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General Statement of Purpose and Scope: 
        The Orange Coast IBM PC User Group (OCIPUG) Hardware Special Interest Group (SIG) provides presentations on PC hardware topics, a forum for Random Access on PC hardware issues, and opportunity to receive help with specific PC hardware problems (hands-on assessment and assistance).
 
SIG Meetings:
    This SIG has gone dark (for lack of a SIG Leader).
Next Meeting:

    N/A

 

The following content was copied from the prior dedicated website.

 

Presentations:

 

Hardware SIG Meeting Presentations:

 

Presentations made in 2011: 

 

         Date:  August 9, 2011 (PDF) 

                Featured Topic:  none (only Hardware News)

         Date:  July 12, 2011 (PDF) 

                Featured Topic:  none (only Hardware News)

         Date:  June 14, 2011 (PDF) 

                Featured Topic:  The Balance of Computer Components: 2011 Update

         Date:  May 10, 2011 (PDF) 

                Featured Topic:  Hard Drives, SSDs, and Other "Drives": 2011 Update

         Date:  April 12, 2011 (PDF

                Featured Topic:  Graphics Processors, Graphics Cards, and Monitors: 2011 Update

         Date:  March 8, 2011 (PDF

                Featured Topic:  System RAM Plus Motherboard Features Beyond Core Logic (Chipsets): 2011 Update

         Date:  February 8, 2011 (PDF

                Featured Topic:  Core Logic (Chipsets): 2011 Update

         Date:  January 11, 2011 (PDF - presentation slides) (PDF - comparative matrix spreadsheet)

                Featured Topic:  CPUs: 2011 Update

 

General Meeting Hardware SIG Presentations:

 

Presentations made in 2011:

 

          Date:  January 18, 2011 (PDF)

                Featured Topic:  Water Cooling

Hardware Links:

 

Hardware Links
CPUs Monitors Modems and NICs
CPU coolers Hard Drives & SSDs Power Supplies
Core Logic (Chipsets) Hard Drive Controllers Chassis
Motherboards Optical and Other Drives Fans (Case)
System RAM Sound Processors and Cards Keyboards
Graphics Processors and Cards Speakers Mice

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CPUs
AMD  Press Releases  Product Page Intel  Press Releases  Product Page

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CPU coolers  [NOTE: A CPU cooler is already included with "Boxed" processors.]
Arctic Cooling  Press Releases  Product Page Thermalright  Press Releases  Product Page
Cooler Master  Press Releases  Product Page Thermaltake   Press Releases  Product Page
Scythe  Press Releases  Product Page Zalman  Press Releases  Product Page

 

     

Core Logic (chipsets)
ATI/AMD  Press Releases  Product Page Intel  Press Releases  Product Page
NVIDIA  Press Releases  Product Page  

 

 

Motherboards
ASRock  Press Releases  Product Page Foxconn  Press Releases  Product Page
ASUSTeK (ASUS)  Press Releases  Product Page Gigabyte  Press Releases  Product Page
Biostar  Press Releases  Product Page Intel  Press Releases  Product Page
ECS  Press Releases  Product Page MSI (Micro-Star)  Press Releases  Product Page

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System RAM
Corsair  Press Releases  Product Page Micron  Press Releases  Product Page
Crucial (Lexar Media/Micron)  Press Releases  Product Page OCZ  Press Releases  Product Page
Kingston  Press Releases  Product Page Samsung  Press Releases  Product Page

 

        

Graphics Processors and Cards
ASUSTeK (ASUS)  Press Releases  Product Page Matrox  Press Releases  Product Page
ATI/AMD (for integrated, see Core Logic)  Press Releases  Product Page MSI  Press Releases  Product Page
Diamond  Press Releases  Product Page NVIDIA (for integrated, see Core Logic)  Press Releases  Product Page
EVGA  Press Releases  Product Page PNY Technologies  Press Releases  Product Page
Gainward  Press Releases  Product Page PowerColor  Press Releases  Product Page
Gigabyte  Press Releases  Product Page S3 (VIA)  Press Releases  Product Page
Intel (for integrated, see CPU and Core Logic) Sapphire  Press Releases  Product Page
Leadtek  Press Releases  Product Page XFX  Press Releases  Product Page

