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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2014Archive Listing

Monday September 29, 2014

Consumer Reports Tests iPhone 6 Bending Versus Other Phones

After conducting bend tests on a handful of phones, Consumer Reports found that even though the iPhone 6 was easier to bend than most phones tested, #Bendgate is overblown.


AMD Catalyst 14.9 Windows Drivers

It looks like the folks at AMD snuck the new AMD Catalyst 14.9 Windows drivers out while no one was looking. Grab them if you need them and then hit the comments link below and let everyone know if you see performance gains or have any issues.


Scythe Mugen Max CPU Cooler

If you are shopping for a new CPU cooler, the crew at Neoseeker sure had a lot of nice things to say about the Scythe Mugen Max they just reviewed.

Scythe introduced the first Mugen CPU cooler in 2006 and has been improving the series ever since. Designed for the enthusiast needing a little more cooling potential in a light-weight package capable of fitting into most computer cases without interfering with standard memory modules, the Mugen Max is easily a high performance cooler.


Latest Fad: Bending iPhones At The Apple Store

Just because the iPhone 6 bends easier than other phones, that doesn't mean you should start vandalizing phones in the Apple store for funsies.

Today’s example of kids being really freaking dumb comes courtesy of two teens who decided to put the rumors of the iPhone 6 Plus bending to the testóby going into an Apple store and breaking thousands of dollars worth of hardware.


Bill Gates Still The Richest Man In America

Bill Gates is still the richest man in America. Is it just me or do you think it is odd that sixty percent of the top ten richest people come from two families?

America's richest man, Bill Gates, is using his billions to effect major social change around the globe. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given away $30 billion since 2000, a fortune that on its own would be the 16th largest in America. Smallpox has disappeared, polio is nearly gone too, and the American education system has gotten an overhaul.


ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard

Vortez has a review of the ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard posted this afternoon. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The X99-Deluxe differentiates itself from the rest of the mainstream range in a few subtle but important ways. The first and most obvious is the inclusion of an on-board 802.11ac wireless module, antenna and Bluetooth support, a rarity in the mainstream outside of compact form factors which have few expansion slots. Dual-Gigabit LAN also makes an appearance, as do a couple more USB 3.0 ports.


Copyright Apocalypse: Trolls Attack the Net, From the Future

I've read this article twice now and I still have no idea how this is even possible.

Imagine an Internet in which every possible creative work uploaded results in a copyright claim - because it's already been created. That's the nightmare scenario being painted by a Russian company which says it has a plan to use copyright and trolling to free humans from ever having to create digital content again.


[H]ot Deals

Today's [H]ot Deals forum thread is packed full of exclusive deals just for [H] readers. The best part about these deals is that if you don't see anything you like, there are two site-wide coupons (10% off for Visa Checkout and $50 off purchases over $599). This sale won't last forever and is limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals while the getting is good.

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W SLI/ CrossFire Ready - $69.99

Microsoft Xbox One Console Without Kinect - $379.99

Thermaltake Core V1 Extreme Mini ITX - $44.99

Rosewill CAPSTONE-1000-M 1000W PSU - $76.99

LITE-ON USB 2.0 External DVD Drive - $11.99

PNY Optima SSD7SC480GOPT-RB SSD - $150.99

Corsair Force LS Series SSD - $44.99

NVIDIA Maxwell, GTX 980, GTX 970 Q&A; With Tom Petersen

The crew at PC Perspective held a little Q&A; with NVIDIA's Tom Peterson focusing on the recently launched Maxwell GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. If you haven't done so aready, you can see our Maxwell GTX 980 coverage here.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed Rogue PC Hint @ Blue's News

Destiny 'Loot Farm' On Venus @ Shacknews

Smash Bros. Glitch Is MASSIVE @ Joystiq

Xbox One Outsold PS4 In UK @ VG24/7

F.E.A.R. Online Launches On Steam October 17th

Aeria Games, a leading global publisher of free-to-play online games, today announced F.E.A.R. Online will launch on the Steam platform on October 17. The game will be available prior to the Steam release for open beta via the Aeria Games portal on October 8. Players can sign up now on the F.E.A.R. website.

Fans of the celebrated horror franchise will be able to engage in new, terrifying experiences within the F.E.A.R. universe. Following player feedback from the closed beta, an extensive redesign and gameplay adjustments make for a truly unique first-person shooter game. With the addition of new maps, a new scenario, and a redesigned crafting system which allows for making one-of-a-kind weapons, F.E.A.R. Online will deliver what fans have been asking for.



If you like factory overclocked video cards with a custom PCB and a custom cooling solution, make sure you read our evaluation of the MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

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The MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G video card is making the GeForce GTX 780 and AMD Radeon R9 290 obsolete. This $349 video card puts up a fight and punches in a win at this price. The overclock alone is somewhat staggering. If you are about to spend money on a GPU, don't miss this one.