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January 2012
Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 31-January-2012  05:33:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

Emporer 1510 Workstation in Overclocking & Hardware.
Team[AU] AMD Extreme Overclocking Demo - KLCC PC Fair Dec 4th in Overclocking & Hardware.
Thermaltake and BMW Designworks Level 10 M Mouse in Overclocking & Hardware.
Setting up 3x3 monitors with two AMD HD6990's in Video Cards.
Audit who has accessed and modified files in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Inverter Mayhem in Newbie Lounge.
RCAware HDMI CEC bridge experiences in HTPC.
South Park RPG from Obsidian in PC Games.
Things I learned from games in PC Games.
AVerMedia DarkCrystal HD Capture Station - USB2.0 vid cap in Game Consoles.
Memory card speed vs camera write speed in Photography & Video.
The future energy grid is not the grid in Science.
Sharpening your own Knives - tell us your experience in Geek Food.
Mini tank (worklog) in Pets & Animals.
My Synchronised Christmas Lights in Lifestyle.
Living under an airport in Lifestyle.
How can I be more fuel efficient!? in Motoring.
I am 100% debt free! in Career, Education & Finance.
Dutch Researcher Created A Super-Influenza Virus With The Potential To Kill Millions in Current Events.
US military marks end of its Iraq war in Current Events.
No wonder they manufacture in China in Politics & Policies.
QLD Free IBM keyboards but there is a catch in The Pub.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-January-2012  02:09:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS P9X79 WS Workstation Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
ECS X79R-AX Black Series Motherboard on LegitReviews.
AMD Llano A8-3870K APU on TechWareLabs.
AMD A6 3500 triple core APU on Guru3D.
AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano Quad-Core APU on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Thermaltake Tt eSports Shock Spin Gaming Headset on Pro-Clockers.
NuForce uDAC-2 Digital-to-Analog Converter on TechWareLabs.
Cerwin-Vega XD3 Desktop Speakers on TechReaction.
JLab B-Flex X-Bass Laptop Speaker on EverythingUSB.
Westone 4R In-ears on TechPowerUp.
Logitech h800 Wireless Headset on TBreak.
SteelSeries Sibera v2 – Natus Vincere edition headset on XSReviews.
BenQ XL2420T Monitor on Tech-Reviews.

Storage:
OCZ Nocti 12OGB SATA 2 mSATA SSD on TheSSDReview.
Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD on FunkyKit.
Crucial m4 512GB SSD on LegionHW.
OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB SSD on Bjorn3D.
Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Cooling:
Noctua NF-F12 120mm PWM Fan on DragonSteelMods.
ARCTIC Alpine 11 Plus CPU cooler on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse on HWHeaven.
CM Storm Xornet Gaming Mouse on RBMods.

Power Supply:
NZXT HALE82 750W on Tweaktown.
Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W on TechPowerUp.
NZXT HALE82 850W on Tweaktown.
Antec High Current Gamer 620W on OCClub.
Super Flower Golden King 1000W on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Galaxy MDT GeForce GT 520 on TechSpot.
XFX HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3 GB on OCClub.
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6670 on TechWareLabs.
Galaxy GT 520 MDT on OCClub.
Sapphire HD 7970 3GB Video Cards in CrossFire Overclocked on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon HD6450 FleX Edition 1GB on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Transformer Prime (with ICS) tablet on Guru3D.
Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9981 Smartphone on TBreak.
HTC Explorer Android Smartphone on HWHeaven.
Acer Aspire TimelineX 5830TG-6614 notebook on TechReviewSource.
Ainol NOVO7 Basic ICS tablet on TheOutspokenWookie, thanks mpot.
Zotac ZBOX ID-80 Plus HTPC on TBreak.
ZOTAC ZBOX AD04 Plus AMD Fusion Mini PC on HWHeaven.

Misc:
NewerTech 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub with 3.5 Amp Power Supply on TestFreaks.
Thermaltake Tt eSport Battle Dragon LAN Bag on eTeknix.
Antec SoundScience HALO 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit on Tweaknews.
Akasa Venom Toxic Full Tower case on eTeknix.



Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-January-2012  13:21:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Members of the Polish parliament apparently donned Guy Fawkes masks. The reason: they’re protesting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a treaty that seems to carry echoes of SOPA and Internet censorship. Unfortunately for members of Poland’s left-wing Palikot’s Movement party, most members of the the European Union signed up to ACTA yesterday, the first major step towards ratification.

If you have a Sanyo microwave, you might want to know about this recall. Almost eight thousand of the ovens have been sold nationally in Target stores between July 2010 and the first half of January. Sanyo has started withdrawing all products from the market.

Some members of Monty Python are apparently working on a Sci-Fi Spoof film. Python standouts John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, who will be directing the film, are on board. And, according to TheWrap, Idle is Absolutely Anything‘s lone holdout, but that could change when production begins this summer in the UK. If Idle joins the production it would make for a pretty impressive collection of the Flying Circus. But don’t call Absolutely Anything a Monty Python comeback.

Callan noticed that the venerable 6502 processor is shiny and new again. Apparently, the W65C02S6TPG-14 – its current name – is pin and software compatible with its grandfather, a 1975 drawing board design by Bill Mensch and Chuck Peddle that was later used in the early Apple and Commodore computers as well as the UK's own BBC Micro. Like other members of the 6502 family, the W65C02S6TPG-14 offers an extended set of instructions and a clock speed of up to 14 MHz (instead of the original 1 MHz).

eTeknix wonder if external graphics are the way forward for gaming laptops. Currently this market is relatively ‘new’ so we take a look at what is on offer now and take a brief look forward with some of the prototypes we have seen over the past few months, most notably the external graphics card docking station MSI unveiled at CES 2012 in Las Vegas which is dubbed the ‘GUS II’.

MSI have entered the PC case market - HWSecrets check out one of their first offerings, the MSI Nighthawk. The MSI Nighthawk has four external 5.25” bays, with meshed covers and air filters, and an external 3.5” bay, which comes with a memory card reader installed.

mpot spotted this mini spy PC. It can be dropped from an AR Drone, tossed over a fence, plugged into a wall socket or even hidden inside a CO detector. Once in place, the homebrew Linux-based system can be used to gather data and hop onto wireless networks using WiFi-cracking software. Sneaky. Paranoid yet?



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-January-2012  12:48:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Corsair Carbide 500R Arctic White Edition on MadShrimps.
Antec Three Hundred Two on TechReaction.
NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower on RWLabs.
Lian Li PC-90 HPTC Chassis on MissingRemote.
GELID Solutions Darkforce on LegitReviews.
NZXT Switch 810 on HotHardware.
Enermax Fulmo GT Full PC Case on Pro-Clockers.
Corsair 500R on TechReaction.
Fractal Design - Define R3 on HardCoreWare.
BitFenix Raider on NeoSeeker.

Software:
Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) PC game on Tweaktown.
EA’s Battlefield 3 for the PC on Futurelooks.
Darksiders II (360) (PC) (PS3) (WiiU) preview on GamingNexus.

Cooling:
Swiftech Apogee HD Water Block on OCIA.
Glacialtech Igloo H58 Heatsink on Frostytech.
Prolimatech Lynx CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Noctua NF-F12 PWM Fan on Vortez.
ARCTIC Freezer i30 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus CPU cooler on FunkyKit.
Zero Infinity Free Flow+ CPU Cooler on Vortez.
Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.



Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-January-2012  02:48:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Andrew, Dan, Null Object, Skymaster and |AgB|deano this week!






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Friday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-January-2012  02:23:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Denis points out that the Macquarie Dictionary's voting for their Word of the Year 2011 closes at midnight tonight.

Some good news from eBay: Australian casual sellers now pay no listing fees. As announced in September 2011, eBay has been trialling free insertion fees on single quantity items in any listing format for casual sellers, up to 30 listings per month. Following positive feedback, eBay is delighted to make this trial permanent, effective immediately.

ArsTechnica checked out some big-time storage. The storage system backing Google's search engine has to be able to serve millions of data reads and writes daily from thousands of individual processes running on thousands of servers, can almost never be down for a backup or maintenance, and has to perpetually grow to accommodate the ever-expanding number of pages added by Google's Web-crawling robots. In total, Google processes over 20 petabytes of data per day. That's not something that Google could pull off with an off-the-shelf storage architecture.

