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Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-April-2019  00:59:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z390 Godlike Motherboard on eTeknix.
Intel Core i5-9400F vs. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X on TechSpot.
Aorus Z390 Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard on HWAsylum.

Cooling:
Cougar Vortex RGB HPB 120 PWM HDB Cooling Kit on Tweaktown.
Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme Black Edition CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Antec Mercury RGB 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Enermax LiqTech II 280 CPU cooler on OCInside.

Cases:
Corsair Carbide 678C on Modders-Inc.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 on ThinkComputers.
NZXT H500 Overwatch Special Edition on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition Full Tower on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
Antlion Breaks Free: ModMic Wireless microphone on Techgage.
Reolink RLC-422 PoE Dome Camera on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Toshiba Canvio Ready 4TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Western Digital WD Blue 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD on eTeknix.
Silicon Power A56 256GB SATA III SSD on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Maingear Vybe 2019 Review: Fast, Quiet, Clean prebuilt PC on HotHardware.
Team Group T-Force Xtreem Gaming DDR4 3866 MHz memory on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC video cards on Guru3D.



Monday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-April-2019  12:21:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z390 Designare Review: A Motherboard For Creative Pros on HotHardware.
ASUS Rampage VI Extreme Omega Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Ryzen 5 2600X vs. Ryzen 7 1700 on TechSpot.
ASRock B450 Steel Legend Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Cases:
FSP CMT520 Plus on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M on APHNetworks.

Cooling:
ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 CPU cooler on Vortez.
Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
ID-Cooling ZF-12025-RGB TRIO Fan on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Matrix 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6GB on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE GEFORCE(R) GTX 1660 GAMING OC 6G on Technoyard.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Twin Fan on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
ASUS TUF Gaming K7 Optical-Mech IP56 Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Razer Goliathus Control & Speed mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Steelseries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Software:
Anno 1800: Open Beta PC graphics performance benchmark on Guru3D.
The Division 2 on OCClub.



Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-April-2019  14:31:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









Thursday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-April-2019  13:21:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware Area-51m Review: Desktop-Class, Upgradeable Elegance laptop on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL504GV gaming laptop on Vortez.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B450M Steel Legend Motherboard on OCInside.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Biostar A10N-8800E Mini-ITX board on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
WD Blue SN500 250GB on LanOC.
Team Group MP34 M.2 NVMe SSD 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
LaCie 2Big RAID Desktop Storage on Tweaktown.
WD Blue SN500 NVMe 250GB SSD on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.

Memory:
Geil Super Luce RGB 16GB DDR4 on OCClub.
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3200 32GB Kit on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK530 Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Titanium keyboard on Vortez.
ASUS RoG STRIX Scope RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Enermax AQUAFUSION 240 AIO RGB Sync CPU cooler on Modders-Inc.
SilentiumPC Navis RGB 280 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
The RTX 2080 vs. the GTX 1080 Ti in VR on BabelTechReviews.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus XS 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
Five Years Later: Revisiting the GeForce GTX 970 on TechSpot.
PowerColor RedDevil RX590 on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
PDP's LVL 50 wireless headset on TechReport.
Swann Wi-Fi Series Outdoor Camera on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Seasonic S12III 500W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
Ewin Racing Flash gaming chair on DVHardware.
Corsair Carbide 275Q case on Guru3D.



Tuesday Afternoon (23 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-April-2019  17:39:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I noticed uTorrent was running some ancient version on this PC today so hit the upgrade button, and boy was that a mistake. It silently installed some "web companion" app and changed my default search/homepage to Bing, all without prompting or requiring permission at any point. Nasty. Switched to qBittorrent which seems to be basically the old uTorrent interface without the included dodginess.

I broadly try to avoid politics but a couple of people pointed out this website laying out Labor's NBN plan. It's the usual adversarial "the other guys did it wrong, we'll do it right" type political stuff but in this particular instance it's true that one side had what seemed like a fairly decent plan which was almost deliberately mangled by the other side after they got in. So, take it with a grain of salt but read it if you're interested.

