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  • Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition: Too Soon?

    Darren and I have talked about Borderlands 2 quite often on the podcast and its no secret that I really enjoy the game but releasing a GOTY edition before all of the DLC has been released just sounds stupid.

    The GOTY Edition allegedly includes all of the game's released DLC to date which would include.

    • Creature Slaughter Dome
    • Psycho Pack
    • Captain Scarlet’s And Her Pirate’s Booty
    • Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
    • Mister Torgue’s Campaign Of Carnage
    • Tiny Tina’s Assault On Dragon Keep
    • Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade
    • Mechromancer Pack
    • Creature Slaughter Dome

    I realize that GOTY editions are basically the last version to go out the door before the game developer ties it off but it just seems like this particular one is getting rushed.

  • Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (Intel LGA 1150) @ techPowerUp

    For me I think that Gigabyte motherboards are a diamond among motherboards.  Not only do they perform well but they are very consistent across the various product lines meaning that you can expect the same level of performance from a UD3H as you do from a UD7 or even the OC.

    The difference is in features. 

    Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H is a board I like to refer to as "The Sleeper". Built to meet the needs of most average consumers, it not only comes with everything you need for daily use but also has an overclocking focus, though it may not appear so.

    UD3H may sound like a low end bomber but its actually a high midrange motherboard designed for the mainstream system builder and hardware enthusiast on a budget.  Heck I have one of these running a 24/7 development server right now which speaks to its versatility.

  • MSI GTX 780 Lightning Edition Pictures Leaked All Over the Web


    An Inspiring hardware enthusiast over at HardwareZone posted some photos of the upcoming MSI GTX 780 Lightning that quickly became one of the most talked about fiascos today.  (not to date btw)

    The story started in this thread at HardwareZone with the following, after the fact, comment.

    New arrival :

    Oh gosh.
    I didnt realise there was an nda.
    I'm so screwed this time.

    Of course anyone with a fetish for awesome hardware will know that the story got picked up all over the place.

    Saw this one on Twitter from Overclockers MSI GTX 780 Lightning Edition Pictures Leaked Which had photo credits back to TechPowerUp with a rather lengthly news post.  MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Pictured There is no doubt that TPU has the card already so by posting the news they are breaking NDA, (or at least being bad).  The TPU article had photo credits to WCCFtech who has been known to post NDA stuff like this. Their Story:MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING Flagship Graphics Card Unveiled – Equipped With TriFrozr Cooler Talk about a long ass title. shock smile

    The WCCFtech article had photo credits back to the source at HardwareZone.  Sources close to me confirmed the unique look of the 780 Lightning so I can say, Damn!

    I would fully expect some of these links to go dead after a few hours, but you never know.

  • GIGABYTE Launch First AMD Gaming Motherboard: G1.Sniper A88X

    Packs Exclusive GIGABYTE Audio Features: USB DAC-UP and Gain Boost

    City of Industry, California, August 16, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced its new FM2+ motherboards including the newest addition to its G1-Killer range of gaming motherboards, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X. Debuting two exclusive audio features including GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP, an exclusive feature optimized for users employing a Digital-to-Analog Converter, and Gain Boost which provides high gain output for advanced headphones and speakers, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X provides the highest caliber onboard audio experience for discerning audiophiles.

     “We’ve had a lot of customer interest in expanding our G1-Killer gaming motherboard range to include an AMD platform model.” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. ”By also developing unique audio features that make a real difference to the overall experience, we’re confident this board will be a real hit with gamers and audiophiles alike.”

    GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X: Ready for Kaveri on AMD Socket FM2+

    The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X motherboard features the new FM2+ APU socket, and is designed to get the most from forthcoming ‘Kaveri’ AMD APUs, while preserving compatibility for current AMD FM2 ‘Trinity’ and ‘Richland’ APUs.

    FM2+ AMD APUs offer native support for 8 GT/s PCI Express gen 3.0 as well as DX11.1 support, integrating the high performance ‘Steamroller’ core. AMD socket FM2+ APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on HDMI and DisplayPort.

  • The desktop PC needs a makeover @ TR

    Cyril Kowaliski is at it again and this time attacking how large his PC is. 

    My PC is full of air and unoccupied slots and bays. I have four 5.25" optical drive bays that I don't use. The top one houses a DVD burner, but I can't remember the last time I stuck a disc in it. I moved to Canada over three years ago, and I'm positive that I've never purchased a blank DVD in this country.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and simply agree with Cyril's views. (most of them)  Yes, the modern PC is too large and the modern case has too many drive bays, too many expansion slots and often come with external hot-swap docks.  None of this stuff we need however there was that one guy in some "other" country, lets say China, that claimed it was needed.  

    Looking back at my Antec SX635 (that I still use) you will see the epitome of the perfect mid-tower chassis.  it is compact, fits a full sized motherboard and comes with 5 drive bays.  The problem is the case doesn't cool well so to solve the problem I added some larger fans.  92mm was the biggest that would fit and sadly the blowhole fan had to be removed because my Corsair HX850 was too long.  At idle the case is quiet however when I game the fans have to activate because my GTX 670 and Core i7 980X generate too much heat.

    Heat is the main reason computer cases have gotten big.  People complain that their PC's are too loud and the only way to solve that is to increase the airspace and install large slow moving fans.  Cases like the Silverstone Temjin TJ08-E Evolution are a perfect example of how this can be done but they don't sell well in high volume regions that are more concerned with what you get than what you really need.

