For a bright-eyed teenager in 1976 that had high hopes of becoming a journalist one day, the satirical film Network was a revelation suggesting maybe choosing another profession would be a wise move. (Ed: Look at where that got you.)  After years of intense investigative coverage of Watergate and the resulting rise in credibility of the journalistic profession, it seemed the right - maybe even honorable - field of study during the college years... until that fateful New Year’s Day in 1976.

In 1976, the country was celebrating its bicentennial, trying to put Watergate and the Vietnam War out of our minds, and looking forward to an election that would chart a new direction in American politics. (These subjects sound familiar 32 years later.) Top films of that year really did represent what we were going through, and to some degree what we would become in the near future. 

Rocky found us in love with the underdog who never gave up. All the President’s Men gave us a short synopsis of the Watergate scandal from the perspective of the journalistic team (Bernstein/Woodward) that broke the story and proved that journalists were sexy, provided you resembled a young Robert Redford. The Bad News Bears allowed us to take a humorous look at sports obsessed parents realizing that winning at any cost had taken the joy out of playing the game for many kids (kids who would become today’s Soccer Moms and Dads).

I enjoyed many other movies that year with my friends, which more or less fit in with our very sarcastic yet humorous personalities.  Some were dark like Taxi Driver, Marathon Man, The Omen, Obsession, and Carrie, while others were on the lighter side such as Silent Movie, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Silver Streak, and Mother, Jugs & Speed. Of course, we also had the breakout science fiction films, Logan’s Run and Futureworld. (Told you we were sarcastic.) All told, it was a decent year for film, and some thirty years later we still have Rocky, Pink Panther, and King Kong remakes.

However, there was one film that year that left a lasting impression on us; that film was the aforementioned and critically acclaimed Network. What All the President’s Men did to glorify the journalistic profession; Network succeeded in displaying the dark and seedy side of media. In retrospect, it also provided a fairly accurate glimpse of where TV/Print media was headed along with society. Sensationalism - some would say yellow journalism - sells and is what a large cross-section of society enjoys, whether they openly admit it or not. 

In Network, Peter Finch played the aging news anchor, Howard Beale, who at one point in the film makes an impassioned speech that resulted in an extremely popular catch phrase of the time. He persuaded his watching audience to step outside and shout, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”  This phrase struck a chord with mainstream America during that year and with us now.

It has been a couple of rough weeks for the motherboard team. Our best laid plans have been thwarted for a variety of reasons, most of which have us shouting the above phrase, and we are sure some of you feel the same way.  Since the news and review sections are fairly quiet over the weekend, we thought it would be a good time to discuss those items that put a burr under our saddle - to address issues that our readership is having with the technology and companies that we cover on a periodic basis. Believe it or not, we rarely get to rant (and for very good reasons as you will see), but sometimes it's necessary to say what one thinks.  So here is Rant Session #1 for your weekend enjoyment.

 
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  • LH2312x - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    Immediately after reading your news about 780G mainboard problems with 125W TDP CPUs I contacted Asrock about my new A780FullDisplayPort and also asked in Ocworkbench forum about experiences in running a phenom 9850 on an A780FDP.

    Asrock has responded very quickly and their tech support stated that the A780FullDisplayPort mainboard is absolutely capable of running all kinds of 125W TDP AMD chips, including the Phenom 9850! They have implemented a 5-phase PWM on this mobo... phew, thank god I bought this one and not the Gigabyte just laying aside of it :-)

    So, your assumption the Asrock A780FullDisplayPort would have failed also (in case you would have tested it) ist wrong!
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  • TrueSport - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    what a JOKE!
    when the Gigabyte, with high quality components, has to die.
    The crappy Asrock can survive?! LOL LOL LOL
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  • TrueSport - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    just checked out the asrock global site,
    the 9850BE is not listed in the procesor support list, where 9750 and 9650 are there and OK.Also, asking the official Asrock media (ocworkbench), what do you expect to get, NO? no.
    http://www.asrock.com.tw/mb/cpu.cn.asp?Model=A780F...">http://www.asrock.com.tw/mb/cpu.cn.asp?Model=A780F...
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  • LH2312x - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    It's easy. Check the news front page on www.ocworkbench.com. It's there.

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  • TrueSport - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    stop selling your site, it's damn disguisting! Reply
  • LH2312x - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    First of all, I don't need to "sell a site", since I'm far from being a fan boy like you abviously are? I prefer technical facts, no matter where they are published - as long as I can verify them. Besides that I own mainboards from MSI, Gigabyte, Asrock and Asus. Now THAT is what a call a biased opinion.

    Second, I doubt Asrock would make a public statement like the one being published on OCW if they can't keep up with it. From a product liability stand point this is close to commiting suicide if it is not true - imagine all the people trying to run a phenom 9850 (or any other 125W CPU!) on their A780FDP and frying them...
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  • TrueSport - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    the technical fact is, the asrock board only has 10 mosfets,
    which is less than the Gigabyte's design.
    it can boot into Windows doesn't mean it can run 24hrs a day, 7 days a week in a reliable and stable manner,
    I'm sorry for saying that you are advertising that site, I apologize for that. It's my fault.
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  • LH2312x - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    Simply counting the number of MOSFETs actually doesn't help in determining what current this mainboard can handle (and at which level of stability).
    Just for a quick overview about some basic facts I recommend this from pcper forum:
    http://forums.pcper.com/showpost.php?s=783a95b9912...">http://forums.pcper.com/showpost.php?s=...eeefc5f3...
    OK, enough for theory. Next week I will buy a 9850 and I'll see how it goes!

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  • TrueSport - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    totally agree with you, Prime95/Orthos/OCCT will tell us the answers.
    Looking forward to your tests!
    Regards,
    TS
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  • TrueSport - Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - link

    all of us will be glad to see you run a 24hrs OCCT v2 and get a pass with it.
    seriously I will consider to buy one it is capable of doing so.
    Reply

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