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Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-June-2017  14:50:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!









Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-June-2017  14:48:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still plenty of Ethereum mining buzz, with a 40-GPU setup on Tweaktown, a Guide to Ethereum on Techspot, silent mining on LegitReviews and AMD vs nVIDIA GPUs also on LegitReviews. Meanwhile discussion continues in this thread, where one member has ordered 130 video cards so far..

Here's an interesting one: using AWS for artificial intelligence on TechARP. Just before we flew to Computex 2017, we attended the AWS Masterclass on Artificial Intelligence. It offered us an in-depth look at AI concepts like machine learning, deep learning and neural networks. We also saw how Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses all that to create easy-to-use tools for developers to create their own AI applications at low cost and virtually no capital outlay.

Stephen Hawking thinks we need to get back to the Moon, as a project to unite humanity. Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020. They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years' time and send people to Mars by 2025. Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give humanity a sense of purpose.

OCClub look into memory speed and gaming performance. After running through all of the tests, it appears that what I previously thought was an easy and clear answer is in fact more complicated. With the evidence provided I can safely say that memory can play a large role in some games over all frame rates. However, other factors like the processor, type of video card, and resolution will usually provide bigger impact in the final frame rates.

OCInside have updated their interactive guide to fitting coolers and fans on motherboards. Now with Intel Skylake-X X299 LGA2066 motherboards, AMD Ryzen B350 and X370 Socket AM4 motherboards, Intel LGA1151 Z270, H270 and B250 Kaby Lake motherboards, Intel X99 LGA2011-3 motherboards and many new CPU coolers!



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-June-2017  03:32:08 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Preview on ocaholic.
Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 on Legit Reviews.
ASUS PRIME X299 Deluxe on Guru3D.
Asus Prime X299 Deluxe on LanOC Reviews.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Processor on TechARP.

Storage:
Silicon Power Mobile C31 Dual Interface USB 3.1 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
ADATA XPG SX8000 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD on TweakTown.

Audio:
Noontec Zoro II Wireless Limited Edition headphones on The Tech Report.
Creative Sound BlasterX H5 Tournament Edition Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.

Networking:
802.11ad (WiGig) Tested with ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe and Netgear Nighthawk X10 on PC Perspective.
Best bang for your buck: AC1900 Wireless Routers on TweakTown.

Systems and Notebooks:
Razer Blade 2017 on Hot Hardware.
Lenovo ThinkStation P910 Workstation PC on TweakTown.
Asus ROG GX501VI Zephyrus on Kitguru.

Misc:
Cougar Panzer case on techPowerUp.
Das Keyboard Prime 13 on techPowerUp.
SmallRig 1982 Camera Cage & 1955 Camera Stabilizing NATO Handle on Funky Kit.
Radeon RX 560 vs. GeForce GTX 1050 on Techspot.



AMD's EPYC Datacentre CPUs (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-June-2017  16:37:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their EPYC family of server CPUs, based on the same Zen architecture as their desktop Ryzen processors. These are aimed squarely at the datacentre and thus will have to compete with Intel's Xeons. There's some videos with details on AMD's YouTube channel, and plenty of coverage around the net:

AMD Unveils EPYC 7000 Series Processors And Platform on HotHardware.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Processor Set To Change The Game on LegitReviews.
AMD EPYC 7000 Series Data Center Processor Launch - Gunning for Xeon on PC Perspective.
AMD's Future in Servers: New 7000-Series CPUs on Anandtech.
AMD EPYC Architecture & Technical Overview on TechPowerUp.
AMD's Epyc 7000-series CPUs revealed on TechReport.
AMD reveals EPYC 7000 server CPUs, up to 32 'Zen' cores on Tweaktown.
AMD Launches EPYC Enterprise CPUs Available Today on HardOCP.

Discussion of Zen, Ryzen and now EPYC continues in this thread.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-June-2017  15:40:47 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Keyboard:
Logitech G413 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard on TechSpot
Roccat Leadr Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews

RAM:
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3600 MHz C16 DDR4 on TechPowerUp
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4-3000 32GB Memory Kit on TweakTown

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE X299 AORUS-Gaming 3 on Vortez
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC on Vortez
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Ryzen Motherboard on HardOCP

Portable/Prebuilt:
MSI GL62M 7RDX gaming laptop on PCWorld
Alcatel A3 XL phone on PCWorld
AVADirect Avant Garde Gaming PC on TweakTown
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280 Liquid CPU Cooler on Madshrimps
AVADirect Affinity HTPC System on ThinkComputers.org
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) on Anandtech

Videocard:
MSI Radeon RX 570 GAMING X Video Card on HardOCP
ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC on TweakTown

