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Skylake Core i7-6700K performance tests – First 14nm for desktops

Skylake Core i7-6700K performance tests – First 14nm for desktops

First Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) performance tests, the most powerful model of the sixth Intel Core processor’s generation, the first 14 nanometers designed desktop platform.

As you know, just a few months ago Intel came into the 14 nanometers era with its Core M, Broadwell-U, Pentium, Celeron and Atom Braswell. But it has not yet commercialized desktop processors under this manufacturing process. The delay in the release of the Broadwell processors has merged both platforms and since AMD’s situation does not affect Intel, perhaps the giant will only gamble for the desktop Skylake.

May 12, 20150 commentsRead More
Antec P380 computer Case a review

Antec P380 computer Case a review

Those who know about hardware say that a great PC always begins with the cases and, from our point of view, they are right. Antec, a leader company in this sector, has given us the new P-380, one of the last cases to appear on the market, which inherits much of the good that we already saw in the Nineteen Hundred for a better price.

Antec P380

Although some years ago almost nobody would have bet on it, the PC market is experiencing a second youth and hardware manufacturers that have opted for quality, rather than joining the race for the lowest price, are better positioned than ever. The end user is increasingly more knowledgeable and often seeks information before making a payment to secure their investment, above marketing strategies or specific offers.

April 26, 20150 commentsRead More
Surface 2 vs Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3, what’s the difference?

Surface 2 vs Surface 3 vs Surface Pro 3, what’s the difference?

The announcement of Surface 3 has confirmed Microsoft’s bid for its own line of tablets, which are more intended to serve as a reference platform (just like Google does with Nexus on Android) rather than competing directly with their partners, though some models (such as the Surface Pro 3) are selling quite well.

With Surface 3, Microsoft left behind the adventure that was the Surface RT (ARM architecture and Windows RT) that hasn’t worked well since its launch. It was the cause of discussions with their partners; it generated doubts in users by not running x86 applications and $900 million in losses due to poor marketing.

April 8, 20150 commentsRead More
Review: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000MHz PC4-24000 (16GB)

Review: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000MHz PC4-24000 (16GB)

Having a processor worth 500 dollars, or 1000 dollars, in the case of the even more expensive Core i7, and some DDR4 2133 memories doesn’t seem like a good idea. With proper memories we’ll make better use of any overclocking we do in our system and, if we have the right motherboard, taking advantage of high frequency memories is as simple as activating the right overclocking XMP profiles. Clicking and enjoying the extra performance.

GSkill DDR4 4x4GB

Technical Specifications

This is the case of the modules that we analyze today. A high speed kit from GSkill with four units of 4GB of capacity that form a memory bus of 256-Bit DDR4 capable of developing bandwidths of memory of the entry-level graphics card. This can be translated into an optimization of the processing capacity of the CPU until the point of winning, in adequate programs, a 5-10% of performance.

March 3, 20150 commentsRead More
How to look at your motherboard’s data without opening up your PC

How to look at your motherboard’s data without opening up your PC

The motherboard is the main component of the PC, including the chipset base of all its architecture, the socket we plug the processor into, the slots we use to install memory, the expansion slots where we install additional cards (e.g. graphics cards) and internal and external connectors that meet our storage and peripheral needs.

Knowing the manufacturer of the motherboard, model, socket, architecture, chipset, etc., is important when updating the BIOS, the system controllers, increasing memory, or updating the processor or other component.

The simplest way is to directly open the PC or review the documentation that comes with it. Unless we’ve bought and set up the motherboard ourselves, we won’t always have access to this information and there are better ways to get it than opening up the computer.

The Command Line

The first way is to use Windows’s command line. In Windows 7 we can access the command prompt via Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. You can also access the command prompt through the search bar or Start menu by typing “cmd” or “command prompt”. On Windows 8/8.1, the easiest way to access the prompt is via the user menu, right-clicking on the start menu.

At any rate we’ll find ourselves confronted with a problem that will remind even the oldest users of MS-DOS. To retrieve the relevant informationi about your computer, simply type: “wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serialnumber” (without quotation marks).

Depending on the motherboard, the order will give us more or less information but at a minimum we’ll always see the manufacturer, model, and chipset, which is enough data for us to look for more information on the Internet or directly peruse and download the manual offered by the manufacturer.

Third-party applications

There’s some pretty good third-party software (both free and premium) that provides a visual interface not only for the motherboard’s information but also for the rest of our installed components. One that we like is Speccy by Piriform (a software developer you may remember for CCleaner). Free and in Spanish, it offers a ton of information about the motherboard and other components, the processor, memory, storage, peripheral devices, etc.

