance uplift, especially in games.

The problem with this is that for you to get the most out of your Intel chip, you not only have to have a capable motherboard but you also have to make sure that you have a pretty good cooling solution as well (preferably an AIO liquid solution or even a custom water loop at that).

While you can technically overclock Ryzen CPUs, you cannot go beyond its boost clock simply because of the architecture and technologies that the company has used.

You can overclock the processor, yes, but only up to a point. In other words, it doesn’t go beyond AMD’s specs.

For instance, a Ryzen 7 3700x has a maximum boost speed of 4.4GHz, but that is only for the two best cores in the said chip. All of the others can comfortably operate within 4.2-4.3GHz ranges but nothing beyond that.

With AMD’s specifications, however, you can utilize Precision Boost Overdrive which is a feature that tells the chip to frequently boost itself to near maximum performance, but this one requires more than adequate cooling to take full advantage of.

What AMD is doing is actually good since people can get the maximum performance out of the box without much tweaking.

But, if you want to eke out every last drop of performance, Intel is the way to go.

Winner: Intel for more overclocking headroom; AMD for better out of the box performance

Power Consumption

AMD

There is no denying that AMD wins this round, mainly because the Ryzen 3000 processors’ 7nm process node provides more efficiency without a performance penalty.

Power consumption correlates with heat production and because AMD’s new CPUs do not take up so much power (even under loads), it remains cool despite the use of a stock cooler.

Speaking of CPU coolers, Ryzen CPUs often come with stock coolers right out of the box. That means that you save some money that you can use to spend on better memory, more storage, or even a better graphics card.

With Intel, boy, where do I even begin? For starters, all of Intel’s overclockable CPUs do not come with a stock cooler because the company encourages you to use a better cooling solution to tame their power-hungry beasts.

Power consumption is also quite bad. While Intel’s processors are better overclockers overall, the result is an even power-hungrier chip compared to any of AMD’s mainstream desktop CPUs.

When maxed out, for example, the Intel Core i9-10900K can get as much as 300 watts of power by itself which is pretty insane!

Winner: AMD

Laptop Processors

When it comes to mobile processors that are built into laptops, Intel takes the crown here. While AMD has already started rolling out its mobile processors, Intel still takes the cake simply because of raw performance without being too power-hungry.

When you look at gaming laptops on the market, you will find that the best ones are those that are equipped with Intel’s chips.

It would be interesting to see how AMD would respond seeing that Intel is taking a hiatus since it is focusing on manufacturing power-efficient nodes for their CPUs soon.

Winner: Intel

Price and Value

AMD 2020

Competition is always going to be great for consumers and it shows with AMD and Intel’s battle in the CPU department.

You see, Intel’s i9-9900K, when it was released, was priced at $500. Intel was able to do that because team red was still on the verge of releasing some of the best processors on the market as we know today.

While it is a pretty good gaming processor, it only has 8 cores and 16 threads which, from a productivity standpoint, is just a middling performer at best.

That has prompted the company to release a higher core-count mainstream CPU in the form of the Intel Core i9-10900K but a boost in just two cores rarely translates to better performance from a computing perspective.

AMD, on the other hand, is a clear winner in terms of price and value. If you have less than $300 to spend, you can look at the Ryzen 5 3600 or the Ryzen 7 3700x depending on your budget. The former is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU and the latter is an 8-core, 16 thread chip which means that they are not only good for gaming but also from a content creation standpoint as well.

If you want a chip that competes with the Intel i9-10900K in both gaming and productivity, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900x is sold at an appealing price of just $430 (down from $500 when it originally came out).

What if you want a CPU that has more cores and more threads without going beyond $1,000? You have the choice of getting the Ryzen 9 3950x which is an insane 16-core, 32-thread processor that can be used with a mainstream x570 motherboard.

Not to mention that x570 motherboards can support the upcoming Ryzen 4000 processors just by using their built-in BIOS flashback functionality.

With Intel CPUs, in each and every generation, you should be getting a new motherboard along with the new chip. That is because every new processor from team blue requires a new socket, so you’ll not only have to think about what CPU to buy, but you will also have to save some money to buy a compatible board as well (which increases the price even more).

Winner: AMD

Conclusion

So, who wins the competition? Well, in terms of overall value and performance, there is no denying that AMD wins here. The company has certainly provided us with amazing processors sold at affordable prices. Not only that but the motherboard support for the company’s chips is great as you can also use the same board for the upcoming CPUs as well.

Intel still wins in some aspects, though, particularly when it comes to overclocking and laptop processors.

Still, if you want to get the most bang for the buck performance, I would say that you should stick with AMD processors for now.

Until Intel comes up with a competitive chip and is sold at good prices, then and only then can it go head-to-head with team red again.

 

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The PS5 is Just Around the Corner- Release Date, Pricing, and So Much More

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After months of speculation and rumors, Sony has finally unveiled the new Playstation 5. The leaked images of the company’s upcoming game console are off but at least Sony has done a great job of producing quite an amazing-looking Playstation.

That being said, I know that you are interested in finding out the many different things about Sony’s upcoming console, so today, I will devote this article to providing you with the information that you need to know about the Playstation 5.

Release Date

Competition is a beautiful thing. Microsoft announced that the Xbox Series X will be released sometime during the holiday season, so Sony went a step further and announced that the PS5 will be releasing in November.

Now, you will have to wait until the console has been released in various regions because the company intends to release it in batches.

The first batch will be released on November 12 and it will only be available in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

The rest of the world (especially in the United Kingdom) will have to wait until November 19 (just a week after the first batch’s release) to get their hands on this highly-coveted gaming machine.

Pricing

There were a lot of rumors and speculations that the new Playstation 5 will cost a lot more than its predecessor, but Mark Cerny, the lead architect and the main producer of the upcoming console, said that that is not really the case.

You see, there will be two versions that are going to be sold to the public. The first is the digital edition which will be sold for just $399. The disc edition will have a 4K Blu-ray player included and will be available for just an additional $100 (totaling $499).

To be honest, with all of its technological advancements, I am surprised that Sony priced the consoles as it is. I am willing to bet that people will be okay if the company would price it $50 more at least, seeing that the PS5 is a huge generational leap over the PS4.

Pre-orders have started since September 17, so if you want to reserve your unit, you must do so as soon as possible.

It is also worth noting that you have to confer with your retailer’s website as to when they will hold pre-orders since it will be the individual stores’ discretion to do so.

Originally, Sony had intentions of ramping up the production of the PS5 console to about 11 million units by March 2021, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were some challenges that made this impossible.

Realistically, the company could produce a little over 7 million units by March of next year, so you can expect that there will be a huge chance that there will be a shortage of units sold worldwide.

Design

Playstation 5 Design

Previous mock-ups of the upcoming console made it look like an AV receiver or projector of sorts, but the upcoming PS5 actually looks more premium than that.

Instead of just a monotone color scheme, Sony went with a black and white theme where the main part of the device is black and some white flaps are placed on the sides. The flaps are shaped in a way that forms the letter ‘V’ which could be seen as a representation that the console is in its 5th generation.

As mentioned earlier, there will be two versions of the upcoming console- one that is completely digital and the other one having a 4K Blu-ray player. The latter will have a small disc placed on the side of the unit, so it will look bigger than the all-digital version.

Because of the design, the PS5 looks amazing when it is placed on its vertical orientation, though Cerny did mention that you can still put the unit horizontally if that is what you want.

