Smarten Up Your Storage
Graphics cards and processors might get the headlines, but no gaming PC is complete without storage – and the type of storage you use can make a huge difference to the speed and responsiveness of any rig.
Storage is important, then, and the market has rarely been this exciting. Drives that use M.2 and NVMe technology are breaking speed records, and more conventional SSDs and hard disks have never been bigger, faster or cheaper.
Our guide explains the differences between these important components, and highlights what you should be looking for – and picks some of our favourite products, too.
WD have long been famous for their immensely reliable storage drives and there is no shortfall when it comes to speed either. To evolve with the introduction of ever smaller desktops PCs and laptops, WD have brought their knowledge and fabled reliability to the SSD market.
Adding to their Blue and Green ranges, you can now purchase solid state drives with reliability like never before and these drives are available in both the traditional 2.5” 7mm and newer M.2 2280 form factors in capacities of 120GB (Green only) to 1TB (Blue only).
Acronyms are used every day in the computing world and users may not necessarily know what the abbreviation stands for, or even the meaning behind it, so we have picked commonly used acronyms to explain the meaning.
DDR is common when talking about memory, and it stands for Double Data Rate. So what is Double Data Rate? It is technology that allows data to be transferred on the rising and falling edges of the clock signal, this increases the data rate by two compared to singular data rate. There are different DDR names, DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4, over time the Double Data Rate has increased in speed giving faster memory speeds.
FPS is used frequently, however in the gaming world it two different meanings, first of all, it can stand for First Person Shooter, a genre of game where the user’s perspective is from the eyes of the protagonist. Examples include, Counter Strike, Call of Duty and Battlefield. The second meaning is Frames Per Second, this is the number of frames in the game or application that can be rendered in one second by the computer. More powerful hardware will help providing a higher number of FPS, giving the game more fluid and enjoyable gameplay.
SSDs are becoming vastly popular, this acronym is short for Solid State Drive, it has the same functionality as a normal hard drive, but is much faster when it comes to moving files and faster loading times. Having an SSD installed in your computer can really improve the speed of your computer, making it faster when turning on your PC but also faster when loading games and applications.
ATX is Advanced Technology Extended, it is a form factor specification and it sets standard sizes and connections for motherboards and power supply units. In relation to motherboards, ATX is the full-size motherboard layout, however there are smaller standard motherboard sizes such as micro-ATX and mini-ITX and also there is a larger standard form factor that is e-ATX. In terms of power supplies, they all have the same height and width, however only the depth varies therefore most ATX power supply units will fit a standard ATX case.
BIOS is the Basic Input Output System, it is a very basic software presented on the motherboard, the BIOS loads before anything else does on the computer and allows the user to control the hardware and the operation. This is something of great interest to computer enthusiasts, it allows overclockers to tweak the hardware further potentially to get further speeds.
APU is a Accelerated Processing Unit, a term used by AMD that includes the processor and graphics core onto the same package. This allows for a better link between graphics and processor, and reduces the system power requirement and latencies as both of these key processors are included on the same package.
NAS is extremely important for personal and business storage solutions, the term NAS stands for Network Attached Storage and it can be very basic or complicated depending on the setup. It means that there is a hard drive that is available to use over a network, and people often use a small dedicated NAS box with a number of hard drives running in a RAID array.
RAID also known as Redundant Array of Inexpensive (or Independent) Disks, it is not a backup, but it is a way to link several hard drives together to increase performance and in some cases offer a measure of redundancy. Commonly used is RAID 0 (Needs at least 2 drives, moves data around faster. No capacity lost, but if one drive fails all your data is gone.) and RAID 1 (Needs at least 2 drives, likely to be zero change in speed but you only have the capacity of one drive. If one drive dies, you don't loose any data. This is frequently confused with a backup).
The last but not least is one you can share with your friends.
PEBCAK - Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard; One of the most difficult hardware/software errors to resolve. Reboot suggested.
We've lowered the prices on Intel 750 Series SSDs. Intel are also giving back cash when you buy one of these during the promotional period!
400GB, 800GB and 1.2TB drives available, the speeds on these are absolutely insane, if you're looking for something fast, reliable with a great capacity these are ideal for gaming, media or professional systems!
Don’t settle for second best. Maximize your computing experience with the Intel Solid-State Drive 750 Series. By combining four lanes of PCIe 3.0 with state-ofthe-art NVMe interface, the 750 Series delivers exceptional throughput performance and latency in a client PC SSD. The 750 Series is truly an industry leader; utilizing NVM Express™ allows the 750 Series to shed the burden of legacy AHCI commands. The Intel SSD 750 Series Add-In-Card (AIC) and 2.5-inch form factors enable performance not currently possible in form factors restricted by size or power.
We've got an awesome deal from Samsung, buy a qualifying SSD from Samsung, and you will receive Assassin's Creed Syndicate for FREE! Below you will find what SSDs are available for this deal, be quick before the promotion runs out, we have limited quantity of the game!
Find out more below on how you retreieve the game.
Purchase a qualifying Samsung SSD between 19th November and 31st December 2015 from one of the participating retailers listed below. Once purchased you will receive a voucher from the retailer with your Uplay Key. - www.overclockers.co.uk
1. To redeem your key for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate PC, please follow the steps below: 1.Download Uplay PC (you can find it at Uplay.com) and sign into your account
2. Install Uplay PC and log into your account or create a new account
3. Click on Activate Product in the 'Looking for games?' section
4. Enter your activation key in the input field and press OK. Carefully check that the email address shown below is the correct email address for your account
5. You can find all your activated games in the GAMES section of the Uplay shop application
6. From here you can download the game and play
7. If you experience a technical problem, we kindly ask you to review the Terms and Conditions of this offer before contacting Ubisoft Technical Support to the following address: https://support.ubi.com
8. The approximate size of the Download game file is 50 GB