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Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-August-2018  14:57:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Enthusiast-friendly PC case manufacturer CaseLabs has shut down, laying the blame squarely at the feet of recent tariffs imposed by the US Government. We are very sad to announce that CaseLabs and its parent company will be closing permanently. We have been forced into bankruptcy and liquidation. The tariffs have played a major role raising prices by almost 80% (partly due to associated shortages), which cut deeply into our margins. The default of a large account added greatly to the problem. It hit us at the worst possible time. We reached out for a possible deal that would allow us to continue on and persevere through these difficult times, but in the end, it didn’t happen. Discussion here.

Australia now has a National Data Commissioner. She has the difficult task of supervising the public data system at a time when projects like the publication of de-identified health records that researchers used to re-identify patients, and more recently, the My Health Record, have damaged public trust. The role will see her find ways to promote greater use of data while building trust in the government’s capabilities in that area.

TechPowerUp compared 15 video cards in the game Monster Hunter: World. Monster Hunter: World brings the epic fight against huge enemies to the PC platform. The port is well done, and runs well, especially on AMD graphics cards. Our performance review looks at this in detail, using 15 graphics cards. We also investigated VRAM usage and CPU core scaling.

HardOCP compared video cards too, with a NVIDIA GPU generational performance analysis. The topic of review is being divided into multiple parts so we can best facilitate testing. We are covering a wide range of GPUs, games, and game settings. We are covering NVIDIA and AMD, starting with NVIDIA. The purpose of this series is to find out how GPUs have evolved in terms of real-world gaming performance over the last five years. It should tell us if the upgrading we’ve done over the years actually means something and how much it actually means in terms of performance.

Phoronix meanwhile compared Windows 10 vs Linux on the new Threadripper 2990WX CPU. When receiving the Threadripper 2 review launch kit, included with the bundle was a Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe SSD and on there was a fresh Windows 10 installation setup by AMD. When seeing that, prior to wiping that, I ran some benchmarks of that Windows 10 Pro Build 17134 setup and compared it to a few Linux distributions on this same system while maintaining the hardware's configuration and BIOS settings.

This mind-bending article details how someone found a hardcoded "god mode" in 2004-era VIA CPUs, thanks metamorphosis. Domas followed the "trail of breadcrumbs," as he put it, from one patent to another and figured out that certain VIA chipsets were covered by the patents. Then he collected many old VIA C3 machines and spent weeks fuzzing code. He even built a testing rig consisting of seven Nehemiah-based thin clients hooked up to a power relay that would power-cycle the machines every couple of minutes, because his fuzzing attempts would usually crash the systems. After three weeks, he had 15 GB of log data — and the instructions to flip on the backdoor in the hidden RISC chip.

It's good to see the demo scene is still going strong - here's the winners from the 2018 Assembly contest. More info here.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-August-2018  03:08:25 (GMT +10) - by booj

Threadripper 2990WX & 2950X:
Hot Hardware
PC Perspective
Toms Hardware

Threadripper 2990WX:
Overclock 3D
PC World
The Tech Report

Threadripper 2950X:
Hardware Canucks

Misc Pics (31 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-August-2018  14:37:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tomorrow between 10am and noon Sydney time we will be doing some upgrades behind the scenes which may make the forums unavailable from time to time. So don't panic if things get a bit weird. In the meantime, here's some Misc Pics:

Friday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-August-2018  14:33:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A Sydney man is possibly facing prison time over 3D Printed Guns. A Sydney man who made replica guns with a 3D printer and advertised them online is facing possible jail time but will have to wait several weeks before learning his fate. Sicen Sun was arrested in 2017 after he advertised one of his imitation weapons for sale for $1 million - negotiable - on a Facebook buy, swap and sell group. He's since pleaded guilty to charges including possessing a digital blueprint for the manufacture of firearms, manufacturing a pistol without a licence permit, and possessing an unauthorised pistol.

Tweaktown have a Ryzen (2000-Series) Overclocking Guide. Happen to own a Ryzen CPU and wondered how to overclock it? We have your back, here is an easy to understand Ryzen overclocking guide.

Meanwhile TechSpot look back at One Year with Threadripper. As the chief hardware writer on TechSpot and video reviewer/creator on HUB, I often get asked about my own PC and what I choose to use as my daily driver, so today I’m going to discuss my experiences with AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and the supporting X399 platform. Since I transitioned over to Threadripper about a year ago and we have 2nd-gen Threadripper landing very shortly, I thought what better time to discuss my experience so far.

