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Intel: overclocker-friendly 14nm desktop Broadwell CPUs to arrive by mid-year

Question: Intel: overclocker-friendly 14nm desktop Broadwell CPUs to arrive by mid-year

A leaked Intel roadmap tipped us off in January that desktop versions of Intel's Broadwell CPU would arrive by the middle of this year. We now know that information to be true.

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Answer: Intel: overclocker-friendly 14nm desktop Broadwell CPUs to arrive by mid-year

Sounds exciting, I'll wait for that to hit the shelfs.

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Intel has launched a selection of new 5th-generation Core processors based on the company's Broadwell microarchitecture. Five of these new CPUs are designed for performance mobile and IoT devices, while two are socketed desktop CPUs for Intel's LGA 1150 platform,...

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Answer:Intel launches new Broadwell CPUs for performance mobile, socketed desktop

The full list of socketed desktop and performance mobile Broadwell CPUs can be found below.Click to expand...

the two pictures link to only R series (socketed/1364, BGA/soldered to motherboard) and mobile/IOT processors. C series (unlocked, socketed/1150) are not shown in the two pictures but are listed in the article.

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It has been rumored that there will only be a short gap between the launch of Intel's socketed Broadwell and Skylake CPUs for desktop systems, and as such, the company will only launch two LGA 1150 Broadwell-based CPUs onto the...

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Answer:Intel reportedly releasing just two socketed Broadwell CPUs

It often makes you wonder why push Broadwell now, when Haswell has a lot of traction and it's a few months to Skylake. They also included some BGA in the mix for other devices, but pushing a desktop chip seems a bit odd. Given the few months in between them and people unlikely, to drop Haswell unless for lower power systems.

All in all it's negligible power savings, we'd need to obviously see how the integrated graphics fair. It might be a solution for some people, but obviously not everyone is going to see it as a huge importance. It's kinda amusing to me because, I'm looking to replace my mobo / CPU right now. I'd likely sit and wait for Skylake, simply because I'd only be wanting to buy one upgrade. Upgrading is a low priority right now anyways, so there's less inclination to spend right away.

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Intel's annual developer conference / mini trade show kicked off earlier today in San Francisco. Among the topics of discussion during the keynote was 3D XPoint, the new memory technology that Intel announced late last month.

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Answer:SSDs based on Intel's 3D XPoint technology will arrive next year under the 'Optane' brand

I swear that Intel and a handful of other tech companies use the same 12 year old kid to name their new products and technologies. What's next the Hexa-cuda or the Barra-Hexa-tane?

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The newer Intel i5/i7 CPUs should support the Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX), see because of a bug these extensions have been disables in the first revision (stepping) of the Broadwell processors. The bug was fixed in F-0 steppings of the vPro-enabled Core M-5Y70 Broadwell CPU in November 2014. See: Now, if I buy a Broadwell Thinkpad (t450s), which processor revision will I get? 

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Intel has led the desktop processor market for the last decade, dominating in price and performance nearly without challenge since the introduction of the Core 2 chips in 2006. However, as of late the challenges of improving silicon chips has...

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Answer:Intel's 10nm 'Cannonlake' delayed, replaced by 14nm 'Kaby Lake'

"Devil's canyon" take two

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For the past ten years, Intel has successfully managed to shrink the manufacturing process for their CPUs every two years. However, with each shrink of the process node there are complications to deal with, which is why Intel has announced...

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Answer:Intel delays 10nm process to 2017, will release a third 14nm CPU family

I think this will be better in the long run. maybe amd will play catch up and cpu prices will become more affordable.

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OK, some more information:

The current installation on the Lenovo T400 (Intel 330 SSD ACHI) was done using the "double install" method using Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack Upgrade. It appears the current installation would allow me to use the Sysprep method (I didn't receive an error message when running sysprep.exe), but my concern is that when I boot up the Intel 330 SSD in my new Intel NUC, the validation won't work because the Family Pack uses an Upgrade key. The key has only been used once, so I still have 2 remaining activations, but I'm not sure if that has any relevance to the situation.

Any other recommendations? I am considering manually uninstalling the drivers, doing the swap, and hoping for the best, due to the fact that the current installation sees itself as a clean install, not an upgrade.

Answer:Move Intel SSD from T400 (Core 2 Duo) to Intel NUC (Broadwell i3)?

How do you know that activation won't work? Did you try? If the bit is already flipped from doing the double upgrade then it should reactivate with the same key since all that is needed for the transfer is to reset the hardware signature in MS Activation servers.

You also have three simultaneous activations at any one time with the Family Pack, and do not forfeit an activation for reinstalling a key to the same or other hardware. If using phone activation because web fails, then when the magic question is asked "How many installs has this copy of Win7 been made" you'd say three instead of one. If rejected again, ask for agent. If agent has problems, talk with MS Customer service who are often more attentive seeing that you get what you pay for.

What's easier than Sysprep is to reimage using a free lightweight app like Macrium Imaging - Windows 7 Help Forums then if Win7 won't boot on the new hardware as expected Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD.

Let us know how this goes.

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AGP ain't dead yet, but it will be before much longer...


ATI IS planning to carry on with the AGP cards. It invented its Rialto chip and is getting ready to release new AGP cards based on the Rx5xx marchitecture. The Radeon X1600 AGP is the first to come and it can be expected in middle to end of January. The Radeon X1600 PRO AGP card is based on the RV530 and it's bridged with Rialto chip.

We expect very similar clock speeds from AGP parts. The second to come is X1300 based AGP card powered with RV515 chip and bridged down with Rialto. This card is scheduled for February time and until then ATI will try to keep people happy with Radeon 9550 and 9250 that is, happily, shipping as we write. These are still Shader Mode 2.0 parts but they are doing just fine in this market segment.

Unfortunately there won't be any X1800, R520 based AGP cards. ATI decided to finish its high end card AGP introduction. That makes the X850 XT PE the fastest shipping ATI AGP part and Nvidia as well stopped with NV40 based 6800 Ultra.

Answer:Radeon X1600 and X1300 AGP to arrive next year

X1600 and X1300 AGP... who cares??
6600GT outperforms these two cards and it was available in agp for a year ago, and i don't think that anyone here will wait a year for video card that doesn't outperform midranged and cheap an agp video card that is available today.

nVidia rules!

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Just yesterday they hit the market.

My workplace has actually had some given to us as demos from a few weeks back(We are an Intel Partner), but rather then let us employees play with them they were locked up in inventory.,1558,1777753,00.asp

(got the link from slashdot)

They top out at 3.6ghz. Can't wait to see how they perform against the Athlon64/Athlon64-FX. Oh boy!

So, who of you intel fans out there is going to gobble one up?

Answer:A year and a half after AMD, Intel releases a 64bit desktop CPU

Soul Harvester said:

Just yesterday they hit the market.

My workplace has actually had some given to us as demos from a few weeks back(We are an Intel Partner), but rather then let us employees play with them they were locked up in inventory.,1558,1777753,00.asp

(got the link from slashdot)

They top out at 3.6ghz. Can't wait to see how they perform against the Athlon64/Athlon64-FX. Oh boy!

So, who of you intel fans out there is going to gobble one up?Click to expand...

Meh, I wouldn't mind having one...



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Is there any ETA (even approximately) when Lenovo might release W series laptop with Intel Broadwell CPU? Thanks.

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There's good news and bad news for those of you wanting to purchase a socketed Intel processor with high-end integrated graphics. Let's start with the bad news.

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Answer:Intel: No socketed Skylake CPU with eDRAM, Broadwell not discontinued

So... as we did know already: Intel = stagnation.

Q1'07 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kentsfield) 65nm cores:4 Cache: 8MB 2.4GHz
Q3'15 Intel Core i7 6700K (Skylake) 14nm cores:4 Cache: 8MB 4.0GHz

real world application performance gain at best +100% ... with a 8 year R&D.

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Hi all

Yes, that's about it really...

Advice in a previous thread (many thanks) has got me leaning towards Intel.

So sorry for the silly question, but are they excellent with AMDs too?

I have a X4 965 3.4 GHz and it's running great (for me anyway).

Many thanks to all who give advice/opinions.



Answer:Intel SSDs - Configured for Intel CPUs or Excellent with AMDs too?

A hard drive is a hard drive. They are not "configured" for any one system or processor or computer. They operate on the SATA standard which all computer platforms comply with also (older drives operate on the PATA standard, but that is an old story!). A new hard drive will work perfectly fine in an Intel or AMD system, on Windows, MAC, Linux, and more.

