Asus' new Xonar makes Xense

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 05:05 PM |

ASUS has partnered with Sennheiser to create a new discreet audio card solution called the Xonar Xense HD.  Inside you will see the usual suspects, an AV100 audio processor along with Texas Instruments and Cirrus Logic
to handle the digital to audio conversion, though this card's frequency response is a little more impressive than most in the Xonar series.  The package also contains a pair Sennheiser PC350 headphones, fairly high quality and designed with this card in mind.  If you are shopping around for high quality discreet audio then

Source: TweakTown

Make your own 3D videos

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 11:46 AM |

Using a nice and easy technique called Structured Light 3D Scanning, all you need is a projector, a camera and a bit of software to record 3D images.   By projecting a known pattern onto an object or scene and utilizing imaging software to interpret the geometry of the objects the pattern is projected on.  As you watch the video on MAKE:Blog you can see that this is a work in progress but as the source code is also available from them you might be able to help make this

Source: MAKE: Blog

More EyeFinity eye candy

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM |

If you already have invested in three or six monitors and a new AMD graphics card then you already know just how impressive EyeFinity can be.  If you haven't been able to do so then you can drop by Techgage for a nice teaser, comparing many modern games on a single display @ 1920x1080, on three displays @ 5760x1080 and on six displays @ 5760x2160.   As there are more than a dozen games of a wide variety of types you really can get an idea just why multiple monitors are so popular, es


Something fun to do with Intel's new unlocked CPUs

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 12:04 PM |

Overclockers HQ recently received a package from Intel containing a Core i7 875K, an Intel DP55SB, 8GB Patriot Viper II Sector 5 PC3-19200 DDR3 and a challenge.  They spend some time with the parts, assembling and overclocking them and do it in a video so you can follow along and see for yourself how overclocking one of these new unlocked processors is.  You should also keep an eye out for a contest that will be evolving from their experiments.

Computex: Thermaltake shows mechancial keyboards with fans

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 05:30 AM |

Thermaltake is well known for their high-end enthusiast chassis (like the Level 10), power supplies and coolers but it would seem the company isn't content with that and is making a move into the world of keyboards.  They will have two distinct lines of keyboards, one aimed at a lower price for the mainstream user and another higher-end option that is aimed at those of us that remember the days of mechanical keyboards. 

Google looks at company wide defenestration

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2010 - 12:12 PM |

Windows is out at Google as the company cites security concerns and offers its employees the choice of either Mac or Linux for their main computer.  This move is prompted by security concerns as they hope to avoid the many viruses and other nasties targeted at the much more popular Microsoft platform by moving to ones where the malware is less common; a different kind of security through obscurity.   Of course one has to wonder if Google's adoption of these platforms will not inspire those who originally make the viruses to start going after the other two platforms.  Even a

Source: Daily Tech

A peek at the road ahead for Intel

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

The Inquirer have managed to find a slide that was posted to the net covering the next 12 months of Intel's mobile chips.  Six new processors will arrive by the end of the year to keep you occupied until Huron River comes out in the beginning of 2011, if all stays on track.  Not too much new technology has been associated with this chip refresh though Zero Power ODD and the incorporation of on-die Intel HD graphics is generating interest.

Source: The Inquirer

High points in computational history; "On Computable Numbers" turns 74

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 06:43 PM |

It has been said before and it will be said again, but there is a good reason why the advice given in the PC Perspective Forums to those suffering from random reboots and failed POSTs is to remove everything, including the motherboard from the case and attempting to boot it.  It will save you a lot of headaches though it does help your testing when you have one of the best PSUs out there to help you determine what is at fault.

Computex: MSI Partner with Futuremark to provide the first public demonstration of 3DMark11

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 06:00 PM |

City of Industry, CA. - May 28, 2010 – Micro-Star International (MSI), a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and consumer electronic devices today proudly announces its partnering with Futuremark, the world leader in 3D, mobile and PC benchmarking, to officially introduce 3DMark 11, the upcoming version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring 3D graphics performance of DirectX 11 gaming PCs.

