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Richard's Biggest Fails of 2009

Posted on 4th Jan 2010 at 12:33 by Richard Swinburne with 29 comments

Richard Swinburne
Joe didn't let me put this in the Biggest Fails of 2009 article because he doesn't like bullet points. I do though, so I'm posting my Biggest Fails of 2009 as a blog instead...

By which I mean, my choice observations of failure, not my own personal mistakes.

Ahem.

Anyway, we’ve had a bumper year for new products – many of which have leaped forward in terms of performance: Intel's Lynnfield and Nehalem EP CPUs, Indilinx SSDs, DirectX 11, ATI HD 5800 series, Windows 7 (and of course, Snow Leopard and Karmic Koala). Even minor updates such as SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 have shown promise. However, there have been many failures - and unlike everyone else in the main Fail article, I'm not going to limit my rage to just one. Nope, I'm ranting about them all!

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Do Overclocking Tournaments Work?

Posted on 21st May 2009 at 14:23 by Richard Swinburne with 34 comments

Richard Swinburne
I'm confused.

I admire the people that take part in overclocking tournaments but I fail to understand why so much money is plowed into them by big hardware companies, presumably keen to use the event as a marketing tool.

Gigabyte has its Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship (GOOC), MSI has MOA, and Asus and DFI have also had a stab at running their own events, and I'm curious to understand if you, the readers, follow them, takes note of what happens and even cares?

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RIP: DFI motherboards don't like photography

Posted on 27th Jan 2009 at 17:38 by Richard Swinburne with 5 comments

Urgh, another day, another hardware failure. I was aiming to have a review of DFI's LANParty 790FX-B M2RSH done this week - it's all tested (albeit slower in every-single-benchmark compared to the MSI DK 790GX Platinum), and I literally only unplugged everything for some photography, before putting it back on the test bench again for some more stress testing.

RIP: DFI motherboards don't like photography Hardware Death #1: DFI motherboards don't like photography

Sadly, the LED readout says only 88 and the fans spin up to their full flow without a hint of relent. Changing every piece of hardware later has no impact - something static must have hit it, which is surprising considering I passed on wearing nylon underwear today.

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