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Wednesday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-September-2021  00:48:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

British computing pioneer Clive Sinclair passed away recently, aged 81. I'm pretty sure the Sinclair Spectrum was the first computer I ever used, at a cousin's place when we went back to the UK for a funeral. This was before I was typing BASIC programs into a friend's VIC-20 and before we had an Amiga 1000 at home. Sinclair was a true pioneer - even if not all of his ideas worked out. Discussion here.

Not sure if this is news, but Google Lens has appeared on the search bar on my phone. It's kind've insane, searching for things with your camera or even looking back through your old photos. For example, I now know the cactus I've had for about 20 years is in fact from Argentina originally.

TechSpot have a guide to different display technologies. When choosing a new computer monitor, the type of panel used by the display is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform. By far the most common types of display panels are TN, IPS and VA.

Apple recently launched a pile of new toys. Apple introduced two new iPads, four new iPhones and an updated Apple Watch during its Sept. 14 product event, while also leaving a few rumored products waiting in the wings.

There's a new fastest supercomputer in town - in fact it's in Western Australia, and the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere. Stage 1 of Pawsey’s new $48 million HPE Cray EX supercomputer, known as Setonix – the scientific name for Western Australia’s cheerful marsupial, the quokka – now stands in the white space at the Pawsey Centre next to its supercomputer cousins, Magnus and Galaxy. When fully operational, Setonix will be 30 times more powerful than the existing two systems combined, packing the punch of about 150,000 laptops working in parallel.

If you're running an AMD machine, you should probably update it to avoid a password-stealing exploit. AMD's security advisory, however, notes this applies to a much wider range of systems, including all the way back to Ryzen 1000 series on up to the latest Ryzen 5000 series processors, as well as multiple families of APUs. Mobile chips and Threadripper platforms are all affected as well. Microsoft's latest Patch Tuesday update that went out earlier this week contains the updated PSP driver that mitigates this threat. Otherwise, you can visit AMD's support site to download the latest chipset driver for your platform.

Here's a cool 360 degree video of the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – this is the Node 2 module.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-September-2021  23:01:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fractal Lumen S36 RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Toughliquid Ultra 240 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Zalman CNPS10X Performa Black on TechPowerUp.
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Toughliquid 360 ARGB Sync on OCInside.

Audio Visual:
Razer Barracuda X and Immerse Hive headset and software on NeoSeeker.
HarmonicDyne P.D.1 In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Reolink Argus 3 Pro 4PM Wire-Free Security Camera on Tweaktown.
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless In-Ear Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Razer Raptor 27 Monitor Review: Do Not Buy This on TechSpot.
AOC GH200 Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.

Kingston FURY Renegade RGB 32GB DDR4 3600 CL16 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Kingston FURY Renegade RGB 16GB DDR4-4600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Intel Optane SSD DC P5800X 800GB SSD on PCTestBench.
Silicon Power XPOWER XD80 PCIe Gen 3x4 1TB SSD on MadShrimps.
Corsair MP600 Pro XT PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe at 7200 MB/sec on Guru3D.
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Quick Look: ADATA EC700G RGB SATA/PCIe SSD Enclosure on TechPowerUp.
OWC Envoy Pro SX 480GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler Max 1TB USB-C Review - World's Fastest Pen Drive on Tweaktown.
Teamgroup MP34Q 2TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Hynix Gold P31 2 TB Review - Finally in 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
ASUSTOR Drivestor 4 (AS1104T) NAS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Drop ALT Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Orochi V2 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Shurikey Gear Hanzo Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Drop CTRL Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Deathloop Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Workstation GPU Viewport Performance: CATIA, SolidWorks, Siemens NX & More on TechGage.
The Medium: DLSS vs FSR Comparison Review on TechPowerUp.

Lian Li Q58 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P MAX on TechPowerUp.
Montech X3 Mesh on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2021) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 smartphone on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review: The Folding Flagship Refined on HotHardware.

Cooler Master ARGB GPU Support Bracket on FunkyKit.
FSP Dagger PRO 850W SFX Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
NZXT N7 Z590 Motherboard on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-September-2021  14:28:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe this week! Also, we're halfway through STEPtember, where I am walking 10,000 steps every day in support of people living with Cerebral Palsy. It's been quite a challenge, with lots of long evening walks to squeeze the steps in after work. But I'm getting it done, and if you'd like to support the charity, you can sponsor me here. Thanks!

