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Misc Pics (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-July-2024  14:15:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Currently overseas for work, so here's Retro Misc Pics from September 2011:

2nd Sep 2011:





9th Sep 2011:






16th Sep 2011:






23 Sep 2011:







Friday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-July-2024  14:05:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MUTMAN kindly left this in the news box:

Audio Visual:
Gigabyte GS34WQC @ TweakTown
1MORE Fit Open Earbuds S50 Bluetooth Earphones @ aphNetworks
Maono WM620 Wireless Lavalier Microphone @ aphNetworks
ASRock Phantom Gaming PG27QFT2A Monitor @ TweakTown
AOC U32G3X Monitor @ OCinside

Keyboard, Mouse, Etc:
CHERRY STREAM DESKTOP RECHARGE Kit @ Madshrimps
Endgame Gear OP1 8K @ TechPowerUp
Logitech PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2 Wireless Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown
MelGeek CYBER01 Magnetic Switch Gaming Keyboard @ NikKTech
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro 2023 Edition Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Cases and Cooling:
Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO @ TechPowerUp
Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
Cooler Master MasterBox 600 Mid-Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
XPG Invader X @ TechPowerUp
Bykski CPU-FIRE-ON-I CPU Water Block @ TechPowerUp
Noctua NH-L12Sx77 CPU Cooler @ aphNetworks

Storage:
PNY XLR8 CS3150 Gen5 Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
Kingston IronKey D500S AES-256 XTS Encrypted USB Drive @ NikKTech
OWC Express 4M2 M.2 NVMe Case @ OCinside
TEAMGROUP T-FORCE G70 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech
Corsair MP600 Mini 2 TB @ TechPowerUp
Seagate IronWolf Pro 24TB HDD @ ThePCEnthusiast
TeamGroup T-Force G70 Pro (4TB) - PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD @ guru3D

Motherboard, Memory, CPU:
Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 RGB MPOWER DDR5-8000 48GB @ TweakTown
Patriot Viper Elite 5 RGB TUF Gaming Alliance DDR5-6600 48GB @ TweakTown
Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 DDR5-7600 32 GB CL36 @ TechPowerUp

PSU:
Enermax PlatiGemini 1200w 80 PLUS Platinum ATX 3.1 and 12VO PSU @ TweakTown
Enermax D.F.12 Revolution White 850w 80 PLUS Gold ATX 3.1 PSU @ TweakTown

Misc:
BLUETTI AC240 Portable Power Station @ TechPowerUp
NETGEAR Switch 16x 10G XS516TM-100EUS Insight Managed @ Guru3D
XFX Radeon RX 7900 GRE Graphics Card @ ThinkComputers
AMD FidelityFX FSR 3.1 @ TechPowerUp



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 16-July-2024  13:42:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc
Sharkoon SKILLER SGM50W Wireless Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
CHERRY MX 3.0S Wireless Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Quick Look: Jelly Key Dragons of Eden Ethereal Runes Artisan Keycaps on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo Legion 7i Gen 9 Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
AOOSTAR GEM 10 Professional Mini PC on NikKTech.
ASRock DeskMini X600 SFF PC on Tweaktown.
Dell PowerEdge R360 Server on StorageReview.
AceMagic Starship M2A Review: Speedy, Sci-Fi Inspired Mini PC on HotHardware.

Cooling:
Cooler Master MasterLiquid 360 ION Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
NZXT F360 RGB Core and NZXT RGB Fan Controller on OCInside.
Enermax LIQMAXFLO 360 ARGB CPU Liquid Cooler on Tweaktown.
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer III 420 A-RGB AIO CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-L12Sx77 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Cases:
Antec C5 ARGB Computer Case on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake The Tower 300 Case on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake The Tower 300 mATX Computer Case on APHNetworks.
Fractal Design Mood mITX Chassis on Tweaktown.

Storage:
MSI Spatium M580 FROZR Review: Super-Fast SSD Tower Of Power on HotHardware.
Western Digital WD_BLACK SN770M 2TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Crucial T705 White Limited Edition 2TB NVMe PCIe 5.0 SSD on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
HIFIMAN Susvara Unveiled Planar Magnetic Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Logitech PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Xiaomi G27i Gaming Monitor Review - 1080p, HDR10, FreeSync, 165Hz 1ms gaming on Tweaktown.
FiiO FA19 In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 Review - A World's First Gaming Monitor on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Netgear Nighthawk M6 Pro Wi-Fi Router (WiFi 6E) on Guru3D.



Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-July-2024  10:11:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Early this week as I've got a plane to catch. Thanks Andrew!








Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-July-2024  22:41:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Hyte THICC Q60 - a thick 240 mm AIO cooler on Guru3D.
ID-Cooling FROZN A620 PRO SE Review - Better Value Than Thermalright on TechPowerUp.
Corsair RS120 MAX 120 mm Fan on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Seagate EXOS X24 24TB Enterprise HDD on ThePCEnthusiast.
HighPoint Rocket 1608A 8-Slot M.2 Gen 5 Review - 56 GB/s Transfer Rates on TechPowerUp.
Lexar ARMOR 700 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Western Digital WD Blue SN5000 4TB SSD on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Yeyian Shift Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Turtle Beach Vulcan II TKL Pro Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Next Level Racing HF8 Haptic Feedback Gaming Pad on NikKTech.
Logitech G515 Lightspeed TKL on LanOC.
ENDORFY Thock 75% Wireless Red Onyx White Pudding Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
NZXT Lift 2 Ergo on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware x16 R2 (2024) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Dell PowerEdge C6615 Server on StorageReview.
Dell PowerEdge T360 tower server on StorageReview.
ASUS NUC 14 Pro Plus Meteor Lake Mini-PC on Guru3D.

Misc:
Gigabyte Z790M AORUS Elite AX ICE Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MONTECH KING 95 PRO Middle Tower Case on NikKTech.
Kingston FURY Renegade RGB Limited Edition 48GB DDR5 8000MHz CL36 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.



Retro Gaming July 2024 (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-July-2024  15:39:53 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's "Retro Let's Play" for July is Mechwarrior 2 from 1995.
The game is set in 3057, and is played as a tactical simulation that incorporates aspects of real-time first-person combat and the physical simulation of the player's mech. It is a game recreation of the "Refusal War." The player can join one of the clans, Clan Jade Falcon or Clan Wolf while engaging in up to 32 missions.


click for the thread!


Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is WaveRunner from 1996.
WaveRunner is more of a straight-racer in the vein of say Sega Rally Championship where you compete against other riders and the clock. Choose one of three courses Novice, Intermediate and Expert. The player also has to jump off of ramps and do tricks. To turn sharply, the player has to roll the WaveRunner hydraulics over to the side.


click for the thread!




Retro Misc Pics (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-July-2024  14:39:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Travelling interstate today, so here's Retro Misc Pics from August 2011:

5th Aug 2011:






12th Aug 2011:






19th Aug 2011:






26th Aug 2011:






Also, for more retro pics, check out my photo dumps here and here from the recent Historic Computer Exhibition in Canberra.



Thursday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-July-2024  16:23:20 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Audio Visual:
Gigabyte GS34WQC @ TweakTown
1MORE Fit Open Earbuds S50 Bluetooth Earphones @ aphNetworks
Maono WM620 Wireless Lavalier Microphone @ aphNetworks
ASRock Phantom Gaming PG27QFT2A Monitor @ TweakTown
AOC U32G3X Monitor @ OCinside

Keyboard and Mouse:
CHERRY STREAM DESKTOP RECHARGE Kit @ Madshrimps
Endgame Gear OP1 8K @ TechPowerUp
Logitech PRO X SUPERLIGHT 2 Wireless Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown
MelGeek CYBER01 Magnetic Switch Gaming Keyboard @ NikKTech
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro 2023 Edition Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps

Cases and Cooling:
Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S AIO @ TechPowerUp
Lian Li HydroShift LCD 360S Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
Cooler Master MasterBox 600 Mid-Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
XPG Invader X @ TechPowerUp
Bykski CPU-FIRE-ON-I CPU Water Block @ TechPowerUp
Noctua NH-L12Sx77 CPU Cooler @ aphNetworks

