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Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-July-2015  22:12:04 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD A10-7870K Godavari APU on Guru3D.
MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard on Hardware Asylum.
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown.
Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell CPU on Hot Hardware.

Graphics Cards:
AMD Fury X "Fiji" Voltage Scaling on techPowerUp.
HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB on Madshrimps.
Sapphire Nitro R9 390 on LanOC Reviews.
Palit GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super JetStream on TweakTown.
ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix on Hardware Heaven.

Storage:
Kingston microSDHC Mobility Kit 32GB on APH Networks.
QNAP TS-453 Mini 4-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2.5 HDD V3 2TB on NikKTech.

Input etc:
AZIO MGK 1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition Mouse on Hardware Heaven.

Misc:
Audio-Technica ATH-PDG1 Headset on Hardware Heaven.
Noctua NH-C14S CPU Cooler on APH Networks.
Antec Earthwatts Platinum 550 W on HWI.
Bitfenix Alchemy Stripe LED Magnetic on ocaholic.
Windows 10 on TechSpot.



Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2015  14:33:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2015  14:31:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia will have a new largest supercomputer soon, thanks mpot. The Bureau of Meteorology has chosen Cray to build the agency's new US$59m (AU$77m) supercomputer in what will become Australia's largest. The weather bureau first went to market for a replacement of its existing Oracle/ Sun-based high-performance computational (HPC) system in 2013, with an aim to improve its weather modelling capabilities.

We also have some unusual champions. First, the Rubik's Cube World Champion. Australian Feliks Zemdegs took the Rubik's Cube world title for the second time at the 2015 World Championship finals in Brazil. Most people have fiddled with a rubik's cube, few have probably ever been able to complete it even without removing the coloured stickers. But it took 19-year-old Feliks Zemdegs less than six seconds to win his second world title in Sao Paulo.

Also, a Brisbane man has won the first US Drone Racing Championships. Chad Nowak of Brisbane, won all three events at the competition. He won the individual time trial, was on the winning team time trial squad, and won the freestyle trick event. The sport of first-person view (FPV) drone racing is still in its infancy. It involves small, custom-built drones with cameras attached to them that broadcast video feeds back to specially-designed goggles that allow pilots to see what the drones see. The drones are fast and nimble, and can hit speeds nearing 70 mph. I.. want to do this.

TheSSDReview have done some HDD RAID analysis for a change. Doesnít The SSD Review just test SSDs? Those are good questions. Our answer to them is simple. We were given the opportunity and we couldnít resist. If someone offered to a test drive in their new Lamborghini, would you say no? We didnít think so! So, today we will be reviewing the HGST Ultrastar He8, but we wonít be testing just one drive. Today we will be testing eight of them in multiple RAID configurations as well! That is right, 64TB worth of the latest and greatest enterprise storage! Go big or go home right?

U2 meanwhile tour with an all-flash array to handle their visual effects, thanks Sniper. Both the VNXe 3200, which can store up to 450 terabytes of data, and the Data Domain, are in 2U form factors that fit standard racks; Desmedt is using two of the flash arrays. The Data Domain 2500 can store up to 6.6 petabytes, and has maximum throughput of 13.4 terabytes per hour, so the nightly backup can be accomplished before the team packs up for the next stop on the road.

Non-surprise of the week is that North Korea's Linux has spyware. ERNW security analyst Florian Grunow says North Korea's Red Star Linux operating system is tracking users by tagging content with unique hidden tags. The operating system, developed from 2002 as a replacement for Windows XP, was relaunched with a Mac-like interface in 2013's version three. The newest version emerged in January 2015. Grunow says files including Microsoft Word documents and JPEG images connected to but not necessarily executed in Red Star will have a tag introduced into its code that includes a number based on hardware serial numbers. More info here.

At first I thought this was another Turing Test article but it seems to be a different kind of test, for robot self-awareness. A humanoid robot in New York solved a classic puzzle that researchers say requires self-awareness. This is the first time a robot has passed such a test. Selmer Bringsjord, who ran the test, said that after passing many tests of this kind over time, robots will amass a repertoire of human-like abilities that eventually become useful when combined.

Wired have an article on remote car hacking. As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure. Thatís when they cut the transmission. Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. Discussion here.

Volvo meanwhile say they will be the first to have driverless cars on Australian roads. I thought Google already tested here? Maybe not. Combined with road research agency ARRB Group, Volvo will demonstrate driverless vehicle technology on South Australian roads. Volvoís soon to be launched XC90 SUV will have its existing autonomous features specially programmed for the trial to be able to be operated hands free, within a controlled environment. The programming will take advantage of adaptive cruise control and pilot assist functions which keeps the car in between lanes and stops them from running into cars in front.



Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2015  14:17:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte's X99-Gaming 5P motherboard on TechReport.
Comparing NetBurst Celeron & Pentium 4 To Broadwell's Core i7 5775C on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE X99 SLI Review, Excellence On A Budget on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte F2A88X-UP4 Motherboard on TechnologyX.
ASRock N3700M "Braswell" Micro-ATX SFF PC Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV on OCClub.
Razer Leviathan speakers on Vortez.
ASUS MG279Q 27-inch IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor on LegitReviews.

Cases:
Phanteks Enthoo Pro M on BenchmarkReviews.
Zalman Z11 NEO on TechPowerUp.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 Windowed Edition Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix.

