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|Tuesday Night Reviews
Tuesday, 21-February-2017 23:10:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex (Intel Z270) on Tweaktown.
Pentium G4500 CPU on HWSecrets.
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux OpenGL Benchmarks With A Core i7 7700K on Phoronix.
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Armor OC 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA Quadro P4000 And P2000 Workstation GPUs on HotHardware.
Radeon Windows 10 vs. Linux RadeonSI/RADV Gaming Performance on Phoronix.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum RGB Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum on OCAholic.
Cherry MX Board 6.0 Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard on PCPerspective.
SilverStone Drive Storage DS223 RAID Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Seagate IronWolf Pro 10TB NAS HDD on eTeknix.
Crucial MX300 2TB SSD on InsideOC.
ADATA SU800 256GB SSD on LanOC.
Kingston MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Card Reader & UHS-I U3 microSDXC on ModSynergy.
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana Multi-channel Gaming Soundbar on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro RGB Headset on Guru3D.
Creative Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 2.1 Speaker System on MadShrimps.
GEIL Super Luce DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
CyberPowerPC GUA2400BST AMD VR Gaming PC on Techgage.
Monday, 20-February-2017 17:38:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The NSW Police are expressing concerns about a GTA Mod that skins vehicles and people as NSW Police. In one of the more bizarre things to happen this week, NSW Police Minister Troy Grant has gone on national television to complain about a seven year old mod for Grand Theft Auto 4. The minister, who starred in the Channel Seven evening news last night, complained that a mod (written by "underground computer geeks", according to journalist Mike Duffy) that adds NSW Police vehicles and officers into the game was "peverse". The modders explained why they made it, thanks Axeman.
Village Roadshow continue their push to get piracy sites banned. Site blocking is the first stage of a five point program, which Village outlined this morning. The company will work on “Google take-downs and site ranking demotions” and a “major PR campaign”, it said. “Availability of legal product” and “suing infringers” would follow. Surely "availability of legal content" should be #1 not #4? #5 seems to also be on the way, with suing individuals apparently coming soon. Discussion continues here.
TechARP report from the Samsung Forum 2017. Yesterday, Samsung kicked off Samsung Forum 2017 in sunny Singapore. We were amongst the lucky few to receive an exclusive invitation to the Samsung Forum 2017. Join us as we reveal what Samsung has in store for consumer electronics in 2017!
Superfast internet from the NBN may not be quite so superfast after all. While a download speed of 20 Mbps is faster than the 15 Mbps he could get using ADSL, it is much less than 100 Mbps he is paying for. It is also not consistent.
HWSecrets have an interesting article about what Watson has been up to since winning Jeopardy. In 2011 IBM’s supercomputer won a game of Jeopardy against two of Jeopardy’s greatest champions. That brought the name IBM’s Watson to the forefront of the computer world. That was, however, just the beginning. Watson’s story is both fast-moving and unique.
Mark Zuckerberg posted a lengthy manifesto about Facebook and the global community. Today we are close to taking our next step. Our greatest opportunities are now global -- like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science. Our greatest challenges also need global responses -- like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community. People aren't quite sure what to make of it, but there's coverage on ArsTechnica, TheGuardian and TechCrunch. Discussion here.
This from DJ-Hippster: Just stumbled upon a new YouTuber who’s doing some neat work creating some mini documentaries based on the history of some speed run times. Check out the videos on Super Mario Bros, Super Mario 64 – 120 Star and Super Mario World.
Raijintek TISIS Dual Tower CPU Cooler on Technoyard
Reeven Ouranos 140mm CPU Cooler on FunkyKit
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Aero Mini ITX on Guru3D
AORUS GTX 1080 XTREME Edition on Vortez
Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO Wi-Fi Access Point (UAP‑AC‑PRO) on Custom PC Review
Anonabox FAWKES Tor Router on OCC
The eero Home WiFi System on PC Perspective
Creative Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming Katana Desktop Soundbar on eTeknix
Logitech G533 Wireless Headset on LanOC
Genius SP-925BT Bluetooth Speaker om PC Perspective
SilverStone Redline RL06 PRO ATX Mid-Tower on NikKTech
Aerocool P7-C1 on techPowerUp
Intel Core i3-7350K Kaby Lake Processor on Think Computers
Rockit Cool Rockit 88 Processor Delidding Tool on Hardware Asylum
Venom Blackbook Zero 14 Laptop on PC World
Huawei Mate 9 on PC Perspective
MSI GE62 7RD Apache Laptop on Techspot
Sandberg PowerBank 18200 on NikKTech
GAMDIAS ZEUS P1 RGB Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable 2 Capture Device on TweakTown
AZIO MGK L80 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techgage
Halo Wars 2 (XBO) on Gaming Nexus
For Honor (PC) on Techspot
Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB Hard Drive on APH Networks
Super Flower Platinum King 650W Power Supply on Tech Powerup
Supermicro C7Z270-CG Motherboard on TweakTown.