Aside from the power and eject buttons, you will also find a USB-A and USB-C port on the console as well. Because the rear IO is not yet revealed to the public, it is interesting to know what other ports are available to you before the console launches.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: x86-64 AMD Ryzen 8-Cores/16-Threads at 3.5GHz
  • GPU: AMD RDNA2 GPU, 36CUs at 2.23GHz, 10.3 Teraflops
  • RAM: 16GB GDDR6 256-bit, 448GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Storage: 825GB Custom SSD, NVMe SSD Slot (expandable)
  • External Storage: USB HDD/SSD Support
  • Drive: Optical Ultra HD (4K) Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV
  • Game Disc: 4K Blu-ray up to 100GB per disc
  • Audio: ‘Tempest’ 3D Audio Tech
  • Video: HDMI Output, Supports 4K @ 120Hz (thanks to HDMI 2.1)
  • Dimensions: 390 x 104 x 260mm/ 390 x 92 x 260mm (digital edition)
  • Weight: 4.5Kg, 3.9Kg (digital edition)
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1

The performance of the Sony Playstation 5 is unparalleled and it is indeed a huge generational leap over the Playstation 4.

Back then, if you were playing graphically intensive PS4 games, you will have to wait a considerable amount of time to be able to play again after switching to different maps and scenes.

With the upcoming game console, thanks to its blazing fast SSD, you only have to wait a few seconds for everything to load up.

Game developers have been clamoring for a faster storage drive for years and thanks to this new innovation, they now aren’t shy of incorporating heavy textures into their games as the console can handle it now.

The performance package of the PS5 is no slouch. The GPU is based on AMD’s RDNA2 GPU architecture which would provide enough graphical horsepower to handle any game that you throw at it. It is helped further by AMD’s Ryzen CPU that has 8 cores and 16 threads, so you can expect some really huge performance gains over its predecessor.

At the time of writing, it was revealed that the storage solution of the PS5 is only at 825GB (usable), and considering that games will undoubtedly require huge amounts of storage, you are given an extra NVMe slot so you can plug your favorite SSD on it.

However, keep in mind that Cerny and his team are still struggling to find any SSD on the market today that can get near the performance of the SSD that you can find on the upcoming game console. This is both interesting and concerning since you already know that the performance is there, but the problem is that what if you are going to run out of storage space?

You do have the option to use an external hard drive though but that would mean an additional cost that most people are not going to be okay with (considering that we are still under the effects of the global pandemic, which means that money is tight).

8K Support

With such powerful hardware, I am happy to report that the Playstation 5 will support 8K resolution, albeit you need to have a TV that uses the new HDMI 2.1 standard to unlock the console’s full potential.

Aside from that, you can settle with 4K TVs that have support for high resolution since the PS5 can output 4K graphics at 120Hz which is indeed pretty impressive.

Fortunately for you, if you are going to buy new TVs that can handle the PS5’s power, there are some that are offered by industry giants such as Samsung, LG, and even Sony, to name a few. Of course, they are not going to be cheap, but getting a TV is already considered an investment- one that can last for a very long time.

Audio

Playstation 5 Wireless Headset

Back then, there were rumors that the PS5 will support Dolby Atmos but this was neither confirmed nor denied by Cerny.

However, Cerny did say that the PS5 will produce ‘3D Audio’ that will make the person’s gaming experience more immersive than ever.

As to the specifics of the said technology, we are still oblivious to the fact but some game developers have given us a notion of it.

According to Jun Takeuchi, the game producer of Resident Evil Village, he said that the new audio technology was probably made for horror games because all you need to do is use a competitive pair of headphones to get the full experience.

Unsurprisingly, one of the accessories that were also announced during the event was the new wireless headset made by the company- probably the best thing that you can get to take advantage of the new 3D audio tech.

Controller

Playstation DualSense Controller

Every Playstation game console so far has come with a DualShock controller but the PS5 is going against the grain as it will now come with what is known by the company as the ‘DualSense’ controller.

Instead of using mechanical motors to produce rumbles, the new DualSense controller will use haptics to simulate an even more realistic response to the games that you play.

It remains to be seen how immersive these controllers can be, but I am pretty sure that you are excited to try this out for yourself as well (I know I am excited as well).

Accessories

I’ve already mentioned the new Pulse 3D gaming headset that is set to make your gaming experience more immersive thanks to the new 3D audio technology, but there are also some new accessories that will be released alongside the PS5 as well.

Aside from the DualSense Charging Station (for the controllers), you will also have the chance to get the new Media Remote specifically for the disc version of the PS5.

You will also have the chance to get the new HD camera which I think will be used for streaming purposes. But, I think that you can also use it for video conferencing as well.

For people who want to know if the PS5 is compatible with VR headsets, yes, it will be. I don’t think that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the upcoming game console, but Cerny assured the public that the Playstation 5 will have the capability of supporting VR content.

I think that a new PSVR2 headset is in order.

Games

Spider Man Miles Morales

To entice people to get the new game console, Sony has unveiled some platform-exclusive titles that will be launched alongside the release of the PS5. Do note that some of the games will be launched at an earlier date, but all of them have been confirmed. Here are just some of the best titles that were announced so far:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Returnal
  • Godfall
  • NBA 2K21
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Tribes of Midgard
  • Hitman 3
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
  • JETT: The Far Shore
  • Solar Ash
  • The Pathless
  • Stray

Backward Compatibility

It was confirmed by Sony representatives that the Playstation 5 will be able to play the vast majority of PS4 games, but unfortunately, there is no news about the past PS consoles as of yet.

In a blog post, Hideaki Nishino has stated that you could potentially play about 90% of the PS4 games available on the platform on the new game console. Of course, support for those games would have to be released, but it is interesting to know that you can play your favorite titles on the new hardware.

However, support for the older generation games will probably not exist, so you will have to be stuck with the predecessor’s content portfolio. This can be a good thing or bad thing depending on whether or not the PS1 to PS3’s games list matter to you.

Conclusion

There you have it! I have given you all of the information that you need to know about the Playstation 5. What are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section.

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Best 4K Gaming Monitors in 2020- Because 4K Gaming is Now Mainstream

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HP Omen X 65 Emperium

With the advent of new graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD, 4K gaming is now mainstream which is why it is now time for you to invest in a good 4K gaming monitor.

Of course, with so many different choices available out there, you might be confused as to which one to buy.

Do not worry as I am going to be talking about the best 4K gaming monitors in 2020. Do read through the rest of the article to find out our recommendations.

Important Considerations

Before anything else, I want to talk about some important considerations first before you head out there to buy a competitive 4K gaming monitor.

First, do you have a good graphics card? Because the 4K resolution pretty much renders 8.3 million pixels, you need to have a beefy GPU to be able to play games at high enough frame rates. Fortunately, the new Nvidia 3000 Series graphics cards have more than enough horsepower to make this dream a reality. Do not worry AMD fans, the company is also set to announce its own competing cards as well.

Second, do you want to get the best possible gaming performance or do you want a more immersive experience by way of more impeccable visuals? While there are some gaming monitors that can do both, they are highly expensive and you have to be ready to shell out the cash just to get one.

Lastly, do you have enough desk space? To get the most out of a 4K monitor, you need to have enough desk space to accommodate at least a 27-inch screen.

I’ve used a 24-inch gaming monitor in the past and although my rig was capable enough of delivering more than 60 frames per second at 4K, I just didn’t feel that the panel did my game justice.

Most of my recommended monitors here are at least 27 inches so you can truly appreciate what 4K gaming is all about.

With all of those things out of the way, here are the best 4K gaming monitors in 2020:

Best 4K Gaming Monitors

1.Acer Nitro XV273K

Price: $830

Acer Nitro XV273K

The best overall 4K gaming monitor on this list is the Acer Nitro XV273K. This is a 27-inch IPS display with a refresh rate of 144Hz and has both GSync and FreeSync 2 variable refresh rate technologies to prevent screen tearing and other visual distortions.

There are noticeable bezels on the side but you actually won’t notice it that much because of the included flaps. I think that the flaps are built to allow you to focus more on the content and not anything else around you.

Its stand is rather odd because the display itself is quite big. But in my testing, it was able to support the entire weight of the monitor without any issue. Just make sure that your desk’s surface is not slippery because this thing can move if that is not the case.