Toyota will be racing petrol-electric hybrid cars in the Le Mans 24h race this year, and they sound pretty good. The TS030s use a snazzy THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System - Racing) powertrain, featuring an all-new 3.4-litre normally aspirated V8 petrol engine and hybrid system with capacitor storage (whatever that means) and the oily stuff's hidden under a brand-spankers carbon fibre LMP1 chassis, which was developed and produced at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany, where the complete car was assembled for the first time in preparation for testing.

DVice report on plugging the internet into your brain. But fear not, future human batteries in training! Researchers from around the world are hard at work developing ways to mainline the virtual world directly into your brain. No middle man required. Here we present some of the coolest upcoming technology that will collapse the divide between meat and machine.

If you've been irritated by your Corsair Vengeance 1500 headphones, SiliconAngel has some good news. I contacted Corsair, and without so much as another question, they sent me a set of leatherette earcup pads for the HS1 (model number: CA-HS1-EARPADS, lot No: 111904472) which, being exactly the same dimensions, fit perfectly. I've been using them for a couple of days now (the longest session without a break was around six hours) with no discomfort whatsoever :-)



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-January-2012  09:59:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on more reviews and projects from people in the forums:


windwithme checked out
Corsair's 128GB SATA3 SSD

Syvirus has a neat
LANbox Lite project

vcoleiro1 made a
tiny arcade table


VeritronX has an
impressive tiny PC too

while demon1300 has
a monster WC tower

and n3m3515 has an
impressive PC and desk setup


Statica made a
DIY flash diffuser

windwithme compared
Phenom II X6 and FX-8120

and checked out the
Intel Core i7-3960X



Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-January-2012  16:02:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope you're having a great Australia Day!

iXBTLabs have a 71-CPU roundup. The year 2011 has ended, so it's high time to sum up the results and see the general picture. If you're looking to upgrade, we hope this will make choosing a processor easier

Schnappy spotted this video on the new Ubuntu HUD. Join us for a review of HUD - Ubuntu's intent driven interface.

Neerav has a blog post about the intangibility of digital goods. When I "buy" an eBook from Amazon.com or you "buy" a song from iTunes we aren't actually buying anything at all. What we're doing is paying for the legal licensing right to read/listen to some bits of digital information on a limited number of compatible devices.

Phoronix have some info on next-gen VIA hardware. The S3 Chrome 600 series / VIA VT3456 (VX11) still hasn't been officially announced, but here are some benchmarks of the forthcoming chipset from a VIA Nano quad-core system.

AMD meanwhile announced their Q4 2011 results, about which PC Perspective have some thoughts. The company had gross revenue of $1.69 billion and had a net income loss of $177 million. That net income is not necessarily a bad result, but more on that later. Margins rose to 46%, which is still a far cry from Intel’s 65% for the past quarter. Gross revenue was up 2% from last year, which considering the marketplace and Intel’s dominance, is a solid win for AMD.

OC3D checked out some fans from Prolima Tech. It's no coincidence that ProlimaTech, well known for their range of performance CPU and VGA cooling solutions, should also produce a range of fans. Here we take a look at the entire Vortex range, including the rather sexy looking Aluminium bladed 140mm model.

APCMag have an editorial on the state of Net Neutrality. The fur has rarely flown as thick and fast as in the debate around net neutrality, a concept that has been batted around for years but gained significant traction last year when the US Federal Communications Commission introduced formal and binding net neutrality regulations on telecommunications providers in that country.



Photography Gallery (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-January-2012  02:55:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.



















Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-January-2012  15:38:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 Portable USB Monitor on LegitReviews.
GE Chic 13 inch On-Lap Monitor on TechWareLabs.
Bayan Audio Bayan 7 Speaker Dock on Tech-Reviews.
Sennheiser PC 320 G4ME Headset on HWHeaven.
Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR on TechReviewSource.
ASUS O!Play Mini Plus on Guru3D.
TekNmotion Yapster Universal Headset on OCClub.

Power Supply:
Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 800W on eTeknix.
First Look: Corsair Individual Sleeved Modular PSU Cables on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Envy 15 (Early 2012) notebook on TechReviewSource.
HP Touchsmart 520 All-in-One PC on HotHardware.
Kupa X11 Windows Tablet With 128GB SSD on TheSSDReview.

Video Cards:
ASUS HD 7970 on TBreak.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Super Overclock on PCPerspective.
HIS Radeon HD 6570 IceQ (1GB GDDR3) on FunkyKit.
Galaxy GeForce GT 440 2GB on NeoSeeker.
First Look: ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II Top on LegitReviews.

Input Etc:
QPAD MK-Series Mechanical Keyboards (85, 80 and 50) on Metku.
Epic Gear Hybrid Pad Mouse mat on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard on OC3D.
Enermax Briskie Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo on HWHeaven.

Misc:
NewerTech iSesamo Repair Tool on TestFreaks.
Belkin SURF N150 Wireless Adapter on TBreak.
Kingston HyperX Genesis 8GB DDR3 1600 Memory Kit on LegitReviews.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-January-2012  12:54:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks for the birthday wishes! :)

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte X79 UD3 on NinjaLane.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7: Mainboard for LGA 2011 CPUs Overclocking on XbitLabs.

Cooling:
Arctic Accelero XTREME Plus II VGA cooler on XtremeComputing.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler on XbitLabs.
Maingear Phase Changing Thermal Material - Epic T1000 on LegitReviews.

Storage:
Samsung 830 Series 128GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Diamond D10 USB 3.0 750GB 2.5-inch Portable Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
Asus DRW-24B3LT SATA DVD-RW Drive on Tweaknews.
Silicon Power Velox V30 SATA 3 240GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
OWC DIY Solid State Drive Upgrade Kit on CircuitRemix.
Zalman F1 120 GB Solid State Drive on XbitLabs.

Cases:
SilverStone SST-GD06B HTPC Enclosure on BenchmarkReviews.
Xigmatek Asgard Pro on RBMods.
Enermax Fulmo GT Big Tower on Tweaktown.



Happy birthday, Agg! (63 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-January-2012  01:28:20 (GMT +10) - by Sciby

That's right, another year has rolled around and it's Agg's birthday again! He's a little older, a little wiser, but he's still free of wrinkles and grey hairs (which makes me wonder about all his hair salon visits)... so join in us in wishing him a great day!

Happy birthday, Aggster! Hope you have a good one. :)

(And of course, happy birthday to our other forum members who were also born today: AdeptaCheese, Alfeh, Amfibius, flu!d, pigo1973, Cloxter, GTR27, Meowrrr, Pyro, Aaron_85 and YungWun)



Elroc's Gaming Chair (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-January-2012  10:21:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We saw an impressive Man Cave earlier today - is this project from Elroc the ultimate chair?


Click for the thread!



Monday Night (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-January-2012  10:13:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're in Sydney, keep an eye out for Food Trucks doing the rounds. The 10 trucks taking the streets are mixing it up with the likes of burgers, tacos, burritos, spelt pizze, steamed pork buns, things on sticks, healthy breakfast foods and fresh juices as well as grilled meats and pulled pork sandwiches. The trucks will be making their way around Sydney and will be confirming their locations closer to feeding time via Facebook and Twitter.

A few people sent in this Twitter photo which is apparently of 4KB of ancient IBM memory. 4K of IBM memory found in my grandpa's pole barn, captured in a 692K photo. Kudos to anyone who finds the model/etc of it.

TorrentFreak have an interesting opinion piece on Australia's copyright colonialism. The Canberra Wikileaks cables revealed the US Embassy sanctioned a conspiracy by Hollywood studios to target Australian communications company iiNet through the local court-system, with the aim of establishing a binding common-law precedent which would make ISPs responsible for the unauthorised file-sharing of their customers.

In the wake of the Megaupload shutdown, people are considering what it means for legitimate users and if it shakes people's faith in cloud services. Does US territory now extend to cyberspace? According to the US Department of Justice, the New Zealand Police arrested MegaUpload staff in Auckland that were citizens of Finland, Germany and The Netherlands using warrants “requested by the United States.”