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-September-2021  23:31:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Logitech Combo Touch Review: Making A Laptop Out Of An iPad? on HotHardware.
Epomaker NT68 Regular Profile Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Epomaker NT68 Low Profile Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Orochi V2 White Edition on Vortez.

Crucial Ballistix 32GB DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory Kit (Red) on FunkyKit.
Acer Predator Apollo RGB 32GB DDR4 4000MHz CL17 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 Review: Sleek, Premium, Great Battery Life on HotHardware.
Cyberpower PC Infinity X115 GT prebuilt PC on Vortez.
Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.

ASUS ROG RYUJIN II 360 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Riing Trio 12 RGB Fans on FunkyKit.

ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
WD Black D30 XBOX Edition 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ROCCAT Torch Computer Microphone on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS Premium Gaming Headset with Spatial Audio on MadShrimps.
EPOS B20 Streaming Microphone on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
ASRock Radeon RX 6600 XT Phantom Gaming D 8GB OC on ThinkComputers.
ASRock RX 6600 XT Phantom Gaming D 8GB OC on PCTestBench.
Gainward GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Phantom GS on TechPowerUp.

Lian Li O11 AIR MINI case on TechPowerUp.
Lian Li SP750 (750W PSU) on Guru3D.
The OS That Goes To 11: Taking A Visual Tour Of Windows 11 on TechGage.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-September-2021  15:16:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-September-2021  00:32:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair MP600 Pro XT 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Teamgroup Cardea Z44Q 4TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Patriot EP V30 A1 512GB microSD Flash Memory Card on MadShrimps.
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 2 TB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Lexar NQ100 960GB SSD on NikKTech.

Acer Predator Talos 32GB DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Lexar Hades RGB DDR4-3600 2x16GB DDR4 RAM on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BSRE-1605 Mini-PC on FunkyKit.
ECS LIVA Q3 Plus mini-PC on TechPowerUp.
Asus TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.

Video Cards:
ASRock Radeon RX 6600 XT Phantom Gaming D on Tweaktown.
GAINWARD GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Phoenix on Tweaktown.
SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX 6600 XT GAMING OC on Tweaktown.
Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 AMP Extreme Holo on ThinkComputers.
Silicon Motion SM2320XT OEM 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

EVGA Z590 DARK Motherboard on NikKTech.
Cougar Screamer-X Studio Microphone on FunkyKit.
EVGA SuperNOVA G6 1000 W PSU on TechPowerUp.

Retro Let's Play and Retro Racing September 2021 (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-September-2021  18:17:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month's Retro Let's Play is Espgaluda from 2003. This genre can be very rough on the uninitiated. My first exposure to the genre was with Ikaruga and Progear and while these are great games, they aren't fun to start out with. Espgaluda is considered to be one of the easiest games released by the developer Cave who along with companies like Treasure, Raizing and Psikyo (to name a few) are the main pioneers of this genre. Espgaluda is a vertical shooter released in 2003 for Arcade and PS2 (It plays perfectly in MAME). It is technically a sequel to the 1988 ESP.Ra.De.

Click for the thread!

Or maybe racing is more your style - this month's Retro Racing game is Fatal Racing AKA Whiplash from 1995. In Fatal Racing the player picks among a broad selection of cars and drives through tracks with loops, corkscrews, and jumps while trying to smash into other cars to destroy them and at the same time cross the finish line first. There is a variety of different camera views available in the game, "in-car", chase-cam, etc. Multiplayer is supported by IPX/SPX network and modem, in addition, a split screen option is also available.

Click for the thread!

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-September-2021  17:49:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 Ti AMP Extreme Holo on TechPowerUp.
PowerColor Hellhound AMD Radeon RX 6600XT 8GB GDDR6 on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR K60 RGB PRO Keyboard + Arctic White PBT Keycaps on TechPowerUp.
Cougar AirBlader Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
SPC Gear GEM Plus mouse on TechPowerUp.
EVGA Z12 Gaming Keyboard, X20 And X15 Mice on HotHardware.
EVGA Z12 Gaming Keyboard on BabelTechReviews.
EVGA X15 MMO and EVGA X20 Wireless Mouse Two-in-One on BabelTechReviews.
EVGA Z12 RGB Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
JWK Lubed Linear Switch on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX monitor (mini LED with 1152 zones) on Guru3D.
Qudelix-5K Portable DAC/Amp + QX-Over Earphones on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GE76 Raider Laptop Review: Tiger Lake With RTX Gladiator on HotHardware.
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET laptop on Vortez.