The monitor is super bright at 500 nits and it has a pretty good DCI-P3 score so you can definitely use this display for content creation as well.

I do have to say that when you use the sRGB display mode that its white point is not as accurate as other 4K gaming monitors out there.

But, if you use this purely for gaming, the Acer Nitro XV273K definitely will not disappoint.

2.Acer Predator X27

Price: $1,525

Acer Predator X27

Another amazing 4K gaming monitor from Acer, the Acer Predator X27 provides impressive gaming performance across the board. This is another 27-inch IPS display from the company and it has GSync for smoother gaming.

The reason why I’ve included this on the list is that it has one of the lowest input lags and fastest response times among all 4K gaming monitors on the market. If you are into competitive gaming, I highly recommend this unit.

Because it uses an IPS panel, you can expect a wider color gamut and impressive viewing angles. Images stay sharp and vibrant no matter what angle you view the monitor from.

It does have support for HDR content and it has enough peak brightness to help you appreciate whatever online content you wish to consume.

It also includes some flaps on the sides but there are none on the top of the display, which I think is a fair compromise.

The only real issue here is the price. If you have the money to spend though, the Acer Predator X27 is certainly worthy of your consideration.

3.Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

Price: $2,000

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

As you can probably tell by now, 4K gaming monitors are considered as premium not only because of their price but also in their features.

That being said, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is definitely a premium product but Asus can charge this much for a pretty compelling display.

This is still a 27-inch IPS monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and GSync but what’s amazing here is the impressive visuals that are being displayed by this unit.

The colors are already calibrated right out of the box, though tuning it further would bring out the best that this monitor has to offer.

It also has a pretty cool design as well. It has that usual gamer aesthetic with some alien-inspired aesthetics and a cool RGB LED lighting at the base of the stand.

You might be disappointed by the fact that it only has two USB 3.0 ports, but it does have an HDMI connection and a DisplayPort to slot your cable in.

If weight is one of your considerations to tell that a product is of premium quality, this thing weighs 28 pounds and it is definitely one of the heftiest monitors on the market.

For $2,000, the price tag is definitely up there, but it is also warranted given the features that you will get.

4.Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

Price: $329

Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

If you are looking for a competitive 4K gaming monitor that doesn’t break the bank, the Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q is quite an appealing choice.

This is a 28-inch 4K gaming monitor that uses an IPS panel for that crisp and vivid display. It supports HDR content, though you would be hard-pressed to notice the difference between SDR and HDR (still, the option is there).

Its response time is quite okay as this is a mid-range performer. You might be turned off by the fact that it only supports 60Hz refresh rate, but this can actually be a good thing.

If you have a mid-range GPU such as the Radeon 5600XT, you can output 60 frames easily in most games.

The ergonomics are also great because the monitor stand allows you to pivot, tilt, and swivel the entire display.

Lastly, this thing supports AMD’s FreeSync adaptive sync technology to prevent any visual distortions.

5.Acer Predator CG437K

Price: $999

Acer Predator CG437K

If 27 inches still looks small to you, then perhaps this next one will tickle your fancy. The Acer Predator CG437K is a 43-inch 4K gaming monitor that has a VA panel that is known for better contrast and white balance.

This monitor supports HDR10 and it has the right peak brightness to make sure that you enjoy whatever HDR content that you can find online.

The Acer Predator CG437K has a native refresh rate of 60-120Hz but you can actually overclock the panel to achieve a 144Hz refresh rate. However, there are some downsides to doing this.

First, if you are to reach for the 144Hz refresh rate, you need to be using two DisplayPort cables to achieve this. Second, you also have to sacrifice GSync, as well as HDR support, if you are to go for faster speed.

I am blown away by the visual fidelity of the CG437K. Because the monitor is big, you can truly enjoy what 4K gaming is all about, though I would recommend that you sit a bit farther than you normally would so that your eyes won’t hurt.

All in all, the Acer Predator CG437K is pretty impressive and it is priced just right. It is a bit of a bummer that you’d have to sacrifice both GSync and HDR support if you are to overclock the panel, but at least the option is there if you want to change things from time to time.

6.Alienware AW5520QF

Price: $3,978

Alienware AW5520QF

You might have heard of Alienware before. This is Dell’s gaming division that has sold gaming desktops and laptops for so many years. They have since dabbled into developing amazing monitors and the Alienware AW5520QF is something worth considering.

This is a 55-inch monitor with an OLED panel. That’s right, it comes with the same panel that is used in most 4K TVs nowadays and that is really saying something.

I also love the fact that it is capable of reaching a 120Hz screen refresh rate and since the display is already quite huge, this really allows you to appreciate high-speed gaming.

More importantly, the AW5520QF displays some amazing visuals- pretty much akin to the top of the line TVs that you can find on the market.

It does have FreeSync support so you do not have to worry about weird visual distortions when you are playing your favorite games.

What’s more, I think that the OLED panel that is used on this monitor helped it achieve really low input lag and truly impressive response times. So whether you are going to play on the next-gen consoles or on your very capable gaming PC, the Alienware AW5520QF should definitely be in your shortlist.

7.HP Omen X 65 Emperium

Price: $3,800

HP Omen X 65 Emperium

Okay, at this point, you might be thinking that I am going crazy here, but who would purchase a 64.5-inch 4K gaming monitor, especially since there are TVs that you can buy for couch gaming? Well, this next monitor is perfectly suited for people that want to play on their gaming PCs, first and foremost, but can also be used for next-gen consoles which are reported to support high refresh rate gaming.

The HP Omen X 65 Emperium is a beast of a gaming monitor because it nearly reaches the 65-inch mark that is similar to some TVs that you can find on the market.

But, what’s interesting here is that this is one of the only 4K gaming monitors that I can wholeheartedly recommend for color accuracy and overall visual fidelity.

Right of the box, you are greeted with crisp and vibrant colors and if you have a display calibration tool, you can even make it so much better as well.

It supports a 144Hz refresh rate which is quite impressive given that this is a 64.5-inch VA screen.

As you can expect, the HP Omen Emperium can handle HDR content nicely and has more than enough brightness to truly support HDR10.

Since this thing is huge, its built-in audio is actually pretty good. You can do away with PC speakers simply because the audio solution on this thing can output impeccable sound quality.

The company also includes a streaming device-like interface that allows you to use this display for TV and general streaming of online content which is a nice addition.

If you are looking for a 4K gaming monitor with no compromises, the HP Omen X 65 Emperium is one of the best out there.

8.BenQ EL2870U

Price: $250

BenQ EL2870U

I’ve pretty much covered all of the high-end 4K gaming monitors out there, so it would be best for me to end this article with a budget offering.

The BenQ EL2870U is a 28-inch monitor with a TN panel display. It only has a refresh rate of 60Hz, though it does have FreeSync support.

So, why do I still deem this as one of the best 4K gaming monitors out there? Well, aside from the fact that it is inexpensive, it is actually pretty decent.

Even though it uses a TN panel which is notorious for having bad viewing angles and less than stellar color reproduction, the BenQ EL2870U still offers really good visuals. It even supports HDR!

You can also get a hold of the company’s gamer-centric features such as the ability to put a crosshair in the middle of the screen, eye-care, and so much more.

If you want an entry-level 4K gaming monitor that is still worthwhile, the BenQ EL2870U is available for you to get.

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Razer Naga Pro Review- A Great Gaming and Multitasking Mouse

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If you hear the word ‘Razer’, what comes to mind? You’re probably thinking about a company that has spearheaded the gaming peripherals industry and you are actually correct, though they also dabble into selling gaming laptops and monitors as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Razer Naga Pro which is the successor to the Razer Naga Trinity- considered as one of the best MMO mice in the previous year.

Does it have what it takes to become the rightful heir? Let’s find out!

