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  • Full-Array Local Dimming and Gaming Application – Explained

    The technological advancements in monitors and TVs have always outpaced the advancements made in other areas of technology especially when it comes to gaming. Hardware in the PC industry is still lagging behind the potential that is shown by the advancements in other areas such as monitors and TVs. Our…

  • AHCI vs RAID Storage Types – Differences and Comparison

    The evolution of storage technologies has been rapid and quite innovative over the past decade. The venerable spinning hard drive has been slowly but surely replaced by the much faster and more efficient solid-state drive. SSDs have taken the PC hardware industry almost by a storm over the past few…

  • Voltage Curve Optimizer Overclocking for Zen 3 – Explained

    Desktop CPU performance has improved by leaps and bounds in the past few years, mainly due to competition in the desktop processor space. Intel had long held the edge over rival AMD when it came to consumer desktop CPUs, and AMD was struggling to produce a product that could threaten…

  • Microsoft DirectStorage and Its Potential for PC Gaming

    Whenever you are performing any task on your PC, be it gaming or general productivity tasks, there is always a limiting factor that is present in the system. That limiting factor is responsible for deciding the ceiling of your PC’s performance in that particular workload. These limiting factors are often…

  • Are SSHDs Worth It? – Solid State Hard Drives Explained

    Storage devices have come a long way in the past decade or so. Gone are the days when the biggest hard drive on the consumer desktop platform was limited to a massive 80 GB. Nowadays, drives have improved tenfold not only in capacity, but also in speed, efficiency, and endurance.…

  • VRAM Allocation vs. VRAM Usage – What is the Difference?

    Nvidia announced their latest RTX 3000 series of graphics cards on September 1st, 2020 amidst massive hype. These graphics cards promised unprecedented levels of performance not only in traditional rasterized rendering but also in modern RayTracing games. The RTX 3000 series of cards would go on to become some of…

  • How Much Should You Actually Spend on A Motherboard?

    Building a custom gaming PC is a rewarding and engaging experience. Some of the more interesting purchase decisions while building a PC are usually the graphics card and the CPU. Enthusiasts mull over these decisions for weeks and months on end, watching benchmark videos and comparing every last detail in…

  • ADATA SX8200 Pro Controller and NAND Swap – Explained

    ADATA is one of the largest manufacturers of solid-state drives in the market currently, and many of their products are revered as some of the best in their respective categories. ADATA has made quite a name for itself in recent years due to its reliable and high-performance SSDs and competitively-priced…

  • Vapor Chamber, Downdraft and Blower Style Graphics Card Cooling – Explained

    Over the past few years, we have seen an exponential increase in the performance of graphics cards in both gaming and professional applications. With the improvements in architectures and internal components, graphics cards are now faster than ever and are able to handle even the most demanding tasks that one…

  • Nvidia CMP HX Explained – Will It Make A Difference?

    Cryptocurrency has taken the world by a storm in the past few years, with coins like Bitcoin crossing the $60,000 mark in value as of the time of writing. It was not long ago that even tech-savvy people were betting against crypto-currency in general. Time has turned the tides in…

  • RGB 12V and aRGB 5V Differences and Comparison

    Building a PC is one of the most rewarding hobbies that one can have in modern times. Especially if you are a technology enthusiast, there is little that can make you feel better than building and customizing your own rig. With the rise of high-performance and simultaneously quite expensive PC…

  • Advanced Motherboard Buying Guide – How to Buy A Motherboard For A Gaming PC

    When building a custom PC some of the more interesting purchase decisions are usually the CPU and the graphics card. Enthusiasts mull over these decisions for weeks and months on end, watching benchmark videos and comparing every last detail in reviews, but when it comes to motherboards there is not…

  • Gaming Monitor Buying Guide – How To Buy A Monitor in 2021

    If you ask a group of PC enthusiasts what is the most important component of a gaming setup, you will get some mixed responses. Some will say it is the graphics card, while others might point towards the CPU being more important. A crucial component that most gamers just glide…

  • Intel Thunderbolt 3 – Applications and Uses in Gaming

    The third generation of Thunderbolt technology is relatively new to the market, but the basic idea is actually quite old. The first version of the precursor of Thunderbolt actually debuted in 2009. It was Intel who demonstrated how one cable could handle multiple downstream devices at the same time by…

  • Graphics Card TGP, TBP and TDP – What is the Difference?

    With the rise of high-performance PC components, there has been a slow but constant rise in the power requirements of these components as well. Even though with each generation of a new product there are certain efficiency improvements, however, those improvements are not enough to counter the increased power requirements…

  • Case Fan Bearing Types – Differences And Comparison

    Optimizing the airflow of your PC is one of the most important tasks as a whole in the PC building process. Unfortunately, it is also the one that gets neglected far too easily by novice builders. Air cooling is still the most efficient and cost-effective way of cooling your PC…

  • USB 3.2 Nomenclature and Specifications Explained

    USB has never been the most straightforward when it comes to their naming conventions. Not only do the various USB standards have confusing names, but the USB-IF is also guilty of changing the names of the standards after they have already become commonly known. This creates another level of confusion…

  • X-NAND Technology Explained – QLC Capacity at SLC Speeds

    The field of storage has seen some rapid advancements in the past decade. For the longest time, hard drives were the primary and the only storage medium used in consumer PCs. At the dawn of the previous decade, there was the revolutionary introduction of a new form of storage medium…

  • Nvidia’s Tensor Cores for Machine Learning and AI – Explained

    Nvidia’s now-renowned RTX series of graphics cards has been hugely successful ever since their launch with the RTX 20 series. The introduction of the RTX branding was a change in the direction of the company and as a result, the graphics card market as a whole. Nvidia has followed its…

  • PCIe 4.0 – What’s New and Should You Upgrade?

    AMD secured the honor of being the first company to bring PCIe Gen 4 in desktop PCs with their launch of the X570 chipset in June of 2019 at Computex. PCIe 4.0 promises to bring a lot of improvements to the PCI Express interface as it is the biggest change…

  • Nvidia NVLink vs SLI – Differences and Comparison

    Ever since it became possible to use multiple Graphics cards in a system, we have seen enthusiasts crave beastly machines with 2, 3, or even 4 graphics cards installed in them at the same time. PCs with multiple graphics cards were considered to be the absolute best that the industry…

  • Resizable PCIe BAR and AMD Smart Access Memory Explained

    October 28th, 2020 market a pretty significant milestone for AMD’s Radeon division as they released their brand new Radeon RX 6000 series of graphics cards based on the RDNA2 architecture. The 3 new graphics cards in the series, the AMD Radeon RX 6800, the RX 6800 XT, and the RX…

  • PC Power Supply Buying Guide – How to Choose The PSU For Your Gaming PC

    The power supply is easily one of the most under-rated and under-appreciated components in a gaming system. First time builders usually have a hard time researching and choosing the best power supply for their needs. This is simply because there are hundreds of power supplies in the market and there…

  • RAM Timings: CAS, RAS, tRCD, tRP, tRAS Explained

    RAM is actually one of the most crucial components in a computer but it rarely gets the same amount of thought and effort put into it as the other components when it comes to the buying decision. Usually, capacity is the only thing that general consumers seem to care about…

  • GPU Boost – Nvidia’s Self Boosting Algorithm Explained

    Graphics Card technologies have progressed by leaps and bounds over the last few generations with each generation bringing a substantial improvement not only in the overall performance of the cards but also in the features that the cards offer. It is no surprise that it is vital for both Nvidia…