Win an AMD Llano A8-3870K APU from PC Perspective!!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | October 18, 2012 - 08:09 PM |
Tagged: contest, video, giveaway, amd, llano, APU

In a self-serving attempt to increase awareness about the PC Perspective YouTube channel, we are running another contest where you can win one of four AMD Llano A8-3870K APUs simply by leaving a comment and being a subscriber.

That's right, there are two steps:

  1. Subscribe to the PC Perspective YouTube channel
  2. Leave a comment on the YouTube contest video

We'll pick our winners on October 24th!  Good luck!

Podcast #223 - AVADirect Mini ITX Gaming Machine, Patriot Gauntlet 320GB Wireless Drive, Windows 8 Pricing and more!

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2012 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: video, windows 8, podcast, patriot, nvidia, mini ITX, Intel, gpu, gauntlet, gauntle node, cpu, AVADirect, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #223 - 10/18/2012

Join us this week as we talk about the AVADirect Mini ITX Gaming Machine, Patriot Gauntlet 320GB Wireless Drive, Windows 8 Pricing and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, and Scott Michaud

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!

Program length: 56:12

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Reviews:
    1. 0:01:45 Why stereoscopic 3D is Awesome
    2. 0:09:15 Patriot Gauntlet 320 Wireless HDD
    3. 0:14:56 AVADirect Mini Gaming PC
  2. 0:24:30 This podcast is brought to you by MSI
  3. News items of interest:
    1. 0:25:30 AMD finances are bad, mkay?
      1. Slashing 30% of work force?
    2. 0:31:10 Windows 8 Retail pricing
      1. $69 with $30 Amazon Credit
    3. 0:35:55 ASUS announces PadFone 2
  4. 0:39:30 Alxtech.net/pcper Ad spot!! http://alxtech.net/pcper/
      1. Now at $0.50/slot for pcper viewers and listeners!!
    1. 0:42:00 Intel may have 10-core Ivy Bridge-E ready
    2. 0:43:45 Corsair raising money for charity with gaming marathon!
    3. 0:45:50 Win a FREE AMD APU on our YouTube channel!
  5. Closing:
    1. 0:48:00 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
      1. Ryan: Gauntlet Node - just the enclosure
      2. Jeremy: Ridiculous and added infections too
      3. Josh: NOPE
      4. Allyn: NOPE
      5. Scott: 12 GB of RAM :D
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  3. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  4. Closing/outro

 

 

 

Audio-Technica offers you the sweet sound of silence

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2012 - 02:32 PM |
Tagged: audio, audio-technica, ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint, noise cancellation

Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint headphones are definitely priced for audiophiles, most casual listeners are not willing to spend ~$300 on headphones whether they have active noise cancellation or not.  40mm drivers and a frequency response range of 10 - 25,000Hz give a hint towards the audio quality and there are three different noise cancellation settings for those who might sometimes want to be able to hear environmental sounds.  When [H]ard|OCP first looked at the headphones they were not sure as to how comfortable they would be after extended periods of time wearing them and were quite surprised that they were not bothered by extended usage at all.  Audio quality was superb, though [H] does point out that this might not be the best gaming headset, for that use you might be better looking to a headset which provides surround sound.  Those looking to enjoy audio without interruption from the outside world will like this product, if they are willing to pay the price.

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"Noise-cancelling headphones are very popular with frequent travelers and those who live or work in noisy environments. Audio-Technica's new ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint headphones supply you with three modes of operation that have impressed us to say the least. Now you can get on with grinding in peace."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA's new Linux drivers do well until you try the OpenGL optimizations

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2012 - 01:05 PM |
Tagged: opengl, nvidia, linux, driver

Phoronix tested out the new beta Linux driver from NVIDIA on a GTX 680 and saw some nice performance improvements compared to the previous generation of driver.  They tested not just popular Linux games but also several Unigine benchmarks and for the most part when using just the basic driver they saw noticeable improvements and would recommend updating your system.  On the other hand when they enabled the threaded OpenGL optimization performance plummeted in every test, leading Phoronix to describe the current threaded OpenGL support as "a mess at this point.".  If you were hoping to take advantage of the new threading options, you'd best hold off for another driver revision.