Misc:
Asus ROG Strix Magnus Streaming Microphone on TechPowerUp
Arozzi Verona Pro V2 Gaming Chair on NikKTech
Reolink RLC-411WS Wireless Security Camera on OCC
IN WIN 509 Full Tower Gaming Chassis on Modders-Inc
Kolink Continuum 1050W Powersupply on JonnyGuru



Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-June-2017  15:51:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have released the Core i9 7900X, which is a 10-core Skylake X processor. There's also a slightly less exciting quad-core Core i7-7740X. Here's some reviews:

Core i9 7900X processor and MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9-7900X And Core i7-7740X CPU on HotHardware.
Intel Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X on Vortez.
Intel Core i9-7900X 10-core Skylake-X on PC Perspective.
Intel's Core i7-7900X CPU reviewed, part one on Tech Report.
Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series Skylake-X CPU on Tweaktown.
Intel Core X Series i9-7900X and i7-7740X on LanOC.

The AIDA64 benchmark team have announced support for the new CPUs as well.

There's a shiny new thread for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X here in our Intel x86 forum.



A Pair of Synology Routers (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-June-2017  20:49:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby has taken a look at two new WiFi routers from Synology, more traditionally associated with NAS units. See what he thinks of their first go at networking:


click for the review!



Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-June-2017  15:49:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government's plans to bypass encryption in the name of national security are being widely criticised. Experts say efforts to get technology and social media firms to cooperate with the authorities in decrypting communications will be hard to achieve. The Australian government wants smartphone companies and social media platforms to ensure terrorists cannot hide behind anonymous posts or encrypted messages, but it has not said how or when. More info here on ComputerWorld. EFA's thoughts are here and ITPA have an editorial here.

The overseas GST bill has been delayed another year, thanks Axe. Australian consumers will have to pay a 10% goods and services tax on all online goods bought from overseas from 1 July next year. The Turnbull government has secured support for the plan after Labor moved an amendment in the Senate on Monday delaying the plan’s start date from 1 July this year to 1 July next year. It means imports of goods worth less than $1,000, which are now GST-free, will no longer be exempt from the tax.

I first thought it was being reported that you will only be able to get an AMD Threadripper CPU in Alienware systems, but it turns out DIY builders will still be able to get them - the exclusivity is only for prebuilt systems. The Area-51 is among the highlights of Alienware during E3 2017. It's an updated version of the company's top-of-the-line gaming PC, and as mentioned earlier, it'll come with a Threadripper chip. It's also available with Intel's new Core X-Series processors, including the anticipated Core i9. That said, the options include the Core i7-7800X (six cores), Core i7-7820X (eight cores), and the Core i9-7900X (10 cores).

Retro fans can look forward to a new Atari console. Atari CEO Fred Chesnais told GamesBeat in an exclusive interview that his fabled video game company is working on a new game console. In doing so, the New York company might be cashing in on the popularity of retro games and Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition, which turned out to be surprisingly popular for providing a method to easily play old games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda in HD on a TV.

The race is on to build the first exascale supercomputer. On Thursday, the United States Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project announced it was awarding six companies -- AMD, Cray, HPE, IBM, Intel and Nvidia -- $258 million to research building the nation's first exascale supercomputer. An exascale supercomputer would be capable of computing 1 million trillion floating-point operations per second.

Meanwhile Microsoft researchers are using AI to play Ms. Pac-Man. The team from Maluuba, a Canadian deep learning startup acquired by Microsoft earlier this year, used a branch of AI called reinforcement learning to play the Atari 2600 version of Ms. Pac-Man perfectly. Using that method, the team achieved the maximum score possible of 999,990.

Another early computing pioneer has passed away - Charles P. Thacker. Mr. Thacker and his colleagues who designed the Alto — Butler Lampson, Alan Kay and Robert Taylor — had proved prescient when they built into the computer what is known as a graphical user interface, the technology that Apple and Microsoft would borrow from in creating their Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

I don't know if this counts as a timewaster, but there's a fancy new website of Australian Crime Statistics which has interactive graphs and stuff to make exploring the data more interesting.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-June-2017  11:48:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 3 on Guru3D.
MSI Z270 MPower Gaming Titanium Edition on OCAholic.
ASUS Z270-WS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Fnatic Gear RUSH Pro Silent Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
Sony Bravia 2017 TVs on GoodGearGuide.
GAMDIAS HEBE M1 RGB headset on APHNetworks.

Storage:
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT 2TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech.

Misc:
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mini-Test game on TechSpot.
TP-Link Deco M5 AC1300 Wireless Mesh System on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1060 Xtreme Edition 9 Gbps on LanOC.
HTC U11 phone on PCWorld.



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