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Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-January-2021  15:00:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Help me OCAU, I am addicted to Factorio.. seriously, that game is like crack. Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-January-2021  23:40:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gigabyte Aorus Raid 2TB SSD on FunkyKit.
Corsair MP400 1TB on LanOC.
Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

NZXT Kraken X63 RGB LCS CPU cooler on Guru3D.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 Sub-Zero AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Deepcool Castle 240R AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
EPOS Sennheiser GSX 300 Gaming Series External USB Sound Card on NikKTech.
HiFiMAN HE400i 2020 Edition headset on TechPowerUp.

Thermaltake Divider 300 TG ARGB on TechPowerUp.
Cougar MX660 Mesh RGB Gaming Case (video review) by OCClub.

Epomaker GK96LS Keyboard Review - Left-Handed Numpad! on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Prime Z490-A Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 11-January-2021  00:40:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on in there is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

evade built a tiny
ITX but powerful PC

while Borat built
an even slimmer one

and The Fan-Man reviewed
the Deepcool Macube 110

headin2001 reviewed the
ASRock Z490 Phantom ITX

as well as the
MSI MEG Z490i Unify

while aokman has a
Snapmaker build diary

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 10-January-2021  23:53:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z490I AORUS Ultra on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 + Radeon RX 6800: Tested at 1080p, 1440p and 4K on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
FiiO BTA30 HiFi Bluetooth Audio Receiver & Transmitter on NikKTech.
Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27 monitor on LanOC.
ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
HyperX QuadCast S Gaming Microphone on ThinkComputers.
Creative SXFI GAMER USB-C Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Tribit QuietPlus 50 Bluetooth Headphone on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Vortex 10 Keyboard Review - A 10th Anniversary Poker Celebration on TechPowerUp.
Dream Machines DM6 Holey S on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Cougar BXM850 and GEX850 Power Supplies (video review) by OCClub.
Chieftronic PowerUp 850 W on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASUS Radeon RX 6900 XT STRIX OC LC on Guru3D.
VR Wars: The Red Devil RTX 6900 XT versus the RTX 3090 Founders Edition on BabelTechReviews.
Colorful iGame RTX 3070 Advanced OC-V on Vortez.
Red Devil RX 6900 XT 50-game Review vs. the RTX 3090 FE on BabelTechReviews.

Noctua NH-U9S chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Phanteks First AIO Cooling Solution Glacier One 240 MP on Modders-Inc.
AeroCool Mirage 5 CPU ARGB CPU Air Cooler on NikKTech.

Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Lexar Professional 1066x microSDXC SILVER Series Card on HWAsylum.
TerraMaster F5-221 NAS on Guru3D.
Samsung SSD 980 Pro vs. Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus on TechSpot.

Genesis Irid 353 ARGB Review - Compact with a Glass Front case on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB White DDR4-3200 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Aruba InstantOn Networking Platform on Tweaktown.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G US-Edition: Solid Value, With Limitations phone on HotHardware.

Misc Pics (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-January-2021  14:13:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dan, Axe, mpot and Andrew this week!

Retro Gaming January 2021 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-January-2021  00:37:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's "Retro Let's Play" is Warhammer: Dark Omen from 1998. Warhammer Dark Omen, released for both Windows 9x platform and PSX, The gameplay is unit-oriented battlefield tactics with infantry, cavalry, and archer squads and artillery pieces as well as supporting hero and wizard units. The game freely mixes in 3D/pixel based landscapes, cannons, flintlock pistols and steam-powered tanks with bows, cavalry and magic using the Warhammer fantasy rule-set set.

click for the thread!

While we're here, the Retro Racing game for January is Car & Driver from 1992. I don’t know how I stumbled on to this game, but I remember playing it quite often on my dads PC. I guess my brother probably bought it. I found the way they used the keyboard interesting. Rather than the usual holding down the key and the steering gradually getting tighter they used the whole numpad. 7 and 9 were light turns, 4 and 6 were medium and 1 and 3 were tight. It was a different method of “simulating analogue” compared to most others.

click for the thread!

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-January-2021  23:21:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB 32GB DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB (White) DDR-3200 MHz CL16 2x16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Mushkin Redline DDR4-4000 CL18 2x8GB on NeoSeeker.

TerraMaster 4GB RAM NAS Upgrade on NeoSeeker.
WD Blue SN550 SSD Review: Superb, Budget NVMe Storage on HotHardware.
Silicon Power US70 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.

Audio Visual:
Razer BlackShark V2 Gaming Headset on Thinkcomputers.
EPOS GSP 601 headset on Vortez.
HyperX Cloud II Wireless + 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.

Cooler Master MasterBox NR200 mITX on APHNetworks.
Antec P10 FLUX on TechPowerUp.

Tuesday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-January-2021  00:48:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

2021 and still no flying car. I mean this is just getting silly now. Anyway, time to clear out the newsbox:

Australia's national anthem has been slightly changed for 2021. From January 1, 2021, the second line of Australia's national anthem will change from, "For we are young and free" to "For we are one and free". Governor-General David Hurley has agreed to the Commonwealth's recommendation to make an amendment to the anthem for the first time since 1984.

Also, Flash is dead. Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems. Some users may continue to see reminders from Adobe to uninstall Flash Player from their system. See below for more details on how to uninstall Flash Player. You can still play some classic Flash games on the Internet Archive.

The Government meanwhile are looking into a right to repair for Australia. We have been asked to look at the barriers and enablers of competition in repair markets and the costs and benefits of a regulated ‘right to repair’, including facilitating access to embedded software in consumer and other goods. We have also been asked to look at arrangements for preventing premature or planned product obsolescence and the proliferation of e-waste, and means of reducing e-waste through improved access to repairs. They are accepting submissions on the topic until February 1st 2021.

BabelTechReviews compared the EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra vs. the RX 6800 in 35 games. EVGA sent BTR a RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra ($609) and ... a reference RX 6800 ($569) from AMD. Since these cards have become direct competitors because of being priced within 7%, they each deserve a full review.

Similarly, TechSpot compared the RTX 3070 vs. Radeon RX 6800 in 41 games. It's time for a GPU shootout to see how the GeForce RTX 3070 and Radeon RX 6800 compare by benchmarking them head to head in 41 games. That's ton of games to be tested and more than twice what we included in our day one review for both graphics cards.

Phoronix report on a new ARM CPU which seems ready to take on the big players. While the talk in recent weeks has been about the performance of Apple's M1 ARM chip and then rumors there might be a 32 core chip in the pipe, there is already something much stronger: Ampere Altra has begun shipping and its flagship 80-core SoC with up to two sockets per server can easily take on the AMD EPYC 7742 "Rome" and Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 "Cascade Lake" performance across a variety of workloads. Here is our initial look at the Ampere Altra performance on Linux in our independent performance benchmarks.

HotHardware meanwhile cover the best selling and most played Steam games for 2020. Though it has been a rough and long year, 2020 is finally ending. Throughout the year, gamers have been distracted by many games, both new and old. Now, Steam is releasing its “Best of 2020” games based on gross revenue and player stats to show what gamers have enjoyed this year.

Finally, I stumbled across this in the forums and don't know if I linked it years ago, but anyway it deserves another mention: DonutKing's tour of a Soviet Arcade Machine Museum. You might remember a few years ago there was some photos of a Soviet arcade museum doing the rounds. Well, I was in Moscow and stopped in for a visit.


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