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Monitors
Acer  Press Releases  Product Page Samsung  Press Releases  Product Page
LG  Press Releases  Product Page ViewSonic  Press Releases  Product Page
NEC/Mitsubishi  Press Releases  Product Page  

 

 

Hard Drives and SSDs
Corsair  Press Releases  Product Page Samsung HDD  Press Releases  Product Page
Fusion-io  Press Releases  Product Page Samsung SSD  Press Releases  Product Page
Hitachi HDD  Press Releases  Product Page SanDisk  Press Releases  Product Page
Hitachi SSD  Press Releases  Product Page Seagate HDD  Press Releases  Product Page
Intel  Press Releases  Product Page Seagate SSD  Press Releases  Product Page
Iomega  Press Releases  Product Page Super Talent  Press Releases  Product Page
Kingston  Press Releases  Product Page Transcend  Press Releases  Product Page
Lexar (Crucial)  Press Releases  Product Page Western Digital HDD Press Releases  Product Page
Memoright  Press Releases  Product Page Western Digital SSD  Press Releases  Product Page
OCZ  Press Releases  Product Page  

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Hard Drive Controllers
3ware (see LSI Logic)  LSI Logic  Press Releases  Product Page

  Adaptec (now PMC-Sierra)  Press Releases  Product Page

Promise  Press Releases  Product Page
HighPoint  Press Releases  Product Page  

 

 

Optical and Other Drives
ASUSTeK (ASUS)  Press Releases  Product Page Pioneer  Press Releases  Product Page
Iomega  Press Releases  Product Page Plextor  Press Releases  Product Page
LG Electronics  Press Releases  Product Page Samsung  Press Releases  Product Page
Lite-On  Press Releases  Product Page Sony  Press Releases  Product Page

       

 

Sound Processors and Cards
ASUSTeK (ASUS)  Press Releases  Product Page Diamond Multimedia  Press Releases  Product Page
Azuntech  Press Releases  Product Page IDT (SigmaTel)  Press Releases  Product Page
C-Media  Press Releases  Product Page Realtek  Press Releases  Product Page
Cirrus Logic  Press Releases  Product Page Turtle Beach  Press Releases  Product Page
Creative Labs  Press Releases  Product Page VIA  Press Releases  Product Page

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Speakers
Altec Lansing  Press Releases  Product Page JBL/Harman  Press Releases  Product Page
Bose  Press Releases  Product Page Logitech  Press Releases  Product Page
Creative Labs  Press Releases  Product Page  

 

   

Modems and NICs
Broadcom  Press Releases  Product Page NETGEAR  Press Releases  Product Page
D-Link  Press Releases  Product Page Realtek  Press Releases  Product Page
Diamond  Press Releases  Product Page SMC  Press Releases  Product Page
Intel  Press Releases  Product Page US Robotics  Press Releases  Product Page
Linksys (Cisco)  Press Releases  Product Page Zoom  Press Releases  Product Page
Marvell  Press Releases  Product Page  

   

 

Power Supplies
Antec  Press Releases  Product Page OCZ (excl PC Power & Cooling)  Press Releases  Product Page
Apevia  Press Releases  Product Page PC Power & Cooling  Press Releases  Product Page
CoolerMaster  Press Releases  Product Page Seasonic  Press Releases  Product Page
Enermax  Press Releases  Product Page Silverstone  Press Releases  Product Page
FSP/Fortron Source  Press Releases  Product Page Sparkle  Press Releases  Product Page
hec (COMPUCASE)  Press Releases  Product Page Thermaltake  Press Releases  Product Page

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Chassis
Antec  Press Releases  Product Page Gigabyte  Press Releases  Product Page
Apevia  Press Releases  Product Page In-Win  Press Releases  Product Page
Chieftec  Press Releases  Product Page Lian-Li  Press Releases  Product Page
CoolerMaster  Press Releases  Product Page Silverstone  Press Releases  Product Page
ENlight  Press Releases  Product Page Thermaltake  Press Releases  Product Page

 

 

Fans (Case)
Antec  Press Releases  Product Page Scythe  Press Releases  Product Page
Arctic Cooling  Press Releases  Product Page Thermaltake  Press Releases  Product Page
Delta  Press Releases  Product Page  

 

  

Keyboards
Logitech  Press Releases  Product Page Microsoft  Press Releases  Product Page

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Mice
Kensington  Press Releases  Product Page Microsoft  Press Releases  Product Page
Logitech  Press Releases  Product Page Razer  Press Releases  Product Page

 

 

Resource Links:

 

Resource Links
Product Review PC Technology and Industry / Standards Organizations
Product News E-tailers (e-commerce retailers) and Pricing Engines
"Self Help" 

NOTE:  Apologies in advance if any of the links are broken.  If you find a broken link, please report it to webmaster@ocipughwsig.org.