Still on politics, there's an interesting opinion piece here on news.com.au about Russia's alleged influence on American politics via social media - and the possibility of it occurring in Australia. Last year, researchers Tom Sear and Michael Jensen published a report for The Conversation finding that around 5000 of the tweets published by accounts operated by Russia’s Internet Research Agency mentioned Australia, MH17, or the Australian politics hashtag #AusPol. The activity involving Australia increased when our government responded to the downing of MH17 and once again when Australian fighter aircraft were flying over Syria.

Axe sent word that a DOOM speedrun world record has been broken after 20 years. One quirk of the original DOOM was the in-game timer that you see at the end of every level. Rather than rounding up or rounding up or down on the precise time a level was finished, the game always rounds down, regardless. Now if you're dealing with a larger level or a speedrun of a full game, that's not a big deal. But what if you're doing a speedrun of a very specific level - a level that takes nine seconds at most to complete? Discussion here.

CNBC checked out the US Army's hololens-based visor for soldiers. Many features will be recognised by FPS gamers. The whole experience felt natural to me, as I’ve played lots of first-person shooter video games that show me exactly where I am on a map, where my teammates are and where the enemy is. It was almost like a real-life game of “Call of Duty.” But IVAS goes even further. It can also be used for thermal imaging.

SanDisk have announced a 1TB microSDXC card. Crazy. For that money, you get that insane amount of storage for whatever it is you want to store with read speeds of up to 160MB/s (and write of up to 90MB/s). This is thanks to Western Digital's advancements in fast flash technology.

I didn't even know regular LANs were still a thing, but if you're in Perth, RFLAN #63 is on this weekend. RFLAN regularly run LAN gaming events where ticket holders can bring their own PC and register to join in on our tournaments. This is a fantastic way to come socialise, meet new people, win prizes and have some fun.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-April-2019  14:08:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B450 Steel Legend on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha on Bjorn3D.
Intel Xeon Cascade Lake Running Even Faster With Clear Linux on Phoronix.
ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE X299 Aorus Master (Intel X299) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Cases:
SilverStone Lucid LD01 Reader Review on OCinside.
Cooler Master MasterBox NR400 & NR600 on OCClub.
be quiet! Silent Base 601 Window Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Dr Zaber Sentry 2.0 on LanOC.
Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L on OC3D.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Stratus Duo Gamepad on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master MK850 keyboard on Guru3D.
Cooler Master CM310 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cherry MX Board 1.0 TKL keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
FSP Hydro PTM 650 W on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Nightjar NJ450-SX on Anandtech.

Audio Visual:
V-MODA BassFit Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Logitech G432 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on Vortez.
Logitech G - G933s Wireless 7.1 Surround LightSync Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Steelseries Arctis 7 Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Storage:
Samsung EVO Plus 512GB MicroSD Card on HotHardware.
Lexar NS200 SSD on Tweaktown.
WD Blue SN500 NVME SSD (250GB) on Guru3D.
WD Black SN750 1TB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II laptop on eTeknix.
AVADirect Section 9 System prebuilt PC on Modders-Inc.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S laptop on eTeknix.

Misc:
SilverStone LSB02 Multifunction Addressable RGB Control Box on HWAsylum.
GeForce GTX 960 vs. GTX 1660 & RTX 2060 video cards on TechSpot.
Netgear Orbi Pro SRK60 WiFi router on Tweaktown.
DLSS Ultra Performance in Anthem, BFV, FFXV, Metro Exodus, & SotTR on BabelTechReviews.
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4-3200 16GB Kit on Tweaktown.Noctua NH-U12A CPU cooler on Vortez.
Arozzi Arena Leggero Star Trek Edition Gaming Desk on NikKTech.



Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-April-2019  15:19:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Simon this week!









Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-April-2019  16:47:49 (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!



