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There has never been a better time to increase memory capacity. Consider that the increased use of memory-intensive applications such as video encoders has already caused 1 GB configurations to go mainstream. With Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista OS release, well - let’s just say that nobody expects any favors from Big Brother when it comes to memory use. Proof of what is to come can be found in Tom’s HardwareGuide’s recent article How Much RAM Do You Really Need ?.

 

Though maximizing memory on new system builds is as easy as choosing a standard kit, several questions arise when upgrading existing systems, especially when the builder is a major OEM. What memory speed and type is required ? How much RAM does a particular system support ? What issues might affect compatibility ? Is there any reason to buy name brand RAM ? And what resources are available to aid end users in selecting the proper product ?

 

We’ll look into these issues and more in this article. As we delve deeply into the memory upgrade jungle, we’ll consider the problems that could affect any purchase decision, and what resources major brands - such as Apacer, Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, PNY and Viking - offer to assist potential customers

 

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How to See if Your Hard Drive is Dying

Hard drives use S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) to gauge their own reliability and determine if they’re failing.  You can view your hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. data and see if it has started to develop problems.

Unfortunately, Windows doesn’t have an easy-to-use built-in tool that shows your hard disk’s S.M.A.R.T. data.  We will need a third-party tool to view this information, though there is a way to check your S.M.A.R.T. status from the command prompt.

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UPS Buying Guide

8/30/2012 5:18 PM

What is a UPS System?

An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) System is a device that supplies battery backup power to PCs, servers, network equipment, audio/video equipment and computer peripherals during short power outages, and allows computer systems to safely shutdown during prolonged blackouts. UPS systems also correct brownouts and over-voltages, stop damaging power surges and filter disruptive line noise.

How does a UPS System work to protect against power problems?

An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) System provides comprehensive protection against all power problems. To further understand how UPS protection is provided; consider the different types of UPS systems:

Standby UPS Systems

Power is fed through surge and noise suppression circuitry and on to your equipment. Meanwhile, a battery charger keeps an internal battery topped off and ready for use. During a blackout, brownout or overvoltage, an inverter converts battery power into a simulated sine wave output. When power returns, the UPS switches back to AC power and the battery is recharged. Sensing of a low voltage situation and switching to battery power happens so quickly that your equipment continues to operate flawlessly.

Line-Interactive UPS Systems

Power is fed through surge and noise suppression circuitry. Then built-in line conditioning circuitry regulates high or low voltages back to normal levels, and sends clean power on to your equipment, without using battery power. Meanwhile, a battery charger keeps an internal battery topped off and ready for use. During a blackout, an inverter switches on and converts battery power into a simulated sine wave output. When power returns, the inverter switches off and the battery is recharged. Because all switching happens within a few milliseconds, your equipment is unaffected.

On-Line UPS Systems

This is the highest level of battery backup protection available. Power is first broken down and then perfectly reconstructed by the inverter, which is "on-line" 100% of the time. There is absolutely no transfer switching time. This process completely eliminates incoming surge and line noise, adjusts high or low voltages, and produces perfect sine wave power.

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Marketing is a very powerful tool.  A successful marketing campaign or product segmentation can increase sales more than ten-fold.  It is not something we hear or talk about much in the motherboard arena – while a manufacturer will try and promote all the features they have on a product, advertising is usually limited to web advertisements, gaming shows, or an attempt to get as many positive reviews in the media as possible.  But certain manufacturers do enjoy branding their products – Republic of Gamers, Sniper, Big Bang, and Fatal1ty.  Today we are looking at just that – a Fatal1ty branded product, the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional.

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