Damn the world has moved so fast

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Things have been moving so fast , been so busy with smartphone testing, OSX Rigging, Starcraft II Playing and working hard.

Plenty of things to add to the blog later today, have work log of a new project to do with a Xbox 360 and total conversion to something portable and self contained
I Have finally finished making the MS-1727 the best notebook it can be. Have lined up for an iPhone 4 and compared to the Android world lastests Samsung Galaxy S. Pics and thoughts to be added for your enjoyment. Have somthing a litle fun with a 980X 6 core i7.

Introducing the MS-1727 (or MSI-GX740) Part 1

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After playing with the MS-1656 barebones unit, i loved the idea of building something to suite your specifications and putting what you want in it to get what you want out of it. It seems that 15.4″ Screen and a GTS 250M was not enough, i needed something to be close to my desktop specs, my expectations kinda rose a little after having crossfire and an i7 OC’D for quite a while, even though from real world numbers it seems (for playing games and doing “normal” things) it seems no different. So i decided to see what i could find out there to suite what i needed. I needed something close to the following:

– Core i7 920 2.66Ghz
– 6GB 1066Mhz
– 2 x HD 4890 1GB
– DVD+RW

Meeting those was a tall order, i mean i could get those in a notebook if really wanted to splurge the monies to do so, but i think it would be better to stick to realistic budget and performance. I first place i started looking was something to compare if it was worth it to get the barebones upgrade or to go with something pre-built / OEM. Now i have had OEMS before over the years but only in the last 3 years have i started using notebooks for gaming on the go and hard lanning. I mean we have all lugged our machine to LANS and back and caused outselves damage indoing so, after i moved to laptops to get over that issue i started noticing a few things. All OEMS today seem to built thier notebooks with GPU’s not as the focus and if they do build gaming notebooks they are always 3,0000000,00000000 dollars more than they should be for what you get.

So i set in mind to continue down the path of barebones unit building, but i didnt know where to start, i mean there are a few main contenders to start with:

– Clevo
– MSI

And then there are pre-built units using custom versions of each sold by (mostly EU builders) like DevilTech and XoticPC, these units again are still a little to steep for the needs but do live up to the performance bar very very well, the only other part that discounted them for me was simply that they don’t accept most customers outside of the EU areas. There are only a few other options but i then turned my attention to the USA, there are some there i could find again finding not what i was looking for, after looking around on http://forum.notebookreview.com/ and found a lot of ravings about clevo and the MSI range but more so towards the barebones. So i started looking towards what the resellers had comming out and the future proofing my idea. I set my sights then on the MSI based barebones mainly the MS-1727 as even the OEM version of it, GX740 was not even released at the time, Core i5 was the fastest CPU in these pre-built units. I then did some more hunting and discovered a interesting reseller Frostycomputers. The first thing that came to my head was “there is sooo much stuff here!!!!” and starting looking at the range of product and the amount of support and information on this site is extensive, a main thing that caught my eye, INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY?!?, smokes most places dont even support local warranty besides the reseller, but there guys sell the machine with international warranty on parts and machine for all MSI based products. this was definatly not the adverage seller, they new thier stuff, video reveiws and all.

So i looked at what they had for the MS-1727 and even pre-order for the MSI-GX740, which again was a surprise. These blokes have everything in MSI gear and if your looking for the good on MSI barebones and OEM i’m telling you not to go past it. Considering the parts i already had, i went first for the GT720, but after a few minutes of confirming the order i emailed back support and asked if they could upgrade to the GX740 (MS-1727) even though it would be on pre order. They changed my order ASAP and even threw in a wonderful 17″ carry bag FTW!!

A week after the unit had been ordered in the US, it arrived at desk! UPS is such a brilliant idea for this sorta thing, and as included with the pictures i have already, i assembled it with the following specs:

– Core i7 720QM
– 4GB 1066Mhz DDR3
– 5870 1GB (Alredy with this model ;-) )
– 128GB A-RAM PRO SSD
– Intel 5100 N WIFI

And the results from first boot was rather impressive, though anything with an SSD these days will be awesome as it is. 3D Mark Initial tests with 10.3 Preview drivers were giving around the 11000 Mark, so i was then able to use the drivers from the GX740 as they were released, sadly the normal AMD drivers will not work without some mild INF tweaking. But after the unit began to give some interesting results compared to my desktop setup, 3D mark of 12000 and even the ability to OC the GPU close to its desktop counterpart. This however from most of my testing didn’t seem to make too much difference in the real world gaming but another 350 points in 3Dmark. Temps i have also included here for idle, gaming and heavy usage. The AUDIO controller in this unit is very very nice, the software to support it is defiantly recommended as this adds some support for other surround setups, the fact that it have individual controls for all 4 audio output jacks makes it great for multitrack recording situations.

I will be also including the second part of this review with my full thoughts and conclusions about the performance and feel of the machine, Including HDMI and usage on battery and keyboard and touchpad feels when in use.

Ventrillo Server Stress Testing

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I have got a few things to do:

1) Test with more than 2 People
2) Multiple User authentication
3) Max load test
4) See if we can crash it.
5) Suggestions on new channels to add (Once i have listed the main TBA below)

So i thought i would appeal to the OCAU and general Gaming people and see who would be interested in testing this for me, i have a huge array of channels for a multitude of games so im sure there is something for all.

I also need ideas and suggestions, but most of all feedback. once i get some interest we can talk testing dates and times.

And after this it might become free range for those of OCAU who wish to use it or public to see what happens

Active Users: 1 / 30 (Preferred Min Stress Test)

A new year a new theme….

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Just as i had lost hope about finding a new new theme to suite my site after 2 years of searched i found it. My i introduce the awsome theme “pixeled”,

awsome work by Sam

XBMC , Xbox 360 Cases, Wii of the Same

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W00t…..

I still alive after last evil kaneval impression, those of you who were there prob all laughed as did i, but im getting better soon to be completly mobile again, driving and all that.

Anyways, now that i can mod and play with toys again is great, got some new Xbox 360 mods to test cases to play with and dremel :-) . Good news is i can now do all Liteon Drives and spoofs,  no longer an obsticle for all. I now also have a new Xbox 360 Elite , 120Gb HDD is now a must i feel with the new NXE  cause games on the HDD is brilliant, although it would be nice to trick the drive in to thinking there was a disc in there so you could play without even the disc in there and be completly disc free, but thats dreaming for the moment i guess.

i have now killed Windows Vista MCE completly on my MCE box and replaced it with XBMC Linux version, works well i must say with network shares and all , with MCE IR and the remote i would say its a good alternative to WMCE. Upscaling is a great feature too. Although i was looking at the development and would love to try it out on a Apple TV setup cause i think it would be a cheap alternative for those who dont want to spent tooo much on a MCE box.

3G iPhone 16GB, Finally….

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Its Taken a while, but i finally have one. Have been on a 2.5G Version for a few months now, love the iPhone concept and its potential. It has so much adoption just like the surge of things with the iPod’s assault on the music industry, I’m sure the upgrades will also continue in the firmware side of things. CUT AND PASTEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! is supposedly in 2.2 but this is a rumor at this stage and there will be a few things to some also i hope in it, and what would make it purrfect for everything….. well MMS built into the units firmware and Turn by Turn Navigation, but Tom Tom in the works will hopefully take care of this.

Being now well versed on the the ins and outs of this thing now after my work on the 2.5G version scene, im sure having a 3G will get some action of apps in the development department on my mac im sure :-)