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September 28, 2016

6 Reasons Why Your Next Upgrade Should Be a Second Monitor

If you’re deciding which new keyboard or mouse you should splurge on next, forget it. Your next investment should be a new monitor. What’s magical about a new monitor is that anyone – not just the power users, can benefit from a secondary display.

Screen estate is precious for the most of us. A single screen can quickly get cluttered with innumerable tabs, documents, videos, virtual machines, settings panes, development environments…you get the idea. You can mitigate the problem somewhat by creating virtual workspaces in Linux or Virtual Desktops in Windows 10, but it’s still frustrating to hop back and forth between screens when [...]

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September 25, 2016

Samsung Expects 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD to Reach Price Parity in 2020, 236% PCIe SSD Growth by 2018 – Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 Keynote

At the Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 event in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung not only introduced two of the most highly anticipated SSDs of this year, but they also shared a number of insights into the rapidly growing industry.

Kicking off the keynote was Willow You, Director of Branded Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor who discussed a number of current SSD industry trends. Among the first is the growth of the SSD market. According to Willow You, the SSD market has grown by 54% over the past 5 years which is significantly larger than the growth of the smartphone market which has grown just 19.1% over the same period. Samsung expects this trend to [...]

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September 21, 2016

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 Drivers for Forza Horizon 3

Earlier today, we reported on NVIDIA releasing their Game Ready drivers for GeForce graphics cards in time for the release of Forza Horizon 3: Ultimate Edition, which launches tomorrow (pre-loads available now). AMD has answered back with their own driver updates in the form of the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 19.9.2 which are tailored for Forza Horizon 3.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2

Along with support for the new title, the latest drivers also include a number of fixes for issues which users may have faced with previous version, these include the following:

Fixed Issues

Intermittent mouse cursor corruption may be experienced on some Radeon RX [...]
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September 20, 2016

PNY Announces GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 OC Graphics Card

This week, PNY announced their new custom GTX 1080 graphics card: the GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 OC. The new card combines an NVIDIA reference-design PCB with a custom triple fan cooling system and a factory overclock of 1708 MHz core and 1848 MHZ boost.

PNY GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 OC

Sporting a rather clean industrial-style design with a black and red finish, the PNY GeForce GTX 1080 XLR8 OC features a triple 80 mm fan configuration which stay completely off while the GPU is at idle. Those fans cool a pair of aluminum heat sinks which utilize 8-mm thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and display output [...]

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September 20, 2016

Battlefield 1 Official Requirements Revealed

The latest installment of EA DICE’s long-running, Battlefield 1 will be available in just a little over a month on October 21st. With that in mind, fans of the series are likely anxious to find out what it’ll take to run the game at their desired settings. Today, we finally have an idea as DICE has released the official system requirements on the Battlefield 1 website.

Battlefield 1 System Requirements

Minimum Specs:

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350 Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K Memory: 8GB RAM Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 2GB Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 660 2GB DirectX: [...]
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September 12, 2016

Crucial MX300 SSD Giveaway, Celebrating Crucial’s 20 Year Anniversary!

Crucial is celebrating 20 years in existence and what better way to celebrate than to partner with us to give away a brand new MX300 275GB SSD? The Crucial MX300, which we reviewed recently, is Crucial’s latest client SSD and the company’s first to include Micron 3D TLC NAND.

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, simply fill out the form below. Be sure to read the terms and conditions listed to ensure that you qualify.Crucial 20th Anniversary MX 300 SSD Giveaway

Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The sweepstakes starts on September 13th and ends on September 20th at 11:59:59 PM EDT. Open only to [...]

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August 31, 2016

Guide: How to Retrieve Your Microsoft Windows and Office Product Key

We’ve all lost a few hairs when trying to find Microsoft product keys. Digging through the registry for them is a time waster for tech gurus, and flat-out daunting for the less experienced. Luckily, a nifty program called ProduKeys can save you some headache–and maybe money, too.

ProduKey has been around for a while now. While its download page looks less than trustworthy, the product itself isn’t laced with any malware.

Using ProduKey only takes a few clicks. Simply download and execute the installation file. If you choose not to install, then you can also download the portable version.

Once installed, double click on the launch [...]

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August 30, 2016

Ultimate SSD Optimization Guide, Windows 10 Update

Several years ago, we published our first SSD Optimization Guide for Windows 7, which was very popular among our readers. At the time, SSDs, or Solid State Drives, were still a relatively new product and while Windows 7 had a number of optimizations for SSDs built in, there were still a couple things to tweak for best performance.

With Windows 10 however, things are a bit different as SSDs are now a relatively well known technology with years of development behind them. They’ve also seen mass adoption recently thanks to huge growth in the tablet and ultraportable notebook market. As such Microsoft’s latest operating system, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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