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Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-September-2016  08:10:07 (GMT +10) - by booj

MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium on ocaholic.
ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 on PC Perspective.

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD on Hot Hardware.
Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS HDD on TweakTown.
Plextor M8PeG 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD with Heatsink on eTeknix.
Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
Crucial MX300 750 GB SSD on OCinside.
Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SATA III SSD on TweakTown.
QNAP TS-251A 2-Bay SOHO NAS on eTeknix.
Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSD on Custom PC Review.
Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB SSD on ThinkComputers.

Be Quiet! Silent Loop 280 on Guru3D.
Bequiet Silent Loop 240 AIO Water Cooler on Madshrimps.

Input etc:
Zalman ZM-K900M Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.
Evoluent VerticalMouse C Right Wireless Mouse on PC Perspective.

Patriot Viper 4 8GB DDR4 3400MHz Memory Kit on Neoseeker.
InWin Classic Series 750W Fully-Modular 80 Plus Platinum PSU on eTeknix.
TP-LINK Neffos Y5L Smartphone on Madshrimps.
Raijintek Aeneas case on techPowerUp.
Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Band on TweakTown.
Gigabyte RX 480 8GB G1 Gaming edition meets the Red
Devil & the GTX 1060
on babeltechreviews.
GE 13868 Plug-In Outdoor Smart Switch on Bigbruin.

Tuesday Evening (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 27-September-2016  18:04:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you get a mysterious USB stick in your mailbox, don't use it - obviously. USB sticks containing harmful malware have been left in Australian letterboxes, police in Victoria have warned. Residents of Pakenham, a suburb of Melbourne, have reportedly found the unmarked sticks in the boxes. Plugging them into a computer triggers fraudulent media-streaming service offers, as well as other malware, the force said in a statement. The devices are "extremely harmful" and should not be used, police say.

HP are also annoying people by stealthily blocking aftermarket ink cartridges in their printers. And consumer advocacy group Choice says it will begin investigating whether HP has breached Australian Consumer Law. Early last week, HP printer owners using non-HP ink cartridges began to complain they were receiving error messages such as "cartridge problem", "one or more cartridges are missing or damaged" or "older generation cartridge".

NZ researchers have restored the first recordings of computer-generated music, credited to Alan Turing. The aural artefact, which paved the way for everything from synthesisers to modern electronica, opens with a staunchly conservative tune — the British national anthem God Save the King. Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch said it showed Turing — best known as the father of computing who broke the WWII Enigma code — was also a musical innovator.

ARM have a new safety processor aimed at (among other things) the autonomous car market. James McNiven, general manager for CPU and media processing groups at ARM, provided some background information about the new processor's development: "We are helping partners to meet particular market opportunities, especially in fully autonomous vehicles and robotics systems where specific functionality is required for safety-critical tasks." To meet the industry safety standards ARM has documented the strict development process, fault modelling and supporting software isolation for the Cortex-R52.

Coming soon to a CPU near you: reconfigurable chaos. “We propose utilizing chaos theory – the system’s own nonlinearity – to enable transistor circuits to be programmed to perform different tasks. A very simple nonlinear transistor circuit contains very rich patterns. Different patterns that represent different functions coexist within the nonlinear dynamics of the system, and they are selectable. We utilize these dynamics-level behaviors to perform different processing tasks using the same circuit. As a result we can get more out of less.”

Meanwhile an AMD A12-9800 APU has been overclocked to 4.8GHz on stock cooling. A Korean overclocker, Namegt, has reached 4.8GHz on AMD's new A12-9800 APU using AMD's Wraith Air cooler at a voltage of 1.325V. This is a huge improvement on the overclockability of AMD's older Kaveri APUs, which require much larger cooling solutions and higher voltage in order to achieve the same clock speeds. This overclock is 1GHz higher than A12-9800's base clock speed of 3.8GHz and 0.6GHz higher than this CPUs boost clock speeds of 4.2GHz, which is an impressive overclock given the fact that this CPU is still using AMD's reference CPU cooler design.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 26-September-2016  16:24:34 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Jabra ECLIPSE Wireless Headset on NikKTech
HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset on BigBruin
iClever Wireless Audio Gear on Funky Kit
Monster Fatal1ty FxM 200 Headset on LanOC

Zalman Z9 & Z11 NEO on OCC
AeroCool XPredator II Full Tower Chassis on NikKTech
Anidees AI Crystal Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown
In Win 303 Computer Case on APH Networks

