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What Are “IOPS”, and Do They Matter?

When it comes to PC components, it’s all about performance. But the meaning of some performance measures can be very unclear including today’s topic Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPs). What are IOPs, and are they measu…

The Best Budget Wi-Fi Routers of 2022

Buying a Wi-Fi router doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you don’t need one that supplies several hundred Mbps speeds. Budget routers are a great alternative that packs lots of features without a hit to the wallet….

Intel Breaks 4K Blu-Ray Disc Playback on New CPUs

DRM is designed to protect content from thieves. In many cases, though, it causes more problems than it helps. The latestĀ Intel Core 11000 and 12000 processors remove IntelĀ SGX, causing Ultra HD Blu-ray discs to no longer p…

What Is Microsoft’s Pluton Security Processor?

The first computers packing Microsoft’s Pluton security processor arrive in 2022 thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 6000 laptop CPUs. If you haven’t heard of the technology, Pluton promises improved hardware security by walling off sensit…

Modular Laptops Are (Probably) Not the Future

A modular laptop allows upgrades and changes to components without buying a new computer. It’s an enticing idea and desktops already work this way, but the realities of laptop design make it unlikely that fully modular laptop…

3 Critical Stats Every PC Gamer Should Monitor

Building a desktop gaming PC is a fantastic pastime, but games demand a lot from your PC. For that reason there are three critical statistics you should keep an eye on including component temperatures, frame rates, and disk h…

This ASUS 17-Inch Foldable Laptop Is Bonkers

At CES, there are plenty of excellent products shown off, but the ASUSĀ Zenbook 17 Fold OLED impressed us with its giant foldable screen that takes up the entire laptop. Of course, the company came up with a creative way to g…

Why Oil-Cooled PCs Aren’t Popular Anymore

At one point, PC performance enthusiasts had the idea to cool a computer by immersing its components in mineral oil—and it worked! Yet today no one’s doing it anymore, so what happened to these awesome submerged “fish tank”…

The Best Gaming Laptops of 2022

Gaming laptops are the perfect combination of power and portability, allowing gamers to enjoy their favorite titles anywhere. If you’re looking to take gaming on the road or just don’t want a computer tower taking up space, c…

Buying a Prebuilt PC? 9 Things to Check First

There are many advantages to a prebuilt PC, even when there aren’t global shortages of computer components to contend with. But, if you do choose the convenience of a prebuilt over a DIY PC, you should carefully consider this…

Gaming Laptops Are a Great Deal Now

Not too long ago, buying a gaming laptop was something only a small slice of users could justify. They simply cost too much for too little return. Modern gaming laptops are a different story and are actually a great deal….

The Best Printers of 2022

Whether you need a printer for work from home tasks, family printing needs, or both, picking the right printer can be a challenge. We’ve picked the best printer for you based on budget and feature set….

The Best External Solid State Drives of 2022

External solid-state drives can provide for the speeds that modern games and software need to run properly and without lag. Couple that with their decreasing cost, and the best SSDs have become a great alternative to external…

What Is Hyperthreading?

Hyperthreading was once a feature only found on high-end professional CPUs. However, Hyperthreading is now found on mainstream consumer CPUs, too. So what exactly is Hyperthreading, and should you look for it in your next CPU…
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