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|Intel Haswell on MSI Z87 MPOWER
Tuesday, 18-June-2013 08:49:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Haswell is here, and dirtyd has taken a look at the i5 4670K CPU on MSI's Z87 MPOWER motherboard. There's some overclocking and gaming benchmarks as well as general info to get you up to speed on the new platform:
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An overclocker from HK has reached over 7GHz with a Haswell CPU. The database CPU-Z Validator contains at least three entries of the transition Mad222 7-gigahertz processor abroad with Core i7-4770K. The maximum 7092.68 MHz (69x 102,79 MHz) with two active cores and a voltage of 2.45 V, according to the utility CPU-Z.
VR-Zone have some preview info on future Haswell versions with 8 cores. With Intel’s Ivy Bridge-E platform (scheduled for 2H 2013) to be a bummer considering the minor minor specifications and performance bump over the 2012 Sandy Bridge-E platform, all eyes turn to the 2014 Haswell-E enthusiast grade platform. And we may just have some good news that gets your excitement engines started.
Still on Haswell, Tech Report are concerned about the multiplier allowance. With Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, standard Core i5 and i7 processors offer enough multiplier headroom for 400MHz overclocks. K-series chips are only required to push higher. Things are different for Haswell, which removes the multiplier allowance for standard CPUs, making multiplier-based overclocking exclusive to K-series processors.
Tech Report also have info from AMD. On Tuesday, AMD introduced its new FX-9000-series processors. The company quoted their peak Turbo speeds (5GHz for the FX-9590, 4.7GHz for the FX-9370) and a rough time frame for availability ("this summer"), but it revealed little else. We were left wondering about base clocks, power envelopes, and potential retail availability. Well, today, AMD has finally answered our questions.
Noctua are working on active noise cancelling for an upcoming CPU cooler. Specialist cooling company Noctua has teamed up with RotoSub to come up with a low noise solution that allows you to stick with air cooling, but removes the noise. They’ve done this by adding active noise cancellation to one of their CPU coolers for the very first time. A project that’s been ongoing for over a year.
Wired report on life with Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet. To truly test the capabilities of Microsoft’s newest tablet, the Surface Pro, I decided to embark on a little experiment. For one week, I used nothing but my 128 GB Surface Pro with Type Cover to accomplish all of my work. How well did it manage at the hands of a “power user?” I’ll tell you.
They also have an article on the enhanced visual abilities of gamers. Hardcore gamers "see the world differently", says the author of a study that suggests gamers who play action games have better visual skills than non-gamers. "They need less [visual] information to arrive at a probabilistic conclusion, and they do it faster," said Greg Applebaum, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Duke School of Medicine in North Carolina.
Kim Dotcom has posted a video of the raid on his NZ mansion. Helicopters, Assault Rifles, Anti-Terrorism units, Attack Dogs & 72 cops terrorizing a zero-threat family.
|Monday Morning Reviews
Sunday, 16-June-2013 14:18:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Adin S7BT Vibration Bluetooth Speaker on HWHeaven.
alienvibes EP02 Elite HD Noise Cancelling Headphones on NikKTech.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Cooler Master Notepal Ergostand II on LanOC.
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid-2013) on TechReviewSource.
Chillblast Fusion Tiger Shark Core i5-4670K Overclocked System video review on HWHeaven.
HP Slate 7 on TechReviewSource.
Ironside Cyclone Desktop Gaming PC (with custom TweakTown airbrushing) on Tweaktown.
Viako NANO LETTER NL-HM76T i5 Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
ENERMAX HOPLITE ST ECA3261-W ATX on Modders-Inc.
Lian Li PC-Q27 Black Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 on Guru3D.
Eagletech Neptor Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard on LanOC.
CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Corsair Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard on Guru3D.
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z87 OC FORMULA (Intel Z87) on Tweaktown.
ASUS Maximus VI Hero on Vortez.
AMD A10-6700 CPU & MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 Motherboard on PureOC.
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Processor on SilentPCReview.
ASRock Z87 Extreme4 on Vortez.
Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H on TechReport.
Zotac GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition 6 GB and TITAN in 2-Way SLI on XbitLabs.
Asus ROG MATRIX 7970 3 GB on XbitLabs.
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card Overclocked on Tweaktown.
Samsung 840 Pro and Samsung 840 Solid State Drives on XbitLabs.
Intel DC S3500 480GB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Intel DC S3500 Data Center SSD Review (480GB x 4) on TheSSDReview.
Kingston DataTraveler Workspace 32GB on PureOC.
Remember Me PC on Tweaktown.
PCMark 8 on OCClub.
NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller and NZXT Grid Fan Hub on PureOC.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Single Tower CPU Coolers on Pro-Clockers.
Thanks to Davo1111 and JK this week!
And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
Thursday, 13-June-2013 03:29:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's some interesting projects from people in the forums:
Thursday, 13-June-2013 02:53:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The US surveillance story has definitely made it to Australian shores, with a surprising number of similar requests here. Federal police are obtaining Australians' phone and internet records without warrants nearly 1000 times a week, it has emerged as controversy rages over a vast US surveillance program. Our Attorney General has ordered an enquiry into protection of digital privacy. The whistleblower has spoken to reporters in Hong Kong.
PCPro report on concerns about lack of overclocking headroom on Haswell. I think that's normal for a new architecture, and we'll see how it expands in the future. Meanwhile TechARP spoke to the men behind Haswell. Team ARP was invited to meet the Malaysian men behind the newly launched 4th Generation Intel Core "Haswell" processors. A high-powered team from Intel Penang dropped by to meet the Malaysian press.
Owen spotted this Wired article about a secret cyber-army in the USA. A four-star Army general, his authority extends across three domains: He is director of the world’s largest intelligence service, the National Security Agency; chief of the Central Security Service; and commander of the US Cyber Command. As such, he has his own secret military, presiding over the Navy’s 10th Fleet, the 24th Air Force, and the Second Army.
SilentPCReview have two 140mm fan roundups, with part 1 here and part 2 here. Last week we tested a half dozen 140 mm fans, with models from Phanteks and Noctuas floating to top and offerings from Xigmatek sinking to the bottom. This time we have five contenders from Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, and Scythe slugging it out.
Disney's ESPN are closing their 3D channel due to lack of demand. ESPN launched the 3D cable channel in 2010 and will close the channel by the end of the year, said ESPN spokeswoman Katina Arnold. It presented 3D broadcasts of college football games and the Masters golf tournament, among other offerings. Despite declining costs for 3D televisions and widespread use of 3D in movies, consumers have not rushed to bring the technology into their homes.
There's plans underway to build an even bigger particle accelerator. A five-volume report containing the blueprint for this futuristic particle physics project was published today by an international group of scientists. The designers say it will "compliment and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN." The latest specs represent the "latest, most technologically advanced and most thoroughly scrutinised design for the ILC." The new collider will be 4 kilometers longer than Hadron, and will consist of two linear accelerators that will face each other.
Now we've even got to watch out for our printers spying on us, say the EFF. n a purported effort to identify counterfeiters the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information. That means that without your knowledge or consent an act you assume is private could become public. A communication tool you're using in everyday life could become a tool for government surveillance. And what's worse there are no laws to prevent abuse.
I missed this when it first came out, but if you like those Heath Robinson / Rube Goldberg contraptions, here's one using Red Bull athletes.
|Thursday Midday Reviews
Thursday, 13-June-2013 02:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AVerMedia Live Gamer HD Capture Card Video Review on HWHeaven.
Panasonic TC-L55DT60 TV on TechReviewSource.
Astro A50 Wireless Headset on HWHeaven.
Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K HDD V.6 (Savvio 10K.6) SAS Enterprise HDD on Tweaktown.
Kingston DT HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on FunkyKit.
Synology DiskStation DS1513+ on LegionHW.
Mushkin Enhanced Ventura Plus Series 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
ASUSTOR AS-604T NAS Network Storage Server on BenchmarkReviews.
Noctua NF-S12A Series Fans on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone AR02 on PureOC.
Enermax Triathlor FC 550W on ThinkComputers.
Antec HCG-750M 750W on NikKTech.
Tuesday, 11-June-2013 08:45:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Apple has previewed a new Mac Pro. Today at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple teased a brand new design for its Mac Pro computers. The new machine is radically different in design, packing a bunch of internal power but a large amount of expansion via 6 Thunderbolt ports. The new Mac Pro will look a lot like a cylinder, and it houses a triangular shaped inner chassis. On two sides those triangles are packed with chips and fans, and the other has RAM and then ports on the back. Discussion from WWDC in the Apple Desktop and Apple iOS forums.
Also revealed officially today is Sony's PS4. Videos and things here. At first glance it seems the Sony fanboys have scored this round over the Xbox ones, with a lower price and less restrictions on secondhand games. The Japanese firm announced at the E3 trade show that its machine would be sold for £349 in the UK, $399 in the US and 399 euros across Europe. It added that it would not impose restrictions on second-hand games. Discussion in the Sony Consoles forum.
The PRISM thing keeps on rolling, with a whistleblower named Edward Snowden coming forward as the source of the leaked info. "I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under." But some say the story is wildly inaccurate.
