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Asus ROG Poseidon GTX 780 Review

The Poseidon’s integrated water block features copper vapor chambers and sits below a massive aluminum heatsink.

Air or liquid cooled—the choice is yours

Nobody would call the GeForce GTX 780 a particularly hot-running or noisy GPU, but that hasn’t stopped Asus from giving it the Poseidon treatment via a “hybrid” air-and-liquid cooling setup. It’s not a self-contained cooling system, but rather an integrated water block complete with copper vapor chambers that sits below an already-beefy DirectCU air cooler. This lets the card run just fine under its own air cooling, and lets you inject it into your liquid-cooling loop, as well. It’s able to do that care of two G1/4-inch tubes attached to the integrated water block that let you attach barbs in pretty much any size ranging from 1/2-inch ID to 1/4-inch ID, so you can easily add it to your existing setup.

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Windows’ Compatibility tab contains lots of options for running legacy programs in Windows 7 and later.

The doctor tackles Upgrades and Sidegrades, TV Tuners, Missing Boot Managers, and more

Is My CPU Melting?!

I’m still running a 32-bit Windows XP system, and am looking to upgrade it to Win 7. The computer has an AMD Phenom II X4 965 on a Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 motherboard that is 64-bit ready, according to Belarc Advisor. I want to go with 64-bit Windows 7, but am at a loss as to what will happen if I try and save all my 32-bit software when I upgrade. When I’m told to save the files I want to keep before transfer, I have to save them as 32-bit files. How do I transfer them to Win 7 as 64-bit? I don’t think that can be done, so do I lose all that and have and start over? Can they be run as 32-bit in a 64-bit system? April 8th is coming all too soon and I want to make the change by then, or soon after.

Note: This article was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.