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3000 RAM on PC World
Thanks to Axeman and Dean this week!
Thursday, 16-February-2017 01:52:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Tech Report look at the process (and outcome) of migrating from Sandy Bridge to Kaby Lake. After nearly six years and countless posts about how my i7-2600K was still good enough, I decided that I'd had enough of good enough when we published our Core i7-7700K review. It was time to upgrade my PC, and I recently completed my new build. I can hear the palms contacting faces already. "Fish, you idiot, Ryzen is almost here! You should have waited." That could be, but I won't be buffaloed into second-guessing my decision. As it happens, I'm quite pleased with the results and I'm pretty confident that Ryzen couldn't do any better.
Pokemon Go has been out of the headlines for a while, but it's back again, with the suggestion that trading and PvP (player vs player) combat are on the way. "It's going to be done soon," he says. "It is what it is. I'll take the massive wave of hysteria we enjoyed, and just deal with the fact that it's caused us to take a bit longer to get the rest of the features up. We're really happy to make our users happy." It seems some other new features are arriving this week. Discussion of Pokemon Go continues in this thread.
Seems a bit early for April Fools, but apparently Nokia are bringing back the 3310. The phone, originally released in 2000 and in many ways beginning the modern age of mobiles, will be sold as a way of getting lots of battery life in a nearly indestructible body. The new incarnation of the old 3310 will be sold for just €59, and so likely be pitched as a reliable second phone to people who fondly remember it the first time around.
Back to the future, with Intel announcing a 24-core CPU for $9k USD. The flagship Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processor features the Broadwell-EX XCC (extreme core-count) die and has 24 cores with Hyper-Threading technology, 60 MB of L3 cache, 165 W TDP, a default frequency of 2.4 GHz and a turbo frequency of up to 3.4 GHz. Like other Broadwell-EX XCC CPUs, the new chip has quad-channel DDR3/DDR4 memory controller support and can manage up to ~3 TB of DRAM per socket (when used in conjunction with four Jordan Creek 2 scalable memory buffers). The CPUs are also equipped with 32 PCIe 3.0 lanes and three 9.6 GT/s QPI links for multi-socket environments.
AMD meanwhile have shared more Zen details in an interview. David was kind enough to spend an hour with us to talk about a recently-made-public report he wrote on Zen. It's definitely a discussion that dives into details most articles and stories on Zen don't broach, so be prepared to do some pausing and Googling phrases and technologies you may not be familiar with. Still, for any technology enthusiast that wants to get an expert's opinion on how Zen compares to Intel Skylake and how Ryzen might fare when its released this year, you won't want to miss it.
FunkyKit have been overclocking an i5-7600K to 4.9GHz. We recently reviewed the Gigabyte GA-Z270X Ultra Gaming motherboard, which we thought was a very good motherboard offering decent performance and tons of features. We used it to overclock the Intel Core i5-7600K (Kaby Lake) to see how far it could go.
Wired report on the efforts of coders to rescue climate data from being deleted by the US Government. About half the group immediately sets web crawlers on easily-copied government pages, sending their text to the Internet Archive, a digital library made up of hundreds of billions of snapshots of webpages. They tag more data-intensive projects—pages with lots of links, databases, and interactive graphics—for the other group. Called “baggers,” these coders write custom scripts to scrape complicated data sets from the sprawling, patched-together federal websites.
|Thursday Morning Reviews
Thursday, 16-February-2017 00:53:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i3-7350K "Kaby Lake" CPU on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Strix Z270I Gaming on OCAholic.
ECS Z170-Lightsaber Motherboard on PCPerspective.
