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August 25, 2016

How to Find Your Motherboard’s Manufacturer, Model, and BIOS Version

Get to Know Your PC

As a PC owner, one of the most important things to know is the manufacturer, model and BIOS version of the motherboard you have in your system. This is one of the first questions I ask people when they ask me if they can upgrade their system or when they ask me for help because something isn’t working correctly. The motherboard is the one piece of hardware in your system that interconnects everything else so any hardware upgrades will need to be compatible with the motherboard. Depending on the motherboard manufacturer and how active they are on updates, the motherboard’s internal software, or BIOS/UEFI, also needs to be upgrade to support newer [...]

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July 19, 2016

Top Five MySQL, MariaDB Settings to Tune for Best Performance

When I began my journey of running a website about 5 years ago, I had very little experience working with servers. Since then, I’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and optimizing the Custom PC Review server which has spanned several types of web servers, several types of database servers, multiple caching softwares, firewalls, and probably a couple more pieces of software that I completely forgot about. Of all the different things that need to be tuned in a server however, I’ve learned that one of the biggest pieces is the database, which if configured incorrectly, can literally make even the most powerful server in the world crumble on the lightest [...]

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July 18, 2016

CPCR Server Update 2016 – Litespeed 5.0, PHP 5.6, MariaDB 10.1

Here at Custom PC Review, we spend a lot of our efforts on bringing news, reviews and great articles about the latest and greatest technology on the marketplace, but we don’t tend to spend too much time talking about things that happen behind the scenes.

Last year, when we published an article about our huge move from a dedicated server to a colocation with our own hardware, we had quite a fairly big response from our loyal viewers, so we decided to share this year’s server update as well. Most of you have probably noticed some downtime over the past week or so when this was all happening, so this will also double up as a status update for everyone as [...]

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July 13, 2016

ASUS Launches GeForce GTX 1070 DUAL

ASUS has revealed an all-new card in its lineup, the  GeForce GTX 1070 DUAL, which features a completely white and black design which is perfectly suited to match their X99A series of motherboards.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 DUAL

The GTX 170 DUAL features a factory overclock of 1582 MHz on the base clock and 1771 MHz on the boost clock. The cooler features a dual fan-design, compared to larger triple fan solution found on the STRIX series. The card features a single 8-pin power connector like the GTX 1070 reference board, however, it does appear to feature a non-reference PCB design with more power phases than the reference board.

Here are the basic specifications, [...]

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June 17, 2016

Computex 2016: Gigabyte Motherboards Updated for X99, Z170 unveiled

During our stay at Computex we stopped by the Gigabyte suite and took a look at their motherboards.

GA-X99 Designare EX

The Designare series is a class of motherboards aimed at those looking for productivity, which is a very interesting step from Gigabyte. While very similar to their “Gaming” focused boards, this one has a focus on faster storage with dual SATA Express slots and support for U.2 and M.2 storage under the white shroud. It also supports the new Broadwell-E 10 core with a beefy 8+1 phase power design, which we would assume is from International Rectifier. Gigabyte boasts that with this board it won’t take a professional overclocker to get [...]

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June 13, 2016

Opinion: Why HDMI Needs to Adopt Adaptive-Sync Technologies

Without question, one of the biggest advancements in PC gaming in recent years is the introduction of variable refresh rate (Adaptive-Sync) technologies such as AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync. These technologies are enabled by an underlying VESA standard which is currently only widely supported by newer versions of DisplayPort. Both FreeSync and G-Sync allow graphics cards to communicate directly with a display and dynamically adjust the refresh rate based on the amount of frames the GPU can render per second. The result is a much smoother, and tear-free gaming experience.

How Does This Make My Games Better?

That’s a good question. One way it could greatly [...]

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June 9, 2016

Computex 2016: Plextor Displays M8Pe PCIe SSD Variants

 

Plextor had some brand-new PCIe SSDs to show at Computex this year with fancy heatsinks and some great performance.