That's a Doozy has an impressive
Threadripper-based PC

josh_676 checked out the
Alfawise BT Motorcycle Intercom

HorrorLand is building a
shipping-container studio

Aussiejuggalo is setting up
all his systems in a rack

mR_CaESaR is converting a
Sega Universal Upright

CSI_Guy is restoring a vintage
glass bottle Coke vending machine

World of Fred has an impressive
hard-tubing watercooled PC

Sunder is converting a motorcyle
into an electric bike

and hawpinghaxbag has finished his
copper-tubing custom acrylic PC



Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-April-2019  16:35:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia now has new laws governing the broadcast of terrorist acts on social media. Harsh new penalties for social media companies that broadcast horrific terrorist attacks have cleared federal parliament, with Labor supporting new laws but vowing to revise them if they win the next election. The Morrison government announced the legislative changes after the Christchurch terror attack, in which 50 people were killed, was broadcast live by the shooter on Facebook.

Matt pointed out this worrying way of hacking self-driving cars and making them drive into oncoming traffic. By adding noise to lane-markings, they were able to fool the autopilot into losing the lanes altogether, however, the patches they had to apply to the lane-markings would not be hard for humans to spot. Much more seriously, they were able to use "small stickers" on the ground to effect a "fake lane attack" that fooled the autopilot into steering into the opposite lanes where oncoming traffic would be moving.

This is an older article but I found it interesting - an early example of WiFi hacking, of sorts. The place is the historic lecture theater of the Royal Institution in London. The date is the 4th of June 1903, and the inventor, Guglielmo Marconi, is about to demonstrate his new wireless system, which he claims can securely send messages over a long distance, without interference by tuning the signal. The inventor himself was over 300 miles away in Cornwall, preparing to send the messages to his colleague Professor Fleming in the theater. Towards the end of Professor Flemings lecture, the receiver sparks into life, and the morse code printer started printing out one word repeatedly: “Rats”.

Intel have some announcements aimed at data centres, including a second generation of Xeon Scalable processors with up to 56 cores. Info on Techgage, HotHardware, Phoronix and Tweaktown.

Google+ officially died yesterday, and nobody noticed. As scheduled, the company has now started deleting user accounts and their data. Chances are you’re not going to feel all that sad about the end of Google+ since you probably haven’t used it for years.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-April-2019  15:53:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
HyperX Alloy Elite RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Razer Raiju Mobile smartphone game controller on Vortez.
CoolerMaster CK530 TKL Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM830 on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASUS GTX 1660 OC Phoenix on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon VII 7nm Graphics Card on eTeknix.
Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1660 Ultra 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 OC (6GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit.
INNO3D GTX 1660 Twin X2 on Vortez.

Motherboard & CPU:
Stormforce FORGE OC (Ryzen 2700) Bundle of Ryzen 7 2700 and 16GB Kingston DDR4 RAM on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha (X399 Threadripper) on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Ultra Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Cooling:
SilentiumPC Navis RGB 280 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Enermax Liqtech II 360 CPU cooler on Modders-Inc.

Networking:
D-Link EXO AC2600 (DIR-882) WiFi router on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 Wi-Fi 6 Router on Tweaktown.

Software:
Hitman 2 Benchmarked: DX12 Testing On 20 Graphics Cards on Tweaktown.
Anthem Review: Flight of Fancy on Tweaktown.
GeForce 419.67 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Hitman 2: PC graphics DX12 (v2.20) performance update on Guru3D.
Metro Exodus Performance Analysis on OCClub.
The Division 2 Benchmarked: 20 Graphics Cards Tested on Tweaktown.

Memory:
GEIL Super Luce 3200 RGB SYNC Ready Ram on Modders-Inc.
Patriot Viper Steel Extreme Performance DDR4-4400 16GB on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ECS LIVA Q2 mini-PC on TechPowerUp.
HP OMEN Obelisk Review: Powerful, Easily Upgradeable Gaming PC on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Lioncast LX 55 Gaming Headset on OCInside.
SIMGOT EM2 Hi-Res IEM Earphones on FunkyKit.

