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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#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
ED#194 : One Year GST Holiday On Computers
Check out their short press release, which has led to a flurry of excited responses f... Read here
   
   
   
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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
WD Redesigns World’s No. 1 Selling Portable Hard Drive
07:37 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

WD today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport® Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB and in four stylish colors - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue.



My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and 500 GB capacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption – delivering a high level of security with no impact to write-speed or CPU activity.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28809-wd-redesigns-world-s-no-1-selling-portable-hard-drive.html



ED#203 : Are You Ready For Windows 10? Rev. 2.0
07:21 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Windows 10 is coming IN TWO DAYS! Are you ready to upgrade for the FREE upgrade? Let’s do a final round of checks before the coming upgrade!



Here are the updates :

- Added the How Much Space Does The Upgrade Require? section.
- Added the How Long Does It Take To Install The Upgrade? section.
- Added the What Languages Are Supported By Windows 10? section.


Link : ED#203 : Are You Ready For Windows 10? Rev. 2.0

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28785-ed-203-you-ready-windows-10-a.html#post378191



Sony Launches The Cybershot RX100 IV and RX10 II Cameras
07:05 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

27 July 2015 - Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer , today announced two of the most advanced, versatile Cyber-shot™ cameras, the compact RX100 IV and high-zoom RX10 II cameras.



The two new models feature the world’s first 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor with advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip. The high speed signal processing and DRAM memory chip work together to enable more than five times the readout rate of image data and are responsible for a variety of standout features that have previously only been available in selected professional-level video cameras.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28808-sony-launches-cybershot-rx100-iv-rx10-ii-cameras.html



OPPO Malaysia Launches R7 Series Place Race Digital Game
06:40 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

26 July 2015, KUALA LUMPUR – OPPO Malaysia, the global leading smartphone company, launched the ‘R7 Series Place Race’ in conjunction with the company’s new smartphone series launched in Malaysia recently.



The digital game will end on 11:59pm, Saturday, 8 August 2015, with an overall champion crowned and rewarded with the company’s latest flagship smartphone model, the OPPO R7 Plus Gold, worth RM1,998. Other prizes includes the LE903 Bluetooth headset, flash drives, movie tickets and iLike shopping discount vouchers.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28807-oppo-malaysia-launches-r7-series-place-race-digital-game.html



NVIDIA : Get Our New Graphics Card, Get Latest Chapter in ’Metal Gear’ Saga Free
06:23 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Previous chapters in the Metal Gear saga allowed players to experience the thrilling world of Snake and his gang. The latest chapter, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, has arrived — with its photorealistic thrills enhanced with NVIDIA technology.



Starting today, NVIDIA GeForce customers can live in the Metal Gear world for free. For a limited time, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be free with the purchase of qualifying GeForce products. The offer includes GeForce GTX 960, 970, 980 and 980 Ti-based graphics cards as well as notebooks that feature the GeForce GTX 970M or 980M GPU.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28806-nvidia-get-our-new-graphics-card-get-latest-chapter-metal-gear-saga-free.html




Sunday, July 26, 2015
BIOS Option Of The Week - Memory Hole At 15M-16M
11:40 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 Memory Hole At 15M-16M BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"Certain ISA cards require exclusive access to the 1 MB block of memory (from the 15th to the 16th megabyte) to work properly. This BIOS feature allows you to reserve that 1 MB block of memory for such cards to use.

If you enable this feature, 1 MB of memory (the 15th MB) will be reserved exclusively for the ISA card’s use. This effectively reduces the total amount of memory available to the operating system by..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - Memory Hole At 15M-16M

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-33.html#post378183




Friday, July 24, 2015

   
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256 GB Solid State Drive Review Rev. 3.0
The Acer Aspire One Netbook Upgrade Guide
Samsung SGH-i450 Music Edition Mobile Phone Overview
Performance Improvements In Crysis 1.1
Seagate Momentus 7200.2 Notebook Hard Drive Review
Tech Myths B.U.S.T.E.D. Rev. 1.3
Intel Core 2 Duo Launch
Kingston 15-In-1 Hi-Speed Reader Pictorial Review
Emergency Spyware Guide
Definitive Battery Extender Guide 2.10

 
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