This is not to be confused with formatting. A hard drive can be formatted specially for different operating systems. And typically new hard drives come preformatted NTFS for Windows. But that does not change the fact that the bare, unformatted drive can work in any system using the same connection standard (SATA, PATA, etc.)

Hope that helps.

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Hello Support,please assist with issue for CPU clock ratio stuck on 8x in my Lenovo T450 mt:20BU.CPU Intel i5300U 2.3GHz Broadwell Y is installed.16GB RAM.After manual performance setting in Power Manager (system was running on battery) it stuck.BIOS is the latest one 1.19OS Windows 7 Pro ENG.BIOS re-flashing, downgrade to versions 1.18, 1.17 was done.Full system power off with disconnecting power supply, external battery, internal battery (from BIOS menu).No changes.If there is any other methods to drive ratio besides Power Manager.ThrottleStop 6 is not supporting this CPU.  Regards,Sergey.

Answer:T450 mt:20BU CPU ratio stuck at x8 (798MHz), Intel i5300U 2.3GHz Broadwell Y

UEFI reset to defaults and disabling Speed Step function were done already too.No changes.Does it mean that system board/CPU need to be replaced?  Regards,Sergey

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Does anyone know if an Intel Pentium 4 (Nimitz) motherboard 2.2 ghz Sata cable compatible? I have a Gateway 300s with Windows XP Home. 

Answer:Is my Intel Pentium 4 Sata Friendly

According to my research that model uses a Intel D845GRG motherboard. According to Intel it doesn't have any sata connectors.

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Question: AMD CPUs v Intel's

I just have a quick question, I know Intel and AMD used to have a different unit for the gigahertz (if you don't understand I mean and intel 3.2 ghz was equal to a amd athlon 64 3200+ 2.2 ghz, thats right isn't it?) Anyways I was wondering if they are equal now that dual cores came out and do you guys in the core 2 duo is better or the amd X2, thats overall. I ahve been looking to get a laptop, so I was just wanted to know if a mobile cpu's ghz is greater than a "regular" cpu and whats the big difference with mobile cpus. Thanks a lot

Answer:AMD CPUs v Intel's

This comparison is meaningless nowadays. While Older AMD athlon XP series numbering systems were used as comparatives to intel, it is not true with the Athlon 64 FX or Athlon X2 series processors. The number in the CPU is simply a model #.

Core 2 duo is by far a better CPU than the AMD series. But you are comparing apples and oranges. For pure speed, Intel has the advantage (usually) in the athlon 64/ x2 / fx to core2 duo matchups. But there are many other things that come into play such as motherboard archtecture L2/L3 memory on the CPU and FSB handling of which intel and AMD greatly differ in design. There are some cases where AMD comes out ahead.

Mobile processors are designed to be unlocked and to step down to save energy and reduce heat output automatically. They also tend to have lower voltage usage.

In laptops, intel definately has a strong edge. Get a core 2 duo. Stay away from celerons, P4s, and core duos. these are low end budget processors. On the AMD side stay away from semprons, athlon XP (outdated) series.

For a real CPU comparison, go to and checkout their CPU charts.

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Question: Intel Cpus


My computer is real old and i want to build a new computer, and im a little low on cash so i wanted to know if this would be enough to keep up with todays games//applications

Intel Celeron D 355
- Processor Speed: 355 / 3.33GHz
- Cache Size: 256KB

1 Gig of memory

ATI RADEON 9250 / 256 DDR

250 gig hard drive

Answer:Intel Cpus

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Question: Intel CPUs

Does anyone know where I can get information on the 'pecking' order of Intel CPUs? Just when I thought that Core 2 was top of the pile, along comes Pentium again (which I thought was defunct) and laptops now have Centrino 2. I assume Celeron is still the budget processor?Any help appreciated.

Answer:Intel CPUs

click hereclick heremight help...

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looking at dxdiag what does the 2 cpu's mean? I did want to install 2 monitors on this machine but ony have a plug for 1. the 2 cpus makes me wonder....

Answer:intel pentium 4 cpu 3.4 ghz (2 cpus)

Most likely referring to a technology called 'Hyperthreading'. Made by Intel, and introduced into some of their P4 processors, Hyperthreading or HT is essentially a 'virtual' dual-core CPU. The way the processor functions is designed to mimic two separate processors inside a single core processor. If your processor has HT, some system diagnostics will report it as 2 processors, when you only have one. Do not confuse HT with the new Core 2 Duo processors by Intel, as these new chips are true dual-core processors.

In order to install two monitors, your video card needs to support multiple monitors. Does your video card have two monitor connectors on it or just one?

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Question: Latest Intel CPUs

I love keeping up on the latest and greatest, and Intel is at it again! Say hello to the 10 core, 20 thread i7-6950x:

Obviously between the fact that very few if any of us need 10 cores, and that almost 2,000$ price tag, most of us would probably be more interested in these not as crazy but still really good looking chips:

Personally I had planned my next build around the 6700k but due to other more important bills and whatnot combined with some microcode issues that came about after it's release, I think I may choose one of these bad boys instead

Answer:Latest Intel CPUs

Interesting article about them Intel's Broadwell-E gaming CPU is a stunner, offering 10 cores for a whopping $1,723 | PCWorld

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Hello, I dont mean to spark a mean debate. But I am looking to upgrade my P42.0ghz Intel to this little guy...
What would be a similiar INTEL proc?? I already have an ASROCK 939Dual SATA2(what the hell is SATA anyway??)<---anyone point me to a guide for sata and sata2, raid0, raid1...etc. thats all new to me but since this board supports it I should look into it!! Thanks for your thoughts.

Answer:Thoughts on AMD vs. INTEL CPUs

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Question: Latest Intel CPUs

I love keeping up on the latest and greatest, and Intel is at it again! Say hello to the 10 core, 20 thread i7-6950x:

Obviously between the fact that very few if any of us need 10 cores, and that almost 2,000$ price tag, most of us would probably be more interested in these not as crazy but still really good looking chips:

Personally I had planned my next build around the 6700k but due to other more important bills and whatnot combined with some microcode issues that came about after it's release, I think I may choose one of these bad boys instead

Answer:Latest Intel CPUs

Interesting article about them Intel's Broadwell-E gaming CPU is a stunner, offering 10 cores for a whopping $1,723 | PCWorld

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I tried looking it up but I can't find the info I'm looking for.

Is it true that in order to use Vista 64-bit with an Intel CPU, you need a motherboard with certain Intel chipsets ?

For example, a Nvidia chipset with an Intel CPU wouldn't be 64-bit compatible.

Can anyone enlighten me ?

Thanks !

Answer:Vista 64-bit and Intel CPUs

Nah, thats not true, maybe you're thinking of Drivers? You need 64bit Drivers for things to work with 64bit

but you only need a 64bit CPU (Athlon64 and Up and Intel Pentium 4 HT and up)

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one quote says "This is like ferrari going to BMW and asking for an engine" yeaaah the hell it is.

Answer:Apple to use Intel CPUs


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Whilst farting around the interweb this morning, I came across this step-by-step guide to overclocking the newer Intel i5 CPUs. There aren't any screen shots to accompany the steps, I REALLY think the guide would have benefit greatly from some screen shots. The guide is what I'd call "quick-n-dirty" as it just gets right to the point without any "fluff" which is probably what I should have done with this post. LOL

Here's the link:


Answer:Overclocking Intel i5 CPUs

If you've got a decent MB from the likes of Gigabyte or MSI and have a decent cooler then it's really easy.

Go into BIOS, set the FSB to 200, multi to 20, Vcore to 1.3750, Disable speed step, C1E etc, make sure RAM is at specified timings, speed.

Done, 4Ghz overclock in seconds.

However a 4.4Ghz overclock takes a little bit longer

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Processors built on Intel's new Skylake architecture officially launched on August 5 but that doesn't mean you can actively fork over your hard-earned money for one today. If you live in North America or Latin America, you're going to have...

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Answer:Intel says Skylake, Broadwell CPU shortages will be remedied "soon"

A good thing this doesn't affect me but I hope Intel has their 'stock shortage' woes sorted out in about three years time or else I will be affected.

