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|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 22-September-2017 11:50:08 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
EVGA X299 Micro on Hardware Asylum.
Supermicro Z270 C7Z270-CG on Funky Kit.
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC on Anandtech.
Plextor M8Se 256GB & 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.
TerraMaster F2-420 2-Bay Quad-Core NAS on Legit Reviews.
CHERRY B.UNLIMITED 3.0 Keyboard & Mouse Kit on Madshrimps.
iKBC F108 RGB Keyboard on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte Aorus K7 keyboard and Aorus M3 mouse on Guru3D.
Corsair K70 LUX RGB on Vortez.
Thermaltake View 31 Tempered Glass RGB Edition on Hexus.
RAIJINTEK Asterion Classic Aluminum Chassis on Modders-Inc.
Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 on Phoronix.
Cooler Master MasterFan Pro RGB Fan and RGB Controller on OC Inside.
Reeven Kiran RGB 120mm Fan on Modders-Inc.
AVADirect BattleBox Ultimate X370 Gaming System on ThinkComputers.
HP Omen Desktop PC on Techspot.
TP-Link Archer C3150 Dual-Band Wireless Router on TweakTown.
Philips BDM4037UW 40-Inch Curved 4K UHD LCD Display on NikKTech.
Moto Z2 Play on Hot Hardware.
Thursday, 21-September-2017 14:25:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I wasn't aware of this lawsuit between Asetek and Cooler Master, but it seems a court has sided with CM for now. Back in April 2017, Cooler Master lost a dispute in the court against Asetek, a company that specializes in CPU and GPU liquid solutions over patent infringement. As result, Cooler Master is required to compensate a huge sum of $600,000 for violating U.S. patents 8240362 and 8245764 which belonged to Asetek. However, the table has turned in the favor of Cooler Master, as the court in the Hague has annulled a European patent of Asetek for water cooling in the Netherlands because of lack of inventiveness.
Tech Report have a system guide posted. Ryzen 3, Ryzen Threadripper, new Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, and a tectonic shift in graphics card pricing have made for a tumultuous couple of months in the world of DIY PCs. We're here to help navigate these turbulent waters with a new System Guide.
Tweaktown looked into Threadripper's hardware modes. We spend time investigating and testing AMD's various hardware modes for its Threadripper CPU to see what difference they make it performance.
If you like large scale free-battle games, you'll be happy to know that Battle Royale will be free from the 26th of September. The team at Epic is excited to announce that Fortnite Battle Royale will be available for FREE beginning September 26! The Fortnite Battle Royale mode takes the gameplay of battle royale games and adds all of the action-building pieces unique to Fortnite. This 100-player PvP world will allow you to locate weapons and supplies, destroy enemy cover, drop traps, and build your way to victory.
While I'm here, it seems that Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is free on Humble Bundle at the moment, too. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee® is provided via Steam key for Windows. For key redemption, a free Steam account is required. Discussion in this thread.
Finally, a few people pointed out that eBay Australia are celebrating their 18th Birthday by offering 18% off site-wide tonight only. Conditions apply, obviously.
|Wednesday Afternoon Reviews
Wednesday, 20-September-2017 14:27:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
AMD X399 TR4 Threadripper Motherboard Buyer's Guide on Tweaktown.
AMD A12-9800 Review: Infecting The AM4 Platform on TechSpot.
GIGABYTE AX370 Gaming K7 AM4 Motherboard on HardOCP.
Seasonic PRIME 650 Platinum on HardOCP.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W on HardOCP.
HyperX Cloud Revolver S on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Ensemble EBA02 Headphone Holder on APHNetworks.
Riotoro Prism CR1280 Full Tower RGB on Guru3D.
Thermaltake View 28 RGB Riing Edition on Vortez.
The $12 RGB Strip For Your Monitor on ThinkComputers.
PUBG CPU Core Benchmarks – How Many Cores Do You Need on LegitReviews.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on HotHardware.
8K benched: RX Vega 64 vs. GTX 1080 Ti vs. TITAN Xp SLI on Tweaktown.
ROCCAT Isku+ Force FX Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
|Tuesday Aaaarrrrrvo News
Tuesday, 19-September-2017 15:12:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Avast, mateys! I've not done a piratey news post since 2013, but those mangy curs Straylight and vellanet reminded me that today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and now there even seems to be an Australian version, so open up your buccaneers and listen..
If you've downloaded CCleaner in the last month, beware the malware it was spreadin', lest it scuttle your PC: Now this is an ironic flub-up. Popular utility tool CCleaner (short for ‘Crap Cleaner’), which promises to clean up your system for enhanced performance, was hacked to distribute malware directly to its users, Cisco Talos reports.
The Dread Pirate Banshee sent word that it's not all been plain sailing for SpaceX, with a blooper reel showin' their various mishaps. Thar she blows!
If the booty you're chasing is a Ryzen CPU in an ITX case, LanOC have a roundup for ye: Well even months after the Ryzen launch ITX boards were basically not available, but that is all starting to change with boards getting in stock from Gigabyte, Asrock, and Biostar. Well to celebrate that I decided to bring together a collection of at least most (I’m sure someone will contact me asking for X brand) of the ITX sized coolers that currently have AM4 support. A few of the coolers I got in are pushing the limits of ITX. But today I’m going to check each of them out, make sure they fit an AM4 ITX board (and ram), and test each cooler for noise and temperatures using Ryzen CPUs from the R7, R5, and R3 platforms. Hopefully, we will get a better idea of what fits, what doesn’t, what looks amazing, what is quiet, and what will work with each level of performance.
