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Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-December-2021  23:07:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Pro on Vortez.
ASUS Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi on HWAsylum.
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero on Tweaktown.
ASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E Motherboard on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE Z590 Vision G Motherboard on NikKTech.
Intel 12th-gen Core i9-12900K & i5-12600K Workstation Performance on TechGage.
Biostar Z690A Valkyrie Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI MPG Z690 CARBON WiFi on Vortez.

Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Noctua NH-U12A chromax.black CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master's Intel LGA1700 Mounting Kit on FunkyKit.
SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB on TechPowerUp.

Hyte Revolt 3 Mini-ITX (video review) by OCClub.
Deepcool CG560 chassis on Guru3D.
XPG Starker Air on TechPowerUp.

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2 TB + PS5 Heatsink on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 500GB with 176 Layer Micron SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P5 Plus 2TB SSD Review - Elite Performance on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
SPC Gear GK650K Omnis Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Mistel Q75 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: PowerColor x Ducky One 2 SF keyboard on TechPowerUp.
DeepCool MC310 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Prime Mini Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Lexar DDR4-3200 SODIMM 32GB Laptop Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Neo Forza Faye DDR4-4600 2x 16GB on TechPowerUp.

TRENDnet TPE-TG51g (video review) by OCClub.
ASUS ROG Strix GS-AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Router on APHNetworks.
EnGenius ECS2512FP. 8-port 2.5G Cloud Switch on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Cetra II Core in-ear gaming headset on TechPowerUp.
EarFun Air Pro 2 TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
Movo UM300 USB condenser microphone on TechPowerUp.
Creative Chat USB On-ear Headset with Noise-cancelling Mic on MadShrimps.
Sabinetek SmartMike+ with 3rd Party Apps on FunkyKit.
Viotek FI32DB WQHD Monitor on NikKTech.
JBL Reflect Flow Pro TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
Technics AZ70 True Wireless Earphones on TechPowerUp.

Chorus! game on OCClub.
ICARUS: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Blender 3.0 – How Fast Are GPUs in Cycles X, EEVEE & Viewport? on Techgage.
Dying Light Complete Experience on OCClub.
Farming Simulator 22: DLSS vs. DLAA vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.

50 Games Tested: GeForce RTX 3070 Ti vs. Radeon RX 6800 on TechPowerUp.
Allied Patriot-A Gaming PC Review: Ryzen 5 5600X + RTX 3070 8GB LHR on Tweaktown.
HiFive Unmatched: Exploring A RISC-V Computing Experience on HotHardware.
Silverstone HELA 2050 W Review - World's Strongest PSU on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-December-2021  15:11:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Retro Gaming December 2021 (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-December-2021  00:29:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A couple of people pointed out this advent calendar of code, which I guess counts as today's "Flash Timewaster", which is a term I haven't used in so long it has become outdated in the meantime. :) Collect stars by solving puzzles. Two puzzles will be made available on each day in the Advent calendar; the second puzzle is unlocked when you complete the first. Each puzzle grants one star. Good luck!

Anyway, this month's Retro Let's Play is Parasite Eve from 1998. Parasite Eve is a 1998 action role-playing horror video game developed and published by Square. The game is a sequel to the novel Parasite Eve, written by Hideaki Sena; it is also the first game in the Parasite Eve video game series. The story follows New York City police officer Aya Brea over a six-day span in 1997 as she attempts to stop the Eve, a woman who plans to destroy the human race through spontaneous human combustion. Players explore levels set in areas of New York while utilizing a pausable real-time combat system along with several role-playing game elements.

click for the thread!

But if you prefer your games zoomy rather than spooky, this month's Retro Racing game is Star Wars Episode 1 Racer from 1999. Star Wars Episode I: Racer is a 1999 racing video game based on the podracing sequence featured in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The game features all of the racers and race course on Tatooine featured in The Phantom Menace. It also adds several new courses, some on Tatooine, others on various planets. Several single player modes, including a tournament mode, are available for play. It also features multiplayer, the format of which varies by platform. Jake Lloyd and Lewis MacLeod, who portrayed Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba in The Phantom Menace, reprise their roles in the game.

click for the thread!

Sunday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 28-November-2021  17:38:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If the lack of IO on your Raspberry Pi is getting you down, a new Seaberry Mini-ITX board might be the solution. And the Seaberry needs all that room, to jam in all the ports! I tested an Intel i350 dual-gigabit LAN card, a Dual-TPU Coral M.2 Accelerator, a KIOXIA XG6 M.2 NVMe SSD, a Compex WLE200NX 802.11n WiFi card, an Intel AX210 WiFi 6E card, a dual SATA controller, and more—and everything worked (more or less...) That blog post is by Jeff Geerling, and I've been enjoying his YouTube channel lately as well. You can read my review of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B here.

NASA are going all Deep Impact, launching a spacecraft to test defending Earth from asteroids. The spacecraft will intercept the Didymos system between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, 2022, intentionally slamming into Dimorphos at roughly 4 miles per second (6 kilometers per second). Scientists estimate the kinetic impact will shorten Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos by several minutes. Researchers will precisely measure that change using telescopes on Earth. Their results will validate and improve scientific computer models critical to predicting the effectiveness of the kinetic impact as a reliable method for asteroid deflection.

The Top500 Supercomputer rankings have been updated, with Japan's Fugaku at the top, and 3x as fast as second place. Installed at the Riken Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan, it was co-developed by Riken and Fujitsu and is based on Fujitsu’s custom ARM A64FX processor. Fugaku also uses Fujitsu’s Tofu D interconnect to transfer data between nodes. In single or further-reduced precision, which are often used in machine learning and A.I. application, Fugaku has a peak performance above 1,000 PFlop/s (1 Exaflop/s). As a result, Fugaku is often introduced as the first “Exascale” supercomputer. Interestingly they note there may be unranked Chinese supercomputers that are even faster.

HotHardware have a MacBook Pro 14, and are testing Apple's M1 Pro performance claims. Sure, the 24" iMac got a redesign, but it had the same M1 silicon as the smaller MacBooks and the Mac mini at the time, which was nothing new. With each passing month, there were rumors, but no new product announcements. Would Apple's planned obsolescence of its Intel-based x86 Macs be delayed? It took a full year, but we finally got there. Now Apple's new 14" and 16" MacBook Pros are available, and they're bearing gifts for the holidays with new M1 Pro and M1 Max power plants under their hoods.

Collins Dictionary have chosen NFT, or Non-Fungible Token as their word of the year for 2021. Now, dictionary-maker Collins has picked NFT as its "word of the year" for 2021, mostly because people are making SRS $$$ from the blockchain-based tech. One of those people is of course the artist who goes by "Beeple"; his collection of 5,000+ everyday digital art pieces went for $69 million earlier this year, which every subsequent article on NFTs has been required to mention. This sale made Beeple one of the best-paid artists on earth. You crazy kids. I have to say, I pretty much live and breathe tech, and I still don't really get the point of NFTs.

Trizae sent word that The PC has won the Golden Joystick Award for Ultimate Hardware of All Time, and in this video, Gabe Newell of Steam fame gives an acceptance speech.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 28-November-2021  17:06:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
7Hz Timeless In-Ear Monitors Review - All Aboard the Hype Train! on TechPowerUp.
1MORE ComfoBuds Z True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
IKKO Zerda ITM01 Portable DAC/Amp + ITM-IKKOFFL Magnetic Upgraded Cable on TechPowerUp.

DDR5 Memory Performance Scaling with Alder Lake Core i9-12900K on TechPowerUp.
Core i9 12900K (DDR4 3600 vs DDR5 5200 performance) on Guru3D.
Acer Predator Talos 32GB DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Moon Key Artisan Keyboard Wrist Rests and Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X15 mouse on TechPowerUp.

Team Group T-Force Cardea A440 Pro 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Western Digital 4TB WD Red SN700 SSD on Tweaktown.

