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 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.…

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…

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…