Plextor M8PeY

Plextor first unveiled the M8PeY at this year’s CES. This new PCIe SSD features the Marvel 88SS1093 controller and 15nm Toshiba TLC NAND. Boasting sequential read/write performance of up to 2,500MB/1,400MB/s and a random read/write performance of up to 280,000/240,000IOPS, the M8PeY is the fastest storage device Plextor has in their arsenal. Although I’m not quite sure why since the PCIe bus can provide 75w of power, it even comes with an additional SATA power connector at the top for “added power [...]

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June 5, 2016

Computex 2016: MEGA Booth Babes (Show Girls) Gallery

Booth Babes of Computex 2016!

As many of you have noticed, this is now the fourth Computex we’ve covered and as tradition dictates, we bring you the 2016 edition of Booth Babes of Computex!

Once again we’d like to credit our good friend, David Chang of Yuki-no photography who has helped us provide you with another glimpse of the Computex booth babe experience. As usual, if you’ve enjoyed his work, be sure to thank him by giving his Facebook page a like as well. Those who missed our MEGA Booth Babes of Computex 2013, MEGA Booth Babes of Computex 2014, or MEGA Booth Babes of Computex 2015, be sure to check it out as well.

Enjoy!

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June 3, 2016

Computex 2016: Gigabyte Factory Tour

For Computex 2016, we had the opportunity to tag along with Gigabyte to tour their Taiwan factory. Gigabyte’s pretty excited to show us exactly why they’re so confident in the quality of their motherboards.

Gigabyte’s factory in Taiwan is actually located in Nan Ping. It covers an area of 45,000 square meters and while it’s a relatively large factory, it isn’t the biggest factory Gigabyte owns. Gigabyte also has two more factories in mainland China, with the biggest being 60,000 square meters. This is however perceived as the “premium” factory as many OEMs specifically request components manufactured in Taiwan instead [...]

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June 1, 2016

Computex 2016: Thermaltake CaseMOD Being Mass Produced, RGB Power Supply and more

As some of you may already know Thermaltake has been running the Thermaltake CaseMOD invitational, with a total prize pool of 15k, at their computex booth, they’ve displayed the finalists builds! One of the most interesting builds from last year is “TheTower” by the owner of WaterMod, Mathieu Heredia who gave a speech on his experience there.

“Every time I mod, I try to do something different from my other friends and modders. When I was invited to the Thermaltake CaseMOD competition, I completely rethought the Core X9. I wanted to build fully functional case with a unique design, and in the end I created Project The Tower. I was surprised when [...]

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May 30, 2016

Computex 2016: GIGABYTE Unveils Xtreme Gaming PSUs, XC700 Chassis, XK-700 Gaming Keyboard

Computex 2016 has finally kicked off and we’re getting our first look at some new products of GIGABYTE. The company has unveiled a slew of new products including a brand new line of power supplies and a chassis, and a keyboard, all under their Xtreme Gaming brand.

GIGABYTE Enters Into Enthusiast Power Supply Market

GIGABYTE’s new enthusiast grade Xtreme Gaming power supply line includes just one model as of right now, but their may be more. The XP1200M is a 1200 watt, fully modular 80+ Platinum unit which features all-Japanese capacitors, a single +12V rail, DC-to-DC switching and a 140 mm double ball-bearing fan which will stay completely off below a specific [...]

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May 15, 2016

AMD’s Marketing Strategy For its Polaris GPUs Is Brilliant and Here’s Why

AMD’s Bold New Strategy

Last week, NVIDIA unveiled their next-generation flagship GPU the GTX 1080, along with the slightly less powerful GTX 1070. With both of these new GPUs the company has made some pretty outrageous — and if at all true, very impressive — claims in terms of performance.

With all the hype surrounding the launch of NVIDIA’s flagship, many people are questioning  AMD’s decision to focus on the mainstream desktop and notebook markets with the launch of their upcoming GCN (Graphics CoreNext) 4.0 GPUs, codenamed Polaris 10 and 11.

After all, historically GPU manufacturers are known to release the flagship or [...]

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