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Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-November-2019  16:38:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Jason this week!









Iron Photographer (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-November-2019  00:05:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The winner of September's Iron Photographer is, once again, JohnnyWazza! Here's his photo, titled "Great Amber":


click for the thread!


There's still plenty of time to vote for October's winner and enter November's contest!



Thursday Evening Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-November-2019  18:48:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
CalDigit Tuff nano Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Seagate FireCuda 520 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA SU750 1TB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD on LanOC.
Crucial MX500 2TB SSD on OCInside.
Patriot Memory Viper VPN100 PCIe M.2 SSD on MadShrimps.
WD_Black P10 Game Drive (4TB) on Vortez.
ADATA SC680 480GB Ultra Slim Portable SSD on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
XFX RX 5700 XT THICC III ULTRA on Vortez.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2080 Super AMP on ThinkComputers.
Palit GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GamingPro on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Cougar 700K EVO Cherry MX RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Xtrfy M4 lightweight gaming mouse on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG STRIX Scope keyboard on Guru3D.
Dream Machines DM5 Blink Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Thermaltake Level 20 GT RGB Razer Keyboard on Modders-Inc.

Misc:
Ballistix Elite DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Jaybird Vista Wireless Earbuds on LanOC.
Thermalright True Spirit 120M Rev.B CPU Cooler on NikKTech.



Monday Evening (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 11-November-2019  18:48:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have announced their 16-core Ryzen 9 CPU, with details on Tweaktown: Today, AMD announces their 16-core 32-thread CPU to the world; the Ryzen 9 3950X. The new CPU boasts a huge 72MB cache, a very high 4.7GHz boost, and a 105W TDP. Considering this is a 16 core CPU, those numbers are quite good and could pose a big problem for Intel going forward. AMD has been able to keep up with Intel these past few years with lower clock speeds, but in this case, they could take a big swing at Intel with their high 4.7GHz Boost clock, which is higher than the 3900X. More info here on TechARP, with discussion continuing in this thread.

There's also some new info about 3rd Gen Threadripper. 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors will be using a new socket called sTRX4. While the pin count will be the same as previous-gen Threadripper products at 4094, the mapping of those pins to voltage or data will be different this time ‘round. You cannot install a 3rd Gen Threadripper into an older motherboard, nor an older Threadripper into a new sTRX4 motherboard.

On the Intel side, Techgage look at the Intel Core i9-9900KS, which has 8 cores at 5GHz. Ahead of the upcoming launch of Intel’s next Core X-series HEDT processors, the company’s delivering what it believes is the best gaming CPU in the world. The company had similar messaging when it unveiled the Core i9-9900K last year, so what exactly does the 9900KS deliver that’s so special? Guaranteed clocks of 5GHz on all eight cores, that’s what (versus up to two cores on the 9900K).

BabelTechReviews have an overclocking showdown between the GTX 1660 SUPER vs. the GTX 1660 Ti in no less than 46 games. We found the new GTX 1660 SUPER performs within about 3% of the nearly fifty dollars more expensive Ti but we want to see if manually overclocking each card changes anything.

Here's an interesting IBM blog post about the chip that changed the world. But suddenly, that evening in 1966, Dennard had a flash of insight: You could store a bit with a single transistor! To do so, he realized, would require using tiny amounts of energy to repeatedly refresh the capacitor that held the charge to store the bit. Otherwise, the data would soon be lost, as the charge dissipated. But if you were willing do that, you could achieve the same storage capacity in a far simpler, smaller and more elegant circuit. From that insight, Bob Dennard invented dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.

For a slightly more obscure bit of retro trivia, here's an article about the evolution of terminal displays. Punch cards have a longer history than you might think. The standard 80-column IBM punch card was introduced in 1928, improving on punch cards used for the 1890 census. Before the modern computer, punch cards were processed with electromechanical sorters and accounting machines. The punch card remained a keystone of data processing until the 1970s, and its impact still remains.

