Do You NEED TO Change Thermal Paste After Removing CPU Cooler?

YouTube thumbnail showing me staring at my CPU and Noctua cooler on fire with the text Just A Myth

The thermal paste (also called TIM – thermal interface material) can seem scary. After all, the internet is FILLED with scary stories of computers crashing due to insufficient thermal paste, or CPUs being destroyed due to overly high CPU temperatures. As a result, when you come to remove and reapply your CPU cooler or heatsink … Read more

CPU Usage Super High (Or At 100) Even When Barely Anything Is Running? 16 Proven Fixes

YouTube thumbnail showing CPU high usage with the text Dont Do This pointing at the msconfig boot options

A slow computer is one of the most annoying IT issues you can have, especially because they can be so difficult to debug. Finding the issue and resolving can be difficult. This video covers 16 different things you should check and change to speed up your computer and hopefully start getting lower CPU usage. I … 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

AMD Precision Boost: How To Disable It & What Else To Check

Setting manual CPU clock frequency in the Asus BIOS by changing the Ai Overclock value from Auto to Manual

Setting your own clock speed has gotten easier than ever thanks to performance tools like AMD Radeon, but what happens when you want to disable some of these built-in performance boosting presets? You can disable AMD Precision Boost by entering into your BIOS menu and disabling this feature in the Advanced menu. You can also … Read more

Will AMD GPUs Work With Intel CPUs (And Vice Versa)? What About NVidia?

The box of a AMD Sapphire RX 6700XT Radeon graphics card GPU

If you’ve got your eyes set on a brand-new NVidia GPU, but you’ve got an AMD or Intel CPU, will it work? What about AMD and Intel? Can those long-time rivals be combined into one PC? You can combine any brand graphics card with any brand CPU without worrying about compatibility problems. Currently, all brands … Read more

Why Is CPU Virtualization Usually Disabled By Default?

The SVM Mode CPU Virtualization option within an Asus motherboard on the AMD platform

There are a lot of reasons you would want to turn on CPU virtualization. Being able to spin a virtual machine opens up all kinds of new potential whether you’re running a Macbook or a high power gaming PC. However, you’ve got to turn on hardware virtualization before you can start spinning virtual machines. CPU virtualization … Read more