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Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.4
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Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.5
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How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug Rev. 4.2
User of ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards (maybe others as well) may be affected by a PC... Read here
BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP to DRAM Prefetch
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The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 10)
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Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 29.0
Covering 588 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you ... Read here
Western Digital My Passport Pro 2 TB Portable (Thunderbolt) Hard Disk Drive Review Rev. 2.0
Today, we are going to take a look at their latest portable hard disk drive for the M... Read here
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.5
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become qui... Read here
Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) 4 TB Hard Disk Drive Review
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Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.5
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Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.5
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible t... Read here
The GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse Review Rev. 2.0
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COUGAR 700M Aluminium Gaming Mouse Review
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The Solid State Drive Optimization Guide Rev. 2.1
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ED#185 : The New TrueCrypt - VeraCrypt Or CipherShed?
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ED#175 : How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013 Rev. 2.0
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ED#180 : How To Switch The Location Of The Apple iTunes Backup Folder
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ED#178 : AV-Optimized Hard Disk Drives Are Safe To Use
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ED#177 : All Halfbrick Studios iOS Games Are FREE!
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ED#176 : TrueCrypt Developer Drops New Bombshell - Open Source Fork "Impossible"
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ED#171 : Should You Select MBR Or GPT When You Install A New Drive? Rev. 4.0
Whenever someone installs a new drive into a Windows-based PC, there's the inevitable... Read here
ED#174 : The Mystery Of TrueCrypt's Disappearance Rev. 2.0
Sometime on the 28th of May, 2014, the anonymous developers of TrueCrypt mysteriously... Read here
ED#173 : Windows May Fail To Boot Up After Installing Latest Internet Explorer Patch
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ED#172 : Intel Xeon "Haswell Refresh" CPU Details Leaked
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Friday, November 28, 2014
Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.4
11:26 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Ever wanted a guide on hard drive performance, where you can compare the performance of a wide range of hard drives? With 51 hard disk drives for comparison, the guide is fleshing out real nicely.

In this performance comparison guide, we will test and compare the performance of all the hard drives we can get our hands on. This is similar to what we are doing in the Solid State Drive Performance Comparison Guide.



Here are the latest updates in Revision 5.4 :
- Added the 4 TB Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) NAS hard disk drive.
Link : Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.4

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/23728-hard-disk-drive-performance-comparison-guide-5.html#post376052



Samsung Electronics Introduces EYECAN+, Next-Generation Mouse for People with Disabilities
10:34 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Seoul, KOREA – November 25, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., today introduced EYECAN+, the company’s second-generation eye mouse that allows people with disabilities to compose and edit documents as well as browse the web through simple eye movement. EYECAN+ is the first of its kind, as it does not require users to wear any device, such as glasses. Instead, EYECAN+ is a single-unit, portable box that sits below the monitor, and works by wirelessly calibrating with the user’s eye.



EYECAN+ requires the user to be situated between 60cm and 70cm from the monitor, and does not require the user to be in any specific position, as it can be used while seated or lying down. Calibration is only required for first-time users, as EYECAN+ will remember each user’s eye characteristics. Users can also adjust the sensitivity of EYECAN+ for both calibration and actual use.

To read more, please click here!

Link :
Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28343-samsung-electronics-introduces-eyecan-next-gen-mouse-people-disabilities.html



Kingston Promo is Coming to Town!
10:27 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – November 27, 2014 – Merry Christmas! This year, Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, will kick off a special promotion at the upcoming holiday season. You will get limited 2015 Kingston Beauty Calendar with the purchase of any SSD above 120GB from December 1 to December 15. First come first served, so come and get one while stocks last!



Kingston SSDs can effectively extend the lifecycle of PCs and provide improved speed, performance and reliability when compared to traditional hard drives. With Kingston SSDs, your system will be more responsive, booting quicker, loading applications faster and shutting down faster. As the new year drawing near, it’s about time to revive your computer and get a limited calendar for 2015!

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28342-kingston-promo-coming-town.html




Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.5
11:13 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

If you have no idea what’s different between an AMD Opteron processor and an Intel Xeon processor, then this is the guide for you.