Intel Core i3-7350K vs. Core i5-7400 on TechSpot.
Crucial MX300 525GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
Synology FlashStation FS3017 24-Bay All-Flash NAS on Tweaktown.
WD Black 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD on LegitReviews.
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 on eTeknix.
SPC Aquarius M60W Pure Black on HWInsights.
Fnatic Gear Duel Modular Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
AtomicX V201 Bluetooth Headset on FunkyKit.
Epiphan AV.io 4K capture device on Vortez.
Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L RGB on Vortez.
Genius Scorpion M8-610 Mouse on Modders-Inc.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Razer Gigantus - Black Edition Mouse Pad Presentation on MadShrimps.
Radeon Fury X vs. GeForce GTX 980 Ti: Are They Still Worth Buying? on TechSpot.
NVIDIA’s Fastest Graphics Card Ever: A Look At The Quadro P6000 on Techgage.
HIS Radeon RX460 Slim-iCooler OC 2GB on FunkyKit.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Honor 6X Tablet preview on TechARP.
Dell XPS 13 2-In-1 Review: Portable And Flexible Living On The Infinity Edge on HotHardware.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (helio X20 Model) on TechARP.
Sniper Elite 4: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Sniper Elite 4 PC graphics performance benchmark on Guru3D.
GeIL Super Luce DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi Router on CustomPCReview.
Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
|Getting Started with Arduino
Tuesday, 14-February-2017 17:18:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I've taken a dive into the world of Arduino. It's an inexpensive and open-source hardware and software platform for teaching electronics and device programming. It's also a lot of fun!
click for the article!
|Tuesday Afternoon Reviews
Tuesday, 14-February-2017 15:21:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg
MyDigitalSSD BPX 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-1635 NAS on TechSpot.
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB Solid State Drive on FunkyKit.
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance With NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1080 on Phoronix.
Aorus' GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G on TechReport.
Gigabyte GTX 1080 Aorus Xtreme Edition 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Edition 8G on Tweaktown.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Long-Term Review - OLED is AMAZING! on PCPerspective.
Razer Blade Stealth laptop on TechSpot.
Genius SP-925BT Bluetooth Speaker on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterPulse PRO headset on Vortez.
Thinksound On2 Supra-Aural Studio Monitor Headphones on NikKTech.
EpicGear DeFiant Mechanical Keyboard Set on LanOC.
Ozone Strike Battle Spectra keyboard on OCAholic.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
GAMDIAS Zeus P1 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
EVGA Closed Loop CPU Cooler (CLC) 280 on BabelTechReviews.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
LiteHawk QUATTRO NEON Drone on ModSynergy.
HP DeskJet 3630 Wireless All-in-One Printer on PCReview.
NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System Kit on Tweaktown.
Corsair H45 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
XCELLON AC Outlet Power Bank on ModSynergy.
Apparently Australians are not ready for broadband. Pfft! AUSSIES are just not ready for super-fast broadband and would not use it “even if we offered it for free”, the head of the National Broadband Network has claimed. NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow made the comments at the company’s half-yearly results on Thursday, and also revealed Australians couldn’t even access the system’s fastest speed of 1 gigabit per second. According toThe Courier Mail, Mr Morrow said there wasn’t “that big of a demand out there” for it, and overseas providers found consumers weren’t making the most of high-speed downloads.
Intel are planning to build a $7B, 7nm fab in Arizona. Intel predicts the new investment will create 3,000 full-time jobs at Intel and an additional 10,000 jobs in Arizona for operational support. Intel stated that the investment is yet another commitment to its American interests, where it produces the majority of its wafers and R&D. Krzanich also took a moment to note that the company sells more than 80% of its products outside of the U.S., making it one of the top five exporters.
Meanwhile it's being suggested that visitors to the US (from certain countries) may have to reveal their social media passwords. US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has informed Congress that the DHS is considering requiring refugees and visa applicants from seven Muslim-majority nations to hand over their social media credentials from Facebook and other sites as part of a security check. "We want to get on their social media, with passwords: What do you do, what do you say?" he told the House Committee on Homeland Security on Tuesday. "If they don't want to cooperate, then you don't come in." More here.
