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Windows 8 Interface Problem Solved: Make Windows 8 Look Like Windows 7

Classic Shell Custom Install

Windows 8.1 is coming and it will have a Start Button. Except it’s not a Start Button! It is a Metro Button to sling you right back into the Windows 8 tile-based user interface! One can only imagine the frustration of average users finally managing to get away from the tile-based environment, finally seeing the familiarity of Desktop… only to click on the Windows 8.1 Start Button out of habit, and find out the hard way that it has been placed there to catapult them right back into the Metro interface they tried to escape from. Read More

3 Step Guide to Overclock Your i7 / i5 Haswell Platform

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Well, we skipped a generation on the front page, because overclocking Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge were both relatively similar, and relatively easy. The overclocking game, however, is in for a bit of a facelift with Haswell. We have an overclocking guide ready for you on day one, so grab your CPU, sit back and relax while we overclock them together! Read More

Turn a High-Speed Gentle Typhoon Into a PWM Fan, Version 2.0

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Highspeed Gentle Typhoons are wonderful beasties. They run at 300, 4250 and 5400 rpm but sound surprisingly quiet for those speeds. They draw their power from the PSU so they don’t burn out your motherboard. They even report their RPM with a dedicated line. All they lack is PWM. With PWM control our motherboards could tell these fans when to really crank, and when to be quiet. But take heart! Hiding in highspeed Gentle Typhoons are the reins to controlling these fans. I just bought a new highspeed Gentle Typhoon. Inside half an hour I can turn this wild critter into a docile PWM fan. Follow along with me and learn for yourself. Read More

Memory Overclocking Guide for Intel Ivy Bridge platform

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In this guide I would like to show how to overclock your memory in a simple way and how to check if your settings are actually optimal. I won’t show you how to make highest clock or tightest available timings because all memory is different and I can’t guarantee any settings for that. Read More

How to Turn a High-Speed Gentle Typhoon Into a PWM Fan

Gentle Typhoon AP-30 modded for an NH-D14

What if you want to control the speed of your high-speed Gentle Typhoon fan? Maybe you’re tired of it going full-blast all the time. It is quite noisy after all… What to do? You could buy an expensive fan controller, but there is a better way. Actually, there are a couple of better ways, and they involve a hidden capability of your high-speed Gentle Typhoon’s PCB. Read More

Keep ‘Em Spinning: How To Lubricate PC Fans

Materials for lubricating a fan

Sleeve bearings fans have a well-deserved reputation of wearing out quickly. But they’re inexpensive, and not necessarily cheaply made. They can perform very well indeed. We want to use them on our heatsinks, but we worry that they will fail and leave our CPU’s overheating. Wouldn’t you like to be able to use a sleeve bearing fan and not have to worry? Read More

How-To: 8 GHz on Bulldozer

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Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone out there with Bulldozer and Liquid Nitrogen, and for everyone else I hope it uncovers the secrets of how its done. Read More

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