Category: peripherals

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI MOTHERBOARD

The GA-Z97X-SLI  is an enthusiast ATX motherboard for Intel Haswell and Broadwell processors with the LGA 1150 pinout. Supports Haswell and Broadwell Processors Socket LGA 1150 Dual Channel DDR3, 4 DIMMs Fast USB 3.0 2x PCIe Gen3 x8 4x PCIe x1 2x PCI Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors Extreme multi graphics support SATA Express …

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REALTEK AUDIO DRIVERS

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We have several older machines that have continued to be used for game testing and other purposes. We tend to upgrade the operating system on them all over time as Microsoft abandons them due to the cost of maintenance. Realtek dominates the motherboard audio chips on laptop and desktop machines. Their logic works and its …

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COOLER MASTER HYPER 212 EVO

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo was selected to replace the AMD Phenom II 965 BE OEM cooler. AMD coolers are notorious for being noisy when loaded hard. Even with better quality thermal interface material the OEM fan remained generally noisy. The stock CPU fan for both AMD and Intel are fine for …

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WACOM BAMBOO CAPTURE

The Wacom Bamboo Capture CTH470M  is a USB stylus and pad that can be used in place of a mouse. The Capture retails for $99 which is excellent value. Wacom also offers many more sophisticated models aimed at professional users. The Capture however is still very powerful and it can revolutionize the experience of digital …

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MICROSOFT WIRELESS DESKTOP 2000

The Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 is one the newer generation packages from Microsoft. Microsoft also has discrete keyboards and mice in addition to the bundles. USB DONGLE The Wireless Desktop 2000 uses a standard USB dongle as the receiver. The dongle can support both keyboard and mouse so there is no need for a second …

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USB SATA ADAPTERS

USB SATA adapters are very low cost. The low cost Taiwanese MOAI MA6116 (2010) uses USB 2.0 and connects to SATA. The MA6116A does all of the functions and only needs a quartz crystal and some basic components. It even has pins for an activity LED. Over in Shenzhen, China this MA6116A sells for 元2.80. Integrated …

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USB FIREWIRE CABLES

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The onslaught of USB has seen even cables with integrated logic in the connectors for several different port types. For those with a miniDV camera with Firewire on it, you can use an available port but not many machines have an available IEEE 1394 port. USB cables with the mini 4-pin Firewire connector are inexpensive. …

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EPSON ARTISAN 835 PRINTER

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The Epson Artisan 835 is a dual role multi-function scan/copy/print with fax capability. Epson Artisan 835 sells for $299 direct. Epson Advanced Micro Piezo with DX5 technology Print from memory card, print from USB flash drive, save to USB flash drive, scan to network DPOF, PictBridge Windows Image Color Management (ICM) Multicard reader 25W operating, 5W …

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FIX FIREWIRE PROBLEMS

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Firewire (IEEE 1394) is seen on many devices in mid to late 1990s.  USB 2.0 quickly replaced IEEE 1394a rendering it largely obsolete. Steve Jobs stated that Firewire was dead in 2008 when USB 3.0 offered even faster speeds that same year. We have a Lenovo T400 and Lenovo T500 with 4-pin IEEE …

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INTEL WI-FI LINK 5100 AGN

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The Intel Wi-Fi 5100 AGN is an OEM mini PCI Express card seen in laptop machines like our Lenovo T500, PCI Express based 802.11a 802.11g 802.11n (incompatible) The reason we deem the 5100 to be incompatible with 802.11n is that the card was released based on the first draft of the standard rather than …

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