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[H] Enthusiast Archives: July 2013Archive Listing

Wednesday July 31, 2013

U.K. Banning Google Glass While Driving

It looks like the U.K. will have a few less Glassholes on the road. big grin All jokes aside, it probably is a good idea not to wear these while driving.

The Department for Transport has acted before the invention goes on general sale amid fears that users could be distracted. A spokesman said: "It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Alpenfoehn Brocken 2 Cooler @ Technic3D

ETC.: CM Storm QuickFire XT @ Techgage

CM Havoc Gaming Laser Mouse @ FunkyKit

Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset @ Modders-Inc

Google Nexus 7 2nd Gen @ Legit Reviews

PSU: Sentey SDP850-SS Power Supply @ Hardware Secrets

Video: HIS Radeon HD7850 4GB / CrossFire @

Xbox One Reputation: No More Cheats or Jerks

Micheal Dunn, Program Manager on Xbox Live explains the new reputation system for the Xbox One. Looks like a bunch of people might be stuck playing with themselves. big grin

With the new community-powered reputation model for Xbox One, we want to help you avoid the players you don’t want to play with. If you don’t want to play with cheats or jerks, you shouldn’t have to. Our new reputation model helps expose people that aren’t fun to be around and creates real consequences for trouble-makers that harass our good players.


[H]ot Deals

Today's [H]ot Deals forum thread is full of exclusive deals just for [H] readers. The best part is, some of these deals even come with free shipping! 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 while the getting is good.

Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU cooler, Refurbished= $29.99 + Free Shipping

D-Link Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router, Wireless N600 = $49.99

NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case = $29.99

Pirate Bay Fails To Raise Money For Party

I know this is going to come as a shock to most people but relying on freeloading pirates for the money to throw a party is a remarkably bad idea. Whodathunkit? roll eyes (sarcastic)

During the second week of July the Swedish Pirates began a crowd-funding drive for people to contribute towards tickets, but a week later just 30 people had chipped in around 38,730 Swedish kronor, less than 10% of the 450,000 kronor ($69,293) goal. Realizing that the 450K goal was too ambitious, the organizers reduced it dramatically. At the time of writing it sits at 200,000 kronor ($30,798) but even that amount is proving problematic.


Twitter Copyright Takedowns Up 76%

Who knew Twitter was such a hot bed copyright infringement?

First published on July 2, 2012, our bi-annual Twitter Transparency Report highlights trends in government requests we've received for account information, goverment requests we've received for content removal, and copyright notices (both takedown notices and counter notices) we've received. The report also provides insight into whether or not we take action on these requests.


PowerColor HD 7870 Devil 2GB

There is another review of the PowerColor HD 7870 Devil 2GB on the internet today. This time around it is the folks at techPowerUP! doing the reviewing.

The PowerColor HD 7870 Devil is a highly overclocked custom design that comes with a triple fan cooler and software voltage control. Priced at $240, it sits right in the sweet-spot segment of cards that provide a decent gaming performance without breaking the bank.


Facebook Introduces Embedded Posts

Ugh, do we really need Facebook embedded posts?

Today, we're introducing Embedded Posts, a social plugin that lets you easily add public posts from Facebook to your blog or web site. Embedded Posts are a way to put public posts - by a Page or a person on Facebook - into the content of your web site or web page. The Embedded Post will show any media attached to it, as well as the number of likes, shares, and comments that the post has. Embedding posts will let people using your web site see the same rich information that is shown on, and they will enable people to follow or like content authors or Pages directly from the embed.


ASUS Maximus VI Formula

It looks as though ocaholic is rather pleased with the ASUS Maximus VI Formula motherboard they just reviewed. Here's a quote to get you started:

With the Maximus VI Formula, ASUS actually surprised us. We really didn't expect to see an "Armor", like you get it with the Sabertooth boards, coming with an ROG board. The final product therefore has some very characteristic looks. Furthermore you get an armada of features, which should make this board appealing to overclockers, modder, enthusiasts as well obviously as gamers.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Batman: Arkham Origins Multiplayer Details @ Blue's News

Guacamelee: Gold Edition Coming to PC @ Shacknews

Lost Planet 3 Video Preview @ Joystiq

Wii U Sales Are Really, Really Bad @ Kotaku

New GeForce 326.41 Beta Drivers

For those of you that like to live on the wild side, there are brand new New GeForce 326.41 beta drivers out now for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and the 8.1 preview. According to NVIDIA, the beta driver features the following:

This driver enables GeForce to SHIELD streaming and is also a recommended driver update for the Windows 8.1 Preview. GeForce R326 drivers also provide performance increases for a variety of different games. New in GeForce R326 Drivers: Performance Boost Increases performance by up to 19% for GeForce 400/500/600/700 series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 320.49 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration. Here is one example of measured gains:

GeForce GTX 770:

  • Up to 15% in Dirt: Showdown

  • Up to 6% in Tomb Raider

GeForce GTX 770 SLI:

  • Up to 19% in Dirt: Showdown

  • Up to 11% in F1 2012

SLI Technology

  • Added SLI profile for Spinter Cell: Blacklist

  • Added SLI profile for Batman: Arkham Origins


  • Enables GeForce to SHIELD streaming.

4K Displays

  • Adds support for additional tiled 4K displays

  • Extended support for tiled 4K features

Additional Details

  • Installs new PhysX System Software 9.13.0604.

  • Installs HD Audio v1.3.26.4

  • Supports OpenGL 4.3 for GeForce 400-series and later GPUs.

  • Supports DisplayPort 1.2 for GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs.

  • Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.

  • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel and AMD motherboards.


Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 Motherboard

Our evaluation of the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 motherboard is now online for your viewing pleasure. If you are contemplating an upgrade to the Haswell platform, read this review before you do.

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The motherboard we are checking out today is the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H which is on the lower end of the pricing spectrum but offers a solid feature set and looks to have all the ingredients of a winner. This motherboard is still very much focused on the enthusiast and overclocking crowd offering a very solid list of overclocking features.