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|Monday Afternoon Reviews
Monday, 29-September-2014 04:31:10 (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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Shellshock Bash Vulnerability
Friday, 26-September-2014 13:59:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I'm sure you've heard by now, but there's been another wide-ranging security issue reported, this time concerning the bash shell found on many Linux-based systems. It's being suggested that this could be an even bigger deal than the recent Heartbleed SSL issue. Australia's CERT have a media release. More info on ABC, BBC, Gizmodo and pretty much everywhere else. Discussion here.
Far out, now my home internet connection has died. Let's see if this works. Thanks to BM and davo this week!
Wednesday, 24-September-2014 14:47:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The current security frenzy extends to the online world in Australia. Spy agency ASIO will be given the power to monitor the entire Australian internet and journalists' ability to write about national security will be curtailed when new legislation – expected to pass in the Senate as early as Wednesday – becomes law, academics, media organisations, lawyers, the Greens party and rights groups fear.
It seems that veteran Australian ISP connect.com.au are going away. As a result we will be closing down connect.com.au at the end of September 2014 and wanted to ensure we notified you of this in order to provide you the time to talk with us in order to identify appropriate alternative services. You can read some of their history on Wikipedia.
ArsTechnica have an interesting article about Soviets rescuing a space station in the 1980's. Meanwhile, India have successfully placed a low-cost spacecraft into orbit around Mars. The mission makes India the first country in Asia to reach Mars, after an attempt by regional rival China failed to leave Earth's orbit in 2011.
I've been away for a couple of days, and it seems the two big stories I missed are a hoax threat against Emma Watson: A threat against actress Emma Watson in response to a gender equality speech she made at the United Nations now appears to have been a viral marketing stunt.
... and iPhones bending. Just a few hours ago, we started hearing reports that a small sampling of iPhone 6 Plus owners have experienced a slight bend to their phone after putting the device in their front pockets. Also, someone in Perth dropped theirs.
Banshee sent word of another update in the Tech Report SSD endurance test. You won't believe how much data can be written to modern SSDs. No, seriously. Our ongoing SSD Endurance Experiment has demonstrated that some consumer-grade drives can withstand over a petabyte of writes before burning out. That's a hyperbole-worthy total for a class of products typically rated to survive only a few hundred terabytes at most.
NVIDIA recently hade a GAME24 event, with coverage on OCClub and Tweaktown. GAME24 is a 24 hour PC gaming event aimed at bringing gamers together to connect and share the experience of gaming. You could directly participate in the interactive livestream by judging competitions, chatting with developers and celebrities, or uploading your own content. Or better yet, you could attend one of the events in person.
A couple of people sent in this candidate for the worst "hacker" scene of all time from a new show called "Scorpion". All you need to know about the main character is that he's a genius who is "on software," which means he tells people things like "open your email and click the link." He has trouble communicating his emotions because he's a geek who only understands machines, and he has a dusty warehouse space that's shared by a tough hardware expert, a hat-wearing psychology master, and a nerdy "human calculator."
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 24-September-2014 11:19:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force on OCAholic.
ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme (Intel X99) on Tweaktown.
EVGA X99 Classified on HWAsylum.
Noctua iPPC and redux Fan Roundup on NeoSeeker.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate CPU Cooler on TechWareLabs.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series laptop on MegaTechNews.
Sony Xperia T3 Smartphone on HWSecrets.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 laptop on HotHardware.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ on ThinkComputers.
Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 Server on Tweaktown.
MX Technology MX-ES Ultra 32GB on OCaholic.
Samsung PM853T 960GB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston SM2280S3 M.2 SATA SSD 240GB on TheSSDReview.
Team Group Micro SDHC UHS-1 U3 32GB on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
CM Storm NovaTouch TKL Keyboard on LegitReviews.
Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse on OCModShop.
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard on OCClub.
Cooler Master Novatouch TKL keyboard on LanOC.
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL on Techgage.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB keyboard on Vortez.
Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB keyboard on OCaholic.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB on HWHeaven.
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB keyboard on Guru3D.
Rosewill Fortress 750W on TechPowerUp.
Xilence Performance A Series 730W Non-Modular on eTeknix.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 on TechPowerUp.
BitFenix Neos Enclosure and Fury 750G PSU on FutureLooks.
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 Dual-X OC on ThinkComputers.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GM204 on PCPerspective.
Gigabyte R7 250X OC on NeoSeeker.
Sapphire Radeon R9 285 2GB ITX Compact Overclocked on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 “Maxwell” on Futurelooks.
Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 980 4GB on eTeknix.
Testing Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 4GB Graphics Cards In SLI on eTeknix.
Tt eSPORTS VERTO Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
NZXT Kraken X61 28cm Liquid Cooler on Silent PC Review
Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Silent PC Review
Silicon Power Stream S03 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on Nikktech
QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users on Madshrimps
Corsair Force LX 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Enermax EMK3201 Dual-Bay 2.5-inch HDD/SSD Internal Enclosure on TweakTown
MX Technology ES Ultra 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
RAIDON Runner GR2660 SSD/HDD RAID Enclosure on The SSD Review
Kingston SM2280S3 M.2 SATA 120 GiB SSD on Hardware Secrets
Kingston HyperX FURY 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on OCC
Plextor PX-G256M6e M.2 256GB PCIE SSD on Futurelooks
Seagate NAS Two-Bay SOHO NAS on TweakTown
Andromedia Supersonic-P Bluetooth Vibration Speaker on TweakTown
V-MODA XS Headphones on APH Networks
LUXA2 GroovyR 360° Micro Wireless Wall Mount Speaker on Thinkcomputers.org
Logitech UE Boom Wireless Bluetooth 360-degree Speaker on TweakTown
Rosewill R-Studio SP-4310BT Bluetooth Wireless 2.1 Speaker on Futurelooks
Sentey Harmoniq Professional Gaming Series Headset on TweakTown
BitFenix Neos on Techgage
Fractal Design Core 3300 Computer Case on APH Networks
ASRock D1800B-ITX Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
EVGA X99 Classified (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Gigabyte X99 UD4 (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard on eTeknix
BIOSTAR HI-FI Z97WE on Vortez
ASUS X99 Deluxe LGA2011-3 ATX Motherboard on Futurelooks
ASUS Maximus VII Formula on Bjorn3D
Tt eSports Ventus Gaming Mouse on Modders-Inc
ZOWIE FK1 Competitive Gaming Mouse on Nikktech
BlueEye Dual HD TV Tuner and Multimedia Player on MikesGear
Mio MiVue 568 Touch Dash Cam on NikkTech
Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 3000MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Kit on eTeknix
Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 Wireless Router on TweakTown
Super Flower Leadex Gold 650w PSU on Hardware Heaven
ZTE Grand X Smartphone on Futurelooks
Nvidia have released the GTX 970 and 980, the first cards based on the latest 28nm Maxwell architecture. Discussion in the forums here.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB “Maxwell” (28nm) Graphics Card on eTeknix
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC Video Card on TweakTown
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Video Card on Benchmark Reviews
GeForce GTX 980 on Hardware Heaven
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 & 970 Maxwell GPU on Hot Hardware
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Neoseeker
NVIDIA GTX 980 on OCC
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 & GTX 980 on Techspot
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 and 980 reference cards on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GeForce GTX 980 Maxwell Video Card on Legit Reviews
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G GPU on Modders-Inc
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming OC on Guru3D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Techgage
NVIDIA GTX 980 on Vortez
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming on Videocard
GeForce GTX 980 SLI vs GTX 780 SLI at 2560x1440 on TweakTown
Nvidia GTX 980 on LanOC
ASUS Strix GTX 970 OC 4 GB on Techpowerup
EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 4 GB on Techpowerup
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card on TweakTown
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI on Techpowerup
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB on Techpowerup
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards on Techreport
Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 & GTX 980 on Legion Hardware
Nvidia GTX 980 on Bjorn3D
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX OC Edition on Ocaholic
Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming on Pure Overclock
Thanks to Andrew and mpot this week!
