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Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-December-2016  14:59:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to scarletxi and Gaz this week!

Friday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-December-2016  14:59:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Samsung vs Apple battle continues on, with the latest ruling being the throwing out of $400M in damages. A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out the almost $400 million in damages Samsung was ordered to pay Apple in a long-standing dispute over the patents of elements of smartphones. The justices ruled that Samsung does not have to pay Apple patent damages based on the profits for the entire device, only the components at issue, and reversed and remanded the case back down to a lower court.

The new Bluetooth spec has been officially ratified. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified its version 5, which includes a modular set of optional extensions for throughput, range, and other features. Chip makers, including Cypress and Nordic, are already sampling parts supporting the specs that do not include mesh networking, a piece delayed until mid-2017.

The Pebble smartwatch brand seems to be dead, leaving customers in the lurch. “One-to-one Pebble support is no longer available” and “any Pebble currently out in the wild is no longer covered by or eligible for warranty exchange.” This means, no matter when you purchased or received your Pebble device, you are on your own—and if your device dies, you’re simply out a device. Any warranty you might have been promised from Pebble directly is void.

Windows 10 will apparently overtake Windows 7 within a year. It's interesting that it didn't overtake it during the time that, you know, Windows 10 was free. Extrapolating those adoption lines, we can see that Windows 10 is on track to overtake Windows 7. While the December 2017 date shown in the graph might be a bit optimistic, there's no doubt that a year or so from now, the dominant desktop OS will be Windows 10, not Windows 7.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  13:40:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on some cool projects from our Modding forum:

Master_09 has an
open-air watercooled PC

Nateid03 has a ghetto-ish
All-in-one cooler SLI setup

while newlife has been
volt-modding a GTX 950

alexciobanu has a
blue-themed PC

Butcher9_9 made a
wooden headphone stand

and mad_mic3 has a
helicopter-themed PC project

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  11:37:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Rosewill Gram mid-tower on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on OCClub.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA 550W G3 Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Linkworld LPW1685-70 on HWInsights.

Input Etc:
Speedlink OMNIVI gaming mouse on Vortez.
Cougar Deathfire EX Mouse and Keyboard Bundle on eTeknix.

Portal Self-Optimizing Urban AC2400 WiFi Router on BigBruin.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Performance Analysis on eTeknix.
Wanhao Duplicator i3 - Budget 3D Printer on PCReview.
The Flash Plus 2 smartphone on TechARP.
Teamgroup T-Force Night Hawk 3000 MHz 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 memory on Guru3D.
Z170 Motherboard Charts: 20 Models tested - EVGA Z170 Classified K on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 And WX 5100 Workstation Graphics: Polaris Goes Pro on HotHardware.
Fatal1ty by Monster's FXM 200 gaming headset on TechReport.
ADATA SC660 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-December-2016  13:22:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-7700K (14nm+ Kaby Lake) on Hexus.
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 motherboard on OCAholic.

Noctua NH-D15S versus NH-D15 CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Strontium iDrive Nitro Lightning 64GB Card Reader on Tweaktown.
Plextor S2C 512GB Entry-Level SATA3 Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
TerraStation F2-220 2-Bay SMB Cloud Storage NAS on eTeknix.
ADATA Premier SP550 480GB Solid-State Drive on Techgage.

Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 on TechReport.
Deepcool GamerStorm GENOME Liquid-Cooled Case on PCPerspective.

Stanley FatMax LEDLISL Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight on ModSynergy.
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.
AK Racing PRO X Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
XCELLON AC & USB Power Bank (PB-1200AC) on ModSynergy.
Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
AUKEY KM-G3 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-December-2016  23:54:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tech Report have been playing around with the Internet of Things, to make dumb machines smarter. Sometimes I forget things. In particular, I forget to transfer my clean but wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. When this happens, I have to waste time, detergent, electricity, and water to re-wash the clothes. My wife's sister has an expensive race-car-red washing machine that plays a few cheerful musical notes when the cycle is finished. That reminder is helpful, and my better half likes the little tune, but I figured I could get crafty and make the dumb old washer and dryer whisper in my ear through the internet. Here's how I did it.

PCI SSDs are all the rage in laptops now. The number of notebooks built to use SSDs, which are based on NAND flash, exceeded analyst expectations this quarter, and the industry is on pace to surpass the 50% adoption rate in the 2017 to 2018 timeframe, according to a report from DRAMeXchange.

However Sniper sends word that the prices of SSDs are spiking due to NAND shortages. We began reporting on the first signs of the looming NAND shortage all the way back in May, and have touched on the domino effect in many articles over the ensuing months as it unfolded. Now the shortage is in full swing: DRAMeXchange reported that the average price of MLC SSDs rose this quarter between 6%-10%, while TLC SSDs also rose 6%-9%. We also reached out to Trendfocus, whose projections indicate even higher price hikes at both the retail and OEM level.