Currently covering 815 workstation and server CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 20 different specifications for each and every CPU.


Here’s what we updated in this new release :
- Updated the specifications of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 (Haswell) family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the Intel Xeon E5-1600 v3 (Haswell) family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 (Ivy Bridge) family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the Intel Xeon E3-1100C v2 (Ivy Bridge) family of processors.
Link : The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.5

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/21391-workstation-server-cpu-comparison-guide-7.html#post376030



QNAP Qnotes App Allows Users to Take Notes On-The-Go
10:37 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Taipei, Taiwan, November 26, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the Qnotes mobile app to enable users to take and share notes anywhere and anytime. In addition to synchronizing content with the Notes Station on a Turbo NAS, Qnotes allows offline note-taking as an easy-to-use tool to help users organize things in their work and personal life.



Qnotes is designed with user friendliness and is a handy tool for productive note-taking. Users can flexibly insert photos, audio, and videos saved on their mobile device and attached SD card, directly add photos to their notes using their device camera, instantly create meeting minutes using templates, quickly add calendar events and to-do lists, and easily access all of the events and to-do’s from different notes from one place.

To read more, please click here!

Link :
Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28341-qnap-qnotes-app-allows-users-take-notes-go.html



Surface Pro 3 Laptop Replacement Offer For SMEs
10:26 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

To help SMEs harness the power of technology to be more productive, Microsoft Malaysia is making it easier for business customers to deploy Surface Pro 3 by introducing a limited-time Surface Pro 3 Laptop Replacement Program. SMEs stand to save more than RM130 with the purchase of Surface Pro 3 through Microsoft’s Authorized Device Resellers, offering a free Incipio Surface Sleeve and other special offers from each reseller (kindly refer to attached promotional flyer for the 6 Authorized Resellers).



This program will be available through the 6 Authorized Device Resellers in Malaysia starting immediately until 19th December 2014, or while stocks last.

To read more, please click here!

Link :
Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28340-surface-pro-3-laptop-replacement-offer-smes.html




Tuesday, November 25, 2014
How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug Rev. 4.2
09:09 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

User of ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards (maybe others as well) may be affected by a PCI Express x1 bug which causes a tremendous drop in performance. ChampionLLY takes a look at the motherboards and graphics cards affected by this problem and what solutions work, and what doesn’t.

In the second part, he takes a look at the effect that PCI Express x1 bug has on the performance of your system. The results will shock you.



Here are the latest updates in Revision 4.2 :
- Updated the methods that have been proven to fix the PCI Express x1 bug.
- Added a new motherboard and a new graphics card to the list of affected hardware.
- Compressed the guide into two pages.
Link : How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug Rev. 4.2

Link :
Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/23881-how-fix-pci-express-x1-bug-11.html#post376008



ASUS Introduces The ASUS M32AD Multimedia Desktop PC
08:45 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur (25th Nov, 2014) — ASUS today announced the availability of the new multimedia desktop PC, ASUS M32AD Series, performs everything from your daily tasks to playing 4K Ultra HD video with enhanced energy efficiency. Multitask with several apps at once thanks to the 4th gen Intel® Core processor.



Power visually demanding programs with discrete NVIDIA graphics. Whatever you choose to do, M32 makes it happen with unique optimization for increased performance or energy savings when you need it.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28335-asus-introduces-asus-m32ad-multimedia-desktop-pc.html



Razer Donates $10,000 to the ALS Association After Meeting with Superfan
08:26 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SINGAPORE – Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO, Razer, today announced that Razer would be donating US$10,000 to the ALS Association after a meeting with a superfan from China who is suffering from the disease.

Feiran Song, who suffers from ALS, is a forum administrator for the Baidu Razer forum which has over 30,000 fans who discuss about Razer daily. Feiran recently made the trip to one of Razer’s design centers to meet with the Razer CEO.