Design

If you’ve seen the Razer Naga Trinity, then the Razer Naga Pro should be quite familiar to you. That is because it borrows the same design language, albeit the area where your right ring finger resides now has a dedicated spot with a textured coating.

Another important distinction is that the DPI buttons just below the scroll wheel now feel much better to the touch compared to its predecessor. That is pretty much where the differences end.

Both the Trinity and the Naga Pro have swappable side buttons. In the box, you get a total of three different panels- (1) two-button panel, (1) six-button layout, (1) 12-button configuration.

By default, the 12-button panel is stuck to the side of the mouse while the others are placed inside their respective receptacles in the box.

Personally, I love the feel of the six-button layout and I think that this is what most people would use among the three. That is because it has a nice feel when you click on them and they have this nice texture that is perfect for gamers with sweaty hands.

The familiar two-button layout is ideal for FPS gamers, especially for those that are playing battle royale games or other fast-paced titles in general.

The default configuration is the 12-button side panel and it is meant for people who play MMORPGs. Although I love that there are plenty of buttons that you can configure, I just don’t like the fact that there are no distinguishing features to help you memorize them.

Unlike other mice on the market that also have 12 programmable buttons, the 12-button panel on the Naga Pro is all smooth and they don’t have any textured surfaces or different-angled placements to help you distinguish one from the other.

Although your muscle memory can catch on as you use the mouse more and more, it would have been leaps and bounds better had the company used something to help you tell the different buttons apart.

The side panels stick to the gaming mouse via strong magnets and when they do stick, they are pretty much stuck to the side of the mouse really well. If you want to remove the panel and replace it with the other ones in the box, all you have to do to pry it open is to use your thumb and pull the slight opening at the bottom of the mouse. Doing that is quite easy, so you can swap to the different side panels as you see fit and without any issues.

The new Razer Naga Pro is also using optical switches on the different mouse buttons to ensure that this thing will last for a very long time. On the spec sheet, it says that the mouse buttons are rated to last until 70 million clicks and if that is to be believed, then this mouse can certainly last for at least 5-7 for average users.

On the underside, you will find a switch that you can use to enable the different connection modes. You can choose Bluetooth if you want to connect it to your tablet or smartphone. There is the 2.4GHz connection if you want to use its main USB dongle (this is preferred if you are going to play on your PC or laptop). There is also the wired mode that allows you to use its included HyperFlex braided cable if you want the confidence of using this mouse without having to worry about the battery.

Speaking of battery, this is a wireless mouse and the company also sells its wireless charging dock for an additional $50 if you want convenience. I will talk more about this thing’s battery life later in the article.

I am surprised that for a wireless mouse that has swappable side panels that the Razer Naga Pro still weighs only 117 grams. That is truly impressive, especially since its closest rival, the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB Elite, weighs 128 grams.

Performance

Razer Naga Pro Review 2020

The Razer Naga Pro gaming mouse uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor that is made with the help of the company, Pixart (which is an organization that specializes in mouse sensors and others).

Unlike the Naga Trinity’s 16,000 max DPI, the Razer Naga Pro can reach a whopping 20,000 DPI, but I highly doubt that anyone would use that high of a DPI in most scenarios.

You can set the DPI between 100-20,000 which is quite impressive and you can change the setting by 50 DPI increments, so there’s a bit of fine-tuning here compared to other gaming mice.

There are also five different DPI stages that allow you to set up to 5 different DPI settings and you can cycle them by using the buttons that are situated just below the scroll wheel.

For the best possible results, I recommend that you download the latest Razer Synapse 3 and calibrate this mouse on your chosen surface.

In my testing, I am pretty impressed with the Naga Pro’s tracking capabilities. It is very smooth and accurate and its liftoff distance is quite good at two CDs in height.

Although you probably won’t use this thing for fast flicking movements, it certainly performs really well in most gaming scenarios. Whether you are playing fast FPS games or using different spells in your MMORPGs, the Razer Naga Pro is a definite joy to use.

Software

To unlock the Razer Naga Pro’s full potential, you need to download the company’s Razer Synapse software. At the time of writing, it is on version 3.5 and it allows you to use the peripheral’s many different features.

First and foremost, you can use the said program to set the mouse’s RGB lighting. Yes, there is RGB lighting on this mouse, but keep in mind that only the 12-button layout has RGB lighting on the side panels, so both the two-button and six-button configurations do not come with Razer’s patented RGB bling.

The other area that is illuminated with RGB goodness is the company’s logo just in the area where you rest your palm.

If you want to save more battery life, I suggest that you do not use its RGB lighting at all, though having your mouse wired to your PC alleviates this worry.

Another nifty thing that I love about the Naga Pro is that you can have different button assignments depending on the side panel that you use.

So, if you have different button assignments for the 12-button side panel, you will also have different assignments for the 6-button side panel as well.

As a content creator, this is really good because I can use the 12-button side panel for most of my work, while I use the six-button layout if I play games. This is really something that I applaud Razer for.

You can create as many profiles as you want by using the software, though you can only save a maximum of 5 in the peripheral’s onboard memory.

Battery Life

Razer Naga Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse

If you are going to use the Razer Naga Pro completely wirelessly, you can eke out as much as 150 hours on a single charge. This presupposes that you do not use the RGB lighting and you only use its basic functionalities.

I’ve noticed that the battery drain when using the wireless dongle is much faster than using it in Bluetooth mode, so that’s something to keep in mind.

If you do not want to worry too much about the battery, you can use the mouse completely wired to your PC; just don’t forget to toggle the switch at the bottom.

By spending $50 more, you can get the mouse’s charging dock which allows for more convenience as all you have to do is place the mouse there for a couple of minutes and it should give you enough juice to help it last for hours before needing to charge it again.

If you have other wireless Razer gaming mice on hand, the same charging dock can be used to give power to the Razer Naga Pro.

Verdict

Among all of the gaming mice that I’ve come across so far in 2020, I have to say that the Razer Naga Pro is one of the most versatile out there.

Its swappable side panels allow you to use different button configurations to suit your needs. I think that most people will use the 6-button layout mainly because it has the right number of buttons while also having that amazing feel every time you click on it.

The mouse also uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor and optical-mechanical switches on the buttons themselves so you can expect amazing performance and longevity with this thing.

The only downside I can think of really is the price. At $150 just for the mouse itself, it is definitely steep for most users.

But, if money is not an issue, I highly suggest that you put this into consideration as it is indeed one of the most versatile wireless gaming mice that you can find on the market in 2020.

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AMD vs Intel- The Battle Between Two CPU Giants But Who Wins in 2020?

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One of the longest-standing debates out there is whether Intel or AMD is better when it comes to producing CPUs.

In this article, we will explore what both companies have to offer and whether or not you should go for AMD’s Ryzen CPUs or Intel’s Core processors.

I already have a clear winner here but do read ahead so that you can form your own conclusion.

CPU Architecture

The first thing that we will talk about is the CPU architecture as this is going to be the basis for CPU performance.

Intel still uses the Skylake architecture that was released in 2015 in its new Comet Lake-S desktop processors.

For those of you who do not know, this is a refined 14nm process that is built in-house and although it provides good gaming performance, the same cannot be said for other tasks.

AMD, however, is using the Zen 2 architecture which makes use of the 7nm fab process from TSMC. That’s right, AMD actually does not manufacture its own chips, but rather, they have a third party company do it for them. The company basically provides the blueprint.

What’s interesting here is that because of the smaller node, AMD was able to cram more of it into its processors, and thus, it has created numerous processors that are not only powerful but also energy efficient as well.

Winner: AMD

Performance

Intel

So, what about performance? Well, that really depends on what you intend to do with your PC. If you are talking about a gaming processor, then there is no doubt that Intel wins this one.

The Intel Core i9-10900K is the fastest gaming CPU on the market in 2020 and that is thanks largely to the higher core clocks compared to its competitors.

