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 [LATEST]  News: Almost $1K worth of prizes up for grabs in our haiku contest
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 12:05P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yes, we`ve got some hardware to give away again. This time, our prizes hail from Gigabyte, Enermax, and Samsung, and they include almost every component needed to build a gaming PC. All in all, we`ve got nearly a thousand bucks worth of hardware up for grabsand it couldn`t be easier to enter for a chance to win, provided you`re at least somewhat creatively minded."

BenQ RL2240HE 60Hz 21.5-inch LED Gaming Monitor Review
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 11:13A | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We check out BenQ`s RTS-oriented RL2240HE, a 21.5-inch 1080p gaming monitor aimed at those who enjoy RTS games. Come check out Trace`s full review now."

Risen 5-Years Later Review
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 10:32A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is Risen a game worth returning to after five years? In my opinion, yes. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an RPG experience, which, by the way, is open world, and willing to invest the time into completing it. The graphics are dated, but also do some things right that will never be old. The story grabbed me as a return on investing some time into the game. The gameplay was fun, but has some issues that mar the experience. Fortunately the bulk of the game consists of fun experiences. While the negatives of the Risen experience do stand out to me, so too do the positives. Weighing them out, the positives are greater, so the experience, although imperfect, is still enjoyable and worth having. Just be ready to take the time to get stuff done, potentially with a lot of reloads."

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK Z97 Motherboard Review @ APH Networks
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 10:07A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With 168 hours of durability testing prior to shipping, how well will the $170 Gigabyte Black Edition board step up?"

Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Review @ ocaholic
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 8:59A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Aivia Osmium is the first mechanical keyboard from Gigabyte. This keyboard features a palm rest, blue backlight and multimedia keys and we are curious to find out how this thing does. In addition Gigabyte used a USB2.0 and a USB3.0 header on this keyboard and there is also a very good bundle with key-caps remover and additional key-caps."

Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB Full Review - Silicon Motion all dressed up
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 4:27A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SSD wrk is a beautifully crafted Solid State Drive that performed admirably in our testing. Straight-line read performance from the equipped Silicon Motion 2246EN controller was the highest seen from any SATA 6Gb/s device tested to date. Random access and trace pattern testing turned in figures competitive with the best of the competition. The only issue to speak of is the limited write speeds, which put the tested 512GB model at a slight disadvantage. That write performance gap widens at 256GB and 128GB, an effect compounded by the increasing cost/GB as capacity is reduced. I would recommend the 512GB model to those looking for a high performing, aesthetically engineered SSD."

SanDisk Extreme PRO 240 - 480 and 960 GB SSD review
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 3:39A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We revisit the SanDisk Extreme PRO review, this round we will look at all three available models including the 240 - 480 and 960 GB versions. Yeah, Sandisk has released the Extreme Pro series SSD which we`ll benchmark and review. Though performance wise they will only be a notch faster, they offer better endurance, long lasting performance, 10 years warranty and slightly better pricing as well. Meet the ?the best of the best? from SanDisk as we review their all new Extreme PRO SSDs with nCache technology."

ASUS Z97 Pro (Intel Z97) Motherboard - Circuit and Overclocking Guide
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 2:51A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A new feature TweakTown is Motherboard Circuit and Overclocking articles. Check out Steven Bassiri`s first one covering the ASUS Z97 Pro motherboard."

Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone Review
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 1:56A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sony hits a homerun with its Xperia Z2 smartphone, a truly awesome Android smartphone that competes with the best of them. Check out Anthony`s full review."

Tt eSPORTS POSEIDON Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 1:12A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltake?s long running Tt eSPORTS keyboards have been characteristically flashy, aggressive, and occasionally silly such as the older Challenger keyboards which had fans for blowing air over the keys and keeping a gamer?s hands dry. What we have here in this review stands away from those principles. The Poseidon keyboards go for a much more minimalist looking design while leaving individually backlit keys and mechanical switches as showcase features. The Poseidon Z Illuminated is the Kailh mechanical switch update to the original Poseidon Illuminated which used Cherry MX mechanical switches. Read on to see how the Poseidon Z performs."

Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X OC Overclocked Video Card Review
     Thu, Aug 21 2014 | 12:49A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We check out the mid-range R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X OC from Sapphire, and see how it performs when we overclock it. Let`s see what Shawn has to say about it."

Streacom FC8 EVO Review @ Vortez
     Wed, Aug 20 2014 | 3:53P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
FC8 EVO is a compact computer chassis which is primarily designed for the Mini-ITX form factor. Streacom has adorned this case with a luxurious all-aluminium construction to give it that premium feel and to ensure it sits in pride of place beside other gadgets in the living room. or den!"

GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs. GTX 750 Ti @ ocaholic
     Wed, Aug 20 2014 | 3:53P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to compare the two Mid-range nVidia cards: the GTX 750 Ti with Maxwell GPU and the nVidia GTX 660 Ti Kepler GPU. The GTX 750 Ti is basically the first glimpse at NVIDIAs upcoming Maxwell GPUs and it will be quite interesting to see wether a lower end card from a new generation can keep up with a higher end card from the earlier generation."

Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Wed, Aug 20 2014 | 3:53P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Nokia Lumia 520 is a smartphone with a 4.0 inch touchscreen that runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.0 GHz dual-core processor. It has 512 MiB of RAM and 8 GiB storage space, a 5 MP main camera. Let`s take a look at it."

News: A quick look at Diamonds Xtreme Sound XS71HDU
     Wed, Aug 20 2014 | 12:05P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We love sound cards here at TR, but they don`t fit in every kind of PC. Diamond`s Xtreme Sound XS71HDU serves up the same kinds of features in a tiny USB package suitable for mini-PCs and ultrabooks. We took it for a spin to see if it`s as good as it looks."

Enermax iVektor Case Review
     Wed, Aug 20 2014 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We have always known Enermax for some pretty attractive and interesting cases. Today we are taking a look at one of their latest cases the iVektor. One interesting thing about this case is that it has a soft touch coating that is said to absorb vibrations, noise and prevent fingerprints. Besides this coating the iVektor features a large side panel window for showing off hardware, USB 3.0 support, room for large graphics cards and liquid cooling solutions and multiple tool-less installation features. The iVektor comes in black, white and red, but today we will be taking a look at the black version. Will this be the case for your next build? Read on as we find out!"

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player Review
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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
Oct 02 | Beginners Guides
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
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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
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  8. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
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  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
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  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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