Mushkin GAMMA 2TB M.2 SSD on OCClub.
XPG Gammix S70 Blade 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Silicon Motion SM2708 SD Express Controller Preview - 800MB/s+ on Tweaktown.

Ergotron HX Desk Monitor Arm Review: How Did I Live Without It?! on Tweaktown.
Patriot Viper Elite II DDR4-4000 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Arlo Pro 4 Home Security Kit on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Hydrogon D120 ARGB CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
ASRock B550 PG Riptide Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MWE Gold 850 V2 Full Modular Power Supply on FunkyKit.

Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-September-2021  14:42:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Axe this week!

Agg's doing STEPtember (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-September-2021  00:59:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month I am doing STEPtember, walking 10,000 steps every day to raise money for Cerebral Palsy support. If you'd like to support this charity, my fund raising page is here:

Click for more info!


Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-September-2021  00:53:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some random web wandering turned up this gentleman who I'm surprised I haven't heard of before. Federico Faggin is an Italian-American physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. He led the 4004 (MCS-4) project and the design group during the first five years of Intel's microprocessor effort. Faggin also created, while working at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1968, the self-aligned MOS (metal–oxide–semiconductor) silicon-gate technology (SGT), which made possible MOS semiconductor memory chips, CCD image sensors, and the microprocessor. After the 4004, he led development of the Intel 8008 and 8080, using his SGT methodology for random logic chip design, which was essential to the creation of early Intel microprocessors. He was co-founder (with Ralph Ungermann) and CEO of Zilog, the first company solely dedicated to microprocessors, and led the development of the Zilog Z80 and Z8 processors. Anyway, on with the reviews:

Audio Visual:
XGIMI Elfin 1080p Smart LED Projector on NeoSeeker.
EarMen Sparrow Portable DAC/Amp on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX Review: 32-inch 4K 144Hz + Mini LED monitor on Tweaktown.
FiiO BTR5 Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier on TechPowerUp.

Quick Look: TDBT SuperC Pro NVMe Enclosure on TechPowerUp.
Plextor M10P 2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD on Guru3D.
Plextor M10P 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Asustor Drivestor 4 Pro AS3304T 4-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Kioxia CM6-V 6.4TB Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
SK hynix P31 Gold 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Neo Forza eSports NFP075 M.2 2280 2TB PCIe SSD on MadShrimps.

Video Cards:
ASUS Radeon RX 6600 XT DUAL on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO 8G on Tweaktown.

HYTE Revolt 3 on LanOC.
HYTE Revolt 3 on TechPowerUp.

CoolWallet Pro - Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet on FunkyKit.
ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner on NikKTech.

Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 31-August-2021  00:19:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have an older iPhone, you can apparently overclock it by moving to France, or at least changing the location settings. According to a recent report out of China, as long as you change the location to France, the performance of its phones will become faster and smoother. The reason for the smoothness is that Apple has been fined by France for the frequency reduction incident. This means that the company can not temper the performance of old iPhones in the country. Worth a try, anyway.

HotHardware looked at how to upgrade your PS5 with an SSD. Sony's PlayStation 5 launched in November of 2020 somewhat incomplete. While the hardware had an M.2 slot to expand the internal storage needed by PS5 games, the software didn't know what to do with it out of the box. Earlier this year though, Sony opened up a beta program with early access to firmware that can use that slot, and we managed to get in.

TechSpot meanwhile listed their best CPU coolers for 2021. Another reason to use water cooling is if you have a slim case that doesn't have the space for a larger air cooler, or even for a fan near the CPU. On the other hand, a pump is much harder to replace than a fan if it breaks, and while rare, the possibility of leaks within an electronic device can be scary. Regardless of which type of cooler you need, this guide will cover many great options at every size and price point.