A few people also sent in this video of a ringtone interrupting a classical soloist. Instead of stopping the music altogether (like what happened at a New York Philharmonic concert earlier this month when an iPhone’s “marimba” ringtone so blatantly interrupted the music that the conductor stopped the entire orchestra), Lukáš picked up on the Nokia noise, playing it more beautifully than we’ve ever heard.

Royal Pingdom have some big numbers about the Internet in 2011. So what happened with the Internet in 2011? How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011? How many websites? How much did the most expensive domain name cost? How many photos were hosted on Facebook? How many videos were viewed to YouTube?

Games.on.net checked out a new Karting sim from an Australian developer. The game will eschew arcade antics and instead deliver in-depth, serious karting action for fans of the sport. Griffin has been working away on the game for over five years now, but with KartSim approaching its beta release, we figured it was time to have a look at this promising independent project.



Man Cave Work Log (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 22-January-2012  15:26:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Check out this project from shOOter--- to build his perfect Man Cave:


Click for the thread!



Sunday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-January-2012  16:37:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you've got a DreamHost account, you probably need to change your passwords due to a security issue. Last night we detected some unauthorized activity within one of our databases. While we don’t have evidence that customer passwords were taken at this time, we’re forcing a change out of caution. People are reporting the web panel down so they can't change passwords, though.

File-sharing site Megaupload has been shut down by US officials, and some of the founders arrested in New Zealand. The US Justice Department said that Megaupload's two co-founders Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and Mathias Ortmann were arrested in Auckland, New Zealand along with two other employees of the business at the request of US officials. It added that three other defendants were still at large. The response from Anonymous has been to attack the websites of the FBI, the Department of Justice and various music industry companies. More here and here, discussion here.

Intel had a (PDF) record financial year last year. "2011 was an exceptional year for Intel," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. "With outstanding execution the company performed superbly, growing revenue by more than $10 billion and eclipsing all annual revenue and earnings records. With a tremendous product and technology pipeline for 2012, we’re excited about the global growth opportunities presented by Ultrabook systems, the data center, security and the introduction of Intel-powered smartphones and tablets."

They're even offering overclocker insurance on their CPUs. Overclocking a CPU does bring performance increases, but it also brings extra heat which can damage the chip if you're not careful. That's why Intel is now offering a Performance Tuning Protection Plan for five of its CPUs, which bolts on additional coverage for overclocked processors on top of their standard 3-year warranty. You can buy the insurance any time within a year from purchase, and the policy lasts three years. So, burn your chip out from overclocking, and it's replaced free of charge. Discussion here.

From BlueRaven: Nils posted murderbox MkII on www.million-dollar-pc.com at the start of last December, but I missed it until now. So did other people it would appear, the thread has generated some interest. Simply stunning workmanship and the first use of chromed metal tubing that I've seen, along with all the usual detail the Charles Harwood, Nils Papke & Co are capable of. :-)



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-January-2012  15:47:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
QPAD MK-85 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Vortez.
Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse on Vortez.
Tt eSPORTS THERON Gaming Mouse on RWLabs.
G.Skill RipjawsZ PC3-12800 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ARCTIC E641-BM Earphones on FunkyKit.
Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 USB monitor on TechReviewSource.
Ozone Onda 3HX Headset on Technoyard.
Mad Catz TRITTON Gears of War 3 Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headset on MadShrimps.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS P9X79 Motherboard Roundup on PureOC.
AMD A8-3870K CPU on PureOC.
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) on OCClub.
AMD A8-3870K CPU on NeoSeeker.

Power Supply:
XFX ProSeries 1250 W on TechPowerUp.
Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W on HWSecrets.
ThermalTake Toughpower XT Platinum 1275W on FunkyKit.
Seasonic X-1050 PSU on SilentPCReview.

Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Heatsink on APHNetworks.
Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Xigmatek XAF Series 140mm Fan Round-Up on LegitReviews.

Cases:
NZXT Switch 810 Tower on OCIA.
Lian Li PC-90 Case on TechWareLabs.
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower on HWSecrets.
Fractal Design Define R3 USB 3.0 on CircuitRemix.
Bitfenix Raider on TechReaction.
Silverstone Raven 3 RV03 on Tweaknews.
Cooler Master's Cosmos II on TechReport.
Anidees AI-06B Midi Tower on RWLabs.

Video Cards:
HIS 6670 1GB Fan on XSReviews.
ASUS Radeon HD 7970 3GB CrossFire on LegitReviews.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Cards in 3-Way CrossFireX on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 LP on BigBruin.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update on HotHardware.
The Battle of The Netbooks: Intel vs AMD on eTeknix.
Motorola Razr Android Smartphone on HWHeaven.
Android 4.0 (On the Transformer Prime) Review: Tastes Like Honey on PCPerspective.

Storage:
Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB & Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500 GB wireless storage on Bjorn3D.
Super Talent TeraDrive Nova 240GB SATA 3 SSD on TheSSDReview.

Memory:
Mushkin Redline 16GB Quad-Channel 2133MHz on OC3D.
G.SKILL Ripjaws-Z 16GB DDR3-1600 on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
Epson LabelWorks LW-400 Label Printer on TestFreaks.



Misc Pics (30 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-January-2012  03:35:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Deicide, scrantic, Atech and Stygian this week! Last one possibly NSFWish.






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Forum Projects (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-January-2012  03:24:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from people in the forums:


vcoleiro1 made a
tiny MAME arcade cabinet

pwnograph6 has a
nicely finished machine

~kraven compared five
Bluetooth stereo headsets


Logicsystem360 has a
custom monster PC

tw33k compared the
Phanteks PH-TC14PE vs Silver Arrow

miicah has a
ghetto SSD install


ApathyGates is restoring
a 1964 Dodge Phoenix

supernom built a
budget briefcase PC

FearTec is working on
a train set



CES 2012 Headlines #3 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-January-2012  01:51:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some stragglers from CES 2012:

Video Coverage on FutureLooks.
Video Coverage Part 2 on FutureLooks.
Video Coverage Part 3 on FutureLooks.
Vapor Phaze Case Mod Leaves Us Impressed on LegitReviews.
The Electric Delorean on HWSecrets.
Cyberpower PC on ThinkComputers.
Playboy bunnies invade MSI Patriot Intel party on TheSSDReview.
Booth Babes of CES on TheSSDReview.
Shogun on ThinkComputers.
ioSafe on OCIA.
Roll-Up: HotHardware Features From The Show on HotHardware.
CES 2012 in Pictures: Part 2 on TechSpot.
Mad Catz on ThinkComputers.
Razer Fiona Tablet on BenchMarkReviews.
BitTorrent demos BitTorrentPlus client on Tweaktown.
Zotac on OCIA.
Through new high-speed interface, AMD fights thunder with lightning on TechReport.
Razer's 'Project Fiona' brings PC gaming to a tablet format on TechReport.
Lucid reaches for the clouds with GPU virtualization on TechReport.
Silverstone intros two full-sized HTPC cases on TechReport.
Thermaltake Level 10 descends to budget territory on TechReport.
Sapphire's Edge HD³ nettop has AMD inside on TechReport.
Razer brings Switchblade UI to standalone keyboard on TechReport.
EVGA doubles down on Sandy Bridge-E on TechReport.
Sandy Bridge upgrades come to Zotac mini PCs on TechReport.
Cooler Master expands clicky keyboard lineup on TechReport.
7-series chipsets go Mini-ITX on TechReport.
MSI struts its 7-series mobos on TechReport.
OCZ demos next-gen Indilinx SSD controller on TechReport.
Kingston's Latest Gadgets on Bjorn3D.
MSI on ThinkComputers.
Day 2 on NeoSeeker.
Day 1 on NeoSeeker.



Thursday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-January-2012  01:14:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus Water Cooling Kit on APHNetworks.
Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.

Motherboard & CPU:
ECS H67H2-M Black Edition Intel H67 Express on PCStats.
A8-3870K vs. Core i3-2105 CPU on HWSecrets.
AMD A8 3870K APU on Guru3D.
MSI Big Bang XPower II X79 mobo on TBreak.

Power Supply:
Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet on TestFreaks.
OCZ ZT Series 750w, 650w and 550w on LegionHW.
550-850W Power Supply Units Roundup on XbitLabs.

