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Analysis Topic: Consumer Watch

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

ConsumerWatch

Monday, March 08, 2021

How Scan Computers Builds Your Custom Built PC - Scan.co.uk Review (2) / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

The day has finally arrived when Scan computers has actually started to build our custom build PC system. Here's what to expect in terms of time and feed back during Scans build process which covers all key aspects from hardware build, to software installs to memory and burn in tests all the way to dispatch when buying a custom computer from Scan.co.uk in 2021.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

WARNING Oculus Quest 2 Update v25 BROKE My VR Headset! / ConsumerWatch / Virtual Reality

By: HGR

A few days ago putting on the headset prompted me with a message to upgrade the Oculus Quest 2 software to the latest version 25, existing version was 23. This should have been a straight forward seamless excercise one of clicking okay to the update and then wait a few mins for the download to complete and install with the update applied. However after a reboot the system was far from better! First off the home screen was mostly black with a floating rectangle that was the environment, a bit like looking into a floating window! And that's not the worst of it, find out in my video below of what could happen to your headset following an update to v25.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Scan Computers 2021 RTX 3080 Waiting List Queue 1 Month After Ordering a Custom Built PC Stock / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

It's now over a month since I ordered and paid for a custom built PC from Scan Computers UK (Scan.co.uk), a Ryzen 5950x, Asus RTX 3080, 64gb ram etc.. Full specs in the video and below. Anyway we all know demand is high and supply is tight, so where does my order now stand in the queue in terms of build and delivery expectations as a guide of what to expect when ordering a custom built PC during 2021 from likely most custom builders and not just Scan Computers.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, February 07, 2021

Land Rover Discovery Sport EGR Design Flaw - Engine Management Warning Light On Again! / ConsumerWatch / Land Rover

By: HGR

The engine management warning lights been on again for a while, not driven it much during lockdown so before taking it down to a garage and paying as much as £150 to get the code read at a dealer, I thought after some research I would give a relatively cheap OBD2 code reader bought off amazon a try, the Nexpeak NX501, https://amzn.to/36twU54, And it worked1 reads the code and more! So what did it reveal ? EGR! EGR! EGR! Bloomin EGR AGAIN! THESE LAND ROVERS ARE A NIGHTMARE WHEN IT COMES TO MAINTENANCE COSTS! EGR's are supposed to last 100,000 miles! Not less than 20,000! Blooming Discovery Sports pieces of garbage not made to last. Anyway check out my video because I am pretty sure there will be many land rover discovery sport owners out there with the SAME problem!

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, January 29, 2021

Real Reason for GPU and CPU Price Hikes! RTX 3080 Now Costs Over $1100! / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

GPU's are seeing insane price hikes! For instance, 3 weeks ago I bought and paid for a custom PC build system from Scan computers that cost £3235 with components that included an Asus RTX 3080 TUF Gaming graphics card that was supposed to sell for around $700 or £500 but cost me £750 or over $1000. However the price has just kept increasing since were 10 days ago it had risen to £780, and today jumped by another £35 to £815.

Which at the current exchange rate puts that card at over $1100 converting to $1116. This is a ridiculously crazy high price for a GPU! We are really being ripped off in the UK to a very great extent.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Buy a Landrover Discovery Sport in 2021? 3 Year Driving Review / ConsumerWatch / Land Rover

By: N_Walayat

Thinking of treating yourselves to a landrover discovery sport in 2021? Either New are Used then here is my review of what you need to know after having owned and driven a Discovery Sport for 3 FULL YEARS!

Landrover Discovery Sport HSE BLACK that I bought under Approved Used when the car was about 15 months old, with 13,000 miles on the clock, so still under manufacturers warranty, followed by a few months under Land Rovers Approved Used extended warranty and then it's third year of ownership out of warranty.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Oculus Quest 2 Design FLAW! And the Quick Fix Solution / ConsumerWatch / Technology

By: HGR

Many VR enthusaits buying the Quest 2 soon experience a blatent flaw in it's design that spoils the experienc of using the headset. Fine out more about the design flaw and and en easy quick fix solution.

