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Lenovo Y50 Touch Gaming Notebook Review: In Touch With Your Budget
     Fri, Oct 17 2014 | 6:14A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Does the Y50 Touch make sense for you? If you absolutely must have touch, its a reasonable choice, provided youre okay with the bothersome surface temperatures, you dont mind the weak LCD performance, and you plan to replace the storage drive at some point. Otherwise, wed recommend looking at the regular Y50 instead, or perhaps saving up a bit more dough and plunking it down on a full-blown high-end gaming machine."

The NVIDIA GTX 980 SLI Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Oct 17 2014 | 1:34A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA`s GTX 980 is without a doubt the most popular graphics"

PCSTATS TechTip: Excel Cannot Complete this Task with Available Resources - SOLVED
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 8:25P | Tips | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

PCSTATS TechTip: SOLVED - Excel Cannot Complete this Task with Available Resources...

So, you have a massive 45MB Excel spreadsheet open with multiple pages and you're about to update a few thousand cells when this error box pops up: "Excel cannot continue this task with available resources. Choose less data or close other applications. Continue without Undo?" What to do?! This can be a frustrating experience, especially if you're certain the computer is powerful enough and has 4GB or more RAM installed. The issue is indeed resources related, but adding more memory will not fix things. If for example you have Chrome or Firefox open with a couple dozen tabs at the same time, closing that browser while working in Excel can help alleviate the resource limitation... but not always.


A PCSTATS reader who uses Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 recently wrote in for help with this problem . Here's the permanent way to solve the "Excel Cannot Complete Task with Available Resources" error.

How to Fix: Excel Cannot Complete Task with Available Resources Error

To begin with, confirm you are running the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 operating system. Next launch Excel, then open up 'Task Manager' (right click on taskbar > Start Task manager) and navigate to the 'Processes' tab. You should see "Excel.exe *32" listed. If that's the case, the reason Excel is crapping out when you work with large .xlsx spreadsheets is because 32-bit Excel is installed and 32-bit Excel can only address 2GB of system RAM. Excel needs more system resources, but for that you MUST install the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office.

To do that, uninstall Office 2013 and reinstall the 64-bit version of Office 2013. This is easily done from the 'Office Home and Business 2013' disk by 1) CANCELLING the setup.exe program which immediately loads and then 2) navigating on the Office disk to the folder '/office' and double clicking on 'setup64.exe'. This will force Office 2013 to install the 64-bit version -- the default installer loads the x32 version of Office which is compatible with both x32 and x64 operating systems.

That's it! With the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 installed Excel will address as much memory as is installed & available to applications. This PCSTATS TechTip can be applied to Office 2010 which also comes in x32/x64 flavours. If you want to confirm you've installed the x64 version of Office 2013, launch Excel, then open up 'Task Manager' (right click on taskbar > Start Task manager) and navigate to the 'Processes' tab. You will now see "Excel.exe" listed, which means a native x64 application is running in the x64 version of Windows 7/8 operating system.

For good measure, you can also take the extra step of installing 64-bit version of Chrome Beta.


Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ512GCSU Enterprise SSD Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 5:11P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba`s HG6 enterprise SSD is custom-built to serve a wide variety of light and read-intensive workloads. Read on for Paul`s full thoughts on the drive."

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Cards in SLI & Overclocked
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 4:22P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI video card setup running perfectly, we overclock it to see just how much performance we can get out of it."

QNAP TS-451 Turbo NAS Server Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 12:57P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The QNAP TS-451 Turbo NAS is part of a new hardware platform for QNAP that brings a high level of performance to the small tower-based format, at a lower cost than was possible before. The four new TS-x51 towers are being promoted as home-based NAS servers, based on their high performance, low cost, and a bunch of new software functionality that is ideal for the modern home. While recent QNAP launches have leveraged the tremendous potential of 10GbE networking for the business user, the home and the SOHO market aren?t there yet. The home market is very sensitive to pricing, so the best thing to do is to re-engineer the daylights out of the surrounding infrastructure and pump a little more juice into the system controller. More power, new features ? lower price?"