Audio Visual:
Soundgraph iMON Smartbay iPad speaker dock on TechPowerUp.
Steelseries Diablo 3 Headset on XSReviews.
Samsung HW-D550 HT Sound Bar on SilentPCReview.
Jabra HALO2 Bluetooth Stereo Headset on RWLabs.

Cases:
Video Perspective: Cooler Master Cosmos II on PCPerspective.
Bitfenix Raider Mid Tower on LegitReviews.
Anidées AI-6B Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
NZXT Switch 810 on ThinkComputers.
NZXT Switch 810 on Metku.
NZXT Switch 810 on NeoSeeker.
Cooler Master Cosmos II: Ultra Tower on SilentPCReview.
Raidmax Viper: A Modern Budget Tower on SilentPCReview.
NZXT Switch 810 Black on OCClub.
NZXT Switch 810 Case Launch on HWHeaven.
Silverstone SUGO SG08 mITX on Pro-Clockers.
NZXT Switch 810 on Vortez.
NZXT Switch 810 on HWSecrets.

Video Cards:
Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti AMP! Edition on Tech-Reviews.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Cards in CrossFire on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB on XbitLabs.

Storage:
Seagate Momentus XT 750GB on TBreak.
LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt (240GB SSD) on TechReviewSource.
OCZ Octane 512GB on PureOC.
RAID 0 of SSDs: Two Kingston HyperX 120 GB SSDs vs. Kingston HyperX 240 GB SSD on XbitLabs.
WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD on SilentPCReview.
Corsair Performance Pro 256 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
WD Livewire Powerline Networking Kit on SilentPCReview.
Epson LabelWorks LW-400 Label Printer on TechWareLabs.
BitDefender Total Security 2012 on TechReviewSource.



Wednesday Night (13 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-January-2012  12:29:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You've probably noticed a few prominent sites like Wikipedia are blacked out at the moment. Two new laws proposed by US legislators, the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, have been attracting a very negative reaction from the web community over the past couple of months, which is today culminating in a day of protests. Aiming to curtail copyright infringement on the web by giving the US government unprecedented new powers, both SOPA and PIPA have been rejected as overreaching and unhelpful laws that cannot coexist with a free and open internet.

Australia is apparently the Facebook bullying capital of the world. While Australia ranked fifth for cyber-bullying overall, nine out of ten parents said when the harassment occurred it was on these types of sites – much higher than the global average of six in 10. The Ipsos Social Research Institute survey of 24 countries ranked Australia worse for bullying than all of the European countries, along with the US, Britain and China.

Microsoft have decided the world needs another filesystem. The Resilient File System, or ReFS, will be introduced with Windows Server 8 before it is migrated to the desktop, just like Microsoft did with NTFS, according to a post on the Building Windows blog by Surendra Verma, a development manager on the Windows Storage and File System team.

CircuitRemix have a SSD roundup. The selection of drives we'll be looking at are Crucial's m4, Kingston's HyperX, OCZ's Vertex 3 and Other World Computing's Mercury Electra 6G. These drives provide a good representation of the more popular configuration sets of current generation controllers and memory configuration.

I was absolute amazed by these resin fish sculptures made by a Japanese artist. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer.

The BBC have an interesting article about online gaming and politics. First came Farmville. Then came FourSquare. But can games played online actually shape an election? Political games have been around as long as politics. But advances in technology and social media could make them a huge factor in the upcoming US presidential election.

TechSpot have an X79 motherboard roundup. So if you're already spending $600+ on a processor alone, you'll want to make sure your motherboard is equally impressive. Today we are checking out five high-end X79 motherboards from Asus, Asrock, ECS, Intel and MSI.

OCClub meanwhile compared Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin and Patriot quad-channel memory on X79. The last G.Skill memory I looked at did quite well in the overclocking department and thankfully, this kit does not deviate from that path – the base speed of 2133 MHz was just the starting point for the kit. Making the jump to 2400 MHz, though, required some tweaking of the primary latencies and voltages.



Tuesday Night Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-January-2012  12:54:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Pivos AIOS HD Media Player on MissingRemote.
Marley Jammin’ Collection Positive Vibration Headphones on TBreak.
Corsair Vengeance 1500 and 1100 Headset on Guru3D.
AXIOM EP125 V3 8” 125 Watt Subwoofer on Guru3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) on PureOC.
Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge-E CPU on HotHardware.
AMD Llano A8 3870K on LostCircuits.

Cooling:
Thermaltake Frio Advanced CPU Cooler on RWLabs.
Thermal Compound Roundup - January 2012 on HWSecrets.
Arctic Cooling F12 Pro 120mm fan on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Nokia Lumia 710 Windows phone on TechSpot.
Acer Extensa 5420 Retrospective Review: How Far Have We Come on PCPerspective.
NewerTech NuTouch Gloves for touchscreens on TestFreaks.
Acer Aspire S3 on TechReviewSource.
Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook on TBreak.
Samsung Toshiba LG Ultrabook Shoot Out on TheSSDReview.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD6450 Flex Edition on TechWareLabs.
HIS HD 7970 3GB Overclocked on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Vapor-X OC 1GB on eTeknix.
Inno3D GTX560Ti 448 Core on OC3D.

Input Etc:
Corsair Vengeance K90 mechanical keyboard on XSReviews.
Arctic K481 Wireless Mini Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Enermax Briskie wireless keyboard and mouse on TechReaction.
SteelSeries Kana Mouse on HWHeaven.
Corsair Vengeance K60 Keyboard on Vortez.
Arctic Cooling K481 Keyboard on RBMods.
Enermax Aurora Lite Wireless Keyboard on RWLabs.
Genius Navigator 905 Vogue Wireless Mouse on Tweaknews.

Cases:
SilverStone SST-PS07B mATX on BenchmarkReviews.
MSI Interceptor Series Nighthawk ATX Mid Tower on TestFreaks.
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower on Pro-Clockers.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on BigBruin.
GELID DarkForce on HWHeaven.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on Bjorn3D.

Storage:
Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
Verbatim USB3.0 SuperSpeed external HDD on Metku.
Thecus N5500 5 Bay NAS Server on LegitReviews.
WD My Passport for Mac Hard Drive Quicklook on TBreak.
Verbatim USB 3.0 Universal Card Reader on TestFreaks.
Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SATA III Hybrid Disk Drive on RWLabs.
Super Talent USB 3.0 DataGuardian 32GB Flash Drive on MidShrimps.
WD MyPassport 1TB USB 3.0 Drive on OCModShop.

Power Supply:
Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 1000W on TechPowerUp.
FSP Aurum CM Series Gold 650M on HWHeaven.
Thermaltake SMART 730W on APHNetworks.

Misc:
Epson PX830FWD printer on Tech-Reviews.
G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2133 MHz DDR3 CL9 16 GB Kit memory on TechPowerUp.



Tuesday Morning Snippets (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-January-2012  15:02:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Now's the time to vote for the most untidy case internals on OCAU, in our BitFenix Cables Contest!

TerminalVeloCD found a fake Intel CPU on eBay, so beware. Today I received an Intel Core i7-2600K for my benchmarking. I took a look at the box and thought something was a-miss...

Also worth noting, Crucial M4 SSD users now have a firmware fix which you should probably apply ASAP. There appears to something that is killing a lot of Crucial M4's in the last couple of weeks that is presenting with identical symptoms for a lot of people. Basically it involves the SSD hitting around 5200 hours of usage and then a particular error in the drive causes it to disconnect and, if it is running your operating system, a BSOD occuring.



Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-January-2012  10:18:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:


Agedashi Tofu
by Amfibius

Waffles
by glasnt

Vegemite Cheesecake
by Glitchlol


Curry Puffs
by Amfibius

Australia Day Sausages
by MoonShadow

Spareribs
by scon



CES Headlines #2 (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-January-2012  07:32:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some more CES 2012 tidbits from around the web:

OnLive putting Windows in the Cloud on TechLand, thanks Jeremy.
Nokia Lumina 900 is the Windows Phone we've been waiting for on PCWorld, thanks JD.
Netgear showcases network products on TechWareLabs.
In Win on ThinkComputers.
Golla on ThinkComputers.
MakerBot Replicator on TechWareLabs.
iBuyPower on ThinkComputers.
Booth Babes Day 3 on TechWareLabs.
Otherworld Computing on ThinkComputers.
Day 2 - CyberpowerPC Gigabyte and Lian Li on NinjaLane.
The Booth Babes on ThinkComputers.
CES 2012 on OCClub.
CyberPowerPC Shows us Their Black Mamba and NZXT Switch 810 on HotHardware.
Zotac, iBuyPower, ADATA, NZXT Party on TechWareLabs.
Booth Babes Day 2 on TechWareLabs.
Corsair adds quiet, budget additions to case lineup on Tech Report.
Trinity, new Corsair cases, and Asus audio on Tech Report.
Asus preps new PCIe, USB, and integrated audio solutions on TechReport.
Razer Shows Gaming Laptop, Prototype Gaming Tablet and More on PCPerspective.
Hands-on With the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook on PC Perspective.
Intel Aims For ARM With New x86 Smartphone Reference Design on PC Perspective.
A CPU Cooling Heatsink With Built In Computer From AMD on PCPerspective.
ASUS Rampage IV Formula and Gene plus dual LGA2011 MB on PCPerspective.
Video Perspective: Corsair Obsidian 550D case with unique features and $149 price on PCPerspective.
AMD Shows Off Trinity APU Die And Trinity Powered Notebook on PCPerspective.
CES Storage Roundup Part 1 - Toshiba, Kingston on PCPerspective.
CES Storage Roundup Part 2 - Corsair, Patriot on PCPerspective.
CES 2012 Coverage on HWSecrets.
Gigabyte on ThinkComputers.
CES 2012 in Pictures: Part 1 on TechSpot.
CES 2012: Belkin Rebranding & In-Win Cases on BenchmarkReviews.
Razer 'Project Fiona' Gaming Tablet and Blade Gaming Laptop on LegitReviews.
Booth Babes Day 1 on TechWareLabs.
OCZ on ThinkComputers.
Seagate Thunderbolt & 4G LTE Wireless Demo on LegitReviews.
AMD Shows Off Trinity APUs on LegitReviews.
ASUS Shows off Two New ROG Intel X79 Motherboards on LegitReviews.
ioSafe Zaps Rugged Portable Thunderbolt Drive with Tesla Coil on LegitReviews.
Motorola - Droid 4, Droid Razr Max, and Xyboards on LegitReviews.



Sunday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-January-2012  05:06:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The public outcry over SOPA in the USA seems to be having an effect on politicians. On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions. He said he changed his mind after he "heard from a number of Vermonters" on the issue. On Friday, several Republicans started backpedaling as well. Background on SOPA here on Wikipedia.

Here's a terrifying beaver case mod from Flecktone. I have nothing further to say on that. :)

Google has pursuaded a Spanish bank to move to the cloud, to some extent. BBVA's director of innovation, Carmen Herranz, stressed that all customer data and other key banking systems would "stay in our own data centres" and be completely separate from the cloud solution. The bank would use Google applications like email, calendar, docs, chat, video conferencing and other collaboration tools to "achieve a cultural change" and get "the whole company working together" across the 26 countries where BBVA is based.

Chris sent word that the Raspberry Pi is nearing release. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. For $25-$35. There's also an expansion board which looks interesting.

A few people sent in this amusing video for a wonder cosmetics product used widely in the fashion industry.

I've seen pictures of these before, but CN found more info on the Atomic Energy Lab for kids. The set came with four types of uranium ore, a beta-alpha source (Pb-210), a pure beta source (Ru-106), a gamma source (Zn-65?), a spinthariscope, a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source (Po-210), an electroscope, a geiger counter, a manual, a comic book (Dagwood Splits the Atom) and a government manual "Prospecting for Uranium. More info here.

It seems odd when Microsoft embrace the community and encourage them to modify their products, but as Matt points out, they are interested to see where Kinect can go. And now, it's about to really find out. On February 1, "developers" (time to stop mentioning the h-word) can buy a Kinect that comes packaged with a Product Development Kit (PDK), for around $250.

Apparently Telstra think that TPG might buy iiNet. The Delimiter article suggests that a merging of TPG and iiNet wouldn’t be the smoothest in the history of takeovers; the companies go about their business in different ways, with TPG’s clinical approach potentially clashing with the laid-back and jovial style of iiNet. iiNet CEO, Michael Malone, speaking with Delimiter, said any takeover would have a big enough impact on the industry that the ACCC would likely be involved.

Today's timewaster is Adventure Story from biatch. Seems a fairly standard platform game.



CES Headlines (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 14-January-2012  12:52:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, here's a pile of headlines from CES 2012 in Las Vegas:

Nvidia and Asus aim for $249 Tegra 3 tablet on Tech Report.
Thermaltake brings rubber domes back in style on Tech Report.
OCZ, Marvell scale Kilimanjaro with PCIe SSD on Tech Report.
Lenovo's Yoga bends over backward to please us on Tech Report.
Intel Ivy Bridge Fail DX11 Demonstration on TurnedOn.
GIGABYTE Shows Off Their Z77 Motherboards on Bjorn3D.
Thermaltake on ThinkComputers.
Official Start - Sapphire EVGA and Rosewill on NinjaLane.
AMD Fusion APU and Graphics Update on HotHardware.
Digital Experience on ThinkComputers.
x86 Everywhere: Intel Announces Medfield Phones on HotHardware.
MSI GUS II External Thunderbolt Graphics Upgrade System on PCPerspective.
EVGA parties like it's socket 2011 on PCPerspective.
Hands-on with Samsung's New Series 9 Ultrabook on PCPerspective.
GIGABYTE unveils Z77 -- big, small, gigabytesized on PCPerspective.
Video Perspective: ASUS MeMO 701 and ASUS Transformer Prime TF700T on PCPerspective.
HP Envy 14 Spectre Offers Glass Design, We Go Hands-on on PCPerspective.
EVGA SR-X Dual Socket 2011 Motherboard on LegitReviews.
OCZ CES 2012: Z-Drive R5, Kilimanjaro and Everest 2 Step Out on HotHardware.
CES 2012 Asus X79 Boards, Peripherals, and Transformer Prime TF700T In Action on HotHardware.
Transformer Prime's 1920x1200 display is more than meets the eye on Tech Report.
7-series mobos abound at Gigabyte on Tech Report.
Industry marches ahead with plans to copy, counter Apple on Tech Report.
MSI to breathe life back into external laptop graphics on Tech Report.
Asus adds two pieces of Flare to Eee PC lineup on Tech Report.
New Acer ultrabook touted as "world's thinnest" on Tech Report.
Corsair Announces Obsidian Case, Carbide 300R & Accelerate SSD Caching on LegitReviews.
Monster Press Conference on TechWareLabs.
Day 0 - Press Day - MSI Thermaltake and nVidia on NinjaLane.
Gigabyte T1132N 3-in-1 computer unveiled on eTeknix.
Ultimate SFF Lanparty Machine: Intel Xeon E5 (SNB-EP 8C/16T) on an ASUS Rampage IV GENE on VR-Zone.
ASUS's new ROG sound cards on VR-Zone.
ASUS's Dual Socket 2011 Workstation Motherboard - Z9PE-D8 WS on VR-Zone.
Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga, New Tablets on HotHardware.
Storage Vision 2012 Report: Micron/Crucial, Intel and Toshiba on HotHardware.
NVIDIA, ASUS Shipping First ICS Tablet Today, Teasing 7-inch Tegra 3 Tablet on HotHardware.
Gigabyte Z77 motherboards shown off on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Launches New Products & Shows a Case Mod on LegitReviews.
GIGABYTE Shows Intel Z77 Motherboard Lineup For Ivy Bridge on LegitReviews.
Storage Visions 2012 - OCZ, Crucial, ioSafe and Intel on LegitReviews.
OCZ Shows Lightfoot ,Thunderbolt External SATA Drive on PCPerspective.
OCZ shows DDR based SATA 6Gb/sec aeonDrive on PCPerspective.
CES 2012: OCZ Chiron is world's fastest and highest capacity SATA SSD on PCPerspective.
OCZ shows a new R4 - the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ, with 16 (!) SandForce 2200 SSD's on PCPerspective.