Phoronix cast a beady eye over how EPYC compares with its Opteron ancestors. By now you have likely seen our initial AMD EPYC 7601 Linux benchmarks. If you haven't, check them out, EPYC does really deliver on being competitive with current Intel hardware in the highly threaded space. If you have been curious to see some power numbers on EPYC, here they are from the Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 2U server. Making things more interesting are some comparison benchmarks showing how the AMD EPYC performance compares to AMD Opteron processors from about ten years ago.
Meanwhile, those land-lubbers at Techspot have compared Core i7 vs. Ryzen 5 with Vega 64 & GTX 1080, yarrr. By using the Core i7-7700K and Ryzen 5 1600, each with the Vega 64 and GTX 1080 at 1080p and 1440p we have some very interesting results to go over. Further, we suspect these are typical hardware combinations many are considering for building a new high-end rig when gaming is a big factor.
Man the poop deck! Another sea battle is underway at BabelTech, with the RX Vega 56 vs. GTX 1070 FE facing off in an overclocking showdown. Previously, we found that the stock-clocked $399 reference version of the RX Vega 56 is about 8-9% faster than the $399 stock-clocked reference GTX 1070 FE using 28 PC games. This time, we will test 20 PC games, and overclock the GTX 1070 FE and the RX Vega 56 each as far as they will go to see where they stand in relation to each other fully overclocked.
It be quite a day for duellin', with the ROG Zenith Extreme vs ASRock X399 Taichi on FunkyKit. It’s an epic battle between two of the most awesome X399 motherboards on the market. the Asus ROG Zenith Extreme and the ASRock X399 Taichi. We put these two motherboards to the test to find out which one is the real winner.
The Verge make the interesting point that we expect a PC to last for years, but accept a phone costing the same amount to last much less long. I usually spend about $1,300 on a new computer, and I usually expect it to stay in good shape for about four years — if not more. So if I’m spending over $1,000 on an iPhone, how long should I expect to use it for? Err, yarr?
That wily old sea-dog elvis has announced that the latest "Retro Let's Play" is Super Mario 64, from way back in 1996. Currently ranked #1 in HG101's Top 47,858 Games of All Time (scroll down to their Episode 15 podcast if you want to hear their detailed discussion), it's hard to find a gamer (or even non-gamer) who hasn't heard of Mario. First appearing as "Jumpman" in the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong", Mario has served as Nintendo's major mascot for almost their entire console gaming history. Super Mario Brothers, which first appeared on the NES in 1985, is often credited as a final nail in the coffin for the video game crash that started in 1983, and resulted in the rise of home video game systems booming in popularity.
Time for me to return to the briny depths, but first, here's our ever-popular TLAPD mascot:
|Tuesday Morning Reviews
Tuesday, 19-September-2017 09:34:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ECS Z270H4-I LGA1151 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
Asus' ROG Strix Z270E Gaming motherboard on TechReport.
GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming 8 Motherboard on PCPerspective.
ASRock X399 Professional Gaming Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Initial Benchmarks Of The AMD EPYC 7601 On Ubuntu Linux on Phoronix.
Reolink Argus Wireless Battery-Powered Security Camera on OCClub.
Kanto YU4 Desktop Computer Speakers on APHNetworks.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 on TechARP.
ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 1080 Ti 11G on Modders-Inc.
SteelSeries Apex M750 keyboard on Vortez.
Kingston KC1000 960GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Keeping Intel Core X-Series CPUs Cool With Noctua Air Cooling on Phoronix.
|Sunday Morning Reviews
Sunday, 17-September-2017 09:57:38 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
ASUS TUF X299 Mark I on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 on The Tech Report.
ASRock X399 Taichi on Funky Kit.
MSI X399 Gaming Carbon Pro AC on Hexus.
Crucial BX300 480 GB on techPowerUp.
Buffalo TeraStation TS5410 8TB 10Gbe NAS on TweakTown.
Transcend StoreJet 25C3N 1TB Portable HDD on TweakTown.
Corsair Neutron NX500 NVMe PCIe Gen.3 x4 Add-In Card SSD on NikKTech.
Silicon Power Armor A85 1TB External Hard Drive on Hexus.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) on TechARP.
MSI GS63VR Gaming Notebook on PC Perspective.
Reeven Naia 240 AIO Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Corsair HX1000 Platinum 2017 on ocaholic.
CHERRY B.UNLIMITED 3.0 Keyboard on Vortez.
GeIL EVO X AMD Edition DDR4 on Vortez.
AOC AGON AG271QG 144-165 Hz on techPowerUp.
AVA Direct Avant Mid-Size on LanOC Reviews,
Linksys Velop Mesh Wireless Router on APH Networks.
Thanks to Rezin and Simon this week!
Friday, 15-September-2017 14:12:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg
NASA's Cassini Mission comes to an end in a few hours, crashing into Saturn after successfully orbiting it for 13 years. On its final orbit, Cassini will plunge into Saturn's atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles per hour, sending back new and unique science to the very end. After losing contact with Earth, the spacecraft burns up like a meteor, becoming part of the planet itself. Here's a look back at some of its discoveries and images. Discussion in this thread.
HWInfo rounded up 17 PCI-Express SSDs for a shootout. There is a lot of renewal and progress in the area of fast storage. Time to cover all the recent developments, including a test of 17 PCI-Express SSDs. This way you have an overview of the state of affairs in this market. The last time we created an overview of the market for PCI-Express SSDs was early 2016. Right now, the situation is a lot different in comparison. This is not shocking, considering the pace at which developments are implemented in this segment. This pace will probably stay the same or even increase, as more and more manufacturers succeed in introducing competitive PCI-Express SSDs.
