For Sale – HP microserver N36L 4GB blu-ray drive ATI 6450 802.11n wifi

Hi Paul,

I’d accept your offer though please read the below.

I don’t think it is particularly noisy for a 6 year old 40mm fan (I’m surrounded by them at work, most much noisier), it spins, but it isn’t quiet, and it is definitely a fair bit louder than when it was new. That is why I posted the video.

Prior to listing it (while it still had a couple of §drives in) I left it running Windows 7 for a couple of weeks, which it did fine, without any unexpected errors or failures to boot etc.

Having spent a couple of minutes googling; the only thing non-standard about the chassis fan is that HP have swapped the pin order vs the “standard” for 12V PC PWM controlled fans, and used a standard molex KK type 4 pin header housing instead of the special one you’re supposed to use for 4pin PWM fans. If you want to swap the chassis fan it is only a few minutes work to extract the pins from the connector, swap them over and cut off the ramp which gets in the way:
N54L Microserver – Rear Fan Replacement Guide

The PSU one would be a little more tricky to swap, but only involve a couple of minutes soldering if you’re happy working on that kind of thing. The PSU isn’t actually that non-standard (I’m surrounded by similar units at work – we use a different model from the same manufacturer in one of our products) – it is just a 1U flex-ATX PSU. (more info here: http://chrisstark.co/2013/08/hp-microserver-n36-replacement-power-supply-psu/ ).

What I would say to you is that if doing the kind of things listed above aren’t the kinds of thing you like to get involved in, then I’d actually prefer not to sell it to you. While the fans and the unit are working fine, there is of course every chance they >may< fail in the not distant future (things that spin eventually stop, that's why I've removed the drives), and of course if the above kind of remedial works are out of your comfort zone then the unit is a paperweight, so wouldn't represent good value. That is just a fact of life of buying an old second hand computer.

But if you are comfortable with the risk, and can repair this sort of thing economically yourself if it does fail, then at £50 delivered it is a steal considering the RAM, bluray drive, graphics card and WLAN card (which together are worth more than the unit).

For Sale – Gigabyte Brix S i7-6500U (GB-BSi7HT-6500) + 950 Pro M.2 256GB + 850 Evo 1TB & More

Gigabyte Brix S i7-6500U (GB-BSi7HT-6500)
Boxed as new – £400
Bought from Amazon
Happy to arrange collection in person from either, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Welshpool or Newtown
or can post via Special Delivery for £11

Corsair DDR4 2133MHz 32GB (2x 16GB) ram, boxed as new – £170
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 PCIE SSD 256GB, boxed as new – £115
Samsung 850 Evo 2.5″ 1TB SSD, boxed as new – £190
All bought from Scan
Postage available for around £3 via 1st Class Signed For

Dell S2409W 24″ 16:9 LCD monitor with HDMI, DVI & VGA excellent condition I don’t think there are any dead pixels have owned for a few years since new and never noticed any pixels or had a single issue, I have the original box etc in loft too – £45
Postage available for £6 or £7 via Hermes or Collect+

2x KabelDirekt HDMI 4k cables 10m, £7 each
1m cables also available for £2 each
2x Belkin Cat6 Snagless UTP Patch Cable, 10 m – Blue, £4 each
1m cables also available for £2 each
Postage £2.80 via 2nd Class Small parcel or 96p via Large Letter for 1m cables

Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Keyboard, excellent condition – £28
Microsoft Wireless 5000 Mouse, good condition – £6
Postage £2.80 via 2nd Class Small parcel

Price and currency: £400
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Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Powys, Wales
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For Sale – Intel Core i5 4670K Chip – Sealed in retail packaging

Now sold subject to payment after delivery as agreed.

Intel Core i5 4670K Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.40GHz, 6MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Boost

Link to product details https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CO8TBOW

Purchased in 2013 and never used. Costa Rica model on the box fyi as some seem to think they OC better for whatever reason.

It is unused and still in the sealed retail box (with intel seals intact) with the supplied Intel cooler inside.

