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Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-March-2019  23:44:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Networking:
ASUS RT-AX88U Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.
Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 router on Vortez.
ASUS RT-AX88U (Dual band AX6000) router on Guru3D.
QNAP QSW-1208-8C-US 12-Port Unmanaged 10GbE Switch on Modders-Inc.

Video Cards:
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP Edition on FunkyKit.
GeForce GTX 1660 Tested: 33 Game Benchmark feat. The Division 2 on TechSpot.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q on TechSpot.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 GAMING X & VENTUS XS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Rival 650 mouse on Vortez.
Zowie Divina S Series mouse on TechPowerUp.

Software:
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Ultra RTX Performance and IQ Analysis on BabelTech.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider perf review update: RTX & DLSS on Guru3D.
RTX and DLSS in Shadow of the Tomb Raider on TechPowerUp.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2: PC Review on BabelTechReviews.

Misc:
reMarkable – a remarkable digital notepad on Bjorn3D.
Logitech G432 headset on GamingNexus.
Republic Wireless Relay Screen Free Kid's Phone on BigBruin.



Tuesday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-March-2019  17:42:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechSpot have a look back at the 30-year history of the Web. Thirty years has brought along a lot of changes to the World Wide Web where we’ve witnessed how it evolved from static to brimming with activity and creativity. As we commemorate another anniversary let’s look back at some of the events and milestones that helped transform the web into what it is today.

Given it's world backup day soon, it's worth noting that MySpace lost 12 years of music recently. All music uploaded onto Myspace prior to 2015 – an estimated 50 million songs by 14 million artists – has been lost. The site revealed that all of users’ media from Myspace’s first 12 years of existence were erased in a server migration and cannot be retrieved.

NVIDIA's ray tracing technology will soon work on older, non-RTX cards. The technology will work on GPUs from the GTX 1060 and up, albeit with some serious caveats. Some games like Battlefield V will run just fine and deliver better visuals, but other games, like the freshly released Metro Exodus, will run at just 18 fps at 1440p -- obviously an unplayable frame-rate.

Several Australian ISPs have blocked certain websites for hosting footage of the recent Christchurch attacks. Telstra noted on Twitter late yesterday that they had begun preemptively blocking websites, but a post on the Telstra Exchange this afternoon went further, saying that "with these sites continuing to host disturbing content we feel it is the right thing to do to block them". There's an interesting article here about the role social media plays in this kind of event.

On a lighter note, I stumbled across this amusing competition to make the worst volume control possible. Yep. That super simple volume control UI we interact with several times a day. How can we make it extremely complicated?

OCClub take a look into the world of anti-aliasing. One setting present in many if not all modern PC games that can dramatically impact performance and quality is anti-aliasing and, to be honest, I never really understood how it works. Sure we have the general idea that super-sampling is in effect running at a higher resolution and then downscaling, but then what is multi-sampling? How do post-processing methods work, like the very common FXAA and often favored SMAA?

The USA are working on a new supercomputer, and aiming to be the world's fastest again. Lab officials predict it will be the first American machine to reach a milestone called “exascale” performance, surpassing a quintillion calculations per second. That’s roughly seven times the speed rating of the most powerful system built to date, or 1,000 times faster than the first “petascale” systems that began arriving in 2008.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-March-2019  16:04:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
NVIDIA Jetson Nano: A Feature-Packed Arm Developer Kit For $99 USD on Phoronix.
ASUS Zenith Extreme Alpha (AMD X399) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i9-9900KF: Disabled Graphics and No Discount on TomsHardware.
Xeon Entry Quad-Core CPUs: E-2174G, E-2134, and E-2104G on Anandtech.

Cooling:
ID-Cooling Auraflow X 240 on TechPowerUp.
Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Enermax LIQTECH II 360 White CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
The GTX 1660 41 game OC Shootout vs. the RX 590 on BabelTechReviews.
ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2070 O8G GAMING on HardOCP.
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 on StorageReview.
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 on StorageReview.

Misc:
Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB Chassis on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Core i9 8950HK Mini PC – A Beast of A PC Smaller Than A PSU on TechTablets.
FiiO M6 Portable High Resolution Music Player on NikKTech.
iStorage Disk Ashur Pro2 SSD on Vortez.



Sunday Midday Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 17-March-2019  12:45:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Humble Bundle are giving away Grid 2, with Spa and Bathurst tracks, for free. But only for the next 15 hours or so. It's on Steam, too. It's not a mistake. Some companies spend money on Super Bowl ads or billboards. We'd rather spend it supporting game developers and getting you an awesome game for free. That is an affiliate link, BTW. Anyway, while it's downloading, here's some reviews:

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock B450M Steel Legend (AM4) on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Xtreme (AMD X399) on Tweaktown.
BIOSTAR A10N-8800E Motherboard on MadShrimps.

Cooling:
Bannermen - PC Game on BabelTechReviews.
ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Noctua NT-H2 and NA-SCW1 Cooling Accessories on APHNetworks.
Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax Fan on TechPowerUp.

Memory:
Thermaltake WaterRAM RGB Liquid Cooling Memory – DDR4-3200 16GB Kit on FunkyKit.
Mushkin Redline DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
XPG GAMMIX D30 DDR4 kit on Vortez.

Storage:
LaCie d2 Professional USB-C on Tweaktown.
Addlink S70 NVMe SSD Review - Phison E12 on Tweaktown.
ASUSTOR AS4004T 10GbE NAS Server on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X on Bjorn3D.
Radeon VII & GeForce RTX 2080 using Ryzen 7 2700X & Core i7-8700K on TechSpot.
Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G on LanOC.
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 MINI on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper V765 mechanical keyboard review: At least it’s shiny on TechReport.
Corsair M65 RGB Elite mouse on OCInside.

Software:
Apex Legends Benchmarked: Core i9-9900K With The Latest GPUs on Tweaktown.
Denuvo Performance Cost & FPS Loss Tested copy-protection on TechPowerUp.
The Division 2: PC graphics performance benchmark analysis on Guru3D.

Misc:
SilverStone LSB02 and LS03 Case Lighting System on APHNetworks.
noblechairs Hero Real Leather Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide Series 678C case on Vortez.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (SM-G975) smartphone on TechARP.
iiyama G-Master GB2730QSU Monitor on OCInside.



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