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ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB SSD (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-January-2017  12:33:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've taken a quick look at a new SSD from ADATA - the "Ultimate SU800". It's one of the first drives to bring 3D NAND to market:

click for the review!

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-January-2017  13:44:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

XFX Hard Swap LED Fans on LanOC.
Cooler Master MasterNotepal Maker Cooling Pad on MadShrimps.

KingFast P600 120GB Portable SSD on MadShrimps.
Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD on LegitReviews.
Intel DC P3520 2TB Enterprise PCIe NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba OCZ TL100 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
Audioengine HD3 Premium Powered Desktop Speakers on CustomPCReview.
Sennheiser GSX 1000 amplifier on Vortez.

Input Etc:
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse on TechARP.
ROCCAT Suora FX Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB mouse on OCAholic.

Crucial Ballistix Elite 3200 MHz DDR4 16 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Seasonic PRIME Titanium Series Power Supplies on PCPerspective.
Antec GX1200 Chassis on FunkyKit.

Ring Pro Doorbell on TechnologyX.
Amazon Echo on TechnologyX.
Canary Smart Home Security Device on NikKTech.
Oculus Rift VR Benching on BabelTechReviews.

Monday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-January-2017  17:16:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few places are reporting a USB exploit in Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake systems. This vulnerability allows attackers to bypass security mechanisms by using a debugging interface exploit, which allows attackers to install malicious code, rewrite firmware and even rewrite your system's BIOS. This bug affects any system with a Skylake CPU that has a debugging interface that is accessible via USB 3.0. What is most scary about this exploit is that it is currently undetectable using existing security tools. I'll chase up some more details for the next news post.

The FTC are suing D-Link for poor network security. The FTC is back again, this time suing D-Link for routers and video cameras that the company claimed were "easy to secure" and delivered "advanced network security," yet were about as secure as a kitten-guarded pillow fort. Like Asus, D-Link's hardware also frequently ships with easily-guessed default login credentials.

OCClub have a GTX 1070 Overclocking Guide. Now, start the Unigine Heaven benchmark in windowed mode so you can change the frequency while it is running. I generally use the Heaven benchmark as it's easy to run in windowed mode and artifacts are noticeable. Start with 100MHz OC and apply, then watch for any artifacts in the textures. These may be seen as flashing green, pink, or black textures. If none are present, push it up another 100MHz. Continue this until 400MHz.

HWSecrets report on the major companies at CES 2017, while ThinkComputers cover the case mods and builds seen there. CES is always a great place to find amazing PC Mods and Builds. CES is a place for many companies to showcase their new products and what better way to get attention to those products than to have them inside of a great mod or build. PC Modding has never been bigger and many companies actually commission modders to create builds for CES.

Saturday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 14-January-2017  17:31:15 (GMT +10) - by booj

ASRock Z270 Gaming K6 Fatal1ty on Guru3D.
ASRock Z270 Extreme4 on TweakTown.
MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon on Neoseeker.

Graphics Cards:
XFX RX 460 4GB Slim on LanOC Reviews.
XFX RX 480 8GB Hard Swap XXX on LanOC Reviews.

Intel SSD DC P3520 Series NVMe PCIe Enterprise SSD on Hot Hardware.
MyDigitalSSD Boost 1TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD on TweakTown.
1TB WD Blue SSD (WDS100T1B0A) on TechARP.
G-Technology G-Drive SSD Slim USB-C on TweakTown.
Patriot Hellfire 480GB NVMe SSD on The Tech Report.
Vantec NexStar TX Enclosure and Dual-Bay Dock on TweakTown.
Mushkin Atom 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Funky Kit.

CRYORIG A80 all-in-one on techPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Maker 92 CPU Cooler on PC Perspective.
Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis GTR 360 Radiator on techPowerUp.

Linksys WRT3200ACM Smart Wi-Fi Router on TweakTown.
Netgear Nighthawk X10 Wireless AD7200 Router on Hot Hardware.