Finally, once we know all the relevant information about our motherboard, we can search for applications the manufacturer has made for them that, in additional to providing general information, monitors temperature or voltage and usually includes BIOS updates, management of ventilator speed, or overclocking of the processor or memory. Manufacturers like Gigabyte, ASUS, or MSI have these sorts of devices available.

February 19, 20150 commentsRead More
Razer BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard Review

Razer BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard Review

Though years ago nobody had imagined it, up today you can affirm that the PC is one of the best platforms to play. The digital distribution of video games, with Steam like the indisputable leader and the range of accessories specially orientated to the gaming (as the protagonist of our analysis) they are two factors that help to make clear the days of glory that the PC lives. We have tested for some days the Razer BlackWidow Chroma and these are our impressions.

The Razer BlackWidow Chroma is a different bet it is obvious even before opening the box; the product weighs, indicating that we got a keyboard of maximum quality and made to last, beside guaranteeing the total stability that the specialized public claims. In an elegant packing and profusely illustrated Razer includes a kit composed by the keyboard, the plug wire, a user’s guide, two cards with information and two stickers of the brand to customize our equipment.

February 4, 20150 commentsRead More
MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 Review

MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 Review

The MSI gaming notebooks are already old acquaintances from our technical catalog; the Asian company has been polishing their concept for several generations and following its commercial success, and it seems to have connected with their demanding niche buyers. We tested the MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012 for a few weeks and these are our impressions.

MSI GE70 Apache Pro-012

As usual in their high-end series, MSI delivers a machine in a meticulously packing that shows-off the classic red dragon. Besides the laptop, the charger is included (which can be a bit too much, considering the energy demand of the computer), and there’s the manuals, the documentation and the CD with the drivers.

January 24, 20150 commentsRead More
Best Gaming Laptop under 1500 dollars 2015

Best Gaming Laptop under 1500 dollars 2015

For the gamer, a laptop with high performance configuration, especially the graphics card, is very important. A high-end gaming laptop has to rival the performance of a gaming desktop. Demanding smooth-running games is no longer exclusive to desktops. Currently the best graphics cards are the GTX 980M and the GTX 970M that recently launched. Obviously, laptops equipped with the 980M are more expensive (their prices are always above $1800) and I do not think it is necessary to choose a GTX 980M laptop. According to the 3DMark (2013) test, the 970m is a full 20% slower than the GTX 980m, however the GTX 970M is fast enough to run all most demanding games with Full HD resolution and highest details. You can get a GTX 970M at a price under $1500 and save money for other equipment, such as an SSD or a great gaming headset, to get a better gaming experience. For under $1500, there are also some laptops that feature the previous-generation GTX 860m, such as Lenovo Y50. Next, I’ll introduce these gaming laptops to you.

#1, Most recommend: Asus RoG G751JT-CH71

The new Asus RoG G751 carries everything needed for players to take their games everywhere. In addition to incorporating the latest generation of Intel Core i7 processors, the G751 incorporates the new GeForce GTX970M GPU, with the proprietary software GPU Tweak to get the best graphics performance.

January 16, 20150 commentsRead More
The best PC games for low spec systems

The best PC games for low spec systems

Playing games on the PC has always been a great option, and one of my personal favorites, although the need to constantly upgrade your computer to be able to run the latest games became quite taxing as we continued playing.

Yes, I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point, and for that same reason we came up with a special edition where we’ve gathered the best PC games for low spec systems, so you can see the great number of gems available which you can play and give a second (or a even a third) chance to your older computers.

We’ll maintain a similar expositive structure of that we used in previous special editions, although unlike those, we’ll go further and search for titles that can be run in on any PC, even in those with more than 15 years on their backs.

December 14, 20140 commentsRead More
ASUS Radeon R9 290X DC II OC Review

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DC II OC Review

The graphics card is the most important component of a Gamer PC, because it defines the visual quality with which you can enjoy games. And it turns even more interesting when we talk about the high end, the Formula 1 of the graphics technology.

ASUS Radeon R9 290X DC II OC

One of the most powerful GPU’s of 2014 is the Radeon R9 290X by AMD. It’s about the maximum evolution of the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, which is inherited from the prior graphics card generation (HD 7000). The GCN architecture, is by the way, also the one in charge of providing the graphics to the latest generation consoles: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

December 10, 20140 commentsRead More