Cases:
Antec P101 Silent Chassis on FunkyKit.
Level 20 GT ARGB on eTeknix.

Misc:
ApexGaming Elite ZT Motorized Desk Riser on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 750W RGB Sync Edition PSU on NikKTech.
Synology DS1819+ 8-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.



Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-April-2019  14:55:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's still April Fools Day in some parts of the world, so be careful out there. :) There's a thread with some of this year's pranks here in The Pub.

One story I've been holding off on posting until I was sure it was serious is that HardOCP is to be mothballed and the associated HardForum spun off into a separate member-supported community. This is happening because Kyle Bennett, the founder and editor, is taking a position with Intel to spearhead their efforts to engage with the enthusiast community. HardOCP has been around since the early days, even longer than OCAU, so it's a real loss to not have them as an active site anymore. This is a surprising announcement but I'm sure Kyle has put a lot of thought into the decision, so I wish him all the best for the future. Discussion here.

Also moving to Intel is Tom Petersen, formerly of NVIDIA. He's joining the GPU team, as further evidence of Intel's commitment to their discrete GPU project. Tom is a true veteran in the industry and an all around good dude. Before landing at NVIDIA in 2005, he spent the bulk of his career as a CPU designer, having worked with IBM and Motorola on the PowerPC team. He also spent some time with Broadcom after it acquired SiByte, where he was the Engineering Director for the BCM1400, an embedded quad-core multiprocessor. Tom also was one of the engineers who had a hand in NVIDIA's G-Sync technology and has around 50 technical patents to his name. In other words, he's pretty much an industry heavyweight and a critical (former) member of NVIDIA's GeForce team.

Corsair have advised they are recalling some CPU coolers. As a precautionary measure, CORSAIR regrets to recall a select lot code of the Hydro Series H100i RGB PLATINUM SE (CW-9060041-WW) Liquid CPU cooler. ... This issue only affects lot code 1852 of the White Hydro Series H100i RGB PLATINUM SE liquid CPU cooler. All other lot codes of the H100i RGB PLATINUM SE and versions of the H100i RGB PLATINUM are unaffected.

Here's an interesting article about some digital archaeology. As we learned from the articles, CompuServe used DEC PDP-10 mainframe computers for their service. Hence the first thing I tried was booting up a PDP-10 emulator with the disk images attached. While trying them one by one, two things quickly became clear: These weren’t ordinary PDP-10 disks and I needed to learn a lot to get anywhere with this. I’m a Unix guy who started out in the late 90s. This wasn’t even close to anything I had worked on before.

If that kind of thing gets you going, then elvis has good news for you: the Computer Chronicles is on archive.org. Hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles was the world's most popular television program on personal technology during the height of the personal computer revolution. It was broadcast for twenty years from 1983 - 2002. The program was seen on more than 300 television stations in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide, with translations into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. The series had a weekly television broadcast audience of over two million viewers. Discussion here.

The US Government have announced plans to return to the Moon. NASA's chief says the agency is all set to meet a new challenge — returning humans to land on the moon within the next five years. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine promised Tuesday (March 26) that the agency will work quickly to send a crew to the lunar vicinity in 2022 and land astronauts on the moon's south pole by 2024. From there, onward to Mars. Exciting times.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-April-2019  23:50:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware m15 RTX Gaming Laptop on TechSpot.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II on eTeknix.
Asus ZenBook Pro 14 on TechSpot.
The Smallest Ryzen Yet: Asrock DeskMini A300 on TechSpot.
Alienware Aurora R8 Review: A Compact RTX Gaming Powerhouse on HotHardware.
MSI GS75 Stealth Gaming Laptop on TechSpot.

