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Why Buy a Custom Titan Computer Instead of a Dell or HP? Radeon Pro SSG: An Insane Card for Insane Times
The Vega Frontier is a Right Hook as AMD Comes Out Swinging The GTX 1030 & 1040: The Average Joes are Coming
Getting Nvidia Drivers Installed on CentOS 7 Windows Mixed Reality Could be a Big Deal for Professionals
Oh No, Not Again: Coffee Lake Chips Need a New Motherboard AMD Ryzen 3 is Finally Released
Shut Up and Take My Money: The New Quadro GP100 GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti: What We Know So Far
GTX 1080 Ti Rumours: A Titanic Release? Nvidia IRAY Explained
Nvidia Mental Ray Explained The ART Renderer Explained
The New Titan X: The King is Dead, Hail to the King Intel Brings 22 Cores to Xeon E5-2600 v4
Thunder and Lighting: The GTX 1080, 1070 and (maybe) 1060 What's Up With Thunderbolt?
A Commercial Deca Core?: i7-6950X Rumours Oculus Rift is here: Can You Run It?
The Story of Maya What is Li-Fi?
Let's look at the leaked Intel Roadmap Altwork Ergonomic Workstations
Eyes on the Intel Skylake Xeon E3-1200 v5 EVGA Geforce Titan X with Hybrid Cooling
Why Buy a Custom Titan Computer Instead of a Dell or HP?


Variety is the spice of life and there is nothing inherently wrong with buying a mass-market, mass-produced computer. It is however very important that you understand the different value.... Learn More


Radeon Pro SSG: An Insane Card for Insane Times
Sep 15, 2017

We’ve been computer hardware geeks for a long time, so we’re pretty used to habituating to new performance levels on a regular basis. It’s not hard to remember wondering how the heck someone would ever fill that 1GB hard drive or why anyone would.... Learn More


The Vega Frontier is a Right Hook as AMD Comes Out Swinging
Sep 10, 2017

The Vega Frontier is not your average GPU card. This is a product that was built with a particular type of performance requirement in mind. This is a card for the data scientist, the extreme VFX rendering professional. A GPU that prioritized parallelization above all.... Learn More


The GTX 1030 & 1040: The Average Joes are Coming
Sep 05, 2017

It’s easy to forget that the bulk of people who buy a GPU, either directly or as part of a system, do not buy something like the GTX 1080 Ti. In fact, most people don’t buy “mid range” cards like the GTX 1060 either. They are simply too expensive and certainly.... Learn More


Getting Nvidia Drivers Installed on CentOS 7
Aug 29, 2017

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) has become one of the most popular and well-respected operating systems to grace the data centers and core infrastructure of institutions all over the world. It is well supported, secure and provides a level of standardization.... Learn More


Windows Mixed Reality Could be a Big Deal for Professionals
Aug 22, 2017

Everyone in the professional computing business has heard of the Microsoft Hololens. It’s an amazing headset that brings lifelike augmented reality straight to your eyeballs with hi-tech projection. It’s for sale for a whopping $3000 and has.... Learn More


Oh No, Not Again: Coffee Lake Chips Need a New Motherboard
Aug 10, 2017

Coffe Lake chips are coming and soon. At Computex this year Intel announced that these new chips will be available in time for the 2017 holiday season, which suggest... Learn More


AMD Ryzen 3 is Finally Released
Jul 31, 2017

We’ve seen what the high-end Ryzen 7 and mid-range Ryzen 5 chips can do, but AMD has taken it’s sweet time letting us have a go at their entry-level CPUs. Why would we care? After all, most of you reading... Learn More


The New Quadro GP100
Feb 01, 2017

Quadro customers have been getting a lot of love over the last few years. The current generation of Pascal cards such as the P5000 and P6000 are industry-leading products... Learn More


Nvidia Mental Ray Explained
Oct 15, 2016

Mental Ray has been liberated and returned home to it’s rightful owner Nvidia, who are now going to develop it as an independent product. This means that Mental Ray may now be coming to your favorite 3D modelling software as an integrated plug... Learn More


The ART Renderer Explained
Sep 30, 2016

There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to comes to physically-based renderers and it comes from none other than Autodesk themselves. The Autodesk Raytracer Renderer or “ART” has been designed for use across several Autodesk... Learn More


GTX 1080 Ti Rumours: A Titanic Release?
Sep 15, 2016

The Titan X is a monstrous card, there can be no doubt about it. It’s also a pretty terrible example of value for money. When we last looked at it our opinion was that you were better off getting two GTX 1080 cards in SLI for about the same money... Learn More


GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti: What We Know So Far
Aug 30, 2016

