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Monday Night (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-May-2017  23:45:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia's Square Kilometre Array telescope is now online and already finding things. The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope has captured a signal emanating from a cosmic event in a galaxy far away, just four days into becoming operational. Known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), the signals are short, sharp spikes of radio waves that last a few milliseconds. Scientists are still pondering what causes FRBs, but believe they stem from powerful events that took place billions of lightyears away from Earth. Discussion here.

Bitcoin and other alt-currencies experienced incredible price rises last week, leading some to regret that they didn't take it seriously earlier. It had a data file containing 1400 Bitcoin on it. No big deal, at the time. Today, those few kilobytes are worth more than $4 million. Discussion of bitcoin continues here and here in the forums.

PC Perspective report from ARM Tech Day. Several days of meetings and presentations left us a bit overwhelmed by what ARM is bringing to market towards the end of 2017 and most likely beginning of 2018. On the surface it appears that ARM has only done a refresh of the CPU and GPU products, but once we start looking at these products in the greater scheme and how they interact with DynamIQ we see that ARM has changed the mobile computing landscape dramatically.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 28-May-2017  04:59:58 (GMT +10) - by booj

ECS Durathon 2 Z270H4-I Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
Asus ROG Strix Z270F Gaming motherboard on PC World.

Graphics Cards:
RX580 Crossfire on LanOC Reviews.
MSI GeForce GT 1030 on Phoronix.
Asus Strix RX 570 on LanOC Reviews.
Aorus Radeon RX 570 4G on Hardware Asylum.

OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini Thunderbolt 2 on TweakTown.
Lexar High-Endurance 64GB microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I Card on Funbky Kit.
ADATA AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus on TweakTown.

Input etc:
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Optical Mouse on APH Networks.
G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM570 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
iKBC F87 RGB Keyboard on techPowerUp.
ROCCAT Kone EMP Optical Mouse on APH Networks.
Genius Scorpion K20 Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.
Genius Scorpion K20 Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.

MSI GE62 7RD Apache gaming laptop on PC World.
MSI GE72 7RE Apache Pro gaming laptop on PC World.
Gigabyte Aero 15 corporate gaming laptop on PC World.

Huawei P10 smartphone on PC World.
Huawei P10 Plus phone on PC World.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.
BIOSTAR Racing P1 Mini-PC on eTeknix.
EwinRacing Champion Series Gaming Chair on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Commander PRO on Guru3D,

Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-May-2017  14:57:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Have a great weekend!

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-May-2017  15:02:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Thursday Midday (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-May-2017  11:58:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Now the WannaCry fervour has died down, it's time for EternalRocks, which is potentially even worse. It even names itself WannaCry in an attempt to hide from security researchers, Stampar said. Like variants of WannaCry, EternalRocks also doesn't have a kill-switch, so it can't be as easily blocked off. For now, EternalRocks remains dormant as it continues to spread and infect more computers. Stampar warns the worm can be weaponized at any time, the same way that WannaCry's ransomware struck all at once after it had already infected thousands of computers.

Intel are planning to make Thunderbolt 3 more widespread by integrating it into future CPUs and releasing the protocol specification free of royalties. With Thunderbolt 3 integrated into the CPU, computer makers can build thinner and lighter systems with only Thunderbolt 3 ports. For the first time, all the ports on a computer can be the same – any port can charge the system and connect to Thunderbolt devices, every display and billions of USB devices.

Vortez have an X370 Motherboard Showdown. Our selection of motherboards were all available on release, however, we have now updated each to the latest available BIOS so we can objectively look at their performance and features to see which would be best for you and your requirements. The motherboards we’ll be looking at are: ASRock X370 Taichi, ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero, GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming K7, and the MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM.

Tweaktown checked out the performance of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. For all of our testing in this article, I've used an Intel Core i5-7600K and AMD Ryzen 5 1600X processor. This gives us a look at the 4C/4T processor from Intel, and the multi-threaded price/performance king 6C/12T chip in the form of AMD's new Ryzen 5 1600X.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-May-2017  11:37:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Alphacool Eisbaer 360 and 280 Liquid CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.
Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
EVGA Hydro Copper GTX 1080 Waterblock on TechPowerUp.
XFX RX 570 4GB RS on LanOC.
Radeon RX 560 Linux OpenGL/Vulkan Benchmarks on Phoronix.

Audio Visual:
Azden Pro-XD Wireless Lavalier Microphone on FunkyKit.
Cougar Megara headset on TechPowerUp.
PAPAGO! GoSafe 30G 1080p Dash Camera on NiKKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Book 12 Review: OLED Display Meets S Pen And Portability on HotHardware.
Fierce PC Imperial Hive Ryzen 1700 + GTX 1080 Ti gaming PC on eTeknix.
Alienware 15 R3 Laptop Storage Performance Investigation on Tweaktown.
Acer Predator 21 X gaming laptop on TheVerge.

