This month, we’re bringing lots of small updates to our main build chart (and reaffirming some decisions from last month):
If you’ve ever taken a look at a product page for sticks of RAM, or at the specifications for a CPU or motherboard, you’ve probably seen “memory channels” mentioned.
For many beginners, this sparks questions like, “What’s the deal? Does dual-channel mean I can only use two sticks? What do multiple channels do that one channel doesn’t? Can I use quad-channel RAM on a dual-channel motherboard?”
The answers to those questions and more can be found below, so read on!
New CPUs means new chipsets, and (even with their better inter-generational compatibility) AMD is no exception. We’re taking a look at the X570 chipset to see what’s new with this type of motherboard!
Often, motherboard product pages and online forum users mention a motherboard’s VRM and how many power phases it has. Being a somewhat technical topic, VRMs aren’t an easy topic to get into. So today, we will introduce the concept of the VRM and these so-called power phases as simple and straightforward as possible, so that you can easily discern what a motherboard product page is telling you (and when it matters).
You might have thought you were safe from deals now that Black Friday was over, but you’d be wrong. There is always Cyber Monday, with even more deals!