Bitcoin pricing is on a wild ride, thanks to concerns about Chinese Government regulation. The Wall Street Journal reports that China's central bank has put together a draft of the ban on exchanges after a months-long investigation the cryptocurrency. At the moment, details are thin and reports are only indicating that exchanges based in China, such as OKCoin and Huobi, would have to cease their operations. It remains to be seen if exchanges outside the country will be blocked by government's central firewall.
Tweaktown on the other hand are looking into ETH mining performance. Ethereum cryptocurrency mining benchmarks... a fight to the mining death between AMD and NVIDIA's best GPUs!
Meanwhile the "Colorful" brand have introduced a crypto-targeted motheroard, with eight PCIe x16 slots. This board is 485 mm in length, and 195 mm in width, and probably won't fit in even HPTX cases for its intended use, but is suited for custom rack-type setups. It only includes the most bare-essential features to set up a mining rig with up to eight graphics cards, with 2-slot spacing between each card.
Remember when graphics cards were used for games? ;) Techspot do, and have a budget eSports shootout. It's time for another GPU battle, though this one is a bit different with GPUs under $100: from AMD we have the Radeon RX 550 and on Nvidia's side is the GeForce GT 1030. Our focus will be primarily on eSports titles including CS:GO, Overwatch and Dota 2 running on a Ryzen 3 test bench.
HotHardware compared some Intel Z270 motherboards. Today we are going to take a look at three popular Intel Z270-based motherboards targeted at power users and gamers, produced by enthusiast favorites Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI. The three boards we've rounded-up here cover a wide range of price points. The Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 and ASUS ROG STRIX Z270F Gaming boards represent more mainstream segments, while the MSI Z270 XPOWER Gaming Titanium targets the ultra high-end.
|Thursday Night Reviews
Thursday, 14-September-2017 23:28:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Raijintek Thetis Window Chassis on ThinkComputers.
Raijintek PAEAN on Modders-Inc.
BitFenix Nova TG on Guru3D.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Tempered Glass on OCAholic.
Silverstone Kublai KL07 on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Case Storage Series CS350 on Phoronix.
Antec H2O H1200 Pro AIO CPU cooler on OCInside.
Game Max Iceberg 240mm Liquid Cooler on KitGuru.
Seasonic FOCUS Plus Platinum 550W PSU on PCPerspective.
Unitek 10-Port USB Charging Station on ThinkComputers.
Aerocool Project 7 P7 650W Platinum on KitGuru.
Corsair TX-850M 850W on Hexus.
ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q 24” Gaming Monitor on FunkyKit.
DockCase Connectivity Dock for MacBook 15" on Tweaktown.
Wednesday, 13-September-2017 13:36:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Science Fiction author and long-time tech writer Jerry Pournelle has passed away. Science fiction author Jerry Pournelle passed away earlier this week after a sudden illness at the age of 84. He helped popularize the military science fiction genre with novels such as Janissaries and The Mercenary, but is also credited with a major milestone: the first author to write a novel entirely on a computer.
Apple have unveiled the iPhone X, named for the 10-year anniversary of the original iPhone. The Home button is removed, and Tap to Wake is now a feature. You can also use Raise to Wake, then swipe up from the bottom of the display to unlock the iPhone or return to the Home screen. Swipe up and pause to enter multitasking. It's also nearly two freaking grand in Australia. There's more about the X and iPhone 8 models which were also launched recently in this article, and discussion in this thread.
Meanwhile, with the news that phones only last a year, some are wondering if we really need a new model so often. Apple and other tech firms have been criticized for "planned obsolescence": Deliberately making products with short life spans so consumers quickly find them obsolete and resort to buying the latest model. More than 337,000 people have signed a petition created by consumer group SumOfUs last summer urging Apple against this practice. Just how bad is it? How impractical would an old phone be today? The only way to find out would be to try to use one. Actually that article doesn't really go into the issue as much as I'd hoped. Oh well, I'll be over here with my Galaxy S 5, yelling at a cloud.
If you've been experiencing game stuttering since the Windows 10 Creator's Update, you're not alone - but Microsoft are working on a fix. Since April, a certain set of gamers have been complaining about frame rate stuttering and slow system performance after installing the Windows 10 Creators Update to their gaming PCs. Despite following the usual steps of reinstalling drivers, and disabling Xbox Game DVR, the issues still persisted over the past five or so months. Well, months later, a post in the Microsoft Answers forum about this very issue has gathered up tons of comments, and the company has finally come out and acknowledged the problems, saying a fix will be coming soon.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 13-September-2017 11:26:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Zenith Extreme X399 (Ryzen Threadripper) Motherboard on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR A320MH Pro Gaming Motherboard on Tweaktown.
FSP Windale 4 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NF-A20 and NF-A12x15 fans on Vortez.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Classic Lite speakers on Vortez.
Edifier R1010BT Desktop Computer Speakers on APHNetworks.
QNAP TS-453Bmini-8G NAS Server on NikKTech.
ADATA SX8000 M.2 512 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ZenFone AR Review: Google Tango And Daydream VR Take Center Stage on HotHardware.
Gigabyte's Aero 15 gaming laptop on TechReport.
Drevo Calibur 71-Key Mechanical Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
HyperX Alloy FPS and FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on PCPerspective.
Corsair K70 LUX RGB keyboard on OCAholic.
