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  1. pccg still has the 3770k listed as in stock Thanks! I hope it is store stock and not "supplier" stock, which some stores seem to do, to take orders in and then you wait...
  2. Can't find any stock of the 3770K... when are they coming in?
  3. The product has been launched (hooray Intel), but where the bloody h*ll can we find it to purchase? Intel has screwed up with this paper launch, preview before NDA's, rogue benchmarks, high temps, immature ES samples, the list goes on...
  4. Nice guide for starters, but a little outdated on the front of GDDR. Modern graphics cards use a form of "safety net", where, if you overclock your memory too far, instead of getting those white pixels, or noise on the images, the speed automatically (and transparently to the user) falls back to a generic number, or constantly cuts off (like the REV limiter in your car). The outcome is that you never see any signs of failure on your screen, rather only a point, after which, the performance starts dropping instead of increasing. This is the critical question: What is the fastest way of determining what that point is, without having to run a benchmark every time you change your memory clocks?
  5. Not much, but seriously, I can afford it, so I don't mind. The card is very economic and the whole system (CPU+GPU) running almost full blast consumes about 250W. I do not expect everyone to be in the same position as me, but for people who want to fold, AMD has certainly contributed positively. Also, folding is kind of like a hobby if you like. Like those people who spent thousands of dollars to "pimp" up their car (although it usually ends up looking ridiculous!) for apparent reason other than to satisfy themselves or show off; not to mention those who pimp their PCs! ;)
  6. Ever since the new HD7xxx series came out, with the new GCN, I could not find out what their performance would be like at F@H (Folding at Home). NVIDIA's architecture has always been better, and the software development did not do AMD/ATI any favours... Since I bought my new Sapphire HD7870 the other day, I decided yesterday to put it under test and see what sort of performance I would get out of it... With my previous HD4850 I was getting something in the range of 1800ppd's if I remember correctly (on average). - The equivalent NVIDIA cards at the time would get at least 4x times the performance. I am glad to announce that currently I am getting about 7500ppd's on average!! (Client 7.1.52, AMD Catalyst 12.3) The new technology seems to be paying off and although it is playing catch up with NVIDIA, I am finally putting my PC to good cause at nights! Good job AMD!
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    Games that work/don't work on Windows 7

    I couldn't be bothered trying to install it again... I am not willing to risk my PC to this *%^*^$ DRM software... no matter how good the game is. Can't be even bothered installing it on a Virtual machine. I have shelved the game and probably sell it, or burn it or something... I am not installing this piece of cr@p. :)
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    Been screwed by bad DRM?

    Bought Cold War for PC and nowhere on the package does it even mention any form of copy protection. After going home and opening the box, going through the manual quickly (yes some of us still do that) I read about StarForce being used... I though well, wth, I have already opened the package so I might as well try to install the darn thing. Yes, the box does not mention anything about Windows 7 compatibility (never mind 64-bit!) it supports 98/ME/WinXP and 2000, but I though, well the worst thing that can happen, is that it will not install, or will not run at all. During the installation some weird popup boxes came up on the screen saying something about wrong/incompatible version of StarForce, with no other options (to cancel or abort or something similar) other than to proceed. So I proceeded... the game said it installed correctly, but it would need to restart the system. So I clicked on restart and... my PC never booted again. It went up to the W7 startup logo and then crashed with a message "New hardware device not found"... The W7 disc repair option did not work, although the disc did find some problems with my W7 partition, but it could not repair it. Thankfully I had backups to come back to, but the whole thing took me about 2 hours, not to mention the frustration and foul language towards the gaming company (they chose to use that DRM and nowhere on the box was it mentioned) and the DRM company themselves. Seriously, can't blame people that play pirated games... I can see my friends playing with no problems, or not even needing a live Internet connection! I paid money to be screwed up AND not being able to play the game... once again, trying to do the right thing, comes back and bites you up the @$$.
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    Games that work/don't work on Windows 7

    Cold War for PC (StarForce) does not work... AND it killed my W7 (x64) installation... had to rebuild with a backup (thank God for that!)
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    Typos, Spelling, Graphs and other...

