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Misc Pics (35 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-December-2014  03:21:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, Andrew and Sciby's friend Tom this week!

Friday Midday Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-December-2014  01:31:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard on TechnologyX.
ECS Z97 Machine Motherboard on Guru3D.
AMD FX-8350 & FX-6300: Real world power to performance testing on TechSpot.
ASUS X99-A Motherboard on LegitReviews.
Asus Z97 Pro (Wi-Fi ac) Socket 1150 Motherboard on HotHardware.
Core i7-5960X vs. Core i7-5820K - Content Creation performance analysis on OCaholic.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI AG270 2QE-037US Gaming All-In-One on PC Perspective.
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones on TechReport.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro laptop on TechSpot.

Power Supply:
Guardian Angel Safety Outlet on LegitReviews.
Bracketron SmartLantern 7800mAh Battery Flashlight & Lantern on Tweaktown.
SilverStone SX600-G SFX 600W PSU on PC Perspective.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4 GB on TechReport.
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Poseidon Platinum on OCaholic.

Silicon Power Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (128GB) on TheSSDReview.
CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 Quad-Drive RAID Array Storage Unit on Tweaktown.
Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 UASP External 2.5" SATA Enclosure on PC Perspective.
Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v5 600GB HDD on Tweaktown.
Asustor AS7004T 4-bay NAS on LegionHW.
Lexar Workflow DD512 USB 3.0 Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Thermaltake BlacX Urban Wi-Fi Edition Docking Station on Tweaktown.

Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX CPU cooler on OCAholic.
Thermalright Macho 90 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Lian Li PC-O5SX on TechPowerUp.
hermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower on Techgage.

Input Etc:
COUGAR 700K keyboard on Vortez.
Code Keyboard 104 key and TKL models on LanOC.
Roccat Tyon Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReview.

The Crew game on OCClub.
KGUARD MARS Home MH-4140 NVR Security System on NikKTech.
Linksys EA9200 AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router on LegitReviews.
ViewSonic VX2880ml 28-inch 4K 30Hz Monitor on Tweaktown.

Thursday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-December-2014  02:43:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Flagger spotted a 6TB HDD Showdown over on Backblaze's blog. We started the process in September when we purchased and deployed our first 6 TB hard drives. We purchased Western Digital (WD60EFRX) and Seagate (STBD6000100) hard drives. We deployed two Storage Pods, each with 45 drives from each brand. The Western Digital Storage Pod was designated UL796 and the Seagate Storage Pod was designated UL800. Each Pod was identical in its design and configuration except for the hard drives used.

This seems like quite a big deal - scientists have copied a worm's mind into a robot. Beneath the skin of a simple worm with transparent skin, there are 302 neurons that have been mapped meticulously by researchers in what is known as a connectome. This tiny, one millimeter-long worm has been studied in laboratories around the world, and now it's nervous system has been transplanted into the body of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot.

Meanwhile Neal Stephenson is trying to bring us an alternate reality. Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking."

PlayerAttack report on Australian Xbox servers in time for Xmas. Xbox Australia's given gamers an early Christmas present with the unveiling of locally hosted Xbox Live servers, promising both low pings and centralised local hosting for Australian gamers on a bunch of Xbox One titles.

PC Perspective take a look at mechanical keyboard switches. One of the difficulties with purchasing a mechanical keyboard is that they are quite expensive and vary greatly in subtle, but important ways. First and foremost, we have the different types of keyswitches. These are the components that are responsible for making each button behave, and thus varying them will lead to variations in how those buttons react and feel.

TechSpot take us back with the most memorable overclocking CPUs. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess. Read on! C300A gets a mention, but notably absent is the C366... where's my pitchfork?

Plextor and Gigabyte Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-December-2014  03:56:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Plextor and Gigabyte have teamed up to offer some prize bundles for Xmas. This isn't an OCAU-specific contest but it's worth a go anyway - details in the thread:

click for the thread!

Wednesday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-December-2014  15:16:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6 TB Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD on MadShrimps.
Kingston SSDnow M2 SATA 120GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Mushkin Reactor SSD Review (1TB) on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 850 Evo SSD on HWHeaven.

MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame on GamingNexus.
The Crew Review: Life In The Not so Fast Lane on Techgage.

Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX on eTeknix.
NZXT H440 on OCaholic.
SilverStone Raven RVZ01 on TechPowerUp.
In Win D-Frame Mini Case on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G on Vortez.
Sapphire R9-290X 8gb Vapor-X OC on HWHeaven.

