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Would you buy cooler-less graphics card?

Posted on 25th Sep 2009 at 11:15 by Antony Leather with 44 comments

Antony Leather
Lets face it, water cooling your PC can be expensive. One of the most wallet-shredding bits is when you get to the graphics card. Full cover copper blocks for some of the larger graphics cards can cost over £100, but I recently had an idea that I thought I'd throw out to you guys to see what you think.

Instead of buying an air cooled card or a hideously expensive pre-water cooled example, what if you could buy just
the PCB?

Let me explain my madness.

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Guess who's back in the project log forum?

Posted on 2nd May 2009 at 09:54 by Tim Smalley with 3 comments

Tim Smalley
G69T, the Italian stallion behind Dark Blade, one of my favourite projects of all time, is back with another worklog on the bit-tech forums after a two year break from modding.

In his latest project, titled DBRS Project, G69T plans to make a driving station with an integrated PC chassis. G69T describes it as "a very simple project," but we'll have to wait and see what his definition of simple is.

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Should We Change Our Game Reviews?

Posted on 25th Apr 2009 at 12:35 by Joe Martin with 54 comments

This is a blog post I’ve been thinking of writing for a long time, but I’ve chosen not to get around to it until now because it hasn’t really been very relevant.

There’s not been that many good PC games coming out lately that have required an in-depth look at graphics. Well, not from me anyway. A good thing about being part of Dennis Publishing is that delegation is nearly always an option.

The crux of this blog post rests on one question; how useful is the graphics coverage we give in PC game reviews at the moment?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about then, well I guess that gives me an answer right there. You see, before I joined bit-tech the site had a policy of doing very in-depth graphic analysis for each and every PC game review that came along and console games were mainly ignored. Tim, Richard and co. would even graphically analyse new patches for games and game reviews would focus heavily on graphics.

Should We Change Our Game Reviews?

As far as I’m aware that started to change when my predecessor Ryan joined bit-tech. Console games started to get a bit more attention and the graphics coverage of specific games became less quantitative and more comparative – like in this Darkstar One review.

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A brief site and forum update

Posted on 23rd Apr 2009 at 13:58 by Tim Smalley with 9 comments

Tim Smalley
I'm sure many of you have noticed that there are now a couple of new forum sections in the forums for Custom PC, our sister magazine.

The editorial teams on bit-tech and Custom PC have been working close together for a few months now and we have been working hard to not only continue making bit-tech the leading destination online, but to also create the best print magazine for hardware and technology enthusiasts, modders and gamers with Custom PC.

Custom PC also has a website associated to the magazine, but it makes little sense to dilute the team's efforts by offering two very similar propositions online. Not only is bit-tech's reach much wider than custompc.co.uk, but the technology powering the site is far superior as well. As a result, Dennis is in the process of closing the Custom PC website down and moving relevant parts of the site across to bit-tech.

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Download the first batch of bit-tech & Custom PC wallpapers

Posted on 9th Apr 2009 at 13:08 by Tim Smalley with 33 comments

Tim Smalley
One of the great things about being in the Dennis headquarters is that bit-tech now has access to the photo studio and photography team, who do all of the magazine cover shoots using some quite interesting lighting tricks.

Over the coming months, the plan is to spend some of the studio time allocated to the Custom PC magazine cover shoots on creating some more artistic shots that we would've been unable to do on our own... mainly due to lack of skill and know-how, but we're learning how some of the shots were created and hope to reveal some more details for those of you who frequent our photography forum.

In light of this, we have created the first set of wallpapers based on some of the photos that have been used on the Custom PC cover in the last few months, as well as the new photo we created for our monthly hardware buyer's guide.

Click on to download the wallpapers!

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IntelliTXT is no more

Posted on 20th Mar 2009 at 13:05 by Tim Smalley with 49 comments

Tim Smalley
Over the past month or so, we have been trialling IntelliTXT text link advertisements on all of the article pages on bit-tech and I'm now pleased to tell you that they have gone.

It was a type of advertising that we had discussed on a number of occasions prior to bit-tech's acquisition last year and each time we decided to hold off. This time, the decision went the other way and that's part of the reason why I wanted to gather your feedback – both positive and negative – on it shortly after it went live.

Based on the valuable feedback we have received – both from the community and the industry – the decision has been taken to remove it from the site with immediate effect.

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What's going on behind the scenes at bit-tech?

Posted on 18th Feb 2009 at 11:50 by Tim Smalley with 3 comments

Tim Smalley
In an effort to bring you even more comprehensive coverage of the latest hardware, games and technology industry related news, we are working hard to make the bit-tech team a more rounded and versatile machine.

I know that some of you have probably been sticking pins into your very own Felix Dennis doll following some of the recent happenings. And even though this might not sound quite right at the moment, Dennis doesn't want to damage the great relationship we have built up with our readers.

Your feedback on things like IntelliTXT in particular has been invaluable and it's helping us to ensure that great relationship we have with our readers doesn't diminish because, like I say, we (both the bit-tech team and our new owners) don't want the great community we have to disappear. With that in mind, it's been very much a learning process for the new team of people helping us to run the site behind the scenes.

But even though there have been a couple of things that haven't gone quite to plan in recent weeks, it's not all doom and gloom – there's actually a lot of great things happening at bit-tech.

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Feedback on bit-tech advertising

Posted on 10th Feb 2009 at 20:48 by Tim Smalley with 251 comments

Tim Smalley
You probably haven't noticed too many changes since bit-tech was acquired by Dennis in October 2008. We moved into our new offices at Dennis HQ over the weekend and we're slowly unpacking our boxes while hoping that we won't be moving again for a very, very long time.

One thing we've always prided ourselves on here at bit-tech is that we have always tried to provide advertising that is both non-intrusive and pertinent to the site and you, our readers. Without advertising, there would be no bit-tech at all – it's our sole source of revenue, which pays for the content, our facilities and equipment as well as the servers to keep the site running.

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Welcome to the bit-tech Blog!

Posted on 30th Jan 2009 at 14:51 by Tim Smalley with 19 comments

Tim Smalley
Today, we are pleased to announce that we have launched the all-new bit-tech Blog. It's a feature that we have wanted to add to the site for quite some time now, but only now have we managed to actually roll it out. You see, we've had our share of distractions in the last six months or so, which prevented us from finishing this section of the site off.

For those of you who think we're heading down the path of no return, fear not because we're not going to be telling you about what we ate for breakfast (but I had Shreddies and Weetabix since you asked). Instead, we're going to treat the blog as an area of the site to sound off about things that don't fit into any of the news or article categories.

But wasn't that what columns were for?

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A little column here and little blog there

Posted on 30th Jan 2009 at 13:27 by Jamie Cuthill with 2 comments

Jamie Cuthill
It must be over a year since the editorial team first made noises about a blog on the site and as much as I loved the digs asking "Where's our blog?" and "If we had a blog...", I was elbow deep in more urgent projects.

Fast forward to the Dennis acquisition at the end of 2008 and one path they were keen to take the site down was the creation of bit-tech blogs. Having tied up the loose ends I was currently working on at the end of 2008, I moved into the Dennis tower of London to start working on this very blog you are reading now.

I'm sure Tim will be introducing you to the wonderful insights you can expect to find on these pages but I'm here to explain a little about the format.

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