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ASUS GTX 780 Direct CU II OC 3 GB @ techPowerUp

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Here come the custom GTX 780's, seriously these are the best cards money can buy, the only thing that would make them better is the ability to link four of them together.  Silly nVidia SLI is for fun and Titan is too expensive for 4-way. sad smile

With the GTX 780 DirectCU II OC, ASUS introduces a new cooler design, which uses upgraded heatpipes that can carry more heat and two new fans to optimize airflow. The card is also overclocked out of the box and comes with a 10-phase power design.

Asus has always been somewhat subdued when it comes to their VRMs but when combined with their mature tweaking tools you can really push them to the limit.

Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Single Tower CPU Coolers Review @ Pro-Clockers

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Looking for some great heatsinks? Then be sure to check these out.

There are a lot of companies out there making coolers for desktop processors nowadays. Using aftermarket coolers is a mainstream wherein you get better cooling which helps improve the lifespan of your computer. When looking at the selection today, you would get overwhelmed at the number of options and try to make a good choice. Most of the time, we rely on friends and web publishers to make a purchase. This is one reason why we are here for you. There are also individuals that tend to go with brands they felt had given them the best products over the years.

I have a couple of these in the lab and plan to put them thru the paces.  With any luck the review should be posted over the next few weeks.

The Worst Part of Traveling

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

After another two weeks in Taipei Taiwan I am happy to say that I am glad to be home.  The trip turned out to be a great success, good food, good people and minus a few hiccups the travel process was a vast improvement over the travel debacle of 2012. 

As I have mentioned many times I use Computex as a way to meet with my manufacture friends and actually see some of the products that will be coming out over the next couple months.  Despite all of the good there is one thing I dread when Computex is said and done.

Jet Lag

Yes folks it seems that when you travel into the future by 14+ hours it takes awhile to adjust once you have returned.

Gigabyte Fly Headset Review @ APH Networks

Published: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

The Fly headset is one of the new products shown at Computex and is a super lightweight headset with 40mm drivers and stylish look.  Their biggest claim to fame is weight, or lack there of.

Will the Gigabyte Fly fly through out tests? Let's see how the latest from the company turns out.

I'm not usually one to like small over the ear headphones but they are still plenty popular as an in-ear replacement when sound quality is a concern.

Computex 2013 Show Coverage @ Ninjalane

Published: Monday, June 03, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

Computex is a big show and sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. I'll attempt to keep you notified at some of the cool stuff I find along the way.  I'm going to try and keep to a daily posting schedule.

Day 0: The Pre-Show
Computex 2013: Day 0 - The Pre-Show Spotlight
Computex 2013: Day 0 - The Pre-Show Spotlight Gallery

Day 1: The First Full Day
Computex 2013: Day 1 - The Start of the Show
Computex 2013: Day 1 - The Start of the Show Gallery

Day 2: Visits with Roccat Corsair and EVGA
Computex 2013: Day 2 - Visits with Roccat Corsair and EVGA
Computex 2013: Day 2 - Visits with Roccat Corsair and EVGA Gallery

Day 3 - Visits with beQuiet and Several Random Encounters
Computex 2013: Day 3 - Visits with beQuiet and Several Random Encounters
Computex 2013: Day 3 - Visits with beQuiet and Several Random Encounters Gallery

Computex 2013: What Hardware Canucks Wants to See

Published: Sunday, June 02, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Here is a neat little article that speculates what you may see at Computex through the eyes of Hardware Canucks.  Some of the stuff has been confirmed thru the normal media channels while some of the other things are pure educated speculation.

In the early days companies would go to great lengths to launch products at Computex and did a really good job keeping everything quiet until the big unveil.  Due to the law of "I must one up you" we are finding that product launches are happening sooner or waiting until long after Computex fever draws down, like in September. O_o.

Heck, even Computex articles are going up "days" before the show starts, case in point happy smile

Before the official start of Computex, Hardware Canucks' reporters at the show have a discussion regarding what's expected and which companies are about to make a big splash.

