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New Core i5 PlatformNew Core i5 Platform

Author: Ben Sun Date: 11-15-2009 Category: Tech-planations

To sum it up, we have revamped our test suite a bit to update the tests to the latest versions available for each test and added CineBench to the test suite. Updating the test system took a lot of time benchmarking but it is more ...

Intel Desktop Control CenterIntel Desktop Control Center

Author: Ben Sun Date: 11-15-2009 Category: Tech-planations

To the right is the temperature gauges for the Ambient, the CPU and the PCH. The Ambient temperature is the temperature of the system as a whole. The temperature for the CPU read 70C as the accompanying screenshot shows. This is w...

Cryostasis - PhysX Game ReviewCryostasis - PhysX Game Review

Author: Jeremy DeLong Date: 06-03-2009 Category: Guides

The game reminds me a lot of Silent Hill and Resident Evil series in the overall "feel" of the game. I watch numerous horror films going way back and I very rarely am scared to the point that I actually jump. I was even scared to ...

Delivering to the Bottom LineDelivering to the Bottom Line

Author: Andy Marken Date: 04-20-2009 Category: Guides

Rationalize all you want but if you are good in your chosen field or profession you’re selling all the time. You are selling your ideas…your words…your ability to look at problems and opportunities from every angle…your reputati...

Samfind Bookmarks Bar is Public and Getting Press!Samfind Bookmarks Bar is Public and Getting Press!

Author: Zach Shook Date: 04-06-2009 Category: Guides

Samfind is a pretty nice tool to have, actually. It's malleable, but crude. It is user intensive, meaning you've got to invest a good amount of time into the reform of your toolbar if you intend to use it and cycle data through it...

Large Software: Password ManagerLarge Software: Password Manager

Author: Zach Shook Date: 02-13-2009 Category: Guides

Let me say, though, that LargeSoftware Password Manager is a solid program if you've got the patience to put your efforts into it. I just may not have been patient enough with it. Well, I wouldn't say that. I invested a few solid ...

Large Software: PC Tune-Up ReviewLarge Software: PC Tune-Up Review

Author: Zach Shook Date: 02-11-2009 Category: Guides

With all the one click solutions and options available to this program, I can see why it is user friendly. I have seen many of these come and go, but I think Large Software's software platform is easy to use, and is available at a...

Mirror’s Edge PC Game ReviewMirror’s Edge PC Game Review

Author: Ben Sun Date: 02-09-2009 Category: Guides

Mirror's Edge is one of the first titles that fully use the PhysX effects available on NVIDIA cards throughout the game. Previous games like Half Life 2 and Unreal Tournament 3 used physics in areas like ragdoll physics or on part...

Mirror’s Edge PhysX ReviewMirror’s Edge PhysX Review

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 01-26-2009 Category: Tech-planations

Hardware based physics in a game has only been lightly touched by games like Unreal Tournament 3 and games based upon that engine. Mirror’s Edge takes full advantage of the PhysX physics engine with a persistent, physical world th...

That Bad Boss is Killing YouThat Bad Boss is Killing You

Author: Travis Bradberry Ph.D. Date: 09-27-2008 Category: Guides

Squawk! How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results is the new book by Dr. Travis Bradberry, the award winning coauthor of the best selling Emotional Intelligence Quick Book. Through the lively and entertaining story of Cha...

Universe At War - PC ReviewUniverse At War - PC Review

Author: Vlad Mihaiescu 01/29/2008 Date: 01-29-2008 Category: Tech-planations

And now, SEGA is at it again, just releasing their latest title, Universe at War – Earth Assault. Partaking in the genre of RTSs (Real Time Strategy), Universe at War – Earth Assault will try to dominate all the other mediocre RT...

SEO is DeadSEO is Dead

Author: Randy Zlobec Date: 11-01-2007 Category: Tech-planations

In order to get around the dead horse of SEO standalone, you need to be ready to add links, backlinks and quality backlinks. You need to be able to do more than string three words together. Today’s readers are savvy. They want rea...

