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BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP Aperture Size
Since 1999, we have been developing the BIOS Optimization Guide, affectionately known... Read here
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.2
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. 7.2
If you have no idea what's different between an AMD Opteron processor and an Intel Co... Read here
The Solid State Drive Optimization Guide Rev. 2.0
In this guide, we will show you how to maintain the performance and longevity of your... Read here
Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.2
These days, there are so many mobile GPU models that it has become quite impossible t... Read here
Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.1
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become qui... Read here
Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked Rev. 5.3
This guide was written in response to the numerous fallacies about the hard disk driv... Read here
Hard Disk Drive Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 5.3
Ever wanted a guide on hard drive performance, where you can compare the performance ... Read here
Seagate Laptop SSHD 1 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Revew
Today, we are going to take a look at Seagate's top SSHD model for the laptop market ... Read here
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 28.4
Covering 588 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you ... Read here
The Dell Inspiron 3000 & 5000 Launch Report
Check out our coverage of the event, the hot models and Soumik Ray demonstrating Dell... Read here
Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 14.9
There are so many CPU models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the ... Read here
Western Digital Blue (WD10SPCX) 1 TB Slim Mobile Hard Disk Drive
To accomodate thinner notebooks, Western Digital created the WD10SPCX, which is basic... Read here
The RAM Disk Guide Rev. 2.0
The RAM disk has been around since the 1980s, but it has never been popular due to th... Read here
The HTC One (M8) Smartphone Tech Report
HTC is doubling down on their quality over pixel count strategy by retaining the same... Read here
   
ED#179 : Why It's Really Time To Ditch (And Strip) The Short Filename
Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first bro... 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#175 : How To Integrate Cloud Storage Services With Microsoft Office 2013
To avoid another antitrust case (remember Internet Explorer?), Microsoft Office 2013 ... 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
Here are the details of the upcoming "Haswell Refresh" of the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 s... Read here
ED#170 : Bitcoin Malware Infects Apple iAd!
Earlier this week, we told you about a new family of Android malware called ANDROIDOS... Read here
ED#169 : These Malware Could Be Using Your Smartphone To Mine Cryptocurrencies!
What's intriguing about these malware is not only the fact that they are being used t... Read here
ED#143 : Java Plug-In SSV Helper - Should It Stay Or Should It Go? Rev. 3.0
If you use Internet Explorer, you will probably encounter this quite often - a pop-up... Read here
ED#168 : How To Fix The Apple iCloud Bug (Missing Contacts)
Ever since iOS 7 was released, there have been instances when iPhone users would sudd... Read here
ED#167 : Big Brother China Censors WeChat... Again
Last week, Tencent removed at least 40 WeChat public pages, allegedly at the behest o... Read here
ED#166 : Intel Haswell Refresh CPU Details Leaked Rev. 2.0
These new processors are expected to arrive in May, 2014, although pre-order pricing ... Read here
   
   
   
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
ED#180 : How To Switch The Location Of The Apple iTunes Backup Folder
09:57 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


Although Apple iCloud allows you to back-up the most important data on your iDevices, the Apple iTunes is still the ultimate backup option, unless you opt to pay for additional iCloud storage. This is because it allows for the full backup of all your iDevices on your computer. The downside though is the prodigious amount of space it needs to back-up your iDevices.

This presents a problem for those who are either using a very small drive (e.g. SSD), or have partitioned the boot partition to be small. The lack of storage space may force you, the user, to stop backing up your iDevices, and could potentially result in lost photos and videos should your iDevice fail for whatever reason.

Apple has not seen it fit to provide us with a solution to the problem, but we have just the trick to allow you to use a separate partition or drive to store the iTunes backup files. Check it out!


Link : ED#180 : How To Switch The Location Of The Apple iTunes Backup Folder

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Make a Grand Statement in Gold Dimensions with Samsung GALAXY Grand 2
09:52 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – 30 July, 2014 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn. Bhd. today introduced a new colour – Gold – for GALAXY Grand 2. Retailing at a new recommended retail price of RM999, the GALAXY Grand 2 offers performance and style with grand dimension in a portable, compact smartphone.

