Computer Monitors – Is Higher Resolution Better? Part 3

The Hidden Problem

Your monitor outputs the signal it receives to the best of its ability. Your computer outputs as many frames as it can. However, the cable that connects the two together is normally the cheapest piece of junk your monitor manufacturer could find. Even if you bought an aftermarket cable, unless you really did a lot of digging, aftermarket cables are also often really expensive and still pretty terrible.

Each frame is data, 30 frames at 1080p is a lot of data, 60 frames of 1080p is twice as much as 30 frames. Now in part 2 we learned that 4K is four times as many pixels well it is also four times as much data per frame. This can add up to huge amounts of data being sent down the cable connecting your monitor and gaming PC. Your cable is probably not up to the task of transferring 4K video much less supporting higher frame rates.

There are four major types of video cables used in gaming PC’s; VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

VGA is a bare minimum cable incapable of supporting high frame rates and resolutions.

DVI is much more complex with multiple versions of the cable but only the latest versions of it are capable of supporting HD video and frame rates.

HDMI is the most popular type of video cable. It is most commonly found in just one type but there are different types of HDMI connectors but more problematic is that there are now three types of HDMI cables and there is no way to tell them apart. Standard HDMI can’t support HD video, High Speed HDMI can support HD video, and the new HDMI 2.1 or 48G cables can support resolutions up to 10K at 120hz.

DisplayPort is the newest type of cable and is growing rapidly in popularity especially in PC gaming. It has one type of cable and two types of connectors so it is much simpler than other HD capable options. It natively supports 4K video at 120hz.

Now at first glance it seems like you have three good options but hidden problem is that the manufacture of these cables is almost completely unregulated and meeting the minimum specs is the only requirement not the complete specification. So a High Speed HDMI cable may support 1080p but chances are it won’t support 4K because it’s not required to in order to be labelled High Speed. The same thing applies to DVI and DisplayPort cables. Don’t worry though! You don’t need to spend a fortune for cables either. In fact most expensive cables are still bad cables!

Just get your cables from Monoprice.com and you will get the highest quality cables with the highest data transmission rates I can even find for prices cheaper than most cheap cables you can find! I don’t work there I just hate bad cables.

What does this have to do with upgrading to a 4K monitor? You need to have the right cables for the job. Most monitors won’t actually tell you when there is a problem with the cable and you are suffering degraded picture quality or frame rate as a result. So on top of the expensive monitor and the expensive hardware you also need to purchase a good cable all just to slow down your frame rate, make your text drive you crazy and cost you a fortune just for some pixels you probably can’t even see.

Don’t waste your money on a 4K monitor or the hardware to support it!

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This article was written by T. D. Rushing. He is a gamer, geek and business owner.

Afterlife Bots – A Dead Man’s Petition

No, neither am I a Ted-famous Tech geek spiritual guru nor am I in contact with the afterlife. I am just fascinated by the buzzwords “Machine Learning” and “AI” and a little overwhelmed by the number of articles mentioning those words on my news feed.

I remember reading a line in a news article that “Bots are getting better at imitating humans”. Why not hire one and decrease workload by 50%. Well, I suppose we are working towards it.

Google recently announced that their AI-enabled assistant (with 6 voices) can book a hair-cut appointment seamlessly (Well I want a shave as well, and I want it to go and do grocery shopping handpicking the freshest tomatoes from the lot).

Jokes apart: kudos to the team of brilliant scientists, engineers, and others who are working day and night to make this happen.

Coming back to my original story.

Let’s start with Human life (and relationships) – Data Gathering

“Quite a digital world”. We are capturing and storing our personal life events as much as we can digitally (Thanks to social media, external hard disks, and pen-drives). Why not store our entire life in a 1000 Petabyte storage device. Capture every second – actions, events, habits, decisions, etc. Imagine if we can see and experience our parents’ childhood or see “What all Mahatma Gandhi did in his entire life”. Interesting right?

We all know how quickly robotics, machine learning, and AI are evolving.

