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How Fast Is The 512 GB PCIe X4 SSD In The 2015 MacBook Pro?
In this article, we will take a look at the performance of the 512 GB solid state dri... Read here
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 30.7
Covering 628 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you ... Read here
BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU/DRAM CLK Synch CTL
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known... Read here
The Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway : Mi In-Ear Headphones
This year, we are not only rewarding everyone who participates in the Tech ARP forums... Read here
The HTC One M9+ & HTC Desire 826 Launch Event
On the 28th of April, 2015, we were invited to #makesomenoise at the launch of the HT... Read here
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 15.8
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
The Internet Censorship Bypass Guide
This guide seeks to build up a database of methods by which the common Internet user ... Read here
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 17.0
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible t... Read here
Camera Shootout : The Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge Vs. The Apple iPhone 6
In this comparison, we will compare the photos we took with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy ... Read here
Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal / Anniversary Edition 2 TB Portable Hard Disk Drive Review
Today, we are going to take a look at their 2 TB Western Digital My Passport Ultra An... Read here
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.9
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.6
Ever wanted a guide on hard drive performance, where you can compare the performance ... Read here
Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge Smartphones
During the local launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, we w... Read here
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.7
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become qui... Read here
The Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge Malaysian Launch Details
In this event, Samsung Malaysia will officially reveal their prices and availability ... 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
ED#193 : Jony Ive : Waterproof iPhone Not Happening... Ever
In an internal email that discussed possible "killer features" for a future iPhone, A... Read here
ED#192 : What To Do If You Destroyed Your Apple iPhone
Ever since HTC announced that they would cover their newly-launched HTC One (M9) smar... Read here
ED#191 : Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Launch Date & Prices
We have also identified more launch countries and their launch prices. Check out the ... Read here
ED#190 : HTC To Provide Free Accidental Damage Warranty For The HTC One M9!
With a slew of other Android smartphone manufacturers fighting for the same market se... Read here
ED#189 : Pre-Order Record For Samsung GALAXY S6 & S6 Edge & Other Updates
Although the lack of a microSD slot or a user-replaceable battery had many people gru... Read here
ED#187 : How Well Does The Samsung S Voice Work?
Today, we are going to perform a few simple tests to see how well the Samsung S Voice... Read here
ED#186 : Experiencing The Samsung Gear S Smart Watch At The Samsung Gear S Spy Camp! Rev. 2.0
Check out what I experienced during the Samsung Gear S Spy Camp! Read here
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
   
   
   
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
How Fast Is The 512 GB PCIe X4 SSD In The 2015 MacBook Pro?
01:58 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

When Apple announced the Early 2015 refresh of the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, they revealed that the key updates would be the "all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics 6100, two times faster flash and longer battery life".

For some reason, the significantly faster SSD was relegated almost to the end of the list, like an afterthought, when it represents the biggest leap in performance in the latest 13" MacBook Pro. How much of a leap? That’s what we will be looking at today.



In this article, we will take a look at the performance of the 512 GB solid state drives of the latest 13" MacBook Pro (Early 2015), the last-generation 13" Apple MacBook Pro (Mid 2014) and SATA solid state drive of the Early 2013 Apple MacBook Pro. First, let’s compare their specifications...

Link : How Fast Is The 512 GB PCIe X4 SSD In The 2015 MacBook Pro?

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Beloved Superstar Rilakkuma Makes His Debut on WeChat
01:36 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

May 6, 2015 – Attention all WeChatters and Rilakkuma fans! The adorable international superstar Rilakkuma has just arrived in WeChat’s Sticker Gallery and is ready to become a part of your WeChat world. Use any of Rilakkuma’s stickers to get a laugh out of your friends and make your chats more fun, happy and loving.



Enjoy the amusing scenes of Rilakkuma playing together with his best friends Korilakkuma, a mysterious white bear cub, and Kiiroitori, a logical yellow chick. The comical stickers showcase Rilakkuma’s relaxed and joyful life, perfect for WeChat users who enjoy sleeping, lying around, watching television, listening to music and soaking in some sun rays.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28608-beloved-superstar-rilakkuma-makes-his-debut-wechat.html



Intel Launches New Intel® Xeon® E7 v3 Processor Families
01:31 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 6, 2015 – Intel Corporation today announced the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, delivering accelerated business insight through real-time analytics and enhanced performance and reliability for mission-critical computing.

The Intel Xeon processor E7 v3 family helps customers to securely process and analyze massive data sets in system memory for faster decision-making and improved operational efficiency, giving companies a competitive edge.



