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Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-December-2018  12:06:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some projects from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on at any moment in the forums is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

Kh0de made a "Gavin Belson
Signature Edition" mini-PC

Recharge is removing some
rust with electrolysis

ShadowBurger is rebuilding
a turbo diesel engine

Phido converted a mountain
bike into an Ebike

Sgt Bilko built a
Socket A nostalgia PC

while radeon_freak built a
custom hard-tubing PC

Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  14:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The encryption-busting legislation has been passed into law without any amendments, thanks to a last-minute deal. The bill appeared to be defeated on Thursday, the last day parliament will sit this year, until Labor leader Bill Shorten offered an olive branch to his rivals that night, agreeing to allow ALP senators to pass the bill without any of its own proposed amendments in order to empower law enforcement agencies before Christmas. The international technology community is vocally opposed to the legislation. "The new Australian law is deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities," the coalition said in a statement.

Phone scammers have been making a fortune from Australian victims. Australians were conned out of more than $800,000 in November alone as a "tsunami" of scam phone calls threatened people with arrest if they did not hand over their personal details. New figures from the Australian Taxation Office reveal more than 37,000 scam attempts were reported just last month.

The game Half-Life recently turned 20 years old. It’s only the now-simple visuals that tell you Half-Life is 20 years old. Its storytelling is so clever, subtle and perfectly pitched, it can still engross you. Half-Life taught a whole generation of big-budget game developers how to tell stories in an interactive space without continually wresting control from the player. Followed by a variety of sequels and add-ons, expanding the story and exploring new perspectives, it was also a lesson in universe building. No wonder that more than a decade since the last instalment, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, fans are still yearning for another sequel. Discussion here.

Meanwhile Doom turned 25 yesterday, and co-creator John Romero has announced some new content, named Sigil. Sigil contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels, and will be released for free in mid-February 2019. As a megawad, you'll need the original Doom (not the remake) to play it. Discussion in recent posts to this thread.

Still on the retro kick, it was 50 years ago this month that Douglas Engelbart gave the mother of all demos. On December 9, 1968 at a computer conference in San Francisco, Engelbart showed off the first inklings of numerous technologies that we all now take for granted: video conferencing, a modern desktop-style user interface, word processing, hypertext, the mouse, collaborative editing, among many others. Even before his famous demonstration, Engelbart outlined his vision of the future more than a half-century ago in his historic 1962 paper, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework."

NVIDIA unveiled the Titan RTX recently, which brings a new meaning to the phrase "4k video card". We don't have a hard release date on the Titan RTX as yet, but its live on NVIDIA'a Australian website (where you can also be notified about it) and it has been pegged for release in the U.S. and Europe by the end of the year. Hopefully we won't be far behind. What we do know is that the Titan RTX will set you back a cool $3,999.

The ACCC are taking a dim view of Facebook and Google's media dominance in Australia, with recommendations to control and limit their presence here. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has indicated the need for potential new regulations to stop major tech companies from abusing their power to the detriment of Australia’s media and digital advertising industries. In a preliminary report released today, it put forth 11 recommendations to improve oversight of the tech giants and prevent them from engaging in potentially discriminatory conduct.

Andrew sent in this story of someone DDoSing a forum and going to prison for it. OKLAHOMA CITY – DAVID CHESLEY GOODYEAR, 44, of El Segundo, California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for directing distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attacks against two websites owned by Oklahoma telescope retailer Astronomics in August 2016, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  13:25:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard on HardOCP.
Intel Core i5-9600K Processor Overclocking Review on HardOCP.

Crucial P1 500GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks, OCAU review of the 1TB model here.
Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
QNAP TS-963X NAS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
1stPlayer Bullet Hunter MK6 Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
FNATIC Clutch2 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Darksiders III game on OCClub.
Just Cause 4 PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon RX 590 Linux Benchmarks, 18-Way NVIDIA/AMD Gaming Comparison on Phoronix.
Battlefield V Ultra DXR Patch and Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Battlefield V Tides of War GeForce RTX DirectX Raytracing on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
APC UPS 600VA BE600M1 Battery Backup & Surge Protector on LegitReviews.
Corsair SF600 (2018) 600W SFX PSU on HardOCP.