Something else that is apparently now retro, but doesn't feel like it should be, is Windows 7, as my PC reminded me recently. After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on 14 January 2020. We know change can be difficult, so we are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and to answer questions about end of support. Yes yes, but I've already tried to upgrade that PC to Windows10 back when it was free, and it just plain didn't work.. fortunately this laptop is W10.



Sunday Night Reviews (7 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 10-November-2019  23:54:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra on LanOC.
XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra on Tweaktown.
GALAX GeForce RTX 2070 Super WTF on Guru3D.
XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB GDDR6 Ultra THICC III on MadShrimps.
Gigabyte RX 5700 XT Gaming OC 8G on LanOC.

Software:
Gato Roboto cat-in-a-mech game on OCClub.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Memory:
Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-4400 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Edition DDR4-3600 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
CORSAIR VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE Headset on ThinkComputers.
Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
CORSAIR Void RGB Elite Wireless Premium Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Philips TABH305 Bass+ Wireless Headphone on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Google Pixel 4 XL Review: Streaks Of Brilliance, Pure Android on HotHardware.
Alienware m15 R2 Review: Beautiful OLED, Beastly Performance on HotHardware.

Storage:
Terra Master F2-210 NAS on Modders-Inc.
ADATA Spectrix S40G 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD on Guru3D.

Cases:
Montech Flyer mATX chassis on TechPowerUp.
Enermax StarryFort SF30 on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Extended Mouse Pad on Tweaktown.
Vortex POK3R V2 Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Homematic Radiator Thermostat on FunkyHome.
Thermaltake Toughpower PF1 ARGB 1200 W PSU on TechPowerUp.



Misc Pics (37 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-November-2019  13:43:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Simon this week!








Thursday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-November-2019  00:35:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month, November 2019, is the setting of my all-time favourite film: Blade Runner, from 1982. ABC have an article looking at what the movie got right, and what it didn't. The Ridley Scott classic tells the story of Rick Deckard (Ford), a world-weary cop whose job it is to hunt down and "retire" replicants — robots that are so human-like they've started believing they should be left alone to live their lives like everyone else. We can now officially say the fashion of Blade Runner, inspired by 1980s punkish elements and the noir films of the '40s and '50s, is not what people are wearing in 2019.

The ACCC have ruled that Fallout 76 is so bad you can get a refund, or rather, if you wanted a refund but were told you couldn't have one, it turns out you probably can. "When a consumer buys a product it comes with automatic consumer guarantees, and retailers must ensure their refunds and returns policies do not misrepresent what the Australian Consumer Law provides," Ms Court said. Accordingly, the ACCC has ordered ZeniMax to offer refunds to Fallout 76 buyers in Australia who had requested refunds but hadn't received them, between November 24, 2018 and June 1, 2019. Consumers who accept the refund will lose access to Fallout 76.

Interestingly, TechPowerUp have released a custom power plan for Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. In this article, by our resident Ryzen tweaking guru "1usmus", we present a customized power plan for AMD's new Ryzen 3000 processors. The new power plan ensures workloads run on the best cores, which not only increases boost clocks, but also stop threads from bouncing between cores too often.

Gigabyte have a 16-lane PCIe SSD. Even though it’s not really a secret anymore, Gigabyte now formally announced this week the Aorus Gen4 AIC SSD 8TB. This is a PCIe add-in-card which houses four 2TB PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSDs, which turns it into, for lack of better words, an absolute storage monster. Add those numbers up, and you’ve got an 8TB NVMe SSD that runs over the new PCIe 4.0 standard with access to 16 lanes. Gigabyte claims that it should manage a throughput (read and write) of about 15,000 MBps. The unit is rated at 430,000 random read IOPS and 440,000 random write IOPS.

TechSpot meanwhile look into NVIDIA raytracing, one year on. We'll do a recap of the entire first year of Nvidia’s ray tracing efforts. A look at the games that came out with RTX support, the games that didn’t, and just how the ecosystem has evolved in the space of twelve months. Has performance improved? Have some of the visual issues been sorted out? Has Nvidia delivered on their launch day promises?

