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  1. Ketxxx

    Radeon HD77xx/78xx/79xx BIOS Editor

    After yet more pissing about with my 7950 Vapor-X I can say with 100% certainty that the vBIOS for it has been intentionally crippled, at least for Vapor-X 7950s that have 2x 8+8 pin connections. Here are the results: 7950 Vapor-X vBIOS 15.25.99: 1100MHz @ 1.15v, 1425MHz 1.5v vmem...
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    How To: Curb excessive VRM temps under full GPU load on Sapphire Vapor-X 7950s

    Given the atrocious VRM cooling on the Sapphire Vapor-X cards I figured I would put together a how-to on how you can bring the VRMs under control. The process requires patience and a moderate amount of skill but not anything terribly difficult. A understanding of thermodynamics would also be...
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2048 MB

    I said "likely" because obviously I don't know if you periodically re-run tests with updated drivers to keep results more accurate or not, nor do you specify. I'm not psychic nor do I own a crystal ball. I simply pointed out a reminder to people they should bare in mind the 7950 results are...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    That 2500k had AS Ceramique sitting between it and the cooler, so yes, it was good TIM. I dunno, I pop IHS' for fun, serve as technician and direct line to Asrock if anyone gets issues with their asrock mainboard, make custom VRM heatsinks and a multitude of other things and you thought I...
  5. Ketxxx

    Keep 1155 or go 1150?

    Unless your going to use the extra SATA ports and other features, theres little to no point of switching to 1150 its not like you are going to see a noticeable performance increase.
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    Nvidia 7 Series Doesn't Support DirectX 11.2

    Pretty much. I don't get why some people get / got all in a uproar over DX10.1 and DX11.1/.2 and their GPU "only" supports DX10/11.... just doesn't seem worth the time of getting in a uproar to me for something like that.
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    If by "he" you mean me, my personal (and only actual death of a CPU) was my 2500k. The voltages run through that were never extreme, about 1.38v for 4.5GHz. Its all good speculating, but you could of just asked :p
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    I have run all of my CPUs in a well ventilated NZXT Apollo using either a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus or a CoolIT ECO unit. Cooling has not been the issue here at all - purely related to the TIM used under the IHS. As for my friends, they don't even OC just buy decent grade gear and I've still...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    1. Just because something carries the word "official" it doesn't make it true. I wasn't (and still aren't) talking about which platform gives you the most performance, I covered that. I am talking about which platforms is the most technologically advanced, again thats Z77 and Z87, not skt 2011...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    1. See my other post, I say right there even way back in the Athlon XP days the difference between unlocked and locked was only about £20. 2. I'm not talking about power consumption directly (though if I recall due to the flow of electrons a small but noticeable increase in power can be...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    1. lol? You think skt 2011 is the best? Have you even looked at how old the technology of 2011 is? Aside from extra cores and triple channel memory 2011 does not technologically offer anything superior. Having the latest means having a system that incorporates as many of the latest technologies...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    All of this is answered in my other post really but; 1. As I said, if intel is going to charge a £44 premium for a K CPU they better damn well give you something for it (a CPU that simply skips the laser cutting step far and away doesn't equate to a £44 premium). 2. If a component gets...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    Yes it does matter. As a enthusiast you pay a premium price (which the K series is) in order to get the best. If intel doesn't want to re-tool for the K series they shouldn't charge a premium for it. To illustrate that premium, a K series 3570 CPU is £214, a regular 3570 CPU is £170, for £44...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    BS. The "K" series of CPUs was introduced by intel FOR enthusiasts, meaning the use of TIM instead of solder is inexcusable. Joe average isn't going to buy a i5 or i7 K series CPU, hes happy with whatever i3 came in his pre-built £400 or less PC / laptop. Completely nonsensical response for a...
  15. Ketxxx

    Editorial Windows 8.1, and Why You Should Let Go of Windows 7

    How people can still argue if the removal (yes it was a removal) of the start menu is a good or bad thing the mind simply boggles. To a extent (I'm unsure of how far MS will go), MS have totally backtracked and am themselves putting the start menu back in with Windows 8.1, so there is your...
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2048 MB

    I think its fair to point out to everybody screaming the 760 is "giving hell" to a 7950 that the 7950 results likely aren't updated from the 7950 review, meaning old, well known problematic drivers. Then theres also the fact to consider are the 7950 results from one of the first 7950s which had...
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    My 4770k delid video (IHS removal)

    Its a dirty rotten trick being used by more and more manufacturers, it is entirely possible to "design" something to fail after a certain time period. The practice is absolutely outrageous and something needs to be done to stop it.
  18. Ketxxx

    Bizarre 500-Million-Year-Old Creature Unearthed

    We now know what the cigar shaped UFOs are people bang on about :D
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    Nvidia 7 Series Doesn't Support DirectX 11.2

    DX10 > DX10.1, same scenario all over again with DX11. That incredibly minor .1 / .2 I seriously doubt extends to more than some DX API enhancements which all current DX11 hardware should be capable of.
  20. Ketxxx

    GTX 570 to 770?

    I think the question here should be is does your 570 struggle in any of the games you play? If yes, have you overclocked your 570? If yes, does it still struggle in any problematic games? If yes, its time to upgrade, if no, you are ok still.
  21. Ketxxx

    Intel graphics. They have come far. Where are they going?

    ^^ This exactly, answers my reply to the first quote without my needing to say a word more :D. Nobody would mind having a IGPU that could be considered a good midrange card as a "free" backup. I've never been a fan of on-die IGPUs while they were crap as it just meant added power draw and heat...
  22. Ketxxx

    Why is there no Final Fantasy on PC?

    In all honesty I've been very underwhelmed by the FF series since FF11. I loved FF7, really liked FF8, FF9 had its moments and was generally good, FF10 I would say was a landmark, first voice acted FF game and it was a lot of fun, after that... its all been downhill. Personally I think they...
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    Intel graphics. They have come far. Where are they going?

    Just to throw it into the mix, I tested the IGPU with my 3570k a few days ago, minus some eyecandy it could play stalker CoP pretty well. It struggled when I tried Stalker SoC with my mod, but some IGPU OCing it caught up again decently. I tested these games @ 1680*1050. In a couple years if...
  24. Ketxxx

    HD 4870 x2 bios flash leads to no power cord error

    Unless you know what you are doing, its ALWAYS recommended that you contact the manufacturer of your graphics card and get the latest vBIOS for your cards that way, it avoids such cases as these. What is the manufacturer and model / SN of your cards?
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    What happened to the driver rewrite ?

    This has already been bought up not long ago. Chances are AMD wanted to get the drivers as bug free and stable as possible before pulling around memory handling, it makes sense to want to have a stable base before messing with something like memory handling that way if something goes wrong you...
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