Our newest computer is our high end trading system the Trader Pro, aimed directly at trading professionals and power users of trading platforms like TradeStation, NinjaTrader, TT Platform, and Bloomberg.
Put together using the best performing components, read on to discover what makes this machine your ultimate trading computer.
CPU, Chipset & RAM
Late in 2021 Intel released their 12th generation processor line up and it pretty much destroyed all their previous CPU lineups by some margin, they also took the performance crown back from AMD in many aspects of how processors work.
Towards the end of 2022 the new Intel 13th generation chips pushed performance levels even further.
The new star of the show in many peoples (including ours) opinion was the Intel i5 13600KF, a processor that is supposed to be mid-range but matches the performance offered by the previously top end i9 12900KF chip.
Offering ridiculous performance for the price point this really is a fantastic processor and we are pleased to announce it is now the default option on all Trader Pro PCs.
Also on offer are the new i7 and i9 chips which improve upon the single thread speed even further, they also offer increases in core counts which bumps up multi-tasking and multi-threaded performance levels pretty significantly.
Despite Intel’s efforts, AMD chips do still offer a great solution for extreme multi-taskers and people who run software that requires the best multi-threaded performance possible, as such you can switch your Trader Pro to an AMD Zen 4 based system and then pick either the 7900X or 7950X CPUs.
Switching between processors on the Trader Pro configuration page shows exactly what each processor option gives in terms of responsiveness and multi-tasking performance levels.
In terms of motherboards we use the best and fastest chipsets possible, this means Intel Z790 motherboards for the 13th generation Intel chips, and X670 boards for the AMD line up.
You have a great CPU, great motherboard, so you need to finish off the set with great RAM, and with a Trader Pro you now get 32GB of ultra fast DDR5 RAM as standard.
DDR5 is the new RAM specification that will eventually replace DDR4, go with the default 32GB, double up to 64GB, or even spec 128GB if you need it.
For this machine only the best will do so we use the M.2 style SSD drives, these drives offer ultra high read and write speeds ensuring that your hard drive will never be a bottleneck on performance.
Starting at a massive 1TB which is often more than enough for most traders, you can also choose 2TB or 4TB capacities for your main C drive.
Customers looking for extra storage can opt to install a second hard drive into their build, this would result in a ‘D’ drive in Windows ready for file storage.
For the second drives you have a choice of a traditional style ‘spinning platter’ drive or a second SSD drive.
SSD drives are faster and run silent, but cost more and capacities don’t go as high.
Traditional style drives offer a lot of storage space for a lower cost, but can sometimes emit a feint hum, buzz, or the odd click when the drive is in use.
Graphics and monitor connection ports are handled comfortably by the new Intel Arc A380 card, this is a four monitor capable graphics card.
It comes with a HDMI port and three DisplayPort outputs which can be easily switched into HDMI or DVI ports using appropriate cables or adapters.
In terms of resolutions supported, the A380 can do up to four 4K resolution screens or anything under that, so QHD, and FHD monitors are all supported, meaning that this computer can connect and run pretty much any four monitors you can buy right now.
If you need to run more than 4 screens we have options for 6, 8, 10 and 12 screen capable setups, supported resolutions for these graphics options are listed on the Trader Pro configuration page in the Display Resolutions box.
For customers looking to run more than four 4K screens, or who have more graphically demanding workloads then we also offer the powerful nVidia RTX A2000 cards, these are overkill for Full HD resolution screens but offer a powerful solution for running lots of higher resolution screens.
Case, Power, Cooling & Noise
We use the premium Corsair 3000D case for these builds, it offers a sleek black finish with plenty of internal space for cooling and component upgrades. It also carries noise dampening panels which help to keep the system quiet.
Power is supplied by a BeQuiet power supply unit, these are the lowest noise and most reliable supplies we have ever used.
CPU cooling for the Intel i5 and i7’s is handled by a premium BeQuiet low noise air cooler, these are tuned down by us to be virtually silent in standard operation.
For the Intel i9 and the full AMD range we switch over to Corsair liquid CPU cooler which features a 280mm radiator and two low noise fans. Whilst still a very quiet solution it is slightly louder than the air cooling we generally use. If your PC is situated under a desk you will likely not hear anything though.
A High End Trading Computer
This new trading PC has been designed for our customers who are power users of some of the more intensive trading platforms.
If you are using software like MT4, or trade with web based platforms like Trading View then our lower cost Trader PC may be a better and lower cost fit for your needs.
If however you run 2 or more of the more intensive platforms and want the best performance possible then the Trader Pro is the machine for you.
Written by Darren @ Multiple Monitors
Last Updated: August, 2023