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GTX 580 DIS-ASSEMBLY.

I’ve had a reference addition/ECS GTX 580 for a few months now. I’ve had a good chance to really stress everything this card can do. Honestly, old cards still do their job quite well. The shroud was held from the back with 16 star shaped screws to hold it in place. and keeping the heat in place to allow it to only exhaust at the back of the card. I didn’t think much of the reference cooler at first, but I realized the planning and thought behind it once opening the card up. It’s extremely efficient, even under the extreme overclocking I had in place.

Under the shroud. you have a single fan and a massive block-style heat sink on the GPU, screwed down with the traditional 4 bolts on the back. I had no luck on reducing the temps any further with 4 different types of Thermal Paste. But it still stays under 70 degrees Celsius which is more than enough to satisfy me in terms of thermal control.

 

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Overall, solid card, even after it’s time. Especially with a vintage ECS graphic on the top.

World of Warcraft ,”Warlords of Draenor” expansion details revealed!

World of Warcraft is still  the world’s largest MMORPG, and the game is over 10 years old! Their latest expansion is called “Warlords of Draenor” . This expansion is expected to be released sometime in 2014.

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor

This expansion will upgrade the graphics of the game by adding greater detail to the character models and to the actual game world. Blizzard has chosen to keep the game engine the same, using a “if its not broke , dont fix it approach”. While adding greater detail to the characters and models  and the game world, this expansion will make the game look better but because of its outdated engine, it will still be behind current gaming standards. Below is an image of the new detail put into the Orc model for Warlords of Draenor.

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor

Beyond the cosmetic changes are some pretty significant changes to the game play elements. One of the developers is quoted as saying that “we’re also looking to get right back to the roots of dungeon content this expansion, and ensuring that they’re not only a significant section of leveling and story experience, but players also play their part in helping you gear up . This is a bit of a change to the current style, where there is essentially no motivation to participate in 5 person dungeons.
They have also announced that the more difficult “heroic” versions of dungeons will undoubtedly be somewhat more difficult in order that they are actually relevant for end game content. No doubt the loot will much better in these areas too.
However, the biggest changes come at the end game level of raiding. The existing system that Wow employs includes a raid finder system that forms 25 man raids that are the lowest tier of gear, followed by the flexible system, which scales according to how many players the group has and then 10 and 25 man raids that have both normal and heroic difficulties.
With this new expansion, this is all changed. The low end raid finder will be the same as it currently is, but there will no longer be set 10 and 25 man normal and heroic raids. These raids will now be changed to normal and heroic difficulties, but will combine it with the flexible system so that the raids scale depending on if the group has 10 to 25 people. Additionally, the game will undoubtedly be adding a higher difficulty level known as Mythic that will require a set number at 20 people to participate in. Mythic level difficulty is expected to be a significant step up in difficulty and is targeted toward the highest end of player bases which have been a bit alienated in recent expansion packs.
The loot system will also be revamped, with the new raids dropping gear in accordance with the amount of people who are participating. The current raiding system will also be changed a little, with raids no longer being broken up in to sections in the case of raid finder and flexible, but they will now just employ the entire raid, so the system will be find a group, zone in, and also have all the bosses available.
Writers and developers have stated that Warlords of Draenor will have a stronger emphasis on lore and storytelling, that seems to be missing from this game.
There is no known release date, but I would look for the beta to be announced soon.

Warlords of Draenor official trailer

Sony ends the VAIO and sells rights to Japanese company.

Ive been working on Sony Vaios as long as I have been working on computers (19+ years). This is a very old and well respected brand. It is now official : Sony has announced that it will be ending production of its VAIO line. The brand and rights will be sold to investment firm by the name “Japan Industrial Partners”, the deal will be final sometime March 2014.

Sony’s VAIO line is definitely associated with high-end notebooks and has had some pretty memorable designs over the past few years. A decline in PC sales is reported to be the main reason for Sony to sell off the VAIO line. Sony has stated they are no longer designing and developing products in the VAIO line and that manufacturing and sales will wind down following the latest batch of notebooks go out globally. Sony said that they can be focusing on imaging, gaming and mobile going forward.

In 2013 Sony saw a net loss of $1. 1 billion, that’s on a $296 million profit. The majority of this deficit is said to be caused by it and notebook divisions. While the TV division is expected to visit a boost with 4K TV’s it was decided that the notebook line isn’t worthwhile anymore.

With this sale by Sony they’ll be laying off 5, 000 employees, which 1, 500 is going to be from Sony’s Japan offices. The investment firm that purchased the VAIO line said that they will be hiring 250 to 300 Sony employees.

Google Tops Exxon Mobil to Become World’s 2nd Most Valuable Company

Google is now rank #2 in the world for most valuble company!

Google is now rank #2 in the world for most valuble company!

Google has surpassed Exxon Mobile to become the second most valuable company in the world. Apple is currently #1.

Google’s market cap topped $391 billion in early trading Friday, while Exxon Mobil’s market cap dipped towards the $390 billion mark, Google just barley passing by.Research from : Mashable by FactSet Research.

In October 2012, Google passed Microsoft to become the fourth most valuable company in the world, though the two companies did swap places after that.

One year later, Google’s stock hit $1,000 a share for the 1st time, driven by a strong 3rd qtr earnings report and investor optomistic outook for Google’s ability to grow ad revenue and continue innovating with other products.

Google is now about $75 billion behind Apple, one of its chief competitors and currently the most valuable company in the world.

 

XFX Joins the Chassis Market

XFX has decided to build its first gaming PC chassis and is naming it the Type 1 Bravo. The chassis is an ATX mid-tower type enclosure.

The case has room for up to three 5.25″ optical drives, as well as up to eight 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives. Inside you’ll also fit up to four dual-slot graphics cards thanks to eight expansion slots that can all be viewed through the side-panel window. The case can also house 140 mm fans as exhaust, which come pre-installed, as well as in the bottom. Up front, a 200 mm fan comes mounted as standard kit, though this can be replaced by a pair of 120 mm fans. Top exhaust can support either a single 200 mm fan or any size between 90 mm and 140 mm.

Front I/O is handled by a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, as well as HD audio jacks.

To carry all this hardware, the chassis measures 518 x 232 x 222 x 562 mm and weighs 10.4 kg due to being made of 0.7 mm SECC steel, 3.0 mm thick aluminum, and ABS plastic.xfx-type-1-bravo,W-L-421077-3

XFX has opted to grant buyers of the Type 1 Bravo a five year manufacturer warranty and has priced the case at $129.99.

 

Seems as though all the aftermarket GPU makers are starting to make chassis’s. Interesting.