Misc Pics (32 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-January-2012  03:31:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's Friday the 13th! Thanks to Shawn, Sluggabed, JackoSchitt, Chris, Gary and Dan this week.






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Friday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-January-2012  14:55:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Power Supply:
NZXT Hale82 750W on RBMods.
Gigabyte Sumo Power Silver 900W on TechPowerUp.
Seasonic X-1050 1050W on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
WD TV Live on TBreak.
Asus O!Play Mini HD Media on Tweaknews.
A.C.Ryan VEOLO Smart Android Hub on RWLabs.
Western Digital TV Live Media Player on XSReviews.

Motherboard & CPU:
Sapphire 990FX Pure Black on PureOC.
MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II on Vortez.
Intel DH67BL Intel H67 Express on PCStats.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 on TBreak.
Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 on Guru3D.

Storage:
Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive on PCStats.
OCZ Agility 3 - 120GB SSD on FunkyKit.

Cases:
Antec P280 on Vortez.
Xclio Touch 787 Super Tower on Tweaktown.
Enermax Fulmo GT on OC3D.

Misc:
Kodak Hero 9.1 on TechReviewSource.
Galaxy of Fire 2 Full HD PC game on GamingNexus.
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 laptop on TechReviewSource,
PowerColor 6970 Devil 13 video card on PureOC.
Epic Gear Meduza Gaming Mouse on HWHeaven.



Test and Review a Tt Mouse! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-January-2012  09:44:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thermaltake are inviting 5 OCAU members to test and review their new mouse, the "Tt eSPORTS Theron". Check out the info and how to enter/apply in this thread.


Click for the thread!



Wednesday Evening (16 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-January-2012  09:35:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It seems Australia just isn't post-apocalyptic enough, so we've lost Mad Max, to be filmed in Africa instead. Director George Miller had planned to shoot the new film, Fury Road, near Broken Hill, but there was too much rain last year and the usually-desert location was covered in flowers. Also enjoying the rains are these swarms of budgies, thanks Denis.

If you were excited about Comic-Con coming to Australia, it may be not quite what you think. The event is Oz Comic-Con — a completely different event to the US show, put together by a completely different company, yet using the same brand as the 15-year-old San Diego event. Immediately after our initial report on Oz Comic-Con we received a number of comments — emails, phone calls, messages — none of them were complimentary.

Here's a scary set of datacentre photos - glad I don't work there!

HWHeaven compared Radeon 7970 Overclocked vs GTX 580 Overclocked vs 6970 Overclocked. With the only "launch day" 7970 that features an enhanced cooler and factory overclock in hand we decided to put it up against overclocked GTX 580 3GB and Radeon 6970 cards to see what the performance looked like... when each is overclocked to the fastest speeds available to buy, what performs best in the latest games such as Battlefield 3 and Skyrim?

Here's a clever ad from LG. There’s no sound, it’s in black and white, and the frame rate is stuttered, but this ad from LG has me completely sold. Unfortunately I can’t tell you exactly what they’re selling, because it would totally ruin the gag. So just make sure to watch this commercial all the way to the end for the payoff, ok? I promise it’s totally worth a minute of your life. (Note: Promise not guaranteed.)

Phi sent in this creepy Steve Jobs action figure, which of course has resulted in legal threats from Apple. At 1:6 scale, the Steve Jobs doll comes with all the clothes and accessories the real-life Apple founder made familiar, from his black turtleneck and Levis to his New Balance shoes and two pairs of wire-rim glasses. The Steve Jobs action figure also comes with a stool and a backdrop that reads, "One More Thing..." as well as two red apples, one with a bite out of it. The (very unofficial) Apple doll also comes in three types of Jobs-esque gestures.

John spotted this android tablet review on ArsTechnica, where they hate it. :) It really says something when some of your customers ask the Internet whether they got the right thing when they received your product, or whether it got switched out with some joke Chinese knockoff that's not really supposed to work. I actually got a cheap Android tablet recently and am quite impressed with it. I even got ICS (mostly) working a few days ago.

Today's timewaster is Neon Rider, a cross between a trials game and a Tron lightcycle game, from biatch.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-January-2012  02:02:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Chromebook Series 5 on Tech-Reviews.
Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center on OCOnline.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon 7970 Quad-CrossFire First Look Performance on HWHeaven.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire on HWHeaven.
HIS Radeon HD 7970 on HWHeaven.
HD7970 Quadfire Eyefinity on OC3D.
HIS HD7970 Crossfire & Eyefinity on OC3D.
HIS HD 7970 on Overclockers.com.
PowerColor HD7970 Overclocking & Eyefinity on OC3D.
VTX3D HD7970 PCIE2 vs PCIE3 on OC3D.
XFX R7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation on BenchmarkReviews.
ASUS Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Enermax ETD-T60-VD CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Zalman CNPS12X / CNPS 12X Cooler on Tweaknews.

Input Etc:
Enermax Briskie Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo on Tweaktown.
SteelSeries Kinzu V2 Pro Edition Gaming Mouse on HWHeaven.

Storage:
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive on PCStats.
Kingston HyperX 240 GB on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Pyro SE 120GB & 240GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
Thecus N5200XXX NAS on ComputingOnDemand.

Cases:
Rosewill Thor V2 on TechReaction.
Antec's P280 enclosure on Tech Report.

Misc:
Vizio Razor M3D460SR LED HDTV on TechReviewSource.
AMD A8-3870K: Black Edition Llano CPU on Bjorn3D.
NZXT HALE82 Series 750W PSU on ThinkComputers.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-January-2012  12:34:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
BenQ RL2240H Monitor on Tech-Reviews.
Jabra Supreme Headset on TBreak.
Asus HS-W1 Wireless Headset on TBreak.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Trim-Slice: Dual-Core ARM Tegra 2 Desktop on Phoronix.
HP Folio 13 notebook on TechReviewSource.
Point of View Protab 2 XXL Tablet on Guru3D.

Cases:
Antec Solo II on Metku.
Sharkoon T9 Mid Tower on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on BigBruin.

Storage:
Synology DiskStation DS212+ NAS Server on RWLabs.
Synology DS-212+ Network Attached Storage Device on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
Enermax Platimax 1500W on TechPowerUp.
FSP AURUM CM 650M on Vortez.
Choiix Power Fort 5600 battery pack on APHNetworks.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Tri-CrossFire on HWHeaven.
Sapphire HD 7970 3GB on OCClub.
ASUS Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire on Guru3D.
XFX HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation 3GB on Tweaktown.
XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Black Edition and CrossFire Results on PCPerspective.



HD 7970 Trifire in the Real World (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-January-2012  03:46:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Over the weekend, gmeup managed to get not just one of the highly-anticipated Radeon HD 7970's, but three, and try them in trifire:


click for the thread!



Monday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-January-2012  03:08:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

XbitLabs have a DDR3 SDRAM roundup for LGA 2011. LGA 2011 platform is the first desktop platform supporting quad-channel architecture. And while LGA 1155 and LGA 1366 platform didn’t seem to seriously depend on the memory frequency and timings, now things can change dramatically. It must have been for a good reason that Intel enabled its new platform to officially support higher memory frequencies and even allowed memory overclocking.

A few people sent in this Slashdot link about Govt backdoors in smartphones. In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India's Military Intelligence that has been liberated by hackers and posted on the Net. The memo suggests that, "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as "RINOA") have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices.

Kraft have had another marketing brainwave, temporarily renaming Vegemite to "Australia". But the reaction from the Australian public to Kraft’s latest marketing campaign is yet to be seen. The last time Kraft decided to experiment with Vegemite, launching the ill-fated ‘iSnack 2.0’ product, it lasted only five days on the shelves before it was met with huge public backlash for daring to play with the national brand. Exactly - if something is that iconic, don't mess with it.

HotHardware have a midtower case roundup. It’s been a while since our last case roundup--a long while, actually--so it’s high time we did another. We take a look at a slew of (mostly) mid tower cases on the following pages, including the Antec Eleven Hundred, the Corsair Carbide 400R and 500R, the NZXT Source 220, and Thermaltake Chaser MK-I, each designed for a slightly different consumer.

Researchers at UNSW have made super-fine wiring. At just four atoms wide and one atom tall, the silicon wiring unveiled by experts at the University of NSW (UNSW) on Friday is the slimmest ever made and is tipped to take the computer industry places it's never been before. It is 10,000 times thinner than human hair but retains all the electrical conducting properties of traditional copper wiring.