Input etc:
Corsair Scimitar PRO RGB Optical MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
ROCCAT Skeltr Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.

SoundPEATS Q11 Sport Bluetooth Headphones on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-January-2017  14:28:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to danstoejam and t1mbot this week!

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-January-2017  16:07:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what people are up to in the forums. Remember that OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages - if you can follow or like us on those, it helps us keep you up to date.

Distant PC - Remote Control PC Starter in Overclocking & Hardware.
Kaby Lake/Skylake Overclocking, Info, Delid Guide and Owners thread in Intel Hardware.
AM4, 9xxx APU, and Ryzen Information Thread in AMD Hardware.
Arduino Beginner in Electronics & Electrics.
NSW - Tank (yep, 52 ton) guy looking for some assistance in Electronics & Electrics.
How hard is it for someone to crack a google password? in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Complicated Parallel loop, need opinions in Extreme and Water Cooling.
6 SSD RAID 0 with Icy Dock ExpressCage MB326SP-B in Storage & Backup.
A parity/ecc program for photo storage? in Storage & Backup.
Next gen filesystems (ZFS, BtrFS, ReFS, APFS, etc) in Storage & Backup.
Ok who broke rsync at the ATO? in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Migrating from Hosted Exchange to O365? Built-in or Third Party? in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Retro Let's Play: FAQ inRetro & Arcade.
Scanline thread in Retro & Arcade.
Sonic's "Museum" - a PC from each generation - advice/suggestions needed! in Retro & Arcade.
Pointless Holiday Trivia in Holidays & Travel.
Around The World 2017 - Business Class on Frequent Flyer Points in Holidays & Travel.
MOVIE - Blade Runner 2049 (2017) in Entertainment.
TV - The Grand Tour in Entertainment.
Self-driving cars in Motoring.
All gamed out - age 32 in The Pub.
2017 self sacrifice poll in The Pub.
Haiku 2: Wordtastic Boogaloo - Aussie Edition in The Pub.

Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-January-2017  15:09:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yahoo's slow decline seems to have reached its inevitable conclusion, with Verizon buying it, changing its name to Altaba and getting rid of the CEO. After her company officially sells to Verizon, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is stepping down from the board. It's been in the headlines for months that Yahoo is selling itself to the telecom giant for $4.8 billion. But actually, it's a little more complicated than that. Not all of the company is being sold, just Yahoo's consumer web business, which includes Yahoo Mail and Sports. Now the leftovers of the company after the Verizon sale have an official name: Altaba. Yahoo announced the news in an SEC filing on Monday.

With CES over, there's the usual "Best Of" coverage, from TechSpot and HotHardware. WindowsCentral meanwhile found the dumbest stuff. Tech Report have a news recap as well. Well, CES 2017 is over. We don't know if you were busy last week, but things were pretty crazy here at TR HQ. We doubled down on CES coverage and did our best to take a good look at all the hardware news that poured out from the show. Check out our full coverage below.

Also from CES, news that Razor's three-screen laptop prototypes have been stolen. Razer said the laptops had gone missing from its booth at the tech show on Sunday. The incident was being taken "very seriously", said chief executive Min-Liang Tan. A Razer spokesman said it was offering $25,000 (£20,600) for any "original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction" of those allegedly involved in the crime.

There's free WiFi coming to Sydney buses, but people are concerned about privacy. “At this stage, the trial is ongoing and the outcome of the trial will determine any further roll-out to the rest of the transport network,” the spokesperson said. Buses equipped with the Catch technology are understood to be operating out of the Ryde, Waverley, Leichhardt and North Sydney depots. However, they are not designated to particular routes, meaning passengers across Sydney's bus network could have an opportunity to trial Catch, should they choose to do so.