Fractal Design Torrent Black RGB TG on Guru3D.
XPG Defender on TechPowerUp.

Chieftronic SteelPower 750W PSU on TechPowerUp.
RDNA2 For Workstation: AMD Radeon Pro W6600 & W6800 video cards on TechGage.
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice Enhanced: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-November-2021  16:41:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Can't believe it's less than a month to Xmas. Anyway, there's quite a fun Geoguessing Game going on in the forums. But in the meantime..

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-November-2021  00:24:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-12900K E-Cores Only Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
AORUS X570S Master Motherboard on Tweaktown.

be quiet! Light Wings 120 mm PWM High-Speed Fan on TechPowerUp.
Corsair H150i Elite LCD liquid cooler on Guru3D.
be quiet! Light Wings ARGB Fans on ThinkComputers.
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Riing Trio 12 RGB White Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 Review: A Powerful Refresh on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 17 laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.

teenage engineering computer–1 case on TechPowerUp.
Sharkoon Elite Shark CA700 Gaming Chassis on FunkyKit.
XPG Cruiser super mid-tower on TechPowerUp.
Lian Li Q58 X4 PCIe 4.0 Edition on OCInside.
Seasonic SYNCRO Q704 + Connect on Guru3D.
InWin Airforce on TechPowerUp.

ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-5200 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Neo Forza FAYE 16GB DDR4 5000MHz CL19 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox on Tweaktown.
Kingston XS2000 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
KIOXIA EXCERIA High-Endurance microSD 256GB Card on MadShrimps.
Kingston KC3000 2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD on FunkyKit.
Kingston KC3000 Review - Faster Than Samsung 980 Pro on TechPowerUp.
Asustor Drivestor 4 AS1104T 4-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
TeamGroup Delta MAX RGB 1TB SATA SSD on FunkyKit.
Kingston KC3000 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Western Digital 1TB WD Blue SN570 SSD on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
RAZER Kraken V3 HyperSense Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Wemax Go Portable ALPD Projector on TechPowerUp.
SeeAudio Bravery In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Wemax Nova Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector on TechPowerUp.
NZXT Capsule Microphone on Tweaktown.
HIFIMAN Arya (2021 Stealth Magnets) + Apos Flow Cable on TechPowerUp.

Gryphon AX Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.
EnGenius ECS2512FP Multi-Gigabit Switch on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Sense Core, CTRL, Pro Mousing Surfaces on APHNetworks.
Building a Keyboard 8: Akko Acrylic Gasket Mount Kit, ASA Low Profile Keycaps, CS Sponge on TechPowerUp.
Glorious Model D Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL keyboard on Vortez.

Liectroux i5 Pro Smart Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 Eagle video card on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: FlexiSpot EQ3 Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Ion+ 2 Platinum 860W PSU on Guru3D.

Team Group T-Force Vulcan G 1TB SSD (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 21-November-2021  01:29:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've taken a quick look at a 2.5" SATA SSD from Team Group. I have previously said that I didn't think I'd be reviewing any more 2.5" SATA SSDs as the market seems to be moving to NVMe drives wherever possible. So, the question is, does this one bring anything new to the table?

Click for the review!

Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-November-2021  16:23:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again - thanks to Simon and RnR this week!

Friday Morning (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-November-2021  00:58:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SpaceX launched another 53 Starlink satellites earlier this week - you can watch the launch replay here. I wouldn't normally mention it, but this was the first launch I watched via my Starlink internet connection at home - slightly surreal. You can read my Starlink review in the forums, or the more general Starlink thread here.

Meanwhile a company called SpinLaunch is basically yeeting things into orbit, to quote my 14yo, probably. There's a video here. It feels like an April Fools prank but is apparently real. The Long Beach, California-based company is developing a launch system that uses kinetic energy as its primary method to get off the ground – with a vacuum-sealed centrifuge spinning the rocket at several times the speed of sound before releasing. Only sub-orbital flights so far at 20% the max power of the centrifuge.

NSW are phasing out single-use plastic next year. The ban applies to single-use plastic straws*, stirrers and swizzle sticks, and cutlery, including forks, spoons, knives, sporks, splayds, chopsticks, and food picks. Also, The ban applies to single-use plastic cotton buds and rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads, such as face and body cleansers, exfoliants and masks, shampoo, conditioner and hair dyes, and toothpaste. Wait what, cotton buds? Nooo, my precious (and very clean) ears..

OCClub have a GPU thermal trends experiment. As that implies, I have collected data across multiple GPUs, and in the case of NVIDIA, across multiple generations. While the general concept of each GPU's performance is certainly interesting, there is something else I wish to examine here, because it is something these scripts will capture; boost behavior. In the previous article with these scripts, we could see how the behavior for frequency and power both changed with time. I found it interesting to see the differences between the boosting of the RTX 2060 and RX Vega 64, and with this article we can see the differences between the GTX 770, GTX 980, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and RTX 2080 as well as the two previously mentioned cards.

It's 2021 and people are racing flying cars, thanks von Stalhein. The large drone-like aircraft flew faster than 100 kilometres per hour 10 metres above the ground during the trial by Airspeeder near the Flinders Ranges last month. Airspeeder and aircraft manufacturer Alauda Aeronautics are hoping the vehicles will eventually be able to carry on-board pilots, but they were flown by remote control for the 400-metre drag race. Hmm, not sure what makes them cars and not drones. The (future) pilots, I guess.

Apple have announced self-service repair, which seems like a big deal. Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips, Self Service Repair will be available early next year in the US and expand to additional countries throughout 2022. Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals. Discussion in this thread.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-November-2021  23:42:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z690 Unify Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiF video review by OCClub.
Windows 10 & Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake Performance Review on TechPowerUp.
BIOSTAR Z590 Valkyrie Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte X570S AORUS Master Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Intel Core i5-12600K "Alder Lake" CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9-12900K and i5-12600K Adler Lake on LanOC.

Fractal Design Lumen S28 RGB (LCS) on Guru3D.
Thermaltake ToughFan 12 Racing Green and Turquoise on OCInside.

Audio Visual:
Sabinetek SmartMike+ Wireless Bluetooth Microphone on FunkyKit.
TinHiFi T2 Evo In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Grandview Dynamique DY3 ALR Screen on TechPowerUp.
HyperX Quadcast S Microphone Review: A Beauty & A Beast on Tweaktown.
Ovidius RX-100 (Qin Armour) In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
ASUS ROG Strix Scope NX TKL Moonlight White Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Ajazz AC064 Mechanical Keyboard Review - 64-keys, 65% Form Factor on TechPowerUp.

Crucial P5 Plus PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe on Guru3D.
Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q 4TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB SSD Review and Giveaway on OCInside.
Crucial P5 Plus 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Cigent Secure SSD K2 960GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
WD Red SN500 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
KIOXIA TransMemory U301 USB 3.2 Gen1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.

Corsair Vengeance DDR5-5200 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
DDR4 vs DDR5 on Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Building a Keyboard 7: Kailh Master Switches, GK108 kit, Silicone + PBT Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
EVGA X20 mouse on TechPowerUp.

InWin Explorer on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone SETA Q1 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master NR200P ITX case on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Apple M1 Pro Review: Is it really faster than Intel/AMD? on TechSpot.
Dell XPS 15 9510 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
ECS LIVA Q3 Plus Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 Review: Refined Mobile Workstation on HotHardware.

Power Supply:
Green Cell Power Proof 2000VA UPS on NikKTech.
NZXT C850 Gold Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Jackery Solar Generator 1000 on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone ET500-ARGB 500W Power Supply on APHNetworks.

DJI Mavic 3 Review: Did The Best Drone Get Even Better? on HotHardware.
Call of Duty: Vanguard: DLSS vs. FSR Comparison on TechPowerUp.
AVM FRITZ!DECT 200 & 210 Smart Plugs on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-November-2021  14:19:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mr bill and mpot this week!


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