Input Etc:
Gamdias Hermes Ultimate Keyboard on PureOC.
CM Storm Mizar Laser Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Cougar 600M mouse on HWHeaven.
Gamdias Combo Keyboard and Mouse on HWHeaven.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz DDR4 memory on OCClub.
Fractal Design Kelvin S36 cooler on HWHeaven.
Google Nexus 6 With Android Lollipop By Motorola on HotHardware.
MEGATech Video Reviews: AAXA LED Android Pico Projector on MegaTechNews.
ASRock Z97 Anniversary Motherboard on HWSecrets.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  10:30:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few more projects and reviews from people in the forums:

jjjc_93 reviewed the

pinkfloydeffect is joining
two laptop screens together

mad_mic3 has a
custom aluminium case

Bern built a model
WWII 6x6 Diamond Truck

Ripjaws reviewed the
Shaw GT-GM5 Gaming Case

and windwithme reviewed
Corsair's Obsidian 250 ITX

Monday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  05:01:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

All the best to those caught up in the Sydney seige at the moment. Here's hoping it's resolved as peacefully as possible.

Telstra and NBNco have a new deal regarding the existing copper and fibre assets. Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks while remaining committed to its structural separation under renegotiated definitive agreements with NBN Co that retain the $11 billion value of the 2011 deal. Telstra and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the re-signing of the landmark deal, which will see NBN Co continue to pay Telstra $5 billion in infrastructure payments, $4 billion in disconnection payments and $2 billion in Commonwealth agreements. More info here and here, and a video from Mr Turnbull here. NBN discussion continues here.

SimCity2000 is now free for a limited time. Origin required, of course. Now you can design any city you can imagine and SimCity 2000™ will bring it, and its resident Sims, to life. It has all the features, flexibility, art, animation, and power you need to create an environment of your dreams. Man, I lost a LOT of time to that back in the early 2000s..

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  04:56:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
CyberpowerPC SYBER Gaming Windows Console on HWAsylum.
E-CEROS Revolution 2 Tablet on MadShrimps.
Droid Turbo vs MotoX 2014 on LanOC.
MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook on PCPerspective.
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on NeoSeeker.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Hands-On Video Review on HotHardware.

Silicon Power S60 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.
HP Z Turbo 512GB PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Cougar 600M mouse on OCaholic.
AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Tesoro Durandal Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Gigabyte H81M-S2PH motherboard on HWSecrets.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Deepcool GamerStorm Captain 360 watercooler on Modders-Inc.
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 980 Poseidon video card on Guru3D.

Friday Night (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-December-2014  11:55:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia Post have advised that a mail truck has been destroyed by fire while travelling from Sydney to WA. Approximately 9000 mail items (letters and parcels) were destroyed in the fire. With Christmas fast approaching, we recognise this is a frustrating and ill-timed incident impacting our customers and we are currently working through the information we have to identify and then contact anyone who may have lost items.

On a related note, Lenovo are recalling power cords, thanks mpot. On December 9, 2014 Lenovo announced a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program in cooperation with government regulatory agencies. This recall is for affected AC power cords distributed worldwide with Lenovo IdeaPad computers. These computers were sold from February 2011 through June 2012.

Tabris reminded me of the depressing fact that this week marks 42 years since humans last walked on the moon, or indeed, were outside Low Earth Orbit. Commemorate the event by playing with Google Moon if you like.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-December-2014  03:37:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and t1mbot again this week!

Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-December-2014  02:34:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Electronic Frontiers Australia have an article expressing their concerns about the forced copyright negotiations situation between ISPs, copyright owners and the Government. ISPs and copyright owners have 120 days (over the holiday period) to come to agreement on an issue that they have been at loggerheads over for the past five years. The government hasn’t given ISPs much negotiating power, either. The clear threat is that if ISPs don’t give the industry what it wants, the government will do it for them.

Meanwhile The Pirate Bay, EZTV and some other torrent sites were down yesterday, thanks to a police raid. “There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” Paul Pintér, police national co-ordinator for the Swedish Police, said in a statement.

PC Perspective have a guide to building the ultimate Plex media server. My goal with this article twofold. First, as an avid Plex user, I’d like to introduce the software to users have yet to hear about or try it. Second, for those already using or experimenting with Plex, I hope that I can provide some “best practices” when it comes to configuring your servers, managing your media, or just using the software in general.