Cougar Armor Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
Mean:IT 5PM LUM RED Case on Modders-Inc.
RX Vega 56 vs. GTX 1070 FE – 28 Game Showdown on BabelTechReviews.
P-Link Archer C5400v2 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
Monday, 11-September-2017 18:53:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Catching up on a few reviews and projects from the forums:
Monday, 11-September-2017 13:14:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Australian researchers are working on a new type of quantum computer. This might just be the final piece of puzzle in the realm of silicon-based quantum computers. “Although we only have its blueprint, the development of this device is as crucial as the 1998 seminal paper by Bruce Kane on silicon quantum computing ” stated Andrea Morello, the research team leader. “Similar to Kane’s paper, our project is a proposal and the qubit is yet to be built.” Morello explains. “Our experimental data suggests that the project is possible and hopefully we shall demonstrate this later. But I think this research is as visionary as Kane’s original paper.” Their paper is here on Nature.
On the other hand, one academic has labelled Australia's NBN a national tragedy. Professor Tucker concludes: “This situation is nothing short of a national tragedy and a classic example of failed infrastructure policy that will have long-term ramifications for Australia’s digital economy.” The news comes after reports that Australia has slower internet speeds than Kenya or Latvia – and is continuing to sink dramatically down the world rankings. The academic paper can be read here, thanks Tony_L.
HardOCP compared Threadripper waterblocks. We have reached out to every company that has sent us a press release on its new Threadripper waterblock, and asked for a sample. Some have never responded back, some have refused samples for not giving them free advertising, and others have stepped right up to have their products reviewed. And lastly we have simply purchased some Threadripper waterblocks as well.
Google upset a lot of people by announcing that Google Drive is going away, but apparently that's not quite the case. First and foremost, the Google cloud service known as Drive is going to be just fine, for now. If you log in to your Google account and utilise Drive's storage through a web browser, you probably won't notice any changes. But the Google Drive app for PC and Mac is officially being deprecated and the company's developers announced in a blog post that it will no longer be supported starting December 11. Instead, you'll need to choose from one of two new apps.
PC Perspective checked out NVIDIA WhisperMode. Attempting to address the problem of loud gaming notebooks, NVIDIA released a technology called WhisperMode. WhisperMode launched alongside NVIDIA's Max-Q design notebooks earlier this year, but it will work with any notebook enabled with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or higher. This software solution aims to limit noise and power consumption of notebooks by restricting the frame rate of your game to a reasonable compromise of performance, noise, and power levels.
Concerns about Kaspersky continue, with Best Buy removing their products from shelves. Kaspersky Lab, which boasts it has more than 400 million users, has strongly denied any links to the Russian government. But some federal lawmakers are pressing for legislation that would ban the U.S. government from using Kaspersky's software. They are on heightened alert about Russian hackers, some suspected of being backed by its government, in the wake of their interference in the U.S. presidential election. I generally advise people just to use the in-built Microsoft antivirus nowadays, seems to do the job.
Wikimedia have a competition involving taking photos of Australian Monuments. Australia is participating in Wiki Loves Monuments for the first time in 2017. Photographs of any registered heritage places are eligible for consideration in the judging. The competition will be open for entries from 00:00(AEST) 1 September 2017 until 23:59(AWST) 30 September 2017.
LegitReviews played around with ETH mining on Radeon RX Vega 64. Over the weekend we started seeing stories that AMD Radeon Vega 64 air cooled models could get 43.5 MH/s at just 130 Watts of power when mining Ethereum using Claymore’s miner. His numbers got us interested in seeing what was going on though, so we grabbed our well known Kill A Watt P3 P4400 series power meters that we've used for over 15 years and our Vega graphics cards to see what all the hubbub is about. We'll also be trying out the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled edition for the very first time for this article.
Meanwhile, in response to my earlier question about Bitcoin ATMs in Australia, a few people sent in this link which shows where 16 of them are. Thanks!
|Monday Morning Reviews
Monday, 11-September-2017 06:50:32 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
Intel Core i7-7820X 8-Core Processor on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Z270 Taichi on TweakTown.
MSI X399 GAMING PRO CARBON AC on TweakTown.
GAMDIAS HERMES P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Madshrimps.
HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
Bloody B820R Light Strike Keyboard on techPowerUp.
HyperX Alloy Elite on Vortez.
Lioncast LX50 Headset on OC Inside.
Sound BlasterX AE-5 Pro Gaming Sound Card on Hardware Asylum.
Creative MUVO 2C on Vortez.
Huawei Mate 9 on Hot Hardware.
Motorola Moto Z2 Play on Techspot.
ASUS VivoBook S15 (S510U) Laptop on TechARP.
G.SKILL Trident Z RGB on Vortez.
Enermax Revolution SFX 650W PSU on Funky Kit.
MIFCOM Savage 1080 Ti system on ocaholic.
Fractal Design Meshify C Case on Guru3D.
Radeon RX Vega 64 vs GeForce GTX 1080 FCAT Analysis on Guru3d
Thanks to Rezin, BFM and Dan this week!
Friday, 8-September-2017 11:45:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Australia could get a lot more Bitcoin ATMs soon. A joint venture between blockchain firm DigitalX and ATM provider Stargroup could see a "large-scale" rollout of machines that allow Australians to buy and sell Bitcoin. Announcing the cooperation to the market this morning, Stargroup's CEO Todd Zani said the project could put the management of cryptocurrencies into the hands of ordinary Australians. That article says there's already a few Bitcoin ATMs around - anyone know where?
