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BIOS Option Of The Week - In-Order Queue Depth
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known... Read here
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Launch Report
The launch event was a spectacular affair with models and a celebrity - Juliana Evans... Read here
The Intel-Micron 3D XPoint Technology Report
3D Xpoint is up to 1,000 times faster with up to 1,000 times greater endurance than N... Read here
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 31.8
Covering 628 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you ... Read here
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.8
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become qui... Read here
The Tech ARP + Western Digital My Passport Wireless Contest
We proudly announce The Tech ARP + WD My Passport Wireless Contest! Thanks to the gen... Read here
The OPPO R7 Plus & R7 Lite Technology Report
On the 7th of July, 2015, we were invited to the launch of the OPPO R7 Plus and the O... Read here
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.2
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925) Smartphone Review
Since we received the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, we have been ... Read here
Hands On With The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury X2 & R9 Nano
AMD not only set up a wide range of sample systems to demonstrate the performance of ... Read here
The Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) Debuts In The JOI Phone 5 & JOI 7 Lite
The Intel Atom x3 has been powering affordable smartphones and phablets in the Chines... Read here
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 12.1
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.9
If you have no idea what's different between an AMD Opteron processor and an Intel Co... Read here
Camera Shootout : ASUS ZenFone 2 Vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 & Apple iPhone 6
We have been using all three smartphones to take our photos and videos at various loc... Read here
240 GB HyperX Savage SSD Review
Today, we are going to review the 240 GB member of the HyperX Savage SSD family, whic... Read here
   
ED#208 : Sony Warns Against Upgrading To Windows 10
Sony users will have to wait a while longer to upgrade to Windows 10. Sony has issued... Read here
ED#207 : Samsung Galaxy A8 Launch Details
To whet your appetite before the official launch this Thursday, let’s take a look at ... Read here
ED#203 : Are You Ready For Windows 10?
Windows 10 is coming next week! Are you ready to upgrade for the FREE upgrade? Let's ... Read here
ED#206 : Dell Future-Ready Enterprise & Storage Solutions
Dell outlined its Future-Ready Enterprise vision, which is designed to help businesse... Read here
ED#205 : U Mobile POWER Prepaid Pack Offers Free 1 GB Internet For Life!
U Mobile unleashed the POWER Prepaid Pack, with promises FREE 1 GB of high-speed mobi... Read here
ED#204 : How Useful Is The Extra Memory In The ASUS ZenFone 2?
One of the reasons why the ASUS ZenFone 2 was such a hit was the fact that it was the... Read here
The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition Experience
Read about our experience with the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition For S6, and find... Read here
ED#201 : Intel Compute Stick - A Computer In The Palm Of Your Hands
At the recent Intel Intelligent Generations 2015 event, Intel officially launched the... Read here
ED#200 : Intel Intelligent Generations 2015 (Compute Stick, Atom X3 & More!)
We have been invited to attend "Intelligent Generations" at Intel Penang this coming ... Read here
ED#199 : 6 Things The Samsung Galaxy S6 Does Better Than The iPhone 6
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are not just legitimate challengers of the A... Read here
ED#198 : Samsung Announces Availability Of The 64 GB Galaxy S6 Edge Smartphone
The good news is that the Ringgit has strengthened against the US Dollar - it's now t... Read here
ED#188 : Apple iPhone 6 Copy Corruption Bug RESOLVED!
Last month, I moved three videos and a bunch of photos from my Apple iPhone 6 to my c... Read here
ED#197 : One Apple & Three Samsung Tidbits For You
We recently heard some juicy bits of information from our sources, who shall remain u... Read here
ED#196 : 8 Facts You Never Knew About Western Digital's Hardware Encryption
There are some things you probably don't know about the hardware encryption feature i... Read here
ED#195 : No, Google Malaysia Didn't Get Hacked
This morning, Malaysians were treated to a shocking sight when they got down to serio... Read here
   
   
   
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Monday, August 03, 2015
ED#208 : Sony Warns Against Upgrading To Windows 10
11:37 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

On the 29th of July 2015, Microsoft officially launched the long-awaited Windows 10 operating system. Current Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users were given free upgrades, which saw a rush to upgrade to Windows 10. It looked like Microsoft’s #UpgradeYourWorld campaign was working out.