TechSpot explain Gigabit LTE. One of the big improvements that is coming to mobile networks this year is Gigabit LTE. You might have heard of it already - companies are gearing up for deployments around the globe right now - but if not, it'll become a bigger talking point in the months to come. Gigabit LTE is set to hit everything from smartphones and laptops to portable hotspots and cars.
TechARP talked to AMD about FreeSync 2. While waiting for AMD to finalise Radeon FreeSync 2 and its certification program for their partners, let’s share with you our Q&A session with the two key AMD engineers in charge of the Radeon FreeSync 2 project – David Glen and Syed Athar Hussain.
This is a few months old now, but here's a cool doco about Shenzen, the Silicon Valley of Hardware, from WIRED. We examine the unique manufacturing ecosystem that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware-prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. The film looks at how the evolution of “Shanzhai” – or copycat manufacturing – has transformed traditional models of business, distribution and innovation, and asks what the rest of the world can learn from this so-called “Silicon Valley of hardware".
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 12-February-2017 22:30:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i3 2100 Sandy Bridge vs. Core i3 7100 Kabylake on Phoronix.
BIOSTAR Z270GT6 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Asus Strix Z270E Gaming on LanOC.
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS on OCClub.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 iCX FTW2 on HotHardware.
EVGA iCX Technology Examined On The GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 on LegitReviews.
EVGA iCX Technology - Adding Thermal Sensors and Improved Cooling on PCPerspective.
14-Way NVIDIA GPU Comparison With Civilization VI On Linux on Phoronix.
CORSAIR Scimitar PRO RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Gamdias Hermes E1 & Demeter E2 keyboards on BenchmarkReviews.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Syber Intel Extreme Masters Pro GTX 1070 Gaming PC on eTeknix.
ECS Liva Z Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
TRENDnet TEW-809UB AC1900 Wireless USB Adapter on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define C case on APHNetworks.
Reeven Polariz Triple Channel Fan Controller on HWAsylum.
Bleh.. too hot. :(
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 10-February-2017 11:03:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ErgoDox EZ Shine Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless/Wired Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte GA-Z270X Ultra Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/i5/i7 - NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux Gaming Performance on Phoronix.
Intel Pentium G4560 vs 6600K vs 7600K on FunkyKit.
ASUS Maximus IX Formula on OCAholic.
MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7-6900K Processor on LegitReviews.
Tesoro Tuned In-Ear Pro Headphones on ThinkComputers.
HiFiMAN Edition S Open/Closed back Headphones on TechPowerUp.
ViewSonic's 1440p 165Hz Monitor: Best Gaming Display? on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017) Review: Smart Home, 4K HDR, And Game Streaming on HotHardware.
LEPA NEOllusion CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Enermax ETS-T50 AXE CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Primera PM01 ATX Mid-Tower on NikKtech.
Anidees AI Crystal Tempered Glass Chassis on eTeknix.
Ballistix Elite 3200 MHz Quad Channel DDR4 RAM on Guru3D.
PowerColor Radeon RX 470 Red Devil (4GB) video card on CustomPCReview.
Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Notebook on HotHardware.
Kingston SDCAC & SDCA3 UHS-I U3 microSDXC & MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 Card Reader on ModSynergy.
Wednesday, 8-February-2017 13:07:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg
CPU de-lidding seems to be all the rage again, with a guide on Tweaktown, and some Kaby Lake results on HardOCP. They also watercooled a naked 7600K CPU. We got in our retail purchased Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake architecture processor and of course the first thing we wanted to do was overclock it to 5GHz, and then very quickly remove the Integrated Heat Spreader and see how much better we could make our load temperatures. Once again, we got very good results certainly worth sharing.
NVIDIA have unveiled their Quadro GP100 cards for workstations. Based on NVIDIA’s GP100 GPU, Quadro GP100 defies a simple explanation due in large part to GP100’s unique place in NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU family. Quadro GP100 on one hand a return to form for NVIDIA’s Quadro lineup. It’s the jack of all trades card that does everything – graphics and compute – including features that the Tesla cards don’t offer, a job previously fulfilled by cards like the Quadro K6000. On the other hand, it’s not necessarily NVIDIA’s most powerful workstation card: on paper its FP32/graphics performance is lower than Quadro P6000’s. So where does Quadro GP100 fit in to the big picture?
