Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2015 - 02:45 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: podcast, video, Intel, XPoint, nand, DRAM, windows 10, DirectX 12, freesync, g-sync, amd, nvidia, benq, uhd420, wasabi mango, X99, giveaway
PC Perspective Podcast #360 - 07/30/2015
Join us this week as we discuss Intel XPoint Memory, Windows 10 and DX12, FreeSync displays and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Sebastian Peak
Program length: 1:28:34
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2015 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: devil hdx, powercolor, audio, sound card, opamp
Yes, PCIe soundcards are still being made and Powercolor's Devil HDX is up for review on Overclockers Club. As with most new cards this one features three OPAMPs which can can be removed and swapped with another to change the sound that is sent to your headset or speakers. On the back are a 124db rated 6.3mm headphone jack, left and right RCA jacks, Coax output, and an optical output. The daughtercard sports 5 standard analog 3.5mm jacks to give you 7.1 surround sound support if you have the speakers for it. It is about $160 so make sure you have ears that are good enough to deserve high end sound, for many users this might be a bit of overkill.
"Setup as a stand alone solution, the Devil HDX gets to play in the best of both worlds with 124dB rated performance from the parent card and the option of running 7.1 sound through the addition of the daughter card. Here is my only beef with the Devil HDX. I know these are options that add cost, but when cultivating a brand it would just add to the package."
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- Thermaltake LUXA2 GroovyA Wireless Speaker Review @ OCC
- Creative Sound Blaster X7 & E-UM XM7 Bookshelf Speakers @ Legion Hardware
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2015 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows 10
You are nowhere near as fed up with Win10 stories as you will be in a week or so sit down and get reading. So far the biggest new issue has been those who have over 512 apps in their Start menu, not inconceivable but certainly not common. Over at The Register a story has been put up covering Win10 by a person who admits to having 4,000 open browser tabs and sending the machine into hibernation in that state. Their experiences show that Win10 doesn't care and even likes this sort of abuse as long as it is on an SSD. That is not to say all is good, for there is still the technicolour yawn which is the new Start menu and the disturbing tendency for the OS to call on mom more often than Norman Bates. Read the full article to see the good, bad and bothersome.
"It's Windows 10 day. That means it's time for a completely biased and in-no-way-even-remotely-objective assessment of Windows 10."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Sysadmin Day 2015: Fun things to do – and prizes to win from El Reg @ The Register
- Russian hackers use Hammertoss and Twitter in backdoor malware scam @ The Inquirer
- PC replacement pushed by Windows 10 may come slowly, say Taiwan makers @ DigiTimes
- MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it @ The Register
- Windows 10 @ The Inquirer
- Windows 10 launch seems like the start of something exciting @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2015 - 03:58 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, windows, windows 10, visual studio
July 29th started the official roll-out of Windows 10 and, for Windows Insiders, was pretty much “Wednesday”. We already had everything of relevance by Monday on the OS side of things, and not even a security patch landed in our Windows Update queue. It was not the only thing that Microsoft launched today, though. While Visual Studio 2015 was released last week, it said that it was not compatible with pre-10240 SDKs and would delete them during the installation process and you will be unable to develop SDK apps until the one for 10240 launches on July 29th.
So, coincident with the OS release, Microsoft finally published the 10240 Windows SDK. Now, if you run Visual Studio 2015's installer, it will install the new SDK directly. You do not need to download it from a secondary source. These headers and libraries are placed in the “Windows Kits” folder of your 32-bit Program Files directory... ironically, without deleting the previous SDKs that it threatened to, when run before July 29th. Go figure.
Also, even though DirectX 12 has been in the Windows SDK for quite some time, Microsoft has, also, finally released code examples and they put them on their GitHub page. These samples teach you how to do things like draw a triangle, manage DirectX 11-era contexts alongside DirectX 12 ones in your application, and create an n-body gravity simulation. They welcome pull requests for fixes, although they might appreciate new samples as well.
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