Modders Get "Coffee Lake" Chips to Work Stable on Intel 100/200-series Chipsets and more
Posted on: 03/05/2018 11:53 AM

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DJI Mavic Air Hands-on Review
Four days with the Samsung Galaxy S9
Intel X58 (Core i7 920 & i7 980X) versus AMD Ryzen & Intel Coffee Lake: worth upgrading?
Into the Breach review: Chess meets Starship Troopers in brilliant, bite-sized battles
Modders Get "Coffee Lake" Chips to Work Stable on Intel 100/200-series Chipsets
NOCTUA NH-L12S CPU Cooler Review
Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 Review
Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo 8TB Review
Sennheiser GSP 301 & 303 Headset Review @ KitGuru

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Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card Review
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Four days with the Samsung Galaxy S9
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Intel X58 (Core i7 920 & i7 980X) versus AMD Ryzen & Intel Coffee Lake: worth upgrading?
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The video card is usually the most popular PC component to upgrade. With all these high-res monitors and increasingly beautiful games, this part is subject to higher demands at a rapid pace. After two or three years a new video card means a serious upgrade in graphics capabilities, while the rest of your system can often last for a few years.


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Into the Breach review: Chess meets Starship Troopers in brilliant, bite-sized battles
The Rusting Hulks—not exactly the most inspiring name for humanity’s saviors. And yet that sad group of orange-colored mechs finally got the deed done. It was around 4 a.m. We’d battled our way across two islands full of giant bugs, entered their volcanic lair, and were on the verge of killing off the Vek leader, a moth probably fifty feet long. Doing so would secure the bomb we’d warped in here, saving the Earth.I knew what I had to do. With my jet already on fire, I fired a missile at the Vek, enfolding it in smoke. Blinded, the Vek halted its attack and slowly succumbed to the dark cloud. The threat was over.


Read full article @ PC World

Modders Get "Coffee Lake" Chips to Work Stable on Intel 100/200-series Chipsets
One of the greatest complaints enthusiasts had with Intel's 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" processors and their companion 300-series chipsets is their lack of compatibility with older 200-series and 100-series chipset motherboards, despite sharing an identical LGA1151 socket. Tinfoil hatters attributed this to Intel's synthetic platform-gating to ensure people buy new motherboards every two CPU generations; while Intel itself maintained that "Coffee Lake" chips have special electrical requirements that come with the increased core-counts, without explaining how that shouldn't exempt quad-core SKUs such as the Core i3-8100 and the i3-8350K from functioning on older platforms.

It turns out that "Coffee Lake" is pin-compatible with older LGA1151 motherboards based on 200-series and 100-series chipsets after all, as modders got some of these chips to work on the older platforms. Intel is using software to prevent Coffee Lake from working on older motherboards. This software comes in the form of the CPU's microcode, the iGPU's UEFI GOP driver, and certain Management Engine bootstraps on the side of the motherboard BIOS that lets it recognize the new chips. With the safe transplanting of these pieces of software, Overclock.net modders rootuser123, LittleHill, dsanke, elisw, Mov AX, and 0xDEAD; succeeding in not only getting the chips to work on older platforms, but also found ways to iron out several stability and compatibility issues. They've published a guide at this page.


Read full article @ techPowerUp

NOCTUA NH-L12S CPU Cooler Review
I love C-Type CPU air coolers because of a used Thermaltake Big Typhoon during the end of socket 939 days. Due to the platform jump towards AM3+ and TtBT’s incompatible mounting kit, I purchased a Noctua NH-U12P-SE2 CPU cooler. Years have passed and after I’ve started Hardware BBQ, eventually I got my hands on another C-type CPU cooler- the Noctua NH-C14S which I use regularly. While I prefer using the NH-U12S, NH-U14S and the NH-D15 to show the motherboard’s layout compatibility, NH-C14S is a good performer and a great CPU cooler to look at. Unlike CPU tower coolers, it made a good impression and also was a solid performer, but a limitation of mounting a single fan.


Read full article @ Hardware BBQ

Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 Review
Noctua is a company specialized in designing and producing of high end coolers and fans for PC type systems. The company was founded in 2005 by Rascom Computerdistribution and Taiwanese company Kolink International. Today Noctua is present in more than 30 countries, being one of the most known manufacturers of cooling solutions.


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Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo 8TB Review
Promise launched their Apollo Cloud solution back in April of 2017, and we were lucky enough to have a unit sent over for review. I walked away from that article giving the Apollo Cloud an 89% and our Best Value award, due to its easy to use features and low entry cost.

Promise is now back with a refresh of the Apollo Cloud line, the new version dubbed Cloud 2 Duo fits perfectly as this is the first in the Apollo Cloud line to offer redundancy with two drives. With this, the enclosure has received a refresh as well, slightly wider to accommodate the second drive although maintaining that subtle curved exterior. Promise has stayed with the white exterior on the Cloud 2 Duo, adding touches of black top and bottom along with a little branding, but it's not overdone keeping the marketing machine in check.


Read full article @ TweakTown

Sennheiser GSP 301 & 303 Headset Review @ KitGuru
As an update to its GSP 300 series, Sennheiser has launched the GSP 301 and the GSP 303 – the latter being a special Need for Speed edition headset. Other than the visual revamp, however, both headsets share the same core design as the original GSP 300. For £89.99, can they do enough to stand out in a crowded market, or are the devices just too basic to be worth buying?


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