We’ve now seen a new Titan, a 1080, a 1070 and a 1060. Rumours about a 1080 Ti right now are hot right now too. The bottom end of the range has been strangely quiet however. It’s a pity... Learn More


Nvidia IRAY Explained
Aug 15, 2016

Like many rendering engines Iray, which is available for several 3D modelling packages such as 3DS Max, makes use of a technique known as ray-tracing to generate it’s stunning visuals.... Learn More


The New Titan X: The King is Dead, Hail to the King
Jul 31, 2016

Let’s be honest here, the Nvidia 1080 caught almost everyone off guard when it came out. The Pascal architecture represented a performance leap that spanned a few generations worth of what we had been used to until now.... Learn More


Intel Brings 22 Cores to Xeon E5-2600 v4
May 27, 2016

We won’t lie, things are getting crazy again in the CPU world. While we wait to see what Big Red is going to bring to the table with Zen Intel drops a high-performance refresh of the Broadwell Xeon line... Learn More


The GTX 1080, 1070 and (maybe) 1060
May 16, 2016

Things may have slowed down quite a bit on the silicon front for the last few years, but that should not leave us with a false sense of security. Sure, Intel is so far in the lead that there is nothing really pushing... Learn More


What’s Up With Thunderbolt?
April 30, 2016

Thunderbolt is the hot new IO standard, but for most people it’s still a very new connection technology. In this article we go over the most important facts about Thunderbolt so you need be confused no more!... Learn More


A Commercial Deca Core?: i7-6950X Rumours
April 15, 2016

It’s time for a new Extreme Edition CPU! Rumours abound and none of it may be true, but what we know so far seems pretty solid and this may be the best consumer CPU yet..... Learn More


Oculus Rift is here: Can You Run It?
January 1, 2016

2016 is the year that VR will either go big or go home. The technology is finally good enough to make it a worthwhile experience, but like any new technology things aren’t perfect on every front yet.... Learn More


The Story of Autodesk Maya
December 15, 2015

While it’s not that easy to peg exactly when computer animation itself became a viable technology, the beginnings of 3D computer animation in the public eye was... Learn More


What is Li-Fi?
November 27, 2015

Wi-Fi is something we take for granted these days, although it really hasn’t been ubiquitous for very long, having only been ratified as a standard in the late 90s. It’s convenient and these days fast enough for downloading software, watching HD video and transferring files... Learn More


Let's look at the leaked Intel Roadmap.
November 15, 2015

Tick, tock, tick, tock. That’s the way Intel’s CPU released go. Except it seems that in 2016 this pattern will be broken with the release of a third 14nm CPU series known as Kaby Lake. What we were supposed to see was Cannonlake, a 10nm design... Learn More


Altwork Ergonomic Workstations: You’ll want to lie down for this
November 02, 2015

We spend a lot of time talking about the latests CPUs or GPUs. Obsessing over gaining a few seconds in render time or getting that much closer to cracking the next computational milestone..... Learn More


Eyes on the Intel Skylake Xeon E3-1200 v5
October 31, 2015

Intel’s Skylake architecture has been fairly well received, bringing general refinement to its predecessor. Intel’s E3 CPUs have filled a very important niche at the lower- and consumer- end.... Learn More


Best of Both Worlds? EVGA Geforce Titan X with Hybrid Cooling
October 22, 2015

The Nvidia GTX Titan X is by anyone’s definition a monster of a GPU solution. 3072 CUDA cores running at 1Ghz couples with 12GB of 7 Gbps GDDR 5 makes for both eye-watering performance and an eye-watering price... Learn More


nVidia GeForce GTX 950: A Budget Dream?
October 15, 2015

Decent GPU performance doesn’t come cheap these days. Although onboard GPUs such as Intel’s Iris Pro give great performance to the casual and mainstream user, if you care at all about devent 3D graphics your only real choice is a discrete GPU... Learn More


First Ever Nano-photonic Memory Chips Created in the Lab
October 01, 2015

Electronics, especially high-density integrated circuits are hitting a wall in terms of speed and performance. Although every time we think we’ve finally hit that wall so far there has been a new development that provides a little breathing space. Nonetheless... Learn More


Microfluidic Cooling: More Megaherz?
September 16, 2015

CPU get hot, really hot and current cooling technologies are not great at getting to that heat. Since the CPU has some components that get hotter than others and the heat spreader is pretty inefficient at transferring that heat, your CPUs thermal limit... Learn More


Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD:Hold Onto Your Hats!
September 01, 2015

Silicon, integrated circuits have been advancing at an incredible pace of the last few decades. CPUs, RAM, GPUs and every other solid state technology has benefited from these advances, but secondary storage devices such as... Learn More


