Gigabyte HD 5870 Super Overclock Review

by LLRRoD on June 14th, 2010

HardOCP just published a review of the Gigabyte HD 5870 Super Overclock Edition. It’s a good read if you’re looking for a new graphics card, or just want to know what the latest badass video card is on the market.

Here is a snippet:
GIGABYTE’s famous 2oz Copper PCB is in play here, as we are used to seeing on their motherboard line. GIGABYTE uses the best cherry picked Samsung and Hynix memory chips, remember the memory is also overclocked so this is important. Solid capacitors are used as well as Ferrite core chokes and Low RDS MOSFETs. All of these high-end components also mean that typical buzz sounds heard from lower-end components on some video cards should not be a problem here, there should be no buzzing parts here as all the components are of the highest quality.

Click Here for the entire review!

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by LLRRoD on June 9th, 2010

Okay, so been hard at work trying to get back on track here. Vacations are really great at throwing things off just a bit 😉

In the next few weeks I’ll be showing off a new build. When I came home, my main rig wasn’t booting properly and after some hassling I opted to use it as an opportunity to upgrade.

What to you ask? Well none other than the new AMD AM3 1055T of course! I decided to get that over the 1090T because even with it’s locked multipliers it has the potential to exceed the 4Ghz mark. Besides, OC’ers like a good challenge right? hehehe. I revved up the chip under an EK Supreme block with a 3×120 radiator and tested how for it could go!

Soon I’ll be posting pics from that build as well as providing you with some usable benchmarks if any of you are interested in going the AMD route.

I’m also working on a few other reviews, yeah sorry for the delay, but those should be out shortly =)

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I’ve Been Away

by LLRRoD on June 2nd, 2010

Hey folks. Sorry for the lack of updates here. I’ve been away for the past 3 weeks on vacation. Unfortunately the internet where I was staying at was less than adequate and I couldn’t really do any major updates to the site. Rest assured I’m back on track and will be updating soon!

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Tip #7: Leave The Laptop Battery Out

by LLRRoD on May 3rd, 2010

Many of you with laptops like to leave the battery in even when it’s plugged in all the time. This puts unnecessary wear because at times the battery will recharge out of it’s main cycle and will reduce the life of the battery itself.

Tip #7: Leave the Laptop Battery Out

For this and other tips, please visit our Tips and Tricks Section or Contact Us if you’d like to submit a tip!

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What’s In Development

by LLRRoD on April 30th, 2010

So what’s going on here at PC Tech Advice? Well hopefully everyone has noticed our new review section. Yeah it’s pretty empty right now but I’m doing a few more reviews so we can get a little bit more up there.

Aside from that, I’m forming a section that will be updated frequently (weekly or bi-weekly) with 3 separate builds: budget, mid-level, high-end balls out. Basically it will feature different build criteria that meets with what’s on sale, best things to buy that week/month.

The idea here is to provide a good look at a good system to build for all types of budget. Also we’ll try our best not to be bias based on brand name; Intel vs AMD or ATI vs NVIDIA. The point is to get a good rig for your buck. We may emphasize on a particular manufacturer generally because we’ve had good results from our past builds.

If you have any suggestions about it, please send us an email using our Contact Form. Or feel free to use the comments box.

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AMD AM3 6-Core Chips Are Out!

by LLRRoD on April 27th, 2010

Today is the official street date release of the new:

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz – APPRX. $200-$210
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz – APPRX. $300-$310

These are the 6-core processors from AMD that has been creating quite a buzz in the pc building community. Mainly due to their low price and high overclocking potential.

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Starcraft 2 Beta Key

by LLRRoD on April 21st, 2010

Still haven’t got one? Today is your day. No more silly contests and fake surveys to fill out. All you have to do is head to your local Gamestop OR online and pre-order the game.

I can confirm this since I went there this morning and pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition myself 🙂

Here’s proof:

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Google Tricks

by LLRRoD on April 18th, 2010

The New York Times has posted a nice little article on some Google Tricks you may or may not have known about.

Some tricks including using the “site:” command which searches a particular website, calculator functions, currency converter, and much more.

These can come in very handy at times and I myself use the calculator and conversion features from time to time.

Click Here to check it out!

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Intuos 4 Wireless Review

by LLRRoD on April 7th, 2010

The review section has finally come to life! Okay, we have one review on there -_- but hey that’s a start right??

Today I am presenting to you a look at the Intuos 4: Wireless, a high end graphics tablet by Wacom.

Whether you’re an upcoming or a seasoned veteran, this tablet is one of the best tools for any digital artist.

What are you waiting for? Check it out!

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Boycott Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 DLC

by LLRRoD on March 30th, 2010

I’ve grown quite ashamed of some publishers/game developers nowadays when it comes to downloadable content. It’s understandable that when a game comes out, new content comes out to further expand the interest for the game. However, a lot of companies are taking this into their heads now and ripping off a lot of gamers around the world.

The most recent is the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 “Stimulus Package” that came out. This thing includes 5 maps, 3 of which are new and 2 of which are remakes of older maps.

As a big fan of MW2 I do not mind that the developers create new and exciting maps or rebuild old favorites. However, when it costs 1,200 MS points ($15) dollars. That’s when I draw the line. The game itself costs $50-60 bucks brand new. If you don’t think this is a big ripoff, then you’re either in denial or a big fanboy/girl.

I for one respect developers for what they do and the hard work they put into games, but I sure as hell won’t pay $15 bucks for something that should be a lot cheaper or possibly even free. If this is how Activision / Infinity Ward plans to pay back it’s gamers for making it one of the highest selling games of all time, then I don’t plan to support them in the future.

If gamers don’t start standing up against stupid PR stunts like this, they will continue to overcharge people. Boycott this DLC!

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