Archive for February 2011

CPU-Z Product Review

If you have ever been interested in finding out more about the type of CPU, Motherboard, RAM or Graphics card you are running in your PC, you should check out this software. CPU-Z is distributed via download, from a website called CPUID.com.

The software comes in both 32 and 64-bit versions and is compatible with Windows 98 and up (no OSX or Linux support). You have an option to download either an installable version of the software, or a standalone version that can be run directly from a flash drive or other portable storage media.

Once the software starts, it will take anywhere from a few seconds, up to a couple of minutes for it to scan your system. Once the scan is complete, you will be provided with extremely detailed information about some of the following system information:

Processor (CPU): Name, Socket Package, Specification Name, Core Voltage, Family, Model, Stepping and revisions information, cache sizes, etc.

Mainboard (Motherboard): Manufacturer and model number, north and south bridge chipset information, and BIOS revision and version information.

Memory (RAM): RAM Type, Size (Capacity), Channel Type, DRAM frequency, latency timings and SPD information.

Graphics: Display device Name, Code Name, GPU Core, Memory and Shader frequencies and memory (RAM) capacity.

The software also has a feature that allows you to save this information into both text and html formats for later review. This software is very useful when attempting to determine BIOS revision versions for BIOS updates and RAM frequency and slot availability for RAM upgrades.

Going Green at the Office

Many of us find ways to be more “Green” around our homes but forget that we can also be Green at work.  There are many useful things that can be done at work to make your Work Environment more Green.

  1. Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer. A laptop will use around 50 watts of energy while a desktop computer requires around 270 watts of energy.
  2. Switch off all computers and lights when not in use.
  3. If applicable work from home.
  4. Switch from standard light bulbs to (CFL) compact fluorescent light bulbs, which also are rated to last 10 times longer.
  5. Provide Recycle containers for paper, plastic and aluminum to be deposited in.
  6. When using the office printer, print on both sides of the paper to lower the number of pages used.
  7. You can purchase recycled paper products, pencils, binders, post it notes, scissors, paperclips and many more items.  Just look for the recycled symbol.
  8. Also, remember to recycle your used or unwanted memory as well.

Recycle Your Memory

Don’t worry about making sure every item in your work place is Green, Remember even the smallest change can make a BIG difference.

New computer models for the week of 2/19/2010

Acer Aspire Aspire One 10.1 D255E (AOD255E-13899)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB
  • Maximum RAM: 2GB
  • # of Banks: 1
  • # of Sockets: 1
  • Chipset: Intel Atom N455 NM10

Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820T (AS3820T-374G32nks)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire TimelineX 5820T (AS5820T-6825)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer Aspire TimelineX 5820T (AS5820T-7683)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer TravelMate 6594 (TM6594-7323)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

Acer TravelMate TM6293-6640

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 2GB (1GBx2)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel GM45

Acer Veriton M275 (VM275-UD5701)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 2GB
  • Maximum RAM: 4GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel G41

Dell Precision Workstation M2400

  • Speed of RAM: PC2-6400
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB or 2GB
  • Maximum RAM: 4GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: N/A

Gigabyte Motherboard Memory

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UD3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UD3R

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UD4

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UD4P

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UD5

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UD6

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UD7

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55A-UDP3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55M-UD2

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55M-UD4

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD3L

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD3L-TPL

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD3P

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD4

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD4P

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD5

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD6

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-UD6-C

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-US3L

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P55-USB3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P55

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P67A-UD3

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P67

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P67A-UD3P

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P67

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P67A-UD3R

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P67

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P67A-UD4

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P67

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P67A-UD5

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P67

Gigabyte Gigabyte Motherboards GA-P67A-UD7

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 0MB
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel P67

HP Compaq ProBook 4425s

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD M880

HP Compaq ProBook 6455b

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD M880

HP Pavilion dv6-3010us

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Turion X2

HP Pavilion dv7-4000sb

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD RS880M

HP Pavilion dv7-4003tx

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

HP Pavilion dv7-4005so

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Athlon II

HP Pavilion dv7-4005sw

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD RS880M

HP Pavilion dv7-4006so

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Athlon II

HP Pavilion dv7-4009tx

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

HP Pavilion dv7-4010sd

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Athlon II

HP Pavilion dv7-4010sl

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel HM55

HP Pavilion dv7-4010so

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Athlon II

HP Pavilion dv7-4170us

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Phenom II

HP Pavilion dv7-4180us

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Phenom II

HP Pavilion dv7-4190us

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: AMD Phenom II

HP Pavilion p6630f Microtower

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-10600
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 6GB (3X2GB)
  • Maximum RAM: 16GB
  • # of Banks: 4
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel H57 Core i3

Lenovo Lenovo Thinkcentre M58p (7358, 7484-xxx)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB or 2GB
  • Maximum RAM: 8GB
  • # of Banks: 2
  • # of Sockets: 4
  • Chipset: Intel Q45

Lenovo Lenovo Thinkcentre M58p (7483, 7630, 9964-xxx)

  • Speed of RAM: PC3-8500
  • Fixed RAM: 0MB
  • Standard RAM: 1GB or 2GB
  • Maximum RAM: 4GB
  • # of Banks: 1
  • # of Sockets: 2
  • Chipset: Intel Q45

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DiskGO Watch Flash Drive – Product Review

The EDGE DISKGO USB STEEL DRESS WATCH is priced for the typical consumer and can meet the needs of the business man and college student alike. The USB Steel Dress Style Watch can add a touch of class to any clothing attire.  Just looking at the watch no one can tell it’s also a flash drive and the fact that the drive is hidden behind the face of the watch gives it a secret agent appeal.

The Steel Dress Watch Comes in several storage sizes, ranging from 512MB to 4GB and range in price from $24.95 to $59.95. The EDGE DiskGO! USB Watch Drive is a fully functioning drive that will plug directly into your computers USB port and show as a hard drive on your desktop. It provides easy storage and transfer of songs, digital photos and other important data files.

Pros:

The watch has a sophisticated and stylish look, reasonable pricing, and fast transfer speeds. It is also shock proof up to 15,000 Volts and splash resistant.

Cons:

1) It is only available in Men’s Style.

2) Does not include retractable cable; must carry separate USB cable.

If you are looking for a more unisex style USB Watch and one with a built in USB connector, checkout our DiskGO Sport Style USB Watch.

Some Important specs of the DiskGo! USB Steel Watch are listed below.

Dimensions: 1.50″ (watch face) / 0.85″ (width of band)

Weight: 5.4 oz

Read / Write Speed: 25MB/s (read) 13MB/s (write)

Operating Temperature: -4°F – 158°F

Flash Type: MLC

Voltage: <50mA (Operating Current)

Compatibility: Windows XP and higher / Mac OS X and higher

Connectivity: USB 2.0
Also works with USB 3.0 computers and other host devices

File System: FAT32