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Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.5
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Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.3
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
BIOS Option Of The Week - Max CPUID Value Limit
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known... Read here
The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 13)
We have been working hard to arrange a ton of prizes, which we will give away every w... Read here
Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6 TB NAS Hard Disk Drive Review
Today, we are going to take a look at the latest addition to Western Digital's family... Read here
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.6
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
How Long Does It Really Take To Break-In The Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste? Rev. 2.0
The Arctic Silver 5's rated break-in period is 200 hours, during which the CPU temper... Read here
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.6
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible t... Read here
Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.5
If you have no idea what's different between an AMD Opteron processor and an Intel Co... Read here
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
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
Today, we are going to take a look at the top-of-the-line 4 TB Western Digital Red Pr... Read here
The GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse Review Rev. 2.0
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ED#175 : How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013 And Office 365 Rev. 3.0
To avoid another antitrust case (remember Internet Explorer?), Microsoft Office 2013 ... Read here
ED#185 : The New TrueCrypt - VeraCrypt Or CipherShed?
A French cryptography and IT security company called IDRIX announced the release of V... Read here
ED#184 : #Bendgate Isn't New But It Could Finally Change The Industry For The Better
#Bendgate is becoming a marketing boon for the Android and Windows Phone platforms. T... Read here
ED#183 : The Apple iPhone 6 Isn't The Only Smartphone To Bend It Like Beckham
Apple haters are having a field day with #Bendgate, with many comments and parodies i... Read here
ED#182 : Why Are Apple iPhones So Expensive?
We are not going to go into why Apple iPhones are not using "dated" hardware or "olde... Read here
ED#181 : How To Give Adobe Photoshop A Performance Boost With Your GPU
Let us show you how you can get Adobe Photoshop to use your discrete GPU, instead of ... Read here
ED#179 : Why It's Really Time To Ditch (And Strip) The Short Filename Rev. 2.1
Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first bro... Read here
ED#180 : How To Switch The Location Of The Apple iTunes Backup Folder
While iTunes is smart enough to skip the apps (which can always be downloaded) and st... Read here
ED#178 : AV-Optimized Hard Disk Drives Are Safe To Use
For years, we have been debunking hard disk drive myths. Never did we expect to actua... Read here
ED#177 : All Halfbrick Studios iOS Games Are FREE!
Yes, you read that right. For a limited time only, the entire Halfbrick Studios catal... Read here
ED#176 : TrueCrypt Developer Drops New Bombshell - Open Source Fork "Impossible"
Well, it's been more than 3 weeks since TrueCrypt went down, and one thing's for sure... Read here
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
The good news is Microsoft just issued Security Update 2929437 which fixes the vulner... Read here
ED#172 : Intel Xeon "Haswell Refresh" CPU Details Leaked
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.5
09:30 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 6 TB Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) NAS hard disk drive.
Link : Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.5

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/23728-hard-disk-drive-performance-comparison-guide-5.html#post376199



Capture Every Decisive Moment with the Samsung NX1
09:19 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announced the launch of the revolutionary NX1, which combines cutting edge design, industry leading technology and Samsung’s innovation expertise to create an exceptionally fast compact system camera (CSC). The NX1 delivers superb image quality and unrivalled usability, setting a new benchmark for photographers everywhere and providing a genuine alternative to DSLRs as the professional camera of choice around the world.

Featuring best in class 15FPS continuous AF shooting, a unique Auto Focus (AF) System III with 205 Phase Detection AF points and 28MP APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor for superior image quality, the versatile performance and precision craftsmanship will challenge even the most classical photographers to re-think their understanding of professional photography.



Take a look at our coverage of the launch event, and our hands-on experience with the new Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera!

Link : Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.3

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/digital-photography/28372-capture-every-decisive-moment-samsung-nx1.html




Monday, December 15, 2014
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.3
11:38 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different models or even remember their specifications.

Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Currently covering 1027 desktop CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 19 different specifications for each and every CPU.


