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 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
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Manufacturer: General

Introduction and Specifications

Hardcore gamers know the importance of quality sound when they are playing online or during gaming tournaments. Plantronics has always had their back and their new GameCom 777 headset gives them Dolby 7.1 virtual surround to add depth and clarity to their gaming experience. The GameCom 777 features a lightweight frame, noise cancelling technology, and 7.1 sound to make any movie, Skype conversation, or gaming match sound like your in a virtual surround sound theater.

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