True enough, when you look at gaming benchmarks, the CPU can handle any graphics card and any game that you can throw at it with aplomb.

Now, when we talk about productivity and content creation workloads, AMD takes the cake. Because AMD CPUs have more cores and threads, each one of them can be utilized to speed things up, among other things.

For instance, if you render a video, the higher core count in AMD Ryzen CPUs just makes it so that you can finish the render in a matter of minutes.

Just think of the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X for example. It is a 16-core, 32-thread chip that pretty much allows content creators to finish their work so much faster than using any of Intel’s mainstream desktop processors.

Keep in mind that the aforementioned CPU is still part of AMD’s mainstream consumer product stack which means that it is inexpensive for what it provides and you can use it with an x570 motherboard as opposed to the TR40 boards for the company’s Threadripper lineup.

Winner: Intel for Gaming; AMD for everything else

Overclocking

Intel 2020

There is actually no debate here because Intel CPUs provide better overclocking headroom as opposed to AMD’s Ryzen processors.

True enough, you can take the Intel Core i9-10900K and overclock its cores to go beyond 5 GHz which translates to an amazing performance uplift, especially in games.

The problem with this is that for you to get the most out of your Intel chip, you not only have to have a capable motherboard but you also have to make sure that you have a pretty good cooling solution as well (preferably an AIO liquid solution or even a custom water loop at that).

While you can technically overclock Ryzen CPUs, you cannot go beyond its boost clock simply because of the architecture and technologies that the company has used.

You can overclock the processor, yes, but only up to a point. In other words, it doesn’t go beyond AMD’s specs.

For instance, a Ryzen 7 3700x has a maximum boost speed of 4.4GHz, but that is only for the two best cores in the said chip. All of the others can comfortably operate within 4.2-4.3GHz ranges but nothing beyond that.

With AMD’s specifications, however, you can utilize Precision Boost Overdrive which is a feature that tells the chip to frequently boost itself to near maximum performance, but this one requires more than adequate cooling to take full advantage of.

What AMD is doing is actually good since people can get the maximum performance out of the box without much tweaking.

But, if you want to eke out every last drop of performance, Intel is the way to go.

Winner: Intel for more overclocking headroom; AMD for better out of the box performance

Power Consumption

AMD

There is no denying that AMD wins this round, mainly because the Ryzen 3000 processors’ 7nm process node provides more efficiency without a performance penalty.

Power consumption correlates with heat production and because AMD’s new CPUs do not take up so much power (even under loads), it remains cool despite the use of a stock cooler.

Speaking of CPU coolers, Ryzen CPUs often come with stock coolers right out of the box. That means that you save some money that you can use to spend on better memory, more storage, or even a better graphics card.

With Intel, boy, where do I even begin? For starters, all of Intel’s overclockable CPUs do not come with a stock cooler because the company encourages you to use a better cooling solution to tame their power-hungry beasts.

Power consumption is also quite bad. While Intel’s processors are better overclockers overall, the result is an even power-hungrier chip compared to any of AMD’s mainstream desktop CPUs.

When maxed out, for example, the Intel Core i9-10900K can get as much as 300 watts of power by itself which is pretty insane!

Winner: AMD

Laptop Processors

When it comes to mobile processors that are built into laptops, Intel takes the crown here. While AMD has already started rolling out its mobile processors, Intel still takes the cake simply because of raw performance without being too power-hungry.

When you look at gaming laptops on the market, you will find that the best ones are those that are equipped with Intel’s chips.

It would be interesting to see how AMD would respond seeing that Intel is taking a hiatus since it is focusing on manufacturing power-efficient nodes for their CPUs soon.

Winner: Intel

Price and Value

AMD 2020

Competition is always going to be great for consumers and it shows with AMD and Intel’s battle in the CPU department.

You see, Intel’s i9-9900K, when it was released, was priced at $500. Intel was able to do that because team red was still on the verge of releasing some of the best processors on the market as we know today.

While it is a pretty good gaming processor, it only has 8 cores and 16 threads which, from a productivity standpoint, is just a middling performer at best.

That has prompted the company to release a higher core-count mainstream CPU in the form of the Intel Core i9-10900K but a boost in just two cores rarely translates to better performance from a computing perspective.

AMD, on the other hand, is a clear winner in terms of price and value. If you have less than $300 to spend, you can look at the Ryzen 5 3600 or the Ryzen 7 3700x depending on your budget. The former is a 6-core, 12-thread CPU and the latter is an 8-core, 16 thread chip which means that they are not only good for gaming but also from a content creation standpoint as well.

If you want a chip that competes with the Intel i9-10900K in both gaming and productivity, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900x is sold at an appealing price of just $430 (down from $500 when it originally came out).

What if you want a CPU that has more cores and more threads without going beyond $1,000? You have the choice of getting the Ryzen 9 3950x which is an insane 16-core, 32-thread processor that can be used with a mainstream x570 motherboard.

Not to mention that x570 motherboards can support the upcoming Ryzen 4000 processors just by using their built-in BIOS flashback functionality.

With Intel CPUs, in each and every generation, you should be getting a new motherboard along with the new chip. That is because every new processor from team blue requires a new socket, so you’ll not only have to think about what CPU to buy, but you will also have to save some money to buy a compatible board as well (which increases the price even more).

Winner: AMD

Conclusion

So, who wins the competition? Well, in terms of overall value and performance, there is no denying that AMD wins here. The company has certainly provided us with amazing processors sold at affordable prices. Not only that but the motherboard support for the company’s chips is great as you can also use the same board for the upcoming CPUs as well.

Intel still wins in some aspects, though, particularly when it comes to overclocking and laptop processors.

Still, if you want to get the most bang for the buck performance, I would say that you should stick with AMD processors for now.

Until Intel comes up with a competitive chip and is sold at good prices, then and only then can it go head-to-head with team red again.

 

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The PS5 is Just Around the Corner- Release Date, Pricing, and So Much More

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After months of speculation and rumors, Sony has finally unveiled the new Playstation 5. The leaked images of the company’s upcoming game console are off but at least Sony has done a great job of producing quite an amazing-looking Playstation.

That being said, I know that you are interested in finding out the many different things about Sony’s upcoming console, so today, I will devote this article to providing you with the information that you need to know about the Playstation 5.

Release Date

Competition is a beautiful thing. Microsoft announced that the Xbox Series X will be released sometime during the holiday season, so Sony went a step further and announced that the PS5 will be releasing in November.

Now, you will have to wait until the console has been released in various regions because the company intends to release it in batches.

The first batch will be released on November 12 and it will only be available in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

The rest of the world (especially in the United Kingdom) will have to wait until November 19 (just a week after the first batch’s release) to get their hands on this highly-coveted gaming machine.

Pricing

There were a lot of rumors and speculations that the new Playstation 5 will cost a lot more than its predecessor, but Mark Cerny, the lead architect and the main producer of the upcoming console, said that that is not really the case.

You see, there will be two versions that are going to be sold to the public. The first is the digital edition which will be sold for just $399. The disc edition will have a 4K Blu-ray player included and will be available for just an additional $100 (totaling $499).

To be honest, with all of its technological advancements, I am surprised that Sony priced the consoles as it is. I am willing to bet that people will be okay if the company would price it $50 more at least, seeing that the PS5 is a huge generational leap over the PS4.

Pre-orders have started since September 17, so if you want to reserve your unit, you must do so as soon as possible.

It is also worth noting that you have to confer with your retailer’s website as to when they will hold pre-orders since it will be the individual stores’ discretion to do so.

Originally, Sony had intentions of ramping up the production of the PS5 console to about 11 million units by March 2021, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were some challenges that made this impossible.

Realistically, the company could produce a little over 7 million units by March of next year, so you can expect that there will be a huge chance that there will be a shortage of units sold worldwide.

