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Best Gaming Laptop Buying Guide (Updated!!!)

Not long ago, a friend asked me for help choosing a gaming laptop. Precisely because he was in this situation, he had saved money and wanted to buy one, but he was lost, and indecisive on which model to choose. In fact, he didn’t even know where to start since many models with different components had very similar prices, which he found extremely confusing.

Unfortunately, choosing a gaming laptop is very complicated, as there are always a number of items that require a good knowledge base and for you to be completely up to date on what comes out in the market, because otherwise you risk making a bad purchase.

His situation led us to publish this guide that will give you the most important information you should consider when shopping for a gaming laptop, so you can correctly choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. It will even help you avoid being ripped off.

Preliminary considerations

You must understand a gaming laptop is not like conventional notebooks. Depending on the manufacturer and your price range, they clearly have differentiating factors among them, such as more powerful and efficient cooling systems, as well as a higher build quality to withstand long gaming sessions.

On the other hand, the price of these devices is usually much higher than that of utility models, and also higher than what it would cost you to assemble a desktop with similar power. So before you buy one, it is important to thoroughly consider whether you really need a portable gaming system. Maybe it would be wiser to opt for a PC for your gaming needs.

Mobility is another aspect you must be willing to sacrifice with these computers, since more powerful components mean their autonomy is very low when they are at full capacity and they are much less efficient than other laptops, like ultrabooks, for example.

Finally, it is vital to understand that to really play on a laptop at a similar level to what you would enjoy on a desktop, you must be willing to spend a minimum of of around 800 dollars, approximately. Still, the computer you buy for that price will be much less powerful than its desktop equivalent at the same budget.

The Processor: The heart of the computer

On gaming portables, compare to AMD, Intel has a clear domain, which is unfortunate for the consumer. So for obvious reasons we will focus on solutions from this manufacturer.

Processor Generation:

You can find Haswell based processors, identified as the series 4000, and Broadwell, which are recognized by the 5000 series.

The difference between them is limited essentially to the manufacturing process. The first ones come in 22nm and the second in 14nm, but this detail does not make a real big impact, since most models that interest us — the high performance ones — have an identical TDP in almost all versions.

By this we mean you should not obsess about spending more money on a computer with a Core 5000 series, as one with a Core 4000 series processor is just as perfect for gaming.

Processor range:

Since your goal is to play, we are just going to focus on the larger models, i.e. the Core i5 and Core i7, as they are the ones used in these types of portables.

  • Core i5: Unlike a desktop model, the Core i5 has two cores and four threads, not four real cores. This means they can divide the burden of those four threads between the two cores, which generally provides good results. However, it doesn’t give good results in games that really take advantage of more than two cores. They integrate Turbo Boost technology that increases work frequency when necessary.
  • Core i7: The Core i7 has four real cores and eight threads, just as a standard desktop version. They are preferable because, when used with games that can properly exploit their potential, they clearly mark a difference, especially at minimum FPS levels and overall stability. They also have better guaranteed “aging”. Turbo Boost technology is an added feature that increases the working frequencies and can even turn off cores that are not used, further increasing the speed of the nuclei that are still active, so that even those games that only use two cores will be greatly benefited by the presence of Core i7.
  • Core i7 extreme range: These are versions that maintain the above specifications, but come at higher frequencies. Normally, they greatly increase the price of the computer but don’t compensate, so when it comes to price-value relation, they’re best avoided.
  • We discarded low-energy solutions, identified with the letter “U”, as they sacrifice performance in order to increase the battery life(the Core i7 U series, for example, only has 2 cores and four threads).

    The graphics card is an essential component, as it determines the resolution and graphics quality you can play on, as well as the life of the portable and its price.

    You should note that its performance does not match the desktop offering of those with whom they share the same name, and usually they’ll always be lower . As an example, we can mention the GTX 960M, which does not yield a performance even remotely like a GTX 960, but rather like a GTX 750 Ti.

    And just as in the previous case, the presence of AMD is very limited, so we will focus on NVIDIA solutions.

    To make everything easier to understand, what follows is a summary of base models grouped into three broad ranges, a classification that must be understood within the context of gaming solutions.