IBM have a 19TB NVMe SSD on the way, for enterprise use. The new SSDs for IBM's FlashSystem have a usable storage capacity of up to 19.2TB of 64L 3D TLC NAND flash memory, making them some of the highest-density TLC-based drives. The drives use a 20-channel NAND interface and a four-lane PCIe 4.0 host interface that can operate in dual-port 2+2 mode. IBM's controller also provides optional transparent compression with a typical 3:1 compression ratio, and FIPS 140 compliant encryption.

More likely to appear in a desktop PC near you soon are these 4TB SSDs from Samsung. A couple of years ago, Samsung launched its first 4TB solid state drives, which might as well not have existed given their $1,499 asking price. Today, the company announces the commencement of mass production of a more — though it’s too early to know exactly how much more — affordable variant with its 4TB QLC SSDs.

I've never thought about using an aftermarket clipboard manager, but TechSpot compared 12 of them. Clipboard managers make it much easier to re-enter text or anything else that you've recently copied and pasted, adding an array of new capabilities to the default Windows clipboard. Although they differ in features, the typical clipboard manager automatically saves text, images and other items as they are copied to your clipboard, displaying them in a list-style GUI that makes it simple to re-copy or paste something later.

The University of Melbourne have looked into whether or not gamers are the issue when it comes to NBN bandwidth. The head of Australia’s National Broadband Network, NBN Co, has named ‘gamers’ as a problem for the national internet system and identified them as a major cause of congestion on the fixed wireless network. But these polarising comments do little to explain the nature of competitive online gaming in Australia. So are gamers national sporting heroes, or a thorn in the side of everyday internet users?

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-August-2018  13:23:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Fnatic CLUTCH 2 & FOCUS 2 mouse and pad on Vortez.
Input Club's WhiteFox mechanical keyboard on TechReport.
Tt eSPORTS Nemesis Switch Optical RGB on TechPowerUp.

QNAP TS-473 4-Bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Samsung SSD 970 EVO on BenchmarkReviews.
ASUSTOR AS1004T V2 NAS Server on NikKTech.
HP Portable SSD P800 Review - High-Capacity and Speed on Tweaktown.

CORSAIR H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
EZVIZ 4-Camera 4K Security System with 2TB HDD NVR on BigBruin.
iMovR Lander Desk on ThinkComputers.
MSI B450i Gaming PLUS AC motherboard on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 570/580 MECH 2 video cards on Tweaktown.
Seasonic PRIME Ultra 850W PSU on HardOCP.

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-August-2018  21:37:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
EasySMX COOL 2000 headset on Vortez.
Divoom Timebox Smart Music Clock on NikKTech.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASUS Prime X470-PRO Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L and Q300P on OCInside.
Phanteks Eclipse P350X on ThinkComputers.

Deepcool Gamer Storm MF120 RGB fan on Vortez.
ID-Cooling Dashflow 360 radiator on TechPowerUp.

Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5" 3D NAND SSD on ModSynergy.
Intel SSD 660p SSD Review - Consumer QLC Debut on Tweaktown.
Buttered With Btrfs – Synology DS1618+ 6-bay SMB NAS Review on TechGage.
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSD Review With QLC NAND Flash on LegitReviews.
Best M.2 SATA SSD - Samsung 860 EVO or Crucial MX500 on Tweaktown.
Intel SSD 660p Review: Snappy NVMe Storage At Rock-Bottom Prices on HotHardware.

EaseUS Todo Backup Home on OCInside.
Honor Play In-Depth Review - Mobile Gaming FTW on TechARP.

Input Etc:
Corsair STRAFE MK.2 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
CORSAIR Gaming Lapboard for the K63 wireless keyboard on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon RX 570 and 580 MECH 2 8G OC on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon RX 580 Mech 2 8 GB on TechPowerUp.

ZOOZ ZSE18 Z-Wave Plus Motion Sensor with Magnetic Base on BigBruin.
Stanley FatMax Lithium-Ion LED/HID Flashlight on ModSynergy.
MSI GV62 8RE laptop on Vortez.

AMD Threadripper 2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-August-2018  18:18:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their 2nd generation Threadripper CPUs today. There seem to only be specs and unboxing articles at the moment, not proper reviews, but here they are anyway:

32-Core 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: Unboxing The Beast on HotHardware.
AMD's second-generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs revealed on TechReport.
Preview: Threadripper 2950X and 2990WX (specs and unboxing) on Guru3D.
AMD Announces 2nd Generation Threadripper with up to 32 Cores on PC Perspective.
The AMD Threadripper 2 Teaser: Pre-Orders Start Today, Up to 32 Cores on Anandtech.