Fractal Design Focus G on Guru3D.
Norco C-24U Server Cabinet on ComputingOnDemand.
FSP CMT210 Mid-Tower ATX PC Case on ModSynergy.
Cooler Master Cosmos II 25th Anniversary on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Cosmos II 25th Anniversary Edition on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
G.Skill's Ripjaws KM570 RGB gaming keyboard on TechReport.
Logitech Harmony Elite Advanced Remote Control on Tweaktown.
Corsair Glaive RGB mouse on OCAholic.

Tt eSPORTS X COMFORT (XC500) Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Synology RT1900ac AC1900 Wireless Gigabit Router on BigBruin.
PS4 Pro SSD Upgrade: Does SATA III Make a Difference? on PC Perspective.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-May-2017  19:48:48 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX on Legit Reviews.
PowerColor’s Radeon RX 570 & RX 580 on Techgage.

Toshiba EXCERIA PRO M402 MicroSDXC Card on Madshrimps.
Lexar JumpDrive 64GB Tough USB 3.1 Flash Drive on Funky Kit.
Lexar JumpDrive Tough USB 3.1 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
ICY DOCK FlexiDOCK MB522SP-B on Madshrimps.
Plextor M8Se 512GB PCIe SSD on Guru3D.

Bitfenix Shogun on techPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide Air 240 Arctic White Micro-ATX Chassis on Funky Kit.

Input etc:
GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 on Vortez.
COUGAR MINOS X3 Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Razer Blade (2017) on Techspot.
MacBook Pro (2016) on PC Perspective.

ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 AM4 Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
ASUS RT-AC1900p Wireless Router on TweakTown.
Origin Chronos Small Form Factor Gaming PC on TechSpot.

Monday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-May-2017  17:54:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a push to add fair use to the copyright laws in Australia. Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date. Things that we all take for granted – forwarding emails; quoting; making and sharing memes; cloud storage – are often illegal in Australia. Fair use would fix this. Right now the government is considering whether to introduce fair use. Let’s tell them – we need fair use now.

Meanwhile, Net Neutrality is under fire again in the USA. The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a "net neutrality" order enacted in 2015. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and discouraged investment. Many Americans and technology firms filed objections to the FCC's proposal prior to the vote.

AMD recently unveiled a new monster CPU, codenamed Threadripper. 16-core, 32-thread versions of AMD Ryzen CPUs codenamed Threadripper will launch this summer, the company revealed at its Financial Analyst Day yesterday. With one of the gnarliest CPU codenames we've ever seen, the Threadripper multicore monsters will go head to head with Intel's Broadwell-E and upcoming Skylake-E High-End Desktop (HEDT) CPUs alongside a new motherboard platform that promises expanded memory support and I/O bandwidth. That's likely to take the form of quad-channel RAM and more PCIe lanes, similar to Intel's X99 platform, but AMD is saving further details for its press conference at Computex at the end of May. Ryzen discussion continues in our AMD Hardware forum.

Panasonic have recalled some tablets due to a fire hazard. Panasonic has discovered that some of the hot-swappable battery packs used in some of its rugged Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets (Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3-series) can short circuit after a prolonged use in extreme temperatures. The company said it had received 16 reports of combusted battery packs between March 2017 and April 2017, including 12 from customers in North America, one from a client in Japan and one owner from Australia.

Wired report on Google's new AI chip. This new processor is a unique creation designed to both train and execute deep neural networks—machine learning systems behind the rapid evolution of everything from image and speech recognition to automated translation to robotics. Google says it will not sell the chip directly to others. Instead, through its new cloud service, set to arrive sometime before the end of the year, any business or developer can build and operate software via the internet that taps into hundreds and perhaps thousands of these processors, all packed into Google data centers.

Meanwhile they are getting closer to SkyNet. One of the more noteworthy remarks to come out of Google I/O ’17 conference this week was CEO Sundar Pichai recalling how his team had joked that they have achieved “AI inception” with AutoML. Instead of crafting layers of dreams like in the Christopher Nolan flick, however, the AutoML system layers artificial intelligence (AI), with AI systems creating better AI systems. Don't take the humans out of the loop!

Babeltech have some benchmark info using the PC game Prey. There is no built-in benchmark but we found and created one from a minute-long Fraps run that is 100% repeatable and reasonably representative of Prey gameplay’s most demanding indoor scenes. Here are our performance results using 17 video cards at 3 resolutions using the default Very High settings.

Some researchers claim to have found a way to defeat WannaCry. In Short: DO NOT REBOOT your infected machines and TRY wanakiwi ASAP*!

Apparently NBNCo spent $12M on airfares last year. If only there was some kind of high-speed network they could use for video-conferencing...

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 20-May-2017  12:48:03 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 & 1600 CPU on Neoseeker.
AMD Ryzen R5 1600 Hex-Core AM4 Processor on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Z270X AORUS Gaming 7 on Madshrimps.
ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming on OCC.
Supermicro C7Z270-PG Pro Gaming on TweakTown.