However, it looks like Sony users will have to wait a while longer. Sony has issued warnings to VAIO users not to upgrade to Windows 10 due to compatibility issues…!

Link : ED#208 : Sony Warns Against Upgrading To Windows 10

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28829-ed-208-sony-warns-against-upgrading-windows-10-a.html



Canon Raises the Bar for High Zoom Shooting with New PowerShot G3 X
11:14 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

3 August 2015 – Canon today announced the launch of the PowerShot G3 X, a new premium high-zoom digital compact camera in the PowerShot G series. The camera is powered by a large 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, enabling the camera to achieve superior image quality even in low light environments.



The camera features a 24-600mm 25x optical zoom lens and improved Zoom Framing Assist, which opens up a new range of imaging possibilities. Users can expect enhanced movie recording through the camera’s improved Dynamic Image Stabilisation (IS) system, a technology that stabilizes moving images.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28828-canon-raises-bar-high-zoom-shooting-new-powershot-g3-x.html



Western Digital Announces Financial Results For Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2015
11:02 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Western Digital® Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) reported revenue of US$3.2 billion and net income of US$220 million, or US$0.94 per share, for its fourth fiscal quarter ended July 3, 2015. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was US$356 million, or US$1.51 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of US$3.7 billion and net income of US$317 million, or US$1.32 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was US$445 million, or US$1.85 per share.



The company generated US$488 million in cash from operations during the fourth fiscal quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of US$5.0 billion. It utilized US$198 million to repurchase 2.0 million shares of its common stock. On May 5, the company declared a cash dividend of US$0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid on July 15.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28827-western-digital-announces-financial-results-fourth-quarter-fiscal-year-2015-a.html



Samsung Electronics Launches World’s First Low Temperature Video Wall
10:56 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

August 3, 2015 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announced the world’s first low temperature video wall, UD55E-S, that is specifically pre-calibrated for the broadcast industry. The UD55E-S has a specialised panel with a lower colour temperature range of 2800k-6500k that corresponds to broadcast camera standards, ensuring that the colours of news footage and graphics are displayed accurately at all viewing angles.



The high resolution UD55E-S raises the quality of video wall solutions in the broadcast industry, where there are specific needs due to lighting conditions within the enclosed studios. The video wall also comes with MagicInfo , Samsung’s flagship signage and content management solution, which allows users to design and manage a complex, interactive multimedia display system.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28826-samsung-electronics-launches-world-s-first-low-temperature-video-wall.html



Dell Introduces Its First Fully Rugged Tablet Built to Withstand Harsh Environments
10:48 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

August 3, 2015 — Dell today announced the new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet, Dell’s first fully rugged tablet designed for performance and reliability in the harshest conditions. Boasting state-of-the art design and function, this new tablet is the most recent addition to the innovative Dell Rugged portfolio that includes the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme flip-hinge convertible notebook, the Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook and the Latitude 14 Rugged notebook.



Designed specifically for users requiring a tough yet flexible device to take with them on-the-go, the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet features a crisp 11.6 inch Direct-View outdoor-readable HD display with gloved-enabled multi-touch capabilities. For peak performance in the most severe temperatures, the Rugged Tablet comes pre-packaged with Fourth Generation QuadCool™ thermal management and powerful, efficient Fifth Generation Intel® Core™ M processors. The Rugged Tablet has up to 12 hours of battery life with two 2-cell batteries.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28825-dell-introduces-its-first-fully-rugged-tablet-built-withstand-harsh-environments.html



OPPO solidifies global presence with FC Barcelona partnership
10:32 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

The rise of global smartphone brand OPPO has remained under the international radar for much of the company’s 10-year history. However, all is set to change for the emerging mobile phone powerhouse thanks to a new three-year partnership with FC Barcelona, which is sure to increase public awareness and interest and cement OPPO’s status as a true global player.