What if we combine robotics, machine learning, and human life data? Can we create a human replica bot which would respond similarly, make decisions similarly, have similar habits basis the 1000 Petabyte data fed. All in all, can that bot be my replacement after my death?. Can it be my AFTER-LIFE BOT?

Literally, nothing can replace a dead human being. I was not fortunate to see my grandfather or meet him. But will my great grand/grandkids know about me? The answer is I do not know. We all are striving hard to leave a legacy behind us. Why not use robots and machine intelligence to duplicate ourselves. We do have ample amount of data to feed ~79 years (average age of human being) or ~2 Billion moments. Don’t you want your great grandkids to remember you after you are gone?

Why Pre Formatting A Hard Drive May Lead To Grief

It’s actual an outer plate drive might be just connected to and utilized in some PC frameworks. In any case, don’t depend on this to be an each time event. Once a drive has been arranged for FAT32 to NTFS, it may not be conceivable to recoup information from a hard drive without realizing what the first framework that was utilized. Regardless of whether an expert does not have to perform undermined HDD recuperation, it might be just conceivable to recoup a little bit of the information. These drives are sensitive and a portion of the more established machines won’t see the information or know how to manage a record framework segment that isn’t from a FAT32 framework.

Imagine a scenario where the issue can’t be seen immediately. This makes it troublesome for experts recuperate information from a HDD in light of the fact that a few frameworks just aren’t perfect with one another. For this situation, hard drive information recuperation in the territorial territory numerous not be conceivable, regardless of if recuperation should be possible and a little bit of information is recovered from another machine, where a PC client had a FAT32 parceled drive and was attempting to gather data from crude information records that have not been designed.

Preformatted outside drives don’t take after the Rules

With these organized drives previously buy, it might be harder to tell if there is an issue and a client needs an expert to remedy harm caused by tainted hard drive recuperation. You might be under the feeling that all hard drive information recuperation in the neighborhood level with. Nonetheless, this isn’t really valid. Utilizing an outer drive and associating with a program that composes reinforcement projects may cause issues. The reason is this program, similar to some different projects, composes a reinforcement, as it was one nonstop record. Nonetheless, the program may bomb subsequent to keeping in touch with your PC.

A basic arrangement might be that the PC record is in excess of 4 GB of data. PC records in excess of 4 GB may not be perused by a PC. This is the reason it may not be a smart thought to design a HDD from a FAT32 discernable framework to NTFS. It might be conceivable to change over a NTFS document back to FAT32 record, yet not the other way around, regardless of whether you aren’t managing a hard drive that has been tainted and needs defiled drive recuperation.

Physical disappointments happen when parts contained inside the hard Disk never again work legitimately. This might be the aftereffect of hard core utilization, maybe a blame in a part utilized, or in view of an outside power at work, for example, a thump or knock.

Build and Design of the HP Z840 Workstation

The HP Z840 is built in such a way for providing high- end computing and visualization. The HP Z840 allows the user to achieve the performance need with the ability to support two next generation Intel® Xeon® E5 -2600 V3 processors for up to 44 total processor cores in one system.

The sides feature a gorgeous brushed aluminum with HP printed into the metal. This is surrounded by an incognito black bezel frame. The HP Z840 has two handles on top for easy transfer of this heavy machine.

The Z840 has the tool-free chassis which is quite heavy compared to other video editing workstations because of the potential upgrades and serviceability.

HP Z840 has a slotted front with a DVD-RW drive in the middle. Below that exists a memory card reader. Just offset on the side of the front panel are four USB 3.0 ports with a power and reset button and auxiliary in and out ports.

The right side of the tower has a handle, which releases the door.

Once opened, the HP Z840 holds everything in a very nice and smooth tool-less plastic cover. With ease, the user can switch out memory, CPUs, drives or video cards with the click of one or two tabs.

The internals are protected with strategically placed plastic covers which keep the airflow efficient and directed to where it is most needed. The processors are cooled with multiple fans directing air to and away from each of them, each processor has its own fan and three exhaust fans on the side.