Dell Latitude 7390 Ultrabook on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headphones on Tweaktown.
Antec Torque open-air case on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO video card on HardOCP.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-December-2018  08:54:58 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

I think I remember how to do this!

XPG SX8200 Pro SSD on Vortez
QNAP TS-251B Network Attached Storage on APH Networks
Crucial BX500 480GB SATAIII SSD on FunkyKit
Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB and 500GB on LanOC
Asustor AS4004T Low-Cost 10GbE NAS on TweakTown
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB on TechPowerUp
ADATA HD830 4TB Portable HDD on TweakTown

Team Group T-Force Night Hawk RGB Legend DDR4 on Guru3D
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI (8GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit

Input etc:
Razer Naga Trinity MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps
Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo Gaming Keyboard on Techreport
SteelSeries Rival 710 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit
Dark Project ME3 Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
Arozzi Sfera, Sfera Pro & Colonna USB Microphones on NikKTech

HP Spectre Folio Hybrid Notebook on Hot Hardware
FiiO M7 Portable High Resolution Music Player on NikKTech
HUAWEI Mate 20 with Triple Leica Cameras on TechARP
Keezel Travel VPN on TweakTown

Ooma Butterfleye Smart Security Camera with Facial Recognition on BigBruin
Logitech Circle 2 Security Camera on OCC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Linux Gaming Benchmarks on Phoronix
MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors on Techspot
Enermax LiqFusion 240 AIO Cooler on OCInside
Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 External Gaming Audio DAC on Hardware Asylum

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-December-2018  14:42:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wrist still very sore unfortunately which is limiting mouse/KB time.. but thanks to Dan and Tim this week!

Access and Accessibility Bill (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-December-2018  12:36:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Coalition and Labour have come to an agreement on the "Assistance and Access Bill" legislation, which sounds like they're going to build wheelchair ramps or something similarly nice. In fact, they want permission to break everyone's encryption. Under the terms of the deal, law enforcement agencies will not be able to issue technical capability notices for companies to build back doors unless both the attorney general and communications minister approve. The bill will contain a definition of “systemic weakness” – which companies cannot be asked to create – and stipulates that disputes about what constitutes such an impermissible back door will be determined by a former judge and a person with technical expertise. So, a back door which only the good guys can use. How can that even be a thing someone is seriously asking for? Not to mention it's yet another boot in the side of the Australian tech industry and makes us look even more backwards in the eyes of the world.

Electronic Frontiers Australia have a page showing how you can contact your representative to oppose the Bill. Computerworld have a summary of concerns from the Australian IT community.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-December-2018  14:02:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechSpot noticed that it's possible to overclock some low-end Athlon CPUs, thanks to a BIOS error. In an unexpected turn of events, it’s now possible to overclock the otherwise-locked Athlon 200GE processor that currently sits as the least expensive Zen-based chip you can buy, selling for about $55. In what appears to be a slip up by MSI, about two weeks ago the component maker released a new BIOS for their full range of AM4 motherboards to include support version of AMD’s Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture, otherwise known as AGESA.

HotHardware have an interview with Intel about their discrete GPU strategy. Lest we forget, Intel is not new to graphics. Intel GPU cores, integrated into its desktop and mobile processors, push the pixels in hundreds of millions of systems. And the company has a low-power DirectX 12-class GPU already in its repertoire. Theoretically, if Intel wanted, it could simply scale up its current GPU architecture and make more powerful discrete GPUs. This is not what Intel will be doing, however. In our discussion with Ari, he specifically stated that the GPU coming in 2020 is a massive enhancement to Intel’s graphics IP, optimized for future graphics, compute, and machine learning workloads.

The expanded site-blocking legislation has been passed into law. It widens the country's existing website-blocking system by allowing copyright owners to apply for injunctions to force ISPs to prevent their customers from accessing pirate sites. Once an injunction has been granted, the ISP can block mirror and proxy sites without needing to return to court. Meanwhile, search engines such as Google and Bing are also to be held responsible for linking to banned sites, and will now be required to remove links to them, again with mirror and proxy sites included.

