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?

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup] 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…

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…

Configuring the Best Day Trading Computer

Configuring the Best Day Trading Computer

For the experienced day trader, milliseconds can mean the difference between gains and losses. But what makes the best trading computer? Lucky for you, we have nearly 20 years of experience building some of the fastest, most reliable PCs specifically for day trading and we’re willing to share some of that knowledge. Read on to learn more. GPU capable of multiple displays – for most traders, multiple displays are a must for tracking various indices and markets in real time. To drive them, you’ll need at worst a mid-range graphics card like the GTX 960 which by itself can handle…

HDMI vs DisplayPort vs DVI vs VGA

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]Most motherboards and discrete video cards these days come with a variety of video outs, allowing you to connect to just about any display still available. But what’s the difference in these connections? Given the option, what’s the best way to connect your PC to your display? Read on to learn more about HDMI vs DisplayPort vs DVI vs VGA. VGA (aka D-Sub) We’ll start with the oldest of the group. VGA (Video Graphics Array) is an analog video connection identifiable by its blue port and 15-pin connector that was originally introduced in 1987. Because it maxes out…

USB 3.1 vs Thunderbolt 3

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup] These days, it seems like there’s always a new I/O port on the horizon. Not surprising considering the high bandwidth lives we all lead. Two of the connections announced in the past year or so are now starting to show up on newer motherboards – USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3. They seem pretty similar, right? Let’s go over USB 3.1 vs. Thunderbolt 3. So what it USB 3.1? We’ve covered the confusion that is the current USB landscape here on this blog before, but essentially, USB 3.1 is the successor to USB 3.0. Its benefits include data…

Our new line of High Performance Computing

Our new line of High Performance Computing

Today, I’m excited to announce the official relaunch of our High Performance Computing category. For those of you unfamiliar with High Performance Computing (also called GPU computing or parallel computing), it’s the computation of complex calculations by breaking them up into smaller ones, simultaneously run on the many cores of a GPU or multiple GPUs. By spreading out these applications over thousands of cores instead of two or four, certain calculations can be sped up exponentially. There are hundreds of applications for High Performance Computing including data mining, medical imaging, media creation, quantum chemistry, weather forecasting, numerical analysis, and many…

ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q is now available – Buy it here!

ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q is now available – Buy it here!

We’re excited to announce the immediate availability of the heavily anticipated Asus ROG Swift PG348Q 34″ curved monitor. You can’t get it on Amazon or Newegg, but you can buy it here! Quantities are very limited so be sure to jump on this opportunity immediately if you’ve been  awaiting the PG348Q like we have. SEE THE ENTIRE BATTLEFIELD, DOMINATE THE COMPETITION. The wait is over. The ROG Swift PG348Q has arrived first at Powered by ASUS partners. Secure epic wins against your enemies with the ROG Swift PG348Q and Powered by ASUS systems. A 34-inch Ultra-Wide QHD (3440 x 1440)…

What is Virtual Reality and How It Will Change Gaming

What is Virtual Reality and How It Will Change Gaming

The hype has been building for quite a while now, but 2016 looks to finally be Virtual Reality’s big breakout year. And if it is, what a game changer it could be. Read on to learn more about the technology as well as the hardware and software that are driving this revolution. If you’re ready to jump in and configure a VR-ready PC, check out these options. What is VR? Virtual Reality, often called VR for short, is a three-dimensional computer simulation that the user is able to interact with using special equipment like gloves, masks, and helmets. Often seen…

What is Overclocking?

What is Overclocking?

What is Overclocking In the previous post, we discussed Intel locked vs unlocked processors, with the difference being locked processors’ overclocking capability. But what is Overclocking? Who should try it and what are the dangers? Let’s discuss. Essentially, Overclocking entails changing some pretty delicate PC settings within the BIOS to make your processor run faster than it does so at stock. For example, in skilled hands and with proper cooling, the 6th Gen Intel Core i7-6700k can be safely bumped from its stock speed of 4.0 GHz per core to 4.5-4.6 GHz per core, netting 10-15% in “free” processing power.…