Discussion continues towards the end of this giant thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

Monday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-August-2018  22:19:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Computer Museum Society are still looking for people to save their collection of vintage computers, thanks David. Some of the Australian Computer Museum Society’s 50,000-item-strong collection may be bulldozed next week, because the warehouse it occupies is scheduled for demolition and the Museum can’t find alternative accommodation within its budget. The Society currently occupies a warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Villawood. Curator John Geremin said the Museum’s collection occupied more than 200 square meters on triple-level racks. Among the notable items in the collection are an EAI analog computer from the 1940s, vintage minicomputers from the 1960s and 1970s, and what Geremin described as “disk drives that are bigger than your washing machine”. I think this week is crunch time - discussion continues in this thread.

ExtremeTech meanwhile ponder some of the worst CPUs ever made. To make it on to this list, a CPU needed to be fundamentally broken, as opposed to simply being poorly positioned or slower than expected. The annals of history are already stuffed with mediocre products that didn’t quite meet expectations but weren’t truly bad.

The best news I've heard in a while is that Jean-Luc Picard is back! Or will be soon, anyway. It’s official — Patrick Stewart is returning to the Star Trek franchise. The acclaimed Shakespearean actor is set to headline a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, reprising his iconic Next Generation character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The project, which has been rumored since the June announcement of a Star Trek universe expansion with new series, was just unveiled by Stewart himself in a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.

TSMC recently had a virus infection which has somewhat derailed production and will affect its bottom line. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has disclosed that a computer virus stalling part of its production over the weekend is expected to impact 3% of its third-quarter 2018 revenues. "TSMC expects this incident to cause shipment delays and additional costs," said the world's top foundry service provider in an update today about the impact of virus infection that it first reported on Saturday.

Just when you thought HDDs were dead, Seagate have a new multi-actuator system to speed them up. Today Seagate said its new MACH.2™ Multi Actuator technology has enabled them to set a new hard drive speed record, demonstrating up to 480MB/s sustained throughput — the fastest ever. Seagate formally introduced its MACH.2 Multi Actuator technology yesterday, which has now been deployed in development units for customer testing prior to productization.

Popular anti-bloatware tool CCleaner has some privacy issues of its own, thanks Axe. Piriform, the original developer behind CCleaner, was acquired by antivirus outfit Avast not long ago. Shortly afterwards, malware found its way into a public build of the program. You'd think, given this catastrophe, Avast would be a bit more careful with its updates. Apparently not. Bowing to online pressure, the company has pulled the latest version of CCleaner, 5.45, after it was discovered the ability to opt-out of program's data gathering was removed.

TechPowerUp used the game Yakuza 0 to compare video card performance. Yakuza 0 finally lets PC gamers in on the Japanese mafia action that console gamers have enjoyed for years. The game has an entertaining storyline that will make you laugh, and shudder at the subtleties of Japanese nightlife. We test the game on 15 graphics cards, take a look at VRAM usage and check CPU core scaling.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-August-2018  21:22:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE X470 AORUS Gaming 7 WIFI Motherboard on PCPerspective.
Asus ROG Strix B360-F Gaming Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG STRIX X470-I Gaming Motherboard on HardOCP.

Toshiba High Speed M203 MicroSDXC Card on MadShrimps.
Seagate Barracuda SSD - Rehashing Entry-Level Server Storage on Tweaktown.
Intel Optane SSD 905P 960GB Drive on LegitReviews.
GIGABYTE UD Pro SSD Review - Abundant Flash Widens the Market on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Corsair STRAFE RGB MK.2 keyboard on Vortez.
SteelSeries Rival 600 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Logitech G513 Carbon Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
SteelSeries' Apex M750 mechanical gaming keyboard on TechReport.
Fnatic miniSTREAK keyboard on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
AUKEY Dash Cam DR01 on LegitReviews.
D-Link DCS-8300LH 1080p WiFi Indoor Security Camera on BigBruin.

A-DATA XPG SPECTRIX D41 RGB DDR4-3600 memory on TechPowerUp.
Enermax RevoBron 700W PSU on HardOCP.
Corsair SPEC Omega RGB case on Guru3D.
Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop on HotHardware.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 Router on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (43 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-August-2018  15:15:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! The first one this week is from KonMan who says: Hey OCAU, I work in Melbourne next to the building where Gold 104 and KISS 101 have their studios. Not sure of the context if it was a dare or what? They needed an echo chamber and couldn't do it in post? Anyway - our whole office was at the window laughing. The second one is from g@z who noticed a geeky solution to L-plate attachment. Thanks also to Tim this week!

Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-August-2018  15:10:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an interesting interview on TechGage with the man who created graphical ray-tracing. With the release of DirectX Raytracing and NVIDIA’s RTX API, it’s time we took a look at the history behind ray tracing, and how it came about. With SIGGRAPH just around the corner, we speak to Turner Whitted, who used his knowledge of sonar to pioneer ray tracing as a method for rendering computer graphics back in 1979.

It's not too often we publish a positive Telstra story, but they have been crowned the fastest for Netflix after two years as the slowest. Every month, Netflix Australia ranks six of the country’s ISPs based on the streaming provider’s own calculations of download speeds during prime time. From April 2015, a month after Netflix landed in Australia, until August 2017 Telstra was listed as the slowest provider. But from September 2017, the telecommunications giant started to climb up and has been the fastest provider since February 2018.

Guru3D have an updated PC Buyer's Guide. It's that time of the year again! Welcome, all to the (Late) Summer 2018 edition of Guru3D's PC Buyer's Guide. This article will show you PC builds at various price points that we - as a unit - feel happy to recommend.

LanOC meanwhile look at casting 3D-printed parts. How does one make something metal with a 3D printer? You can spend a huge sum of money and buy a printer that can sinter metal powders together. Unless you’re NASA or SpaceX that is a lot of money. Sure, you could slap a MIG welder nozzle on your printer but that is not very precise and would take a lot of tinkering to get something useful out of it. Instead of going high tech, let’s go low tech. Casting liquid metal into sand molds is a process humans have been doing for centuries. What if you used a 3D printer to create the mold patterns for the sand in a few hours instead of the day(s) it would have taken to do by hand?

An old Reddit backup was compromised recently, which may have security implications if you have been a member over there for a while. Most interesting is the fact that SMS messages for two-factor authentication were intercepted as part of the hack.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-August-2018  13:00:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD's Ryzen 7 2700 CPU on TechReport.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processor on ThinkComputers.
ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance Motherboard on OCInside.
ASRock X470 Taichi AMD Ryzen Motherboard on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
GTX 1060 6GB vs the RX 580 8GB vs the GTX 980 4GB revisited on BabelTechReviews.
MSI Radeon RX580/570 MECH 2 Unboxed on Tweaktown.
XFX RX 570 RS 8GB XXX Edition on OCClub.

EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix 360 watercooler on NikKTech.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120R RGB Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Antec DF500 RGB on FunkyKit.
Fractal Design Focus G Mini on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Viotek 144Hz GN32LD 32" Curved Gaming Monitor on TechSpot.
ASUS ProArt PA328Q Monitor on Tweaktown.
Cougar Phontum Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Kingston UV500 960GB 2.5 Inch SSD on BigBruin.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD on HotHardware.
Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5" 3D NAND SSD on ModSynergy.
StarTech USB-C Docking Station on Tweaktown.
Samsung's 860 EVO 1 TB SSD on TechReport.

Cooler Master CK552 Full RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Gigabyte AORUS P850W 850W PSU on APHNetworks.

AMD's B450 Chipset (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-August-2018  12:01:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled the B450 motherboard chipset which provides a more budget-friendly, power-conscious way to get up and running with a Ryzen CPU. Here's some reviews from around the net:

AMD B450 Chipset Explained with Official AMD Tech Briefing on TechARP.
Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro on Guru3D.
ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WIFI (AMD X470) on Tweaktown.
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 on FunkyKit.
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC & Tomahawk on NeoSeeker.
MSI B450 Tomahawk on Guru3D.
ASRock B450 Gaming ITX/ac and B450 Gaming K4 boards on Anandtech.
A Quick Look at 25 Motherboards on Anandtech.

Discussion continues in this thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

Tuesday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 31-July-2018  17:58:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Computer Museum Society needs help storing their collection until new premises can be organised. Find out how you can help in this Google Groups post. The Australian Computer Museum Society is not an active museum, but a repository of computing technology, peripherals, storage media and documentation dating from to the 1950s to the 2000s. Their collection is being held in a 200 square metre warehouse at 888 Woodville Road, Villawood, which will be demolished in two weeks. Having tried for years to secure a more permanent home, the volunteers - mostly former programmers and engineers in their 70s - are at the desperate point of suggesting that anybody who wants anything from their collection can just come along and take it. The attached photos give some idea of the range, size and condition of the collection (apologies for the blurriness - the light is quite poor inside). Discussion here in our Retro & Arcade forum.