Min surprised Feiran with a Razer Blade gaming laptop as a gesture of appreciation for his work on the forum and also autographed 10 mousemats for the Chinese fans on the forum. In addition, Razer will be donating US$10,000 to the ALS Association which will go into providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families and a global research focused on the discovery of treatments.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28334-razer-donates-10-000-als-association-after-meeting-superfan.html



Shinjiru Technology Chooses Microsoft Windows Server over VMware
08:13 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 November 2014 – Shinjiru, a Malaysia-based hosting company with a global client base, gained competitive advantage by adopting the most recent iteration of Microsoft’s Windows Server for a scalable, reliable platform that offered exactly what their customers wanted: enhanced tenant self-service capabilities, better scalability, as well as efficient cloud and datacenter management/orchestration capabilities.



To support this, Shinjiru migrated from its existing virtualization platform to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. The migration enables their customers to have greater control over their resources and costs, and Shinjiru can now easily support a wider range of technologies including Microsoft and open source.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28333-shinjiru-technology-chooses-microsoft-windows-server-over-vmware.html




Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 10)
09:48 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

It’s been a long time but our giveaway contests are back, and they are back in a BIG WAY! We proudly announce our 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest!

We have been working hard to arrange a ton of prizes, which we will give away every week. To make it easier to win, we are going to open this contest to both the Tech ARP forums and the Tech ARP Facebook page.

Please note that the results of this contest will be posted in this page, so please make sure you check back often. Some prizes have a short time limit and must be redeemed quickly. We will not be responsible if those prizes "expire" because you take too long to respond.



Congratulations to the winners of Week 9! Please contact me ASAP!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry. Remember - every forum post and Facebook Like count towards the next week’s contest. So post more, and share more, and you will win a prize too!

Every post or Facebook Like you make in this week’s contest also counts towards subsequent weeks’ contests, so it pays to start early!

We have also updated the list of prizes, so check them out! We will announce more prizes from time to time, so be sure to check back often.

And please don’t forget to SHARE this with your family and friends! The more participants we have, the more prizes we can give out!


Link : The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 10)

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28216-tech-arp-2014-mega-giveaway-contest.html#post375991



Alienware Unleashes Revolutionary New Graphics Amplifier with New Gaming Systems
09:43 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Nov. 21, 2014 – Alienware, a leader in high-performance gaming systems is announcing the legendary return of the Alienware Area-51 gaming desktop and the portable powerhouse Alienware 13 gaming laptop. Alienware also revealed the innovative Alienware Graphics Amplifier; giving gamers desktop graphics performance at home and high performance mobile gaming with the Alienware 13. A truly no compromises approach to gaming.



When combining the new Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier, gamers no longer need to choose between a portable performer for fragging on the go or the fantastic FPS of a gaming desktop. The Alienware Graphics Amplifier boosts the already potent gaming performance of the Alienware 13, providing desktop graphics quality gaming at home while continuing to offer the same high-performing experience that road warriors demand.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28332-alienware-unleashes-revolutionary-new-graphics-amplifier-new-gaming-systems.html




Thursday, November 20, 2014
Live Coverage Of Intel Future Showcase Tomorrow!
11:42 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

In a few hours, we will be flying to Singapore to attend the Intel Future Showcase. We will be covering this LIVE on our Facebook page. So be sure to check it out!



Before hitting the showcase, Intel will be sharing with us the future of... wireless charging!

There will actually be two keynote presentations on wireless charging, so be sure to check our Facebook page for updates!

If possible, we will try to post the updates in this forum thread as well.

Link :
Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28331-live-coverage-intel-future-showcase-tomorrow.html



Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 29.0
11:03 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Covering 612 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 24 different specifications for each and every card. If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide.

We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates.



Here are the latest updates in Revision 29.0 :
- Added the AMD Radeon R9 290X (8 GB) graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost graphics card.
- Renamed the AMD Radeon R9 290X as AMD Radeon R9 290X (4 GB).
- Corrected the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 6790 graphics card.
Link : Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 29.0

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/7916-desktop-graphics-card-comparison-guide-60.html#post375964



Comparison of Arctic Silver 5 vs. Arctic MX4 Thermal Paste
10:57 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

graysky did a quick comparison of the Arctic Silver 5 and the Arctic MX4 thermal pastes on his new Intel Core i7-4790K system. He ran mprime (Linux64,Prime95,V28.5,build 2) using large FFTs with 8 threads and logged the temps throughout the run once per second using a shell script. Take a look at his results :



