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The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Optimisation


How to create a performance budget for a game and stick to it. How to optimise Unity API calls to use up less memory and CPU time. How to optimise art and sound assets to speed up their processing at runtime. How to tweak the Unity physics system to accelerate performance. How to create a performance budget for a game and stick to it.

The best gaming laptops under $1,000: Best overall, best battery life, and more


If you're jonesing for a zippy gaming experience but you're really strapped for cash, there are a number of budget options to consider. You can actually get some pretty decent CPU and GPU performance out of a budget gaming laptop, though you may need to dial your gaming visuals back from their maximum settings to hit that hallowed 60 frames per second mark in the latest cutting-edge games. If you're not sure where to begin, don't sweat it. We've done the hard work for you and curated a list of gaming laptops that fall under the $1,000 mark. We've also included a couple of other options for those that can stretch their budget a little bit further to crank up the eye candy.

Celebrate Pi Day with these Raspberry Pi projects

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A lot of folks celebrate this momentous occasion with a slice of pie, sweet or savory, but Pi Day is a wonderful excuse to immerse yourself in a cool tech project with none other than the Raspberry Pi. If you haven't heard of the Raspberry Pi, it's a tiny computer you can program to do a variety of tasks, like playing retro console games or making music. People of all ages have loved toying with it for years now, so we've dug up some beginner-friendly projects to introduce you to the magic you can create with a Raspberry Pi. Before you venture off to tinker with your new gadget, make sure to set it up with an operating system--then read on. This Raspberry Pi case looks just like the Nintendo Entertainment System console from the late 20th century.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 review: This gaming laptop oozes luxurious power


The Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 is a performance powerhouse that doesn't shirk on providing everything you need to enhance your gaming experience. The latest Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 has just about everything you'd want in a gaming laptop. You can expect loads of power thanks to the powerful pairing of an 11th-generation Intel i9 processor and a Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU. A 17.3-inch 4K display with 120Hz refresh rate also adds to the premium experience, even if it's not the pinnacle of 4K. This laptop also spoils you with a robust metal chassis, six speaker sound system, and RGB per key-lit optical mechanical keyboard – features that any discerning gamer would find hard to resist.

Best gaming laptops 2022: What to look for and highest rated models


Are you looking for a new gaming laptop to play all of your favorite AAA titles on? If so, we've put together a list of our best picks. From their AMD processors to displays with high refresh rates, these laptops can do what many desktops PCs can do. The best part is that we've put every single one of these laptops through a series of stress tests, so we've got the numbers to back up our findings. Whether you're looking for the best 17-inch gaming laptop or the most portable machine, we've got you covered. Read on to learn more. The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition gets all A's: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, AMD Radeon RX 6800M, and AMD'Advantage,' meaning it's the first machine to meet AMD guidelines designed to make mid-range gaming laptops better. And yes, it's made by Asus, too. If you're on the hunt for an affordable yet stupidly fast laptop on a medium budget, just stop reading and buy the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition right now because of its stunning price-to-performance ratio. When it comes to gaming laptops, many if not most of them are pretty bulky and heavy, often tipping the scales at five or six pounds.

Best Tech of CES 2022 Awards: Our Top Products


Despite a last-minute surge of omicron that sent many companies scurrying from the physical show floor, the annual gadget bacchanal largely proceeded as planned: We got our goliath (and diminutive) TVs, futuristic vehicles, and bizarre robots. Many of them just arrived via livestreams, instead of bombastic live events that rip a page from Cirque Du Soleil. Big themes this year include a slew of EVs, a major upgrade to laptop webcams, and – you guessed it – NFTs shoehorned into random gadgets without reason. While we largely covered it from afar, a few intrepid DT reporters ventured, masked and vaxxed, to Las Vegas to play with the real deal. Naturally, we had to round up the best of the best. Here are the products that dominated the headlines this year, and will shape the way we play, communicate, and live in the year to come.

These are the products from CES 2022 that I'd actually buy: Smart faucet, 93-inch OLED TV

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Granted, it wasn't a regular Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – the annual mecca to Las Vegas every January to kick the tires on new tech – as several exhibitors and journalists (including yours truly) decided to cover the show remotely because of the surge of omicron cases and related travel challenges. But the 55th CES still managed to impress with several hundred new products that debuted this past week – both in person (albeit to a significantly reduced turnout) and virtually, for those not in Sin City (like last year's online-only CES). CES, of course, serves as a glimpse into the near future of consumer electronics trends. The following are a few CES 2022 announcements that caught my eye. Here I'll focus on gadgets and gear, to be fast-followed with an article on automotive tech coming down the road.

5 killer Radeon GPU features that level up your gaming experience


Today's GPUs are so capable you might not even consider that off-the-shelf you could be leaving performance on the table. Indeed, if you thought you were "locked in" to the performance limits of your Radeon GPU at the time of purchase, know this: You can "unlock" more performance and even more eye-candy to bring your graphics to another level. We'll show you how free, easy, and fun it is to "boost" your GPU! (To learn more about today's graphics hardware, see our roundup of the best GPUs for PC gaming.) Like the name implies, Radeon Boost is a variation on the resolution-altering tools that increase GPU performance intelligently. It will take its cues from movement on the screen, as opposed to a traditional frames-per-second metric.

Best TV 2021: our top 10 smart TVs


Looking for the best TV to buy this year? You've come to the right place. We've brought together the definitive list of the best TVs available to buy today from QLED and OLED TVs to new Mini LED contenders, all of which are smart TVs that offer great on-board streaming services. Every TV technology brings something different to the table but they all have similar key aims – to offer better contrast, better light control and more vibrant colors. Each of these is well worth your consideration because they can truly elevate your TV watching or gaming experience.

Many of these Cyber Monday deals are better than Black Friday


UPDATE: Nov. 29, 2021, 8:00 p.m. EST This story has been updated with the latest price changes and new deals. Black Friday, we hardly knew ye: Cyber Monday is in full swing at all major retailers, and tons of doorbusters are even better than the ones we found during last week's sales. Below, you'll find a complete list of all the best Cyber Monday deals, broken up by retailer and then by category. We'll continue to update this post as more deals pop up, but don't hold out too long if something on your shopping list is enjoying a discount -- it may not be in stock for much longer thanks to the ongoing supply chain mess that's clearing inventories and putting products on backorder. Please note: All newly added deals have been marked with a .