May you never miss RAM
One of the aspects that should not be overlooked today when buying a new laptop is the included RAM, since it may not be expandable and find us in the not too distant future with an insufficient system for the needs of the most modern programs, Internet browsers and Operating Systems that consume more and more. Not so much with 2GB it was more than enough but the minimum limit for everything to work with ease increased rapidly to 4GB and it is not uncommon to see equipment with 8GB. In general, the more RAM your computer has, the better, especially if you use your device to edit photos in Photoshop, professional design with Autocad or video editing with AVID. But … what is RAM?
The RAM or also called volatile memory, is what programs use to run and where they store all the data temporarily, be they images, texts or videos, before storing them on the hard disk and we should not confuse it. While on the disks we talk in terabyte sizes, which is the same as “thousands of gigabytes”, RAM is much scarcer but very important. If we run out of space on the hard drive we can always add a USB memory to save and share our documents but RAM is an internal component not so easy to expand if we fall short.
How to recognize the processors?
The processor is the brain of the computer, responsible for running the programs and managing the rest of the computer’s systems such as memory and storage. There are currently two major processor manufacturers, Intel and AMD, that They produce a range of processors of their own. That is why we will try to help you select which model suits you best.
Intel® Core ™ Processors
Broadly speaking, we could differentiate four large families as follows: Core ™ i3, Core ™ i5, Core ™ i7 and Core ™ i9. The latter is the latest to arrive and little by little more equipment appears on the market, but what is the difference between the Intel® Core ™ i3, Core ™ i5, Core ™ i7 and Core ™ i9 processors?
Core ™ i3: the best for basic users, the most economical of all, enough to browse the Internet with ease and manage programs such as Microsoft Office, make video calls or use social networks.
Core ™ i5: ideal for intermediate users, it has the best relationship between price and performance, enough to play video games if it joins a good graphics card.
Core ™ i7: ideal for Gaming where they get exceptional performance and can with all thanks to its process power, although they consume more energy.
Core ™ i9: designed for professionals, ideal for processes that take advantage of the number of processor cores such as professional photo and video editing.
If we go into detail the first thing we have to know is that they are families of processors that are internally differentiated by numbering. The first of the four numbers tells us the generation and in principle the older, the better because it will be more modern. The next three numbers serve to
compare performance in the same generation of a certain family. Finally we have to read the letter that accompanies it, being able to be U for very low power processors ideal for laptops, and for reduced consumption, T for desktop computers, Q for quad-core processors, H for graphics high performance and K to indicate that the operating speed (overclocking) can be modified.
Here are some examples: the Intel® Core ™ i3-4005U Dual-Core processor is fourth generation, has two cores and is intended for use in basic laptops, the Intel® Core ™ i7-6700HQ processor is sixth generation has four cores and is prepared for high performance graphics ideal for Gaming while Intel® Core ™ i7-6500U processor performance is slightly lower and its power consumption is much reduced being ideal for laptops for professionals.
This manufacturer has a family of processors specifically for laptops and others for desktops. Further. distinguishes between main CPUs or processors and APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit: includes an integrated graphics chip).
Laptops: AMD 7th Generation APDs AMD FX ™, AMD A12, AMD A10, AMD A9, AMD A6 and AMD E2.
Desktop: AMD Ryzen ™, AMD FX ™ 6th generation, AMD Athlon ™, AMD A-Series APUs, AMD Athlon ™ APUs and AMD Sempron ™ APUs.
If you want portability and performance you have to choose the AMD FX ™ family, which all include a Radeon R7 graphics chip and video hardware decompression up to 4K. If you do not need so much performance and just want to work with ease and comfortably you can choose any of the A-Pro family such as AMD A12, AMD A10, AMD A9 and AMD A6 ordered from higher to lower processing capacity and performance. Finally, the most modest of the range is also available, the AMD E2, enough for education-oriented computers and for those who only need to surf the Internet and check their email.
For desktop computers, the AMD Ryzen ™ family is available, which has the highest process and performance capabilities of the brand with up to 16 cores in its most powerful “Threadripper” version, especially suitable for Gaming computers. Just one step before you find the AMD FX ™ family with a “Wraith cooler” version ready to increase the operating frequency. Following these is the AMD Athlon ™ family with Athlon ™ X4 models with four cores and “AMD Thermal Solutions” to increase the operating speed, Athlon ™ X4 and AMD Athlon ™ X2 in Dual-Core format.
For devices that do not require as much power, AMD has the APUs, the most powerful being those of the 6th generation Athlon ™ A10 and Athlon ™ A8 family whose performance is similar to that of their version and these include the Radeon ™ R7 graphics chip. Behind them are the most modest but no less capable AMD A6 and AMD A4 and finally the versions for those who do not require excessive power to perform their day-to-day tasks AMD E1 and AMD E2.
Finally, AMD has the family of AMD Sempron ™ APUs specially designed to be productive and efficient in our tasks with the computer but at the lowest possible cost, which does not imply that with these processors you cannot play video in high definition without any type of problems.
A communication port allows you to connect accessories to your laptop, such as an external hard drive. With the passage of time, these ports have been improving their ability to allow faster data transfer, so as to allow, for example, copying a file to a skewer or pendrive in less time. There are many different ports developed over the last 20 years, but the most common today are USB, HDMI or the latest USB-C.
The USB port is the most used today. It allows you to connect any type of accessory to a computer. Over the years, although the connector is the same, it has improved its speed. Most new laptops come equipped with USB 3.0 ports, much faster than the previous USB 2.0. A new version of this port called USB-C, smaller physically and even faster, begins to appear on many laptops today. An HDMI port is used to connect an external monitor or TV. For many years the VGA standard has been used, which offers much less quality as it is an analog connection, and does not allow to reach very high screen resolutions.
Gigahertz is a unit of measure, specifically a multiple of the unit hertz (Hz) that measures oscillations. A hertz is a swing of a nanosecond. One megahertz is one million hertz, and one gigahertz is one billion hertz. Although it has many applications, in a computer gigahertz, abbreviated as Ghz, indicates the speed of the quartz crystal oscillator that allows a processor to process instructions sequentially. In general, the higher this number is, the better, since at the same time the processor has more cycles to execute instructions.
However, it is very important to keep in mind that a processor (CPU) that works at more Ghz does not necessarily have to be faster than another processor at less Ghz. There are processors that unless Ghz manage to process more instructions and finish their tasks sooner than other processors that work at a higher Ghz rate. The most common Ghz processors in computer equipment arrived in the public more or less in the year 2000. Today, any Smartphone or laptop is equipped with processors that exceed Ghz.
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