Forbes have a story about the creation of Threadripper. To delve deeper into Threadripper’s origins, I spoke to some of AMD’s big guns as far as Threadripper was concerned; AMD Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Anderson along with Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing John Taylor ,who have both been heavily involved in the Threadripper project; also Sarah Youngbauer of AMD’s communications team, plus James Prior, who’s AMD Senior Product Manager and closely involved in the Threadripper inception.
AMD are definitely making ground on Intel according to one big reseller. Sales of AMD’s new Ryzen processor for consumer PCs may be gaining more ground than many investors and market analysts have been predicting. A big hardware reseller in Europe, Germany’s Mindfactory, makes sales data public. Starting in March, the launch of the first AMD Ryzen processors, the shift from Intel to AMD at this retailer has been astonishing.
Lenovo have been fined for shipping spyware on 750,000 laptops. Acting FTC chairman Maureen Ohlhausen told Inverse Tuesday during a teleconference that some 750,000 Lenovo laptops — sold between August 2014 and June 2015 — came pre-installed with a program called VisualDiscovery, made by the Palo Alto, California-based firm SuperFish. The software would act as a “man-in-the-middle” between a consumer’s browser and the website they visited. More info here.
FunkyKit have a simple guide to Overclocking an i5-7640X to 5.1GHz. In this article, we’ll show you how to overclock the Intel Core i5-7640X (Kaby Lake-X) from the default speed of 4.0GHz to a whopping 5.1GHz, by simply changing 3 BIOS options on the ASRock X299 Taichi motherboard.
An Australian "hacker", although I'm not sure the title really applies, has caused issues with police radio. A pirate broadcaster posing as a police officer interfered in a police chase this week in Australia, forcing officers to call off the pursuit of two suspected armed robbers. The incident took place on Tuesday when officers from Victoria Police were called to intervene in alleged armed robbery that took place in the town of Sale. Was this coordinated as part of the robbery? Sounds like something out of a movie.
Apple have dropped into third place in the smartphone market, with Huawei moving up to second behind Samsung. Researchers at Counterpoint also point out that Huawei has a weak presence in the South Asian, Indian, and North American markets, which “limits Huawei’s potential to the near-to-mid-term to take a sustainable second place position behind Samsung.” Its strongest market is China, and it’s also popular in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Does this count as a timewaster? With Sick City hitting Early Access, the game is now available for everybody to download at www.sickcity.com. Until October 15th, all registered users will be able to play the full version of the game completely free of charge. Also, supporters now have the chance to buy Sick City and receive exclusive content for their trust in the game.
|Thursday Afternoon Reviews
Thursday, 7-September-2017 17:03:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg
WD Blue And SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD on HotHardware.
WD Blue 3D & SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB SATA III SSDs on Tweaktown.
Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Patriot Viper V770 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum on OCAholic.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (SM-T825) Tablet & S Pen on TechARP.
Razer Blade Stealth (Mid 2017) laptop on TechSpot.
ASUS Radeon ROG RX Vega 64 STRIX 8GB video card on Guru3D.
Clutch Chairz Throttle Series Gaming Chair on PC Perspective.
ASRock X299 Taichi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Distrust: PC Survival Game on BenchmarkReviews.
Cougar Immersa Pro Gaming Headset on NeoSeeker.
|Wednesday Midday Reviews
Wednesday, 6-September-2017 12:56:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X299 Gaming i9 on TechPowerUp.
MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG ZENITH EXTREME (AMD X399) on Tweaktown.
RX Vega 64 Liquid “Unleashed” 28-game OC vs. the GTX 1080 FE on BabelTechReviews.
GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF: Performance King with LCD on Tweaktown.
Portable & Prebuilt:
GIGABYTE P56XT (Intel Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
MSI GE63VR 7RE Raider laptop on Vortez.
DJI Mavic Pro vs DJI Spark – Hands On drones on FunkyKit.
Corsair VOID Wireless PRO RGB headset on OCAholic.
Arozzi Vernazza World Of Tanks Edition Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Asus BRT-828 AC2600 Dual-WAN VPN WiFi Router on FunkyKit.
Adata's SD700 portable SSD on TechReport.
Lian Li PC-O11 case on OCAholic.
Swiftech Apogee SKF "Heirloom Series" CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
Monday, 4-September-2017 16:45:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg
If your internet seems slow, it may be because of the continuing cable issues between Sydney and HK. Internet service providers iiNet and Internode today issued an alert to their customers advising of the damage. The main cable breakage that will impact Australian customers occurred an estimated 54 kilometres off the coast of Hong Kong, it said. “We have temporarily routed via the US and redirected peering while the issue is outstanding,” the advisory from the companies said.
Or it could just be the continuing NBN dramas. There's nothing wrong with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), nothing at all – but nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to move more than a million premises onto other technologies.
One way to get NBN access would be to fly Qantas in future. “The rollout of wi-fi on the Qantas domestic network (A330 and 737 aircraft) is expected to accelerate in late September 2017, once the current trial is complete and final regulatory approval for the new service is confirmed,” the airline said in a statement. The trial uses ViaSat equipment and internet services from NBN Co’s Sky Muster satellites on specified flight routes.
AMD recently unveiled the third Threadripper CPU, the 8-core, 16-thread 1900X. Tweaktown have more info. AMD's X399 platform has just become significantly more affordable. With confirmed pricing of $549 USD SEP (suggested price), the 1900X is slightly more expensive than the 1800X, which chimes in with 8-cores and 16 threads as well, but they are not the same CPU. The 1900X also offers a 4.2GHz XFR, which is the highest for an 8-core AMD part. The CPU offers a 3.8GHz base clock and up to 4.0GHz boost clock. Discussion continues in this thread in our AMD Hardware forum.
