DDR5: How Hot Is “Too Hot”? (Does DDR5 Need Special Cooling Or Heatsinks?)

YouTube thumbnail showing me holding some DDR5 RAM and an arrow pointing to some aluminium fins for cooling

DDR5 is here and – thankfully – cheaper than ever. This has led to lots of PC builders wondering if they should finally upgrade to DDR5 RAM. However some early adopters of DDR5 memory complained that their RAM was “overheating” or running “too hot”. Is this still true? And do you need special cooling for … Read more

Is “Fanboyism” Actually A GOOD Thing For The PC Industry?!

YouTube thumbnail with me looking thoughtful and with the text thank you AMD fans

Many people in technology rightly point to really toxic comments and behaviors from a small majority of fans – whether that’s “AMD Fanboys” or Intel/NVIDIA fans. Clearly toxic behaviour is always wrong, but can generally “fanboyism” actually be a force for good in some cases? That’s the question that I discuss in today’s video. I … Read more

Stop Connecting Your GPU Power Cables Like This! (How To Properly Connect PCIe Cables For Graphics Cards)

YouTube thumbnail of me holding a split pigtail PCIe cable with the text Devil Spawn

It’s really easy to accidentally UNDERPOWER your graphics card by using a split pigtail cable (also called y-splitter) for 2 or 3 of the PCIe connections on the GPU. Unfortunately a PCIe cable can supply as little as 150 watts from your PSU to the GPU, resulting in too low power being supplied to some … Read more

Should CPU Virtualization Be ON or OFF? Is It A Security Risk? (And Just What Is Hyper-V?!)

Me pointing at my PC with the text About To Get Hit By VM Viruses

“CPU Virtualization” is one of those cool-sounding technologies that you just have to enable. Y’know, not because it sounds cool – but because, uhm, you’re about to run an application that really needs it. That’s totally why. But is it potentially a bad thing to enable CPU Virtualization? After all, some people warn that it … Read more

Always Cool Your M.2 NVMe SSD – Aftermarket Coolers Are Easy To Install

Me showing the two parts of an aftermarket M2 NVMe SSD cooler

If you have a “bare” M.2 NVMe SSD (i.e. one without any heatsink or cooling), then you might want to reconsider this. That’s because recent generations of NVMe drives can run HOT – and this can cause problems for your PC in the long run. Thankfully third party “aftermarket” heatsinks are cheap to buy, and … Read more

Why M.2 Drives Are ‘Single’ or ‘Double’ Sided (& Why It Matters)

Me pointing at a single sided M.2 NVMe SSD with the text NOT a thicc boi

There’s always a new type of storage on the horizon. One of the most recent changes has been the addition of double-sided M.2 SSDs. These drives have been raising questions about features and compatibility that we’re going to take a closer look at. M.2 drives can be single-sided or double-sided based on how many chips … Read more