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Jacob Roach
Jacob Roach
Senior Staff Writer, Computing

Jacob Roach is a writer covering computing and gaming at Digital Trends. After realizing Crysis wouldn't run on a laptop, he started building his own gaming PCs and hasn't looked back since. Before Digital Trends, he contributed content to Forbes Advisor, Business Insider, and PC Invasion, covering PC components, monitors, and peripherals.

Outside of tinkering with his PC and tracking down every achievement in the latest games, Jacob spends his time playing and recording music. Before switching to writing full time, he worked as a recording engineer in St. Louis, Missouri.

CLX Hathor PC sitting on a coffee table.

This dual-PC desktop is insane in more ways than one

The CLX Hathor manages to cram two PCs into a single case, but unfortunately, this setup doesn't make sense in a lot of cases.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 sitting on a table.

It’s official — AMD’s best gaming CPU is coming to laptops

AMD is bringing its 3D V-Cache tech to laptops, arriving first in the monstrous Asus Scar 17 gaming laptop.
Two robots from Portal 2.

The best puzzle games of all time

Test your mental abilities with these difficult yet fun puzzlers. From Lemmings to Baba Is You, we've chosen the best puzzle games across all of gaming history.
A boss fight in Armored Core 6

Don’t worry; Armored Core VI is ‘fully supported’ on Steam Deck

FromSoftware confirmed that its upcoming Armored Core VI will be fully supported on Valve's Steam Deck handheld.
A combat encounter in Armored Core 6

Even if you love Dark Souls, you’re not ready for FromSoftware’s next game

We spent three hours playing FromSoftware's next game, Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon, and you're not ready for it.
A knight with a gun in a burning square.

Remnant 2 PC: change these graphics settings immediately

Remnant 2 is causing headaches for PC players already. Here are the best settings to optimize your performance in the game.
The GOG Galaxy Mac app showing a library of games.

Ubisoft has every right to delete your games — even if it shouldn’t

Ubisoft isn't deleting your inactive account filled with games, but the outrage at that possibility still has merit.
inarius diablo 4

These are the Diablo 4 settings to tweak for the best performance

If you want to play Diablo 4, it's best experienced on a PC. Here's the best settings we've found for the game, as well as how well it runs on PC.
A Hallway in Portal Prelude RTX.

I tested Nvidia’s new RTX feature, and it fixed the worst part of PC gaming

Nvidia stealthily dropped its new RTX IO feature, and it could have big implications for upcoming PC releases.
Asus ROG Ally connected to the XG Mobile.

I replaced my PC with the Asus ROG Ally. Here’s what surprised me

A clever accessory promises to turn the ROG Ally into a full-fledged desktop, but Asus' rose-tinted claims don't hold up to reality.
Logo on the RTX 4060 Ti graphics card.

Nvidia doesn’t want you to know about its controversial new GPU

Nvidia's controversial 16GB RTX 4060 Ti is available now, though there aren't many models up to purchase.
How to play Fortnite on Mac

You can play almost any Windows game on Mac — here’s how

With tools like CrossOver and the new Game Porting Toolkit, it's now possible play almost any Windows game on Mac. Here's how.
OnePlus Keyboard 81 on a pink background.

I can’t believe my favorite new keyboard came from a phone company

It's hard for me to get excited about a keyboard these days, but the OnePlus Keyboard 81 won me over.
Halo running on a MacBook Pro.

I tried to relive the forgotten legacy of Halo as a Mac franchise — and it was a disaster

Halo has a long history, but its origins lie on Mac, and now, it's finally possible to fulfill the game's original legacy.
Ratchet from Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

Ratchet & Clank to debut a revolutionary graphics tech on PC

Sony's next major PC port is using an exciting new feature that could help it dodge some major problems PC ports have faced this year.
Asus ROG Ally and Steam Deck sitting next to each other.

Asus ROG Ally vs. Steam Deck: here’s how they compare

Now that the Asus ROG Ally is here, should you buy it over the Steam Deck? We compare them point for point.
Cyberpunk 2077 running on the Asus ROG Ally.

