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Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-February-2018  02:46:33 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Case/Cooling:
Raijintek THETIS Window Aluminum Case on Modders-Inc
Scythe Grand Kama Cross 3 CPU Cooler on TweakTown
Rosewill RSV-L4000C 4U Mining Case on Computing on Demand

Motherboard:
SuperMicro C7Z370-CG-IW (Intel Z370) Motherboard on TweakTown
Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 7 PRO motherboard on Guru3D
Asus ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming on LanOC Reviews
Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming LGA1151 Motherboard on Madshrimps

Audio:
RHA T20i High Fidelity In-Ear Headphone on Missing Remote
Aukey SK-S1 Bluetooth Speaker on OCInside
Corsair Gaming HS60 Surround Gaming Headset on APH Networks

Storage:
Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA3 SSD Review (2TB) on The SSD Review
OWC ThunderBlade V4 4TB on TweakTown
SilverStone TS12C Dual Drive Docking Station on Benchmark Reviews
Apricorn Aegis Fortress 128GB SSD on TweakTown

Misc:
Fantaseal 60 Min 360 Degree Rotary Time Lapse Tripod Mount on FunkyKit
Tile Sport Bluetooth Tracker on Think Computers
Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal on TechPowerUp
Kingston Nucleum 7-in-1 Type-C Hub on BabelTech
XPG SPECTRIX D40 RGB DDR4 3000MHz Memory on Modders-Inc
Aorus K9 Optical Mechanical Keyboard on Legit Reviews
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory (PS4) on Gaming Nexus



Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-February-2018  15:30:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's Friday again!








Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-February-2018  14:37:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G CPUs on LegitReviews.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G + Ryzen 5 2400G Linux CPU Performance on Phoronix.

Storage:
Samsung SSD 860 EVO Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.
Samsung SSD 860 EVO M.2 SATA on HotHardware.
Crucial MX500 500GB SSD on NikKTech.

Audio Visual:
Beyerdynamic MMX 300 Professional Gaming Headset 2nd Gen on HWAsylum.
Sound BlasterX AE-5 Sound Card on Modders-Inc.
ANQ 4031 HDMI Switch (3×1) With Remote Control on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper V370 RGB 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

Video Cards & GPU:
AMD Vega 8 Graphics Performance On Linux With The Ryzen 3 2200G on Phoronix.
External GPU Testing: GTX 1080 in a Box on TechSpot.

Misc:
Alphacool Eiskoffer Professional watercooling build tools on TechPowerUp.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch on OCInside.
Thermaltake Ttesports X Fit (XF100) Gaming Chair on FunkyKit.
In Win Aurora RGB Fans on ThinkComputers.
NZXT H700i Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower on PC Perspective.



Wednesday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-February-2018  15:47:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have a DJI drone in Australia, you will have to take a quiz before you can fly it. As of February 14, pilots of DJI drones — the most popular brand in the country — will be required to pass a short "knowledge quiz" about safety in order to fly their machines. The quiz is embedded in a mobile phone app which controls the drone, meaning every DJI pilot will be forced to take the three-minute test, even if they are an experienced operator. There is no limit on the number of times a pilot can attempt the quiz.

Hackers have been using Australian Government websites to mine cryptocurrency. UK security researcher Scott Helme discovered the malicious software on Sunday, which he said was "definitely mining". The compromised website plug-in responsible has now been taken offline. Locally, websites that appear to have been affected include the Queensland Government's legislation website, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Victorian Parliament. In the UK, websites run by the National Health System, the UK's Student Loans Company and the Northern Powergrid were also impacted.

Speaking of which, some Russian nuclear scientists have tried to use their supercomputer for mining. The centre's press service said: "There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining." The supercomputer was not supposed to be connected to the internet - to prevent intrusion - and once the scientists attempted to do so, the nuclear centre's security department was alerted. They were handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian news service Mash says.