Dual GTX Titan SLI for 4K and Triple Monitor Gaming on Techspot
HIS Radeon RX 480 IceQ X˛ Roaring Turbo 8GB GDDR5 on Funky Kit
GIGABYTE GTX 1060, 1070 & 1080 G1 Gaming on Vortez
EVGA GTX 1080 Classified Video Card on Hardware Asylum
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming Premium on HardOCP

Kingston SSDnow UV400 480GB SSD on NikKTech
Crucial MX300 525GB SSD on Madshrimps

Evapolar USB air conditioner on GoodGearGuide
Gigabyte Brix S GB-BSi5HT-6200 Ultra Compact SFF PC on Hot Hardware
ECS Z170-LIGHTSABER Intel LGA1151 Motherboard on TechPowerUp
OPPO F1s Selfie Expert Smartphone on TechARP
FSP Hydro G 850W Gold Power Supply on PC Perspective

Misc Pics (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-September-2016  14:49:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have a Yahoo account (including Flickr etc), or had one back in 2014, you should be aware of this data breach, possibly the biggest in history. Anyway, thanks to Glock and Adam this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-September-2016  07:14:09 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Enermax Ostrog ADV on Ocaholic
Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 3 Micro-ATX Chassis on eTeknix

Prebuilt PC:
Wired2Fire Diablo Elite GTX 1080 Gaming PC on eTeknix
Asrock Beebox-S HTPC on Legion Hardware
ECS LIVA One Mini-PC (H110/Skylake) on techPowerUp

Fatal1ty by Monster FXM 100 Over-Ear Gaming Headphones on PC Perspective
Creative Aurvana ANC Headset on Madshrimps

Mach Xtreme Barium 64GB USB-C Flash Drive on TweakTown
Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive 512GB on TechSpot

Gigabyte XTREME GAMING XP1200M PSU on Guru3D
Seasonic Prime 850W on JonnyGuru

Cooler Master Seidon 240V AIO CPU Cooler on eTeknix
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 240mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Techgage

Sumo Air Inflatable Lounge Chair on Think Computers
Nest Outdoor Security Camera on Phoronix
Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station on OCInside
FIFA 17 (Xbox) on Gaming Nexus
GE 12718 Z-Wave Plug-In Smart Dimmer on BigBruin
Gigabyte X150M-PRO ECC Xeon Motherboard on TweakTown

Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-September-2016  17:23:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

1TB SD cards are on the way, with Western Digital and SanDisk unveiling prototypes. Except it's the same prototype, because SanDisk is part of WD now. I knew that. The SDXC card is only a prototype at this point, with no details available on price or release date, but it's still an impressive milestone. As SanDisk owners Western Digital points out, it was only 16 years ago that the company introduced its first 64 megabyte SD card, while two years ago they debuted the 512GB card, which was then the world's biggest. Things have moved fast, though, and compared to the 64MB card, today's 1TB version offers 16,384 times more storage.

Samsung meanwhile announced their new NVMe M.2 SSDs. In the past, Samsung has already released consumer oriented of their enterprise/OEM SSDs with their 950 Pro, which was a consumer grade version of their highly successful SP951 SSD. As such this 960 Evo is expected to deliver performance that is similar to Samsung's existing PM961, which uses the same TLC V-NAND and Polaris memory controller. More info and specs on Anandtech.

PC Perspective compared four large CPU air coolers. Many of the large air coolers on the market are built for ultra-efficient cooling at whisper-quiet volume levels. With massive heatsinks (and sometimes pairs of them) they can often cool demanding CPU loads with minimal fan speeds, and this usually results in very low noise output. Another advantage is the increased thermal headroom such a cooler provides, which can allow for overclocking without the need for liquid cooling - or even much additional noise.

Rob sent more info about the GTX970 class action. Unsurprisingly it's only open to US-based purchasers. Nvidia says it will pay each buyer of the graphics card $30 and will pay an additional $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees, according to settlement documents. The overall settlement amount was not publicly disclosed within court papers, however Nvidia agreed to pay all consumers who purchased the GTX 970 graphics card and indicated there would not be a cap on the total amount it would pay consumers.

I quite like this retro art project. What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here's what I'd do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70's, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.

Also with some retro flair is The Floppotron, thanks gasman. The floppy drives are back with multiplied force. Cover of Imperial March by computer hardware orchestra. Which song would you like to hear next? This one and the Game of Thrones theme are also pretty impressive.

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