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ASUS Radeon HD 7970 Video Card Review

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is one of the largest and most successful computer hardware manufacturers in the world. A Taiwanbased company, it manufactures a wide variety of computer hardware, including motherboards, video cards, optical drives, notebooks, networking equipment, barebones desktop, and server systems, among many others.

ASUS also has a second website dedicated to the gaming community called the Republic of Gamers. It is the brand name that ASUS has been stamping their quality gaming products over the last year which has been quickly growing in popularity both gamers and hardware enthusiasts alike. The specific video card we are evaluating today is not a ROG specific video card, but does benefit from GPU Tweak with Voltage Modification to GPU core and memory.

AMD announced its new Radeon HD 7970, codenamed Tahiti, on December 22nd, 2011. Minimal product availability was made on January 9th, 2012. Tahiti represents a departure from previous architectures for AMD. It calls the new architecture Graphics Core Next, or GCN. The Radeon HD 6000 series used AMDs VLIW 4 and 5 architectures. GCN features a smaller die at 28nm, compared to the 40nm process used for the previous generation.

Aside from the die shrink, GCN offers a number of features over previous generation GPUs. One particularly noteworthy feature is ZeroCore Power. This feature disables unused GPUs or portions of them during long idle periods to save power and increase efficiency. This can save energy not only in terms of power consumed by the video card, but it can also lead to decreased heat generation, which can save money in terms of cooling costs.

The Radeon HD 7970 GPU itself is comprised of 4.32 billion transistors packed into 2048 stream processors with a clock speed of 925MHz. There are 128 texture units, 128 Z/stencil units, and 32 ROPs. That is a 33% increase in stream processors and texture units compared to the Radeon HD 6970, but the same number of ROP. Even so, optimizations and clock speed increases should result in more efficient rasterization.

The Radeon HD 7970 is designed to be paired with 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384bit bus, running at 1375MHz for a 5.5Gbps data rate and a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 264GB per second. In spite of its increased capacity and its performance improvements, the Radeon HD 7970 shares the same 250W maximum board power rating as the HD 6970.

The ASUS Radeon HD 7970 is the first product from ASUS in the HD 7000 series of AMD video cards. This is more or less the basic reference video card that ASUS will be using while it designs a custom version of the video card with unique specifications like the popular DirectCU II cooling system in the future. Since this is not a custom video card, the clock speeds are the standard of 925MHz on the core, and 1375MHz 5500GHz GDDR5 on the memory. You can read more about the ASUS Radeon HD 7970s specifications here and more on the standard Radeon HD 7970s specifications in our article here.

Right now, the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 carries a price tag of $559, which is one of the cheaper versions of the Radeon HD 7970 if you can find it instock.

The only feature listed with this video card is ASUSs overclocking utility GPU Tweak. Included with GPU Tweaks easy to use overclocking interface is a real time diagnostics tab. It also has GPUz built in to it, which makes it a lot easier than opening up three different programs to look at the respective information. One of the nicest features of the improved GPU Tweak utility is that it will automatically check and update to new driver versions and BIOS versions.

This video card has a 3 year limited parts and labor warranty.

The front of the box emphasizes the overclocking utility from ASUS, GPU Tweak, and also has art that we have come to find standard on most ASUS video cards. The back of the box includes a brief description of GPU Tweak, the fact that the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 has 3GB of GDDR5 memory, and an image of the back of the video card with a description of the ports. It also mentions the minimum system requirements necessary to use this video card.

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The event took place at John Bernard Croak VC Royal Canadian Legion branch 3 to honour people who served in the conflict. Wreaths were laid for each of the 12 Cape Bretoners who died in the war.

All I can say, war is hell, said Archbishop Vincent Waterman, who served in the conflict and who acts now as chaplain of branch 28 and the Cape Breton Naval Veterans Association.

And I hope and pray we never see another one. When you look at the devastation it causes, the people hurt, soldiers coming back maimed, its not easy. When you were visiting the hospitals and homes, it would tear your heart out. These men here gave everything they had God bless Canada. It is the land of the free and home also of those who were brave and willing to keep it that way.

One man who will never forget is George Aucoin. The Margaree native was a gunner and went over to Korea twice.