Enemy Territory Quake Wars  Limited Collectors EditionEnemy Territory Quake Wars Limited Collectors Edition

Author: Chris Gump Date: 10-23-2007 Category: Tech-planations

For the first game to be reviewed on Motherboards.org, Id Software’s Enemy Territory Quake Wars is a great choice. This product easily wins itself and Editor’s Choice award for being one of the best team-based shooters that I have...

Newegg LANfest2K7 This Weekend in Ontario, CANewegg LANfest2K7 This Weekend in Ontario, CA

Author: Evan Oliver Date: 10-03-2007 Category: Interviews

Gamers from all over the country will be attending. If you are a so-cal gamer you have no excuse to miss this event. If you haven't already signed up, make sure you visit their official website to register for the BYOC. One thin...

SYSmark 2007 Preview Users GuideSYSmark 2007 Preview Users Guide

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 09-27-2007 Category: Guides

About a month ago we released an article about the inability of SYSmark 2007 preview to install or work in our lab tests, and we received a lot of feedback and response from that article from many different sources. So much covera...

INTEL DEVELOPERS FORUM 2007INTEL DEVELOPERS FORUM 2007

Author: Niso Levitas Date: 09-25-2007 Category: Tech-planations

This year Intel celebrated the 10th anniversary of IDF (Intel Developers Forum) with over 5000 visitors attending. Unfortunately for me, it was my eighth year attending to the forum. Since 1997, each year all the geekiest engineer...

Bapco's Sysmark 2007 Doesn't WorkBapco's Sysmark 2007 Doesn't Work

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 08-13-2007 Category: Tech-planations

At the moment SYSmark 2007 is a headache at best to techs/reviewers and a waste of money to those who have to purchase it. I would really feel bad for the poor soul who shelled out the $499.00 of hard earned cash for this only to ...

Tech Talk with Associate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of GIGABYTE United, Inc.Tech Talk with Associate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of GIGABYTE United, Inc.

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 07-30-2007 Category: Tech-planations

Every single Ultra Durable 2 Motherboard is equipped with quality components such as Low-RDS MOSFETs, Ferrite Core Chokes and Japanese All-Solid Capacitor to help reduce heat dissipation and significantly increase motherboard life...

The Rebirth Of Diamond MultimediaThe Rebirth Of Diamond Multimedia

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 07-25-2007 Category: Interviews

Remember that company called Diamond MultiMedia? You know the company famous for the Viper, the Voodoo3D, the TNT and the Monster line of video cards. Well this company has gone through some changes and now is back in the saddle a...

Why EVGA? An Interview with Andrew HanWhy EVGA? An Interview with Andrew Han

Author: Elric (Doc Overclock) Phares Date: 03-25-2007 Category: Interviews

This company should only grow stronger and as BFG once again plays its name changing game and goes under EVGA still stands strong, making only XFX the remaining (NVIDIA Only) strategic partner in America. EVGA is company you can t...

Modular Power Supplies: The Reality of the Resistance.Modular Power Supplies: The Reality of the Resistance.

Author: Jon Gerow Date: 08-10-2006 Category: Guides

Modular power supplies have become very popular as of late. Some companies have refused to manufacture modular power supplies and have even taken the effort to spread fud over the very concept of modular power supply connectors b...

Power Supplies 101: A comprehensive guidePower Supplies 101: A comprehensive guide

Author: Jon Gerow Date: 06-26-2006 Category: Guides

Watts, amps, volts, rails, PFC, efficiency; there's a lot of buzzwords flying around there and hardly anyone seems to know what they all mean. Well, now's your chance to finally become a power supply guru. I am going to try to exp...

Building A Low Cost SLI Gaming System: Part OneBuilding A Low Cost SLI Gaming System: Part One

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 04-26-2006 Category: Guides

Planning and executing your plan is really what this is all about as lets face it, this is not rocket science by any means, just time consuming and sometimes a bit tedious when working in tight spaces. Beyond that, it is really an...

High Hell: A 530J Overclocking Story Part OneHigh Hell: A 530J Overclocking Story Part One

Author: Tulatin Date: 08-26-2005 Category: Guides

The 530J CPU from Intel has shown promise as a solid overclocking component. Join Tulatin on a journey into the heart of extreme overclocking and find out just how far a low-end processor can be pushed....