  • Recommended minimum to play at 1080p: The 2GB GTX GTX 860M- 960M are the recommended minimum to play. The second is a renamed model of the first and both have a lower performance than the GTX 750 Ti, but we can compare them so you’ll have a better idea. Always seek computers mounted with GDDR5 memory, avoiding the DDR3 versions, keeping in mind that the GTX 860M and GTX 960M are identical to the GTX 850M and GTX 950M, the only differences are the working frequencies.  (Read More: Gaming Laptop under 1000)
  • Optimal level to play in 1080P: The GTX 1060 is our goal. It’s not a rebranded solution, but rather it mounts a new GPU based on Pascal architecture, which marks a significant leap over previous models. The 6GB GDDR5 models have no real performance improvement compared to the 3 GB ones in many games. If you’ll play some high-end games needing more VRAM, more VRAM is necessary.
  • High performance in 1080P without excesses: If you want to play at Full HD with ultra quality and without choking with virtually no game, the GTX 980M is the best choice for your money. Yes, the GTX 1070 is more powerful, but increases the price of the computer and it’s not worth much. If you want to play VR gaming, you should a laptop with GTX 1060, GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 graphics card.
  • You must not forget that the most expensive is not necessarily the best. When you overcome the medium-high range barrier of graphics cards, the performance-per dollars spent goes down to levels not advisable in most cases.

    RAM Memory and storage

    You can play with guarantees if you have 4 GB of RAM in most cases, but it is best to choose laptop models with 8 GB of RAM, since it makes a difference in some current games, such as Battlefield Hardline, and the trend to higher RAM consumption in upcoming games is clear.

    But overcoming the recommendation of 8 GB of RAM and buying computers with 32 GB of RAM is not a good idea, as more RAM does not mean better performance. Instead, it increases the overall cost of the computer, so it is best to spend that extra money on a computer with a better graphics card.

    Regarding storage, a SSD is recommended – but not essential – and it usually increases the cost of the computer. So, if you have a limited budget, you should opt for enhancing the processor and graphics card, even if it means to conform to a mechanical hard drive, and the combo CPU + GPU + RAM will ultimately determine your user experience in games. In any case, you always have the time to change the HDD for an SSD quickly and easily.

    As intermediate option, there are computers that mount a hybrid HDD with a certain amount of flash memory acting as a cache. They are not the panacea, so you should only take them into account when the price increase is not so absurd.

    Practical examples

    Generally, an affordable gaming laptop will consist of a Core i5, a GTX 850M-GTX 950M 2GB GDDR5, 8 GB of RAM, and a mechanical 1TB 5400 RPM HDD. Its price should be around 800 dollars, approximately.

    With a computer of these features, you could play almost everything that exists today in the market at 1080p, and at medium to high quality — ultra even in very specific cases. In GTA V, you could play to said resolution and high quality at an average of 29 FPS.

    In contrast, an upper-middle range model would be one with a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, a GTX 960M or 965M with 2GB DDR5 VRAM, 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and a 128GB SSD. However, the cost would exceed 1,300 dollars.

    With it you could play almost all current games in 1080p and at a high quality, even on ultra-quality in many of them. Continuing the above example, GTA V would run on this computer at 55 FPS on average in Full HD and high quality.

    Finally, the computers with the same base as above, but with GTX 1070 usually hover around 1,500 dollars. In GTA V you could play at 1080p and with high quality you could get 120 FPS.

    Best Gaming Laptop comparison (November 2016):

    The Ranking of these Graphics Cards:
    GTX 1080 > GTX 1070 > GTX 1060 > GTX 980M > GTX970M

    Models Detail Information Screen CPU/GPU Storage Connectivity Battery/Weight
    Premium Gaming Laptops (Price above 2000 dollars)
    ASUS  ROG G701VI-XB72K More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080(120Hz, G-SYNC) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DDR5X
    512 GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 3 x USB3.0
    1 x USB3.1 Type C;
    1x Thunderbolt

