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Newest Intel CPU is 6th generation and the i7 is still the fastest on the planet!

The 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors deliver a new class of computing with a host of new features to power the next generation of laptops and 2 in 1 PCs. Expect lighting fast speeds and peak performance through even the toughest of tasks and games. The built-in revolutionary Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology allows each processor core to work on two tasks at the same time for smoother multitasking while Intel® Iris™ graphics delivers stunning 3D visuals and faster, more advanced video and photo editing. Game the way you want and push the boundaries with overclocking for your most demanding gaming needs. The ultimate in peak performance.



Computer Motherboards:

Gigabyte packs its Z97X-UD5H with the dual networking controllers and six USB 3.0 ports of ASRock’s competing sample, plus the two USB 2.0 ports and VGA output of Asus’ board. How?

Though it probably has most of the features I’d personally use, the Z97X-UD5H is missing ASRock’s eSATA and I/O panel-based CLR_CMOS buttons, as well as the DiplayPort output both competitors expose. Gigabyte still manages to fill more space compared to Asus, though that company’s second network connector is wireless. Keeping the balance of features in mind, Gigabyte also prices its Z97X-UD5H between the aforementioned competition.

The Z97X-UD5H is a completely different kind of product internally though, primarily because of its triple-graphics-optimized PCIe x16 slot configuration. Enthusiasts can switch between one card with 16-lane transfers, two with eight-lane links, or three cards in a x8-x4-x4 mode, all driven by the CPU’s 16-lane controller at third-gen signaling rates. Though Nvidia precludes this configuration from three-way SLI compatibility, it works well in three-way CrossFire. 

Hard Disks – Its SSD all the way!

  • Read Speed: 540MBps
  • Write Speed: 520MBps
  • Capacity: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
  • Warranty: 5 Years
  • Accessories: Samsung Magician software

The $99-plus Samsung 850 Evo is a mainstream, 2.5-inch, 7mm-thick solid state drive made for PCs and laptops. It’s a SATA3 6GBps disk, and like any SSD out there has precisely zero moving parts. Hewn entirely from silicon, the Evo uses flash memory that is much faster than any mechanical hard drive — we’re talking 540MBps read rates and 520MBps write rates, the kind of speeds that mean your Windows PC will boot up super- fast and even weighty programs like PC games and Steam and Adobe software will load up within a blink.

It’s a fair bit cheaper than the 850 Pro, too, despite being broadly similar in the performance that the average user will get for everyday tasks. You’ll find the cheapest 120GB variant of the 850 Evo from as little as $90 if you shop around, the 250GB is $150, the 500GB is $280, and the top dog 1TB is $500-plus. These are certainly affordable numbers and hover around the 50 cents per gigabyte mark, which you should try to stay under if you’re looking for a good value SSD.

What’s It Good At?

The transfer rates of the Samsung 850 Evo are great for a drive of its price. Like AMD’s R7, the Crucial MX100 and the Sandisks Ultra II, the Evo is a midrange drive with mid-to-high-end performance, and can claim 540MBps read and 520MBps write speeds on every capacity from the base 120GB all the way up to 1TB. (There’s a rumour Samsung is working on a 2TB version, too…) In our testing using the synthetic CrystalDiskMark benchmark, I saw impressive figures that almost exactly mirrored Samsung’s own stated numbers. This is an excellent result for a mid-range drive.

They get even better once you install Samsung’s bundled Magician software, too, which has undergone a bit of a renaissance in the last year and now massively improves performance even over the default settings thanks to a feature called RAPID — Real-Time Accelerated Processing Of I/O Data, if you were interested. RAPID speeds things up significantly by storing frequently accessed portions of data in your system’s RAM, and it does an excellent job. It also keeps track of your drive’s health and advises of any suggested firmware updates, and it’s an almost mandatory install — as long as you’re on Windows.

Computer Hardware Final Thoughts:

With all the great extremely fast hardware around at the moment it is easy to build very fast PC’s on a budget, the most important factor now is the hard drive speed, with most uses only needing Microsoft office and internet capability to do what they want, the processing power required is not huge and certainly will not tax any of the newest processors.

What is getting bigger and harder is the volume of data users are accessing and using every day, and the traditional mechanical spinning drives are slow, old and out dated by comparison to the new generation of solid state drives. Also if you are planning an upgrade then get a professional computer upgrades and repair company to upgrade your hard drive, PCP Computer Services in Hobart are an example. Any good computer technician can swap out the drive and image all your data back. Once you get a solid state drive you will never look back!