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Wednesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-March-2017  12:45:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor on ThinkComputers.
ASUS PRIME X370 PRO motherboard on Vortez.
GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 (AMD X370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware 13 laptop on TechSpot.

Storage:
Samsung EVO Plus 128GB MicroSDXC Memory Card on LegitReviews.
Lexar JumpDrive P20 Flash Drive on PCPerspective.

Cases:
Be Quiet! Pure Base 600 Window Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 on ThinkComputers.
BitFenix Shogun E-ATX on BenchmarkReviews.
be quiet! Pure Base 600 Window on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
Samsung 4K Blu-ray Player on HWSecrets.
Asus Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 on OCInside.
The 360° Honor VR Camera Preview & Demo on TechARP.

Memory:
Ballistix Sport LT Red 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Corsair Vengeance LED DDR4-3200C16 32GB on OCAholic.



Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-March-2017  00:38:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

All the best to the QLD folks in the path of Cyclone Debbie. Stay safe! Tropical Cyclone Debbie has intensified to category four and is expected to hit the north Queensland coast on Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned. Discussion and updates are happening in this thread.

A 103-year-old car has been saved by a 3D printer. Australia is home to the only surviving 1914 Delage Type-S grand prix car in the world, and thanks to a world-first feat of technology this much-loved centurion is still on the road.

Speaking of which, LanOC went to a RepRap Festival in Indiana. While the name most likely isn’t obvious to most people, but RepRap is the community around 3d printing. So unlike Maker Fairs where 3d printing is also very popular, this time the entire event is exclusively focused on it. This event started off as a small get together of friends in a garage and is quickly growing out of control. A few of the big names in 3d printing were there and we have the chance to stop and talk with a few people. We also brought the camera along so I figured I would make a quick post to share what we saw.

Back to cars, and BlueRaven sent word of a new electric car record at the Nurburgring. Video here on YouTube. Back in October 2016, the NIO EP9 all-electric supercar shaved a cool 15 seconds off the electric vehicle lap record at the Green Hell - the Nordschleife at Germany's iconic Nürburgring. Here's a full and uninterrupted onboard video of the record-breaking lap. It's bizarrely quiet! Discussion thread here.

LegitReviews checked out some motherboards using a thermal camera. Thermal performance is important to PC gamers and enthusiasts, so we wanted to take a look at VRM thermal performance on some of the AMD X370 motherboards that we have in our possession for testing. Those boards would be the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero, GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming 5 and the MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM.

eTeknix have been testing Ryzen and Intel GTX 1080 Ti. I initially tested on stock only and matched that with the stock performance on the i7-5820K, as we do with all GPUs on that chip as it’s our graphics card test bench. I did the same with the 7700K as I had access to it and my whole trip was to give us some metric for the stock and overclocked gaming performance of Ryzen. However, many of you wanted the Intel chips to be overclocked, and we’re not going to shy away from what our readers want, and we’re going above and beyond.

Cooler Master have an ANZ Edition of their Case Mode World Series 2017. Earlier in February, Cooler Master announced the Case Mod World Series 2017. This global case modding competition invites anyone from first-time tinkerers to seasoned veterans to make and submit their creations from Feb 3rd to May 3rd. Today Cooler Master announced the Case Mod World Series 2017 "ANZ Edition". All Case Mod World Series 2017 entries from Australia and New Zealand will be automatically entered in to the "ANZ Edition" competition.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-March-2017  23:08:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Crosshair VI Hero on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G Gaming on OCAholic.

Cases:
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 on FunkyKit.
Supermicro GS50-000R on HWInsights.
Thermaltake Core P3 on HWSecrets.
Cougar Panzer Max on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Silicon Power S56 240GB TLC SSD on MadShrimps.
Kingston HyperX Savage 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 SSD on LanOC.

Networking:
Netgear Orbi mesh wifi on PC Review.
Skyroam Global WiFi Mobile Hotspot on TechnologyX.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (helio X20) Phablet on TechARP.
Dell XPS 15 (9560) laptop on HotHardware.
NVIDIA’s SHIELD (2017) on Techgage.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform Performance Preview on PC Perspective.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Benchmark First Look on HotHardware.

Misc:
THINKWARE F770 Dashcam on Techgage.
AZIO MK MAC Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 Edition Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-March-2017  11:13:12 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

CPU:
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor on Madshrimps
AMD Ryzen R7 1700 on LanOC

Input etc:
Bloody B820R RGB Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews
Gamdias Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
Gamdias Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechARP

Case:
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Edition Full Tower Case on Custom PC Review
AeroCool Project7 P7-C1 Tempered Glass Edition on OC Inside
Antec Cube Certified By EKWB Mini-ITX Case on NikKTech
AeroCool Project7 P7-C1 PC Case on OC Inside
Cougar QBX Kaze on ocaholic

Videocard:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti Founders Edition Video Card on OCC
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Aero ITX OC on Guru3D

