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How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug Rev. 4.2
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BIOS Option Of The Week - AGP to DRAM Prefetch
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The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 10)
We have been working hard to arrange a ton of prizes, which we will give away every w... 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
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Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.5
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Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) 4 TB Hard Disk Drive Review
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Mobile CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.5
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Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 16.5
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The GAMDIAS ZEUS Laser Gaming Mouse Review Rev. 2.0
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COUGAR 700M Aluminium Gaming Mouse Review
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The Solid State Drive Optimization Guide Rev. 2.1
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Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 7.4
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The Xiaomi Mi Power Bank (10400 mAh) Teardown
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ED#174 : The Mystery Of TrueCrypt's Disappearance Rev. 2.0
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug Rev. 4.2
09:09 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

User of ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards (maybe others as well) may be affected by a PCI Express x1 bug which causes a tremendous drop in performance. ChampionLLY takes a look at the motherboards and graphics cards affected by this problem and what solutions work, and what doesn’t.

In the second part, he takes a look at the effect that PCI Express x1 bug has on the performance of your system. The results will shock you.



Here are the latest updates in Revision 4.2 :
- Updated the methods that have been proven to fix the PCI Express x1 bug.
- Added a new motherboard and a new graphics card to the list of affected hardware.
- Compressed the guide into two pages.
Link : How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug Rev. 4.2

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/23881-how-fix-pci-express-x1-bug-11.html#post376008



ASUS Introduces The ASUS M32AD Multimedia Desktop PC
08:45 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Kuala Lumpur (25th Nov, 2014) — ASUS today announced the availability of the new multimedia desktop PC, ASUS M32AD Series, performs everything from your daily tasks to playing 4K Ultra HD video with enhanced energy efficiency. Multitask with several apps at once thanks to the 4th gen Intel® Core processor.



Power visually demanding programs with discrete NVIDIA graphics. Whatever you choose to do, M32 makes it happen with unique optimization for increased performance or energy savings when you need it.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28335-asus-introduces-asus-m32ad-multimedia-desktop-pc.html



Razer Donates $10,000 to the ALS Association After Meeting with Superfan
08:26 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SINGAPORE – Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO, Razer, today announced that Razer would be donating US$10,000 to the ALS Association after a meeting with a superfan from China who is suffering from the disease.

Feiran Song, who suffers from ALS, is a forum administrator for the Baidu Razer forum which has over 30,000 fans who discuss about Razer daily. Feiran recently made the trip to one of Razer’s design centers to meet with the Razer CEO.



Min surprised Feiran with a Razer Blade gaming laptop as a gesture of appreciation for his work on the forum and also autographed 10 mousemats for the Chinese fans on the forum. In addition, Razer will be donating US$10,000 to the ALS Association which will go into providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families and a global research focused on the discovery of treatments.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28334-razer-donates-10-000-als-association-after-meeting-superfan.html



Shinjiru Technology Chooses Microsoft Windows Server over VMware
08:13 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 November 2014 – Shinjiru, a Malaysia-based hosting company with a global client base, gained competitive advantage by adopting the most recent iteration of Microsoft’s Windows Server for a scalable, reliable platform that offered exactly what their customers wanted: enhanced tenant self-service capabilities, better scalability, as well as efficient cloud and datacenter management/orchestration capabilities.



To support this, Shinjiru migrated from its existing virtualization platform to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. The migration enables their customers to have greater control over their resources and costs, and Shinjiru can now easily support a wider range of technologies including Microsoft and open source.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28333-shinjiru-technology-chooses-microsoft-windows-server-over-vmware.html




Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Tech ARP 2014 Mega Giveaway Contest (Week 10)
09:48 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 9! 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 10)

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28216-tech-arp-2014-mega-giveaway-contest.html#post375991



Alienware Unleashes Revolutionary New Graphics Amplifier with New Gaming Systems
09:43 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Nov. 21, 2014 – Alienware, a leader in high-performance gaming systems is announcing the legendary return of the Alienware Area-51 gaming desktop and the portable powerhouse Alienware 13 gaming laptop. Alienware also revealed the innovative Alienware Graphics Amplifier; giving gamers desktop graphics performance at home and high performance mobile gaming with the Alienware 13. A truly no compromises approach to gaming.