SpaceX launched 64 satellites in one go recently. Setting new commercial launch and satellite industry records, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled by a first stage booster launched and recovered two times before soared into a clear morning sky over California’s Central Coast on Monday with 64 small satellites, then returned to a pinpoint landing on a vessel parked offshore in the Pacific Ocean, potentially to be flown again.

MasterCard and Microsoft want to give everyone a unique digital identity. Access to a universally-recognized digital identity could unlock new and enhanced experiences for people as they interact with businesses, service providers and their community online. Kiiiinda sounds like an episode of Black Mirror, though.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-December-2018  13:01:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still struggling a bit with my wrist, but getting there..

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z390 Gaming Edge AC (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon on Guru3D.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 on TechPowerUp.
Aorus Z390 Pro Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
HyperX Cloud MIX Headset on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Jacked Up With Less Jack: OnePlus 6T Smartphone on Techgage.
OnePlus 6T Review: Performance, Quality And Price Leadership Again on HotHardware.

HyperX Savage EXO Portable SSD on HWAsylum.
HyperX SAVAGE EXO external SSD on Vortez.
Crucial's P1 500-GB QLC NVMe SSD on TechReport, OCAU's review of the 1TB model here.
LaCie Rugged RAID Pro on Tweaktown.

Just Cause 4 Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden game on TechPowerUp.
Adrenalin 18.12.1 Driver Performance, RX 590 & RX Vega 56 on BabelTechReviews.

SilverStone RGB fan grills, Christmas decorations? on LanOC.
ASUS TUF Gaming H5 headset on Vortez.
Arctic BioniX P120 fan on Vortez.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-December-2018  23:34:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-9900K Workstation & Gaming Performance on TechGage.
EVGA Z390 FTW Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Supermicro SUPERO C9Z390-CG-IW on FunkyKit.
Intel Core i5-9600K Processor Overclocking on HardOCP.

Crucial P1 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks, OCAU review here.
Patriot EVLVR Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD on HotHardware.
T-Force Delta RGB SSD on Tweaktown, OCAU review of "Rainbow" model here.

Audio Visual:
Edifier W860NB Active Noise Cancelling Headphones on TechARP.
E-Lektron EL20-MB & EL16-P Mobile Sound Systems on NikKTech.
BenQ EX3501R curved monitor on Vortez.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon RX 590 Roundup – PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX on LegitReviews.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X TRIO 8G on Guru3D.

GeForce 417.01 Performance with RTX 2070 FE & EVGA GTX 1060/6 SC on BabelTechReviews.
Netgear Orbi Voice on Tweaktown.
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile keyboard on Vortez.
noblechairs HERO Series Office and Gaming Chair on HardOCP.
Deepcool Captain 240 EX All-In-One CPU Cooler on HardOCP.
Lian Li Lancool One Digital cases on TechPowerUp.
Zeblaze THOR PRO 3G Smartwatch on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-November-2018  14:12:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Perhaps I should have titled this post "Wrist Pics".. because I managed to hurt my wrist quite badly at hockey last night. I've been running around all morning getting xrays and seeing doctors and fortunately nothing is broken, but I'm going to have to wear a wrist brace for a while - and had no time to put Misc Pics together. So here's a flashback to 10 years ago, Misc Pics from November 2008.

11th November 2008:

14th November 2008:

21st November 2008:

and 28th November 2008:

Crucial P1 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-November-2018  15:25:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick review of the Crucial P1, a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD using 3D QLC NAND. That's quite a mouthful, but what does it all mean, and is it any good?

click for the review!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-November-2018  15:05:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Stormforce Crystal GTX 1080Ti video cards on Vortez.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+ on HardOCP.

Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 480 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.
HyperX FURY RGB SSD on Vortez.
Silicon Power Secure G50 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
Samsung 860 QVO 1TB and 4TB SATA SSD on PCPerspective.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 Mk.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Razer BlackWidow Elite keyboard on Vortez.
GameSir VX AimSwitch E-sports Gaming Input Adapter Combo for Consoles on FunkyKit.
Corepad Skatez Mouse Feet on TechPowerUp.

Cryorig C7 Cu CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Enermax NEOChanger and Thermaltake Pacific W4 Plus Vlog on OCInside.
Deepcool Captain 240 EX All-In-One CPU Cooler on HardOCP.

