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- Albatron GF6150 AM2
- ASrock K8T890 AM2
- OCZ PC2-7200 RAM
- Dual OS 32/64 bit
- Seasonic Energy+ 650W
- Pentium D 940 CPU
- PCstats Weekly Tips

Albatron's Latest Geforce 6150 Motherboard Rocks AM2

While universities and colleges gear up for a brand new semester in just a few short weeks, the internet too always seems to swell in unison... it's a seasonal shift that marks the starting point of a long line of impending videocard releases, new CPUs, chipsets and all manner of technologies. Fun!

PCSTATS 221st Newsletter issue starts off with Geforce 6150-based AM2 Albatron KM51PV-AM2 motherboard. The benchmarks tell the whole story on this one, but the real nice part is that it supports dual monitors without having to install a videocard! After this, OCZ's PC2-7200 RAM for overclockers gets a good workout on the test bench, followed by the ASrock AM2V890-VSTA motherboard. This board is based on the VIA K8T890 chipset, and manages to hold its own. Surprising, if we consider its mainstream breeding. Rounding off this short and sweet edition is a really handy Weekly Tech Tip on the topic of BitTorrent, and reviews of the Intel Pentium D 940, Seasonic 650W Energy+ powersupply, and a Beginners Guide to setting up Dual Boot 32/64-bit Operating Systems. Enjoy!

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Max Page
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Albatron KM51PV-AM2 Geforce 6150 Motherboard Review

The nVIDIA GeForce 6150 is the best of the bunch when it comes to integrated graphics chipsets on the AMD Athlon 64 platform. The Albatron KM51PV-AM2 is one such microATX motherboard which fulfills multiple usage roles. The KM51PV-AM2 is based on the nVIDIA GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 chipsets, and the bargain basement prices of the AMD Sempron 64-bit processor are genuinely the best suited for it. Albatron's KM51PV-AM2 motherboard has six USB2.0 jacks at the rear of the board, along with 5.1 channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, and both DVI and analog video jacks support multi-monitor video output.

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-7200 Platinum XTC SLI-Ready 2GB Memory Kit Review

Overclocking is a ton of fun if you're interested in getting into it.. but ask any seasoned overclocker about the importance of good memory and they'll talk your ear off. OCZ's 2GB PC2-7200 Platinum XTC SLI Ready memory offers users an interesting mix of high speeds and low latency. The 2GB kit has been rated to run up to 900 MHz while keeping CAS Latency timings of 4-4-3-15. The memory requires a stock voltage of 2.1V. The DDR-2 modules come wrapped in OCZ's XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) "heatspreaders", and it looks like the entire package has been deep-fried in the chrome-plater! Continue Here>>

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review

In this review of the ASrock AM2V890-VSTA motherboard we'll be looking at how the VIA K8T890 handles itself around the socket AM2 Athlon64 FX-62 processor. The ASRock AM2V890-VSTA Socket AM2 motherboard is the first motherboard to cross PCSTATS' test bench based on the VIA K8T890 chipset. This compact ATX motherboard has four 240 pin DDR2 memory slots which accommodate up to 8GB of DDR-2 memory. Among the list of standard features on the motherboard are 7.1 channel audio, 10/100 network and dual PCI Express graphics slots - though SLI is not supported.Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit

In this short guide, PCSTATS is going to show you how to go about creating your dual 64-bit/32-bit Windows XP installation. This allows you to mix and match the two operating systems, avoiding software failure and discovering which is best for each application and game. In order for this guide to work, we've got to make a couple of assumptions: number one, that you have a 64-bit capable processor (either AMD Athlon 64, Opteron or EMT-64 enabled Intel Pentium 4/D/EE) and a working 32-bit installation of Windows XP...Continue Here>>

Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz Dual Core Processor Review

The Intel Pentium D 940 processor is the latest victim, errr.... component to pass through the PCSTATS test labs. Built on Intel's 65 nanometer manufacturing process and with two physical processing cores running at 3.2 GHz each, backed up by 2MB of L2 cache, the socket 775 chip certainly makes quite a splash. Each core on the Pentium D 940 has access to its own L1 and L2 cache memory, 16KB and 2MB respectively. Both class of processor run on a 800MHz front side bus like traditional Prescott Pentium 4s, and are currently only supported with DDR II memory.Continue Here>>

Seasonic S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT 650W Power Supply Review

Seasonic's flagship power supply this summer is the S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT 650W model. The SS-650HT is SLI certified, and that itself should be a sign of what's to come. It is fully ATX 2.0 compatible and has an energy efficiency rating above 80% and there are four +12V rails that can each deliver a maximum of 18Amps , with total power output of 455W! We'll be looking at the S12 closely to see if it fills the role from a computer enthusiasts perspective; be it multiple videocards, quietness, efficiency or whatever. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Azureus BitTorrent Client Encryption Technique

BitTorrent (BT)is one of the most useful protocols for finding and transferring files between peers, however it might be a bit too successful. Many ISP's (at least in North America) now throttle BT traffic to keep it from eating up too much bandwidth. That can slow data transfers to a handful of KB/s. Azureus ( ) is one of the more popular BitTorrent clients available, and it comes with a very handy feature - the ability to encrypt BT traffic! That means the ISP can no longer throttle traffic because it doesn't know what the packets are for.

To use this feature, you'll need to install the Azureus client, and after the program has loaded click on the "Tools" menu then "Options...". From there expand the "Connections" options, click on "Transport Encryption" and in the main window check the "Require encrypted transport" box. Leave the "Minimum encryption transport" at stock (RC4) and also check the "Allow non-encrypted outgoing connections if encrypted connection attempts fails" and "Allow non-encrypted incoming connections" boxes so you can connect to non-encrypted traffic too.

Once you've made those changes, click the save button and you're all set! From now on even if your ISP throttles BitTorrent traffic, the encryption will allow your data to run at full speed. =)

Please note that Azureus is a bit of a memory hog, and requires Java to function.

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