The Ultra’s offer a fantastic combination of reasonable prices and great performance and the component list has been very carefully put together by our expert system builders.
They give a marked improvement over the Pro PC series and offer a lot of opportunity for customisation with many optional upgrades available to them.
CPU, Chipset & RAM
At the heart of the Ultra machines are the new Intel Core i5 or i7 Kaby Lake CPU's, these are Intel's latest mainstream processors and the two chips on offer here are the very best options in terms of performance levels.
The i5 7600K is a quad core chip which means it is good at multi-tasking and handling most standard software loads with ease. For faster performance the i7 7700K is also available, the fastest mainstream processor on the market, it runs quicker than the i5 and also has a technology called hyperthreading which basically boosts it's ability to handle multi-tasking workloads.
For the motherboard selection we use Asus branded Z270 chipset boards, Asus is the premium name in motherboard design and manufacturing and the Z270 chipset is Intel's top performing option for the Kaby Lake processors, a perfect match to ensure a highly responsive system.
One of the biggest new features of the Kaby Lake series is the support of DDR4 RAM. DDR4 is significantly faster in operation than DDR3 which benefits the overall speed and responsiveness of your computer.
We start the Ultra’s with 8GB of DDR4 which is a decent amount of RAM for most workloads, increasing to 16GB or even 32GB is also an option if you need more headroom for working with your files and programs.
The Ultra series come with Solid State Drives as standard. These new type of hard drives offer amazing performance improvements over traditional drives, making system boot and program opening times much quicker, meaning less time having to sit around waiting for your PC to respond.
You have the option of increasing the capacity of your SSD on the upgrade options.
New for 2017 we have also added a second boot drive option, namely the new M.2 SSD's, essentially these are even faster than normal SSD's and can make a system even more responsive, you can read all about SSD's and M.2 drives here.
A secondary hard drive can also be added if required meaning that you can get the performance of an SSD coupled with the larger storage space of a traditional hard drive.
Main graphics power is supplied by an nVidia GT 1030 2GB card, this is a powerful yet silent dual monitor capable graphics card, to run 4 or 6 monitors we add capable GT 710 cards, these do little work but suppply extra monitor outputs to enable a multi-screen system.
Each GT 1030 and GT 710 card has 1 DVI-D and 1 HDMI port (note that the GT 710 cards also have 1 VGA port per card on them) any 2 of these ports can be used simultaneously per card, we also supply a handy DVI to HDMI adapter with each graphics card in the PC so that you can connect up to 2 DVI or 2 HDMI screens per card. (Note with bundle purchases, you don’t need to worry, we supply the correct cables to connect straight up to you screens).
The GT cards are different to most on the market because they are passively cooled meaning that they have no cooling fans, this aids reliability as there are fewer moving parts and also drastically cuts down on noise levels making them run silently.
For customers looking to support between 8 and 12 screens from their Ultra PC we also offer the AMD W4100 cards, these are quad monitor capable cards and feature MiniDisplayPort connectors on the back which require adapters to connect up to either HDMI or DVI monitors, you can read more about these adapters and graphics cards on the Ultra PC upgrade options page.
Case, Power & Cooling
Your new Ultra PC will be housed in a gorgeous Fractal Design Core 2300 case, this offers great looks and superb cooling and also features two front mounted USB ports.
Power is supplied by a BeQuiet low noise supply, this ensures a really quiet system build and provides highly stable power outputs which helps toward a long life PC.
CPU cooling is handled by an enhanced Artic Freezer cooling block, this ensures your Kaby Lake chip stays cool even under large workloads and also aids system longevity.
Capable Machines at a Great Price
Overall the Ultra machines are great options for people who want a computer that is both highly response and performs well with multi-tasking workloads.
It offers great performance for the vast majority of day to day tasks that you’d undertake on a PC (such as Internet usage, Word Processing, displaying charting software) and is certainly no slouch either when it comes to more demanding workloads.
As a comparison of performance, many customers would not notice a difference between an Ultra with the i7 CPU upgrade and 16GB of RAM when comparing it to a more expensive Extreme PC making it a better option for many.
The selection of quality components ensures that this machine is virtually silent and on a price / performance basis you will be hard pressed to find a better option on the market anywhere else.
See our full range of Multi-Screen Computers.
Written by Darren @ Multiple Monitors
Last Updated: July, 2017