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Intel's Dedicated Deep Learning Chips are Out of this World
April 21, 2021

Deep learning is not a new concept, but it’s certainly a computing technology that’s finding a lot of applications these days. If you didn’t know, Deep Learning is a segment of machine learning, which is in turn a part of the larger field... Learn More

What Are Tensor Cores Anyway?
April 19, 2021

There are as many as three types of specialized processor cores on a modern Nvidia graphics card. CUDA cores, which are the mainline programmable graphics cores. Next we have ray tracing cores, which are built to rapidly calculate the effects of light rays bouncing... Learn More

NVIDIA Unveils Ampere Workstation Graphics Cards - The RTX A6000, RTX A5000, A4000, A3000 & A2000
April 15, 2021

Sometimes it feels like users in the consumer GPU space get to have all the fun. With the launch of cards like the RTX 3070,3080 and 3090 more conservative workstation cards can feel downright stagnant. The 3090 in particular... Learn More

The Third-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Line Get a Detailed Reveal
April 15, 2021

On the 6th of April 2021 Intel released details on their latest line of Xeon Scalable CPUs. These high-performance professional CPUs have support for the latest CPU use cases built right into the CPU architecture. This includes AI acceleration... Learn More

AMD's Third-generation Epyc Processors Promise to Bring The Thunder
February 02, 2021

So say that AMD have been on a roll lately is a massive understatement. Their latest generation of desktop CPUs have given Intel a solid thrashing. Beating the chip giant not only in price to performance, but in outright ... Learn More

What is Enscape 3D and Why Should You Care?
February 01, 2021

Thanks to ever increasing GPU and CPU power, it’s now possible to achieve things with real-time rendering that would simply have been impossible not too long ago. Enscape is a fantastic example of this trend. It’s a real-time rendering plugin... Learn More

Unreal Engine Has Become a Monster. This is Why it Should Be on Your Radar
January 21, 2021

If you haven’t been paying too much attention, you might be surprised to see how often Unreal Engine pops up in the visual art industry. While the name is rather famous in the video game industry, it isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to the... Learn More

The RTX 3060 Ti Could Be The Best Budget Performance Card Ever
January 13, 2021

As has become tradition, Nvidia announced their new Ampere 30-series cards in reverse order. They started with the flagship, high end cards and then slowly told us about the mid-range options. The latest mid-range Ampere GPU to be... Learn More

V-Ray 5 Is Out And We're Excited!
January 06, 2021

The biggest new addition to the package is a new frame buffer, with an advanced compositor and lighting system. This enables layered compositing and relighting scenes after rendering has already been completed. Something you’ll see reflected in the new features of... Learn More

What Apple's M1 Chip Means For Professional Computing
December 09, 2020

Apple has never been afraid to make radical changes. Whether it’s dumping the headphone jack on iPhones or getting rid of optical drives on Macs. They’ve also changed their fundamental CPU technology several times, with the shift to Intel merely being the latest one. It’s a bold... Learn More

What Is RTX IO And Will It Be A Performance Game Changer?
December 09, 2020

You’ve probably noticed the buzz around Nvidia’s 30-series GPUs. They are mightily impressive, especially from a price, performance and power consumption perspective. For example, Nvidia’s $1000-$1200 RTX 2080 Ti is now more or... Learn More

Nvidia Announces New A40 and RTX A6000 Professional Cards and We’re Pumped!
December 02, 2020

Nvidia’s Quadro cards are of course a mainstay of professional computing, but not all Nvidia professional GPU products carry that brand name. The Tesla GPU computational cards are probably the best-known example, but Nvidia has recently released two “A” series... Learn More

Tips, Tricks and Troubles When Working From Home On A Remote Workstation
November 20, 2020

More people are now working from home than ever. It’s not necessarily by choice, given that we’re living through an unprecedented global pandemic, it’s a reality that has to be dealt with. If you’re a professional who... Learn More

Gigabyte MZ72-HB0 - Dual-socket Epyc Motherboard Is Blowing Our Socks Off
October 14, 2020

With single CPU packages packing so many cores these days, it might seem that dual-socket motherboards are becoming less and less relevant. That could however not be further from the truth. Apart from modern professional computing workloads using as many cores as you can... Learn More

Why the RTX 3070 Might Be The Best Deal In GPU History
October 14, 2020

The 20-series of GPUs from Nvidia made major waves with unprecedented new hardware aimed at making fast machine learning and real-time ray tracing possible. They were also expensive and not much more powerful at pure rasterization 3D... Learn More

Is The RTX 3090 The Budget Workstation Card You've Been Waiting For?
October 14, 2020

The RTX 3090 isn’t the flagship card for Nvidia’s new line of Ampere-based 30-series GPUs. That honor goes to the RTX 3080 which, for $700, promises to offer about double the performance of the RTX 2080 card that occupied it’s slot in the range... Learn More

New Monster CPU is coming to town - AMD ThreadRipper Pro WX Series up to 64 Cores Cores
September 14, 2020