Introducing a new premium gold leather-like back cover, the GALAXY Grand 2 makes a bold and stylish statement every time you take it out. Coupled with bigger viewing experience in a 5.25” screen with 16:9 HD ratio, the GALAXY Grand 2 offers maximum screen space for a performance-rich experience. Enjoy watching movies, playing games, e-reading and so much more on the expansive HD screen.

GALAXY Grand 2 delivers enhanced performance with a more powerful Quad Core 1.2GHz processor to handle complex tasks with ease and long-lasting 2,600mAh battery capacity. Furthermore, the GALAXY Grand 2 has a dual-SIM capability that lets you switch seamlessly between networks, maintaining an ideal work life balance as you switch between work and leisure activities easily.

To read more, please click here!

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AMD Announces Major Update of the AMD Gaming Evolved Client Powered by Raptr
09:43 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Today, AMD is pleased to announce a major update of the AMD Gaming Evolved Client Powered by Raptr.

• This new update, available today, makes heavy use of AMD’s Video Codec Engine (VCE) to provide hardware-accelerated H.264 encoding of video game streaming and capture in the following ways.

• With this update, the GE client now supports VCE-accelerated capture of more than 5000 different games—28x more than GeForce Experience, which is hard-coded to support only 169 games at this time.

• The new client also includes the ability to upload and share the captured content within the Raptr community at the touch of a button. Further, the Raptr UI offers one-click sharing to Twitter and Facebook, making it easy to get eyeballs.

• As of this update, the AMD Gaming Evolved Client Powered by Raptr leads the industry with one-click optimization support for 242 Games—43% more than GeForce Experience.

To read more, please click here!

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Enjoy the summer in all its colours – without getting into a sweat!
09:35 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

A long day at the desk may appear quite dreary – especially when the sun blares down outside! With the ARCTIC Breeze Color Edition you get a piece of summer feeling inside and every room gets the extra color kick.

If blue, red, purple, silver, black or white – the USB ventilator gives you a refreshing breeze in every colour.

With the small wind machine heated gaming battles can be cooled down just as well as smoking heads in the office. The fan speed can be adjusted as desired and is whisper quiet even at maximum speed. A flexible gooseneck ensures that the refreshment arrives exactly where it is needed.

To read more, please click here!

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Super Talent Updates its 1.8” MasterDrive KX3 SSD
09:26 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

San Jose, California – July 28, 2014 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces their updated MasterDrive KX3, a 1.8” SSD.

Super Talent’s MasterDrive KX3 comes in to solve the problem of physical space constraints in a computing system. This SSD is built using high grade NAND flash components and is connected through a microSATA interface.

Additionally, an industrial temperature version using carefully selected thermal range components allows the MasterDrive KX3 to handle temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C.

To read more, please click here!

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BIOSTAR System-On-Chip Solutions - Smaller is Better
09:22 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

July 28th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR has announced the series of mini ITX with CPUs on board, (known as System on a Chip or SoC). These boards are centered on being small and efficient using a small form factor with an embedded CPU, having low power consumption, and being fan-less. They are perfect for all sorts of various industrial applications.

The BIOSTAR mini-ITX SoC series is the latest in all-in-one boards that optimized the performance of Intel’s Bay Trail and AMD’s Kabini SoC products by delivering a new generation of technology with value-added features and easy integration. The boards in this series are suitable for ultra-small form factor builds or all-in-one systems that require dual display capabilities in a fan-less PC.

These boards are in the mini-ITX form factor which is backwards compatible with ATX and micro-ATX form factors. The ITX form factor allows you to build small and energy efficient solutions. BIOSTAR is offering simple, affordable and internet centric computer designs in a compact 17x17cm size. It is the ideal solution for an ultra-small form factor system and easily used with various chassis makes.