There's not much solid info, but apparently India have developed their first RISC-V based CPU. Shakrti processor is a low-power prototype, they were interested in optimising power and area. currently, it's clocking at 400MHz, DMIPS/MHz - 1.67.

Meanwhile South Korea are determined to stay ahead of China in the chip-development world. The South Korean government will invest 1.5 trillion won ($1.34 billion) in developing new technologies and creating a manufacturing hub for next-generation chips in order to keep its leading position being sought by China, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday. The Industry Ministry will make the investment for the next 10 years together with the Ministry of Science and ICT, titling the project “Next-Generation Intelligent Semiconductor Technology Development Project.”

DigitalFoundry meanwhile explain why we need new 8-core CPUs - in short, to keep up with console gaming. Despite no official confirmation, it's more than likely that we'll see new eight-core CPUs from Intel in the next month or so, delivering the ability to comprehensively outperform the already stunning Core i7 8700K - our pick as the fastest gaming CPU money can buy right now. The additional benefits for gaming in the short-term may be limited but once the new wave of Ryzen-powered consoles arrive, the need for faster, wider processors in the PC space should become abundantly clear.

Sniper sent in this new Segway for each foot idea. The Segway Drift W1 e-Skates are lightweight, portable and extremely unique. Designed for maximum comfort and fun the Drift W1 is the perfect product to usher in a new type of personal transportation. Hrm, as someone who spends a lot of time on skates.. I'm not convinced. But I'd be happy to review some. :)

Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-July-2018  12:46:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CORSAIR Spec-Omega RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case on NikKTech.
In Win A1 mini tower on OCAholic.

Toshiba EXCERIA M303 MicroSDXC Card on MadShrimps.
Next-Gen NVMe SSD Showdown: Phison E12 and SMI SM2262EN on Tweaktown.
Samsung Pro Endurance microSDXC Memory Card on LegitReviews.
XPG SX950U SSD on Vortez.

D-Link DIR-867 Wireless Router on APHNetworks.
Netgear XR500 router, EX8000 Extender and SX10 (10 Gbit/s) Switch on Guru3D.

Arozzi Mezzo V2 Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Lenovo Smart Display Review: Google Home Assistant Grows A Head And It’s Great on HotHardware.
TEAMGROUP T-Force Xcalibur RGB memory on Vortez.
Sennheiser GSP 500 headset on TechPowerUp.
Gamdias Hermes P3 RGB mechanical keyboard on OCInside.
Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML240L RGB CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Misc Pics (30 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-July-2018  15:09:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Andrew and t1mbot this week!

Friday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-July-2018  14:37:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day, so buy a nerd a pizza. Or eat the pizza your marketroids hopefully bought you. :)

Speaking of sysadminny things, Chrome will now display a warning for webpages which are served without HTTPS. Not entirely by coincidence, we now have HTTPS enabled across the site, with the forums having had it for nearly a year and the main site for a few days. The short ocau.com domain isn't quite sorted out yet but will be soon, so don't panic if you get a warning on there.

Techspot wondered how a high-end CPU from 2010 would compare with cheap CPUS of today. Today we're going to have a bit of benchmark fun as we test out a processor we reviewed in 2010. The Core i7-980X was a hexacore beast, but how does it stack up 8 years later? To find out I'm going to compare it with a whole heap of modern processors, including the dinky little $100 Ryzen 3 2200G.

Intel will be using GPUs to fight malware. The first solution -- Accelerated Memory Scanning -- will allow delegating the task of detecting memory-based attacks to an integrated GPU. This tends to be done at the expense of CPU productivity at this point, which deteriorates the overall system performance. The technique in question will dramatically reduce CPU load -- according to Intel, CPU utilization dropped from 20 percent down to 2 percent in their tests. As a result, the system will perform better and consume less power.

Another small town has given up on the NBN and is building their own internet solution. With the help of friend and resident Peter Botsman, a crowd funding campaign began in June, with the aim of creating the Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network. The campaign had a dollar target of $120,000 and subscriber target of 120. On Tuesday afternoon, the target was met, and the Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network (KVBN) finally became a reality.

