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GPU Upgrade – 9800gt to 280gtx

Posted by cooper on May 5, 2010 in g33k, tech

So I have parted my cheeks and bought a new Nvidia GTX 280gtx for my Hackintosh / Win7 i7 920 6gb of memory desktop machine. It also caused me to buy a new Coomaster 650W PSU to power the power hungry fella and Zalman 10x Quiet CPU Cooler. Dam it’s a nice GPU, despite it requiring 40 amps on the 12v rail !

So I did some benchmarking …

Nvidia 9800gt 3d Mark Score

Nvidia 9800gt 3d Mark Score

Nvidia 280tgtx 3d Mark Score

Nvidia 280tgtx 3d Mark Score

So we can see a small increase there, especially on the raw GPU score … 🙂

And apparently my Windows experience is now better !

Windows with a 9800gt

Windows with a 9800gt

Windows with a 280gtx

Windows with a 280gtx

So, time for me to get Steam again and come back to some online gaming … Let me know what I should be playing 🙂

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Cisco Acknowledges AJ2010 Network

Posted by cooper on May 4, 2010 in cisco, friends, g33k

Awesome stuff. Was a lot of kit rolled out @ the Cataract Scout Park by Alan, Brett, Colin, Todd and myself – Plus many many others !

Good to see the kit was well used for quality videos like:

More info:
http://blogs.cisco.com/news/comments/cisco_helps_the_22nd_australian_scout_jamboree_reach_new_digital_heights/

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iPhone Speed Tips

Posted by cooper on May 2, 2010 in g33k

Have you noticed a lag in the speed at which your iPhone 3G or 3Gs loads SMS text messages or web browser pages?

Remember that your iPhone is basically a small computer, it runs an operating system just like Windows XP or Mac OS X. And just like those systems, there are background tasks running that may slow down the performance of your iPhone. So in order to speed up your iPhone, you should properly quit the applications that you are not using.

Important note (common misconception):

When you press the ‘Home’ button on the front of the iPod Touch, you are not quitting the application. You are simply closing it, but the application is still open and running in the background.

Suppose you open a game that you downloaded or an application on your iPhone that constantly updates via the internet. But you don’t use that application often. Then it is smart to quit those applications so it is not hogging the bandwidth (speed) of your iPhone in the background.

So, in order to properly quit these applications on iPhone 3G or 3Gs, perform the following steps:

1. Open the application that you wish to quit by pressing its button on the home screen.
2. Once the app opens, hold the power button (on the top of the iPhone) until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ with a red button shows up.
3. Then let go of the power button and press and hold the ‘Home’ button on the front-bottom of the iPhone.
4. When the interface returns to the home screen, you have successfully quit the application.

Perform steps 1-4 on any applications that you don’t use often. This will speed up the performance of your iPhone.

Bonus: Clear the cache of your Safari browser regularly by doing the following:

Home Screen > Settings > Safari > Clear Cache

This will help speed up the performance of Safari when surfing the web.

Source: http://geekwhat.com/2009/09/14/how-to-speed-up-iphone-3g-or-3gs/

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