There are 157 new emojis for 2018. This brings the total number of approved emojis to 2,823. Emoji 11.0 today reached its final form and includes emojis for redheads, curly hair, superheroes, softball, infinity, kangaroo and more. Users can expect to see these new emojis on their phones in the second half of 2018.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-February-2018  12:48:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Linux Gaming Benchmarks on Phoronix.
ASRock X299 Extreme4 (Intel X299) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Motherboard on HardOCP.

Cooling:
Silverstone Tundra TD03-SLIM CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.

Storage:
Plextor M8V 512GB SATA III SSD on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD SBX M.2 NVMe SSD Review (128GB/256GB/512GB) on TheSSDReview.
ADATA XPG Gammix S10 M.2 NVMe SSD Review (512GB) on TheSSDReview.
Samsung’s Ultra Small, Ultra Fast & Ultra Portable SSD T5 500GB on Techgage.

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper Gaming LED Mouse Pad on ThinkComputers.
Corsair K63 Wireless Bluetooth keyboard and K63 lapboard on Guru3D.
Tesoro Gram SE Spectrum Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Spectre x360 13 convertible on TechSpot.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform Performance Preview on PCPerspective.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Hot Rod Mobile Chip Benchmarked on HotHardware.

Misc:
ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 O8G GAMING video card on HardOCP.
SilverStone SFX SX500-G 500W PSU on HardOCP.
HyperX's Cloud Alpha gaming headset on TechReport.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance PC graphics performance Analysis on Guru3D.



AMD Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 13-February-2018  14:04:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled two new affordable APUs, the Raven Ridge-based Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G. These combine the Zen CPU and Vega GPU architectures into an all-in-one package that probably won't spell the end of the separate video card, but have pretty amazing performance for onboard graphics. Plenty of reviews out there:

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G And Ryzen 3 2200G on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G With Radeon Vega 8 Graphics on TechARP.
AMD Ryzen R3 2200G & R5 2400G Raven Ridge APU on Modders-Inc.
Marrying Vega and Zen: The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G on Anandtech.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz with Vega 8 Graphics on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU on Guru3D.
Ryzen CPU + Vega Graphics on a Chip: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G & Ryzen 3 2200G on TechSpot.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G With Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics on TechARP.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Mining Performance with NiceHash and XMR-STAK on LegitReviews.
APU-Based 1080p Gaming Becomes A Reality With AMD's Ryzen 5 2400G on Forbes.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Mining Performance with NiceHash and XMR-STAK on LegitReviews.
AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G APUs on TechReport.
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz with Vega 11 Graphics on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G on PCPerspective.

Discussion continues in the AMD Zen thread.



Sunday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 11-February-2018  12:55:13 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Phone:
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 (SM-A530F) Smartphone on TechARP
Xiaomi Mi 5X 32GB Smartphone on Madshrimps

Motherboard:
ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex on ocaholic
MSI X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (AMD X399) Motherboard on TweakTown

Audio:
KitSound Voice One Alexa Enabled Smart Speaker on Hardware Asylum
Sennheiser GSX 1000 Audio Amplifier on TechPowerUp
HiFiMAN RE800 In-ears on TechPowerUp

Keyboard/Mouse:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM570 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Legit Reviews
Logitech G903 Wireless Mouse on Vortez

Cooling:
Cooler Master MasterAir MA410P CPU Cooler on OCInside
be quiet! Shadow Rock TF 2 CPU Cooler on Guru3D
Corsair H115i Pro Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
EK-MLC Phoenix 360 AIO CPU & GPU (Radeon Vega) Liquid Cooling on Guru3D

Storage:
Synology DS918+ SMB NAS on TweakTown
WD Blue 3D NAND and SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB SSD on Legit Reviews
SilverStone ECM22 M.2 to PCIe Expansion Card on Hardware Asylum
Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSD on TweakTown
ADATA Gammix S10 m.2 SSD on Benchmark Reviews
ADATA SX950 SSD on Modders-Inc
Crucial MX500 500GB and 1TB SATA SSD on Legit Reviews

Misc:
Corsair T2 Road Warrior Gaming Chair on FunkyKit
Aukey CB-C55 Multiport USB-C Hub on OC Inside
Wulverblade (PC) on BabelTech
Cougar Panzer-G Video Mid-Tower Case on Modders-Inc



Misc Pics (33 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-February-2018  14:31:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Frank and Tim this week!