Intel has not been having a great time recently. Their 7nm process may now be pushed back as far as 2023 and AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processors are matching the IPC numbers while offering more cores at a lower price. This has led to some very welcome price cuts... Learn More

Getting to Know Intel’s Xeon W-1200 Series
July 09, 2020

Usually when you hear the word “workstation” the first word that goes with it is “expensive”, but that’s actually not the case. There are plenty of entry-level workstations that provide just enough performance for their designated purpose. In fact, we specialize in building... Learn More

Intel’s Xeon M Series Makes Dual CPU Workstations Obsolete for RAM-hungry Users
June 09, 2020

With the ever-increasing core counts on modern CPUs, dual-socket systems are no longer as essential for high-end workstations as they used to be. Which is a good thing for various reasons. Not only can you do away with expensive, complex motherboards... Learn More

Nvidia RTX 30-series and the Ampere Architecture: The Rumors are Out There
June 09, 2020

Nvidia’s RTX 20-series cards have been met with a rather mixed reception. Unlike the almost universally-loved 10-series of cards, the 20-series did not bring as such a large leap in performance, while bringing down cost and power consumption dramatically... Learn More

Xeon W 3200 Series Offers Astounding Bandwidth for GPU Workloads
June 01, 2020

Launched in mid-2019, the W-3200 family of Xeon processors didn't get much of a marketing push, but has quickly impressed us with how much performance value they bring to the table. Moving to the Cascade Lake architecture from the Skylake SP technology older Xeon W... Learn More

The Quadro GV100 Brings Professional-grade Ray Tracing and AI to the Workstation
May 21, 2020

Consumer grade GPUs from Nvidia have long enjoyed cutting-edge real-time ray tracing hardware along with dedicated silicon for machine learning and artificial intelligence. As is usually the case, newer technologies make it into the general consumer space first, with professional... Learn More

Threadripper 3990X and 3970X: Ripping Up the Competition?
March 26, 2020

Short on the heels of the i9-10980XE processor, which has been priced to compete against the Threadripper 3950X, AMD has released two third-generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. The 3990X and 3970X represent another leap forward for the company, which has... Learn More

Intel’s i9-10980XE Arrives with a Whimper, Not a Bang
March 23, 2020

Intel has launched it’s latest top-end i9 CPU. A processor that straddles the line between the high-end enthusiast segment and the low end of the professional computing market. It’s the type of CPU that makes many users look at the prices of Xeons and think, “Do I really... Learn More

The Cerebras CS-1 Rewrites the AI Hardware Book
March 23, 2020

CPU development is still moving at a fast pace, although it might feel that we are only getting incremental improvements from year to year. Compare workstations of today to those of five years ago however, and you’ll see big improvements in performance... Learn More

Ryzen 3000 Could Spell Big Trouble for Intel
August 07, 2019

Until the arrival of the first Ryzen chips, we had gone through more than a decade of virtually no competition to temper Intel’s worse impulses. Since the Phenom CPUs first lost the plot, Intel has had its way. AMD has put up a good fight on the GPU side of things, but every year they... Learn More

What Does the Radeon Pro Vega II Mean for Professional Computing?
July 31, 2019

For the first time in years, we’re getting a dual-GPU card coming to market. In a twist, this Radeon Pro Vega II is coming to Mac Pro users. What is this card and what does it mean for professional users in general... Learn More

The GTX 1660 Ti Seems All But Certain Now
April 25, 2019

With rumors showing no sign of going away, it seems that the release of a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card is all but certain. So what is this strangely named card and who is it for? We spend some time digging through the noise. Nvidia's RTX 20-series of cards have not exactly... Learn More

What is Gaussian?
April 25, 2019

At Titan we’re all geeks, but not the sort of geek who dreams about creating the next metamaterial or winning a Nobel for chemistry, So it was a little shocking to find out that modern chemistry is 90% math and very little “meth”. Back in the 1970s, right at the... Learn More

The Asetek 690LX-PN Liquid Cooler is a Serious Step Above the AIO Competition
April 18, 2019

Just a few years later and PC liquid cooling is a highly-standardized industry. You can buy reservoirs, tubing, heatsinks and everything else you need from various manufacturers and be assured that they will work together. The actual design and construction of a full-on... Learn More

Is the RTX 2060 the Midrange Card We’ve Been Waiting For?
February 11, 2019

The first midrange RTX card has been a long time coming, but now it’s finally here. Is this the reasonable performer the masses will want? Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on under the hood... Learn More

The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning
February 01, 2019

The computing world is no stranger to misused terms, the distinction between AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning are quite important. Especially since consumers may be confused by inappropriate use of these terms. Let’s look at how these concept differ and what they mean... Learn More

The RTX 4000 is the New Mid-range Workstation King
January 18, 2019

While all the attention may have been stolen by RTX gaming cards, Turing has come for the professional market with a vengeance. The RTX 4000 brings a lot that’s new to workstation life and we have the details. The nature of professional workstation graphics cards means... Learn More