Here’s the latest update in Revision 15.3 :
- Added the AMD Athlon X4 550 quad-core processor.
- Added the AMD Athlon X4 530 quad-core processor.
- Added the AMD Phenom X4 9700 quad-core processor.
- Corrected the specifications of the AMD Athlon 5350 quad-core processor.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Phenom II X6 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Phenom II X4 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Phenom II X3 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Phenom II X2 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Athlon II X4 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Athlon II X3 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Athlon II X2 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Sempron 100 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Phenom X4 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Phenom X3 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Athlon 64 FX family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 family of processors.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Sempron 3000+ family of processors.
Link : Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.3

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/20948-desktop-cpu-comparison-guide-27.html#post376189



Kingston WhatsApp and Win — Memories Left Unpawned
11:31 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – December 15, 2014 – Memories with the one you loved are priceless, and now Kingston will make your memories even more precious than ever. Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products, today announce a special “WhatsApp and Win” promotion in Malaysia.

Just buy any Kingston product from appointed retail shops and share your unforgettable memory through WhatsApp, you will have a chance to win awesome prizes including a 5-day-4-night trip to Hong Kong!



The promotion begins today and will last for three months until March 15, 2015. There would be one winner each month to win 10 times cash reward, and one lucky winner can enjoy a luxurious 5-day-4-night trip to Hong Kong with a companion.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28370-kingston-whatsapp-win-memories-left-unpawned.html




Sunday, December 14, 2014
News From Other Hardware Sites!
06:24 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Chai

- Thermaltake Core V1 mITX Case review @ PureOverclock
- Patriot Memory Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 OTG Drive Review @ Madshrimps
- NZXT GRID+ Fan Controller Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- netTALK DUO WiFi VOIP Phone Review @ ModSynergy.com
- The Best Graphics Cards of 2014: Nvidia vs. AMD at Every Price Point @ TECHSPOT
- ThL 5000 Smartphone Review @ Madshrimps
- Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Customizing your new mechanical keyboard @ LanOC Reviews
- Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard Review @ Modders-Inc
- Acer Aspire Switch 10 Hybrid Review @ HotHardware.com
- Sony Xperia Z3 Review @ TECHSPOT
- Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma review @ LanOC Reviews
- SilverStone 4-Port ECU01 PCIe Expansion Card Video Review @ 3dGameMan.com
- Aorus Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse Review @ Modders-Inc
- NZXT S340 Case Video Review @ 3dGameMan.com
- Shuttle Barebone XH81 Review @ Madshrimps
- Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Corsair’s Neutron Series XT solid-state drive reviewed @ Tech Report
- Tech Primer: What you need to know about DDR4 memory @ TECHSPOT
- Corsair’s Carbide Series Air 240 reviewed @ Tech Report
- Aorus Thunder K7 Mechanical Keyboard, M7 MMO Mouse & P3 Mouse Pad Review @ TECHSPOT
- Corsair DDR4 16GB Vengeance LPX 2800C16 Memory Kit Review @ Madshrimps
- A first taste of Lollipop on Nvidia’s Shield Tablet @ Tech Report
- NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Hands-On With Benchmarks @ HotHardware.com
- TRENDnet TPL-407E2K Powerline 500 AV Adapter Starter Kit Review @ ModSynergy.com
- Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower ATX Case review @ PureOverclock
- Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3-2400 16GB Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- MSI X99S MPower review @ LanOC Reviews
- Lenovo N20p Touch Screnn Chromebook Review @ HotHardware.com
- MSI B85M ECO Motherboard review @ PureOverclock
- Stanley FatMax LEDLISL 10W LED Lithium-Ion Spotlight Review @ ModSynergy.com
- Far Cry 4 Benchmarked, Performance Review @ TECHSPOT
- Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard Review @ TechwareLabs
- TR’s November 2014 mobile staff picks @ Tech Report
- TRENDnet TPL-4052E 4-Port Powerline 500 AV Adapter Review @ ModSynergy.com
- Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 review @ TECHSPOT
- Biostar A68N-5000 review @ LanOC Reviews
- TRENDnet TEW-818DRU AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router Video Review @ 3dGameMan.com
- Dragon Age: Inquisition Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance @ TECHSPOT
- Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse Review @ Madshrimps
- NZXT H440 Razer Edition Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Asus Maximus VII Impact review @ LanOC Reviews
- MX-Technology Secure Encryption USB 3.0 128GB review @ PureOverclock
- Gaming on the Grid with Nvidia’s Shield Tablet @ Tech Report
- Lenovo Y70 Touch Laptop review @ TECHSPOT
- Silicon Power Armor Series A30 USB 3.0 2TB Portable HDD Review @ Madshrimps
- Lenovo Tab A8 Tablet Review @ ThinkComputers.org
- Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops @ HotHardware.com
- TR’s 2014 Christmas gift guide @ Tech Report
- ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard review @ PureOverclock

