Kaby Lake vs. Skylake – Making the Case for Intel NEW 7th Gen Core Processors

Earlier this month, Intel released its 7th Generation Core Processor (time flies doesn’t it?) aka Kaby Lake. There’s already been a ton of press coverage on the new chip’s performance, but from an end user’s perspective, what are the real world advantages of Kaby Lake vs. Skylake, its predecessor? Background Since the first Core processors, Intel has followed what they call a “Tick-Tock” engineering model. The “Tick” is a new shrinking of the chip’s microarchitecture (usually referred to in nanometers) with the following “Tock” being refinement and improvement of that new architecture. With this model, every second generation brings a…

Black Friday PC Deals

  Today, we’re excited to announce that our 16 Days of Black Friday Sales Event is now live through November 28th. If you’ve been shopping for the best Black Friday PC deals, look no further. Savings include instant discounts of up to $200, free ground shipping, free game bundles, and more. Here’s just a small sample of the Black Friday PC deals we have to offer: Vector Holiday Edition Faster than Santa’s sleigh! Built by the same expert engineers that create our ultra performance systems. Why spend your money on a product mass produced overseas and full of bloatware when you can get…

Why the Vector 14 may be the best Macbook Pro Alternative

Apple recently announced its latest iteration of their Macbook Pro laptop to their typical level of hype and fanfare, but for some power users, this particular Apple felt a little rotten, especially given the pricepoint. But what are there Macbook Pro alternatives? Allow me to present the case for why the Vector 14 may be just what you’ve been searching for. Video Connectivity Unfortunately for potential buyers of the new Macbook Pro, using an external display of any type requires a dongle or adapter that will connect via one of the two available Thunderbolt ports. This is not only a…

What you need for the best CAD workstation PC

Few software applications are more hardware intensive than CAD. But investing in the right components for the ultimate CAD workstation can be a tricky and rather daunting task, even for experts. Here then are our recommendations for building the best CAD workstation PC. What is CAD CAD stands for “Computer Aided Design” and is generally used synonymously for any computer application that creates or drafts 3D or 2D designs, usually for architecture, structural engineering, or interior design. Ever see a mock up of a new skyscraper, ballpark, or house remodel? That was probably done with a CAD software. Autodesk makes…

Desktop vs Mobile Processors – What’s the Difference?

Like most compute tech, processors come in essentially two classes – mobile and desktop. Mobile processors, whether they be for laptops, smartphones, or IOT devices, are generally designed for efficiency first and performance second. Desktop processors being less limited by thermals and not at all by potential battery life, are by far the performance champs and will on average have more cache, higher stock and Turbo speeds, and higher TDP (Thermal Design Power). So is a mobile i7 not the same as a desktop i7? No, not really. Even though both desktop and mobile processors can share the same i7…

Water Cooling vs Air Cooling

  If you’re shopping for a custom gaming, workstation, or enthusiast PC, you’re probably at least considering investing in water cooling. But is it really worth the extra expense? Is water cooling really better than air cooling? Let’s go over some of the advantages of water cooling vs air cooling and discuss which solution is best for what type of user. So what is water cooling anyway? Water cooling is the practice of using a liquid powered cooler – very similar to a car radiator – which takes advantage of the superior thermal properties of water to dissipate heat from…

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

How to Choose the Best Gaming Laptop (Updated)

Last year, we wrote a post about what parts and components to look for in the best gaming laptop. But in our industry, things change so quickly that we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the topic and discuss some of the latest advancements in mobile gaming tech. Here then are some updated tips and things to look for when shopping for the best gaming laptop. Graphics Just like with a gaming desktop, the graphics card (aka video card or GPU) is of critical importance if you want the best gaming experience. But until recently, there was…

Core i7 vs i5

Core i7 vs i5

We’ve extensively covered the differences between Xeon and i5/i7 previously in this forum. Now let’s go over the differences between Intel’s Core i7 vs i5. Who needs which processor? Is the i7 always worth the additional investment? Intel Core i7 – the Pros More Cache – L3 Cache is where the processor stores recent calculations to speed them up for future calculations. For example, when working in a spreadsheet, the CPU stores the framework for each number and formula in the cache, making recalculations appear almost instantly. Core i5’s have L3 cache but on average, you get about 20% more…

Broadwell-E vs Skylake – What’s the Difference?

Last week, Intel announced the immediate availability of their 5th Gen Core Extreme Processor, formerly known under the codename Broadwell-E, which now takes up the mantel in the X99 chipset as king of the consumer-grade mountain. Also known by the model numbers i7-6800k, i7-6850k, i7-6900k, and i7-6950X, these new processors come with some pretty eye-opening specs. But who are they for and how does Broadwell-E vs Skylake compare? Broadwell-E’s New Features Before we can get into the nitty gritty of how Broadwell-E vs Skylake really compare, we first need to go over the new features that the chip offers. Broadwell-E…

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

New GeForce GTX 1080 is Here – AND IT’S AWESOME!

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce the immediate availability of the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics card, the first of NVIDIA’s highly anticipated Pascal family of GPUs. We’ve been lucky enough to get to test the GTX 1080 for about a week and so far just like the press, we’ve been blown away by the performance and efficiency of this truly amazing GPU. Whether you’re using it for gaming or other video intensive applications like media creation or 3D, we’ve never seen a card that can rival the GTX 1080 and quite honestly, I can’t remember ever seeing…