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5 Tips for Building Your First PC

This is an amazing time to build a PC! Online tutorials are plentiful, and desktop components are so standardized, building a computer is almost foolproof. We say “almost” because, if you haven’t done your homework, you can…

How to Host Your Own VPN with Algo and Cloud Hosting

Companies all over the world sell VPN services to secure your online activity, but can you really trust a VPN provider? If you want, you can create your own virtual private network with the open-source Algo software, and the …

10 Quick Steps to Increase PC Performance

We live in the future. Your living room speaker turns on the coffee pot, a robot vacuums the house, and the thermostat knows when you get home. But even in this amazing era of automation, your PC still needs some manual help …

What Is a “Surveillance” or “NAS” Hard Drive?

Capacity isn’t the only thing that differentiates one hard drive from another. Yes, they’re all spinning platters that use magnetic storage to save data. However, some are marketed as “Surveillance” or “NAS” drives. Here’s ho…

PS5 and Xbox Series X: What Are Teraflops?

Teraflops: they’re all anyone wants to talk about when the upcoming Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 consoles are mentioned. This is because Microsoft and Sony are bragging about big performance boosts thanks, in part, to an…

Bit Rot: How Hard Drives and SSDs Die Over Time

Computer storage is both a blessing and a curse. We can store terabytes of photos, documents, and more at home. But that data is more precarious than we might assume thanks to a phenomenon known as bit rot or data degradation…

The Five Best PC Upgrades to Improve Performance

Upgrading a PC? Your choices range from installing more RAM to custom building a case designed for a DIY liquid cooling system. Which upgrades are the best depends on your PC. What specs does it have right now? Are you gaming…

NVMe vs. SATA: Which SSD Technology Is Faster?

NVMe drives are a big deal in computer storage right now, and for good reason. Not only does an NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) leave most older SSDs in the dust, it’s also blazing fast compared to standard 3.5- and 2.5-inch dr…

Thunderbolt 3 vs. USB-C: What’s the Difference?

Newer laptops often come loaded with a port that accepts a reversible plug and supports very fast transfer speeds. Do you know what it is? If you guessed the Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 port, you’re right, and therein lies the p…

USB4: What’s Different and Why It Matters

The next great (and possibly confusing) version of USB is on its way. In early September 2019, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) published the USB4 specification paving the way for blazing-fast USB connections comparable to…

Is the Mac Pro Overpriced Compared to a PC?

Apple’s Mac Pro will be made in the USA with a starting price of $6,000. You get a pretty sweet machine for that price, but how close could you get to the power of the Mac Pro if you tried to build a Windows version yourself?…

What Is TDP for CPUs and GPUs?

You often see TDP measurements on specification sheets, and it’s important info for people with desktop PCs. But TDP definitions are like opinions—everybody’s got one. Let’s cut through the confusion and talk about what a…
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