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Friday July 31, 2015

[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 AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4K video card review, followed by our Intel / Micron Live Reporting - 3D XPoint Memory article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Series.

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Team [H]ardOCP iRacing 24 Hours of Spa

Listen up guys! Team [H]ardOCP iRacing will be racing the 24 Hours of Spa tomorrow at 9am Eastern. The Twitch stream will be live HERE and there will be a play by play in this forum thread.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5775C @ CowcotLand

Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pink @ APH Networks

Logitech G29 Driving Force @ PC Perspective

Storage: Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB @ Technogog

Making The Jump To Windows 10

The crew at HotHardware has put together a guide to migrating to Windows 10. Definitely worth a look if you haven't made the jump yet.

The upgrade cycle begins, with Microsoft’s latest operating system--the highly anticipated Windows 10--rolling out over Windows Update for free, for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. For those that are ready to take the plunge over the weekend, there are some things to note. While this guide is by no means exhaustive, there are some useful reminders here as well as some potential pitfalls that may rear their ugly head during the upgrade process.


Car Versus Drones

This video would have been way better if it featured a car with some balls but the concept is kinda cool anyway.


Uranus-Sized Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

You couldn't come up with a better "Headline of the Day" if you tried.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star. The planet was discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing.


What You Sound Like To A Sysadmin

You don't even have to be a Sysadmin to appreciate this article. Hell, most of us hear this stuff just because we are the only tech savvy person among our family and friends.

"I think the firewall is blocking me."

I don't know what a firewall does but I like the word so I just threw it in there as a sort of garnish. You can probably rule out the firewall.


Firefox Mad At Microsoft Over Win 10 Default Browser Settings

Twice the number of mouse clicks has seriously pissed this guy off. big grin

We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost.


Building A Slinky Escalator

This guy has waaaay too much time on his hands. cool


Kim Dotcom Doesn't Trust Mega: 'Your Data Isn't Safe Anymore'

I know I shouldn't laugh at stuff like this, but watching these guys turn on each other is hilarious.

"As a result of this and a number of other confidential issues I don’t trust Mega anymore. I don’t think your data is safe on Mega anymore. But my non-compete clause is running out at the end of the year and I will create a Mega competitor that is completely open source and non-profit, similar to the Wikipedia model," Dotcom says. "I want to give everyone free, unlimited and encrypted cloud storage with the help of donations from the community to keep things going."


Gaming [H]eadlines

Endless Space 2 Announced @ Blue's News

Sony Posts Favourable Q1 Results @ VG24/7

SteamOS Weekend Deals @ Official Website

The Witcher 3 1.08 Patch Notes @ Shacknews

Google Loses Bid to Overturn Low-Cost Patent Licenses To Microsoft

Google originally asked for $4 billion. Courts only give them $1.8 million. Google appeals. In the process, Microsoft is awarded $14.5 million for breach of contract. Appeals court rules against Google. Considering we haven't even calculated attorney fees yest, Google probably should have just taken a pass on this one.

After a 2012 trial, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle said the appropriate royalty rate was $1.8 million, far less than Motorola’s demand for as much as $4 billion a year. A jury later found Motorola in breach of contract. Google appealed the verdict and the royalty rate to the 9th Circuit.


FCC Already Getting Thousands Of Net Neutrality Complaints

Of course they are. Did anyone think this was going to go smoothly? wink

Net Neutrality. The internet as a public utility. Hooray? The FCC is already receiving a lot of complaints from customers that are sick of data caps, slow speeds and possibly uncompetitive prices. According to the National Journal, a lot of the ire has been directed at a predictable list of offenders: AT&T, Comcast and Verizon -- a company that now owns AOL.


ASUS Announces The X99-M WS

Today ASUS announced the X99-M WS, bringing workstation features to a compact microATX motherboard that's perfect for powerful small-form-factor builds.  The X99-M WS combines the reliable performance and extensive validation required by professionals with the overclocking prowess and fine-grained control expected by power users.

