Hardware

What is the AMD FX-8370E processor?

AMD has recently announced several new processors for the AM3+ platform which are set to refresh the existing FX processors. One of the most interesting models is the FX-8370E. The AMD FX-8370E is an eight core processor with a base clock of 3.3GHz and a turbo boost of 4.3GHz. Still being based on the Piledriver architecture, which was originally released in …

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How much RAM does a gaming PC need?

RAM (Random Access Memory) is a hardware component which stores temporary data. RAM is much faster than a hard drive, which makes it the ideal place to store data which is needed frequently and quickly. Every user will have different memory requirements however, just how much RAM should a gaming computer have? Games can be fairly stressful on your computer, …

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Pros and cons of overclocking

Overclocking is often seen as a great way to get extra performance out of your computer. While it can help increase your frames per second in games or complete tasks faster, it does also bring a few negatives such as additional heat. Today we will be looking at the pros and cons of overclocking. There are several advantages to overclocking …

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How much RAM do you need?

When buying, or building, a new computer it’s important to consider it’s specification. You need to make sure the computer fits your needs and requirements. For example, if you are building a gaming computer you will need to ensure that the graphics card and processor are powerful and are capable of running the games you wish to play. RAM (Random …

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Hard Drives vs Solid State Drives

Years ago shopping for a storage drive was easy, you’d just look at a few diffent hard drive models with the capacity you want and buy the one with the most appealing features and best performance. If you are looking for a new storage drive now though it can be a little difficult to decide between a solid state drive …

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Is Haswell-E worth waiting for?

If you’re thinking about upgrading your current CPU and motherboard to something a little more shiny then take into consideration Intel’s upcoming high performance desktop CPU architecture, Haswell-E. Haswell-E is a highly anticipated architecture from Intel which is based on the LGA 2011-3 socket using the X99 chipset. With up to eight CPU cores and DDR4 support, this architecture is due …

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Power consumption analysis

A gaming computer can often be seen as a power hungry beast. Sure, high end graphics cards and overclocked processors do require a fair bit of power but just how much power does a typical gaming system use? Today we will be analyzing the power consumption of a typical gaming computer which is equipped with an AMD FX 8350 processor …

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Will Haswell-E make a splash?

Enthusiasts are preparing themselves for a big release from Intel. With Intel releasing its first consumer 8 core desktop processor it’s hard not to get excited by Haswell-E even if you are not planning to make a move to the new platform. The flagship 8 core is the Intel Core i7 5960X which is rumoured to have 20MB of cache …

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Advantages of a Solid State Drive

SSD (Solid State Drives) are increasing in popularity and are lowering in cost per gigabyte however, what makes them stand out from regular mechanical hard drives? Hard drives already offer a high capacity and reasonable performance at an affordable price, so why would someone want a solid state drive? Firstly, solid state drives offer much faster performance than a mechanical …

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Intel Haswell-E – 8 cores and DDR4 support

Haswell-E is a new generation of processors from Intel which are due to impress enthusiasts and performance users. While the main focus of recent processors appear to be integrated graphics and power efficiency, the new Haswell-E processors are expected to increase performance further and appeal to enthusiasts. There are a few new models being released by Intel on the Haswell-E …

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