Google have a new open-source secure chip project called OpenTitan. The aim of the new coalition is to build trustworthy chip designs for use in data centers, storage and computer peripherals, which are both open and transparent, allowing anyone to inspect the hardware for security vulnerabilities and backdoors. It comes at a time when tech giants and governments alike are increasingly aware that hostile nation states are trying to infiltrate and compromise supply chains in an effort to carry out long-term surveillance or espionage.



Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-November-2019  00:19:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
NZXT H510i on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone LD03 Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Sound Blaster X3 Review: Portable Super X-Fi For PCs And Consoles on HotHardware.
CORSAIR HS60 PRO SURROUND Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.

Input Etc:
HyperX Pulsefire Dart Mouse & Chargeplay Base on Modders-Inc.
ADATA XPG Summoner keyboard on Vortez.
ROCCAT Kain 120 mouse on Vortez.
XPG BATTLEGROUND XL PRIME RGB Gaming Mouse Pad on Tweaktown.
The Best Keyboards of 2019 on TechSpot.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon RX5700 on FunkyKit.
ZOTAC GTX 1660 SUPER Twin Fan on Vortez.
Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 5700 XT on ThinkComputers.

Software:
Red Dead Redemption 2: PC graphics benchmark analysis on Guru3D.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
noblechairs Epic Series Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Edition on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB DDR-3200 MHz CL16 2x8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Kingston KC600 512GB SSD on NikKTech.
Enermax Liqmax III 120 and Liqmax III 120 RGB AIO coolers on OCInside.



Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 4-November-2019  19:01:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G Performance Analysis on X570 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASRock X570 Taichi AM4 Motherboard on MadShrimps.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU on Modders-Inc.
Biostar Racing X570GT on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WiFi) Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
Philips Upbeat True Wireless SHB2505 Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Edifier W860NB Gold ANC Bluetooth Headphones on TechARP.
Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset video review by OCClub.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Bluetooth Headphones on APHNetworks.
Logitech ProX Premium Gaming Headset on OCClub.

Video Cards:
GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Super on TechARP.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC 6GB on NeoSeeker.
XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra on Guru3D.
XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT THICC III Ultra on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Omen X 2S Review: A Sleek, Dual-Screen RTX Gaming Beast on HotHardware.
iBUYPOWER Gaming RDY L20IRG201 (Ryzen 3900X + RTX 2070 Super) on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
MSI Vigor GK30 Gaming Combo mouse and keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS Flight Pack on OCInside.
HAVIT GameNote HV-KB462L RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Misc:
Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 32GB 3600MHZ CL17 Quad-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Patriot Viper VPN100 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3.1 x4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Scythe FUMA 2 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-November-2019  15:36:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Andrew and mpot this week! The second last one might be NSFW. :)









Thursday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 31-October-2019  23:34:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The first message on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, was sent fifty years ago this week. The world wide web wouldn’t be possible without ARPANET, a government-funded research effort launched at UCLA in 1969. Leonard Kleinrock, a professor of computer science at the university and one of the “fathers of the internet,” takes us back to 3420 Boelter Hall and the day interconnectivity changed forever. That makes OCAU turning 20 this year even more bizarre. OCAU is nearly half as old as the internet itself. Crikey.

Intel have released the Core i9-9900KS CPU, which aims to be the fastest thing on the block. There's reviews on HotHardware, Tweaktown and Phoronix. The Core i9-9900KS is not something totally new, however. As the “S” in its name implies, the Core i9-9900KS is something akin to a special edition of the existing Core i9-9900K. The processors are built from the same slab of silicon – an 8-core, Coffee Lake-refresh based die, packaged up for Intel’s LGA1151 socket. What makes the Core i9-9900KS different from its predecessor are its base and turbo boost clocks, in addition to its TDP. Whereas the Core i9-9900K has a base-clock of 3.6GHz and a single-core turbo boost clock of 5GHz, the Core i9-9900KS cranks the base clock up to an even 4GHz and all eight of its cores can turbo up 5GHz.