PCPerspective built a Mini-STX PC. Mini-STX is the newest, smallest PC form-factor that accepts a socketed CPU, and in this review we'll be taking a look at a complete mini-STX build that will occupy just 1.53 liters of space. With a total size of just 6.1 x 5.98 x 2.56 inches, the SilverStone VT01 case offers a very small footprint, and the ECS H110S-2P motherboard accepts Intel desktop CPUs up to 65W (though I may have ignored this specification).
Yesterday was apparently Safer Internet Day, according to a press-release I received about the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network or ACORN receiving over 45,500 reports in 2016. The leading types of cybercrime being reported to the ACORN are online fraud and scams, with 22,679 reports received, accounting for 43.97% per cent of total reports received in 2016. Online trading issues which affect Australians who buy and sell goods online were the second highest type of cybercrime reported, with ACORN receiving 8,783 reports in 2016.
Matthew sent word that some Intel Atom processors are dying, which will affect network equipment. The low-power Atom C2000 Silvermont processor range was introduced three years ago, and is found in popular network switches and routers, microservers, and network accessible storage systems. Kit vendor Cisco has issued an advisory for the problem, noting the failures start appearing after a unit has been in use for around 18 months. Once the processor fails, "the system will stop functioning, will not boot, and is not recoverable".
|Tuesday Night Reviews
Tuesday, 7-February-2017 23:29:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Antlion Audio ModMic 5 on LanOC.
Apple’s AirPods Bring Wireless to New Heights on HWSecrets.
Silverstone PS14 on HWInsights.
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 on OCAholic.
In Win 805 Infinity Case on ThinkComputers.
SilverStone Kublai KL07 on APHNetworks.
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Pentium G4560: Kaby Lake's Real Gift on TechSpot.
Motherboard Charts: 24 Models tested - ASUS Maximus IX Hero on OCAholic.
Corsair Gaming K95 RGB PLATINUM on Guru3D.
G.SKILL Ripjaws KM570 MX Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB Gaming Mouse on Techgage.
Fnatic Clutch G1 Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Sound BlasterX Pro-Gaming SIEGE M04 Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
STARDOM SOHOTANK ST4-TB THUNDERBOLT 2 DIRECT ATTACHED STORAGE DEVICE on TechnoYard.
Crucial MX300 Limited Edition 750GB 2.5" SSD on ModSynergy.
Silicon Power S57 240GB TLC SSD on MadShrimps.
OLALA 10500mAh Power Bank on FunkyKit.
Moto Z Battery Beast on TechSpot.
Huawei Mate 9 smartphone on PCWorld.
The Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Gaming Tech Report on TechARP.
Monday, 6-February-2017 11:23:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a few interesting projects from 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.
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 5-February-2017 23:48:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z270 Killer SLI Motherboard on FunkyKit.
EVGA Z270 Classified K Motherboard on HWAsylum.
Gigabyte GA-Z270M D3H Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Intel Celeron G3930 On Linux: A Dual-Core Kabylake CPU For $40 on Phoronix.
ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 motherboard on OCAholic.
MSI B250M Mortar Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM keyboard on Vortez.
Rosewill RK-9000V2 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Corsair Scimitar PRO RGB Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB on MadShrimps.
GeForce GTX 1080 on HWSecrets.
Kolink Continuum 1200W Platinum on eTeknix.
be quiet! Pure Power 10 600W on eTeknix.
QNAP TurboNAS TS-1635-8G 16-bay 10GbE NAS Server on NikKTech.
Patriot Hellfire M.2 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Silicon Power S57 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500 GB M.2 NVMe on OCInside.
Drobo 5c 5-Bay USB Type-C Self-Managing DAS on eTeknix.
EZVIZ Husky 1080P WiFi/PoE Security Bullet Camera on BigBruin.
Arozzi Mezzo on LanOC.
Ubiquiti Amplifi HD Mesh Wi-Fi Router System on CustomPCReview.
Streacom DB4 case on TechPowerUp.
Thanks to Screwball and Simon this week!
Thursday, 2-February-2017 15:35:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Telstra are suffering various outages after an exchange fire in Sydney. Customers of Telstra are experiencing major disruptions to their services due to a reported fire at one of the company's exchanges. Telstra announced the fire location to be Chatswood Exchange, Sydney, via Twitter.
