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Windows 8 : Managing drivers (part 5) - Using Device Manager - Update Driver, Roll Back Driver, Displaying hidden devices
As is the case with any software package, bad code or security flaws can occasionally be introduced in drivers that create system instability or that compromise system security. In these cases, you might find it necessary to revert to an earlier driver that worked.
Windows 8 : Managing drivers (part 4) - Using Device Manager - The Resources tab, Managing drivers, Driver Details
You can manage the power of some devices to reduce the amount of electricity they use. This can lower power bills and is especially useful for extending the battery life of a portable device. In Figure 10, note that there is an Allow The Computer To Turn Off This Device To Save Power check box.
Windows 8 : Managing drivers (part 3) - Using Device Manager - Viewing device and driver information
The Device Manager window (Figure 5) is organized in a tree view with the computer name at the top of the window and individual device categories nested beneath.
Windows 8 : Managing drivers (part 2) - Using Device Manager - Opening Device Manager
You can open Device Manager in Windows 8 in a number of ways. The first method involves using the hotspot in the lower-left corner of the desktop. When you move your mouse pointer to that location or tap it, a small representation of the Start screen appears, as shown in Figure 2.
Windows 8 : Managing drivers (part 1) - Driver installation methods,Driver types
Drivers can be added to a Windows system in a number of ways. The most common method is through the installation of Windows 8. During installation, drivers are installed for all the devices that are present.
NZXT H230 Classic - Silent Mid-Tower Case
White can look good, but it brings a number of challenges when it comes to PC hardware, and NZXT’s H230 Classic case tackles them all with varying degrees of success. The most obvious issue is going to be one of, effectively, personal hygiene.
Alternatives To Online Backups
The need to back up your data is indisputable, but how you do it is a matter of choice. Cloud backup services (go.pcworld.com/easysaves) are the most hassle-free option, but they can be costly, and require a stable, high-speed broadband connection not available to everyone.
My Cloud EX4 Wins On Features, Not Speed
Western digital’s My Cloud EX4 (go.pcworld.com/ex4) offers all of the user-friendly features of the original My Cloud, packed in a metal four-bay enclosure that boasts a number of high-end perks the My Cloud does not. First and foremost is RAID support, specifically RAID 5 if you purchase the device prepopulated with drives.
Western Digital My Passport Slim 1TB - Slim and Portable
According to storage industry experts, there's still be a long way to go before flash-based hard drives completely replace the mechanical hard disk drive. As it is, flash memory is still much too costly for purposes which require high capacity. Furthermore, worldwide production of flash memory is still a long way from satisfying global demand for storage, which is growing exponentially every year.
Asus RT-AC68U - Speed Demon
Asus is one of the top brands for high-end routers, but it was not always this way. In fact, the Taiwanese hardware giants only made significant inroads in the networking market a few years ago when they launched the awesome RT-N56U in 2010. With its stunning combination of good looks and blistering performance, it was one of the best routers of its time.
Corsair Vengeance K70 - An Updated Version Of The Popular K60 Mechanical Keyboard
The biggest difference with this new model is the addition of backlighting for the entire keypad. You can adjust the brightness of this lighting as well as choose exactly which keys get lit up which can be pretty handy.
Tech Splelunk Asus ROG ARES 2 Graphics Card
The ARES 2 is so powerful that it'll require a unique combination of air and liquid cooling to keep it from incinerating the PC. This hybrid Air/Liquid Thermal Design uses a dedicated liquid cooling system with a dust-proof fan to effectively dissipate heat from critical components, knock down temperatures and keep things stable.
Intel Launches ‘Haswell’ Fourth-Gen Core Processor
Intel has launched the fourth generation of its Core processor series. The quad-core chips, codenamed Haswell, offer better performance and the biggest increase in battery life in Intel’s history, says the firm.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB Graphic Card Review (Part 2)
To check the temperature of the card, we use 5 standard times of running Aliens vs. Predator (2010) at highest image setting, at the res of 2,560x1,440 pixels, and with isotropic filter and 4x MSAA.
Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus - The Flagship In The Entry-Level Lga 1155 Line Of Asus (Part 4)
P8Z77-V LE PLUS is compared about power consumption to other usual motherboard at default settings, but it’s the most saving one among those at overclocking settings (with the exception of 2 special models). That’s an embarrassment for a basic product which is expected to need little power.
Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus - The Flagship In The Entry-Level Lga 1155 Line Of Asus (Part 3)
We had no problem assembling our test around P8Z77-V LE PLUS. The motherboard works well at its default settings. that’s great because we don’t realize any improve in the process of booting mainboard, disappointedly. The same to other ASUS products, it doesn’t display any instruction hot key on its startup image, except for the renowned Del key.
Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus - The Flagship In The Entry-Level Lga 1155 Line Of Asus (Part 2)
By default, that’s "EZ Mode" which is activated in BIOS. It performs the main function which is providing info, because there’s hardly any configuration reading there. You can check the basic system settings, some supervising data, choose a power-saving mode or performance and set up the order of the start-up devices simply by dragging and dropping them with the pointer.
Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus - The Flagship In The Entry-Level Lga 1155 Line Of Asus (Part 1)
This motherboard takes the intermediary position between the premium and basic motherboards of Intel Z77 Express chipset-based Asus. It has richer features than the basic models, stands out with more powerful voltage regulator and supports Flashback BIOS USB tech.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB Graphic Card Review (Part 5)
The new card may have bigger advantages in Metro 2033: The Last Refuge and at AA settings in other games. It can be expected because it’s in the power-consuming mode which larger memory bus has the most powerful effect to the performance. GeForce GTX 760 is 10-15% faster in average than GeForce GTX 660 Ti at 1,920x1,080 and 11-18% faster at 2,560x1,440 in all tests.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB Graphic Card Review (Part 4)
Graphics cards are arranged in the diagram by descending order of recommended price. The new generation of the card based on Nvidia, like GeForce GTX 770 and GTX 760, marked turquoise. The older generations are marked green. The only card based on AMD is red. Let’s begin.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB Graphic Card Review (Part 3)
To lower the dependence of graphics card performance on the overall speed of the platform, I overclock our 6-core 32nm CPU with the 48x multiplier, BCLK frequency set at 100 MHz and “Load-Line Calibration” activated up to 4.8 GHz. Processor Vcore is increased to 1.38V in motherboard BIOS:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2 GB Graphic Card Review (Part 1)
The third and almost the last card in 2013 in the new GeForce GTX 7x0 line of new Nvidia has just been officially released. We researched its features and intended to show you how it compares to the previous generation rivals.
AMD No Longer A Windows-Only Chip Maker
AMD is expanding OS options as it designs chips based on x86 and ARM architecture, which run multiple OSes, said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD.
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard
Although fourth-gen Intel Core 17 has arrived, there's still plenty of life left in Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, so this week we are looking at a group of LGA1155 motherboards.
Asus P8H77-MSI - A Micro-ATX Motherboard
I feel the need to start this review with an admission: I managed to break the P8Z77-V LX motherboard that Asus first sent me for this group test. This was entirely my fault and occurred when I removed the protective cap from the CPU socket. The cap flipped in the air, spun a time or two and dropped on the bare socket. In the process it bent some of the CPU contact pins and that right there was a dead motherboard.
Samsung 840 Pro And Samsung 840 SSDs Review (Part 5)
Intel NASPT is another disk sub-system test that employs real-life usage scenarios. Just like PCMark 7, Intel NASPT reproduces predefined disk activity traces and measures how fast they are executed. However, the default trace is designed for network storage devices rather than the SSD.
