BACK TO PCSTATS Follow PCSTATS on Facebook PCSTATS RSS Feed PCSTATS Twitter Feed + Motherboards
+ Videocards
+ Memory
+ Beginners Guides
News & Advanced Search  Feedback?
[X]   Directory of
Guides & Reviews

Beginners Guides
Weekly Newsletter
Archived Newsletters

Contact the Suite 66 Advertising Agency
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
The Weekly PCSTATS Newsletter is free to subscribe to, and chocked full of the latest hardware reviews, tech tips and other tasty tid-bits. Sign up and try it out today, or search the PCSTATS Newsletter Archives for past issues.
Main Newsletter Archive | Subscribe Today!
    Newsletter Archives Search
PCSTATS Newsletter Archives
Your PCSTATS Weekly Newsletter
PCSTATS Newsletter
All the cool kids gets the PCSTATS RSS News FeedPCSTATS Newsletter Home
In This Issue...

- Biostar SFF MiniPC
- Watercooling Case
- SATA Hard Drive Rack
- Guide: The Registry
- AOpen DL DVD Burner
- Corsair 650W PSU
- PCstats Weekly Tips

Newsletter Archives
Newsletter Archives

PCs The Size of Toasters and Watercooling Cases

The floodgates of unwanted email have opened up wide, but there are things you can do to protect yourself that don't involve unplugging your computer or tossing it out a fourth story window. Though, that can be very therapeutic... Have a look at this PCSTATS Beginners Guide, whose title I cannot mention, it will provide you with sound tips to dealing with junk email and all the nasty things that come with it. It's also a good time to double check your firewall, upgrade your PCs security software to the latest definitions, and run a scan. We've got a good guide on Firewalls and Internet Security right here.

This issue of the PCSTATS Newsletter starts off with the Biostar iDEQ 250N small form factor PC - a compact system based on the nVidia Geforce 6100 GPU. Next up is a watercooling friendly aluminum case from Gigabyte, the 3D Aurora 570. The 3D Aurora has special pass through spaces for fluid lines, and a bevy of low noise fans among its many other custom features. A removable SATA hard drive rack from IcyDock is next on the agenda, then we take another look at the AOpen DSW1812P 18X Triple format DVD rewriter. Dual layer DVD drives are super convenient for doing backups since they can handle 8.4GB of data at a time.

Rounding off the list of articles is a Beginners Guide to backing up the Registry (and tweaking it), and a review of the Corsair HX620W modular power supply. You'll find PCSTATS Weekly TechTip a little further down, and a column on AMD's upcoming Fusion technology off to the right - the world of hybrid CPU/GPUs is almost upon us!

I'd like to hear your opinions on AMD Fusion, particularly from the financial analysts in the crowd, so drop me a line.

Thanks for reading!
Max Page
Editor-in-Chief - PCSTATS

Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC Geforce 6100 Small Formfactor Barebones
READ In this review PCSTATS will be testing out the new Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC barebones system. The iDEQ 250N is a socket AM2 AMD Athlon64 platform which is based on nVIDIA's extremely popular GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 series chipsets. Even with Biostar's position as a value-oriented manufacturer, it has done a pretty decent job here. The system accommodates up to 4GB of DDR2-800 memory, and a PCI Express x16 videocard. The Geforce 6100 chipset gives away one other hidden talent to this small form factor barebones system... onboard Geforce 6-series graphics come standard. If budgets are tight, there's no reason why a socket AM2 Sempron 3600+ wouldn't turn this barebones into a handy little office or workstation PC for checking email, working on a report, or even kicking back to watch a movie on the PC. Continue Here>>

Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Aluminum Chassis Review

You may have seen a few Gigabyte heatsinks and watercooling kits, and now the company is coming out with a hybrid watercooling friendly case of its own. The Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 is a full sized aluminum case has the kind of watercooling integration other case manufacturers have oddly overlooked for many years. It is designed for maximum system cooling while maintaining quiet operating parameters, and there are no less than three large 120mm cooling fans. Best of all, it has two tubing pass through vents for watercooling systems. The 3D Aurora 570 case has a nice grilled side panel that can be swapped out with an included clear case window (how nice is that! It's even pre-drilled for quick installation), contains plenty of tool free expansion space for hard drives & DVD-ROMs, and accomodates a full sized Intel or AMD motherboard with room to spare. Continue Here>>

IcyDock MB122SKGF SATA Hard Drive Rack Review

Removable hard drive racks offer users an excellent option for moving large amounts of data around. With Serial ATA's ability to hot swap drives like SCSI; things really couldn't be better. The IcyDock M122SKGF removable hard drive rack is a hot swappable Serial ATA device, with integrated LCD display and thermal alarm. The unit is beige in colour, and supports Serial ATA I and Serial ATA II hard drives. The HDD caddy is made of aluminum which should help keep high speed drives a littler cooler than plastic would. There is also a small 40mm ADDA fan at the back of the unit to draw air through the unit. On the front of the HDD caddy is blue LED illuminated LCD that displays the ambient temperature and has a few simple temperature related alarm controls. Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: The Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
READ The Registry is crucial to Windows, but if you know how to edit it, you can customize your system in places you never thought possible.