CAS RAS Latencies ExplainedCAS RAS Latencies Explained

Author: Heather Skinner Date: 06-27-2005 Category: Tech-planations

Many factors contribute to a computer's performance. Beyond the processor speed, motherboard bus speed, and hard disk drive capacity (and speed, too), a system's memory plays an important role....

How To Make A Slipstreamed Win XP SP2 DiscHow To Make A Slipstreamed Win XP SP2 Disc

Author: D'arcy Lemay Date: 02-21-2005 Category: Guides

Slipstreaming is the process of taking that old, non SP2 copy of Windows XP and upgrading it to a fully patched version that can be installed in one-step....

The Mobile Desktop ConvergenceThe Mobile Desktop Convergence

Author: D'arcy Lemay Date: 01-26-2005 Category: Tech-planations

Currently the high end 130 and 90nm chips have issues with outrageous heat dissipation, to the point where the fastest Pentium4 processors aren't capable of running their fastest speed under load without aftermarket cooling being ...

Understanding PCI ExpressUnderstanding PCI Express

Author: D'Arcy Lemay Date: 12-30-2004 Category: Tech-planations

The grand scheme of PCI Express is to be like the One Ring in JRR Tolkien's tale, "one bus to rule them all". In the end though, "one bus" isn't a really good descriptor of how PCI Express works. "One protocol" would be a more apt...

Form Factors Rev 1.3Form Factors Rev 1.3

Author: MoboCop Date: 11-12-2004 Category: Tech-planations

The form factor determines the general layout, size, and feature placement on a motherboard. Different form factors usually require different style cases....

Motherboard Basics Rev 1.1Motherboard Basics Rev 1.1

Author: MoboCop Date: 10-30-2004 Category: Tech-planations

Most computer users have probably heard the term motherboard, but if you are unfamiliar with the role of the motherboard within the overall PC architecture, or if you are not quite clear about the components that make up a motherb...

To Upgrade or Not to UpgradeTo Upgrade or Not to Upgrade

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 10-13-2004 Category: Guides

Many people in different walks of life have different needs and goals when it comes to their PC. We take a look at some of the common simple upgrades you can do as well as help you determine if it is better to upgrade or just buil...

Expansion Slots Rev 1.3Expansion Slots Rev 1.3

Author: MoboCop Date: 10-06-2004 Category: Tech-planations

Expansion slots on a motherboard are designed to accept peripheral cards that add functionality to a computer system, such as a video or a sound card. Over the years the expansion slot bus has been a major system bottleneck, and j...

The History of the Motherboard Rev 1.2The History of the Motherboard Rev 1.2

Author: MoboCop Date: 08-25-2004 Category: Tech-planations

Take a quick tour on the history of the motherboard starting in 1924....

How to Benchmark a VideocardHow to Benchmark a Videocard

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 12-01-2003 Category: Guides

So what constitutes a good benchmark? Why do I use Aquamark 3 in a review instead of Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness? Why is it important to change the benchmark one uses at least once in a while?...

How to Setup a Simple Network Part 3 - Windows 98SEHow to Setup a Simple Network Part 3 - Windows 98SE

Author: Niso Levitas Date: 08-05-2002 Category: Guides

An in depth guide on how to install and setup a basic network This installment covers setup for Windows 98SE....

How to Setup a Simple Network Part 2 - Windows XPHow to Setup a Simple Network Part 2 - Windows XP

Author: Niso Levitas Date: 08-03-2002 Category: Guides

An in depth guide on how to install and setup a basic network This installment covers setup for Windows XP....

How to Setup a Simple Network Part 1 - HardwareHow to Setup a Simple Network Part 1 - Hardware

Author: Niso Levitas Date: 08-01-2002 Category: Guides

An in depth guide on how to install and setup a basic network This installment covers selection and installation of hardware....

