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  • 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…

  • Apple M1 Chip vs. Intel x86 Processors: What is the Difference?

    June 22nd, 2020 marked a very significant milestone for Apple with the announcement of a brand new line of custom desktop and mobile CPUs branded as “Apple Silicon”. Up until that point and even at the time of writing, Apple has been partnered with Intel for the provision of CPUs…

  • Nvidia RT Cores vs. AMD Ray Accelerators – Explained

    With the first generation of RTX Graphics cards in 2018, Nvidia introduced the world to a brand new feature that was supposed to change the landscape of gaming as we know it. The first generation RTX 2000 series graphics cards were based on the new Turing architecture and brought along…

  • Palit Gaming Pro GeForce RTX 3070 – Cooler Analysis

    The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 immediately became one of the most popular tech products to come out this year after its announcement on September 1st, 2020. PC gaming enthusiasts were extremely excited to get their hands on Nvidia’s shiny new graphics card which promised similar or better performance than the…

  • Palit Gaming Pro GeForce RTX 3070 – PCB Analysis

    On September 1st, 2020 Nvidia announced their brand new RTX 3000 series of graphics cards which were received very positively by the general public and reviewers alike. A big driving force behind their positive reception was the fact that Nvidia released the RTX 3080 at $699 and the RTX 3070…

  • AMD RDNA2 Architectural Improvements Explained

    On October 28th, 2020 AMD’s Radeon division announced their highly anticipated RX 6000 series of graphics cards based on the brand new RDNA 2 architecture. These new graphics cards take the already established RDNA 1 architecture and improve upon it massively, to the point that we are expecting AMD’s new…

  • How to Tune an AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPU with CTR – Advanced Guide

    On September 29th, 2020, Yuri Bubily (who goes by the handle @1usmus) launched his amazing new tool known as Clock Tuner for Ryzen. This tool was expected to be an incredible auto-overclocking tool that could use the built-in testing features to find out the ideal overclocking and undervolting values for…

  • Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 2.0) Explained

    DLSS or Deep Learning Super Sampling is Nvidia’s technique for smart upscaling, which can take an image rendered at a lower resolution and upscale it to a higher resolution display, thus providing more performance than native rendering. Nvidia introduced this technique with the first generation of the RTX series of…

  • Intel Iris Xe MAX Discrete GPU – What You Need To Know

    Intel has been open about its adventures in the GPU development space for quite some time now. The company has dabbled with the idea in the past, but now they have come out and confirmed their efforts to develop their own discrete graphics card and mobile GPU solutions. After a…

  • GDDR6X Technical Improvements Explained

    On September 1st, 2020 Nvidia announced its brand new RTX 3000 series of graphics cards which promised unprecedented levels of performance not only in traditional rasterized rendering but also in raytracing. The RTX 3000 series of cards would go on to become some of the fastest cards in the market…

  • Apple Silicon And What It Means For Intel

    On June 22nd. 2020 Apple announced that it would be transitioning its Mac lineup from Intel’s CPUs to “Apple Silicon” which means that future Mac and MacBook computers from Apple will no longer have Intel CPUs inside them. Apple has planned that its entire computer product range will be powered…

  • How Processor TDP Ratings Can Be Misleading

    If you have ever been in the market for a CPU, there is a solid chance that you might have come across a little rating known as TDP. This is a rating that is often thrown around in arguments or recommendations and it is actually quite widely misunderstood. TDP stands…

  • Intel Optane vs AMD StoreMi – What is the Difference?

    Ever since the time of big and bulky magnetic drives back in the day, computer users have always craved both more storage as well as faster storage. The venerable mechanical hard drive is still the backbone of most of our storage needs, providing large storage space for relatively low prices.…