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I could of sworn I read somewhere that in order to get MS's virtualization mode working integrated with Win7 it absolutely requires your CPU to have this technology built into it. I believe almost all AMDs have this but the Intels are iffy, as in every other chipset line. Now I've cheated and just looked at Sun's Virtual Box icons on the bottom and have noticed this lit up on my desktop (Intel Q6600 OCed to 3.2Ghz) but not on my laptop (Whatever Intel CPU Acer stuck in their Aspire 8930G)

Am I right to believe that I am SOL to get this working on my laptop?

Answer:Win7 and XP Mode: Intel CPUs...
Your looking for it to say supports Intel VT technology. Most of them have this.

It looks to me like even the mobile ones have it. Which is surprising considering they usually have a lot of features stripped for lower power consumption.

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I'm just starting plans for a DIY PC for racing games, my first build. I don't demand cutting edge performance; a reliable 40 fps on a singe 24-inch display would be fine. But I want at least that in TDU2, GRID/GRID2 (if it's ever released), SHIFT and pCARS (SMS). And this probably won't be built with parts purchased all at once. I expect to buy a few parts each month or so: CPU next month, mobo the month after, etc. But I do want a build flexible enough for future expansions.

My old Vista machine works fine for home office and non-game entertainment and I plan to keep it. So, I presume I need to choose a CPU and mobo to start, graphics card, etc. to follow. What about the rivalry between AMD and Intel? Are there still problems with modern games and AMD CPUs? It seems like mobo swaps are required more often with Intel CPU upgrades than with AMD. Is that still true? Would an AMD-based machine be easier to upgrade in the future?

Would like to keep total cost, less the peripherals, at or below $1,200. Thanks for your help, folks.


Answer:CPUs for racing games: AMD or Intel?

Those games you mentioned aren't that taxing so you should be able to easily get a smooth 60fps for $1200. You can use this as a baseline, the components come to $1500 so to meet your budget I'd say get the ASRock Extreme4 mobo instead of the Extreme6, ditch the sound card and BR drive and get the Corsair 400R case instead. The Samsung 830 is only $5 more than the Crucial m4 so I'd get that instead.

The most important part for gaming is the GPU. While the GTX 670 is an excellent card it will be overkill for the games you're running (not sure about Grid 2 obviously), something like a 7850 for $240 or the GTX 570 for $260 will easily run all your games.

I wouldn't worry about upgrade paths, the i5 3570K will last you 3-4 years at least.

Not sure why you're purchasing parts separately but if it's because of cashflow issues, I'd recommend saving up and buying everything together because components usually only ever decrease in price, especially GPUs. But if you're really keen to upgrade something I'd recommend getting an SSD first.

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I think this information is incorrect.

Quote from lipe
"All CPU manufacturers make the same silicon wafer for an entire family of cpu's and then just disable some features to sell them for the value market. It's much to expensive to reconfigure the assembly line/process for each different model of CPU in a series of chips.

What Intel is doing here is actually great because instead of leaving the turned off features disabled for good they now will allow you to just pay a small extra for the upgrade rather than forcing you to buy a NEW cpu and lose the money for the old one."

If this is true it would cost them more money to make a dumb downed cpu, of course a dumbed down cpus sell for less, but costs more to make?

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What is the 4G WiMAX Wireless Technology said to be available here?  Is this a built in 4G modem for the sim card slot?

Answer:Intel 4G WiMaX built into CPUs

Welcome To Lenovo Community
4G WiMAX Wireless Technology provides broadband Internet access at speeds up to four times faster than 3G.
Yes it is built in modem to use 4G enabled Sims,2817,2371867,00.asp
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How can you measure the speed between Intel and AMD?

i always wondered.

intel uses GIGs to say the speed. whole i have no idea what the numbers means with AMD cpus

is there a single way to compare them without doing benchmarks ?

so what do these numbers in AMD processors mean eg 3000, 3500

Answer:How can you measure the speed between Intel and AMD CPUs?

a 3000+ is roughly equivalent to a 3GHZ Intel
a 2500+ is roughly equivalent to an Intel 2.5GHZ
and so on

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I was wondering if there were any clues or news about the new intel haswell prices and variety range any clue on if the prices will be cheaper then those steep prices of sandy and ivy bridge in the begining which were hell alot

Answer:Any pricing info on Intel's Haswell CPUs?

I very much doubt Intel will change their pricing structure, expect Haswell to come in at similar price points but with IPC improvements, lower power consumption and better integrated GPU.

I wouldn't call SB/IB expensive, given their performance they are reasonably priced compared to the competition. The i7 chips with Hyperthreading and the six core SB-E ones are a bit pricier but normal computer users and gamers won't need that sort of power. 1155 motherboard are around the same price as AM3+ ones too.

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Just what is Intel trying to prove with their current CPU pricing?

Like we got the INTEL: 530J-PENTIUM 4 3.0GHZ 800FSB LGA775
and the INTEL: 531-PENTIUM 4 3.0GHZ 800FSB LGA775

Both come with 800FSB,
Both come with 1Mb Cache
Both come with the same Heatsink (non of this BTX business)
Both currently avalable on the market.
However the 530J comes with about a $100 more price tag than the 531.

And again, things are confusing with Dual Core
945 - PENTIUM D 3.4GHZ 800FSB
950 - PENTIUM D 3.4GHZ 800FSB
Again $100 difference

Now to the joe average computer user's eyes, what the advantage of having simulare CPUs with totally different price tags?

Like sure, there might be some difference like Cache, FSB, Core Revision or some other new technology wank word that suppose to make it better. But how does this all helps out with Joe Average that just wants a computer.

Answer:Intel CPUs Numbers and Pricing -- Confusing

The difference in L2 cache increases performance by as much as 10%. Users will notice slightly faster speeds in the acces of programs, but nothing that will dramatically increase performance. Joe Average can be told that the difference in Cache will increase the speed seen with the naked eye just slightly, and increase performance by a small margin.

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Since there doesn't seem to be a great deal of concrete information around on the X58/LGA1366 successor, I thought I'd repost this from VR-Zone.

X68 is supposedly looking at a three year lifecycle -around the same lifespan as the chipset it is replacing:
Note that the chipset is called Romley - this is the server version for the LGA2011 socket as opposed to the desktop part.
Salient details are:
-Quad channel memory DDR3-1333 (8 DIMMS, 256Gb max). Desktop parts are expected to conform to quad-channel DDR3-1600/4DIMM presumeably 4x8Gb max.
Lane assignments:
2 x PCI-Ex16 Gen 3.0 @ 1 @16 x or [email protected]
1 x PCI-Ex16 Gen 3.0 @ 4x
+ 8 PCI-E 2.0 lanes split between PCI/PCI-E x1 and I/O (14 x USB2.0, 4 x SATA 3Gb, 2 x SATA 6Gb, ONFi, GbLAN and HD Audio)
The main difference between LGA2011 and LGA1155 are obviously the quad channel memory (as opposed to dual channel) and the use of PCI-E 3.0 spec over 2.0 in LGA1155. Effectively double the bandwidth (97% greater)

Servers will exchange the four lane DMI PCIe 2.0 interface for PCIe 3.0 spec. SATA 6Gb increased to 4 or 8 ports and SAS 6Gb compatible. PCI-E lanes increased from 24 to 40 -Utilised as: 2 x PCIe x16 3.0 (@ x16), 1 x PCIe x16 3.0 (@ x4), 1 x PCIe x8 3.0 (@ x4) in the Fujitsu board outlined, in addition to 1 x PCIe x16 2.0 (@x4) and 2 x PCI

TDP for desktop parts is <80 - 130w, and <80 to 150w for server (Xeon).
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Answer:Intel Patsburg (X68) info for LGA2011 CPUs

PCIE 3.0 power delivery specs are still 150/300w....this may be a problem for the big 2. well one of them anyway.

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Hi All,

I would like to know more about Windows 7 support for the Intel Kaby lake/Skylake CPUs. What will happen when I deploy windows 7 OS onto a new laptop/desktop with that CPU?

My understanding is that one of the follow two scenarios will occur.
1)Windows updates will be downloaded and installed as per normal but they won't be tested for that platform/OS combination. So MS won't provide any support if the behavior of some software changes.
2)There might be some logic built into the updates so that when it detects windows 7 with kaby/skylake, the updates will simply not be installed.

Also, to add to the above - Will deploying the patches via SCCM/WSUS influence the above behavior?

I have already conducted some research, but couldn't get to the answer.