Source: MSI

The iPad is fun for kids of all ages

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 11:40 AM |

Here at PC Perspective we really haven't jumped into the iPad frenzy, apart from a little speculation on who made the chip that powers it and some thoughts on Flash support.  Jon did find an interesting and brave use for his review model, letting his young children play with it. 

Powercolor's new HD5770 goes networking and grows extra heads

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

Powercolor is showing off two hybrid HD5770's that add extra and unexpected functionality to their offerings at Computex.  The first is the HD5770 Sniper which has a network processing unit onboard; think Killer NIC, though a different solution.  The second card is another HD5770, the Evolution, has a little present from LucidLogix on it called Hydra.  This is the form that the second release of Hydra is taking, originally planned as a discreet card they seem t

Source: The Inquirer

What kind of hardware does Sam Fisher need?

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:50 PM |

If you want to enjoy the latest installation of the Splinter Cell series
it helps to know just what hardware will give you the best experience.  That is [H]ard|OCP's goal in their article comparing the quality and performance of Splinter Cell: Conviction, as opposed to explaining what "Mark and Execute" is and how to use it in game.  Instead they will let you see the difference in performance between AMD and nVIDIA's latest cards when displaying the heavily updat

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Zonealarm Free finally catches up to the 64-bit world

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

When XP first appeared as a 64-bit OS, many peoples free firewall program of choice, ZoneAlarm, suddenly disappeared as an option.  As they came along, Vista and Win7, when installed as a 64-bit OS also could not use ZoneAlarm and people sought out different choices of free firewalls like Ghostwall or even resorted to the built in Windows firewall.

Source: Extremetech

Large bass sound from a small 2.1 speaker set

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 01:23 PM |

Eagle Tech has released a 2.1 speaker system called the Arion ET-AR506-BK, it is not very portable but they are appropriate for many setups.  The orange and black colour scheme might not work for everyone but the quality is certainly good enough for small rooms.  The two satellites have dual 3" midrange drivers and single 1" tweeter with 12.5W of power and the subwoofer has a nice 5" driver with 25W of power and claim a frequency

Source: Bjorn3D

Keep your eye on the tab, it may go phishing when your back is turned

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

With a good set of eyes and a familiarity with the websites you visit most redirects are fairly obvious and enough to rouse your suspicions enough to double check the URL; but what if the switch happens after that tab loses focus?  A new phishing technique waits until you switch tabs and reloads one of your background tabs with a nice login page of one of the sites you often log into, courtesy of the CSS history vulnerability.  When you click back to that page it will have a proper title, favicon and quite possibly an URL that matches as well. 

Source: Slashdot

The Momentus XT is a little bit platter, a little bit SSD

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:56 PM |

Seagate is trying to meet mobile users in the middle with the Momentus XT.  Their idea is to try to get the size and value per gigabyte of a platter based HDD with a performance boost to make it perform more like an SSD.  To do this they have mated a HDD, currently in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB as the most expensive with an MSRP of $156, and 4GB of MLC Flash storage, plus controller.  The flash is intended to hold the most frequently used files, thanks to an algorithm that
ensures faster response the more frequently a file is used.  AnandTech's testing did bear out this in pr

Source: AnandTech

Your PST file wants to be free

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:36 PM |

One of the biggest and most convincing arguments against Microsoft's Outlook email is that the PST files which it uses as a store for all information pertaining to an email account, not just the emails.  That PST file is almost impossible to get at without the credentials of the account which created it.  This makes moving your own email from Outlook to any other email program annoying but makes it almost impossible to switch an entire organization.  Microsoft has recently released some tool using Apache License 2.0.

Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective - Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM |

Epic Blames Piracy for Shift to Console Development. Follow the money.

Source: General

30 years of TaunTaun and Clyde jokes!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 06:18 PM |

Over the past week a few visitors to PC Perspective may have received a warning about a suspicious advertisement from your antivirus program and we would just like you to know that the those responsible for that have had awful things happen to them.  You are safe again and thank you for letting us know.