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Based on the Intel X99 chipset, the X99-M WS is the first ASUS microATX motherboard that can run two dual-slot graphics cards at full PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 x16 speeds.  Two-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX configurations can tap into a staggering 32GB/s of bandwidth direct from the CPU, enabling peak performance for demanding graphics workloads. ASUS’ X99-M WS is priced at $279.99 and available at ASUS authorized resellers now.


Spain’s "Google tax" Has Been A Disaster For Publishers

We told you this would happen when Spain passed this law last year. frown

A study commissioned by Spanish publishers has found that a new intellectual property law passed in Spain last year, which charges news aggregators like Google for showing snippets and linking to news stories, has done substantial damage to the Spanish news industry.


Corsair Memory, PSUs, And CPU Coolers Pave The Way For Next Gen PC Processors

Corsair®, a leader in high-performance PC hardware, today announced the availability of a comprehensive product line-up supporting the upcoming 6th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors and motherboards based on the Intel® Z170 chipsets. All of Corsair’s current liquid CPU coolers and PC power supplies will be compatible with the new Intel desktop platform, along with a full line of validated DDR4 and DDR3L memory kits.

  • Corsair DDR4/DDR3L Memory:Corsair has long been a leader in high-performance PC memory, playing a decisive part in dozens of current overclocking world records. Now the company brings this expertise and experience to support Intel’s upcoming new enthusiast desktop platform, delivering higher clock frequencies, increased memory bandwidth and lower power usage with Dominator® Platinum and Vengeance® LPX DDR4, and Vengeance LP and Vengeance Pro DDR3L memory lines. All memory kits are extensively validated with leading motherboard manufacturers to ensure maximum compatibility and easy configuration and overclocking with XMP 2.0 profiles. All of the Corsair memory kits are supplied with a limited lifetime warranty.

  • Corsair Hydro Series Liquid CPU coolers: All of Corsair’s award-winning Hydro Series™ liquid CPU coolers support the new and improved the 6th Gen Intel Core processors, as well as AMD and previous generation Intel CPUs, with no additional modifications, brackets, shims or adapters. From the affordable and reliable Hydro Series H55, to the dual-fan powered cooling of the H110i GTX, all Corsair Hydro Series liquid coolers are ready to deliver superior cooling, enabling higher overclocking speeds and quieter operation.

  • Corsair PC Power Supplies: As the most awarded and recommended PC power supply brand in the world1, Corsair is proud to announce that all of the company’s current range of power supplies will be compatible with 6th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Z170 chipset based motherboards. With a wide range of efficiencies and features available, customers can select any PSU from the Corsair range, from the no-compromise 80 Plus Titanium AX1500i, to the affordable 80 Plus Bronze CX550 with the knowledge that their PSU is extensively tested for compatibility and ready to fuel the next generation of enthusiast PCs with stable, efficient power.



NVIDIA is voluntarily recalling SHIELD tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 because of battery fire concerns.

NVIDIA has announced a recall of its SHIELD tablets, sold between July 2014 and July 2015. NVIDIA has determined the battery in these tablets can overheat and pose a fire hazard. As part of this recall, NVIDIA will be replacing the tablet. NVIDIA is also asking consumers to stop using the recalled tablet, except as needed to participate in the recall and back up data.


14M Windows 10 Installs In 24 Hours

Free operating system or not, 14 million upgrade in 24 hours is pretty damn impressive. eek!

As we’ve shared, our top priority has been ensuring that everyone has a great upgrade experience, so, we are carefully rolling out Windows 10 in phases, delivering Windows 10 first to our Windows Insiders. While we now have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10, we still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade.


AMD Accuses NVIDIA's Gameworks Of Being 'Tragic' And 'Damaging'

The "tragic and damaging" headline sounds like fighting words...until you actually read the quote below.

"Nvidia Gameworks typically damages the performance on Nvidia hardware as well, which is a bit tragic really," he told PCR. "It certainly feels like it’s about reducing the performance, even on high-end graphics cards, so that people have to buy something new.


