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Topic: Anybody tried to upgrade an old mini tower or small form factor   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:37:42 PM(UTC)
Anybody who doubts that mainstream PC sizes are a function of underlying form factors should harken back to the AT and Baby AT designs of the late-'80s through mid-'90s. These 386-era behemoths were immensely popular but saddled designers with certain problems, such as a large chunk of the motherboard resting under the drive cage. The smaller you tried to build the system, the less convenient the machine became to work with. Killing boards by not inserting the power cables correctly was another minor problem.

When one talks about media center PCs, the assumption is that one means a mini-tower in an office setting and a CE-friendly desktop design in the living room. Strictly speaking, these aren't really small form factors, although the sleek styling from case manufacturers like Antec and SilverStone sure make you think twice. Fortunately, microATX does allow for some size shavings beyond these dimensions.

Topic: so i bought a couple 2tb drives   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016 5:24:33 PM(UTC)
If, as you mention, the "C" drive contains the OS and has a low capacity (50 GB, as you said), the easiest solution is to increase the "C" partition's capacity. Since the drive has such a large capacity, 500 GBs will be more than enough.

There are many utilities --some are freeware-- that can be used. A good one that comes to mind is 'PARAGON Partition Manager". I use version 12.

She may ask the friend who installed the 2TB drive to perform the task, that is, if he/she knows how to do it!!!

Topic: APUs benchmarking with different RAM speeds   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016 5:42:58 PM(UTC)
Today we’ll see just how much extra performance can be gained by pushing the components past their rated specs on this particular build, and attempt to answer at least a few of the many questions about APU gaming. Of course, this is not a perfect study, and there might be faster or less expensive options out there for any of the components chosen here. The scope of this article is limited to one system, but will serve to show how memory bandwidth can affect gaming performance with an APU.
Topic: APUs benchmarking with different RAM speeds   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 6:41:26 PM(UTC)
Slow memory is perhaps the biggest inhibitor of integrated graphics performance, since built-in GPUs generally rely on shared system RAM to do their job. Discrete graphics processors have their own dedicated pools of memory, often composed of the latest technologies attached to very wide interfaces, enabling hundreds of gigabytes per second of throughput.

We're thrilled, then, that the Trinity design's memory controller supports data rates up to DDR3-2400. Although 19.2 GB/s per channel is quite a ways off from the 288 GB/s you get from a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition's 3 GB of GDDR5, every little bit of bandwidth helps, particularly in games. And that's what we'll be testing today.


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