Retail vs. OEM components

Not all parts are created equal. Not all parts are good enough to make it into a Velocity Micro gaming PC. To understand why, we need to first briefly discuss the component manufacturing process. PC parts are produced in volume on large wafers of silicon and trimmed from those wafers to ultimately become CPUs, GPUs, and motherboards. Depending on where on this wafer they’re cut from, certain parts are simply of better quality – better performing, longer lasting, more efficient, etc. – as a result. Following production, parts must be qualified and rated for quality and performance. Lower performing parts…

What You Need for the Best Sim Racing PC

What You Need for the Best Sim Racing PC

There’s no hotter e-sport right now than Sim Racing. By combining the dynamics of arcade style racing with the variables of tire wear, suspension, fuel economy, and vehicle damage of real world racing, Sim Racing creates a sophisticated simulation that takes users on the wildest of rides. Racers looking to prove that they’re the best can even compete with others from around the world in leagues and circuits. But just like with real racing, to be the best, you’ve got to have the best equipment, and that’s where we come in. Here’s what you need to get the best Sim…

Xeon vs i7/i5 – What’s the difference?

Xeon vs i7/i5 – What’s the difference?

One of the most common questions we get when custom configuring a PC for a customer is which platform they should go with – Xeon or i7. For the casual video editor/workstation user, is Xeon better? What’s the difference between Xeon vs i7? Let’s break down a few of the Pros of each processor family. Intel Core i7/i5 Pros Overclocking – Unlocked i5 and i7 processors are designed to be overclocked, meaning they can run at higher clock speeds than what they’re qualified for, assuming the right voltage and BIOS settings. This equates to free power and more value, a…

What does Video Card RAM Do?

The amount of RAM featured on a certain GPU is typically the first spec listed when naming the card – 4GB GeForce GTX 970, 2GB GeForce GTX 750Ti for example – but what does video RAM (or vRAM) actually do? Is a card with 4GB of vRAM twice as powerful as one with 2GB? Does vRAM have real world applications to gaming? Workstation renderings? Basically, the more vRAM a card has, the more complex textures or 3D meshes it can load. The higher the resolution of the image you’re attempting to render, the more vRAM required. If the texture and…

3 Ways to Dispose of an Old Desktop

3 Ways to Dispose of an Old Desktop

So you’ve taken the plunge and put your hard earned money toward a shiny new custom PC. Awesome! But now you’ve come to a new dilemma – what to do with that dusty old, outdated box? Here are 3 ways to safely dispose of an old desktop in an environmentally friendly and economical manner. *Tip – Before transferring ownership or disposing of a PC in any way, make sure you’ve first taken care to remove personal data from the hard drive(s). Follow these steps to wipe your drive. Upgrade – If your desktop is simply running slower than it used…

Why the Form Factor is Important

Why the Form Factor is Important

If you’re currently in the market for a new gaming PC or workstation PC, you may be overwhelmed with the bevy of choices and options that are out there. And though certain specs may be the same from builder to builder, one of the key differentiators that makes certain brands stand out above others is the form factor. But how much does the form factor matter? Is it really that important? Truth is yes, it matters a lot, and here’s why: Cooling As someone assumingly in the market for a high end PC, cooling ability should be one of your…

4K Gaming – The Next Frontier

4K Gaming – The Next Frontier

When we saw the first mainstream 4K displays a few years ago at CES, we knew they were something really special. The clarity and color made what we thought was the perfection of 1080p look like an old tube television from days gone by. But the price. Ugh. The price put these first gen 4K displays well outside the reach of Average Joe PC Buyer. But thankfully prices have come down over the past few years to a level that’s not just affordable, but now downright attractive, making all of that high pixel density goodness available to the masses. It’s…

Announcing the MX3 chassis

Announcing the MX3 chassis

Today we’ve announced the culmination of six months of research and development – our new MX3 chassis. Needless to say, we’re a little excited. Simply put, the MX3 is one of the most impressive cases we’ve ever designed. By combining the compact footprint of a mATX form factor with the power capability of an ultra-performance PC, we’ve proven that you no longer need a big, bulky box to build a system capable of extreme gaming and media creation at even 4K resolutions. It’s a big step forward for us and the industry as a whole. The MX3 is as full…

ProMagix HD80 vs Apple’s Mac Pro

ProMagix HD80 vs Apple’s Mac Pro

Pepsi or Coke. Edison or Tesla. Batman or Superman. The world is full of great rivalries and but none is greater in our modern age than Mac or PC. When we redesigned our ProMagix HD80, we did so knowing it would be compared directly to the Mac Pro and that swaying those Apple loyalists from their brand of choice would be a hard sell. To compete, the ProMagix HD80 would need to be nothing short of stellar. And I have to say all biases aside, we did a pretty great job. Here are a few of the reasons to choose…

Best Graphics Cards For Gaming

Best Graphics Cards For Gaming

It’s a great time to be a PC gamer. While developers continue to push that envelope to create more and more immersive worlds, 4K displays have begun to come down to affordable prices with GPU hardware powerful enough to support those higher resolutions becoming available. There are tons of graphics cards available though, so what’s the best video card for gaming at your specific budget? Let’s break it down. Budget With their new R7 series graphics cards like the Radeon 260X, AMD has made some great strides to become more competitive in both the budget and mid-tier price ranges. Due…