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Sunday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-February-2017  12:24:47 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Cooling:
Raijintek TISIS Dual Tower CPU Cooler on Technoyard
Reeven Ouranos 140mm CPU Cooler on FunkyKit

Videocard:
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Aero Mini ITX on Guru3D
AORUS GTX 1080 XTREME Edition on Vortez

Network:
Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO Wi-Fi Access Point (UAP‑AC‑PRO) on Custom PC Review
Anonabox FAWKES Tor Router on OCC
The eero Home WiFi System on PC Perspective

Audio:
Creative Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming Katana Desktop Soundbar on eTeknix
Logitech G533 Wireless Headset on LanOC
Genius SP-925BT Bluetooth Speaker om PC Perspective

Case:
SilverStone Redline RL06 PRO ATX Mid-Tower on NikKTech
Aerocool P7-C1 on techPowerUp

CPU:
Intel Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake Processor on Think Computers
Rockit Cool Rockit 88 Processor Delidding Tool on Hardware Asylum

Portable:
Venom Blackbook Zero 14 Laptop on PC World
Huawei Mate 9 on PC Perspective
MSI GE62 7RD Apache Laptop on Techspot

Input etc:
Sandberg PowerBank 18200 on NikKTech
GAMDIAS ZEUS P1 RGB Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Capture Device on TweakTown
AZIO MGK L80 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techgage

Games:
Halo Wars 2 (XBO) on Gaming Nexus
For Honor (PC) on Techspot
Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers (PS4) on Gaming Nexus

Misc:
Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB Hard Drive on APH Networks
Super Flower Platinum King 650W Power Supply on Tech Powerup
Supermicro C7Z270-CG Motherboard on TweakTown.
​Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3000 RAM on PC World



Misc Pics (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-February-2017  14:58:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axeman and Dean this week!







Thursday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-February-2017  01:52:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tech Report look at the process (and outcome) of migrating from Sandy Bridge to Kaby Lake. After nearly six years and countless posts about how my i7-2600K was still good enough, I decided that I'd had enough of good enough when we published our Core i7-7700K review. It was time to upgrade my PC, and I recently completed my new build. I can hear the palms contacting faces already. "Fish, you idiot, Ryzen is almost here! You should have waited." That could be, but I won't be buffaloed into second-guessing my decision. As it happens, I'm quite pleased with the results and I'm pretty confident that Ryzen couldn't do any better.

Pokemon Go has been out of the headlines for a while, but it's back again, with the suggestion that trading and PvP (player vs player) combat are on the way. "It's going to be done soon," he says. "It is what it is. I'll take the massive wave of hysteria we enjoyed, and just deal with the fact that it's caused us to take a bit longer to get the rest of the features up. We're really happy to make our users happy." It seems some other new features are arriving this week. Discussion of Pokemon Go continues in this thread.

Seems a bit early for April Fools, but apparently Nokia are bringing back the 3310. The phone, originally released in 2000 and in many ways beginning the modern age of mobiles, will be sold as a way of getting lots of battery life in a nearly indestructible body. The new incarnation of the old 3310 will be sold for just €59, and so likely be pitched as a reliable second phone to people who fondly remember it the first time around.

Back to the future, with Intel announcing a 24-core CPU for $9k USD. The flagship Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processor features the Broadwell-EX XCC (extreme core-count) die and has 24 cores with Hyper-Threading technology, 60 MB of L3 cache, 165 W TDP, a default frequency of 2.4 GHz and a turbo frequency of up to 3.4 GHz. Like other Broadwell-EX XCC CPUs, the new chip has quad-channel DDR3/DDR4 memory controller support and can manage up to ~3 TB of DRAM per socket (when used in conjunction with four Jordan Creek 2 scalable memory buffers). The CPUs are also equipped with 32 PCIe 3.0 lanes and three 9.6 GT/s QPI links for multi-socket environments.

AMD meanwhile have shared more Zen details in an interview. David was kind enough to spend an hour with us to talk about a recently-made-public report he wrote on Zen. It's definitely a discussion that dives into details most articles and stories on Zen don't broach, so be prepared to do some pausing and Googling phrases and technologies you may not be familiar with. Still, for any technology enthusiast that wants to get an expert's opinion on how Zen compares to Intel Skylake and how Ryzen might fare when its released this year, you won't want to miss it.

FunkyKit have been overclocking an i5-7600K to 4.9GHz. We recently reviewed the Gigabyte GA-Z270X Ultra Gaming motherboard, which we thought was a very good motherboard offering decent performance and tons of features. We used it to overclock the Intel Core i5-7600K (Kaby Lake) to see how far it could go.

Wired report on the efforts of coders to rescue climate data from being deleted by the US Government. About half the group immediately sets web crawlers on easily-copied government pages, sending their text to the Internet Archive, a digital library made up of hundreds of billions of snapshots of webpages. They tag more data-intensive projects—pages with lots of links, databases, and interactive graphics—for the other group. Called “baggers,” these coders write custom scripts to scrape complicated data sets from the sprawling, patched-together federal websites.



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-February-2017  00:53:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i3-7350K "Kaby Lake" CPU on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Strix Z270I Gaming on OCAholic.
ECS Z170-Lightsaber Motherboard on PCPerspective.
Intel Core i3-7350K vs. Core i5-7400 on TechSpot.

Storage:
Crucial MX300 525GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
Synology FlashStation FS3017 24-Bay All-Flash NAS on Tweaktown.
WD Black 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD on LegitReviews.

Cases:
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 on eTeknix.
SPC Aquarius M60W Pure Black on HWInsights.

Audio Visual:
Fnatic Gear Duel Modular Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
AtomicX V201 Bluetooth Headset on FunkyKit.
Epiphan AV.io 4K capture device on Vortez.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L RGB on Vortez.
Genius Scorpion M8-610 Mouse on Modders-Inc.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Razer Gigantus - Black Edition Mouse Pad Presentation on MadShrimps.

Video Cards:
Radeon Fury X vs. GeForce GTX 980 Ti: Are They Still Worth Buying? on TechSpot.
NVIDIA’s Fastest Graphics Card Ever: A Look At The Quadro P6000 on Techgage.
HIS Radeon RX460 Slim-iCooler OC 2GB on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Honor 6X Tablet preview on TechARP.
Dell XPS 13 2-In-1 Review: Portable And Flexible Living On The Infinity Edge on HotHardware.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (helio X20 Model) on TechARP.

Software:
Sniper Elite 4: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Sniper Elite 4 PC graphics performance benchmark on Guru3D.

Misc:
GeIL Super Luce DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi Router on CustomPCReview.
Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.



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