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What Is a Graphene Thermal Pad and How Does It Work?

Graphene thermal pads are a compelling alternative to thermal paste, but are they worth the price?

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What Is the Gamma Setting on a Monitor or TV?

Let's shed some light on your monitor's arcane secrets.

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What Is a Phase-Change Thermal Pad and How Does It Work?

Is it finally time to ditch thermal paste and liquid metal for good?

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Syncing RGB Lighting Across Brands: Why It's Tricky and How to Do It

Syncing one brand of RGB devices is already tricky. Doing it across brands is outright impossible... or is it?

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What Is TJMax in CPUs?

No, not the department store.

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How to Rearrange Multiple Monitors on Windows 10

Leaving them reversed is unbelievably frustrating.

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What Is a Heatsink, and How Does It Work?

Beneath their unassuming metal surface lies a surprising amount of complexity.

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What’s the L/H Switch on the AMD Wraith Prism?

Should you set it to wumbo?

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Is It Worth Buying External NVMe Drives Over Regular SSDs?

The wrong choice can make money go up in flames.

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What Are Chipset Drivers, and How Do You Install Them?

Chipset drivers often get overlooked. Updating them might solve your inexplicable in-game stutters and system-wide crashes.

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Are CPU Coolers Universal?

As long as it physically fits into your computer, it's probably fine.

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How to Factory Reset Windows 10

The nuclear option.

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12 Ways to Open File Explorer in Windows 10

Need an alternate method to open File Explorer in Windows 10? We've got a dozen!

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How to Format a Hard Drive or SSD on Windows 11

Wipe and prepare your drive for an exciting life of data storage adventures.

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There’s One Accessory I Recommend to Every Steam Deck Owner

Solve your Steam Deck charging woes with this tiny Steam Deck accessory.

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How to Update Drivers on Windows 10

Do it yourself or let Windows do it for you—the choice is yours!

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