NeoSeeker have a guide to building a stellar gaming PC. In this article, I’ll show you how to build a powerful and exotic-looking gaming PC for about $3000 USD... I managed to put together an impressive combination of hardware for this build. My objective is to end up with an awesome looking gaming PC that’s capable of running the most demanding AAA titles at 4K resolution without breaking a sweat. I picked parts that are easy to work with, have great performance, and match the overall color theme.

Phoronix have a performance shootout between Apple macOS 10.15 vs. Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 19.10. In addition to this month bringing the release of the Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine", Apple also shipped macOS 10.15 "Catalina" as the sixteenth major release of their macOS operating system. So with that it makes for an interesting time seeing how macOS 10.15 competes against both Ubuntu 19.10 and Windows 10 on an Apple MacBook Pro. Here are those results from dozens of benchmarks.

SpaceX are on the way to having approval to launch their Starlink satellite internet service in Australia. SpaceX is planning to provide broadband services via an initial constellation of 12,000 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, though it recently filed in the US to launch up to 30,000 more satellites than first expected in order to power the global internet service. The services could be live as soon as next year.

NSW drivers can now get a digital license, assuming the website is working again. The digital driver’s licence was opened up to all NSW licence holders overnight but as word spread, so did problems with the service.



Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-October-2019  22:31:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Inno3D GTX 1660 SUPER Twin X2 on Vortez.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super on HotHardware.
Palit GeForce GTX 1660 Super GamingPro OC on TechPowerUp.
ASUS DUAL GTX 1660 SUPER EVO OC on BabelTechReviews.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING X on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER GamingPRO OC on Guru3D.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER AMP on Guru3D.
Gigabyte GTX 1660 SUPER GAMING OC on Guru3D.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 Super AMP on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming Pro OC on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Super Phoenix on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming X on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master ELV8 RGB GPU Brace on FunkyKit.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
Synology DS620slim 6-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD on Vortez.
Buffalo LinkStation SOHO 4TB NAS on Tweaktown.

Memory:
Team Group 16 GB Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 MHz Kit on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB DDR4-3200 16GB Dual Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Corsair HS60 Pro Surround Headset on OCClub.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV 2019 Review: AI Enhanced Android TV Streaming on HotHardware.
Sennheiser GSP 670 headset on TechPowerUp.

Misc:
Corsair ONE i164 Compact Gaming PC on TechGage.
Cooler Master MasterFan SF120M on Vortez.
iBUYPOWER Snowblind Element case with window LCD on LANOC.



Iron Photographer (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-October-2019  18:56:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's an update from Deftone2k: Ok we have the new winner for the Iron Photographer Comp for August 2019. The theme was open. The winner was JohnnyWazza and his entry was named 'Lisbon Streets II'.


click for the thread!


I've been a bit slack in posting this so October is nearly over, but you can still get your votes for September and entries for October in. September's theme was "Open" and this month's theme is "Song Title & Silence".



Monday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-October-2019  18:39:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Catching up on some bits and bobs from the newsbox..

One thing I did miss was the deadline for submissions regarding online age verification in Australia, for anyone wanting to gamble or view porn. Following a referral from the Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston and the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, the Committee resolved on 10 September 2019 to conduct an inquiry into age verification for online wagering and online pornography. One possible solution would involve face recognition. Riiight.

Tweaktown set out to build a Mac Pro killing PC, with help from Supermicro and Intel. Supermicro came to us a few months ago and asked us to build a machine similar to the new Mac Pro, and we took on that challenge. Our configuration will use a CPU with 50% more cores than their entry-level machine, with more DRAM in a faster configuration, an SSD with double the capacity, and a much faster GPU. We will also come in thousands of dollars cheaper than the $6K Apple is asking for their new Mac Pro.