But when things are working for Telstra, they're super fast. Mobile internet has overtaken the NBN on peak speed, as Telstra has launched the world's first Gigabit LTE network. In a media demonstration in Sydney on Tuesday, a computer connected to Gigabit LTE was put through several tests on speedtest.net, connecting to a non-Telstra server. The peak speed reached 886Mbps – showing it was capable of downloading data up to 10 times faster than the maximum a home user can reach on the NBN. PCPerspective have an article about Gigabit LTE as well.
As if the news wasn't scary enough lately, a new technology could change what people say in real-time video. Nick Bilton reports on the next round of fake news tools that allow users to manipulate audio and video to change what's being said, a sort of real-time Photoshop for moving images and audio. Want to make it look like a celebrity used a taboo word, or misquote a politician? No problem!
HardOCP checked out the FSP Twins PSU I mentioned on the news page recently. Now, this is not the first redundant power supply we have seen (previously we reviewed the Athena Atlas 800 which you can still buy today for $629) but after reading the above, it seems as if this may be the first redundant unit that truly tries to appeal to end users. Maybe not enthusiasts looking to put a power supply into a system destined for massive overclocking and gaming needs, but those same DIY enthusiasts are likely to be the kind of end users who like to tinker with all of their builds and who whitebox everything in their ever increasingly automated home.
Microsoft have been working on virtual reality. During the 2016 Windows 10: The Next Chapter press event, Microsoft has announced their collaboration with Intel, HTC, Lenovo, Acer, Qualcomm, Dell, Asus, HP, etc. to create specification for the Windows holographic, which will be ready for PCs, head-mounted displays (HMDs), and other Windows 10-based devices. The Windows holographic is set to be introduced with a headset called Microsoft HoloLens.
|Thursday Afternoon Reviews
Thursday, 2-February-2017 14:16:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z270 XPower Titanium on NeoSeeker.
Asrock Z270 Extreme4 & Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 on TechSpot.
Intel Pentium G4600: A Surprising 3.6GHz Kabylake CPU For $90 on Phoronix.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 AORUS Xtreme 8G on Guru3D.
Inno3D iChill X3 GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro headset on OCInside.
TRENDnet TV-IP314PI Indoor/Outdoor 4MP PoE Day/Night Network Camera on NikKTech.
ROCCAT Renga Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Oppo R9s smartphone on PCWorld.
ZTE Axon 7 on PCWorld.
AORUS X3 Plus v6 (Skylake) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
MSI GE62VR 7RE Apache Pro on Vortez.
Corsair Bulldog 2.0 Barebones 4K & VR Living Room Gaming PC on LegitReviews.
MSI Trident 3 Gaming Desktop (Kaby Lake) on TechPowerUp.
Mechanical Keyboards MK Fission on TechPowerUp.
AZIO MK Retro Typewriter Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on CustomPCReview.
Micron 5100 MAX 960GB and ECO 1920GB Enterprise SSD on PCPerspective.
Micron 5100 Series ECO & MAX SATA Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Rosewill Himars Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Cougar Panzer Max on OCAholic.
BitFenix Shogun on Guru3D.
Bradley Digital Smoker on PCWorld.
ASUS USB-AC68 AC1900 USB Wireless Adapter on Tweaktown.
|Retro Let's Play - Feb 2017 - Impossible Mission (1984)
Tuesday, 31-January-2017 18:13:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Our Retro & Arcade forum has grown into quite a busy little sub-community. Elvis has recently started a Retro Let's Play program, which encourages people to dust off classic games and enjoy them again - or for the first time. After a vote, the game chosen for February 2017 is Impossible Mission from 1984.
click for the thread!
Make your way through an underground maze searching for codes to decrypt access to a control room. You have a strict time limit, and time is deducted for player deaths. Dodge killer robots and try not to fall to your death. The biggest challenge of all - puzzle elements are randomly generated, so no two play-throughs are the same!
Sound fun? Head over to the forum to get involved!
|Good Game Cancelled
Tuesday, 31-January-2017 16:17:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The ABC are cancelling the long-running gaming TV show Good Game. Sad news. After the program’s summer break, two of the key presenters of Good Game announced they were leaving to pursue other opportunities. In light of this major setback, and changes in the way audiences are choosing to get their information about gaming, the ABC has decided to end the long and successful run of the show. We plan to continue Spawn Point in a new format. We expect to retain all the remaining Good Game team.