Mineral Oil Computer Cooling: Components go for a swim
August 31, 2015

If you want to cool your computer components you basically have two choices: Air cooling or water cooling. For most people air cooling using a heatsink and fan combination is the way to go. Modern copper heatpipe and fan combinations... Learn More


Intel Skylake: What’s the deal?
August 15, 2015

The new Skylake series of CPUs represent a narrow miss for Intel, as they went off their famous “tick, tock”release schedule thanks to problems with the 14nm production process. The 14nm Broadwell CPU line was released late, but Intel chose to... Learn More


AMD breaks the mold with high bandwidth memory
August 05, 2015

The integrated circuitry you’ll find in your CPU or GPU is an astounding technological feat. Billions of microscopic logic gates squeezed onto a semiconductor wafer only a few hundred millimeters across. However, that circuitry is two dimensional, which is why die.... Learn More


AMD R9 Nano: Small package, big bang
July 31, 2015

The story of computing electronics is one of ever smaller components. From early vacuum tube computers such as ENIAC that 1800 sq feet and ate an astounding 150 KW of electricity to the 5.96B transistor Haswell Xeon E5 that measures at 662mm² and sips on a mere 135W depending on the exact model and clock speed. That a huge improvement in a mere three... Learn More


The Difference Between Professional and Mainstream SSDs
March 30, 2015

SSDs are now becoming more common in consumer computers and are almost mainstream when it comes to professional computers or high-end gaming rigs. We often see them used as OS drives with a large traditional mechanical drives doing duty as media and document storage... Learn More


GeForce GTX 960M and 950M
March 20, 2015

So we’ve been hearing good things about the powerful mobile Nvidia cards, the GTX 980M and 970M. Still, these days thin and light is the order of the day and many users have been waiting to see what’s happening at the middle of the 900-series mobile range... Learn More


Nvidia Titan X - What we know so far.
March 15, 2015

For gamers single-GPU performance is still a very important deal. If you thought it was hard enough to get software to scale evenly over multiple CPU cores wait till you hear the moaning about multi-GPU setups. Despite major leaps in getting multi-GPU setups to work reliably and efficiently it’s still a bit clunky to get two separate chips to double the performance of one. So, in a nutshell, we still care... Learn More


Samsung Brings a Portable SSD to Market
March 10, 2015

These days most people who need to shift around files that are too big for DropBox will use USB flash drives, but even USB 3 flash drives top out at just over 200MB/s read speeds, with writes coming in a little lower... Learn More


Audio Workstations: Not So Simple
March 01, 2015

The world of professional recording has changed massively since the PC multimedia revolution. You don’t need a multi-million recording studio to make an album or radio show (“podcast” to you cool kids), you just need a modest modern computer and some digital recording gear. You can have single microphone setups and multiple simultaneously recording audio sources... Learn More


USB 3.1 - Why You Should Care
February 28, 2015

USB is pretty boring, although many of us remember the dark days before USB when we had to struggle with so many different port types. Parallel ports, serial ports, PS/2 and many other irritating and ugly interfaces all fell to USB. It really has become practically universal, as the name says.... Learn More


Goodbye Achilles Heel: External Laptop Graphics
February 15, 2015

The laptop form factor is super popular, these days to most mainstream users a personal computer is a laptop. As computers work their way ever more into our lifestyles it makes sense that the desk-bound computer form factor becomes less of a mainstream device. Which is great if your computing needs include watching YouTube, writing a few essays... Learn More


Steam VR - Did Valve Just Conquer VR?
January 31, 2015

Just about everyone who has a stake in computing has been keeping a close eye on recent developments in virtual reality. From gamers to professionals who create graphics and interfaces for others to use, we’ve been feeling the general shift to feasible... Learn More


SATA Express - What is it?
January 15, 2015

SATA had a good run, that’s for sure. These neat little connectors with their thin cables did wonders for aesthetics and airflow, but most of all they liberated us from the pathetic speeds of PATA drives, topping out at 133 MB/s. First generation SATA interfaces were rated at 1.5Gb/s or 187.5 MB/s. Not such a great improvement, but each successive generation... Learn More


Geforce GTX960 : Maxwell for the masses
January 15, 2015

The inevitable has happened, after blitzing the high end graphics market with the superlative GTX 970 and its big brother the GTX 980, Nvidia GTX 960 cards are now on store shelves. For most users the mid-range is the sweet spot and predictably these cards sell extremely well. So if you’re... Learn More


Windows 10 is Almost Here
January 01, 2015

Dubious mathematics aside, Windows 10 is shaping up to be the truly modern OS that Windows 8 was meant to be. Windows 7 & 8 users will also get to upgrade for free for the first year following the Windows 10 release, which is just more evidence that Microsoft is keen to... Learn More