Photography Gallery (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 8-February-2018  16:40:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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






















Thursday Midday (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 8-February-2018  12:14:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel has some new smart glasses that don't look weird like Google Glass did. There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no weird arm floating in front of the lens, no speaker, and no microphone (for now). From the outside, the Vaunt glasses look just like eyeglasses. When you’re wearing them, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen — but it’s actually being projected onto your retina.

A major cybercrime network has been shut down, with an Australian allegedly involved. The Infraud Organisation — founded in 2010 by Ukrainian man Svyatoslav Bondarenko and operated under the slogan "In Fraud We Trust" — used an online forum to buy and sell stolen credit card and bank account numbers, social security numbers and other personal information, the US Justice Department said. Investigators believe the group's nearly 11,000 members targeted more than 4.3 million credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts worldwide, Deputy Assistant Attorney-General David Rybicki said.

HotHardware checked out some Corsair All-In-One Coolers. All-in-one liquid coolers are not quite as nice looking or as potentially high-performance as a custom built system that can employ hard line tubing and multi-waterblock arrangements, but they are still a step up from many air coolers and don’t require the same hefty investment. This makes all-in-one liquid coolers very appealing for mid-range gaming setups where maximizing performance per dollar is often the goal. Fortunately for us, Corsair answered the call.

If all the crypto buzz recently has left you scratching your head, you can catch up with this blockchain explained article from TechSpot. Besides simply being the backbone of cryptocurrency exchanges, the most powerful uses of blockchain technology are yet to emerge. It's envisioned by many to become a decentralized, real-time global distributed digital ledger of things for everything from tracking food supplies to managing identities.

Meanwhile HWAsylum ponder the PC landscape's future now that cryptocurrency is a thing. Quite a few gamers are upset with the massive price hikes on video cards due to crypto miners. Some people forget that not long ago PC hardware was in a tough spot thanks in part to, gamers. This is a short editorial exploring that side of PC Hardware.

NASA have made contact with a satellite they had assumed had been dead since 2005. After an amateur astronomer recorded observations of a satellite in high Earth orbit on Jan. 20, 2018, his initial research suggested it was the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) — a NASA mission launched into orbit around Earth on March 25, 2000. Seeking to ascertain whether the signal indeed came from IMAGE, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, coordinated the use of five separate antennas to acquire radio frequency signals from the object.



Falcon Heavy Launch (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-February-2018  14:49:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In one of the most amazingly bizarre stunts ever, Elon Musk's SpaceX have launched their Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful since the Space Shuttle, placing a payload into an orbit which will ultimately send it to Mars. The payload? Elon's red Tesla Roadster with "Starman", a dummy in a space suit, in the driving seat. For this experimental and uncertain mission, however, he decided on a much smaller and whimsical payload - his old cherry-red Tesla sports car. A space-suited mannequin was strapped in the driver's seat, and the radio set to play David Bowie's classic hit Space Oddity on a loop.

You can even view a live stream of Starman and the Roadster orbiting the Earth. Of course. :) Discussion continues in this thread.



Wednesday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-February-2018  12:19:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Aukey KM-G8 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Tesoro GRAM Spectrum Low-Profile Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Cougar Revenger S Optical Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Logitech G703 on Vortez.
Cougar Surpassion Gaming Mouse on NeoSeeker.
Logitech G603 mouse on Vortez.
Corsair K68 RGB keyboard on OCAholic.

Storage:
Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD Review (2TB) on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 860 Evo SSD on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ECS Liva Q Pocket Size PC on Guru3D.
The AVITA LIBER Laptops & IMAGO Smart Mirror Revealed on TechARP.