    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    DVD+RW
    6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    16.9 x 12.2 x 1.3 (L x W x H) 7.9 pounds
    MSI VR Ready GT73VR More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080(120Hz) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DDR5X
    1 TB 7200RPM + 512 GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 5 x USB3.0
    1 x USB3.1 Type C (Thunderbolt);
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    DVD+RW
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    16.85 x 12.36 x 1.76; (L x W x H) 8.6 pounds
    ASUS ROG G752VS-XB72K More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256 GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 4 x USB3.0
    1 x USB 3.1
    1 x Thunderbolt 3
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    DVD+RW
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    16.4″ x 12.7″ x 0.8″ ~ 1.9″ (L x W x H) 9.5 pounds
    MSI VR Ready GT72VR Tobii-031 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 512GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 6 x USB3.0
    1 x Thunderbolt 3
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    DVD+RW
    9-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    16.85 x 11.57 x 1.88 inches (L x W x H) 8.33 pounds
    Alienware AW15R3 10881SLV Laptop More information and user reviews on Amazon

    15.6 inch;
    IPS;
    1920 x 1080 (120Hz, G-SYNC)

    2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/16GB RAM 3 x USB3.0,
    1xThunderbolt III
    1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.1
    Lithium Ion (68 Wh) Battery;
    15.31 x 12 x 1 inches (L x W x H), 8 pounds
    Best Gaming Laptop under 2000 dollars (Above 1500 dollars)
    ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    3 x USB3.0,
    1 x USB 3.1
    1x HDMI
    Bluetooth 4.0
    4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    15.4 x 10.5 x 0.94 inches (L x W x H) 4.8 pounds
    MSI VR Ready GT62VR More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/
    32GB DDR4 RAM
    3 x USB3.0,
    1 x USB 3.1 Type C (Thunderbolt 3)
    1x HDMI
    Bluetooth 4.0
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    15.35″ x 10.47″x 1.56″ inches (L x W x H) 6.5 pounds
    Acer Predator 17 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
    256GB SSD/
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    4 x USB3.0,
    1 x USB 3.1 Type C (Thunderbolt 3)
    1x HDMI
    Bluetooth 4.1
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    16.65 x 12.66 x 1.56 inches (L x W x H) 9.3 pounds
    ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
    NVIDIA GTX 980M 4GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 1 x USB3.1
    1xThunderbolt III
    4 x USB 3.0
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    Blu-Ray RW & DL DVD-RW
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    16.40 x 12.50 x 1.70 inches (L x W x H) 9.5 pounds
    Acer Predator 15 G9-592-73BR More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (NVIDIA G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GTX 980M 8GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 512GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 4 x USB3.0, 1xThunderbolt III;
    1x HDMI;
    Bluetooth 4.1
    Blu-Ray Disc
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    15.39 x 11.79 x 1.52; (L x W x H), 7.5 pounds
    MSI GS60 Ghost Pro-002 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD/16GB RAM 2 x USB3.0
    1x HDMI
    Bluetooth 4..1
    6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    15.4 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches(L x W x H) 4.2 pounds
    ASUS ROG G752VT-DH74 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.5 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
    NVIDIA GTX 970M 6GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/24GB DDR4 RAM 1 x USB3.1
    1xThunderbolt III
    4 x USB 3.0
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    DVD±RW/CD-RW
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    16.40 x 12.50 x 0.90  (L x W x H) 8.4 pounds
    Razer Blade Gaming Laptop More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch 3200×1800 pixels (QHD+)
    Touchscreen
    2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GTX 970M
    6GB DDR5
    256GB SSD
    16GB RAM
    3 x USB3.0
    1 x Thunderbolt 3
    1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0
    70Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
    13.60 x 9.30 x 0.70 (L x W x H) 4.5 pounds
    Alienware AW15R2-8469SLV More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS
    3840 x 2160 (4K Dsiplay)
    2.5 GHz Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    4 x USB3.0,
    1xThunderbolt III
    1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    15.19 x 10.64 x 1.34 inches (L x W x H), 7.1 pounds
    Best Gaming Laptop under 1500 dollars
    ASUS GL502VM-DB74 More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch IPS 1920 x 1080(G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
    GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    3 x USB3.0,
    1 x USB 3.1
    1x HDMI
    Bluetooth 4.0
    4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    15.4 x 10.5 x 0.94 inches (L x W x H) 4.8 pounds
    MSI VR Ready GS43VR(Slim and Light) More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
    GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    2 x USB 3.0
    1xThunderbolt III
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    13.58″ x 9.65″ x 0.87″;
    (L x W x H), 3.75 pounds
    Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70VM More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
    GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5
    1 TB 5400RPM + 256GB SSD
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    4 x USB3.0, 1xThunderbolt III;
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.1
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    15.39 x 11.79 x 1.52; (L x W x H), 7.5 pounds
    ASUS ROG G751JY-VS71 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-4720HQ
    NVIDIA GTX 980M 4GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM/
    16GB DDR3 RAM
    4 x USB3.0,
    1xThunderbolt port,
    1x HDMI
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Blu-Ray RW & DL DVD-RW
    8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    16.40 x 12.50 x 1.70 inches (L x W x H) 8.4 pounds
    MSI GE62 Apache Pro-001 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
    NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    1 x USB 3.0
    1xThunderbolt III
    1 x USB 2.0
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.0
    6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    15.07″ x 10.23″ x 1.06″
    (L x W x H), 5.29 pounds
    Eluktronics P640RE More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
    NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
    512GB SSD
    16GB DDR4 RAM
    4 x USB3.0,
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.0
    3-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    13.74  x 9.72 x 1 (L x W x H), 4.5 pounds
    ASUS ROG GL502VT-DS74 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ
    NVIDIA GTX 970M 6GB DDR5
    1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD/
    16GB  DDR4 RAM
    3 x USB3.0,
    1x USB Type-C;
    1x HDMI,
    Bluetooth 4.0
    4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
    15.35 x 10.47 x 0.92 ” (L x W x H), 4.85 pounds

