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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2014Archive Listing

Friday January 31, 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation Edition CrossFire review, followed by our evaluation of the IN WIN 904 premium PC case. Finally, we wrapped things up with our review of the ASRock Z87 KILLER FATAL1TY motherboard.

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I Need Your Old Computer Hardware!

For those of you that missed this post earlier this week, I need your old / unused computer hardware.

The last time we built computers to donate to school children, a LOT of you guys wanted to donate to the cause but, at that time, companies like Corsair, Western Digital, ASUS, Thermaltake, NVIDIA, AMD, Kingston, MSI, and XFX had already helped us reach our goal (in record time).

So, this time around, I want to give everyone the opportunity to help by donating their old computer hardware. I know that a lot of upgrades took place over the holidays and that means there is going to be a lot of "old" PC parts lying around collecting dust. Since the parts you and I consider "old" are 100x better than what most people are using now, I figured this would be a great way to put those "old" parts to good use! We are gathering up all the stuff we have around here too but we can use your old hardware too!

We plan on putting together as many computers as possible with all the parts that are donated so that we can give them to those folks that are truly in need. So, with that in mind, I can use every working motherboard, processor, graphics card, memory, hard drive, power supply and optical drive you have. I have plenty of cases here, I just need more hardware to fill em' up!

SHIPPING ADDRESS IS: Steven Lynch 284C E. Lake Mead PKWY #269 Henderson, NV 89015

If you have any questions, you can e-mail me HERE


OCZ Updates Product Warranty Page

If you own a recent OCZ SSD, your drive is probably covered. If you own and older Agility series drive, your warranty expires in January 2015. If you own any other non-SSD product, including power supplies and memory, your warranty is no longer valid.

OCZ Storage Solutions is unable to provide any warranty support for the following legacy and end of life "OCZ Technology" products that were discontinued over the past year or prior: solid state drives from the following families, Core, Apex, Solid, Solid 2, Solid 3, Colossus, IBIS, Enyo, Nocti, Synapse, Octane S2, Octane S3, Onyx, Petrol, and RevoDrive Hybrid. OCZ Storage Solutions is also unable to provide any warranty support for all discontinued non-SSD category products including DRAM memory, USB drives, Power Supplies, DIY notebooks and peripherals.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Akasa Newton NUC Case @ techPowerUP!

Silverstone PT13 and AR04 @ LanOC

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 Big Tower @ PureOverclock

Cooling: DeepCool Lucifer Cooler @ Technic3D

ETC.: Cooler Master QuickFire @ TechReport

Corsair Vengeance 1500 Headset @ Cowcotland

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

Build Stuff With LEGOs In Chrome

Here's an addicting little end-of-the-week time waster for you guys. You can make all kinds of stuff, here's my super artistic creation:

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Is Technology Making Us Autistic?

Is our technology making us autistic? Stupid? Yes. Autistic? No.

We even see it in how tech companies try to use "Big Data" to understand social behavior by customers and communities when empathy is pretty much all you need. It provides insights that data analysis won’t reveal. Lack of empathy towards others is a sign of autism.


Successful Kickstarter Campaign Hit By Game Piracy Claims

I'll bet the backers of this Kickstarter campaign didn't know they would be funding a legal defense fund. wink

A project to resurrect one of the most important home computers in history has been hit by copyright infringement claims. UK-based Elite Systems, who plan to resurrect the legendary ZX Spectrum as a Bluetooth attachment for iOS, Android and Windows devices, have already reached their Kickstarter goal. However, games developers are now stepping forward to say that Elite have been selling their games for years and have not paid a single penny.



Legit Reviews took GIGABYTE's Z87X-UD5 TH motherboard out for a spin today to see what it was made of. Here's a quote to get you started:

GIGABYTE recently sent out one of their latest boards for me to play with, the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH. The Z87X-UD5 TH is an Intel based motherboard with an Intel Z87 chipset at its heart. Having the Intel Z87 chipset at its core means that it supports the latest and greatest Intel 4th Generation Core i-series processor like the Core i7-4770K ‘Haswell’ CPU that I will be using for testing.


The WTF Gadget of the Day

I have no idea what the hell this isbut it looks overly complicated for what it does. I'll let you guys try to figure it out. wink


Woman Makes $9k Month Eating On Webcam

As much as I don't want to make a "tune in to watch her slurp noodles" joke, that's pretty much what is going on here. eek!

Park Seo-Yeon, 33, who goes by online handle "the Diva," said she starts her hours-long online meal each night at 8 p.m. and thousands of people log in to watch her devour her food, CNN reported Thursday. Park said she makes about $9,300 each month from generous fans who donate to keep her channel running.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Ouya 2.0 Now Available For $130 @ Joystiq

Remember Me Developer Bankrupt @ Blue's News

When Is A Console Worth Buying? @ Kotaku

Xbox Games With Gold For Feb. @ Shacknews

Asus R9 290X DirectCU II OC

The Asus R9 290X DirectCU II OC is on the review bench at Hexus today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Built like a rock, designed to look fast and typically made to run both cool and quiet, it's a cooler that over the years has proven itself time and time again. With all the attributes you'd want on a high-end card, the cooler is a seemingly perfect match for AMD's Radeon R9 290X - which as we know benefits from third-party cooling - and Asus has duly obliged with the R9 290X DirectCU II OC.