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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2014Archive Listing


Thursday January 30, 2014

[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: CRYORIG R1 Ultimate @ Vortez

EK Waterblocks R280X Matrix Edition @ MadShrimps

nPowerTek NPH-1366-140HC Heatsink @ FrostyTech

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #285 @ PCPer

Video: Gigabyte R9 290X WindForce OC 4GB @ eTeknix

ZOTAC GTX 780 AMP! Edition @ Hardware-Mag

Amazon Might Raise Prime By Up To $40?

Holy cow, a $40 price hike? Then again, considering the sheer amount of stuff I order from Amazon every year, Prime would still be a bargain for me.

CFO Tom Szkutak said growing transportation costs may cause the online retail giant to add between $20 to $40 to the subscription fee. Prime -- which offers free, two-day shipping on certain items and access to Amazon's Prime Instant Video library and Kindle lending library -- currently costs $79 a year. He said the subscription service, has become very popular in the last nine years. Prime shipments have grown from 1 million to 19 million units, according to Szkutak.

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Microsoft Offering $100 Store Credit For PS3

Microsoft is offering $100 store credit for used PS3, Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E consoles? I'm not sure this is a good deal, you can get way more for a PS3, Xbox 360 in our forums or on Craigslist. Hell, PS3 owners could just buy a PS4 and keep their old console and save the same amount of money. confused

For a limited time, bring in your PS3, Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E and receive $100 of Microsoft retail store credit. Trade up and get your hands on the new Xbox One. Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. Welcome to the all-in-one, Xbox One.

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More Card-Stealing Malware Found

Just when you thought it might be safe to use your credit card in stores again, this pops up.

The actual bot code is called ChewBacca and was described in detail recently by Kaspersky Lab. As Kaspersky explains, ChewBacca communicates with it's C&C; (Command and Control) server over the Tor network, obscuring the IP addresses of parties. According to RSA, this particular botnet has been collecting track 1 and 2 data of payment cards since October 25.

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How Not To Complain To A Developer

This guy has a few tips on how not to complain to a developer. Is he onto something or just on something? cool

They claim that without the fans, we are nothing. I've often said the same thing at developer conventions around the world, but there's a difference between saying that to emphasize our thankfulness for and dependance upon people who love our games and literally implying we are not worth anything beyond the opinion of somebody on the internet who happened to play a game we made.

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Facebook Hits Puberty

The award for headline of the day goes to Businessweek.

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t usually observe sentimental anniversaries. This year he’s confronted by three of them. On Feb. 4, Facebook (FB), the company he co-founded in a Harvard University dorm, turns 10 years old.

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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Motherboard

Modders Inc. just published a review of the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H motherboard this afternoon. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Recently Gigabyte had released their GA-Z87X-UD4H motherboard. This board is built around Intel’s Z87 chip for Socket 1150 based processors. The GA-Z87X-UD4H is based on Gigabytes Ultra Durable 5 technology, which through various features and technology helps ensure that this motherboard will stand the test of time and some users and be a viable piece of hardware in the PC for a long time to come.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

DayZ Typical Lifespan @ Steam Community

PC Lococycle Next Month @ Blue's News

The Wolf Among Us Episode 2 Trailer @ Joystiq

Warlock 2: The Exiled Preview @ Shacknews

ASRock Z87 KILLER FATAL1TY Motherboard

If you are in the market for a new motherboard, make sure you take a moment today to read our evaluation of the ASRock Z87 KILLER FATAL1TY. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.

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If you’re a long time reader of HardOCP then you probably know we are not huge fans of ASRock as a brand overall. Recently we purchased a new motherboard to spend some time with the ASRock Z87 KILLER FATAL1TY, and as a result our opinions are changing. Is that change for the better or for worse?

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The Open Source Rookies of the Year Awards

The sixth annual Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year awards have been handed out. Unfortunately, the linked article is a slide show. frown

Projects considered as candidates include those with a first commit date on or after Jan 1, 2013. Using project data tracked on Black Duck's Ohloh community site, a weighted ranking is applied based on the total number of commits, commiters, distribution of commits across committers, watchers/forks/stars, and social media traffic.

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Microsoft CEO Could Be Named Next Week

Rumors...schmoomers...I think Microsoft's next CEO should be Bill Gates, at least until they can find a decent replacement. smile

Yes, that rumor has been a running gag after current boss Steve Ballmer announced his impending retirement last year. But now a story published Thursday by Recode points to a possible finale to the saga. Citing "sources close to Microsoft," Recode's Kara Swisher says that the board could name its candidate as soon as next week with the nod going to Microsoft's own Satya Nadella.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Phanteks Enthoo Primo @ XtremeHardware

Cooling: Corsair H105 A-I-O CPU Cooler @ Guru3D

ETC.: Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 Router @ Technic3D

Corsair Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Headset @ MadShrimps

PSU: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W @ eTeknix

Storage: Thecus N2310 NAS @ Hardware.Info

Western Digital BlackČ Dual Drive @ CDRLabs