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    Catalyst 9.12 + Radeon 5870 = FAIL

    I am absolutely disgusted with AMD. These idiots have still not put out a fully stable driver for the Radeon 5800 series! I have a Sapphire 5870 Vapor-X card on a modern LGA1156 build with Windows 7 64-bit. With the Catalyst 9.11 most games would work fine with a few crashing occasionally here...
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    Want to Sell Oversized Rooster's Sale (updated weekly)

    ITEMS ARE SOLD TO THE FIRST PERSON WITH PAYMENT. ITEMS WILL ONLY BE SHIPPED!! 8GB (2 x 4GB) Corsair DDR3-1066 SODIMM CL7 RAM Kit I bought this new 8GB set of DDR3 SODIMM laptop memory but apparently my Thinkpad doesn't support them. I tried them once and am therefore selling them. Specs...
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    Some home-done 4890 results

    I thought I would share some home-made results with respect to the 4890. My brief system setup info: Intel Q9450 @ 3.6GHz Asus P5Q-E Mobo 8GB DDR2-1066 OCZ Reaper RAM 300GB WD VelociRaptor 640GB WD Caviar Black 640GB WD Caviar Black 500GB WD Caviar Blue 1GB Sapphire 4890 @ 950/4300 750W PCP&C...
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    640GB Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS HD Tune Result

    I got ahold of 2 new WD6401AALS HDs. This is the 640GB version of Western Digital's Caviar Black series. Both are manufactured on September 13, 2008 and they seem to post identical results. The benchmarks were done with HD Tune 2.55. I've thrown in benchmarks for the 500GB Western Digital...
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    Weird PSU Voltages...is this OK?

    I have noticed lately that my PSU is putting out weird voltage at -5V, +5V and +12V. It's a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W PSU. I bought it new about a year ago and it's been running fine. Here is what the PSU is running: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.8GHz 1.33V Asus P5Q-E Mobo @ 1900FSB 2 x...
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    Seagate Momentus 7200.1 vs 7200.2 vs 7200.3 2.5" Laptop HD Comparison

    Today I got a VERY sweet deal on Seagate's latest and greatest 7200rpm laptop 2.5" hard drive. We're talking about their Momentus 320GB 7200.3 16MB SATA HD. These come in smaller capacities as well. There are two available models - one with G-Force protection and one without. I got the one with...
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    Radeon 4850 + Accelero S1 Rev. 2 Aftermarket Cooler

    I've received my Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev. 2 aftermarket VGA cooler today. I ordered the turbo module along with it. After putting everything together, I've received a GREAT reduction in temperatures on my Sapphire Radeon 4850 card. With the stock cooler on Auto, I would idle at 80 and...
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    4850 Stability

    I am sure there are others having problems with the 4850 cards - well the drivers to be specific. I've tried running only a single 4850, and also dual 4850 cards, and the instability seems to be directly tied to the crappy drivers. Basically, the symptoms I'm experiencing are: 1) Randomly...
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    REVIEW: T8300 Engineering Sample CPU Core 2 Duo Laptop Processor!

    I am testing the following two laptop processors: Core 2 Duo T5270 Dual-Core 1.4GHz 800FSB 4MB Cache 65nm Core 2 Duo T8300 ES (Engineering Sample) Dual-Core 2.56GHz 800FSB 6MB Cache 45nm The standard T8300 CPU is locked at 2.4GHz with a 3MB cache. My ES T8300 runs at 2.56GHz instead of 2.4GHz...
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    Home Benchmarks: 74GB Raptor vs 150GB Raptor

    Hey guys, I was operating a 74GB Western Digital Raptor 10000rpm SATA 16MB Cache hard drive as my system HD for a while now. But I got ahold of the 150GB version now because the 74GB was too small. Believe it or not there is SIGNIFICANT difference in performance between the two. On paper, they...
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    Recommend me a quality-panel 24 inch LCD!

    I'm looking to purchase a 24 inch LCD one of these days. However I've noticed the price on these things ranges anywhere from $375 to $650. Naturally, I know some LCDs have advanced inputs while others don't (such as HDMI, component). I'm looking for DVI input and height adjustment. I would...
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