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Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-October-2014  14:45:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Back on broadband! Not that I really missed it or anything. *twitch*

Tony and mpot sent word that Telstra payphones are going to become Wifi hotspots. This will form part of the $100 million Wi-Fi hotspot network Telstra announced in May. The company will build 8000 of its own hotspots while partnering with retail stores and local governments to get 2 million hotspots around the country over five years. After the trial period, the Wi-Fi hotspots will only be free for Telstra fixed-line internet customers with others paying a fee to use it.

Tech Report cover NVIDIA's Dynamic Super Resolution. One of the more intriguing capabilities Nvidia introduced with the GeForce GTX 970 and 980 is a feature called Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR, for short. Nvidia bills it as a means of getting 4K quality on a 2K display. How good is it? We take a look.

They also have some more info on Windows 10 which was announced this morning. Yes, the next version of Windows is called Windows 10—and Microsoft gave the first public demo of it at a press event this morning. The company also announced the Windows Insider Program, as part of which folks will be able to grab a Technical Preview build of the new OS starting tomorrow. This time, it isn't an April Fools. :)

Here's an interesting one from AirQ, about mining Bitcoin with pencil and paper. I decided to see how practical it would be to mine Bitcoin with pencil and paper. It turns out that the SHA-256 algorithm used for mining is pretty simple and can in fact be done by hand. Not surprisingly, the process is extremely slow compared to hardware mining and is entirely impractical. But performing the algorithm manually is a good way to understand exactly how it works.

Australian startup Euclideon have hit the headlines again with their voxel rendering tech. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Euclideon's technology is that, for now, it runs only on the CPU. Dell said the current implementation produces 2000x1000 frames at around 32 FPS on a six-core processor. He claims there's "no reason" the technology can't be sped up using, for instance, OpenCL on a GPU, but there are "lots of software ways" to improve performance yet. Jumping straight to GPU optimization would be "admitting defeat," in his view.

Techgage are overclocking the GeForce 970 and 980. We’ve established that NVIDIA’s Maxwell-based graphics cards are impressive, but can they continue to impress when it comes to overclocking? As it turns out, yes – yes they can. Given their ability to push clocks far beyond stock, we’ve even decided to take up a challenge: Can an overclocked GTX 970 match a stock GTX 980? HardOCP had a pretty good go at it too.

SiliconAngel posted an article in the forums about rebadged flash cards. As I'm sure you know, there’s a lot of rebadging and fakery in the CF card market. What I didn’t personally realise was some scammers aren’t using cards with insufficient capacity or just heavily damaged, some of them are using quite good cards that they’re rebadging as premium range ones.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-October-2014  13:28:41 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Rosewill Legacy U3 Aluminum MicroATX Tower on Silent PC Review
Aerocool Dead Silence Cube on Ocaholic
Raijintek Agos Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix
Corsair Carbide Air 240 mATX Case on Legit Reviews
BitFenix Pandora on techPowerUp

WD Red Pro 4TB Enterprise NAS HDD on TweakTown
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD on TweakTown
Micron M600 SATA & M.2 Solid State Drive on Hot Hardware
Mach Xtreme MX-ES Ultra SLC USB 3.0 Flash Drive (64GB) on The SSD Review
Micron M600 SSD Review (256GB/1TB) on The SSD Review
Micron's M600 solid-state drive on Tech Report
Micron M600 SSD on PC Perspective
Micron M600 SSD on TweakTown

XFX R7 250E Core Edition on Neoseeker
XFX R7 250E on OCC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Linux Performance on Phoronix
ASUS GTX 980 4GB in Single, SLI, 3-Way SLI and 4-Way SLI on TweakTown
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 OC Edition on Ocaholic

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon ZX Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
Attitude One Rapira One Gaming Mouse on eTeknix
Genius GX Gaming Maurus X Optical Mouse on APH Networks
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS METALCAPS 38-Key Set on TweakTown

