February 7, 2009 § 3 Comments
Everybody knows that we, members of OCN, have a serious problem. Look at it from an average Joe perspective: we spend thousands on high end computers, and at every single occasion we go out and browse Newegg on a quest to find an upgrade for our systems, which according to us are quickly becoming obsolete. We then proceed to sell our memory, processors, graphic cards and all our other barely used gear, things which are sometimes only a couple of weeks old, in order to purchase the latest and greatest. While the common mortals still call a Pentium 4 HT/P965/7900GX2 system a top gaming machine, we constantly crave for more, more performance, more 3dMarks, smaller SuperPI times, and bigger e-peens. And after spending 50$ on Crysis:Warhead in order to be able to run the benchmark tool, we sit our asses on the chairs and play CS:S at framerates exceeding by 6 times our monitor’s refresh rates. We are hardware junkies, hung on PCB like a druggy is on PCP.
Probably my best piece of to now. I spill my guts on what I think of the new Intel platform that features the new Core i7 processors and x58 motherboards. Read the entire article with feedback from the Overclock.net community here.
March 14, 2008 § Leave a Comment
I’m such a whore. A temp whore. I finally did it: I lapped Annabel’s e4300. The temptation had been strong during Fr0stbyte, but I crapped out just thinking about it, probably dued to my modder e-cock not being fully grown at the time. Sanding down a 300$ chip (yeah I know I payed too much for it) and potentially bricking my new rig was a very scary idea to me back then, but with Annabel it’s different. I have seen plenty of lap jobs on forums and such, so I figured that I might as well go for it, specially considering that the warranty was already void and that I got it for less than a hundred bucks. What’s a nerdger gotta do to shave off a couple of degrees off load temps? The following.
Grits 320, 600 and 1500 were used… don’t know if I’m going to do any more. Turned out pretty well, everything went smoothly, and the finish on the IHS looks much better than on a stock chip. If you’d want to test it out, check out this guide from the OCN forums, and my worklog for Annabel. I can’t test it yet due to my tube of Arctic Silver 5 being empty, but my guess is that I’ll probably loose a degree or two, probably 3 if I’m lucky. Either way, I’ve never had so much fun with 5$’s worth of sandpaper.