Discussion in this thread.
|Tuesday Afternoon Reviews
Tuesday, 31-January-2017 13:22:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Honbontec Gravity 6 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Pure Base 600 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
ADATA SD700 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
GELID ZENTREE SMART DOCKING STATION on Technoyard.
Silicon Power S56 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z270 SLI PLUS on LanOC.
Intel Core i7 7700K Linux Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Tesoro Zone Balance Gaming Chair on Tweaktown.
Netis WF2375 AC600 Wireless Dual-Band Outdoor AP Router on eTeknix.
Rosewill RK-9000 V2 RGB Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
TUNAI CLIP Bluetooth Audio Receiver on APHNetworks.
LIFX Gen3 Bulbs and LIFX Z Lightstrip SmartHome Lighting on eTeknix.
FSP Twins 500W Redundant PSU on PCPerspective.
MSI CORE FROZR L CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
HIS RX 460 Slim-iCooler OC 2GB video card on MadShrimps.
Monday, 30-January-2017 13:06:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg
HardOCP checked out the Scythe FUMA SCFM-1000 twin tower CPU air cooler, and they reckon it's pretty much the best thing ever. Scythe has a real winner on its hands with the FUMA. It killed it in our testing phases as long as you’re looking to overclock. Stock CPU users need not apply. The performance of the FUMA rivals many of the bigger water coolers in addition to demolishing the smaller All-In-Ones.
Simon sent in this cool article from 2015 about what may be the oldest computer program still being used. Keeping software alive for just a few years without constant updates and overhauls might seem nearly impossible. But some software systems remain in fine fettle decades after their launch.
HotHardware looked at the lowest-powered Kaby Lake variant, Kaby Lake-Y, in a Dell laptop. We would be remiss if we didn't point out that, yes, Intel has done away almost completely with the "Core m" moniker with Kaby Lake, choosing instead to denote the series in the root of the model number, like it does with the U series (as in Core i7-7Y75). However, the company does list lower-end Core m3 variants of Kaby Lake as such, while i5 and i7 higher-end SKUs are only distinguishable with the Y in the root of the model number. Clear as mud right?
GamersNexus report that MSI's M.2 "Heat Shield" seems to actually increase SSD temperatures, not lower them. Ultimately, the point is that there’s just no way this thing is going to do any more than trap heat beneath the M.2 SSD and prevent cool air from accessing the drive. There’s just not enough conduction and spreading potential to make up for the lack of even indirect airflow. We tested MSI’s M.2 “Shield” in a Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon to validate whether the marketing made any sense, and found that, minimally, the shield is poorly executed and should be discarded by any potential owners.
This from Jeremy: Ladyada from Adafruit industries recently did an interview with Bunnie Huang (co creator of the Novena open source laptop). They talk about his past and future projects, and his privacy and freedom advocacy, among other things. It's a really great interview, and something your readers might be interested in.
|Sunday Night Reviews
Sunday, 29-January-2017 22:19:23 (GMT +10) - by booj
MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium on Legit Reviews.
MSI X99A Tomahawk on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K7 on LanOC Reviews.
Plextor EX1 Portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST10000DM0004 10TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
EVGA SuperNOVA 850W G3 on PC Perspective.
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W on Funky Kit.
Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W Bronze on NikKTech.
Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth on PC Perspective.
Razer ManO'War 7.1 Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.
iClever IC-BTS07 Bluetooth Speaker on Funky Kit.
OZONE EKHO H80 Origen Pro Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Rosewill Gram Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.
Lian Li PC-J60 B ATX Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.
Gamdias Zeus P1 RGB Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
Tesoro Zone Balance Gaming Chair on Techgage.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming on Hot Hardware.
Synology RT2600ac Wi-Fi Router on Custom PC Review.
NZXT X42, X52, and X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Roundup on Legit Reviews.
