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ICYDock MB981U3N-1SA SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adaptor
January 08, 2013   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
I wish there was just ONE little black box that would allow an IT Admin to connect any kind of hard drive to it, so there's no need to crack open a computer system, mess with BIOS settings or waste time trying to move GBs over a tediously slow USB 2.0 connection.    Continue»
 
Crucial M4 256GB SATA III SSD Review
December 04, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 256GB Crucial M4 SSD, a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for read speeds of up to 500MB/s and write speeds of 260MB/s (sequential).    Continue»
 
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD VTX3-25SAT3-240G Review
November 16, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
On the test bench today is a speedy little black box called the OCZ Vertex 3. If you haven't spoiled your computer yet with a Solid State Drive (SSD) yet, now's the time -- SSDs have never been more affordable!    Continue»
 
Lexar JumpDrive 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
November 14, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Memory
In this review PCSTATS is checking out Lexar's stylish 64GB JumpDrive Triton - a nice looking retractable thumb drive housed in a weighty metal alloy case. Lexar's USB 3.0 thumb drive is rated for speeds of 155MB/s read and 150MB/s write -- that's pretty quick. For a clearer picture of its capabilities PCSTATS will need to benchmark the Lexar JumpDrive Triton against comparable USB 3.0 drives of similar capacities.     Continue»
 
SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD SDSSDX-240G-G25 Review
September 18, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
PCSTATS is testing out SanDisk's Extreme 240GB SSD, a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated to 550MB/s Read and 520MB/s Write (sequential) in ATTO Disk Benchmark. SanDisk's Extreme SSD uses 24nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND Flash and the popular LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller.    Continue»
 
Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 mini-ITX 1.6GHz AMD E-350 APU Motherboard Review
September 17, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards

The focus of today's review is the miniITX, 17cm square, Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion motherboard. This platform is based on a dual-core netbook processor from AMD called the AMD Fusion E-350 'Zacate' APU.     Continue»

 
SanDisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ80-064G) Review
September 11, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Memory
What's neat about the Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive is that it's built with the kind of flash memory found in Solid State Drives.    Continue»
 
Belkin 7-port USB 2.0 Hub F5U307-BRN Review
September 04, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Peripherals
this quick review PCSTATS is looking at a really simple 7-port powered USB 2.0 hub from Belkin called the F5U307-BRN, it comes in white or brown and runs about $35 USD. The Belkin F5U307 ships with a data cable to connect it to the host computer and a 5V DC power adaptor. The 7-port hub operates at 480Mbps USB 2.0 speeds but is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 3.0 devices     Continue»
 
Tale of the Dead Staples Omnitech Shredder - Why Not Fix it Yourself?
August 29, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Editorial
If your consumer electronics break, what's stopping you from trying to fix it yourself? A few weeks ago our inexpensive $50-dollar Omnitech OT-EMC7A micro cut paper shredder from Staples.ca gave up the ghost and stopped working. Being out of warranty, I took a stab at fixing the wee beastie.     Continue»
 
Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 Hard Drive to USB 3.0 / eSATA II External Case
August 23, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
The Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3 is an economical external hard drive enclosure for 3.5" SATA II drives that permits extra storage space to be easily added to any desktop computer via USB 3.0 or eSATA cable.    Continue»
 
Western Digital 1TB WD RE4 Enterprise Hard Drive Review
August 10, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
In this review PCSTATS is testing out a 3.5" Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX hard drive. The WD RE4 WD1003FBYX is a 1.0TB hard drive which utilizes Perpendicular Magnetic Recording and operates on the 3Gb/s SATA II interface. It features StableTrac, IntelliSeek, NoTouch ramp loading head technology, a multi-axis shock sensor, RAFF technology and RAID specific Time Limited Error Recovery.    Continue»
 
Seasonic X-460 Fanless 460W 80Plus Gold Silent Powersupply Review
August 09, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Power Supply
In this review PCSTATS is testing out an entirely fanless, silent 460W power supply from Seasonic's modular "X" series. There aren't very many fanless power supplies on the market so this is a bit of a treat.     Continue»
 
Waterfield Designs Muzetto Leather Notebook Satchel Review
August 02, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Notebooks
Made in Waterfields' San Francisco sewing shop, the leather Muzetto horizontal notebook bag is available in five different sizes, two different leathers (black or brown) and with six different accent colours.    Continue»
 
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review
June 29, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
First and foremost, the Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H motherboard features extensive onboard graphics ports, excellent connectivity and of course, DX11 integrated graphics capabilities.    Continue»
 
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H AMD A75 Socket FM1 Motherboard Review
June 25, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
Gigabyte's GA-A75M-UD2H is an entry level motherboard with onboard graphics, excellent connectivity and a rather appealing low total system price tag.    Continue»
 
Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1155 CPU and Heatsink
June 21, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
At PCSTATS we've built hundreds of computer systems while testing different motherboards and CPUs, but haven't ever documented the steps. In this straight forward Beginners Guide PCSTATS will show you all the steps to installing and removing a socket LGA1155 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor and heatsink.     Continue»
 
Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
June 20, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
Installing an AMD Socket AM3 processor into a motherboard is not a difficult task, but if you've never done it before some friendly guidance is usually a good idea. Most users tend to encounter problems attaching the AMD heatsink correctly or are unsure about which CPU is compatible with each different socket version.    Continue»
 
Gigabyte Motherboards at Computex 2012
June 12, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Tradeshows / Events
Gigabyte unveiled several new Intel X79, Intel B75/H75 and AMD A85 based motherboards at Computex 2012 Taipei, this year. These motherboards support Intel socket LGA2011, LGA1155 and AMD socket FM2 processors. It's always fun to learn what new technologies are in store for us, so today we're going to take a sneak peek at Intel's Thunderbolt, AMD's upcoming socket FM2 & AMD A85 chipset motherboards...     Continue»
 
Biostar TA75M+ AMD A75 socket FM1 Motherboard Review
June 05, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
Biostar's TA75M+ motherboard is a micro-ATX entry level platform with relatively robust onboard graphics care of the AMD Fusion APU processor and thorough storage options via AMDs A75 chipset. Built around the AMD Fusion A75 chipset, the board supports socket FM1 AMD A8/A6-series processors which feature integrated graphics in the form of a Radeon HD 6550D/6530D graphics core.     Continue»
 
Biostar TA990FXE AMD 990FX Motherboard Review
May 31, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
The AMD 990FX chipset has been out for a while now, yet Biostar's TA990FXE motherboard still gets you in the game with plenty of PCI Express lanes for Crossfire/SLI, and more SATA III connectivity than rival Intel's Z77 platform.    Continue»
 

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  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
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  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
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  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
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  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
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  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
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  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
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  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
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  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
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  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
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  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
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