Intel Core i7 5775C Review

Another review of the Intel Core i7 5775C processor has hit the internet today. This time around it is the crew at Overclockers Club doing the reviewing.

That being said, Intel left some meat on the bone for the enthusiast when it came time to overclock the Core i7 5775C. A speed of 4.1GHz was not a problem for this core with nothing more than bumping the core clock multiplier to 41. Sweet and simple with nothing else needed.


Start Folding With The [H] Today!

This is your end of the week reminder that joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you prizes or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

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.

The Biggest eSports Event Ever! The International 2015 Dota 2 Championships

The tension builds up, we’re just days away from the biggest eSports event ever! The 5-day long event will be hosted from August 3rd to August 8th at the Key Arena in Seattle, USA. The tournament prize pool currently sits at $17,782,495 USD, making this the biggest prize pool ever in eSports history, breaking the previous record held by The International 2014 tournament which featured a $10,931,103 USD prize pool.

This year’s tournament has a similar format as the previous year, it features 16 teams with 8 teams in the winner’s bracket and 8 teams in the loser’s bracket. The first round of the event will be a best-of-one, and the later rounds will be double elimination bracket, best-of-three. It’s always fun to witness history, so don’t miss out and witness this with us! Be sure to check out The International 2015 streaming schedule so you can follow your favorite teams and players!


Intel Security Positioned As A Leader In The Gartner Magic Quadrant For SIEM

Intel Security today announced that leading research firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned the company in the leaders quadrant for its "Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management" (SIEM) as published on July 20, 20151. According to the report, "Organizations are failing at early breach detection, with more than 92% of breaches undetected by the breached organization. The situation can be improved with stronger threat intelligence, the addition of behavior profiling and better analytics." Additionally, the report highlights that "during 2014, the SIEM market grew from $1.5 billion to approximately $1.69 billion, achieving a growth rate of about 14%. The primary drivers that were in place at the start of 2014 remain in effect. Threat management is the primary driver, and compliance remains a secondary driver."


Thursday July 30, 2015

Random [H] Sighting

A big thanks goes out to long time forum member ZenMaster for today's Random [H] Sighting!

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Lian Li DK-01X Desk Case @ Hardware.Info

ETC.: Intel Core i7-5775C @ HotHardware

Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB @ NikKTech

Thermaltake LUXA2 GroovyA Wireless Speaker @ OCC

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX Gaming 6GB @ Vortez

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! @ ThinkComputers

Google Refuses French Order To Apply 'Right To Be Forgotten' Globally

Google says it believes no one country should have the authority to control what content someone in a second country can access. Only Google has that right. wink

Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines.


Uber Is Recruiting Old People As Drivers

When this organization says it "helps people rediscover what truly matters," apparently that means becoming an Uber driver. wink

We are excited to announce a collaboration with Life Reimagined, a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of AARP, to offer millions of members the opportunity to earn income as a driver-partner with Uber in a way that is flexible, convenient, and highly adaptable to their lifestyle.


FBI Understaffed To Tackle Cyber Threats

Well this is comforting to know. frown

The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats.


OnStar Hack Remotely Starts GM Cars

Not wanting to be upstaged by Chrysler, GM has announced that its cars are hackable too. Wow, the competition in the auto industry really is fierce. big grin

Simply place the box somewhere in an OnStar-connected car and wait for the driver to start up the RemoteLink app within range of the vehicle. The driver's smartphone should automatically connect to OwnStar's network and, voila, the hacker now has all of the car owner's information (email, home address, final four digits on a credit card plus expiration date), and control of the car.


RIAA Accuses CNET Of Hosting ‘Pirate’ Software

The RIAA accusing CBS of aiding piracy? This should be interesting. Pass the popcorn please. wink

Several prominent music groups including the RIAA, A2IM and ASCAP have accused CNET of hosting infringing apps on Download.com. In a letter sent to the CEO of parent company CBS, the groups urge the company to reconsider whether it's wise to offer "ripping" software.


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