Storage:
PNY XLR8 CS3150 Gen5 Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
Kingston IronKey D500S AES-256 XTS Encrypted USB Drive @ NikKTech
OWC Express 4M2 M.2 NVMe Case @ OCinside
TEAMGROUP T-FORCE G70 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech
Corsair MP600 Mini 2 TB @ TechPowerUp
Seagate IronWolf Pro 24TB HDD @ ThePCEnthusiast
TeamGroup T-Force G70 Pro (4TB) - PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD @ guru3D

Memory:
Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 RGB MPOWER DDR5-8000 48GB @ TweakTown
Patriot Viper Elite 5 RGB TUF Gaming Alliance DDR5-6600 48GB @ TweakTown
Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 DDR5-7600 32 GB CL36 @ TechPowerUp

PSU:
Enermax PlatiGemini 1200w 80 PLUS Platinum ATX 3.1 and 12VO PSU @ TweakTown
Enermax D.F.12 Revolution White 850w 80 PLUS Gold ATX 3.1 PSU @ TweakTown

Misc:
BLUETTI AC240 Portable Power Station @ TechPowerUp
NETGEAR Switch 16x 10G XS516TM-100EUS Insight Managed @ guru3D
XFX Radeon RX 7900 GRE Graphics Card @ ThinkComputers
AMD FidelityFX FSR 3.1 @ TechPowerUp



Wednesday Night News (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-July-2024  16:06:32 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

FBI recovers 7,000 LockBit keys, urges ransomware victims to reach out. "We are reaching out to known LockBit victims and encouraging anyone who suspects they were a victim to visit our Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov." This call to action comes after law enforcement took down LockBit's infrastructure in February 2024 in an international operation dubbed "Operation Cronos."

The Best Bionic Leg Yet. For the first time, a small group of patients with amputations below the knee were able to control the movements of their prosthetic legs through neural signals—rather than relying on programmed cycles for all or part of a motion—and resume walking with a natural gait.

Telstra and Optus unwind Google search agreements. Previously, Android devices sold by the telcos had Google’s search services pre-installed and set as the default search function. However, the duo has agreed not to renew or enter any such arrangements with Google following their existing deals’ expiry at the end of last month. The watchdog said the deals “limited the ability for rival search engines to be pre-installed and promoted on Android devices, in return for a share of Google’s advertising revenue”.

TweakTown's Best Tech of Computex 2024 - Hardware, Gaming Gear, and AI. AI was the big thing at this year's Computex, from new chip announcements to a range of new Copilot+ PCs to NVIDIA's RTX AI PCs showcasing some truly impressive demos. However, there was still plenty of traditional hardware and gear to find, from new CAMM2 memory modules to motherboards for the new Ryzen 9000 Series of desktop processors. Plus, GPUs, cases, cooling, and all manner of storage solutions.

How We’ll Reach a 1 Trillion Transistor GPU. HBMs are an example of the other key semiconductor technology that is increasingly important for AI: the ability to integrate systems by stacking chips atop one another, what we at TSMC call system-on-integrated-chips (SoIC). An HBM consists of a stack of vertically interconnected chips of DRAM atop a control logic IC.

Hacker releases jailbroken version of ChatGPT called 'Godmode GPT'. The hacker announced the creation of a jailbroken version of GPT-4o, the latest large language model released by OpenAI, the creators of the intensely popular ChatGPT. According to the hacker who calls themselves Pliny the Prompter, the now-released Godmode GPT doesn't have any guardrails as this version of the AI arrives with an in-built jailbreak prompt. Prompter writes this unhinged AI provides users with an "out-of-the-box liberated ChatGPT" that enables everyone to "experience AI the way it was always meant to be: free".

China plans state ownership for all of its rare earth metal resources. China's action could be a response to U.S. export rules restricting Chinese access to advanced wafer fab equipment required to make chips at sub 14nm/16nm process technologies. While by tightening control over rare-earth elements, China says it aims to safeguard its industrial interests against international pressures, industry observers from outside of China believe that the country can use export controls as a lever in negotiations with the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

US authorities arrest administrator behind 'likely world's largest botnet ever'. The infection of this botnet was truly global, with US officials writing the 911 S5 Botnet had infected PCs in nearly 200 countries and "facilitated a whole host of computer-enabled crimes, including financial frauds, identity theft, and child exploitation." Moreover, the US Treasury wrote in its announcement Wang didn't act alone in the venture, and named two more alleged perpetrators, Jingping Liu and Yanni Zheng. In total, the US authorities believe the botnet netted Wang and others involved $99 million.