Corsair HXi Series Fully Modular 1000W Power Supply Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 11:23A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair HX1000i power supply exhibited good voltage regulation with excellent AC ripple suppression, even at full load. The power supply features a good assortment of all modular cables and delivers excellent efficiency, meeting the 80Plus Platinum criteria. The HX1000i PSU incorporates a zero RPM silent cooling mode (up to ~40% load) and continues to operate quietly even as the load increases,"

ASUS X99 Deluxe LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:34A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intels new Haswell-E CPU series (reviewed here) and its accompanying X99 chipset launch has had its challenges. Originally, Haswell-E was going to get a completely new socket. Although the new LGA2011-3 is not backwards compatible with previous CPUs, it does work with all coolers that worked with standard LGA2011 sockets from the X79 platform. Those late in the quarter changes made it very difficult for Intel partners to validate their X99 platforms and solidify their products lines. In fact, only partners with enough resources were able to launch on time with the August 29th embargo lift. That means, ASUS came through first, with GIGABYTE right on their heels. The rest are still catching up. "

Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:14A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HyperX Fury is the latest storage solution from Kingston. Read on as we take this pen drive through testing to see how it performs against others."

OCZ Intrepid 3600 Enterprise SSD Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:05A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ releases its homegrown Intrepid 3600 enterprise SSD for read-intensive workloads. Today Paul compares it other leading SSDs in its class."

15 Intel X99 motherboards review: new boards for Haswell-E
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

We tested no less than 15 Intel X99 chipset / Socket 2011 v3 motherboards for Intel’s new Haswell-E CPUs. Our extensive roundup features a lot of benchmark and power usage tests. We also pay a lot of attention to the PCI-Express configurations and USB implementations of the boards, two of the major differences in this generation. An interesting fact is that there are some big performance differences between the X99 boards: usually when we compare boards with the same chipset they all perform roughly the same, this time around the opposite is true.


EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon Gaming Mouse Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:02A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There is no doubt that EVGA built the Torq X10 Carbon gaming mouse with the highest quality materials and given that this is their first mouse that is quite surprising.

Luxa2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker w/ Wireless Charging
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:01A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our review of the GroovyW Bluetooth and NFC speaker from Luxa2. What makes product stand out even more is that it charges by way of a Qi charger that is included - and that charger just happens to be a portable battery as well. That's right, this is pretty much three products in one and it is all awesome. If you want to see if this unit is right for you, please check our review for all the details.

GeForce GTX 970 SLI review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,We review Nvidias little money maker, the GeForce GTX 970 but this time in a 2-way SLI. As such we`ll be going from fast to faaaaast. In this review we`ll run the standard benchmarks, but we will also have a good look at Ultra HD gaming performance as well as a micro stuttering analysis with the help of FCAT. Join us in this review where we`ll once again look at everything."

AMD FX-8370 & FX-8370E Processors Review
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“With the release of the AMD FX-8370 and 8370E processors, there have been no grand design changes that will suddenly put AMD on top of the performance heap. Instead, these are products to cover those that have yet to make the switch from an older AM3 or AM3+ CPU or even a lesser CPU in the current AM3+ product stack. There is also a shift in how the FX series chips line up to the competition. Let’s have a closer look at the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E 8 core CPUs.”

Cutting the Cord: Part 1 Alternatives Boxes @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Oct 16 2014 | 8:59A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Well a few months ago I finally did the unbelievable and canceled my cable subscription. The main reason behind this is was that I rarely watched TV at all and honestly most of the stations I did watch showed the same shows over and over again. It was weird not having cable after having it for the past 29 years of my life it seems like, but I have really got used to it and with the money it has saved me I have been able to do other things and buy some other gadgets. In this article series I will be going through my journey of canceling my cable and finding alternatives. Today I will be focusing on hardware to watch media on your TV."

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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.
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