HiKam A7 HD WiFi Waterproof IP Camera on OCClub.
Antec VP700P PLUS 700W Power Supply on NikKTech.
Realme 2 Pro smartphone on TechARP.
noblechairs HERO Series Office and Gaming Chair on HardOCP.

Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 28-November-2018  17:08:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA's InSight lander has successfully landed on Mars. This expedition marks the first landing on the Red Planet in six years, since the Curiosity rover arrived in 2012. Now, NASA’s real work begins, with the small device sending back the first of many pictures from its new home later that morning. The mission’s deputy leader, Doctor Sue Smrekar, said that a successful landing can appear “smooth and easy — like a piece of cake”.

Amazon have their big AWS re:Invent conference going on at the moment, with lots of cloud-based announcements, but the main one that caught my eye was this mention of their own in-house ARM-based CPUs. Today we are launching EC2 instances powered by Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors. Built around Arm cores and making extensive use of custom-built silicon, the A1 instances are optimized for performance and cost. They are a great fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets. That's significant because while AWS dominates the cloud market, they have always done so as a customer of Intel (and more recently NVIDIA and AMD). But now they might truly be striking out on their own.

Meanwhile the idea of modular CPUs using chiplet modules is taking off. “Next year you’ll be hearing a lot more about chiplets,” said Yaniv Kopelman, networking CTO and senior director at Marvell. “Chiplets are a good solution to the death of Moore’s Law. We implemented this three years ago on a switch, and we have been re-using technology across our product line internally.”

Goosefeather spotted this cool story about using ionic wind to fly. In traditional aircraft, thrust is created by propellers or turbines which push fast moving air backwards, and in turn pushes the aircraft forward. Weighing just 2.45 kilograms with a wing span of 5 metres, the prototype plane uses a technology called ionic wind, an electronic gradient from positive to negative charge, to push the craft forward.

Techgage looked at Intel's Core i9-9900K on Linux. As a quick primer, Intel’s Core i9-9900K is the company’s latest eight-core processor, and one that’s not locked into the enthusiast X299 platform. But eight cores for mainstream consumers isn’t all that’s interesting here. A major feature of the 9900K comes with its clock speeds, able to peak at 5GHz with one or two cores, or just a few 100MHz less when all eight cores are engaged.

TechSpot show how to run Windows 10 from a USB drive. Did you know that a full copy of Windows can be installed and run from a USB drive? Microsoft introduced "Windows To Go" with Windows 8 Enterprise and has continued supporting the feature in Windows 10, which can be kept on a pen drive in your pocket as a portable operating system.

Samsung have a new 1TB SSD, the 860 QVO. As Tech-Report say in their review: Samsung's EVO drives have ruled the SATA roost for the last several years. Today, Samsung is introducing high-capacity, lower-cost 860 QVO drives with four-bit-per-cell QLC NAND inside. Can they live up to the high expectations Samsung has set with its past products? More reviews on Tweaktown, Guru3D and LegitReviews.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 27-November-2018  12:56:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super JetStream 8G on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Windforce RTX 2070 on LanOC.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 AMP Extreme 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Motherboard & CPU:
Battlefield V Multiplayer CPU Benchmark: Ryzen 7 2700X vs. Core i9-9900K on TechSpot.
Team Group T-Force Night Hawk Legend RGB DDR4-3200 CL14 on TechPowerUp.

MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro SSD Benchmarked With Firmware v12.1 on LegitReviews.
HP Portable SSD P600 on Tweaktown.
EAMGROUP T-FORCE DELTA R Rainbow RGB 250GB SSD on NikKTech, OCAU review here.
Seagate Fast SSD Review - Light, Portable, and Quick on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Corsair Vengeance 5180 Gaming PC (RTX 2080) on TechPowerUp.
Benchmarking The $25 Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Performance on Phoronix.
3X Camera Xiaomi Mi A2 Smartphone In-Depth Review on TechARP.