Personally I am looking forward to checking out the Haswell motherboards, GTX 700 series graphics cards and whatever AMD has to offer.  Tablets are cool and all but really aside from what is inside they are all basically the same and only distinguished by the operating system.

Mozilla Readies Major Firefox Redesign - Wonders what to do

Published: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Web

Don't get me wrong but didn't Microsoft re-think the browser back in like '00?  If memory serves they also promptly get sued by the sensitive Europeans for bogarting Internet presence in the Windows OS??

Well I don't blame the Mozilla folks, the browser needs to be "re-invented" since it has started to be come more than "just" an application to view websites.  the EA Origin application pushes the limits by spawning a browser window which in turn spawns a game (read: Battlefield 3).  Basically this excatly what Steam does but instead of writing their own browser engine they are using the one you already have installed.

HTML5 has also blurred the lines on what a desktop application is over a web one by  borrowing media support from the host system.  So, if you have a high quality audio player the browser will use that to play music instead of relying on what Flash implementation has been provided.  As a web developer I am a little torn on how HTML5 works but do welcome the change.

“Maybe we shouldn’t even call it a browser anymore,” Mozilla’s VP of Firefox engineering Jonathan Nightingale told me a few days ago. “‘Browser’ is really an antiquated word. People don’t really browse all that much anymore.” Instead, he argues, we now mostly use our browsers to access sophisticated web apps, web-based productivity tools and social networks.

For browser developers, this means they have to start to rethink what their browsers should look like now that usage patterns have changed and that the majority of users have become pretty experienced Internet (and browser) users.

I'm not a fan of the new user interface, making Firefox look like Chrome is just proving that Chrome won the "new" browser wars.  I hope this isn't the start of a downward sprial for the browser but, I have faith and will support them whenever I can.  

The First Experience Of Intel Haswell On Linux @ Phoronix

Published: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

In a Windows world many of us don't consider how our systems run under alternative OS's, given how messed up Windows 8 has been this quest may turn into a reality for most.

Haswell is here, Haswell is here, Haswell is here!!! After talking for months about the Linux kernel and driver development for Intel's Ivy Bridge successor, the heatsink can be lifted today on talking about Intel's Haswell processor. For the past few weeks I have been running and benchmarking an Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" processor on Linux to mixed success. While the Haswell improvements are terrific, the Linux experience now is awaiting improvements.

Still need to get my grubby mits on a Hazzy, twill have to wait until after Computex though.

MSI GTX 770 Lightning in the Wild

Published: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Ninjalane

I was wandering thru the Guanhua Digital Plaza looking at all of the Asus Z87 motherboards for sale (slightly before the NDA lift) and noticed that several of the shops had GTX 770 Lightning edition cards on display.

It is really no surprise that this card would be on the market so soon after the launch given that it is identical to the GTX 680.  The only real change is a faster memory path and new memory chips.  Cost for this card is $550 USD making it $150 bux more than the base model, my only phjear is that MSI flashed the bios on the GTX 680 and resold it as the faster card.

On a related note there was a single R7970 Lightning for sale too making it one of the rarest cards in existence that you can still buy in Taiwan. happy smile

NL: Review Block: Haswell System Launches

Published: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

The rumor is that all of these reviews have been launched early,

Motherboards
- GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H Intel Z87 'Haswell' Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- 33 Haswell motherboard group test: 26x Z87, 4x H87 and 3x B85
- Z87 Motherboard Charts: 13 Models tested @ Ocaholic

Processor
- Intel Haswell i7-4770K & i5-4670K Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel Haswell i7-4770K IPC and Overclocking Review @ [H]
- Intel i7-4770 Haswell @ LanOC Reviews
- Intel Core i7-4770K HD Graphics 4600 GPU Performance @ techPowerUp
- Haswell Launch Coverage: Intel Core i7-4770K and GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 Motherboard Review @ HH

Be sure to check back for more Haswell information, it will be the star of the Computex show.