When combining the new Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier, gamers no longer need to choose between a portable performer for fragging on the go or the fantastic FPS of a gaming desktop. The Alienware Graphics Amplifier boosts the already potent gaming performance of the Alienware 13, providing desktop graphics quality gaming at home while continuing to offer the same high-performing experience that road warriors demand.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28332-alienware-unleashes-revolutionary-new-graphics-amplifier-new-gaming-systems.html




Thursday, November 20, 2014
Live Coverage Of Intel Future Showcase Tomorrow!
11:42 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

In a few hours, we will be flying to Singapore to attend the Intel Future Showcase. We will be covering this LIVE on our Facebook page. So be sure to check it out!



Before hitting the showcase, Intel will be sharing with us the future of... wireless charging!

There will actually be two keynote presentations on wireless charging, so be sure to check our Facebook page for updates!

If possible, we will try to post the updates in this forum thread as well.

Link :
Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28331-live-coverage-intel-future-showcase-tomorrow.html



Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 29.0
11:03 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Covering 612 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 29.0 :
- Added the AMD Radeon R9 290X (8 GB) graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card.
- Updated the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost graphics card.
- Renamed the AMD Radeon R9 290X as AMD Radeon R9 290X (4 GB).
- Corrected the specifications of the AMD Radeon HD 6790 graphics card.
Link : Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 29.0

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/7916-desktop-graphics-card-comparison-guide-60.html#post375964



Comparison of Arctic Silver 5 vs. Arctic MX4 Thermal Paste
10:57 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

graysky did a quick comparison of the Arctic Silver 5 and the Arctic MX4 thermal pastes on his new Intel Core i7-4790K system. He ran mprime (Linux64,Prime95,V28.5,build 2) using large FFTs with 8 threads and logged the temps throughout the run once per second using a shell script. Take a look at his results :



Today, we are going to take a look at their latest portable hard disk drive for the Mac market - the 2 TB Western Digital My Passport Pro (WDBRMP0020DBK) Thunderbolt portable hard disk drive. It boasts the following features :
• The dual drives in My Passport Pro are housed within an anodized all-aluminum enclosure
• Shipped in RAID 0 for maximum speed and capacity
• Protect your livelihood with RAID 1
• No power adapter required
• Works with Apple Time Machine
• Blazing fast boot drive
• Plug-and-play setup
Now, let’s find out how this new portable hard disk drive fares against its competitors!

Histograms in blue show the temperature distributions for AS5 and those in pink show the same for MX-4.

Run 1 was Arctic Silver 5 which had cured for approx 52 hours. I ran mprime as noted above for 4 hours. Run 2 was with MX-4. I ran mprime as noted above for approx 1-1/2 hours.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/overclocking-cooling-modding/28326-comparison-as5-vs-mx-4-haswell-i7-4790k.html



OCZ Storage Solutions Introduces the Saber 1000 Enterprise-Class SSDs
10:33 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

SAN JOSE, CA – November 20, 2014 - OCZ Storage Solutions -- a Toshiba Group Company and leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced its new enterprise-class Saber 1000 SSD Series designed for read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments.

The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series solves demanding key customer business challenges and supported by an enterprise-optimized feature-set, large storage capacities, and low total cost of ownership (TCO).



The new series leverages the latest A19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB usable capacities. It utilizes OCZ’s internally developed Barefoot 3 controller and firmware which delivers consistent sustained I/O performance across all capacities to accelerate enterprise applications.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28330-ocz-storage-solutions-introduces-saber-1000-enterprise-class-ssds.html



AMD Announces Major Technology Partnerships at Future of Compute Event
10:28 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

November 20, 2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at its Future of Compute event announced the introduction of the consumer electronic industry’s first-ever ultra high-definition (UHD) monitors to feature its innovative, open-standards based FreeSync technology.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., plans to launch the screen synching technology around the world in March 2015, starting with the Samsung UD590 (23.6-inch and 28-inch models) and UE850 (23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models), and eventually across all of Samsung’s UHD lineups.