Thursday, 18-September-2014 06:54:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Sciby has checked out Google's Chromecast, which looks like a USB thumb drive but lets you stream all kinds of media to your HDMI-equipped TV.
click for the review!
|Interesting Forum Threads
Thursday, 18-September-2014 01:53:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force + Xeon E5 1680v3 = WINNING in Overclocking & Hardware.
Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force + Pentium G3258 Category record in 32M SuperPi in Overclocking & Hardware.
NVIDIA to Pole-vault GTX 800, Name Next Big Parts GTX 970 and GTX 980 in Video Cards & Monitors.
AMD’s Next Gen x86 High Performance Core is Code Named “Zen” in AMD x86 CPUs and chipsets.
Demand for iPhone 6 vs 6+... which did you preorder? in Apple iOS (OS & Devices).
iOS and Android, my journey in Mobile Phones.
Reminder - iOS 8 update out Thursday in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Bloody bloody cryptolocker bloody in Business & Enterprise Computing.
UserBenchmark post up some results in Storage & Backup.
MBPr SSD Shootout: Apple vs OWC vs Transcend in Storage & Backup.
Play for Free trend (not free-to-play) in PC Games.
Your go-to retro time wasters in Retro & Arcade.
Unreleased Duke Nukem discovered in Library of Congress in Retro & Arcade.
Revisiting old titles - how do they hold up? in Retro & Arcade.
Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck moving to Melbourne in Geek Food.
Meat Maiden - Opening Night Review in Geek Food.
Blue Bonnet BBQ - Review in Geek Food.
Giving up coffee in Nutrition.
Myannmar - quick rundown in Holidays & Travel.
Mythbusters - Kari, Grant and Tori leaving the show in Entertainment.
Thursday, 18-September-2014 01:32:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg
NASA have announced partnerships with Boeing and SpaceX to return manned mission launches to the USA. Currently they rely on the Russian space agency, after the Space Shuttle program was shelved. "Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, the hard work of our NASA and industry teams, and support from Congress, today we are one step closer to launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on American spacecraft and ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia by 2017. Turning over low-Earth orbit transportation to private industry will also allow NASA to focus on an even more ambitious mission – sending humans to Mars."
Tech Report look at some clever SSD caching in a new Micron unit. Dubbed dynamic write acceleration (DWA), this switching occurs at the block level. Incoming writes are written in SLC mode before being moved to MLC storage during lulls in activity. All unused NAND is available to this effective write cache, which stretches across both user-accessible storage and overprovisioned area.
FOTW spotted Doom running on a printer. Sometimes, the only way to attract attention to dire warnings about weaknesses in a particular system is to exploit them in a way that can't be ignored. That's what drove Michael Jordon of Context Information Security to make Doom run on a Canon Pixma printer; not because it's cool (although it clearly is) but to demonstrate the inherent insecurities in Canon's wireless printers.
Tweaktown have their Intel Developer Forum coverage posted. Steven visited this year's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco and saw plenty of cool technology. If you couldn't make the show, get an overview here.
A Chinese city has opened a phone lane, for pedestrians texting and walking. In Chongqing, China, with a degree of seriousness that has yet to be determined, the city authorities have designated a 30 metre (100ft) “cellphone lane” for people who use their phones while walking. “First mobile phone sidewalks in China,” declares a notice next to it. Seems likely to be a joke.
TechSpot have an Intel Z97 Motherboard Roundup. Codenamed 'Wildcat Point', the Z97 chipset brings support for future Broadwell CPUs, along with SATA Express and the M.2 socket. With over 90 designs available right now, picking the right one can be a difficult decision. Hoping to narrow the search down, we have taken seven popular boards and compared them in every way possible.
