Is the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe a herald of doom for the sound card?

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2010 - 11:41 AM |

The Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe
that Josh just finished reviewing is a fine soundcard.  It can pas through protected HD audio via an HDMI 1.3a cable letting you shatter your ear drums watching the newest Michael Bey movie.  It has switchable OPAMPS for the audiophiles to colour their music with.  Dig into the control panel and you will find no end of things to tweak, up to and including telling the s

Intel Posts Record Q1 Earnings in 2010

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 05:07 PM |

Intel released their Q1 2010 results yesterday, and the entire industry seemingly breathed a sigh of relief.  Intel’s Q1 results were, for lack of a better word, tremendous.  Q1 is typically the slowest quarter in a year, coming in right after the very busy Holiday season that is encompassed by Q4.  In a complete turnaround from historical results, Intel had a larger profit in Q1 than they did in Q4.

Logitech extends their G series of mice

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 03:39 PM |

Logitech has a new gaming mouse out, the G9x Laser Mouse with a resolution that adjusts between 200 to 5700 DPI.  It also comes with a shell allowing it to switch from the smaller 'Precision" form to a much larger "XL" version with the shell added to the mouse.

Just put those classic games down and back away slowly

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 12:07 PM |

The creative industry on this ball of mud seems to have gone into a recursive phase, deciding the path of least resistance to riches lies in poaching from the intellectual property of previous generations creative souls.  The majority of major releases are sequels, some entertaining, some rather tarnished and worn from the passage of time.  In some ways it is rather nice to see these old friends again, but when you realize that the only changes since you last saw them were the addition of some bad habits and sparkly bits of bling, well you kind of wish you could hold onto your old, f

The incredible flashing thumb drive

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 11:34 AM |

Flashing your BIOS EEPROM chip has gotten a lot easier and safer over the years as we have seen companies develop several strategies to prevent a bad flash from happening and bricking whatever it was you were trying to update.  Those who have been bitten several times over the years tend not to trust these features and some components, such as your graphics card may not have features to make flashing easier.  For those situations a boot disk with the absolute minimum of TSR programs is the weapon of choice even if the disk has changed from a 3.5" floppy to a thumb drive.  If you

Source: Bjorn3D
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Asus

It Slices, It Dices...

PC Audio has certainly taken a major downturn in importance for the majority of users, but Asus is still fighting the good fight by offering an extensive selection of quality sound cards. Today we look at the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, and see what it can offer users willing to pay the steep price of entry into audiophile class PC audio.

Doping chips with graphene

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2010 - 11:38 AM |

Graphene is a rather neat material, a single layer of carbon in a honeycomb shaped crystalline lattice that has some very interesting properties.  For instance the electrical properties are being eyed as a basis for a new transistor as electrons travel incredibly fast over a graphene lattice, rather close to the universal speed limit.  Those transistors are a long ways off but there is another interesting property of graphene, its thermal conductivity is better than that of diamond, the current king of conductivity.  We won't be seeing quite that impressive of a performan

Source: nanotechweb

But it's not an HD5890

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2010 - 02:35 PM |

If you passed over Ryan's peek at the upcoming ASUS Ares graphics card on the assumption it was just another overclocked HD5890, you missed out on something big.  It is in fact a pair of true HD 5870 GPUs, both with a bit of an overclock bringing their cores up to 850MHz and each GPU gets a full 2GB of RAM to use.  Now this extra power does have some side effects, the card is very large and requires not only two 8-pin power connectors but also a 6-pin as well.  28.4k on the GPU result in a quick run of 3DMark Vantage beats the

Careful out there on the web, someone spiked the Java again

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

Apparently it took a pair of independent researchers discovering and reporting a fairly nasty and very unpatched flaw in Java for Oracle to even consider breaking their normal patch cycle.  The Register reports on a flaw that can affect Windows and Linux based machines using the commands that Java Web Start will accept.  Not every machine will be vulnerable thankfully, an ActiveX control known as Java Deployment Toolkit and a Firefox plugin known as NPAPI are two ways this flaw can be e

Source: The Register