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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.

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Hardware 19 - The Cockney Cast

Posted on 18th Feb 2011 at 10:18 by Podcast with 7 comments

This week's bit-tech and Custom PC podcast is brought to you by Clive, Antony and Paul.

First on the agenda is the continuing Intel Sandy Bridge saga, and what motherboard manufacturers are doing to sort it out. We also comment on MSI's returns strategy, which the company announced on Wednesday.

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Hardware 18 - 46 Different Flavours

Posted on 5th Feb 2011 at 12:53 by Podcast with 10 comments

This week's hardware podcast involves Paul, Harry, Clive and Antony and starts out on a fairly serious note as we talk about the current problems surrounding Intel's P67 and H67 chipsets. We offer advice to those of you who've purchased an affected board and discuss what those of you who are in the market for an upgrade should be doing.

Harry then fills us in on the latest happenings from the labs while also giving a sneak peak on what he's been testing for the last couple of days. It’s worth having a listen if you’ve got your eye on a new graphics card purchase sometime soon.

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Hardware 17 - Ramobo: First Blood

Posted on 20th Jan 2011 at 07:32 by Podcast with 25 comments

In this week’s hardware podcast Paul, Harry, Antony and Clive sit down to discuss the latest happenings in the world of computer hardware.

First on the list of topics, much to Clive's disappointment, is the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge based LGA1155 CPUs. We cover the basics of what makes the new processors so ace, while discussing who should actually be upgrading to these ridiculously overclockable chips.

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Hardware 16 - The RAM Raiders

Posted on 9th Dec 2010 at 14:19 by Podcast with 29 comments

We're back on air with another hardware podcast. This week Paul, James, Harry and Antony get together to discuss some of the latest goings on in the world of computer hardware.

First up on the agenda is the new graphics card releases from Nvidia - the GTX 580 and GTX 570. Harry has spent a lot of time with both cards over the last few weeks, so he walks us through what's new about the two cards.

James also puts Paul on the spot by grilling him on what he's been up to with the Sandy Bridge processors in our labs. Obviously we weren't able to go into too many details as Intel is keeping Sandy Bridge performance numbers top secret at the moment, but we share what we can.

Finally we move on to talk about what is currently happening in the world of RAM as the market has seen a number of high profile launches over the past couple of weeks. We also squeeze in the usual guess the hardware competition and a couple of your questions too.

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Hardware 15 - Who ate all the pies?

Posted on 2nd Nov 2010 at 11:52 by Podcast with 11 comments

Yes, we've finally found time to record a new hardware podcast. Once you're over the shock you'll be able to hear the dulcet tones of Clive, Paul, Alex and James discussing the current goings on in the world of PC hardware.

We start by taking a look at the launch of ATI's Radeon HD 6870 1GB and HD 6850 1GB, discussing where they fit into the market and why we've chosen to call them ATI cards instead of AMD cards. Clive also spells out why ATI seems to have broken its naming convention with the two cards.

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Hardware 14 - On the Case

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

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.

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First Look: Danamics Liquid Metal CPU Cooler

Posted on 18th Mar 2010 at 10:18 by Richard Swinburne with 41 comments

The Danamics Liquid Metal CPU cooler, officially titled the Danamics LMX Superleggera, is one of those crazy ideas we never actually thought we'd get our hands on. Kudos go to Danamics then, for actually producing a product that's both scary and awesome at the same time.

First Look: Danamics Liquid Metal CPU Cooler First Look: Damanics Liquid Metal CPU Cooler

For those who don't know the significance of this cooler the clue is in the name: liquid metal. Those metal pipes are not your standard wick/gas heatpipes, they are full of a sodium-potassium metal alloy (mixture) that is liquid at room temperature and forced around the tubes with a hardcore electromagnetic pump. Metal has a much higher specific heat capacity than a vapour change liquid, and when forced around rather than letting convection take its course, it acts more like a water-cooled setup.

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Does game branding matter?

Posted on 9th Mar 2010 at 11:30 by Richard Swinburne with 44 comments

Richard Swinburne
Just a quick one today: I'm wondering who out there buys products because they have a branding association with their favourite game?

We've seen a few World of Warcraft bits from Belkin, Steel Series and more recently Creative. These products may offer some tangible benefit to WoW users but do they and ones like it sway your purchasing decision over other products? Likewise, if you don't care about their game branding would you buy them anyway if the product does what you want?

Let us know your thoughts!

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Second Hand Hardware

Posted on 5th Mar 2010 at 10:25 by Antony Leather with 32 comments

Antony Leather
With relatively high failure rates (I'm sure we've all had plenty of stuff die out of warranty, I know I have) and the rate at which PC technology advances, there's not as much second hand gear out there as there might be compared to other things, like cars or cameras.

However, while I love receiving shiny new kit, I've always been a fan of buying and selling second hand PC hardware so if you've never thought of going to computer fairs or online auction sites for your next upgrades here's a few reasons why it's worth it and also what to watch out for.

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