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by Brian

Lowering my GPU temperature by 20 degrees – The cleaning of an ASUS Radeon 4890

September 24, 2015 in Hardware

With pictures, not too much text, and an exciting “Woops my computer won’t start, what have I done?!”

Removed the card from my case and set to work taking it apart by simply removing every screw I could see, dusting along the way.

Part 1

 

Got the card apart fairly easily all things considered. Went into the heatsink and removed a good layer of dust. Things are running quite a bit cooler for me now!

 

Part 2

After removing the duty with some tweezers, I carefully put it back together again and went to boot up my computer. Though the computer wouldn’t even POST so I was a little worried there. Some tinkering later, I re-seated the RAM and she was fine! I had taken the RAM out to have a look at some part numbers, but wasn’t sure why it needed to be re-seated.

Results (pictures to come later): 20 degrees cooler across the board, 70 to 50 idle, 80 to 60 at ~50% load and 90 to 70 at ~100% load.

Success!

 

by Mike

Next-gen USB to be Finally Reverstable

December 5, 2013 in Hardware

PCMACLINK2.CUSB has been a staple in the world for everything from convenient mobile storage and mobile phones to permanent printers and external hard drives. Work has begun on a new USB cable standard that will not be compatible with existing connectors but WILL fit both ways. The goal is to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, using the USB 3.1 spec, is expected to be ready mid 2014 and will be the Type-C standard. There are no images yet but its expected to be the size of a Micro USB plug with the reversible functionality of Apple’s Lightning connector.

In their press release, USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman Brad Saunders said that Type-C will “meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability” while it should also allow for future scalability in charging and data transfer. Type-C “will enable an entirely new super-thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops,” says Alex Peleg of Intel. “This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power, and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”

I’m all for this change but the main concern is also that the new specification doesn’t render countless USB chargers obsolete. This change is a good move not only from a usability standpoint but micro USB has come as far as it can. The USB 3.0 adaptation is pretty ugly and makes the Galaxy Note 3 look like it charges over an old 1990’s parallel port.

by Mike

BlackBerry 10 Excites Me

October 31, 2012 in Hardware

The more I watch videos on how BB10 works, or what it can do the more I honestly can’t wait to update my BlackBerry. Already I’m sure you have realized I am a HUGE BlackBerry fan… Here’s the thing though, Apple keeps doing the same old crap and everyone knows it. Android has a nice niche but they don’t have the experience I would want from an all touch screen phone. I love my keyboard! The Bold 9900 is the best typing experience I have ever had. I used to love the idea of texting, but hate actually doing it. I know I’m not alone either or I wouldn’t see text messages with terrible bad spelling and grammar. Though there will be a BB 10 device that has a full keyboard, I think without the trackpad and other top buttons, I might as well go with the full touch and just adapt! The word prediction looks easy to use and helpful, not a hinder like some devices you see. The touch keyboard on BB 10 will learn how you type and learn from where you press buttons. If you tap the letter R a little bit low and to the right it will start anticipating it. That is the kind of all touch keyboard experience I want.

Some other things I’m excited for is the power that will come from their new QNX operating system. The PlayBook has been a great experience and I worried about how some apps would work but this will truly be a radical switch to anyone that currently has a BlackBerry. No more rebooting after installing apps. Apps will be able to run services in the background. The beauty and elegance of apps will get much better and no more crappy java memory leaks! Soon you will finally see BlackBerry devices with good specs. Java just couldn’t handle it, but QNX will be able to run dual-cores, quad-cores or what ever else the future brings for mobile phones. The way the operating system handles elements is somewhat interesting too. This video really caught my attention:

Though there isn’t a real practical application to this, the fact its possible its awesome! Everything looks snappy! It’s fresh. Apple is thinking the same “different” they were 5 years ago. Android excites me, but the phones all seem sluggish and the operating system is clunky with all the bells and whistles – not a good business phone. Windows Phone 8 looks promising but with the way Windows 8 looks, I’m worried about where Microsoft is going. RIM has something to prove here and they are doing it right. Apple released the iPhone 5 even though maps weren’t ready. With RIM doing everything to make sure this phone is flawless before its released I think everyone will have a great experience. I have 100% support for this phone and will definitively be doing a Kwappy Weview on it. Alright RIM, lets see you guys knock it out of the park!

