A gag gift with some use as car audio

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2010 - 02:51 PM |

Where Legit Reviews found the SoundRacer V10 Engine Sound Effects
gadget may be a mystery but not as big a mystery as who would spend almost $50 for it.  By plugging it into your car you can broadcast the sound of a high performance engine over FM radio, turning the sound of your rust bucket to a more impressive roar.  Of course that will only help if you can get it to work, something Legit Reviews failed at on many cars.  Once the novelty has worn out, at least you can also use it to stream audio from a

It's a GPU refresh for October

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2010 - 02:31 PM |

Source: Digitimes

Get out and enjoy your long weekend ... assuming you are one of the lucky ones

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2010 - 04:50 PM |

You may have noticed a few changes to our Forums over the past few months as Joe does a yeoman's job of restructuring and updating the Forums organization.  You will notice that our long list of motherboard forums, which were broken down by brand as well as divided between AMD and Intel motherboards have become a single mega-forum that should be able to solve just about any problem you could find with its combined wisdom and

Of Zacate and other AMD codewords

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2010 - 12:27 PM |

While Zacate does seem imply that AMD is making Spanish Hay it is equally likely they are continuing their Age of Aquarius and referencing a certain creek that runs through Laredo, Texas.

Source: SemiAccurate

More speculation on the GPU side of Sandy Bridge

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2010 - 12:06 PM |

Looking into the near future and what we know about Sandy Bridge and its integrated graphics AnandTech tries to determine what we will be seeing.  We do know that there will be two types, the single core GT1 and the dual core GT2 with the GT1 parts having 6 execution units and the GT2 doubling that to 12.  Though he cannot confirm the fact, the assumption is that the CPU tested was a GT1 part, leaving us to wonder what the performance of the GT2 will be, the chip that will be found in all Sandy Bridge laptops and some desktops. 

Source: AnandTech

More news from the Global Foundries GTC 2010

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2010 - 11:08 AM |

There is quite a bit of news that came out of the Global Foundries Global Technologies Conference that shows what the future of GF looks like.  You may have heard of Freescale, whose thin film storage technology is found in non-volatile flash memory called FlexMemory are partnering with GF to start to produce 90nm EEPROM flash memory.  This represents another non-AMD contract that AMDs semi-detached manufacturing arm will be working with.

Is it still a demo when it costs $5? Dead Rising 2 prequel arrives

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2010 - 01:11 PM |

If you are a fan of dispatching zombies in new and interesting ways, such as with a kayak paddle, duct tape and chainsaw Darth Maul-ish kludge then you have probably been following the Dead Rising series.  For those anxious for the release of the sequel or those curious about what all the hype is, for 400 Microsoft points you can have a few hours of fun in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies for you to torment.  Take a peek over at Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

nVIDIA eyes integrating graphics into a southbridge

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2010 - 11:28 AM |

Speculation over how the three main competitors for market share are going to manage to create a general purpose processing unit capable of handling the duties of both CPU and GPU have been keeping tech analysts busy over the past year and a bit.  With AMD and Intel it has been obvious the path they are most likely to take as they currently have both CPU and GPU products and experience developing them is to find a way to combine their two existing products into a single die or at least a single ZIF chip. 

Source: Digitimes

ASUS Xense, a new soundcard bundled with headphones

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2010 - 02:47 PM |

Don't let your first glance of the ASUS Xense fool you, that shiny shroud is more than just decoration, it is an EMI shield as well.  It is a PCI Express card that will give you a use for those molex power connectors that are hanging around not doing much thanks to SATA and PCIe power connectors.  Bundled with the sound card is Sennheiser's PC350
headset, using 6.30mm jacks for the mic and headphones and is collapsible into a nicely compact form.  Head on over to Overclock3D to see how they

Source: Overclock3D

Don't buy that i7 950 quite yet, there's a price cut coming

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2010 - 12:20 PM |

The 3.06GHz Core i7 950 is a rather nice LGA 1366 processor though at the price of $600 not everyone could afford to drop it into their system.  DigiTimes has some good news for those eyeing a processor upgrade as Intel has announced that the price is coming down almost 50% to an MRSP of $294. 

Source: Digitimes

Corsair Launches High Performance USB Headset for Gamers

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2010 - 11:36 AM |

FREMONT, California — August 31, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the launch of their inaugural audio product, the Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB gaming headset.