Price and currency: £100 (included RMSD in the price)
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Location: North London
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Wanted – Suface Pro 3 or 4

Hello everyone

I am looking for a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or 4, which ideally has i5 processor and 8GB RAM. I will consider other models if the price is right. Alternatively a tablet with full-size USB Port and Windows 10 would be ideal.

Location: Emsworth, Hampshire

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For Sale – Roccat Sova (Sofa Mechanical keyboard)

Roccat Sova Mechanical Keyboard and mousepad for Sofa / Couch gaming

The best Living room gaming solution on the market. Used it whilst at my flat a handful of times before moving to a house where I have room for a desk.

ROCCAT Sova MK Mechanical Living Room Gaming Keyboard Lapboard

£65

Prices are based on Collection only. I do not have the box for the monitor or the keyboard, so will need to be collected.

Located just off of Basingstoke M3 Junction.

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Xbox One X Shadow of War shows profound improvements over PS4 Pro

One version to rule them all?

While we can draw conclusions about PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X from their respective specs sheets, real-life comparisons are somewhat thin on the ground right now. Microsoft’s new console should offer a comprehensive improvements owing to more memory, higher levels of bandwidth and a big compute advantage, but to what extent will it actually matter in the homogenised world of multi-platform development? From an extended look at the Gamescom build of Shadow of War running on Xbox One X, the signs are looking good for the green team’s new hardware, with an immediately obvious, comprehensively improved presentation – possibly the most dramatic boost we’ve seen to date.

Make no mistake though, as we’ve previously discussed, the PS4 Pro version of ‘Wardor’ is no slouch. Its dynamic resolution averages out at around 1620p over the base machine’s full HD, while geometry draw distance and shadow LODs are improved. However, even after upgrading to the latest patch 1.04, the Pro still exhibits many low quality textures that stick out like a sore thumb – especially noticeable on ultra HD displays.

Implementation of the PC version’s 4K texture pack would have done wonders here, but clearly the limited 512MB of extra RAM available to Pro developers isn’t enough to house the top-tier assets. And that’s the most immediately obvious difference between PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions of the game – what sticks out right away is that texture problems on PS4 Pro are eradicated. Through sheer capacity via Xbox One X’s 12GB of GDDR5 memory, Shadow of War offers a dramatic improvement in quality: for example, ground textures get a clear resolution bump from the soup-like results on Pro, offering a sharper, clearer presentation.

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Shadow of War on Xbox One X given a thorough early analysis. This is an early build, but prospects are looking great when compared to the final PS4 Pro code.

Monolith has also brought over the dual presentation modes from PS4 Pro – and enhanced them. There’s a quality-biased offering that prioritises better visual settings like draw distance, along with a resolution mode that delivers a native 4K image. And to be clear, both options deliver better textures than PS4 Pro regardless of which you choose. On quality mode you get the best assets possible on Xbox One X, while the resolution mode uses a slightly lower quality texture filtering – blurring the ground slightly, despite using the same texture seting. Compared to PS4 Pro’s texture work on its quality mode (which is also a match for its resolution mode), these still both trump it in sheer clarity though – it’s a big upgrade.

Additionally, whether it’s quality or resolution mode, you still get the benefit of improved ambient occlusion over a standard Xbox One. Dividing the two modes, Xbox One X gets a big boost in draw distance if you opt for the quality setting: an overview of a castle during a siege for example, shows more shadow detail and geometry rendered in from range. It prevents the pop-in you might see on other machines, and the world just feels more cohesive as a result.

In comparing PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, it makes sense to use the quality setting on both systems. Subtle as it may be, it’s evident that Microsoft’s machine gets even better draw distance settings overall on mountain-side geometry and small objects, over and above PS4 Pro’s existing enhancements. It’s a small improvement and nothing like the scale of the texture upgrades – but another advantage that shows Xbox One X veering close to PC’s best presets.

On top of the quality and resolution modes shared with Sony’s ‘supercharged’ console, Xbox One X adds another toggle that can be deployed on either preset: dynamic resolution. It’s hard-set on PS4 Pro, but Xbox One X users can disable it if they want to take their chances with a less stable performance level. Assuming that toggle is disabled, what you get in quality mode is a native resolution of 3520×1980. That’s 1980p fixed on Xbox One X – or very close to it – bringing a leap in image quality over the PS4 Pro’s ballpark 2880×1620 output.