    My Recommend: ASUS ROG G752VS and ASUS ROG G752VM

    The Asus ROG G752VS and ASUS ROG G752VM offers the best value for a 17 inch gaming laptop on the market today. The larger, 17 inch IPS screen itself is a great draw, and the GeForce GTX 1070/GTX 1060 GPU,  Intel Core I7 6820HK or i7-6700HQ quad core processor and 16GB/32GB/64GB DDR4 of RAM makes this laptop an absolute beast. Storage space and expansion possibility is just the icing on the cake. All of these specifications combine to create a machine that runs even the latest games at the highest graphics settings and resolutions. Besides delivering top-quality you, the ASUS G752VS and is relatively quiet, cool and sturdy.

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    The Philips BDM4037UW is the largest curved monitor on the market

    Although it is true that there are curved televisions with sizes exceeding 65 inches, in the monitors market the most common in the larger models are the 34″. Philips has wanted to go a little further and has announced its BDM4037UW monitor with nothing more and nothing less than 40 inches.

    This monitor includes a 4K resolution of 3820 x 2160 pixels and a viewing angle of 178 degrees thanks to its IPS panel. It is capable of representing 85% of the NTSC color range and can divide its viewing area into 4 full HD zones with MultiView technology.

    Philips BDM4037UW

    Its price will start at 630 Dollars, a fairly reasonable amount considering the market for monitors of this type, although it does not support technologies like HDR.

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    The 5 Best Image Compression Software

    Two months ago we explained how to compress files, particularly how compression works for several files, including images. This is something that’s been gaining importance in the last years, especially in big companies like Google or Facebook, since images just keep getting larger, and they are doing it at a faster pace than any company’s servers and hard drives, so compressing is a must.

    The best options to compress your photos

    It’s common to rely on websites to perform these functions, but if we don’t have a fast internet connection the process can be too slow. We also have Windows’ Paint or Photos, which compress the file of an image 20% if we save them, and in Paint we can even edit their size. The problem is that they barely have any customization options.

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    How to enable or turn on system restore in Windows 10

    To protect our computer against viruses or a defective software this is best weapon. In just a few steps it allows us to restore the computer to a previous state and everything goes back to normal. This time we are going to show you how to enable system restore in Windows 10. It’s a quick process, without any further effort.

