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Hardware / Peripherals / Bit-tech & Custom PC 2012 Awards
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:50:40 am »
So guys, here it is. The Oscar awards for enthusiast PC hardware. The 2012 awards were announced 2 months ago, and thought it's worth sharing.

If you go back over the last few years, you'd notice that on most occasions, the winner is the same this year as well (e.g Asus for motherboards, Corsair for RAM and PSUs). Major changes this year are the separation of NVIDIA and AMD cards, and the inclusion of a runner up, bringing companies like Gigabyte, G-Skill, Sapphire and XFX into the awards. Another major surprise (maybe not for those whore are aware of current developments) is Asus being ranked no. 2 on NVIDIA graphics cards, with MSI taking #1 spot.

You'd notice that I'm being impartial in sharing this info. Yes guys, if you have your doubts, Corsair remains no.1 memory maker, but G-Skill is ranked #2, so if you can't afford paying the premium for Corsair, you can't do better than G-Skill.

And for SSDs, as expected, OCZ continues to be #1, with Corsair coming in as runner up.

Here is the much awaited link :)

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/06/03/bit-tech-custom-pc-awards-2012-winners-an/1

If you're not sure where to buy the featured brands, here's the list.

Asus - Large range at Redline Technologies and EGS and a few models at Lapzone and Unity Plaza shops
Corsair - Redline Technologies, Sarah Tech
Gigabyte - Large range at Redline Technologies, lower end models available at most shops
MSI - No proper dealer ATM, especially for the awesome graphics cards
G-Skill - Tech Zone
OCZ - EGS
Antec - EGS, Redline Technologies
Cooler Master (awesome for cases, not so much with PSUs) - Redline Technologies, Barclays, Lapzone
Sapphire - Lapzone, most Unity Plaza shops (you'll only find the low end for now though)
XFX - Redline Technologies (no stocks currently due to pricing issues)
Netgear - Available soon through Redline Technologies
Zalman - Redline Technologies (only cases ATM)
Thermaltake - Redline Technologies (only cases ATM, modding items very soon hopefully)


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So folks, we want your opinions. Which case of the two would you pick for a gaming PC?

We need your opinions fast as we are planning on one of these as our next 8K case.


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Hardware / Peripherals / Anandtech's Ivy Bridge performance preview
« on: March 20, 2012, 12:05:38 pm »
Anandtech has released a performance preview of the Core i7 3770K processor based on Ivy Bridge. Performance gains over Sandy Bridge are quite substantial considering how well the 2600K itself performed. The most interesting thing about CPU performance is, however, that it beats Sandybridge-E in many benchmarks:

On the GPU side of things, performance has improved a lot, but isn't good enough to beat Llano. AMD still has the performance lead in integrated graphics.

The most substantial gain all in all is QuickSync performance which is great news for folks who transcode videos.

Here's the link to the preview:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-core-i7-3770k


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Topic says it all. AMD fans, here's your chance.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor with unlocked multiplier



Asus M4A87TD/USB3 motherboard featuring USB 3.0 and SATA 3 (6Gb/s)



The processor and motherboard were used for about a year. Lost the backplate used to mount the stock AMD cooler, so will be throwing in a brand new CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo as well.



Asking price is Rs.28,000, but you could make your offers. Looking for a quick sale.

PM me with your offers or call 0777809839

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Folks, here it is, GTX 550 Ti performance without a 6 pin power connector. Yes, you heard it right. With a TDP of just 55W, this card will be the best buy under Rs.20,000. Finally, you can have respectable gaming performance without having to worry about power.



Launched along with the HD 7750 was the HD 7770, another great card, with approximately GTX 460 performance with a TDP of just 80W, which is just above the 75W limit of the PCI-E X16 slot.

Read the review and share your thoughts.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135.html

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Read the following article for a full understanding of the importance of solid capacitors.

http://www.piranhapc.com/all-solid-capacitors.html

In summary, solid capacitors feature:
1) 6 times longer lifespan
2) Less heat generation
3) Better performance, stability and reliability under heavy stress

Here's an interesting story from Gigabyte:

http://www.gigabyte.com/microsite/195/images/jsc-story.html

Most manufacturers use solid capacitors for all their high end products, but their use in low end products is limited. Even our beloved motherboard brand Asus uses the same strategy for their motherboards.