Cooling:
GamerStorm Baronkase Liquid on TechPowerUp.
DEEPCOOL CAPTAIN 240 EX RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Misc:
Ubiquiti Labs AmpliFi Teleport Kit on TechPowerUp.
Antec Performance Series P110 Luce Mid-Tower case on NikKTech.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Mobile APU Performance with Raven Ridge on PCPerspective.
Sound Blaster Pro-Gaming H5 Tournament Edition Headset on Modders-Inc.
Patriot Viper LED DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Benchmarks... So Far on Tweaktown.



Monday Evening (23 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-February-2018  18:24:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Got a letter in the post today saying the NBN will be connected in the next few months.. woo! Hopefully it'll, you know, not suck.

The winner for the Pay It Forward contest has been announced - and now there's another one where you can win an SSD.

The Australian of the Year for 2018 is Professor Michelle Simmons, a pioneer in quantum computing research. In 2012, Michelle and her team created the world’s first transistor made from a single atom, along with the world’s thinnest wire. At the forefront of what she calls the “space race of the computing era”, Michelle aims to build a quantum computer able to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years.

Intel have announced a new CTO, and a new "Product Assurance & Security Group". In addition to naming the new CTO, Intel confirmed formation of the Product Assurance & Security Group. The PASG will be led by Leslie Culbertson, who has been with Intel since 1979 and most recently she served as senior vice president and director of human resources. The main task of the PASG will be Intel’s “cross-company efforts to continuously improve product security,” but Intel did not elaborate any further.

Tesla and the South Australian Government are planning to create a giant distributed power plant by installing 50,000 residential solar and battery systems. Tesla said in a statement to AFP that the virtual power plant would have 250 megawatts of solar energy and 650 megawatt hours of battery storage. "At key moments, the virtual power plant could provide as much capacity as a large gas turbine or coal power plant," the company added. Australia is one of the world's largest producers of coal and gas but the South Australian blackout raised questions about its energy security.

TechSpot have a CPU comparison using the benchmark from the upcoming game Final Fantasy 15. The reason we want to look at CPU performance first is because the game is extremely CPU intensive, far more so than we were expecting. Developer Square Enix recommends gamers pack at least a Core i7-3770 or FX-8350, that’s significantly more firepower from Intel, but we’ll look into that shortly.

eBay is dropping PayPal as its primary payment partner. That's a lot of Ps. Meanwhile, one of the bright sparks in US markets overnight was eBay, which saw its share price surge 13.8 per cent. This was after the e-commerce giant announced strong quarterly results, and its upcoming split from long-term partner PayPal. eBay will instead use little-known Dutch payments company Adyen as its main payments partner. Adyen is an online payments startup which provides back end payment services like point-of-sales (POS) systems and credit card processing. It also boasts a huge clientele including the likes of Facebook, Spotify, Netflix, Uber, Groupon and LinkedIn.

The Federal Government has finally responded to the 2016 inquiry into the video games industry, and people are not impressed. Out of the 8 recommendations made by the Senate, the Government "noted" 5 of them, "did not support" 2 of them, and while it "did support" 1 of them (on encouraging the uptake of serious games), it believed the industry should pursue this and NOT the government. So, all-in-all, there was not one single recommendation that the Government actually supported.



Monday Morning Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-February-2018  11:22:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock DeskMini GTX1080 (Intel Z370) SFFPC on Tweaktown.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Professional Gaming i7 (Intel Z370) on Tweaktown.
Intel Atom C3950 + Tyan Tempest S3227 on Phoronix.

Cases:
SilverStone Primera PM02 on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Core G21 & View 21 Glass Edition on HardOCP.

Input Etc:
Tecware Phantom RGB Mechanical Keyboard on TechARP.
Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse on NikKTech.

Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2666 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Intel SSD DC P4600 NVMe PCIe on HotHardware.
Apacer Z280 240GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake H200 Internal USB Hub on FunkyKit.



Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-February-2018  15:01:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to BFM and Axe this week!








Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-February-2018  15:01:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS MAXIMUS IX CODE on TechPowerUp.
Z370 Motherboard Charts: 6 Models tested - ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex on OCAholic.

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset on NeoSeeker.
Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset on Guru3D.
AOC Agon AG271QX Monitor on OCInside.
Unblock Tech – UBOX 4 TV Box on FunkyKit.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Input Etc:
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Keyboard on TechARP.
Tt eSPORTS Nemesis Switch RGB Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Zowie EC-B Series mouse on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
OWC Mercury Helios 3 TB3 Expansion Chassis on TheSSDReview.
Crucial BX300 240GB SATA III SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial BX300 480GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Toshiba TransMemory U364 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.

Misc:
Ecolink Firefighter Z-Wave Plus Smoke and CO Audio Detector on BigBruin.



Retro Let's Play: Tomb Raider (1996) (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-February-2018  16:59:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU's "Retro Let's Play" for early February is the classic "Tomb Raider". Developed by British development house Core Design, and published by Eidos Interactive (now Square Enix Europe) on October 25, 1996, simultaneously for the Sega Saturn, Sony Playstation and x86/PC/MS-DOS. "Tomb Raider" currently sits at number 9 in HG101's top 47,858 games of all time. You can play this one in your browser, too.


click for the thread!



Interesting Forum Threads (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-January-2018  17:51:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what people are discussing in the forums. You can keep on top of things via the recent activity feed or the new posts page. To see activity in threads you subscribe to, check out your latest alerts.

Your biggest potato moment building a PC? in Overclocking & Hardware.
Best retro on YouTube in Retro & Arcade.
RAM... 20 years gone and 20 years from now in Memory.
Linux admins, welcome to the future in Other Operating Systems.
m0n4g3's foray into LDAP/AD auth in linux and more in Other Operating Systems.
Any Real life Crypto Currency disaster stories? in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining.
Turning solar into coins in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining.
Nicehash in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining.
Bitcoin Robbery in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining.
Tabletop & Board games: any good ones? in Other Toys/Hobbies.
Ascent - Commemorating the STS missions - FREE ISO DOWNLOAD in Science.
2018 F1 Silly, Pre-season and Season Discussion in Motorsport.
How do you plan a flight? in Holidays & Travel.
Australia unveils plan to become one of world’s top 10 arms exporters in Current Events.
ABC Cabinet Files in Politics & Policies.
So... I have new eyes in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Netflix: ALTERED CARBON in Entertainment.
Moving a dirty great big rock in Lifestyle.
Technology 'will kill 40% of Aussie jobs by 2030' in Career, Education & Finance.
Teenage Job in IT in Career, Education & Finance.
Massive 'personal' drive in The Pub.
Sayings and words used incorrectly in The Pub.



Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-January-2018  15:56:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tonight there'll be a blue blood moon visible across Australia. What's that? A total lunar eclipse that occurs during the second full moon of the month. Should be pretty spectacular, weather permitting. Everyone across Australia will see the Earth's shadow glide across the Moon at exactly the same time over three hours starting from about 10:48pm (AEDT). Discussion here.

If you're a Ryzen user running Linux, you might want to know which distro is fastest, according to Phoronix. While we frequently do Linux OS/distribution performance comparisons on the latest Intel desktop and server hardware, some requests came in recently about looking closer at the fastest Linux distribution(s) when running on AMD's Ryzen desktop processors. Here are benchmarks of ten popular Linux distributions tested out-of-the-box on Ryzen 7 1800X and Threadripper 1950X systems.

If you're experiencing reboot issues since the Intel security patches came out, TechARP advise there is an emergency update from Microsoft to disable them. The patches, that is. Colloquially known as Spectre 2, it is more accurately known as Spectre Variant 2, Google Project Zero Variant 2 (GPZ Variant 2), or officially as CVE-2017-5715. After deploying the Spectre 2 patches in their new microcode updates, Intel started receiving reports of “higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behaviour“. Microsoft confirmed this, stating further that their “own experience is that system instability can in some circumstances cause data loss or corruption“. GamersNexus have an article to get you up to speed on the latest, a month after Meltdown & Spectre were announced.

There are some proposed changes to the .au domain name space. The independent self-regulatory body that oversees the operation and management framework of the .au domain issued a discussion paper on 25 January outlining the proposed reforms. The paper comes several months after auDA first issued a call to stakeholders for their views over the proposal to open up direct registration, which will allow .au domain holders an option to jettison ‘.com’ or equivalents if they choose. Along with direct registration, other proposals outlined in the paper include allowing internationalised domain by permitting the use of non-ASCII characters, such as Arabic, Cyrillic, or Chinese language characters – in .au domains.

Eurosport will be broadcasting the Winter Olympics in VR. Depending on your region, you will have various options to access VR content for the Olympics. For the most immersive content, you will need a VR Headset. But don’t worry, if you don’t have one, you can still enjoy content on your mobile phone. I'm not sure if there's a subscription fee or not but still, it's a cool use for the technology.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-January-2018  14:49:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
XSPC Neo Memory Water Block on TechPowerUp.
Raijintek Orcus 240 CPU liquid-cooler on TechPowerUp.
Be Quiet Shadow Rock TF2 Air Cooler on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ monitor on TechSpot.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac on OCAholic.
EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Z370 Motherboard Charts: 5 Models tested - ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac on OCAholic.

Storage:
Samsung 860 Pro SSD on Vortez.
Team Group Cardea Zero 240 GB on TechPowerUp.
Tekq Rapide TB3 Portable SSD Review (512GB) on TheSSDReview.

Misc:
Patriot Viper LED 16GB DDR4-3200 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
The 50-game GTX 1070 Ti SLI Review video card on BabelTechReviews.
Origin PC Millennium Gaming Desktop: Custom Chassis, Blinding Speed on HotHardware.
Corsair K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming keyboard on Guru3D.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-January-2018  17:14:20 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Keyboard:
Cooler Master MK750 on Vortez
AZIO MK MAC BT Keyboard on TechPowerUp
Corsair PBT Double-Shot Keycaps on Guru3D

Cooling:
CORSAIR ML PRO Series RGB Case Fans on Madshrimps
Arctic Freezer 33 eSports One on OCInside

Audio:
ADATA XPG EMIX I30 in-ear gaming headset on Vortez
EKWB EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink on Legit Reviews
Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Speakers on ThinkComputers.org

Videocard:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW ULTRA SILENT GAMING Video Card on Madshrimps
Gigabyte GTX 1070 Ti Gaming OC 8G on BabelTechReviews

Gaming:
Monster Hunter: World - PS4 on Gaming Nexus
Sennheiser Game One on TechPowerUp

Motherboard:
Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming K3 on Guru3D
Z370 Motherboard Charts: 5 Models tested on Ocaholic

Storage:
Seagate IronWolf ST12000VN0007 12TB Hard Drive on APH Networks
Seagate Skyhawk 10TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech

Misc:
Samsung UBD-M9500 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player on Benchmark Reviews
Lenovo Yoga 920 Ultrabook on Hot Hardware
Patriot Viper LED Series DDR4 3000 MHz Memory on Modders Inc



Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-January-2018  13:43:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Happy Australia Day! :)








Thursday Night (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-January-2018  22:25:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It turns out that New Zealand has a space programme and recently launched a shiny thing into orbit. On Wednesday, the New Zealand rocket company Rocket Lab announced that it launched a secret satellite to space aboard the test flight of its Electron rocket over the weekend. That satellite, known as the Humanity Star, "is expected to become the brightest thing in the night sky," Rocket Lab said in a statement.

Chip maker Qualcomm have been fined a billion Euro for abusing their market dominance. This meant that no rival could effectively challenge Qualcomm in this market, no matter how good their products were. Qualcomm's behaviour denied consumers and other companies more choice and innovation – and this in a sector with a huge demand and potential for innovative technologies. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules and why we have taken today's decision.

Telstra is killing off its old T-Box video recorders by reducing their functionality. Telstra is finally ending support for the T-Box at the end of March, planning to disable all of its streaming video apps with a firmware update and cancel any remaining Foxtel on T-Box subscriptions. Crippled apps and services will include Foxtel on T-Box, BigPond Movies on T-Box, SBS On Demand, Plus7, YouTube, AFL, NRL and Tune-In. The My Media app for playing files from USB storage or across a home network will also be removed, plus the T-Box Remote Application will be pulled from the Google Play and iTunes app stores.

A few people pointed out this clever hamburger-based explanation of net neutrality. The repeal of Net Neutrality is a hot topic in America, but it can be very difficult to understand. That’s why the BURGER KING® brand created WHOPPER® Neutrality, a social experiment that explains the effects of the repeal of Net Neutrality by putting it in terms anyone can understand: A WHOPPER® sandwich.



Thursday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-January-2018  12:03:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Building Our Kick-Ass Plex Server With AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X on PC Perspective.
Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3 on OCAholic.
MSI X370 Krait Gaming on OCInside.

Storage:
ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 Card – 4 x M.2 SSD RAID on TheSSDReview.
ADATA XPG SX8000 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
Samsung 860 EVO and PRO SATA SSD - 512GB, 1TB, and 4TB on PC Perspective.
Intel SSD 760P M.2 NVMe SSD (512GB) on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 860 Pro SSD 4TB on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD and PRO 2TB SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung Portable SSD T5 1TB on BenchmarkReviews.
Samsung 860 PRO SSD 2TB on LegitReviews.
Intel 760P 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Intel's SSD 760p Series 512 GB on TechReport.
Intel SSD 760P Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
Samsung SSD 860 Pro on HotHardware.
Samsung's 860 Pro 1 TB SSD on TechReport.
Samsung 860 Pro 1TB SATA III SSD on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Mobile C50 Triple-Interface USB 3.1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
OWC ThunderBlade V4 Review (4TB) – Worlds Fastest External Storage on TheSSDReview.

Cooling:
Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120 Direct CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Deepcool GAMMAXX GT CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master ML120L RGB All-In-One CPU Cooler on HardOCP.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ECS LIVA Q mini-PC on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG G20CI prebuilt gaming PC on Vortez.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) Laptop on TechARP.
Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1 Laptop on TechSpot.
Dell Inspiron 13 7373 2-in-1 on PCPerspective.

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper V570 and V570 Blackout Edition Gaming Mice on ThinkComputers.
Genius Pen GP-B200 Touch Pen on FunkyKit.

Software:
Synology Surveillance Station: Home Security At Its Best on Modders-Inc.
Network Prioritisation Software on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Fractal Design Define R6 Tempered Glass Case on PCPerspective.
GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Edition video card on HardOCP.
Corsair HX1000 1000W Power Supply on HardOCP.



Tuesday Evening (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-January-2018  18:27:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Forums member MutantDOA is very kindly giving away a Phanteks Eclipse case in the forums. To be in the running to win this case simply post a photo of the case you currently use. Photo must show your case and monitor and be turned on and you holding a piece of paper with your username on it.

Intel are officially asking people not to install patches for the recent security issues, as they can cause spontaneous rebooting. We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior. For the full list of platforms, see the Intel.com Security Center site.

It turns out that drones are not just bent on enslaving humanity, but can actually rescue people as well. Lifeguards testing out new drone technology in Australia have saved two people stranded off the coast of New South Wales state, as spotted by Quartz. The drone footage shows a birds-eye view of the ocean before the drone ejects the yellow floatation device, which inflates when it hits the water. The two teenage boys were caught about 700 meters (0.4 miles) offshore at Lennox Head in a swell of around three meters (9.8 feet). They were able to grab onto the floatation device and swim to shore.

