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Beginners Guide: Fujitsu Lifebook P770 Memory Upgrade
May 17, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
There comes a point in every notebooks lifespan when it's time to upgrade the memory. Follow along as PCSTATS outlines the steps to upgrade the P770's hidden memory slot.     Continue»
 
Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel 311 Larson Creek SSD
May 12, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
With the launch of the Intel Z68 motherboard chipset, Intel also unveiled a novel addition to its Rapid Storage Technology v10.5 disk storage and RAID management tool called Smart Response Technology. What's interesting about Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) is that it can designate a single SSD to cache frequently accessed I/O data in a sort of hybrid RAID 0 arrangement.     Continue»
 
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
April 19, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
There's nothing finer than a new chipset to kick the summer off and this year it's the Intel Z77 Express. In this review PCSTATS will put the performance oriented Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard, which is built on Intel's shiny new Z77 Express chipset, through its paces with the exceptionally popular 32nm 2nd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processor.     Continue»
 
IcyDock MB994SP-4SB-1 Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive Rack
April 17, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
The IcyDock MB994SP-4SB-1 is just such a unit - it packs (4) 2.5" HDD/SSD drives into the space of a single 5.25" drive bay and provides unified power and SATA hook ups at the rear. On top of its high density convenience, all four SATA drive bays are hot swappable without the need to pop off a side panel or disconnect cables.     Continue»
 
Intel Core i7 3820 / X79 Platform - How much Memory is Ideal?
April 10, 2012   |   By: A. Edmond   |   Topic: CPU / Processors
While setting up Gigabyte's latest Intel X79 motherboard on the PCSTATS test bench a few week ago, we found ourselves wondering; "what's the ideal amount of memory to use in a Intel Core i7 3820 'Sandy Bridge-E' platform these days?" Obviously, with a 32-bit Windows 7 OS we'd be limited to 4GB of system memory, but what's the magic number for Windows 7 64-bit?     Continue»
 
Blackle vs. Google Monitor Power Consumption Tested
April 02, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
Is the search page, Blackle.com, really an energy efficient alternative to Google? The theory is websites with black background save energy. PCSTATS finds out if this is a blatant green washing, or an earnest energy saving tweak for something we use every day.     Continue»
 
ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Motherboard Review
February 17, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
The ASUS P8P67 Pro motherboard is a pretty standard platform with a good feature set, ideal for mainstream overclockers and gamers.    Continue»
 
500GB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Hard Drive Review
February 16, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlext Ultra-Portable hard drive is more than just a portable 2.5" SATA HDD. key to the system's brilliant usefulness is that Seagate designed this hard drive to interface with a series of modular cable interface adaptors, docks and a media player. It's what you'd call, really very flexible.    Continue»
 
ASUS P8H67-M Evo Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
January 27, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
The ASUS P8H67-M Evo is a decent Intel H67 based microATX motherboard for mainstream computer builders focused on the popular socket LGA1155 Intel 2nd Generation Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series 32nm Sandy Bridge processor family.    Continue»
 
Plextor PX-LB950UE External 12x Blu-ray Writer Review
January 23, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Optical Drives
In recent weeks the talk of the town has been a sleek black external 12x Blu-ray WRITER from the folks at Plextor. The Plextor PX-LB950UE connects via USB 3.0 or eSATA cables and is capable of burning single layer Blu-ray Disk (BD) media at 12x, double layer BD media at 8x and DVD-R media at 16x speeds. In addition, it supports the playback of Blu-ray 3D movie titles.    Continue»
 
ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
January 18, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
On the review bench today PCSTATS tests the ECS H67H2-M Black Edition microATX motherboard, built on the Intel H67 B3-stepping chipset and supporting socket LGA1155 Intel 2nd Generation Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series 32nm Sandy Bridge processors.     Continue»
 
Biostar TH67XE Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
January 16, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
The level of integration present here, makes the Biostar TH67XE naturally very quiet too - without a videocard, the only fans in the system need be a CPU heatsink and power supply.    Continue»
 
IcyDock MB994SP-4S Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS Hard Drive Rack Review
January 06, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
Unless you have a swanky PC case, it's usually not very easy to install a couple 2.5" notebook-sized hard drives into a desktop computer system.... until now.    Continue»
 
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review
January 04, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
On the PCSTATS test bench today is Seagate's 3TB, 6Gb/s SATA III Barracuda XT hard drive which gets around the 2.1TB desktop storage capacity limitation by creating two partitions (2.1TB + 0.9TB) with the aid of Seagate's free DiskWizard software.     Continue»
 
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard Review
January 03, 2012   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
This is a performance-oriented motherboard with a great set of gamer-friendly options, overclocking tools and extensive connectivity list in a hefty matt-black package that looks fantastic.     Continue»
 
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review
December 30, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
Meet the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 motherboard, a non-integrated graphics take on the new Intel Z68 chipset. While the Intel Z68 is reknown for combining the best the Intel P67 & H67 chipsets had to offer in one platform...    Continue»
 
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Intel Z68 Motherboard & Intel 20GB SSD Review
December 25, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
There are four key features that make the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD a real killer among Intel Z68 motherboards - a bundled 20GB Intel mSATA SSD, Virtu, SLI/Crossfire and onboard HDMI video output.    Continue»
 
Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
December 12, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
We thought we'd run off a quick DIY Guide illustrating the procedure for installing a socket FM1 AMD processor for the benefit of our readers. If you are planning on building a AMD based computer anytime soon, bookmark this PCSTATS Guide now.     Continue»
 
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive Review
December 05, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Hard Drives
Looking no different than any common 2.5" notebook hard drive, the trick up the Momentus XT's sleeve that it learns what data you frequently use and caches this to its 8GB of internal flash memory.     Continue»
 
MSI P67A-GD65 Intel P67 Motherboard Review
November 07, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
The MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard brings forth a lot for computer enthusiasts to get excited about, not the least of which are dual PCI Express x16 videocard slots, (4) USB 3.0 ports, (6) SATA 6GB/s ports and specialized tools for seasoned overclockers. For example, if you're one to break out a digital multimeter while overclocking there are handy voltage read points next to the boards' DDR3 memory slots.    Continue»
 

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  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
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  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
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  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  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
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  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
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  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
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  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
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
  81. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
  82. Wireless Home Networking
  83. Wireless Network Security
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