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Why doesn't Microsoft encourage developers of the old style desktop applications to make a different UI that is touch friendly and adaptive and allow them in the Windows store? Those are billions of apps. Just not touch friendly.
With a relative small amount of work a developer could make it touch friendly.
There are billions of potential desktop apps out there. Then, simplify the installation process and it will be the same experience as other apps for people. Yes they wont run on tablets and phones, but in a few years they will when we have good Intel mobile processors. Why would Microsoft use something else then? Why they throw away 20 years of ecosystem? All they need is touch optimization.
Or am I overseeing something?

Answer:Touch friendly desktop apps

Should be possible. Years and years ago, AutoCAD, a PC program, was able to be used with a mouse or a digitizer. First with a digitizer and DOS then later with a digitizer and/or mouse with Windows OS. The digitizer was a separate device from the monitor screens back then. Moving the stylus on the solid opaque digitizer tablet, moved the curser on the monitor screen. Sound familiar? Similar?

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---> Microsoft Suspends Windows 7/8.1 Updates For Intel Kaby Lake & AMD Ryzen CPUs

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Leaked specifications from a pair of upcoming Intel Skylake processors have hit the web. If accurate, we could see Intel pumping out CPUs with high clock rates on par with the company's existing Devil's Canyon offering.

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Answer:Leaked specs for upcoming Intel Skylake CPUs reveal high clock rates, 95W TDP and more

I read that the performance jump between Broadwell and Skylake will be like what we saw with Prescott to Conroe. Do you believe this is possible with the unlocked Skylake-S parts? Have you heard this rumour?

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or is this feature on in laptops, i notice that when converting a dvd to mp4 handbrake will use 100% of both cores, this soon sends my laptop too getting on to 100C it then drops the cpu from 2.83ghz down, [still working 100%] to a slower speedand it will go up and down as temperature allowsis this a feature present on desktop cpus, or is there cooling powerful enough not to require it?

Answer:Do desktop CPUs throttle down if they get too hot?

AMD's do (Cool'n'Quiet), Intels do when they're close to or actually overheating.

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I have two computers at a business in another town that I frequently need to get into. I have the main computer set up with remote desktop, that way I can log in and make changes updates and so on from time to time. We just installed another new computer with winxp pro on it. I would like to be able to access either computer when I want to. They are connected by a linksys router, and is connected to the new by dsl. The router does have a fire wall built into it, and I have enabled the main computer to be accessed by remote desktop, by opening port 3389.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Remote desktop on 2 cpus one network

I know that tightVNC will handle multiple computers behind a firewall without difficulty, but I don't know about Remote Desktop. You'll have to be able to change the port it listens on to get it to work, since you can only translate a port behind the NAT to one destination.

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I'm looking into buying an Asus G53JW laptop. When I was customizing it I noticed that it included an Intel? Core? i7-940XM Extreme processor. While this is still a high-end processor that I think I could live with I would rather have an i7-990x instead. The reason being, the extra 2 cores. While it looks like the two should be interchangeable and I will post the specs for each below, I would like to know if it is actually possible and a smart decision before I go ahead and purchase it.Intel? Core? i7-940XM Processor Extreme Edition (8M Cache, 2.13 GHz)SPECIFICATIONSEssentials Status Launched Launch Date Q3'10 Processor Number i7-940XM # of Cores 4 # of Threads 8 Clock Speed 2.13 GHz Max Turbo Frequency 3.33 GHz Intel? Smart Cache 8 MB Bus/Core Ratio 16 DMI 2.5 GT/s Instruction Set 64-bit Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2 Embedded Options Available No Lithography 45 nm Max TDP 55 W Tray 1ku Budgetary Price $1096.00 Memory Specifications Max Memory Size(dependent on memory type) 8 GB Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333 # of Memory Channels 2 Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s Physical Address Extensions 36-bit ECC Memory Supported No Graphics Specifications Integrated Graphics No Expansion Options PCI Express Revision 2 PCI Express Configurations 1x16, 2x8 # of PCI Express Ports 1 Package Specifications Max CPU Configuration 1 TJUNCTION 100?C Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm Processing Die Size 296 mm2 # of Processing Die Transistors 774 million Sockets Supported PGA988 Halogen Free O... Read more

Answer:Interchanging Laptop and Desktop CPUs

Laptop (mobile) & desktop processors are not interchangeable.

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I was just wondering if 64bit cpus show as 2 cpus in a 32bit os why does a dual core 64 bit cpu not show as 4?

Answer:64bit cpus show as 2 cpus in 32bit os's, but?

Because the number of cores in a CPU and the bit width of the data bus are two completely and unrelated aspects of a CPU.Stuart

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I keep reading it's mediocre in performance compared to many others and i can't afford the 700 series, right now i just have a 5400 rpm hard drive that came with the laptop.

I know Samsung is popular as well , is it superior to the Intel?

Thanks folks

Answer:Is the Intel 530 SSD worth buying for a two and half year old laptop?

Any SSD will be a massive improvement over the HDD. You won't notice much difference in performance if you buy a top of the range model or a cheap one other than benchmarks.

The Samsung Evo's seem to be the hot drive at the moment that won't break the bank. I recently got a 250GB one myself and know many other people that are very happy with them.


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All,Which re-format measure/process will take the least life out of my mSATA? Searching around the 'net doesn't turn up an answer, surprisingly. I just installed a Samsung 830 256Gig SSD as a boot drive to replace a gasping-for-space Intel 310 80Gig mSATA in my w520 purchased and modified November 2011. I left the mSATA in my machine as I use it for shooting photos tethered, and this mSATA will be the targeted storage space for those big RAW files as they come off the camera. This former "C:" drive will need to be formatted, I think, rather than going through it in Windows Explorer to delete everything, and Windows has sent it offline, anyway, as it has a "signature conflict" with the new SSD (which makes sense after a clone operation.) The HD went to a caddy in the UltraBay. That went smoothly. I have the newmodus (sp?) caddy which fit beautifully. Now I hope capacities on spinning 2.5-inch drives will keep rising. I use a Hitachi 750 bought a year ago as the caddied D: drive. Thanks in advance for suggestions. jonathan7007  

4276-37U -- W520. Keeping an X61t just in case.First laptop in my house was a luggable Osborne! Now that was a cool computer. (...for its time!)

Answer:RE-format my year-plus-old Intel 80GIG mSATA: best method?

All: I did some more reading and although nothing I found addressed my exact scenario I decided I knew enough to take a cautious approach of trying to delete everything through Windows Explorer. I know that this just changes flags on the files, allowing future overwrite, and I am hoping there are not too many folders at the top level (I haven't pulled the drive on-line as of the time I write this). I know the Windows folder is the most important one to get "out of sight" of the OS at startup. Yes, it's possible that the simple "Format..." on the Windows drop down meenu, with "Quick Format" checked, might have been about the same and easier, but I can't afford to have any future hiccup on startup. I have tried a bunch of cold starts and restarts (warm boot) so the cloning from mSATA to Samsung830 256Gig SSD seems to have gone off without a hitch. jonathan

4276-37U -- W520. Keeping an X61t just in case.First laptop in my house was a luggable Osborne! Now that was a cool computer. (...for its time!)

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AMD's roadmap for the next two years has leaked, and it's filled with information about what the company is planning for their desktop and mobile CPU and APU lines. While 2015 will see a mix of 32, 28 and 20nm chips,...

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Answer:Leaked AMD roadmap suggests all 2016 APUs will be 14nm

If it beats the Bulldozer family by a solid 5-10% in video games plus media encoding with reasonable prices, I am going to use it for all my builds.

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Being pretty happy with finally making the jump to Windows 7 64 bit on my newer machine a few months ago, I'd now like to also upgrade my 10 year old dual Xeon workhorse from XP SP3 to Windows 7 32 bit.

It's a Super Micro P4DCE+II - Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Products | Motherboards | Xeon Boards | P4DCE+II

I'm wondering about the Intel 860 chipset drivers and Windows 7 compatibility, The drivers linked on Super Micro's site only list XP as the most recent OS supported and the same on Intel's site.

I've seen this page - intel drivers pour chipsets - is this what I want?

Would this be as easy as installing Windows 7 then installing a chipset package from station-drivers? If so, which version would be best?

