Importance and Advantages of ECC RAM

by Jerry Townson 23. April 2014 12:58

A popular choice for computers systems with valuable data, ECC RAM is able to detect and then correct potentially damaging memory errors. Random Access Memory (RAM) is common in computers and servers which perform mission critical tasks or need to run 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Error Correction Code (ECC) RAM features one additional chip on the bank of eight memory chips found on a standard RAM stick. The extra memory chip functions as a detection mechanism for errors. ECC is based on parity, an extra bit added to the 8-bit binary memory blocks of standard RAM. Errors and corruptions can then be immediately detected and and corrected on the fly.

Advantages of ECC RAM

With ECC RAM there is a much lower risk of system failure due to instability caused by memory errors. Computer systems and servers with high-value data and applications benefit the most. While ECC RAM is more stable and reliable, it is not in complete opposition to non-ECC RAM. Many experts say standard non-ECC RAM is still stable enough for typical systems such as home and some work computers.

The decrease in failure incidents and consistent performance is what makes ECC RAM a compelling option. It serves to protect the integrity of critical computing applications and greatly reduces chances of operating system crashes caused by memory errors.

Overall, ECC RAM makes sure high-value data is persistently stable and error-free. Feel free to contact us today for more information.



Benefits of Using NUC for a Home Theater PC and Media Center PC

by Jerry Townson 23. April 2014 12:45

The Intel® NUC measures 4.59 x 4.41 x 1.36 inches. It’s tiny but has a 4th generation Intel Core™ processor (i5 or i7), up to 16 GB DDR3-1600 memory, and Intel HD Graphics 5000. It’s small size, customizable components, and quiet operation make the system ideal for home theater and media center PCs.

The product’s benefits lie in its advanced features, which include:

Video Interfaces

  • Mini HDMI and Mini Display Port interfaces support many home or even small office theater/media applications.

Powerful Graphics Processor

  • High-quality graphics and high performance are supported and allow for great video playback and game play.

Ease of Connectivity

  • In addition to the video ports, the unit has two USB ports on the rear panel and four USB 3.0 ports in all, plus a LAN port. An optional internal card can add up to 802.11ac Gigabit Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity.


  • Inside the tiny case an mSATA SSD up to 1TB in size is supported, so there’s certainly enough room to support full length movies and benefit from reliable performance.

Popular Operating System

  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 can be included. Users therefore have a familiar interface to drive their home theater or media center from.

Optional VESA mounting kit included

  • The NUC includes a VESA mounting bracket. This allows it to be cleanly mounted to the back of many monitors or TV’s which have VESA mounting holes. This keeps the NUC completely out of sight if desired.

Built for Simple Connections

  • Featuring Intel Smart Connect Technology, the NUC is quick to set up and allows for instant content updates and cloud connectivity.

All of these features make the NUC a great option for driving a home theater system. Its media capabilities and small size yield an incredibly powerful product. Space is no longer a concern as it has been with bulky media computers of the past. Order your NUC today by clicking here.



What is GPU Computing?

by Jerry Townson 12. April 2014 16:11

Used in offices and data centers around the world, GPU computing can speed up the performance of certain tasks and applications. A graphics processing unit (GPU) has many elements called cores; there are thousands of them, making the system more efficient in handling certain types of applications. By comparison, a central processing unit (CPU) features just a few powerful cores. While able to handle any general computing task, is not always the most efficient.


What’s the Secret to the GPU’s Power?


Most computer code still runs on the CPU. Some applications however are highly parallel in nature, and these parts of an application which require a lot of computing power can be directed away from the processor to the GPU. The result is less work for the CPU to perform. Graphics acceleration involves the processing of those parallel workloads on the thousands of processing cores inside the GPU. For the user, this simply means complex applications can run faster.


The use of GPU acceleration has cut the time needed for many computing intensive tasks. These include software development, programming, data analysis, simulations, business intelligence, 3d rendering and video encoding.


General Technics Provides Fast and Reliable Computing Systems


GPU acceleration is becoming more commonplace in all kinds of businesses. It can be used in high-performance servers, workstations, ruggedized laptops, and even desktops. You may have applications that can benefit GPU acceleration, thus saving you both time and money.


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The General Technics Rhinobook - Built for Durability So You Can Take Your Business Anywhere

by Camille 3. April 2014 12:52

The newest members of the General Technics family of RhinoBooks™, the RB500 Series, have been updated with Intel's® high-performance Haswell platform.  They now support the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors for increased performance and power efficiency.  This means you'll get even longer battery life while running the demanding applications you need, all with the same rugged durability to take your work with you.  Like the earlier models, the RhinoBook™ RB500 Series rugged laptops are designed to survive drops, shocks, vibration and spills.


See how a new General Technics RhinoBook™ can take your business anywhere: