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- Dye-Sub Photo Printer
- Redline PC3200 DDR
- Encrypted Memory
- AMD Athlon64 FX-60
- PCstats Weekly Tips

Dye-Sub Digital Photo Printing

Digital photography is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but getting those digital photo files out of the computer and onto paper is something we all seem to forget about. It's nice not to have to pay for developing anymore, and with a little help from a personal photo printer creating prints is a one-button affair. The Samsung SPP-2040 dye sublimation photo printer crossed the test bench a few days ago, and our opinions on its print quality, speed, and colour reproduction are detailed here. If you've been collecting your digital pictures for years, this review is certainly something you'll want to read. Also on the agenda this issue is a set of Mushkin's Redline series PC3200 memory, an encrypted 2GB USB flash drive from Kingston, and the speedy AMD Athlon64 FX-60 processor.

Thanks for reading,
Max Page

Samsung SPP-2040 Dye-Sub Photo Printer Review

Canon maintains the lead in photo-printing by far, but Samsung's introduction of a compact dye sublimation printer that can do its thing straight from memory cards is certainly not going unnoticed. The Samsung SPP-2040 Photo Printer being put through its paces in this PCSTATS review prints 4"x6" glossy photo's via the dye sublimation process directly from any of six common flash media formats, incorporates a folding 2" colour LCD screen for previewing images, and can connect directly to PictBridge-enabled digital cameras.Continue Here>>

Mushkin HP3200 Redline PC3200 DDR Memory Review

PCStats will be examining a 1GB dual-channel pack of Mushkin's HP3200 Redline memory (2x 512MB modules), and we're expecting some impressive results. Each of the two double-sided 512MB PC3200 DDR DIMMs sports 16 TSOP-II DRAM modules which are cooled and protected by a sleek red heatspreader. By default, the memory is rated to run at 200 MHz with 2-3-2-7 memory timings and a voltage of 2.7V. Default voltage is a bit high, but not out of the ordinary. Continue Here>>

Kingston 2GB DataTraveler Elite AES-128 Encrypted USB Drive Review

There is no login, no password, no intrinsic security structure at all on a USB flash drive. Whomever has the device, has full and unfettered access to all the information it contains. Plug it in, open up a folder and there it is. Recovering lost and accidentally erased data is one thing, but what happens if you loose a 2GB USB drive packed full of confidential information? Kingston Technology has developed a novel product to address USB flash drive data security issues, by embedding a hardware-based 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) co-processor to handle all algorithm processing within its flagship DataTraveler Elite series USB flash drives.Continue Here>>

AMD Athlon64 FX-60 Dual Core Processor Review

The new dual core AMD Athlon64 FX-60 processor PCSTATS is testing is based on the Socket 939 form factor, with each individual core clocked at 2.6 GHz. Make no mistake about it, the AMD Athlon64 FX-60 is the most versatile desktop processor on the market... and as we'll soon show you, just about the fastest too. Like the dual core AMD Athlon64 X2 processors, the dual core Athlon64 FX-60 CPU is physically identical to all 939-pin AMD 'K8' processors and has a maximum thermal power of 110W. Each core has its own 128KB L1 and 1MB L2 cache; so essentially what we have here are two Athlon64 FX-55's squeezed into one package. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Paging Files

The page files are one or more areas of your hard disks that Windows XP reserves as virtual memory. To put it simply, these reserved areas are used to contain any data that may spill over from your main memory. Virtual memory is accessed by Windows just like physical memory, but is many times slower, due to the much slower speed of hard drive data transfer as compared to RAM.

If your system contains more than one hard disk, consider placing a page file on the the non-OS disk and removing the one on the OS-disk containing the Windows files. To do this: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'properties' then the 'advanced' tab. In the 'performance' section, click 'settings' then select the 'advanced' tab. In the 'virtual memory' section, click 'change.' From here you can choose individual drives and customize the size of the paging files you wish to create. Set an identical starting and maximum size page file capacity so that no resources are wasted resizing the file. To do that, choose 'custom size' for each page file and set the initial and maximum sizes to the same number.

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