Its the forgotten war, he said. It was a war they were firing real bullets and it was a real war but they didnt give us credit until 1992.

Aucoin said events like the one held Saturday are important but hed also like to see the association for Korean War veterans reactivated.

Id like to see the association start again. Theres still some people around here who remember Korea 12 Cape Bretoners were killed there during war and theres a monument on waterfront. Nobody gets there anymore its very sad.

Arlene Kelly attended Saturdays service on behalf of her father, Joe Wilson, who was one of 10 people from across Canada selected to go to South Korea to attend special services for Korean War veterans from Canada.

He always wanted to go back but never thought he could afford it, said Kelly, her voice cracking with emotion. So for him to go back and see the changes in the country, its been amazing for me to watch him but I cant even imagine whats hes going through right now.

Theres no word to describe this he didnt sleep for two nights. Theres not much that makes a 79yearold man excited these days but he was so excited about going and he wanted to see the changes over there.

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Actor Scott Caan was flown back to LA from the set of the highlyanticipated Hawaii Five0 TV show last week with a serious knee injury, sources confirmed.Though it appears shooting schedules had to be rearranged, production on the CBS series, a remake of the hugely popular 60s show, continued without Caan, who plays Danno Williams, the No. 2 man to Detective Steve McGarrett.Yes, his injury will be noted in the story line, a spokesperson for CBS told The Post. Partnering with someone like Steve McGarett, youre bound to get a few bumps and bruises.The show says it has no plans to slow down filming to wait for Caans return perhaps as soon as this week.Alex OLoughlin, who plays McGarrett, has said that filming on the series has been especially rough.Caan, a gym rat and avid surfer, has had knee trouble in the past, but not to this extent, according to sources.Filming on the series, which is being produced completely in Hawaii, began only a few weeks ago, according to sources at CBS.Hawaii FiveO is perhaps the falls most anticipated new show not the least because it is based on one of TVs bestknown cop shows.Although billed as a revamp of the original series, several fan favorites including the theme song and McGarretts famed oneliner Book em Danno are expected to make a return.

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Lets say, that a human thought is a mental subject, and is thus not something material, and while so a human thought can be unideal, unfinished and wrong, because it is natural for a person to come to false conclusions, but while so, can a human thought be inanimate?

Technically speaking, i would say yes, a combination of unideal and yet, dead, or forgotten though can be found in actuality. What do you think?

I personally answer this own question of mine with a following explanation. First of all, an elementary thought emerges, if something material, physical in our world is not ideal, then there also must be something mental, spiritual which is also not ideal, for obvious example, a thought.

A thought can be erroneous, and while our thoughts are part of our mind, our intellect is at very least partially erroneous, and thus something mental can be unideal.

But can this unideal mental concept be inactive? Probably not, because if it would be dead or simply put nothing it would no longer be a concept of a mental apparition. But i think, that nevertheless all people here would agree with me, that inner, mental thought is at the very least by some extent or part unideal.

What implications and negative effects could arise from writing a book about a highly detached, psychologically disturbed serial killer, who works as a guidance counselor? I have started such a book, and I am genuinely worried about my own mental health.

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When I was little I used to hear voices, I could not understand them, but they made feel in some way ashamed or guilty of something, I used to smile and they were usually gone, I grew up and never heard them again. Did I have some kind of mental illness?

What is psychologically wrong with a 40 year old male liking to flirt with teen age girls? He never comes out and sexually flirts but does it in a way that it could be taken sexually or innocently. Could there be something in his past?

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CHAMPAIGN, lll. Researchers and some catowners wanted to know: What do feral and freeroaming house cats do when they out of sight? A twoyear study offers a first look at the daily lives of these feline paupers and princes, whose territories overlap on the urban, suburban, rural and agricultural edges of many towns.

Jeff Horn, a former graduate student in the department of natural resources and environmental sciences, and colleagues collaborated on a twoyear study of owned and unowned cats outdoors. Photo by Diana Yates

The study used radio telemetry and a sophisticated activitytracking device to capture the haunts and habits of dozens of owned and unowned cats living at the southern edge of Champaign and Urbana, neighboring cities in Central Illinois. Together, the 42 adult cats originally radiotracked for the study ranged over a territory of 2,544 hectares 6,286 acres.

