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…

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

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…