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Toggle this category Corsair: My happy story

Posted By:  kzaske @ 20 December 2013 - 02:09 PM
Corsair: Customer Experience Plus

As many of you know, I have used several different Corsair products without ever really becoming a fan of them. I have used their Survivor series of USB drives not because of the performance but because of its’ durability. The RAM I use is Corsair because I wanted an 8MB Kit that support BEMP* and it was the only one available at the time. The RAM has been a solid performer but I was never able to use it the way I had wanted to.

I purchased (back in 2011) an H60 for use on a Phenom II 965BE, It worked well until I upgraded to a 1090T and tried to over-clocking the chip. At which time the H60 was simply overwhelmed. I needed an upgrade so in Jan of 2012 I ordered an H80 (the largest my case to hold) and two FX 8350s (one for me one for the wife). It worked for a few months, with an FX 8350 running folding@home the best the H80 did was to keep the temps in the mid 50s to lower 60s, there was no room for over-clocking like I had hoped. (As an FYI: the max temp on an FX 8350 is 63c.) By August of 2012 It squealed very loudly at startup which was followed by a constant squeaking noise, my CPU would overheat in less than 15 minutes. The performance was only slightly better than no cooler at all. I contacted Corsair and arranged for an RMA.

Before I could get it shipped in I suffered a cardiac event. I contacted Corsair to let them know that I would not be able to ship the unit back any time soon. The reply was not to worry about it, once an RMA is issues it is good until such time as they receive the broken product.

October 2013 (yes, more than a year after the RMA was issued) rolls around and I finally have the extra cash laying around to ship the broken H80 back to Corsair. Two weeks after I shipped the unit back I had still not received word on the status of my replacement. I called Corsair support, the product had been received two weeks earlier however it had not been processed yet. The agent I spoke with processed the receipt, ordered up the replacement and promised an e-mail with the tracking information as soon as shipping had processed the order for shipment (within three to five days). Two hours later I got the e-mail with the tracking number, five days later the replacement was installed into my wife’s computer and working fine.

Here is what surprised me, about two months after I was given my RMA number I found out that my h80 had a manufacturing defect that caused the pump to make unexpected noises and to fail early. They were asking everyone within the afflicted lot numbers were being asked to return the units for replacement with a repaired (refurbished) h80. More than a year later my h80 was replaced with an H80i. The H80i is working far better than the h80 ever did. Even with folding running full bore on her FX 8350 the temps rarely reach 51c.

I am quite happy with Corsair support, even after more than a year they honored the RMA without having to request a new RMA (even after they changed to a SalesForce support system) and I was upgraded to the new H80i, even though they had refurbished h80s in stock to ship out.

So, when you are out shopping and run into a situation where you have a Corsair product competing with any other product all I ask is that you remember reading this and ask yourself this question: Does Corsair have your back?.”
For my part, I will be replacing my Antec 620 with a Corsair H80i as soon as it arrives. I know the product works and I know that Corsair has my back should anything go wrong.

* As a side note; I never did get BEMP enabled. That was not Corsair’s fault that is just another prime example of the high quality of AMD’s software and AMD’s ability to follow through with advertised marketing plans (schemes).

Ken /|\
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Toggle this category End of the line for Roadrunner supercomputer

Posted By:  Reign @ 31 March 2013 - 04:15 PM
It's the end of the line for Roadrunner, a first-of-its-kind collection of processors that once reigned as the world's fastest supercomputer.
The $121 million supercomputer, housed at one of the nation's premiere nuclear weapons research laboratories in northern New Mexico, will be decommissioned Sunday.

The reason? The world of supercomputing is evolving and Roadrunner has been replaced with something smaller, faster, more energy efficient and cheaper. Still, officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say it's among the 25 fastest supercomputers in the world.

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Toggle this category Buy an OCZ Vector Solid State Drive and Receive a Far Cry 3 Download Code

Posted By:  Reign @ 23 February 2013 - 09:14 PM

New and existing OCZ Vector SSD (256GB and 512GB) owners are eligible receive Far Cry 3 for free.
Boy oh boy, with the free promotions out there adding up, it's starting to look like if you paid for Far Cry 3, you're doing it wrong. Far Cry 3 was featured in AMD's "Never Settle" game bundles, Samsung was giving it away with the purchase of its 840 Series solid state drives (SSDs) during Cyber Monday, and now OCZ is working the free Far Cry 3 promotion with the purchase of select Vector SSDs.