To read more, please click here!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Selamat Hari Raya & Eid al-Fitr To All Muslims!
10:16 PM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Tech ARP wishes all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya & Eid al-Fitr!

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BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP Aperture Size
10:10 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 AGP Aperture Size BIOS setting. Here’s an excerpt :
"This BIOS feature does two things. It selects the size of the AGP aperture and it determines the size of the GART (Graphics Address Relocation Table).

The aperture is a portion of the PCI memory address range that is dedicated for use as AGP memory address space while the GART is a translation table that translates AGP memory addresses into actual memory addresses which are often fragmented. The GART allows the graphics card to ..."
Link : BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP Aperture Size

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.2
10:35 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


There are so many mobile 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 mobile CPUs in the market, as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Currently covering 991 mobile CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 19 different specifications for each and every CPU!

Here are the latest updates in Revision 11.2 :
- Added the Intel Core i7-4980HQ quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i7-4870HQ quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i7-4770HQ quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i7-4760HQ quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i7-4578U dual-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i5-4308U dual-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i5-4278U dual-core processor.
- Added the Intel Core i5-4210H dual-core processor.

Link : Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.2

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GAMDIAS Gaming Headset Offers 4D Experience
10:22 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

July 25th, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan – GAMDIAS, the professional gaming peripherals company, has launched the HEPHAESTUS Almighty Gaming Headset, the GHS2000.

Offering a 4D experience within a headset along with a cooling system as well as ear cups vibration, the HEPHAESTUS gaming headset is offering exclusive features never seen before.

A cooling system with built-in aluminum heat sinks drops the temperature to hit that optimal comfort level we all desire in an all-day gaming session.

To read more, please click here!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.2
09:26 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong


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

Currently covering 799 workstation and server CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 20 different specifications for each and every CPU.

Here’s what we updated in this new release :
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 18-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2698 v3 16-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 14-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2695 v3 14-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 12-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 10-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2683 v3 14-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2680 v3 12-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3 12-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3 8-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2660 v3 10-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2650L v3 12-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 10-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2643 v3 6-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2640 v3 8-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2637 v3 quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2630L v3 8-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 8-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2623 v3 quad-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 6-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2609 v3 6-core processor.
- Added the Intel Xeon E5-2603 v3 6-core processor.
Link : The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.2

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New WD TVR - Personal Edition Enables Content Playback on any TV!
09:19 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

23 July 2014 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today unveiled the new WD TV – Personal Edition, an easy to use Wi-Fi™ enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on the home network.

“Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers,” explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “WD’s ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalizes the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music.”

WD TV – Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting many file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport® Ultra™ and My Book® product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD’s My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac® computer in the home.

To read more, please click here!

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NVIDIA Launches World’s Most Advanced Tablet Built for Gamers
09:14 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

July 23, 2014 — NVIDIA today launched the newest members of the NVIDIA® SHIELD™ family: the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD wireless controller.

Designed and built by NVIDIA, the SHIELD tablet is first and foremost a high-performance tablet that is packed with exceptional features. Powered by the world’s most advanced mobile processor – the NVIDIA Tegra® K1, with 192 GPU cores – SHIELD tablet is supplemented by regular, over-the-air software upgrades that bring new capabilities and levels of performance.

The SHIELD tablet is unique in that it was built specifically for gamers. It features a bright, 8-inch, full HD display, booming front-facing speakers with rich sound, and an optional cover that both protects the screen and can be used as a kick-stand to prop up the device at the best viewing angle.

To read more, please click here!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

   
Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.2
NVIDIA Release 275 GeForce Driver Technology Report
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 Tech Report
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar GP Serial ATA Hard Drive Review Rev. 2.0
Copy? Right… Rev. 2.0
ATI Radeon X1950 Pro Technology Report
Corsair 2GB XMS-4400PRO DDR Memory Kit Pictorial Review
Corsair XMS4400 1GB TwinX Memory Kit Review
Modded Radeon 9800SE Vs. GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Comparison
Hot Flashing Guide Rev. 2.0

 
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