The partnership, announced on May 31st, will see OPPO serve as Barcelona’s official partner for the mobile phone device category starting from the current season until 2018. The agreement covers a wide range of activities including soccer events, fan activities, TV advertisements and accessories. OPPO’s logo will also be prominently displayed at the Spanish football club’s home stadium, Camp Nou.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28824-oppo-solidifies-global-presence-fc-barcelona-partnership.html



ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Laptop Bundles
09:42 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ASUS ROG G751JT and G751JY gaming laptops sold in selected territories will be bundled with the upcoming Metal Gear Solid® V: The Phantom Pain® game.



Anyone who purchases a qualifying ROG G751JT or ROG G751JY laptop between 23rd July (0600 PDT) and 1st September, 2015 can receive a game download code by registering on the event microsite. The code is valid till 1st October, 2015.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28823-asus-republic-gamers-announces-metal-gear-solid-v-phantom-pain-laptop-bundles.html




Sunday, August 02, 2015
BIOS Option Of The Week - In-Order Queue Depth
12:24 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known as the BOG. From a meager beginning of a single page, it now covers over 440 BIOS options. As old BOG readers will know, we started offering two editions of the BOG since Revision 8.0 - a simplified edition and the complete edition.

Normally, the complete edition is only available to subscribers who help sponsor the development of the guide through a small fee. However, that changes today! From now on, we will post a BIOS option from the complete edition of the BIOS Optimization Guide every weekend.



This week, we will be taking a look at the In-Order Queue Depth BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"This BIOS feature controls the use of the processor bus’ command queue. Normally, there are only two options available. Depending on the motherboard chipset, the options could be (1 and 4), (1 and 8) or (1 and 12).

This is because this BIOS feature does not actually allow you to select the number of commands that can be queued. It merely allows you to disable or enable the command queuing capability..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - In-Order Queue Depth

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-34.html#post378264




Friday, July 31, 2015
Samsung Galaxy A8 Launch Event
04:06 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

On the 30th of July 2015, Samsung Malaysia officially launched the ultra-slim Samsung Galaxy A8 smartphone at the Samsung Electronics Store in the Gardens Mall, Mid Valley. The launch event was a spectacular affair with models and a celebrity - Juliana Evans! No wonder there was such a massive crowd when we arrived...



Of course, the real fun began when the event started... Check out their launch gambit - these models are HOT, just like the new Samsung Galaxy A8! And guess who walked in at the end as the pièce de résistance? Yes... the smashing hot Juliana Evans!

Link : The Samsung Galaxy A8 Launch Event

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28822-samsung-galaxy-a8-launch-event.html



Vogue Italia Brings Fashion Wonder to WeChat
03:55 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

July 31, 2015 – Fashion fans rejoice! Vogue Italia, the world’s most prestigious and influential fashion magazine, will be bringing the world of exclusive fashion one step closer to their fans with their very own official account on WeChat (@VogueItalia)! So whether it’s getting to know the latest exclusive fashion news or what’s in style right now, Vogue Italia’s WeChat official account will be sure to bring out the fashionista in you!



Launched in time with their recent magazine, “Vogue Italia, the China Issue” which includes Fei Fei Sun’s cover story about being the first Chinese model to be featured on the cover, Vogue Italia is giving their avid readers all over the world the chance to always be in-the-know for the very first time with the launch of their WeChat official account!

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28821-vogue-italia-brings-fashion-wonder-wechat.html



Sony’s New α7R II with World’s First Back-Illuminated 35mm Full-Frame Sensor
03:44 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

(KUALA LUMPUR, 29 July 2015) – Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the α7R II.



The new α7R II interchangeable lens camera features the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, which realises high-resolution (approximately 42.4 effective megapixels), high-sensitivity (expandable up to ISO 102400) and high-speed AF response up to 40 per cent faster than the original α7R, thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28820-sony-s-new-7r-ii-world-s-first-back-illuminated-35mm-full-frame-sensor.html



HTC One E9+ : Stylish Sophistication
03:31 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 30 July, 2015 – HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today announced the launch of the HTC One E9+: a sleek, sophisticated, and feature-packed lightweight smartphone. Designed for the dynamic individual in mind, HTC brings vibrant colours to the iconic flagship design with the HTC One E9+.