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"With the NVIDIA 310.14 Beta driver introduced at the beginning of this week there are some OpenGL performance improvements in general plus an experimental threaded OpenGL implementation that can be easily enabled. In this article are benchmarks from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 with this new Linux driver release."

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Source: Phoronix

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission wasn't designed by Derek Smart, but it could have been

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2012 - 03:11 PM |
Tagged: gaming, battlecruiser, Carrier Command: Gaea Mission

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission puts you in control of an aircraft carrier and all of its assets, at least after an hour of gameplay The Inquirer describes as "like a demo product rather than a final game".  However if you can make it through that beginning you end up in a very tough game in which you can not only control the movements of your troops and assets from the bridge you can hop in and manually control anything in the game if you wish.  This is a completely open game and will be unforgiving to those who do not plan ahead and consider their attacks carefully.  If you are into completely open worlds and insane amounts of troop and research management this will be right up your alley, if you prefer mission based play with clear goals you might want to give this one a miss.  It has not been confirmed that you will be permanently banned for daring to ask a question in the forums.

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"THE ORIGINAL CARRIER COMMAND game was released all the way back in 1988 offering gamers a comprehensive 3D futuristic aircraft carrier simulation experience.

Sadly, despite positive reviews at the time, outside of a few hardcore circles the game didn't garner mainstream success.

Years later the game has returned, with Carrier Command: Gaea Mission offering the same mix of hardcore real-time strategy and vehicle shooter elements, tasking you to take control of a powerful aircraft carrier and use it to conquer the world."

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Source: The Inquirer

Western Digital gets a temporary reprieve from a $600 million fine

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2012 - 02:29 PM |
Tagged: western digital, Seagate, Lawsuit

A court settlement against Western Digital has been partly overturned, which means that they won't have to pay the $630 million fine to Seagate for misuse of confidential information.  They are not totally off the hook however as the judge only overturned 5 of the 8 charges, leaving 3 still outstanding.  Those three could well cost more than the amount they were just let off the hook for and even a storage giant like WD is going to notice a half billion dollar fine.  The Register is keeping an eye on this story, we will find out more in 2 weeks when the hearings resume.

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"Western Digital is off the hook for a cool $630m in an arbitration case it initially lost over the alleged misuse of Seagate's confidential information, including trade secrets.

Back last year, Seagate complained about the activities of WD and a former Seagate employee who had joined WD, alleging that WD was using Seagate trade secrets and other confidential information in its activities. The dispute went to an arbitration court, which awarded Seagate $525m in damages in November 2011."

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Source: The Register

Corsair Raising Money For Charity With 24 Hour Gaming Marathon

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2012 - 12:22 PM |
Tagged: gaming, extra life 2012, donations, corsair, childrens miracle network hospital, charity

What is better than a 24 hour gaming marathon? A gaming marathon that raises money for a charity that helps kids that need medical help, of course!

Popular memory and PC chassis manufacturer Corsair has assembled a 12 man team of gamers that will be participating in the Extra Life 2012 gaming marathon. Lasting 24 hours, teams will play a game of their choice all day. Much like a traditional run/walk marathon, the teams and members are sponsored by donators. In this case, the “runners” are gamers, and 100% of the donations pledged to Team Corsair go to the member’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Founded in 1912, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Oakland provides medical care to approximately 200,000 patients a year that otherwise could not afford treatment.

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Senior PR Specialist for Corsair Robert Pearce blogged about the upcoming marathon and is the team captain for the Corsair team. He stated that he found out about the Extra Life marathon through a Reddit post and hopes to beat last year’s numbers. Specifically, Extra Life 2011 raised a total of $1.2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and the Reddit team in particular managed to raise $2,740 in donations from its 10 man team gaming for 24 hours. At the time of writing, Team Corsair has 12 members, and has $2,582 in pledged donations – or 52% of their $5,000 goal.

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Interestingly, Corsair will be live streaming their 24 hour long gaming session. You will be able to see your marathon gamers in action and know that your donation is going to a good cause (it’s actually for the kids heh). The Corsair live stream will begin at 8 am (PST) on October 20th, so be sure to check that out and give the Corsair team a virtual pat on the back. If you want to sponsor the Corsair team with a donation, you can find their Extra Life 2012 team page here.

Source: Corsair

Can't Wait for Far Cry 3? Like Minecraft? Read On.