Based on the Gamescom build, Xbox One X’s resolution mode bears mention too if you want a superior 4K picture. From what we’ve tested, a native 3840×2160 is achieved from the machine this way, fixed at that number, as long as the dynamic res checkbox is left blank. The machine forces the maximum resolution here, but at the cost of texture filtering and LOD quality we have on the quality mode, it’s maybe not the best way to go. Based on playing through Shadow of War in both quality and resolution mode with dynamic res enabled and disabled, we’d trade the clarity of the game’s 4K output for the additional features of the quality mode.

And yes, we’d enable dynamic resolution too. Quality mode with this checkbox selected can drop the pixel count to 3360×1890 – the lowest point we’ve measured so far. For reference, that’s still higher than PS4 Pro’s lowest measurement of 1512p in quality mode, and sees a 56 per cent improvement in pixel count. Unlike Sony’s machine though, it’s also capable of hitting a true native 4K on Xbox One X in the best case – provided not much is happening on-screen.

It’s an interesting feature, and having quality with dynamic res engaged means you get all the visual bells and whistles, plus a genuine 4K picture on the occasions that it’s possible. Even when it can’t hit native UHD with all bling engaged, it’s close enough most of the time to look good on a 4K screen. Meanwhile, engaging dynamic scaling on Xbox One X’s resolution mode isn’t quite as revolutionary; you get a lower bounds of around 3584×2016 wherever it senses performance is about to take a hit – while the upper bounds stays at 3840×2160. And as expected, all of these numbers super-sample down to a 1080p set if you haven’t made the upgrade to 4K yet – a feature Microsoft says is common to all X titles.

Even though it’s early code, the Xbox One X build we played runs almost flawlessly for regular missions at a straight 30fps, regardless of rendering mode. However, there is one exceptional area in the Gamecom build that causes issues. The Ghasghor siege is a large-scale battle that buckles Xbox One X’s performance to around the low-20s. It’s a mission with a surplus of enemies and effects, and the bottleneck applies whether you’re on quality or resolution mode.

As a stress-test it’s fascinating to see the standard Xbox One’s adaptive v-sync used here, causing occasional screen-tear. Also curious is that the quality mode appears to push Xbox One X harder, compared to the resolution mode – creating a divide of 2-3 frames per second in matching scenes. Interestingly, engaging dynamic resolution makes no difference here, and it may be the case that the sheer number of entities is causing the console to be CPU-bound. Higher detail means more draw calls, adding to the load, perhaps explaining the performance deficit here. Again, it’s worth stressing this is still early code from months past, and things could change come release. For the rest of the package, Shadow of War hands in a solid 30fps, and the siege areas will be worth revisiting in the final code, with Pro factored into the mix too.


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As thing stand, Shadow of War gives us a prime, early example of why Microsoft targeted Xbox One X’s specific specs. The sense is that a higher pixel count alone isn’t enough; more importantly, this console has the extra memory resources to give those pixels more to show off – better textures, and improved LODs, for example. Additional visual options such as the ability to toggle dynamic resolution scaling are also welcome. Those who want their true 4K can have it, while those looking for more consistent performance are also catered for.

It’s the radically improved art that most obviously sets Xbox One X apart from PS4 Pro, but Monolith’s approach to 4K textures likely won’t apply to every game. At the start of the generation, 8GB of GDDR5 seemed almost overkill – a mammoth 16x increase over last-gen. That’s still a hefty chunk of memory to work with and as such, the difference in other titles may not be so pronounced. However, based on the evidence presented by Shadow of War and Rise of the Tomb Raider in particular, it’s possible that Xbox One X’s 12GB provision is a good case of forward-thinking on Microsoft’s part. We’ll report back on final code just as soon as we can.

For Sale – Scan 3XS 4K Gaming Laptop with 6GB GTX1060

Struggling to find time to use. 9 months old. Fantastic machine. Cost £1479 new.

