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Intel’s Haswell-E plaform is arguably their best effort in recent times and it improves on nearly every aspect of their offering to the desktop market – you get more cores for less money, you get new features and hardware, you get DDR4 compatibility and you get the new X99 chipset, chock-full of features that many of you will buy it on but won’t ever use. But there are a few issues with X99 that might be reason for Intel to tread carefully with how they manage the Skylake launch next year and here’s why.

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With the recent celebrity photo leaks on iCloud still fresh on everybody’s minds, a lot of people are looking into how to make their passwords more secure. Well, the good news is that Google thinks it can help you thanks to a password generator that one of the Chromium developers, Francios Beaufort, has cooked up for the latest Chrome Canary build. It generates passwords according to your requirements or the requirements of the website you’re making an account on and best of all, it’s baked straight into the browser.

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As if AMD making the Radeon R9 295X2 wasn’t crazy enough for the graphics market, ASUS has revealed that it’s been working on something very similar behind the scenes. Behold their final efforts – the ASUS Republic of Gamers ARES III, custom-made from the bottom up and covered with ASUS’ own waterblock designed in conjunction with EKWB. It’s a single-slot dual-GPU monster, but it’s built only for water-cooling setups.

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On the heels of the breach of the pictures of famous celebrities who had their pictures stolen off their iCloud accounts, Microsoft has decided to not comply with a court order to force it to hand over data to the US government for e-mails stored on one of its servers. This is the first reported incident where the company is shown to not be complying with the NSA and its sister departments responsible for the security of the country. The company had until 31 July to hand over the data and it put out a statement this week that listed its reasons for doing so.

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Intel’s Haswell-E family launched last week and things have been heating up in discussion threads on the internet and in videos on Youtube. Haswell-E is one of the most anticipated launches for the high-end desktop crowd and a lot of people who need the extra horsepower on offer are eagerly watching for benchmarks that finally push them to checking out their parts they’ve gathered into their shopping carts. Not only is Intel changing the game as far as core counts are concerned, they’re also offering completely new board logic, new functionality that wasn’t possible before and compatibility with DDR4 memory, also a brand new addition to the market. Lets dive into Haswell-E and look at why you’d want it and what it’s going to cost you.

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A few months on from my original review of the GAMDIAS Zeus GMS1100 eSport, I was allowed to keep the moue as a long-term test unit. Having no other high-end peripherals on the cards to compare it with, I decided to use it as my daily driver to gauge performance over time. It’s generally noted that most peripheral reviews or, indeed, reviews of any computer products take place over the course of two to four weeks, without any long-term updates added in later to get an idea of how ownership of the device itself changed the reviewer’s initial impressions. Let’s jump in, shall we?

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Dun da dadadadada, dan da dadadadada, dan da dadadadada dan. DAAAAN DAAAAN DAAAAN DAN DA DAAAAAAN, DAAAN DA DAAAAAAN. DAAN DAAN DAAAN DA DADAAAN DAN DADAAAN. DUUN DUUN DUUUN DA DADADA DUN DUN, DA DADADA, DUN DUN DUN DA DAAN, DUN DA DAAAAAN. Yeah, you know that this is the new hotness edition of the System Builders Guide. Jump in and see what I’ve got in store for you! If you’ve got a pile of money burning a hole in your pocket and want a new rig, this is a good place to be right now.

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AMD’s live stream event may have been horribly cheesy, but there were some interesting announcements coming out of it. AMD had some fun things going on like the ALS Ice Bucket challenge with a voting rig for online viewers to choose who would get the bucket, as well as some giveaways to the live audience they had as well as some Twitter users who were lucky enough to win a Radeon R9 290. AMD’s biggest part of the presentation, though, was the Tonga family of graphics cores.

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So Intel’s Haswell-E launch is just around the corner and there’s been some price indications for the first batches of DDR4 memory, but nothing on the processors. Well, that is until now. Some pre-launch prices for the Core i7-5820K and Core i7-5930K have popped up on the local market thanks to Wootware. Haswell-E also comes with the X99 platform which will be just as expensive as these puppies. Hit the jump to see the screenshots.

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It’s the mid-range System Builders Guide for this week and we’re now seeing something rather strange, namely hiked-up GPU prices on the AMD Radeon camp. That presents a few problems with the smaller budgets and it’s a real headache when it comes to the high-end GPUs. Is something on the way? Is it Tonga? Is AMD preparing price drops? Who knows. All that I know is the price movements have forced another readjustment on my R11,000 build (which never stays in one piece) and on the higher budget which needs to stretch your wallet a bit. Hop in and see what your money could get you this week.

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