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- Acer Ferrari
- ECS KN1-Extreme
- Gigabyte 8I955X
- Writemaster 16x16x
- Aopen 700W PSU
- Intel P4-D 840
- PCstats Weekly Tips
Ferrari 2GHz Turion Notebook Reviewed

A trickle of information is starting to flow on the upcoming Intel 975X chipset; it is expected to support both nVidia's SLI and ATI's Crossfire with twin PCI Express x16 slots (x8 lanes each), and will apparently release in tandem with the dual core Pentium D 900-series CPU. If history is any indication, where there is an Intel 975X, there should also be a 965 too... The big news this issue is a little 64-bit AMD Turion based Acer Ferrari 4005 notebook that recently made its way past the PCSTATS test bench, so be sure to take a look through that review. On the motherboard front we have test reports for the ECS KN1 Extreme and Gigabyte GA-8I955X boards. Colin's also spent some time testing out a 700W power supply from Aopen and Samsung's Writemaster 16x16x External DVD-burner.

Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi AMD Turion64 ML-37 Laptop Review

Starting with the AMD Turion Athlon64 mobile processor purring away at 2GHz, the Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi represents the state of the art in notebook technology, including its own carbon fiber panel and Ferrari emblem behind the 15.4" LCD screen. The notebook is includes 1GB of DDR-333 system memory, an integrated ATI Mobility Radeon X700 video card with 128MB of dedicated video memory, 100GB hard disk, Gigabit Ethernet adaptor, 802.11G wireless, and Bluetooth. The Turion64 provides compatibility with both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and programs.Continue Here>>

ECS KN1 Extreme nForce 4 Ultra Motherboard Review

ECS has been trying hard to improve its retail image and win back some of the market share for value-oriented consumers that it has lost to rival ASUS' no frills ASRock motherboard division. In the first salvo we find the ECS KN1 Extreme nForce 4 Ultra motherboard, a concise example of how far ECS is willing to go; hardware features on the socket 939 AMD Athlon64 ECS KN1 Extreme include an additional Serial ATA/IDE RAID controller, IEEE 1394a, a 5.1 channel audio codec and two network cards (one Gigabit, one 10/100).Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Intel 955X Motherboard Review

The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal motherboard is a dual core Pentium 4 processor compatible platform, built around Intel's very own 955X chipset. The Intel 955X Northbridge supports up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR II memory installed. A single PCI Express x16 slot provides the graphical interface. Onboard peripherals include a Silicon Image SATA/RAID controller, a GIGARaid IDE/RAID controller, a pair of BroadCom Gigabit LAN adaptors and 7.1 channel Intel 'High Definition' sound.Continue Here>>

Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review

The Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 is a USB 2.0 only device and sports a rather impressive maximum writing speed of 16x for single layer DVD media, 8x DVD+R DL burning, and 4x for DVD-R DL burning. That is smoking fast even when compared to today's internal DVD burners. One thing to consider is that while the drive is USB 1.x backwards compatible (it is USB2.0 itself), burning DVD media is out of the question since USB 1.x can only move a maximum of 11Mbps.... way to slow. Continue Here>>

AOpen Prima Power AO700-12ALN 700W Power Supply Review

The AOpen Prima Power AO700-12ALN is a rather plain looking power supply, but one which has the ability to deliver a massive 700W of power and four separate 12V rails! To sweeten things, the AO700-12ALN is also very quiet thanks to the large 120mm fan generating 28.4 dBA at maximum RPM. The most impressive feature of the AOpen Prima Power AO700-12ALN are its quad +12V rails, all four of which have a maximum rating of 15 Amps. The +3.3V, +5V and the four +12V rails can output a maximum of 680W and the total peak output of the power supply is 700W at an internal temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. Continue Here>>

Intel Pentium D 840 Dual-Core LGA775 Processor Review

The flagship Intel Pentium D 840 processor, clocked at a respectable 3.2GHz and built on the 90nm process uses a pair of Prescott cores running at 16 x 200MHz to bring multi-processing to the desktop in a LGA775 pinless package. The Intel Pentium D 840 has a maximum power requirement of 130Watts (as opposed to 169million transistors and 115W for the 3.8GHz P4 670). Each core has access to its own L1 and L2 cache memory, 16KB and 1MB respectively. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: WinXP and WHQL

There is a reason why Microsoft forces all hardware manufacturers to pass its WHQL tests, non-certified drivers can cause compatibility problems. WindowsXP will by default allow users to install non-WHQL certified drivers, but if you are worried about them screwing up your machine, you can disable that ability completely.

First click the Start button then to go run, type secpol.msc and click the ok button. From there expand the Local Policies folder and select the Security Options folder. In the right hand window search for the "Devices: Unsigned driver installation behavior" option and double click on it. From there change the option to "Do not allow installation," click the OK button and you're set.

From now on, users of that particular computer will not be able to install non WHQL certified drivers.

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