Of the radio transmitters used in the study, 23 had tilt and vibration sensors that tracked the animals every move.

no other data set like this for cats, said Jeff Horn, a former graduate student in the University of Illinois department of natural resources and environmental sciences who conducted the study for his master thesis with researchers from his department and the Prairie Research Institute at Illinois. these sensors, it would require a field team of 10 to 12 people to collect that data. As expected, in most cases the unowned cats had larger territories than the pet cats and were more active throughout the year. But the size of some of the feral cats home ranges surprised even the researchers.

One of the feral cats, a mixed breed male, had a home range of 547 hectares 1,351 acres, the largest range of those tracked.

Like most of the feral cats, this lone ranger was seen in both urban and rural sites, from residential and campus lawns to agricultural fields, forests and a restored prairie.

One of the feral cats in the study, a mixed breed male, had a home range of 547 hectares 1,351 acres, the largest range of those tracked red outline. A pet cat in the study, by contrast, stayed very close to home yellow dot. Image courtesy Jeff Horn

particular male cat was not getting food from humans, to my knowledge, but somehow it survived out there amidst coyotes and foxes, Horn said. crossed every street in the area where it was trapped. It navigated stoplights, parking lots. We found it denning under a softball field during a game. The owned cats had significantly smaller territories and tended to stay close to home. The mean home range for pet cats in the study was less than two hectares 4.9 acres.

some of the cat owners were very surprised to learn that their cats were going that far, Horn said. a lot of backyards. The pet cats managed this despite being asleep or in low activity 97 percent of the time. On average, they spent only 3 percent of their time engaged in highly active pursuits, such as running or stalking prey, the researchers reported. The unowned cats were highly active 14 percent of the time.

unowned cats have to find food to survive, and their activity is significantly greater than the owned cats throughout the day and throughout the year, especially in winter, Horn said. unowned cats have to search harder to find food to create the body heat that they need to survive. The cats also differed in the types of territories they used throughout the year. Pet cats randomly wandered in different habitats, but unowned cats had seasonal habits. In winter, feral cats stayed closer to urban areas than expected. And throughout the year they spent a good amount of time in grasslands, including a restored prairie.

feral cats were always within range of a building, she said. shows that even though they feral, they still have a level of dependency on us. One feral cat chased another out of a dairy barn. Another feral cat waited for a pet cat to emerge each morning and tried to chase it out of its own backyard, Horn said.

The overlap of feral and pet cat territories outdoors spells trouble for the environment, the cats and potentially also for the cat owners, the researchers said.

of the leading causes of cat deaths in that study were other cats and disease, Warner said. both of these leading causes of death are sitting here waiting for these owned cats outdoors. Cats also get diseases from wildlife or other cats, MateusPinilla said, and can bring them home and infect their owners and other pets.

example, Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite spread primarily by cats, may cause neurological, reproductive and even respiratory problems in humans, cats and wildlife, depending on the species affected, she said. Rabies, cat scratch fever, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are also of concern to pet owners whose cats encounter other cats outdoors, she said. Vaccination of pet cats will reduce but not eliminate the threat of disease transmission, she said.

Even though pet cats have relatively small ranges and are active only in short bursts, Warner said, their impact on wildlife in the immediate vicinity of their homes is likely much more intense than that of a feral cat that wanders over a larger territory.

Unlike other feline predators, such as bobcats, that are native to the Midwest, domestic cats are invasive species that have a disproportionately damaging effect on wildlife either through predation or disease, Horn said.

Wild animals that have adapted to ecosystems that are already fragmented, such as the prairies of Central Illinois, are even more endangered because domestic cats are disrupting the ecosystem by hunting, competing with native predators or spreading disease, he said.

Illinois Natural History Survey mammalian ecologist Edward Heske also contributed to this study.

The survey is a unit within the Prairie Research Institute. This study was funded by the survey, the department of natural resources and environmental sciences and U. of I. Extension.