Cooler Master Hyper 612v2 on Ocaholic
Cooler Master Hyper D92 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc
Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2 Cooler on HardwareHeaven
Alphacool NexXxoS Cool Answer 360 DDC/XT Watercooling Set on NikkTech
Scythe Mugen Max Cooler on Neoseeker
Silverstone AR06 on Hardware Heaven

Enermax Revolution X't 430W on Tech Powerup
Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W & 1200W Power Supply on PC Perspective

SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset on Techgage
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism on LanOC
Turtle Beach Earforce Z22 & Z60 Amplified PC Gaming Headset on TechnologyX

ASUS X99-DELUXE Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard on Madshrimps

Allocacoc PowerCube Extended USB Powerboard on MikesGear
Limefuel Rugged L150XR 15,000mAh Battery Pack on TweakTown
The Mi 10,400 mAh Power Bank Teardown on Tech ARP
Intel Pentium J2900 & Asrock Q2900-ITX on Techspot
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400 16GB Memory Kit on Think Computers

Windows 10 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-October-2014  10:48:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have announced they are skipping Windows 9 and going straight to Windows 10. It’s time for a new Windows. This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life. This new Windows must empower people and organizations to do great things.

Discussion in this thread.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (11 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-September-2014  14:31:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Aggcave internet still down - Telstra estimating two weeks! Hopefully just saying a long time to cover their behinds and it will actually be sorted sooner. This post brought to you by a combination of phone-wifi-hotspot and shared dialup from a Vista laptop, I kid you not..

Video Cards:
ASUS Strix Edition GeForce GTX 970 on Techgage.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 4GB AMP! Omega Edition on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce GTX 970 Jetstream on Guru3D.
Palit GTX 970 JetStream 4 GB on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 STRIX on OCAholic.
Nvidia Quadro K5200, K4200 and K2200 Professional Graphics Cards on XbitLabs.
MSI GeForce GTX 980 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI on TechPowerUp.
GeForce GTX 970 SLI on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Cards in SLI on Tweaktown.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Water Cooling System on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake NiC L32 Non-Interference CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm LCS on PureOC.
Alpenfoehn Brocken 2 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Noctua IndustrialPPC Fans on Modders-Inc.
Scythe Mugen Max CPU cooler on OCClub.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD FX-8370E 95W “Piledriver” Octa-Core Processor on eTeknix.
MSI Z97 MPOWER on Vortez.
MSI Nightblade Z97 on LanOC.
Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Processors on XbitLabs.
ASUS Z97-Deluxe Mainboard on XbitLabs.
ASUS X99 Deluxe on Vortez.
BIOSTAR A68N-5000 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard on PCPerspective.
MSI Z97S SLI PLUS on eTeknix.
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
Attitude One Rapira Elite Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Corsair Gaming's K70 RGB keyboard on TechReport.
EVGA's Torq X10 mouse on HotHardware.
XTracGear Mouse Surfaces on NeoSeeker.
AORUS Thunder M7 Mouse and P3 Mouse Pad on PureOC.
Attitude One Rapira Elite Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Func KB-460 (Cherry MX Blue) Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
Audiofly AF180 In-Ear Monitors Headphone on Tweaktown.
Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC Gaming Monitor on HotHardware.
Acer XB280HK 28-in 4K G-Sync Monitor on PCPerspective.
SuperTooth Disco Twin Bluetooth Stereo Speaker on NikKTech.

SanDisk Ultra II 240GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Samsung PM853T SSD 960GB on TheSSDReview.
Kingwin EZ-CLONE USB 3.0 to SATA & IDE One Click Clone Adapter on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Voyager Air 2 Wireless Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
Seagate 6TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 RAID Analysis on Tweaktown.
Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
DOOGEE DAGGER DG550 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro Laptop on HWSecrets.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus on TechSpot.

Supermicro SSE-X3348TR Layer 3 10G-BaseT Switch on Tweaktown.
Diamond Dual Band Wireless 802.11n Range Extender on NeoSeeker.

Power Supply:
Silverstone Nightjar 520W Passive Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W Modular PSU on eTeknix.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full Tower on Modders-Inc.
SilentiumPC Aquarius X90 Pure Black on TechPowerUp.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Metro Redux game on OCClub.

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