TechSpot have a guide to enabling concurrent desktop sessions in Windows. However, there are a few reasons why concurrent sessions would come in handy for power users not necessarily running a server. For example, if you have a dedicated Media Center PC running in the living room, you'll be able to remotely access all files on the machine without interrupting the person watching TV. Or if you are sharing a computer with other users, concurrent Remote Desktop sessions will allow more than one person use that system under a different or even the same user account, without kicking each other off.

Gunna sent in this video of the ultimate iPad case demonstration, free-falling from 100,000 feet and surviving the impact. In the video, the iPad is lifted to over 100,000 feet by a weather balloon which bursts at altitude, then releasing the iPad to free-fall to Earth where it crash lands on a rocky hillside in the Nevada countryside. Perhaps even more remarkable than the dramatic hi-def footage itself is the fact that the iPad survives the adventure, remaining fully functional.

Today's timewaster is Home Sheep Home 2 from biatch.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-January-2012  02:34:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
First Looks: ASUS ROG Rampage IV GENE (Intel X79) - mATX gaming powerhouse on VR-Zone.
Asus P9X79 Deluxe: Starting Point for LGA 2011 Platform on XbitLabs.

Audio Visual:
Eminent EM 7280 RT3 HD media player 320GB media player on XSReviews.
PowerColor JustSling wireless media solution on TechPowerUp.
Arctic E461-BM Earphones on TechReaction.
Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera on TechReviewSource.
Corsair Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Headset on OCClub.
Jabra STREET2 Bluetooth Stereo Headset on RWLabs.
Boxee Box By D-Link media player on HWHeaven.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU cooler on FunkyKit.
Swiftech H20-X20 Edge HD Water Cooling Kits on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
Radeon HD 7970 GPU on TechReport.
Born to Win: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win Dual-GPU on XbitLabs.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB Reference Video Card on Tweaktown.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Quad CrossfireX: The Stock Air Cooling Champion on VR-Zone.
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Review: Thinner, Faster on PCPerspective.
iBUYPOWER Gamer Paladin XLC Intel X79 Gaming System on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI-E Storage Solution on TestFreaks.
IcyDock MB994SP-4S Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA/SAS Hard Drive Rack on PCStats.
RunCore Pro IV USB 3.0 MoonDrive on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel on LegitReviews.
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Gaming keyboard on RBMods.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Keyboard on TechWareLabs.
Enermax Aurora Keyboard on OC3D.
Mad Catz Eclipse Wireless LiteTouch Keyboard on RWLabs.

Misc:
Epson Artisan 730 All-in-One Printer on TestFreaks.
GeIL Evo Corsa 8GB 2133CL9 Dual Channel Kit on MadShrimps.
SteelSeries Simraceway SRW-S1 Wheel on BenchmarkReviews.



Monday Morning Reviews (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-January-2012  14:39:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Brisbane was hot. I am quite sunburnt now, despite having been smothered by an inch-thick layer of SPF30+ for the last 3 days. :)

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI X79 Big Bang XPower II on Guru3D.
MSI Big Bang XPower 2 X79 Motherboard on HWHeaven.
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Z68 Motherboard on eTeknix.
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Motherboard on HWLook.
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 Intel P67 Motherboard on PCStats.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel LGA 2011 on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE G1 Killer Assassin 2 LGA2011 on FutureLooks.
ASRock Extreme9 X79 Motherboard on TheSSDReview.

Cases:
Cooler Master Cosmos II on NeoSeeker.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on BenchmarkReviews.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower on PureOC.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra on Pro-Clockers.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower on NinjaLane.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower on OCClub.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on Guru3D.
SilverStone Grandia DG06 HTPC Chassis in MissingRemote.

Networking:
Netgear Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit on TechReviewSource.
500 Mbps homeplug Ethernet on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Dr. Power II Power Supply Tester on ThinkComputers.
Seasonic Platinum 1000W on APHNetworks.
OCZ ZT Series 650W on Bjorn3D.



Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-January-2012  21:14:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Brisbane folk, remember we're having an informal gathering this Sunday - all OCAU readers are welcome. Speaking of which, early misc pics this week - I've got a plane to catch!






And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.



Thursday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-January-2012  12:27:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MIT are setting up free online education for all. More info here on their site. Beyond the MIT campus, MITx will endeavor to break down barriers to education in two ways. First, it will offer the online teaching of MIT courses to people around the world and the opportunity for able learners to gain certification of mastery of MIT material. Second, it will make freely available to educational institutions everywhere the open-source software infrastructure on which MITx is based.

Once a giant of the photography world, Kodak seem to be going down the gurgler. Kodak warned in November that it might not survive 2012 if it was unable to secure $500 million in new debt or sell its patents. The company's cash had been shrinking as sales of its consumer products have failed to keep up with its heavy cost base, which includes employees and offices around the globe. Discussion here.

Meanwhile Google are gobbling up patents. The latest set of IBM patents, transferred to Google on Dec. 30, 2011, includes 222 patents and covers a variety of technologies, including email management, server backup, tuning and recovery, e-commerce, advertising, mobile Web page display, instant messaging, online calendaring and database tuning. Google acquired about 1,000 IBM patents in July of last year and about 1,000 other IBM patents in September.

The SOPA battle continues, with major online brands considering a nuclear option. According to Markham Erickson, head of the NetCoalition trade association, there’s been talk of a so-called “nuclear option,” in which the likes of Google, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo! would go simultaneously dark to protest the legislation to highlight the fundamental danger the legislation poses to the function of the internet.

iXBTLabs have updated their i3DSpeed comparison. The i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. This time we retested all graphics cards with NVIDIA Drivers 290.36 and AMD CATALYST 11.12; added test results of AMD Radeon HD 7970.

Some engineers have been arrested for selling Intel CPU samples on eBay. Four engineers have been arrested by Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) for allegedly selling off Intel Corp. CPU samples on eBay for personal financial gain. The CIB released a statement on Monday (Jan. 1) saying the four, confirmed to be engineers working for Intel's OEM manufacturers in Taiwan, had been apprehended in the city of Taoyuan.

Meanwhile notebook-OEM giant Quanta are suing AMD for allegedly providing faulty chips. AMD and its ATI Technologies Inc. unit sold chips that didn’t meet heat tolerances and were unfit for particular purposes, Taoyuan, Taiwan-based Quanta claimed yesterday in a federal court filing in San Jose, California. The chips were used in notebooks Quanta made for NEC Corp. (6701) and caused the computers to malfunction, according to the filing.

A physicist has made a Lego Hadron Collider, thanks Konman. As part of an outreach project at the Niels Bohr Institute I have recently designed a model of the ATLAS experiment in LEGO® bricks. It illustrates all details, from the muon and magnet system to the innermost pixel detector and will hopefully be a great eye-catcher for all generations.

A few people sent in this story of a Canadian man using his iPad as a passport. It remains a mystery as to whether a scanned copy of a passport would be accepted as an appropriate method of identification in Australia following a Canadian using such a copy on his iPad to gain access to the US from Canada.

File-sharing is now an official religion in Sweden. Riiiight. After their request was denied several times, the Church of Kopimism – which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols – is now approved by the authorities as an official religion. The Church hopes that its official status will remove the legal stigma that surrounds file-sharing.

Also on the oddball side of things, NASA now have a (warning, auto-plays audio) rock radio station. More info here. "Today's 4G audience craves new music and enjoys finding it," said Pat Fant, RFC Media co-founder and chief operating officer. "We've pulled out the best songs and the deepest tracks from a full spectrum of rock artists across many styles and decades. NASA features and news items are embedded throughout the programming alongside greetings by celebrity artists."

Mpot sent in this stunning underwater fishing video.



Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-January-2012  03:48:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Canon Pixma MG6220 on TechReviewSource.
Mimo Magic Touch 10" USB Monitor on EverythingUSB.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-3820 Processor Review - Quad-Core Sandy Bridge-E on PCPerspective.
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet on TechReport.
Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop on Tech-Reviews.
Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi 6-inch E Ink Display on HWLook.
Toshiba Portégé Z835-P330 Ultrabook on HotHardware.

