Hardware 20 - What's with all the Kettle Leads?

Posted on 11th Mar 2011 at 16:10 by Podcast with 11 comments

After a brief hiatus, we've now returned with another hardware podcast, bringing Paul, James, Clive and Harry together to talk about the latest happenings in the hardware world.

First up on our list of topics is the AMD Radeon HD 6990. The card has firmly cemented itself at the top of the graphics card hierarchy, but how easy is it to live with such a card? We also discuss the unusual overclocking switch, which is a standard feature that also voids your warranty if you actually use it.

Next up on the agenda is Western Digital's takeover of Hitachi's hard drive division, as well as the fact that Sandy Bridge motherboards are finally back on the shelves. As well as this, we also discuss the plague of kettle leads that appears to be taking over our lab.

Finally, we comment on the news story we ran earlier in the week that detailed some purportedly leaked information about AMD's forthcoming processor line-up.

Hardware 20 - What's with all the Kettle Leads? Hardware 20 - asasas

As always, we've also set up our weekly competition. The lucky winner will be able to get their hands on a Mionix Propus 380 mousepad, which will provide the perfect tracking surface for whichever mouse you choose to use.

As ever, the bit-tech hardware podcast features music by Brad Sucks, and was recorded on Shure microphones. You can download the podcast directly, listen to it in your browser or subscribe through iTunes using the links below. Also, be sure to let us know your thoughts about the discussion in the forums.


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Podge4 11th March 2011, 16:15 Quote
cool, another podcast
bennyjh 11th March 2011, 16:37 Quote
what happened to last weeks gaming podcast?
Bindibadgi 11th March 2011, 16:44 Quote
Yay hardware podcast \o/ can listen on the train to work
B1GBUD 11th March 2011, 16:46 Quote
Kettle leads? With 13amp fuses? Now that's Rock & Roll!
Material 11th March 2011, 17:05 Quote
Originally Posted by bennyjh
what happened to last weeks gaming podcast?

An explanation for that is available here
CardJoe 11th March 2011, 17:25 Quote
Originally Posted by bennyjh
what happened to last weeks gaming podcast?

Paul. Paul happened.
NethLyn 11th March 2011, 18:47 Quote
Cool, will put it on the MP3 player and enjoy on the train tonight.
sb1991 12th March 2011, 20:34 Quote
Isn't llano based on the current (K10.5?) architecture rather than bulldozer?
Edit: should have listened to the whole thing first...
wiak 14th March 2011, 04:56 Quote
here is what i think the line up for amd in 2011
Phenom II Replacement > Bulldozer (cpu, no gpu)
Athlon II Replacement > Liano (cpu, onchip gpu)
Sempron /low power replacement > bobcat (cpu, onchip gpu)
Phil Rhodes 14th March 2011, 14:40 Quote
They're not kettle leads.

Kettle leads (strictly an IEC C15/C16) have a notch in the bottom and are fused at 13 amps.

Normal IEC mains leads (strictly an IEC C13/C14) don't have a notch and are fused at 5 amps.

Using an actual kettle lead on a PC will fit and work, but is a (minor) fire risk as it will not be properly fused. Please, can we stop promulgating this incorrect and (slightly) dangerous misinformation.
Cybertism 16th March 2011, 10:45 Quote
You lost me but then... SHARKS!

Sweet podcast, as always.
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