Reeven Kiran Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.
Enermax T.B. RGB fan on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Tesoro Gram Spectrum TKL Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
SteelSeries Rival 650 Wireless Gaming Mouse on MadShrumps.
ROCCAT Kone AIMO Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Mistel MD650L Barocco Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO keyboard on Vortez.
Cooler Master Masteraccessory MP750 mousepad on Vortez.
RIOTORO Ghostwriter Prism Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Darksiders III game on TechPowerUp.
GeForce 416.94 Driver Performance Analysis, RTX 2070 FE and EVGA GTX 1060/6 SC on BabelTechReviews.
Hitman 2 game on OCClub.
Battlefield V PC Game & Performance in BabelTechReviews.
Fallout 76 impressions on Tweaktown.
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus game on TechPowerUp.

Anda Seat Dark Knight Premium Gaming Chair on NeoSeeker.
noblechairs Hero Gaming Chair on TechPowerUp.
Asus Strix Fusion 700 RGB headset on Guru3D.
Patriot Viper RGB DDR4 3000MHz Memory on Modders-Inc.
AVM FRITZ!Box 7530 AC1300 VDSL/ADSL Modem Router on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 23-November-2018  14:47:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Archie this week!

Team Group T-Force Delta R RGB SSD (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-November-2018  18:20:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today I've taken a look at the T-Force Delta R RGB SSD from Team Group. This is a 256GB SATA SSD which wants to be the centre of attention:

click for the review!

Thursday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 22-November-2018  18:17:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Amazon seem to have changed their stance and will now allow Australian shoppers on their main USA-based site. Australian consumers will again have access to products on Amazon's international sites after the online shopping giant backflipped on its decision to block local customers over laws that forced it to collect GST. Amazon stopped delivering goods bought from Amazon.com and other sites to Australian addresses in July, restricting its local customers to its Amazon Australia site, which stocked about one-tenth of the products. Discussion in this thread and if you'd like to support OCAU via Amazon's affiliate program, shop via this link. :)

The International Space Station has a 3D Printer and Recycler onboard now. Refabricator recycles waste plastic materials into high quality 3D-printer filament, providing the potential for sustainable fabrication, repair, and recycling capabilities on long-duration space missions. This hardware represents a key component of NASA's In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) technology development roadmap. Which by coincidence reminds me of one of my favourite books, set in a society where (among other things) nanotechnology allows the creation and recycling of any item from home replicators.

Another thing that sounds like a dystopian sci-fi is this plan to judge Beijing's residents on their behaviour by 2020. The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.

HardOCP (and other sites) experienced RTX 2080 Ti failures, and have some info from NVIDIA about what's going on - it seems to only affect some specific cards. As alluded to by NVIDIA, something was missed along the way and the bad components made it through quality control and into the final product. So, from our understanding of what a "test escape" is, it would seem that NVIDIA is actually owning up to putting bad RTX 2000 series cards into the market.

Google have expressed concerns about the Government's site blocking expansion. “Google is concerned the bill is being rushed forward despite no substantive evidence that the current legislation is deficient,” Google LLC’s public policy and government relations manager Derek Slater said. “Google is also concerned that there has not been a thorough, comprehensive and independent review of the extent of the alleged problems that the bill is seeking to address and the likely effectiveness of the proposed changes in addressing them.”

If you want to get really retro, check out this core memory shield for Arduino. Core Memory was the most heavily used type of RAM from the mid-1950s, all the way up until the early-1970s. Which is before even my time, if only just. So I’m not quite old enough to remember magnetic core memory in the wild. But, like a lot of other people who grew up closer to the ‘golden age’ of computing than the age the black rectangle of glass and brushed aluminium that lives in all of our pockets today, I have a soft spot for retro-computing.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-November-2018  22:25:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi: Is Midrange AORUS Right For Your Next Build? on Bjorn3D.

Audio Visual:
Onikuma K5 Gaming Headset on TechPowerUp.
1MORE Dual Driver In-ears on TechPowerUp.
JBL JR300BT Bluetooth Headphones For Kids on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Emerson EM756-8 Android 7? 8GB Tablet on LegitReviews.
HP Envy X2 Review: A Satisfying Intel Powered Always Connected PC on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
HyperX Pulsefire Surge mouse on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming Mouse Pad on ThinkComputers.
Razer Raiju Ultimate gaming controller on Vortez.
Cherry MX Board 6 Video Review keyboard on Modders-Inc.
HyperX Alloy FPS RGB keyboard on Vortez.

