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Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-February-2017  23:10:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex (Intel Z270) on Tweaktown.
Pentium G4500 CPU on HWSecrets.
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux OpenGL Benchmarks With A Core i7 7700K on Phoronix.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OC 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 And P2000 Workstation GPUs on HotHardware.
Radeon Windows 10 vs. Linux RadeonSI/RADV Gaming Performance on Phoronix.

Input Etc:
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum RGB Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum on OCAholic.
Cherry MX Board 6.0 Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard on PCPerspective.

Storage:
SilverStone Drive Storage DS223 RAID Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Seagate IronWolf Pro 10TB NAS HDD on eTeknix.
Crucial MX300 2TB SSD on InsideOC.
ADATA SU800 256GB SSD on LanOC.
Kingston MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Card Reader & UHS-I U3 microSDXC on ModSynergy.

Audio Visual:
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro RGB Headset on Guru3D.
Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 2.1 Speaker System on MadShrimps.

Misc:
GEIL Super Luce DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
CyberPowerPC GUA2400BST AMD VR Gaming PC on Techgage.



Monday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-February-2017  17:38:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The NSW Police are expressing concerns about a GTA Mod that skins vehicles and people as NSW Police. In one of the more bizarre things to happen this week, NSW Police Minister Troy Grant has gone on national television to complain about a seven year old mod for Grand Theft Auto 4. The minister, who starred in the Channel Seven evening news last night, complained that a mod (written by "underground computer geeks", according to journalist Mike Duffy) that adds NSW Police vehicles and officers into the game was "peverse". The modders explained why they made it, thanks Axeman.

Village Roadshow continue their push to get piracy sites banned. Site blocking is the first stage of a five point program, which Village outlined this morning. The company will work on “Google take-downs and site ranking demotions” and a “major PR campaign”, it said. “Availability of legal product” and “suing infringers” would follow. Surely "availability of legal content" should be #1 not #4? #5 seems to also be on the way, with suing individuals apparently coming soon. Discussion continues here.

TechARP report from the Samsung Forum 2017. Yesterday, Samsung kicked off Samsung Forum 2017 in sunny Singapore. We were amongst the lucky few to receive an exclusive invitation to the Samsung Forum 2017. Join us as we reveal what Samsung has in store for consumer electronics in 2017!

Superfast internet from the NBN may not be quite so superfast after all. While a download speed of 20 Mbps is faster than the 15 Mbps he could get using ADSL, it is much less than 100 Mbps he is paying for. It is also not consistent.

HWSecrets have an interesting article about what Watson has been up to since winning Jeopardy. In 2011 IBM’s supercomputer won a game of Jeopardy against two of Jeopardy’s greatest champions. That brought the name IBM’s Watson to the forefront of the computer world. That was, however, just the beginning. Watson’s story is both fast-moving and unique.

Mark Zuckerberg posted a lengthy manifesto about Facebook and the global community. Today we are close to taking our next step. Our greatest opportunities are now global -- like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science. Our greatest challenges also need global responses -- like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community. People aren't quite sure what to make of it, but there's coverage on ArsTechnica, TheGuardian and TechCrunch. Discussion here.

This from DJ-Hippster: Just stumbled upon a new YouTuber who’s doing some neat work creating some mini documentaries based on the history of some speed run times. Check out the videos on Super Mario Bros, Super Mario 64 – 120 Star and Super Mario World.



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.



Getting Started with Arduino (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-February-2017  17:18:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've taken a dive into the world of Arduino. It's an inexpensive and open-source hardware and software platform for teaching electronics and device programming. It's also a lot of fun!


click for the article!



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-February-2017  15:21:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-1635 NAS on TechSpot.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB Solid State Drive on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1080 on Phoronix.
Aorus' GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G on TechReport.
Gigabyte GTX 1080 Aorus Xtreme Edition 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Long-Term Review - OLED is AMAZING! on PCPerspective.
Razer Blade Stealth laptop on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
Genius SP-925BT Bluetooth Speaker on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterPulse PRO headset on Vortez.
Thinksound On2 Supra-Aural Studio Monitor Headphones on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
EpicGear DeFiant Mechanical Keyboard Set on LanOC.
Ozone Strike Battle Spectra keyboard on OCAholic.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
GAMDIAS Zeus P1 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Cooling:
EVGA Closed Loop CPU Cooler (CLC) 280 on BabelTechReviews.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Misc:
LiteHawk QUATTRO NEON Drone on ModSynergy.
HP DeskJet 3630 Wireless All-in-One Printer on PCReview.
NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System Kit on Tweaktown.
Corsair H45 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
XCELLON AC Outlet Power Bank on ModSynergy.



Monday Morning (17 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-February-2017  11:22:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently Australians are not ready for broadband. Pfft! AUSSIES are just not ready for super-fast broadband and would not use it “even if we offered it for free”, the head of the National Broadband Network has claimed. NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow made the comments at the company’s half-yearly results on Thursday, and also revealed Australians couldn’t even access the system’s fastest speed of 1 gigabit per second. According toThe Courier Mail, Mr Morrow said there wasn’t “that big of a demand out there” for it, and overseas providers found consumers weren’t making the most of high-speed downloads.

Intel are planning to build a $7B, 7nm fab in Arizona. Intel predicts the new investment will create 3,000 full-time jobs at Intel and an additional 10,000 jobs in Arizona for operational support. Intel stated that the investment is yet another commitment to its American interests, where it produces the majority of its wafers and R&D. Krzanich also took a moment to note that the company sells more than 80% of its products outside of the U.S., making it one of the top five exporters.

