Hardware France has been publishing statistics of the resilience of desktop PCs key components.  They have been reviewing graphics cards, operative memory modules, processors, motherboards, hard drives, solid state drives, and power supply units. The following summary concerns hard drives and power supplies. 

Hard Drives

Hard drive manufacturers show decent quality control. The leader among them, Seagate, and the outsider, HGST, are separated only by tenths. Seagate received 0.72% of the production back as faulty, while HGST received 1.13%. However, among the individual devices the picture is more dramatic. Both Seagate Archive HDD 8TB and HGST Travelstar 5K1000 1TB failed in  3,48% of cases. Toshiba X300 5TB “scored” in 3,42%, WD Red WD60EFRX 6TB – in 3,37%, and WD Red Pro WD4001FFSX 4TB – in 3.06%.

SSD

Marketers claim that Solid State Drives are more reliable than a traditional Hard Disk Drives. However, the figures tell us the different story. General production was relatively stable. The highest return rate belonged to Corsair (1,62%). However, some individual devices did cause some troubles. Corsair Neutron XT 240GB failed in 8,21% of cases. Almost every 20th Corsair Neutron XT 480GB was returned. While Sandisk Ultra II 960GB failed in 3,17% of cases.

Power Supply Units

Statistics regarding PSUs revealed certain problems with Seasonic and Cooler Master. The failure rate for those was 2,02% and 3,47% correspondingly. Among the individual devices, Cooler Master G650M 80 PLUS Bronze failed in 6,32% of cases. Every 20th Cooler Master G750M 80 PLUS Bronze was returned back, while Cooler Master B600 ver.2 80 PLUS failed in 4,43%.

As a competitive London computer repair service, we monitor such information. We aim to provide the best IT support and use the most reliable components.

 

Hardware France has been publishing statistics of the resilience of desktop PCs key components.  They have been reviewing graphics cards, operative memory modules, processors, motherboards, hard drives, solid state drives, and power supply units. The following summary concerns graphics and RAM. 

Graphics Cards

Among graphics cards Sapphire and Gainward demonstrated good results. Sapphire registered 1.15% fail rate and Gainward – 1,23%. Almost double amount of complaints fell on ASUS and Inno3D. ASUS received back 2,13% of its production as faulty, while Inno3D got back 2,19%. However, among the individual devices, the most unreliable were Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti WindForce 3X OC. Its failure rate was 6.59%. Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon R9 290 did slightly better (6,15%). Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 980 Ti X3 Ultra had similar results – 5,98 % were returned.

 

RAM

If there is something you can rely on, it is RAM. Failure rates were extremely low. The most reliable among RAM producers were Kingson (0.14%) and Crucial (0.19%). Yet, the most troubled manufacturers G.Skill and Corsair still do not exceed 1% (0,54% and 0,9% correspondingly). We must note that the latter two were the most popular among the overclockers. So that may be a reason for increased number of returns.

As a competitive London computer repair service, we monitor such information. We aim to provide the best IT support and use the most reliable components.

Hardware France has been publishing statistics of the resilience of desktop PCs key components. The statistics include not only brands but also specific models. They have been reviewing graphics cards, operative memory modules, processors, motherboards, hard drives, solid state drives, and power supply units. The following statistic was comprised over a period of time between September 2015 and October 2016. In order to make data more accurate Hardware.fr only considered brands that produced no less than 500 devices (or 100 in certain cases). We will cover the full report over the time concentrating only on motherboard statistics in this post. 

Motherboard statistics 2015-2016

Figures show that among motherboards the most resilient on average were the ones produced by ASRock. Only 1.45% of devices were returned with faults during the warranty period. ASUS and Gigabyte followed with 1.9% and 1.92% correspondingly. MSI had more troubles than the rest. 2.36% of products failed and had to be sent back by users. Considering a specific model, customers returned about 10% of MSI H97I AC motherboards. These are quite a disheartening figures for MSI. It was determined that low-spec motherboards were less likely to fail. For example, ASUS X99 would fail in 4.8% of cases, while ASUS Z170 failed in only 2.71%.

 

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Amazon reviewed Echo Dot, an intelligent personal assistant, and released the 2nd generation couple of months back. However, it attracts a lot of attention now due to coming Christmas.

Amazon Echo Dot is an intelligent personal assistant. It can do many things that other intelligent personal assistants, such as Cortana and Siri, do and many more. However, not quite enough to make you sell your MacBook or laptop. The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub. Echo Dot may be activated with a voice command and then assist you with a simple requests: “Put the music on?”, “What the time is?”, “Turn the lights off” and so on. All this functionality was available in a previous generation of Echo Dot and Echo. What is that the second generation offers?

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen

First of all, it comes with a much more affordable price tag. Amazon modestly asks £50 per unit. Secondly, it is improved voice recognition system. Now Echo Dot will recognise your commands even if the music is on or if you are standing across the room.  The new Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) technology allows several Echo and Dot units to work together so that only one device answers the request. It became available in white and black. Moreover, Amazon offers multiple cases for the device to fit any interior.

I remember the time when Flash elements were present on almost every web page. And no wonder, when Flash was introduced the Internet was running on HTML and CSS. These technologies were extremely limited. So Flash came to rescue the situation and provided enormous capabilities for animation, interaction, and implementation of mixed media resources. So what happened to it? And why are we told to avoid it?

Adobe Flash

Once upon a time, Flash was at the cutting edge of web design. By 2010 76% of video content on the web was in Flash. However, the Internet continued to progress, but Flash lagged behind.

The major issue with Adobe Flash is that it is 100% proprietary. It means if there any security hole detected or simple improvement required, we have to wait for Adobe to release an update or patch. Additionally, the technology wasn’t supported on mobile devices or Macs. Moreover, Flash required a dedicated plug-in to be downloaded and installed by a user. The later poses even more dangers for the user.

Even today, a great deal of online media requires Adobe Flash. I likely happened to you: you open a web page and you see a message saying that Adobe Flash in outdated or not installed. “Click here to install the plugin” – and you did. It is one of the most trending traps arranged by cyber criminals. Instead of the plugin needed, a malicious software would be installed on your computer. And then you would need to contact your local computer repair service to rule out the consequences.

Today, HTML5 offers overwhelming functionality, does not requires additional installation, and functions on leading majority of platforms and Internet browsers. There is an option for you to avoid Adobe Flash entirely. And if we were you, we would. Next time you see the message asking you to download Flash, close the page and seek for another resource.