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Antec Six Hundred V2 Case Review
     Mon, May 02 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Back in January Antec announced an update to their Six Hundred gaming case calling the new versions V2. We did not actually get a chance to check out the original Six Hundred case, but from what we have seen Antec has made some changes and added a few things to the Six Hundred case to bring it up to date. Some of those features include a front-loaded 2.5? hot swap hard drive caddy (SSD compatible), CPU cutout for installation of after-market coolers, a cable management compartment for tidier routing and a windowed top panel for unique “moonroof” visibility. Let’s check the S ix Hundred V2 out!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Patriot PBO Core HD Media Player Review
     Mon, May 02 2011 | 12:00P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The living room is the new battleground for old and new entertainment companies. Patriot’s PBO Core is one of the latest devices battling for position next to your Blu-ray player and game console. The PBO Core has a wide variety of supported formats from the current king, H.264, all the way back to Real Video. We’ll take an in-depth look to see if the PBO Core can be your core multimedia playing device."
  FULL STORY @ PATRIOT

AMD Radeon HD 6790
     Mon, May 02 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are a chip design house designing graphic processors, and you find that a certain percentage of your chips coming from the foundry does not perform on specification, you have 2 choices. Either you discard them, or you redefine the specification to make it a different product. This particular way is quite usual and AMD shows the latest incarnation of this practice. The AMD Radeon HD 6790 is a cut-down Barts chip targeting the mainstream segment. HT4U.net compares an AMD reference board and a branded version from Sapphire.
  FULL STORY @ RADEON

Eco-Mode – Intel Core i5 2400S
     Mon, May 02 2011 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At launch time of “Sandy Bridge” for Socket 1155, Intel featured some models with a TDP between 35 W and 65 W to cater the Energy Saver market. As a representative of the 65 W class HT4U.net ordered the Core i5 2400S to evaluate its market niche.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
     Mon, May 02 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the head to head race for the fastest graphics card, AMD and NVIDIA battle a close fight. The past showed that this competition is a field for dual GPU models. While AMD made the first move with the Radeon HD 6990, NVIDIA launches the first dual GPU model in 2 years, named the GeForce GTX 590. HT4U.net proudly presents the 2011 edition of the crown rumble.
  FULL STORY @ GEFORCE

AMD Brazos Platform
     Mon, May 02 2011 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Three years ago Intel created a trend by launching a feature reduced product named Atom and was very successful in this segment. AMD now targets the gap between the Atom systems and classic PC systems with the launch of the Brazos platform. As the first fusion processor, it is especially interesting to look at performance, energy consumption and usability.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-326StUSE2 3.5' HDD Enclosure Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With excellent performance, plenty of interfaces, great build quality and SmartGuider HDD tray which allows for swift HDD swapping you just can't go wrong with the Icy Box IB-326StUSE2 3.5’’ External HDD enclosure by Raidsonic.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

 
Cubitek Mini-Tank Case Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 4:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Want to go LAN-party hopping but don't want to tote your full tower? Want a mini gaming case that doesn't make sacrifices for size? Need a soild case for your mini-ATX board? If you answered Yes to any of those questions, then Cubitek has the answer for you in their Mini Tank mini-ATX case designed with the gamer in mind.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3-1600 4GB Kit BL2KIT25664ST1608RG Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 4:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This time the new Crucial Ballistix Smart tracer DDR3-1600 modules are tested, which offers fast timings, high frequencies and a special highlight, in the truest sense of the word. We already know activity LEDs in different colors on the top of the modules and near the pins from several Crucial Ballistix Tracer reviews. But these new Smart Tracer RAM LEDs can be programmed with a special BallistixUtility and additionally the software can show the temperature of the DDR3 memory modules and write it into a log file. The temperature monitoring of the RAM is particularly interesting for overclocking and for us one reason more to overclock these modules up to the limit. Let us see, what these Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-12800 CL8 4GB DDR3 kit can offer in addition to colored lighting and temperature monitoring.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5-inch Laptop Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 12:03P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“It is not often that I look at a laptop and say wow that looks beautiful and then pick it up and fall in love with it even more. I think the only time that has really happened was with a Macbook Air, but I’m not even a Mac user. Lenovo is not a company you really think of when it comes to beautifully designed laptops, they make great laptops no doubt, but most of them are not that eye catching. Today we are going to be taking a look at the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5-inch laptop, which is one of sleekest laptops I’ve ever seen and comes packed with an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of mem ory. Is the U260 all looks or will it really perform?"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Western Digital My Book 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“External hard drives are great, especially for people who do not want to open their system up to add more storage. They are also very useful for people whose main system is a laptop and adding extra internal storage is not an option. Western Digital is one of the big storage companies we all know and their My Book drives have been out for quite a while. They have recently released the My Book 3.0 drives, which feature SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity. Today we will be checking out the 1TB version of the drive, let’s see if it is perfect for your storage needs."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

CM Storm Enforcer Review
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today CM Storm launch a new mid-tower case called Enforcer. Seen at CES 2011 and CeBIT 2011 this new case has much more subtle styling compared to the Scout and Sniper cases currently residing in CM Storm's product range. This mid-tower case packs quite a punch for a case of its size - it can house the largest graphics cards currently on the market (12") and CPU coolers of up to 175mm in height.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

the AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB & HD 6570 512MB.
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Another week, another graphics card launch. This time AMD is hitting the entry level with a pair of new products: the HD 6670 and HD 6570. Both of these are supposed to offer budget conscious buyers some new choices over the previous generation while adding features like UVD3 into the mix. Hopefully, they'll allow lower priced GPUs to hit higher performance levels as well.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch Files
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS is going to walk you through one of the simplest but potentially most powerful ways to customize and simplify the management of your computer: batch files. These text files are easy to create, and only as complex as you want them to be, but they can perform many useful operations from file backups to system configuration quickly and automatically.

At their simplest, batch files are text files which execute one or more command prompt commands in a specific order. The power of a batch file lies in the way that it allows you to combine multiple commands into one batch file 'program' and customize the way that each command operates.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like a lot of the people in the computer hardware journalism business, many of us here at PCStats got our start working tech at a computer store. Now if you've ever done technical support, you know the inherent difficulty of trying to troubleshoot a problem over the phone, especially when the customer is a computer novice. A lot of our work on the various Beginner's Guides can be directly attributed to our desire to make everyone's life easier by providing basic computer know-how in an easy to access form both here, and in the PCstats Newsletter.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Windows Command Prompt
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in the heyday of text-based operating systems like Unix and DOS, the command prompt was the operating system, and not knowing how to use it meant that you could not really use your system without someone experienced in computing holding your hand. This was the era of computing clubs, when getting to grips with your computer required some serious devotion and learning. When the most successful graphical operating systems, the various Apple Mac and Windows incarnations came along, they triggered a massive increase in the popularity of computers by simplifying the whole process of using them. No longer did users have to memorize reams of commands in order to simply configure and navigate around their computers.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Installing a socket LGA1156 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor into a fresh motherboard as part of a new PC build can be intimidating step, particularly if you've never worked inside a computer before. PCSTATS received a few emails from novice readers on this subject, so we thought it worthwhile to lay out the steps for you in this Beginners Guide.
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
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  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
  3. 104 Killer Tech Tips for Windows XP
  4. 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP
  5. 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips
  6. Annual PC Checkup Checklist
  7. Assembling Your Own PC
  8. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
  9. Browser Hijacking and How to Stop it
  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  11. Burning CDs and DVDs
  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
  81. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
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  83. Wireless Network Security
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