Answer:10 year old Super Micro P4DCE+II Intel 860 Chipset and Windows 7

You might be able to get something working. It's possible there are vista drivers available that will give you some joy in win 7. The honest truth is that scenario is prone to crashes largely because of the vast difference between how vista and win 7 handle power management.

Honestly I would suggest keeping xp on that machine, as even vista drivers seem to be in short supply for your specific chipset (just basing that on a quick search though)

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I have noted the above news item.  One of the links is here.
I would be grateful if someone could advise if  this affects Dell computers and, if so, how and when will a fix be issued.
Any information would be appreciated.

Answer:News item "Major Hyper-Threading Flaw Destabilizes Intel Kaby Lake, Skylake CPUs"

If your Dell computer has a Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU it is affected. I am also interested in how this issue will be addressed whether through a Windows 10 microcode update or a BIOS/UEFI update. IF you have a Kaby Lake CPU and the update is a microcode update to Windows you may be out of luck if you don't have Windows 10.

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Does anyone knows the part number for replacing Intel Desktop Board VC820 in an IBM Aptiva desktop chassis. I have upgraded all the peripherals except for the motherboard. Also, I have upgraded the OS to win xp professional. Everything is working fine except for the processing power just don't cut it anymore. What I would like to do is purchase an Intel motherboard this is most current and powerful, and fit into existing Aptiva chassis. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Hi Friends:

Yesterday, I installed my new computer and it has the following:

- Intel DX58SO Extreme Series X58
- Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz
- Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB
- EVGA 02G-P3-1185-AR GeForce GTX285
- Western Digital 300GB Sata HDD 10K RPM
- WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0
- Samsung CD/DVD Super WriteMaster
- Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850-Watt
- Cooler Master HAF 932
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bits

but I would like to ask you if I need to install the new Intel? Chipset Device Software for Intel? Desktop Boards are the advantages and disadvantages?....Can you help me please?


Answer:Intel« Desktop Board DX58SO & Intel« Chipset Device Sof

Their should be ( on the site where you found the update) information as to what issues it specifically addresses.Most of the time it is advisable to update chipset drivers. They control all the way everything your MB does, from the Ethernet to NB to Sb and ram communication. Where as a bios update should only be done if it specifically addresses issues you are experiencing, or new support for your CPU. This is of course my opinion. There'll be others I'm sure.Fabe

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Hi there,I have a 5 1/2 year old PC that's been working fine since I built it with the help of a friend (first time). A few months ago, I noticed some performance issues for the first time - processor intensive games would slow down, programs took longer to boot. Long story short I realized that the stock cooling system was beginning to fail. AMD Overdrive told me my GPU was running up to 20 degrees outside its thermal margin at high load. So I decided to buy a new case fan (I know, probably not enough to fix the problem but I figured I could start small and work my way up) - a Noctua 120mm that had solid reviews on Newegg and Amazon. I did more research, opened up the case and realized the cooling system had been configured wrong all these years. All my fans were blowing out the vents, and nothing was supporting intake or blowing directly onto the cpu/heat sink. So I decided to reinstall all the fans. Put the Noctua in as rear exhaust plugged into the mobo as fan1, installed one of the stock Cooler Master fans as side intake and plugged it directly into the PSU, and the second stock as bottom intake plugged into the mobo as fan2. Plugged in the computer, pressed power, and nothing happened. No whirs, no fans, no boot sounds. The indicator light on the mobo is steady green. I checked and rechecked all the jumpers and cables, especially the mechanical power button's connection. Today I removed and reapplied thermal paste to the cpu heat sink, but that didn't wor... Read more

Answer:5.5 year old desktop PC won't power up

A few things i would do 1st...Try running it without the GPU...any difference ? ?If no...borrow a known good PSU and swap it in'll know overnite...If it does manage to boot properly i would run diagnostics on the HDD from the HDD manuf. site...I'd also run MemTest for the RAM...let it run min. 1 hour.Best of Luck and let us know...

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Is there anyone out there who knows where I can download a desktop year planner. I've search high and low but can only find bog standard calenders. I want something that displays the whole year on the screen.

Answer:Desktop year planner

click hereclick here

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Hello Every one, i am not sure if i can post my question here,

I won the lottery, No i did not lol. but i did come across a few extra dollars and now i am thinking of doing a updrade on my Desktop from
Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H to Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 SKT-AM3+ Motherboard (Rev 1.0): Computers & Accessories
Windows 7 Pro X64
Corsair 4096 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM) to
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit: Computers & Accessories
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) to EVGA Nvidia GTX550Ti 1GB 192-Bit 3D Ready Graphics Card: Computers & Accessories
Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 1T

ZALMAN CNPS 9700 LED Processor cooler to
Corsair 750 W power supply
i would some input on what the groups thinks of this Video and Motherboard Upgrade. and some possible suggestions for an upgrade to a CPU. currently running a Phenom 2 X4 965 looking to go to a FX series CPU
Thanks in Advance.

Answer:Looking to Upgrade 4 Year old Desktop

Well Pantz personally I like Intel and I think that AMD are really in a rut as far as CPU's go so I reckon you cannot go past a an i5 on a 1155 board take a look at my specs and see. The Asus took some getting used to but turned out real nice.

As for the GPU I am no expert at all and I guess I shall have to leave that for someone else.

Really does depend on your budget and what you are going to use the machine for.

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my computer is about 2 yrs old, it has slowed down to the point that?? what is my problem and how can I fix it. thanks

Answer:Why has my 2 year old desktop slowed down?

when was the last time you....ran chkdsk /funinstalled programs you were not using anymoreran disk cleanupran defragmenterran antivirusran antispyware

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had a bsod for the first time, was just on firefox - computer restarted and to a black screen. here is the dmp file . show me what you got.

im thinking ram / malware bytes premium free trial caused it.

i3 2300
gtx 760
12gb gskill
intel 180gb ssd / wd 500gb
some shit alienware motherboard

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Hi all,

I have lately been conversing with gregrocker (who, seriously, is possibly the most helpful person on Earth) about troubleshooting my pc which has been having boot trouble ever since I returned home from a year long journey. Specs on this are located in this thread: Spent a year travelling while my desktop at home, crashes upon booting

He suggested I post my BSOD output here.


Answer:BSOD on a desktop after being gone for a year

Well; from what i could research via google on this issue; it looks like you could; and i mean could have a issue with one or more possible sticks of ram being bad. But in order to find out for sure; you should run memtest86+ from the following link. It is a program that you will need to burn to a disc or to a flash drive or the like to be able to run it as it cant be directly run from a system. Here is the link to memtest86+: post back if no issues and we can go from there and i will try and research it some more to try and determine where to go next.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Here are the items that i might pick out.

Are there going to be any bottle necks.

AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor

CPU Cooler
Rosewill RCX-Z1 57.2 CFM Ball Bearing CPU Cooler

Asus M5A97 EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard

Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card

Base Total: $689.78
Mail-in Rebates: -$15.00
Total: $674.78

I all ready have a desktop case and a 550 watt power supply more than enough for this build.

Answer:I will be building a new desktop this year


To me seems fine, not a great expert on AMD setups though as I go the Intel route, but one thing I have not looked at is WD SSDs? I tended to go Samsung, OCZ or Crucial, currently Samsung 840s, I'd tend to aim for the Samsung on read and write speeds.

SiliconEdge Blue 250 read 170 write vs Samsung 840 and my drive below

Other WD drives greally good as I have two of them 1TB and 2TB sizes

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I have a neighbour who knowing that I have dabbled in computers for more than twenty years has asked my advice as to upgrading his PC. As I said to him, the options these days is vastly more complex to when I started, with now a bewildering number of options available. I advised him that I would pose the question here for advice.
He currently has a Medion Akoya E4120 with an Intel Pentium E5700 processor (3.0 GHz, 2MB cache) 3GB DDR3 SDRAM, about four years old.
The most subjective programme that he uses is Photoshop for photo editing, which he does a lot. Uses Microsoft Office a lot, e-mailing and general surfing. He does not play games except Mahjong and similar low level (?) applications.
He is relatively happy with what he has but asked as to what is available now that would be more superior to what he has now. It would appear that he has offered his PC to his daughter but does not want to hand it over till he has replaced it.
He has a budget in the region of £500, wants to keep his same keyboard, mouse and Samsung 24” HDMI screen.
Looking for something off the shelf.

Answer:Replacing four year old Desktop with ?????

Contact Chillblast or Novatech.

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Can I play blue ray dvd's on my Acer desktop?