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 CPU Cooler on FunkyKit
NZXT Kraken X42 Liquid CPU Cooler on TweakTown
Swiftech MCP655-PWM Pump on techPowerUp
Phononic HEX 2.0 Thermoelectric CPU Cooler on PC Perspective

Motherboard:
Asus ROG STRIX Z270I Gaming Mini-ITX Motherboard on TweakTown
Gigabyte AORUS GA-AX370-Gaming 5 on Vortez

Misc:
Corsair ONE Pro SFF Gaming PC on TweakTown
MSI GS43 7RE Phantom Pro Laptop on Vortez
Acer Predator X34 34-Inch G-Sync Ultrawide 21:9 Gaming Monitor on eTeknix
Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router on eTeknix

Storage:
Patriot LX Series 256GB MicroSD Card on Think Computers
Glyph 2TB AtomRAID Portable SSD on The SSD Review

Audio:
Rosewill EX-500 & EX-700 Headphones on techPowerUp
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews



Misc Pics (37 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-March-2017  14:59:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! BTW, it would be totally fine with me if this rain would stop now.. no, really. :/









Photography Gallery (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-March-2017  16:19:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.



















Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-March-2017  15:44:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It looks like online poker will be banned in Australia soon. "The original 2001 law was meant to stop online gambling of many kinds, but it didn't, there was a loophole. There is quite an active online poker community in Australia. I don't think it will succeed for those really determined. If you have a [virtual private network] or offshore account, you will still play. It's a stupid situation to be in," he said. More coverage here and here. Discussion here.

OCInside report from CeBIT 2017 in Germany. CeBIT 2017 Hanover computer fair report with new water- and air coolers, cases, motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies, SSDs, drones, 3D printers and more. The CeBIT 2017 in Hanover, Germany again showed a lot of interesting products. The OCinside.de CeBIT 2017 report shows with more than 200 images and a short video an overview of new IT products.

Here's a strange one from aftahours, Google removing some tab closing functions from Chrome. Chrome engineers are planning to remove two options from Chrome that allow users to quickly close a large number of tabs with just a few clicks. The options, named "Close other tabs" and "Close tabs to the right" reside in the menu that appears when a user right-clicks on a Chrome tab. The menu options have existed in Chrome since its birth and were inspired by options introduced in the Firefox browser a few years back.

There's a World Science Festival underway in Brisbane at the moment, thanks aftahours. Lots of activities and giveaways, it seems.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-March-2017  14:59:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Benchmarks Of Many ARM Boards From The Raspberry Pi To NVIDIA Jetson TX2 on Phoronix.
ASRock X370 Taichi (AMD X370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Z270/Z170 Motherboard Charts: 26 Models tested - Supermicro C7Z270-CG on OCAholic.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero (AMD X370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
UE BOOM 2 "Reka One - Lost Time" Edition speakers on TechPowerUp.
Rowkin Bit Stereo Bluetooth Headset on TechWareLabs.
EKEN H8 Pro 4K Action Camera on ModSynergy.
HyperX Revolver S headset on Vortez.
V-MODA Forza Earphones on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Silverstone ES02-USB 2.4GHz Wireless PC Remote Control Kit on Modders-Inc.
GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechARP.
Das Keyboard 4 Professional on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Skeltr Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Cougar Minos X3 mouse on Vortez.
HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Cases:
be quiet! PURE BASE 600 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Pure Base 600 on OCAholic.

Networking:
TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Amazfit Pace GPS Smartwatch Review: Sleek, Attractive, And Great Battery Life on HotHardware.
Lenovo Yoga Book on PC Perspective.
IQI i3 Android Smartwatch on MadShrimps.

Software:
Mass Effect: Andromeda Graphics Performance Tested on TechSpot.
Mass Effect: Andromeda benchmarked on GTX 1080 Ti on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Silverstone SST-SF02 Noise Absorbing Foam on Modders-Inc.
OPSEAT Master Series Gaming Chair on LanOC.
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 on Guru3D.



Motherboard Reviews from the Forums (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-March-2017  00:07:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU forums member "headin2001" is becoming quite a prolific reviewer - this month he's taken a look at two motherboards for Intel Kaby Lake CPUs. They're hugely detailed reviews, well worth highlighting on the news page - so, enjoy!


click for the review of the
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX FORMULA

click for the review of the
Asrock Z270 Extreme4



Monday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-March-2017  17:23:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

With the 2017 motorsport season officially underway, Tony_L let me know he has created a 2017 Motorsport Calendar over in the Wiki.

The game Outlast 2 has been refused classification in Australia, essentially banning it. That's not necessarily the end of the road for Outlast 2, though. In its report, the Board noted that it "is of the opinion that without the depiction of implied sexual violence listed above, the game can be accommodated within the R18+ classification." That means that if Red Barrels is willing to change that scene, it could resubmit the game for classification and possibly get it to market.

Seagate have some 12TB Enterprise HDDs. Seagate has introduced its second-generation of helium-filled HDDs. These drives will be aimed at capacity-demanding enterprise and cloud applications, and the new drives store up to 12 TB of data. The new drive uses eight platters, which is more than the first generation model, but its power consumption remains below typical air-filled HDDs. The new capacity point from Seagate should enable customers to increase the amount of data they store per standard rack by 20% when compared to previous-gen models.

