AMD ready to demo Havok physics on its graphics cards

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 05:02 PM |
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If there was nothing else to look forward to at the GDC, which really isn't the case, one of the most interesting presentations will be from AMD.  After starting work with Intel's new purchase, the phsyics acceleration company Havok, we will be seeing the fruit of the last 9 months labour.  Along with OpenCL and ATI Stream we should be seeing the first AMD cards able to process physics with this new process.  Keep your eyes open for more info, for now you can visit TGDaily to catch up on the back story.

Source: TG Daily

Mutant mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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Some may have had a rather surreal conversation about how the cord on the mouse is backwards because the tail of a mouse should be at the rear, not the front.  Now try imagining how to explain the Nova SliderX 600's tail to them without having your head explode.  Apart from the tail, the rest seems like a regular gaming mouse, numerous buttons, high DPI that can be changed on the fly along with multiple programmable profiles and an LED that changes col

Source: Arm3D

The gift that keeps on giving

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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It looks like you may want to be really careful who gets to touch your PC as they could give it something that will never be cured, even if it goes into remission.  According to the article on Slashdot, the only prevention is to ensure that no one has exclusive unprotected interaction with your PC, otherwise you might find a little something in your BIOS that keeps coming back.  Since the actual infection resides in the BIOS, a compromised machine has no defence, and the ability to survive flashing m

Source: Slashdot

Intel Ships New Tools that Boost Game Performance

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, March 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced the release of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA), a suite of software tools created in support of the Visual Adrenaline developer program.

Offered worldwide, GPA enables PC game developers to analyze and optimize game performance on Intel Integrated Graphics.

Bigfoot returns; with a new gaming network card

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:35 AM |
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It has been more than 2 years since the release of the first Killer NIC product, the world's first network card aimed at gamers, and PC Perspective was one of the few outlets to get our hands on the product for a write up.  There were then, and remain to this day, a lot of questions about the need for and technologies behind the Killer-line of network cards but hopefully soon we will have more answers from Bigfoot, the company behind it all.

Spring has sprung, the grass is rizz ...

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
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A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card.  Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix.  If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak.  Give our 49th

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 18

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/) with Leo Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now available for you here.  In this episode we discussed the ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!

Nothing to see here, move along

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature.  The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down.  In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool. 

Source: Ars Technica

Not to be used with Catalyst 9.3

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:57 AM |
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While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work.  Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements.  The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now.  You can get more information v

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA In-Vehicle Platform for Driving Next-Generation Car PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:17 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.

The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro

Party like it's 1699

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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The newest Total War is also the most modern, with the game taking place in the 18th century and it includes the Americas as something significantly more than an optional discovery.  Along with this more modern era comes gunpowder troops a little more reliable than arquebusiers
and cannons that have improved from bombards.  There is also greatly expanded naval control, you will be able to fight naval battles just like land battles instead of relying on the auto resolve.  Perhaps the most interesting development is the possibility of multiplayer campaigns, which we may see suppo

Source: Gamepyre

The third coming

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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In the beginning was the iPhone, but it's connectivity was not good.  Then the iPhone 3G arrived and there was joy ... for a while.  Now the shine has worn off, the screen is a little scratched and the people are crying for more.  Ready yourself for the next incarnation, the iPhone is getting a new OS and both programmers and users are excited about the new features and abilities.  See what the buzz is about at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

All ears for ASUS' upcoming release

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Guru of 3D managed to get a hold of an engineering sample from ASUS, their new Xonar Essence ST, not to be confused with the already available STX model.  At a glance, the card looks very similar to the STX, the differences are in the ICs on the board its self and the DAC card that was bundled with the audio card sample.  It is hard to get a handle on the performance of an audio card without hearing it for yourself, but from the praise given the ST in the preview, there is a goo

Source: Guru of 3D

Attacking the weakest link

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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If you haven't already memorized your DNS server, you might want to make it a goal, or at least write it down.  There is a new nasty out there called Trojan.Flush.M, which can be dangerous to anything connected to a network.  It only needs one vulnerable machine on a LAN or WAN, which it infects and sets up a rouge DNS server which then starts sending you off on phishing trips
whenever you try to browse.  For right now, if it is practical, you may want to enter your DNS manually, which will prevent you from being misdirected by an infected LAN, and you can also blacklist 64.86

Source: The Register

Let's talk Larrabee

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2009 - 11:38 AM |
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The saga of Larrabee and ray traced graphics has been a topic on PC Perspective for quite a while now, not only in discussions on the board and podcasts, but even Ryan's chat with John Carmack.  On Friday he posted some new information about Larrabee's architecture, specifically the name of the new vector instruction set, aptly called 'Larrabee new instructions'. If you missed out on Friday due to other interests, take a look now.

Hot Threads at PCperspective

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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It is a stellar time to be an HTPC enthusiast, or to consider becoming one, thanks to AMD's new business model.  They've really opened up the bottom end of pricing in the market, you get to choose between multiple CPU architectures with prices well under $100 and with a list of features that wouldn't have been available on the top end CPUs in the recent past.  You can pick up one of

Browsing at full speed

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 11:31 AM |
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In these days of sound bites, highlights and just generally shortened attention spans it can be very frustrating waiting for your browser to load so you can get at your media of choice.  To solve that problem and let you get your your entertainment as fast as possible, Legit Reviews held a race between 11 different browsers, including Opera, IE7 & 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Seamonkey.  If getting heavily scripted pages up quickly is a must for you, then check out the full review.

Try launching this product with a straight face

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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GlacialLight, who are indeed related to GlacialTech, have released a new flashlight that also happens to be a very old joke.  The DynaSolar LED torch is indeed a solar powered flashlight.   Luckily it also comes with a hand crank for back up ...

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA VX855 Media System Processor Brings Power-Efficiency to 1080p HD Video Playback

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:03 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 12 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VX855 Media System Processor (MSP) - an ultra power efficient, all-in-one chipset that addresses the key performance and entertainment requirements of today's small form factor and mobile PC systems.

Increasingly, content is being filmed in high-definition (HD), with movies, TV shows and sporting events taking advantage of the smooth playback, extraordinary picture clarity, and brilliant colors that HD video offers.