With up to 18 cores, a 20 percent increase in cores compared to the prior generation, and up to 45 megabytes of last-level cache, the processor family can deliver up to 70 percent more decision support analytic sessions per hour.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28607-intel-launches-new-intel-xeon-e7-v3-processor-families.html



Microsoft Launches Surface 3 – The perfect balance of performance and value
01:19 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

KUALA LUMPUR — 5 May, 2015 — Microsoft Malaysia (“Microsoft”) today officially launched the Surface 3 at an exclusive event attended by Microsoft partners and media friends. The Surface 3 is the latest addition to the Surface family, and is the thinnest and lightest Surface to date.

Like its powerful Surface Pro 3 sibling, the Surface 3 is designed and built with premium material that doesn’t sacrifice quality or beauty. Yet, it strikes a great balance between performance and value that will appeal to many. It’s the best of a tablet, yet works like a laptop, at a more accessible price point.



Starting from a recommended retail price (“RRP”) of RM1,989 for its 64GB, 2GB RAM version, and RM2,389 for its 128GB, 4GB RAM version, Malaysians can purchase their own unit beginning 9 May by visiting Microsoft Surface retailers throughout the country.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28606-microsoft-launches-surface-3-perfect-balance-performance-value.html



KTC launches L81F TV Series featuring Supreme Cost-Performance
01:12 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

5th May, 2015, Shenzhen, China, KTC - As it is known to all, large-screen LCD TVs boast many advantages: the huge display area can provide stunning visual experience no matter if you are watching a program, appreciating a film or playing a game. However, given the fact that most large-screen TVs are expensive, the vast majority of consumers prefer small-size TVs since they are more affordable while meeting consumers’ need of good visual experience.

KTC, as a professional manufacturer of LCD TVs, has been renowned for its supreme cost-performance products. L81F, as a selected TV series recently launched by KTC, is an ideal choice for consumers with a limited budget.



L81F series provides three sizes to meet the needs of different users, including 40", 32" and 24". TVs of this series all use top-grade LCD panels branded LG, INNOLUX, etc., achieving fine picture quality and true colors. The design of ultra-narrow bezel, together with special treatment for a mat-polished surface, delivers a strong sense of art, making this series quite attractive to consumers, especially the young.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28605-ktc-launches-l81f-tv-series-featuring-supreme-cost-performance.html




Monday, May 04, 2015
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 30.7
10:29 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Covering 677 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 30.7 :
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R5 240 graphics card.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R7 (512 SP) processor graphics.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R7 (384 SP) processor graphics.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R5 (256 SP) processor graphics.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R5 (192 SP) processor graphics.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R3 (HD 8400) processor graphics.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R3 (HD 8280) processor graphics.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon R3 (HD 8240) processor graphics.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon HD 8000 family of graphics cards.
- Updated the DirectX Support specifications for the AMD Radeon HD 7000 family of graphics cards.
Link : Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 30.7

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/7916-desktop-graphics-card-comparison-guide-66.html#post377301




Sunday, May 03, 2015
Videos From The HTC One M9+ Launch Event
10:19 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

A couple of days ago, we covered the HTC One M9+ smartphone launch. For those who missed the videos, here they are.

In this video, Faisal Siddiqui, President of HTC South Asia gave his keynote speech on the HTC One M9+ smartphone.



Here was HTC’s launch gambit - a tribute to The Fifth Element, with this rendition of the Diva Dance by Plavalaguna. The music is from Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor: "Il dolce suono", the mad scene of Act III, Scene 2. Enjoy!



Finally, Wayne Tang, Product Marketing Manager of HTC South Area detailed the new HTC One M9+ smartphone’s key features, from its full metal unibody design to its extremely high resolution 20 MP rear camera and the new fingerprint sensor.



For the full coverage of the event, you can check it out here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28602-htc-one-m9-htc-desire-826-launch-event.html



BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU/DRAM CLK Synch CTL
10:12 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 CPU/DRAM CLK Synch CTL BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"Normally, the synchronicity of the memory controller is determined by the memory clock. If the memory clock is the same as the front side bus speed, then the memory controller is in the synchronous mode. Otherwise, it is in the asynchronous mode.

This BIOS feature, however, allows a more clear-cut way of controlling the memory controller’s operating mode..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU/DRAM CLK Synch CTL

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/24898-bios-option-week-32.html#post377298




Friday, May 01, 2015
The Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway : Mi In-Ear Headphones
12:37 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Contest #3 of the Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway is over, and we are glad to announce the winners of the FIVE (5) units of Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000!

Please check if you are winner and send us your details ASAP!

We are also glad to announce the new prizes for Contest #4 - FIVE units of the Mi In-Ear Headphones!


The high-end Silver or Rose Gold models are not only silver / gold-plated, they feature a metal composite diaphragm and a dual damping system for a purer sound quality.

The basic models lack the silver / gold plating but feature the same piston design and dual damping system that deliver superior sound quality and powerful bass, as well as long-lasting copper voice coils.