BC spotted this interesting article about one aspect of autonomous cars. It should be technically and theoretically possible for an autonomous car to drive with input not just from its array of cameras and sensors, but from a set of pre-recorded data from another car. The data that can be recorded – and, in the case of almost every drive-by-wire car made today is recorded – is significant: throttle position, steering wheel angle, brake pressure, weight balance, speed, wheel slippage, and, of course, GPS data about where the car goes.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-December-2016  06:01:20 (GMT +10) - by booj

GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming Motherboard on Techgage.
Gigabyte Z170X-Designare on Hot Hardware.

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming OC on Guru3D.
ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC 4 GB on techPowerUp.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB on Madshrimps.

WD My Passport 4TB 2016 Edition Portable External Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
Seagate Skyhawk 10TB on OCC.

Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Thermaltake The Tower 900 on Funky kit.

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Headset on LanOC Reviews.
Creative iRoar Go on Vortez.
Cougar Immersa Gaming Headset on ocaholic.
Genius HS-930BT Headset on Funky Kit.

D-Link Performace Series DIR-890L AC3200 Enthusiast Router on eTeknix.
TP-Link Archer C3200 Wireless Tri-Band Router on Funky Kit.

Input etc:
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Thrustmaster TMX on PC Perspective.
ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard on TweakTown.
Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED gaming keyboard on The Tech Report.
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
AUKEY KM-G3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on PC Perspective.

Dell XPS 13 (Kaby Lake) on Hot Hardware.
Corsair Magnetic Levitation ML120 & ML140 PRO LED Fan onTechgage.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-December-2016  14:26:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This may be a weird batch - after 3 days of gastro I'm pretty much hallucinating at my desk. :) But anyway, thanks to danstoejam and Axe this week!

Thursday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-December-2016  22:07:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some info from Malakai about the 2G shutdown in Oz: Telstra will be the first carrier to switch off its 2G network on the first of December, at which time anyone using a 2G mobile phone or a 2G SIM card will no longer be able to make phone calls or send text messages. Even calls to emergency services may no longer connect. Also Optus will switch off its 2G network in April - affecting Virgin Mobile, amaysim and Dodo customers - while Vodafone's 2G network will be decommissioned in September 2017. A lesser known side-effect of the shutdown of the 2G network is that most dual SIM phones except the very latest and greatest ones can only use the secondary SIM via the 2G network. So many people using dual SIM phones might be caught unawares when their secondary SIM stops working tomorrow. Or today, even! More info here and here.

Google's powers now extend to messing with the spacetime continuum.. kinda. No commonly used operating system is able to handle a minute with 61 seconds, and trying to special-case the leap second has caused many problems in the past. Instead of adding a single extra second to the end of the day, we'll run the clocks 0.0014% slower across the ten hours before and ten hours after the leap second, and “smear” the extra second across these twenty hours. For timekeeping purposes, December 31 will seem like any other day.

PC bits retailer MSY are in hot water over warranty issues. “The ACCC alleges that MSY Technology breached the Australian Consumer Law by misrepresenting consumers’ rights to a repair, replacement, or a refund when they have purchased faulty products,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said. “Businesses must not mislead consumers about their consumer guarantee rights. Consumers who have purchased a faulty product have a right under the consumer guarantees to remedies which businesses cannot restrict, alter, or remove.”

I don't normally link buyer's guides, but I thought it might be interesting to see what people are looking at during the run up to Xmas. Tech Report have a Christmas Gift Guide, while Techgage have a GPU Upgrade & New Build guide. On the lookout for a new graphics card? We’ve put together a guide to help you pick the right graphics card for your budget. For new builds or upgrades, there are an assortment of GPUs to pick in each price range. Competative eSports on a budget, to ultrawide or multi-monitor gaming, there’s something for everyone.

Techspot also looked at real-world storage performance. To test and visualize how storage performance impacts the user experience in real world scenarios we recorded how quickly our Core i7-6700K test system completes various tasks using Samsung’s new 960 Evo 500GB SSD, then compared against the value-minded Crucial MX300 and the WD Red Pro 4TB mechanical hard drive.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-December-2016  14:41:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BarrelCool Rifle Chamber Fan on BenchmarkReviews.
Antec KUHLER H2O H1200 Pro AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Realforce RGB keyboard on LanOC.
Roccat Skeltr Keyboard on Modders-Inc.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Fierce PC BlackFire Apex prebuilt PC on Vortez.
Lenovo Ideapad Y900 17-inch Gaming Laptop on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe Smartphone on HotHardware.
Gigabyte Brix Gaming UHD Mini-PC on LegitReviews.

ADATA SV620 480GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Drobo 5C DAS (Directly-Attached Storage) on OCAholic.

be quiet! Dark Base 900 Pro Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define Mini C Micro-ATX on PCPerspective.

Watch Dog 2: PC graphics performance benchmark review on Guru3D.
AMD Athlon X4 880K Processor Review & Overclocking to 4.5 GHz on LegitReviews.
SilverStone Ensemble Series EB03 and EB01-E Audio Amp DAC on HWAsylum.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X video card on OCAholic.
XFX TS Series 750W PSU on PCPerspective.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-November-2016  23:23:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition on eTeknix.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC Edition on ThinkComputers.