    It’s a feature that few users value when having to deal with any threat. Obviously, we have to say that its use expose the computer to certain risk of losing information. This will depend on the frequency in which the restore points are created and the frequency in which we decide to use them. The more distant to the present day it’s more probable to happen. We also have to mention that enabling it will impact in the available storage capacity, although that’s something we can configure during the enabling process and once functioning.

    How to enable system restore in Windows 10

    In first place, we have to look for the configuration menu of this function. Since Windows 10 is organized differently than other versions of Redmond operative systems, let’s turn to Cortana. Writing “restore point” it should appear as first option “Create a restore point”. By selecting it, it will open a window in the tab that has what we are looking for. For those who want to look for it, it’s found in the System Properties window under the system protection tab, as you can see in the next image:

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    Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, router for gamers with triple WiFi and QoS

    Companies try to brand all of their products with the gaming slogan, and that leads to curiosities like trying to put it on the routers. Linksys introduced the WRT32X at CES, of dubious utility, and Asus has also done the same with the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300-Republic of Gamers, the popular gaming brand from Asus.

    Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300

    In appearance it is similar to other routers of the company that already are in the market (a characteristic form of spider with eight antennas), and with the maximum benefits in this sector: wifi of type 802.11 ac MU-MIMO, eight ports Gigabit Ethernet, Simultaneous use of three Wi-Fi networks (one at 1000 Mbps and two at 2167 Mbps), 1024 QAM modulation and 80 MHz bandwidth for connections, two USB 3.0 ports, and a full firmware with firewall and other security and configuration features.

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    Single Rail or Multi Rail PC power supplies, which one is better?

    Many, many times in this website have we talk about power supplies and each time, we have mention rails as something common without going to deep about them. Well, that ends with this article in which we are going to explain what rails are, how they affect PC performance and if it’s better to choose a power supply with a single and powerful rail or one with several.

    PC power supplies

    In this article we’ll try to be as comprehensible as possible for people who don’t have any electronic or electrical notions, so we warn you if you do have this knowledge don’t be alarmed by seeing how rough this explanations are, since our aim is for this to be completely understandable for every user, having in mind that the purpose is to help choosing which option is more convenient whether a single rail or a multi rail power supply.

    What are power supply rails?

    First of all, let’s explain what a rail is. Rails are the channels through which the power supply feeds electricity to all the components in our computer. Generally we just talk about +12 V rails since these have the bigger impact in the computer but power supplies have also rails in the +3,3V y +5V channels of course.

    PC power supplies

    Single Rail vs Multi Rail

    Each rail of the power supply has an overcurrent protection (OCP) and is limited to one OCP per rail, this way if our power supply relies on just one +12 V rail, it will have one OCP as well. This means that everything we plug into the power supply will have the same rail and therefore just a single protection, so if any problem were to happen and the power supply protection fails, every component connected would be at risk.

    PC power supplies

    In the other hand we have a multi rail power supply, which will have an OCP in each rail. So, not only can we divide the current by components (for example, on one rail the motherboard and processor, video card in another, and in a different rail hard drives) but also if something fails not every component will suffer the consequences, just the ones connected to that rail.

    Pros and Cons

    We’ll start by saying that you should not be alarmed; modern power supplies have lots of safeguards no matter how many rails they have. The first advantage of having a +12 V single rail power supply is that you will be able to feed more alternating current, and as you know, specially video cards need a minimum of intensity to work. For example a GTX 1080 NVIDIA graphic card needs a +12 V rail not only to provide certain power but also to supply a minimum of 30 amps of intensity.

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    Best Antivirus for Windows

    Regarding antiviruses, there are a plethora of logical options. We all use the internet differently and inn order to help you choose, we’ll determine which security suite suits which user profile.

    After closely analyzing most of 2016’s suites, one thing is for certain: these solutions have a rather limited impact on performances, and their efficiency is superior to the basic defense tools built into Windows 8.

    We have noticed a trend: suites include more features, including PC optimization, and take into account the diversity of devices in the household. But, besides BitDefender, all the publishers must do better integrating their mobile solutions and offering the possibility of controlling everything from a single interface.

