Computer Parts Specs You Should Ignore

GHz processor

The general consensus is that a higher frequency on a processor spec sheet indicates better performance, right? WRONG. The truth is that unless you are comparing processors with the same microarchitecture, frequency speed comparison is worthless.

You can compare an older processor like the i7-8700K with a newer Ryzen 5600X and if you only looked at GHz, the older Intel chip would be better. In fact, the 5600X beats the 8700K in all performance metrics because it’s built on a newer architecture and can execute more instructions per cycle while being much more power efficient.

The best way to figure out which processor to get is to check out awesome review articles (self-checking is mandatory) and other extremely informative YouTubers (Player Nexus) which will present you with the usage data of these processors in games and other real-world tasks.

The GHz is a lie like cake.

GPUMHz

If you thought GPU producers were a little more believable, we’re here to let you know that the MHz listed in the spec sheets is also a lie. The same principles and logic apply to the GPUs you would buy.

Don’t just look at MHz between Nvidia and AMD or between the same manufacturer but different generations of GPUs. This type of comparison will not give you anything in terms of actual performance.

It’s even a rule of thumb that high-end GPUs (like the 3090) sometimes clock even lower in terms of pure MHz (because of all the other compute power they have), but that doesn’t mean that ‘they are in any form slower than a mid-range GPU running more MHz.

See real-world benchmarks and reviews or compare GPUs of the same generation, same brand and with the same microarchitecture!

SSD read and write speeds

While upgrading from an HDD to an SSD is a big step, how do you go about upgrading from a lower tier SSD to a better one? Well obviously you have to look at the capacity or GB of the SSD and then look at the write/read speeds, right?

Well yes and no. The truth is, once again, capacity and simply write/read speeds don’t tell you the whole story of the quality of your new purchase.

First, the MB/s displayed as a number in the datasheet usually refers to sequential read/write speeds which are not what you will most likely be doing on your PC.

For real daily use, you need to look at random SSD performance given in IOPS because you won’t be moving huge chunks of data every time.

Along with this, it is extremely important to look at what type of DRAM cache (if any) your SSD has. Without this important element, your SSD might perform like a SATA SSD or an old hard drive in some tasks.

Again, for an actual performance evaluation, be sure to read the reviews of your desired SSD, as this will give you a better picture of what you’re putting in your PC.

HDR support

The biggest rip-off in terms of spec sheets and actual product experience has to be the HDR compatibility sticker. HDR or High Dynamic Range is supposed to be a special technology that improves the quality of images on your screen by giving them extra contrast and color.

This technology has several categories, but the truth is that unless your monitor is compatible with the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 standard, which means that your monitor can produce 1000 nits of brightness, you are not getting close to HDR.

This high level of brightness is necessary to create contrast between colors and without this compatibility it is impossible to truly call your monitor HDR compatible.

Besides brightness, your monitor panel needs to be very accurate with at least 90% DCI-P3 accuracy or you won’t see what HDR looks like on your screen.

If you’re looking for a gaming monitor, you should probably forget about HDR altogether, as most gaming monitors inherently can’t do HDR due to the emphasis on high refresh rate.

If you want a professional-grade monitor, on the other hand, make sure the monitor’s specs list not only says it’s HDR-capable, but also has the other specs needed to run it!