Storage:
HP StorageWorks RDX Disk Backup USB 3.0 System on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG SX930 120GB, 240GB and 480GB SATA III Gaming SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TVS-x63 (TVS-463-8GB): AMD Powered NAS on Bjorn3D.
Synology DS414slim & QNAP TS-453mini NAS on TechSpot.
Samsung Pro Plus microSDHC 32GB and EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC on TheSSDReview.

Video Cards:
15-Way AMD/NVIDIA Graphics Card Comparison For 4K Linux Gaming on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 WindForce 3X OC 4GB on NikKTech.
Asus STRIX Radeon R9 390X Review: Hawaii Gets 8GB on HotHardware.
ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX Gaming 6 GB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Keycool Hero 84 keyboard on LanOC.
Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Forged Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Technolamp Smart LED WiFi Controller Set on GeekInspector.
Vertagear SL2000 Gaming Chair on LegitReviews.
Crucial 16GB Ballistix Elite 2666MHz Memory on Bjorn3D.
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano CI540 Plus mini-PC on Bjorn3D.
Deepcool Captain 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.



Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-July-2015  23:46:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7 5775C: Once Going, This Broadwell CPU Is Great On Linux on Phoronix.
GIGABYTE X99-SLI (Intel X99) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming Motherboard on Guru3D.

Video Cards:
PNY GTX 960 XLR8 on OCClub.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition on FutureLooks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
VKWorld VK6735 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition - Mobile Gaming at a Resonable Price on PCPerspective.
Dell Venue 10 7000 2-in-1 Review: Brains And Beauty on HotHardware.
LUXA2 Smart Clip & Tab Clip phone holder on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Siberia v3 Prism RGB Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Roku 3 (2015) Streaming Media Player on MegaTechNews.

Misc:
GSKill Ripjaws 4 DDR4 3000Mhz Quad Channel Memory on HWAsylum.
Deepcool Assassin II CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
SSD Charts 2015: 58 SSDs - Intel SSD 750 400 GB & 1.2 TB on OCaholic.
Raidmax Narwhal case on OCaholic.
Raidmax Vampire RX-1000GH 1000W PSU on NikKTech.`



Forum Projects (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-July-2015  18:31:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting things from people in the forums:


sammy_b0i has a
compact mATX build

doigal built a small
and cheap CNC machine

Ripjaws reviewed the
SHAW MINI ONE case


Lan Addict built a
dual-radiator Micro-ATX machine

straiton meanwhile has
a DIY watercooled setup

Mrfocal is building
a watercooled gaming desk PC



Tuesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-July-2015  14:23:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have issued an out-of-band update to address a security issue. This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts. This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. So, you probably want to fire up Windows Update.

Commodore (the computer company, not the car) are back, with a smartphone. More info here. This isn’t the first time Commodore has risen from the dead. Five years ago, an American company called Commodore USA released the C64x, an all-in-one PC sporting an Intel Atom processor, Nvidia Ios2 graphics, 4GB of RAM, up to 1TB of storage, and a Blu-Ray reader. Nostalgia and retro gaming weren’t enough, however, and Commodore USA shut down in 2013. Are YOU keeping up with the Commodore?

Spectrum have an article about making a safer Internet of Things, thanks mpot. And most IoT products, even if secured, have no way to automatically update their security software when vulnerabilities are discovered. As things now stand, bad actors can exploit any vulnerability they find for as long as the 10 or even 20 years the devices remain in use. The situation has got to change. Product makers—and the people who use these gadgets—have to protect against hacking. And it is possible to do it.

China meanwhile have responded to U.S. restrictions by making their own supercomputer chips. When the U.S. blocked exports of Intel chips for key Chinese supercomputers the expectation was that it would do little more than hasten the development of native architectures, effectively pushing up the timeline for Chinese chipmakers to find their own solutions to large-scale computing without Intel. It appears that this is exactly what has happened. And far sooner than most might have thought.

HWSecrets explain what the 80 Plus Cerfication really means. The 80 Plus certification was created to allow consumers to know which power supplies are the most efficient ones and, as the name implies, guarantees that the power supply is able to present efficiency of 80%. With more and more manufacturers trying to design power supplies with efficiency well above 80%, they decided to create three new certification categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Learn what they really mean.

There's a new $100M initiative to find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. It has the backing of Dr Stephen Hawking and will involve (among other facilities) the Parkes Telescope. The first of two initiatives announced today, Breakthrough Listen, will be the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth. The second, Breakthrough Message, will fund an international competition to generate messages representing humanity and planet Earth, which might one day be sent to other civilizations.



Tuesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-July-2015  12:11:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Moving From Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K to Intel Broadwell 5775C on LegitReviews.
ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 (Intel LGA 2011-3) on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte MU70-SU0 (Intel C612) Server Motherboard on eTeknix.
Intel Core i7-5775C on Modders-Inc.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG G751 17-inch NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte BRIX S BXi5H-5200 PC Kit on LegitReviews.
LG G4 Smartphone on TechSpot.

Cases:
BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-Tower on Techgage.

Storage:
Plextor M6V 240 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB ST 400VN000 on ComputingOnDemand.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon Fury Crossfire on PCWorld.
Sapphire Tri-X R9 390X on ThinkComputers.
XFX R9 380 4G DD, XFX Review, XFX Rocks the DD Coolers Again on Bjorn3D.
Sapphire Tri-X R9 Fury 4GB on eTeknix.
ASUS STRIX Gaming GTX 980 Ti 6GB on OCAholic.
Asus Strix R9 390X Gaming 8G OC on Bjorn3D.
ASUS STRIX GTX 980Ti DC3 OC on Vortez.
MSI Radeon R7 370 GAMING 4G on Phoronix.



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