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…

Make the Best of Your Gaming Computer in 2016

According to Statista, a statistics portal providing data and information from over 18,000 credible sources, the revenue generated from the sale of video games worldwide in 2015 was a staggering $101.62 billion! Clearly, the introduction of exciting new games every year is keeping gamers hooked to their gaming computers. If you are an avid gamer too, here are some of the top video games to look forward to in 2016. Highly Anticipated Games of 2016 Far Cry Primal: If you are tired of the regular sci-fi stuff and yearning for a difference, here is a game that literally takes you…

Are Laptops Still Relevant?

Just a few years ago, there was a debate over whether people should buy PCs or laptops. In many conversations, laptops got the edge because of their size and portability. Also, many were comparable in terms of power and could handle the same types of tasks as the more cumbersome desktops. Since the emergence of laptops, desktop computers have dwindled in popularity. Yet they remain crucial for those who enjoy playing graphics-intensive games and work on photos, videos and CAD stuff. There’s just nothing else on the market that can do what a PC can do. The Debate Between Laptops…

Samsung drops all claims, obviously

As our many fans and followers know, in November 2014, Samsung Electronics and Samsung America filed a lawsuit against Velocity Micro and our video card supplier, Nvidia, in Federal District court in Richmond, Virginia, accusing us of eight patent infringements. At the time, I pointed out that this was just a sleazy attempt to have their fight with Nvidia heard in Richmond courts because they thought they could get a faster trial here than anyplace else in America. Richmond’s Federal District Court is nicknamed “The Rocket Docket” for good reason – cases go to trial quicker here than any other…

Deciding Between Intel Core i5 or i7

If you’re on the hunt for a new workstation PC or gaming laptop, one of the most important factors to take into consideration is the type of processor. The two most common processors used in new models are the Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7. It may not be clear which processor is right for your needs, especially if you want a general better experience. Key Differences Between Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 Core i7 systems are more expensive than Core i5 systems, usually by several hundred dollars. Core i7 processors have more capabilities than Core i5…

5 Tech Trends to Look for in 2016

The New Year is just around the corner, and tech gurus are making their guesses as to which trends will become realized in 2016. While we can’t always be certain which trends will stick and which ones will be a passing fad, we can agree on one thing: technology keeps moving forward. In fact, some worry that it’s moving so fast, we may be faced with more glitches in software because products are rushed out so quickly. For now, here are five technology trends that are predicted for 2016. Trend #1: 5G Get ready for some crazy-fast speeds, even by…

Best Accessories for High End Gaming Computers

Best Accessories for High End Gaming Computers

Did your friend just get one of those high end gaming computers for Christmas that he has been raving about since Thanksgiving? Perhaps he just bought a Raptor Z55 with a Skylake Processor, or maybe he got himself the Raptor Signature Edition. It is no wonder that he is not letting anyone else in its vicinity. You are hoping you can get him to have a LAN party but are not sure he would be open to it just yet? May be you should show your appreciation for his machine with some additional gifts for him. After all, it is…

PC Gaming is Picking Up Speed

If you didn’t know any better, you might think that video game consoles were the most popular products in the industry. Yet according to data from industry researcher PwC, PC game sales are expected to reach $29 billion by the end of 2016, compared to $28 billion for gaming consoles. Part of the reason why the gap will narrow is because of the rising popularity of PC gaming in countries like China and India. Another reason is that the only way to play some of the best looking and most popular games is on a gaming PC. Gaming Consoles Lag…

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…

Best Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

The holiday shopping season is here, and you’re probably very excited to nab some great deals online. But before you start shopping on your workstation PC, make sure that you have the proper security measures in place. With so many people buying stuff online, it’s a popular time for identity thieves to steal your personal information. A little bit of safeguarding goes a long way in protecting it. Let’s go over some tips for a safe online holiday shopping season. Keep Your Machines Clean: Your gaming computer should be updated with the latest security software and operating system. In fact,…