Storage:
Crucial BX500 960GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
SECUREDATA SECUREDRIVE KP 1TB USB 3.0 PIN Authenticated Portable SSD on NikKTech.
G Drive Mobile Pro SSD 1TB on Tweaktown.
SecureDrive BT Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Synology DS1019+ NAS on Guru3D.
Buffalo MediaStation Blu-ray Writer on Tweaktown.
CORSAIR Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock on MadShrimps.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Delta Core Gaming Headset on Vortez.
Razer Kraken Competitive Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Creative Stage Computer Soundbar on APHNetworks.
Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST Smart Speaker on TechPowerUp.
Mobvoi TicPods Free earphones on OCInside.

Cases:
Antec P101 Silent The Silent Guardian Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB on Vortez.
In Win 915 Chassis on ThinkComputers.
Aerocool Tor Pro RGB Full Tower on NikKTech.
LIAN LI LANCOOL ONE Digital PC Chassis on FunkyKit.
Raijintek Ophion Evo mini case on LanOC.



Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-March-2019  14:55:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again - have a great weekend!









Thursday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-March-2019  00:42:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ASIGN_Baz has sent word that he will be making an appearance in his Steel MKIV Iron Man Suit at the Rise Above Convoy for Cancer Families at EPIC in Canberra. The Rise Above Convoy for Cancer Families is an annual event to raise money and awareness for Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief. Every April hundreds of Trucks and Motorbikes take the journey from Beard Industrial Estate just outside of Queanbeyan and drive through Canberra to Exhibition Park, where the family fun day and concert wrap up the Convoy.

Apparently more than 110,000 Australians were impacted by the Facebook access token attack in September last year. About 47,912 had only basic personal information – their name, email and phone number – compromised. But other Australians were more exposed. Hackers were able to access information on 62,306 users’ hometown, most recent check-ins, birthday, education, work history, Facebook search history, name, email, phone number, gender, relationship status and religion. These users also had their most recent Facebook location check-ins exposed. In another 1,595 cases, the names in private Facebook messenger conversations could be accessed, as could details of a person’s membership of Facebook groups.

This doesn't affect Australia directly, but it's a worrying precedent - the European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13. While ostensibly aimed at fixing copyright, many are worried that Article 13 will completely change how we share information online and make it much harder for small sites to compete with tech giants.

Some ASUS update software was compromised recently, with thousands of computers infected, but curiously only a few hundred specific MAC addresses would activate the malware's payload. The researchers estimate half a million Windows machines received the malicious backdoor through the ASUS update server, although the attackers appear to have been targeting only about 600 of those systems. The malware searched for targeted systems through their unique MAC addresses. Once on a system, if it found one of these targeted addresses, the malware reached out to a command-and-control server the attackers operated, which then installed additional malware on those machines.

Computerworld look back at the history of mobile coverage in Australia, as Telstra announce their 10,000th mobile site. Telstra revealed today that it had connected its 10,000th mobile site, with the 5G site coming online some 32 years after the telco first began delivering cellular services. In 1987 the government-owned Telecom Australia — which eventually became Telstra — unveiled its first-generation cellular network. However, the roots of mobile telephony in Australia go back even further.

NanoDuke sent in today's timewaster: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, in Google Earth. Accessing Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? is as simple as visiting the Google Earth site. From the homepage, players are given the option to “Catch Carmen Sandiego,” and selecting it begins “The Crown Jewels Caper.” The Where is Carmen Sandiego? Google game can also be accessed on iOS and Android mobile devices.



Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-March-2019  18:09:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG X399 CREATION (AMD X399) on Tweaktown.
Biostar A10N-8800E AMD Mini-ITX on GND-Tech.
ASUS X299 Rampage VI Extreme Omega on OC3D.

Cooling:
Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Alphacool Eisbaer 240LT watercooler on Vortez.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC 6G on Modders-Inc.
ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Ti STRIX OC 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X (6GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit.

Cases:
Cooler Master Masterbox NR400 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Masterbox NR600 on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake V200 TG RGB Mid Tower on NikKTech.