Design

Playstation 5 Design

Previous mock-ups of the upcoming console made it look like an AV receiver or projector of sorts, but the upcoming PS5 actually looks more premium than that.

Instead of just a monotone color scheme, Sony went with a black and white theme where the main part of the device is black and some white flaps are placed on the sides. The flaps are shaped in a way that forms the letter ‘V’ which could be seen as a representation that the console is in its 5th generation.

As mentioned earlier, there will be two versions of the upcoming console- one that is completely digital and the other one having a 4K Blu-ray player. The latter will have a small disc placed on the side of the unit, so it will look bigger than the all-digital version.

Because of the design, the PS5 looks amazing when it is placed on its vertical orientation, though Cerny did mention that you can still put the unit horizontally if that is what you want.

Aside from the power and eject buttons, you will also find a USB-A and USB-C port on the console as well. Because the rear IO is not yet revealed to the public, it is interesting to know what other ports are available to you before the console launches.

Specs and Performance

  • CPU: x86-64 AMD Ryzen 8-Cores/16-Threads at 3.5GHz
  • GPU: AMD RDNA2 GPU, 36CUs at 2.23GHz, 10.3 Teraflops
  • RAM: 16GB GDDR6 256-bit, 448GB/s memory bandwidth
  • Storage: 825GB Custom SSD, NVMe SSD Slot (expandable)
  • External Storage: USB HDD/SSD Support
  • Drive: Optical Ultra HD (4K) Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV
  • Game Disc: 4K Blu-ray up to 100GB per disc
  • Audio: ‘Tempest’ 3D Audio Tech
  • Video: HDMI Output, Supports 4K @ 120Hz (thanks to HDMI 2.1)
  • Dimensions: 390 x 104 x 260mm/ 390 x 92 x 260mm (digital edition)
  • Weight: 4.5Kg, 3.9Kg (digital edition)
  • Connectivity: Ethernet, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1

The performance of the Sony Playstation 5 is unparalleled and it is indeed a huge generational leap over the Playstation 4.

Back then, if you were playing graphically intensive PS4 games, you will have to wait a considerable amount of time to be able to play again after switching to different maps and scenes.

With the upcoming game console, thanks to its blazing fast SSD, you only have to wait a few seconds for everything to load up.

Game developers have been clamoring for a faster storage drive for years and thanks to this new innovation, they now aren’t shy of incorporating heavy textures into their games as the console can handle it now.

The performance package of the PS5 is no slouch. The GPU is based on AMD’s RDNA2 GPU architecture which would provide enough graphical horsepower to handle any game that you throw at it. It is helped further by AMD’s Ryzen CPU that has 8 cores and 16 threads, so you can expect some really huge performance gains over its predecessor.

At the time of writing, it was revealed that the storage solution of the PS5 is only at 825GB (usable), and considering that games will undoubtedly require huge amounts of storage, you are given an extra NVMe slot so you can plug your favorite SSD on it.

However, keep in mind that Cerny and his team are still struggling to find any SSD on the market today that can get near the performance of the SSD that you can find on the upcoming game console. This is both interesting and concerning since you already know that the performance is there, but the problem is that what if you are going to run out of storage space?

You do have the option to use an external hard drive though but that would mean an additional cost that most people are not going to be okay with (considering that we are still under the effects of the global pandemic, which means that money is tight).

8K Support

With such powerful hardware, I am happy to report that the Playstation 5 will support 8K resolution, albeit you need to have a TV that uses the new HDMI 2.1 standard to unlock the console’s full potential.

Aside from that, you can settle with 4K TVs that have support for high resolution since the PS5 can output 4K graphics at 120Hz which is indeed pretty impressive.

Fortunately for you, if you are going to buy new TVs that can handle the PS5’s power, there are some that are offered by industry giants such as Samsung, LG, and even Sony, to name a few. Of course, they are not going to be cheap, but getting a TV is already considered an investment- one that can last for a very long time.

Audio

Playstation 5 Wireless Headset

Back then, there were rumors that the PS5 will support Dolby Atmos but this was neither confirmed nor denied by Cerny.

However, Cerny did say that the PS5 will produce ‘3D Audio’ that will make the person’s gaming experience more immersive than ever.

As to the specifics of the said technology, we are still oblivious to the fact but some game developers have given us a notion of it.

According to Jun Takeuchi, the game producer of Resident Evil Village, he said that the new audio technology was probably made for horror games because all you need to do is use a competitive pair of headphones to get the full experience.

Unsurprisingly, one of the accessories that were also announced during the event was the new wireless headset made by the company- probably the best thing that you can get to take advantage of the new 3D audio tech.

Controller

Playstation DualSense Controller

Every Playstation game console so far has come with a DualShock controller but the PS5 is going against the grain as it will now come with what is known by the company as the ‘DualSense’ controller.

Instead of using mechanical motors to produce rumbles, the new DualSense controller will use haptics to simulate an even more realistic response to the games that you play.

It remains to be seen how immersive these controllers can be, but I am pretty sure that you are excited to try this out for yourself as well (I know I am excited as well).

Accessories

I’ve already mentioned the new Pulse 3D gaming headset that is set to make your gaming experience more immersive thanks to the new 3D audio technology, but there are also some new accessories that will be released alongside the PS5 as well.

Aside from the DualSense Charging Station (for the controllers), you will also have the chance to get the new Media Remote specifically for the disc version of the PS5.

You will also have the chance to get the new HD camera which I think will be used for streaming purposes. But, I think that you can also use it for video conferencing as well.

For people who want to know if the PS5 is compatible with VR headsets, yes, it will be. I don’t think that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the upcoming game console, but Cerny assured the public that the Playstation 5 will have the capability of supporting VR content.

I think that a new PSVR2 headset is in order.

Games

Spider Man Miles Morales

To entice people to get the new game console, Sony has unveiled some platform-exclusive titles that will be launched alongside the release of the PS5. Do note that some of the games will be launched at an earlier date, but all of them have been confirmed. Here are just some of the best titles that were announced so far:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Returnal
  • Godfall
  • NBA 2K21
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Tribes of Midgard
  • Hitman 3
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
  • JETT: The Far Shore
  • Solar Ash
  • The Pathless
  • Stray

Backward Compatibility

It was confirmed by Sony representatives that the Playstation 5 will be able to play the vast majority of PS4 games, but unfortunately, there is no news about the past PS consoles as of yet.

In a blog post, Hideaki Nishino has stated that you could potentially play about 90% of the PS4 games available on the platform on the new game console. Of course, support for those games would have to be released, but it is interesting to know that you can play your favorite titles on the new hardware.

However, support for the older generation games will probably not exist, so you will have to be stuck with the predecessor’s content portfolio. This can be a good thing or bad thing depending on whether or not the PS1 to PS3’s games list matter to you.

Conclusion

There you have it! I have given you all of the information that you need to know about the Playstation 5. What are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section.

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Best 4K Gaming Monitors in 2020- Because 4K Gaming is Now Mainstream

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With the advent of new graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD, 4K gaming is now mainstream which is why it is now time for you to invest in a good 4K gaming monitor.

Of course, with so many different choices available out there, you might be confused as to which one to buy.

Do not worry as I am going to be talking about the best 4K gaming monitors in 2020. Do read through the rest of the article to find out our recommendations.

Important Considerations

Before anything else, I want to talk about some important considerations first before you head out there to buy a competitive 4K gaming monitor.

First, do you have a good graphics card? Because the 4K resolution pretty much renders 8.3 million pixels, you need to have a beefy GPU to be able to play games at high enough frame rates. Fortunately, the new Nvidia 3000 Series graphics cards have more than enough horsepower to make this dream a reality. Do not worry AMD fans, the company is also set to announce its own competing cards as well.