Asus ROG Ally review: is it still a killer handheld?

Now that the launch dust has settled, Asus' ROG Ally has seen a lot of changes, and they aren't all for the better.
A hand grabbing a graphics card.

I’ve reviewed every GPU in the last 2 years — these are the only ones you should buy

Here are the only GPUs you should consider, from the prospective of someone who's reviewed all of them over the last two generations.
A USB-C hub hanging out of the Steam Deck.

How to install Windows 11 or Windows 10 on the Steam Deck

You can run Windows on the Steam Deck, but the process is a little involved. Here's how to install Windows 11 or 10 on your Steam Deck.
A hacker uses a computer in Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk 2077 cheat codes: money, weapons, and more

Cyberpunk has a lot of items, but if you're on PC, you don't need to find them manually. With our list of Cyberpunk 2077 cheat codes, you can unlock anything.
The AMD RX 6700 XT sitting on a table.

Why this two-year-old GPU is still the one you should buy

Now that we've seen what AMD and Nvidia can deliver around $300 this generation, it's clear this last-gen GPU is the way to go around that price.
Cyberpunk 2077 running on the LG UltraGear OLED 45.

I professionally review gaming monitors. Here are the worst buying mistakes I see

I've been reviewing gaming monitors for years, and I still see buyers make the same mistakes when shopping for a new display. Here's what to avoid.
Alienware x16 hanging out of the backpack.

The Alienware x16 is almost my favorite gaming laptop. Here’s why it’s not

The Alienware x16 performs like a full desktop replacement, and it's compact enough that you could fit it in a backpack. But it still has some rough edges.
Ellie looking concerned.

How Intel could use AI to tackle a massive issue in PC gaming

Intel is introducing seven new papers to Siggraph 2023, which cover everything from path tracing on integrated GPUs to VRAM limitations.
Counter-Strike player aiming with an AWP.

The best Mac games for 2023

The best Mac games include everything from low-key indies like Stardew Valley to dense RPGs like Disco Elysium. Here are the best games to try playing in 2023.
A pilot inside of a ship in Starfield.

With exclusive PC partnerships, everyone loses

AMD announced it would be the exclusive PC partner for Starfield, and that could set a dangerous precedent.
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Should you buy Nvidia’s RTX 4060 or RTX 4060 Ti?

Nvidia has two new, more affordable graphics cards, the RTX 4060 Ti and RTX 4060. Here's how they compare now that we've had a chance to test both.
The Alienware QD-OLED monitor in front of a window.

How we test monitors

A good monitor can make using your PC feel like a whole new experience. Here's how we test monitors to see if they deliver the goods.
RX 7900 XTX slotted into a test bench.

How we test PC components and hardware

There are a ton of options in PC components when building a new PC. Here's how we evaluate new products to see if they're the right choice.
A person using Outlook on a Macbook.

How to recall an email in Outlook

Recalling a message is one of the most useful features of Microsoft Outlook. Here's how to recall an email you didn't mean to send in Outlook on desktop.
AMD RX 7600 on a pink background.

I tested Nvidia’s new RTX 4060 against the RX 7600 — and it’s not pretty

The RTX 4060 and RX 7600 are the new champions of midrange gaming, but which is best? I put them head-to-head.
Vantage stands with her sniper rifle in Apex Legends.

The best free-to-play games for 2023

Although the free-to-play group gets a bad rap, there are plenty of games that offer dozens (and even hundreds) of hours of gameplay without asking for a dime.
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Nvidia RTX 4060 review: a lot of caveats

Nvidia's RTX 4060 wants to dominate the midrange, but it only makes sense if you need DLSS 3 and high ray tracing performance on your 1080p gaming rig.
The Origin EON14-S sitting on a coffee table.

Is this little-known gaming laptop a Razer Blade 14 killer?

The Origin EON14-S looks like a mighty attractive laptop on paper, but it disappoints once it's in your hands.