How to Get the Most from Your MemoryHow to Get the Most from Your Memory

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 06-17-2002 Category: Guides

One of the main and seldom looked into performance enhancments comes from your memory/RAM settings. In this article we explain some very easy and understandable terms along with a liitle information on what makes your memory perfo...

Project Swiftech Part One, Extreme Overclocking Of the P4 2.4Ghz and MSI GF4 Ti4600Project Swiftech Part One, Extreme Overclocking Of the P4 2.4Ghz and MSI GF4 Ti4600

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 06-14-2002 Category: Guides

Overclocking has evolved from being a basically unknown and risky adventure to becoming one of the mainstream and highly acceptable techniques for getting the most out of your CPU. We went all out with Swiftech to show you just ho...

How To Install a Video CardHow To Install a Video Card

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 04-26-2002 Category: Guides

Installation of a video card can be done in a couple of different ways depending on your particular situation. I will describe in detail the steps involved for both procedures. ...

Intel Developers Forum: Part 2Intel Developers Forum: Part 2

Author: Niso Levitas Date: 03-07-2002 Category: Interviews

In this installment we look at the future of memory, gigabit ethernet on the desktop, Pentium 4 Mobile solutions, and the PC in 2003....

Intel Developers Forum: Part 1Intel Developers Forum: Part 1

Author: Niso Levitas Date: 03-06-2002 Category: Interviews

Technology: A Look 2 to 5 Years in the Future: 3GIO the PCI killer, BBUL packaging, Codename Prescott, E7500 Chipset, and Serial ATA....

How To Build A PCHow To Build A PC

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 10-31-2001 Category: Guides

An in depth, step by step tutorial on how this procedure is done and to make things easier for those who are new to system building but want to try it anyways...

The Elusive Zen of Motherboard IdentificationThe Elusive Zen of Motherboard Identification

Author: Aussie Date: 07-20-2001 Category: Guides

It certainly may appear to the inexperienced that there is some "black magic" involved in the art of motherboard identification but really it only involves patience, determination and a little common sense in most cases....

Outlook Express Email/Contact Transfer GuideOutlook Express Email/Contact Transfer Guide

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 04-06-2001 Category: Guides

A lot of people find themselves pulling their hair out trying to save and transfer their email when buying or building a new system. With this easy method we hope to eliminate the headache usually associated with this task....

Cooling Solution Giants: Agilent and Molex at the Intel Developers ForumCooling Solution Giants: Agilent and Molex at the Intel Developers Forum

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 03-14-2001 Category: Interviews

Molex and Agilent are two of the foremost companies in the cooling solutions business, and both work closely with Intel to bring the best technology available to light in the form of their high-end cooling products. Both companies...

In the Spotlight: ShuttleIn the Spotlight: Shuttle

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 03-13-2001 Category: Interviews

Shuttle computer group is a company that has been around for quite awhile now, and has had its share of ups and downs in this ever changing market. Established in 1983 in Taiwan, Shuttle has been a constant pulse in the computer i...

A Description of Common MemoryA Description of Common Memory

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 12-29-2000 Category: Tech-planations

DDR is a common term for Double Data Rate. This is a type of memory that has been used in different applications, but more frequently in the video card market. DDR as referred to here is a type of SDRAM that supports data transfer...

In the Spotlight: TranscendIn the Spotlight: Transcend

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 12-18-2000 Category: Interviews

Established in 1988, Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend) is one of the world's largest memory product manufacturers, with a current range of over 2000 memory products. It was the first company in Taiwan to gain the ISO 9001 ce...

How to Flash a BIOS Without Giving Yourself a HeadacheHow to Flash a BIOS Without Giving Yourself a Headache

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 12-12-2000 Category: Guides

The BIOS is a firmware driven device which controls the functions of your motherboard, and is usually updated as new fixes and new support are added to the features of the board. BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System. Updating...

In the Spotlight: EPoXIn the Spotlight: EPoX

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 12-11-2000 Category: Interviews

Epox was first started by Steve Chow in Taiwan in 1995, and moved into the American marketplace in 1996 in Brea, California. Steve was previously a lead technical designer for a few major companies before forming the company Epox....