SanDisk have a new MicroSD card - apparently the largest ever at 400GB. The 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card was unveiled on Thursday morning at the IFA 2017 conference, offering 144GB more storage than any other microSD card on the market. The new card also supports 100MB read speed, A1 app performance, and UHS Speed Class 1 for the best performance available.
There's a new version of ReactOS, which is a good prompt to admit this is the first I've heard of it. Turns out it's a free open-source Windows-compatible operating system. Imagine running your favorite Windows applications and drivers in an open-source environment you can trust. That's ReactOS. Not just an Open but also a Free operating system. They go on to say: In order to track ReactOS compatibility with Windows behavior, 1,088,893 unit test cases have been added since 0.4.5. This new release has been tested through 14,238,159 unit test cases, failing just 18,419 (a 0,129% ratio failure). Still, ReactOS is marked as Alpha for the moment. Discussion here.
Huawei have a new mobile CPU, taking aim at Samsung and Apple. Yu believes the new Kirin 970 chip’s speed and low power can translate into features that will give its phones an edge over the Apple iPhone 8 series, set to be unveiled on Sept. 12, and Samsung’s range of top-line phones announced this year. Huawei is the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple.
Meanwhile it seems Sun Microsystems has finally been killed off. The news from the ex-Sun community jungle drums is that the January rumours were true and Oracle laid off the core talent of the Solaris and SPARC teams on Friday (perhaps hoping to get the news lost in the Labor Day weekend). That surely has to mean a maintenance-only future for the product range, especially with Solaris 12 cancelled. A classic Oracle “silent EOL”, no matter what they claim as they satisfy their contractual commitments to Fujitsu and others.
The current "Retro Let's Play" is Snatcher from 1988. "Snatcher" is noted for being a very early example of the visual novel video game. Set in a cyberpunk world, you follow protagonist Gillian Seed who has joined the organisation JUNKER in search of mysterious androids called "Snatchers" who are murdering people and replacing them with robotic clones.
|Monday Morning Reviews
Monday, 4-September-2017 10:32:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
ECS Z270-LIGHTSABER and Z270H4-I Motherboard on PC Perspective.
Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Portable & prebuilt:
Shuttle XPC nano NC03U Barebone on MadShrimps.
LG V30 hands-on: Believe the hype on TechSpot.
LG V30 Hands-On First Look: Make Way For A Fantastic Android Flagship on HotHardware.
Razer Stealth Laptop on Linux on Phoronix.
HTC U11 smartphone on TechSpot.
QNAP TS-253B Network Attached Storage on APHNetworks.
Two PCIe NVMe SSDs Tested On Six Motherboards By Intel and AMD on LegitReviews.
HP SSD S700 PRO 1TB Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.
HP S700 Pro 1 TB SSD on Guru3D.
Mionix Naos QG mouse on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT LEADR Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Be quiet! Shadow Rock TF 2 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Rosewill ORBIT-Z1 case on TechPowerUp.
Renew Your Old PC With The NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 on TechARP.
Early this week! Thanks to mag911 and Dan. Remember it's Father's Day on Sunday!
|Friday Afternoon Reviews
Friday, 1-September-2017 13:17:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg
SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries QcK Prism mouse on Vortez.
Tesoro Excalibur SE Spectrum keyboard on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Kingston HyperX Alloy Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NeoSeeker.
Gigabyte ATC700 AORUS CPU cooler on Guru3D.
CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
FSP Windale 4 and 6 CPU Air Cooler on PC Perspective.
F1 2017 game on OCClub.
Destiny 2 Benchmarked: 30 GPUs Tested on TechSpot.
Crucial BX300 480GB SATA6G SSD on Funkykit.
Western Digital My Passport SSD 1TB USB 3.1 on Tweaktown.
Toshiba N300 6TB High Reliability Hard Drive For NAS on NikKTech.
Thursday, 31-August-2017 15:16:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Rezin sends word that there's been another huge data breach, although many emails in this one have simply been harvested by a spambot, it seems. Still, worth checking and changing your passwords as needed. Last week I was contacted by someone alerting me to the presence of a spam list. A big one. That's a bit of a relative term though because whilst I've loaded "big" spam lists into Have I been pwned (HIBP) before, the largest to date has been a mere 393m records and belonged to River City Media. The one I'm writing about today is 711m records which makes it the largest single set of data I've ever loaded into HIBP. Just for a sense of scale, that's almost one address for every single man, woman and child in all of Europe. This blog posts explains everything I know about it.
Tweaktown have been showing off with some 8K benchmarking. 8K might seem like it's twice as much as 4K, because - well, 4+4 = 8... but it's far more pixels than you think. 8K is 4x the pixels of 4K and 16x the pixels of 1080p. This means if you look at your 1080p TV, you'd have to have 16 of them to have the pixels that are bursting around the place at 8K. It's an incredible feat. I have Dell's new UP3218K display, which is the only native 8K monitor on the market. There are other tests done on other sites and by YouTubers at "8K", but it's not native 8K. You can run 8K by running 200% resolution on your game on a 4K monitor (200% on top of 4K renders the game at 7680x4320), but it's still not native.