Storage:
ADATA S510 120GB on PureOC.
Verbatim Pocket Card Reader on TestFreaks.
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive on PCStats.
Corsair Performance Series Pro 256GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB 3.0 Hard Drive on TechWarelabs.
Corsair 240GB Force GT RAID0 on OC3D.
Buffalo LinkStation Pro LS-VL Network Attached Storage on HWHeaven.
Synology Diskstation DS212 on Bjorn3D.
Kingmax 120GB SATA III SSD on TBreak.
RunCore RCP V mSATA T50 SATA III 120GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid Drive on TheSSDReview.
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APHNetworks.

Cases:
In Win Mana 136 on HWSecrets.
AZZA Fusion 3000 Full PC Tower on Pro-Clockers.
Raidmax Viper on TestFreaks.
Lian Li PC-TU200 on ThinkComputers.
Fractal Design Define R3 on Vortez.
NZXT Tempest 410 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition on TechWareLabs.

Power Supply:
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX 650W on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Smart 730W on FunkyKit.



BitFenix Cables Contest! (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-January-2012  04:46:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BitFenix are giving away some of their Alchemy Multisleeved Cables to two lucky OCAU readers. Or more accurately, to two messy OCAU readers. That's right, to highlight how their fancy cables can tidy up the interior of your case, we want to see photos of the most untidy case internals on OCAU. Have a piece of paper with OCAU written on it somewhere in your photo to prove it's your case.

We'll run this contest until Friday the 13th (ooer) at 11:59 PM Sydney time, then I'll make a short-list and we can vote for the winners as usual. Use OCAU Pix if you need image hosting, and post your entries in this thread!

Here's some video reviews to show you what the cables are like:

HWCanucks
3DGameMan



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-January-2012  03:29:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower on LegitReviews.
Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Cosmos 2 on OC3D.
Cooler Master Cosmos II on HWHeaven.
Video Perspective: Corsair Carbide 500R and 400R on PCPerspective.
NZXT Phantom 410 on RBMods.
In Win BUC 101 on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master Storm Trooper on TechReaction.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler on CircuitRemix.
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU cooler on FunkyKit.
Enermax ETS-T40-TA CPU Cooler on Vortez.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire on Guru3D.
ASUS Radeon HD 7970 Crossfire on Guru3D.

Storage:
Super Talent Tera Nova 120GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
2-Way USB 3.0 4-Port Hub Comparison on RWLabs.
Verbatim's 128 GB SSD on Metku.
Patriot Pyro SE SATA III Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
Corsair Force GT & Performance Pro SATA III SSD Roundup on LegitReviews.
Synology DS212 2-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices on MadShrimps.
RunCore Pro V 120GB SATA III Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Storm Xornet Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard on TestFreaks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus Transformer TF101 Android Tablet on TechWareLabs.
Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T GPS on TechReviewSource.
Apple iPhone 4S on TBreak.

Audio Visual:
Thermaltake Isurus Headset on Bjorn3D.
Corsair Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset on OC3D.



Monday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-January-2012  05:06:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Callan and CN warn of a widespread wireless vulnerability. There is a newly discovered vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Setup standard that reduces the number of attempts it would take an attacker to brute-force the PIN for a wireless router's setup process. The flaw results in too much information about the PIN being returned to an attacker and makes the PIN quite weak, affecting the security of millions of WiFi routers and access points. Discussion here.

Izzeh0 sent word that Jacob E. Goldman has passed away at 90. Goldman recruited physicist George Pake to become the laboratory's first director, and the Palo Alto Research Centre, or PARC, opened near Stanford University in 1970. Xerox PARC researchers went on to invent the modern personal computer, the laser printer, Windows-style computing displays and the ethernet, and they played an important role in the development of the internet, Hiltzik said. TechSpot have more info on Xerox PARC here.

Also of historical interest, possibly the first communications hacker, in 1903. Yet before the demonstration could begin, the apparatus in the lecture theatre began to tap out a message. At first, it spelled out just one word repeated over and over. Then it changed into a facetious poem accusing Marconi of "diddling the public". Their demonstration had been hacked - and this was more than 100 years before the mischief playing out on the internet today.

VR-Zone have some info on upcoming Xeons. Now, remember those fancy Samsung - and other vendors' - 32 GB LR-DIMMs at DDR3-1333 speeds and taking just like 5 watts? Well, put 48 of them into this 'little' mobo, and you got... umm... 1.5 TB RAM, yes.

LegitReviews have an Intel LGA2011 CPU Cooler Roundup. Today we have a roundup of 9 CPU coolers, both water and air, for the new Intel LGA2011 socket. Coolers that we will be looking at came in from Coolink, Corsair, Intel, Noctua, NZXT, and Zalman. These coolers range in price for the budget minded and over $100 for enthusiasts. Join us and see how all the coolers stack up and handle the new Intel Core i7-3960X processor.

Here's the mother of all Hot Wheels tracks. This is a 3 minute long video of a 2,000 feet long powered Hot Wheels track that goes up and down the stairs, through 14 rooms of a house, around the outside of the house, and a jump over a hot tub.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-January-2012  16:09:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Socket AM3+ Mainboard on XbitLabs.
GIGABYTE X79-UD5 (Intel X79) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard on PCStats.
Gigabyte X79 G1.Assassin 2 on PureOC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS K53T laptop on PCPerspective.
Toshiba Thrive 7 Review, Honeycomb at 7 Inches tablet on HotHardware.
Dell Inspiron One 2320 prebuilt PC on TechReviewSource.
HP Envy 14 notebook on TechSpot.
atechi R1 Arm Hinge Holder Stand for Tablets on TestFreaks.

Video Cards:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Graphics Cards from Palit and MSI on XbitLabs.
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 LP on NeoSeeker.

Cooling:
Zalman CNPS11X CPU Cooler on RBMods.
Zalman CNPS11X Performa CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Audio Visual:
Elgato EyeTV NetStream DTT Network Dual Tuner on RWLabs.
ViewSonic V3D231 3D-Ready 23-inch LCD Monitor on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
NZXT HALE82 650W on OCIA.
FSP Aurum CM 650W on XSReviews.
Super Flower GOLDEN GREEN 1000W on RWLabs.

Storage:
Kingston HyperX 3.0 64GB Flash Drive on LegitReviews.
Patriot Pyro 120GB SSD on Funkykit.
Zalman ZM-VE200 2.5” HDD Enclosure/Virtual Drive on Tweaknews.
Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750GB Portable Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
Crucial M4 256GB SSD on FunkyKit.
Hitachi LifeStudio Desk Plus 2TB External Hard Drive on eTeknix.

Cases:
NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower on Bjorn3D.
Anidées AI-6 on Guru3D.
NZXT Phantom on OCClub.
LanCool PC-K9 on APHNetworks.
Bitfenix Raider on HWSecrets.
Antec P280 Performance One on NinjaLane.
NEXUS Prominent R Silent ATX Mid Tower on Bjorn3D.
Danger Den Q20 Black Series "Shadow" Acrylic Chassis on Tweaktown.
Antec Eleven Hundred on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Precision PS07 mATX on APHNetworks.

Input Etc:
Steelseries Sensei Pro Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Steelseries Cataclysm Gaming Mouse on HWLook.

Misc:
NewerTech NuTouch Gloves on circuitREMIX.
Saints Row: The Third Game on HWHeaven.
Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-1600 memory on BenchmarkReviews.



Sandy Bridge E Overclocking Guide (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-January-2012  01:32:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sin0822 has started the year with a bang, posting a huge Sandy Bridge E Overclocking Guide in our Intel Hardware forum. Today I am putting forward a work in which users of all experience levels can take something away from. So first we start out with Sandy Bridge-E, what makes it different from Sandy Bridge, and how that difference will affect our overclocking. Then we will venture into a theory of overclocking, and how frequency, voltage, and current are all inter-related and how they will affect your overclock. I will spell out how to overclock your SBe CPU. I will answer questions on memory bandwidth vs timings and whether high memory frequency will really impact normal daily computer usage, but at a basic level. I will give a walk-through of UEFI BIOS, especially catered towards GIGABYTE boards, but theory’s which can be applied to many other boards.


Click for the guide!



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