Trading Computers Buyer's Guide

By Scott Tafel, founder of MarketPirates.net and TradingComputers.com

Cooling

trading computers cooling

An often overlooked and under-appreciated side of building a trading computer is processor cooling. The processor will not speed up to turbo mode when you need it to without a good cooler. The standard Intel cooler is not good enough to sustain a prolonged (more than a few seconds) run into turbo mode.

A reliable cooler is also important, which is why we avoid the lower-cost pre-packaged water cooling systems from Intel, Corsair, and several others. We did use these devices at one time, but the failure rates are about 5%. This is too high as far as we are concerned. If every component on your trading computer had a 5% failure rate then you would have a very unreliable trading computer. Also, you can get air coolers that perform just as well using properly engineered heat pipe phase transition technology.

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