If you’ve ever been shopping for a new computer, you’ve probably come across some baffling technical details. How are most people supposed to know the difference between an Intel Core i3 2100 and an AMD Phenom II X4 980 BE? And if you play computer games, you might be looking at video cards and just want something that can play the kinds of games you like.
Fortunately, I have two tricks to help you read the technical gibberish:
AnandTech allows you to compare the performance of popular processors (CPUs), video cards (GPUs), and even specific laptops and smartphones. You can even choose exactly what you’d like to compare, including not only general performance, but also battery life and how well the hardware can handle specific games. Very handy!
(2) Computer Reviews
If you want more information on a specific computers, CNET‘s reviews can give a good idea of whether a particular computer might meet your needs, explaining the pros and the cons of each model. It also never hurts to just google the name of a computer, plus the word reviews. Just keep in mind that some user reviews may be written by people who work for the manufacturers or their competitors.
I hope that helps! If you have any more questions or other tips you’d like to add, please comment below.