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ConsumerWatch

Monday, December 14, 2020

Oculus Quest 2 Dumped on Doorstep! Amazon Deliveries Handed to Sleeping Resident / ConsumerWatch / Amazon

By: N_Walayat

It's Sunday morning when usually everyone's having a lie in, though I wake up early for a change 9am and one of the first things i do is to check my email. Your Amazon Item has been delivered at 7.52am, handed to resident! WHAT? All the emails to date had said it was going to be delivered Monday, and what resident was it handed to since all are sleeping! So out a rush to see what's happened!

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, December 11, 2020

Should You Buy a Land Rover DISCOVERY SPORT? 3 YEAR Owner Driver Review / ConsumerWatch / Land Rover

By: HGR

If your thinking of buying a Land Rover Discovery Sport either New are Used then here is my review of what you need to own after having owned and driven a Disco Sport for 3 FULL YEARS!

Landrover Discovery Sport HSE BLACK that I bought under Approved Used when the car was 15 months old, with 11,000 miles on the clock, so still under manufacturers warranty, followed by a few months under Land Rovers Approved Used extended warranty.

So if you really want to know what to expect after buying a land rover discovery sport then do watch my video that could save you from potential inexpected grief.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Warning NO Windows Licence Keys for OEM Systems! Burnt Onto Motherboards / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

When buying a new system invariably you'll opt for an expensive copy of Windows 10, I say expensive because you can pick up licence keys for near 1/10th what the system builders will be charging. And it gets WORSE! Because unlike in years past, you don't get a licence key sticker that enables you to for whatever reason move your copy of windows to another machine. Instead the licence info is burnt onto the motherboard (coded into the bios). What this means is if your motherboard dies then so will likely your copy of windows unless you are able to retrieve it from the bios before hand which I will cover how to do in another video.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Amazon Black Friday vs Prime Day vs Cyber Monday, Which are Real or Fake Sales / ConsumerWatch / Amazon

By: HGR

Cyber Monday has just ended the third online sales event of the past 2 months on the worlds No1 shopping portal Amazon. However with real world examples, which of the three, Black Friday, Prime Day and Cyber Monday are the real sales event or just a fake marketing ploy? Find out in our latest video where we take a look at how Amazon prices changed in reaction to prices.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, November 29, 2020

AMD Ryzen Zen 3 NO UK MSRP Stock - 5600x, 5800x, 5900x 5950x Selling at DOUBLE FAKE MSRP Prices / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

AMD's Ryzen 5000 series of processors have delivered huge leaps in single core performance of upto 24% and 15% on multi-core against previous gen Zen 2. Unfortunately what AMD has failed to deliver on is actual SUPPLY of the processors, as illustrated by the state of the market in the UK where is proving impossible to buy Zen 3 processors at the various retailers such as overclockers UK, there just is no stock as what little supply PC retailers are getting is being directed towards custom build orders. This leaves the rip off merchants to price gouge, and I am not taking about the scalpers on ebay trying to sell at huge markups of products they probably don't even have, but that where there is stock such as on Amazon one is finding prices inflated to ridiculous levels that makes the Ryzen 5000 CPUs BAD value for money when compared to the previous Zen 2 processors and even against INTEL!

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, October 22, 2020

NVIDIA CANCELS RTX 3070 16b RTX 3080 20gb GPU's Due to GDDR6X Memory Supply Issues / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

Shock news out of Nvidia, their announced RTX 3000 cards aimed at answering completion from AMD's Big Navi the RTX 3080 20gb and the 3070 16gb, which is the I one was planning to buy, have now been CANCELLED!

CANCELLED, Note postponed but cancelled which means not to expect these cards to materialise any time soon!

What does this mean? Why have these that would have been in high demand cards been cancelled.

Well two reasons come to mind....

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Amazon Prime Day Real or Fake Sales to Get Rid of Dead Stock? / ConsumerWatch / Amazon

By: HGR

It's Prime Day! And with my list of items at hand I was quick to press the refresh button to see what discounts Prime Day would bring to items that I actually wanted to buy that ranged from a Karcher Pressure washer to 32inch curved gaming monitors to a 360' camera.

Find out if Prime Day turned out to be the real deal or if it was largely a fake sale to get rid of dead stock that most people would not be interested in.