Microsoft seem to be accepting Bitcoins in the USA, thanks mpot. You can now use Bitcoin to add money to your Microsoft account. Once you add money to your Microsoft account, you can use it as a payment option to buy apps, games, and other digital content from Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music, or Xbox Video stores.

I like this guy's style, making his son play through video game history chronologically. Eliot was given his first video games on his fourth birthday. Those games were Galaxian (1979), Rally-X (1980), Bosconian (1981), Dig Dug (1982), Pac-Man (1980), Super Pac-Man (1982), Pac-Man Plus (1982) and Pac & Pal (1983). Next was the Atari 2600. Then the NES. Then the SNES. And so on. And by God, whether it was working or not, it sounds like Eliot was kicking arse.

Gigabyte recently held a top secret OC session for a new motherboard, breaking a lot of records in the process. The results are impressive; after 7 days of almost nonstop benching by HiCookie, Sofos1990, Dinos22, Vivi, SteponZ, SniperOZ and YoungPRO, the team of elite overclockers achieved a total of 9 World Records, 23 Global Firsts and 25 Hardware Firsts all using the X99-SOC Champion. On top of that, HiCookie also managed to reach the top of the Reference Clock Worldwide Overall Ranking for X99 motherboards with a score of 182.49 MHz! Lastly, 4 additional World Records were also achieved using the already famous Z97X-SOC Force.

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-December-2014  02:08:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS Dual CPU (Intel C612) Workstation on Tweaktown.
ASUS Crossblade Ranger FM2+ board on PCPerspective.
Supermicro C7Z97-OCE Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide on Tweaktown.
AMD FX-9590 AM3+ Processor Performance Review on BenchmarkReviews.

Input Etc:
QPAD MK-70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
CM Storm Devastator mouse on OCaholic.
Rapoo 3920P 5G Advanced Wireless Laser Mouse on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Storm Mizar on NeoSeeker.
CMStorm QuickFire Rapid-i TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Thermaltake Core V51 Midi Tower on NikKTech.
Antec ISK-600M Micro-ATX on eTeknix.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full Tower on NeoSeeker.
In Win D-Frame Mini-ITX on eTeknix.
Bitfenix Pandora Small Form Factor Case on PureOC.

Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6 TB Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 Tool-Less 2.5? HDD Enclosure on eTeknix.
Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.
OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
LaCie d2 Thunderbolt on TechWareLabs.

Audio Visual:
Astro A38 Gaming Headset on eTeknix.
Edifier Tick Tock Bluetooth alarm clock on MadShrimps.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 850W on ThinkComputers.
Mediasonic ProBox 7800mAh Dual USB Power Bank HE1-78U2 on ModSynergy.

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S AIO CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 Liquid GPU Cooler on SilentPCReview.

ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum video card on OCAholic.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 (2014) Tablet on HotHardware.

Contests (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-December-2014  10:18:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few current contests in the forums:

Dinos22 has added some prizes to the HWBot Country Cup to encourage people to bench for Australia using Gigabyte gear. On the motherboard prize, all you have to do is bench with some Gigabyte motherboards and 5 names will be picked for a winner to be voted on as MVP at the end of the comp who will receive the X99 SOC Force as a prize.

MSI Notebook meanwhile have some Xmas Goodies including game codes, headsets and dragon toys. To enter you must reply in this thread with your gaming plans this Christmas!

Or perhaps a fancy hammock is more your style. These hammocks are built from high strength, UV resistant fabric and feature crossbars to keep the hammock open and spread weight evenly. A hammock like this is absolutely the perfect remedy to any hammock deficiency you may be experiencing this coming hammock season. What we're asking for in return is your backyard Christmas stories! In around about 200 words, what is your best, funniest, or most disastrous backyard Christmas story?

Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-December-2014  03:41:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ralph Baer, who can pretty much be considered the father of video games, has died aged 92. It was simply called the "Brown Box," and it later came to be known as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972 after he licensed out the design. The device set the footprint for home consoles to this date: a computer in a box that was manipulated with controllers and connected to a television. He also developed a "light gun" controller that was bundled with a shooting game. It is widely believed to be the first-ever video game peripheral. Later, he designed the Simon pattern-matching electronic toy that's still available today.

The Government have a new press-release outlining new measures to tackle online copyright infringement. The Government has sought the least burdensome and most flexible way of responding to concerns about online copyright infringement, while protecting the legitimate interests of the rights holders in the protection of their intellectual property.