M.2 and MSata: What's the difference?
December 15, 2014

It can be a real pain to keep up with new protocols and connector standards, especially if a lot of time passes between your upgrades or new computer purchases. So, like many people, you might be slightly confused by the seemingly sudden appearance of new connectors meant to hook up SSD... Learn More


What Does the Microsoft HoloLens Mean for Professionals?
December 01, 2014

Microsoft dropped some big bombs during its Windows 10 keynote recently. We’re looking at Windows 10 itself in a different article, but the announcement that really has everyone buzzing is the Microsoft HoloLens... Learn More


The Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 and GTX 980 Revealed
October 03, 2014

When it comes to performance parts it can be argued that GPUs are somewhat sexier than CPUs. Of course in the professional computing world we care more about CPU performance than the general user, but with the rise of GPGPU computing and affordable consumer... Learn More


The ASUS KGPE-D16 Dual Opteron Motherboard - Heart of a Budget Server
September 24, 2014

There was a time, about a decade ago, where it really seemed as if perpetual underdog AMD was beating Intel on both price and performance. The Athlon XP desktop processors were giving the Netburst Pentium 4 CPUs a solid whipping by being both cheaper and faster and if it weren’t for the work... Learn More


Nvidia’s New Quadro Cards Whip Up A Storm
September 15, 2014

The Quadro brand has really become synonymous with the concept of a workstation computer. Although AMD’s FirePro series are, in general, excellent parts they just don’t have the brand presence of the Quadro products.... Learn More


Noctua CPU Coolers, Why We Love Them
September 06, 2014

Back in the old days cooling wasn’t something anyone cared about when it came to desktop computers. Big supercomputers like the Cray II were using elaborate liquid cooling solutions as far back as the 80s, but for most users the CPU fan (there was no such thing as a GPU)... Learn More


Haswell-E Has Arrived
September 03, 2014

After months of rumblings and rumours around Intel’s next generation of high-end desktop CPUs, they are finally out in the wild. These new parts have been highly anticipated and we know that many people have been holding out on upgrading their existing setups until we knew more about the pricing and performance of these chips... Learn More


The Geforce GTX Titan
August 30, 2014

What’s in a name? If you’re going to name one of your products the “Titan” you better put your money where your mouth is and it looks as if Nvidia have done just that with the Geforce GTX Titan Z. The TItan Z sports two full-fat GK110 GPUs for a staggering total of 5760 CUDA cores. Not even... Learn More


How to Enable GPU Acceleration in Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 for Unsupported nVidia GeForce Cards
August 23, 2014

Did you know that, since Premiere Pro CS5, Adobe has been weaving in support for GPU acceleration into the software? It’s early days yet, so at this point Premier Pro CS5 only supports NVidia’s CUDA GPU acceleration technology and on top of that only a small list... Learn More


The Samsung 840 Pro SSD
August 18, 2014

Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a computer is only as fast as its slowest component. Although magnetic hard disk drives have come forward leaps and bounds in terms of storage density, reliability and size their performance improvement over the years has come nowhere close to... Learn More


Windows 9 Rumours Are In The Air!
August 16, 2014

It seems like just yesterday that Windows 8 was released to what can at best be described as mixed reactions. Under the hood there were many improvements to the kernel and the stability, security and performance of the new operating system were measurably and markedly better than that of Windows 7. Unfortunately the GUI... Learn More


Whats the difference between an Intel Xeon and Intel i7 processor?
August 9, 2014

Consumer grade hardware has come a long, long way in the last few years. The gulf between high-end enthusiast equipment and workstation-grade professional hardware isn’t quite as wide as it used be. So you may be seriously tempted to go for cheaper (relatively) high-end consumer components when putting together a workstation computer. Learn More


The Nvidia Quadro K6000 and Kepler Technology
August 1, 2014

In the world of the digital creative professional expectations are always on the rise and results are expected under ever-increasing time pressures. When project delay penalties can run into the tens of thousands you want nothing less than a pinnacle product. Learn More


The REAL Difference Between Workstation and Desktop GPUs
July 30, 2014

Consumer desktop-grade hardware has gotten so good these days that many people question the need for expensive workstation-grade parts in their, well, workstations. This question is understandable, since the workstation version of a particular GPU may cost four... Learn More


Nvidia Quadro K4000 Reviewed
July 22, 2014

The Quadro K4000 is one of those watershed hardware releases that really makes you go “What were they thinking?” in the back of your head. The K4000 represents that rare confluence of technology and business that sees the release of a mid-range part that seem as if they belong with more expensive products in their range.... Learn More
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