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Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  13:40:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on some cool projects from our Modding forum:

Master_09 has an
open-air watercooled PC

Nateid03 has a ghetto-ish
All-in-one cooler SLI setup

while newlife has been
volt-modding a GTX 950

alexciobanu has a
blue-themed PC

Butcher9_9 made a
wooden headphone stand

and mad_mic3 has a
helicopter-themed PC project

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-December-2016  11:37:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Rosewill Gram mid-tower on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T on HWAsylum.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5t on OCClub.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA 550W G3 Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Linkworld LPW1685-70 on HWInsights.

Input Etc:
Speedlink OMNIVI gaming mouse on Vortez.
Cougar Deathfire EX Mouse and Keyboard Bundle on eTeknix.

Portal Self-Optimizing Urban AC2400 WiFi Router on BigBruin.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Graphics Performance Analysis on eTeknix.
Wanhao Duplicator i3 - Budget 3D Printer on PCReview.
The Flash Plus 2 smartphone on TechARP.
Teamgroup T-Force Night Hawk 3000 MHz 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 memory on Guru3D.
Z170 Motherboard Charts: 20 Models tested - EVGA Z170 Classified K on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 And WX 5100 Workstation Graphics: Polaris Goes Pro on HotHardware.
Fatal1ty by Monster's FXM 200 gaming headset on TechReport.
ADATA SC660 240GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-December-2016  13:22:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-7700K (14nm+ Kaby Lake) on Hexus.
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 motherboard on OCAholic.

Noctua NH-D15S versus NH-D15 CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Strontium iDrive Nitro Lightning 64GB Card Reader on Tweaktown.
Plextor S2C 512GB Entry-Level SATA3 Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
TerraStation F2-220 2-Bay SMB Cloud Storage NAS on eTeknix.
ADATA Premier SP550 480GB Solid-State Drive on Techgage.

Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 on TechReport.
Deepcool GamerStorm GENOME Liquid-Cooled Case on PCPerspective.

Stanley FatMax LEDLISL Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight on ModSynergy.
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.
AK Racing PRO X Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
XCELLON AC & USB Power Bank (PB-1200AC) on ModSynergy.
Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
AUKEY KM-G3 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 5-December-2016  23:54:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tech Report have been playing around with the Internet of Things, to make dumb machines smarter. Sometimes I forget things. In particular, I forget to transfer my clean but wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. When this happens, I have to waste time, detergent, electricity, and water to re-wash the clothes. My wife's sister has an expensive race-car-red washing machine that plays a few cheerful musical notes when the cycle is finished. That reminder is helpful, and my better half likes the little tune, but I figured I could get crafty and make the dumb old washer and dryer whisper in my ear through the internet. Here's how I did it.

PCI SSDs are all the rage in laptops now. The number of notebooks built to use SSDs, which are based on NAND flash, exceeded analyst expectations this quarter, and the industry is on pace to surpass the 50% adoption rate in the 2017 to 2018 timeframe, according to a report from DRAMeXchange.

However Sniper sends word that the prices of SSDs are spiking due to NAND shortages. We began reporting on the first signs of the looming NAND shortage all the way back in May, and have touched on the domino effect in many articles over the ensuing months as it unfolded. Now the shortage is in full swing: DRAMeXchange reported that the average price of MLC SSDs rose this quarter between 6%-10%, while TLC SSDs also rose 6%-9%. We also reached out to Trendfocus, whose projections indicate even higher price hikes at both the retail and OEM level.

BC spotted this interesting article about one aspect of autonomous cars. It should be technically and theoretically possible for an autonomous car to drive with input not just from its array of cameras and sensors, but from a set of pre-recorded data from another car. The data that can be recorded – and, in the case of almost every drive-by-wire car made today is recorded – is significant: throttle position, steering wheel angle, brake pressure, weight balance, speed, wheel slippage, and, of course, GPS data about where the car goes.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 4-December-2016  06:01:20 (GMT +10) - by booj

GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming Motherboard on Techgage.
Gigabyte Z170X-Designare on Hot Hardware.