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My desktop which was bought in May 1997 and is running under Vista often gets stuck when switching on, with the display looping on the Vista loading bar. I can clear this eventually by continually switching off and on, but is driving me to distraction as it seems to happen (Sods Law) when I want access quickly.
I have thought of installing Windows 7 assuming that the problem is in the OS, but I thnk that it would be better to dump the desktop for a new one. I do not play games and only use the desktop for the WEB, printing photos and Microsoft Works. Can anyone recommend a suitable replacement desktop, preferably without the monitor, keypad or speakers?

Answer:4 year old Evesham desktop freezing

And your budget is?

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I am looking for a way to bring an old IBM desktop machine that I built Into more sutible working conditions. Does any one have any Ideas on how I can update the innerds of my computer?
I know this very vauge but I dont have the computer with me now and am looking to stock up on what I need (Info and parts) Before I get back to it.

Answer:Best way to update graphics on five-year-old IBM desktop

We heed to know the components you have before we can recommend upgrades. What is the IBM model number - or better a link to the IBM spec list for it - and what new components did you put in?

Also, what is your budget and how do you use the PC?

For a starter on learning about video card upgrades, I recommend this site:

Pay particular attention to the criteria page that addresses system constraints in the upgrade process - and helps you define your wants and needs in a way that is useful:

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I installed windows vista home pre but my time keeps on changing to 1601 or different years and am or pm. Changed battery(comos). Its new mother board Msi and new HD. I had some thing in pc thats why changed these things but after installing windows over and over still same problem also coudn't install any anti virus program.formated hd many time. Bios time is right and did changed the time in bios after changing the battery. problem still there. Thankful for respons in advance.

Answer:desktop time and year problem

Did you put a new CMOS battery in? "Changed" means you put another one in, not necessarily a new one.

After installing the must go into the BIOS/Setup...set the correct date/time...and save the changes made.

I've found that...if the dates are changed (erroneously) on new files installed, it can (among other things) prevent Windows from booting. Files get their dates from the system/CMOS clock.


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I have a Gateway 560GE with a P4 3.0ghz cpu and 2.5 Gb of DDR ram

The model is 5 years old but I had it for 3 1/2 and just got the motherboard working after almost a year of non usage, The original 250 Gb Sata doesn't have a working windows on it but I'm using a 20gb IDE from my backup as the master boot and my PSU is around 300w

will installing windows and running it from my Sata and getting a better PSU increase performance?

Answer:Help in increasing performance of 5 year old desktop

Hi and welcome aboard. Sadly, the short answer is no on PSU and a tad on SATA, doubt you'd notice it and unless you want to upgrade your video card for playing games, then depending on the card you will most likely need a better PSU. You have enough RAM so the video is the only thing left. The only question left is how much money do you want to sink into a 5 year old machine?

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hi! after spending a year or so in the amd camp, i've decided to make the jump to intel

i've seen that the intel northwood cpus overclock really well, so i was wondering what would be the best cpu to get (for overclocking)

almost everything i have read points to the 1.6a, but i also heard that the 1.8a was a good about 2.0a?? the 'b' processors are expensive and dont seem to overclock very well...

the motherboard i plan to get is an asus p4b533-v

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Answer:best P4 overclocker?

Well Intel discontinue making tha 1.6GhzA so maybe you can still find some. Your motherboard can support 400 and 533 FSB. Since you dont want to move to those chipsets I would recommend tha 2.0GhzA

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AVG Protection PRO (180-day trial) offers an in-app Upgrade to remove in-app Ads and protect Unlimited devices for Android, Windows and macOS.

However I don't know if the details are accurate as prices are different on

AntiVirus PRO (yearly) is ú6.49
Protection PRO (yearly) is ú8.49

Is there a catch and what is it?

Answer:AVG Protection PRO - Unlimited Mobile/Desktop for £9/Year?

Looking on AVG's Website ( i cannot see that. Looks like you most likely got a good deal..?

AVG Ultimate
Learn more

Our best all-in-one package
for unlimited devices
Advanced antivirus & tuneup package
Secure & tune up all your PCs from one screen
Live phone or chat support
Real-time security updates
Automatic tuning updates
Includes Mac & Android apps
UNLIMITED installations

I mean, internet security for PC alone is like $90 so i'd say buy it and give it a go.

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Visit Chrome Web Store for Desktop Apps - Awesome Apps that run offline and outside the browser

Continue Reading - A new breed of Chrome Apps (5th September 2013)

Editor's note: Today marks the 5th birthday of Chrome, a project we started to push the web platform forward. From a humble beginning of static text, images and links, the web has grown into a rich platform teeming with interactive content and powerful applications. We?ve been astounded by how far the web has come and are very excited to see what developers around the world will be able to do with the new generation of Chrome Apps.

Today we?re unveiling a new kind of Chrome App, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with software installed on your devices. (Think apps designed for your desktop or laptop, just like the ones for your phone and tablet.) These apps are more powerful than before, and can help you get work done, play games in full-screen and create cool content all from the web. If you?re using Windows or a Chromebook, you can check them out in the ?For your desktop? collection in the Chrome Web Store (Mac & Linux coming soon).Click to expand...

Answer:Chrome Apps for Desktop, 5 Year Anniversary

memories alive when i was using google desktop

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Hello Folks,I was using my old desktop for ~ 10 years, It was running Windows 2000 and didn't have any issues except last years it became very slow. I checked requirements for WinXP and noticed that my spec is higher than minimum requirements ... hence I installed WinXP SP3. My specs:Intel Celeron 501 MHz, 512 Mb RAM, 16 Gb hard drive.After installation my system is fully functional but I hardly could use it. I mean that I see that in average it uses less that 50% or RAM but CPU usage is almost 100% when I open Web browser.My goal to use it ... actually just browse internet and check email. I started to use instead of IE another browser i.e. Chrome but still it uses 100% of CPU just when I open browser.Could someone advice me if I could somehow tune it? I'm not going to buy additional hardware for this case ... just curious if I could somehow improve performance a little bit.Appreciate any advice.susja

Answer:Improve performance of XP installed on 10-year old desktop

You MUST install IE 8, or another newer internet browser. IE 6.x is not supported properly by many web pages anymore, and you get long delays loading some web pages, and excessive cpu loading on slow computers, because IE 6 was not designed to handle the Java code the page is loading. Obviously you must have been using a newer internet browser before in 2000, since you said it ran reasonably well. You must install the main chipset drvers for your mboard after Setup has finished in order for your drives to be able to run as fast as they are capable of.

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Our Dell desktop is passed it's best and is suffering numerous problems. We've decided to buy a new desktop for the family to use and would love some advice and recommendations re a good replacement.
We are not big gamers and the pc is used mainly for Internet browsing, storage of photos and videos, MS office. My daughter uses Minecraft but that's it really for gaming needs.
We are happy to a desktop with a tower or an all in one. We'd like 1TB storage and a decent amount of memory (4-8GB). Windows 8. Screen no smaller than about 22-23". Ideally all in one package with keyboard, mouse etc. Our budget is 600-900, but would like not to spend as much as the top budget. If its necessary though then so be it.
We've only had Dell before now and were looking at Lenovo or Chillblast. Chillblast felt a bit daunting as there was so much choice but I know they've scored well in best family desktop tests. Not sure how much stock to place in these reviews and rests etc though.
Any advice appreciated as our pc is so frustrating I need to order a new one ASAP!

Answer:Need to replace our 6 year old Dell desktop - advice please

Chillblast Commando will be my choice just leaving it until Oct 17th until windows 8.1 comes out.
Hardware wise for a family PC its as future proof as you can get however no bundle software other than windows 8

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Hi my son wants a laptop or desktop that is able to play games like sims minecraft etc. I do not know what spec i need to play the games. He is 12 years old. Please can someone help and give me names and models of laptops/ computers that would suit. I am also not wanting to pay to much so the best value for money really. Thankyou in advance

Answer:what laptop/ desktop for 12 year old to play games

Minecraft specs for optimum play
Intel core i5 / 7
Min 2 GB Ram
GeForce GT 240 or ATI Radeon HD 5550 and up
1 GB HDD space
A SSD can significantly improve world loading speed.

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My daughter is calling me because after her 8 yr old played on the computer, there are no icons on her desktop. She can see the picture background, but nothing else - oh, when she Ctrl-Alt-Delete, that box pops up. It is a MSWindows2000.

