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- Corsair PC2-9136 RAM
- Asus P5W64 WS Pro
- Epox AF550G Mobo
- Nitro AX Case
- Zalman ZM600-HP
- PCstats Weekly Tips

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Corsair's Killer RAM, New Motherboards and Vista Impressions


Your initial Windows Vista impressions and top 10 first Vista tweaks are still coming in, (send your tweaks here) but the verdict is pretty clear... Windows XP works, whereas Vista is an unfamiliar, overly protective and demanding OS. Several readers are taking a "sit and wait until Vista SP1" approach, while others are waiting until new software eventually forces the upgrade. Yet, a good percentage of you wrote in to say you've made the switch to Vista, and are happy with it. Jim puts it best; "I could say I was one of your stats that installed it (Vista) and then moved back to XP, then back to Vista, then Dual booted, then stayed in Vista."

Before we dive into Corsair's flagship Dominator memory and its' fancy thermal solution, this weeks PCSTATS Newsletter rounds off Dan's five-part column on what to do with old computers. In this segment, Dan talks about a few of his local technology recycling options, and gives you pointers on what look towards in your neck of the woods. Dan's full column is posted here in its entirety.

Today's newsletter starts with some killer DDR-2 from Corsair! The Dominator Twin2X2048-9136 C5D memory is quick, features advanced cooling and overclocks pretty high too. Next up is the Asus P5W64 WS Pro motherboard, a four PCI Express x16 slot platform geared towards professional users with multi-display needs. The Epox AF550G Pro offers up a nice Geforce 6100 based platform with integrated graphics. On the computer chassis front is iStar's NitroAX case - a full tower box with a few nods towards noise reduction. Zalman's low noise 600W power supply is back, because low noise never goes out of style. Last but not least, this week's PCSTATS TechTip gets back into Window XP. ;-)

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Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-9136C5D DDR2-1142 Performance Memory

Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-9136C5D memory takes a very bold step in the right direction by ditching the old heatspreaders and going for a completely fresh approach. Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-9136C5D part is a 2GB dual channel memory kit, rated to run at speeds up to DDR2-1142 MHz with 5-5-5-15 memory timings! The memory supports nVidia's Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) and really designed with nVIDIA nForce 680i based motherboards in particular. Now that's not to say these DDR2-1142 modules will not work with other platforms, it's just that the nForce 680i offers overclockers the best chance to hit those high speeds. Next up, PCSTATS examines the thermal solution on this memory, and explains why it may just help you overclock faster...Continue Here>>

Asus P5W64 WS Pro 975X Express Workstation Motherboard Review

For business downtime costs money, that's why it is wise to purchase enterprise class hardware. Based on the venerable Intel 975X Express chipset, the P5W64 WS Professional is ASUS' most current stab at a workstation motherboard. The multitude of PCI Express x16 slots is possible thanks to an IDT 89HA0324 PCI Express switch, which we'll get into in a moment. Asus' P5W64 WS Professional includes the full list of must-have's... The four PCI Express slots are configured in x16, x0, x4, x0 mode when one videocard is installed. When two graphics cards are installed, say for ATI Crossfire, the four PCI Express slots are split up in x8, x8, x4, x8 mode. Continue Here>>

Epox EP-AF550G Pro Geforce 6100 Motherboard Review

The Epox EP-AF550G Pro supports all Socket AM2 AMD Athlon64/X2/FX and Sempron processors, and up to 16GB of DDR2-800 memory. The board obviously includes an integrated DirectX 9.0C compatible Geforce 6-series videocard. The EP-AF550G Pro hits all the standard bullet points like Gigabit networking, high definition 5.1 channel audio, Serial ATA II with RAID options, nearly a dozen USB 2.0 slots, and one lowly IDE channel. The nVIDIA nForce 430 Southbridge supports RAID modes 0, 1, 0+1 and 5.Continue Here>>

iStar Nitro AX Full Tower Computer Case Review

The iStar Nitro AX is a full tower steel computer chassis based on a very familiar and accessible internal layout; drives are caged on sliding rails up front, panels and doors are tool free and there's more than a few nods towards reducing computer noise. The hard drives each rest on four rubber mounting points which help absorb vibrations and prevent them from being transmitted to the rest of the chassis. The iStar Nitro AX case has a honeycomb vented side panel that meshes up with an internal fan duct to provide a cool air source directly to the CPU fan. Imagine that.Continue Here>>

Zalman ZM600-HP 600W Heatpipe Cooled Modular Power Supply Review

Zalman has launched a low noise power supply of its own, and no surprise then that the 600W unit packs in components from a standard heatsink to augment its cooling capabilities. Instead of building its own power supply outright, Zalman teamed up with SPI (Sparkle Power Inc) to introduce the ZM600-HP power supply to the world. Sparkle are in the same league as PC Power & Cooling and Seasonic in terms of quality, and heck the ZM600-HP has already received both nVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire certification! At the heart of the Zalman ZM600-HP is a short length of heatpipe that connects part of the power supplies' power circuitry to a compact aluminum heatsink fin array. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Controlling Programs

Worried about what programs your children are running on the computer? If games are taking over when homework should be, perhaps this tip will help. Windows XP has a very simple way to lock most applications from starting up, except for whichever programs you specify. Before making any changes, allow administrative rights to your kids' account, and once the changes are made be sure to remove those administrator rights. To lock out certain programs, log into your kids' account on the PC, and go to "Start" -> "Run" and type "GPEDIT.MSC". From there scroll through "User Configuration" -> "Administrative Templates" and click on the "System" folder. In the right hand window double click on the "Run only allowed Windows applications" option.

At this point you will need to change the radio selection box from "Not Configured" to "Enabled". Next, when the "Show" button is available click on that. Type in the applications that you will allow this user account to run, and click the "OK" button twice. From now on your kids' user account will only have access to the programs that you allow. =) Don't forget to disable those temporary admin privileges.

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What Do You Do With Old Computers? - Part V

Put E-Waste To Back To Use

Most urban centres and even many suburbs have a number of alternatives available to people looking to properly dispose of household hazardous e-waste - and if you check your by-laws most areas forbid disposal of it in the garbage. Some cities have a mobile "Toxic Taxi" that will come to your house and pick up the stuff for you, whereas most others run a central depot where you can safely deposit old electronic hardware and computers for recycling. For example in Toronto, Canada, the municipality runs special Environment Days throughout the summer where residents are welcome to drop off working and non-working electronics for reuse or recycling. Goodwill has partnered with the city for the collection of working electronics, while ADL Process handles the dismantling and recycling of the permanently broken hardware. Phones for Food is even there, collecting discarded cellular telephones and ink cartridges so it can use the money garnered from the recycling process to buy food for the local food bank.

Whatever the program or incentive, the goal is to keep electronic waste from ending up in local landfills and redirect it to facilities where its reusable components are reclaimed, its hazardous materials disposed of properly, and it becomes a resource in some small way.

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The important thing is to connect all the aspects of what's going on in the world. Understand what happens to something when it leaves your care and how that something might actually be affecting the world you live in. If you find the above topics interesting, or simply want more information regarding what you can do with your old electronics or computer hardware, here are some links to help you out:

- Daniel Quinn

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