The best keyboards are the ones that manage to blend style with substance, aesthetics with customization. There is no shortage of mechanical switch-enabled keyboards with RGB backlighting marketed toward gamers these days, but it’s the little things about Thermaltake’s Poseidon Z RGB that make it stand out.
Friday, 30 October 2015
Nobody appreciates modded PCs as art better than CPU. Just flip to the Mad Reader Mod in this issue and you’ll see yet another world-class example of a PC that’s pleasing to the eye yet brutal with the benchmarks. But thanks to Thermaltake and the new Core P5, you can concoct a system worth showing off without having to leave your day job and convert your bathroom into an ersatz paint booth.
The tight confines and limited airflow of a small form factor rig often make for a hotter environment than systems in a mid- or full-sized tower. Supermicro’s C7H170-M is a microATX motherboard that’s built with stability and reliability in mind, while still providing support for Intel’s Skylake processors, M.2 storage, and a few expansion card slots. As you might guess by the title, the C7H170-M runs Intel’s H170 chipset, which is quite comparable with Intel’s Z170 chipset. Typically, the H variant of Intel’s chipsets don’t support overclocking, but Supermicro uses a special hardware design and BIOS that lets you adjust the base clock on your Skylake processor. Read on for a deeper look at Supermicro’s C7H170-M.
Fix broken updates, stop false positives and discover the hidden Repair mode
Programs, websites or email run slowly
Avast has a real-time scanning mode called Active Protection that checks program launches, sent and received emails and visited websites. If you’ve updated the program this could have enabled new options or ones that you’d previously disabled. You can tweak these options to speed up specific activities, or reduce the program’s optimisation to speed everything up – potentially reducing levels of protection.
Speed up navigation, force apps to launch the way you want and add hundreds of extra tools
Turn on text descriptions
NirLauncher, which has just been updated to work in Windows 10, puts hundreds of free, portable NirSoft tools in one launcher. Download it free from http://launcher.nirsoft.net. In the program window, the collection of tools is categorised for easy navigation, but it’s still not always clear what each tool does. So open the Options menu and tick Show Description Text – and now you’ll see a more comprehensive description of each tool’s functions.
A standalone scanner that still standing
Remember when things didn’t do everything? Your phone made phone calls, your camera took pictures and your pocket calculator did sums. Back then, you had a printer to get stuff out of your PC and a scanner to get stuff in. They were separate machines for a reason: a printer is nothing like a scanner. They don’t share any parts.
Despite the last few years’ repeated claims of an impending “post-PC” age, when mobile devices would replace personal computers as the most commonly-used medium for computing, more recently, evidence has emerged that PCs are far from dead. In fact, for many of us, the question isn’t whether we should continue using a computer; instead, it’s what type of computer we should opt to use.
The fact remains that, for many purposes, especially business work and academic study, a PC remains the most useful computing device. And, whereas recent years have seen smartphones greatly diversify in their sizes, designs, features and software, computers reached the same stage many years earlier. PCs aren’t dying; rather, as The Verge’s Tom Warren has recently remarked, they have simply “matured enough that you don’t need to replace the one you bought years ago if it’s still working”.