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…

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…

Why Desktops are Far from Dead

When you shop at an electronics or computer store, you’ll see people hovered around the latest laptops and tablets, oohing and aahing over the most recent advancements. Sleek designs, lightweight frames, touchscreens and high-end graphics never cease to amaze people. Then over in the corner sit the big, bulky and less attention-grabbing desktop computers. In fact, you may wonder, “Why does the store even bother to sell them anymore? Aren’t desktops dead?” Longer Lifespan, Timeless Technology Though laptops and tablets are far more exciting than desktops, the fact is that PCs are not going anywhere. They are very much alive…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Everything You Need to Know About Intel’s Latest Processors

It’s not easy to try and keep up with the latest processors. Since they are built on the newest architecture, it’s difficult to know for certain just what capabilities they will have until they are released. And just because a new processor comes out doesn’t mean the older models are obsolete. In fact, they may serve your needs better than a newer and more expensive processor. So what should you know about Intel’s latest processors, and how can you determine which one is right for your gaming computer? Intel Processors Today’s consumers have three choices of processors from Intel: i3,…

Intel 750 Series SSD Benchmarks

Intel 750 Series SSD Benchmarks

What makes the Intel 750 Series SSD so special? The Intel 750 Series SSD is the first consumer targeted drive that takes advantage of Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), the new standard for connected hard drives through the PCI Express bus on the motherboard rather than the SATA port that’s been the hard drive standard for years. This means since they are no longer being held back by the 600 MB/s throughput maximum of the SATA interface, these new SSDs are crazy fast, even in solid state drive terms. How crazy fast? Well, Intel touts sequential read speeds of up to…