TechSpot also considered what L3 cache config makes for a fast quad-core gaming CPU. Coming away from that testing, many of you wanted to know how much difference the L3 cache capacity makes with just 4 cores active, wondering if the margins would be even greater. So we’ve gone back and retested a 4-core, 8-thread configuration while adding three more games to the list along with a fourth processor, the 4C/8T Core i3-10105F.

There's been quite a bit of chatter recently about manufacturers silently changing SSD specs, with WD notably saying they will change their behaviour in future. Drive makers have gotten into the unfortunate habit of swapping out key components that can potentially affect the performance of any particular solid state drive model, which introduces a sort of luck-of-the-draw factor for the buyer. Western Digital recently did this with its value-oriented Blue SN550 NVMe SSD. After catching some heat, WD has promised to update the drive model whenever it does something similar in the future. Samsung seem to have changed a controller under similar cirumstances. For more info, check out this thread with some other examples. ExtremeTech refer back to the IBM DeathStar HDDs as an example of how easy it is to lose consumer trust.

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-August-2021  20:56:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Tripowin TC-01 In-Ear Monitors headphones on TechPowerUp.
Movo VSM-7 Review - A Budget-Friendly Studio XLR Microphone on TechPowerUp.
Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Dell UltraSharp 4K Webcam on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Leopold FC660C Low Noise Electrostatic Capacitive Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Woojer Strap Edge Haptic Strap For Games & Music on NikKTech.
Cougar AirBlader mouse on NeoSeeker.
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Neo Forza NFP075 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Seagate FireCuda 530 4TB SSD on Tweaktown.
Quick Look: SilverStone MS12 NVMe Enclosure on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASRock RX 6600 XT Phantom Gaming D 8GB OC on Guru3D.
VR Wars: The Red Devil RX 6600 XT Showdown with the RTX 3060 on BabelTechReviews.

Corsair SP120 RGB Elite fans on NeoSeeker.
Fractal Design Lumen S36 RGB AIO watercooler on Modders-Inc.
Fractal Lumen S28 RGB AIO CPU cooler on Vortez.

Lexar Hades RGB DDR4-3600 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 1000W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Toughair 510 case on OCInside.
ASUS Z590 Wi-Fi Gundam Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-August-2021  13:43:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Getting my second jab at 3pm today - thanks to GillR and Simon this week!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-August-2021  23:23:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB AIO CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
ARCTIC BioniX P120 A-RGB and P12 PWM PST RGB 0dB Cooling Fans on APHNetworks.
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240 A-RGB on OCInside.

G.Skill TridentZ Royal Elite DDR4 3600 MHz CL14 (2x16 GB) on Guru3D.
Patriot Viper Elite II 32GB DDR4-4000 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Crucial P5 Plus 1TB SSD Review - the 176 Layer Flash Powerhouse on Tweaktown.
Laptop Gen4 Performance Upgrade - Phison's 2TB E18 B47R OEM SSD on Tweaktown.
Team Group MP34Q 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Supersonic Rage Prime USB 3.2 Gen2 1TB Flash Drive on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Shanling MTW300 True Wireless Earphones on TechPowerUp.
ThieAudio Legacy 2 In-Ear Monitors Review - Beryllium Bang for Buck! on TechPowerUp.
OnePlus Buds Pro Review: Terrific Features, Tunable Sound on HotHardware.
Razer Barracuda X Multi-Platform Wireless Headset on MadShrimps.
XGIMI Elfin projector on TechPowerUp.
EPOS B20 USB Condenser Streaming Microphone on Tweaktown.
Monoprice Monolith M-TWE Wireless Earphones + SoundID on TechPowerUp.
Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless Headset on Guru3D.
CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS headset on Vortez.
Corsair HS80 headset on NeoSeeker.
Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless headset on TechPowerUp.
Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
Eaton Ellipse PRO 1600 Line Interactive UPS on NikKTech.
SilverStone Nightjar NJ700 700W on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
ZSA Moonlander Ergonomic Split Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Akko World Tour-Shanghai Keycap Set on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT PCI-Express Scaling on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Radeon RX 6600 XT Phantom Gaming D on TechPowerUp.
VR Wars: The Red Devil RX 6600 XT Showdown with the RTX 3060 on BabelTechReviews.

Death's Door game on OCClub.
Adrenalin 21.8.1 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.

SilverStone ECU06 & ECU07 USB-C Expansion Cards on TechPowerUp.
ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB4 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Amplifi Alien Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.


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