MongoDB users should be aware of a new ransomware attack in the wild - thanks Skymaster. The attackers didn’t need to bother with malware to gain access to the database or the information saved within—the door was wide open since these MongoDB installations used the default configuration, which allowed unauthenticated connections via port 27017. These databases were fully accessible from the internet, and anyone connecting via that port had full administrator rights to read, create, update, and delete records. Ouch.

LG are going all-in on WiFi for home gadgets, thanks metamorphosis. Now that phenomenon is reaching its logical endpoint: during the company's CES press conference today, LG marketing VP David VanderWaal says that "starting this year" all of LG's home appliances will feature "advanced Wi-Fi connectivity." One of the flagship appliances that will make good on this promise is the Smart Instaview Refrigerator, a webOS-powered Internet-connected fridge that among other things supports integration with Amazon's Alexa service.

That's all fine, until voice control goes haywire. A San Diego TV station sparked complaints this week – after an on-air report about a girl who ordered a dollhouse via her parents' Amazon Echo caused Echoes in viewers' homes to also attempt to order dollhouses. What kind of system just orders something without confirming the price?

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-January-2017  14:38:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i3-7350K Processor on LegitReviews.
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero on Vortez.
ASRock Z270 Extreme4 on HWSecrets.
MSI Z270 Gaming M7 on Tweaktown.
ASUS Prime Z270-A Launch Preview on PCPerspective.
AORUS Gigabyte Z270X - Gaming 7 on HWSecrets.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Vernee Apollo Lite Smartphone OCInside.
The OPPO R9s Specifications & Hands-On Preview smartphone on TechARP.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterMouse S on Vortez.
Kingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

NZXT Kraken 62 on Guru3D.
Nanoxia Project S ATX HTPC on Tweaktown.

Samsung 960 PRO NVMe SSD on BenchmarkReviews.
Mushkin Reactor 512GB SSD on FunkyKit.

D-Link DCS-5030L PTZ Wi-Fi Camera on Tweaktown.
G.Skill Trident Z 3200 MHz C14 32 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Watch_Dogs 2 game on OCClub.

Monday Midday Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-January-2017  11:56:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z270X GAMING 5 motherboard on Guru3D.
26-Way Intel/AMD CPU System Comparison With Ubuntu 16.10 + Linux 4.10 Kernel on Phoronix.
AMD Details AM4 Chipsets and Upcoming Motherboards on PCPerspective.

Video Cards:
The Complete AMD Vega GPU Architecture Tech Report on TechARP.
The AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 Tech Report on TechARP.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini-PC on HWSecrets.
The OPPO R9s Launch & Presentation on TechARP.
The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A Series Launch Coverage on TechARP.

Power Supply:
SilverStone SST-ST45SF 450W SFX on NikKTech.
CM V650 power supply on HWInsights.

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard on MadShrimps.
ROCCAT Nyth Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Edition case on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-January-2017  14:28:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

2017! Welcome.. to the futuuurrreeee!

Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-January-2017  13:52:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CES is underway in Las Vegas, and as usual there are lots of new product announcements. One of the big ones is AMD's Radeon Vega GPU architecture. But, to quote PC Perspective: Let’s be clear: today does not mark the release of the Vega GPU or products based on Vega. In reality, we don’t even know enough to make highly educated guesses about the performance without more details on the specific implementations. That being said, the information released by AMD today is interesting and shows that Vega will be much more than simply an increase in shader count over Polaris. More coverage on Tweaktown, Guru3D, Tech ARP, Tech Report, HotHardware and TechPowerUp. Discussion here.

Also from AMD, more info on their Ryzen CPU platform and the AM4 socket. From PC World: Both Ryzen and all of AMD’s other new APUs fit into the same motherboard socket, AM4. (Hallelujah!) But those AM4 motherboards won’t all use the same chipset: A more affordable APU system might pair with a motherboard that has modest features, whereas a Ryzen-based PC is likely to require more robust technologies. To that end, AMD’s releasing the X300 and X370 desktop chipsets for Ryzen systems. Tech Report have more info on the new offerings and looked in detail at Gigabyte's AM4 boards.

