- Foxconn P965 Mobo
- Gigabyte 954GM Mobo
- ECS Xpress 3200 Mobo
- Gigabyte nF 590 SLI Mobo
- Epox nF 570 SLI Mobo
- PCstats Weekly Tips
Fresh Computer Hardware For Fall
Ever had trouble getting
printers up and working on your network? PCSTATS has a handy Guide to
printer sharing on a home network that you won't
want to miss.
Motherboards are the backbone of every
computer, and right now there a handful of competing chipsets vying for
the top spot. Up first in this issue is the Intel P965 Express based
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H, a good solid Core 2 Duo board. The Gigabyte
945GM-S2 aims to bring onboard GMA 950 video into the fold, and also
supports Intel's wunderkind of a chip - the Core 2 Duo. The ECS KA3
MVP is one of rare breed of ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200 based platforms,
and while we are considerably unimpressed by the whole Crossfire dual
videocard system, the Xpress 3200
chipset is very competitive. The Gigabyte
M58SLI S5 and Epox MF570
SLI motherboards are each built with the nVidia nForce 590 SLI and 570
SLI chipsets respectively; both are good and quick. That's a lot of
motherboard to consider, and with the impact processors have these
days much of the differences reside with onboard features. The
Athlon64 vs. Core 2 Duo face off is certainly putting some fire into
what has been a pretty dull summer for technology.
PCSTATS Weekly TechTip rounds out this
issue as always, and I've just added a whole bunch of freshly
archived back issues to the PCSTATS Newsletter Archive
Thanks for reading!
P9657AA-8KS2H motherboard offers a great mix of performance and value
for the Intel Pentium D or Core 2 Duo
microprocessor. The board comes with scant little in terms of bundled
in accessories, but it is one of least
expensive P965 Express boards out there. Onboard goodies include a PCI
Express x1-based Gigabit network card and 7.1 channel audio codec.
Upgrades are possible through a PCI Express x1, x4 and x16 slot, and three
32 bit PCI slots. You can install a maximum of 8GB of
DDR2-800 memory into the system.Continue Here>>
For the Intel Core 2
Duo, boards like the Gigabyte
GA-945GM-S2 don't cost much, come with onboard video, have high
definition content optimizations, and tick off all the major must have's
for a modern PC. Cheap and feature packed, sounds like a winning recipe
doesn't it? The microATX board accommodates a maximum of
4GB of DDR2 400/533/667 memory in a dual
channel configuration. The GA-945GM-S2 supports all Socket 775
processors and most significantly features onboard Intel
Graphics Media Accelerator 950
videocard at the rear I/O. Continue Here>>
ECS' Extreme KA3
MVP Extreme motherboard which is built upon the ATI 'RD580' CrossFire
Xpress 3200 northbridge and ATI 'SB600' southbridge. The ECS KA3 MVP
Extreme supports all socket AM2 processors on the market and
accomodates 8GB of DDR2-800 memory in a dual channel configuration. The two PCI
Express x16 slots are reserved for videocards, and operate with 16 PCI
Express lanes each that connect directly to the 'RD580'
Crossfire Xpress 3200 northbridge.Continue Here>>
If you're looking for a top of the line gaming
system based on the AMD socket AM2 processor, it's almost guaranteed that
your motherboard chipset will be the nVidia nForce
590 SLI. If you're thinking about getting into the best AM2 has to
offer, the Gigabyte
GA-M59SLI-G5 motherboard is
a pretty sweet starting point. Onboard the GA-M59SLI-G5 'S-Series' motherboard
you'll find 7.1 channel audio, Gigabit
networking , a Serial ATA II/RAID and three physical PCI
Express x16 graphics card slots!Continue Here>>
The nice thing about computers is that if you do
your homework, you can buy yourself a very modular system from the start.
First, seek out something built on nVIDIA's
nForce 570 SLI chipset; it's not top
of the line but offers good value. The Epox MF570
SLI has two PCI Express x16 slots for dual graphics cards, and will
support SLI, but with each videocard receiving 8 PCI Express
lanes each instead of 16. This is
socket AM2 motherboard with storage options that are
more varied than the new Core 2 Duo motherboards offer...
Printers are essential modern conveniences, networking
with your computer to offer you the power of a small copy shop in
your living room. Wouldn't it be much better if every computer in the
house or office could print
this short but sweet guide, PCstats will look at how to make a
printer available over your home network using
Windows XP's built-in sharing abilities. If you need help in setting
up your home network, be sure to read PCSTATS in depth guide to Home Networking and Wireless Networking before getting started here.
||PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Networking Denial
in WindowsXP can be a very tedious task, and frustrating if the PC is denied access to a shared folder even if it's open to the rest of the network. Luckily there's a quick and easy registry tweak that will solve this issue once and for good.
Load up the Windows registry editor (Start -> Run then type "regedit" and press the OK button) and follow this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Control->Lsa. From there in the right hand window, modify or create the "restrictanonymous" DWORD and give it a value of "0". After that's done, save reboot and you're set! No more "You might not have permission to use this network resource" errors when connecting to a public network folder.
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