Fastest Desktop PC
I'm ready for a new desktop computer, and I need something fast. What's the fastest desktop PC on the market, and how much will it cost?
Which Desktop PC is Fastest?
If you're looking for the fastest desktop PC money can buy, bring a lot of money. The highest-performing desktop computers go for $2,000 to $5,000 - or more, if you can. Typically, it's hard-core gamers who are looking for the fastest desktop computer, and these systems are built for their needs. But there's much more to high-performance home computers than just gaming.
The fastest desktop CPU right now is the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition. Clocking in at 3.33 Ghz, this multicore CPU starts at around $1,000 with up to six 64-bit cores for ultimate multitasking. One core can handle all your gaming action. A second core can be downloading files from the Internet. A third can be playing a DVD on the HD screen in the living room, while the fourth is piping audio to the kids' bedroom. All without any slow-down in any activity. That should bring some peace to the family computing experience!
Other uses for super-fast multi-core processors include video editing, rendering of 3D graphics, and serious number crunching applications.
The Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition comes with 256 KB of L2 cache and 8 MB of L3 cache. Intel SmartCache technology allocates L2 cache to the cores that need it most, resulting in greatly reduced latency (lag time) for frequently used data stored in L2 cache. An integrated DDR3 memory controller enables three channels of DDR3 1066 Mhz RAM, yielding 25.6 GHz/second memory bandwidth.
Of course you'll need a motherboard that can keep up with your $1,000 CPU. High-performance motherboards like the ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard cost around $300 but come with the latest bells and whistles. The SATA interface will transfer data to and from hard drives at 6 Gbits/second, while USB 3.0 can hit 3.2 Gbits/second.
The fastest desktop PC systems take advantage of the Intel i7's horsepower with monstrous hard drives of a Terabyte (1,000 Gigabytes) or more; Gigabit Ethernet ports; multiple high-performance video processors; and every imaginable amenity. And all of these speed demons require extra heavy duty cooling systems, usually liquid-based. They are also power hungry, consuming up to 850 watts. But when you want the fastest horse on the track, who cares what its hay costs?
Buying a Fast PC
If you're not interested in building your own, here are a few examples of the fastest desktop PCs on the market today. Keep in mind these are actual desktop systems you can buy, not hobbyist projects. If you do a bit of searching, you may find CPUs running at 8+ GHz. But you have to cool them to -300 degrees with liquid nitrogen, or they'll burst into flames. So let's focus on the practical...
The Origin PC Genesis system gave CNET reviewers "the fastest gaming performance we've seen," which one would certainly expect from a system starting at $4,998. Origin PC s a new custom-build gaming system house founded by veterans of Alienware. Virtually any option is available via the company's Web-based build-your-own system or a phone call to customer service.
The Maingear F131 system costs about half of an Origin Genesis but also delivers one of the fastest desktop computer experiences available. It's more oriented towards productivity applications but also plays games extremely well. It's based on last-generation Intel i7 technology, but its CPU is overclocked to a blistering 4.2 GHz. Unlike the game-oriented Genesis, the F131 includes several USB 3.0 ports.
You can also configure your own fast desktop system online, at the websites of popular vendors such as Dell, Gateway or HP. Start with the high-end 64-bit systems they offer, then upgrade with an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor, as much RAM as you can afford, and a fast SATA hard drive.
Do you have a super-fast desktop PC? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 24 Jan 2011
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