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PCPOWERPLAY - - Pcpp Hardware & Tech Special -

Wel­come to our an­nual PC Pow­erPlay Hard­ware & Tech Spe­cial! Computex has come and gone for an­other year, leav­ing us with our an­nual hard­ware with­drawal symp­toms. 2018 may not have been the big­gest year in the PC world so far, but there’s still a lot of new and re­freshed tech on the shelves. We ea­gerly await the ar­rival of the goodies we saw pre­sented at Computex and the an­nounce­ment of new Nvidia GeForce graph­ics cards later in the year. We were lucky to have a peek at some of the most gor­geous mon­i­tors we’ve ever seen and we’re wait­ing for them with the an­tic­i­pa­tion of a starv­ing man eye­ing off a burger.

Like last year, Computex seemed to lack an over­all theme. This seems partly to be a con­se­quence of big hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers mov­ing away from con­duct­ing ma­jor launches at Computex, per­haps in fear of hav­ing them drowned out amid the flood of news. That doesn’t mean that the show floor was not packed with items we want to own. Heck no! There’s al­ways a tonne of those.

We’ve packed this is­sue with loads of tasty tech. We’ve got our mas­sive Computex fea­ture, a big M.2 SSD roundup, bud­get motherboards, and our guide to all things Mini-ITX. If you’re into SIM rac­ing, be sure to check out Ben Man­sill’s com­pre­hen­sive guide. One day I’ll beat him at Project Cars 2. Maybe. We’re also proud to present our snap­shots of the in­dus­try. We an­a­lyse where we’re at as well as look at what’s to come in the world of CPUs, GPUs, stor­age, motherboards, and mon­i­tors. It’s all here plus a whole lot more.

As al­ways, a big thank you to you, our read­ers for your sup­port. Please en­joy the 2018 edi­tion of the PC Pow­erPlay Tech Spe­cial!

Chris Szewczyk Ed­i­tor, Hard­ware & Tech Spe­cial

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