NVIDIA are reportedly encouraging retailers to sell to gamers, not crypto-miners. You'll have to excuse our weak German translation skills. Regardless, if information recently published from tech site ComputerBase is correct, it seems at least in Europe, NVIDIA is directly asking etailers to limit the number of cards that can wind up in any one customer's hands. The suggested limit is two, which given the current situation seems fair. That limit is in place in many retailers in Australia too, but I'm not sure if it's due to some directive from NVIDIA HQ, or just a general response to the shortage of supply.

The University of York have performed a study into the effect of violence in video games - and found no link to violent behaviour in real life. In a series of experiments, with more than 3,000 participants, the team demonstrated that video game concepts do not ‘prime’ players to behave in certain ways and that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily increase aggression in game players.

Intel meanwhile have announced the finalists for their Intel Extreme Masters tournament - and there's one Australian finalist! The world will be watching as the top “StarCraft* II” players descend on PyeongChang, South Korea, for the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) PyeongChang tournament, hosted by Intel in the lead-in to the Winter Olympic Games 2018. Players representing regions from around the world will compete in Blizzard Entertainment’s iconic real-time strategy game for a $150,000 prize pool from Feb. 5-7 in a first-of-its-kind tournament ahead of PyeongChang 2018.

Mozz pointed out that the Australian "Office of the eSafety Commissioner" has a lot of info about safety online. The what it is, how to deal with it and where to go for help for all online issues facing youth today.

A timewaster of sorts from IntelInside: Google will find your portrait among the world's art galleries. The app allows users to submit a selfie photo, and uses facial recognition technology to find a match among its international database of artworks. The database includes more than 1,500 museums from 70 countries, including Australia. Is Google harvesting facial info from its userbase? But a spokesperson for Google said the feature never identifies the user in a selfie, and is only used to search the Arts & Culture database to find images with similarities. Google is not training any artificial intelligence on the selfies, nor retaining them in a database, he added. It's just about finding "new ways to get people excited about art and culture".



Australia Wins HWBOT Country Cup 2017 (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-January-2018  15:42:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congratulations to Team Australia for winning the recent HWBot Country Cup 2017, a world-wide overclocking contest. Today we are very happy to officially (and finally) confirm Australia as the winning country in the HWBOT Country Cup 2017 contest. After keeping quietly off the radar in the last few weeks of the contest we find the Aussies in complete control of things, following up on their wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to take a record fourth HWBOT Country Cup title.


click for the announcement!


Taking a look at the final standings at the end of the contest, there’s no doubt regarding the utterly dominant performance from Australia. With wins in five out six stages, they really did jump out from behind their sandbags to take the contest by storm. When we last checked in on the contest two weeks prior to its climax, the Australians had yet to really show their hand, loitering around in 5th place. By the end of the contest, they have won the contest by a country mile, toting up a score of 225 points, just 5 points away from a maximum haul. In terms of prize places, the US and make second place with 180 points while France make third with 159 points.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-January-2018  00:40:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac Gaming (AMD X370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z370XP SLI (Intel Z370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z370N WIFI (Intel Z370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock X299-ITX/ac Motherboard on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE X299 Designare EX (Intel X299) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Corsair H115i PRO LCS cooler on Guru3D.
Corsair Hydro H150i PRO RGB on OCAholic.
AeroCool Project 7 P7-L240 RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Audio Visual:
Genius Mobile Theater MT-20 Bluetooth Speaker on FunkyKit.
Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset on NeoSeeker.

Misc:
noblechairs ICON Series Real Leather Gaming Chair on Tweaktown.
GALAX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Hall of Fame Edition video card on Guru3D.
AZZA Titan 240 case on OCClub.
Cougar Minos X5 Optical Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7570) Laptop on TechARP.
Toshiba TransMemory U363 & U364 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Comparison on NikKTech.



Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-January-2018  14:30:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to BFM and HyRax1 this week! Here's a timewaster: make yourself in Family Guy style. Here's mine. :)








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