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- AMD Sempron 3600+
- Biostar TForce P965
- Corsair PC2-8500 RAM
- Guide To Overclocking
- Albatron Geforce 6150
- Pentium D 940 CPU
- PCstats Weekly Tips

AMD Sempron 3600+ Value for the CPU

Hello,
Every now and then we receive emails from readers who lament at the fact that PCSTATS mostly tests out flagship computer hardware; the fastest CPU, bleeding-edge videocards, enthusiast grade motherboards that come with every imaginable option, and in general just the PC hardware that costs the most. Yet when it comes to deciding on what to get for our own PCs, affordable gear is oddly overlooked and unevaluated by review sites, and publications like PCSTATS.

Well you know what? You're right, we shouldn't overlook the computer gear that's made for the mainstream, for average people who can't justify a videocard that costs as much as a full computer!

With that in mind, things start off this week with a review of the budget-minded AMD Sempron 3600+ processor for socket AM2. This 2.0GHz chip packs a nice punch, particularly in those general everyday applications we actually need computers for. Also in this issue, PCSTATS tests out the Biostar T-Force P965 Deluxe motherboard, a pair of 512MB Corsair PC2-8500 DDR-2 memory, the Albatron KM51PV-AM2 motherboard and a 3.2GHz Intel Pentium D 940 processor.

Last but not least is another excellent Weekly Tech Tip from Colin, and back by popular demand the Beginners Guide to CPU Overclocking. Along the right column you'll find the Essential Guides Toolkit, with over 65 Beginners Guides to help you get your PC up and running in top, tweaked form!

Thanks for reading!
Max Page
Editor-in-Chief - PCSTATS

AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Review
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The AMD Sempron processor has received little press, but that hasn't stopped it from getting noticed. This 'value oriented' line of CPUs is only separated from the flagship Socket AM2 lineup by clock speed and cache, and that has enabled the single core Sempron to sit at the dual core AM2 Athlon64 table without causing too much of a disruption. The single core 2.0GHz Sempron 3600+ CPU is certainly easy on the wallet... but just how well does the Sempron stand up to best and brightest AMD and Intel produce? Well, we're about to show you...Continue Here>>

Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe Motherboard Review
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In this review, PCSTATS is testing the Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe motherboard. This board is based on Intel's P965 Northbridge and ICH8 Southbridge chipsets. With Intel phasing out IDE, Biostar address the lack of native IDE channels by integrating a separate IDE controller onto the Tforce P965. Other integrated goodies on this full sized ATX board include Gigabit LAN,7.1 channel high definition Intel Azalia audio, a flurry of USB2.0 jacks, and expansion slots. For the tweakers out there, Biostar also equips this board with hand power and reset buttons right on the PCB!

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Corsair Twin2X1024-8500 C5 PC2-8500 DDR-2 Memory Review
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In the two years since DDR-2 memory was introduced, modules have rocketed from PC2-4200 speeds right through to PC2-8500! Corsair Memory has introduced a whole slew of memory in the last month; the releases spanned the gamut from low latency DDR2-800 parts to super high speed DIMM's like the Twin2X1024-8500 C5 modules that PCSTATS is evaluating now. Even though much of the memory has been targeted towards Socket AM2 and Core 2 Duo users, these DDR-2 parts will work equally well with dual core Intel Pentium 4/D processors. With default timings are 5-5-5-15, each PC2-8500 module is guaranteed by Corsair to run at a blistering 1066 MHz! This is gonna be good... Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard and Memory
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In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS will explore the process of overclocking processors, motherboards and memory to achieve a faster yet still stable computer. The article will guide readers step-by-step through understanding overclocking concepts, how to discover their hardware's overclocking options and the actual process of overclocking. If you consider yourself an expert already, read on - there are a few tips and tricks packed into this guide that you may not know... or have a look at our recent experiment with underclocking. For insight into videocard overclocking, please see our companion guide on that subject right here. Continue Here>>

Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz Dual Core Processor Review
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The Intel Pentium D 940 processor is the latest victim, errr.... component to pass through the PCSTATS test labs. Built on Intel's 65nm manufacturing process and with two physical processing cores running at 3.2 GHz each, backed up by 2MB of L2 cache, the socket 775 chip certainly makes quite a splash. Each core on the Pentium D 940 has access to its own L1 and L2 cache memory, 16KB and 2MB respectively. Both class of processor run on a 800MHz front side bus like traditional Prescott Pentium 4s, and are currently only supported with DDR II memory.Continue Here>>

Albatron KM51PV-AM2 Geforce 6150 Motherboard Review
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The nVIDIA GeForce 6150 is the best of the bunch when it comes to integrated graphics chipsets on the AMD Athlon 64 platform. The Albatron KM51PV-AM2 is one such microATX motherboard which fulfills multiple usage roles. The KM51PV-AM2 is based on the nVIDIA GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 chipsets, and the bargain basement prices of the AMD Sempron 64-bit processor are genuinely the best suited for it. Albatron's KM51PV-AM2 motherboard has six USB2.0 jacks at the rear of the board, along with 5.1 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, and both DVI and analog video jacks support multi-monitor video output.Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: BitTorrent and Port Forwarding


On the heels of last issue, this week's PCSTATS Tech Tip is also be on the subject of BitTorrent (BT) and how to enable Port Forwarding on your router, if you have one.

Port Forwarding is necessary to get the best data transfer speeds from the BT client. The first thing you'll need to do is log into your router's administrative settings (the address is usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1) and go to the section that deals with "Port Forwarding". If your router doesn't support this, you're out of luck. Some broadband routers put port forwarding in the advanced section.

Note that you can only forward a series of ports to a single computer IP but luckily, the BitTorrent client allows you to configure which ports it runs on, so you can set a different port number to be port forwarded to an additional PC. Something to keep in mind if there are multiple BitTorrent clients operating off the same router in the home, or dorm.

Let PCSTATS know what you think about this Tech Tip, and be sure to stop by PCSTATS Forums and post your comments or questions.

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Essential Guides ToolKit

  1. 10 Steps to a Secure PC
  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows
  3. 104 Great Tech Tips for Windows
  4. 99 Performance Tips for Windows
  5. Annual PC Checkup
  6. Assembling Your Own PC
  7. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
  8. Browser Hijacking and How to Stop it
  9. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  10. Burning CDs and DVDs
  11. Cloning WindowsXP
  12. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  13. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  14. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  15. Creating MP3 Music Files
  16. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  17. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  18. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  19. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  20. Encryption and Online Privacy
  21. Ergonomics & Computers
  22. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  23. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  24. Firewalls and Internet Security
  25. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  26. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  27. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  28. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  29. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  30. Home Networking and File Sharing
  31. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  32. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  33. Installing WindowsXP
  34. Internet Connection Sharing
  35. Legally Copying Software and Music
  36. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  37. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  38. Linux Part 3: New Software
  39. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  40. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  41. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  42. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  43. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  44. Overclocking the Videocard
  45. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  46. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  47. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  48. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  49. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  50. Remote Access to Computers
  51. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  52. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  53. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  54. Spyware Protection and Removal
  55. Stopping Spam
  56. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  57. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  58. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  59. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  60. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  61. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  62. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  63. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  64. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  65. Website Hosting With Apache
  66. Windows XP Command Prompt
  67. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
  68. Wireless Home Networking
  69. Wireless Network Security
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. Colin S.

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