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Hardware 14 - On the Case

Posted on 24th Aug 2010 at 10:15 by Podcast with 12 comments

Podcast
Clive, Harry, Antony and Paul discuss all those lovely (and fugly) cases we're seeing lately, plus a dead-cert sales pitch to Steve Jobs and why SandForce is so fast (hint: magic). Tune in for another trickle of our collected wisdom hidden among roughly 45 minutes of blather.

In case you're wondering, the latest copy of Custom PC is on sale now, and it features a huge Case Labs. You'll have have seen some of the results of this test on bit-tech already, but here we go over which are our favourites. The gang also talk about USB 3 headers, and why we'll see more USB 3 devices soon.

Harry also tries to explain why SandForce is so fast, and why we're suddenly seeing larger drives that cost the same as smaller ones. The problem is over-over-provisioning, but that's rather a long story, so you'll have to listen in.

Intel's Sandy Bridge is up for discussion too, with none of the panel realising that talking about a Sandy Bridge somehow sounds a bit rude...Sandy Bridge? Suits you, Sir.

Anyway, it seems LGA1156 is a bit of sitting duck, as the Sandy Bridge CPU lineup looks rather tasty.

Something that won't become obsolete any time soon though is EVGA's Classified SR-2, the humongous dual-socket motherboard that allows you to overclock Xeon CPUs. We discuss two cheap X58 boards, Gigabyte's GA-X58A-UD3R and Asus' P6X58D-E. They're both excellent and cost the same, so which is the best?

As ever, we've made sue to diss the GeForce GTX 465, and there's a special prize to win courtesy of Gigabyte. Oooo!

Use the links below to listen to the podcast, which was recorded on Shure microphones, was supported by SteelSeries and features music by Brad Sucks. Enjoy!

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Canon 24th August 2010, 12:11 Quote
Thanks, easy listen as always. Sorry to say I don't think Harry's pleading for a free case is going to draw out any results *_*
Ph4ZeD 24th August 2010, 12:59 Quote
Good podcast and a fun listen. Just a quick question - has the Corsair 800D completely passed Bit Tech / CustomPC by? It's never been reviewed and when you were discussing water-cooling cases, it didn't get a mention.
Bloody_Pete 24th August 2010, 14:50 Quote
I love it, the highlight of my month :) I just wish you did them more often...

And Harry didn't sing in this one...

And why the empty 4 minutes on the end?
Baz 24th August 2010, 15:09 Quote
More singing you say? I'll do requests.
Lizard 24th August 2010, 16:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
Good podcast and a fun listen. Just a quick question - has the Corsair 800D completely passed Bit Tech / CustomPC by? It's never been reviewed and when you were discussing water-cooling cases, it didn't get a mention.

It's not passed us by, we did a preview on the very first sample in the UK ages back on bit-tech, but Corsair was so displeased with what we wrote it had a hissy fit and refused to send one in for review when the retail version of the case went into production.
Ph4ZeD 24th August 2010, 19:19 Quote
Thats a shame. Corsair seem to be a bit sensitive? I remember they wouldn't participate in a PSU group test because of some dispute over testing methods?
WildThing 24th August 2010, 20:09 Quote
Another great podcast! I thoroughly enjoy listening to Harry's SSD lectures, I just can't get enough of learning about SSD's .
l3v1ck 24th August 2010, 21:12 Quote
You guys have great timing. Just in time for my flight tomorrow.
deathtaker27 24th August 2010, 21:45 Quote
wow, corsair need a kick up the backside in all honesty
Glix 24th August 2010, 23:45 Quote
"As ever, we've made sue to diss the GeForce GTX 465, and there's a special prize to win courtesy of Gigabyte. Oooo!"

rrrrrrrrrrrr :D
Yush this i'm going to listen to whilst in the showa :D
l3v1ck 25th August 2010, 12:03 Quote
With all the talk about USB3, I've got a question for you:
Can you upgrade a laptop to USB3? ie with an Express card?
If we get larger and more power hungry 2.5" external drives in the future, they may well need the added power supply from USB3 to work, even if they can use the USB2 data bus to transfet data.
Is such an upgarde possible, or would a USB3 card not provide the same power as a built in USB3 port?
Claave 25th August 2010, 12:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
With all the talk about USB3, I've got a question for you:
Can you upgrade a laptop to USB3? ie with an Express card?
If we get larger and more power hungry 2.5" external drives in the future, they may well need the added power supply from USB3 to work, even if they can use the USB2 data bus to transfet data.
Is such an upgarde possible, or would a USB3 card not provide the same power as a built in USB3 port?

yes you can - USB 3 ExpressCards have been out for a while. Not sure about power, but Google can tell you!
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