In addition, every unit will come with mystery swag from us!



This year, we are not only rewarding everyone who participates in the Tech ARP forums and the Tech ARP Facebook page, we are also going to reward our readers! So there are three ways you can win prizes in our 2015 giveaway :
a) Participate In The Forums
b) Facebook Share, Like & Comment
c) Just Read Our Articles
It’s THAT simple!


Link : The Tech ARP 2015 Mega Giveaway : Mi In-Ear Headphones

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28440-tech-arp-2015-mega-giveaway-2.html#post377294



BUILD 2015 - Wrap up from Day 1
12:16 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SAN FRANCISCO — April 29, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced new features in Windows 10 and unveiled a set of software development kits (SDKs) to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows 10.

At the company’s annual Build developer conference, Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.



“Microsoft has bold ambitions for platforms that empower developers across Windows, Azure and Office,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, we will create more personal and more intelligent experiences that empower billions of people to achieve more.”

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28604-build-2015-wrap-up-day-1-a.html



GIGABYTE Enables Support for Upcoming 5th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
12:03 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Taipei, Taiwan, April 30th, 2015 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce their entire line-up of Z97 and H97 motherboards now support the soon-to-launch 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors.



GIGABYTE engineers have tested and validated all GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards including Z97 and H97 chipset-based motherboards to ensure optimal performance for 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28603-gigabyte-enables-support-upcoming-5th-gen-intel-core-processors.html




Thursday, April 30, 2015
The HTC One M9+ & HTC Desire 826 Launch Event
01:53 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

On the 28th of April, 2015, we were invited to #makesomenoise at the launch of the HTC One M9+ and HTC Desire 826 Dual SIM smartphones at the swank Rootz Club KL.



Join us as we relive the night with our pictures and videos! Don’t forget to check out the specification comparison we prepared for your convenience in the last page!

Link : The HTC One M9+ & HTC Desire 826 Launch Event


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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28602-htc-one-m9-htc-desire-826-launch-event.html



VIA Announces VIA Chrome® Video Wall DS Series Controllers
01:34 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Taipei, Taiwan, 30 April, 2015 - VIA Technologies, Inc, today has announced the VIA Chrome® Video Wall DS Series Controllers featuring a wide selection of flexible media servers for creating stunning multi-paneled menu boards as well as standard, mosaic and architectural video wall canvasses for delivering dynamic digital signage content.

Leveraging VIA’s advanced Chrome® graphics capabilities, VIA Chrome® Video Wall DS Series Controllers support playback of stunning Ultra HD (4K) content as well as the simultaneous playback of multiple Full HD videos in the most popular formats allowing for the creation of a rich mix of compelling content which truly engages with audiences.



Combined with VIA MagicView®, a powerful and flexible content management platform for designing, distributing and displaying digital signage content, VIA Chrome® Video Wall DS Series Controllers provide an all-in-one server design, making content management and layout design much easier and more cost-efficient.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28601-via-announces-via-chrome-video-wall-ds-series-controllers.html



ED#198 : Samsung Announces Availability Of The 64 GB Galaxy S6 Edge Smartphone!
12:34 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

When Samsung first announced that their Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones would only be available with a 32 GB storage option in Malaysia, there was a collective groan of disappointment, as the new Galaxy smartphones did not come with expandable storage in the form of a microSD slot. Everyone started clamouring for the 64 GB models.

Two weeks ago, we revealed that Samsung Malaysia was under pressure to increase prices due to the unfavourable exchange rate - the Ringgit was plummeting, hitting RM 3.7075 on the 14th of April, 2015. In fact, this was the same reason why Samsung Malaysia could not bring in the 64 GB initially - they would have to price them way too high to sell well.



Well, the good news is that the Ringgit has strengthened against the US Dollar - it’s now trading under RM 3.55 to the Dollar, and is likely to strengthen further. Hence, Samsung Malaysia has now deemed it time to announce the availability of the 64 GB Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone!

Link : ED#198 : Samsung Announces Availability Of The 64 GB Galaxy S6 Edge Smartphone!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28600-ed-198-samsung-announces-availability-64-gb-galaxy-s6-edge-smartphone.html




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

   
NVIDIA GPU Boost Tech Report
The NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 (DDR5) Overclocking Guide
Western Digital 1 TB My Book Home Edition External Hard Drive Review
Creating A WinPE 2.0 Bootable USB Key Rev. 1.1
My Thoughts On The Sony PlayStation 3
Seagate Momentus 7200.1 Notebook Hard Drive Review Rev. 2.0
ASUS PEG Link Mode Guide Rev. 2.0
AC Ryan XTOR Tanky Hard Disk Cooler Overview
ABIT AI7 i865 Motherboard Review

 
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