They also built a PC around ASRock's Phantom Gaming Alliance components. ASRock decided to take a different approach and create an alliance of vendors who specialize in their own respective areas. They teamed up with CoolerMaster, T-Force, GEIL, NZXT, and INWIN to produce an ecosystem of hardware that is thoroughly tested to be compatible. For this guide we will use a Phantom Gaming motherboard.

Techspot have a guide to using a PS4 controller on your PC or Mac. Microsoft's Xbox controller has been the default gamepad for PC gamers for some time now, but you may prefer Sony's competing — and also quite good — DualShock 4 controller. The good news is, you can easily configure it to work on Windows or macOS.

TechARP have some info on a new "Secured-core PC initiative", with details from Microsoft. Microsoft and their hardware partners just announced the Secured-core PC initiative to combat threats that target the PC’s firmware and operating system. They also have info from AMD. With help from Akash Malhotra, AMD Director of Security Product Management, here is everything you need to know about how AMD CPUs work in a Secured-core PC device!

HotHardware meanwhile report on Intel's Tremont platform. Late last year, at its Architecture Day event, Intel revealed a new, low-power microarchitecture, codenamed Tremont, that would power and array of processors and SoCs targeting products across the client, data center, 5G networking, and Internet of Things markets. While Intel did disclose the codename and show-off a Foveros-based SoC featuring Tremont -- codenamed Lakefield -- it did not dive deep on the microarchitecture or discuss its inner-workings. Today, however, at the Linley Fall Processor Conference that’s currently underway, Intel discussed Tremont in-depth and revealed its main features, microarchitectural enhancements, new instructions, and expected performance levels.

Here's a funny one from IntelInside, about an eagle nearly bankrupting a Russian tracking program with roaming text messages. A steppe eagle has nearly bankrupted a Russian bird-tracking programme with roaming text messages after he flew to Iran and began transmitting backlogged GPS data. Scientists from the Siberian Environmental Centre were forced to turn to crowdfunding, with donations flooding in since the story made national news.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-October-2019  17:54:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
MSI Immerse GH50 headset on Vortez.
Creative Pebble V2 Minimalistic 2.0 USB Speakers on MadShrimps.
Elgato Stream Deck XL: Simply, A Streamer's Best Friend on Tweaktown.

Memory:
Team Group T-Force Dark Z DDR4 3600MHz on Vortez.
V-Color Prism II RGB 16GB DDR4-3600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Cooling:
ID-Cooling SE 224 RGB CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterFan SF360R ARGB fan on OCInside.

Misc:
Liectroux X6 Window Cleaning Robot on NikKTech.
Homematic CCU2 controller on FunkyHome.
MyDigitalDiscount SBXe 960GB NVMe PCIe Gen3.1 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Corsair M55 RGB Pro and Nightsword RGB mice on LanOC.
Falcon Northwest Talon: A 12-Core Ryzen Powered Battle Station on HotHardware.
FSP CMT510 Plus case on APHNetworks.
Outer Worlds Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Silverstone SX700-G PSU on LanOC.



Personal Update (55 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-October-2019  16:17:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I thought I better give an update on here before word spreads around from other sources. In short: a couple of months ago I took up a full-time position with Amazon Web Services in Sydney, working within their Datacentre Operations group. It's a hands-on role doing server maintenance and other fun datacentre stuff. Why? Well, OCAU has been a full-time thing for nearly 20 years but doesn't really offer much of a challenge nowadays, so I'm looking to get involved with something bigger and a bit more exciting. A regular pay-packet will be a welcome bonus, I must admit! Of course I still love OCAU, I'm very proud of it and I intend for it to continue long into the future. In fact from OCAU's perspective I don't think much will change, as I'll still be active in the forums and posting news, misc pics etc. There's no conflict between my AWS work and my OCAU work, but I will be keeping them separate. Anyway, that's all I wanted to say, to make sure there's no confusion or concern among OCAU readers.