We have a policy at Redline Technologies to only sell motherboards that feature 100% Japanese solid capacitors, without sacrificing on features. For this reason, Gigabyte has become the go to brand for low end motherboards at Redline Technologies. This is also the reason why we choose to not promote certain motherboard models that are quite popular and lucrative, including the Asus P8H61-M LX, Asus P8H67-M LX, Intel DH61WW, Intel DH67BL and Intel DH67CL. All these models have similarly priced alternatives with the same features and with all solid capacitors.

On your next motherboard or graphics card purchase. make sure the product you are buying features solid capacitors if you really care about product quality and reliability.


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Available at Rs.10,000, the Pentium Dual Core G840 no doubt redefines entry level computing. Check out the comparisons yourself:

G840 vs. Core i3 540 - G840 beats the Core i3 540 hands down in gaming, and loses out only in multi-threaded apps due to lack of hyperthreading:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/405?vs=143

G840 vs. Core 2 Quad Q8200 - G840 wrecks the Q8200, a popular quad core processor not too long ago, in all but heavily multi-threaded applications:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/405?vs=52

G840 vs. Core 2 Quad Q9300 - A similar pattern can be seen:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/405?vs=75

G840 vs E6300 (superior to the E5700 despite slightly slower clock speed) - The Sandybridge Dual Core G840 against a previous generation counterpart:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/405?vs=94

And how did I forget to mention the immensely superior integrated graphics offered by Sandybridge over previous generation platforms?

And OMG the power consumption :o


The G840 along with a H61 based motherboard would cost around 18K only. For the potential the platform has, this combo is just amazing value.

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A much needed update to our price list.

Redline Technologies Price List

The price list is dynamically updated whenever changes are made to pricing or availability, so make sure you bookmark this link!

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Asus K52J (Brand new sealed box)
• Processor: Intel Core i7 740QM 1.73 Ghz quad core
• RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz ( 2 x 2 GB )
• Hard Drive: 500 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 5400 rpm
• Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
• Display: 15.6" LED backlight 16:9
• Graphics Controller: AMD Radeon HD 6370M 1GB DDR3 VRAM
• Networking: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
• Notebook Camera: Integrated - 0.3 Megapixel
• Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad
• Card Reader: Yes
• Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
• Battery: 6 cell lithium ion
• Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
• Warranty: One year global

Rs. 115,000/=

Toshiba Satellite L650 (Factory recertified unit in sealed pack)
• Processor: Intel Pentium P6200 2.13 GHz dual core
• RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz ( 2 x 2 GB )
• Hard Drive: 640 GB - Serial ATA-300 - 5400 rpm
• Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM
• Display: 15.6" LED backlight 16:9
• Graphics Controller: Intel HD Graphics Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
• Networking: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
• Notebook Camera: Integrated - 0.3 Megapixel
• Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad
• Card Reader: Yes
• Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
• Battery: 6 cell lithium ion
• Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Rs. 55,000/=

Both units were purchased in Canada around 3 weeks back. Laptops made for the North American market are of superior quality to most stuff found here  (Y)

PM, post here or call me on 0777 809 839

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Hardware / Peripherals / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE vs GTX 460
« on: April 14, 2011, 08:24:27 am »
Yes, there is a difference. I came across a few posts where some believe that the GTX 460 SE is a non-overclocked GTX 460. Well fact is, the GTX 460 SE is a stripped down GTX 460, with fewer shader processors, lower memory bandwidth and slightly lower clock speeds, putting it 10% to 15% slower on average than the original GTX 460 1GB (brings it close to the 768MB version performance wise). Those looking for a GTX 460 need to keep this in mind and IMHO, the GTX 460 SE 1GB should be priced at least 3K cheaper than a GTX 460 1GB.

Follow this link for specs compared:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-se-review/2

Per Guru3D:

"So yeah, let's round things up. Unfortunately the SE (Special Edition) branding is I'm afraid nothing more than a sales stunt to bamboozle the novice consumer in the stores. That "SE" tag will confuse you and make you believe that it is a better product than say the regular GTX 460 with 1024MB, and that's just not the case. In fact an SE edition is fighting with the 768MB version, so its the world upside down rally."