  • Gamers May Save the PC Market

    The TechReport crew talked about this article on their latest podcast and it really got me thinking.  If you think about the US PC Market the trend is moving towards mobile and tablet devices which is causing the of PCs and Laptops to dwindle.  Hardware Enthusiasts and Gamers often strive to have the latest and greatest hardware which is something that Laptops and Tablets cannot deliver.

    Knowing that and factoring in that hardware makers often make no profit ($0 dollars over R&D costs) on flagship and high-end hardware.  You have to wonder if the sale of high-end gaming gear and custom PCs is really a long term solution or just a stop gap before the Microsoft and Intel driven mobile world takes over.

    IDC Insights Research dropped some doom and gloom earlier this year, reporting that Q1 2013 PC shipments were down a drastic 13.9% globally, compared to the same period in 2012. This represented the worst decline in the US since 2006, despite Windows 8 and some inspired hardware to accompany it from the likes of Lenovo, ASUS, and Dell DELL Apparently no one told PC gamers about this decline, as a new report from Jon Peddie Research illustrates.

    I had a "over drinks" discussion during CES about the future of hardware review sites and flat out said there is no future for hardware review as we know it.  Simply put we all need to adapt or die.  The reason being that mid and low end hardware is what makes money and the high-end flagship products are only built for marketing.  So, without mid level sales there are no high-end products, and if high-end products remain the prices will go thru the roof.

    I really hope the market doesn't come this that and its up to the consumers to demand change.  Sadly everyone with this power has their heads buried in their ipads.

  • All Android-created Bitcoin wallets Are Belong to Us

    This seems like a bad thing and given that I have distaste for Java I can safely say that this is a problem created by Java developers lazy in their coding standards or done on purpose to rule the world and take advantage of non-elitists who know not better.  Which would be just as bad. released a security advisory over the weekend warning the Bitcoin community that any Bitcoin wallet generated on any Android device is insecure and open to theft. The insecurity appears to stem from a flaw in the Android Java SecureRandom class, which under certain circumstances can produce numbers that aren't truly nondeterministic. This can allow an attacker to work out a victim's cryptographic private key. Private keys are used to sign Bitcoin transactions; if an attacker has a victim's private key, the attacker can execute Bitcoin transactions as if he were that person.

    So far, it appears that the vulnerability has been used to steal at least 55 BTC (approximately $5,720 as of this morning).

    The first paragraph in the Ars article tells all and is one reason why Open Source software is good but can also be bad.  I'm sure by now the company has issued a security update but, if memory serves, once the Bitcoint wallet has been created the only way to change it would be to create a new one and move the money. 

    Seems the thieves have beat them to the punch.  Or, maybe this is a Superman 3 sort of scam, either way.  Go Java! 

  • MSI Product Launch - GTX 760 Hawk

    This news launched a few days ago but there seems to be a new video card on the loose, the MSI GTX 760 Hawk.  Strangely enough I thought all the Hawk edition cards went away with the new MSI.

    Seems I was wrong, and all on the day rumored to be the GTX 780 Lightning launch which will forever be known for the EVGA GTX 780 Classified.

    Web Review
    - MSI GeForce GTX 760 HAWK review
    - MSI GTX 760 HAWK @ PureOverclock
    - MSI GTX 760 Hawk @ LanOC Reviews

    Sadly in the old days I might have gotten one of these cards for launch,  Seems I traded video cards for motherboards with the MSI camp.

  • G.SKILL TridentX - DDR3 4400MHz Reached!

    Congratulations to professional overclocker “YoungPro” from TeamAU, setting a new milestone for DDR3 memory frequency, officially the new “King of Memory!”

    Taipei, Taiwan - 9th August 2013 - G.SKILL International Co. Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and superior solid-state storage, tops the memory frequency world record chart once again with “G.SKILL TridentX” overclocked to an amazing DDR3 4400MHz! 

    1st Global rank validation on

    Using 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 4770K, ASUS Maximus 6 Impact and a steady flow of LN2, professional overclocker James “YoungPro” Trevaskis from TeamAU were able to push the factory spec G.SKILL TridentX DDR3 3000MHz C12 4GB stick to the world’s fastest DDR3 4400MHz CL13!

    About G.SKILL
    Established in 1989 by computer hardware enthusiasts, G.SKILL is a leading memory & Solid State Drive manufacturer based in Taipei, Taiwan. The company's top priority is quality. All of the products undergo a series of the most rigorous tests and strict quality control processes. In addition to a committed, qualified IC testing house to examine the products, all G.SKILL products are 100% tested to ensure the highest yield, reliability and quality.

  • SilverStone Air Penetrator SST-AP123 Cooling Fan Review @ APH Networks

    These are some of the best fans, hands down, feet down, air down, it doesn't matter they are the best.

    Is it an improvement from the past even if the specs don't say so? Let's see how the testing goes.

    In checking out the review I rather like the tissue paper test which helps to show directionality.  At Computex several years ago Silverstone levitated a balloon with an Air Penetrator fan using the Bernoulli Effect.  (the same one that allows planes to fly)

    Most case fans exhaust air in a cone which is why you always position fans to pull air thru a radiator when you are watercoolig.  With the Air Penetrator you no longer need to do that however, the fans tend to work best cooling cases rather than heatsinks.