Mushkin SOURCE 250GB SSD on NikKTech.
Silicon Power Bolt B80 Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial P1 1TB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Toshiba N300 8TB NAS Hard Drive on MadShrimps.
Crucial P1 500GB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.

Bomber Crew game on Bjorn3D.
Hitman 2 Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
HellSign (Early Access) game on TechPowerUp.
Battlefield V DXR Real-Time Ray Tracing Performance Tested on TechSpot.
Netgear Insight Business Storage and Networking Management on Tweaktown.
Battlefield V with GeForce RTX DirectX Raytracing on TechPowerUp.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey game on OCClub.
Testing Turing content-adaptive shading with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus on TechReport.
Examining the performance of Nvidia RTX effects in Battlefield V on TechReport.
20-Way AMD / NVIDIA Linux Gaming Benchmarks For The 2018 Holidays on Phoronix.
Spectre/Meltdown Performance Impact On Linux 4.20, Decimating Benchmarks on Phoronix.

NeueChair Review: Redefining The Modern Office Chair on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG Spectrix D41 DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Reeven Brontes CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Neo Mini mITX case on Modders-Inc.
be quiet! Pure Power 11 600 Watt PSU on Guru3D.

Defyant by Defyant (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-November-2018  13:54:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Defyant's latest project is this custom acrylic PC, with a focus on air-cooling and a great RGB lighting setup:

Click for the worklog thread!

AMD Radeon RX 590 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-November-2018  12:26:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD unveiled the Radeon RX 590 recently, refreshing the existing RX 580 line by moving to 12nm and boosting the clock speeds. This is a mid-range card that is competing with NVIDIA's GTX 1060. To see how it fares, check out these reviews from around the web:

AMD Radeon RX 590 1440p, 1080p & Ultrawide Gaming Performance on Techgage.
PowerColor Red Devil RX 590 takes on the EVGA GTX 1060 SC on BabelTechReviews.
Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
XFX RX 590 Fatboy on OCClub.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+ on HardOCP.
AMD RX590 Crossfire Testing on LanOC.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy 8G on Guru3D.
Red Devil RX 590 vs. the EVGA GTX 1060 SC 6GB Overclocking Showdown on BabelTechReviews.
Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ Special Edition 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy on LegitReviews.
AMD's Radeon RX 590 graphics card reviewed on TechReport.
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 590 8G on Guru3D.
AMD Radeon RX 590 Review: Benchmarks And Overclocking 12nm Polaris on HotHardware.
AMD Radeon RX 590 Review: The Refresh Of A Refresh Is Here on Tweaktown.
Radeon RX 590 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 on TechSpot.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Discussion in this thread.

MSI PS42 14” Thin & Light Laptop Review (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-November-2018  20:55:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Windwithme has reviewed the MSI PS42, a thin and lightweight 14" laptop that doesn't skimp on performance or features.

click for the thread!

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 19-November-2018  17:54:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-9980XE vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper on HardOCP.
EVGA Z390 FTW Motherboard on HWAsylum.
Asus ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming on LanOC.

Audio Visual:
Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC earphones on Vortez.
Elgato Stream Deck on FunkyKit.

SilverStone Lucid LD01 mATX on APHNetworks.
Antec DF500 RGB on OCInside.
Enermax SABERAY Tower on FunkyKit.

Cooler Master MasterAir G100M CPU Cooler on OCClub.
Deepcool CASTLE 240RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Scythe Ninja 5 CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Enermax NEOChanger reservoir/pump on OCInside.

Prebuilt & Portable:
PC Specialist Fusion II prebuilt PC on Vortez.
HUAWEI Mate 20 with Triple Leica Cameras on TechARP.
ASRock DeskMini 310 SFF PC on Tweaktown.

HyperX Fury RGB 480GB SSD on HWAsylum.
HyperX Gaming microSD 128GB on Tweaktown.
Western Digital Black NVMe SSD 1TB
Solid State Drive
on APHNetworks.
G-Technology Mobile SSD R Series 1TB on Tweaktown.
Toshiba Exceria Pro N502 64GB & 128GB SDXC UHS-II Cards on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
Battlefield V Ray Tracing Performance on GeForce RTX 2080 Ti on LegitReviews.
XFX RX580 Fatboy on LanOC.
AORUS RTX 2080 XTREME on Vortez.
ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX on Guru3D.

