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[H] Enthusiast Archives: November 2013Archive Listing


Friday November 29, 2013

BitFenix Prodigy M mATX Case

There is a review of the BitFenix Prodigy M mATX case over at Benchmark Reviews today that is certainly worth checking out today.

Using the frame of the original Prodigy, they reworked the internals to accommodate a micro ATX motherboard and all of the enthusiast configurations that go along with it. Even with its proven performance in ITX trim, can the Prodigy chassis keep up with mATX components?

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Linux Worm Targeting Hidden Devices

Now would probably be a good time to update your router and change that default password. wink

Symantec has discovered a new Linux worm that appears to be engineered to target the "Internet of things". The worm is capable of attacking a range of small, Internet-enabled devices in addition to traditional computers. Variants exist for chip architectures usually found in devices such as home routers, set-top boxes and security cameras. Although no attacks against these devices have been found in the wild, many users may not realize they are at risk, since they are unaware they own devices that run Linux.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Aerocool GT-S Black Edition @ techPowerUP!

Antec NSK4100 Mid-Tower Case @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Razer Kraken Forged Edition Headphones @ CPCR

Motherboards: ASRock Z87 Fatal1ty Killer @ Guru3D

Video: Gigabyte R9 270X WF OC @ MadShrimps

Inno3D GTX 770 / 780 iChill Accelero Hybrid @ Hardware.Info

Sony Disabling PSN Features For EU Launch

What is the best way to make sure your PS4 online experience is good? Just disable features on your network and hope that works. big grin

We want to make sure that your online experience is positive. To help ensure that this happens, we have made the decision to switch off a couple of features for European customers on day one. These features will then be switched back on a few days later, once the intensity of launch day calms down. The features we are temporarily disabling are:

  • What’s New Discover and engage with all of your friends’ PS4 related activity

  • Content Information Screen See friends’ activity and information specific to the title you are looking at

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Corsair Graphite 230T Case

Legit Reviews has just posted a review of the grey version of the Corsair Graphite 230T. You can see our evaluation of the orange version here.

Today we will be looking at the Corsair Graphite 230T Battleship Grey model, is exactly what is sound like; it has been painted grey. This model features a side panel window and is sold under part number CC-9011040-WW. It has advanced features such as tool-less installation, 2.5″ SSD compatibility, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, multiple cooling options and easy CPU cooler upgradability. All this is provided in a fairly standard size mid-tower that measures 19.8 x 7.9 x 17.3 inches while weighing close to 13lbs, and includes a 2 year warranty.

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Google's Privacy Policy Breaks Dutch Laws

When will people learn that Google feels that it is above the law and, if you don't like it, too bad. Seriously, when is the last time you read one of these stories that ended with Google saying "No problem, we will respect the laws of your state / country. Sorry about that!" Ummm, never.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has just ended a seven-month investigation into the search giant's practices and, similar to rulings in the UK and France, has deduced that Google isn't doing enough to inform users about the data it "collects and combines." The DPA accuses Google of spinning an "invisible web of our personal data without our consent" with its Search, Gmail and YouTube services, which it states in no uncertain terms "is forbidden by law."

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Battlefield 4 For $20 And Other Black Friday Deals

If you guys want to find the best Black Friday deals, you need to look no further than our [H]otDeals forum. Currently there are links to the PC version of Battlefield 4 for $20, one year of PlayStation Plus for $29.99, a 55" LG 1080P HDTV for $500, a 3TB desktop HDD for $90, a Dell 24" LED monitor for $100 and more.

SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO CPU Cooler

If you are in the market for a new A-I-O cooler, check out this review of the SilverStone Tundra TD02 at PureOverclock. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Since 2003 SilverStone has been bringing us unique and quality-built products like the TJ11 computer case, which is still being modded today, and exceptional air coolers. The SilverStone Tundra TD02 comes with 2 x 120mm PMW controlled fans that have a static pressure of 3.5mm/H20 and a max airflow of 92.5CFM. Will SilverStone’s first attempt at entering the AIO CPU cooling market be able to hang with the veterans?

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Court Orders Google, Microsoft & Yahoo to Make Pirate Sites Disappear

I'm not sure how the French courts think this is going to work. Enforcing this is going to be a nightmare. Pirate sites pop up like weeds, change domains in a blink of any eye and even move servers to other countries if need be. frown

While its common for search engines to receive DMCA takedown requests for specific URLs, events in France have taken things to a whole new level. In order to protect the copyrights of film producers, the High Court of Paris has concluded a 2011 case by ordering Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to completely de-list 16 video streaming sites from their search results.

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Antec KUHLER H2O 1250 Review

The folks at Vortez have published a review of the dual pump Antec KUHLER H2O 1250 today for those of you interested.

Antec’s new KUHLER H2O 1250 is a AIO featuring a 280mm radiator and dual 120mm cooling fans. Antec has turned the tables with 1250 by including two pumps, mounting to the cooling fans in a bid to maximise cooling potential. It doesn’t end there either, the water block has a handy RGB LED on the CPU block which can be adjusted via Antec GRID software.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Thursday November 28, 2013

[H]appy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving, the one day of the year we all acknowledge the many things we are thankful for. Whether it is your friends, family and loved ones or your overclocked gaming rig, today is the day to be thankful for those things. Here at [H]ard|OCP, we feel it is important for us to give thanks to you guys because, without you, none of this would be possible. So, from all of us here at the [H], have a Happy Thanksgiving! Go enjoy some food, family and football!