Sunday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-October-2019  14:56:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A report has been released into the Australian Government hack from a week ago, but it's unlikely we'll ever see it. A “very interesting” report on the hacking of the networks of Australia’s three largest political parties and Parliament by a “sophisticated state actor” is unlikely to ever be made public, even in redacted form, according to the Senate president. Appearing before a Senate Estimates hearing on Monday afternoon, Senate president Scott Ryan confirmed he had received a report into the hacking incident a week ago, and is now awaiting a “layperson’s briefing” because he couldn’t understand about 20 per cent of the technical aspects.

Wired report on a new study which casts doubt on gaming disorder diagnoses. Since the World Health Organization proposed new diagnoses for "hazardous gaming" and "gaming disorder" last year, there's been an ongoing scientific debate about which way the causation for these issues really goes. Does an excessive or addictive relationship with gaming actually cause psychological problems, or are people with existing psychological problems simply more likely to have an unhealthy relationship with gaming?

There's been a recent breakthrough in quantum computing, although what it actually means is still being debated. The breakthrough was described in a paper published in science journal Nature. It followed weeks of controversy since a draft leaked over whether Google's claim of "quantum supremacy" was valid. IBM said a supercomputer employing a different set-up could solve the same challenge in under three days, while chipmaker Intel said "quantum practicality" remained years away.

Phoronix looked at per-clock performance of the i7-1065G7 from Intel. Following this week's Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake Linux benchmarks there was some questions and speculations about the per-clock performance of this long-awaited Intel microarchitecture update. Here is some additional data shedding light on the clock frequencies under load and ultimately how the per-clock performance compares to the common Intel previous-generation mobile CPUs.

I don't even know where to begin with this one: bluetooth-connected rosary beads. “Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed,” writes Vatican News. It was designed by GadgeTek, a division of computer company Acer, and pairs with an iOS or Android app you can download right now.



Australian MotoGP Grand Prix (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-October-2019  11:56:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's the Australian MotoGP Grand Prix weekend, with the main event at 3PM ADST. Moto3 is about to get underway, so tune in, and keep up to date in this thread.


Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-October-2019  14:10:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Mark this week!









Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-October-2019  23:53:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming Z Trio on TechPowerUp.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 GAMING X on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming Z TRIO on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GAMING OC 8G on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
CORSAIR VOID RGB ELITE Wireless Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.
Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HDMI Kit on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical TKL Keyboard on TechARP.
HyperX Pulsefire Dart & ChargePlay BaseHyperX Pulsefire Dart & ChargePlay Base mouse on NeoSeeker.

Power Supply:
Fractal Design ION SFX 650G on Tweaktown.
FSP Hydro G PRO 1000W on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Autonomous SmartDesk 2 Hybrid Edition on ThinkComputers.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Review: Hello Moonmen on Tweaktown.
Fortnite Chapter 2 GPU Benchmark Update on TechSpot.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake Linux Performance Benchmarks on Phoronix.
InWin 309 case on TechPowerUp.
Threadripper Air Cooling Roundup on LanOC.
Huami Amazfit GTR 47mm Smartwatch on NikKTech.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-October-2019  23:11:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Memory:
Zadak Spark RGB DDR4 4133 MHz 4x 8GB on Guru3D.
HyperX FURY RGB 16GB DDR4-3200 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Zowie S2 Black mouse on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Premium Level 20 RGB Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master MP510 Mouse Pad on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15-Inch) on Anandtech.
Dell XPS 13 two-in-one on ArsTechnica.

Networking:
AVM FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AC Wireless Repeater on NikKTech.
ASUSTOR AS-U2.5G USB-C 2.5Gbe Network Adapter on Tweaktown.

Storage:
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go 256GB on Tweaktown.
QNAP QNA-UC5G1T USB-C-to-5Gbe Adapter on NASCompares.

Misc:
ASRock Radeon RX 5700 XT Taichi X OC+ Graphics Card on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Workstation Motherboard on ServeTheHome.