by Mike

Apple Announcement Predictions

September 12, 2012 in Hardware

An Apple site search reveals the iPhone 5 with LTE, iTunes, iPod Nano, iPod Touch but what about the iPad mini? Only time will tell but the tech community is certainly buzzing. Find out more today at 1PM Eastern! Already thousands of people are queued up to watch live blogs, news feeds and tweets. The excitement is palpable!

by Mike

Portable Devices are Hot

September 11, 2012 in Hardware

Apple has the world talking about them this week with lots of buzz over the iPhone 5 and their new iOS. Pretty much every tech company and their mother has a tablet out now. A whole new generation of laptops are coming out and the most interesting marketing technique I’ve seen yet -they are now being branded as “ultrabooks”!

SO what does this mean exactly? Is there a difference or is this just another way of getting you to buy tech… I want to hear your opinion before I continue.
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by Mike

Leap Motion

July 10, 2012 in Hardware

I have to admit this is by far the best human interface device I have ever seen. I would rather let the video speak for itself but I will say that this is real, and the video footage is not simulated in anyway. This is the real deal!

[ Leap Motion ]

by Mike

Microsoft Surface Tablet

June 19, 2012 in Hardware

Microsoft Surface Tabet

Tablets have been in high demand over the past year with nearly every company having their hands in tablet computing in one way or another. As to late, Microsoft has only really been talking about how their new OS Windows 8 will be touch screen friendly, and there have been many other hardware companies who support this movement. Many ultrabooks also are featuring full touch screens in the wake of this movement. Now, Microsoft has announced their first consumer tablet computer and it looks pretty sexy. The first question that came to my mind is, will they be powerful?

Well lets talk about specs. The Surface for Windows 8 Pro will weigh in at 903 grams and measure 13.5mm thick. Powered by a third generation Intel Core ivy bridge processor this will be a ultrabook class tablet and will also have a 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Windows Pro 8 will be fitted with a microSDXC slot, USB 3.0 connection, Mini DisplayPort Video and the 2×2 MIMO antennae. The Pro will come in two flavours; either 64gb or 128gb SSD storage. It will ship equipped with a touch cover that has an integrated keyboard, VaporMG case and integrated stand. It has been reported Microsoft will have a price point that is in the same range as most other mainstream tablets and Intel ultrabooks but no official statement will been made till we get closer to release date.

It has been confirmed there will be a Netflix app available at launch. Not much talk about how the mobile phone platform will integrate with their new platform but with the way Apple and BlackBerry have been providing a Cloud based, accessible anywhere type of experience, it would be foolish for Microsoft to not do something similar. Perhaps not at launch but even the simple flexibility to aync or send SMS messages from your tablet should eventually come in my opinion.

[ Microsoft Surface ]

by Mike

Upgrade Your Laptop! Later…

June 7, 2012 in Hardware, Software

Right now the selection for laptops is pretty good, and you can get a brand new one for a reasonable price! Seriously though, don’t buy a new laptop right now…

It seems right now there are a lot of great products in the pipeline, that have the potential to be revolutionary! It doesn’t even matter what kind of laptop user you are, both Mac and Windows fans have reasons to wait. Read the rest of this entry →

by Mike

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

May 1, 2012 in Hardware

I can’t even begin to do this phone justice. This is a must see for BlackBerry fans, and smartphone users in general. Change is coming!

  • OS: BlackBerry 10 Developer Preview V 10.0.4.197.
  • Display: 4.2-inch 1280×768 HD LCD (356dpi) touch screen.
  • Storage: 16GB Internal.
  • Network: Quad Band HSPA+, No LTE support enabled. microSIM.
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
  • Cameras: Front Facing with no flash. Rear Camera with Flash.
  • Ports: 3.5MM Headphone Jack, microHDMI, microUSB.
  • Battery: Non-Removable.

[ BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha ]

by Mike

BlackBerry 10 Concept

March 26, 2012 in Hardware

BlackBerry Blade

BlackBerry 10 Concept - Blade

If this is a BB 10 phone you can sign me up right now! I think this is the kind of hardware RIM needs to put out for the sake of the users and for the sake of the company! Not only do these specs make me nerdgasm but the phone itself looks totally sexy in my opinion. This is of course a total concept but still I hope that with the feedback the community gives about this sort of device will push rim in that direction. The technology is out there! I think with QNX there is no reason the platform can’t look something like this. Its time!

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