Any ideas?



Answer:Solved: 8 year old using computer now can't bring up desktop

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i am trying to overclock my xp1700 on an asus a7v333 mobo. The highest the mulitplier will go is 12.5. The highest the fsb will go is 149...if i set it higher then the system doesnt boot.So do i put the multiplier on 12.5 and fsb on 149 and see how stable the system is. I read somewhere u were meant to divide you max mhz by your 166 and set your nultiplier to that. But my mobo dont let me go that high. Any advice and websites to read upthans in advance

Answer:First-Time Overclocker

go to Ocuk for more advice..

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I don't know if this has been discussed before, but I'll post it anyway. I know you guys have heard tons about the overclockability of the Northwood 1.6A P4's. I've seen plenty of reviews getting this chip up to 2.4GHZ and it being stable. That is an 800MHZ overclock for all of you non-mathmaticans.

This got me wondering what are some of the most extreme overclocks you guys have seen??? I've also seen plenty of overclocks that take the 2.4GHZ all the way to 4.0GHZ, but that's with Liquid Nitrogen and I seriously doubt it was stable at all. I want to see overclocks that are stable and accomplished with either air or watercooling, but if you see necessary please feel free to blow me away with some crazy overclocks.

My guess is that the old Celerons were the greatest overclockers ever. Anyway, if you feel so obliged, post your specs and overclock that you got your CPU to. I personally have gotten my 1.4 T-bird up to 1.6 stably with air cooling. Also, chime in with your opinion of the greatest overclockable CPU's.

Answer:P4 = Greatest overclocker ever???

I can't comment on any O'Cing I've achieved(not with se440bx), but by crikey you've got me interested.

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I am using a compaq sr1630nx, you can see my specs below. I am using 2x256mb infineon RAM that came with the PC and 512mb of PNY optima pc3200. I have stock cooling and 1 case fan. my temps comke up as
CPU-30C idle 35Cload
AUX 47Cidle 63C load

I think AUX is an incorrect cpu reading, i am not sure. my MOBO is an ASUS and I have coolnquiet enabled.

Answer:Is this a good overclocker?

Overclocking a Compaq ?? Normaly cant be done.... Thow you can google cpuFSB, SoftFSB and Clockgen.... And if your overclocking cool and quiet should be disabled....

Err scratch that its an ASUS mobo it might have setings in the bios... Prolly wont overclock to well thow Post exact specs if you can...

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HiI'm thinking about buying something from Before I buy something- I wonder ing if anyone had any problems with them. Any advice.

Answer:Buying from

i ve had loads of stuff from ocuk and whenever i telephone them i got a very personal an freindly helpwot im saying is ive had no problems and i would recomend them to my mother

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Lets use this thread to make a list of usefull tools which overclockers use.

Prime 95- Cpu and memory stability test
Memtest- Memory Stability
HD tune- hard drive benchmark
Everest- Multifunction hardware analysis. Great memory benchmark.
Sis Soft Sandra- Multifunction hardware analysis
Core Temp- CPU temperature (measures top of die, unlike other monitors)
CPU Z- reports cpu and ram speeds.
GPU Z- for graphics card speed reporting.
Memset- For advanced ram timing and subtiming tweaking.

Open for suggestions.

Answer:Tools for the Overclocker

I suggest 3dmark06 as well for a late machine. I've personally gotten through prime95 and some other programs fine, gone through 3dmark06 and bsod.

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hey. i have an A64 3000+ processor with a default speed of 2ghz and was wondering what the safe limit would be (in terms of speed) before it would over heat. i am using this
heatsink and fan to cool it with. what do you reckon is the best safe speed i can get out of my processor without it overheating? many thanks, jack

Answer:First time overclocker...need help please

First read the overclockers guide here...
Secound what temps are you running now ??
and third what are the stock settings... fsb ( HTT in your case ), cpu core, and Vcore?

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I have heard bad things about click here from a few people now. They seemed adament about not ordering from them, particularly due to lack of customer service. My question is:Has anyone had dealings with them, if so how would you rate them. And has anybody else heard bad things, or good, about them?thanks :)

Answer:hmm, good or bad?....

I've ordered around a dozen hardware items off them over the last 3 years and I've never had a problem (touchwood)

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I have a Fe screen shots , I confused why android has a desktop app for windows but my windows Lumia phone does not?

Answer:Why my 6 year old android able to access windows desktop but my Lumia can't?

Originally Posted by Mike Newport I have a Fe screen shots , I confused why android has a desktop app for windows but my windows Lumia phone does not? There is a windows phone apps for desktop and modern windows that used to sync content between your PC and phone (Like Nokia PC Suite) and there is a tools for recovery called lumia recovery tools.
For WP 7 there is a Zune for it

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I bought a new Acer Travelmate 6592G (with docking station) just after Christmas to replace my 4 year old Acer desktop. This new laptop is slower than my old system. It seems to be running a lot of stuff that I don't use or want, as it takes forever to boot. Can anyone suggest how I can speed this thing up. I would appreciate any and all comments. Below is the hi-jack log. I can't believe how long it is. On my old desktop's log was only a fraction this size. I am on a network, but don't use bluetooth or any of the laptop's security features. I also prefer WordPerfect to Word


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:17:29 AM, on 2008-02-14
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
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Hi, this is my first post and I'm a novice when it comes to overclocking ....

In readiness for a new C2D rig that I intend to purchase in the new year, I thought I'd try and get to grips with overclocking on my current PC.

I have a P4 3.0E Prescott, MSI 865 NEO, 2 X 512MB 3200 Corsair Value Select RAM (dual channel), Scythe Infinity cooler, Gigabyte 6800 video card (unlocked to 16,6) and a 430watt cooler master PSU.

I'd be really grateful for some advice.

So far I have my system running stable at 3.84Ghz.
I've done this by setting a 5:4 RAM divider so that I can increase the FSB to 256 with the RAM running at 409.
I have also increased the RAM voltage to 2.9v and the CPU to 1.55v.

I can run Prime95 with no errors (well for the hour or so I ran it) and it has a load temp of 52C.

I'm not sure about memory timings yet, although I have got my head round most other aspects.
They are 2.5 4 4 8 when running at 3.84Ghz

Is this about as good as I can expect from my current rig or could I get more from it ?

Also, have I gone about things the right way?

At first I tried to overclock @ 1:1 but the PC is not stable if the RAM is higher than 410 (even with the RAM voltage increased).

To be honest, I don't really need any more from it, I just want to understand this subject a bit better.



Answer:Novice overclocker in need of advice

You have done a good job so far!!

I would advise more case cooling if you haven't already done so already as overclocking heats more than just the processor up!!

I personally run plenty of extra fans (9 at last count) and have found it possible to squeeze a little more out of my system!!

A slot cooler close to your graphics card is a good example, but don't put one near the gpu fan as slot coolers suck air out only, i have mine on the back of my graphics card!!

I hope this info is of some use to you!!


Let me know what mobo you have and i will see if i can help further!!

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First post here so a big hello to all, so, I have followed the below guide to try and find max FSB for my motherboard:
Set multiplier to X8 Memory clock to 133 volt to 4.00, started to up fsb but only got to 255 before would not boot, thats only running at 2039 mhz ???
What am I missing here.

Many thanks


1) Insure you have good or sufficient cooling for your CPU!
2) Boot into your BIOS settings by hitting the delete key whiling your computer is starting up. On some mobos you use a different key. If del doesn't work, search google.
3) Lower your multiplier to a low setting (5-8).
4) Raise your memory timings, and/or change your CPU/memory ratio so that your memory?s FSB is always at/below it?s rated speed. This should insure that your memory won?t be limiting your FSB, just your mobo.
5) Disable useless BIOS features (depends on your mobo, but CPU speed spectrum, throttling are common ones).
6) Increase your mobo?s voltage (vdd) as high as you safely can. Most motherboards don?t allow you to increase your vdd more than is safe (1.6v-1.7v or higher w/ a decent northbridge heatsink). When in doubt search Google.
7) Increase your system FSB to 10-15mhz above its rated speed. Always make sure your PCI bus speed isn?t too high before you SAVE and exit your BIOS.
8) Then see if you can boot into your operating system. If your computer boots into your OS, and doesn?t restart, or lock-up, increase the FSB by another 10-15mhz.
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Answer:Confussed wanabee overclocker

(1) We need exact system specs.
(2) Have you read the overclocking guide?
(3) Welcome to MG

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Im looking to upgrade my mobo and cpu pretty soon, if my other computer doesnt get fixed, and i need some suggestions. Im goin for an Opteron 146 which is a great overclocker and I need a good board to allow for a maximum overclock. Ive been told numerous times that DFI is the best for overclocking but I just bought a new PSU and dont want to upgrade it AGAIN until i go SLI. Does anyone have experience overclocking with ASUS or any other brands?

