OCMS News November 2010

How to disable PhysX > GPU Indicator in PC Games
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
This indicator can be a handy troubleshooting tool if you want to check out your PhysX performance. If your game is running slow, then you may want to make sure that your video card’s GPU is actually doing some work. Some people even have two video cards and want one particular one to process all of the PhysX. Using this tool can help you make sure that the proper card is assigned to what you want it to do. Most users don’t want this visual indicator, and it can be maddening if you don’t know how to disable it.

Seagate GoFlex Hard Drive Kit Review
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Seagate has introduced a new modular external storage system, dubbed the GoFlex series. This system allows you to purchase a simple bare drive, buy only the interfaces you need, and hot-swap between them without a fuss. Currently you can choose between USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA and Firewire 800, which covers just about every computer and media device made today or in the conceivable future.

The GoFlex system is a simple, but rather clever concept. Each adapter has the hardware interface included at the base of the cable, which plugs directly into the GoFlex drive. The drive receives its power from the host cable, so no DC adapters are necessary. If you take the drive somewhere that has a different (or faster) interface, then all you have to do is unplug the adapter cable and plug in a new one.

Logitech G930 7.1 Surround Wireless Gaming Headset Review
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
We’ve reviewed a lot of gaming headphones over the years, and we’ve drawn a conclusion that there just aren’t many good headsets for gamers. There are some really good sets for music listening, but they can cost hundreds of dollars. PC and console gamers have usually gotten the short end of the stick: a soon as you add a microphone onto a headset then they immediately have mediocre quality. Adding a microphone adds maybe a few dollars to the cost of producing the set, so why do manufactuers pair a microphone with mediocre-sounding drivers?

The aforementioned reasons made me skeptical when I came across Logitech’s new G930 Wireless 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset. Not only does Logitech feel confident that the G930 is better than other PC headsets, but they’ve added just about every technology you could want into the product. It has a retractable auto-muting noise-cancelling microphone, wireless digital communications, programmable buttons, onboard controls, memory foam pads, voice-morphing software, and Dolby Headphone surround sound.

That sounds like a very ambitious promise, indeed.

AIDA64 Takes the Benchmark Torch from Everest
Friday, November 12, 2010
If you’ve been a fan of OCmodshop (or any tech site for that matter), then you’ve no doubt heard of Everest. Everest is one of the premiere benchmarking suites that hardware enthusiasts use to test their motherboards, video cards, memory, and just about everything related to computers.

Some have wondered what has happened to Everest, as there hasn’t been an update in a long while. You needen’t worry any longer, because Lavasys (the publishers of Everest) have passed the torch to FinalWire. FinalWire calls their new and improved version of the classic benchmarking software “AIDA64”, and version 1.20 of the software was released yesterday.

Nyko Zoom Case for Nintendo DSi
Thursday, November 04, 2010
There are a plethora of different cases for the Nintendo DSi, and most of them aren’t very function beyond just protecting the handheld’s finish. Nyko has introduced their Zoom case for the Nintendo DSi, which not only adds scratch protection, but enhances the internal camera with an 8x optical zoom. Let’s see how it fares in this review.

Slappa Ballistix P-TAX 17-Inch Laptop Bag Review
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Most people use a computer for just about everything; to do their jobs, for entertainment, and even to run their lives. Laptop comptuers are more popular because they fit hand-in-hand with people on the go. One of the travesties I’ve seen is how many people buy a really nice notebook, but either don’t have a laptop bag or just shove in in a cheap one that doesn’t protect it.

A good quality laptop case should last through several laptop upgrades, and should be large enough to accomodate the size of your computer plus all of its accessories. One of the newest bag manufacturers on the scene is Slappa gear, who have been making quality gear to protect today’s electronics. Today we are reviewing the Slappa Ballistix P-Tac Pro Shoulder bag, which is not only ideal for notebooks, but for gamers, DJs, or just about anyone who has electrics carry.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta Review
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
One of the things that make a good movie are the same things that make a great video game; namely good characters. We as players get sucked into the storyline and feel compelled to guide our favorite hero through his trials. One of the great video game characters is Kratos from the God of War franchise, who is one of the angriest and mentally tortured (while still sane) guys in mythology. While we know a lot of his story, we as gamers want to know more about the god who desperately needs an Anger Management seminar. More of the blank pages to Kratos’s past are scribed in the latest game, God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

This new game takes place between the events of the first GoW and GoW2. Kratos is still haunted by the memories that led him to his current god-like state, and for some reason he can’t get them out of his head. These dreams lead him on a quest to Atlantis, and Athena appears telling him that he doesn’t know what he’s getting into. Kratos argues that she was supposed to remove his tortuous thoughts, and that he’s going ahead with his search.

Patriot Box Office Media Player Review
Monday, November 01, 2010
There is a great divide between media players and Home Theater PCs (HTPC). There are many pros and cons to each type of device, as I discovered from installing and managing a Home Theater network over many years. I eventually came to the conclusion that HTPCs are noisy, use way too much electricity, produce too much heat, and just don’t work right all of the time, which really impacts the SAF (Spousal Acceptance Factor).

Patriot is a company that is known primarially for its computer memory solutions, but they have developed a media appliance that promises to resolve all of the issues of a HTPC in an inexpensive media appliance. This wonder product is known as the Patriot Box Office.