Meanwhile it's being suggested that visitors to the US (from certain countries) may have to reveal their social media passwords. US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has informed Congress that the DHS is considering requiring refugees and visa applicants from seven Muslim-majority nations to hand over their social media credentials from Facebook and other sites as part of a security check. "We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say?" he told the House Committee on Homeland Security on Tuesday. "If they don't want to cooperate, then you don't come in." More here.

TechSpot explain Gigabit LTE. One of the big improvements that is coming to mobile networks this year is Gigabit LTE. You might have heard of it already - companies are gearing up for deployments around the globe right now - but if not, it'll become a bigger talking point in the months to come. Gigabit LTE is set to hit everything from smartphones and laptops to portable hotspots and cars.

TechARP talked to AMD about FreeSync 2. While waiting for AMD to finalise Radeon FreeSync 2 and its certification program for their partners, let’s share with you our Q&A session with the two key AMD engineers in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2 project – David Glen and Syed Athar Hussain.

This is a few months old now, but here's a cool doco about Shenzen, the Silicon Valley of Hardware, from WIRED. We examine the unique manufacturing ecosystem that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware-prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. The film looks at how the evolution of “Shanzhai” – or copycat manufacturing – has transformed traditional models of business, distribution and innovation, and asks what the rest of the world can learn from this so-called “Silicon Valley of hardware".



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-February-2017  22:30:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge vs. Core i3 7100 Kabylake on Phoronix.
BIOSTAR Z270GT6 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Asus Strix Z270E Gaming on LanOC.
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS on OCClub.

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 iCX FTW2 on HotHardware.
EVGA iCX Technology Examined On The GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 on LegitReviews.
EVGA iCX Technology - Adding Thermal Sensors and Improved Cooling on PCPerspective.
14-Way NVIDIA GPU Comparison With Civilization VI On Linux on Phoronix.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR Scimitar PRO RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Gamdias Hermes E1 & Demeter E2 keyboards on BenchmarkReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Syber Intel Extreme Masters Pro GTX 1070 Gaming PC on eTeknix.
ECS Liva Z Mini-PC on MadShrimps.

Misc:
TRENDnet TEW-809UB AC1900 Wireless USB Adapter on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define C case on APHNetworks.
Reeven Polariz Triple Channel Fan Controller on HWAsylum.



Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-February-2017  15:11:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Bleh.. too hot. :(









Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-February-2017  11:03:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
ErgoDox EZ Shine Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless/Wired Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte GA-Z270X Ultra Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/i5/i7 - NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux Gaming Performance on Phoronix.
Intel Pentium G4560 vs 6600K vs 7600K on FunkyKit.
ASUS Maximus IX Formula on OCAholic.
MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7-6900K Processor on LegitReviews.

Audio Visual:
Tesoro Tuned In-Ear Pro Headphones on ThinkComputers.
HiFiMAN Edition S Open/Closed back Headphones on TechPowerUp.
ViewSonic's 1440p 165Hz Monitor: Best Gaming Display? on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Review: Smart Home, 4K HDR, And Game Streaming on HotHardware.

Cooling:
LEPA NEOllusion CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Enermax ETS-T50 AXE CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Cases:
SilverStone Primera PM01 ATX Mid-Tower on NikKtech.
Anidees AI Crystal Tempered Glass Chassis on eTeknix.

Misc:
Ballistix Elite 3200 MHz Quad Channel DDR4 RAM on Guru3D.
PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil (4GB) video card on CustomPCReview.
Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Notebook on HotHardware.
Kingston SDCAC & SDCA3 UHS-I U3 microSDXC & MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Card Reader on ModSynergy.



Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-February-2017  13:07:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CPU de-lidding seems to be all the rage again, with a guide on Tweaktown, and some Kaby Lake results on HardOCP. They also watercooled a naked 7600K CPU. We got in our retail purchased Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake architecture processor and of course the first thing we wanted to do was overclock it to 5GHz, and then very quickly remove the Integrated Heat Spreader and see how much better we could make our load temperatures. Once again, we got very good results certainly worth sharing.

NVIDIA have unveiled their Quadro GP100 cards for workstations. Based on NVIDIA’s GP100 GPU, Quadro GP100 defies a simple explanation due in large part to GP100’s unique place in NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU family. Quadro GP100 on one hand a return to form for NVIDIA’s Quadro lineup. It’s the jack of all trades card that does everything – graphics and compute – including features that the Tesla cards don’t offer, a job previously fulfilled by cards like the Quadro K6000. On the other hand, it’s not necessarily NVIDIA’s most powerful workstation card: on paper its FP32/graphics performance is lower than Quadro P6000’s. So where does Quadro GP100 fit in to the big picture?

PCPerspective built a Mini-STX PC. Mini-STX is the newest, smallest PC form-factor that accepts a socketed CPU, and in this review we'll be taking a look at a complete mini-STX build that will occupy just 1.53 liters of space. With a total size of just 6.1 x 5.98 x 2.56 inches, the SilverStone VT01 case offers a very small footprint, and the ECS H110S-2P motherboard accepts Intel desktop CPUs up to 65W (though I may have ignored this specification).

Yesterday was apparently Safer Internet Day, according to a press-release I received about the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network or ACORN receiving over 45,500 reports in 2016. The leading types of cybercrime being reported to the ACORN are online fraud and scams, with 22,679 reports received, accounting for 43.97% per cent of total reports received in 2016. Online trading issues which affect Australians who buy and sell goods online were the second highest type of cybercrime reported, with ACORN receiving 8,783 reports in 2016.

Matthew sent word that some Intel Atom processors are dying, which will affect network equipment. The low-power Atom C2000 Silvermont processor range was introduced three years ago, and is found in popular network switches and routers, microservers, and network accessible storage systems. Kit vendor Cisco has issued an advisory for the problem, noting the failures start appearing after a unit has been in use for around 18 months. Once the processor fails, "the system will stop functioning, will not boot, and is not recoverable".



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