Difference Between Retail and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)

If you’ve ever tried to buy a license for Windows, you’re familiar with the challenges that come up. The concept may seem simple – buy the license and be on your way – but you have to decide upon the cheaper system builder (OEM)or the more expensive retail license. In theory, these two options are built for different audiences: normal Windows users and those building their own workstation PCs. Generally speaking, most Windows users don’t go out and purchase a boxed copy of Windows. Instead, the program comes pre-installed on the computer they purchased. But another group of people exists,…

What is Hyper-Threading and Why Do I Want It?

What is Hyper-Threading? Hyper-threading (often abbreviated as HT or referred to as Hyper-Threading Technology) is a proprietary Intel process that improves computation parallelization. For Intel processors that support Hyper-threading and software that utilizes it, Windows recognizes each physical core as two virtual cores, spreading the processing load between them. Essentially what this means is that quad core processors with hyper-threading operate as eight core processors, hexa core operate as 12-core, and so on. Which processors support Hyper-threading? As a general rule, Hyper-threading is a unique feature of all Intel Core i7 and Xeon processors. Core i5 and Core i3 processors…

USB 3.1 vs. USB Type-C vs. USB 3.0 What’s the difference?

If you’ve been paying attention to the world of USB, you may have heard of the announcements of USB 3.1 and USB Type-C. But what’s the difference? Which one do you need? And how are they different from USB 3.0 or even 2.0? Let’s break it down. What is USB Type-C? Over the years, the USB connection has taken on many forms. The rectangular port you’re most familiar is called USB Type-A. The blocky, almost square port used in many large peripherals like printers is USB Type-B. Add micro and mini versions of each of these into the fold and…

Workstations and Desktops: What’s the Difference?

At first glance, a workstation and a desktop may not look that different, but on the inside, these are two very different systems. Workstation PCs have a lot of power and operate at a high-performance, but they also come with a steep price tag. Desktops may not have as much power as workstations, but they offer a lot of bang for the buck, especially if you don’t need all the high-end features. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two and determine if the added cost is worth it. Price: Most business PCs range between $500-$1,000, whereas a…

Introducing Broadwell – Intel Core i7-5775C and i5-5675C Processors

Introducing Broadwell – Intel Core i7-5775C and i5-5675C Processors

Today we’re excited to announce the immediate availability of 5th Gen Intel Core processors, formerly known in our world as Broadwell. The “Tick” phase of Intel’s usual “Tick Tock” product release, Broadwell processors are Intel’s first 65W 14nm die shrink of the Haswell architecture. Unlike previous Tick releases though, Broadwell does not completely replace its preceding architecture, but instead supplements it with two processors that are compatible with the current socket and chipset – the Core i7-5775C and i5-5675C. What They Do Well With stock core clock speeds of 3.3 GHz and 3.1GHz (3.7 and 3.6 Turbo), you may be…