Review

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is most affected by this fact is the graphics card, since new releases occur quite frequently and the feeling of being “outdated” is noticeable even if we only have a generation behind.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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Guide: What is the minimum processor recommended for each graphic card?

One of the matters that worries most of the users when configuring a new PC is the known topic of the bottleneck originated by the CP, something understandable since each graphic card may have determined requirements and may need a processor of lower or higher capacity.

Beforehand, I would like to clarify in a vast and transparent way what the bottleneck originated by the CPU is, since it is a big enough topic and I believe that not everyone has completely understood it, not even after reading this publication, that I believe you should read.

This bottleneck implies that one or more of the components offers a lower performance to the one provided by other system elements, and as they are supposed to work together with these, they are slowing or limiting their true potential. This is the simplest definition I can provide.

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Best Micro SD Card 2017 Buying Guide

Today we will review the MicroSD card, a wildly popular external and removable storage device which uses can be extended for tens of millions in multiple products.

MicroSD is a flash memory format developed by SanDisk in July 2005 and standardized by the SD Card Association later. It is the smallest variation when it comes to SD memory card size specification, which includes these same generic SD and miniSD cards. Its reduced size to 15×11×1 mm has allowed them to be included in all types of devices, especially smartphones.

Its release coincided with the boom in sales of smartphones and even today some models don’t support them, its use became massive and in some cases they’re essential to increase internal storage of the device itself. Cameras, tablets, computers, GPS, handheld consoles and a long list of etc, are the field of action covered by these external storage cards.

MicroSD formats

As the general standard of SD cards is divided into three formats (SD, SDHC and SDXC) microSD cards have been marketed in these variants. And it is the first thing to assess when buying because they are not compatible with all devices, though currently the third type is the most widespread and used.

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Which is better: the iPhone or a top-of-the-range Android smartphone? Don’t look at the specifications

Let’s clear the field of misunderstandings right away: while it is possible, of course, to compare the features of the iOS and Android operating systems, thinking you can compare the technical specifications of the iPhone with those of Android smartphones is a mistake – and also pretty sketchy -. Let’s see why.

Which is better: an iPhone or an Android smartphone?

When you try to compare one of the latest iPhone models with a top-range Android smartphone, you’ll be often shocked to hear that Apple phones only integrate 2 GB of RAM, whereas with one of the most convincing Android devices have at least 4 or even 6 GB of RAM.  (Read More: How much RAM does Android smartphone need?)

Only the iPhone 7 Plus has recently introduced 3 GB of RAM (DRAM LPDDR4).

iPhone vs Android smartphone

Still, an iPhone can guarantee high performance, absolutely comparable with those of “rival” smartphones in the Android universe..

So much so that – with the passage of time – different forks of Android were created, i.e. versions derived from the original Google code. Just think about Amazon’s FireOS, RemixOS and to all the various Android “custom ROMs” (i.e. CyanogenMod) installed on mobile devices.

Android must, therefore. have to deal with thousands of possible hardware configurations, completely different from each other.

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How much RAM does Android smartphone need? Is 1GB or 2GB Ram enough for Android smartphone?

With the arrival of Qualcomm’s new SoC Snapdragon 835 and 8 GB RAM devices, “top of the range” Android smartphones will always be “filled” with more and more memory.

But how much RAM should a smartphone have? Should you buy a 4 GB smartphone or one with more RAM memory?

RAM capability has, in fact, become one of the biggest features flaunted around by Android smartphone producers. Much more than its predecessors were.

RAM actually has a lot more of an impact on consumers than previous models, which are increasingly coming in second.

How much RAM does a smartphone need?

Smartphones typically use eMMC or UFC memory for “non-volatile” data storage.

RAM, however, guarantees noticeably faster access time in terms of storage: ample portions of the operating system and of the app being used are ran with RAM so as to reset the “bottle neck” coming from storage access.

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CPU bottleneck, everything you need to know

Throughout the many years I have spent in the world of computers and technology, one of the most frequent questions I have had has been about the CPU bottleneck. It is a an often asked question since it happens all the time and for all sorts of reasons. It is however quite a complicated phenomenon that can not be easily explained in a succinct way.

This is a very nuanced subject, and that is why we wanted to write this special article in which we will speak at length about all the key concepts starting with what the CPU bottleneck is and ending up with the consequences it can have on system performance and how to prevent it from happening.

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Best Home Wireless Router 2017

As of today, it is still likely to find users who, despite of having high-speed internet contracts, keep complaining about not having a good experience with their internet connection, a fact that, for the majority of the cases, points directly to an evident and plain culprit, we are referring to the cheap router device that the internet operators use to give for free, every time a new user signs a contract.

The router plays a fundamental part every time we attempt to have a good internet connection experience, unfortunately, yet the majority of families and enterprises settle for these basic models that the internet providers give them for free, this may be due to lack of information, or not wanting to invest in a better option, which for the majority of the cases who chose to change the device resulted in a very good and profitable decision. Not too much of a useful help finally, sometimes it pays to change, they say.

What are we trying to say with regards to all this? It is very simple, you should know that it will be completely worthless having a 100 Mbps if you are using the very basic router that your internet provider has given to you, because not only will you not be able to enjoy an optimal experience, but you will also be paying for a service you are not getting, it’s the truth.

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Best SSD 2017 (SATA, mSATA, M.2)

In the world of hardware, if you want to improve your computer performance, everything goes through choosing a good solid state drive, characterized by a high speed data transfer (up to 10x more than mechanical drives) and minimum information accessing times.

What is an SSD?

SSD stands for Solid State Drive. These are devices that use memories such as flash drives or USB drives, but of a higher quality. They can come in different formats, from typical portable hard drives to small cards that plug into special ports (mSATA or PCIe).

The difference between a hard drive and an SSD is the time it takes to access information and data transfer. On hard drives, the discs are turning all the time and only read information when the head passes through the point where the information is. With SSD memories, it directly accesses the information at any time it wants. The transfer speed of the hard drive depends on the speed of the disc, but is something that can’t be increased lightly, especially in the case of hard drives destined for home users.

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Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Photography Comparison (January 2017)

If you want to capture images with the highest possible quality then each and every one of the elements, which become part of the photographer’s digital lab, has to be in top notch form or at least, of the highest quality we could afford. The monitor is one of the devices that we should examine most closely.

When we buy a computer to use it to edit pictures, we should always be looking for the best processor with RAM overflow and all kinds of ports. With some luck, if it comes with a free monitor, we often thank the seller for the unbelievable fortune that we have just come upon. It may also come with lots of inches…

Well, I dare to say that we were wrong. We should not settle for any monitor! It’s no use to have the best camera in the world if your monitor can’t rise to the occasion. Monitor is equally as important as the optical camera. I always say, it’s better to spend less on a camera while investing more on the best lens and monitor we could afford.

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