Surely there can be no greater indicator that crytocurrencies have hit mainstream, than having them come free with a burger. Rather than give you another punch card or plastic loyalty card for your wallet, Burger King has a different idea for rewarding its customers: cryptocurrency. In Russia, The BK Lounge has started issuing Whoppercoins when people buy food. Save enough and you can redeem them for nuggets, burgers and King Bouqets Buckets in the country. So, pretty much just a loyalty program, but you can sell and trade the coins online like any other altcoin. Interesting.
Wednesday, 30-August-2017 12:30:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Recent typhoons have caused internet issues for Australia. Australian internet service providers are warning users to expect increased traffic latency for the next six weeks after twin typhoons broke a number of subsea links between Sydney and Hong Kong. Advisories by the TPG-owned iiNet and Internode report that the main issue for Australians is a cable break around 54 kilometres off the coast of Hong Kong.
Intel launched some new Xeon CPUs. The single-socket Intel Xeon W processor delivers mainstream performance optimized for the needs of traditional workstation professionals. The Intel Xeon W processor features up to 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.5 GHz. Mainstream workstations will experience up to a 1.87x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system and up to 1.38x higher performance compared to the previous generation.
Phoronix meanwhile have compared Linux distros on a dual Xeon server with 80 threads. While we routinely run various Linux distribution / operating system comparisons at Phoronix, they tend to be done on desktop class hardware and the occasional servers. This is our look at the most interesting enterprise-focused Linux distribution comparison to date as we see how Intel's Xeon Scalable platform compares on different GNU/Linux distributions when using the Tyan GT24E-B7106 paired with two Dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors. The tested configuration has 96GB of DDR4-2666 memory and 40 cores / 80 threads to see how different modern Linux distributions are affected with the latest-generation Xeon platform.
Backblaze posted their hard drive failure rates for Q2 2017. Since our last report for Q1 2017, we have added 635 additional hard drives to bring us to the 83,151 drives we’ll focus on. In Q1 we added over 10,000 new drives to the mix, so adding just 635 in Q2 seems “odd.” In fact, we added 4,921 new drives and retired 4,286 old drives as we migrated from lower density drives to higher density drives.
PCI-SIG have unveiled PCIe 4.0 and 5.0, report TomsHardware. The industry needs PCIe 4.0 to land soon, and PCI-SIG assures us it will ratify the new specification by the end of 2017. ... PCI-SIG indicates that PCIe 4.0 will be a short-lived specification because the organization has fast-tracked PCIe 5.0 for final release in 2019.
OCInside have a report from Gamescom in Germany. One of the most important European gaming fair took place in Cologne, Germany from 22nd to 26th August 2017. We have attended gamescom as well and published a gamescom report with approx. 400 gamescom pictures of latest gaming hardware, VR headsets, DCMM casemods, Cosplayer and current games on several pages at OCinside.de. It is available in German only, but it is worth watching the pictures with or without translation tool to discover the latest games and gaming hardware trends.
Some interns at NVIDIA have been learning to use AI, as Techgage report. Internships are about sorting files, serving drinks, and menial labor, right? Not at NVIDIA. When you take some high school students with an aptitude for robotics, and teach them the power of AI and deep learning, some interesting things can happen. Jetson-powered robots run rampant at NVIDIA’s head office, as the interns go wild with their new-found knowledge.
TechSpot looked into Android battery life. Battery life is one of the key features that most consumers want to see upgraded in their new phone. But what's great and what's not in today's market? We'll be looking at 500+ hours of battery life testing across 12 tests, to ensure we have the best possible picture of how current generation phones perform. Disappointed to not see my trusty uleFone Power or Power II represented.
There's a Defense Industry Cyber Challenge for all you 1337 hax0rs out there. Australia's first defence industry cyber challenge will kick off at the University of Adelaide today, in an effort to upskill and nurture home-grown infosec talent. The competition seeks to address fast-growing demand for cyber security workers, according to AustCyber (formerly known as the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network) chief Craig Davies.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 30-August-2017 10:51:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
SJCAM SJDASH Car Dashboard Video Camera on NikKTech.
Koolance CPU-390CI CPU Waterblock on PC Perspective.
Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-453B 4-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Crucial BX300 480GB SSD on Guru3D.
Crucial BX300 on Vortez.
Synology DS1817 8-Bay NAS (Tested at 10Gbps) on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 mouse & KB on LanOC.
Creative Sound BlasterX Vanguard K08 Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk on NeoSeeker.
Raijintek Thetis case on TechPowerUp.
ASUS XG-C100C 10Gbe PCIe Network Adapter on Tweaktown.
AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 11G Graphics Card on ThinkComputers.
G.SKILL Flare X DDR4 memory on Vortez.
BeQuiet! SFX-L 600W PSU on PC Perspective.
Moto Z2 Force Review: Shatterproof, Modular Android phone on HotHardware.
Destiny 2 Beta: Performance Analysis game on TechPowerUp.
Tuesday, 29-August-2017 17:16:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Quantum Computing slips closer to mainstream, with Google offering it soon. In early July, Google announced that it will expand its commercially available cloud computing services to include quantum computing. A similar service has been available from IBM since May. These aren’t services most regular people will have a lot of reason to use yet. But making quantum computers more accessible will help government, academic, and corporate research groups around the world continue their study of the capabilities of quantum computing.
Phoronix have some Threadripper 1950X Linux benchmarks. Last week I posted some preliminary AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X Linux tests while today's article is much more thorough with having more time to spend with the system. This is also the first of many other articles to come looking closer at the Threadripper Linux performance followed by EPYC. In today's article are also some initial performance-per-Watt, AC system power consumption, and performance-per-dollar results for the 1950X and other tested AMD/Intel systems.
