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Its computer upgrade season: Is an i9 computer worth It for your shop


Fustration running a slow computer

As we approach the end of the financial year, many people are now considering upgrading their point-of-sale (POS) systems. There are sound financial reasons for many to do it now. Besides, this is the time of year when people start to look at the following year. If so, you're likely debating the merits of a computer with an i7 processor or the more powerful i9.

Let's face it: no one likes slow transaction times, long customer waits, inventory management headaches, or lost sales due to outdated technology. So, let's explain why this decision matters for your POS setup and how to make the right choice!

POS Systems and the Power of SQL

Your POS software is more than just a fancy cash register. Behind the scenes, it relies on a database system that uses a system (SQL) to store and manage all your information – think of your product details, current inventory, supplier records, and sales history. The faster and more efficiently your computer can process your instructions, the smoother your POS experience will be.

Massive Databases: POS Systems have large databases

Complex Queries: A modern POS System does use very complex calculations 

Time: No one likes to use a slow computer. Neither the operator nor the customer who is waiting for you to do the transaction

All things being equal, the more powerful i9 is better than the i7. But things are never equal. 

Budget Conscious: i7s deliver excellent value for the price.

People's feelings: No one likes using old technology

My pros and cons

  1. i7 vs. i9

    •  i7:
      • Pros:
        • Cost-effective: Core i7 CPUs are often more affordable.
        • Suitable for most general computing tasks, including SQL queries.
        • Good balance of performance for everyday use.
      • Cons:
        • It will be slower when handling extremely large or complex SQL databases
    • Core i9:
      • Pros:
        • Exceptional performance: Ideal for demanding workloads
        • More cores and threads: Better multitasking capabilities.
        • Larger cache for faster data access.
      • Cons:
        • Dearer
  2. SQL-Specific Considerations

    • Query Execution Speed:
      • Core i9’s additional cores and higher clock speeds can significantly improve SQL query execution times.
    • Parallel Processing:
      • Core i9’s multithreading capabilities allow it to handle multiple SQL queries simultaneously.
    • Data Loading and Indexing:
      • Core i9’s more extensive cache benefits SQL database data loading and indexing tasks.

Don't Forget the Rest!

No matter which you choose, make sure your system also has the following:

  • Speedy Storage: An SSD (or, even better, an NVMe SSD) will make a massive difference in overall system speed.
  • RAM:  Get fast RAM and a decent amount. Don't skimp here.
  • Fast network: One can often speed up your systems by putting in modern network cards

The Verdict

Investing in a faster computer can save time and less frustration if you run a busy retail store with extensive inventory or complex reporting needs.

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