 

Product Reviews

 

        The majors

                Anandtech 

                hardOCP 

                PC World 

                Tom's Hardware  

 

        Others

                Bjorn3D 

                CPU (Computer Power User)

                FiringSquad  

                HotHardware 

                Legion Hardware  

                Legit Reviews  

                Maximum PC 

                Neoseeker 

                PC Perspective 

                Storage Review (hard drives) 

                StorageSearch (SSDs)

                The Tech Report  

                X-bit labs  

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Product News

 

         AMDZone

         DailyTech (Anandtech) 

         Fudzilla (UK)

         HKEPC (Hong Kong)

         PC Watch (Japan)

         SimmTester (memory industry news) 

         Tom's Hardware (News page)

         the INQUIRER (UK)

         The Register (UK)

 

"Self Help" (all products and services are FREE unless otherwise noted on the associated site - LOOK for the free download)

 

        Disclaimer: These links are provided as a convenience to visitors to this site. We make no representation as to the quality of any product/service or its fitness for any particular purpose. Please contact the noted web site if you have questions about or difficulties in using their product/service.  It is STRONGLY recommended that you contact the associated hardware manufacturer(s) BEFORE contacting these third parties.

 

        Benchmarks

                Benchmark HQ (various)  

                Cinebench 

                CrystalDiskMark (hard drive)

                CrystalMark

                Futuremark (3DMark series)

                HD Tune (hard drive)

                IOmeter (hard drive)

                SiSoftware Sandra 

                Viewperf (SPEC) 

 

        Diagnostics

                Benchmark HQ (various)

                Memtest86+ (memory) 

                Real Temp (CPU temp monitor, Intel Core-based CPUs only)

                SeaTools (hard drives - not just Seagate)  

                Windows Memory Diagnostic (Microsoft)

 

          Miscellaneous 

                BootDisk 

                Power Supply (requirements) Calculator (Thermaktake)

 

        Privacy

                TrueCrypt (encryption)

 

        Product identification/info

                Benchmark HQ (various)  

                Belarc Advisor  

                CPU-Z

                CrystalCPUID

                CrystalDiskInfo

                GPU-Z

                Intel Processor Identification Utility

                PC Wizard 

 

        Stress testing / burn-in

                Benchmark HQ (various)  

                Prime95 (CPU/memory)

                Stress Prime 2004 (CPU/memory - Orthos Edition recommended)  

 

        Third party "Help" 

                c|net PC hardware forum

                PCMech (tech forums)  

                protonic ("...submit your problem, get an answer for free...")  

                Smart Computing Magazine Tech Support  

                Tech Support Guy (hardware forum)

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PC Technology and Industry / Standards Organizations

 

        "PC Technology"

 

                Intel (architecture and silicon technology)

                

        Industry / standards "organizations" 

 

                Blu-ray Disk Association 

                DisplayPort  

                DVD Forum 

                HDMI 

                HomePlug Powerline Alliance  

                HyperTransport Consortium  

                Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  

                Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC)  

                PCI-SIG  

                Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO)  

                USB Implementers Forum

                Wi-Fi Alliance               

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E-tailers (e-commerce retailers) and Pricing Engines

 

        E-tailers

                eWiz/SuperBiiz  

                Fry's Electronics  

                    Fry's newspaper ads 

                Mwave 

                Newegg  

                ZipZoomfly  

 

                SundaySaver (links to weekly retailer/e-tailer ads)

 

        Pricing engines

                NexTag  

                PC World  

                PriceGrabber  

                Pricewatch  

                SearchAllDeals  

                Shopper (c|net)

                Shopping.com  

                Yahoo Shopping  

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