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Intel i7-4930K & i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E Review @ Hardware Canucks

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

I just bought a Core i7 4930K, I sure hope its a good one.

Intel's Ivy Bridge-E may be associated with extreme pricing, but the i7-4930K and i7-4820K brings things down a notch. With great performance and lower price points, they add some value to the IVB-E equation.

Based on the review they topped out at a little over 4.6Ghz which isn't really all that good considering my SB-E processors all do 4.7Ghz on air/water.  Of course under LN2 they all scale up to 5Ghz+ so with any luck my IVB-E will do the same.

Thermaltake NiC C4 CPU cooler @ PureOverclock

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Heatsinks are created to keep your processor cool and also designed to fit a pre-determined form factor.  This is one reason why OEM coolers are quite small and the aftermarket ones are just the opposite.  Well as heatsinks got larger and more universal they created a problem with memory clearance.

Most companies took the easy way out and built their coolers to allow standard height memory to fit under the fins and let's face it when was the last time you bought a standard height memory module? 

“We all probably know the name Thermaltake. They’ve been around for quite some time now and make cases, power supplies, GPU coolers, CPU coolers, and a ton of cool accessories. They’ve been taking the CPU cooler market by storm in recent years with their Frio line of coolers. They recently released their Water 2.0 series of AiO cooling systems as well. Their latest entry into the CPU cooler market is the NiC series which consists of four models – the F3, F4, C5 and the cooler we’ll be looking at today – the C4. NiC stands for non-interference cooling and the main goal was to provide performance and maximum RAM compatibility. Let’s take a closer look.”

I tested the NiC not to long ago and determined it works as advertised but does lack a little in the cooling department.

LanOC V13 Recap @ LanOC Reviews

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

I have done a few small lan parties in my day and Darren has hosted some of the largest ones in Idaho and regardless of the size the effort to get everything together is quite big. 

Of course the real challenge is trying to enjoy yourself while getting asked questions and taking care of the guests.

It’s been a few days now and not only have I set all of the PCs around the house back up, I also took the time to do detail cleaning around my desk. Even after a few days I feel little tired, an impromptu nap that went until 3pm yesterday helped some but it’s going to be a little while before I’m back to normal. All of it means we had another successful LAN. Of course the work doesn’t stop on Sunday for me, but before I get too far into it I wanted to post up a little bit of a roundup. Read on to hear more about it.

Some good pics in there, be sure to check it out.

Mobile Devices Will Be Dead by 2015!

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Web

The great thing about the internet is that just about anything can be a story.  Some are based on fact while others happen to genesis with speculation.  Some have speculated that unless a new battery technology is created you will no longer be able to power a laptop, cell phone, tablet or electric car because of the scarcity of Lithium.

Oh ya, and not to mention a whole race of crazy people off their meds.

What do a cell phone, a laptop and an electric car have in common?

All three use batteries made with lithium - the lightest metal in nature. About five grams is in an average laptop, about half a gram in a cell phone. Surprisingly, what keeps your devices charged and wireless can also affect your brain: It's an active ingredient in drugs used to treat manic depression. Batteries using lithium have twice the capacity of traditional nickel cadmium batteries, creating a "lithium boom" in several places around the world as these technologies become more ubiquitous. In China, cell phone sales were up 57 percent last year; in India, cell phone use is expected to double by 2014.

They claim the world is running out of oil and the one thing we created to combat an oil shortage is a plastic filled electric car.  

Maybe I'm missing something there but that just doesn't seem right.

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Fracking Fractal from Fraggle Rock is a chassis.

Fractal’s original Arc Midi chassis impressed us enough to become the base of our CPU cooler testing rig, so when we heard that a sequel to it was released, we couldn’t wait to check it out. With its beefy feature-set, semi modular design, support for up to a 240mm radiator and a $70 price tag, this mid-tower might just be the one to beat.

Another super clean and usable chassis with WAY to many drive bays.  Pretty sure the law of chassis design states that any case mid-tower and smaller can only have 4 HDD slots and three external 5.25" drive bay.  

EVGA GTX 780 Classified Reviewed

Published: Friday, September 06, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to have a GTX 780 Classified review posted and likely won't be the last,  For instance both Guru3D and Hardware Canucks have their own reviews posted.

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified review
Check out the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified while we review it. The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Classified comes factory overclocked for you, has the latest revision of the ACX cooler and can be connected towards an external POD called the EVBOT. All in all definitely stuff to check out we'd think.


