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ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme B3-stepping Intel P67 Motherboard Review
November 02, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
he ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme is a performance oriented ATX motherboard with a fantastic set of gaming and overclocking features, all set on a sleek black and grey PCB that'll make your expensive chassis proud. ECS has undergone a massive image improvement in the last couple years.    Continue»
AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer Tested - Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 Performance
October 26, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: CPU / Processors
AMD talked a bit about benefits for 'Bulldozer' when paired with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. At the moment there is a Windows 8 Developer Preview available from Microsoft Dev Center. In this short article PCSTATS will test this claim by comparing identical computer systems running an AMD FX-8150 'Bulldozer' processor, under both operating systems.    Continue»
Gigabyte Intel X79 Motherboard Sneak Preview - IDF 2011
October 14, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Tradeshows / Events
Gigabyte unveiled four Intel X79 motherboards at the recent Intel IDF 2011 event in San Francisco last month for the as yet unreleased Intel Sandy Bridge-E socket LGA2011 processor.    Continue»
Waterfield IPad2 Suede Jacket Sleeve Case Review
September 20, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Notebooks
This is a quick look at a simple, exceptionally thin and unobtrusive sleeve case we here at PCSTATS recently bought for the Apple iPad2 with Smart Cover.     Continue»
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard Review
August 24, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
This is a review of the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard which is equipped with a (new) 'B3'-stepping Intel P67 chipset. The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard replaces the original Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 model that was recalled due to the Intel 6-series chipset issue.     Continue»
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review
August 16, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
Socket 1155 motherboards like the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 which are built around it offer up a mainstream suite of capabilities and a kitchen sink full o'features. The board supports 2nd Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series socket LGA1155 processors - these CPUs are based on the Intel 'SandyBridge' architecture which includes an integrated graphics core on the CPU die.    Continue»
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 Motherboard Review
August 16, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
In this review PCSTATS is testing the Intel P67-based Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard. This is a mainstream ATX motherboard with a great set of workstation features and connectivity, all on a sleek matt-black PCB that looks fantastic in black computer chassis.     Continue»
Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review - Updated
June 06, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Memory
Patriot's Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 thumb drive can copy an 8.5GB MKV movie file over to a PC in 2 minutes 39 seconds via USB 3.0 port, or about 5 minutes via a USB 2.0 port. By comparison, it takes 7 minutes 33 seconds for an older single channel USB 2.0 drive to move this same 8.5GB movie file over to the PC.     Continue»
Intel DH67BL Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
May 10, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
Motherboards like the Intel DH67BL that PCSTATS is reviewing today support one PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard and have one DVI-I and HDMI video output.     Continue»
Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
May 01, 2011   |   By: Mike Dowler   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
PCSTATS has a massive Tech Tip guide for Windows XP covering 101 useful and sometimes spicy Tweaks and Tech Tips that will make your clunkly PC run better!    Continue»
Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
May 01, 2011   |   By: Mike Dowler   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
Know... before your hard drive kicks the bucket, taking all your data with it. Clickity-click, time to defuse that dying hard disk!    Continue»
Beginners Guide: Exploring CPU Performance in Windows Vista vs. Win 7
May 01, 2011   |   By: Julian Apong   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
Stuck with an older PC that runs slow in Vista? Upgrading to Windows 7 might breath new life into that PC and extend its useful life. Find out as PCSTATS tests multiple CPUs under identical Vista and Win 7 environments.    Continue»
Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1366 CPU and Heatsink
May 01, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
We thought we'd run off a quick Beginners Guide illustrating the procedure for installing a socket 1366 CPU for the benefit of our readers. If you are planning on building a Intel based computer anytime soon, bookmark this PCSTATS Guide now!     Continue»
Beginners Guides: Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
April 06, 2011   |   By: Mike Dowler   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
One of the major benefits of flash memory is that they are compatible with many of the data recovery programs designed to retrieve accidentally deleted files from computer hard disks.     Continue»
Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch Files
April 04, 2011   |   By: Mike Dowler   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
Batch files can save time by automating actions down to one simple click. A good understanding of what they are, how they work, and how to create your own, is crucial to today's IT force.    Continue»
Canada Computers / Gigabyte G1 Motherboard LAN-Party Event
March 06, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Tradeshows / Events
case you missed it, Gigabyte hosted an exclusive LAN Party in partnership with Canada Computers and the Canadian distributor Supercom a few days ago in Markham for its new line of enthusiast grade G1 Killer gaming motherboards. Here's the full rundown on the event.    Continue»
Beginners Guides: Windows Command Prompt
March 05, 2011   |   By: Mike Dowler   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
Back in the heyday of text-based operating systems like Unix and DOS, the command prompt was the operating system.    Continue»
ASUS P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review
February 11, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
The ASUS P7P55D Premium is a good representation of overclocking tools, power saving features and tweaks: TurboV Evo, Hybrid Phase, ExpressGate, MemOK, EPU, Fan Xpert and Stack Cool 3+ in moment. Gamers can install two videocards in the board's twin PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard slots.    Continue»
Beginners Guides: Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
February 10, 2011   |   By: Mike Dowler   |   Topic: Beginners Guides
Safe Mode is a powerful tool for fixing problems in Windows, and finally PCstats explains how to actually use it!    Continue»
Intel 6-Series Chipset Recall - Sandy Bridge Intel P67 & H67 (v2.2)
February 07, 2011   |   By: Max Page   |   Topic: Motherboards
On January 31st 2011, Intel announced a silicon level problem with its latest 6-series motherboard chipsets - the Intel P67 and Intel H67 for 2nd generation Intel Core i5/i7 2xxx series (socket 1155) processors.    Continue»

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  1. 10 Steps to a Secure PC
  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
  3. 104 Killer Tech Tips for Windows XP
  4. 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP
  5. 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips
  6. Annual PC Checkup Checklist
  7. Assembling Your Own PC
  8. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
  9. Browser Hijacking and How to Stop it
  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  11. Burning CDs and DVDs
  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  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
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  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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