We may be in for cheaper memory next year. While the global DRAM market still remains robust currently, the recent capacity ramps by Micron Technology and the planned kick-off of commercial production by China-based Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit and Innotron Memory (previously known as Hefei ChangXin) could lead to oversupply for the memory in 2019, according to industry sources.

The current "Retro Let's Play" is Super Smash Bros. Melee from 2001. Characters span a huge amount of game franchises, including Super Mario Bros and Yoshi, Pokemon, Metroid, Mother/Earthbound, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Fire Emblem, Kirby, Ice Climber, Star Fox, F-Zero and Game and Watch. One criticism of the game is that only 14 characters are available initially, and the rest must be unlocked. However once unlocked, the variety of characters is quite enormous, and caters to all tastes.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-July-2018  00:04:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X470 Taichi (AMD X470) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS TUF X470 Plus-Gaming on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CM310 mouse on Vortez.
Tt eSPORTS Ventus X Optical RGB mouse on TechPowerUp.
Razer's Naga Trinity gaming mouse on TechReport.
Elgato Stream Deck Mini mini keyboard on Vortez.
CHERRY KC 6000 Slim Keyboard on MadShrimps.
Rosewill NEON K81 RGB Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Stormforce Onyx 1060 3GB System on Vortez.
Razer Blade 2018 gaming laptop on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis Pro with GameDAC Hi-Res Audio System on NikKTech.
Viotek GN24C 24-inch Curved 1080p 144 Hz Monitor on ThinkComputers.
Arozzi Colonna Microphone on TechPowerUp.
DLink HD Wi-Fi Camera 8010LH on Tweaktown.

ADATA XPG SX8200 480GB M.2. SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung SSD 860 PRO 1TB on BenchmarkReviews.
MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault eXpress Portable SSD on LegitReviews.
Icy Dock MB973SP-1B FlexCage on OCInside.

Patriot Viper RGB DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.
Sonnet Solo 10G network adapter on Tweaktown.
COUGAR PANZER-G Tempered Glass Gaming Mid-Tower on NikKTech.

Tuesday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-July-2018  16:34:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SiliconAngel sent word of this online petition regarding the Government's plans to undermine strong encryption in Australia. We demand privacy, security, and integrity for our communications and systems. We should be confident that the services we use haven’t been weakened or compromised by government mandate or pressure. No legislation, executive order, or private agreement with the government should undermine our rights. The government should not erode the security of our devices or applications, pressure companies to keep and allow government access to our data, mandate implementation of vulnerabilities or backdoors into products, or have disproportionate access to the keys to private data. There's more info in this article. My main issue is that it's basically unworkable. It sounds like the classic "politicians trying to legislate without understanding" we see so often with tech issues. So at best it'll just be a huge waste of time and money.

Anyway, it's 2018, and where the hell is my flying car? It's right here, thanks Alan. Designed as a ‘single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV)’, OPENER Inc. state that the BlackFly “… is simple to master and requires no formal licensing (in USA) or special skills to operate safely.” At 1.55m long and 1.6m wide and a take-off run of 1m, it can take off from almost anywhere. As well as being able to fly, the “car” also has full freshwater amphibious capabilities. But it is principally designed to operate from small grassy areas and travel distances of up to 40km at speeds up to 100km/h on an 8kWh battery. Doesn't sound like it's going to be in my driveway anytime soon, but it's getting closer.

Back to the Government, and the "My Health Record" system is adding some restrictions to how data can be used. The agency's contractual fix comes after the ABC reported on June 24 that one of the partner apps HealthEngine was passing on client information to personal injury lawyers and boasting to advertisers it could tailor advertising to patient's illnesses. The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt ordered the DHA conduct an "urgent review" of its relationship with HealthEngine on the same day. Discussion continues in this thread.

A Sydney man has been arrested for allegedly stealing Amazon hardware. A 26-year-old Sydney man has been charged after allegedly stealing and dismantling $600,000 worth of AWS Snowball mass storage units. It is alleged that the man was shipped 31 of the Snowball devices, which can be rented from AWS to perform large data migrations into the cloud. He was arrested and charged with larceny following a joint investigation by the NSW Police cybercrime squad and the FBI.

There's a new undersea cable connecting Australia to the USA. Hawaiki has completed laying its 15,000km undersea fibre optic cable that connects Australia and New Zealand directly to the US. Hawaiki CEO Remi Galasso said the US$300 million (A$407.2 million) cable system will provide the “fastest and the largest” link between Australia and the US, with another branch connecting American Samoa.

