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Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-August-2019  13:51:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-August-2019  12:05:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X570 Extreme4 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Motherboard on OCInside.

In Win A1 on TechPowerUp.
Phanteks Eclipse P400A on Vortez.

Input Etc:
MSI Hardware Roundup - GK60, GK30, GH30 on NeoSeeker.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless on Vortez.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless keyboard on Guru3D.
CORSAIR K57 RGB Wireless Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair K57 RGB Wireless Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

TeamGroup T-Force Vulcan 1TB SSD on Guru3D.
Mushkin Pilot-E NVMe M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Team Group T-Force Cardea Liquid M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Synology DS620slim Six-Bay SFF NAS on Tweaktown.
LaCie Rugged RAID Shuttle on Tweaktown.
Pengo USB-C Dock on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Trident A prebuilt gaming PC on Vortez.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2019 Review: Lenovo's 7th Gen Flagship Impresses on HotHardware.

Lanmodo Vast 1080p Full Color Night Vision System on NikKTech.
TRENDnet USB-C 2.5Gbe Network Adapter on Tweaktown.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black video card on TechPowerUp.Team Group T-Force Xtreem Gaming DDR4-4133 CL18 2x8GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage CPU cooler on ThinkComputers.

New Scientist Overclocking Article from 2000 (18 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-August-2019  14:56:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Following on from my previous newspost, MUTMAN wanted to see the "watercooling with vodka" article I mentioned, so here's a scan. Ego-stroking aside, it's an interesting glimpse back into the early days of enthusiast extreme cooling, nearly 20 years ago:

click for the full-size article!

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-August-2019  17:43:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You can keep on top of things in the forums via the recent activity feed or the new posts page. To see activity in threads you subscribe to, check out your latest alerts. Also, the alert system is a little different in our new xenForo platform than earlier on vBulletin. So, it's worth checking your watched threads list from time to time in case you missed an alert.

Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of what people are discussing in the forums:

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw - Mini Review in PC Games.
Kerbal Space Program 2 - Q1 2020 in PC Games.
Ion Fury (formerly Ion Maiden) - 2019 - Build Engine - 3D Realms in PC Games.
World of Warcraft Classic in MMOs.
Moving Office 2010 from one PC to another, easier in General Software.
Streets of Rage 4 in Retro & Arcade.
Sega Mega Drive Mini in Retro & Arcade.
Mini thingses - standalone dedicated handhelds in Retro & Arcade.
Konami PC Engine Core Grafx Mini in Retro & Arcade.
Retro Let's Play: "Monster World IV" (1994) in Retro & Arcade.
Is 5G even possible in Australia? in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Asrock DeskMini A300 Series in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Acer XZ321QU review in Video Cards & Monitors.
Which VR headset? in Video Cards & Monitors.
BFG displays - big monitors for rich people in Video Cards & Monitors.
Hot Air Station? in Electronics & Electrics.
Interest Rates in 2019 (with poll) in Career, Education & Finance.
Forex in Career, Education & Finance.
GFC 2020 in Career, Education & Finance.
Investing in and by Facebook in Career, Education & Finance.
I'm Enjoying Math again :O in Career, Education & Finance.
Re-learning how to type in Career, Education & Finance.
Tricycle with 2 wheels at the front? in Motoring.
[Movie] Rambo 5: Last Blood (2019) [Stallone] in Entertainment.

Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-August-2019  13:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a Game Masters exhibition coming up in Canberra. Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them. Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave! Discussion here.

In the meantime, the game DayZ has been banned in Australia because of in-game drug use. "Sadly, the developers of DayZ have caved," he said in the Parliament of Victoria on Thursday, referencing Bohemia's decision to change the game worldwide because of the ban. "Australia is once again the wet blanket and laughing stock of the whole world. It's an embarrassment that we obediently let our government treat us like children. While the rest of the world is legalizing cannabis, we are banning representations of cannabis in videogames."

TMSC have a detailed article explaining why Moore's Law is not dead. First, let's discuss the elephant in the room. Some people believe that Moore's Law is dead because they believe it is no longer possible to continue to shrink the transistor any further. Just to give you an idea of the scale of the modern transistor, the typical gate is about 20 nanometers long. A water molecule is only 2.75 Angstrom or 0.275 nanometer in diameter! You can now start counting the number of atoms in a transistor.