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BIOS Option Of The Week - Max CPUID Value Limit
10:54 AM 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 Max CPUID Value Limit BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"When the computer is booted up, the operating system executes the CPUID instruction to identify the processor and its capabilities. Before it can do so, it must first query the processor to find out the highest input value CPUID recognizes. This determines the kind of basic information CPUID can provide the operating system.

The maximum CPUID input value determines the values that the operating system can write to the CPUID’s EAX register to obtain information about the processor..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - Max CPUID Value Limit

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-30.html#post376177



Be The Vaccine To The Virus Of Fear, Lies & Ignorance!
10:48 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Anti-vaxxers like Tracie Justice are viruses that spread fear, lies and ignorance.



It is our duty, as doctors, teachers, scientists, parents and friends, to be the vaccine that eradicates such viruses.

We cannot sit still and nod derisively when people like her spread lies. We must stand up and say, "ENOUGH WITH THE LIES!"

"Have you no shame? Have you no humanity that you would do anything - lie, celebrate the death of innocent children, and even put them at risk of dying from preventable disease, just to prove that vaccines are the greatest evil in the world?"

You anti-vaxxers are humanity’s virus of fear, lies and ignorance, and I WILL BE YOUR VACCINE!

‪#‎science‬ ‪#‎health‬ ‪#‎medicine‬ ‪#‎reason‬ ‪#‎logic‬ ‪#‎vaccine‬ ‪#‎antivaxxer

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/adrian-wong/28368-vaccine-virus-fear-lies-ignorance.html




Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 13)
09:41 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 12! 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 13)

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28216-tech-arp-2014-mega-giveaway-contest-2.html#post376162



Razer Debuts Seirēn Digital Microphone with Studio-Grade Recording Quality
09:25 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Seirēn (stylized as “Seirēn” and pronounced “Sigh-ren”), a plug-and-play digital microphone designed for studio-grade recording and streaming.

The Razer Seirēn features a digital USB connection and three custom-tuned 14mm condenser capsules, making it capable of supporting four different polar recording patterns. By enabling content users to easily switch between cardioid, stereo, bidirectional and omnidirectional configurations by simply rotating the main control knob, the Razer Seirēn provides true versatility on demand. With plug-and-play simplicity this microphone is simple to use at the studio or at home.



Capable of recording at outstanding clarity levels multiple times of that found on CDs; with an impressive maximum recording resolution of 192 kHz / 24-bit, the Razer Seirēn digital microphone is ideal for the needs of professional musicians, streamers and YouTubers who demand superior quality. The microphone’s built-in headphone amplifier delivers real-time accurate monitoring of recordings to ensure users sound exactly as they intend to.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28366-razer-debuts-seir-n-digital-microphone-studio-grade-recording-quality.html




Friday, December 12, 2014
KB3024777 Critical Fix For Microsoft Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2
06:06 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

If you recently installed the updates issued by Microsoft on the 10th of December 2014, you need to install the KB3024777 CRITICAL UPDATE if you are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.



