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Thursday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-June-2019  22:04:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Managed to comprehensively break my left 5th metacarpal on Tuesday night which is impacting (no pun intended) my news-typing abilities quite severely. :/ 5am start tomorrow to get to my consult at the hand clinic which may or may not result in immediate surgery.. but in the meantime:

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming OC 6G on ThinkComputers.
Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterforce on Modders-Inc.

Networking:
ASUS AX92U Wi-Fi 6 Mesh router on Tweaktown.
Reolink Argus Eco WiFi Camera (video review) on OCClub.

Input Etc:
VicTsing MM057 Wireless Mouse on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR M55 RGB PRO Ambidextrous Multi-Grip Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI GE75 Raider gaming laptop on Techspot.
Xiaomi Mi 9 In-Depth Review – 48MP Flagship FTW on TechARP.

Misc:
Apacer NOX RGB DDR4 memory on Vortez.
ASRock Z390 Steel Legend motherboard on Guru3D.
HP Omen X Emperium 65 Review: Massive 144Hz 4K G-SYNC Gaming monitor/TV on HotHardware.
Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk on TechPowerUp.



Installing an SSD in a Lenovo Thinkpad E480 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-June-2019  15:30:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've written a guide to installing a 2.5" SSD into Lenovo's Thinkpad E480 laptop. If you have a guitar pick, and one of about a zillion similar laptops, you can follow along..


Click for the thread!



Tuesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-June-2019  13:57:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby and I once drove across the deep south of the USA following Blues Trail markers, but interestingly there's now at least one for a different kind of history in New Hampshire. The new sign honors BASIC, Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a programming language that was invented at Dartmouth College in 1964. The sign came about after Concord Monitor journalist David Brooks noted in a column that the state’s 255 historical markers honored things like bridges and historical figures, but that there was “distressingly little celebration of New Hampshire’s technical and scientific accomplishments.”

A recent hack of the Australian National University was probably Chinese in origin. The ANU revealed the breach on Tuesday, with vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt saying the university had detected an “unauthorised access to significant amounts” of data including the bank numbers, tax details, academic records and passport details of students and staff dating back almost two decades. The Australian Signals Directorate said the hack appeared to be the work of a sophisticated actor, and now intelligence officials are reportedly pointing the finger at China.

TechSpot have posted the 4th part of their series on how CPUs are designed - this time, looking to the future. Despite continuous improvements, we haven't had industry shifting advancements for a long time. Yes, transistors have gotten smaller, chips have gotten faster, and performance has increased hundredfold, but we're starting to see diminishing returns... learn what 3D integration, FPGAs, sea of accelerators and near memory computing is all about.

They also have an in-depth article on 3D Game Rendering. You’re playing the latest Call of Mario: Deathduty Battleyard on your perfect gaming PC. You’re looking at a beautiful 4K ultra widescreen monitor, admiring the glorious scenery and intricate detail. Ever wondered just how those graphics got there? Curious about what the game made your PC do to make them?

Tweaktown have a guide to building a Mini-ITX LAN Party Gaming Desktop PC. Every few months we do a build guide with a different theme involved and then give away the system to a lucky winner. For this build guide and giveaway, we decided to tackle a high-end smaller PC that can be used at LAN parties and is easier to move around than a full-fledged ATX desktop. Supermicro supplied a C9Z390-CG-IW for this build, so we focused on picking parts around the motherboard. Intel was nice enough to send over an i7-9700K, Zotac sent over a GTX 1660, and Corsair provided everything else.

Here's an odd one, two guys in Victoria allegedly attack-dialling the Police in an oldschool DDoS attempt. Police allege a large volume of automated attacks occurred, and involved cold-calling numbers with the intention of tying up police phone lines, interrupting incoming or outgoing calls. Search warrants were executed this morning at three Bendigo premises involving officers from the AFP’s Cybercrime Operations and the Victoria Police E-Crime Squad assisted by members of the AFP’s Specialist Response Group and Victoria Police Special Operations Group.

Sydney is the only Australian city to sign up to the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights. City governments globally have signed up to the coalition's pledge that has five main pillars: Universal and equal access to the internet and digital literacy; privacy and control over an individual's personal information through data protection in both physical and virtual places; transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination of data, content, and algorithms; participatory democracy, diversity, inclusion whereby everyone has full representation on the internet, and the ability collectively to engage with the city; and open and ethical digital service standards.

We're eagerly anticipating the arrival of Ryzen 3000. As a reminder, here's the original details annoucned at Computex recently, with "deep dive" tech previews on TechARP, Guru3D and HotHardware. As most of you probably know, Zen 2 is the microarchitecture at the foundation of the forthcoming AMD Ryzen 3000 series of processors. Zen 2 is the next evolution of the Zen microarchitecture that debuted with the original Ryzen processors back in 2016. Zen was further refined and optimized for the current family of 2nd Gen Ryzen processors based on Zen+, but Zen 2 is the true, next-gen microarchitecture AMD will be leveraging in its newest line-up of Ryzen CPUs. Discussion in this thread.

NASA recently announced they will be opening up the International Space Station to commercial use. Purchase resources available for use on the International Space Station for commercial and marketing activities. Who will be the first company to give away a trip to the International Space Station? Pick me, pick meeee...



Monday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-June-2019  13:22:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Two Years Later, Who Won? Ryzen 5 1600 vs. Core i5-7600K on TechSpot.

Cooling:
Raijintek Orcus 280 RBW AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on TechnoYard.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L and ML240L Coolers (video review) on OCClub.

Software:
Swords of Gargantua VR game on BabelTechReviews.
‘Stay in the Light’ RTX-required Game Preview & Dev Interview on BabelTechReviews.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Performance Analysis on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Corsair M55 RGB PRO Mouse on ThinkComputers.
CORSAIR M55 RGB PRO Ambidextrous Multi-Grip Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Corsair M55 RGB Pro mouse on Vortez.
Corsair K83 Wireless Keyboard on TechGage.
Corsair Nightsword RGB FPS/MOBA Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Corsair M55 RGB PRO gaming mouse on Guru3D.

Storage:
Memblaze PBlaze5 C916 and D916 Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
PCIe 4.0 SSD Exclusive: Testing Phison's PS5016-E16 NVMe Controller on TomsHardware.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo Flex 6-14IBK (Kaby Lake-R) Laptop on Tweaktown.
A REALLY Weird PC… - System76 Thelio video review by Linus Tech Tips.

Misc:
Fractal Design Define S2 Vision Blackout on APHNetworks.
ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D60G DDR4 3200 MHz CL16 4x8 GB memory on TechPowerUp.
Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum on NikKTech.



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