Intel meanwhile have some new Optane SSDs. A year and a half after first publicly unveiling their new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology, Intel is launching the first product incorporating the new memory. The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is an enterprise PCIe 3 x4 NVMe SSD that Intel promises will be the the most responsive data center SSD with lower latency than all of the fastest NAND flash based competitors. More coverage on TomsHardware, HotHardware, TechReport, Tweaktown, and PC Perspective.

PC Perspective also look into improving thermal performance of Kaby Lake CPUs. While there is risk inherent in tinkering with the heat spreader and die of the Kaby Lake processor, the use of a delidding device like the RockIt 88 De-Lid Kit reduces the potential for damage significantly over other delidding methods (such as the vice method explored in the previous article). The temperature decrease from simply cleaning and reapply high performance thermal paste to the die to heat spreader interface was significant enough to remove a stability factor from overclocking. There's a de-lidding guide in our Intel Hardware forum, too.

Microsoft seem to be forcing Ryzen owners to Windows 10, by blocking updates to Windows 7 and 8.1. A recently published Knowledge Base article suggests that Microsoft is going to block Windows Updates for owners of the latest Intel and AMD processors if they try to run Windows 7 or 8.1. Last year, Microsoft announced a shift in the way it would support Windows. Going forward, new processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems.



Sunday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-March-2017  11:57:41 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Audio:
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum on Lan OC
V-MODA Forza Metallo Earphones on APH Networks
HyperX Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews
iClever BTS05 & BTS06 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers on ThinkComputers.org

Input:
Corsair Lapdog Game Control Center on Benchmark Reviews
EpicGear Morpha X Modular Gaming Mouse on Hardware Asylum
HyperX Alloy FPS mechanical gaming keyboard on Tech Report
Mad Catz RAT 8 Gaming Mouse on techPowerUp
EpicGear MorphaX Modular Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit
G.Skill Ripjaws RIPJAWS KM570 MX Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown

Network:
Tenda AC6 AC1200 Smart Dual-Band Wireless Router on Big Bruin
Linksys Velop Mesh Whole Home Wireless System on TweakTown

CPU:
AMD Ryzen R7 1700 AM4 8-Core Processor on eTeknix
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 3.6 GHz on techPowerUp
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, and 1700 Processor on Neoseeker

Case:
Lian-Li PC-T60 Case on Hardware Secrets
Enermax Steelwing on ocaholic

Phone:
Infinix Zero 4 Pro, Zero 4 & HOT 4 Pro Smartphones on TechARP
Oppo R9s Plus on PC World

Misc:
ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe NVMe 512GB SSD on Legit Reviews
GTX 1080 Ti vs. The TITAN XP Overclocking Showdown on BabelTech
Ghost Recon: Wildlands on Hot Hardware
Cooler Master MasterLiquid MAKER 92 CPU Cooler on TweakTown
EVGA Z270 Classified K Motherboard on Think Computers



Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-March-2017  14:59:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope the rain hasn't affected you too badly. Got a bit exciting here but managed to avoid getting flooded. Anyway, thanks to Axe and Alan this week!









AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-March-2017  00:04:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their Ryzen 5 CPUs, a more budget-oriented sibling of the Ryzen 7 released recently. These ones are 4- and 6-core. Coverage on PC Perspective, HotHardware and TomsHardware.

Meanwhile AMD have provided a community update to address some concerns raised since the first launch. While these findings have been great to read, we are just getting started! The AMD Ryzen™ processor and AM4 Platform both have room to grow, and we wanted to take a few minutes to address some of the questions and comments being discussed across the web.

Discussion continues in our AMD x86 Hardware forum.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-March-2017  23:45:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI on NeoSeeker.
MSI Z270 GAMING M7 on Vortez.
Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 on Modders-Inc.
AMD B350 Micro-ATX Motherboards on OCAholic.
Ryzen Versus Core i7 In 11 Popular Games on TomsHardware.

Audio Visual:
NVIDIA Shield Android TV 2017 on Guru3D.
Genius SW-2.1 375 PC Speakers on FunkyKit.

Cases:
BitFenix Portal Compact Mini-ITX Chassis on Tweaktown.
RAIDMAX Monster II on OCClub.
BitFenix Portal Mini ITX on Guru3D.
X2 Isolatic 6020 ATX Mid-Tower on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 Gaming All-In-One on TechSpot.
Lenovo Legion Y720 & Y520 Gaming Laptops Revealed on TechARP.
2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-A720F) on TechARP.
Maingear Vybe Review: Dual GTX 1070s And Kaby Lake Cranked To 5GHz on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
GTX 1080 Ti SLI Performance in 25 Games on BabelTechReviews.
ASUS GTX 1080 Ti Strix OC 11 GB video card on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Razer Ornata Chroma - Mechanical Membrane Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Scythe Mugen 5 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4-3466 Dual Channel Memory Kit on FunkyKit.



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