Answer:Good overclocker mobo

yep DFI is best bet if u wanna overclock....

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I know this is a software link, MG MOD's hope you don't mind I listed it here but is a MUST HAVE for OVERCLOCKER'S or anyone that wants to know there Systems Temperatures !!! Glenn

HD Tune is a hard disk utility which has the following functions:

- Benchmark: measures the raw performance
- Transfer Rate
- Access Time
- CPU Usage
- Burst Rate
- Hard Disk information which includes firmware version, serial number, disk capacity, buffer size, transfer mode
Hard Disk Health
- S.M.A.R.T. Information (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)
- Temperature
- Power On Time
- Copy text to clipboard
- Copy screenshot to clipboard

I personally run {Folding-at-home} 24/7 and like to have a good idea how hard I'm pushing my PC's Processor and monitor the heat ! Glenn,,,Hope this is helpfull to all MG listed it to thier main log in page today... Again Thanks to MG for bringing us this great software lead !!!!!

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Hi, i've searched and searched for a good beginners guide to overclocking but I can't find a good one. I'm about to build a new computer for gaming, and I've come across the famous duo e6850 vs. the quad 6600. The duo would be better for gaming un-overclocked(stock 3GHz) but the quad would be better if I can overclock it(stock 2.4Ghz). I won't be overclocking this computer, but I want to learn before I buy everything. I have an intel single core 2.8 GHz processor, I'm not sure what model, but, I tried following one guide(, but my BIOS screen didn't look the same as that guide showed, and when I tried to edit FSB(or when I pressed enter where it says CPU) it says something like: this page is informational only and cannot be edited.

My future computer, if this helps at all:
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Hard Drive
SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP2504C 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40░C Power Supply - Retail
ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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Answer:Beginner Overclocker - need help overclocking cpu

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Aloha friends,

I apologize in advance if this thread had already been posted, although I doubt it since all of my research attempts haven't rendered anything very useful to me.

Long story short, my desktop was working before I left on my year long voyage. I came home a few days ago after being gone for such a long time to find my pc sitting in my room where I had left it. I brushed the dust off (I know, some of you are cringing right about now), set it up, and booted it. First attempt it failed. I figured the inside was dusty as well so I got a can of compressed air and cleaned the heck out of everything in my tower (fans, drives, cables, you name it).

I was able to get it booted after this but noticed my pc was extremely slow (it was really fast when I left), to the point where it would freeze and I would have to do a hard reboot. I finally got it running up to speed, ran a disk defrag, and deleted a lot of old files I didn't need any more. I then noticed there were about 50+ updates that needed to be installed. Ok no problem, I'll just download the updates and things will run smooth right? Nope

Desktop crashes and I try to reboot again. This time I received startup repair. It found a problem but was unable to find a solution. At this point I began trying different ways to boot it, checking BIOS, trying to get in through safe mode. Every time my computer crashed.

I then tried to do a clean install of Windows 7, however; it will begin installing and will pre... Read more

Answer:Spent a year travelling while my desktop at home, crashes upon booting

There may have been a power surge while you were gone if the pc was left plugged in. If you have another computer available, try making a bootable flash drive to run tests. For Hard Drive:SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use
RAM: RAM - Test with Memtest86+
Put them on seperate drives if possible as they will delete all data on the flash drive.

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i have a compact preserio pc, about 8 yrs old, I am unable to remove a disk. the tray opens, and disk stays inside. I have opened the front cover, can see the disk, can move it back a bit, but doesn't seem to be enough space to grab it with pliers. can you assist. is it a matter of removing the entire tray. thanks.

Answer:CD disc stuck in 8-year-old Compaq Presario desktop tray

hi. I fixed the problem. my fault. I didn't place the disk on the tray properly when loading. my pc told me that by not completely closing, but in a seniors moment, I automatically pushed the tray in. this cause the disk to slide over, and past the spindle. I could see the disk, but couldn't grasp it, till I had an eureka moment. I wrapped some sticky side out duct tape around the blade of a long knife, being careful to secure the end towards the handle with sticky side down duct tape. then I simply guided the knife under the disk, with sticky side up under the disk, and removed it. another use for duct tape. usually duct tape is placed on my mouth. thanks for all of your assistance, as I didn't see the same solution already posted. but I am happy anyway.message edited by bobmackie

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what gives?  This is brand new and the throughput is horrible.  I'd an earlier post about it constantly dropping and reconnecting, but that got no response either.  What good is a 3 year warranty when they give us only each other to discuss the problems with?  Big $$ No Value.My wireless on this T400 is useless.

Answer:T400 Intel wireless -excellent connection- at least 75% slower than 4 year old systems' abg wireless

What did support say when you called them? They helped me with a tough wifi issue.  In case you haven't called yet, here's the #: 1-800-426-7378 Z.

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I made a thread instead of a post...

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I'm not sure of what to really ask, so let me just say what the message is that I keep getting!
  A window, that says you have 21 drivers missing  the performance of the screen is very poor at times,

   it takes over 5 minutes for my screen to come up, I can be on a site, and it will freeze up or just take me to another site,  and at first I thought the drivers was for a printer I don't have a printer, please help me and I do not have
a battery in it, I just keep it plugged in!

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Question: Broadwell CPU VN7

Ist schon bekannt wann/ob es Notebooks aus der VN7-Reihe mit neuen Broadwell CPU's geben wird?MfG

Answer:Broadwell CPU VN7

Hallo, gibt es doch schon, z.B. der Acer Aspire VN7-571G-56N0 (ohne Betriebssystem). Den habe ich mir selbst gerade erst geg÷nnt.  Gru▀

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Somewhat new computer. I brought 939 Dual-Sata2 motherboard from ASROCK.

Processors: Athlon 64 3200+
Ram: 1GB 200MHZ

The only think bad with it is that It won't even let me overclock it at all. (This is what it looks like but I didn't take the picture)

I have the Multiplier/Voltage change set to manual which does let me change the multiplier, but the Maximum Multiplier is the processors stock speed (2.0GHZ). It will not overclock at all, because it won't let me set the multiplier higher then maximum multiplier which happens to be 2.0GHZ.

To recap.
Maximum Multiplier=2.0GHZ which is the processors stock speed.
I want to raise the multiplier to 2.4GHZ.
I can't raise the multiplier past 2.0GHZ, no matter what I do.
Is there any way to increase the Maximum Multiplier?
Any ideas on how to raise the maximum multiplier or another way to overclock it? I emailed ASROCK and they said I could try.

"For overclocking, you may try the CPU Frequency by going to "CPU Configuration", change "Overclock Mode" to "Manual", then go to "CPU Frequency", try to raise 1 MHz at a time. (There is still a limitation, depending on the installed CPU)."

Trying it this way kinda doesn't work. Setting it to 230MHZ will cause the system to be very unstable with random crashes and bugs. Setting it to 240MHZ and the computer wont POST which... Read more

Answer:Motherboard should be a great overclocker, too bad it wont let me

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hi there.
i had an nforce 630i before i got this pathetic excuse of a motherboard. i could clock my intel e8400 upto 3.7Gz without a altering vcore(was locked in the board sadly). sadly, my 630i died on me and i bought asus's p5ql-cm that comes with a g43 northbridge chipset (worst idea ever).
alrit, here is my problem,
the g43 wont let me go past 3.2ghz.. the irony here is.. this board has options to increase vcore but still am not able to go past 3.2ghz.
i read reviews prior to buyin this crappy board and learnt that it was a mediocre overclocker. but 3.0 to 3.2 is not even an overclock.. yeah?.. abysmal.

any suggestions what could be wrong?

my specs..
intel wolfdale e8400
corsair tx650 psu.. with 52amps in the 12 volt rail
xfx 9800gtx+ (oh yeah.. i almost forgot..i cant clock this guy too. i used get 830 core.. but now.. barely 775..)

thanks in advance

Answer:asus p5ql-cm = worst overclocker.

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