    Assuming the planets align and all goes to plan, the method of foolproofing the magazine (or sub-editing/subbing) goes as follows: -Author writes the body copy for the review/feature in Word, which as you mention highlights some basic typographical errors. It's not so good at grammar. -Which is where a real person steps in; the raw text is looked at by the sub-editor (in this case me, in my absence DH does it). I much prefer to make changes to the text while it's in this state. Most of the time it involves removing double-spaces, fixing sentence structure, and making sure the piece flows logically - sometimes an author can bounce around a little and make for hard reading. Most times a title and standfirst is needed, which will usually be written by me if not supplied. -The file, and any accompanying excel files for graph/table data, is passed on to David West, the designer. He lays the page out using Indesign, and creates the visual style of the mag. He'll do the subheadings within each article, images, all that jazz. -The file is passed to me again, where I fix the visual style of the text (removing giant blank spaces, reworking to fit the page better). I also apply italics and bold to the appropriate areas. I check images on the page and any captions to make sure they're correct, check the page numbers, the issue number, and that everything is where it should be. -The file is moved on to David Hollingworth, where he repeats the process in the last step above. -The file goes back to David West, who double-checks all the changes we've made. -The file is converted to the correct format to send to the printers -The file is converted again to the Zinio format for the digital edition In your JG/VC example, it's possible that one review was written before the other and simply wasn't updated; the scores should reflect the performance as you explain, but oftentimes it's not noticed (we are only human, after all). As for my error I don't recall that specific review, but in that instance I rely on others to notice things like that. I'm not sure which review you're referencing, as all I can find for #113 is this review. In which case, it does look like I've interpreted the results incorrectly. So I apologise for that. In 95% of reviews the author is the one who tested the hardware; benchmark data is only given to another author for rare occasions where the tester is unable to complete the review (sickness, trips overseas, etc). I hope that gives you some answers, feel free to ask more if you're still curious. Thanks for the detailed explanation! Sorry for my late reply, I was away and returned recently. Thanks again!
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    Typos, Spelling, Graphs and other...

    Oh, but I am not complaining as to "why" there are errors, I am just curious as to the method of foolproofing a magazine before it goes to print. For example if you mistype something in a Word document, it underlines it in red colour. Isn't there something similar happening with a magazine? I am asking because I would like to learn out of curiosity and not bashing out anyone :) Yes, I mean printed material from vendors. Thanks for the clarification! Regarding the references, I am sorry if I was quite vague, but I was mentioning the same issue, but different lines: Issue 124, page 37, HD6990 review - Quotes from JG "It beats the GeForce GTX590 hands down, ... blah blah" "Performance 98% - Simply the fastest graphics card around" Issue 124, page 38, GTX590 review - Quotes from VC "Performance 98% - Neck and neck with AMD's finest" In the first instance JG comes to the conclusion that the 6990 is the faster of the two clearly... then on the next page we read they have similar performance... Issue 113, page 41, GXT470 review - Quote from JR at the end "Performance in games is pretty solid, performing faster than the 5850 across every benchmark result - though it's beaten by the 5870" "Performance 89% - It competes against the 5850 and wins.", if you look at the benchmarks though right below those comments , they almost ALL show the 5850 to be ahead, and in some, by a big margin!! Confusion, confusion, confusion... (for me, the reader) This is the sort of mishappenings that I am talking about. It seems that the person that writes the article is not the same that does the benchmarks? And finally, yes I have been wrong in the past and I will in the future for sure, but in this case I believe I have a case? Anyway, enough with my "observations" and on with trying to find a cure for Bulldozer (sigh....)
  12. I love your magazine (or should i say MY magazine!?), but the last few months I have noticed a lot of spelling errors, typos, even graphs that are completely wrong (eg. a bar graph of 10 is longer than one of 30???) which has made me throw a lot of caution in the wind when I read benchmarks from now on. Anyway, just out of curiosity, this is a magazine, not a forum entry, so I would assume the text goes through some sort of spell check before it goes to the print? Isn't this the case? I have found the same on some of the big corporate companies' advertising pages. Do they select the text that is going to be printed or do they just give it to you and then you print it out? Also, I have found some reviewers contradicting themselves in reviews, in products that are next to each other! Eg, on one page I remember the reviewer was testing a graphics card (the HD6990) closing the article saying that this is the fastest card on the planet, faster than the GTX580 and giving it a Performance score of 95% (can't remember the numbers now) and on the very next page the same person reviews the GTX580 and again closes the article by saying this is the fastest card available and giving it a Performance score of 98%!?? Despite some flaws, and ups and downs I love the magazine and community and keep up the good work guys! Last but not least: In the first pages when you review random Hardware... can you give some of the specs away instead of "The headphones are great and are nice and shiny silver colour..."??? Some frequency responses for example along with the pricing (which you usually include, ok) would be far more interesting and helpful.
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