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…

5 Reasons to Love Nvidia Graphics

The two major players in the graphics chip industry are Nvidia and AMD. Both companies have done their best to establish themselves as leaders in their industry while also expanding into other areas. Nvidia has gone into the mobile and enterprise markets while AMD is moving away from the PC market. Instead, they’re putting more focus on building semi custom SoCs for gaming consoles. Whether you’re building your own gaming PC or you’re looking to purchase one, you may be curious as to which one is better: Nvidia or AMD. Here are five great reasons why we love Nvidia graphics…

Windows 10 Home vs Pro

Windows 10 Home vs Pro

With the launch of Windows 10 and its laundry list of cool new features comes the same question as with every other major Windows release – which version is best for me and my needs? Is the Pro version worth the investment over the standard Home edition? Fortunately, because Microsoft is claiming that Windows 10 will be the “last version of Windows” (with major launches replaced by incremental ongoing improvements), this will hopefully be the final time that you’ll have to wade through a confusing list of features and options to choose a Windows version that fits your specific needs.…

How to Clean Your Computer Without PC Cleaning Apps

The Web is full of ads for apps that want to clean your PC and make it run like new. But before you get sold on one of these apps, it’s important to know that you can clean your computer for FREE. If you have Windows on your workstation PC, then you have built-in cleaning tools that do just as much, if not more, than what the average PC cleaner can do. Here are some of the things that PC apps claim they can do when you purchase the full version of their product: Remove junk files Clear Internet browsing…

Announcing the 2015 Vector Campus Edition – starting at $599

Announcing the 2015 Vector Campus Edition – starting at $599

Today, we announced that our annual, wildly popular Campus Edition is officially back for 2015. Designed to be the perfect PC for back to school, this year’s Campus Edition is powered by an Intel processor and chipset for the ultimate in performance and reliability and built by the same US-based engineers using the same extreme care and zero bloatware as Velocity Micro’s famous enthusiast and gaming PCs. It includes: Our classic mATX SX chassis for superior cooling A premium 430 Watt EVGA power supply for reliability and upgradability Intel processors with Core i5 and i7 options 8GB of high performance…

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…