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- Matrox DualHead2Go
- Asus EN7800GT
- Overclocking 64-bit
- Albatron 915SLI
- Ballistix DDR
- Flash Recovery Guide
- PCstats Weekly Tips

Dually 7800GT's, Notebook Monitors and Plenty More!

One of the greatest aspects of today's computers is that just about everything can be 'supersized'. One CPU not good enough? Go dual core. Need more memory bandwidth? Dual channel DDR covers that. Likewise, if one videocard isn't cutting it, a second can always be added into the mix for SLI or CrossFire gaming (if the necessary motherboard and chipset combo are there first, mind you).

For better or worse, the Jacob Two Two of the computer world is here to stay.

Thus, we start this PCSTATS newsletter with twin Asus EN7800GT videocards in SLi - twice the punch of a single Geforce 7800GT, but not as expensive as dually 7800GTX's. Following this, PCSTATS has a test report on some nice dual channel Crucial Ballistix PC4000 DDR, and the Albatron Mars PX915SLi motherboard which packs in twin PCI Express x16 slots for SLI compatibility. Since we're on a roll, we might as well also consider the effect that twice as many bits have when Overclocking in Windows XP 64-bit Edition.

Lastly, we have a new item from Matrox called the DualHead2Go for you to read about today. This hardware (you guessed it!) brings dual screen monitors into the realm of possibility for notebook aficionados. There's nothing quite like trumping a co-workers flashy 17" notebook screen with two 19" LCDs side-by-side. ;-) Check out PCSTATS' review for all the benefits and restrictions that Matrox's device brings to the table.

Happy holiday season folks!

Matrox DualHead2Go Analog Edition Review
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The Matrox DualHead2Go Analog Edition is a device that enables multi-display functionality from mainstream lap tops or desktop PCs. It works with a computers' analog monitor output, and splits the display signal between two external monitors by pretending to be one extra-wide display. The host PCs graphics solution does all the processing, so the device is pretty compact, lightweight, and quick to set up. The pocket book sized DualHead2Go is compatible with a collection of recent Intel, nVidia and ATI mobile graphics chipsets, at desktop spanning resolutions of exactly 2048x768 (60, 75, 85 Hz) or 2560x1024 (60Hz). This limits the usefulness of the DualHead2Go in some respects, as its two supported resolutions are not universally supported by all notebooks, or driver versions.Continue Here>>

Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A Videocard Review
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The nVIDIA GeForce 7800GT vs. ATi Radeon X1800 XL standoff looks like it is shaping up to be a pretty titanic battle, but which card will triumph is up to consumers. One example of what the GeForce 7800GT is capable of is Asus' EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A PCI Express x16 videocard. Built with the massive 320 million transistor GeForce 7800GT 'G70' core, the Asus EN7800GT packs in 256MB of GDDR3 memory. The card supports nVidia's Scalable Link Interface (SLI) for dual videocard gaming like all current generation nVIDIA parts. The bright blue videocard incorporates twin DVI connectors so users can attach digital LCD displays. Component output (HDTV, Y, Pb, Pr) and S-Video output comes standard via a breakout-box. The software package includes a couple of games and some multimedia applications.Continue Here>>

Overclocking and WindowsXP x64 Edition
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When one overclocks in the 32-bit world, we expect higher results. After all, a faster computer should lead to faster processing no matter the application, right? The next logical question is whether benchmarks would see similar results in a 64-bit computing environment? PCStats thought it would be interesting to see how overclocking is affected on the WindowsXP x64 Edition platform by illustrating both 32-bit and 64-bit benchmarks for an AMD Athlon64 4000+ based system. Would the test platform be stable enough to overclock successfully? Would WindowsXP x64 Edition require a more stable processor than its 32-bit counterpart does?Continue Here>>

Albatron Mars PX915SLI Intel 915PL SLI Motherboard Review

nVidia's Scalable Link Interface (SLI), just three little words that until recently have separated top of the line graphics performance, and AMD and Intel platforms. Albatron is one of the more innovative motherboard manufacturers, and its team of engineers has actually figured out a way of running SLI on the budget Intel 915PL chipset! We will get into how the 915PL is turned into an SLI chipset in just a moment. Since the Albatron PX915SLI is based on the Intel 915PL chipset, the motherboard only supports Socket 775 Pentium 4 processors that run on a 533/800 MHz FSB. The two DIMM slots will handle a maximum of 2GB of PC3200 DDR RAM which will run in a dual channel configuration. Continue Here>>

Crucial Ballistix PC4000 DDR RAM Review
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On the test block today is a 1GB set of dual channel DDR from Crucial. Sold under the Crucial Ballistix name, this pair of 512MB PC4000 DDR modules have been well received by the enthusiast community. The 184 pin (unbuffered, non ECC) DDR DIMMs are dual channel compatible and have a default rated speed of 250 MHz, or PC4000. Default timings are very conservative at 3-4-4-8. To reach an overclocked speed of 250 MHz, the memory is rated for use with voltages as high as 2.8V.Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
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The flash memory-based USB key has become commonplace faster than just about any other computer peripheral in recent memory. But despite all their obvious advantages, USB drives and other flash memory devices like compact flash and SD cards are not without some problems and pitfalls of their own. In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS is going to look at how flash memory works, what can go wrong with it, and how to recover and protect your data in case the worst does happen.Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: NetBIOS Security

NetBIOS is one of those nice features built into Windows that can allow hackers to take a WindowsXP computer. To protect yourself, it is recommended that anonymous access be disabled.... and with a few clicks of the mouse this feature can be disabled easily.

First you'll need load up regedit (Start -> Run then type regedit and press the OK button) and follow this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> System -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> Lsa. From there, in the right hand window, right click and create a new DWORD value and give it the name 'RestrictAnonymous' and set its value to '1'. Close regedit, reboot the system and you're set.

Now a hacker cannot take over your machine through an anonymous NetBIOS connection.

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