How to Maximize Storage Space Guide and more
Posted on: 03/08/2013 11:02 AM
Here a roundup of the latest reviews, including How to Maximize Storage Space Guide, Amiigo: Fitness Bracelet For iPhone And Android, Samsung 840 TLC NAND 256 GB SSD Review, ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Motherboard Review, and A first look at Cherry's MX green key switches
How to Maximize Storage Space Guide @ OCC
When I installed 8 GB more RAM in my machine, Windows swelled the pagefile to match the 12 GB of total RAM and it took all of that from the my OS drive. To keep that drive lean, I went into the Performance Settings, which is under the Advanced tab of the computer's properties, next to the System Protection tab, and changed the settings. Like the restore points, you are able to control the amount of space allocated for the pagefile and the specific drive the pagefile is stored on. Instead of keeping it on a small SSD, it may be wise to move it over to a larger but slower HDD.
Read more: How to Maximize Storage Space Guide @ OCCRHA MA350 In-ears @ techPowerUp
RHA is a headphone company which gaining more and more momentum. Today we will be taking a look at their MA350 in-ears which sell at $39.99 and pack a lot of bass and very good build quality. On top of that you get a 3 year warranty.
Read more: RHA MA350 In-ears @ techPowerUpAmiigo: Fitness Bracelet For iPhone And Android @ ThinkComputers.org
Are you a fitness junkie? Do you want to find out what types of workouts challenge your fitness levels? Or maybe you just want to keep better track of how active you are, whether that's how your golf swing is, how fast or far you run, or what your heart rate level is during your curling sets. Amiigo has redefined the way we can track our fitness. They wanted to create something that would allow people to track the details of an exercise routine and how it affects the body so they came up with a way to personalize your workout routine with a fitness band, shoe bracelet and iPhone app.
Read more:Amiigo: Fitness Bracelet For iPhone And Android @ ThinkComputers.orgSamsung 840 TLC NAND 256 GB SSD Review @ MyCE
It was just a few weeks ago, that I took a look at Samsungís flagship consumer grade SSD, the 840 Pro. In this article Iím taking a look at the first SSD in the world to use TLC NAND, the standard 840 series SSD. TLC NAND is able to store 3 bits of data per cell. This differs from MLC NAND in that MLC NAND can only store 2 bits of data per cell. The obvious attraction for using TLC NAND is down to cost.
The question must be, how does TLC NAND compare to MLC with regard to performance, and durability? Samsung are very confident in the durability of their own TLC NAND, and also confident that performance will still be top drawer.
Whilst I can easily show you how this SSD delivers performance wise in this review, durability is another matter. The testing period for a review sample is only a couple of weeks, and clearly this is not enough time to make any meaningful predictions about TLC NAND durability. Fear not though, after this article is published, I will start a long-term testing phase on the Samsung 840 series SSD, and will publish quarterly reports on how well its TLC NAND is coping with a normal consumer PC workload.
Read more: Samsung 840 TLC NAND 256 GB SSD Review @ MyCEAMD Athlon X4 740 and AMD Athlon X4 750K Processors @ iXBT Labs
Today we'll focus on a pair of AMD's Trinity-based budget processors. Our summer review proved the FM1-based Athlon II X4 processors to be quite good. Now we're going to see if their counterparts can keep up.
Read more: AMD Athlon X4 740 and AMD Athlon X4 750K Processors @ iXBT LabsASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Motherboard Review @ HardOCP
The ASRock Z77 Pro4-M is a micro-ATX motherboard which is a form factor we haven't given a whole lot of attention to historically. There surely though a subset of enthusiasts which value their space for one reason or another. If you're looking for a small motherboard on a small budget you won't want to miss Z77 Pro4-M.
Read more: ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Motherboard Review @ HardOCPKingston HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition 2400 MHz C11 4x 4 GB Kit @ techPowerUp
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the HyperX brand, Kinston has released a limited edition line up called the HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition. We take a look at the top-end 16 GB 2400 MHz CL11 kit, a blazing fast kit with performance to match.
Read more: Kingston HyperX Genesis 10th Anniversary Special Edition 2400 MHz C11 4x 4 GB Kit @ techPowerUpECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard Review @ OCC
Overclocking with the ECS A970M-A is a simple affair. I would mention that without a few features of it's more expensive 990FX chipset boards, overclocking did require more voltage than it otherwise might. The impressive overclock of 4789MHz did also create quite a bit of heat requiring a heartier cooling solution than you will be able to find in the 35-40$ range. While the A970M-A achieved a very good OC, heavy 24/7 overclockers will probably opt for the added features of the 990FX chipset.
Read more: ECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard Review @ OCCDeepCool N9 Aluminum Notebook Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
From Beijing DeepCool Industries Co. Ltd comes the very attractive DeepCool N9 Notebook Cooler. The clean lines of the aluminum cooling grid, offset by the dark black chassis and stainless steel support makes the DeepCool N9 Notebook Cooling pad a very fine addition to anyone's desk. This is the second BenchmarkReviews.com. article on a new line of notebook cooling pads being released in the US...
Read more: DeepCool N9 Aluminum Notebook Cooler @ Benchmark ReviewsPatriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Hi Tech Legion
Granted, new technology can be off-putting for they are usually a lot more expensive compared to what is in the mainstream. Many may not see the application of innovations immediately and even declare them unnecessary. How many times have you heard that SSDs were unnecessary when they first entered the spotlight? Now that it is affordable, most users swear that it is the single most dramatic hardware upgrade anyone can perform for their system. Not everyone has the gift of foresight, so we leave the creative heavy lifting to those that dare to break the barriers such as Patriot Memory, who has set their sights on creating the fastest high-capacity USB 3.0 thumb drive in the market.
The Patriot Memory Supersonic Magnum USB drive promises blazing fast 250MB/s read and 160MB/s write speeds. The Supersonic Magnum drive is available in 256GB, 128GB, and 64GB capacities, utilizing 8-channel technology to efficiently deliver impressive transfer rates whether the system is running on Windows, Mac OS or Linux operating systems. Measuring just 9.1mm thick, the Patriot Memory Supersonic Magnum USB drive actually has no clearance issues when plugged in side-by-side in parallel with a USB cable at the back of the motherboard. It is however 26.9mm wide so there might be clearance issues with the rear device port directly above or below the Supersonic Magnum drive. A durable aluminum shell casing protects the Supersonic Magnum from drops, shocks and other impacts of up to 15G and it is backed with a warranty that spans 5-years.
Read more: Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Hi Tech LegionA first look at Cherry's MX green key switches @ The Tech Report
Cooler Master has released a keyboard based on a little-known mechanical key switch: the Cherry MX greens. We've compared this offering to an IBM Model M and another keyboard based on Cherry's more popular blue switches.
Read more: A first look at Cherry's MX green key switches @ The Tech ReportBiostar Hi-Fi A85W Motherboard Review @ KitGuru
Today we are going to take a look at the Biostar Hi-Fi A85W motherboard which features the same A85X chipset as the Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H that we reviewed recently (http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/henry-butt/gigabyte-f2a85xm-d3h-motherboard-with-amd-a8-5600k-review/) . Consequently, it features AMD's FM2 socket which supports the latest Trinity APUs.
Read more: Biostar Hi-Fi A85W Motherboard Review @ KitGuru