This is turning into an AMD-heavy post, but there's also new info about FreeSync 2, their new display technology standard. From Tech Report's coverage: To meet those high standards for ease of use, dynamic range, color reproduction, and input lag, AMD says FreeSync 2 monitors will have to support HDR and wide color gamuts by default, and they'll have to undergo a strict certification process. FreeSync 2 displays will also be required to have Low Framerate Compensation capability. Because of those stricter implementation requirements, FreeSync 2 won't replace the original FreeSync. More from Tweaktown, PC Perspective, TechARP and HotHardware.

Not to ignore Intel - they have a cool credit-card sized compute platform. The Intel Compute Card has all the elements of a full computer, including Intel SoC, memory, storage and wireless connectivity with flexible I/O options so hardware manufacturers can optimize for their particular solutions – from interactive refrigerators and smart kiosks to security cameras and IoT gateways. Device makers simply design a standard Intel Compute Card slot into their device and then utilize the best Intel Compute Card for their performance and price needs.

Razer meanwhile have a laptop with 3 screens. Each screen measures 17.3 inches with 4K resolution -- that's 12k total (11520 x 2160) viewing space. They slide out from the central lid chassis under their own power and autonomously position themselves to create a full 180-degree viewing area, powered by NVIDIA's Surround View technology, which enables programs to spread a single image across multiple monitors. All of the computer's wiring is internal so you won't have to worry about snagging power cords as the screens deploy.

Tweaktown look at using a NAS for surveillance. For as long as I have been reviewing NAS products, one thing I never really fooled around with was "Surveillance Station." Nearly every vendor has their version of it, included either as an app, sometimes preinstalled, and others just set it up as a recommended package. About a month ago, Synology contacted me and let me know they had put together a package they call their surveillance bundle; this includes cameras from Amcrest, IronWolf drives from Seagate, and a mid-range NAS solution, the DS416j.

French workers have won the right to disconnect - and ignore work emails outside work hours. On 1 January, an employment law will enter into force that obliges organisations with more than 50 workers to start negotiations to define the rights of employees to ignore their smartphones. Overuse of digital devices has been blamed for everything from burnout to sleeplessness as well as relationship problems, with many employees uncertain of when they can switch off.

But while you are at work, standing desks seem to be a popular choice - TechSpot have a starter guide, to get you up and, err, standing. It can be easy to talk yourself out of standing at a computer desk. Besides parting with your favorite chair, the price of most adjustable models can discourage many. Read on for a practical outlook on what you can expect from your first standing desk, whether you're building something yourself or having one shipped to your door.

Meanwhile, Australia continues to slide down the rankings in broadband speed. According to consumer site Finder.com.au, Australia fell four places year-on-year during the third quarter of 2016 in Akamai’s quarterly broadband rankings. This now places the nation behind Kenya, Romania and Thailand.

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-January-2017  13:51:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 on Vortez.
ASUS Z270E STRIX Gaming on OCAholic.
ASRock Z270 Extreme4 (with Kaby Lake) on TechPowerUp.
ASUS TUF Z270 Mark I Motherboard on Guru3D.

OWC miniStack 2TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 External Storage on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-531X High-performance 5-bay NAS on MadShrimps.
Crucial MX300 Limited Edition 750GB 2.5" SSD on ModSynergy.

EKWB EK-XLC Predator 280 Pre-filled CPU Xpandable Liquid Cooling System on NikKTech.
Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
Corsair Scimitar PRO RGB mouse on Vortez.
Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR PRO RGB game mouse on Guru3D.

Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB DDR4-3000 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Dell XPS 27 7760 All-In-One PC Review: 4K IPS Touch And Wired For Sound on HotHardware.
Sennheiser GSP 350 headset on Vortez.

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