Unlocking the Duron and Athlon Using the Pencil TrickUnlocking the Duron and Athlon Using the Pencil Trick

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 12-11-2000 Category: Guides

Overclocking can be done by changing the FSB (front side bus) of the motherboard, but the Athlon doesn't respond well to overclocking that particular way. To get your Athlon CPU ready to be overclocked requires a slight modificati...

Doc Overclock's Q4 2000 Motherboard Hot ListDoc Overclock's Q4 2000 Motherboard Hot List

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 11-14-2000 Category: Guides

Doc's 4th quarter 2000 motherboard hot list....

How to Install a MotherboardHow to Install a Motherboard

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 11-06-2000 Category: Guides

The first thing you need is a clean, level place to work. You will also need a Phillips head screw driver, some needle nose pliers, all of your device cables (IDE UDMA 66 /33 and Floppy), and about six screws and washers. ...

Overclocking the Epox BX7+100Overclocking the Epox BX7+100

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 11-01-2000 Category: Guides

Overclocking on this motherboard is a breeze. The setup is all done through the Award BIOS, and is a very stable solution for the overclocker....

The Four Food Groups of Computer UsersThe Four Food Groups of Computer Users

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 09-24-2000 Category: Tech-planations

When considering the purchase of a new computer many questions will arise, but the type of user you are is the most important. There really are only about four different categories in the mainstream computer market....

Overclocking the ASUS CUBXOverclocking the ASUS CUBX

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 07-10-2000 Category: Guides

Absolutely awesome motherboard. Great for the overclocker. The stability and flexibility here are amazing; even at 150MHz FSB this board ran beautifully and all the games played great....

Overclocking the Abit VT6X4Overclocking the Abit VT6X4

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 06-07-2000 Category: Guides

Setup on this board was easy as apple pie, no jumpers to mess with and no problems to speak of (kind of scary). So far this is the most trouble free board that I have worked with yet. Setting up the CPU is done by SoftMenuTM, whic...

Interview with an OverclockerInterview with an Overclocker

Author: Doc Overclock Date: 06-01-2000 Category: Interviews

Your AGP speed is two thirds (2/3) the speed of your front side bus. So, with the FSB set to 100MHz the AGP clock is 66MHz, but at 133MHz 2/3 is 89MHz, way out of spec for most video cards....

BIOS BasicsBIOS Basics

Author: MoboCop Date: 01-01-2000 Category: Tech-planations

The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is the program that enables a PC to boot after power-up. The BIOS is a built-in set of routines that serve as an interface between the computer's operating system and hardware devices....

CPU Sockets/SlotCPU Sockets/Slot

Author: MoboCop Date: 01-01-2000 Category: Tech-planations

The motherboard has one or more sockets or slots into which the processor is inserted. The type of processor that can be used is defined by the type of socket or slot present on the motherboard....

BIOS String IDBIOS String ID

Author: MoboCop Date: 01-01-2000 Category: Tech-planations

The BIOS String ID number is assigned to every motherboard made. It is not always unique but there is usually some good info hidden in the string. The most useful is the portion which identifies the manufacturer of the motherboard...

Motherboard Buying TipsMotherboard Buying Tips

Author: S. Louis Thomas Date: 01-01-2000 Category: Guides

No matter what happens with the technology involved, there is always one problem that plagues the DIY system builder: choices. Since we, the power builders, are usually building for exactly that reason, it's ironic that it is also...

Motherboard InstallationMotherboard Installation

Author: Billy Newsom Date: 01-01-1998 Category: Guides

A step by step guide on how to install a motherboard. Please check for our more recent installation guides unless you are installing a board from 1998 or earlier....

ChipsChips

Author: Billy Newsom Date: 01-01-1997 Category: Tech-planations

A list of chip manufacturers. From CPUs and chipsets to ICs and RTCs....

Introduction to ChipsetsIntroduction to Chipsets

Author: Billy Newsom Date: 01-01-1997 Category: Tech-planations

Those of you who know personal computers know that the most important major component in the PC is the motherboard. Not the hard disk, not the video card & the most important single component on the motherboard? The CPU, right...