Second, do you want to get the best possible gaming performance or do you want a more immersive experience by way of more impeccable visuals? While there are some gaming monitors that can do both, they are highly expensive and you have to be ready to shell out the cash just to get one.

Lastly, do you have enough desk space? To get the most out of a 4K monitor, you need to have enough desk space to accommodate at least a 27-inch screen.

I’ve used a 24-inch gaming monitor in the past and although my rig was capable enough of delivering more than 60 frames per second at 4K, I just didn’t feel that the panel did my game justice.

Most of my recommended monitors here are at least 27 inches so you can truly appreciate what 4K gaming is all about.

With all of those things out of the way, here are the best 4K gaming monitors in 2020:

Best 4K Gaming Monitors

1.Acer Nitro XV273K

Price: $830

Acer Nitro XV273K

The best overall 4K gaming monitor on this list is the Acer Nitro XV273K. This is a 27-inch IPS display with a refresh rate of 144Hz and has both GSync and FreeSync 2 variable refresh rate technologies to prevent screen tearing and other visual distortions.

There are noticeable bezels on the side but you actually won’t notice it that much because of the included flaps. I think that the flaps are built to allow you to focus more on the content and not anything else around you.

Its stand is rather odd because the display itself is quite big. But in my testing, it was able to support the entire weight of the monitor without any issue. Just make sure that your desk’s surface is not slippery because this thing can move if that is not the case.

The monitor is super bright at 500 nits and it has a pretty good DCI-P3 score so you can definitely use this display for content creation as well.

I do have to say that when you use the sRGB display mode that its white point is not as accurate as other 4K gaming monitors out there.

But, if you use this purely for gaming, the Acer Nitro XV273K definitely will not disappoint.

2.Acer Predator X27

Price: $1,525

Acer Predator X27

Another amazing 4K gaming monitor from Acer, the Acer Predator X27 provides impressive gaming performance across the board. This is another 27-inch IPS display from the company and it has GSync for smoother gaming.

The reason why I’ve included this on the list is that it has one of the lowest input lags and fastest response times among all 4K gaming monitors on the market. If you are into competitive gaming, I highly recommend this unit.

Because it uses an IPS panel, you can expect a wider color gamut and impressive viewing angles. Images stay sharp and vibrant no matter what angle you view the monitor from.

It does have support for HDR content and it has enough peak brightness to help you appreciate whatever online content you wish to consume.

It also includes some flaps on the sides but there are none on the top of the display, which I think is a fair compromise.

The only real issue here is the price. If you have the money to spend though, the Acer Predator X27 is certainly worthy of your consideration.

3.Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

Price: $2,000

Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

As you can probably tell by now, 4K gaming monitors are considered as premium not only because of their price but also in their features.

That being said, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is definitely a premium product but Asus can charge this much for a pretty compelling display.

This is still a 27-inch IPS monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and GSync but what’s amazing here is the impressive visuals that are being displayed by this unit.

The colors are already calibrated right out of the box, though tuning it further would bring out the best that this monitor has to offer.

It also has a pretty cool design as well. It has that usual gamer aesthetic with some alien-inspired aesthetics and a cool RGB LED lighting at the base of the stand.

You might be disappointed by the fact that it only has two USB 3.0 ports, but it does have an HDMI connection and a DisplayPort to slot your cable in.

If weight is one of your considerations to tell that a product is of premium quality, this thing weighs 28 pounds and it is definitely one of the heftiest monitors on the market.

For $2,000, the price tag is definitely up there, but it is also warranted given the features that you will get.

4.Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

Price: $329

Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q

If you are looking for a competitive 4K gaming monitor that doesn’t break the bank, the Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q is quite an appealing choice.

This is a 28-inch 4K gaming monitor that uses an IPS panel for that crisp and vivid display. It supports HDR content, though you would be hard-pressed to notice the difference between SDR and HDR (still, the option is there).

Its response time is quite okay as this is a mid-range performer. You might be turned off by the fact that it only supports 60Hz refresh rate, but this can actually be a good thing.

If you have a mid-range GPU such as the Radeon 5600XT, you can output 60 frames easily in most games.

The ergonomics are also great because the monitor stand allows you to pivot, tilt, and swivel the entire display.

Lastly, this thing supports AMD’s FreeSync adaptive sync technology to prevent any visual distortions.

5.Acer Predator CG437K

Price: $999

Acer Predator CG437K

If 27 inches still looks small to you, then perhaps this next one will tickle your fancy. The Acer Predator CG437K is a 43-inch 4K gaming monitor that has a VA panel that is known for better contrast and white balance.

This monitor supports HDR10 and it has the right peak brightness to make sure that you enjoy whatever HDR content that you can find online.

The Acer Predator CG437K has a native refresh rate of 60-120Hz but you can actually overclock the panel to achieve a 144Hz refresh rate. However, there are some downsides to doing this.

First, if you are to reach for the 144Hz refresh rate, you need to be using two DisplayPort cables to achieve this. Second, you also have to sacrifice GSync, as well as HDR support, if you are to go for faster speed.

I am blown away by the visual fidelity of the CG437K. Because the monitor is big, you can truly enjoy what 4K gaming is all about, though I would recommend that you sit a bit farther than you normally would so that your eyes won’t hurt.

All in all, the Acer Predator CG437K is pretty impressive and it is priced just right. It is a bit of a bummer that you’d have to sacrifice both GSync and HDR support if you are to overclock the panel, but at least the option is there if you want to change things from time to time.

6.Alienware AW5520QF

Price: $3,978

Alienware AW5520QF

You might have heard of Alienware before. This is Dell’s gaming division that has sold gaming desktops and laptops for so many years. They have since dabbled into developing amazing monitors and the Alienware AW5520QF is something worth considering.

This is a 55-inch monitor with an OLED panel. That’s right, it comes with the same panel that is used in most 4K TVs nowadays and that is really saying something.

I also love the fact that it is capable of reaching a 120Hz screen refresh rate and since the display is already quite huge, this really allows you to appreciate high-speed gaming.

More importantly, the AW5520QF displays some amazing visuals- pretty much akin to the top of the line TVs that you can find on the market.

It does have FreeSync support so you do not have to worry about weird visual distortions when you are playing your favorite games.

What’s more, I think that the OLED panel that is used on this monitor helped it achieve really low input lag and truly impressive response times. So whether you are going to play on the next-gen consoles or on your very capable gaming PC, the Alienware AW5520QF should definitely be in your shortlist.

7.HP Omen X 65 Emperium

Price: $3,800

HP Omen X 65 Emperium

Okay, at this point, you might be thinking that I am going crazy here, but who would purchase a 64.5-inch 4K gaming monitor, especially since there are TVs that you can buy for couch gaming? Well, this next monitor is perfectly suited for people that want to play on their gaming PCs, first and foremost, but can also be used for next-gen consoles which are reported to support high refresh rate gaming.

The HP Omen X 65 Emperium is a beast of a gaming monitor because it nearly reaches the 65-inch mark that is similar to some TVs that you can find on the market.

But, what’s interesting here is that this is one of the only 4K gaming monitors that I can wholeheartedly recommend for color accuracy and overall visual fidelity.

Right of the box, you are greeted with crisp and vibrant colors and if you have a display calibration tool, you can even make it so much better as well.

It supports a 144Hz refresh rate which is quite impressive given that this is a 64.5-inch VA screen.

As you can expect, the HP Omen Emperium can handle HDR content nicely and has more than enough brightness to truly support HDR10.

Since this thing is huge, its built-in audio is actually pretty good. You can do away with PC speakers simply because the audio solution on this thing can output impeccable sound quality.

The company also includes a streaming device-like interface that allows you to use this display for TV and general streaming of online content which is a nice addition.

If you are looking for a 4K gaming monitor with no compromises, the HP Omen X 65 Emperium is one of the best out there.