Misc:
SANSI C2440-FW Security Floodlight on APHNetworks.
Sound BlasterX G6 DAC/amp on AudioScienceReview.
Patriot Viper VPN100 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD on FunkyKit.
Enermax MaxRevo 1800W Power Supply on HardOCP.



Monday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-March-2019  16:04:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google have revealed their game-streaming service, Google Stadia. Google Stadia will run a selection of existing PC games on Google's centralized servers, taking in controller inputs and sending back video and audio using Google's network of low-latency data centers. The company revealed a new Google-produced controller, along with a game-streaming interface that revolves around a "play now" button. Press this on any Web browser and gameplay will begin "in as quick as five seconds... with no download, no patch, no update, and no install." I'm sure it will be fantastic via my NBN connection. More info here, here and here with discussion here.

TechPowerUp built a PC using components from ASRock's Phantom Gaming Alliance. Thus, what we are seeing now is ASRock's Phantom Gaming Alliance, which currently includes Cooler Master and Teamgroup. By bringing together vendors, they can all offer improved compatibility along with themed products, which is certainly a nice touch because it allows users to build systems that match a singular theme if they so choose. It also allows for parts that offer guaranteed compatibility and should just "work", which bring us to today's review: A system built entirely out of parts carrying the Phantom Gaming label.

Apple have unveiled some beefed-up iMacs. The 21.5-inch iMac now has a 6-core, eighth-generation Intel CPU option—up from a maximum of four cores before. The 27-inch now has six cores as the standard configuration, with an optional upgrade to a 3.6GHz, 9th-gen, 8-core Intel Core i9 CPU that Apple claims will double performance over the previous 27-inch iMac. The base 27-inch model has a 3GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 CPU, with intermediate configurations at 3.1GHz and 3.7GHz (both Core i5). The big news is arguably that both sizes now offer high-end, workstation-class Vega-graphics options for the first time. Apple added a similar upgrade option to the 15-inch MacBook Pro late last year.

TechPowerUp have an AMD Ryzen Memory Tweaking & Overclocking Guide. I am the developer of the DRAM Calculator for Ryzen, author of numerous BIOS mods, and curator of dozens of topics about and related to these processors. After two years of research and development, I am ready to share my secrets on optimizing memory on a Ryzen-powered system. By optimization, I specifically mean overclocking and tuning of system RAM the right way—the way that won't break it.

TechSpot looked into Ray Tracing in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The inclusion of ray tracing in Shadow of the Tomb Raider marks the implementation of the third and final ray tracing technique we currently have at our disposal. Battlefield V uses ray traced reflections, Metro Exodus uses ray traced global illumination, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider uses ray traced shadows.

NVIDIA have a magic paint program that is pretty much just witchcraft. A deep learning model developed by NVIDIA Research turns rough doodles into highly realistic scenes using generative adversarial networks (GANs). The tool is like a smart paintbrush, converting segmentation maps into lifelike images. More info here.

This might count as a flash timewaster: a 3D panorama of Sydney you can zoom and rotate and explore.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-March-2019  23:38:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
iStorage diskAshur2 1TB USB 3.1 PIN Authenticated Portable SSD on NikKTech.
Icy Dock flexiDock MB795SP-B Review - 3.5" & 2.5" Single Bay on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro SSD on HotHardware.
Icy Dock flexiDock MB524SP-B Review - 4x 2.5" SATA, 5.25 Bay on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
ROCCAT Vulcan 100 Mechanical RGB Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Aukey KM-G6 Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Vulcan 120 AIMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Patriot Viper V765 Keyboard on Guru3D.
Logitech G603 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Verizon GizmoWatch Kids Smart Watch Phone on BigBruin.
TickTalk 3 Kids Smart Watch Phone on BigBruin.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975) on TechARP.



Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-March-2019  15:17:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dan and Andrew this week! BTW, if you're a Facebook user, you might want to change your password.








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.



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