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

GDDR6 vs GDDR6X VRAM: Which To Buy In 2024?

Me pointing at my GPUs 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM and asking if this is best

GPU shopping can get confusing, especially because there are two types of ‘current gen’ memory (VRAM): GDDR6 and GDDR6X. Is one better than the other, or is it just marketing? Well it turns out that GDDR6X definitely is better than GDDR6, but not by a massive amount. Plus only NVIDIA sell GDDR6X cards after an … Read more

Right (And Wrong!) Methods Of GPU Cable Routing

Rubbish GPU cable routing with the text this is the way

Okay, I’ll admit it: whenever I build a PC, the cable management ends up resembling Medusa’s hair first thing in the morning: What’s worse is that I sometimes leave it that way for months (sorry!). However having good, organized cable management brings a number of benefits: from better case airflow to calming our OCD tendencies! … Read more

Can GDDR5/GDDR6 Graphics Cards Work On DDR4 Motherboards?

A Sapphire Pulse RX 6700 XT graphics card resting on an anti static bag

So, you’re ready to make a GPU upgrade, but will that new GDDR6X GPU work with your older DDR4 mobo? After all, DDR5 RAM can’t work in a DDR4 motherboard – so is graphic card memory any different? If so, why? Well the gist is: You can use GDDR5, GDDR6, and GDDR6X GPUs with a DDR4 … Read more