Fresh Off the Oven: One Repaired Video Card

August 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Tricks

Fresh Off the Oven: One Repaired Video Card

Baking a video card (as in an oven) to repair it sounds like total idiocy, but there’s a method to the madness. As anyone with computer hardware experience knows, solder joints sometimes crack over time, cutting the connections between electronic components and causing hardware failure.

Expose those joints to constant heat, in an oven set to 200 to 275 degrees centigrade, and the lead will melt, clearing out any cracks and reconnecting the joints. After the card has seen enough baking, ...read more

Your Video Card Buyer’s Guide for Spring 20

April 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops

Your Video Card Buyer’s Guide for Spring 20

Unless you don’t believe what the folks over at Anandtech have to say (and they know their stuff), their new video card buyer’s guide for this North-Hemispherean spring will be quite useful. Especially since it’s got recommendations for a variety of price points:

Price Product $75 ATI Radeon HD 4670 NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT $100 Wait for a month! $150 ATI Radeon HD 4850 $165 ATI Radeon HD 4870 $180 An ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB NVIDIA GTX 260 Core 216 $180 – $280 Errr… $280 – $400+ ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB

Hmmm… looks like ...read more


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