Sunday Night (18 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-October-2019  22:38:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you still use a Yahoo Group for community discussion, be aware that Yahoo will be deleting them all on December 14th. Indeed, from tomorrow you won't even be able to post in them. Looking through the directory today, you can still find groups with thousands of members, and some groups have been active as recently as this year. Sadly, it seems that almost all of that internet history is going to be erased. In a support document, Yahoo says that, effective December 14th, it will be deleting all content that has been posted to Yahoo Groups. And it’s going to largely shut down the service even sooner, as you won’t be able to upload new content to your groups starting this Monday, October 21st.

Tweaktown have an Intel Core i9 9900K/KF Overclocking Guide. We give you the lowdown on overclocking Intel's Core i9 9900K/KF CPU on various brand motherboards with loads of tips and information.

Phoronix meanwhile compare AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon Cascade Lake in an unusual enterprise workload. One of those workloads that was recently added to the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org is Facebook's RocksDB, the company's embedded database that is forked from Google LevelDB. With RocksDB being designed to exploit many CPU cores and modern SSD storage, here are some benchmarks looking at how the Xeon Platinum 8280 stacks up against various new AMD EPYC 7002 series processors.

Two NASA astronauts recently completed the world's first all-female spacewalk. Christina Koch and Jessica Meir floated feet-first out of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Quest airlock on Friday lunchtime UK time, tasked with replacing a failed power control unit.

Telstra chairman John Mullen reckons the NBN was a waste of time because the normal private-sector competition would have provided a superior product by now anyway. "It is always easier to comment with the benefit of hindsight, but it is my view that over the last 10 years private sector competition between strong players such as Telstra, Optus, TPG and others was always going to build 100 Mbps broadband access and speed to the majority of the population of Australia, in an ongoing competitive landscape and at no cost whatsoever to the taxpayer," he said.

This has to be the ultimate DIY - making your own IC. Without further ado, I present the first home(garage)made lithographically-fabricated integrated circuit – the “Z1” PMOS dual differential amplifier chip. I say “lithographically-fabricated” because Jeri Ellsworth made the first transistors and logic gates (meticulously hand wired with conductive epoxy) and showed the world that this is possible. Inspired by her work, I have demonstrated ICs made by a scalable, industry-standard, photolithographic process.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-October-2019  22:06:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Shock Pro RGB Gaming Headset on NikKTech.
Spotcam HD Cloud Camera on FunkyHome.
Tronsmart Element T6 Plus Bluetooth Speaker on FunkyKit.
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Thermaltake A700 TG full-tower on TechPowerUp.
Corsair 465X RGB video review by OCClub.
Streacom DA2 Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
Silverstone Lucid LD03 ITX on Modders-Inc.
Silverstone Lucid LD03 on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
GIGABYTE AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD on Vortez.
Team Group Cardea II 1 TB NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
Patriot P200 512GB SSD on Modders-Inc.
iStorage datAshur PRO2 on NeoSeeker.
AKiTiO Node Lite SE Thunderbolt 3 on Tweaktown.
Patriot P200 Performance SSD on HWAsylum.
Addlink S70 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD - Is a cheap Amazon SSD worth it? on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Fractal Design Ion+ 760W Platinum on APHNetworks.
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G5 on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING OC on Tweaktown.
XFX RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra on LanOC.
ASRock RX 5700 XT Taichi on Vortez.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super WindForce OC 8G on ThinkComputers.

Networking:
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 AC2900 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
ASUSTOR AS-U2.5G USB-C 2.5Gbe Network Adapter on Tweaktown.

Misc:
ESP8266 Module on FunkyHome.
Autonomous Kinn Chair Review: Ergonomic, Unique Materials And Style on HotHardware.
ZADAK Spark RGB DDR4 4133MHz memory on Vortez.
Hands on with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on GamingNexus.
SilentiumPC Navis EVO ARGB 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.




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