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Thursday October 30, 2014

4 Weeks With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI

If you are thinking about upgrading to a multi-GPU set up, make sure you read our 4 Weeks With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI article before you plop down your hard earned money.

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What do you get when you take two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video cards, configure those for SLI, and set those at your feet for four weeks? We give our thoughts and opinions about actually using these GPUs in our own system for four weeks with focus on performance, sound profile, and heat generated by these cards.


The Evil Within Demo

There is a three chapter demo for The Evil Within on Steam today. If you like the game enough to buy it, you get to keep all the progress you made in the demo. cool

Starting October 30th, you’ll be able to enjoy the first three chapters for free. If you choose to purchase the game after the first three chapters, you’ll be able to continue your save progress, and as an added bonus, we’ll throw more evil your way with a free copy of Call of Cthulhu. Finally, and for a limited time only, we are offering 50% off The Evil Within’s Season Pass!


[H]ot Deals

Make sure you guys check out this [H]ot Deals forum thread for exclusive deals on hardware just for [H] readers. The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals before November 5th!


EVGA Supernova 850w 80 Plus Gold G2 Power Supply - $109.99

G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 - $83.49

Seagate 3TB Expansion Drive - $104.99

Gigabyte R9 270x 2GB - $149.99


Kingston HyperX Fury Black 2x4gb DDR3-1600 RAM - $76.99

Logitech G700s Wireless Gaming Mouse - $66.99

MSI Z87M Gaming mATX Motherboard - $87.99

Corsair 350D mATX Case - $79.99

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Fractal Design Core 3300 @ techPowerUP!

Fractal Design Core 3300 @ eTeknix

ETC.: Corsair Gaming H1500 @ HardwareHeaven

PC Perspective Podcast #324 @ PCPer

Motherboards: ASUS ROG Maximus VII Impact @ Tweak.dk

Storage: Corsair Voyager Air 2 @ MadShrimps

Introducing Microsoft Health & Microsoft Band

Seriously, who wears this kind of stuff? These remind me of smart watches...everyone talks about them...nobody wears them. Do any of you wear a fitness tracker of some sort?

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Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Overclocking Motherboard

Hardware Asylum has published a review of the Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Overclocking motherboard today that is certainly worth checking out.

In this review we will be looking at a new motherboard from Gigabyte called the X99 SOC Force. The SOC stands for Super OverClock and is designed for hardware enthusiasts who like to tweak and tune their systems for the best performance.


IBM Teams Up With Twitter

IBM and Twitter are teaming up? This ought to be interesting. eek!

But their partnership, announced on Wednesday, makes a lot of sense. It is intended to give IBM’s data-analysis business, including its Watson artificial-intelligence technology, broad access to one of the world’s richest data sources — billions of people expressing their interests, wants and worries about every imaginable topic.


Google Must Pay Woman For Showing Her Cleavage in Street View

How DARE Google show a picture of a lady sitting on her porch, in plain view of the public, with her cleavage showing! I'm glad those misogynistic bastards had to pay up!

Google invaded the privacy of a Montreal woman by showing her sitting outside of her house with "part of her breast exposed," and must pay her compensation, a judge ruled this month. According to a 17-page decision, Maria Pia Grillo suffered shock and embarrassment when she looked up her house using Google Maps’ Street View feature in 2009 and discovered an image that shows her leaning forward and exposing cleavage.


Nation’s First "Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone" Created

You know, this is actually a pretty damn good idea when you think about it.

While the vast majority of purchases made via Craigslist go down without a problem, those don’t make the news; it’s the rare case of people getting scammed or attacked that earns the headlines. In an effort to reduce the chance of those sorts of incidents, one Pennsylvania community has created what it claims is the nation’s first Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone.


Corsair HX1000i Modular Power Supply

The Corsair HX1000i modular PSU is on the test bench at eTeknix this afternoon. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Corsair HX1000i that we have with us here today is the second largest wattage of the new HXi series of power supplies. The HXi series builds on the RM series platform in many ways. Channel Well Technology are the OEM producer of both series platforms and the HX1000i is an enhanced version of the RM platform as it features better efficiency, more sophisticated ripple suppression capabilities and extra bells and whistles such as digital monitoring and controls of the rail mode and fan speed.


James Cameron Thinks VR Is A "Yawn"

I actually thought James Cameron, of all people, would be a fan of virtual reality.

"There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly," he said "The question that always occurred to me is, when is it going to be mature, when is it going to be accepted by the public at large, when are people going to start authoring in VR and what will that be?" Cameron said.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Dragon Age Keep Open Demo @ Blue's News

Far Cry 4 Multiplayer Trailer @ Shacknews

Halo 2 Anniversary Cinematic Launch Trailer @ YouTube

Ubisoft Beats Q2 Projections @ Joystiq

TPB Co-Founder Found Guilty in Hacking Trial

It looks like Gottfrid Svartholm has been found guilty of hacking CSC, a company that works with the Danish government.

This morning the Court of Frederiksberg found both Gottfrid and his accomplice guilty of hacking-related offenses concerning CSC. Confidential information including police drivers’ license records, social security information plus criminal records were accessed unlawfully during 2012. Dismissing the remote control defense, Judge Ulla Otken said the hacking of CSC had been both "systematic and comprehensive."