From what you would expect from the HTC One series, it comes with a stunning 5.5-inch 2K WQHD display that has a higher pixel resolution, bringing more vibrant colours to life, thus allowing you to see more and do more.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28819-htc-one-e9-stylish-sophistication.html



OPPO Showcases Smartphones On Upcoming Cycle of America’s Next Top Model
03:22 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Shenzhen, July 29, 2015】OPPO, the evolving global smartphone brand, has joined forces with America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) Cycle 22, to bring a range of stylish devices to the popular reality TV show. To celebrate this partnership, OPPO and ANTM hosted a star-studded premiere party in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 28th, which marked the beginning of an exciting collaboration for the upcoming cycle, set to air in August.



As the first smartphone brand to partner with ANTM, OPPO will be featured in Cycle 22 of the hit TV show, further revolutionizing the exciting intersection of fashion and technology.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28818-oppo-showcases-smartphones-upcoming-cycle-america-s-next-top-model.html



Windows 10 Available In 190 Countries As A Free Upgrade
03:02 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

29 July, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Windows Hello, Continuum, and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience.



The most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates. Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28817-windows-10-available-190-countries-free-upgrade.html




Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Intel-Micron 3D XPoint Technology Report
01:09 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

On the 29th of July 2015, Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc. unveiled the culmination of a decade’s worth of joint effort in developing new memory technologies - the 3D XPoint memory technology!

3D XPoint is up to 1,000 times faster with up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND flash memory. On top of that, it is 10 times denser than DRAM memory.



Amazing? It’s REVOLUTIONARY! Let’s take a look at 3D XPoint and see how it accomplishes all that...

Link : The Intel-Micron 3D XPoint Technology Report

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28814-intel-micron-3d-xpoint-technology-report.html




Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Journalism At Its Best – Same Bomb In Different Stories
10:55 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Screenshots of this old tweet from Libor Smolik are making their rounds in Facebook and Twitter again. They poke fun at journalists by showing how they so easily manipulate opinions by simply changing the context of a picture.



This example claims that journalists used the same bomb in different stories, with wildly different viewpoints. How true is this story?

Link : Journalism At Its Best – Same Bomb In Different Stories

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/adrian-wong/28813-journalism-its-best-same-bomb-different-stories.html



Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 31.8
10:45 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Covering 724 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 31.8 :
- Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL (Mac) graphics card.
- Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT DDL (Mac) graphics card.
- Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Dual graphics card.
- Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XE graphics card.
- Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT Dual graphics card.
- Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6200 SE TurboCache graphics card.
- Added the NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE 512 MB graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 LE graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE graphics card.
Link : Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 31.8

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/7916-desktop-graphics-card-comparison-guide-68.html#post378203



ED#207 : Samsung Galaxy A8 Launch Details
06:56 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Since the ultra-slim Samsung Galaxy A8 was announced in China in on the 15th of July, 2015, Samsung fans around the world have eagerly awaited its local arrival. Well, Malaysia is a very important market for Samsung, so it’s no surprise that we are amongst the first countries in the world to launch the new Samsung Galaxy A8 smartphone.



Of course, the design and the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A8 are no secret since it has already been launched in China. To whet your appetite before the official launch this Thursday, let’s take a look at the pictures and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A8

Link : ED#207 : Samsung Galaxy A8 Launch Details

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28812-ed-207-samsung-galaxy-a8-launch-details.html




Monday, July 27, 2015

   
How Fast Is The 512 GB PCIe X4 SSD In The 2015 MacBook Pro?
The GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse Review Rev. 2.0
The Xiaomi Mi Power Bank (10400 mAh) Teardown
Counterfeit GeCube Radeon HD Graphics Cards
NVIDIA's Big Bang 2
Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card Review
Christmas 2006 Gaming PC Buying Guide
The Tech ARP CPU Cooler Round-Up
Arctic Silencer DIY Guide Rev. 2.0
Definitive Review of the ACE 64MB CompactFlash Card

 
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