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- Underclocking
- Videocard OC
- CPU, Mem OC
- PQI P800
- MSI NX6200TC
- OCZ PC4000
- PCstats Weekly Tips
Overclocking Guides and Experimental Underclocking


One of PCSTATS' founding ideals is that our articles, reviews and guides should present you with enough information that you can make informed decisions on your own. We're not here to tell you what to buy or where to shop, because we're not the lap dogs of the computer industry, certain brands, or online retailers. Though it is sometimes prudent to point out which gear to avoid, when it comes to questions of ATI or nVidia, Intel or AMD, the answer is always the same: whichever currently offers the best bang for the buck!

Via the PCSTATS reader feedback page hundreds of questions arrive in my mailbox each week. While I can't reply to everyone, I do read each and every comment. When it comes to questions of which gear to get, your first stop should be the PCSTATS ShoppingList, or Forums. Those are the best avenue's for hardware recommendations, and if you have suggestions on how we can make things even better please let us know.

This weeks PCSTATS Newsletter focuses on Overclocking. Two new Beginners Guides deal specifically with the how-to's of overclocking CPUs, videocards, memory, and motherboards in a clear and concise manner. The third article is an experiment in underclocking... something of a rarity considering the popularity of the latter.

If OC'ing isn't your thing, check out the PQI mPack P800 personal media player and MSI NX6200 Tubo-Cache Videocard reviews. A pair of PC4000 dual channel DDR modules from OCZ round out things before we dive head first into PCSTATS Weekly Tech Tip!

The Underclocking Experiment
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PCstats knows overclocking. You know overclocking. Everybody knows overclocking. The PC runs faster and hotter, provides more performance, and yadda yadda yadda. Overclocking has become so routine in the hardware world that every processor, motherboard, memory module and videocard needs to be overclocked as part of its review. We never know if the people actually buying the hardware care about its overclocking potential, but as computer journalists and enthusiasts, we know we have to test it out. This got us thinking though; what about under-clocking? Most modern processors and motherboards can just as easily run under a rated speed as it can run over... but is there a point to this? Well possibly. Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Overclocking the Videocard
Continue on... Overclocking is a subject that we deal with every time a new processor, motherboard, stick of memory or videocard comes in for review, so it's a topic near and dear to our hearts. As you might expect, after having experimented with the subject so frequently, we have developed a pretty good idea of what does and doesn't work. Videocard overclocking can hold many benefits for the gamer or benchmarking enthusiast. From theory to practice, ATI to nVidia, basic overclocking to tips and BIOS flashing, it's all in this guide!Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard and Memory
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The prospect of overclocking a computer system can be intimidating for a computer newcomer, to say the least. The idea is simple enough; make the computer's processor run faster than its stock speed to gain more performance without paying for it. The execution of this idea though, can be anything but simple. The article will guide readers step-by-step through understanding overclocking concepts, how to discover their hardware's overclocking options and the actual process of overclocking. If you consider yourself an expert already, read on - there are a few tips and tricks packed into this guide that you may not know...Continue Here>>

PQI mPack P800 Portable Entertainment Centre
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There's always a type of gadget out there that the techno-literate are drooling for long before the regular public becomes aware of its existence. The MP3 player is a great example; my vote for the next technology likely to blow up is the personal multimedia device. Today we have the pleasure of looking at PQI's newest entry into this soon-to-be crowded field, the mPack P800 portable entertainment centre. From it's nice 3.5" LCD screen outwards, the PQI mPack P800 supports a pleasingly large array of formats. For video, MPEG 1,2 and 4 (and DivX) are covered, along with XviD, WMV and ASF. Advertised battery life is 4.5 hours for video playback and 10 hours for audio playback (with screen off).Continue Here>>

MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard Review
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Economical videocards of today allow users to experience all the same DirectX 9 eye candy that higher end models offer. The MSI NX6200TC-TD32E is based on the GeForce 6200 Turbo Cache core and actually includes 32MB of onboard memory in addition to borrowing system memory when necessary. The card supports dual analog monitors and includes the necessary DVI-to-analog converter. The videocard also supports S-Video and Component output which should make it useful for HTPC use.Continue Here>>
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OCZ PC4000 Gold Dual Channel VX Memory Review
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For the computer geek looking for an adventure, there has never been a better time to be an enthusiast. OCZ's 512MB PC4000 Gold Dual-Channel VX (Voltage eXtreme) DDR memory is rated to run at 250 MHz with timings of 2-2-2-8 and a maximum voltage of 3.3V. If you do not plan to overclock this memory, the PC4000 Gold Dual Channel VX can also run with 2-3-3-8 timings at 200 MHz with only 2.6V. Heatspreaders have become standard equipment on memory, even if they're mostly redundant for their stated purpose. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: New hard drive, New Partition

A few weeks ago my cousin bought himself a new hard drive and installed it into his computer. Later he called me to ask why he couldn't access the new drive within Windows, after all he could see it at the POST screen.

From talking to him, it became clear that he didn't partition and format the HDD, so I explained that fresh hard drives must first be partitioned with a proper file system and then formatted. He was puzzled, and didn't know what I was talking about... and you'd be surprised how often this happens.

Luckily it's not hard to partition and format a HDD in WindowsXP. After all the hard drive has been physically installed, right click on the My Computer icon and select Manage. From there expand the Storage section and click on Disk Management. On the right hand side of the screen you should see the various partitions in your computer as well as a list of the storage hardware that has been installed. Right click on the *Unallocated* space, select New Partition, follow the wizard (you can just keep clicking next) and you're set!

Yes it really is that easy. Best of all your drive is also formatted and ready to use. For more information on formatting and partitioning a hard drive, also check out PCSTATS Guide on the subject right here.

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