Firstly to capitalise on Amazon Prime Member you will need to be a a Prime Member, don't worry you can sign up to a 30 day free trial by following these links.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Which RTX 3080 GPU to BUY and AVOID! Nvidia, Asus, MSI , Palit, Gigabyte, Zotac, MLCC vs POSCAPS / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

Many AIB RTX 3080 Cards are tending to fail when running under load towards 2000mhz resulting in screen artifacts to game players being kicked to their desktops and even outright system crashes.

Igor Labs first identified the probable cause being AIB's use of cheap capacitor arrays to cut costs thus causing an issue in terms of noise in the power delivery system to the GPU's under boost load at above 1900mhz, the higher the boost the greater the risk of issues i.e. greater instability is when cards boost towards and over 2000mhz, well beyond Nvidia's FE nominal boost clock is at 1710mhz FE which in practice can boost to about 1900mhz in some games, though is less's than that which ABI's boost to hence the crashes being experienced.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, September 27, 2020

WARNING RTX 3080 AIB FLAWED Card's, Cheap Capacitor Arrays Prone to Failing Under Load! / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

There is growing disquiet across the blogosphere surrounding the RTX 3080 AIB cards that goes beyond the frustration of lack of supply and this is because of countless reports that AIB card's are proving problematic for many users that whilst playing GPU intensive games result in issues such as artifacts on screen or that they end up being kicked back to their desktops which suggests an issue when the GPU's are under heavy load i.e. at high boost clock speeds and temperatures.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Watch Before Upgrading / Buying RTX 3000, RDNA2 - CPU vs GPU Bottlenecks / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

Nvidia RTX 3000 mania is likely soon to be joined by AMD RDNA2 mania. However, here's why you may in large parts be wasting your money if considering upgrading from your existing GPU, especially if it is a 2000 series RTX or 5000 series AMD, and may not be a wise choice to spend £700 for a new GPU even if your existing card is as old as a GTX 970. That's if you can get hold of a GPU courtesy of extremem demand and the scalpers.

Anyway watch this video first before paying upwards of £650 for the likes of an RTX 3080.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, September 19, 2020

RTX 3080 Mania, Ebay Scalpers Crazy Prices £62,000 Trollers Insane Bids for a £649 GPU! / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

Forget crypto's the real mania today is not in Bitcoin but RTX 3080 GPU's where the worldwide supply of the cards has been bought up within 5 minutes of Nvidia's launch largely by scalpers who have then gone on to dump the cards on the likes of Ebay with many starting bidding at ridiculous amounts for the £649 card, starting bids of upwards of £3,500!

If you though that no one is going to bid such ridiculous amounts for the privilege of getting hold of Nvidia's latest GPU you would be mistaken as depending your perspective the bidding is truly epic or insane, bids of upwards of £10,000, going all the way to £62,800! How many are real and how many are trolls? Even I was tempted to put in a bid for £90k! NINTY THOUSAND POUNDS FOR A £649 GPU!

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, July 09, 2020

LandRover Discovery Sport Service Blues, How Long Before Oil Change is Actually Due? / ConsumerWatch / Land Rover

By: HGR

When you buy a landrover Discovery Sport your sold a sales pitch that a service is due every 21,000 miles or every 2 years. However, once you start driving the car you soon realise that the sales pitch is BS. The car is just not built well enough to last that long. In fact you will be lucky to make it to 12,000 miles before service is due! In fact googling I see Land Rover have now changed the service interval to every 16,000 miles, which is still too long!

This video illustrates the difference between Landrover's sales pitch and reality, where this car has driven LESS than 4,000 miles since it's last service so what do you think the service counter reads? One would imagine around 15-16,000 miles, get ready to be shocked as most Disco sport owners tend to be!

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ConsumerWatch

Monday, June 29, 2020

Student / Gamer Custom System Build June 2020 Proving Impossible - Overclockers UK / ConsumerWatch / Computing

By: HGR

Due to fallout from the pandemic of increased demand and reduction in supply, it is proving near impoissible to get a custom built pc as illustrated by our attempts to buy a £1000 gaming / student PC from system builder overclockers.co.uk

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