Soon there'll be shark-detecting drones patrolling Australian beaches, according to Reuters. Drones equipped with a shark detection system powered by artificial intelligence will start patrolling some Australian beaches from next month in a bid to improve safety. The battery-powered drones will provide a live-video feed to a drone operator who then uses the shark-spotting software to identify sharks in real time and with more accuracy than the human eye.
China has extended their internet regulation, and will soon require name verification before people can comment. On August 25, China’s top internet regulator announced new rules to manage internet forums and communities, forbidding unidentified netizens from posting anything on internet platforms. The new rules will become effective on October 1. As The Diplomat has been following, since Chinese president Xi Jinping took office, China has been systematically increasing online control, and 2017 has witnessed the most fierce wave of internet censorship yet: Banning VPNs and independent multimedia contents, demanding international publishing houses such as Cambridge University Press remove specific content, punishing China’s top three internet giants for failing to manage their online platform properly, to name just a few.
|Monday Midday Reviews
Monday, 28-August-2017 12:03:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
RX Vega 64 Liquid “Unleashed” – 10 VR Games Benchmarked on BabelTechReviews.
The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64 & Vega 56 Test: 32 Games on TechSpot.
SteelSeries Sensei 310 Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master Devastator 3 Keyboard and Mouse on FunkyKit.
AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad Mini Four-Bay Enclosure on Tweaktown.
iStorage diskAshur2 Review: Ultra-Secure 256-Bit AES External Storage on HotHardware.
Team Group T-Force Delta RGB 2x 8 GB DDR4 memory on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 3 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
dodocool DA84 Mini Bluetooth Speaker Video Review on APHNetworks.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX case on LanOC.
AVM FRITZ!Box 7560 AC1300 VDSL/ADSL Modem Router on NikKTech.
Friday, 25-August-2017 14:32:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Over 7400 households have signed up for the ACCC's broadband testing scheme. “We believe the fact that speed performance will be public is already encouraging providers to lift their game and will ensure the market operates effectively by encouraging retailers to compete on performance, as well as price, by provisioning sufficient capacity to meet their consumers’ expectations.”
Meanwhile there's been a surge in NBN impersonators scamming people. ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said the NBN scammers were signing up victims to fake accounts and often demanding payments using iTunes gift cards. Others were impersonating NBN staff to gain remote access to people’s computers, or requesting personal details as part of a phony NBN set-up.
Microsoft (or at least, part of Microsoft) say they won't be doing forced downloads anymore. Microsoft's German subsidiary has promised never again to forcibly download the installation files for new operating systems onto PCs, following a lawsuit from a consumer-protection authority. Between mid-2015 and mid-2016, as it was giving people a free upgrade to Windows 10, that's precisely what Microsoft did, dumping 6GB of data onto people's hard drives without giving them an easy way to opt out.
TechGage took a look at the high bandwidth cache controller in AMD RX Vega. AMD’s Vega GPU architecture brings many notable features to the table, but the one to find its way into Radeon chief Raja Koduri’s heart is HBCC – or “high-bandwidth cache controller”. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what HBCC is, why it offers no benefit right this moment, and talk about what it could offer in the future.
TechSpot meanwhile consider Ryzen 3 vs. Core i5-2500K vs. FX-8370 when it comes to upgrading. Although five years have passed, if we're being honest, the difference between today's seventh-generation Core i5-7600K and the 2500K isn't that big when they're matched clock-for-clock. Nonetheless, many Core i5-2500K owners have been wondering if it's time to upgrade, specifically asking whether they should move to the ultra-affordable Ryzen 3 1200 or the higher-threaded R5 1400.
TomsHardware looked into the different GPU packages people are reporting with AMD's Vega. There's been some confusion floating around about the GPU package construction of AMD's new Vega, in particular surrounding the use of molding and its impact on package height and how this will affect third-party graphics card manufacturers, both in terms of cost and timing. We've talked to several sources, examined various packaging, and conducted a couple of quick experiments in order to provide a clearer picture of these issues.
HardOCP look back at what they consider the five worst CPUs of all time. This is going to be another tough one because a lot of players have come and gone over the years and both the remaining challengers left standing have produced some turds in their day. Processors will be judged on several criteria. Among these criteria will be relevance, market lifespan, performance, overclockability, timing, innovation, and anything else I can think of at the time.
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 25-August-2017 04:31:32 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
ASRock X399 Taichi on Guru3D.
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium on OCinside.
MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic on Modders-Inc.
Gigabyte X299 AORUS Ultra Gaming on Modders-Inc.
MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium on Hardware Canucks.
Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
BIOSTAR G330 240GB SSD on Funky Kit.
Fractal Design Celsius S36 on techPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Corsair's K68 water-resistant gaming keyboard on The Tech Report.
Razer Lancehead on Vortez.
Corsair VOID Pro RGB Wireless on Vortez.
Corsair VOID PRO Wireless Gaming Headset on Techgage.
Seasonic PRIME 1000W Platinum Power Supply on PC Perspective.
HyperX Predator 3200MHz DDR4 Memory Kit on Legit Reviews.
In Win 301 Case on ThinkComputers.
Asus ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC on Funky Kit.
Aorus X5 v7 gaming laptop on The Tech Report.
Acer Predator Z271T With Tobii Eye Tracking on PC Perspective.
|De-Lidding & Liquid Metal
Thursday, 24-August-2017 16:15:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Ratzz has posted an interesting thread exploring whether it's worth de-lidding your CPU and using liquid metal thermal paste. His testbench is a pretty cool setup too:
click for the thread!
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