There are few computer topics that are approached with more caution than the Windows registry, and not without good reason. The registry is a huge and complex structure which is absolutely crucial to the correct operation of Windows XP. As you can imagine, editing the registry opens up a Pandora's box. On one hand, it gives you almost infinite possibilities for changing the look, feel and operation of your Windows XP system. In this article, PCSTATS will take a behind the scenes look at the Windows XP registry. The composition of the registry will be examined, as well as how to backup and protect and restore it. Once we have that out of the way, we will examine some of the things you can easily achieve by editing the registry yourself.Continue Here>>

AOpen DSW1812P 18x Triple Format DVD Rewriter Review

For the average person, backing up your computer is easiest done by burning your files to a recordable DVD. With a Dual Layer compatible recordable DVD writer like the one we're testing today, that means 8.4GB of data, per disk. The AOpen 18x Triple Format DVD Rewriter (DSW1812P) is one of the few recordable DVD drives on that market that supports every single recordable DVD format there is - we're talking DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R Dual Layer and DVD-R Dual Layer. But wait, that's not all! With the AOpen DSW1812P drive you also get the Chameleon Bezel, AOpens' mysterious "Silent Technology" and fabled UDMA66 transfer speeds! And if you act now, AOpen will also include CD-R, CD-RW, and regular CD-ROM compatibility!Continue Here>>

Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply Review

The Corsair HX620W power supply is the companies first ever, and this unit certainly has many good things going for it. First off the Corsair HX620W power supply has received nVIDIA SLI and ATi CrossFire certification, so you know it's not a piece of junk. The 620W wattage rating is a sustained value, not peak. Lastly, it comes in a very pretty modular cable design. Accordingly, the HX620W's +3.3V line can deliver a maximum current of 24 Amps and the +5V rail 30 Amps. There are three +12V lines each of which can handle up to 18 Amps. It's important to note that Corsair lists sustained amperage values here, not peak! The Corsair HX620W power supply is Active Power Factor Correction (Active PFC). Now that we've covered all of that, let's take a closer look at the HX620W powersupply from a couple different angles, and take a quick peek inside...Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Undoing Anti-Automatic Updating

This tip is brought to you by the Sony VAIO TX notebook. Born to travel at just 2.8 pounds.

Microsoft WindowsXP offers a neat feature where it allows you to ignore certain software updates if you don't want to install them (like if the update conflicts with other software). But, what are you to do though if you decide in the future that these patches are necessary, yet Automatic Updates no longer offers them?

Setting access to these hidden updates is easy, first right click on the "My Computer" icon and select "Properties". Click the "Automatic Updates" tab and from there look at the bottom of the window and click the "Offer updates again that I've previously hidden" link. A new "Restore Updates" window will pop up asking if you want to restore the hidden updates, click the "Yes" button and then click "OK" to close the "System Properties" window. Once that's done the software updates you once hid will be available for you to install again. Just make sure the reason why you hid the updates has been solved before hand.

This is an easy tip, but if you manage a lot of PCs it comes in handy to prevent problems from updates that conflict with certain programs. Once those issues are resolved it's generally best practice to patch up the system.

Let PCSTATS know what you think about this Tech Tip, and be sure to stop by PCSTATS Forums and post your comments or questions.

Join the PCSTATS Forums Today @!

Quick Links
- Home - Forums - News -
Articles & Reviews
Beginners Guides
Newsletter Archives
Newsletter FAQ

PCstats Issue
Circulation: 176,194
AMD Fusion: CPU+GPUs

Much has been said about the AMD/ATi merger, and now that the dust is settled future projects like AMD's "Fusion" are starting to emerge. AMD believes the evolution of the CPU will include integrating a video processing core directly into the computer processor. Thanks to the modular design of the K8 Hammer architecture, it does not take a lot of effort to increase the number of processing cores, be they CPU or video.

Roadmaps show that AMD Fusion will be released in late 2008 or early 2009, as 45nm parts with a varying number of CPU and GPU cores integrated onto one silicon die. There are many different options available, from a general purpose chip that contains a single CPU and GPU, to multi-CPU/single GPU chips for data centric systems, and multi-GPU/single CPU for a graphic intensive systems.

Fusion will first target the mobile market according to AMD. By integrating the GPU into the processor, it will lower the total power requirements of a system. Fusion will also be aimed at consumer electronics, such as entry level desktop/workstations, and even servers. These markets do not require a super high level of 3D performance (since Fusion will allow the CPU/GPU combinations to share the system memory) and decrease overall cost and increases value for consumers and system integrators.

AMD Fusion will not replace videocards altogether however. Gamers who demand top of the line performance will still need a discrete videocard that runs through the PCI Express bus. Accordingly, AMDs' ATi branch will continue to release standalone high performance 3D videocards, says the company.

AMD is first out of the gate with its intentions for Fusion, so now it's up to Intel and nVIDIA to step up with similar products. With ATi’s GPU experience, and AMD’s processing cores, Fusion has the potential to revolutionize the computer and electronic industry. We'll just have to wait another year to know for sure.

"Get the 'Stats and Stay Informed!"

This Issue By
Editor-in-Chief. Max P.
Weekly Tips. Colin S.
Contact PCstats
Newsletter FAQ |Tips Archives

Copyright © 1999-2006, All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, in whole or in part is prohibited without express written permission.

© 2019

More Archived PCSTATS Newsletters-->

   05 / 25 / 2019 | 11:58PM
Hardware Sections 

PCSTATS Network Features Information About Us Contact
PCSTATS Newsletter
ShoppingList Assistance
Tech Glossary
Technology WebSite Listings
PermaLink News
Archived News
Submit News (Review RSS Feed)
Site Map
PCstats Wallpaper
About Us
Privacy Policy
Advertise on PCSTATS

How's Our Driving?
© Copyright 1999-2019 All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of Use.