EVGA GTX 780 Classified Review @ Hardware Canucks
EVGA’s GTX 780 lineup may hold an incredible eight different variations but their GTX 780 Classified is without a doubt the flagship.  Not only is it fast, but it can overclock to unheard-of levels.

Of course the real question is who will be the first to freeze their GTX 780 and live to tell about it.

SK Hynix Factory Fire - Not So Bad?

Published: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Web

The tech story of the day is the huge fire that broke out at the SK Hynix factory in China at 3:50pm locat time.  Orginially the speculation was that a factory fire of this maginitude would send memory prices thru the roof and cause world wide shortages similar to what happened with Hard Drives a couple years ago.

Well, it would seem that Hynix is downplaying the damage in hopes of saving themselves some investor money and claiming that the damage isn't that bad and they should be operational before too long.

From the breaking story

A massive fire on Wednesday at a factory in Wuxi, China owned by Korea’s SK Hynix could send flash memory and random-access memory (RAM) prices soaring. Hynix is the world’s second largest memory manufacturer.

Statements like that encite readers and often prompt quick action without reading the "rest"

At this stage, we don’t know how big the impact will be, but all [memory] suppliers have stopped quoting prices,” Kan says. “We will have a better update and more information in next couple of days.

Bloomberg is being optimistic and reading from the official reports

There was one minor injury from yesterday’s blaze and no major damage to production equipment, Icheon, South Korea-based SK Hynix said in an e-mailed statement. The company said it’s still investigating the cause of the fire.

“Currently, there is no material damage to the fab equipment in the clean room, thus we expect to resume operations in a short time period so that overall production and supply volume would not be materially affected,” SK Hynix said. The majority of the cost of the damage will be covered by insurance, it said. 

Meanwhile Micron is enjoying a good jump in stock price over the Hynix speculation which may end up working out in their favor.

The reason is a plant fire at one of its major competitors.

When the stock market closed for the day, Micron stock was up 5.28 percent to end the day at $14.57.

That's because Hynix, one of Micron's two competitors, had a fire at one of its production facilities in China.

That fire then caused a lot of concern that upwards of 15 percent of the world's chip production would stop, sending all eyes on Micron and Samsung, the other player in this market.

On a positive note, there are major memory makers still operational and these companies have plants all over the world.  The chance that we'll have a memory shortage is pretty slim.

Intel Core i7 4960X Ivy Bridge Launch Day

Published: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

A little over a year ago one of the most interesting processors you could buy was released that featured a staggering 2011 electrical contacts and a heat spreader so large it needed a small hole in the corner to collect thermal paste.  Well, it would seem the second edition of this famed monster of X86 silicon has been released, the IVBE.

Web Reviews
- Intel Core i7 4960X Ivy Bridge Extreme Processor Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E @ LanOC Reviews
- Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Processor
- Intel Core i7  4820K and 4960X processor review
- Intel i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel Core i7 4960X, 4930K and 4820K tested @ Hardware.Info
- Intel's Core i7-4960X processor reviewed @ TR
- Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition Ivy Bridge-E CPU Review @ HotHardware

Unlike some of the smaller processors that preceded it the Ivy Bridge Extreme is designed for high-end workstations that need excessive memory bandwidth and lots of processing power.  Of course the best part is that they drop into existing X79 based motherboards with a simple BIOS update.  I can't wait to get my hands on a hex core and quad core version of this processor for some cold LN2 action.

Product Review (GIGABYTE Z87X-OC) | ChipLoco

Published: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

The press release doesn't say much about this review but based on the title it has to be epic,

I mean it has to be right?.

For Haswell, we’ve two GIGABYTE OC series motherboards; the Z87X-OC and Z87X-OC Force. The former one is a $200 motherboard with everything an overclocker can wish for and then we’ve the $400 Z87X-OC Force which is for people with deep pockets or for those who want the best of the best.

humm. worry smile

NL: Review Block - Memory and Coolers

Published: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - By: Dennis
News Source: Email

Just a quick list of memory and cooler reviews including some Crucial stuff?  OMG. shock smile

- Avexir Core Series 3100 MHz 2x 4 GB DDR3 @ techPowerUp
- G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2133C9Q-16GXL 2133 MHz 4x 4 GB DDR3 @ techPowerUp
- Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 2x8GB DDR3-1600 RAM @ TechwareLabs

Coolers - Its not a coola!
- Gelid GX-7 Rev. 2 CPU Cooler Review
- NZXT Kraken X60 Cooler Review on Technic3D
- Product Review (Noctua NH-U12S) | ChipLoco
- DeepCool Gammaxx S40 Heatsink Review @ Frostytech

Wow, quite the list.