15.6″ Scan 3XS LG15 Vengeance G-Sync, 6GB GTX 1060, 4K screen, Core i7 6700HQ, 16GB DDR4, 240GB SSD, 1TB HDD, Win 10

The machine is as new.

Price and currency: £835
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Location: Bolton
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Hey Cortana, set a reminder: Harman Kardon Invoke voice-activated speaker available October 22

If you’re like me, you use Cortana to regularly add reminders, so you don’t miss anything at work or home. Which is why I’ve asked Cortana to remind me to check out the new voice-activated speaker our partners at Harman Kardon are releasing on Sunday, October 22 – the Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana. Invoke will be available in-store and online at Microsoft Store, Best Buy, and online at HarmanKardon.com. Invoke comes in two color options, Pearl Silver (White) and Graphite (Black) and retails for $199.95 USD.
With more than 60 years of sound expertise, Harman is renowned for blending rich audio with best-in-class design. Crafted from premium materials, Invoke delivers powerful 360-degree sound from three direct-radiating woofers, three direct-radiating tweeters and two passive radiators. Invoke also features Harman’s Sonique far-field voice recognition technology with seven-microphones, ensuring that Cortana can hear you from any direction. Music services available at launch include Spotify Premium, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and we are working with Pandora to add their service in the near future.

At the heart of Invoke is Cortana, your personal digital assistant, helping you manage the competing demands of work and home so you can focus on what matters most to you. Microsoft has been on a long journey with Cortana, first on Windows 10 PC, then on Android and iOS, as well as embedding the Cortana experience in Skype on Xbox, spanning 148 million active users. We believe that your digital assistant should be available wherever you are, across your devices, and that’s why we are thrilled to bring the Cortana experience to an ambient speaker.
With Cortana on Invoke, you can voice control your music, as well as get answers to questions and connect to your Office 365 information. Invoke utilizes Microsoft’s speech recognition technology for commands and music controls, and integrates Office 365 productivity services so you can do things like, manage your schedule, check your calendar, set reminders, and more. For instance, if I have a partner meeting downtown I could ask Cortana on my Invoke where their office is, and she’d not only tell me but could send the directions to my phone in the Cortana mobile app. Or maybe I remember something I need to do when I get into work – a simple, “Hey Cortana, remind me to finish the budget report when I get to work,” will result in the reminder alerting me when I get to the office.
And it’s not just for work. I could do the same with a time-based reminder, such as, “Hey Cortana, remind me to watch the Knicks game tonight at 7pm,” and this reminder would chime on my Invoke speaker when I’m home.
With Cortana’s intelligence on Invoke, supported by the Bing knowledge graph, you can also hear the latest news and tweets, and get answers to questions; which happens a lot when I’m helping my kids with their homework – like finding out when George Washington was born.
Plus, with Skype on Invoke, you can easily stay connected with hands-free calling to your Skype and phone contacts, as well as local businesses. In addition to Skype to Skype calling, which will always be free, Invoke also features unlimited free outbound calling from the United States to mobile phones and landlines in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
You’ll also be able to control your smart home devices, including those from SmartThings, Nest, Philips Hue, Wink, and Insteon. And with the Cortana Skills Kit announced this past spring, a growing list of partners and developers are creating intelligent, personalized experiences for Cortana, including Capital One, Expedia, Fitbit, OpenTable, and others.
We’re excited to partner with Harman Kardon and bring Cortana to Invoke; adding to Cortana’s cross-device integration across Windows 10 PC, iPhone and Android, so you can stay on top of things wherever you need assistance.
This is an important step forward for Cortana, and we’ll be delivering more productivity features, such as managing your email hands-free (Office 365, Outlook.com and Gmail accounts) coming soon, as well as working with many more music, home automation, and skills partners to integrate their services with Cortana.
Make sure you ask Cortana to set a reminder for Invoke, available on October 22.
*Cortana voice activation works with select music services and home automation providers. Set up requires Cortana app for Windows 10 PC or phone (with the Windows 10 Creators Update), Android or iPhone (requires Android version 4.1.2 or higher, or iPhone 4 with iOS 8.0 or higher).