Top 5 Windows 10 New Features

Top 5 Windows 10 New Features

It’s no secret – Windows 8 didn’t exactly set the world on fire. And while the 8.1 update improved many issues and complaints that customers had, it just couldn’t overcome the bad press of the OS’s release version. That’s the main reason why we still offer Windows 7 Home Premium for our customers, and why we’re pumped about the July 29th release of Windows 10. Everything that we’ve seen points toward Windows 10 being the OS we’ve all been waiting for. Here are five of the top new features of Windows 10. Edge Browser – Originally codenamed Project Spartan, Windows…

What is Computer Aided Design?

Computer-aided design (CAD) is a computer technology that allows designers, engineers and architects to design products and documents. It can be used to produce 2D and 3D diagrams that can be rotated and viewed from any angle. It can also transfer detailed diagrams of a product’s materials, processes and dimensions. CAD is used in the following industries: Building design Infrastructure design Product design Manufacturing design Electrical design Animations design To make computer-aided design possible, a CAD system is required. This level of work cannot be completed on a basic workstation PC or gaming computer. CAD systems include a combination of…

Difference Between Retail and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)

If you’ve ever tried to buy a license for Windows, you’re familiar with the challenges that come up. The concept may seem simple – buy the license and be on your way – but you have to decide upon the cheaper system builder (OEM)or the more expensive retail license. In theory, these two options are built for different audiences: normal Windows users and those building their own workstation PCs. Generally speaking, most Windows users don’t go out and purchase a boxed copy of Windows. Instead, the program comes pre-installed on the computer they purchased. But another group of people exists,…

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…

Workstations and Desktops: What’s the Difference?

At first glance, a workstation and a desktop may not look that different, but on the inside, these are two very different systems. Workstation PCs have a lot of power and operate at a high-performance, but they also come with a steep price tag. Desktops may not have as much power as workstations, but they offer a lot of bang for the buck, especially if you don’t need all the high-end features. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two and determine if the added cost is worth it. Price: Most business PCs range between $500-$1,000, whereas a…

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,…

Tips for Getting Immersed in Your Video Games

Part of the thrill of computer gaming is the ability for the gamer to immerse themselves. Rather than feeling like the game is being controlled by the gamer, he or she feels like they are in the game. Some games are naturally more immersive thanks to high-end, detailed graphics, realistic audio, emotions and body language from the characters and a convincing world. But even the most realistic games are only as immersive as the player allows them to be. Not every gamer gets fully engaged right away. Some gamers admit that they need the whole nine yards: a quality gaming…

How Important is RAM for Gaming

As a hardcore gamer, there’s no doubt that you want the best gaming computer to make the gaming experience as realistic as possible. But sometimes it can get confusing as to what you need to make your game run smoothly. In fact, it’s common for gamers to overdo their systems when they don’t have to. If you run a powerful GPU alongside a week CPU, for instance, you’re not doing yourself any favors. The powerful GPU will be slowed down by the CPU. If you’re planning on building your own workstation PC, RAM speed can get a little confusing. Does…