ASUS G701-VI vs G701-VIK inside

Since there are few things more cyber than the insides of cutting edge hardware. Here are two high resolution shots of the insides of the Asus G701-Vi and its 7th gen update, the G701-VIK. 

The VIK solves the main issue that the G701 had namely heat dissipation. It does this by...being twice as thick. Which doesn't really show here on the pictures but trust me. The VIK is massive compared to the VI. 

All that does however keep the 1080 inside at a steady 75 degrees under heavy load even when overclocked past 2Ghz. 

 

 The G701-VIK main board. Note the empty SODIMM slots since this is the 32GB config and both slot 1 and 2 are on the underside. 

The G701-VIK main board. Note the empty SODIMM slots since this is the 32GB config and both slot 1 and 2 are on the underside. 

 The older G701-VI, this one with the 64GB upgrade.

The older G701-VI, this one with the 64GB upgrade.

PURGE that excess disc space in OSX

Quick PSA. A lot of us who use iCloud Drive as storage run into this issue where our HD's are full up where OSX reports a whole lot of purgeable space.

So I've searched the far reaches of cyberspace for a solution on how to force OSX to purge this space so I can actually install something on the drive. After a lot of shitty pages trying to sell me even shittier Apps that just delete cache or empty trash I seem to have found the solution. It's surprisingly easy!

Just open a terminal window and whack:

dd if=/dev/urandom of=sparseFile bs=1m count=5000000

This will slowly start creating a file called sparseFile in the root of your home folder of randomised junk. Since it's being slowly created it gives OSX time to purge disk space to make room for all this trash.

Once it's done. Just delete the file and you've got 50GB of actual free space to play with.

Now is the time to install that AppStore download that you couldn't. Since OSX will immediately try and fill that 50GB back in with iCloud junk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horizon Zero Dawn

So I've been playing this game a lot. It's competing with Nier for my current obsession and Mass Effect isn't even out yet. 

What is most striking is the originality of the world. It isn't just a future with robot dinosaurs. Which, in and of itself, would have been cool. But's it's the whole setting around it. Humanity reverted to its tribal roots. A untamed land with plenty of biological wildlife and rugged terrain. 

The setting truly is the star here. And it makes the excellent gameplay set in it even more joyous. 

Also, it doesn't hurt that it looks absolutely amazing on the PS4 Pro