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Codrut Neagu

Codrut is a Senior Editor at Digital Citizen. He's passionate about technology and he is fluent in working with several operating systems, including Windows and Linux. He likes to test security products and he feels at home when digging through the registry, optimizing things or having fun on Telnet.
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AMD FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution)

What is AMD FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution)? What does it do?

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  • Codrut Neagu
  • 27.01.2023
Did you encounter the term AMD FSR on the internet or maybe somewhere in your favorite game’s graphics settings? Are you wondering what AMD FSR is? Or maybe you want to enable FSR, but you don’t know how or even if your graphics card is on the AMD FSR-supported GPU...
AMD vs Intel

AMD vs. INTEL in 2023: Which CPUs are better?

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  • Codrut Neagu
  • 26.01.2023
In recent years, AMD has been on the rise when it comes to desktop processors and graphics cards. It stepped up on the ladder, turning from a company that sold affordable processors, weaker than Intel’s, into a company that gave us the seriously impressive Ryzen CPUs. They managed to become...
ADATA XPG Spectrix D50 DDR4 RGB

ADATA XPG Spectrix D50 DDR4 RGB review: Fast and affordable!

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 24.01.2023
While DDR5 memory kits are slowly taking over the world, there are still many who prefer DDR4 modules. Whether it’s because of their better latencies or because of their price, you, too, might prefer DDR4 instead of DDR5. If you’re searching for a fast DDR4 kit with excellent speed and...
AMD vs Intel

Intel Core i9-13900k vs. AMD Ryzen 7900X: Gaming performance!

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  • Codrut Neagu
  • 23.01.2023
Both Intel’s and AMD’s latest generation of desktop processors are excellent choices for gaming. They deliver incredible speeds and performance, from the mid-range area all the way up to the higher-end models. There’s no question about it: you’ll make a great choice by going with either AMD or Intel processors,...
DDR4 vs. DDR5

DDR4 vs. DDR5: Should you upgrade?

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  • Codrut Neagu
  • 18.01.2023
DDR4 has been available for a long time and thus has reached its maximum potential. It’s a mature memory specification that ensures both stability and performance. In comparison, DDR5 was only launched in 2021, and while not in its early days, it is still a work in progress. Though DDR5’s...
ASUS ProArt Z790-CREATOR WIFI

ASUS ProArt Z790-CREATOR WIFI review: For demanding content creators

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 13.01.2023
The options for building a new computer based on Intel 13 or 12 Gen Core processors are quite generous right now. Apart from motherboards that work with DDR4 memory, there are new models that support much faster DDR5 memory. One of the most interesting ones is the ASUS ProArt Z790-CREATOR...
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB

Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR5-7200 32GB C34 review

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 09.01.2023
The latest generations of both Intel and AMD desktop processors can take advantage of faster DDR5 memory. While the prices of such memory kits are still quite prohibitive, the performance you get from them is undeniable. And, sooner or later, as more options surface on the market, prices should gradually...
ASUS ROG Ryuo III 240 ARGB

ASUS ROG Ryuo III 240 ARGB review: Efficient AIO liquid cooler!

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 05.01.2023
On October 21st, 2022, ASUS announced the launch of a new series of CPU liquid coolers, namely the ROG Ryuo III 360 and 240 ARGB AIO coolers. Both models are available in black and white editions, and both promise excellent performance in keeping the temperatures low for even the most...
ViewSonic VP2776

ViewSonic ColorPro VP2776 review: A professional monitor!

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 29.12.2022
The choices available for professionals in terms of monitors these days are plenty. Every monitor manufacturer seems to go out of its way to make the best screen possible, with as many bundled features. ViewSonic is one of them, and one of the company’s most interesting professional monitors I’ve recently...
Windows SmartScreen

How to turn off SmartScreen in Windows

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 27.12.2022
The SmartScreen filter, Windows SmartScreen, or the Windows Defender SmartScreen are the same protection feature, with different names, depending on the Windows version you’re using. While it helps protect your computer from malicious files, apps, and websites, some users consider it annoying and want to disable it. If you want...
Disc image

What is a disk image file (ISO, IMG, NRG, BIN, etc.)?

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 22.12.2022
Have you encountered the terms disk image or ISO image? You may have heard them from a tech-savvy friend who has a huge library of disks (CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray disks), but he or she doesn’t appear to use any of them, at least not regularly. Well, that friend of yours...
Unknown file

How to open an unknown file in Windows

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 21.12.2022
We all encountered files with uncommon extensions from time to time. Of course, many of us know about .docx files, .pdf files, .mp3 files, or .iso files. However, have you heard about the .eps file extension? How about .dng or .eps? What do you do if you have to open...
Windows SmartScreen

What is the SmartScreen filter, and how does it work?

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 20.12.2022
If you use Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 or Windows 10, you may have encountered the SmartScreen filter or the Windows Defender SmartScreen. This is a feature found in all modern Windows operating systems. Its purpose is to steer you away from malicious and dangerous websites and files that you...
Christmas

Best Christmas wallpapers for your smartphone in 2022

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  • Codrut Neagu
  • 19.12.2022
As we reach the end of a difficult 2022, the Christmas spirit is slowly but surely taking over. We know that many of you have already decorated your houses and are preparing to spend some peaceful moments at home. But no winter holiday preparation is complete without decorating your Android...
ASUS ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi D4

ASUS ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi D4 review: Top-level gaming with DDR4

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 16.12.2022
If you intend to build a new computer using a 12th or 13th Gen Intel Core processor, there are two paths you can follow. You could get on the fast lane using the latest DDR5 memory or choose the slightly slower yet more affordable road where keeping your old DDR4...
Virtual machine

How to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 15.12.2022
The best way to test a new operating system without putting your computers at risk is to install and try it on a virtual machine. That’s also true about Windows 11, Microsoft’s brand-new operating system, which, although nice and shiny, comes with plenty of changes and has its share of...
Christmas

22 free Christmas wallpapers for your PC in 2022

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  • Codrut Neagu
  • 14.12.2022
As 2022 is quickly coming to an end, Christmas is just around the corner. It’s a special time for families and friends to reconnect, so most of us are looking forward to decorating and getting into that famous holiday spirit. And what better way to start than by choosing a...
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT review: Grade A gaming!

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 12.12.2022
AMD officially launched its new series of RDNA 3-based graphics cards: the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX and the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT. Both are advertised to deliver significant performance improvements compared to the previous Radeon RX 6000 series based on RDNA 2, and both appear to be excellent...
Intel Core Intel i9 13th Generation

Intel Core i9-13900K review: Leading the Raptor pack

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 07.12.2022
After a few years of AMD dominance on the processor market, Intel managed to get back in the game with their 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs. However, the real re-entry into the competition happened with the company’s current 13th generation of processors (aka Raptor Lake). The high(est)-end proposition from Intel...
Install Windows

How to install Windows 11 on unsupported hardware

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 05.12.2022
You’ve probably heard of the steep system requirements of Windows 11. You can’t install it on an unsupported computer - one that doesn’t have TPM 2.0, Secure Boot, enough RAM, or a compatible processor. This checklist leaves many on the outside, theoretically unable to install Windows 11. However, the good...