Spicks and Specks will be back for a four-show run later this year. Last year's Spicks and Specks reunion show was the most watched ABC program of 2018. It was also a hell of a lot of fun, as Myf Warhurst, Adam Hills and Alan Brough reminded us why so many of us fell in love with the show back in the 2000s. So, we are very excited to hear that the gang are getting back together for another big special as a part of Ausmusic Month in 2019, as well as three exciting shows to run through 2020.

Minecraft on Windows will soon have a ray-traced graphics update. Working with NVIDIA, Mojang is adding a form of real-time ray tracing called path tracing to Minecraft. Path tracing simulates the way light travels throughout a scene, and offers a unified lighting model that replaces the different lighting effects that have traditionally been implemented using rasterised or hybrid renderers.

This one tickled my fancy - it's a twist on the old little Bobby Tables idea: a NULL number plate backfiring and landing a security researcher a pile of undeserved parking tickets. Droogie then started receiving thousands of dollars in parking tickets, totalling over $US12,000 ($17,659), addressed to him. He told the convention audience that a processing centre was assigning “NULL” to vehicles with outstanding tickets that the DMV didn’t have licence plate information on. And so Droogie received all of those unassigned tickets.

HWAsylum have an article about using exotic fluids in liquid-cooling. However, with Vodka the formula changes a bit and NOT the direction you are thinking. The loop will actually run hotter and require larger radiators to maintain the same cooling capacity that you would get with pure water. That is, unless you change things up and take advantage of the unique properties of the fluid you are using. In the case of Vodka it has a much lower freezing temperature. For this project I decided to “change the formula” and do a little extreme watercooling at sub ambient temperatures. To accomplish this I'm using straight 100 proof (50%) Vodka and a Single Stage Phase Chiller. Somewhere around here is an issue of New Scientist from about 20 years ago where I was quoted about putting vodka into a watercooling loop. :)

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-August-2019  16:38:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on in there is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

josh_676 restored a
Team Suzuki RGV 250

Tazor is building a
custom cube SFF case

Revenger has a guide to
U-NAS Chassis and OS

Yoodaa has built his own
4G alternative to NBN

Vanne is working on an
oldschool BeOS/Win 98/XP PC

while okclock123 is setting
up oldschool PC sound

sean0118 is restoring an
NEC PowerMate 1 Plus 286

Defyant made some custom
acrylic phone stands

while windwithme reviewed
GIGABYTE's AORUS 15 laptop

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-August-2019  14:17:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CPU & Motherboard:
POWER9 & ARM Performance Against Intel Xeon Cascadelake + AMD EPYC Rome on Phoronix.
Ryzen 5 3600 vs. Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: GPU Scaling Benchmark on TechSpot.
GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Xtreme (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X on Guru3D.
Gigabyte X570 AORUS PRO WIFI Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Linux Performance on Phoronix.

Silicon Power Bolt B75 Ultra-Thin Portable SSD on MadShrimps.
Orico PCM2-C3-GY USB 3.1 Review and Crucial P1 1TB M.2 SSD on OCInside.

Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 on Vortez.
Patriot Viper RGB DDR4 32GB 3000MHZ CL15 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Talon V2 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Logitech G915 Premium Wireless Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.

Power Supply:
Antec HCG 750W Gold on NikKTech.
FSP Hydro G PRO 850 W on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
HiFiMAN Sundara Planar Magnetic Headphones on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ProArt PA34VC Review: Professional-Grade UltraWide Perfection on Tweaktown.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Metallic Gear Neo-G Mini on TechPowerUp.
Corsair iCUE 465X Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G on ThinkComputers.
PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 on OCClub.
PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 takes on the RTX 2060/SUPER on BabelTechReviews.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Vulcan X OC-V on Tweaktown.
PowerColor RX 5700 XT Red Devil on HotHardware.
PowerColor 5700 RED DEVIL on Guru3D.
PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT Red Devil on TechPowerUp.

EVGA CLC 360 Liquid Cooler on GamersNexus.
Rivet Networks: Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 on Tweaktown.

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