There's another highly stealthy Linux trojan that seems linked to government espionage. The previously undiscovered malware represents a missing puzzle piece tied to "Turla," a so-called advanced persistent threat (APT) disclosed in August by Kaspersky Lab and Symantec. For at least four years, the campaign targeted government institutions, embassies, military, education, research, and pharmaceutical companies in more than 45 countries.

AMD have released a major new update to their Catalyst drivers. As Tech Report explain: The release, dubbed Catalyst Omega, marks a departure from AMD's policy of posting new drivers on an as-needed basis. Catalyst Omega drivers will be special, yearly releases into which the company will bundle major new features. These releases will complement the more frequent maintenance updates, which will continue to be posted as needed. More coverage of Virtual Super Resolution on TR, and a Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp. More coverage on PC Perspective and Tweaktown.

SilentPCReview have a quiet mini-ITX gamer build guide. A quiet system in a smaller form factor is our followup to the Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide posted in the last couple of weeks. It is another high performance rig, but still quiet enough to be just about inaudible even atop your desk. Your family will never know that you're gaming on this machine unless your sound effects are on speakers and they can see the action on your monitor.

TechSpot cover the effect of temperature and cooling on CPUs. If you’re looking for authoritative information on how much cooling is enough for your CPU, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an answer. While we all know that modern processors need some degree of active cooling, very little official information exists to say how different temperatures affect a CPU's performance.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-December-2014  02:53:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Oculus Rift DK2 VR Headset on eTeknix.
Noontec Zoro II HD Fashion Hi-Fi Headphones on NikKTech.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer Micro-ATX on FutureLooks.
Intel Core i7 5960X CPU on TechnologyX.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard on NeoSeeker.
Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse on LanOC.
Speedlink Prime Z-DW Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Tesoro Excalibur Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Fractal Kelvin T12 AIO Watercooling Kit on MadShrimps.
Noctua NH-U9S 95mm CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Swiftech H240-X on TechPowerUp.
Noctua Fan Round Up: Phase II on PureOC.

Aerocool DS 200 mid-tower on TechPowerUp.
Bitfenix Pandora Windowed on OCAholic.
In Win 901 Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Zotac ZBox Pico PI320 on Bjorn3D.
Nokia Lumia 735 smartphone on TechSpot.

QNAP TS-653 Pro NAS on Tweaktown.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD on PureOC.
QNAP TS-451 Network Attached Storage on Modders-Inc.
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 3D V-NAND SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB on Bjorn3D.
Samsung SSD 850 EVO Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.
Samsung SSD 850 EVO SATA Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
Samsung 850 EVO SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD on CustomPCReview.
Samsung 850 EVO Series SSD on LegitReviews.
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB and 500GB RAID and RAPID on PCPerspective.
Samsung 850 EVO on Vortez.
Samsung 850 EVO SSD on TheSSDReview.
Samsung's 850 EVO solid-state drive on TechReport.
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 3D V-NAND SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APHNetworks.

Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Chieftec GPS-700A8 700W PSU on OCAholic.

Fractal Design Define R5 Review Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-December-2014  04:27:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fractal Design are running another review competition in the forums, with 10x Define R5 cases up for grabs for people willing to review them. See the thread for more details:

click for the thread!

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-December-2014  15:25:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Lemur BlueDriver Bluetooth OBD-II Scanner on APHNetworks.
Speedlink Gantry Portable Bluetooth Speaker on eTeknix.
Bayan Audio Soundbook GO Wireless NFC Speaker on Tweaktown.

Cooler Master Nepton 240M on LanOC.
Raijintek Zelos Low Profile CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 on TechReport.
NZXT H440 Designed by Razer Mid-Tower Enclosure on PCPerspective.
Raidmax Vampire on OCAholic.
Azza Z Mini ITX Gaming Case on HWAsylum.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed And Benchmarked on HotHardware.
Assassin's Creed Unity on OCClub.
The Crew Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance on TechSpot.

TRENDnet WiFi Baby Cam on LegitReview.
ROCCAT Apuri Active USB Hub on BenchmarkReviews.
Supermicro AOC-S40G-iQ2 Review: A Low-Power 40GbE NIC on Tweaktown.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone on HotHardware.
Habey MITX-6771: Mini-ITX Board With Quad-Core J1900 Bay Trail on Phoronix.
COUGAR 600M Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Seasonic X Series XM2 1050 W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Silicon Power Stream S06 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive on NikKTech.

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