Custom PC [UK] (January 2012)

Customized workstation is the journal for those who are obsessed with notebook expertise and undefined. no matter if you've been development and customising desktops for years or you've simply began performance-tuning ready-made platforms, the entire info you would like is now in a single place.

Custom workstation isn't simply one other computer magazine - it's the one journal with enough room to dedicate complete pages to unmarried product experiences. And we're now not conversing uninteresting printers and hum-drum peripherals, however the top acting elements - no matter what your finances.

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Getting the Right Graphics Processor In modern personal computers, a graphics processor (GPU) takes over from the central processing unit much of the work of generating visual displays. All current Apple models come with GPUs designed to perform the intricate mathematical calculations needed to render three-dimensional objects realistically at speeds fast enough to keep up with real-time game play, and can drive two HD displays simultaneously at full resolution. Virtual reality becomes more real than life.

In Figure 2-4, you can see the mini as well as the optional FrontRow IR remote control (on the left). Figure 2-4: The Mac mini with optional FrontRow remote control. Photo courtesy of Apple, Inc. indd 35 8/7/09 12:07:38 AM 36 Part I: Informed Switching Starts Here The mini has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with up to 4GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with the ability to drive two high-resolution displays. The low-price version has a 120GB hard drive and a SuperDrive that can read, play, and burn CDs and DVDs.

These are the same types of expansion cards used in newer PCs. indd 39 8/7/09 12:07:40 AM 40 Part I: Informed Switching Starts Here with the older PCI, PCI-X, or ISA cards. The PCIe slots can hold high-speed communications cards, such as fiber channel, or as many as three more graphics cards, for a maximum of four, total. Three hundred watts of power are available just to power these cards. The whole Mac Pro can draw 12 amps at 120 volts — half that at 240 volts. If your office is a bit chilly, convince your boss that you need one of these puppies under your desk, fully loaded, and it will keep you toasty warm.

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