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Opening March 1 on Manhattans 34th Street, near the famous Herald Square, customers will experience a new look consistent with the recent rebranding efforts offering Fashion for every day. Style just for you.With our new flagship store we continue to offer a fashionable and innovative shopping experience to our customers in New York, explained Liz Crystal, Chief Marketing Officer at Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant is thrilled to call New York City home for our Flagship Store, in addition to our current Brooklyn location and our newly remodeled Harlem location. The hustle and bustle of the city is energizing and inspiring, and 34th Street is the perfect place to showcase the Lane Bryant and Cacique brands.

Not only will shoppers enjoy an updated, modern and fresh look of the brand, complete with new mannequin styles, but they will also experience unique touches such as customization of their fitting room experience via in room lighting adjustments. All fitting rooms are complete with an adjustable light source on the mirrors noted as office, daylight and evening. New imagery and design will also be prominent throughout the store, showcasing beautiful shots of models in Lane Bryant and Cacique merchandise, plus new fixtures that allow for highimpact merchandise displays that are easy to shop.

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The resistance feels manageable at first, but by the 20th second Im curling in painful slow motion. He then commands me to immediately do 30 seconds of speed extensions, which are triceps presses done at the same pace with a suspended band. When Im finished, my arms feel blasted but also big.

Cruelly, this feeling can be replicated for every muscle group. For instance, by standing on the same band and wrapping it over your shoulders or stretching it overhead, you can do fullbody squats until your legs are in knots. By wedging the band in a door or hooking it around a doorknob or other stationary object, you can do standing crunches until youre crying for absolution from not exercising enough. Indeed, just about any exercise done with conventional weights can be done with bands.

Besides building strength, band training boosts cardiovascular endurance and calorie combustion. To prove this, Santana had me wear a heartrate monitor. The highest I can usually peg my ticker is the mid to upper 140s, when Im cranking uphill on a mountain bike. This phenomenon is called EPOC, or excess postexercise oxygen consumption. Its a great benefit of resistance training your body can burn calories up to 48 hours after a workout. The fact that bands can produce the same effect as traditional weights is a testament to their value.

Another advantage I immediately noticed was that bands are infinitely variable in direction as well as resistance. Unlike Nautilus machines and traditional cables, these elastic bands can be used in any plane of movement to mimic tennis, golf, and baseball swings, or even swimming and poling strokes. If youre creative enough, any key sports movement can be replicated with bands.

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Enlightened, inspired, and armed with a specific training program see Take Your Workout Anywhere in this months workout poster, I headed home for 8 weeks of workouts. The plan was to spend the first 4 weeks building a foundation and then the next 4 the socalled metabolic stage focusing on explosiveness. I cut back dramatically on my running and biking. Instead, I took my bands into the basement every other day. At first I had trouble climbing back up those stairs after the workouts my legs were quivering like Nanas JellO but eventually I began to feel a kind of strength I had never felt before. It seemed more inherently core, like I was becoming powerful.

My family was intrigued by my somewhat unorthodox experiment. My 23yearold son, who was home from college, ridiculed me at first. Then he joined me for a few sets and became addicted. My wife and 19yearold daughter were also curious, largely because it looked like a more accessible, less testosteronecharged form of strength training. They, too, gave it a try.

But then something horrible happened. In fact, Im fortunate to be here today with my manhood still intact. I thought I had adequately wedged one end into a door frame, but just as I stretched the band to its fullest it broke free and snapped into my thighs, inches from my groin. I doubled over, screaming. There was no blood, but over the next few days my thighs changed color from red to purple to yellow, and I was seriously hobbled. Neither my daughter nor my wife ever picked up a band again. But I learned a valuable lesson: These things can be lethal. You need to secure them properly, as I had foolishly failed to do.

Nonetheless, after a brief respite, I resumed training. After the prescribed 2 months, I had added 5 pounds of muscle and noticeable definition. I was feeling stronger while running, biking, driving golf balls, and jumping for rebounds. Whats more, when I got a lastminute story assignment and had to hop a plane, all I needed to throw in my suitcase were a few pieces of elastic. Suddenly, even a cheap motor lodge had a pretty nice gym.

Although Santana admits that band training isnt the best way to add lots of bulk classic freeweight training is still tops for that, Ive found it to be a solid option for maintaining and building muscle and endurance when I dont have access to my normal equipment, or simply want to change pace or train a specific sports movement. In fact, bands are a great addition to any workout, even if you already pump iron the oldfashioned way.