8.BenQ EL2870U

Price: $250

BenQ EL2870U

I’ve pretty much covered all of the high-end 4K gaming monitors out there, so it would be best for me to end this article with a budget offering.

The BenQ EL2870U is a 28-inch monitor with a TN panel display. It only has a refresh rate of 60Hz, though it does have FreeSync support.

So, why do I still deem this as one of the best 4K gaming monitors out there? Well, aside from the fact that it is inexpensive, it is actually pretty decent.

Even though it uses a TN panel which is notorious for having bad viewing angles and less than stellar color reproduction, the BenQ EL2870U still offers really good visuals. It even supports HDR!

You can also get a hold of the company’s gamer-centric features such as the ability to put a crosshair in the middle of the screen, eye-care, and so much more.

If you want an entry-level 4K gaming monitor that is still worthwhile, the BenQ EL2870U is available for you to get.

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Razer Naga Pro Review- A Great Gaming and Multitasking Mouse

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Razer Naga Pro Review

If you hear the word ‘Razer’, what comes to mind? You’re probably thinking about a company that has spearheaded the gaming peripherals industry and you are actually correct, though they also dabble into selling gaming laptops and monitors as well.

Today, I am going to be reviewing the Razer Naga Pro which is the successor to the Razer Naga Trinity- considered as one of the best MMO mice in the previous year.

Does it have what it takes to become the rightful heir? Let’s find out!

Design

If you’ve seen the Razer Naga Trinity, then the Razer Naga Pro should be quite familiar to you. That is because it borrows the same design language, albeit the area where your right ring finger resides now has a dedicated spot with a textured coating.

Another important distinction is that the DPI buttons just below the scroll wheel now feel much better to the touch compared to its predecessor. That is pretty much where the differences end.

Both the Trinity and the Naga Pro have swappable side buttons. In the box, you get a total of three different panels- (1) two-button panel, (1) six-button layout, (1) 12-button configuration.

By default, the 12-button panel is stuck to the side of the mouse while the others are placed inside their respective receptacles in the box.

Personally, I love the feel of the six-button layout and I think that this is what most people would use among the three. That is because it has a nice feel when you click on them and they have this nice texture that is perfect for gamers with sweaty hands.

The familiar two-button layout is ideal for FPS gamers, especially for those that are playing battle royale games or other fast-paced titles in general.

The default configuration is the 12-button side panel and it is meant for people who play MMORPGs. Although I love that there are plenty of buttons that you can configure, I just don’t like the fact that there are no distinguishing features to help you memorize them.

Unlike other mice on the market that also have 12 programmable buttons, the 12-button panel on the Naga Pro is all smooth and they don’t have any textured surfaces or different-angled placements to help you distinguish one from the other.

Although your muscle memory can catch on as you use the mouse more and more, it would have been leaps and bounds better had the company used something to help you tell the different buttons apart.

The side panels stick to the gaming mouse via strong magnets and when they do stick, they are pretty much stuck to the side of the mouse really well. If you want to remove the panel and replace it with the other ones in the box, all you have to do to pry it open is to use your thumb and pull the slight opening at the bottom of the mouse. Doing that is quite easy, so you can swap to the different side panels as you see fit and without any issues.

The new Razer Naga Pro is also using optical switches on the different mouse buttons to ensure that this thing will last for a very long time. On the spec sheet, it says that the mouse buttons are rated to last until 70 million clicks and if that is to be believed, then this mouse can certainly last for at least 5-7 for average users.

On the underside, you will find a switch that you can use to enable the different connection modes. You can choose Bluetooth if you want to connect it to your tablet or smartphone. There is the 2.4GHz connection if you want to use its main USB dongle (this is preferred if you are going to play on your PC or laptop). There is also the wired mode that allows you to use its included HyperFlex braided cable if you want the confidence of using this mouse without having to worry about the battery.

Speaking of battery, this is a wireless mouse and the company also sells its wireless charging dock for an additional $50 if you want convenience. I will talk more about this thing’s battery life later in the article.

I am surprised that for a wireless mouse that has swappable side panels that the Razer Naga Pro still weighs only 117 grams. That is truly impressive, especially since its closest rival, the Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB Elite, weighs 128 grams.

Performance

Razer Naga Pro Review 2020

The Razer Naga Pro gaming mouse uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor that is made with the help of the company, Pixart (which is an organization that specializes in mouse sensors and others).

Unlike the Naga Trinity’s 16,000 max DPI, the Razer Naga Pro can reach a whopping 20,000 DPI, but I highly doubt that anyone would use that high of a DPI in most scenarios.

You can set the DPI between 100-20,000 which is quite impressive and you can change the setting by 50 DPI increments, so there’s a bit of fine-tuning here compared to other gaming mice.

There are also five different DPI stages that allow you to set up to 5 different DPI settings and you can cycle them by using the buttons that are situated just below the scroll wheel.

For the best possible results, I recommend that you download the latest Razer Synapse 3 and calibrate this mouse on your chosen surface.

In my testing, I am pretty impressed with the Naga Pro’s tracking capabilities. It is very smooth and accurate and its liftoff distance is quite good at two CDs in height.

Although you probably won’t use this thing for fast flicking movements, it certainly performs really well in most gaming scenarios. Whether you are playing fast FPS games or using different spells in your MMORPGs, the Razer Naga Pro is a definite joy to use.

Software

To unlock the Razer Naga Pro’s full potential, you need to download the company’s Razer Synapse software. At the time of writing, it is on version 3.5 and it allows you to use the peripheral’s many different features.

First and foremost, you can use the said program to set the mouse’s RGB lighting. Yes, there is RGB lighting on this mouse, but keep in mind that only the 12-button layout has RGB lighting on the side panels, so both the two-button and six-button configurations do not come with Razer’s patented RGB bling.

The other area that is illuminated with RGB goodness is the company’s logo just in the area where you rest your palm.

If you want to save more battery life, I suggest that you do not use its RGB lighting at all, though having your mouse wired to your PC alleviates this worry.

Another nifty thing that I love about the Naga Pro is that you can have different button assignments depending on the side panel that you use.

So, if you have different button assignments for the 12-button side panel, you will also have different assignments for the 6-button side panel as well.

As a content creator, this is really good because I can use the 12-button side panel for most of my work, while I use the six-button layout if I play games. This is really something that I applaud Razer for.

You can create as many profiles as you want by using the software, though you can only save a maximum of 5 in the peripheral’s onboard memory.

Battery Life

Razer Naga Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse

If you are going to use the Razer Naga Pro completely wirelessly, you can eke out as much as 150 hours on a single charge. This presupposes that you do not use the RGB lighting and you only use its basic functionalities.

I’ve noticed that the battery drain when using the wireless dongle is much faster than using it in Bluetooth mode, so that’s something to keep in mind.

If you do not want to worry too much about the battery, you can use the mouse completely wired to your PC; just don’t forget to toggle the switch at the bottom.

By spending $50 more, you can get the mouse’s charging dock which allows for more convenience as all you have to do is place the mouse there for a couple of minutes and it should give you enough juice to help it last for hours before needing to charge it again.

If you have other wireless Razer gaming mice on hand, the same charging dock can be used to give power to the Razer Naga Pro.

Verdict

Among all of the gaming mice that I’ve come across so far in 2020, I have to say that the Razer Naga Pro is one of the most versatile out there.

Its swappable side panels allow you to use different button configurations to suit your needs. I think that most people will use the 6-button layout mainly because it has the right number of buttons while also having that amazing feel every time you click on it.

The mouse also uses Razer’s Focus+ sensor and optical-mechanical switches on the buttons themselves so you can expect amazing performance and longevity with this thing.

The only downside I can think of really is the price. At $150 just for the mouse itself, it is definitely steep for most users.

But, if money is not an issue, I highly suggest that you put this into consideration as it is indeed one of the most versatile wireless gaming mice that you can find on the market in 2020.

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