Which Motherboard M.2 Slot To Install An SSD And If It Matters. When building a new PC, it's very likely that your fancy motherboard will feature multiple M.2 sockets. It's almost guaranteed that some portion of these SSD slots will be connected directly to the CPU socket, while others will connect to the CPU via the motherboard chipset. This undoubtedly adds latency, hurting performance, but how much? Does it really matter?



Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-June-2024  13:27:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!








Computex 2024 report from windwithme (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-June-2024  00:20:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Once again windwithme has posted their report on Computex into the forums. Lots of info, photos of new products and, of course, booth babes. I remember that the first time I visited the COMPUTEX venue was in 2004. In the blink of an eye, it has been more than 20 years. During this period, there have been tremendous changes in technology related to the computer industry. Thanks again, windwithme!


click for the thread!



Events (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-June-2024  23:28:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A reminder that this Saturday 29th from 10am-3pm there's a Vintage Computer Exhibition in Canberra. You never know who you might bump into there. :) Located in Radford College Morison Centre (updated!) will be the Canberra Vintage Computer Exhibition 2024! This year take a walk decade by decade to see iconic machines from the 1960s to the early 2000s! All functional (handle with care) and running games and software from their respective eras! More info on their FB page.

Also, we missed the inaugural event, but Lithiumz let us know about DadLAN in this thread. DadLAN Australia was established in 2023, bringing together Dads with a common interest in technology, computing, games, and family. The DadLAN Events initiative operates via regional chapters, offering in-person gatherings. These social events aim to combat isolation, foster connections, and establish a friendly Third Space for fathers. Sounds good!



Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-June-2024  16:52:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Lexar NM790 2TB NVMe SSD with Heatsink on NeoSeeker.
Lexar ARMOR 700 Portable SSD 2TB review - Going for 2GB/sec on Guru3D.
Team Group T-Force G70 Pro 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
HighPoint Rocket 1608A Gen5 x16 NVMe Switch AIC Review - World's Fastest Storage Device on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
XFX QuickSilver Radeon RX 7800 XT Magnetic Air (Replaceable Fans) on Guru3D.
XFX Mercury Radeon RX 7900 XTX Magnetic Air (Replaceable Fans) on Guru3D.
XFX Radeon RX 7900 XTX Magnetic Air on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
LAMZU Maya mouse on TechPowerUp.
VAXEE Zygen NP-01 Wireless (4K) mouse on TechPowerUp.
AQIRYS ADARA MINI Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Pulsar Xlite V3 eS mouse on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
ENERMAX PlatiGemini 1200W PCIe 5.1 & ATX 3.1 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Seasonic PRIME TX-1300 ATX 3.0 1300W Power Supply on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 5X Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
JMGO N1S Ultra 4K Laser Projector Review - A Powerful and Portable 4K Cinema on Tweaktown.
Espresso Pro 17 Monitor Review: A Quality Portable 4K Touch Display on HotHardware.
Samsung Neo QLED 8K Smart TV QN900D (2024) Review - Samsung's Best TV to Date on Tweaktown.
FiiO R9 All-In-One Desktop Android HiFi Music Player on NikKTech.

Cases:
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 901 White Computer Case on APHNetworks.
Fractal Design Mood Case on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master TD500 MAX Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
Corsair iCUE LINK H150i RGB CPU Liquid Cooler on Tweaktown.
Scythe Mugen 6 and Mugen 6 DBE High Performance CPU Coolers on FunkyKit.
DeepCool LD240 All-In-One Liquid Cooler on APHNetworks.
ID-Cooling FROZN A620 Black CPU Air Cooler on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Precision 3680 Workstation on StorageReview.
Dell Latitude 7350 Detachable on StorageReviews.

Misc:
ELEGOO Mars 4 Ultra 3D Printer on NikKTech.
(Acer) Predator Hermes 6800 MHz CL32 2 x 16 GB memory on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Z790 AORUS Elite AX ICE Motherboard on FunkyKit.



Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2024  13:27:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I really need to catch up on news posting etc. But in the meantime, thanks to mpot this week!









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