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming OC on Guru3D.
ASUS GTX 1050 Ti STRIX OC 4 GB on techPowerUp.
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB on Madshrimps.

WD My Passport 4TB 2016 Edition Portable External Hard Drive on Legit Reviews.
Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
Seagate Skyhawk 10TB on OCC.

Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Thermaltake The Tower 900 on Funky kit.

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Headset on LanOC Reviews.
Creative iRoar Go on Vortez.
Cougar Immersa Gaming Headset on ocaholic.
Genius HS-930BT Headset on Funky Kit.

D-Link Performace Series DIR-890L AC3200 Enthusiast Router on eTeknix.
TP-Link Archer C3200 Wireless Tri-Band Router on Funky Kit.

Input etc:
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Thrustmaster TMX on PC Perspective.
ROCCAT SOVA MK Gaming Lapboard on TweakTown.
Zalman ZM-K900M RGB LED gaming keyboard on The Tech Report.
Fnatic Gear Clutch G1 Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
AUKEY KM-G3 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on PC Perspective.

Dell XPS 13 (Kaby Lake) on Hot Hardware.
Corsair Magnetic Levitation ML120 & ML140 PRO LED Fan onTechgage.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-December-2016  14:26:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This may be a weird batch - after 3 days of gastro I'm pretty much hallucinating at my desk. :) But anyway, thanks to danstoejam and Axe this week!

Thursday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-December-2016  22:07:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some info from Malakai about the 2G shutdown in Oz: Telstra will be the first carrier to switch off its 2G network on the first of December, at which time anyone using a 2G mobile phone or a 2G SIM card will no longer be able to make phone calls or send text messages. Even calls to emergency services may no longer connect. Also Optus will switch off its 2G network in April - affecting Virgin Mobile, amaysim and Dodo customers - while Vodafone's 2G network will be decommissioned in September 2017. A lesser known side-effect of the shutdown of the 2G network is that most dual SIM phones except the very latest and greatest ones can only use the secondary SIM via the 2G network. So many people using dual SIM phones might be caught unawares when their secondary SIM stops working tomorrow. Or today, even! More info here and here.

Google's powers now extend to messing with the spacetime continuum.. kinda. No commonly used operating system is able to handle a minute with 61 seconds, and trying to special-case the leap second has caused many problems in the past. Instead of adding a single extra second to the end of the day, we'll run the clocks 0.0014% slower across the ten hours before and ten hours after the leap second, and “smear” the extra second across these twenty hours. For timekeeping purposes, December 31 will seem like any other day.

PC bits retailer MSY are in hot water over warranty issues. “The ACCC alleges that MSY Technology breached the Australian Consumer Law by misrepresenting consumers’ rights to a repair, replacement, or a refund when they have purchased faulty products,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said. “Businesses must not mislead consumers about their consumer guarantee rights. Consumers who have purchased a faulty product have a right under the consumer guarantees to remedies which businesses cannot restrict, alter, or remove.”

I don't normally link buyer's guides, but I thought it might be interesting to see what people are looking at during the run up to Xmas. Tech Report have a Christmas Gift Guide, while Techgage have a GPU Upgrade & New Build guide. On the lookout for a new graphics card? We’ve put together a guide to help you pick the right graphics card for your budget. For new builds or upgrades, there are an assortment of GPUs to pick in each price range. Competative eSports on a budget, to ultrawide or multi-monitor gaming, there’s something for everyone.

Techspot also looked at real-world storage performance. To test and visualize how storage performance impacts the user experience in real world scenarios we recorded how quickly our Core i7-6700K test system completes various tasks using Samsung’s new 960 Evo 500GB SSD, then compared against the value-minded Crucial MX300 and the WD Red Pro 4TB mechanical hard drive.

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