The low-acoustic chassis also provides dual integrated Gb Ethernet and is also lockable and 5U rack mountable. It also contains room for 5 PCIe Gen3 slots and 2 PCIe Gen2 slots, 16 DIMM slots, 10 drive bays, 6 SATA/8 SAS ports, a 15-in-1 media card reader, four front mount USB3 ports for charging devices, and also four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports in the rear for multiple connections.

The HP Z840 can hold up to 512GB DDR4-2133 RAM and comes packed with a NVIDIA Quadro K2200 graphics card.

Optional Thunderbolt 2 technology provides for the connection of fast external peripherals for transfer speeds up to 20Gb/s.

Though fairly large and heavy, this workstation is exactly what is needed to make video production fast and hassle free. Using the enormously expandable options, the user can specify exactly what is needed while balancing cost and performance.

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What Do HP Envy Printers Do?

The latest models have been more about high general performance and less about gaming. The latest revision is the HP ENVY Printers which is based on the new 4th generation of Intel Core I processors. It features a design that is more akin to the previous ENVY h8 than the ENVY h9 Phoenix which is a good thing as the h9 featured a bit too many lights for the average user.Surprisingly, the HP ENVY 700-060 is based around the Intel Core i5-4430 quad core processor. This is the lowest grade of the new 4th generation Intel Core I processors currently available. It is a decent processor for most users but it is slower than most of the competition that is offering the faster i5-4670 or the Core i7-4770 processors. This will really only impact those users that are doing extremely demanding tasks such as desktop video editing. The processor is matched up with 10GB of DDR3 memory which is a bit unusual. It is compromised of two 4GB and two 1GB modules to get that result and the performance difference between it and 8GB is negligible. Those looking at future memory upgrades will want to remove the 1GB module pair.One of the big advantages that the HP ENVY 700-060 has over the competition is the use of a solid state drive.

Some companies have elected to use some small SSDs for cache but this system uses a 128GB as the primary boot and application drive. This is a relatively small drive and can quickly fill up if users store their data files there. To combat this problem, HP has also included a secondary two terabyte hard drive for storing your larger data files and keep the SSD for the operating system and applications for the best performance. This provides it with a larger amount of storage space but also some exceptional performance when booting up the system in roughly ten seconds and loading applications. If you want to add extra storage space, HP does provide the system with four USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage drives. A standard dual layer DVD burner still remains in the system for playback and recording of CD or DVD media even though it is not as relevant now.The big flaw with the HP ENVY 700-060 is the graphics system. Pretty much every competing system at this price point includes a dedicated graphics card, even if it is a very low end one. HP has elected instead to rely on the Intel HD Graphics 4600 that is built into the Core i5 processor. This is a slight improvement over the HD Graphics 4000 found in the previous generation of Intel processors. It still lacks any significant 3D performance such that it can really only be used for older games at low resolution and detail levels. What it does provide though is some nice acceleration for video encoding when used with Quick Sync enabled applications.

Now there is space within the system for installing a dedicated graphics card and the power supply is a decent 460 watt meaning that it can handle some decently strong performing 3D cards.HP has been including wireless networking functions in many of the desktops for several years now. This has always been nice and convenient for dealing with connecting the computer into a home network. What is disappointing to see is that HP only includes a 2.4GHz capable Wi-Fi solution. This means that it can’t use the less cluttered 5GHz spectrum for 802.11a or 802.11n standards. This dual-band support is becoming a bit more common in the desktop space now as the costs are fairly minimal to add it.

Priced between $800 and $900, the HP ENVY 700-060 had a fair amount of competition. The closest competitor that includes a solid state drive for caching is Acer with its Aspire AT3 but the system does cost $1000. That provides it with a faster Core i7, 16GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 graphics card.

Now for those that don’t necessarily care about the solid state drive, there are a number of options including the ASUS Essentio M51AC and Dell XPS 8700. Both of these are in the same price range as the HP system but come with a faster i7-4770. The ASUS does not feature any Wi-Fi networking but has a GeForce GT 625 graphics card. The Dell on the other hand only has a one terabyte hard drive but features a Radeon HD 7570 graphics card and dual-band Wi-Fi networking.