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With the recent release of Intel’s new Sandy Bridge architecture of high powered chips for Desktop PCs that combine the processing and integrated graphics on a single silicon wafer the first desktop computers sporting these chips are becoming available though they are in somewhat short supply with the recent recall of the first batch of Sandy Bridge following the discovery of the die errors.
Sandy Bridge also offers TurboBoost and Turbo Boost Plus features built in, these are two forms of automatic overclocking that allow your desktop computers to optimize the speed of task execution with power use and to control heat properly. The heat sinking has two features that help prevent the chips overheating, an ability to contain what is essentially a reservoir of heat in the material of the sink and the rate at which it can disperse heat into the environment. Using up the first of these on a cool system allows brief bursts of maximum power while the second determines the sustained maximum.
The technology also works due to the nature of modern programs and chips, as the i-Core series are multicore processors they possess sufficient heatsinking for all of the cores at once running at the normal maximum but below a Turbo Boosted speed. For programs that cannot take advantage of multiple cores, which many still cannot it is better to have a single high speed core, which can use most of the heatsinking all by itself, allowing it to significantly exceed its usual speed.
At the budget end of the new Sandy Bridge PCs, but never the less squarely aimed at impressive performance is the very keenly priced Dell XPS 8300, a steal at £550. The deal includes a full working desktop box but no peripherals nor display, but for the i7-2600 CPU that this includes, the second fastest CPU available after the overclockable K version of itself, it is still a good one. The CPU is four core clocked at a standard speed of 3.4 GHz though using the TurboBoost technology mentioned above it can exceed this speed temporarily when needed. This is backed up by a whopping eight gigabytes of DDR-1333 memory, enough for some very determined photo editing and 3D modelling packages along with a 2 terabyte hard disk and standard wireless and plug connectivity such as HDMI, USB including one USB 3.0 port, Wireless N and so on. This desktop PCs slight weakness is the included graphics card, the AMD Radeon HD 5870 GPU which while a solid card is no longer top of the line as would benefit the processor. Still for non-gamers this is a perfect performance box package and should do everything you need it to do at a blazing fast speed.
If you wanted the most powerful desktop computers going, where money is no object the biggest beast and it is a monster is the Orion Genesis 2011. The price tag should tell you all you need to know at a little under £4,000. Its processor is the most powerful i7-2600K, overclocked to a ridiculous 5 GHz with the aid of liquid cooling to prevent it melting its way to the earth’s core. This is backed up by a full 16 GB of RAM and two RAID 0 SSD at 128 GB each for your operating system to ensure snappy start ups with nearly two terabytes of disk storage to back it up. Graphically this desktop PCs continues the absurdity with a triple Nvidia GTX 580 arranged in SLI which will fly through any game on the market as you might expect for this kind of price tag.
Whether you are buying monster desktop PCs on a budget or you want to look to the stars for the fastest desktop computers out there the new Intel Sandy Bridge is the processor to buy, far out performing AMD’s top processor on pure speed though you will pay a fair price for this performance.