Icy Dock FlexCage MB973SP-2B
At a touch under $150, the MB973SP-2B is undoubtedly an expensive bit of kit for turning unused optical drive bays into 3.5" bays. Converting a single optical bay into a 3.5" one can be done for under a fiver, or you can make it a hot- swap bay for around $22. What the MB973SP-2B does, however, is turn two 5.25" drive bays into three hot-swap 3.5" drive bays.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 8)
To illustrate Haswell’s thermal performance we performed a quick comparison between Core i7-4770K and Core i7-3770K working in their nominal mode and tested with the same NZXT Havik 140 cooler:
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 7)
Haswell microarchitecture features many optimized solution for lower power consumption level so many people expect that Haswell CPU will help them saving more power. That expectation, actually, is not well-grounded. The Haswell can be used to create the mobile CPU which dissipates less heat compared to Ivy Bridge products.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 6)
Haswell desktops do not provide any enhancement in terms of regular computing. Its improvement actually does not promise anything like that, instead of creating the power saving mode for the Core microarchitecture and perfecting 3D graphics performance. While Haswell CPUs’ TDP levels are just some watts, which is very hard to encourage the desktop users, innovations in graphics are considerable.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 5)
The performances of Core i7 4770K and Core i7 3770K, which represent two different types of microarchitectures, are almost indifferent in the compression test. We hope to see faster L1 and L2 caches in order to realize some positive effect of Haswell, but it must be good enough to compensate for the increased latency of the L3 in this case.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 4)
A separate topic for discussion is the integrated graphics core inside the Core i7-4770K processor. When we finish measuring its performance, the results are compared to the figures of Core i7-3770K and other AMD APU models at that time – A10-5800K.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 3)
Introduced to be the convergence of the fourth-generation Core CPUs, the new desktop platform Lynx Point owns more important innovations. A rule has been set for Intel to release a new generation of chipset together with new CPU microarchitecture.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 2)
We used SiSoftware Sandra 2013 SP3, a synthetic benchmarking suite, testing many aspects relating to different CPU designs’ performances, and we will make a comparison between the Core i7-4770K (Haswell) with the quad-core Core i7-3770K (Ivy Bridge) as both of them have the same clock rate: 3.5 GHz by default and up to 3.9 GHz in the Turbo mode.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review - Intel Haswell For Desktop (Part 1)
This also means that Intel now has to prove its ability of not only a developer and manufacturer of high-performance CPU designs but also a transformer who can transfer its long-time experience into emerging products of mobile devices at the cost of classic PCs.
The Best Deals On Cool-Running Components And Passive Cooling Solutions
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 memory modules are designed for cool running, originally built with overclocked running in mind. Their aluminum heat spreaders help dissipate heat, and provide an industrial, gaming-style look. Optimized for Sandy and Ivy Bridge platforms, these modules support XMP for safe overclocking, ans 16GB worth should keep you in enough RAM for years to come.
Asus P8277-V Mainboard - The Key LGA 1155-Based Mainboard Line (Part 5)
We performed our power consumption measurements using the Extech Power Analyzer 380803. This device is connected before the PSU and measures power draw of the entire system (without the monitor), including power losses occur in the PSU itself. In idle mode, we start the system and wait until it stops accessing the hard drive.
Asus P8277-V Mainboard - The Key LGA 1155-Based Mainboard Line (Part 4)
As usual, we intend to compare the mainboards speeds in two different modes: in nominal mode and during CPU and memory overclocking. The first mode is interesting because it shows how the board works with it's default settings. It is a known fact that most users don't tweak their system, they simply choose the optimal BIOS settings and do nothing else.
Asus P8277-V Mainboard - The Key LGA 1155-Based Mainboard Line (Part 3)
The current mainboard is now often the products that are well designed and easy to use, you do not need to install expansion cards and limit yourself to a single graphics card. So, it was quick and easy for us to put our test together. We don't even have to update the mainboard's BIOS as it has come to us with the latest version 1805.
Asus P8277-V Mainboard - The Key LGA 1155-Based Mainboard Line (Part 2)
In a previous review about ASUS's products we have talked about the ASUS EFI BIOS - a successful implementation of UEFI standard (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). So today we'll refresh your memory briefly about the main BIO and their parameters and settings.
 
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