Intel 600p M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.
MyDigitalSSD Boost 1TB USB 3.1 Portable SSD on eTeknix.
Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC UHS-II 32GB Card on Madshrimps.
Kingston 256GB MicroSD XC card on PC World.
Plextor S2G 512GB Entry-Level M.2 SSD on eTeknix.

Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Chassis on Funky Kit.
NZXT S340 Elite on ocaholic.

ASUS STRIX Wireless Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset on APH Networks.
Creative iRoar Go Bluetooth Portable Speaker on Madshrimps.

Input etc:
Dream Machines DM1 PRO S Optical Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Razer Ornata Chroma on Vortez.

Scythe Mugen 5 Tower CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 on OCC.

HP Omen X Notebook on Ars Technica.
TomTom Bandit 4K GPS WiFi Action Camera on ModSynergy.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 + Y27g RE (Razer Edition) on TweakTown.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 3000 MHz DDR4 (4x 8 GB) on techPowerUp.
Pokeball Power Bank (1st & 2nd Generation) on TechARP.

Monday Midday (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-November-2016  12:07:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ISPs in the UK are now required to keep a full list of sites visited by their customers and provide it to authorities upon request. The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was all but passed into law this week, forces internet providers to keep a full list of internet connection records (ICRs) for a year and to make them available to the Government if asked. Those ICRs in effect serve as a full list of every website that people have visited, rather than collecting which specific pages are visited or what's done on them. Expect a big upturn in VPN usage.

There's another huge IBM and NVIDIA-powered supercomputer on the way. More than once during the SC16 supercomputing conference this week in Salt Lake City, the Summit system and its companion “Sierra” system that will be deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, were referred to as “AI supercomputers.” This is a reflection of the fact that the national labs around the world are being asked to do machine learning on the same machines that would normally just do simulation and modeling to advance science, not just to advance the art of computation but to make these systems all look more cool and more useful.

We're definitely seeing another period of consolidation in the semiconductor market. In the past couple of weeks, Siemens signed a deal to buy Mentor Graphics for $4 billion, and Samsung purchased Harman, a Tier 1 automotive supplier for $8 billion. What’s different is that deals worth multiple billions of dollars—sometimes tens of billions—are no longer extraordinary. When Texas Instruments paid $7.6 billion for Burr-Brown in 2000, it was considered a jaw-dropping amount of money.

Matt sent in this game bundle, with up to 151 games being offered for as little as $2 in total, raising money for a good cause. This is A Good Bundle. A bunch of creators are sharing their works to combat some of the ugliness in our world. 100% of the proceeds from this bundle will be split 50-50 between the ACLU ( American Civil Liberties Union) and Planned Parenthood.

I don't often post press releases as news, but this one caught my eye. It's from FSP (who I should note are currently sponsoring OCAU) and it's for a new "Twins" PSU which gives you two redundant PSUs in a normal desktop ATX PSU form-factor. I don't think I've seen that before. See here for more info, or the pics below.

click images to enlarge!

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-November-2016  00:36:31 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Antec Cube-Designed by Razer Mini-ITX Chassis on TweakTown
HBT+ Gravity 6 Enthusiast Computer Case on Hardware Asylum
DIY Arc Reactor Kit on FunkyKit
Corsair Carbide Series 270R on Vortez
ID-Cooling Stream 2 Chassis on FunkyKit
Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB on Ocaholic

Cooler Master MasterMouse PRO L Mouse on Vortez
SteelSeries Rival 500 Optical Mouse on APH Networks
Dream Machines DM 1 PRO S on techPowerUp
EpicGear DeFiant EG MMS Mechanical Keyboard on Funky Kit
Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB mechanical keyboard on TechReport
Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps

Lexar Professional 128GB & 256GB UHS-II SD Cards on TweakTown
QNAP TBS-453A-8G-960GB 4-Bay M.2 SSD NASbook on NikKTech
Intel SSD 600p Series 512GB NVMe SSDp on Legit Reviews
MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Kingston 256GB MicroSD XC card on PC World

Lenovo Yoga Book on Hot Hardware
Asus Zenfone 3 on ocaholic
Lenovo Yoga Book Android 2-in-1 Tablet on TweakTown
Gigabyte AORUS X7 DT v6 GTX 1080 Gaming Laptop on eTeknix
Huawei Nova Plus smartphone on PC World

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Quick Silver OC 8 GB on techPowerUp
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Video Card on Hardware Secrets

Asus X99 DeLuxe II motherboard on Guru3D
BIOSTAR Racing Z170GTN Mini-ITX Motherboard on TweakTown

Gaming PC:
MSI Aegis Ti Gaming PC (Dual-GPU) on techPowerUp
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Gaming System on Techarp

Linksys LRT214 Business Gigabit VPN Router on eTeknix
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 850 W Titanium on LanOC
ARC Reactor DIY Kit and Syllable D900 Mini Wireless Earbuds on FunkyKit

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