Just thought of sharing this.

Have a good day.


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Redline Technologies / Introducing NVIDIA 3D Vision combos
« on: March 13, 2011, 11:18:33 am »
Redline Technologies is proud to offer NVIDIA 3D Vision combos that will enable an ultra-realistic gaming and movie experience like never before.

The NVIDIA 3D Vision combo will include the following:


  • Acer H5360 720P NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready DLP Projector
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit
  • Any Axle NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, GTX 460 1GB upwards (GTS 450 1GB upwards if 2 cards are purchased for SLi)

The total cost of the combo will be Rs.120,000 + current price of the graphics card(s), and will carry a 2 years warranty from Redline Technologies.

Extra glasses could be added at Rs.20,000 a pair.

Currently, a pre-order will need to be placed. Delivery will be in 2 weeks from date of ordering. A 25% down payment will have to be made when ordering the combo.

For more details e-mail us at [email protected] or contact:

Sabreen Reffai
Mobile: 0777-536929
e-mail: [email protected]

Zaffran Zavahir
Mobile: 0777-809839
e-mail: [email protected]

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Classifieds / Sold: Top of the range 6 core gaming rig for sale
« on: August 27, 2010, 09:41:08 am »
Update: Willing to sell parts so please PM me ur offers and if I think it's sufficient I'll sell it to you. The rig (excluding the sound card which is about 1 year old) is almost brand new as it is turned on only couple of times a week on weekends, and has been around for just over 2 months. I have all original receipts so will take responsibility for any warranty claims from Malaysia. I visit Malaysia once every 4 months and have relatives and friends traveling there regularly as well

If you read the reviews, you'll find that the Phenom X6 1055T beats the i7 920 in many multi-threaded apps, and the future's going to be all multi-threaded apps.

OK now let's get straight to the specs

Processor : AMD Phenom II X6 1055T OCed to 3.5Ghz without voltage tweaks (risk free OC) Sold 24000
Cooler : Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Sold 3000
Mobo : Asus M4A87TD/USB3 (SATA 6, USB 3.0 and excellent for overclocking) Sold 11500
RAM  : 2 X 2G B Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333 Sold 12000
Graphics card : Sapphire Radeon 5850 1GB GDDR5 Sold 35000
Sound card : Creative X-Fi OEM Alienware Edition with 8MB XRAM (better than Xtreme Gamer) 5000
Hard drive : Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB (one that beats the WD Black Edition in many test, and a higher end one than the Samsung at Barclays) Sold 9000
Optical drive : Sony SATA DVD-RW
PSU : CoolerMaster Extreme Power 500W Sold 7500
Monitor : LG E2350V 23" LED monitor (retails at $279.99 on Newegg) - If you see the colors on this, you'll consider normal LCDs prehistoric 27000
Mouse : Gigabyte laser gaming mouse 2500
Keyboard : X7 G700 waterproof (nothing high end here but does the job for me) 1000

Casing : Unbranded modded with a 120mm fan with blue LEDs and a dust filter for intake, and a 80mm with blue LEDs and a CM 80mm black fan for exhaust, a 12" green neon and glass side panel. CPU temp hovers around the 50-60 mark on load at 3.5Ghz.
Sold 3000

Going for just 150,000 140K. A rig with these specs will cost at least Rs.200K to build.

I will undertake for claims under the Malaysian warranty if at all required if you cannot arrange it for yourself.

PM, post here or SMS to 0777809839

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Classifieds / Viewsonic 17" LCD & Kingston 1GB DDR 1 RAM
« on: August 13, 2010, 04:42:16 pm »
Following items are up for sale

1. Viewsonic 17" 1280*1024 - Rs.8000 Sold
2. Kingston DDR 1 400 1GB RAM - Rs.4000

Both were purchased brand new, used for about 3 years, perfectly working with no flaws.

Post your replies here, PM or contact me on 0777809839.

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Classifieds / [Buying] Good used gaming casing (without PSU)
« on: June 16, 2010, 05:18:09 pm »
Hey guys,

I'm looking to buy a used gaming casing in good condition. Any good brand would do. Ready for immediate purchase. Post here, pm or text/call on 0777807173.

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