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[H] Enthusiast Archives: December 2010Archive Listing


Friday December 31, 2010

Asus Crosshair IV Extreme

PC Perspective has posted a review of the Asus Crosshair IV Extreme motherboard. If you are looking to upgrade to an AMD platform, this review is definitely up your alley.

Asus makes a pretty mean board, and by using the Hydra controller it is allowing multi-GPU with NVIDIA cards on the AMD platform to continue. Eventually the older NVIDIA 980 and 750 SLI chipsets will go away, and when that happens then it is unlikely that NVIDIA will grant AMD a SLI license for their chipsets. Asus and MSI are both investing a lot into Hydra, and with an entity the size of Asus on board, we can expect to see much better driver support and improved performance over the next several months.

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[H] New Year's Resolutions

It is New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, time to make a New Year's resolution. We are all in different time zones and some of you will be partying sooner than others tonight and you might end up too drunk to make a resolution. So, to avoid missing the opportunity to make one of the biggest commitments of the year (that will be broken in a matter of days), let's all take a minute now to share our resolutions.

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling

Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus @ Hardwareoverclock

ETC.

Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 @ RWLabs

Razer Naga Molten SE MMO Gaming Mouse @ Hardware Heaven

Thermaltake TT ESports Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard @ Tweaknews

Memory/ Storage

Silicon Power Xpower 4GB Kit @ TechwareLabs

PC Perspective Podcast #136

For those of you that like a little hardware news on the go (iTunes or downloadable MP3) or you are just too damn lazy to read, I recommend you try out PC Perspective's weekly podcast. This week the crew talks about what to expect from desktop graphics in 2011, Intel's m-SATA form factor SSDs, weekly e-mail and more.

This week we talk about Drobo 3TB Drive support, the Asus Crosshair IV Extreme Motherboard, a new Intel SSD, Viewer questions, Hardware Picks and more!

Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die

This guest editorial on geek culture written by Patton Oswalt is rather entertaining.

Fast-forward to now: Boba Fett’s helmet emblazoned on sleeveless T-shirts worn by gym douches hefting dumbbells. The Lord of the Rings used to be ours and only ours simply because of the sheer goddamn thickness of the books. Twenty years later, the entire cast and crew would be trooping onstage at the Oscars to collect their statuettes, and replicas of the One Ring would be sold as bling.

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Self-Portrait Ski Mask

While not very handy if you are robbing a bank, the self-portrait ski mask is all kinds of cool for everyday winter weather.

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MSI Big Bang XPower X58 Motherboard

There is a review of the MSI Big Bang XPower X58 motherboard posted at ocaholic today worth checking out. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The Big Bang XPower is MSIs recent flagship model regarding the socket 1366. Especially overclockers as well as PC-enthusiasts should be able to enjoy this thing. Therefore, not only its looks are amazing hopefully the performance is on a high level too.

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Former Guns N' Roses Band Member To Fight Spam

Hold on, is Duff McKagan saying he's going to fight spam for everyone or just himself? If he does it for everyone, it would be cool...if he wore a cape. big grin

Former GUNS N' ROSES star DUFF MCKAGAN has made a New Year's resolution to fight back against junk mail, spam and sales calls in 2011. The rocker admits that although he has "never been real big" on making an annual to-do list, he has decided to spent the next 12 months battling the "plague" that has beset his email inbox.

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Facebook Scare Tactics Knocked by Security Pro

You know that phishy-scammy e-mail you've been getting claiming your Facebook account settings are "very-low" and you should click this link to update your personal information? It really is from Facebook.roll eyes (sarcastic)

Facebook has been contacting its members for several weeks now with its "very low" security protection warnings. In the alerts, the company includes a link. Click the link and you're taken to a page that requests additional personal information about you. Sound familiar? This is exactly the tactic used by Internet highwaymen to steal sensitive information from unwitting web users and plant malicious software on their computers.

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The Case to Get - Silverstone Raven 2

I have built two personal systems lately using the Raven 2 chassis from Silverstone. You can check out my first build here. I really love these chassis. The airflow from bottom to top is great and the air filtering is second to none in its price range. This is usually a $200 box, but Amazon has these on sale today for $139 after $20 MIR. A good deal without the rebate, a great deal with the rebate. jbz7890 get the credit for the find in the Hot Deals forum.

Clean Up Your Damn Computer!

We've posted pictures of dirty computers before but what makes the pictures below so embarrassing is that this computer is in MY house:

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This computer belongs to my son and, to put it lightly, he had been neglecting his cleaning duties. So last night, we tore his system completely down and then I let him rebuild it himself. He did a few upgrades in the process and everything came out pretty good for a teenager...it even booted on the first try.

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How the World Searched in 2010

What did people search for in 2010? You probably don't want to know. There were a few unintentionally funny results like Northwest Airlines making the "fastest falling" list and unemployment ending up on the "fastest rising" list.

From new bills in Washington D.C. to new heroes in the World Cup, Olympics and beyond, there was no shortage of events to captivate our attention. We hope you enjoy this look back to what was on the minds of Americans throughout 2010.

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