Graphics Cards:
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1050 Ti STRIX on Legit Reviews.
Palit GTX 1050 Ti KalmX 4 GB on techPowerUp.
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570 4GB on Legit Reviews.
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Extreme Edition 11G on Funky Kit.
PowerColor Radeon RX 580 Red Devil on Guru3D.

Corsair Force Series MP500 240GB NVMe SSD on The Tech Report.
Kingston Digital Gold microSD UHS-I Flash Card on Legit Reviews.
Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC Memory Card on TweakTown.

Notebooks and Systems:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) on Hot Hardware.
ECS LIVA Z mini PC on OCC.
Gigabyte Aero 15 Notebook on TechSpot.

NZXT Aer F120 and F140 Cooling Fans on APH Networks.
Vertagear Triigger 275 Gaming Chair on techPowerUp.
TP-Link AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Router on Funky Kit.
Seasonic PRIME 1200W Gold Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Riotoro CR480 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.
1MORE Capsule Dual Driver In-ears on techPowerUp.

Misc Pics (41 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-May-2017  15:00:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to BM and Simon this week!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-May-2017  01:58:43 (GMT +10) - by booj

CPUs & Motherboards:
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Processor on Madshrimps.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz on techPowerUp.
Biostar Z270GT8 Motherboard on techPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen R5 1400 on eTeknix.

Corsair Vengeance RGB 3000 MHz DDR4 on eTeknix.
Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-3466 on Benchmark Reviews.

ASUSTOR AS1004T NAS Server on NikKTech.
Drobo 5N2 Five-Bay NAS on TweakTown.
Lexar JumpDrive S75 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
Toshiba FlashAir Wireless SD Card on Funky Kit.

Asus ROG Strix GL502VS Gaming Laptop on Techspot.
MSI GS63VR STEALTH PRO 4K Gaming Laptop on TweakTown.

Input etc:
Cherry MX Board Silent on ThinkComputers.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 on Vortez.
Corsair Glaive RGB on Vortez.

Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN1070K Gaming Mini PC on Funky Kit.
Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 PCIe SSD to PCIE 3.0 x4 Adapter on ModSynergy.
In Win 301 case on ocaholic.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition on TechARP.
Corsair VENGEANCE LED DDR4-3200 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 on Hot Hardware.

Wednesday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-May-2017  15:10:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft's CEO says we need to design things in such a way as to avoid a dystopian future. "What Orwell prophesied in '1984,' where technology was being used to monitor, control, dictate," Nadella said. "Or what Huxley imagined we may do just by distracting ourselves without any meaning or purpose. Neither of these futures is something that we want." So, he asked, what are we going to do?

MP3 is officially dead, kinda - thanks FOTW. Symbolically at least, the MP3 is now officially dead, after the German research institution that helped to develop the famous (and equally infamous) standard announced that all licensing for the file format had been terminated. While any MP3s in your possession will still play fine on any devices that support the audio format – no matter how you acquired them – it signals the end of the road for the ubiquitous music file, which will no longer be officially supported.

TomsHardware have an article about Windows 10 on ARM CPUs. Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced that its next-generation chips will be the first to fully support Windows 10, including all the programs built for the x86 architecture. In a recent video, Microsoft demonstrated how both x86 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps would run on ARM chips. It also talked about the underlying technology enabling x86 apps to run on ARM chips with near-native performance.

Google have given the world a glimpse into some of the hidden hardware behind their giant brains, the Tensor Processing Unit. There’s a common thread that connects Google services such as Google Search, Street View, Google Photos and Google Translate: they all use Google’s Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, to accelerate their neural network computations behind the scenes. We announced the TPU last year and recently followed up with a detailed study of its performance and architecture. In short, we found that the TPU delivered 15–30X higher performance and 30–80X higher performance-per-watt than contemporary CPUs and GPUs.

MadShrimps have an Intel X99 Benchers Memory Battle. The launch of Broadwell-E last summer confirmed that Intel's X99 LGA 2013-V3 is still the platform to be used for benchmarks like Vantage, Catzilla, 3DMark11 and them tough Firestrike runs; especially the Futuremark versions can benefit from a well-dialed in memory subsystem, reflecting in a better total score thanks to improved PhysX and combined scores, so time to explore what these B-Die memory kits can mean for you, besides burning another hole in your wallet :)

On a related note, PC Perspective look at memory latency on Ryzen and its effect on 1080p gaming performance. This has led me down another hole recently, wondering if we could further compartmentalize the gaming performance of the Ryzen processors using memory latency. As I showed in my Ryzen 5 review, memory frequency and throughput directly correlates to gaming performance improvements, in the order of 14% in some cases. But what about looking solely at memory latency alone?

For the newbies or those who need to brush up, here's an article about common PC building mistakes. In this post, we’ve highlighted 31 of the most common PC building mistakes that first-time builders make. Knowing these mistakes will help you be better prepared to handle any issues that might arise during your upcoming build.

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