Maximum PC February 2014


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Maximum PC February 2014

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In this issue’s Build It, we test the capabilities of the powerful-but-hot Radeon R9 290X by cramming it into a shoebox-size PC and seeing how it survives those conditions. 

Before you buy a new CPU, before you plunk down cash on a second graphics card, before you add a couple more sticks of RAM to your system, your first-priority upgrade should be to an SSD. It will provide the single-best performance boost your PC has ever known. Our guide shows you how do it.

There’s a new Wi-Fi standard in town and its name is 802.11ac. It talks a big game—a theoretical 1.3-gigabits-per-second—but how does it perform in a real-world environment? See our reviews of seven AC routers to find out. 

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