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | October 17, 2012 - 03:35 AM |
Tagged: Minecraft, far cry 3, crossover

Ubisoft crafted an olive branch for their PC gaming fans, and Mojang’s fans too…

Far Cry 3 might be coming to North America in early December but Ubisoft thinks you might need something to tide you over until then. Of course, Assassin’s Creed III could have held us over if it were launching alongside its console brethren but - oh never mind. I guess I should cut Ubisoft some slack. They probably did not have a whole lot of Olive planks for the Olive branches. I mean they probably had to spend four on the crafting table alone and then there was that creeper so Ubisoft totally needed that wood sword.

Lost? Oh! Where are my manners?

In an effort to promote the release of Far Cry 3 for the PC - a simultaneous release with the other platforms - Ubisoft created a Minecraft mod team. The order: create a map in Minecraft themed like Far Cry 3.

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Get my agent! I want to star in an Indie PC cross-over mod too! One with pigs!

Machine for Pigs? I’m having a hard time remembering that… but if you say it is popular…

The team consists of Michael Lambert with Axel Janssen and Yohann Delcourt providing texture work. Michael, known as Sacr3 to the Minecraft community, made a name for himself with his large city build, Novax. He replied to a comment on his World Trade Center video three months ago when confronted about his activity:

I'm working on something big right now, i'll get back to this map once i'm done my other project.

I would say so.

So I buried the lead long enough - what is the mod about? The environment is themed and textured based on the aesthetic of the game. Accompanying the custom map are a new set of weapons and tools with themes rooted in the game. You will be able to find Vaas, Citra, and the protagonist Jason all in Minecraft style along with 50 Easter Eggs. If anything it is an interesting tactic to draw brand recognition especially with such a PC-centric strategy. I am guessing Ubisoft knows where their brand has been tarnished most and especially wants to recover it with the Far Cry property. Well done Ubisoft.

The mod is expected to be released on October 26 at their official Far Cry website.

Source: PC Gamer

Win 16GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133 MHz Memory!!

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2012 - 04:49 PM |
Tagged: memory, giveaway, dominator, corsair, contest

UPDATE: We have selected a winner using Random.org and that is....  Sandy Bruce!!  Congrats to the winner and keep checking back on pcper.com as we will have more contests for your shortly!!!

 

Looking for a killer upgrade to your PC?  How does 16GB of DDR3 memory running at 2133 MHz sound?  What if it were FREE?  Corsair and PC Perspective and teamed up to give away a 16GB kit (4 x 4GB) of Dominator Platinum memory!!

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These are the latest modules from Corsair that include a completely cooler design as well as user swappable LED strip!  Check out the video below!

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These modules are pretty sexy in the dark...

What do you have to do to win this gorgeous memory?  It's quite simple:

  1. Head over to Corsair's Facebook page and give them a 'like'.
  2. If you are feeling generous (and want to learn about future giveaways) like the PC Perspective Facebook page as well. 
  3. Leave a comment below telling us how you plan on using the Corsair Dominator Platinum memory if you win it!

Pretty simple, right?  We'll run the sweepstakes from now until October the 10th, so jump in and get in your shot to walk away from 16GB of memory from PC Perspective and our friends at Corsair!!

Source: Corsair

AMD to cut CPU pricing; too good to be true?

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2012 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: rumour, price cuts, amd

The news out of DigiTimes today speaks of deep cuts to AMD's previous generation processors, specifically the A4 family.  According to their sources the the A4-3300 will be cut in price by 35% and the 3400 model by 25%, both cuts being much larger than is usual in the industry.  As well there could be a cut in price of the new FM2 based A4-5300 by almost 50%, again a much steeper cut than is usual.  However given the difficulties that AMD is currently experiencing, as well as the price cuts we've seen on the GPU side the report was enough to make us curious.  As we at PC Perspective have our own anonymous sources who will sometimes comment on things not yet set in stone and in this case we did get a reply.  That reply stated that AMD will be making no price moves on the A series.  Aren't conflicting stories great?

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"After announcing its latest FM2-based A series APUs (Trinity) on October 1, AMD is set to reduce prices of its previous-generation APUs with the FM1-based A4-3300 to be reduced from US$46 to US$30, according to sources from motherboard players. AMD Taiwan declined to comment about its price strategy."

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Source: DigiTimes