A pair of mice from unusual suspects

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2010 - 03:19 PM |

Sharkoon has been heard from before but certainly not as a supplier of mice and QPad tends to focus more on mouse pads than the actual mice themselves.  That hasn't stopped either company as you can now purchase a QPad K5 or a Sharkoon FireGlider.  Both have high DPI settings, the QPad with a higher top end than the Sharkoon though the Sharkoon is a litte nicer to look at with the pattern they've decorated it with.

Source: Funky Kit

Another way to unbrick your BIOS

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2010 - 12:56 PM |

Here at PC Perspective we have often recommended Badflash.com and BIOS Saviour as the two main ways to recover from a bad BIOS flash.  It is easy to tell if you have done a bad BIOS flash as the component you've just updated has become about as useful as

Source: MAKE: Blog

Get a free full copy of Mafia II thanks to nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2010 - 06:49 PM |

Starting this week across the US and Europe, you can get a free copy
of the smash hit game Mafia II with the purchase of a GeForce GPU, GTX
465 and higher! That’s right, a copy of Mafia II for free!

We here at NVIDIA are super excited about the incredible experience
that can be realized when playing on a GeForce GPU.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel's buying spree might continue, with Infineon being next

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

According to sources from Bloomberg, Infineon might be Intel's next purchase at a price of $1.9 billion; less than McAfee but still not chump change.  Specifically they are targeting the wireless division, which currently supplies the processors in phones from Samsung and others focuses on the communications side of the phone as opposed to powering the OS and extra functions.  This could mean that Intel has a ready made communications chip and can simply pair it with one of their low power CPUs to provide the muscle for the extra apps.  You can read more over at The Inquirer.

No wonder Intel is predicting it will miss revenue targets this quarter.

"CHIPMAKER Intel is getting close to splashing out the cash once again as reports are claiming that the firm is close to buying Infineon's wireless division.

Fresh from announcing that it will spend $7.68 billion to buy insecurity outfit McAfee, it seems that Intel wants more. Bloomberg reports that Chipzilla will have to fork over around $1.9 billion for Infineon's wireless division. Though it isn't a done deal, three people directly involved in the negotiations said that both parties are "close to an agreement"."

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Source: The Inquirer

What was old is new again, force feedback headphones

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2010 - 04:26 PM |

A few years ago we lived through an age of force feedback devices.  Not just mice and joysticks, there was the infamous Buttkicker, which placed a subwoofer in a chair to give your whole body a shake during gaming.  There were also numerous headphones which offered a similar experience, pummelling your head when the bass soared.  It seems that ASUS would like to revive that fad, as their soon to be released CineVibe headset.  See the preview at

Source: OCIA

Catalyst 10.8 arrives and slips a secret out

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2010 - 11:30 AM |

Catalyst 10.8 hit the streets today with a number of enhancements such as complete support for OpenGL ES 2.0, tweaked default video settings, AA for StarCraft II and improvements to EyeFinity in a number of games.  You can read about the specifics in the release notes

Source: The Inquirer

Neverwinter goes MMORPG

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2010 - 09:18 PM |

Fans of a classic party based D&D game on the PC, either alone in charge of the party or cooperatively online are probably not terribly impressed with the news that the next Neverwinter game will be an online roleplaying game.  While it seems they are tiptoeing around the owlbear in the room, it is obvious that their biggest competition will of course be WoW, with its long history of being at the top of its genre.  It is certainly to be hoped that the strict definition of a party along with well known character classes will be enough to differentiate it from the teeming online ro

Source: Hexus

Bulldozer and its risqué internet slideshow

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2010 - 09:02 PM |

The Tech Report has posted quite a few of the slides from AMD's HotChips presentation, which gives an overview of the way this architecture has been put together.  No one got any sweet die shots but AMD has done a very good job at tantalizing us with enough information to make informed guesses about their soon to be released processors but still leaves us guessing at specifics, for example what the real world effects of fused multiply-add
units will be.

AMD talks about the chips we've been waiting for

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

Bulldozer and Bobcat are not that far away and to help us prepare AMD has released information on the two architectures.  They both share a design that focuses on modularity, with cores able to be added or subtracted in pairs with no mention of a single core CPU for either.  Bobcat will be the low powered version, poised to take on the niche that the Atom has carved out for its self and with Bobcats ability to run out of order instructions it stands a good chance of beating Intel's offering. 
Bulldozer will be for the full systems and sports a number of very interesting featur

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