What is a system fan or SYS_FAN on a motherboard?

SYS_FAN or SYStem FAN headers are some of the few fan headers you’ll come across on a consumer motherboard. These headers are used to power the case fans of your computer. Case fans are typically mounted on your PC’s cabinet and are responsible for providing adequate airflow to various components. Let’s take a closer look …

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How to replace thermal pads on a GPU?

Graphic cards can get pretty toasty when pushed hard in games and professional workflows. The use of thermal interface materials like paste and pads is essential to their operation. However, GPUs run in poor conditions tend to build up gunk and dirt inside, which degrade thermal pads and affect their ability to conduct heat from …

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How to power a SATA hard drive externally

Looking to pull data from an old HDD? Trying to repurpose an internal drive for external use? Want to connect multiple hard disks to your laptop? You’ll need to identify how to power a SATA hard drive externally in each case. A SATA connector splits into two parts. The first section with six pins is …

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Comparison of different types of SSDs in the market

Most SSDs in the market today are either categorized on the interface or the markets they are targeted towards. Both are equally important to consider when shopping for an SSD. NVMe vs. SATA NVMe or the Non-Volatile Memory Express is an interface that connects the NAND flash of an SSD to your computer’s PCIe bus. …

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Can you use two different graphics cards without SLI?

Whether training a deep learning model or rendering a complex scene, scaling your workload over two GPUs can significantly decrease the time taken over just sticking with one. A preferred approach for most readers would be to insert two GPUs into a regular consumer system with sufficient expansion slots. After all, most of the recent …

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How to connect SAS hard drives to your PC

You can often find SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) drives cheap online, thanks to their use in enterprise environments, where drives need to be upgraded periodically for better reliability. However, one downside to buying them is their lack of support in consumer hardware. It’s easy to mistake these drives for the more common SATA (Serial ATA) …

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The best 6GB graphics card in 2022

Graphics card memory is still one of the prevalent deciding factors consumers scan for when buying a new graphics card. While higher graphics card memory doesn’t always guarantee better performance, it still is critical factor companies like Nvidia and AMD use to differentiate their differently priced GPUs. Take, for example, the RTX 2060 and its …

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