Sumo Lounge Sumo Gamer Microsuede Bean Bag on NikKTech.
Xtorm XB203 Infinity 27.000mAh Power Bank on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-November-2018  14:59:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-November-2018  13:57:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you want to opt out of My Health Record, you have until tomorrow night to do so. An amendment was passed by the Senate today to extend the deadline to January 31st of next year, but I'm not sure when that actually becomes effective. Anyway, if you're wondering why you might want to opt out of receiving an automatic My Health Record account, read this article and this article, and consider the example of Singapore's equivalent being hacked earlier this year. You may have connectivity issues as there's a bit of a rush to opt out at the moment. Discussion continues in this thread.

Stan Lee, creator of many iconic superhero characters, has died aged 95. It's difficult to overstate Stan Lee's impact on popular culture. In the space of a few years, the comic author created a series of characters — Spiderman, Hulk, and the X-Men, among others — whose adventures were followed by generations of fans. More than 50 years later these creations, via the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), are driving hordes of people to movie theatres around the world. Discussion here.

TechSpot wondered about the recent Core i9-9900K reviews, particularly in regards to power ratings. So the problem we have here is motherboard makers for the most part aren’t abiding by either of these power limits, instead they are targeting the clock multiplier table. You could say motherboard makers are cheating but we don’t think that is it... we still feel Intel is cheating their own spec. There is simply no way all board makers did this on their own, what a mighty big coincidence that would be and surely Asus, MSI, Asrock and Gigabyte all work alongside Intel engineers to create their Z390 motherboards. Long story short, they have now re-reviewed it while adhering to the Intel spec.

Meanwhile the i9-9980XE has arrived, with reviews on HotHardware, Tweaktown, Tech Report and LegitReviews. Last month, Intel announced the "Basin Falls Refresh" for their Core X-Series HEDT processors. Seven new parts were announced with the flagship of the series being the Intel Core i9-9980XE 18-core, 36-thread processor that is the successor to the Intel Core i9-7980XE 18-core, 36-thread processor launched just last year. Architecturally, the Core i9-9980XE is very similar to its Core i9-7980XE predecessor, but is made on the latest 14nm++ manufacturing process. The improvements on this node along with the switch to solder thermal interface material (STIM) have allowed Intel to increase base/boost clock speeds.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 13-November-2018  17:56:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac on FunkyKit.
ASUS Maximus XI Extreme: Z390 with all the things on Bjorn3D.
Supermicro C9Z390-PGW (Intel Z390) on Tweaktown.
Raptor Talos II POWER9 Benchmarks Against AMD Threadripper & Intel Core i9 on Phoronix.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus on LanOC.

Video Cards:
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
RTX 2080 vs. the GTX 1080 Ti in VR on BabelTechReviews.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition on Bjorn3D.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra 11 GB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire on Guru3D.
Corsair's K70 MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire gaming keyboard on TechReport.
ROCCAT Horde AIMO Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Glorious 3XL Extended Mouse Pad on TechPowerUp.
1St Player MK6 Bullet Hunter Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Dream Machines DM1 FPS mouse on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The Dell G7 15 (7588) Gaming Laptop In-Depth Review on TechARP.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review: A Workhorse That's Got Game on HotHardware.
Realme 2 Pro Smartphone In-Depth Review on TechARP.
Razer Blade 15 (Kaby Lake-R) Laptop on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector on GamingNexus.
Razer Nari Wired/Wireless Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.

Silverstone Lucid LD01 on TechPoweUp.
AeroCool Quartz Pro Full Tower on NikKTech.

Asustor AS6302T 2-Bay Consumer NAS on Tweaktown.
Kingston A1000 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
iStorage diskAshur DT2 12TB Desktop Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.

Party Hard 2 game on TechPowerUp.
Battlefield V PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Battlefield V: PC graphics performance benchmarks on Guru3D.
Battlefield V Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Sneak Energy Drink on ThinkComputers.
Apacer Panther Rage DDR4 RGB (2x8 GB) 3200 MHz DDR4 on Guru3D.
NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit on Vortez.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU cooler on Vortez.

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