There's also some cool stuff going on in the skies soon, including a long lunar eclipse. July has already been a real treat for stargazers, with five planets to see in the evening sky, Mars looking the best we’ve seen in 15 years, and now, in the early hours of Saturday morning July 28, there will be an extraordinary total lunar eclipse.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-July-2018  21:52:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Battle of the Workstations: AMD Ryzen Threadripper vs Intel Core X-Series on TechGage.
MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC (AMD X470) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock H370 Performance Polychrome RGB Software video review on OCInside.

Audio Visual:
AOC AGON AG352UCG Curved G-SYNC Gaming Monitor on NikKTech.
Z-Edge S3 Dual Dash Cam on FunkyKit.
Acer Predator X27 G-SYNC HDR Monitor Preview on TechARP.

Qnap TS-453Be NAS on LanOC.
Synology DS218+ NAS Review with Synology C2 Cloud Review and VPN Guide on OCInside.

NZXT Kraken M22 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.
Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM Fan on TechPowerUp.
CORSAIR Hydro H100i Pro RGB Low Noise 240mm RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO 240mm RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO Liquid CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Corsair H100i PRO LCS on Guru3D.
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i PRO RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on MadShrimps.
Corsair Hydro Series H100i PRO on TechPowerUp.
Corsair's H100i Pro 240-mm closed-loop liquid CPU cooler on TechReport.

Input Etc:
CORSAIR K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
CORSAIR Dark Core RGB SE Wireless Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Nokia Steel HR Review: Hybrid Smartwatch With Classic Timepiece Flair on HotHardware.
OWC Travel Dock on Tweaktown.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr game on BenchmarkReviews.
Seasonic Prime Gold 850W PSU on OCAholic.
Cooler Master MasterBox K500L case on Vortez.
AMD’s “fine wine” revisited – the Fury X vs. the GTX 980 Ti on BabelTechReviews.

Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-July-2018  15:33:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Dan this week! Slightly late this week due to very complicated reasons involving an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet..

CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML240L RGB (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-July-2018  17:52:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD2400 reviewed the CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML240L RGB, which gives you dual 120mm All-in-One watercooling for under $100:

click for the review!

Thursday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-July-2018  17:46:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel are celebrating their 50th Birthday. Fifty years ago, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore founded Intel with a purpose: To ponder what might be possible. To imagine, to question and to do wonderful in pursuit of a better future. In honor of our golden anniversary, we’re embracing Noyce’s inspiring challenge, “Don’t be encumbered by history, go off and do something wonderful.” Most historical tidbits here.

As if more proof was needed that HDDs are going away and SSDs are taking their place, Western Digital are closing a HDD factory in Malaysia. The data technology industry is undergoing substantial change. This market transformation is driving increased adoption of SSDs and NAND flash in traditional HDD applications. The change has contributed to growth in SSD/NAND flash and declining long-term demand for client HDDs. Consequently, Western Digital plans to expand SSD manufacturing in Penang. The company is in the final stages of commissioning its second SSD facility in Penang, which will go into production in the coming months.

FOTW sent word that the popular browser Stylish is in hot water over data harvesting - and it's been dropped by Google and Mozilla. The data collection has been ongoing since January 2017 when its owner, who inherited Stylish in late 2016, sold the extension to Israel-based web-analytics firm, SimilarWeb, and rolled out a new privacy policy. Some users weren't happy because the free app with no strings attached would collect data about their web usage, albeit anonymized.

Techgage looked at workstation GPU performance. We test a lot of software to get a good gauge on workstation performance, but there’s always room for more – or at least possible replacements. In this article, we’re exploring performance of three applications readers encouraged us to test: Blender and Redshift for rendering, and MAGIX’s Vegas for video encoding. They follow up with some SPECviewperf numbers too.

Meanwhile TechSpot rounded up some NVMe SSDs. Which products are the best for certain workloads, what technologies are out there, and what should you choose for your next build. We're taking a look at top players Samsung's 970 Pro and 970 Evo, Intel's Optane M.2 modules and Intel's Optane PCIe card and WD's Black SSD. A previous generation NVMe SSD from Intel has also been thrown in for comparison.

