Gaming technology is on fire: computers run faster and hotter; graphic cards bring results that almost reach out to pull you into the monitor.
And by design, the overall speed of your computer is often ‘overclocking’ way above the parameters set by the manufacturer.
Stress, then, on the PC is enormous to the point that even normal fans wouldn’t keep things cool in the case, so the ‘water cooled’ PC is coveted by the high-end gamer vs the standard air-cooled systems.
So what are the three factors driving the ultimate gaming experience?
A lot of gizmos are waiting in line at the door of your processor: keyboard, mouse and all those assorted commands flowing into it, from touching the screen to voice recognition.
Throw in the demands on your sound card— Audio Interface (AI) — and your processor may take a big time out with all the various gaming demands you’re bringing to it.
Video Card Speed
Knowing the resolution of your monitor(s) is your starting point: the more pixel density on your screen—-width x height—the greater the resolution. This translates to a need for good frame rates, a job for only the fastest video cards out there.
The jargon is RAM, or ‘random access memory.’ The definition from PC Magazine includes RAM’s application as it applies to today’s applications:
… in a computer, smartphone or tablet… used as a temporary workspace to execute instructions that process the data. What makes RAM "random access" is its capability of reading and writing any single byte. This "byte addressability" differs from hard disks and flash memory storage, which are read /written in blocks.
A related factor affecting speed is the cache ability of your central processing unit (CPU). That’s where you get extra speed by not asking the main CPU to run a lot of repeating commands your programs need.
The threshold for the ultimate gaming experience is exhilerating when all the critical components come together.