Some storage stuff from Computex: LSI's Syncro, LSI Sandforce codename Griffin SSD, some game changing products all on SSDReview, and ADATA M.2 SSDs and NGFF on Tweaktown.
Here's a cool Photoshop prank in Stockholm, thanks mpot.
|Tuesday Morning Reviews
Tuesday, 11-June-2013 01:06:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Hope you had a great long weekend! Time for some news catchup.. first, some reviews.
Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Z87-Expert (Intel Z87) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD “Richland” A-Series A10-6800K on PureOC.
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard on OCClub.
Asus Z87 Gryphon and Armor Kit on LanOC.
MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning on Guru3D.
Club 3D HD7970 royalAce on Vortez.
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SuperClocked on Guru3D.
Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on OCClub.
Quirky Converge Universal USB Dock on TechReviewSource.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless Card Reader on BigBruin.
Drop Dropbox with QNAP on ComputingOnDemand.
ASUSTOR AS-602T Network Attached Storage System on APHNetworks.
Infortrend EonNAS Pro 510 on TechWareLabs.
Seagate 600 240GB SATA III 6Gbps SSD on LegitReviews.
Plextor M5M 256GB mSATA SSD on Guru3D.
KingSpec Challenger E3000 120GB SSD on PureOC.
Western Digital My Passport Edge for Mac 500GB External HDD on Tweaktown.
Portable & Prebuilt:
XMG P703 Pro Gaming Notebook Video Review on HWHeaven.
BlackBerry Z10 smartphone on LanOC.
Dell XPS 18 Portable All-In-One Desktop on HotHardware.
Dell Inspiron 15z (I15z-4801SLV) on TechReviewSource.
Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD GPS on TechReviewSource.
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire TK Blue Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Logitech T650 Wireless Touchpad on BenchmarkReviews.
Genius X-G510 Gaming Mouse on NeoSeeker.
Logitech G500s Gaming Mouse on HWHeaven.
Genius X-G510 Optical Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
CM Storm Quick Fire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.
ROCCAT Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
SilverStone ARM22SC ARM Two Dual LCD Monitor Mount on ThinkComputers.
Logitech UE BOOM Portable Speaker on Techgage.
Tt eSPORTS SHOCK Dynamite Orange Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones With Mic Fools Gold Edition on NikKTech.
QPAD QH-90 Headset on XSReviews.
Canon PowerShot Elph 130 IS on TechReviewSource.
Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler on RBMods.
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus laptop cooler on LanOC.
Cooler Master N200 Chassis on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master N200 on OCClub.
Cougar Spike Mini Gaming Tower on BigBruin.
Lian Li PC-Q12 mini-ITX on Techgage.
Metro: Last Light on Techgage.
Metro: Last Light on OCClub.
Tenorshare iPhone Data Recovery Software on FunkyKit.
|NSA Internet Data Mining
Saturday, 8-June-2013 08:03:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The story of the weekend is the uncovering of a massive internet monitoring program, seemingly a partnership between various internet giants and the NSA and FBI. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” The Atlantic report on what we know including mobile phone intercepts, and the EFF have assembled a timeline to help explain what has leaked. Anonymous have leaked some NSA documents, and Washington Post explain some which cover PRISM in some detail. This slide shows when each company joined the program, with Microsoft being the first, on Sept. 11, 2007, and Apple the most recent, in October 2012. Facebook say they didn't know about the program. European authorities have reacted angrily to the revelations.
Update: There are broad denials from many companies named. Discussion in this thread.
Thanks to Hasse and outy this week. Have a good long weekend!
And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
Over at Computex, ASRock are showing off a motherboard with 22 SATA ports, AMD are embracing Android and Chrome and NinjaLane checked out Roccat, Corsair and EVGA.
I'm pretty sure this is a parody, the Burger King hands-free feed-bag. Pretty sure. At least 60% sure. Altho if I had one, I could nom while newsing.. hrrrm.
iXBT have published their latest i3DSpeed guide. The i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. This time we added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/780.
Tech-Report have a Haswell PSU compatibility list. For a few weeks now, we've known that Intel's Haswell processors feature a new sleep state that isn't compatible with all power supplies. PSU vendors have been posting compatibility lists left and right. We've attempted to compile them all in a single article.
It's been a while since we've seen one of these, but ArsTechnica report on mineral-oil cooling by some GPU-based password crackers. Submerging the cards in mineral oil is "quote unquote green," Redman told Ars. "Because I don't have to worry about air flow, I can compact them together and make them so much tighter, so I can save space and use less energy and pay less money. It's cheaper and it's better and it's safer for my computer. It's illogical for me not to do it."
Bringing up something else which has been quiet for a while, Apple has apparently violated a Samsung patent. But the ban is unlikely to have an immediate impact on sales of those devices in the United States. The United States International Trade Commission said on Tuesday that it was issuing a ban for a handful of devices that work on AT&T’s network, including the third- and fourth-generation iPhone, and the first-, second- and third-generation iPads that have a cellular connection.
Meanwhile a podcasting patent has appeared, with lawsuits swiftly following. Personal Audio has so far been successful, winning $8 million from Apple last year for breaching its patent on playlists for personal media players. It also has licensing agreements with massive companies like Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG, which arose when Personal Audio sued them for breaching its patent.
Richard spotted this digital productivity conference in Brisbane next week. The conference, exhibition and demonstrations feature cutting edge technologies being trialled across Australia via the National Broadband Network. Take part in a virtual tour of the National Museum of Australia via a robot guide, discover how organisations are making telework a productivity booster, and see how innovative telehealth services are helping older Australians stay in their homes longer. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the benefits of high-speed broadband for business and households – including the release of some new research. It's free to attend but will also be webcast.
|Friday Afternoon Reviews
Friday, 7-June-2013 03:08:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Cooler Master Sonuz Headset on Modders-Inc.
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR on Vortez.
Jabra SPEAK 510 Bluetooth And USB Speakerphone on NikKTech.
Gigabyte Fly Headset on APHNetworks.
Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z87-D3HP on Vortez.
Intel's Haswell: Optimized For Mobility on HotHardware.
Intel Core i7-4770K (Haswell) on LegionHW.
Intel Core i7-4770K CPU Review. Intel Haswell for Desktops on XbitLabs.
MSI Z87 MPower on LanOC.
Asus' Z87-PRO motherboard on TechReport.
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming on Vortez.
Gigabyte HD 7790 2GB on Bjorn3D.
Gainward GTX 770 Phantom on Vortez.
GELID The Black Edition CPU Cooler Review: Man in Black on XbitLabs.
AeroCool Touch-2100 Fan Controller on MadShrimps.
NZXT Grid 10 Port Fan Hub on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Laptop Cooling Pad on Pro-Clockers.
Scythe Mugen 4 Tower CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
DEEPCOOL GAMMAX S40 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
|AMD Richland APUs
Friday, 7-June-2013 02:48:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AMD have unveiled their "Richland" APUs. As reported on TechSpot: Little over 6 months since launching Trinity on the desktop, AMD is updating their product lineup with a minor refresh. Codenamed Richland, these new APUs offer no substantial changes to either the CPU or GPU. Other than some clock speed improvements and better power management, everything is mostly the same. There's some additional software to make use of the APUs also.
More coverage on: HWHeaven, Overclockers.com, BenchmarkReviews, Guru3D, HotHardware, OCClub, XbitLabs, LegitReviews, NeoSeeker and TechWareLabs.
Discussion continues in this big thread.
|Interesting Forum Threads
Thursday, 6-June-2013 09:47:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a few interesting threads from the forums. Remember, OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages. If you can add us via the various services it's much appreciated and helps us get the word out, and keep you up to date. :)
Computex 2013 in Overclocking & Hardware.
Your GPU History (PICTORIAL EDITION!) in Overclocking & Hardware.
Intel Haswell CPU Overclocking Results and Discussion in Intel Hardware.
Can consoles save AMD? in AMD x86 CPUs & Chipsets.
Fast hard drives: where are they? Have we hit a speed barrier? in Storage & Backup.
The EA grave yard grows larger, Plants Vs. Zombies 2 Free to play IOS only in PC Games.
Virtualising Everything in a Data Centre in Business & Enterprise Computing.
What will be next in monitors? in Video Cards & Monitors.
4k UHD monitor Discussion Thread in Video Cards & Monitors.
GT6 - Official OCAU Hype Thread in Sony Consoles.
Black Magic Cinema Camera in Photography & Video.
New Yorkers unnerved by voyeuristic photos... what do you think? in Photography & Video.
The 'Glassy and Glowy Clock' thread in Electronics & Electrics.
New flicker-free flouros in Electronics & Electrics.
Motor direction change using Pushbutton in Electronics & Electrics.
Cold Fusion reactor independently verified in Science.
Condiment laws in your house? in Geek Food.
Fuel economy and driving range, post yours in Motoring.
Arrested Development - New Season in Entertainment.
Shocking Sharehouses: tell us your horror stories! in The Pub.
Does Facebook affect your friendships? in The Pub.
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