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How Important is a Power Supply PC for Business?

If your business uses PCs in any way, you’ll need to know about power supplies or PSUs. Depending on how your business uses computers, your budget, and your industry, you’ll need to make specific considerations when purchasing a power supply.

The type and quality of power supply you choose will directly affect your business’s efficiency, operations, and growth.

With the right knowledge, you can make an informed decision about which power supply PC will best suit your circumstances. Luckily, you can purchase any of these from a reputable supplier e.g. RS Components.

What is a power supply?

A power supply is an electrical device which supplies electricity to an electric load. A power supply’s primary function is to convert current from a source to the appropriate voltage, frequency, and current to support the load.

You’ll find power supplies used for many applications, including in electronic labs, and industrial machinery. However, this article will discuss PC power supplies, also known as Power Supply Units or PSUs.

A PC power supply is a specialised hardware component within a computer. It supplies all other PC components with the power they need to run. Generally, a PC power supply converts 220-230 or 110-115 volt AC into steady, low-voltage DC power. 

How PC power supplies affect performance

Every PC requires a power supply to run—but not all power supplies are created equal. For example, when building a computer for a digital design firm, you’ll probably choose a high-performance graphics card to boost the system’s graphics processing power. However, if your chosen power supply isn’t powerful enough to support such heavy use, the machine’s performance will suffer.

Low-end, cheap power supplies can also cause crashes and boot failures, causing your business to lose invaluable files or waste time repairing the system. Thankfully, high-end power supplies are now available at reasonable prices, allowing companies to achieve top performance for their PC systems.

Choose the right power supply for optimal productivity.

You’ll need to consider a few factors when choosing a power supply for your business:

  • Overall wattage
  • Form factor
  • Power efficiency

Overall wattage describes how much power your system will need to operate correctly. Remember—technology is forever growing and adapting. Always choose a more powerful supply than you need right now. Your future self will thank you!

Form factor describes the shape and physical arrangement of the components within your PC case. Don’t make the easy mistake of choosing a PSU that doesn’t fit within your system! 

Advanced Technology Extended, or ATX, is the most common specification suited to most power supplies. If your office or industrial space uses smaller PCs, you may need to invest in the micro-ATX specification.

Power efficiency describes the amount of power your power supply drains from the primary power source. Choose the highest possible efficiency to avoid overheating issues and maximise your system’s lifespan.

Conclusion

Power Supply Units are vital pieces of hardware for any business that uses computers. Choosing the correct PSU size, shape, wattage, and efficiency will determine your business’s success, productivity, and ability to adapt.

Technology is ever-changing. Make sure to choose a power supply that exceeds your business’s needs to ensure you are well-prepared for future technological advancements.

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Intel launches 8th-gen Core desktop chips, claims the Core i7-8700K is its best gaming chip ever

Intel pushed further ahead into its 8th-generation Core series with the launch of its desktop chips 24/09/2017, including the 6-core/12-thread Core i7-8700K, which Intel claims is its best gaming chip ever. Intel also beefed up its Core i5 family with 6-core parts, as well as its first quad-core Core i3.

Orders for Intel’s new Core desktop chips will begin on October 5, Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the desktop platform group at Intel, said. They will begin shipping later in the fourth quarter.

Prices and specs for the new 8th-gen Core chips

Though executives didn’t use the term, the new chips have been referred to as part of the “Coffee Lake” family. In all, Intel launched six new chips:

  • Intel Core i7-8700K: 6 cores/12 threads at 3.7GHz, boost to 4.7GHz; $359
  • Intel Core i7-8700: 6 cores/12 threads at 3.2GHz, boost to 4.6 GHz; $303
  • Intel Core i5-8600K: 6 cores/6 threads at 3.6 GHz, boost to 4.3 GHz; $257
  • Intel Core i5-8400: 6 cores/6 threads at 2.8 GHz, boost to 4 GHz; $182
  • Intel Core i3-8350K: 4 cores/4 threads at 4 GHz, no boost capabilities; $168
  • Intel Core i3-8100: 4 cores/4 threads at 3.6-GHz, no boost capabilities; $117

Adding cores adds performance to desktop Core chip

Of the six new desktop chips announced, the flagship offering is clearly the Core i7-8700K, which Srivatsa touted as Intel’s best gaming processor ever. The new Core i7-8700K will offer a 25-percent hike in frames per second running Microsoft’s Gears of War 4, versus the 7th-gen Core i7-7700K—a 4-core, 8-thread part. Multitasking—such as gaming, streaming, and recording using the popular Player Unknown: Battlegrounds—will be a whopping 45 percent faster compared to a 7th-gen part, executives said.

In part, that’s because the quad-core mainstream desktop parts of yesteryear are now  6-core, 12-thread parts, as are the Core i5s. Intel’s 8th-gen Core i3 chips, by contrast, are now quad-core parts.

Intel’s new processors range from 65 to 95 watts, and from the unlocked “K”-series chips for overclocking and gaming down to more modest entry-level locked Core i5 and Core i3 parts that lack Intel’s Turbo Boost capabilities. In August, Intel launched the 8th-generation Core family with its U-series family, boosting performance by 40 percent compared with a comparable 7th-generation part. Later this year (and extending into early 2018), Intel will begin to ship even less expensive Celeron and Pentium chips, Srivatsa said.

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Though they haven’t been verified by testing, Intel provided some gaming benchmarks to compare the new 8th-gen Coffee Lake parts to prior generations.

All the chips are what Intel calls “14-nm++” parts, combining an improved design with process tweaks. “Architecture plus design, adding up to premium performance,” Srivatsa said. “We are extremely excited to be able to offer best in class single-threaded performance and a significant leap in multithreaded performance in the same power envelope as our previous generation.”

All of the chips will use the LGA 1151 socket and the new Intel Z370 chipset—unfortunately, not the Z270 chipset used by the Kaby Lake chips. While the Z270 used 2,400MHz DDR4 DRAM, the new Z370 bumps that to DDR4-2666. Intel is touting up to 40 PCI 3.0 lanes for storage, I/O, and graphics, although a system diagram showed a single x16 PCIe 3.0 connection from the processor. Support is built in for 4K HDR, Srivatsa said, with the I/O support necessary for Thunderbolt 3.0.

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Srivatsa explained that the new capabilities of the 6-core CPUs required new ways of delivering power to the processor on the motherboard. Likewise, alterations to the processor package to enable overclocking, as well as the higher-speed memory support, necessitated a new chipset, he said. For now, the Z370 is the only Intel chipset that’s compatible with the new 8th-gen desktop lineup. The “rest of our platform offerings” will be delivered in early 2018, Srivatsa said.

The new processors will support Intel Optane, the memory acceleration technology that Intel began rolling out slowly in 2016 and 2017. For now, Optane serves as a system acceleration technology, offering the performance of an SSD on data it can cache, even from a hard drive.

Interestingly, Srivatsa touted the advantages of the new Core i7-8700K even over the recently-introduced Core i9-7800X, a seemingly comparable 6-core, 12-thread part. The reasons to buy the $389 Core i9-7800X include more PCIe lanes and faster memory. Gamers looking for more optimized single-threaded performance, though, should choose the Core i7-8700K, Srivatsa said. The Core i7-8700K chip will ship on the Alienware Aurora, available on October 5 and shipping on October 20, he added.