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In the latest announcement for their Crimson drivers, AMD took steps to show how they've listened to the community and improved the user experience for gamers. "The community feedback gave us a clear list of issues," the company said.

As it turns out, performance in games is a bit of a priority for AMD's customers. And being able to play GTA 5 and Diablo 3 without crashing: surprisingly high on the list.

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The hardest part of building a PC is picking the parts, especially when everyone around you seems to have an opinion. And no flame war is more prevalent than the NVIDIA snobs vs the AMD fanboys. What's really going on with these two companies, and which card should you get?

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You might say 2015 hasn't been the most exciting year for graphics cards, though in many ways it was more eventful than 2014. The only big highlight last year was the arrival high-end Maxwell GPUs in the form of the GeForce GTX 980 and 970. Then this year Maxwell did what many thought was impossible: becoming considerably faster.

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PC motherboards are getting more and more powerful and supporting faster CPUs and RAM, gaming-grade graphics cards are getting smaller and more energy efficient, next-gen storage is getting smaller and faster. If you like building gaming PCs, and you like putting them in the middle of your living room and playing games on your big-screen TV, you are witnessing the start of a golden age.

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For years, top-of-the-line graphics cards have become more and more powerful, but that has been accompanied by a shift towards more heat and more bulk — larger, hotter graphics cards like the R9 295X2 and the GeForce GTX Titan. That's changed, though; AMD's new R9 Nano graphics card is small and cool but still powerful, and it's a compromise that we think is a great one.

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DirectX 12 is the newest, most advanced graphics API in a long time, and it offers game and application developers incredibly low-level access to the resources of your gaming rig's CPU and graphics components. In previous years, with the popularity of DirectX 9, 10, and 11, AMD and Nvidia — Big Red and Big Green — traded blows with the release of each new flagship graphics card. Nvidia is currently enjoying dominance with its GTX 980 Ti and Titan X. But in an early test of Windows 10 and DirectX 12, a last-generation AMD card smashes its more powerful Nvidia rival.

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After a year of rumour, months of speculation and weeks of breathless anticipation, AMD's newest and most powerful single-GPU graphics card is here. The $979 AMD Radeon R9 Fury X uses AMD's gutsiest graphics chip yet, has watercooling straight out of the box, and uses a brand new memory technology that promises four times the performance of last year's graphics gear. The R9 Fury X is doing a lot more with a lot less, and that's very exciting.

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2 in 1 laptops are a huge and diverse range of devices — you have touchscreen tablets with detachable keyboards, laptops with 360-degree folding hinges, and then there's everything in between. But a 2 in 1 is more than just its innovative design, so what are the current and future features or tech that you should get a handle on before upgrading?