AMD Scores in the Core-wars with Its 32-Core Monster
January 17, 2019

The Ghz race is is long behind us, but AMD kicked off the core-wars by offering mainstream users more than just quad-core CPUs. Now it seems the sky's the limit as Big Red keeps cramming more cores into it’s consumer line. The latest attack comes in the form... Learn More

The Difference Between a Supermarket PC and a Titan PC
January 08, 2019

Major supermarket chains are now selling high-end PCs, but there are plenty of hidden reasons to avoid getting your PC performance hit from the same place that sells bulk toilet paper. Here is the difference between them and us... Learn More

Intel Lays Down the Hammer with the Xeon W-3175X
December 01, 2018

At Titan we can remember the megahertz wars as if it were yesterday. At the outset of the Pentium 4 generation of processors, the general belief was that performance increases would be largely driven by faster clock speeds. We really thought that by now we’d be... Learn More

The Intel Optane 905P May be the Last SSD You’ll Need
November 16, 2018

It wasn’t too long ago that SSDs were too unreliable, too small and certainly too expensive.Now it’s hard to imagine buying a computer that doesn’t have a SSD as its primary drive. An SSD is perhaps the best quality of life upgrade any computer can get. Ironically... Learn More

The New Nvidia RTX Quadro Family is Throwing Out the GPU Rulebook
November 12, 2018

While the response to the RTX consumer cards from Nvidia has been underwhelming, professional GPU customers should sit up and listen. Nvidia is taking no prisoners with the new generation of Quadro products... Learn More

Intel’s Xeon E CPUs are Looking Out for the Little Guys
November 02, 2018

While the response to the RTX consumer cards from Nvidia has been underwhelming, professional GPU customers should sit up and listen. Nvidia is taking no prisoners with the new generation of Quadro products... Learn More

What You Need to Know About the AMD Ryzen 2000 Series
October 18, 2018

AMD’s second generation of Ryzen CPUs are now well-established, but figuring out which CPUs go where can be a bit of a puzzler. Let’s have a brief look at the AMD 2000-series of CPUs as a whole and demystify this convoluted product line... Learn More

Nvidia's RTX Cards are Almost Here: Here's What We Know
October 11, 2018

It’s been a long time coming, but Nvidia finally has a new generation of consumer cards coming in hot. This isn’t just an upgrade however, Big Green is changing the game and possibly shaking up the graphics market like never before. When the 10-series cards were... Learn More

Meet the AMD Threadripper 2990WX 32-Core Beast
October 09, 2018

It’s been a long time since AMD could claim any sort of absolute performance crown, cost be damned. However, every dog has its day and the Threadripper 2990WX is a real pitbull in the benchmarks. We take a closer look at this sick puppy. First things first... Learn More

Introducing the new "Titan WS Chariot" a Workstation Chassis
June 29, 2018

AMD’s second generation of Ryzen CPUs are now well-established, but figuring out which CPUs go where can be a bit of a puzzler. Let’s have a brief look at the AMD 2000-series of CPUs as a whole and demystify this convoluted product line... Learn More

What’s the Difference Between a $50 Motherboard and a $350 Motherboard?
June 29, 2018

The motherboard is a pretty boring component when you think about it. Which is probably why so many people end up buying the cheapest board that will hold their components. But expensive motherboards aren’t expensive for no reason. So let’s look at some of the differences between cheap and pricey gear... Learn More

Intel Announces Shows off Massive 28 Core CPU
June 30, 2018

So let’s talk about what these guys are showing off here. We don’t know a model number or anything like that yet. So it might be a Xeon, but it’s more likely to be something with an “i” on the front. Especially since AMD is launching a 32-core ThreaRipper... Learn More

AMD Scores in the Core-wars with Its 32-Core Monster
June 15, 2018

It’s been a long time since CPUs have had a clear marketing number to appeal to mainstream consumers. Until the Core architecture took over from the ill-conceived Pentium 4 CPUs back in the day, the bigger the clocks the better the performance... Learn More

What Do We Know About the Z390?
March 31, 2018

Although the Z390 first came to our attention last year, the enthusiast community seems to have forgotten about it a little thanks to an almost complete lack of additional information. In the meantime, we have the Z370, which is already plenty high-end for most people. It’s not clear exactly what will make the Z390 special compared to the $300+... Learn More

Here We go Again: New Intel Cascade Lake-X CPUs are Incoming
March 01, 2018

For a while there Intel had a plan and was sticking to it. The tick-tock model gave us a predictable new architecture followed by a die shrink for a few years at least. Then things started going... Learn More

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 propositions you get from us when compared to the giant PC manufacturers.... Learn More

New Xeon W Skylake a CPU for to the Pros
February 14, 2018

Another year, another Xeon. This time is different however, since we’re getting a hos of new technologies to revitalize mainstream workstation hardware. Should this be your next workstation upgrade? Read on to find out. I guess we don't spend as... Learn More

The Nvidia Titan V Takes the GPU Crown - For Now
Jan 15, 2018

It feels like just yesterday that we were blown away with the price-performance proposition of the GTX 1080, but since then Nvidia has outdone itself time and time again. Their mainstream enthusiast.... 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