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…

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…

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gaming PC

PC gaming is huge. Despite the emergence of handheld gaming consoles and app-based games on tablets and smartphones, PC gaming is in a class of its own. It’s intense, competitive and has killer graphics. If you’re looking to get back into the gaming scene, or you’re interested in investing in a new gaming computer, here are seven important factors to consider before you start your search. Let’s get started . #1. Budget How much can you afford? Since you probably don’t have an unlimited budget, set a maximum limit that you can spend from the start. Though custom built gaming…

SSD vs HDD: Is There a Difference?

When building the ideal gaming computer, there are certain parts and components that gamers agree on having. One of them is a solid state drive, or SSD. A SSD stores information but has no moving parts. Conversely, a spinning hard drive, or HDD, uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head that moves around and reads information. Until recently, computer buyers had very little choice when it came to the hard drive that was included in their gaming computer. Most hardcore gaming computers came with a standard HDD. Today, gamers can configure their systems with an SSD, HDD or even…