Most computers these days can easily handle what most users need them to do. But when you have specific, intensive tasks to run, many off-the-shelf computers need some extra oomph. Manufacturers have put together different products to try to address those different needs, but sometimes that’s still not good enough—especially when it comes to a gaming system.
Before I get into why London Drug’s exclusive Certified Data line of computers is pretty cool, here are a few things I didn’t know:
• Certified Data is the third oldest computer manufacturer in Canada (1983), sold exclusively by London Drugs
• Certified Data is Canadian-owned and based in Richmond
• Certified Data systems meet CSA and UL certification standards, which some custom-built computer manufacturers outside of Canada (and within Canada) don’t always do
• Certified Data offers both off-the-shelf systems and custom-builds
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Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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In the alphabet soup world of computers, many are finding it tough to figure out the differences between CPU (Central Processing Unit) and a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). Now, AMD is introducing something they call APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).
If the CPU, GPU and APU were not important, you could simply ignore the terms and go on your merry way. The problem is: they are important.
They represent the core functionalities or the “brain” of a computer. Knowing which does what and how well it does that can help you immensely in choosing just the right computer.
AMD helps by producing a relatively simple (but a tad nerdy) video explaining the differences between CPU, GPU and their latest: APU.
A shorter and less nerdy version is here.
Buying a new computer can be confusing enough, but when words like benchmarks and third generation are thrown at you in quick succession, it can become overwhelming. The processor, which is arguably the most important part of the computer, is misunderstood, if not neglected when choosing a new PC. The processor is like the brain of your computer, everything that happens on your electronic device is determined by the CPU, and which processor you choose will determine how quickly those directions occur.
In the desktop and notebook market, AMD and Intel are the two major players. It used to be as simple as looking at the clock speed of a processor to see which one was better, but since the addition of multiple cores, and more energy efficient processing, these waters have become murkier. The good news is that processors have naming conventions that can give us clues as to how they compare to each other, and this can be a great help us when looking into a new computer.
When you are looking at the specifications of a laptop or desktop, you will usually see the processor brand listed, with a series of letters and numbers after it. Let’s try and help you decode what these mean. READ MORE