Today, we are going to take a look at their latest portable hard disk drive for the Mac market - the 2 TB Western Digital My Passport Pro (WDBRMP0020DBK) Thunderbolt portable hard disk drive. It boasts the following features :
• The dual drives in My Passport Pro are housed within an anodized all-aluminum enclosure
• Shipped in RAID 0 for maximum speed and capacity
• Protect your livelihood with RAID 1
• No power adapter required
• Works with Apple Time Machine
• Blazing fast boot drive
• Plug-and-play setup
Now, let’s find out how this new portable hard disk drive fares against its competitors!

Histograms in blue show the temperature distributions for AS5 and those in pink show the same for MX-4.

Run 1 was Arctic Silver 5 which had cured for approx 52 hours. I ran mprime as noted above for 4 hours. Run 2 was with MX-4. I ran mprime as noted above for approx 1-1/2 hours.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/overclocking-cooling-modding/28326-comparison-as5-vs-mx-4-haswell-i7-4790k.html



OCZ Storage Solutions Introduces the Saber 1000 Enterprise-Class SSDs
10:33 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SAN JOSE, CA – November 20, 2014 - OCZ Storage Solutions -- a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its new enterprise-class Saber 1000 SSD Series designed for read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments.

The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series solves demanding key customer business challenges and supported by an enterprise-optimized feature-set, large storage capacities, and low total cost of ownership (TCO).



The new series leverages the latest A19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB usable capacities. It utilizes OCZ’s internally developed Barefoot 3 controller and firmware which delivers consistent sustained I/O performance across all capacities to accelerate enterprise applications.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28330-ocz-storage-solutions-introduces-saber-1000-enterprise-class-ssds.html



AMD Announces Major Technology Partnerships at Future of Compute Event
10:28 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

November 20, 2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at its Future of Compute event announced the introduction of the consumer electronic industry’s first-ever ultra high-definition (UHD) monitors to feature its innovative, open-standards based FreeSync technology.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., plans to launch the screen synching technology around the world in March 2015, starting with the Samsung UD590 (23.6-inch and 28-inch models) and UE850 (23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models), and eventually across all of Samsung’s UHD lineups.



FreeSync will enable dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon™ graphics cards and APUs to maximally reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate visual defects during gaming and video playback.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28329-amd-announces-major-technology-partnerships-future-compute-event.html



AMD Mobile “Carrizo” Family of APUs Designed to Deliver Significant Leap in Performance, Energy Efficiency in 2015
10:17 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

November 20, 2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at its Future of Compute event announced the addition of its first high performance system-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed “Carrizo”, and a mainstream SoC codenamed “Carrizo-L” as part of the company’s 2015 AMD Mobile APU family roadmap.

In collaboration with hardware and software partners, these new 2015 AMD Mobile APUs are designed as complete solutions for gaming, productivity applications, and ultra high-definition 4K experiences. With support for Microsoft® DirectX® 12, OpenCL® 2.0, AMD’s Mantle API, AMD FreeSync, and support for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows® 10 operating system, the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family enables the experiences consumers expect.



The flagship “Carrizo” processor will integrate the new x86 CPU core codenamed “Excavator” with next generation AMD Radeon™ graphics in the world’s first Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) 1.0 compliant SoC.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28328-amd-mobile-carrizo-family-apus-deliver-significant-leap-performance.html




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

   
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256 GB Solid State Drive Review Rev. 3.0
Kingston SSDNow V (Gen 2) 30 GB Solid State Drive Review
How To Migrate Apple iTunes From One Computer To Another
Syfer Laptop Alarm Review
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX/GTS Tech Report
Jetart Xcool NP6900 Foldable Notebook Cooler Review Rev. 1.1
Nikon Lens Pen Lens Cleaning System Review
Logitech Z-640 5.1 Speaker Set Review Rev. 1.1
Corsair 512MB Low Latency PC3200 TwinX Memory Modules Review
IOSS RD2 Pro PC Geiger PCI Bus Multifunction Analyzer Review

 
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