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- Patriot PC2-8000 RAM
- ABIT AN8 32x Mobo
- MSI 7300GS GFX
- Samsung 1GB MP3
- Athlon64 FX-60 CPU
- PCstats Weekly Tips

Patriot's Secret Weapon on Sluggish DDR-2

It's been quite a while since Colin got as excited about a couple sticks of RAM as he did with the Patriot Memory PC2-8000 modules in this Edition of the Newsletter... low latency and high speed capability all in one package, how very versatile! Colin's review on this DDR-2 RAM is a good read. Be sure to give it a once over, especially if you're considering the upcoming socket AM2 Athlon64 processor or running an Intel Pentium 4 PC right now.

Next up is the nicely built ABIT AN8 32x motherboard with twin PCI Express x16 slots that receive a full 16 lanes of PCI Express each. Try saying that 10 times fast! ABIT is fresh from a merger with a company called USI, and now known as Universal ABIT, so it will be interesting to see where things head from now on. After that we look back at the hefty AMD Athlon64 FX-60 processor (among the best in its class), the brand spanking new mainstream MSI NX7300GS videocard, and a 1GB flash based MP3 player from Samsung called the YP-U1ZB. Gotta love those names... :-)

Thanks for reading,
Max Page

Patriot Memory PDC22G8000+XBLK Memory Review

Enthusiast calibre RAM usually only comes in one of two forms; high speed memory with lax timings or lower speed memory with tight timings. Making a decision at this crossroads will have a big impact on your PC's performance, and for most of us it's confusing as to which route is the best to follow. What sets this pair of PC2-8000 DDR2 memory apart from the competition is that it's capable of three different frequency & timings settings. Patriot Memory's PDC22G8000+XBLK memory is rated for a CAS Latency of 3 at DDR2-667 speeds, CAS 4 at DDR2-800 speeds, and to reach DDR2-1000 speeds a CAS Latency of 5. Those numbers are good news for AMD and its upcoming socket AM2 Athlon64 processor. The Athlon64 CPU traditionally reacts very well with low latency memory, and on the other side of the fence Intel users can appreciate how the memory clocks as high as the sky... Continue Here>>

ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review

ABIT's back and it's getting ready to give DFI, ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte a serious run for the money. It's newest flagship Athlon64 motherboard is the ABIT AN8 32X, based upon the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset (nVidia C51D and CK804 SLI). As you know, the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset allows two nVIDIA PCI Express videocards to run in SLI mode with each card receiving the full 16 PCI Express lanes. Expansion is taken care of with the pair of aforementioned PCI Express x16 slots... Continue Here>>

MSI NX7300GS-TD256E Videocard Review

Consumers interested in occasional gaming, but not willing to fork out loads of cash should really applaud what the MSI NX7300GS-TD256E videocard has to offer. The PCI Express x16 MSI NX7300GS-TD256E videocard supports dual monitors (DVI / analog) and includes a TV-Output option for S-Video and Component output cables. The GeForce 7300GS GPU will snatch a bit of system memory for its own use by design, but the MSI NX7300GS still comes with 256MB of on board DDR-2 memory for its own use. Continue Here>>

Samsung Yepp YP-U1ZB 1GB MP3 Player Review

As MP3 players go, there are literally hundreds of makes and models to wade through. Lesser players suffer horrendous battery longevity, frustrating control and navigation menu's, and thrust users into a world of basic features that are akin to peddling down the highway like the Flintstones do. The Samsung YP-U1ZB MP3 player has 1GB of memory and a nice black and white back-lit LCD display. The YP-U1ZB draws power from an internal rechargeable Li-polymer battery that puts out roughly 13-hours of music. Best of all, the whole contraption recharges right in the USB slot with the same USB2.0 jack it uses for moving data. Now, how about those headphones? Continue Here>>

AMD Athlon64 FX-60 Dual Core Processor Review

The new dual core AMD Athlon64 FX-60 processor PCSTATS is testing is based on the Socket 939 form factor, with each individual core clocked at 2.6 GHz. Make no mistake about it, the AMD Athlon64 FX-60 is the most versatile desktop processor on the market... and as we'll soon show you, just about the fastest too. Like the dual core AMD Athlon64 X2 processors, the dual core Athlon64 FX-60 CPU is physically identical to all 939-pin AMD 'K8' processors and has a maximum thermal power of 110W. Each core has its own 128KB L1 and 1MB L2 cache; so essentially what we have here are two Athlon64 FX-55's squeezed into one package. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Don't Manage My Computer

This tip is for those who are paranoid about computer security. ;-) The 'Manage My Computer' option is very powerful, however in the wrong hands it can totally wreck a computer.

Disabling this feature is quite easy; first we need to load up the registry editor (Click Start go to Run and type regedit and press the OK button). From there follow this path HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer and create a new DWORD value with the title NoManageMyComputerVerb. Give it a value of 1 then exit and reboot your machine.

From now on, that particular computer user will no longer have the 'Manage My Computer' option. Do this to every user account you want to restrict.

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