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    Best Gaming Laptops under 1000 Dollars

    A gaming laptop tends to have high-end processors, graphics cards, cooling systems, and displays which often result in its high price, but with the development of hardware, the current mid-range and high-end graphics are good enough for us to play some mid-range games smoothly. If you do not pursue the ultimate gaming experience, these mid-range graphics cards can even allow you to play some demanding games smoothly at lower resolutions. $1000 is a watershed of the gaming laptop, most of which, with midrange graphics, are distributed around this price. What follows is a recommendation of several popular gaming laptops within the $1,000 range and with a high performance-cost ratio.

    Currently, the NVIDIA remains the mainstream in the market share of mid-range and high-end graphics cards. The AMD graphics mainly focus on the low-end laptops in the market share (most of them are integrated graphics). So, if you want to buy a laptop around $500, the AMD graphics card is your first choice. The APU platform has a very good gaming performance, and secondly, there are virtually no laptops equipped with the NVIDIA graphics within this price range.

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    Intel Core i5-7600K vs. i7-7700K: for a few more MHz

    Today Intel is launching its new line of desktop Core processors – the so called “7th generation” Kaby Lake line. As we have previously mentioned, the innovations in CPU technology offered by these new chips are pretty limited, the major innovation is their increased operating frequency.

    i7-7700K

    The Core i5 and Core i7 Kaby Lake range is composed of:

    • i7-7700K : 4C/8T, 8 Mo LLC, 4.2-4.5 GHz, 91W, 339$
    • i7-6700K : 4C/8T, 8 Mo LLC, 4.0-4.2 GHz, 91W, 339$
    • i5-7600K : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 3.8-4.2 GHz, 91W, 242$
    • i5-6600K : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 3.5-3.9 GHz, 91W, 242$
    • i7-7700 : 4C/8T, 8 Mo LLC, 3.6-4.2 GHz, 65W, 303$
    • i7-6700 : 4C/8T, 8 Mo LLC, 3.4-4.0 GHz, 65W, 303$
    • i5-7600 : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 3.5-4.1 GHz, 65W, 213$
    • i5-6600 : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 3.3-3.9 GHz, 65W, 213$
    • i5-7500 : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 3.4-3.8 GHz, 65W, 192$
    • i5-6500 : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 3.2-3.6 GHz, 65W, 192$
    • i5-7400 : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 3.0-3.5 GHz, 65W, 182$
    • i5-6400 : 4C/4T, 6 Mo LLC, 2.7-3.3 GHz, 65W, 182$

    Compared to the previous line of processors, we can see an increase in operating frequency of between 200 and 300 MHz thanks to the “14nm+” technology Intel has incorporated into the new chips and all for the same price as the older generation. For all practical purposes however, due to the novelty factor and the absence of non-official suppliers, we can expect a temporarily increased retail price. It should be noted that these processors officially support DDR4-2400 RAM whereas the previous generation is limited to DDR4-2133, except when overclocking with the Z chipset – in which case they easily exceed DDR4-3000.

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    Guide: "obsolete" graphics cards that still perform well

    Technology advances and changes very quickly, but certainly one of the areas that is most affected by this fact is the graphics card, since new releases occur quite frequently and the feeling of being “outdated” is noticeable even if we only have a generation behind.

    But do not worry, it is normal since each new generation of cards introduces changes that make people think that their card is useless and needs to be upgraded, but the reality is very different, since the same card will continue to perform as well as it did a few months ago.

    And what about those with old graphics cards? That is a good question, and to answer we’ll be making this guide, in which we will talk about the generations of graphics cards that have become “obsolete”, at least in theory, and we will see the ones that are still capable of performing well today.

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    How to solve Android Phone USB connection not showing when connected via USB cable?

    It’s possible that while trying to connect your Smartphone to the PC via the USB port this one won’t recognize it, but let’s calm down, and don’t despair, the Free Android (El Androide Libre) is here to the rescue.

    In this post we’ll leave you a few possible solutions so you can connect your android to your PC without any problems. Or at least we’ll try.

    Not detecting the USB connection? Let’s start with the basics

    Many times we turn something small into a big deal unnecessarily. It happens to all of us that when something fails we immediately go to the complicated answers, without realizing that the solution is right in front of us.

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