Intel Processors – Locked vs Unlocked Processor

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup] While shopping for a new Intel processor, you may have noticed some advertised as “locked” while others purport to be “unlocked.” But what’s the difference between an Intel Locked vs. Unlocked processor? Read on to learn more. Unlocked processors, denoted with a k at the end of the model number like the Skylake Core i7-6700k and Haswell-E Core i7-5820k, are made with an unlocked clock multiplier. This means when paired with the proper chipset like the Z-170 and in the hands of a knowledgeable techie, unlocked processors can be Overclocked for faster than factory core speeds. Locked…

What is DDR4 RAM?

What is DDR4 RAM?

One of the biggest advantages of Intel’s new 6th Gen Core Processors (aka Skylake) is the support for DDR4 RAM. DDR4 was first supported with Haswell-E processors and the enthusiast X99 chipset, but Skylake processors have brought DDR4 to the mainstream. But what is DDR4, why is it better, and why should you want it? Read on to find out. What is DDR4 RAM DDR4 stands for “double data rate fourth generation.”  It’s the faster successor to the older generations of Dynamic Access RAM known as DDR3 and DDR2 providing higher module density and lower voltage requirements than those earlier…

Velocity Micro Black Friday Specials

Velocity Micro Black Friday Specials

Our biggest sale of the year is now live! Through Cyber Monday, save on a new desktop or laptop with huge instant discounts, free ground shipping, free game bundles like the new Assassin’s Creed, Just Cause 3, and Rainbow Six, as well as a free Velocity Micro t-shirt and drawstring bag. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy a new ultra-performance PC, this is it. Check out some of the systems below, email us at vmsales@velocitymicro.com, or call 888-300-4450 with questions. For a full list of specials, check out our landing page here. Signature 17 Raptor Z95…

Four Reasons Home Users Should Buy a Skylake PC

Four Reasons Home Users Should Buy a Skylake PC

Intel recently launch their latest wave of 6th Generation Skylake processors – the Intel Core i7-6700, i5-6600, i5-6500, and i5-6400, all of which are now available on our newly refreshed Vector Z35. Like their unlocked predecessors, these processors are packed with excellent new features and functions to appeal not just to gamers, but to power users, enthusiasts, and home office users in need of some muscle. Here are four reasons why home users should buy a Skylake PC now: Iris Pro Graphics – For years, the phrase “Integrated Graphics” was a dirty word in our world of enthusiast PCs. But…

All About Cortana – The Future of Windows

All About Cortana – The Future of Windows

One of the coolest new features of Windows 10 is Cortana. This voice activated “intelligent personal assistant” named after the Halo AI is there to help you with Windows navigation, search queries, and basic tasks like calendar invites and alerts within Windows. And the more you use her, the more she learns about you, making Cortana that much more useful as time goes on. Though Cortana may be little more than a cool novelty now, there’s a world of seemingly endless applications for her within Windows as the technology progresses. Let’s explore some of the coolest features that Cortana has…

What is DirectX 12 and How it Will Change Gaming

What is DirectX 12 and How it Will Change Gaming

In this week’s installment of our ongoing Windows 10 Information and Education series, we’re going to dive deeper into one of the Windows 10 features we highlighted in an earlier article – DirectX 12. What is DirectX 12? How does DirectX 12 affect gaming performance? What has us so excited? Read on to find out. What is DirectX 12? DirectX is the native Windows code that handles the processing of all visual tasks and multimedia processing involved in playing Windows games. Essentially, it’s what runs Windows games and allows you to tap into the power of your hardware. DirectX 12…

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Our Windows 10 Information and Education Series continues on this week with a helpful list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. Use these to save precious seconds and impress your friends. Read all of our articles in the Windows 10 Series here! Windows Snap Shortcuts For multitaskers, the Windows Snap feature introduced in Windows 7 came in extremely handy. With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the capability of snapping windows vertically, as well as 2×2 and these keyboard shortcuts to go along with it: Windows Key + Left – Snap current window to the left side of the screen. Windows Key…

Top 5 Performance Improvements of Intel’s Skylake Processors

Top 5 Performance Improvements of Intel’s Skylake Processors

Today, Intel announced the immediate availability of the unlocked version of their 6th Gen Core processors, formerly codenamed Skylake. Now known as the Core i7-6700k and Core i5-6600k, these new CPUs are a new architecture based on the 14 nm die shrink introduced recently with the 5th Gen Intel Core processors (aka Broadwell). But what does that mean from a performance and features standpoint and how will these new processors benefit your gaming and enthusiast/workstation applications? Here are the top performance improvements and new features to be found in Intel’s new Skylake processors: Better performance with less power With each new…

Windows 10 Home vs Pro

Windows 10 Home vs Pro

With the launch of Windows 10 and its laundry list of cool new features comes the same question as with every other major Windows release – which version is best for me and my needs? Is the Pro version worth the investment over the standard Home edition? Fortunately, because Microsoft is claiming that Windows 10 will be the “last version of Windows” (with major launches replaced by incremental ongoing improvements), this will hopefully be the final time that you’ll have to wade through a confusing list of features and options to choose a Windows version that fits your specific needs.…

Announcing the 2015 Vector Campus Edition – starting at $599

Announcing the 2015 Vector Campus Edition – starting at $599

Today, we announced that our annual, wildly popular Campus Edition is officially back for 2015. Designed to be the perfect PC for back to school, this year’s Campus Edition is powered by an Intel processor and chipset for the ultimate in performance and reliability and built by the same US-based engineers using the same extreme care and zero bloatware as Velocity Micro’s famous enthusiast and gaming PCs. It includes: Our classic mATX SX chassis for superior cooling A premium 430 Watt EVGA power supply for reliability and upgradability Intel processors with Core i5 and i7 options 8GB of high performance…