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PUBLISHER Urs Honegger EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gerard Peter EDITOR Nicholas Boerma G3AR MANAGING EDITOR Dawid Venter STAFF WRITER Brett Venter HARDWARE WRITER Michael Reed MANAGING EDITOR Kate Kennedy SENIOR SUB EDITOR Vanessa Koekemoer SUB EDITORS Brigitte Billings, Danica Potgieter DTP STUDIO MANAGER Paul Kotze LEAD DESIGNER Cronjé du Toit TRAFFIC & PRODUCTION MANAGER Celeste Scholes

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What a month. The bulk of this month’s paper is dedicated to Intel’s latest chips with a significant amount of time behind the scenes spent on prying Mike down from the ceiling… again. It’s been a rather eventful month for the boy, with a wild trip to Taiwan for an inside look at where all of our favourite things are made. He was just upset that at the end of the tour they didn’t give him the factory or any Oompa-Loompas. Beyond all the Z77 and Ivy Bridge upfront there are stacks of hardware to keep you broke entertained and as I promised around survey time, a bigger focus on cool stuff to do with that rig of yours. Hide your data, remote access your PC or build a stand for three monitors. We’ll even show you how to build a bona fide mini server for your house. It’s then on to Luis and a host of games including DOTA2, a topic I didn’t want to go near with a ten-foot pole. Valve and Blizzard are going head to head on commercial sequels to a Warcraft map, both with near perfect track records – one for rehashing mods (CS:S) and the other for balance (StarCraft 2). That’s not accounting for League of Legends, Demigod and a big clash over what to call the new genre. Thanks DOTA peeps, all your Pentium II gaming at the far end of the LAN has set two of the greatest PC development houses against each other. Maybe somebody should come forward and explain how DOTA became a phenomenon more for being free/ridiculously piratable and running on a calculator than for how awesome it actually is. Nevertheless, it’s a good time for gaming and for those of you not making a living in Diablo’s real money auction house, in other words all of you, there’s plenty to look forward to post ultimate evil slaying and all that. I wish you happy gaming, tweaking and upgrading. sudo -all /enjoy

Nicholas Boerma, Editor

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Contents #183/06.12

REGULARS 01 06 07 08 14 58 96

Ed’s Note Competition PCF LAN Calendar Your letters Awkward Memes Ask Luis Topics of Discussion

WIRED REVIEWS

18 Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge 20 Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge 22 Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H 23 Intel DZ77GA-70K 24 Sapphire HD 7870 OC 25 Gigabyte HD 7850 OC 26 Acer Timeline U M3 28 Apple iPad 3 30 Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight 31 PopCorn Hour C300 32 BlackBerry Bold 9790/ Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD

18

It’s time to cross the Ivy Bridge

PLAY PREVIEWS

64 66 68 72

Crysis 3 Borderland 2 Far Cry 3 DOTA 2

REVIEWS

74 Risen 2

G3AR PREVIEWS

82 Assassin’s Creed 3 REVIEWS

86 Silent Hill: Downpour 88 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 90 Street Fighter X Tekken

28

The fondle slab gets a refresh

FEATURES

16 Tech Briefing: Ivy Bridge architecture 34 PCF goes to Taiwan 40 Hide data in Windows 44 Remotely access a PC 48 Build a triple-screen stand 52 Build the perfect home server

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Stealth engaged

90

Get ready. Fight!

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