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Chew Clocks Phenom to 4.5GHz on Air and 6.4GHz on LN2

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302w ago - We just received a link leading to an AMD-sponsored YouTube channel, showing an HD video how Brian McLachlan [alias chew*] overclocked Phenom II 955 and DDR3 memory. You can see the HD video below.

What caught our attention in the video was the fact that Brian didn't take the usual route of slapping a LN2 pot and pouring Liquid-nitrogen from the word go.

Chew* used AMD Phenom II 955 processor, GigaByte 790FX-based motherboards [MA790FXT-UD5P], Corsair DDR3-1866 memory, ATI Radeon HD 4850 and 4890 graphics cards in single and Crossfire mode. In this video, chew* posted 4515 MHz CPU-Z using an air cooler, 5217 MHz CPU-Z score using Dry Ice and 6405 MHz using Liquid Nitrogen.




Personally, I am not very interested in seeing validation screenshots, even though I understand their point. I was always an stable system overclocker - my CPUs have to pass a 24 hour Linpack run in order to be called stable. Chew published so called "extreme stability" results as well, reaching 4070 MHz on air, 4717 MHz on Dry Ice and 5751 MHz using LN2. Playing a game on 5.7 GHz would be an interesting experience, if there wasn't for continuous need to pour the LN2 into the pot. DDR3 memory was clocked to 1443 MHz using 5-5-5-15 latency, while top...
 

Bushing Reports on Returning Modified Wii Consoles for Repair

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305w ago - It seems that Nintendo is now charging almost to full price for a Nintendo Wii if you've installed unsigned code on the machine that resulted in a 'bricked' console.

To quote: I've been asked whether installing the Homebrew Channel (or Twilight Hack or whatever) will void the warranty on a Wii. I've generally said something like "Technically, yes, but I doubt they will enforce that."

This seemed reasonable, given some of the anecdotes I've heard – stories of people ruining their drives with a soldering iron and still getting free repair work done under warranty, etc. I've also said that if a Wii is bricked (and won't boot), then they have no way of actually checking to see what is installed on the Wii – and I still believe that to be true, at least most of the time.

I'll be the first to admit that was wrong, given some recent evidence. My German's pretty bad, but I see ".... Softwarehack ... EUR 210″. That seems awfully excessive, given that the price of a new Wii is EUR 250, no?

I would write this off as an isolated incident – maybe someone installed some truly awful warezloading hack. However, I was sent the following email through an anonymous remailer last month, and it would seem to support the invoice above:

From: (deleted)
 

Paul McCartney: Pirate Bay Verdict Was Fair

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306w ago - The Beatles legend Paul McCartney has labeled the Pirate Bay's verdict of guilty as 'fair'.

McCartney noted that if you get on a bus, then you have to pay for your ticket. He went on to discuss how new and emerging artists need money from song sales to pay for their mortgages and support their family.

To quote: Sir Paul McCartney, speaking before headlining US festival Coachella, said: "Anyone who does something good, particularly if you get really lucky and do a great artistic thing and have a mega hit, I think you should get rewarded for that.

"I'm in favor of that sort of thing."

He added: "The problem is you get a lot of young bands coming up and some of them aren't going to last forever so if they have a massive hit that's going to pay their mortgage forever.

"They're going to feed the children on that and if they don't get that money, if they don't see that money, I think it's a bit of a pity.

"I've been very lucky because my main era with the Beatles was at a time when everyone did get paid.

"Particularly for young bands and they've got a young family, I don't want to see them destitute after a couple of years when...
 

LittleBigPlanet Update 1.09 Going Live - Love is in the Air Edition

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316w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared another update on the world of LittleBigPlanet for PS3 today as follows:

"Update Love"
Going live later today is Update 1.09 - a bit earlier than expected, but we're sure you won't mind. This update contains some minor adjustments plus addresses the following bug fixes:

•'Failed to save profile' message not being displayed when a user's profile is full.
•Object Capture Bug: switch connectors being deleted when an object is captured.
•Failed to load profile issue: where the user is thrown out to the XMB due to a texture that is not registered in their profile being present in their pod.
•Text not displaying in the text chat window.
•Slow rewind due to moderation check.
•Save file corruption which caused the game to crash when placing any object in an emitter in any level.

"Awards Love" from the development community
The past few weeks has been a humbling experience with news of numerous prestigious awards nominations from both the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and Game Developers Choice Awards. Congrats to the Molecules and SCEE.

AIAS nominations
 

PS3 Home Events Space, Air Race Leaderboards Live in Europe!

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317w ago - Sony's PlayStation Home has been updated in Europe for PS3, however, Sony hasn't actually told anyone... instead sneaking it out without anyone noticing. To quote:

The Red Bull Air Race space now features a few different aircraft that you can choose between before flying the course. There's also a leaderboard which shows the top flyers globally as well as your friends' best times.

The Events space is also now open and the PSP-3000 treasure hunt has begun. The Events space plays host to a new multiplayer minigame called Tri-Sphere and hidden around the Gallery section are six hidden numbers.

If you find these numbers and input them into the website (accessible via a wall terminal inside Home) you stand the chance of winning a real PSP-3000. There's no word on when/if these these things will come to Home in the US but we'll let you know as soon as Sony tells us we stumble across it.

Home continues to evolve, albeit at a slower pace than we expected. These additions are certainly pleasing, but don't quite raise the service to the next level. Yet.
 
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