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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2010Archive Listing

Thursday September 30, 2010

Laptops Affected by NVIDIA Chip Settlement Listed

If you head on over to the NVIDIA GPU Litigation page, you will find a list of over fifty models of laptops affected by the company's faulty GPU settlement. For those of you that aren't sure if you are entitled to compensation, there is an interactive page that lets you check to see if your HP, Dell or Apple laptop is part of the settlement. Thanks to Tikiman2012 for the tip.

To determine whether your model is affected by this lawsuit, please select your Platform or Model from the drop down menu below. If you do not see your Platform on this drop down list, your product is not affected by this lawsuit.


[H]ardware Round-Up II


Asus Crosshair IV Formula 890FX Motherboard @ PCPer


Noctua NH-C12P SE14 CPU Cooler @ DreamWare Computers


MUKii USB3 External Enclosure @ Pro-Clockers

Thermaltake BlacX 5G HDD Dock @ OCIA

Schmidt Sees Computers Running Your Life for You

With as many times as this guy has been quoted in the media saying weird stuff like this, I’m starting to think he just makes this stuff up for publicity. Seriously...other than your stoner roommate in college, when was the last time someone said something like this to you?

"It's amazing to me that we let humans drive cars," he told the conference. He said it's "a bug that cars were invented before computers," and computers should do the driving so humans can sit back and do whatever they need to do while getting from one destination to another. Computers should "help us do the things we are not very good at."


HP Names New CEO and President

We should start a pool to see how long this one lasts. Maybe side bets on why he’ll quit and how much the severance package will be?

The Board of Directors of HP today announced the election of Léo Apotheker as Chief Executive Officer and President. Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, will also join HP’s Board of Directors. The Board also elected Ray Lane, Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as a new member of the Board and designated him as non-executive Chairman. Both elections are effective November 1.


Start Folding the Easy Way!!

Alright everybody, listen up! There is an easier way to start Folding for a cure with [H]ard|OCP (team #33) and we want all of you to at least give it a try. Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the new FAH GPU Tracker v2, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’d be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to nitrobass24 for the heads up.

So you want to start folding? Great! The problem most users face when just getting started is what clients to install. This can be confusing thanks to the variety of options available: CPU/unicore client, SMP client, GPU2 client, GPU3 client, tray clients, console clients, and VMs. Thankfully, there is a much easier option. FAH GPU Tracker V2 is an interface for running multiple clients and a stats tracking system. In my opinion, using the Tracker is the easiest way to start folding.

Google Offers JPEG Alternative for Faster Web

Google plans to announce an alternative to JPEG images today, it is a new format called WebP. I bet the P stands for porn. If it doesn' should.

Google plans to announce the new WebP graphics format today along with its research that indicates its use could cut image file sizes by 40 percent compared to today's dominant JPEG file format. That translates to faster file transfers and lower network burden if Google can convince people to adopt WebP.


iSuppli Trims Forecast for 2010 Semiconductor Sales

According to C|Net, research firm iSuppli has lowered its forecast for semiconductor sales in 2010.

"There has been a significant slowdown in the second half in consumer demand for some electronic devices, including PCs," Dale Ford, senior vice president at iSuppli, said in a statement. "Meanwhile, inventories have been building throughout the semiconductor supply chain. These factors will conspire to cause a small sequential decline in semiconductor revenue in the fourth quarter."


AMD Delaying Radeon HD 6000 Series?

DigiTimes, citing anonymous sources, claims AMD is delaying the launch of its HD 6000 series cards until November. While AMD did not comment on the rumor, other industry sources say the new GPUs are still on track for the second week in October. I guess we'll know soon enough, now won't we?

AMD has recently postponed the launch schedule of its next-generation Radeon HD 6000 series GPUs (Southern Islands) from the original October 12 to November, according to sources from graphics card makers.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Borderlands PC Patch @ Blue’s News

Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford Interviewed (audio) @ Major Nelson

Halo: Reach Legendary Edition Giveaway @ Kotaku

Red Dead Redemption 'Undead Nightmare' Trailer @ Joystiq

My "Quiet" Galaxy GeForce GTX 480 SLI Build

I really hate to use "silent but deadly" when referring to today's My "Quiet" Galaxy GeForce GTX 480 SLI Build article but the term it is very fitting. Read the full article to see what it took to get a significantly quieter, cooler running system.

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Incredibly enough, the system that NVIDIA had with it was not near as loud as the systems I had been testing and gaming. While playing through a game of Metro 2033 on NVIDIA's box it became clearly evident that the 480 cards had been quieted by something. I originally thought NVIDIA had new fans in its cards, but that was not the case.


Scholastic Study: Kids Want to Use E-Readers

A new study says that the majority of kids questioned were interested in using electronic reading devices and believed they would read more if they had an e-reader. Then again, what do kids know? The study says that kids also count texting and MySpace as "reading" too.

A study commissioned by Scholastic -- the publisher of the 'Goosebumps' and 'Harry Potter' series -- found that 57-percent of kids aged 9 to 17 were interested in reading on electronic devices. Their parents, however, believe that using electronic devices of any kind limits the amount of time they would actually read, do physical activity or hang out with their families.


Microsoft Security Essentials Celebrates First Birthday

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center has announced that Microsoft Security Essentials is celebrating its first birthday today. That in itself isn’t so interesting but a lot of the information and links to data reports are.

It’s been a busy year for Microsoft Security Essentials. As we observed right after the first week of release, Microsoft Security Essentials had already detected threats on over half a million computers. As Microsoft Security Essentials enters into its second year with over 31 million installations, 27 million of those computers have reported infections to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC).