Retail vs. OEM components

Not all parts are created equal. Not all parts are good enough to make it into a Velocity Micro gaming PC. To understand why, we need to first briefly discuss the component manufacturing process. PC parts are produced in volume on large wafers of silicon and trimmed from those wafers to ultimately become CPUs, GPUs, and motherboards. Depending on where on this wafer they’re cut from, certain parts are simply of better quality – better performing, longer lasting, more efficient, etc. – as a result. Following production, parts must be qualified and rated for quality and performance. Lower performing parts…

Windows 10 – What We Know, What We Don’t

Windows 10 – What We Know, What We Don’t

As the availability of Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional come to a close, more attention begins to focus on the next OS from the team in Redmond – Windows 10. So what do we know about this new operating system? Will it improve on the shortcoming of Windows 8/8.1? And what’s still a mystery? What we know today Yes it’s Windows 10, not Windows 9 The first thing that Microsoft did during their preview was put the name rumors to bed. It won’t be called Windows One and Windows X. Even Windows 9, the logical next step forward from…

What You Need for the Best Sim Racing PC

What You Need for the Best Sim Racing PC

There’s no hotter e-sport right now than Sim Racing. By combining the dynamics of arcade style racing with the variables of tire wear, suspension, fuel economy, and vehicle damage of real world racing, Sim Racing creates a sophisticated simulation that takes users on the wildest of rides. Racers looking to prove that they’re the best can even compete with others from around the world in leagues and circuits. But just like with real racing, to be the best, you’ve got to have the best equipment, and that’s where we come in. Here’s what you need to get the best Sim…

Xeon vs i7/i5 – What’s the difference?

Xeon vs i7/i5 – What’s the difference?

One of the most common questions we get when custom configuring a PC for a customer is which platform they should go with – Xeon or i7. For the casual video editor/workstation user, is Xeon better? What’s the difference between Xeon vs i7? Let’s break down a few of the Pros of each processor family. Intel Core i7/i5 Pros Overclocking – Unlocked i5 and i7 processors are designed to be overclocked, meaning they can run at higher clock speeds than what they’re qualified for, assuming the right voltage and BIOS settings. This equates to free power and more value, a…

What does Video Card RAM Do?

The amount of RAM featured on a certain GPU is typically the first spec listed when naming the card – 4GB GeForce GTX 970, 2GB GeForce GTX 750Ti for example – but what does video RAM (or vRAM) actually do? Is a card with 4GB of vRAM twice as powerful as one with 2GB? Does vRAM have real world applications to gaming? Workstation renderings? Basically, the more vRAM a card has, the more complex textures or 3D meshes it can load. The higher the resolution of the image you’re attempting to render, the more vRAM required. If the texture and…