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Fractal Design Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-August-2014  02:18:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fractal Design are running a contest in the forums (although it doesn't seem to be OCAU-specific). You can win one of their new cases if you're willing to review it:

click for the thread

Wednesday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-August-2014  16:36:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Quite a few people have pointed out that Whirlpool are being sued over negative posts in their forums. A financial services business licensed through National Australia Bank is suing an online forum for refusing to remove an allegedly fake and negative post about its services, claiming it has damaged its reputation with would-be clients. More coverage on Slashdot, reddit, smartcompany and the SMH.

Some more positive news from Jimbogimp: Awesome news from Newcastle based ELMOFO this weekend. In a world first we won TWO races in the SuperSports Series at Wakefiled Park over petrol vehicles. Here's a pretty decent write up on what transpired. Here's the thread and some rudimentary mobile phone footage. All the guys are pretty stoked and currently preparing for the final round in about 10 weeks time.

From Davros123, info about a Kickstarter thermal imager: Full disclosure: I saw this on Hackaday and immediately backed this project (my first kickstarter backing) but thought it might make a good front page news item for ocau readers too. I plan to use this to improve the energy efficiency of my home (ie. target air leaks) but I know our members would also find it very useful for analysing heat flows from PC's and other devices.

Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-August-2014  06:53:49 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Corsair Carbide Air 240 Micro-ATX Chassis on eTeknix
Cooler Master Elite 110 mini-ITX case on Techreport
Corsair Carbide Spec 01 Gaming Case on Madshrimps
Cooltek Antiphom Case on Ocaholic

Angelbird SSD wrk 512 GB on TechPowerUp
Angelbird SSD wrk SSD Review (512GB) on The SSD Review
Angelbird SSD WRK 256 GB SSD on Guru3D
Samsung XP941 128GB PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Angelbird SSD wrk 256GB SSD on Legit Reviews
Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB on PC Perspective
Kingston HyperX FURY 240GB SSD on Nikktech
Kingston HyperX FURY 240 GiB SSD on Hardware Secrets
AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD on Hot Hardware
AMD Radeon R7 SSD on Tech Report
AMD Radeon R7 240GB Gaming SSD on TweakTown
OCZ AMD Radeon R7 SSD Review (240GB) on The SSD Review
AMD Radeon R7 SSD on Hardware Heaven
AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD on Guru3D

EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse on Techgage
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Mouse on Hardware Heaven
XTracGear Carbonic Mousing Surface on APH Networks

LUXA2 PL2 6000mAh Leather Power Bank on NikkTech
D-Link DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plug on TweakTown
HIS Multi View Display Adapters on PureOverclock
Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter on OCC
Cooler Master Nepton 280L AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers
XFX PRO 450W Core Edition Non-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Ultra Street Fighter IV PC Game on TweakTown

MSI / Blizzard Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-August-2014  06:56:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Blizzard and MSI are giving away some stuff to celebrate the launch of the GT72 Dominator gaming notebook. Looks like a pretty easy one to enter:

click for the thread!

Monday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 18-August-2014  06:21:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EFA have made a Can I Watch It? website, showing the difficulty of legally obtaining new release movies in Australia. We know that Australian theatrical, DVD and VOD releases lag behind the rest of the world by as much as months. Australians aren't reluctant to pay for content - a Pocketbook study found that despite the fact that it is actively geoblocked in Australia, Nexflix is the second most popular paid-content media company in Australia. With a desire to keep up with the rest of the world and a willingness to pay for it, are there legal digital alternatives to movie piracy in Australia?

Microsoft are advising to roll back some Win8.1 patches issued recently. Since the patch rollout, it's been discovered that four individual updates are causing random BSoD issues for its users, with KB2982791, a kernel-mode related driver, being the biggest culprit. Because of the bug's severity, Microsoft is recommending that anyone who updated go and uninstall a couple of the specific updates, or rollback using Windows Restore. Discussion here.

5tumpy sends word that they need at least one more team for the OCAU Fantasy Football league, so if you're keen, find out more towards the end of this thread.

Sharks have been attacking the internet, or at least, undersea cables. Vision has emerged showing sharks munching away on the cables, mistaking them for dinner. Google has been forced to take action, reinforcing parts of the trans-Pacific fibre-optic cables and wrapping them in material to keep the sharks at bay.

|Renegade|'s Race for Charity is gaining momentum in the forums. When I saw the record broken in Mariokart, I certainly found respect for the four guys that pulled it off, but I knew straight away that it was worth taking it one step further in the interest of charity. Here we are.

MadShrimps report from Gigabyte Extreme OC 2014 in Germany. At the EOC the best overclocking teams of Germany have a chance to prove who is still king. The main organizer behind each event is Germany’s finest Roman Hartung also known as der8auer at HWBot.org. This year besides Gigabyte also G.Skill, Intel, Seasonic and Gelid solutions provided the required hardware and funds to allow this clash of the titans to take place at the Know Cube at the Heilbronn Tech University.

Meanwhile eTeknix compared AMD Gaming Evolved and NVIDIA Gaming Experience. At the core of both these GPU software offerings is the assumption that it should make life easier for gamers with features such as game-optimisation and automated driver updates. But they should also give gamers more unique functionality and incentives to use the software: such as rewarding gamers for using the software and giving them premium software capabilities like hardware level gameplay recording.

