Can your CPU Really Bottleneck Your Graphics Card?

I’ve often wondered just how much your CPU can really affect the performance of a gaming PC. Surely most of the grunt comes from the GPU?

As it happens I had a couple of different systems to hand; my old i5-4690K rig and my AMD Ryzen 2600 machine, the results were quite interesting:

Short answer: yes, an older or slower CPU can absolutely slow down your gaming performance. So, before you go out and buy a Nvidia 2080Ti, spare a thought for whether your machine is actually up to the task.

Review: Inateck USB C Hub and OTG Adapter

I recently switched to a Macbook Pro as my daily driver laptop, with one of the compromises made being that it only has USB type C ports on the side. This is incredibly annoying given all I have to carry around; a mouse, USB storage, SD cards, the list goes on.

So, I was in the market for a cheap and easy USB C Hub, and Inateck kindly provided for the purpose of this review.

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Review: RetroFlag NESPi Raspberry Pi Case

For quite a while now there have been a few different ways to program a Raspberry Pi as a a console emulator for some retro gaming action.  The latest version of the Pi at this point (version 3) is a fantastic basis for emulation, with plenty of USB ports, HDMI out and enough processing power to emulate consoles all the way up to the original Playstation with ease.

The downside has always been that the port layout and overall look of the stock Raspberry Pi case don’t really lend themselves to the task, but thankfully the good folks at Retroflag have taken care of both of these issues with their NesPi Raspberry Pi case. Continue reading Review: RetroFlag NESPi Raspberry Pi Case

5 Years On: Synology DS412+

Back on the old Tech Made Easy site Synology were one of the first manufacturers to offer me any review opportunities, and for six years we continued to work together on reviews, news articles and competitions.  I even got to travel to Old Trafford and sit in on a press conference for DSM 6 and check out some of their latest products, and my Synology branded foam stress cow (an homage to Synology’s UK home in Milton Keynes) still sits on my desk to this day. Continue reading 5 Years On: Synology DS412+

Why Your Home WiFi Sucks

WiFi has achieved the status of being pretty much ubiquitous with modern life.  Yet you only have to go back a few years and the majority of devices used in the home still had a wired network connection to transmit and receive data.  Unfortunately the truth about WiFi is that it simply can’t offer the performance, range and reliability of a wired network, and there are plenty of reasons why.  Here are a few of them. Continue reading Why Your Home WiFi Sucks