Google have received another huge fine for anti-competitive behaviour in the EU. European Union regulators have hit Google with a record $6.85 billion antitrust fine for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals. The penalty is nearly double the previous record of $3.7 billion which the United States tech company was ordered to pay last year over its online shopping search service. It represents just over two weeks of revenue for Google parent Alphabet Inc and would scarcely dent its cash reserves of almost $140 billion. But it could add to a brewing trade war between Brussels and Washington.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-July-2018  17:06:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Biostar X470GTN Gaming (AMD X470) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7-8086K Processor on LegitReviews.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 RAPIDFIRE keyboard on Vortez.
HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
ASUS ROG Gladius II Origin Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP EliteBook 840 And 830 G5 Review: Aluminum-Clad Powerhouses on HotHardware.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Generation) on ThinkComputers.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 on TechSpot.
2018 Acer Predator Helios 500 Gaming Laptop Preview on TechARP.
2018 Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop Preview on TechARP.

BACtrack C8 Police-Grade Portable Breathalyzer on BigBruin.
E-Lektron JAD38-B Digital Sound System on NikKTech.
Toshiba OCZ RC100 480 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Team Group Vulcan Gaming DDR4 3200 MHz TUF Edition memory on TechPowerUp.
Asus Blue Cave AC2600 Dual Band WiFi Router on FunkyKit.
CRYORIG C7 Cu Compact CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.

The Government's "My Health Record" System (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-July-2018  23:52:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent in info about this, but IntelInside's email probably sums it up best:

From today, Australians have 3 months to opt-out of having their medical records electronically stored on the government's My Health Record database. If you do not opt-out you will automatically have a My Health Record by the end of 2018. There are privacy concerns about the default settings of no PIN code, or user notifications when records are accessed. The Sydney Morning Herald's technology journalist reports why he is opting out "and you should too". Opting out can be performed at this link.

Having said that, the system is apparently not coping with the number of opt-out requests. Australians attempting to opt out of the government's new centralised health records system online have been met with an unreliable website. Those phoning in have faced horrendous wait times, sometimes more than two hours, often to find that call centre systems were down as well, and staff unable to help. The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), which runs the My Health Record system, is reportedly telling callers that they weren't expecting the volume of opt-outs.

More info in this thread in our Current Events forum.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-July-2018  23:09:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB (4x 8GB) 3200 MHz DDR4 on Guru3D.
HyperX Fury 32GB DDR4-2933 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
AZIO Retro Classic Elwood Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
HyperX Alloy Elite Gaming Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Fnatic FLICK2 & Retro Asphalt mouse & pad on Vortez.

Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo II GPU cooler on OCInside.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 240 RGB CPU cooler on OCAholic.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 240 RGB on Vortez.

Portable & Prebuilt:
A Notch Above: OnePlus 6 phone on TechGage.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: jack of all trades on TheVerge.

Audio Visual:
ALTO ZMX52 Compact 5-Channel Mixer on FunkyKit.
HyperX's Cloud Flight gaming headset on TechReport.

Video Cards:
GeForce GT 1030: The DDR4 Abomination Benchmarked video card on TechSpot.
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs. Radeon RX 570 4GB: 2018 Update on TechSpot.

GAMDIAS ACHILLES P1 L Extraordinary RGB Illuminated Gaming Chair on NikKTech.
Corsair Carbide 275R case on TechPowerUp.
AORUS P850W + P750W - First AORUS PSUs Revealed on TechARP.
Kingston UV500 240GB (M.2) Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Biostar B360GT3S Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-July-2018  07:04:12 (GMT +10) - by booj

Inland Professional SATA III SSD on TweakTown.
ADATA XPG SX8200 NVMe SSD on Modders-Inc.
Toshiba RC100 480 GB SSD on The Tech Report.
HP Portable SSD P800 on Benchmark Reviews.
TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB 250GB SSD on Guru3D.
Adata XPG Gammix S11 on Vortez.
iStorage diskashur DT2 12TB on TweakTown.

Thermaltake View 91 TG RGB Super Tower on NikKTech.
Deepcool Gamer Storm Quadstellar on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Crystal 280X RGB on ocaholic.

Input etc:
ROCCAT Horde AIMO Membranical RGB Gaming Keyboard on Madshrimps.
MSI Vigor GK80 Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Monitor on Hot Hardware.
Antec High Current Gamer Bronze 750W Power Supply on APH Networks.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 WiFi Router on Legit Reviews.
ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL) on TechARP.
Razer Blade Pro (Kaby Lake) Laptop on TweakTown.
CableMod AIO Sleeving Kit on LanOC Reviews.
FJGEAR 4-Port USB HDMI KVM Switch on Funky Kit.
Sandberg Bluetooth Earbuds + Powerbank on NikKTech.
AVerMedia Live Gamer Extreme 2 - GC551 on Vortez.

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