BC sent in this comic book auction.. at $1.75M and climbing. This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is .... the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 17-August-2014  06:10:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z97N-GAMING 5 (Intel Z97) Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK Z97 Motherboard on APHNetworks.
ASUS Z97-Deluxe & Z97-A on OCClub.
ASUS Maximus VII Formula on OCAholic.

Brinell Single-Action Stick 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD on TechSpot.
Kingston SM2280S3 120GB M.2 SATA SSD on LegitReviews.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Vapor-X OC on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GeForce 750Ti Ultra Durable BLACK EDITION on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 Smart Phone on LegitReviews.
Shuttle Slim-PC DS81 w/ Pentium G3258 on TechPowerUp.

Corsair Carbide Air 240 cube case on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide Air 240 on Guru3D.
Corsair Carbide AIR 240 on Vortez.
Video Perspective: Corsair Carbide Air 240 Micro-ATX on PCPerspective.

Thermalright Archon IB-E X2 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Deepcool MaelStrom 120 all-in-one watercooler on OCAholic.

Audio Visual:
GAMDIAS HEPHAESTUS headset on Vortez.
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor on HotHardware.
BenQ RL2240HE 60Hz 21.5-inch LED Gaming Monitor on Tweaktown.

Corsair HX750i PSU Launch Review on HWHeaven.
Roccat ISKU FX Gaming Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-August-2014  03:52:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's Friday again!

Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-August-2014  02:59:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EFA have a petition against data retention, thanks alch. Police and intelligence agencies already have broad powers to request that information about the communications of specified individuals be retained to support their investigations. What they're seeking now is for that information to be retained for two years for ALL Australians, even if you're not being investigated.

The new reversible USB standard has been finalised. The USB Promoter Group has announced that the greatest invention in the known universe — the reversible Type-C USB connector — is finally ready for mass production. I can already hear the Mac fanboys telling us they've had reversible connectors for ages.

President Obama seems to have spoken out in support of net neutrality. The F.C.C. is trying to decide whether telecommunications companies should be able to strike deals with powerful firms like Netflix and Amazon for faster delivery of videos and other data to consumers. Mr. Obama’s statement about “the next Google” highlights one of the biggest problems with such agreements: Small and young businesses will not be able to compete against established companies if they have to pay fees to telephone and cable companies to get content to users in a timely manner.

Some high-tech undies have had an advertisement banned for false claims. The advertising watchdog has banned a hi-tech underwear brand – backed by Sir Richard Branson as “underpants for superheroes” – from claiming its “mesh of pure silver” can protect men’s genitals from radiation emitted by mobile phones.

DirectX 12 will be particularly helpful on thermally-constrained devices like tablets, say Tech Report. On those devices, cutting CPU utilization will free up part of the limited power and thermal budget so that it can be spent on graphics. The result, then, won't just be better performance with lower-clocked CPUs. Users will also get to enjoy stronger overall GPU performance.

They also spoke to AMD's newly appointed Gaming Scientist. Huddy gave us some dirt on the incoming wave of FreeSync monitors, but that wasn't all. He also provided an update on Mantle, and he revealed some interesting details about AMD's role in the development of the next-gen OpenGL API.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-August-2014  13:48:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z97X Gaming G1 Motherboard on HWAsylum.
MSI Devils Canyon Roundup on LanOC.
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC on Bjorn3D.
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC on Bjorn3D.
AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU on NeoSeeker.

Power Supply:
Corsair HX750i PSU on Guru3D.
LUXA2 EnerG 6600mAh Portable Battery Bank on Tweaktown.
CHIL PowerShare Reactor 5.1 Amp Multi-Device Charger on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus C200 Chromebook on TechWareLabs.
ASUS X200MA: 11.6-inch Bay Trail Notebook on SilentPCReview.

Video Cards:
GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs. GTX 750 Ti on OCAholic.
Sapphire Tri-X R9-290X on Vortez.
Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Zone Edition (Silent/Passive Cooler) on HWHeaven.

Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
NZXT Kraken X31 & X41 Liquid CPU Coolers on SilentPCReview.

OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCIe SSD on NeoSeeker.
OCZ ARC 100 SSD on HWHeaven.
OCZ ARC 100 Series 240GB Value SSD on Tweaktown.
OCZ ARC 100 Series SSD on Guru3D.
OCZ ARC 100 240GB SSD on LegitReviews.
OCZ ARC 100 240GB on LegionHW.
OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
OCZ ARC 100 240GB SATA SSD on PCPerspective.
OCZ's Arc 100 solid-state drive on TechReport.
OCZ Arc 100 240 GB on OCAholic.
OCZ ARC 100 SSD on TheSSDReview.
OCZ Arc 100 240GB SSD on TechSpot.
Toshiba HG6 256GB (THNSNJ256GCSU) SSD on NikKTech.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro on TechPowerUp.
Deepcool Steam Castle B Micro-ATX on Tweaktown.
DeepCool Steam Castle mATX on eTeknix.
BitFenix Neos on BenchmarkReviews.

Netis Beacon N300 Wireless Gaming Router on TechWareLabs.
D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.

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