If you didn’t update yet, don’t worry. We just checked with another Windows 7 SP1 system over here and can confirm that they removed KB3004394 from the list of updates.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28365-kb3024777-critical-fix-microsoft-windows-7-windows-server-2008-r2.html




Thursday, December 11, 2014
Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6 TB NAS Hard Disk Drive Review
01:56 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Today, we are going to take a look at the latest addition to Western Digital’s family of Red drives - the WD60EFRX with 6 TB of storage capacity. Here are its key features :

Exclusive NASware 3.0 Technology - WD’s exclusive NASware 3.0 technology further optimizes the WD Red to support small NAS systems with up to 8 bays!

NAS Compatibility - Advanced firmware technology built into every WD Red drive.

3D Active Balance Plus - This enhanced dual-plane balance control technology significantly improves the overall drive performance and reliability.

Enhanced Reliability - With a 35% MTBF improvement over standard desktop drives, the WD Red drive is designed and manufactured to be a more reliable and robust solution.

Energy Efficient - Innovative technology reduces power consumption and lowers the operating temperature.

Premium Support - Exclusively for WD Red drive customers, a free dedicated 24/7 support line is available in English.

Longer Warranty Coverage - The WD Red drive is backed by a 3-year limited warranty for greater peace of mind.



Now, let’s take a closer look at this new big daddy of the WD Red family of hard disk drives!

Link : Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6 TB NAS Hard Disk Drive Review

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28362-western-digital-red-wd60efrx-6-tb-nas-hard-disk-drive-review.html



COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard Changes Forever the Membrane Keyboard Market
01:47 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

December 11st 2014, Taipei, Taiwan– COUGAR, a leading player in the computer gaming hardware market announces today the release of a breakthrough product: the COUGAR 500K Gaming Keyboard. The 500K is the most recent addition to COUGAR’s series of gaming peripherals.

Its main target are gamers who either due to habit or due to a wish to minimize hardware cost prefer to use membrane keyboards and at the same time do not want to be in inferiority when playing against mechanical keyboard users.



The 500K achieves this by being one of the extremely few real N-Key Rollover membrane keyboards on the market and by including all the pro gamer functions of the acclaimed COUGAR 700K.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28364-cougar-500k-gaming-keyboard-changes-forever-membrane-keyboard-market.html



ASUS Store – ZenFone 6 + Bumper Case Promotion!
01:38 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Everyone loves presents, especially at Christmas festive season. Are you currently looking for an ideal gadget as the best Christmas gift for that certain special someone?

Fret not as ASUS Store got just the right thing to get you in the mood! Our online store is now offering a promotion for the popular ASUS ZenFone 6.



To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28363-asus-store-zenfone-6-bumper-case-promotion.html




Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 12)
07:38 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

TWO of these Choyo mobile stands are up for grabs this week!



This is a high-quality replica of the Spigen SGP Kuel S20 mobile stand. This elegant mobile stand works in vehicles as well as on desktops, thanks to its special gel-type suction cup and ball-and-socket joint. Choice of red, blue and silver colours (subject to availability).

Find out more @ The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 12)

#Choyo #mobile #mobilestand #giveaway #free

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28216-tech-arp-2014-mega-giveaway-contest-2.html#post376118



SimCity 2000 Special Edition Is Now FOC!
07:35 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Origin Insider has made SimCity 2000 Special Edition (worth $6.90) FREE to download and own!



Go grab it now here!

‪#‎Origin‬ ‪#‎SimCity2000‬ ‪#‎freegame

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28360-simcity-2000-special-edition-now-foc.html




Tuesday, December 09, 2014

   
240 GB Intel 520 Series Solid State Drive Review
The Intel Larrabee Processor Tech Report
A Chat With Intel's Pat G
Creating A WinPE 2.0 Bootable USB Key Rev. 1.1
PC Power Management Guide Rev. 2.0
APIOTEK 12-in-1 Express Card Adapter Pictorial Review
NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Graphics Card Review Rev. 1.1
Corsair XMS2-8500 DDR2 Memory Pictorial Review
Nikon Lens Pen Lens Cleaning System Review
ARP Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner

 
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