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Misc Pics (35 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-December-2014  03:21:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, Andrew and Sciby's friend Tom this week!

Friday Midday Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-December-2014  01:31:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard on TechnologyX.
ECS Z97 Machine Motherboard on Guru3D.
AMD FX-8350 & FX-6300: Real world power to performance testing on TechSpot.
ASUS X99-A Motherboard on LegitReviews.
Asus Z97 Pro (Wi-Fi ac) Socket 1150 Motherboard on HotHardware.
Core i7-5960X vs. Core i7-5820K - Content Creation performance analysis on OCaholic.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI AG270 2QE-037US Gaming All-In-One on PC Perspective.
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones on TechReport.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro laptop on TechSpot.

Power Supply:
Guardian Angel Safety Outlet on LegitReviews.
Bracketron SmartLantern 7800mAh Battery Flashlight & Lantern on Tweaktown.
SilverStone SX600-G SFX 600W PSU on PC Perspective.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4 GB on TechReport.
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Poseidon Platinum on OCaholic.

Silicon Power Marvel M70 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (128GB) on TheSSDReview.
CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 Quad-Drive RAID Array Storage Unit on Tweaktown.
Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 UASP External 2.5" SATA Enclosure on PC Perspective.
Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v5 600GB HDD on Tweaktown.
Asustor AS7004T 4-bay NAS on LegionHW.
Lexar Workflow DD512 USB 3.0 Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Thermaltake BlacX Urban Wi-Fi Edition Docking Station on Tweaktown.

Thermalright Silver Arrow ITX CPU cooler on OCAholic.
Thermalright Macho 90 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Lian Li PC-O5SX on TechPowerUp.
hermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower on Techgage.

Input Etc:
COUGAR 700K keyboard on Vortez.
Code Keyboard 104 key and TKL models on LanOC.
Roccat Tyon Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReview.

The Crew game on OCClub.
KGUARD MARS Home MH-4140 NVR Security System on NikKTech.
Linksys EA9200 AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router on LegitReviews.
ViewSonic VX2880ml 28-inch 4K 30Hz Monitor on Tweaktown.

Thursday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-December-2014  02:43:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Flagger spotted a 6TB HDD Showdown over on Backblaze's blog. We started the process in September when we purchased and deployed our first 6 TB hard drives. We purchased Western Digital (WD60EFRX) and Seagate (STBD6000100) hard drives. We deployed two Storage Pods, each with 45 drives from each brand. The Western Digital Storage Pod was designated UL796 and the Seagate Storage Pod was designated UL800. Each Pod was identical in its design and configuration except for the hard drives used.

This seems like quite a big deal - scientists have copied a worm's mind into a robot. Beneath the skin of a simple worm with transparent skin, there are 302 neurons that have been mapped meticulously by researchers in what is known as a connectome. This tiny, one millimeter-long worm has been studied in laboratories around the world, and now it's nervous system has been transplanted into the body of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot.

Meanwhile Neal Stephenson is trying to bring us an alternate reality. Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking."

PlayerAttack report on Australian Xbox servers in time for Xmas. Xbox Australia's given gamers an early Christmas present with the unveiling of locally hosted Xbox Live servers, promising both low pings and centralised local hosting for Australian gamers on a bunch of Xbox One titles.

PC Perspective take a look at mechanical keyboard switches. One of the difficulties with purchasing a mechanical keyboard is that they are quite expensive and vary greatly in subtle, but important ways. First and foremost, we have the different types of keyswitches. These are the components that are responsible for making each button behave, and thus varying them will lead to variations in how those buttons react and feel.

TechSpot take us back with the most memorable overclocking CPUs. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess. Read on! C300A gets a mention, but notably absent is the C366... where's my pitchfork?

Plextor and Gigabyte Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-December-2014  03:56:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Plextor and Gigabyte have teamed up to offer some prize bundles for Xmas. This isn't an OCAU-specific contest but it's worth a go anyway - details in the thread:

click for the thread!

Wednesday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-December-2014  15:16:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6 TB Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD on MadShrimps.
Kingston SSDnow M2 SATA 120GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Mushkin Reactor SSD Review (1TB) on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 850 Evo SSD on HWHeaven.

MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame on GamingNexus.
The Crew Review: Life In The Not so Fast Lane on Techgage.

Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX on eTeknix.
NZXT H440 on OCaholic.
SilverStone Raven RVZ01 on TechPowerUp.
In Win D-Frame Mini Case on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G on Vortez.
Sapphire R9-290X 8gb Vapor-X OC on HWHeaven.

Input Etc:
Gamdias Hermes Ultimate Keyboard on PureOC.
CM Storm Mizar Laser Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Cougar 600M mouse on HWHeaven.
Gamdias Combo Keyboard and Mouse on HWHeaven.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz DDR4 memory on OCClub.
Fractal Design Kelvin S36 cooler on HWHeaven.
Google Nexus 6 With Android Lollipop By Motorola on HotHardware.
MEGATech Video Reviews: AAXA LED Android Pico Projector on MegaTechNews.
ASRock Z97 Anniversary Motherboard on HWSecrets.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  10:30:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few more projects and reviews from people in the forums:

jjjc_93 reviewed the

pinkfloydeffect is joining
two laptop screens together

mad_mic3 has a
custom aluminium case

Bern built a model
WWII 6x6 Diamond Truck

Ripjaws reviewed the
Shaw GT-GM5 Gaming Case

and windwithme reviewed
Corsair's Obsidian 250 ITX

Monday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  05:01:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

All the best to those caught up in the Sydney seige at the moment. Here's hoping it's resolved as peacefully as possible.

Telstra and NBNco have a new deal regarding the existing copper and fibre assets. Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks while remaining committed to its structural separation under renegotiated definitive agreements with NBN Co that retain the $11 billion value of the 2011 deal. Telstra and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the re-signing of the landmark deal, which will see NBN Co continue to pay Telstra $5 billion in infrastructure payments, $4 billion in disconnection payments and $2 billion in Commonwealth agreements. More info here and here, and a video from Mr Turnbull here. NBN discussion continues here.

SimCity2000 is now free for a limited time. Origin required, of course. Now you can design any city you can imagine and SimCity 2000™ will bring it, and its resident Sims, to life. It has all the features, flexibility, art, animation, and power you need to create an environment of your dreams. Man, I lost a LOT of time to that back in the early 2000s..

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  04:56:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
CyberpowerPC SYBER Gaming Windows Console on HWAsylum.
E-CEROS Revolution 2 Tablet on MadShrimps.
Droid Turbo vs MotoX 2014 on LanOC.
MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook on PCPerspective.
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on NeoSeeker.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Hands-On Video Review on HotHardware.

Silicon Power S60 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.
HP Z Turbo 512GB PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Cougar 600M mouse on OCaholic.
AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Tesoro Durandal Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Gigabyte H81M-S2PH motherboard on HWSecrets.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Deepcool GamerStorm Captain 360 watercooler on Modders-Inc.
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 980 Poseidon video card on Guru3D.

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