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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...



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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 thin...



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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 ...



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Rise of The Tomb Raider PC Performance and Graphics Analysis

The follow-up to Crystal Dynamic’s 2013 reboot of the long-running Tomb Raider franchise: Rise of the Tomb Raider has finally graced the PC with its presence, after a brief stint as a Xbox exclusive. Naturally like any ...



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CPCR Server Upgrade 2015: Lenovo ThinkServer RD540

Lenovo’s 1U Server Powerhouse In the past couple days, I wrote several articles about the new server hardware and colocation infrastructure powering CPCR. If you’ve already read those articles, you’ll proba...



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CPCR Server Upgrade 2015: Psychz Networks Colocation

Los Angeles Colocation With the server hardware figured out, the final thing to do was to figure out where to keep the server. Since I don’t have the infrastructure at home or at work to host a server, I needed a coloca...



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CPCR Server Upgrade 2015: New Hardware Overview

Self-Hosted Bliss When I originally founded Custom PC Review back in 2012, it was nothing more than a small personal blog running off some run of the mill shared hosting. Since then the site has grown quite a bit, and along wi...



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Samsung 840 EVO Performance Fix Available Tomorrow

As reported several weeks ago, a number of users (including yours truly) were experiencing slow read performance issues with their Samsung 840 EVO SSD. At the time, the issue was just discovered by various Samsung 840 EVO owner...



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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus VR Development as Chief Scientist

The biggest tech news this past week has been Facebook’s unexpected $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, and with that the Oculus Rift VR assets. Without a doubt there has been a lot of community backlash from donors, devs, ...



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Understanding LSI SandForce SF3700 Series Controller

3rd Generation SandForce, 1st Generation LSI SandForce When we look at the SSD industry today, there are few companies more well known than LSI SandForce. LSI SandForce drives power over 35% of the SSDs currently sold on the m...