FreeSync will enable dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon™ graphics cards and APUs to maximally reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate visual defects during gaming and video playback.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28329-amd-announces-major-technology-partnerships-future-compute-event.html



AMD Mobile “Carrizo” Family of APUs Designed to Deliver Significant Leap in Performance, Energy Efficiency in 2015
10:17 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

November 20, 2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at its Future of Compute event announced the addition of its first high performance system-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed “Carrizo”, and a mainstream SoC codenamed “Carrizo-L” as part of the company’s 2015 AMD Mobile APU family roadmap.

In collaboration with hardware and software partners, these new 2015 AMD Mobile APUs are designed as complete solutions for gaming, productivity applications, and ultra high-definition 4K experiences. With support for Microsoft® DirectX® 12, OpenCL® 2.0, AMD’s Mantle API, AMD FreeSync, and support for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows® 10 operating system, the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family enables the experiences consumers expect.



The flagship “Carrizo” processor will integrate the new x86 CPU core codenamed “Excavator” with next generation AMD Radeon™ graphics in the world’s first Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) 1.0 compliant SoC.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28328-amd-mobile-carrizo-family-apus-deliver-significant-leap-performance.html




Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Western Digital My Passport Pro 2 TB Portable (Thunderbolt) Hard Disk Drive Review Rev. 2.0
11:33 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

Western Digital has a wide variety of external storage products for both the PC and Mac markets. The external drives are available in both large desktop and smaller portable formats. Under the portable segment alone, Western Digital offers three drive families for the PC, and four drive families for the Mac.



Today, we are going to take a look at their latest portable hard disk drive for the Mac market - the 2 TB Western Digital My Passport Pro (WDBRMP0020DBK) Thunderbolt portable hard disk drive. It boasts the following features :
• The dual drives in My Passport Pro are housed within an anodized all-aluminum enclosure
• Shipped in RAID 0 for maximum speed and capacity
• Protect your livelihood with RAID 1
• No power adapter required
• Works with Apple Time Machine
• Blazing fast boot drive
• Plug-and-play setup
Now, let’s find out how this new portable hard disk drive fares against its competitors!

In this update, we added a new How Loud Is The Fan? section with a video of the My Passport Pro in action. We also corrected and improved various parts of the review.

Link : Western Digital My Passport Pro 2 TB Portable (Thunderbolt) Hard Disk Drive Review Rev. 2.0

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/28275-western-digital-my-passport-pro-2-tb-portable-thunderbolt-hard-disk-drive-review.html#post375943



Launch of Slim Silence AM1 - 1U Low Profile Cooler for AMD AM1 CPU
11:20 AM MYT   |   Posted by: Dr. Adrian Wong

GELID Solutions today launched their Slim Silence AM1 cooler, which comes with a silent 70mm fan. fan provides high airflow and has an intelligent PWM controller which provides additional air flow only when it is really necessary.



With a height of 26mm this heatsink is especially designed for slim chassis with limited space. The cooler is RoHS and WEEE conform and carries a 5 year warranty.

To read more, please click here!

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Discuss here: http://forums.techarp.com/news/28325-launch-slim-silence-am1-1u-low-profile-cooler-amd-am1-cpu.html




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

   
CPU Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 6.6
Intel Core 2 Processor Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 2.7
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT Graphics Card Review Rev. 4.0
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT Mobile GPU Review Rev. 2.0
Kingston 1GB HyperX PC2-8500 DDR2 Memory Kit Pictorial Review
Powering Up A Standalone PSU Guide
Manfrotto 190PROB (Bogen 3001BPRO) Professional Tripod Review
ARP Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner
Definitive Review of the Kensington Saddlebag Pro
Titan Graphics Card Cooler Review

 
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