The promotion applies to 256GB and 512GB models (128GB is not included), and you can redeem up to two codes (with the purchase of two Vector SSDs). All you have to do is fill out OCZ'sonline form, and once approved, OCZ will email you an activation code and URL to download the game.


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Toggle this category Microsoft joins list of recently hacked companies

Posted By:  Reign @ 23 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

The software giant said it was hit with a similar hack to that used against Facebook and Apple

IDG News Service - Microsoft has disclosed that it recently fell victim to the same type of cyberattack that targeted Apple and Facebook.

"During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations," the company said on its Security Response Center website Friday.

"We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing," it said.

Microsoft joins a list of companies that've recently reported being hacked, including Facebook, Apple, Twitter, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.


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Toggle this category Step by Step Guide to Installing a 140mm GPU Cooling Fan!

Posted By:  Mnpctech @ 05 December 2012 - 03:29 PM
Step by Step Guide to Installing a 140mm GPU Cooling Fan!

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Toggle this category “Freedom from Tyranny!” Planetside 2 NC Case Mod

Posted By:  Mnpctech @ 07 November 2012 - 09:46 AM
“Freedom from Tyranny!” Planetside 2 NC Case Mod by Mnpctech, http://www.mnpctech....ide-2-case-mod/

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Toggle this category New Monster Tower, we take closer look

Posted By:  Mnpctech @ 05 November 2012 - 05:31 PM
We take close look at Lian Li's New MONSTER TOWER, the PC-A75 and discover it will fit big rads with very little modification


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Toggle this category Visit The Ultimate "Mod Garage"

Posted By:  Mnpctech @ 31 October 2012 - 08:48 AM
Visit To The Ultimate "Mod Garage" here, http://www.mnpctech....ate-mod-garage/

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Toggle this category 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Posted By:  Reign @ 21 October 2012 - 05:56 PM
Toyota's Camry is America's best-selling mid-size vehicle. But it didn't get there by making any bold statements. We spent a week with a hybrid model to see if the car's technology could snap us awake from the boredom of an uninspired driving experience.

Toyota Motor Corporation has been around since 1937 in Japan, and the U.S. operation was founded in 1957. Unlike the Hyundai and Kia vehicles we previously evaluated, there are no origin stories here that have anything to do with Ford. The company surpassed General Motors as the largest global manufacturer of automobiles in 2008, and managed to hold that title up until last year. Due to the earthquakes in Japan and floods in Thailand, Toyota slipped to number three behind Volkswagen and GM.

Today, it’s hard to speak of Toyota without some mention of hybrid technology or its Camry, which currently holds 51% of the mid-size sedan market, and is one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. Although our inner enthusiast is sad to see the company that once brought us beautiful sports cars like the 2000GT, Supra, and Celica focus on more general-purpose sedans, it'd be hard to deny that Toyota is the poster child for eco-friendly hybrid vehicles with a complete line-up from the Prius to SUVs.

What happens, then, when you combine the best-selling car in America with a hybrid powertrain? We're taking a break from benchmarking graphics cards to find out what Toyota's 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE and its infotainment system has to offer.


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Toggle this category Pacemaker hack can kill via laptop

Posted By:  Reign @ 21 October 2012 - 05:10 PM
Pacemakers from several manufacturers can be commanded to deliver a deadly, 830-volt shock from someone on a laptop up to 50 feet away, the result of poor software programming by medical device companies.

The new research comes from Barnaby Jack of security vendor IOActive, known for his analysis of other medical equipment such as insulin-delivering devices.

Jack, who spoke at the Breakpoint security conference in Melbourne on Wednesday, said the flaw lies with the programming of the wireless transmitters used to give instructions to pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), which detect irregular heart contractions and deliver an electric shock to avert a heart attack.

A successful attack using the flaw "could definitely result in fatalities," said Jack, who has notified the manufacturers of the problem but did not publicly identify the companies.

In a video demonstration, Jack showed how he could remotely cause a pacemaker to suddenly deliver an 830-volt shock, which could be heard with a crisp audible pop.

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