The word "metadata" has been doing the rounds lately - a Dutch study has shown how much information can be found in it. As author and researcher Door Hans de Zwart of Dutch digital rights foundation Bits of Freedom noted, even recently, on its website, the Dutch Intelligence Agency (AIVD) downplayed the interception of metadata as "a minor infringement of privacy". Thanks to a Dutch man, Ton Siedsma, we now have a glimpse of the type of information that can be squeezed from what officials would have us believe is "just" metadata.
|Thursday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 17-September-2014 14:57:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg
COMPRO TN1600P Cloud Network Camera on NikKTech.
Cammy Camera Monitoring Software Review with the D-Link DCS-930L on Tweaktown.
808 Audio Studio-Precision Tuned Over Ear Headphones on TechnologyX.
Samsung 27" S27B970D Super PLS LED Monitor on ModSynergy.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset on APHNetworks.
MP4Nation Brainwavz Delta In-ears on TechPowerUp.
Adesso Xtreme H3 Bluetooth Headphones on ThinkComputers.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset on PureOC.
ANDROMEDIA AM Bluetooth Speakers on PureOC.
Noctua NH-D15 Heatpipe Tower CPU Cooler on BigBruin.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate on Techgage.
NZXT Kraken All-In-One CPU Cooler Roundup on eTeknix.
Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Z97-A (Intel LGA 1150) on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X99 Classified on LegitReviews.
EVGA X99 Classified on LanOC.
ASUS MAXIMUS VII FORMULA/WATCH DOGS Motherboard on HWSecrets.
GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WIFI (Intel X99) on Tweaktown.
ASRock EP2C612D16FM (Intel C612 and DDR4) Server Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Overview of Supermicro's DDR4 Intel Xeon C612 Server Motherboards on Tweaktown.
ASUS Rampage V Extreme on OCaholic.
ASUS X99-DELUXE on BenchmarkReviews.
Roccat Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
GAMDIAS Hades Extension Laser Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
XtracGear Carbonic and Ripper Mouse Pads on PureOC.
Portable & Prebuilt:
ZOTAC ZBOX CI320 nano Budget SFF Desktop PC on Tweaktown.
Maingear Pulse 15 3K Gaming Laptop on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-2400 64GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Crucial DDR4-2133 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800W Semi-Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Antec Edge 650W Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Seasonic Platinum Series SS-1050W XP3 on OCAholic.
Antec EDGE 550W PSU on NikKTech.
XFX TS650 650W Non-Modular PSU on eTeknix.
Sandberg Credit Card 850mAh Powerbank on NikKTech.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 Series Preview on ThinkComputers.
Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti KalmX on Guru3D.
XFX Radeon R9 285 DD on BenchmarkReviews.
HIS Radeon R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC on Tweaktown.
In Win D-Frame Mini on OCAholic.
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Graphite 780T Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Fractal Design Core 3300 on PCPerspective.
Lian Li PC-V359 Micro-ATX Modular PC Case on LegitReviews.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full-Tower on LegitReviews.
Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower on eTeknix.
BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
Corsair Graphite 780T on TechPowerUp.
Patriot EP Series Micro SD Card (32 GB) on TechnologyX.
ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ512GCSU Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Adata's Premier SP610 solid-state drive on TechReport.
Samsung SM843T 480GB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-451 NAS on TechPowerUp.
SanDisk Ultra II SSD Review (240GB) on TheSSDReview.
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD on OCModShop.
Samsung 850 PRO SSD 256GB on OCaholic.
Five Nights at Freddy's PC game in OCModShop.
Skylanders: Trap Team iOS / Android game on GamingNexus.
ASUS RT-AC87U AC2400 Dual-Band Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
Wednesday, 17-September-2014 05:06:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg
There's a few contests underway in the forums, so check them out if you missed their announcements:
- Thecus are giving away an N2310 2-bay NAS
- PLE are giving away five sets of Sennheiser headphones
- Scorptec are giving away SteelSeries mice and a headset
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