PS4 Firmware Update Hit With Widespread Bug

I honestly don't know why Sony isn't in the masonry business because no one makes bricks like they do. big grin

However, the update has been tainted by widespread reports that putting the system into standby mode (now dubbed "Rest Mode") prevents the console from reawakening. Both of the consoles in our office encountered the same issue. Bugs with YouTube functionality have also been reported.


White House Unclassified Network Hacked

You'd think the White House would have better security than this. frown

Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: SilverStone GD10 HTPC Case @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet @ Overclockers Club

PC Specialist Vortex 440 System @ eTeknix

Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 @ PureOverclock

Video: MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G @ ocaholic

Police Use DNA From Toilet To Catch Burglary Suspect

This guy definitely deserves the Stupid Criminal of the Day award.

KOAT reports investigators tied Ramon Herrera to the September burglary using DNA left on a toilet. Police say the 33-year-old relieved himself while taking $250,000 worth of jewelry from a home while the owners were on vacation, but he didn't flush. Police say Herrera also took a Coke from the fridge, drank it and left the can along with his DNA.


People Trust The NSA More Than Google

I'm looking for the fine print that says "this study sponsored in part by the NSA."

Yet the results are rather consistent with a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll of last year. It revealed that the majority of Americans are perfectly accepting of the NSA tracking their phone records. In that survey, 45 percent even said they thought the NSA's intrusions should go further.


Microsoft Finishing Last Big Phase Of Layoffs

Microsoft has completed almost all of the 18,000 job cuts it announced earlier this year.

With another 3,000 positions cut today, Microsoft's protracted series of layoffs is now at an end, according to GeekWire. A few more jobs may still be cut in early 2015, but the largescale redundancies are over.


ASRock X99 WS Motherboard Review

For those of you interested, there is a review of the ASRock X99 WS motherboard posted today at ThinkComputers. You can see our recent evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Today we are checking out our first X99 workstation motherboard and it comes from ASRock. It is the ASRock X99 WS and it has all of the features you would want in a high-end motherboard like 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support, a powerful 12 phase power design, server-grade LAN chip support, support for ECC memory, 10 SATA ports, an Ultra M.2 slot and of course ASRock’s Super Alloy design.


YouTube Now Supports 60 FPS

After announcing support back in June, it looks as though YouTube has finally implemented support for 60 FPS video. You have to watch the video below in at least 720P to really appreciate what a difference 60FPS brings to the table.


Three Amazing GameWorks Moments You’ll See In Warface

Dynamic smoke. Realistic turbulence. Explosions that leave debris all over the place. It’s hard to imagine we used to have war games without these effects. But not any more. Warface has captivated gamers with its quick pace and intuitive controls. Now CryTek is enhancing its first-person shooter with key NVIDIA GameWorks features that simulate the grit and grime of combat. Thanks to NVIDIA GameWorks – our effort to help developers put the latest graphics technologies to work in their games – smoke, dust and other fluid dynamic effects will reach new levels of realism.


Microsoft and Intel Announce Collaboration at Open Compute EU Summit

Today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit, Microsoft announced the contribution of the 2nd generation Open CloudServer (OCSv2) specification to the OCP. Through a joint engineering collaboration with Intel, the companies have developed a board to go into OCSv2 that features a dual-processor design, built on Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, enabling 28 cores of compute power per blade. Systems based on the OCSv2 and Xeon E5v3 processors are designed to set a new high watermark for performance per watt per dollar. The OCSv2 spec if also designed to maximize performance per unit of data center TCO.


Wednesday October 29, 2014

Reddit Is Getting Into Crowdfunding

It looks like reddit is trying to get its share of the crowdfunding pie.

redditmade is a new place to turn the best designs and products by the community into reality. redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and support causes you care about. It’s also a great way for others to find awesome new products they’ll love and support other redditors while knowing their information and money will always be secure.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: Pivos XIOS XS @ MadShrimps

Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC @ PCPer

Motherboards: ASUS X99-A Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

PSU: Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Seagate 1200 SSD 400GB @ NikKTech

Silicon Power Armor A30 USB 3.0 @ HiTech Legion

Video: PowerColor R9 285 TurboDuo OC @ ocaholic

Why Microsoft Loves Linux

Is there a reason Microsoft shouldn't love Linux?

Nadella told Wired that he's not interested in fighting old battles — especially, when, like it or not, Linux has become a vital part of today's business technology. "If you don’t jump on the new," he said, you don’t survive."


Google Glass Officially Banned In Movie Theaters

Google Glass has been officially banned from movie theaters.

Wearing Google Glass at the movies never was cool to begin with, and now it’s official: You can’t use the smart eyewear inside theaters. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners on Wednesday said they were officially banning the use of Glass and other wearable recording devices in the cinema as part of an updated "anti-theft policy." The MPAA has said the movie industry loses billions of dollars a year due to piracy.


FBI Demands New Powers To Hack Into Computers

The only thing surprising about this move by the FBI is that it is actually seeking approval first. Don't these guys normally just do it and then argue the legality later? wink

The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world.


6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Driver Comparison

If you are an Ubuntu 14.10 user running a Radeon graphics card, make sure you check out this 6-way Radeon driver comparison over at Phoronix today.

As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10


Xbox 360 And Xbox One Built Into A Laptop Unit

Xbox One not backwards compatible? Do what this guy did and build a two-in-one laptop style console that has a Xbox 360 and a Xbox One built in. cool


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