When purchasing a Trading Computer, you must ensure you get a powerful CPU to handle your trading platform's demands. Trading platforms require constant calculations and real-time trading data updates, which can strain your processor due to the sheer number of calculations that trading demands. If you are using a standard home or office PC for your trading computer, it will likely be unable to keep up during busy market periods. The microprocessor is not powerful enough to handle that much work. Some processors are more efficient than others. For example, Intel processors are typically more powerful than AMD processors. AMD was ahead of Intel in 2021 on many fronts, but keep in mind AMD has to overcome not only Intel on a performance level but also the performance gap that the Intel compiler created as many trading platforms use it to build their platforms and take advantage of key Intel features that tend to give Intel a significant edge. This is why Falcon Trading Computer processor recommendations are based on real-world testing done by our resident traders to ensure the processors in the Trading Computers we sell are the best you can get.
Falcon Trading Systems recommends using an Intel processor. To simplify the selection of the Intel processor that would be best for your trading computer, we need to separate the trading platforms into two categories: Single-Threaded and Multi-Threaded.
Many trading platforms can only utilize one CPU core at a time. Some popular single-threaded trading platforms are: Thinkorswim, TradeStation, and eSignal. If you are using a single-threaded platform, you should purchase a processor with a high clock speed. The clock speed is measured in GHz; the higher the number, the better. For example, an Intel Core i9 10900K/KF processor has a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz and a turbo of 5.3 GHz. The turbo frequency will ramp up as your trading platform requires more to be done. When you increase the processor GHz, you increase the amount of work it can achieve in each clock cycle. Processor generations also matter. Even if the GHz ratings were identical, a processor from the 12th Generation would go considerably faster than an 8th generation Intel processor. This is due to the number of cores, the process technology used in fabrication, and other architectural improvements such as shrinking the transistor size or redesigning the transistor so it can be stacked more efficiently.
Multi-threaded trading platforms can utilize more than one CPU core at a time. Some popular multi-threaded trading platforms are: NinjaTrader, TradingView, Multi-Charts, and MetaTrader. If you are using a multi-threaded platform, you should purchase a processor with many cores and a high GHz. The number of processing threads is important because the more threads you have available, the faster your trading platform can ramp up operations, saving you time. The Intel Core i9 12900K/KF processor has 16 cores and 24 threads, making it ideal for crunching numbers while also delivering a turbo speed of 5.2GHz, making it an ideal processor for most traders.
So, when you purchase a Trading Computer, make sure to select the correct processor if you need any help, the sales team is standing by and will be more than happy to help you select the very best processor for your needs.