Category: hardware

MSI GT 1030 2GB LP OC

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The MSI GT 1030 is being offered for 1/10 the cost of the flagship GTX 1080 Ti. This card has a MSRP of $69. NVIDIA Pascal GP108 384 CUDA cores PCI Express x4 NVIDIA GPU boost 3 1265 MHz, 1518 MHz boost 2048MB GDDR5 6000 MHz memory speed 64-bit memory 48 GB/s bandwidth HDMI 2.0b, …

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AMD RADEON RX 550

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The AMD Radeon RX 550 is a mainstream video card that launched at $79. AMd suggests the RX 550 is about 5x more powerful than Intel IGP in the i7-6700. The RX 550 is also about double the performance of the R7 240. AMD  Polaris 12 (Lexa Pro) PCI Express 3.0 x8 14nm FinFET 512 …

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MSI A320M GRENADE MOTHERBOARD

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The MSI A320M grenade motherboard is a basic µATX for AMD Ryzen processors. Supports AMD® RYZEN Series processors and 7th Gen A-series / AthlonTM Processors for socket AM4 Support DDR4 1866/2133/2400/2667/2933(OC)/3200(OC) Mhz 2x DDR4 slots, 32GB maximum memory DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost EZ debug LED to quickly identify problems Click BIOS …

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MSI B350M BAZOOKA MOTHERBOARD

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The MSI B350M Bazooka motherboard is a basic µATX for AMD Ryzen processors. Supports AMD® RYZEN Series processors and 7th Gen A-series / AthlonTM Processors for socket AM4 Support DDR4 1866/2133/2400/2667/2933(OC)/3200(OC) Mhz 4x DDR4 slots, 64GB maximum memory DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost EZ debug LED to quickly identify problems Click BIOS …

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TEAMGROUP L5 SSD 480GB

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The TeamGroup L5 SSD 480GB (T2535T480G0C101)  is the top capacity model of the series. TeamGroup also markets memory and other solid state hardware. The L5 SSD is an entry level SSD marketed primarily to laptop users. The L5 SSD uses the  mature 2D NAND technology. Featuring great durability and low energy consumption, it has become the …

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350 GAMING MOTHERBOARD

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The Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming is a mainstream ATX motherboard for AMD AM4 systems, AM4 motherboards using the A320 and B350 chipsets are aimed at budget gaming enthusiasts. The GA-AB350 Gaming  motherboard is for Bristol Ridge and Ryzen processors. DIY gamers will like this board with the B350 chipset which provides a good platform for gaming. AMD AM4 …

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GIGABYTE GA-AB350M GAMING 3 MOTHERBOARD

The Gigabyte GA-AB350M Gaming 3 is a mainstream µATX motherboard for AMD AM4 systems, AM4 motherboards using the A320 and B350 chipsets are aimed at budget gaming enthusiasts. The GA-AB350M Gaming 3 motherboard is for Bristol Ridge and Ryzen processors. DIY gamers will like this board with the B350 chipset which provides a good platform for gaming. …

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AMD RYZEN

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AMD is now ready to launch of the Ryzen. AMD will have processors for worldwide distribution on March 2, 2017 and motherboards will be widely available to go with the new processors. AMD R3 and R5 processors will be available for budget systems. TABLE OF RYZEN PROCESSORS MODEL CORES/THREADS L3 TDP CLOCK TURBO PRICE R7 …

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ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 UEFI VBIOS

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After much digging around we finally found a UEFI updater for the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 video card. Unfortunately Asus has configured the software to only work with Asus branded UEFI capable motherboards, even though the VBIOS is for a video card. That is called compulsory tied selling and it’s illegal in Canada and many other countries. Restrictive …

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MSI B350 TOMAHAWK MOTHERBOARD

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The MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard is an entry level ATX motherboard suitable for a single video card machine. This motherboard is very budget friendly with a lot of powerful features. The motherboard launched at around $95. Supports AMD RYZEN Series Processors and 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processors for Socket AM4 AMD B350 PCH Full ATX  form …

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LENOVO X220 MEMORY UPGRADE

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We recently upgraded the memory on our Lenovo X220 to be better able to run 64-bit Windows 10. The machine originally came with Elpida EBJ21UE8BFU0-DJ-F DDR3-1333 2048MB memory. This memory has 8 chips on each side of the SO-DIMM, The upgrade memory is Elpida EBJ40UG8EFU0-GN-F  DDR3L-1600 4096MB. This memory has 4 chips on each side of …

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ROOM SCALE VIRTUAL REALITY

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Ocullus Rift posted some comments recently regarding their hardware. They reported that using 3 sensors in a larger area can become too taxing for most USB 3.0 ports. Intel’s Z370 motherboards largely have only have USB 3.0 on the rear panel. This is largely due to full backwards compatibility. There are still some USB 2.0 …

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MSI 970A-G43 BIOS FAULT

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We have a MSI 970A-G43 motherboard which generally works fine. We have 4 hard disks attached and a BD drive. We have not had problems with the machine. We own a front panel card reader box with USB 3.0 ports. It also has fan control which was intended to augment the motherboard. When we connected …

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MSI SOFTWARE UPDATES

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Today MSI delivered several new programs that actually do seem to make the machine run much better. The MSI X Boost seems to be a good disk caching program that seems to be able to speed up the system rather nicely. Modern systems have much more memory but Windows does not use it to deliver …

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MIGRATING TO DDR4

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Lots of DIY enthusiasts are still using DDR3 based rigs. These are plenty powerful to handle contemporary games. Intel changes the CPU socket every 2 years while AMD only changes it every 5 years with the memory cycle. CPU motherboard memory DDR4 speeds are faster than DDR3 and recent tests show it can reach 68 …

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