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme 7414 Laptop on TweakTown.
|Misc Pics Flashback
Friday, 27-January-2017 13:40:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Super busy with school holidays, long weekend family duties and (believe it or not) a hockey tournament, so sadly I haven't had time to put together a Misc Pics post this week. So here's a flashback to the early days of Misc Pics, 10 years ago:
|Australia Day Afternoon
Thursday, 26-January-2017 14:22:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Hope you're having a great Australia Day! :)
HotHardware have been overclocking Kaby Lake i3 processors. The Core i3-7350K is a dual-core processor, with support for Intel’s Hyper Threading technology, so it can process up to 4 threads simultaneously. As the “K” in the product name denotes, the 7350K has an unlocked multiplier, so it can be overclocked through both multiplier and BCLK manipulation.
I haven't heard much of John Carmack for a while, but it was interesting to hear of his involvement with Oculus and Facebook. The Oculus lawsuit, in the sixth day of a jury trial, relates in part to programmer John Carmack. Well-known for helping to conceive games such as "Quake" and "Doom," Carmack worked for id Software LLC before that company was acquired by ZeniMax. He is now the chief technology officer at Oculus. Zuckerberg denied that Carmack has unfairly used computer code from his previous position. "There is no shared code in what we do," he said.
TomsHardware went out of their way to burn out an SSD. Our Intel SSD 600p 256GB failed on November 9, 2016, after a grueling 42-day battle with Iometer. We tested the same SSD we used for our review. The review tests wrote a total of 7,790GB of data over 88 hours.
Samsung have released the results of their investigation into why the Note 7 phones were exploding - they point the finger squarely at the batteries. The announcement by the company, a day ahead of it reporting its fourth quarter results, had experts from TUV Rheinland, Exponent and UL stating that internal manufacturing and design defects of the batteries, including missing insulating tape in some cases, and not the design of the phones were responsible for the battery issues. There's an explanatory video here too.
HotHardware have a guide to building a retro gamer with a Raspberry Pi. Out of the box, the NES Classic has thirty preloaded classic game titles. That's all well and good, but if you weren’t able to get your hands on one just yet -- like the majority of people -- getting your retro-gaming fix isn't happening any time soon, unless you fork out an unreasonable sum, paying hundreds to scalpers, for a product that retails for $60. But, why not roll your own?
Draxonic sent in these cool swarming robots. Zooids is an open-source open-hardware platform for developing tabletop Swarm User Interfaces, a new class of human-computer interfaces comprised of many autonomous robots that handle both display and interaction. The platform consists of a collection of custom-designed wheeled micro robots, a radio base-station, a highspeed DLP structured light projector for optical tracking, and a software framework for application development and control. More info here.
If you're in Sydney and bored, head to Market City to play with VR and maybe win an MSI laptop. Experience amazing virtual reality (VR) gaming on Level 2, and be in with a chance to WIN your own MSI Gaming Laptop and HTC VIVE – worth over $5,000. Visit Level 2 and tell us in 25 words or less “What does Chinese New Year mean to you?”
Or if you find yourself a bit overwhelmed by Australia Day festivities, perhaps enjoy this soothing timewaster from Dukeymeng.
|Wednesday Night Reviews
Wednesday, 25-January-2017 23:50:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Kaby Lake Z270 Micro-ATX Motherboards on OCAholic.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI Z270 GAMING M7 on Guru3D.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac on Tweaktown.
Creative Sound BlasterX Katana on Vortez.
TUNAI Firefly Bluetooth Music Receiver on FunkyKit.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 QuickSilver 8G on Tweaktown.
OCC's Top 3 Video Cards of 2016 on OCClub.
Lian Li PC-K6S on ThinkComputers.
NZXT S340 Elite Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Zotac Premium Edition SSD 240GB on FunkyKit.
TerraMaster F2-220 2-Bay NAS on ThinkComputers.
ASUSTOR AS3102T 2 BAY NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE on TechnoYard.
Kingston SSDNow DC400 480GB SSD on NikKTech.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Mechanical Keyboard on TechSpot.
Cougar ATTACK X3 RGB Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Corsair K95 Platinum Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum keyboard on LanOC.
Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris Mousing Surface on APHNetworks.
Alphacool Eisbaer 360 Liquid CPU Cooling System on NikKTech.
Bitspower GPU Waterblock Acrylic (Clear) for the ZOTAC GTX 1080/1070 AMP Extreme on FunkyKit.
Resident Evil 7 : PC graphics performance benchmark review on Guru3D.
Google Pixel Smartphone on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 850W PSU on FunkyKit.
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